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Saturday, March 25, 2017 

The new Aqualad is yet another product of social justice mentality

In the next example of how "Rebirth" is far from repairing all the PC damage Dan DiDio's done to the DCU, the new Aqualad introduced in 2010 is back, and is defined by homosexuality:
This March, Aqualad Jackson Hyde will join the ranks of DC's most powerful young heroes in Teen Titans #6.

Writer Benjamin Percy will bring back the character -- last seen in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 being berated by his mother for being gay -- into the series in a story fittingly titled "Aqualad Rising."
It's more like Aqualad sinking...into a quagmire of SJW balderdash. Say, if the mother's being made out to look bad, what are the chances they've brewed up an attack on parents, conservative-leaning or otherwise? This is no different from the time when Scott Lobdell wrote up a gay teenager in the Titans called Bunker. It's just an excuse to shoehorn a gay character into almost every series produced by a mainstream publisher, and shove the agenda down the audience's throats.

This might be one of the reasons why, according to Movie Web, Aqualad won't be part of the Aquaman movie's cast. It practically underscores the differences in marketing: whereas the filmmakers may want to appeal more to family audiences because they know that's where the real dollars lie, the comic publishers, obsessed as they are with leftist politics, have deliberately ghettoized themselves, proving they don't want audiences as big as other mediums, even though, as the Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Archie TV shows, and even the recent Disney live action remake of Beauty and the Beast from 1991 proves, they're careening off the rails too.

The new Aqualad was a co-creation of Geoff Johns, already known as one of the worst writers to befall DC since the turn of the century. I'm not sure if he's the one who characterized Hyde as gay, but it's pretty apparent he has no issues with it either.

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The comics medium is a niche market. And the original Aqualad was just a secondary character in a couple of B-list titles (Aquaman, Teen Titans) even in the Silver Age, when comics routinely sold six figures. Writers and editors are now focused on virtue signaling and promoting the political agenda, rather than on sales. No one expects comics to sell well, anyway.

The worst part is that the Young Justice version was so cool.

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