Was Quicksilver needed?

28 05 2014


X-men Days of Future Past has been a huge success, and many (Myself included) feel that Quicksilver stole the show. If your eyes weren’t astonished by the visuals of his powers, you were probably laughing from something he said. His scene was break away hit for many, but there lies my point. His scene. Singular. Compared to his co-stars, Quicksilver was not only in the film briefly, but his entire part easily could have been edited out. In fact, his scene doesn’t make much sense when you look at the great story of the movie.


The plot is that Bolivar Trask is trying to convince congress that mutants are a threat. Congress points out that not only do mutants account for a microscopic portion of the population, but they have been peaceful. Congress saw no reason to build a military defense against the mutants.


Now let’s look at Quicksilvers role. Magneto is believed to have assassinated JFK because of his ability to control metal. The US believes Magneto killed JKF. Are you telling me that after a president is killed by a mutant the government wouldn’t view these guys as potential threats? We are a nation that thought zombies were becoming real when a homeless man got hooked on bath salts. The idea of a man controlling metal, and then killing the president would send us into a panic. When Magneto was freed, no one seemed to really care either, until he dropped a stadium on the white house.


This makes me feel the entire Quicksilver scene was cut and pasted in. A few edits before the scene then a few edits after and BAM you have a reason for Quicksilver. Before the scene, “We have to break out Magneto. I know a guy” and then after the scene “I didn’t kill the president. I tried to save him. He was one of us.” A couple of lines were all that made Quicksilvers’ entire scene relevant. After the scene it was as if he was never around. The cast literally got on an airplane and flew away for him, never to need him again. Wouldn’t his powers have been useful for stopping Raven from trying to kill Trask? Stryker was a more prominent character then Quicksilver, and he had less than 10 lines the entire film.


So why have Quicksilver at all? Remember back when Avengers 2 officially announced Quicksilver would be used in their cast? Fox studios immediately fired back saying “Quicksilver would be in our film. And our film is coming out first.” Now when movie goers see Quicksilver in Avengers 2, they are going to view this version as “the fake one,” causing the film to already be at a disadvantage from a marketing point of view. Most movie viewers don’t know, or care about, what goes on behind the scenes of a film. It matters less that Marvel planned on using Quicksilver first. What matters is the Fox got to him first.


This is the beginning of a new age in film turf wars. All the major motion studios are quickly trying to build franchises, and are releasing films to directly compete with others. We are going to begin seeing advertisements that directly attack other franchises and one-line zingers mocking characters other studios have the rights to. The true irony is that comic fans will be both winners and losers in this war. We will see characters brought the big screen we never thought we would, such as Hawkeye. At the same time we will also see many of our favorite heroes thrown into half assed scripts due to back office agendas and vendettas. For every Quicksilver, who gets wonderful 5 minutes of well-deserved fame, we will see a character like Rhino, who is thrown into a film to fill in space.



When is it ok to change a character’s race?

28 04 2014

DC comics said that when Wally West would return to their comic books, he would have some changes. The change that stands out the most is his ethnicity. This is not the first time a character’s ethnicity was changed when they are reintroduced or adapted for a new media. The last few years we have seen a slew of characters go through ethnic changes. In the cases of Miles Morales becoming Spider-man and Samuel Jackson playing Nick Fury, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive. However, changing a characters ethnicity doesn’t always go well. Wally’s race being change, for example, has had mixed reviews to say the least. Rumor has it that Terry McGuiness from Batman Beyond was originally planned to be Black, but the network and DC comics didn’t feel audiences were ready for a Black Batman. In the new Fantastic Four movie, many fans are less then thrilled by the actor set to play The Human Torch.


When the comic book community is divided by a characters’ ethnic change there are two camps;


We need more diversity in comic books: This side believes not only are changes to the most iconic comic book characters good, but are in many cases needed. This side points out that when most of our iconic super-heroes were created, the comic book industry was overwhelmingly made up of white men. The idea of making a character like Batman black was unimaginable. This side agrees, and appreciates that while the industry has made attempts to rectify this, the outcomes overwhelmingly fall flat. The supporting characters created as minorities often feel rushed, under developed, or as off brand copies of the protagonist. The Batman family has had several characters of color, like the assassin Onix, but no one remembers these characters because they simply were not good. By changing the protagonists themselves, it forces stories starring minority characters, instead of making them after thoughts. This side believes changing a characters ethnicity or even gender is key to bringing in new readers, and should not deter current fans from reading the books. Wally will still be Wally, no matter his color.


