Okay, so I just finished reading Batwoman #10, mild spoilers for those who have not. Maro has talked a bit about his magic working through people's beliefs, but they have to really believe the hell out of it. Now, after feeding Waylon Jones irradiated rats, he starts putting the big guy through some magical ritual to transform him and spouts some nonsense about Killer Croc being the descendants of babylonian shapeshifters and dragons and s***. So, do you think he simply said that to make the ritual work? Or is Killer Croc now a mythological crocodile-man?
Retcon or nonsense?
I took it to just be part of Maro's ritual. As you said, his magic relies upon people's belief. He used the backtory of La Llorona to create the Weeping Woman so I'm guessing he used all of this Babylonian dragon-shapeshifter mumbo-jumbo to provide a backstory for his magic.
I wouldn't mind if someone played with Killer Croc's origin but I'm not too crazy about the concept of his decending from Babylonian crocodile-dragon men.
Yeah but with Weeping Woman he drew upon an old legend and then backed it up with actual happenings, to make an entire city afraid, before he could create the real thing. Verrrry different from going "bro? Bro. you are a babylonian dragon god. Cool right? Now start mutating cause you should just now be doing that". Seems very odd.
Fair enough. He used old legends for Bloody Mary and the Weeping Woman. It just didn't feel to me (when he was actually saying all of this stuff) that he intended for it to be Croc's actual origin. I could be completely wrong but if this was an attempt at re-creating Croc then there probably would have been a bit more emphasis on him and less on Maro and how his magic works.
The New 52 is the perfect time to give Killer Croc a new story. I'd love to see some writer transform him from just some other criminal of the week's mindless muscle to a genuine character and threat to Batman.
They should just get rid of it. I really hate how they made him a croc-human hybrid. That just makes him a poor man's version of lizard from spiderman's rogues. Just return him to his roots.
Then what? he's just another mob boss with sharp teeth(ahem White Shark,Mutant Leader).
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