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Thursday, October 18, 2007

GA/BC spoilers. Mmm-hmm...

Okay, so...Green Arrow/Black Canary did pretty much confirm the obvious w/r/t that particular death.

I've got one question though, considering that some time has passed, during which the body's been kept in that weird stasis thingy, leading everyone else to think she's losing it. (Though WHY she had to kill him is still pretty unexplained. I mean, sure, a normal woman might have had to do that, but a world class martial artist with a sonic cry pretty much ought to have a non-lethal means of incapacitation.)

So...why did it take so long for them to look into it at all? I mean it's great that Batman believed her and all, but why did it take so long?

For that matter, given the general technology of the JLA: auto-docs, Green Lantern rings and the like...are we really supposed to believe Everyman's power is so absolute as to fool Oan technology?

Of course, to be fair, it's very possible Hal was too damn dumb to scan him even with Dinah's protests. I wish I could say that's out of character, considering how both have returned from the dead and all, but Hal can be pretty stupid sometimes. I could actually believe he never thought to scan.

But Batman really doesn't have any faster ways to determine if the body is real? Or Everyman is actually powerful enough to fool those incredible technological resources.

Oh well, either way, I'm glad he's dead. It's a shame because I thought Everyman was a really interesting idea at first, and particularly enjoyed his appearances as Ted Kord in Manhunter (sadistic!), but ever since he's seemed to be overused, and worse, ineffectively used. He seems to now be villainous deus ex machina.

I hope he's dead for good, yeesh. As to whether I consider the series...well, thus far I'm indifferent, so it'll probably depend on my whim and size of pocketbook at the time the next one comes out. I'm not holding my breath though.

(I was looking at the solicited cover again, I still think it's got to be a male figure. Going by limb width/proportion, that said, they could have specifically designed the outline like that to throw us off. AND there's pretty often a catch involved when we see bodies being cradled on the cover anyway. I'll be interested in that one...depending on the victim...)


  • At October 18, 2007 9:43 AM, Blogger Ragtime said…

    But Batman really doesn't have any faster ways to determine if the body is real? Or Everyman is actually powerful enough to fool those incredible technological resources.

    Batman actually USED a faster way to determine that the body wasn't real when he was tested "Ted Kord" Everyman.

    You could understand it taking Batman a long time to figure something out, but after he did, would "put the DNA text to someone else's and see if it changes to check against Everyman" become part of the standard battery of tests in the Batcave?

  • At October 18, 2007 10:12 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Yes, the whole "monthlong" timetable seems a bit unrealistic. A week maybe, I could understand, but a month?

    Maybe she had to finish paying for the wedding, and couldn't afford the funeral right away?

  • At October 18, 2007 10:51 AM, Blogger Rich said…

    I'm convinced that it's Conner on the cover - Roy can be seen with his domino mas at the back of the JLA crowd, while Conner tends to wear a scarf-mask-thingy.

    It's a shame as Conner's a hell of a lot more interesting than Ollie.

  • At October 18, 2007 12:41 PM, Blogger tavella said…

    I suspect Connor just because it fits in with the whole trash-the-90s thing DC has been going with for the last few years. In particular, the trash-the-second-generation-successor branch of it.

    If they killed Roy, then think of all the middle aged writers that could no longer write lovingly preserved version of their childhood Teen Titans fanfics! Can't have that happen. So, Connor.

  • At October 18, 2007 3:21 PM, Blogger Evan Waters said…

    I think it has to be a male figure, since no artist at DC draws women that flat chested. I know it sounds crass, but there you have it.

  • At October 18, 2007 3:32 PM, Blogger Julio Oliveira said…

    You know the explanation is quite simple actually: Because Judd Winnick, that is why. I mean, he wanted the end result: Black Canary, torn with grief but at the same time not believing her husband's fate, so the rest is details. I mean, she could have not killed him (specially since Everyman does not the same martial artist competence them GA, and even GA pales when compared to Black Canary. Sure, it almost impossible that a rent-a-metahuman like Everyman has a power so good to the point of fooling the JLA... but that is all details isn't? Like Judd Winnick would care about these little things.

    It's a shame with all these editorially-mandated stories, bad characterization and flimsy excuses for something happening, a thing that used to be the province of bad writers (like Judd Winnick since he gone to DC, Exiles was quite likeable to be honest), are now a behaviour all across the board

  • At October 20, 2007 2:03 AM, Anonymous "Starman" Matt Morrison said…

    Actually, Judd tried defending why Dinah couldn't just Canary Cry or do a non-lethal move on Newsarama.

    The details and my diplomatic response are on my blog, should anyone care for the details.

    The short version? Winick is an asshat who hates Stan Lee, worships George Lucas as a storyteller and freely admits that he doesn't try to base his own stories on any kind of continuity.


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