Classic characters shouldn’t be changed: This side is often called racist for not embracing a characters change, and that view is seldom true. For the most part, Wally, Hal, and Bruce Wayne have been the same for decades, creating a strong sense of nostalgia. To change Wally is like trying to change a fan’s childhood memories. This side views the iconic characters as parts of history. No one is going to cast Will Smith to play George Washington, so why change The Human Torch? This side likes, even love, minority characters. They consider Cyborg, Black Panther, and Forge among the industries greatest heroes. They feel that changing a characters ethnicity is a rushed solution to a bigger problem. The industry needs to support characters of color, and that often rests on the fans. DC has put a lot of support behind Blue Beetle and Static Shock, but the books simply don’t sell. This side believes that you need to put your wallet where your mouth is.



So why is it that some ethnic changes are loved and some despised? What is the magical middle ground? I’ve looked over the industries successes and failures, and where is what I have found;

Same hero, different identity: Great Examples: Kaldur’ahm (Aqualad) Ryan Choi (The atom)

Young Justice hit a slam-dunk with their version Aqualad. Named kaldur’ahm, this character was so popular DC brought him into the main universe before the first season of the show was halfway done. What made him so great? Anyone who watched Young Justice will quickly tell you, Kaldur was not Garth. Garth was the original Aqualad and was one of the few Side-kicks never to be replaced. When Kaldur hit the scene many people said “They just made him black to have someone black on the show?” “Why didn’t they use Garth?!” But if the first episode didn’t make you a fan, his origin story did. Kaldur was the abandoned child of Aquaman’s greatest foe. This added an entire lair to Aquaman’s mythos that Garth didn’t bring. The character was also drastically different in personality. While Garth lack confidence, Kaldur was always cool and collected. Fans loved him, and his popularity outlived the show. As long as you give a reason for the change, fans will embrace it.


The legacy is passed on: Great Examples: Cassandra Cain (Batgirl) Conner Hawke (Green Arrow)

The only constant in Marvel’s Ultimate line is change. Because of the nature of this franchise, Marvel’s writes where given drastically more freedom then in the mainstream Marvel line. Brian Bendis, who has been the only person to write Ultimate Spider-man, killed Peter Parker off, with no plan to bring him back. Where fans upset? Sure. But they where far more interested in what was about to happen. To kill off a character that iconic and replace him was very rare. Brian soon replaced Peter with Mile Morales. A half-black half Puerto Rican teenager. The book has been a hot seller ever since. Peter’s death wasn’t a stunt, it was part of his story, and Miles has his own. If Miles was a clone or a long lost sibling, fans would have gone crazy. But he isn’t, which makes his creation feel genuine.


 Transitioning: Great Example: Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury

When Marvel launched the Ultimate comic book line, Nick Fury was given a bigger role in the universe and the character was made to look like Samuel Jackson. For a time, the Ultimate line was more popular then the main comic line and so when Marvel Began their movie franchise they chose this version of Nick Fury due to the popularity. Elseworlds are a great way of testing the waters with characters. When a comic book is adapted to a movie or a tv show, it’s generally a merger of past incarnations. So when they were picking a Nick Fury for Marvel’s movie line they chose the most popular version. If Marvel simply made Nick Fury Black, the fan base probably would have flipped, but Marvel showed a different Nick Fury in a different time line first, so fans had a chance to adapt. If the Ultimate version of Human Torch was black fans would probably be more accepting of Fox’s casting choice.


 Changing a team line-up: Great Examples: John Stewart (Justice League) Storm (X-men)

Most super teams go through so many line-up changes no one can keep track. Comic book team relaunches and retcons are a dime a dozen, so this lends the perfect opportunity to give minority characters a spot light. In the movie X-Men, Storm was a member of the team before Angel, and no one batted an eye. The Justice League Animated series made John Stewart their Green Lantern, and for an entire generation, that was the version of GL they knew.


Winter Soldier: Marvel’s most important film yet

20 04 2014




Captain America: Winter Solder, has been nothing short of a blow out success. The film pushed the Marvel film franchise into the Nations’ top Movie Franchise in history. What makes the film truly special is what it does to the Marvel film franchise as a while. Marvel says that “Iron Man 3,” began the phase two of their film line, but I don’t agree. If we were to view the films as comic book series, Avengers would have been a cross-over event. Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 would have had tag lines on them, establishing that these films were entended to be read along side or after the cross-over event.  Captain America: Winter Solider forces the entire Marvel Universe to take a shift. The next Iron Man, Avengers, and even the TV series Agents of Shield are all going to be forced into new directions after this film.


