Thursday, January 28, 2010
Devon's List of DC Characters Overdue For A Comeback
Need one even ask "why?"
With Brightest Day fast approaching, who better to represent change for the better than reinstating Hank Hall AKA Monarch as Hawk.
Turning Hawk into Monarch pretty much symbolized everything wrong about DC Comics in the 90's. In an age where they ceremoniously killed and replaced Superman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen, maimed Aquaman and crippled Batman, they also simultaneously crippled the concept of Hawk and Dove. They're characters linked in an eternal struggle against the forces of Order and Chaos and DC chose Chaos, leaving Order (Dove) to fend for herself in limbo. The final indignity was replacing them with guitar-strumming grunge rockers who talked about... something... who gives a damn?
They weren't Hawk and Dove.
If a brighter day is truly to come, who better to usher it in than the balance of Order and Chaos?
It's just time. Bring him back. The smiling, happy guy above. Bring him back. Drop the angst. Drop the healing hand schtick. Bring back Mera. Bring back AQUAMAN. Bring back the King of The Seven Seas. As ruler of 70% of the Earth, Aquaman should be it's most well-traveled hero. One issue should have him fighting sea monsters in Ireland, the next exploring the reappearance of the river Styx in Greece. Aquaman should always be in motion.
Aquaman should be a walking, talking version of The Dangerous Book for Boys.
Sea monsters? Aquaman.
You're never gonna get another chance like this, ever again. Grant Morrison is writing Batman and the man known for breaking down the walls of convention is known for making the impossible, feasible. The man who gave Danny The Street to the Doom Patrol, the writer who revealed himself as a character within the Vertigo Universe he was helping create has yet to touch one of the greatest of all Bat-creations, The Bat-Mite.
Grant, please, please, PLEASE break open The Black Casebook and give us some new Bat-Mite stories. You owe it to yourself, you owe it to storytelling, you owe it to "fun," and most importantly, you owe it to Bat-Mite.