One thing I'm learning as I read more about comics and read more from comics fans is this issue of nostalgia. Apparently, once a writer makes it in the industry, he or she will writer stories featuring characters that they grew up with. Some readers seem to think this is a bad thing, while others still clamor for the "good old days," whatever that may be. Those fans in the anti-nostalgia camp seem to think it stagnates the art of comics--perhaps they wonder how can something progress when you're looking back? While the pro-nostalgia comic fans (and I think I fall more towards this line of thinking...even though I don't see how I can legitimately be nostalgic after eighteen months of comic reading) yearn for storytelling throwbacks of an earlier era.
All of this raises all sorts of issues for both camps. How do you decide which era is the era which deserves an homage? How can you expect someone to read a story which isn't original without becoming bored of it? And so on. I can't really answer those questions, only raise them.
Because some characters have been around for over a half a century, and so many hundreds of stories have been written about them, there's so much to pick from when it comes to finding the "ideal" era to re-create. And because we all have different tastes, who is to say what's best for a particular character? The industry can go by numbers, I guess, and see what sold well and what was popular, which is I think are part of the motivation behind Justice League: Generation Lost. (Or, at least, I suspect it is.) I'm all about doing things for the love of it and not the money, so all of this revisiting-the-past seems a bit like cashing in.
That is, until I read Booster Gold #33. Now Booster Gold (both the character and the book) is someone (and something) I like for a variety of reasons, and reading this this made me very, very happy:
I honestly don't know which made me happier: J'onn showing up or the exclamation point speech bubble. (I love exclamation point speech bubbles.)
So, I think, in small doses (and when done right), a little nostalgia is a good thing. What I find really weird, though, is that my generation--the current generation of young adults--has suddenly become so nostalgic. That's something I'll have to look at in a future post.
Oh, and here's more, because stuff like this never gets old in my eyes:
Now you know the real reason why Booster ditched the collar.