9, 10, 22, 23?
9. Most disliked character(s)? Why?
The Batgirl of fucking Burnside.
You know, I didn’t think DC could go worse than de-ageing Barbara Gordon, stripping Oracle from her history while keeping TKJ, then magically healing her so that she could go back to being Batgirl. But then along came the Batgirl of Burnside.
Now she’s all that and infuriatingly infantilised, and Oracle was insultingly reintroduced as a dark part of her past that she’s overcome – a manifestation of her trauma and anger, rather than a reclamation of identity and purpose. Then Rebirth took a second stab and retconned Oracle into being the superhero identity she took when she was in a wheelchair – then ditched the moment she could walk again in favour of gallivanting about the rooftops because lol what is character growth.
Batgirl of Burnside is the fucking worst.
10. Most disliked arc? Why?
There are so many answers I could give because lol comics are terrible, but for long-term damage? Brian Azzarello’s entire run on Wonder Woman. Rucka repaired a lot of the bullshit, but we are never going to be rid of that daughter-of-Zeus origin.
And, shit, I guess the Finches’ first WW arc for the way they fucked over Donna Troy. The fact that Dan Abnett had the opportunity to retcon that bullshit away in Rebirth and didn’t pisses me off no end.
OH. DID I MENTION FUCKING “RISE OF THE BATMEN”? Like, congratulations, James Tynion, all the absolute shit that’s been thrown at Kate Kane since the beginning of n52 – Bette’s mauling and reinvention as (ugh) Hawkfire, the butchering of Kate and Maggie’s relationship, the unmitigated disaster that was Beth’s return, Red Alice, Marc Andreyko’s rape plot that he insisted wasn’t a rape plot – and you managed to top it in a single arc. To not only make Jacob Kane a villain, but to do so in such a way that poisons everything we’ve known of their relationship until that point and undermines Kate’s autonomy – retconning him into a manipulator who has been grooming her to be the soldier he wants for almost her entire life? fuuuuuuuuuuck. yooooouuu.
22. Popular character you hate?
I dunno? I’m not really a fan of Conner and Palmiotti’s reimagined Harley Quinn – but it’s miles better than the earlier n52 reimagining, and I wouldn’t say I hate it. Just don’t have any interest.
(On the other hand, I actively hated their take on Starfire – again with the fucking infantilising – but I’m not sure how popular that book was.)
23. Unpopular character you love?
Again, dunno about unpopular? There are plenty of characters I wish were more popular, though. Like, come on, Marvel, put Faiza Hussain in a comic again.