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Friday, February 14, 2014 

Batman's future sidekick with guns

Scott Snyder is trying to make us all impressed by introducing a female sidekick called Bluebird who wields guns, in a story set several months ahead of current times. But it looks to me more like an imitation of Hit-Girl from Mark Millar's Kick-Ass comic, and I'm well aware of what that book is like.

Snyder's also trying to entice the audience by putting Stephanie Brown in the story. But since Batman #28 is set in the future, that could just as easily signal this is a carrot-dangling trick that won't add up to much of anything, and besides, we're past the point where DiDio's staff should be rewarded for all the contempt they've churned out.

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The 1990s are back.

Nah. At least the 90's didn't do this half-assed moral equivalency that modern comics now love so darn much, or depress me... usually. (Spider-Man's Batman impression aside, but as I've learned, that was to make Peter unlikable, to pave the way for Ben and the Clone Saga.)

As for Bluebird, well, what can go wrong?

I'm okay with the concept of Batman characters with guns. Let's face it: Batman's hoplophobia was a 1990s Denny O'Neil retcon purely for leftist political points. I'd argue it's stupid for Batman and company not to use some sort of firearms at some point, especially since he uses explosives - to say nothing of the female characters.

But... as far as trusting Didio's DC to tell enjoyable, non-political stories around such characters? No. Not remotely.

Actually, if you read Golden Age Batman, he definitely used guns, here and there. (Plus, more infamously, he once stepped on a crook's neck and killed the man.) Different standards, different time, etc.

Either way, I'm fine, either way, as Batman can kick ass plenty without them. But I won't disparage a Bat-character if he or she does it, either. It's an unsafe Gotham out there.

I don't have a problem with it, either. In the golden Age, he used guns from time to time. He used a gun with a silver bullet to kill the vampire supervillain known as the Mad Monk.

And Drizzt is right: Batman's hoplophobia was just Denny O'Neill (who I am definitely a fan of, but not of his politics, if Green Lantern/Green Arrow is any indication) trying to push a leftist agenda. He and Chuck Dixon infamously disagreed over "Seduction of the Gun," as Dixon is a lifelong NRA member.

I don't trust Didio, Johns, Lee and their Bad Fanfiction Brigade, either.

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