I wasn’t here last week to clear this up, but I’ve finally pushed my way back onto the internet to tell you all what you think.
For those of us who survived it, the 90s was a time when everyone we admired as heroes were getting raped, maimed, wounded, destroyed, murdered, raped and murdered, and more….all in service of making fantasy super-heroes more “realistic”, the greatest oxymoron in fiction. We’ve still got echoes of that nowadays, what with DC’s chopping off the arms of beloved characters, or Marvel killing off of their flagship heroes…but there’s a sense of none of it being permanent lately. We all KNOW, Wolverine will be back, and Alfred’s missing hand won’t last past the next continuity reboot.
For some reason, though…the atrocities done to female characters left more permanent marks. Black Canary’s sexual abuse at the hands of Mike Grell created physical and emotional scars that lasted for decades. Batgirl’s physical and sexual abuse at the hands of Alan Moore and later, the DC editorial staff, landed her in a wheelchair for a generation (while Batman’s trip to a wheelchair lasted a year and has never been mentioned since).
There’s a new crop of fans who weren’t there during the comic character holocaust, and don’t want to know about it. Especially the female fans, who don’t, as a rule, enjoy the breaking of toys the way we boys often do.
These fans have spoken. And I’m on their side…
Let’s glue the good toys back together and never discuss this stuff again, shall we?
PS: I hope I don’t have to explain the difference between editing and censorship on this subject. I’ve heard a few morons getting confused about that….
Ty the Guy OUT
But does this make you happy to see this happen to Green Lantern? (I shouldn’t give the editors at DC any ideas….they have a thing about severed limbs.)