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James Hunter

Subj: Re: On the subject of Huntress...
Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 04:31:43 pm EST (Viewed 398 times)
Reply Subj: On the subject of Huntress...
Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 03:22:05 pm EST (Viewed 378 times)

    On the subject of CRISIS and the JSA, I didn't/don't actually find it was the original CRISIS which ruined the enjoyment of the JSA (which I have to credit Geoff Johns for bringing back even if his writing nowadays leaves me cold) but rather ZERO HOUR.

    It was ZERO HOUR that harshly eradicated Doc Mid-Nite, Rex Tyler-Hourman and the Atom which is one of the weak points of that series for me

Yeah... for me it wasn't so much that they decided it was time to write them out it was the casualness and brutal nature they did it in.
Geoff Johns got some great stories out of it though what with the war against Extant in #13 and the Hourman arc later on around #65 so in that sense it all worked out fine. We wouldn't have had the JSA relaunch in 1999 without it and as that first issue highlighted with Wes Dodds a lot of these oldtimers were too old and infirm by now to be returning to active status. I think it is well known that editorial (Mike Carlin?) detested the idea of old age superheores, which is why we were served the Zero Hour massacre among other slights towards the JSA...

    On the subject of the Huntress, I am having problems with her in WORLDS' FINEST because that's NOT the Helena Wayne that I read about (in the excellent DARK KNIGHTS DAUGHTER TPB) and I actually grew to like Helena Bertinelli pre-NEW 52 (in fact, she was my favourite female DC character and I loved how Simone used her in BOP but I digress!).

    I *should* like WORLDS' FINEST but I just find the characters unrelatable (Power Girl is worse but both are bad)

I can understand your feeling on Power Girl, she's really not much like her original self, but i think that is a reflection of what DCs lack of political will is - it really does seem to have a problem with willful and politically charged characters.
They neutred famously vocal players like Oliver Queen, now a bog standard comicbook marksman. John Stewart who used to be an equally passionate civil rights proponent is another, you could lump Guy Gardner in there too given his fairly radical reworking in recent years. Remember Ostranders politically aware Katar Hol? Or Wonder Woman's dedication to being a pseudo-Ambassador sponsoring a peace message? Power Girl is Just another example of a strong and opinionated character being 'straightened out'.

Beyond that though I really do like the new set up and this is a good updating of Helena Wayne, I'm not at all opposed to the new Earth 2 concept. I do however feel World's Finest needs a bit more energy injected, so far I've been fine with it but it does read very old school in it's plotting and so far not a lot has happened really that's worth talking about... \(beer\)

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