By Buckshot 6 Comments
I was thinking about Dreamwar a second ago because of the Batman vs Wonder Woman (w/o powers) battle. Now Dreamwar is non-canon for the DC characters but canon for the Wildstorm characters. However, despite the canonicity of the story, some stuff looked like plain old bad writing. I personally don't like using or hearing the words "bad writing" a lot so I often try to rationalize how things happened so they follow the story without shortchanging the characters involved, and I think I finally worked this one out. The story is a bout a kid with the ability to dream characters from DC into the WSU, and he uses them to fight the WSU characters. A couple of the things that bothered me (or just come up a lot) are: Midnighter being unable to beat the Joker, Batman successfully using knockout gas on Spartan, and also being able to fight evenly with Zealot. I actually kind of liked the last one since the fight was done well (more or less), I like seeing Batman be awesome, Zealot got to fight someone of skill, and Batman's level of skill was said to be like that of a Kheran Warlord (like one of my favorites, Mr. Majestic). Anyway, the way I've worked this in my head is that since all these characters come from a kid's brain, they're not necessarily at their normal power/skill levels (and they're as good as they need to be to match the WSU characters, since that's why they came into existence). However, it's not just that they're not at their normal levels, I think they might be at fanboy levels, and that's the key. Fanboy Batman has prep for every situation (like knockout gas that works on robots) and is the best fighter in the world (skilled enough to take on someone with 10,000 years of combat experience and Spider-Man stats and hold his own). This makes sense to me, the whole thing is a fanboy's dream.