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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 

As expected, Wolverine returns, and Tim Drake is restored to the Robin role

SyFy Wire reports that Logan's on his way back to the land of living, a few years after falling victim to both shock value headline seeking and "diversity" pandering:
"Yes, Logan is back from the dead," Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told ComicBook.com. "After three years of a Logan-free Marvel Universe, Logan is back, claws popped and ready for action. How he came back, why he came back, and just how he came into possession of that Infinity Stone are part of a fascinating story that's going to unveil soon, and in some unusual places."
Oh, I seriously doubt that so long as Alonso and his predecessor Quesada are still in charge.

Besides the news about Wolverine, there's also the following about the 3rd protagonist in the Robin role being brought back to it, although based on this opening paragraph, it sounds like they're sticking with a certain other ill-advised direction they went in when Grant Morrison was writing for them nearly a decade ago:
Wednesday marks the release of “Detective Comics” #965, the first part of ‘A Lonely Place of Living,’ a Tim Drake-centric arc that reincorporates Red Robin back in the DC Universe. Writer James Tynion IV has been building to this in his year plus “Detective Comics” run, and the issue acts as both the start of the story, as well as a reintroduction of Tim Drake to DC readers. [...]
I hope they're not saying he's only being brought back to be reinstated in a role that was introduced just so Grant Morrison's introduction of Damian Wayne could be put in the role in his stead. That didn't lead anywhere either. In any case, the following interview does reveal something very dismaying:
This issue is the beginning of this story that’s been building almost for the entirety of ‘Rebirth.’ It’s been a really great thing to see the little pieces coming together. When did you have the sort of skeletal structure of this story in place and have a lot of elements changed, or come and gone, since ‘Rebirth’ has grown?

James Tynion IV: That’s a great question. I mean, I’d say it’s a bit of both. I knew very early on in the process of developing my “Detective” run. I went into the offices to have my first long chat with Geoff [Johns, DC’s Chief Creative Officer] about this series, and particularly how to lay out the death of Tim Drake, and how that would connect into the larger ‘Rebirth’ narrative. I said very bluntly in that meeting “Geoff, I’m so honored to be a part of this, but I have like one thing that I want to request more than anything else, which is when Tim Drake comes back, I want to be the one who tells that story.”
Be that as it may, it's quite horrendous they decided to go the cliched death route for superheroes, even if they intended to resurrect Tim afterwards. It was bad enough learning once that Dan DiDio wanted to kill off Nightwing, and annoying if Marv Wolfman/George Perez only objected because of residual concerns. Doesn't artistic value matter?

The Outhousers gives a reminder of the disaster that befell Tim as a character:
The New 52 took a heavy toll on the supporting cast of Batman. Many origins of the Robins were jumbled up. Dick Grayson lost his time with the Titans (only to reclaim it in Titans: Lost and in Rebirth). Jason Todd was a pawn of the Joker apparently and had, even more, edge to his origin besides that (that has since been changed with Rebirth). Tim Drake, however, got the worst fate of all: his Robin status revoked and forgotten.

At the start of the New 52, all seemed fine. That was until a few issues later on when his status got more muddled until we learned Tim Drake wasn't a Robin ever at all, just Red Robin. Then his new origin came in Teen Titans #0 and well.. it took some "liberties" with the character further.
And there you have it, they went into their retcons with no idea how to proceed from there. If that's all they could think of doing, then obviously, they weren't even looking for new customers. Lest we forget they kept on marginalizing Spoiler to boot, along with Cassandra Cain, the teenager who took over Barbara Gordon's role as Batgirl, and that was in far better taste because it the writers weren't shoving her Asian background down the readers' throats like we see being done today. Plus, Babs had long been out of the role since the Joker disabled her, and had built up her new technician's role as Oracle. That's why, at the time, it worked well enough. Though that was before DC began to throw even that much out the window for the sake of their sexist-laden crossovers like Batman's War Games.

And without Quesada and DiDio's departure from the Big Two, I still cannot support their new output financially.

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More examples of reasons why it's impossible to maintain interest in comics anymore. (Besides the leftist propagandizing, high prices, and the medium's general obsolescence.)

Kill characters off in a Big Event. Then bring them back in yet another Big Event.

Rinse, repeat.

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