So what else has changed because of Borrowed Time? Quite a bit.
What is more interesting is what has been changed back.
It’s no small exaggeration to say that various nonsensical elements have been introduced into the DC Universe over the last few years and then glossed over as being turbulence caused by Superboy Prime punching reality. But slowly, in little ways, things have been healing themselves and the status quo has been restored as The Powers That Be take to causality with The Spackle of Infinity and The Trowel of Time.
(You can take this as a metaphor for DC Editorial and the writers you like trying to fix things or as a literal explanation for how various editorial oversights get corrected within the context of just and loving deities working in the DCU. It works both ways.)
The point being that what happened in Borrowed Time is just the latest wave of reality healing itself after being severely sprained for a good long while. And since nothing annoys this writer quite like important changes happening off-camera or things just being assumed to be this way or that way following a big world-reshaping story, we’re going to take a little break, cleanse the palette and I’m going to tell the story of how the Ollie/Dinah romance happened leading up to their wedding.
Why? Because like a lot of you, I was annoyed with how The Wedding of Green Arrow/Black Canary played out.
I agree that the whole thing was a badly proposed gimmick, forged in desperation to try and win back the long-time Green Arrow fans who were leaving the book in droves. I agree that with Dinah being where she was in Birds of Prey, Ollie being where he was in Green Arrow and all the havoc that had been wrought between the two since Kevin Smith left Green Arrow, it made no bloody sense at all for them to be dating much less for a hurried proposal to be made or accepted.
Where I differ with some of you, I suspect, is that I do not see the idea of an Ollie/Dinah marriage being intrinsically flawed. Indeed, most of the complaints I’ve heard about the marriage which were not related to the speed of the courtship basically came down to “I hate Green Arrow”, followed by a litany of complaints of various jackass actions from the last few years.
What I think a lot of fans don’t realize is that Green Arrow has been consistently mishandled for a while now by most of the people who are writing him. And that the image of the loud-mouthed, slogan-chanting, ever-unfaithful, can't keep it in his quiver Lothario who used his heroics as a way to pick up groupies hasn’t never been an accurate assessment of Ollie’s character.
By way of a comparison, what happened with Green Arrow would be like if you opened up an issue of an issue of Superman and found him giving a speech about the importance of helping old ladies crossing the street and listening to your parents while setting a homeless man on fire with his heat vision; the words would be an exaggerated parody of who the character is and the actions would be in complete defiance of everything the character stands for.
That being said, I am going to write the romance we SHOULD have gotten before the decision was made for these two kids to get hitched. It will be a tale of the slow rediscovery of two people trying to still trying to answer the question “Who Am I?” who start trying to figure out if there’s still a chance they can be a “We”.
Why? Because I’m a romantic at heart myself. Because it needs to be done. And because if I can’t convince you that there is something decent at the heart of Oliver Queen that keeps Dinah around... well, then you aren’t going to believe the really unbelievable stuff that happens next.
I may have to get a new name for this. I don’t know if James Robinson has a copyright on the name or idea of Times Past, but this story – and a few other stories down the line – are going to be done in the same mold as the Times Past flashback series from Starman and Hawkman and the recent Secret Origins arc in Green Lantern.