Friday, January 05, 2018

A lamentable failure to leap

DC comes under fire for taking a more practical approach to diversity by trying to develop new heroes instead of having them wear the old ones like a skinsuit:
Damage DC

Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when it springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.
Silencer DC

She’s one of the DC Universe’s deadliest assassins…and you’ve never heard of her. Super-strong, highly trained, armed with devastating and stealthy metahuman abilities, the Silencer is virtually invincible. Or at least she was. After decades as Leviathan’s chief assassin, Honor Guest put in her time and managed to get out with her skin intact. Now she lives a normal life with a normal family in a normal house on a normal street. But the past has come back to haunt her in the form of her old employer and a deadly new mission…and Talia Al Ghul won’t take no for an answer.

Sideways DC

During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell  through a rift into the Dark Matter dimension! Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability—and tears are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…

The Terrifics DC

Bound together by fate, and united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?
Worst of all, all of the writing and art credits on these new books - which frankly sound pretty generic - are all men. But SJWs need not fear! The Great Converger, Mr. Brian Bendis, is here!



Anonymous a deplorable rubberducky January 05, 2018 3:05 PM  

So that's a new word for me: gendercrunching. Sigh.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira January 05, 2018 3:29 PM  

That is one UGLY site. The new characters are worse.

Anonymous VFM #7916 January 05, 2018 3:30 PM  


1. Sounds like it's lifted from Monster Hunter Alpha with a young Earl Harbinger.
2. The Idealized Woman feminist that has it all! She nurtures and kills at will!
3. Didn't I see the same concept in the His Dark Materials trilogy beginning in The Subtle Knife?
4. It says to me: "The Incredibles!" Seriously, Mr. Terrific?

It's not that they're skinsuiting existing comics, but skinsuiting non-comics.

Blogger Miguel January 05, 2018 3:34 PM  

"The Great Converger"


Blogger The Scribe January 05, 2018 3:35 PM  

The only one I see with any real potential is "Damage," which sounds too much like a rip-off from the Incredible Hulk. Mr. Terrific might have been a good name for a superhero, 50 years ago. The rest, well, see you in the bargain bin!

Anonymous Anonymous January 05, 2018 3:36 PM  

The Terrifics look like a blatant ripoff of the Fantastic Four, but with fuglier costumes.

Anonymous Tyson January 05, 2018 3:48 PM  

The terrifics is more like the original defenders who were bound together by a curse mixed with exiles. Readers would be lucky if it has the bound together humor of quantum and woody.

Nice to see plastic man and Tom strong getting used

Anonymous deplorable me January 05, 2018 4:00 PM  

Nothing wrong with dusting off third/fourth/fifth tier characters in a new diversity push ...

DC already has a character called "Damage" from the 1990s (ties back to Justice Society):

The characters for "The Terrifics" are also existing characters.
Plastic Man was published by Quality in the 1940s; Mr. Terrific dates back to the JSA (1940s), and was updated/blackified in the 1990s; Metamorpho dates from the 1960s; Phantom Girl (a member of LSH) first appeared in 1961. Now, it may be an interesting plot point to explain how PG has traveled back from the 30th/31st century to present time ... Phantom Lady (Quality, 1940s) would probably be a better choice, but her traditional costume would be seen as triggering (

Here's an intelligent comment from the article's comment section:
I agree. It's a smart move to get big names on books at launch. The big talent will (hopefully) get more people to check out these new titles, and if the core concepts are good, then some of those people who tried the book based on the creators might stick around when the creative team changes. This could even CREATE opportunities for "diverse" creators (ie, more comics will naturally require more creators) in the long run, if these titles take off.

Anonymous WinstonWebb January 05, 2018 4:27 PM  

Silencer is lifted straight from the Geena Davis flick "The Long Kiss Goodnight".

Blogger Junius Stone January 05, 2018 5:11 PM  

I'm ok with new characters or with old characters in new stories. Best of luck to DC with this. The Marvel approach was an insult, an abomination.

Anonymous Godfrey January 05, 2018 5:26 PM  

Identity politics.

SJWs are incapable of seeing people as individual human beings. Why? Because they themselves are two-dimensional shallow hollow people without any depth of character.

Have you ever meet an SJW that held your interest?

Blogger Andoc January 05, 2018 5:27 PM  

Wait, Bendis went to DC? Oh, God...

Anonymous Avalanche January 05, 2018 5:59 PM  

he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions ... and tears are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…

Very Doctor Who (the David Tennant years)...

Anonymous BBGKB January 05, 2018 6:12 PM  

Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over.


Super-strong, highly trained, armed with devastating and stealthy metahuman abilities, the Silencer is virtually invincible. Or at least she was.

Mary Sue hits temporal wall.

he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability—and tears are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum

BorderJumper or were-DaWhitewomynBeAt

The Terrifics DC... Where in the universe is Tom Strong?

NiggayGenius looking for Strong man.

Blogger Geoarrge January 05, 2018 6:21 PM  

"Gendercrunching" Dumb concept, but a good word for it. More concise than "intersectional grievance analysis", rolls off the tongue a bit better than "whining-case"

Blogger Chris McCullough January 05, 2018 6:49 PM  

The initial joke was that these books were meant to draw in the readers that Marvel chased away by systematically destroying their meat and potatoes, and were designed with the intention of invoking Marvel aesthetics.

Blogger Jail Cussox January 05, 2018 7:28 PM  

... this is sad.

I've spent hundreds on better quality artwork on Fiverr. If the art is going to be shit at least tell great stories like ONE.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents January 05, 2018 8:28 PM  

11 Godfrey

Have you ever meet an SJW that held your interest?

Yes, but only in the sense of a curious biological specimen. Like something on the lab table in Biology 101.

Anonymous Laz January 05, 2018 9:12 PM  

"Have you ever meet an SJW that held your interest?"

Sure, but only until I finished. Of course, the was way back when most of them were skinny... and I was young and dumb.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab January 05, 2018 9:28 PM  

Between the guys selling comics for a dollar and Alt Hero DC and Marvel have to get on their a game. There used to be other comics publishers the big two should remember that.

Blogger cmbaileytstc January 06, 2018 12:08 AM  

The first one is blatant Hulk plagiarism, all the references to nuclear (or gamma) bombs seals the deal.

Blogger Alexander Thompson January 06, 2018 4:01 AM  

Nonsense. DC just went through their Affirmative Action genocide ten years ago. I remember because that's when I stopped reading comics. Blue Beetle, Firestorm, The Question, the Atom.

Blogger Michael Maier January 06, 2018 1:52 PM  

DC killed The Question? FUCKERS!

Blogger flyingtiger January 07, 2018 11:30 AM  

The best way to converge is to create new characters. However, you need talent for that, so I am not holding my breath on this.
Once again Johnny cloud is excluded. In the eighties, DC announced that they were going to accept outside material. I proposed a 8 issue mini series for Johnny Cloud. Dances with wolves won an Oscar, the 50th anniversaries of WW II battles was coming up, and they needed to protect their copy rite, and I could write realistic WW II stories. DC told me that they were not interested in anybody doing Johnny Cloud. Why does DC hate him?

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