Thursday, November 15, 2007
Culling the character herd: Begin each new series with a blood sacrifice
When Judd Winick was about to launch the new series The Outsiders, he and co-writer Geoff Johns first collaborated in a three-issue miniseries entitled Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day in which Donna Troy was seemingly killed off and long-time Titans supporting character Lilith “Omen” Clay was killed off.
When Winick was about to launch the new Black Canary/Green Arrow series, he first wrote Black Canary/Green Arrow Wedding Special #1, in which Green Arrow Oliver Queen was seemingly killed off and one-year-old villain Everyman was killed off.
So now that Winick is about to launch a new Titans series, reuniting the Wolfman/Perez era Titans, he naturally first wrote Titans East Special #1 in which he…killed off a bunch of characters.
Who did Winick sacrifice to his pagan gods to pray for moderate sales success this time? Let’s take a look…
Created by: Paul Witcover, Elizabeth Hand and Malcolm Davis in New Titans Annual #9 (1993)
Appeared in: Pretty much just the “Bloodlines” books and her own title, with a cameo or two elsewhere (Zero Hour, the Infinite Crisis trade collection).
Noted for: Being the second most successful New Blood character (Of the three awarded their own ongoings, hers lasted 16 issues; Himtan lasted 61, while Gunfire only lasted 14); being mentioned positively in Sassy magazine.
Will be missed by: Probably just me
Created by: Erik Larsen, Eric Battle and Norm Rapmund in Aquaman #54 (1999)
Appeared in: Aquaman, Robin #83-#84, Young Justice: No Man’s Land #1, Young Justice #20-#21, the “Sins of Youth” crossover (Particularly Sins of Youth: Aquaboy/Lagoon Man #1)
Noted for: Being the breakout character of Larsen’s Aquaman run
Will be missed by: Young Justice fans
Created by: Probably the creators of 52, where he debuted
Appeared in: A couple issues of 52, Supergirl
Noted for: Being a creepy stalker/would-be rapist psychopath; once being referred to in one of the year’s most notorious DC Nation columns as a “mimbo.”
Will be missed by: No one
Created by: Scott Beatty and Keron Grant in Son of Vulcan #1 (2005)
Appeared in: Son of Vulcan, JSA: Classified #19
Noted for: Starring in a book that was a lot like the current Blue Beetle series, only read by even fewer people; debuting in the midst of the Infinite Crisis build-up
Will be missed by: Dozens of Son of Vulcan fans
Created by: Karl and Barbara Kesel and Rob Liefeld in Hawk and Dove #1 (1988), based on Steve Ditko’s original Dove
Appeared in: Hawk & Dove, Armageddon 2001, JSA #45-#50, Teen Titans
Noted for: Being drawn by Liefeld before he moved to Marvel Comics and blew up
Will be missed by: Politedissent.com
Created by: Geoff Johns and Mike McKone in Teen Titans #22 (2005), based on previous Ditko character
Appeared in: Teen Titans, 52
Noted for: Being a long lost sister from a different country that was never, ever mentioned before her very first appearance; being a member of one of the “Lost Year” Titans line-ups.
Will be missed by: Geoff Johns, dozens of Teen Titans readers, Aquagirl II
Notice anything these characters all have in common? Aside from the fact that they're all mostly new-ish characters, created within the last two decades?
How about the fact that none of them were created by Winick, whom we see here once again subtracting from the fictional universe he writes for, rather than adding to it?
Let’s hear it for entropy!