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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I'd Read That!

Okay, I have to say, I'm really really excited about the Search for Ray Palmer mini-series.

Mostly because I'm quite irrationally certain that it's a test run, and if it sells well, we could very well end up with an Exiles-esque team of Jason Todd, Kyle Rayner and Donna Troy hopping about the Multiverse.

Which is perfect. Not in the least because I don't want them to kill off Kyle (I figure they won't, if he can hold a book) but also because this is the perfect place to use all three characters.

Jason's been inconsistent across the board, no one seems to be able to decide whether he's an outright villain or just an extreme vigilante. He seems to get shoved into whatever narrative role the writer wants at the time. And no one seems willing to really hash out a concrete personality as opposed to just using him as villain A.

Being in a group like this would take Jason away from "fill-in-the-blank" antagonist and give the writers a chance to flesh out a stronger personality for him. Probably as the wild-card/loose cannon of the group.

Donna at least has a consistant personality, but her background is insane and the more she's around Diana or the Titans/Outsiders, the harder it is to iron it out or overlook it. But as part of a Multiverse-exploring team, Donna's backstory will not be the weirdest thing they encounter, and can probably even be largely ignored.

And Kyle, much as I love him, would be far better suited in this sort of role simply because it's the sort of situation where he works best. Where he's alone, or almost alone, with only a few allies, not quite knowing what he's doing but pulling it out anyway out of sheer luck, faith and goodness. In GLC, he's just another Lantern. Not the youngest/least experienced anymore, but not really one of the old guard either. As "the Torchbearer" he was pretty interesting, and I did enjoy Ion, but really this seems like it would be the best way to essentially return him to his beginnings.

And while I'd never have considered the three of them as a team before, it occurs to me that they could fit together awesomely. They'll be a really really dysfunctional trinity. Kyle's got Superman's idealism, Donna's got Wonder Woman's drive. Jason's got Batman's...well, he's a Bat. They're all three of them batshit crazy in different ways. The bickering will be awesome.

The potential love triangle element would be amusing too. Especially because whether you're a Donna/Kyle fan or a slasher, Kyle's Kiss Of Death won't work on either of them! Yay!

I like Multiverse dimension hopping in this manner (especially as having a book devoted solely to it would probably lessen the amount of gratuitous crossovers elsewhere). I'm already really looking forward to the Booster Gold book and its Time Travel theme. Dimension Travel will be awesome as well.

Also Kyle and Donna trying to keep Jason from killing the Fuhrer in the Nazi world ("What part of LOW PROFILE don't you understand?!") would be simply hilarious!*

(*I stole this notion from Ragnell)


  • At June 19, 2007 8:55 AM, Blogger Rich said…

    Actually, EXILES was my first thought when I saw this too.

    My second was 'where's Ryan Choi?' but I'm willing to go along with it anyway!

  • At June 19, 2007 9:50 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    This does look like it could be whole lot of fun. The thought of the three of them actually getting along has a lot of comedic possibilities. Kyle's going to wish that he could dump Jason and bring Guy instead.

    I must admit that I'm dying for the new Booster Gold book too.

  • At June 19, 2007 10:13 AM, Blogger Will Staples said…


    I really missed Ryan in the series description myself, but I figure it's for the best if they keep him more or less isolated in Ivy Town for the time being. The setting is the strongest part of his series, and taking him away from that (as in the recent Hong Kong arc) detracts from the book's charm.

  • At June 19, 2007 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hmm...I haven't really looked through the solits yet, so I'm assuming there are a whole slate of 'Search for Ray Palmer' one-shots planned. But, Exiles-esque DCU book would be pretty cool. With 52 worlds to travel, they should have good, substantial storylines for quite a while.

  • At June 20, 2007 2:41 AM, Blogger Flidget Jerome said…

    Dude, I'd read that. That sounds awesome.

  • At June 20, 2007 9:47 AM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    You know, one of the things that pleased and excited me the most about Wonder Woman #1 all those months ago was that it gave us what I THOUGHT and HOPED was the new, official, streamlined, Post-IC NEw Earth backstory for Donna Troy: Wonder Woman's Sister who followed her to Man's World. Period.

    I was kind of hoping that the DT we saw in the back of 52 was a DIFFERENT Donna than the one wearing the slightly-different version of Diana's armor in WW.

    Just another ball dorpped by the post-IC DCU.


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