Monday, July 16, 2012

Why, DC, why?

Is DC Comics on a vendetta to ruin every one of my personal favorite characters?

I suppose the old adage "be careful what you wish for" really is true, because I'd rather have The Question be dead than be Alexander the Great [or Ceasar, or Caligua, depending on whose rumor mill you follow.]

And The Phantom Stranger?  One of the most important points about the Phantom Stranger is that we never know his origins.  Hence, he remains a stranger.  We have a multiple-choice origin story for him in Secret Origins #10--you pick which one you think best fits him.  (Or supply your own origin.)  So DC now sees fit to say that the Phantom Stranger is Judas Iscariot.

I sure hope that site is wrong, or it's part of some elaborate late April Fool's prank.  I never got around to getting a FCBD issue this year, so I don't know for sure.

But this trend of shoehorning characters into roles which they were not created for does no justice to these characters.  The Question was a detective on the lunatic fringe, not an immortal first user of magic.  The Phantom Stranger was mysterious force of indefinable origins who had a penchant for showing up in random moments and helping out various protaganists.  Why twist them into roles which they were not meant to play?

Please, DC, I am begging you: go back to the drawing board.  Simplify.  Tell good stories.  Let characters be who they were created to be.  Be true to their origins.  Stop it already with this nonsense.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Two Face by Jegang

I love the graphic design elements in this work of art:

Make sure to check out the rest of Jegang's "Arkham" gallery, too.