Been reading more and more about DC's insistence that not only did everything prior to 2011 not happen in their continuity, but that the '90s were a good
thing and should be revived. It's like saying everything was horrible about the Renaissance except the plague: that
was a keeper. They've been giving books to Rob Liefeld -- bit like handing your car keys to Gary Busey1
-- and seem surprised that they've been getting zero-star reviews
. And zero issues are a thing again, which might serve some purpose as post-Flashpoint
your characters have literally a dozen (at best) issues of definite continuity to them. And they're at the point they get to every ten to 12 years where they try to launch Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld
again, and in this climate, there's no way that book lasts 12 issues -- I'm betting eight. Not sure who to give ultimate credit to, Bob Harras or Dan Didio: who is more foolish, the fool or the fool who edits him? Guh.
Oh, and Green Lantern is gay now
. No, not Ryan Reynolds
. Or any of them from the movie
. Or the animated series
. Or the other one from the animated series
. Not even Crab-Faced Guy
. It's Alan Scott
, your great-grandpa's Green Lantern who isn't even on what they call Earth-1 anymore
(he briefly called himself "Sentinel," but nobody cared). For a longtime fan, it's not...even a blip on the radar. (And, as Andrew Wheeler
noted, this retroactively removes Alan Scott's gay son Obsidian
from continuity, so the GLBT net is actually zero: conservation of gayness in action. Though we missed the Heathers
reference possibility: "I love my gay retconned son!") It's a big deal because it's still
a big deal; Marvel's approaching inclusiveness with a GLBT cast that can't be encapsulated in 140 characters with room for emoticons and hyperlinks. DC has Alan Scott, Batwoman
(remember the media flurry surrounding that little revelation? Neither does anyone else; pity, as she's an excellent character), and, of course, Apollo
and the Midnighter
, who've had their marriage and relationship retconned into oblivion -- but some things are just inevitable. And there's Voodoo, but she's too boring to even hyperlink.
It's just amusing to me -- this is one of those social issues I don't really have a horse in, but God, but I reserve the right to be pissed off about lazy narratives and abysmal storytelling. It's not even really my fandom anymore -- haven't bought a proper DC book since All-Star Superman
(still worth every penny), and don't see myself moving to change that under the current regime. I did watch Justice League: Doom
, though, and I love how they managed to keep just enough of Tower of Babel
to keep it recognizable, they did suck out plenty of character moments and the entire language-bit in lieu of explosions and punching. Voice cast was great. Otherwise tedious. Read the Tower of Babel Wikipedia entry
for a better narrative experience.
In other news, downloaded the entirety of Red Dead Redemption
and Mortal Kombat
-- the former because I'd heard it was pretty nifty and the latter because, some days, I just need to beat something up and see bones break in slow-motion x-ray vision (Sniper Elite V2
has spoiled me). Red Dead
is quite fun -- pretty much the first thing that happened to me when I got into the sandbox part of the world was to get bit by a rattlesnake. Double-fun: one of my cousins (the twin brother of one of my two favorites, in fact) was named Marston -- same as Red Dead
's protagonist -- with the same first initial, "J." He also got bit by a rattlesnake. But then, that's almost a rite of passage around here.
And I finally got around to finishing Batman: Arkham Asylum
(the game). Until I get to Arkham City
must simply be content the best Batman game ever, and it actually succeeded in freaking me out at one point. In short, I have too many games to play and there's not enough weekend to play them. ...Hrm. Surely this would qualify for sick leave, right?
Also, apropos of nothing: I would totally have this
tortoise's "yeah" as a ringtone.1
I swear to GOD
that that was "Lindsay Lohan" before I changed it, deciding, "No, she hasn't been in any trouble lately, so we'll ease off her for now." Weird