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Monday, September 19, 2011 

As DC becomes more "diverse", they become less kid-friendly

The cliches substituting for true storytelling continue as Scott Lobdell and artist Brett Booth introduce an openly gay character in Teen Titans, whose sexuality is going to be a leading part of his character. No surprise, really. Lobdell was the writer who penned the embarrassingly heavy-handed "outing" of Northstar in Alpha Flight in 1992, in what was apparently a desperate attempt to salvage sales nearly 2 decades ago.

And with this, I think they've ensured that any sales for this relaunch will be short-lived, and given just one example of how unfriendly this new series will be for children. No, they're not serious about seeking an important part of the market at all. Nor do they ever ponder the idea of making the protagonist Romanian, for example, and putting an emphasis on that.

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Where is Judd Winick when you need him? Oh, wait, don't answer that question, please.

Given how modern-day Titans are so ridden with angst and the occasionally naked Starfire, were they ever kid-friendly? Not counting the Silver Age, but from the Wolfman/Perez era onward, I don't think. Not to mention, the 2003 animated series no doubt confused matters.

I like the brand, but, yeah, it is what it is. Hell, I thought they'd just make Raven gay, since she has horrible luck with men. Why not, right?

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I don't know. I had Northstar figured for a Prius or a Geo.

So you don't believe that Byrne wanted Northstar to be gay?


I'm aware of what Byrne may have said or wanted in the past, and can't say I'm happy about it. IMO, he was being unfair to his own creation, though his treatment of Aurora was surely worse. If he sets her up with a split personality, he's hardly coming up with the most effective superheroine around.

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