I am planning on making a huge blogpost about what i feel about the new 52 after all this time but first i had this idea that might be interesting exploring, i want wanted to make a top 10 of the things that are the most annoying in the new 52, and maybe i will do in the future but this time i will just focus in specific characters that have just been utter failures lately.
though usually in this kind of post you might expect me to make Barbara Gordon as Victimgirl my #1 choice for worst reimaginated character, but i have already talk to much about her so i want to explore other options to keep my rants fresh.
What exactly do i mean by reinvention? well by that i mean characters that are by all means and purposes in no way the same characters(i.e. Barbara Gordon) that they were before the new 52 and were given a new intention concept or purpose.
4- Captain Atom
I know for a fact that in may ways Alan Moore was inspired by Captain Atom in order to create Dr Manhattan
to be specific, Moore was inspired by THIS
In turn the new Atom turn after Watchmen took a lot of liberties of its own
Before Captain Atom was a soldier stranded out of his time because of an experiment imposed punishment for a crime he didnt commit with powers he could barely understand, his skin was shielded with a alien metal that gives him strength, durability and the capacity to flight and energy powers.
The new Captain Atom is Jesus.
he is immortal, he cures cancer and he died for your sins, all hail the space jesus.
ok seriously the new Atom is for all practical purposes the same as Dr Manhattan, which is really ironic when you think about it since now the original is copying the same product that it inspired, even though i know many will admit that the new Manhattan is interesting, it is just not Captain Atom.
3- Shayera Hall, Hawkwoman
One-dimensional doesnt even begin to describe the new Shayera Hall, she is completely empty of personality, she is mostly based of cliche and even sexist ideas.
the new Hawkwoman is the sister of Corsar, the leader of Thanagar, she is also the lover of Carter Hall, The Savage Hawkman, and all goes nice and easy until Corsar starts acting as a crazy tyrant who wants to use the Nth metal for evil reasons, which ends with Carter "Savagely" attacking Corsar and then fleeing to Earth.
Now this conflict has kind of Shakespearean in the sense that now Shayera needs to search inside her own soul for answers as she tries to capture her own true love for the crime of killing her own brother and king, and might even result in good drama and character development if it wasnt because this character was introduced by Robert Liefeld who has as much understanding of Shakespeare as a Neanderthal would.
Instead the "death" of Corsair flips a switch inside Shayera's brain that transforms her from loving partner mode to vengeful biatch mode in a manner of seconds and proceds to hunt down Carter like a dog showing absolutely no conflict, remorse or any emotion whatsoever.
what is worst of this change to villain is that she really sucks at it, failing at capturing Carter at every step until she gets help from...
spoilerCORSAR, who is alive
... for some reason
but of course now this development "unflips" her Biatch mode and in the last issue(#16)she tries to save Carter at the cost of her own life.
Now it is unclear if Shayera's dead is permanent but who would really care at all with a girl like this.
2- Lady Shiva
my god, just look at that costume, how is this in any way and form anything like the old Lady Shiva?, this is not Lady Shiva, this is Armadillogirl.
in case you didnt knew the old Lady Shiva, this is Lady Shiva
Lady Shiva is the 3rd best fighter in the entire DC Universe, only bested by Bronze Tiger and Richard Dragon, she is the mother of Cassandra Cain the best Batgirl ever and also is one of the deadliest assassins in the world and has defeated in combat even Batman.
and the new Shiva is just a bland version of that.
I generally dont pay that much attention to redesign in costume, primarily cause in most cases is only superficial changes, but here is way more than superficial is a radical change in concept and for what exactly im not sure.
the new Shiva is younger to the point that now she has the same age as Nightwing, which is like 21+, but she also defeated Batman when he was just starting to have Dick as robin which is kind of hard to digest.
I like to think that the comic fandom has always kinda made jokes on Powergirl at her own expense, mainly because she had a hole in her costume that has no other purpose than allowing us to see her boobs, not necessarily something positive but neither negative, there are many funny bits about powergirl(pun intended) and it has been well explored, for a long time Powergirl's own ongoing was a comedy.
and a really funny and enjoyable one.
but Neither of those things meant that Character WAS A JOKE
now it is one XD
The problem of Powergirl goes beyond her costume, is her personality, even though she was a very sexualized character and just really sexy, she didnt really had a sexualized personality, she was fun and loyal and heroic.
Now the new powergirl is hypersexual, in Worlds Finest most of the flashbacks to her time in E0 practically start her making a sexpun or saying how she wants to sleep with a bunch of guys, this happens in practically every issue, there is a huge difference between a sexually liberated woman and a nymphomaniac and honestly Starfire got a bigger complains for much less.
It doesnt help the fact that her own costume gets torn apart as a running joke on practically every issue, the problem is that its never funny.
see, here is actually meant to be funny and it is.
if this tried to be funny, It Failed.
and if that wasnt enough, she is just very mean spirited, she has a constant feeling of apathy for anything that doesnt involve E2, which leads her to say things like this:
and do things like what she did in the Mr Terrific comic, in which she discovers that Michael Holt is investigating how to travel through dimensions, so she befriends him and sleeps with him only to use his toys when the time was right in which then she subsequently robs his investigation.
this is really not a role model for anyone and a waste of a good character.
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