Thursday, October 11, 2007

Looking To The Stars - Green Arrow/Black Canary #1 Redeux - Part Three

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  1. *blink blink*
    The JLA hangs out in the Hall of Justice again? When the hell did that happen?

  2. Why the hell would they move back into the Superfriends clubhouse when they can hang out ON THE FRICKEN MOON!

  3. And stolen from McDuffie's JLU, which I suspect was at McDuffie's request now.

  4. Well, McDuffie DID get the Hall rebuilt pretty quick considering it, and most of Washington DC, were trashed during Amazons Attack...

  5. Because Brad Meltzer is a child of the 70's JLA and must have everything like it was or like he wishes it was.
    They still have a base in space AND the Hall of Justice, so it's more like Justice League Unlimited than Superfriends... for what that's worth.

  6. It completely slipped my mind that Dr. Midnight and Black Canary used to date... and here he is, chopping up the hubby.

  7. Oh, not only did they used to date. She dumped his ass so she could figure out her feelings for Ollie and where they stood.
    And now he's getting to cut Ollie apart. Andloving every minute of it. In my mind, anyway.
    God bless his twisted little blind soul. :)

  8. I have to admit, I kind of like most of the art. Wish Dinah would figure out whether or not she wants to keep her jacket zipped up or not though....the Batcave must be a lot warmer than the Hall of Justice.

  9. Yes... a dank cave is warmer than a climate controlled...
    ... wait a minute!

  10. Good stuff. I also liked the swipes at "All-Star Batman" as well...
    I actually read the real version even though I knew it would be awful. And while I agree Winnick portrayed Dinah as a total bimbo in the "Wedding Special", I don't think in this she was portayed as much as a bimbo as you suggest. The fact that she's upset, angry, confused, and grieving means she's actually portrayed more sensibly than anyone else in this comic. For instance:
    1) Why would the "World's Greatest Detective" and Dr. Mid-Nite (one of the world's greatest doctor wait a month to do an autopsy??
    2) Instead of saying "move on, go to Seattle", wouldn't Huntress of all people be the one to say "let's find who's responsible and nail his hide to a wall"? Ok, that's a minor quibble. but that whole panel of responses bugged me. I find it odd that all the superheroes are just saying "move on" instead of saying "we've got to find out what happened".
    3) Hal urges Dinah to have the body buried, and later says "maybe it was magic". Gee Hal, if there's the possibility of it being magic, maybe you'd want to ask someone like Zatanna or Dr. Fate to take a look at the body before you bury it?
    4) And of Ollie's immediate circle of friends and loved ones, why would Dinah be the only one upset and struggling for answers??? Wouldn't Roy, for example, be struggling to come to grips with the fact that his adopted father was killed by the closest thing he's had to a mom? Wouldn't he be looking for answers instead of just saying "move on"???
    So it's unfair to pick on Winnick for portraying Dinah as a bimbo, when everyone in this comic is portrayed as an idiot.

  11. I agree that EVERYONE is portrayed badly in this comic, because as you say...
    1) After Infinite Crisis, you'd think they would have had Batman, Mister Miracle, The Metal Men, Doctor Midnite, Dr. Fate, Mr. Terriffic and Superman combing that honeymoon suite with every damn test they could think of... to say nothing of doing an autopsy ASAP.
    2) You'd think Helena - being one of Dinah's closest friends - would know that Dinah moved to Seattle with Ollie so they could make a fresh start together. So going back to Seattle would probably be the WORST possible thing Dinah could do if she really wanted to move on...
    3) Granting that Hal's not exactly the brighest Lantern - no pun intended - yeah. See Complaint #1 about The League of Extraordinary Forensics jumping in.
    4) Yeah... you WOULD expect Roy to be a little messed up about this.
    However, I still stand by focusing upon Winick's poor treatment of Canary for two reasons.
    1) Dinah, being one of the co-leads of the book, deserves a bit more attention as she is the focus of the story.
    2) Dinah is written so far off base that it deserves special attention.
    Granting that I did exagerate the degree to which she acts like a mindless bimbo, I refuse to believe that Dinah Lance...
    1) Would spend a whole month venting her rage on random thugs while letting the trail on her husband's kidnapping grow cold.
    2) Would wait for validation from Batman of all people when she's one of the few heroes who DOESN'T take Bruce seriously as the be-all/end-all.
    3) Is unfamilar with what an autopsy entails (i.e. cutting people up) after over a deacade as a crime-fighter.
    4) Would tearfully hug Batman because he believes her.