From the beginning of the franchise, arguably before the franchise, S.H.I.E.L.D was the glue. While as viewers we all knew the movies were connected, outside of Avengers, you didn’t need to watch Thor to watch Captain America. That is no longer the case. S.H.I.E.L.D is no more, or will take a drastically different form. Where does this leave Hawkeye and Black Widow? The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are all fugitives. Characters like Iron Man will be forced to step up and take the reigns as earth’s guardians, while  characters like Thor, who now has no true obligation towards earth, will have their honor and loyalties tested. Remember, S.H.I.E.L.D has weapons to battle the Asgardians with. What makes Winter Soldier all the more excited a film, is the the twist with HYRDRA was unexpected. None of the trailers gave a hint of this twist. As a movie goer and comic book fan, this thrills me! This means any Marvel Film could change the course of the franchise in a single scene. Every movie has now become that much more important.




Justice League: War Review

24 01 2014

Over All Score: B

With Warner Bros developing a live action Justice League movie, Justice League: War is a perfect source for them to draw ideas from. Rather then attempt to introduce origin stories for each hero, with the exception of one, War focuses on the origin of the League itself. JL: War’s fast paced action, simple plot, and surprisingly interesting character dynamics showcase all the things that not only make comic book’s fun, but shows why DC’s heroes have endured for so many decades. While the voice acting falls flat and dialogue feels forced at times, it doesn’t take away from the over all fun that this film offers.


Plot: B

For some reason, many creators think that origin stories have to be filled with for-shadowing, secret origins, and plot twists. The truth is that many of the best origin stores are simple. Superman is the last survivor of an Alien Race. Spider-man was bitten by a radioactive spider, and feels responsible for the death of his uncle. Tony Stark built a fucking super suit. I love the more adult interpretations we get from films like “Man of Steel” but there where times during the film I caught myself thinking, “When the hell is Clark going to put on the freak’n cape?!” JL: War takes a more direct approach; “Darkseid’s here bitches!” is how the film opens up. Within the first five minutes we have a fight scene that forces two heroes to team-up. As the invasion continues, more heroes are forced both into the fight, and they quickly realize that as individuals they can’t hope to win. That’s your plot. You don’t need to know where Wonder Woman comes from, and you don’t need to know how Shazam got his powers. If you want to know those things, look’em up on Wikipedia. It was refreshing to have a story about the Justice League, that was actually about the Justice League, instead of a story about how each hero got their powers.



Characters: B

This film is going to cause a division among fans. In JL:War, the heroes kill, and most of them are damn good at it. While some fans will approve on the more modern takes of the heroes (especially fans of “the Man of Steel” and the new 52 version of Wonder Woman) many fans will not approve of Wonder Woman decapitating enemies or Superman disintegrating foes. While the voice acting often fell flat or forced causing some scenes to loss their impact, the chemistry between the characters themselves was nothing short of classic. The Flash quickly befriended everyone, while Batman and Green Lantern battled egos. Green Lantern ends up stealing the show, in no small part due to how he naturally bounces dialog off of his teammates.


Villain: A

Many writers have said many of the best movie monsters are like natural disasters. They appear without explanation, immediately destroy everything in their path, and have no clear means of defeat. In the comic books, despite how Darkseid is stated to be “The most dangerous threat in the DC universe” there are few stories I have read where that holds true. I recall a Superman/Batman issue where Darkseid’s face was kissing Superman’s fist on nearly every page. His reputation as DC’s premier villain was fading. JL: War threw Darkseid back to the top of the food chain. As Darkseid floated in the air, his mere sight would level buildings. He literally battled some of the heroes with his hands behind his back. He didn’t have an elaborate plan or a sympathetic backstory. Darkseid’s story is, “I am here to kick your ass. What up?” And quiet frankly, that’s all a Justice League villain needs to be. A threat so great Superman and Batman can’t stop it a lone.


Fight Scenes: A

Say what you will about the DC heroes killing creatures, but the fight scenes where fantastic! We get an actual Batman vs Superman fight, cyborg’s powers in action are freak’n cool, and I’ve never seen Green Lantern’s constructs used so fluidly in an animated feature. JL: War makes the powers of our heroes become so alive that the next time you read them in a comic book, a part of you will feel cheated.



