By RandomAtom 59 Comments
Writer's Note: DCU = anything pre-New 52, New 52 = Crap
Recently writer James Robinson announced that Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, will be gay in his re-imagining of Earth-2. In the DCU, Earth-2 was commonly known as the golden age Earth where the superheroes of yesteryear continued their crime-fighting ways. This is a perfect analogy for what it is that DC does wrong and I'm sorry I wasn't able to put this up earlier. I was on vacation pretending that this wasn't a real thing and that it was simply a heat stroke induced dream. Robinson is known to push the limits of acceptability with comics, Starman is, in my opinion, one of the 5 greatest cape comics ever written. In it the son of the original, golden age Starman, finds himself in a situation forcing him to take up the mantle. He fights it every step of the way. The decision to make an established character such as Alan Scott a homosexual is not challenging the societal norms, in the DCU Alan's son, Obsidian, is gay. WHY NOT USE AN EXISTING CHARACTER? This is the last straw for me, I have decided to cancel subscriptions to DC comics entirely. I'm not leaving because they made a character gay, I'm leaving because a good company with great characters is being so mismanaged that it hurts me. DC has an incredibly diverse stable of characters to draw from, they put themselves in a position where they thought they needed to reinvent the wheel, but all they had to do was to update the status quo. Change the front line of DC so that some of your more diverse characters are integral to storylines and essential to the universe. I weighed the pros and cons for all the New 52 DC books and I will put that list up, but this is the end for me. DC has always been a part of my life, but no longer. What's worse is I don't feel like I'm breaking up with them, I feel like they broke up with me. No longer are they a company for the longtime fan. They are here for those who don't know any better, and I do. No doubt they will continue to use Jim Aparo's Batman on shoes, John Byrne's Superman on t-shirts and Gil Kane's Green Lantern on lunchboxes, but that DC is dead. Those characters don't exist anymore. If you want to know about them go to a comic shop that sells back issues and trades and gobble those up. Maybe if people buy more of John Byrne's The Man of Steel, or The Legends of the Dark Knight they will switch things back to the way they should be, but for now I'm simply too burnt out to care. So the Joker had his face cut off, so Superman isn't in to Lois, so Billy Batson is a jerk, all I have to say is this isn't my DC, not anymore.