The Batgirl problem (among other issues) has completely turned me off DC. I have little interest in a company that thinks going backward is the way to move forward. If DC can't see the value of Barbara Gordon as the strong character she was (instead of the 21-year-old near child that she'll be soon enough), nor the value of wonderful characters like Cass Cain and Steph Brown, I have no faith in them at all. Maybe I'll check DC out again after the next, inevitable, reboot.
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Anytime one of these guys talks about returning to a character's "core", we should be afraid. Corporate-speak like that in this interview should be a big red flag. And I don't want to literally judge a comic by it's cover or solicitation, but I fail to see how the apparent changes for many of these characters are returns to their "cores". Or were they only talking about the major hitters, and no one at DC really cares about the "core" of a fan-favorite who isn't starring in a movie?
Anyone who really thinks that if DC is still publishing Action Comics eight years from now that it won't get renumbered back to 1000 is very naive. For all we know, this new direction (whatever it is) will crash and burn long before then. I wouldn't be surprised if there were at least one or two reboots/relaunches/whatever before then.
I hated the retcon that Peter wasn't the "real" Peter Parker, but I liked Ben. While making Peter the original again was absolutely necessary, It was shortsighted to kill Ben. And yeah, Ben dissolving didn't make much sense. They should bring him back.
I adore the members of the Secret Six, in all their insane, messed-up glory, but they are not heroes. They don't even really qualify as anti-heroes. They're anti-villains, perhaps? Regardless, Gail Simone writes them extremely well with wonderful characterization. They can be very sympathetic characters, written just about as "real" as you're going to get in superhero comics.
The no-kill rule that most heroes follow can be tedious at times, but they would be on extremely murky legal ground if heroes just started executing the villains (besides, they wouldn't be allowed to kill the really big-name, popular villains like the Joker anyway). And when a hero does kill, it's usually handled very poorly (see the ridiculous reactions of some of her fellow heroes when Wonder Woman killed Max or when Green Arrow was put on trial for a murder he committed in another dimension). The willingness to kill if necessary shouldn't preclude a character from being considered a hero, but it just doesn't work for all characters. People always say that Batman should kill the Joker, but of all the heroes that might cross the no-kill line, I think Bruce Wayne would be just about the least likely to do so. It would go completely against his character.