Posts Tagged ‘New 52’

(*POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD…YOU’VE BEEN WARNED*)

IF you haven’t been locked in a room without windows and doors, then you may have noticed a definite increase in a certain aspect of comics lately that in the recent past has only been occasional, and further back was not only absent, but discouraged. I’m speaking of the appearance of homosexuality in comics. In the past few years, we’ve seen a gay male character be introduced to Archie Comics, and the introduction of several prominent lesbian characters in DC Comics (through Batwoman, Renee Montoya, Scandal Savage, Knockout, Grace Choi, and Thunder). These characters have not only been masterfully written and long overdue in our comics, but have been largely accepted by the comics community, with the exception of several anti-equal rights groups (many of whom have never read a comic book in their lives).

More recently, however, we’ve seen a jump in some major plots that will be showcasing these characters and some major plot lines. These include the biracial marriage of Kevin Keller (Archie Comics’ gay male character), the biracial marriage of Marvel’s Northstar (who has been open about his sexuality since the early 90’s), and the announcement that one of DC’s “iconic male characters” will be revealed as gay.

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Gangway for The Big Cheese, aka .... Shazam?

For those that have been following my thoughts and opinions, you already know how much I LOATHE the new DC Universe since its big revamp in September 2011, which I refer to as the DCnU. If you are not already aware of this, then I will tell you: I AM NOT A FAN OF THE DCnU! Getting the idea? Why, you may ask, do I show such disdain for it? It still has the characters more or less, right? It’s still DC, right? NO… It’s really not. I, and many other comic fans the world over, are continuity freaks. We don’t like change, even a little bit of change. Sure, it can be argued that a little change is good, so that things keep fresh and the stories never get stale. But if you take a fresh bag of ketchup chips, wipe off the ketchup powder, and add vinegar to it instead, are the chips still fresh? Sure, but do they taste good? Not if you like ketchup. Ketchup chips are no longer ketchup chips when you take away the things that make them ketchup, and add something else. DC is no longer DC when you strip it of some things that make it what it is, and add other things that it is not. It’s something else entirely.

Superman’s famous red underwear worn over his pants, the first members of the Justice League, the history of the Justice Society, Wonder Woman’s golden features. These are all things that matter (if only a little) to many fans, but have all been stripped away to make room for “new readers” and “boosted sales”. Today, another DC mainstay has fallen casualty to this senseless war on our treasured stories. Billy Batson, the keeper of the power of Shazam, will now OFFICIALLY be called Shazam, dropping the Captain Marvel name completely from here on out.

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