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Thursday, March 29, 2012 

Dan DiDio fawns over his own most overrated embarrassments

This is almost pure comedy gold. Dan DiDio picks his "top 10" moments from the time he was DC's EIC, and even after Bob Harras took over, he still maintains a very similar position. What he says about Identity Crisis is certainly disturbing:
2) IDENTITY CRISIS. Now, I’ve never been able to shy away from controversy (although I do think I’ve mellowed a bit), and this was first real controversial project of my time. This mini-series, (brilliantly written by Brad Meltzer and drawn by Rags Morales) created a complex and compelling story that would have once been considered an Elseworlds, and instead, placed it in the center of the DCU. It tackled tough issues and pitted hero versus hero and set the tone for things to follow. Personal note, for me, it perfectly captured the paranoid and unease of the post 9/11 world and put our heroes in touch we what people we feeling today, which is exactly what I was hoping to inject in the DCU.
Oh, he certainly did alright. What he injected or even indoctrinated into the universe was something akin to 9-11 trutherism, using a superhero world as a disguise for a most vulgar blame-the-victim/America metaphor, and what makes it additionally offensive was that they tinkered and tampered with established characters, twisting them far out of the norm and even trodding on women's rights in the process. In a way, it precedes the state of the Occupy movements and how the MSM either covered up or downplayed the crimes running rampant there. This was basically the same situation with Identity Crisis too, as any MSM sources that spoke about the abominable miniseries fawned over it without being honest about the trivial approach the story had to the rape of Sue Dibny.

Some of his other self-indulgent picks are pretty laughable too, including Jeph Loeb's overrated Hush story in Batman and the Infinite Crisis material, where he seems quite proud of how they killed Blue Beetle and Max Lord, and even harmed Wonder Woman's reputation in the process, but it's his words on Identity Crisis that really come across as chilling. It just shows how callous he really is and not willing to admit he fouled up big time and long term.

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