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Monday, September 04, 2006 

Process continues

In the fifteenth week issue of 52, we find out that another protagonist from the Giffen/DeMatties run on the Justice League, Booster Gold, has been sacrificed at the alter of PC sickness. The blogmaster of Major Spoilers asks the following question at the end?
"Why the hell is DC killing off Justice League members from the Giffen/DeMatties era?"
Answer: it has what to do with their descent into joylessness, and carefully masked political propaganda, which could make it even worse in some ways than what Marvel's doing. (This is exactly why I don't understand why the favorable review for this issue? Surely it's doing exactly what DC wants?) The Giffen/DeMatties era was one with a lot of enjoyment in it, so, DC's current overlords, which is just so obsessed with their biases, decided it simply won't do, and one of the reasons why they put together that awful, editorially mandated "special" called Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

Oh, and did I mention the political biases that find their way into 52 too? Well, in the case of Booster Gold, it appears that his having knowledge of the future, as noted in this summary of week 7, is meant to be, upon closer thought, an analogy to the moonbat accusation being leveled against president Dubya that he knew that there was going to be an attack against America. (For a sample of what this was like, here's a page from the Media Research Center.) But whether or not it's a political analogy, the sad thing is how Booster, a pretty good character when he first appeared, is being killed off out of political correctness and on the assumption that nobody will care, even if he can come back. On which: surely they cannot think of some way of making a real use out of Booster as a lead in a story instead of slaying him? If they wanted to, they could do it, instead, they go the easy route. They do something even worse with Ralph Dibny by depicting him as on a road of brokenheartedness. I don't know where the whole story with Ralph is going, but on the whole, it does not interest me.

And using already established characters to convey a political bias instead of creating new ones is really stupid.

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