We don’t talk enough about the League of Assassins.
I was going to write this long, detailed essay/list of questions/rant about DC’s treatment of the League of Assassins, but then I thought, “Nah,” and decided to just condense what I had and get it out there.
1. Culture - If the prime demographic of the LoA is Arab, as it is according to DC, why are there no depictions of Arabic culture within it? I’m talking food, culture, language, interpersonal interactions - where is it all? But most importantly, where is the freaking dabke? Because, funnily enough, being Arabic does not stop you from being human. Humans have birthdays, get married, have kids. Humans celebrate. Even if people joined the League as individuals, the League is still a community centered around a common ideal, and in a community, people celebrate.
Which brings me back to my original point - where is the dabke? Where is the dancing to celebrate Damian’s sixth birthday (led, of course, by the precocious child himself)? Where is the shawarma at the celebration for Talia’s recent victory? Where are the old folks smoking the hookah in the corner while the youth show off on the dance floor? Where is it? Because you can’t have it both ways, DC - either the League is a militaristic society with rigidly enforced personal boundaries (i.e. white), or it is Arabic (very communal, touch is important, and making someone food is a culturally acceptable way of showing affection). If it’s the first, stop labeling them as Arabs. But if it’s the second, please, for the love of God, please give these figures and us the readers their (our) culture.
2. Damian Wayne -
He can be a scarred kid without it being because he grew up in an ”bad guy” culture. I would love to read about members of the League supporting our smol son growing up and then about Talia loving and protecting him but maybe screwing up in her expectations for him (In short, Talia and Damian being complex, multilayered characters). Talia means well - A little louder? TALIA MEANS WELL - but that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t still put enormous pressure on him to be perfect. Kids are under enormous pressure these days, and I think they would identify with this kind of parent-child dynamic.
3. Demographics - Please don’t jump down my throat for this, but I think the biggest demographic within the LoA is the disenfranchised of the world: the poor, the persecuted, the excluded, and those who have lost faith in the world and humanity’s ability to change. People don’t join radical groups or terrorist organizations unless they feel they and their ideas will not be accepted anywhere else.
If there are examples of anything I talked about, I would love to see them! The newest issues showing Talia are like a balm to my wounded soul, but now that I’ve seen them, I’m struck by how rare it is to see stuff like that, and I need more.
ash, has Abby ever reminded Oliver of Moira? what stories has he told the kids about Raisa, Moira, or Tommy?
I don’t often see Mom in either of my children, to be honest with you. I suppose sometimes there’s something about Abby’s smile or her laugh that brings me back. Sometimes when she’s putting on a brave face for cameras or strangers, I see a flash of her grandmother.
The one person in their generation who most strongly reminds me of Mom is Tish, oddly enough.
I haven’t told them as many stories as I probably should have. They’ve done their own research, and they know our family history in broad strokes. I’ve tried to give them the side of Mom that you wouldn’t see in news articles - her capacity for gentleness, the fierce way she loved people. But she’s always been difficult to talk about. Difficult to explain to anyone who didn’t know her.
Jon has a few hazy memories of Raisa, but I’m fairly certain that when the kids picture her, it’s Milena they’ve superimposed onto the image. It’s not a perfect analog, but I think it’s enough for them to understand what she meant to us.
Tommy… I believe he would have genuinely liked my children, had he known them. It’s easy to imagine. And I think they would have adored him. They know a few stories I wish they didn’t, including some of the highlights of Mardi Gras 2007. They know what he meant for the Arrow, and twice Abby has come with me to visit him on the 15th of May.
I deliberately kept a lot of stories to myself when Jon was younger. He knew enough of my personal history to throw it in my face whenever I grounded him, and I didn’t need to hand him ammunition like, “That time Tommy Merlyn filled his father’s pool entirely with alcohol and then jumped in.”
Incidentally, the greater density of alcohol compared to water makes you more buoyant.
“by grace of your training, I will not be seduced.”
can we talk about what a weird line this is? ‘seduced’ does not at all collocate with associations of goodness, virtue, light – this is normally used in the context of darkness, sin etc; of going from virtue to sin, not the other way around (which could also point towards kylo’s absolute conviction of his own rectitude: the light, for him, is the dark side)
also interesting to think about it from the perspective of a temptation trope – when tempted, characters almost always give in – or at least flirt to some degree with the opposing ideology. you don’t test a character’s faith only to have them demonstrate that there are in fact no cracks in their belief at all. which brings me back to, of course, the connotations of ‘seduce’; why use that word as opposed to ‘tempt’ – the latter is far more general, far more high-frequency, used far more in the context of morality. whereas ‘seduce’ ofc has a highly specific, highly sexualised, connotation.
it’s a lot to infer from a single word, i know, but, subliminally, i think that word v interestingly touches on the two main points of kylo’s arc going forward i.e redemption and romance
…Led a lie ‘cause it was easier than going home. And tell me, where do we go when this shit gets so real? We can’t find the words to say, I’m standing here in limbo, If this is what we’re in for then maybe I don’t want it anyway. Innocent or guilty, will you save me if I stay? Can I lay back into the dark?
Extreme Music – Bring Me Back To Life Daniel Cavanagh – The Exorcist Zayde Wolf – Brave Zayde Wolf – Man or a Monster George Maple – Lover George Maple – Hero George Maple – Everybody Here Wants You SoMo – Ride
there are a couple of songs that sometimes i just…need to listen to. like it’s a requirement. it brings me back to my roots. humbles me. calms me. i don’t know how many songs have this affect on me, but i do know three:
I found it funny and terrible. And yeah, heartbreaking.” she laughed bitterly. “How can I keep on saying yes, even if I wanted to say no. How I keep on believing in so many lies even if all I wanted was to know every little bit of the truth. Maybe because I know it would hurt me so bad. To see things far from what I wanted them to be. To hear the words that would bring me back to every pain I’m always avoiding—to feel. It hurts like hell. And I am so tired of pretending that it was okay.” she looked down and finally said, “And if I continue this, it would just tear me in the end. I just realized that I deserve to say no.” she sighed showing that she’s exhausted, then she softly said, “And this time, I’ll choose to say no.