I’m pretty positive about it right now because it hasn’t happened yet and they are releasing info slowly. Things I have seen have been positive (Bat Wing, Red Hood and the Outlaws).
I’m disappointed that Marcus To won’t be a part of it, I hope they have something very special in mind for him because he is seriously one of their very best artists. I hope they give him a self contained short or just switch him in later because his art is beautiful and something much needed in the industry.
I encourage people to hold off for a bit and wait for the boot to actually come out and/or all the info to be out before we make judgments. I’ve seen many blog posts that are very furious but not very well informed (WHERE IS TIM, etc). I think we all know I’m full of so much rage but in order to protect myself from Rage-Apocalypsing and slipping into DC Depression I’ve taught myself to wait and try to keep up with the news. I don’t want to react the way that our shitty counterparts do to signs of change, I want to welcome any sign of DC changing their ways and encourage them to move forward from their problematic story lines. I want them to change and I’m willing to wait and see what that change will be before making judgments, just so I don’t add to the noise of the our Dumb, DoucheBag, Usually Older counterparts losing their shit at any sign of progress.
Is it scary that Steph and Cass aren’t around? Yes. But I’m willing to wait for all the info and the issues themselves to make a decision. I encourage people to pirate the issues if you have ANY doubts, because I don’t think you should be forced to support something before you know if it will be deeply hurtful and offensive to you. I would also suggest even waiting to have friend/tumblrs read them and react first before deciding to put your toe in, I’ve used this method in the past to protect myself.
On Oracle…. well I feel differently about this. Did she eventually become a very positive figure? Yes. But I still had lots of issues with so many other figures in the DCU being able to use technology to fix themselves. The lady is a genius, knows literally a guy NAMED CYBORG, knows another dude who had his back broken and SOMEHOW RECOVERED. To me, it felt like she was constantly being neglected, constantly not important enough to have the resources of all her friends and colleagues freely given to her. I mean Roy got a fucking arm immediately, what the HELL? Can she get some robo legs?? Why NOT?
And the Joker’s attack on her in the first place was disgusting. I hate that book SO much, I think it’s so awful and I always had issues with them deciding to make it part of canon. I would be fine if they just nixed the whole thing but I completely understand if people are deeply hurt and offended by this, I TOTALLY understand where you are coming from. But I have a brother who is differently abled, I would do ANYTHING to reverse his condition and make his life easier for him so it just disturbs me that no one is using their bullshit science to help her. We’d be losing a symbolic character but the symbolism of no one helping her while everyone else is helped is very upsetting to me as well.
That’s sort of a tone argument.
I don’t trust DC at all. They have given me no reason to trust them ever. So why shouldn’t I lose it yet? They have purposefully made the decision not to include Steph and Cass. I highly doubt at this point those two are getting titles (and that’s really glaring considering Didio said all the “former Robins” get one. ONCE AGAIN STEPH DOESN’T COUNT) And DC has treated Babs return as the return of the true Batgirl. Even if Cass and Steph return in some role, they will have been demoted, had their accomplishments erased, and these girls have been erased so much already. The legacy Babs left is being erased too. She is also being deaged and regressed to a subordinate of Batman.
Your feelings are valid. But Babs has been approached to get cybenetics (by Cyborg, I think), she said no. She was also offered the lazarus pit, she chose for Dinah to get that treatment instead. The thing with Damian -it was pretty inexcusable not to mention Babs but I blame Morrison for that. Babs didn’t want these treatments until they were available for EVERYONE and that’s a valid choice on her part. DC should address this more and better, but that doesn’t mean erasing Babs disability.
I would also like TKJ to be erased. Have Babs get her injury saving Gotham or as a superheroics related injury that was NOT horrifically sexist fridging but just part of her heroic story and is actually about her and not Batman and the Joker if you’re doing a reboot . But don’t erase her accomplishments, disability and identity she’s built up. They had the opportunity to actually fix their shit AND keep their disabled hero, but they squandered it.
I will lose my shit at DC. Unless Babs title is actually BGY1 and she’s still Oracle (meaning they’re deliberately lying) and Cass and Steph magically get their own title, this is unforgivable.