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Subj: Re: DC's new generation back in the day
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 05:54:00 pm EDT (Viewed 84 times)
Reply Subj: Re: DC's new generation back in the day
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 at 05:41:52 pm EDT (Viewed 82 times)

    Yet the DC deaths were even worse than this. The Flash and Supergirl were killed off, in my opinion, so Crisis on Infinite Earths would seem more important. Talk about annoying! To make matters still worse, these two deaths have become the template for how special events to this very day are made to seem even more special. Marvel in particular has latched onto this formula. Seems like they almost always have to kill somebody.

But the death only has impact anyway if it lasts. Barry was dead for 25 years, Kara for 20ish. Now they kill someone off and they're back within the year, so who cares? During Blackest Night didn't they kill the Hawks just so they could revive them as zombies and then at the end of the story brought them back to life (or in Brightest Day?) They need to take these shortcuts away from the writers. Tell them that in the next big crossover no one dies or changes status quo. Now try to make it an interesting story.

    I was never a big fan of the Flash (because he tended to fight villains he should have defeated in less time than it took them to blink) but Supergirl had always been a favorite of mine.

Sometimes speed worked against him ... I'm remembering an old Silver Age yarn where Barry fought the Turtle. He was so slow, The Flash was too fast to catch him! Yeah, no, I didn't buy that logic.

    Let's also not forget the elimination of Superboy (Clark Kent version) for reasons I still don't grasp. Decades of stories tossed in the shredder. At least the Flash stories were still in continuity. He was dead but he wasn't banished from all history like Superboy (Clark Kent version) was. Don't even get me started on how the Legion of Super-Heroes was forever ruined.

    Could Kon-El have called himself Superboy if Clark had also called himself Superboy? Of course he could have! It's not like Clark was still using the Superboy identity. Clark was no longer a boy.

Agreed, there was no reason to eliminate teenage Clark from history. Kon-El could have still been a legacy character. He was only birthed after Superman was dead anyway so he was a placeholder.

    These annoyances ruined my ability to enjoy the Kon-El, Linda Danvers, and Wally West versions of Superboy, Supergirl, and the Flash. In the case of Kon-El, I'm only now starting to feel (after more than two decades) some curiosity regarding the character. Lo and behold - DC is coming out with a paperback collection of his first twelve issues (0-11) in January. I may pre-order it. My only hesitation has to do with whether I really want to read about a rebellious teen-ager.

His early stuff is probably pretty bad, adults trying to write for teens in the '90s. Kind of like the tin ear of the Teen Titans writers in the '60s. I'm sure all the kids loved to go to beach rallies and such, right? I think Kon-El smoothed out after the first year though.

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