DC Comics Plea

In case you haven’t heard, the multiverse is back.  Indeed, it is a multitude of multiverses, at least according to some of the comments from connected people I’ve read online.  I think that’s great.  I’m a big fan of the idea of a multiverse and think that it works really well in the context of superheroes.  But it is not enough that there is a multiverse, it should also appear.

It is all well and good that Lian Harper is alive on one earth, that Clark Kent and Lois Lane are married with a child on another, and that Guy Gardner has an earth for each of his badass selves.  What I want is stories.  I want to read about the different earths of the multiverse and the characters who live there.  Give us a comic book, even the occasional one shot, for the pulp heroes of Earth-20.  Allow interested writers to expand on Morrison & Quitely‘s vision for Earth-4, the Charlton Comics world.  And if Doc Shaner doesn’t get to do Earth-5 whenever he wants, then there’s something wrong with Earth-33 (that’s our mundane world).

And there needs to be crossovers with the mainline universe and its heroes.  Team-ups.  Give us Jay and Barry.  I have this wild idea for a set of team-ups with the Gotham characters from Earth-0 and their love interest’s gender-swapped counterparts from Earth-11.  Think Bruce Wayne Batman and Silas Kyle “Catman” or Rene Montoya and Kate Kane Batwoman. What happened to the Little League?  Let’s have a comic where Justice Incarnate investigates Earth-42 following the defeat of the Gentry.

DC Comics has a real opportunity here to return to the comic-book scene before Crisis and before the limiting obsession with whether a story “counts” or “really happened”.  There are now plenty of earths and plenty of universes to tell all kinds of stories, but DC has to publish those stories and, most importantly, comic-book readers have to buy those books.

This story is 100% better for the appearance of a Native Hawaiian in it. I believe in this Aquaman because I can see that he was born of a people who have stayed connected with the ocean for hundreds of years. I believe in this Atlantis because it stops being a clever gimmick for the use of our story and starts being a real place grounded in fact and history.

I cannot think of a casting choice or redesign that has done more for a character. I cannot think of a presentation that has made me so strongly think: Wow, that actually makes sense. I cannot think of a character reworking that feels so embarrassingly obvious. It is the most inspired decision in comics for a very, very long time.

These are the kinds of casting choices and narratives that we deserve. This should be the new standard. I want actors and character backgrounds that enhance the stories we’re telling, rather than relying upon what we’d been given previously. I want a Pacific Islander Aquaman to appear prominently in the comics. I want a black Black Canary who has responded to the stereotype of emotional/angry black women by keeping quiet—until she’s had enough and starts to scream. I want a Wonder Woman whose misunderstanding and disregard of the patriarchy is such that she is never depicted with shaved underarms or legs.

should you fight this green lantern?

hal jordan: absolutely fucking fight hal jordan. fight him for no good fucking reason. he knows what he did.  he fucking knows. 100000% fight hal jordan.

guy gardner: this is a tricky one because unlike hal, who you can probably get with an easy sucker punch, guy is absolutely just a person who lives his life as intermittent moments between unnecessary bar fights. like, fight guy gardner if you want, but please decide which teeth you want to lose beforehand.

john stewart: you’re not gonna win this one.

kyle rayner: man why the fuck would you fight kyle? what has he ever done to anyone but been the best pup he can be? kyle has done nothing to hurt you how dare you try to fight him. think about your fucking choices. unless he’s spent his time drawing anime at which point i’ve changed my mind you should definitely fight him.

simon baz: like do you just go around punching people who don’t deserve it? simon doesn’t need this in his life. simon doesn’t need your punk ass trying to start a goddamn fight. what is wrong with you?

jade: don’t fucking fight jade! jade is an angel sent from green heaven. jade may or may not exist anymore. don’t fight jade.

arisia rrab: do not fight a 14 year old girl. but fight the fucking writers on her behalf. like drive to the writers’ homes and fight each one of them individually and show no fucking mercy. you fucking fight them for arisia and you fight them for all of us.

katma tui: like, maybe fight katma? like she’s done nothing wrong to anyone but if you want a fight she’ll probably entertain it. so like, it’s really up to you on this one.

abin sur: i mean, he’s dead

kilowog: lol

thaal sinestro: though no longer even remotely a green lantern, i cannot emphasize enough how much you need to fight thaal sinestro. pull on his mustache and then remind him of all his past failures. ask him why hal jordan hasn’t returned his calls. don’t just fight sinestro. make sinestro cry. do it.