Modernization: C

It’s clear from the beginning that JL:War is an attempt to modernize characters many have viewed as “out-of-date,” JL: War succeeds when it simply tries to tell a comic book story set in present day. JL: War fails when it attempts to “Be more Adult.” Sprinkled through the story we have characters yelling “Damn it!” “Shit” but they never feel organic. In one scene we hear Green Lantern say, “Let’s rumbas spooky” and in another scene he says, “Stab that son of a bitch in the eye!” The use of vulgar words come off as though during an editing session a middle school boy was hired to throw in a few curse words where he thought they would sound cool. Another example of right idea wrong delivery was when a throw away character said Wonder Woman dressed like a whore. Her costume has always been the subject of feminist debate, so I appreciate DC’s attempt to break the forth wall by having someone within the story address it. My problem is Wonder Woman’s respond to “You look like a whore.” We have Wonder Woman called a whore and the next scene she is ice cream with a 10 year old girl. I shit you not, that was the transition. Rather then take an opportunity to fully address her costume, or give a solid reason for her garb, Wonder Woman says “This costume makes me feel powerful” and then she leaves for ice cream. It was a missed opportunity for something bigger.


The new 52: B

The whole purpose DC launched “The New 52” was in order to make their comic book line new reader friendly. After watching JL: War, the viewer has a solid image of modern day DC comics and should be able to transition into the books without being confused as to why Green Lantern is a different ethnicity. The decision to replace Aquaman with Shazam is a little disheartening; especially after all the work DC has done to improve Aquaman’s status.


Over All Score: B

When you watch JL: War you get what you wanted. You see your favorite heroes, kick ass and take names. This film isn’t going to replace the fond memories fans have of Justice League Unlimited or Young Justice, but it will quickly show new audiences all the things we love about comic book super heroes.

Ultimate Marvel Now: One of the best things to happen to Marvel

13 01 2014

For far to long comic books were not at all new ready friendly. Bloated continuities, massive cross-overs, and origin stories that did not work for modern day readers covered comic books like flies on shit. The Marvel launched the Ultimate line. The original goal was to modernize comic books, and it worked. Soon Marvel based comic book films were killing the box offices and readers who originally started off by reading the Ultimate line soon switched over to the main universe. With that the Ultimate Line had a new goal: Tell stories that could never happen in the original marvel universe.

The result received mixed reviews. Marvel’s two most popular characters died during this transition, Wolverine and Spider-man. With their deaths, there was no going back. While Wolverine’s replacement never really attached to fans, Spider-man’s replacement became one of Marvel’s shining stars. But why? Because with Miles Morales, the new Spider-man, new stories were told, but the theme remained the same.

All-New-Ultimates-1-Nakayama-Cover-68ee1When Wolverine, Cyclopes, and Xavier died during Ultimatium, and the FF split up when Reed Richards became doom, these things that made people read X-men and the Fantastic Four left with them. The X-men roster is new stranger to change, nor is the Fantastic Four, so their transitions should have been more natural, and even easier to accomplish. The problem was with the Ultimate X-men relaunch the books were not longer about a school where student who were different from the world learned to see these differences as gifts. The Fantastic Four where no longer a family diving into the unknown corners of the cosmos. Readers have always accepted the Cyclopes and Mr. Fantastic would not always be the stars, but the Ultimate line took away the very reason people read the books to begin with. They took away what made Marvel great, relatable heroes with relatable problems.

Brian Bendis didn’t fall into this trap, in fact, he made Peter Parker’s death improve his book and set it apart from all other mainstream comics. When Peter died, the things that made Peter originally great were all a part of Miles Morales. Miles wasn’t rich, he didn’t have a bunch of friends with super powers, and he wasn’t an alien. He got his powers by accident and with them gained a greater sense of responsibility. The things that set them apart really makes Miles’s story feel more like a sequel to Peter’s. Peter’s story ended, but his world lived on. The Daily Bugle is still a newsroom, Oscorp is still corrupt, and Nick Fury still runs S.H.I.E.L.D. We now get to read the adventures of a new, younger, character try to fill the shoes of his hero. And while many faces are still the same, the roles have changed. Once again, like a sequel. When you read Ultimate Spider-man you can jump from Amazing Spider-man the movie or the Amazing Spider-man the comics and follow along, while getting totally new stories. This is what modern day comics has been missing.

