I think DC’s had a real problem for a number of years, and it’s only grown more pronounced in recent years, in that they’re a bit more in tune with the Marvel style (or what they think the Marvel style is.) They’ve bought into the common rap that their characters are irrelevant old-school boy scouts that don’t appeal to readers today because they’re hokey—all of that sort of stuff. And so the folks working over there seem to go to such great pains to try to disprove such feelings that they go, in my opinion, too far the other way—they throw out the very things that make those characters primal and iconic in trying to recast them as pseudo-Marvel characters. But a world in which Superman or Green Lantern are hated and feared by a humanity they’re sworn to protect doesn’t really make a lot of sense on an emotional level. It’s not what those characters are about.

But as long as what they’re doing is successful and working for them, what do I know?


Love: A Character Flaw; and other lessons from Emma Frost.

“You are still so young, you still believe and trust people… and you wish to be loved. It is, of course, a character flaw, but a tolerable one. Unfortunately there is no shortage of pathetically selfish people who will exploit that, especially boys. One might even consider your first heartbreak/betrayal/eternal imprisonment of the opposite sex to be a rite of passage. So congratulations, you’re one step closer to knowing what it is to be human.”

– Emma Frost (Astonishing X-Men #43)

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