Stop the slaughter of children and of prior hero generations
DC’s done some great things. My Comics Spotlight column on Blue Beetle last week showcased one of them. Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis had Superman singing a happy universe in being. (Though DC editorial seems to have forgotten this upbeat possibility.)First, the problem with the new Blue Beetle is that it was built off the blood of Ted Kord, who'd been slain in a bloody mess in Countdown to Infinite Crisis by Max Lord in a contrived transformation into a real villain. And if that's how they're going to treat the prior generation of even a minor superhero...then it's no more valid a presentation than One More Day is for Spider-Man. Simply put, you don't introduce new generations of superheroes via contempt for the older ones.
Second, didn't Final Crisis kill off Martian Manhunter? In that case, what's so great about that miniseries either?
While we're on the subject, The Weekly Crisis has some previews for upcoming DC/Marvel books, and among them is something called Justice League: Rise and Fall Special, written by the now awful James Robinson with J.T Krul. And what do they say about it:
From the original announcement up until last week, I was incredibly pumped for this storyline to kick off simply because I couldn’t wait to see JT Krul’s take on Green Arrow. Unfortunately, the sheer stupidity of the events of Cry for Justice (Roy Harper losing an arm, Star City being destroyed again, Green Arrow killing Prometheus, and perhaps most idiotic of them all, Lian Harper being brutally killed), I’m not sure if I want to have anything to do with this story. Green Arrow is my favorite non-Bat character in the DCU and this is his biggest storyline in years, but the story leaves such a bad taste in my mouth that I may just avoid it altogether!Now that's sage advice, I must agree. All those offended by Cry for Justice can now take up the chance to make their opinions clear, by boycotting this special for starters, ditto the upcoming Fall of Green Arrow and the Rise of Arsenal miniseries. Likewise, if Robinson is in charge of writing the Justice League now, all concerned can avoid that too like the plague.
Update: there is now a Facebook group dedicated to campaigning to bringing back Lian Harper and reversing her fate (via Titans Tower Monitor).