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Thursday, February 01, 2018 

One of Gail Simone's creations for the All-New Atom was revoltingly developed

Bustle spoke about the use of a character Gail Simone conceived when she was writing the SJW-pandering Asian Atom in 2006 on the Flash TV show. A character called Dwarfstar/Sylbert Rundine, and the description here is disturbing:
Dwarfstar is a creation of writer Gail Simone, who debuted in 2006 and was originally conceived as an adversary for the Atom. Atom, as DCTV fans already know, is the heroic mantle worn by Ray Palmer, currently one of the Legends of Tomorrow. As for the nickname "Dr. Shrinker," unless it's an out-of-the-box reference to a 1976 TV character, there's no comic book history there. It's likely just one of Cisco's less successful nicknames. The name "Dwarfstar," however, is a reference to the type of super-strong metal alloy that Ray Palmer uses to make the Atom suit.

Atom already possesses the ability to shrink himself down to microscopic size (hence his name), and in the comics, the villainous Rundine has a mechanism similar to Atom's Bio-Belt that also allows him to grow and shrink at will. Dwarfstar was an antagonist for Ryan Choi, rather than Palmer, but both heroes crafted their powers from the same source, so Rundine's use of the dwarf star alloy could be adapted for The Flash (film editing, 6 episodes: Felicia Mignon Livingston) as the source of his powers. In fact, the metal has even used to help repair Barry's suit on the show before.

Outside of that atomic connection, this version of Dwarfstar seems pretty dramatically removed from the original. In Sylbert Rundine's first appearance in All-New Atom #2, he's already a serial killer and rapist, even before he's offered a Bio-Belt. That's a much, much darker tone than the CW usually takes in this series. Over the course of his appearances, Dwarfstar ages, travels between dimensions, and becomes even more brutal and violent when it is revealed that he is the son of supervillain Lady Chronos. In the comics, Dwarfstar even kills Atom, so even a more stable, non-serial killer version of this character could turn out to be incredibly dangerous.
The TV show may not rely on such nasty elements (though Legends of Tomorrow does rely on nasty politics, unfortunately), but after reading this description, one can only conclude Simone wasn't particularly bothered about the ideas used in Identity Crisis, coming as her diversity-themed take on the Mighty Mite was about a year and a half after Brad Meltzer's notorious miniseries was published. Apparently, these are the kind of costumed supervillains today's social justice screwballs think is perfectly acceptable - one who's willing to commit sex offenses and murder. Relying so heavily on that form of villain is exactly what's taken the fun out of superhero comics, and minimized the seriousness of the issue. I think even Marvel had a storyline or two running in the mid-2000s where rape was shoehorned in as a plot device.

The death of Ryan Choi was reversed, but last time I looked, DC was still kicking Ray Palmer to the curb for the sake of their own SJW pandering. I don't think killing a character nobody wanted to read about was a good idea, no matter how politicized his creation was. But that's still no excuse for continuing to belittle white counterparts for the sake of their own social justice machine. And using a villain whose characterization was so gross for a wellspring in these TV shows is also very cheap.

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