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Dance of the Puppets

Like a bat on a hot tin roof since August 2005

Friday, November 16, 2007

While I'm on the subject...

Maybe I'm expecting too much of DC. It's entirely possible that the murder of the entire team (except Cyborg) in Titans East is actually just part of the whole Death of the New Gods story. Though I can't see why exactly this would lead to the original new Teen Titans reforming, which is the whole point of it.

Thing is, Power Boy was already on the hit list because he comes from Apokolips. As an Apokolipian or possibly Apokolite, he's marked for the New Gods cull currently underway. Possibly Little Barda too. I have no idea where she comes from, but the name suggests a New Gods connection. So it may be the whole thing was simply a hit on Power Boy and everyone else got caught in the crossfire.

Either way, doing a story featuring the shock death of Power Boy is pretty limp. I mean, what's the shock? Power Boy killed by a different mysterious psychopath from the one you were expecting? And while I don't know there was anyone who cared enough to want him dead, I suspect he will be the least missed. It's not like anyone is going to admit to liking him when his defining characteristic was an unhealthy obsession with Supergirl, as Judd Winnick reminded us of here.

In fact he devoted several pages to a sequence about how funny it was that Power Boy was such a creepy stalker that he gets girls to dress up as the object of his obsession when he has sex with them.

Judd, a word of advice: you'd be more convincing with the "not a misogynist" argument if you didn't write things like this. Also, avoid writing humour; you're crap at it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Starman Matt Morrison said...

Silly question; did you read this bit that I wrote?

http://looking2dastars.livejournal.com/52409.html#cutid1

1:18 am  
Blogger Marionette said...

I have now. :)

You caught one point I missed; Cyborg being aware of Power Boy's attempted rape of Supergirl. I could see this being written as Cyborg making an effort to rehabilitate him, but there's no hint of that, and it doesn't fit the way Power Boy's obsession is turned into a joke.

9:28 am  

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