With the launch of “Ultimate Marvel Now,” the iconic teams and heroes and removed from the table, but their world remains. In their place stands younger, less experienced heroes doing the best they can. The formulas are all the same, just the faces are different. And many of the faces aren’t even new. Kitty being in the Ultimates makes complete sense. I personally had always envisioned Ms. Pryde as a Marvel A-lister once she grew up, but she never will get the chance in the primary universes. Now I can read stories where it has happened!

Another great part of Ultimate Marvel Now are several B-list heroes have the chance to shine, I specifically mean Cloak and Dagger. When DC launched the new 52 they promoted several characters fans had written off, and their efforts worked. Vibe, of all people, has not only found his own role in the DC universe but will be appearing in the Flash’s TV show. The new title, All-New Avengers, could do what the Ultimate line meant to do from the beginning, expose new readers to classic characters.


The best part of S.H.I.E.L.D: Melinda May

26 09 2013


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D preimered last night with record breaking numbers. Leave it to Joss Whedon to take a once unprofitable part of Marvel Comics and turn it into a hit primetime TV drama. Comedy, action, and comic-book references galore, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is everything a Marvel Comics fan can hope for, but the best part of the show is Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen. This single character takes several cinema character types that have been used for decades, and seamlessly gives them all a fresh approach.


 ImageShe’s the “Old Cop” of the team

Picture this: A seasoned cop or detective that has seed it all. They are working an easy desk job, just trying to make it to retirement. How often is this character a male? A LOT. By making the ‘veteran cop’ on S.H.I.E.L.D. a woman, right off the bat Joss is taking a simple approach that few cop dramas have.


A cool-headed pilot

When we see a pilot on TV or a movie, they are almost always hot headed, or have an addiction for danger. Ming-Na keeps her head as level as the plane. She can be cold, and calculated, which is very different from the pilots we see in Top Gun and Independence Day. Did I mention she’s a woman?


 She’s Chinese and doesn’t have an accent

We’ve come a long way, but racial stereotypes are still a very large issue in main steam cinema. Half the time I see someone who is Chinese on TV they have a deep accent or they are a scientist. We rarely see Chinese actors and actresses playing pilots or drug dealers unless the story is set in China. By making the character Melinda Chinese it creates a more realistic world…well…as realistic as a world with time lost super soldiers can be.


Why Nightwing had to be unmasked

9 09 2013

ImageWhen Nightwing was unmasked in Forever Evil issue one, many fans cried “foul play,” others have became concerned this is a sign our hero will die by the end of the story. Fans who are less concurned that Dick Grayson will die claim, “Since Nightwing is no longer the DC lynch pin, his unmasking isn’t impactful” or apathetically expect Nigthwing’s unmasking will eventually be reversed. I not only disagree with these claims, but applaud DC’s decision to unmask Nightwing. Not only was this a good move by DC, but I argue that it had to happen. In two pages, DC was able to show everything that makes “The new 52” a great decision and made Nightwing an even more interesting character.


 From B-list villians back to A-listers

This is the Crime Syndicate’s first appearance in “The new 52” and they came with a boot ready for ass kicking. They had to. One of the reasons DC did the new 52 was to breath new life into characters fans had written off. Vibe, who has been a joke, is now on the Justice League of America, Riddler is going to carry a key role in ‘Batman Year Zero,’ and Aquaman’s title has remained a top selling book since the relaunch. Before the new 52 the Crime Syndicate had become just another evil version of the Justice League. Their first appearance in the new 52 has shot gunned the team to top of DC’s ‘big bad’ list.


Nightwing is solidified as an A-lister in the DCU

Dick Grayson is by far not only my favorite DC character, but one of my favorite comic book characters of all time (I go back and forth between him and Peter Parker). In my eyes Nightwing is, and always has been, an A-list hero in the DCU. Unfortunately, there are many fans and editors who do not agree. I have seen Nightwing lead the Justice League in one comic book and a month later I’ll see him used as cannon fodder. Many creators disagree on how to use Nightwing and this plays out in the comic books he appears in. Some villians see Nightwing as a threat and others see him as a joke.

