Saturday, January 01, 2011
Gotham Sirens #18 continues the character assassination of Zatanna The Magician this month, as written by Peter Calloway. I'm not a regular reader of the series, but it used to be written by Paul Dini, the writer of Zatanna's monthly series, and when I saw that she was guesting for a story arc I checked it out, only to find that this storyline introduced Mr. Calloway to the book.
Back when Zatanna was more of a C-Lister in the DC Universe Brad Metzler came up with a plot for Identity Crisis that involved a group of DC villains obtaining the knowledge of several Justice League members' secret identities, endangering not only those Leaguers but their loved ones as well. The League voted and had Zatanna use magic to erase the dangerous information from the villains' minds. (A similar, better, IMO, plot had been used previously at Marvel in the Squadron Supreme series.) Just to get the point across that mindwiping was wrong, Batman interrupted and was mindwiped by Zatanna in order that he forget what he witnessed. During the course of the miniseries the villains got their memories back, and Zatanna had to clean up the mess she'd made. Following Identity Crisis Zatanna went on a DC Universe-wide Apology Tour, and she and Batman eventually reconciled.
One of the villains Zee had apparently messed with had been Selina Kyle, the Catwoman. Ignoring the events of her own series, which showed how Selina had progressed from an amoral thief to a decent almost-heroine, altruistically protecting her part of Gotham City, The Powers That Be at DC decided that Selina's transformation had been due to Zatanna's manipulation. Gotham Sirens brings together those plot points, along with Bruce Wayne's voluntary unmasking in the 'Hush' storyline in the Batman series, in order to have Bruce's other long-time paramour, Talia Al Ghul, convince Zatanna that Batman's secret identity is too dangerous a secret for Catwoman to have, and that she therefore must erase that memory from Selina's mind. Because that worked so well before.
Aside from being bugged about the fact that DC had several characters who specialized in telepathy/mind control (including JLAers Martian Manhunter and Aquaman), but chose to tarnish Zatanna instead, the tossing away of Selina's character progress was one of the worst things about Identity Crisis and its related books. I am surprised that with Zatanna finally starring in her own series, and no longer a C-Lister available as a plot device this particular trashing of her character saw print. Zatanna swore up and down that she would never do the 'mindwipe' thing again, and she's convinced by Talia, of all people, hardly a trustworthy source, to erase a memory Bruce voluntarily shared with Selina? Not only unlikely, but implausible. What if Bruce found out? Does she really think he'd be happy that she acted to 'protect' him? This isn't Silver Age Batman (who, unfortunately, would jump at the chance).
Despite the efforts to show that Zatanna realized how she was being manipulated, the idea that she would willingly attempt such a thing in the first place is ludicrous. May this story arc never be alluded to again. (Oh, but it's continued next issue!)
Posted by Kenn at 1:32 PM
Friday, December 31, 2010
Goodbye, 2010! Goodbye, decade that never was adequately named (Oughts?)! Hello, 2011! Hopefully, the Mayans were wrong about that whole 2012 thing (though I'm still not buying a full calendar for that year). Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!
Thinking about the New Year, there's almost always the impulse toward getting into better shape, unless you already look like Maxwell Zagorski, seen here modeling styles that the rest of us might wear in such endeavors, from Gilt Group's Sugoi, Cannondale and MPG!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
As Bruce Wayne continues to outsource the Bat in Batman Inc, both Batmen (Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson) recruit Nightrunner in the continuing story printed in this year's Batman and Detective Annuals.
In the push for diversity in the DC Universe, yes, Nightrunner is Muslim, which makes him only the second member of the extended BatFamily to have declared a religious affiliation (Batwoman is Jewish, an aspect of her character far overshadowed by her being a lesbian in the hierarchy of diversity).
As a guy skilled in parkour, Bilal should make an excellent addition to the BatClan, becoming the only one who doesn't need ropes anf grappling hooks to get around.
I AM wondering whether, with the focus on Nightrunner's religion, if we will ever get an affiliation assigned to the Batmen, Red Robin, Batgirl, or even Alfred? Now that the subject's on the table, it might be an interesting one for the writers to address.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Greg Kelley is studying psychology and journalism but has a passion for fashion and modeling.His natural good looks as well as his athleticism (track and field)are no doubt going to be an asset as he pursues that passion. Photographed by Thomas Synnamon (Above and following):
Sean P. Watters:
and John Ticknow:
it looks like Greg's got a bright future ahead of him!
Posted by Kenn at 8:27 AM
Monday, December 27, 2010
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