It’s bad enough that they have to pretend that some of the best stuff they’e written didn’t happen, but on top of that it’s frustrating that some of that stuff CLEARLY STILL HAPPENED but they’ll pretend it didn’t, simply because some writers make them money and are willing to still reference that stuff while other authors who are less popular don’t have that same favoritism and protectionism.
Agreed. But to play devil's advocate, it would have been financial suicide to completely reboot and ignore the GL books. All the fans that have come in during the last 8 years would have mutinied.
I'm not entirely happy about this mix-and-match preferred continuity either because, again, this refusal to do a clean break caused so many problems after 1985 (ex. Hawkman).
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Oh, it gets better. The Batgirl situation is even more hilariously fucked up when that is brought up, because they keep "insisting" via obvious neglect that there has only been 'one' and that it was always meant to be "Barbara". It's so insistent that it's insulting--and I normally like the stuff from the writer they have on it, but the insistence on the change within the text is so forced that it's off-putting. That it appears to make Barbara a lot less intelligent, even beyond being 'rusty' makes it just worse. The only conclusion I can reach is that it is being done intentionally as a subtle protest.
You know, Steve made a valid observation a couple of years back in a similar discussion. I can't remember which thread, but it was about Jeph Loeb's introduction to the collected edition Superman/Batman: Supergirl
. The introduction showed that the return of Kara Zor-El to the post-1985 DCU had been partly due to Didio's campaigning. Loeb's writing depicted Didio as someone intolerant of the legacy aspect of DC's characters and focused on bringing everything back to a 'one, true' DC.
And it shows as Didio's tenure at DC over the last decade has seen so many legacy characters pushed off to the side or derailed while the 'one, true' version of the character has returned. Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown aren't the only casualties as we also have Connor Hawke, Kyle Rayner, and Wally West.
The treatment of Wally especially pisses me off. Smart move, that, to alienate a fanbase of 20 years who grew up with Wally as the Fastest Man Alive. If Manapul wasn't kicking ass with his own take on The Flash
, I'd be boycotting it.
Kyle is really the only one to make it out of this with some degree of success.