In Forever Evil, when the Crime Syndicate of America first appear among the villians, claiming they killed the Justice League, many of the villian’s aren’t buying it. Once it is revealed they have defeated Nightwing, any doubt the villians had was removed. In the new 52 there are drastically less heroes in the world. Before the relaunch if the CSA held up Nightwing, the other villains would just say, “What about Plastic Man and Donna Troy?” After the Justice League, there aren’t many heroes who can hold their own against Lex luthor or Cheetah. While we, as readers, have not read many adventures of Nightwing working with the Justice League, the message we get from the villians is “Nightwing has been a major threat. If the CSA can defeat him, they can defeat the Justice League.”


No powers Mo’ Problems

Nightwing doesn’t have any powers. “Duh Vincent, we know Nightwing doesn’t have any powers,” well when a woman who can control plants knows where you live, not having powers is a very bad thing. Nightwing can’t fly off to a fortress in the North Pole or swim to the bottom of the ocean to get away from his enemies. He lives in an apartment. Nightwing’s problems now range from Two-Face shooting a missile into his bedroom to random people on the street asking to become his sidekick. A whole new world of stories is now possible with Nightwing….


Same Villians new threats

…Or new takes on classic stories/villians can now be done. Like I just said above if Poison Ivy knows where Dick Grayson lives, the ways she can threaten Nightwing are drastically different then before. You can have a story where Poison Ivy turns all of Dick Grayson’s neighbors against him, or Clayface can change into Dick’s parents during a fight scene to distract him. Imagine the stories current Nightwing writer Kyle Higgins has planned now that the Zucco Family know Dick Grayson grew up to become Nightwing? I’m excited!


Nightwing isn’t just another Robin

In the new 52, DC has done a great job of making each Robin unique. Each Robin has their own relationship to Batman and own set of problems. Jason Todd was created by the Joker, Damien was the Son of Batman and Talia, Tim Drake is attempting to build his own super-hero team, and now Nightwing’s identity is public.


Nighwing isn’t “Batman light”

We have all heard fans and creators say, “Nightwing is Batman light. Why would you read Nightwing if you can read Batman.” Nightwing now faces a new layer of problems that Batman will not encounter. I cannot think of any main stream comic book heroes who has a public identity but has no powers. Daredevil and Steve Rodgers may both have public identies in Marvel, but they also still have powers. Daredevil can literally hear a villain coming from a mile away and Steve Rodgers has an apartment with super security in it. Nightwing doesn’t even have a dog. The stories we will be reading from Nightwing will be stories entirely new to the industry.


Nighwing isn’t the DC lynch pin, and that makes things worse for him

Several fans have made the argument that Nightwing’s unmasking would have been more impactful during the pre-new 52Image time-period because he had a strong super-hero social circle. While it’s true that his unmasking would have impacted other heroes, I’m not sure it would carry a greater impact. Remember, pre new 52 means there are more heroes and more people with powers. He had at least five sorcerers on speed dial. He could ask Booster Gold to do him a solid and take him back in time. Worst-case scenario, Nightwing could just move into Titans Tower. Without his huge social circle, having his identity public sucks in a big away. There also aren’t a whole lot of heroes that are going to be rushing to save him from his recent defeat at the hands of the CSA.


The new 52 doesn’t allow for “one more day”

Like I said before, the new 52 doesn’t have the plethora of mages or time travelers the old DCU had. Writing a way to reverse Dick Grayson’s unmasking could have been done without a bat of the eye. In the new 52, with no Hourman, Booster Gold, or Dr. Fate, the options for reversing Nightwing’s identity unmasking are very limited….


DC has show they are sticking to their guns, whether we like it or not 

…And more to the point, it’s unlikely to happen. DC has been sticking to their guns for the most part. Sure they have stumbled over their own feet (such as originally stating the current team of Titans had not been the first) but DC has not budged on many editorial choices, no matter how popular or unpopular they are. Wally West has not returned, Superman’s personality is still not the Boy Scout he once was, and Joker still has no face. If we look at the track record, it’s unlikely DC will be reversing Dick Grayon’s unmasking anytime soon, if at all….


Anything can happen in the new 52

…if for no other reason then to prove that anything can happen in “The new 52.” DC is trying to drill this into our heads. DC wants fans to be shocked and surprised without feeling cheated when major twists hit. The universe is still very young. If DC reverses a character death now, or mind-wipes their casts, it will leave a sour taste in the mouths of their readers they can’t afford to give. 5 years from now will Nightwing’s identity be a secret? Who knows. But if they keep his identity public for that long, DC deserves a pat on the back. Most of the time the big publishers can’t even wait a year or two before sending things back to how they where.