I agree with almost all of this by Jason Tabrys. And as a student of the Jesus tradition, the coming into power resonates on an allegorical level. That said, I don’t think Marvel will let Carol be the full answer to Thanos. The remaining Avengers are going to……spoilers ahead…….
….they are going to…..
Time travel. They are going to time travel. That is happening. Somehow, people like Black Widow and Hawkeye are going to do as much as Thor and Captain Marvel…which is kind of ridiculous. Last time I checked, Clint wasn’t Batman.
“I was taught to believe you could use words to change the course of rivers — that even the darkest secrets would fall under the harsh light of the sun…But facts have been replaced by opinions. Information has been replaced by entertainment. Reporters have become stenographers. I can’t be the only one who’s sick of what passes for the news today.”
Clark Kent, 2012
Scott Lobdell wrote this characterization of America’s most famous reporter, published in the final weeks of the 2012 election. Superman was speaking here as a progressive; this is not a right-wing screed about fake news.
The point holds though, perhaps now more than ever. The White House would like to bar reporters who ask questions it doesn’t like, and refuses to condemn the killing of dissident journalists overseas.
When nothing is true, not even our most basic social mores, I suppose all news can convincingly be cast as fake by people with a vested interest in doing so.
Part of this is on us. We have tolerated decades of spin, of being lied to repeatedly by people in power. Long before Trump, we’d bemoan the truth that all leaders lie, even as we kept electing them. We’ve been in co-dependent political relationships for the length of the media age.
Remember when some people thought blogging would save us? Or social media?
It turns out democracy only works if we participate beyond the bare minimum. If you’re too busy, too tired, too overworked, too impoverished to be more involved, consider whether the systems that govern your life have made that less or more true. Then vote accordingly. That’s a start.
If you don’t know about Don Markstein’s Toonopedia, you should go to there. How else are you supposed to know that Dagwood was born into a wealthy family and shunned because he loved and married the working-class Blondie Boopadoop? How else are you supposed to know she’s Blondie nee Boopadoop? Or that Thurston Howell voiced Dagwood’s boss in the ’60s? Go there. Go there now.
When I was a kid, I totally checked this book out of my elementary school library.
From Comics Alliance‘s Chris Sims:
Considering that I grew up to be the world’s leading Batmanologist, it might be a surprise to learn that when I was kid, I never really wanted to be Batman. I always wanted to be Robin, because Robin gets to hang out all the time with Batman and sometimes he saves his life and also they’re best friends and they hang out together all the time and drive cool cars and Batman probably buys Robin all the Lego sets I want, and…
Uh, sorry. Lost my train of thought there for a second. What I’m getting at here is that as much as I’ve thought about Batman over the years, I’ve never really imagined myself in his position. That’s why I was woefully unprepared to take on a 1986 Choose Your Own Adventure style book about the Caped Crusader, and why I ended up as a Tiny Batman who got killed by a kitty cat.
This post is from 2012. A lot has changed since then. If you’re landing here post-2018, Aquaman is very likely more popular than John Stewart in your current timeline.
John Stewart should be the JLA’s Green Lantern and the iconic alpha Lantern of the DCU. Put Hal back in the Corps and promote John back to the place of leadership and mainstream iconography he earned in the animated Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series. In those vehicles, DC built a perfect platform for enfranchising the character with the kind of exposure the New 52 would have brought him.
The overwhelming whiteness of the image above, taken from the new DC home page, is staggering. And is the Mentalist Aquaman really one of the most popular heroes in the the new 52? Vic Stone (Cyborg), the lone African-American on the League, isn’t even pictured here. Vic’s still paying grown-up dues as a recent grad of the Titans, and that’s fine. But Stewart has immediate traction with readers and across popular media. He’d be a great mentor to Cyborg, and he could bring gravity and leadership to the rest of the team.
Static Shock just got cancelled. A Static/Stewart book would be great. Even better would be a League with Cyborg, Static, and Stewart.
In 2012, can a group with one black character really be called the Justice League? Please. Oh, by the way: in current continuity, John Stewart isn’t only off the League, he’s also on trial for murder.