There’s a lot of bad news going on in the two communities I really love, comics and gaming.
It needs to be discussed and addressed, absolutely.
But I would also like to hear, what do you think is happening in comics and gaming that is positive? What is bringing you joy, what is making you hopeful, if anything?
When DC decided to reboot their continuity 3 years ago, it was clear that the DC universe was now in the midst of darkness. Oh, there were some books that were not as dark, that had some whimsy, either in tone or in their art. Wonder Woman, for example, has been both dark of tone and light or art all at the same time thanks to the wonderful character designs and the coloring, and The Flash, though it was a bit darker than I remember Barry Allen being, was also full of funny little moments, but for the most part, they went with a dark, sometimes even depressing tone. It works in a book like Batman, not so much in Teen Titans.
Marvel too has had its share of dark, but Marvel has also been doing books that are clearly meant to lighten the mood. Hawkeye, Daredevil, She-Hulk, Ms Marvel, and Silver Surfer are all much more fun and positive, even when they deal with tough stuff, than most books, and they are wonderful.
DC too is going this route with a new lighter tone for some of its books, including Batgirl, and while while dealing with Power Girl and Huntress, Worlds’ Finest was a book that had as much to do with the fun and sometimes funny friendship between the two as it was about the battle against Apokolyptian enemies.
I really like this trend. Darkness is a necessity, it is part of life, and it should be part of the comics world, but I am delighted to know that DC is getting a clue about this. It isn’t the 90s anymore, and those horribly dark, violent, leg belt days should be left behind and those things should be more balanced.
And please, I don’t mean because it sucked. :)
I mean have you ever teared up because of a story or scene, or character, anything like that, from a comic book?
Not cried. I mean, I am a dude, for heaven’s sake, but I have to admit, I felt a little tug at the old chewy center when I read that silent issue of Detective Comics after the death of Damian.
Something about the way that story was told, with no words at all, it struck a cord. And I admit, Snyder nearly got my chewy center when he did that bit at the end of Zero Year where Alfred imagined Bruce having a beautiful life only to come to the realization that that was not going to happen.
Believing in Gods, God, Spirits, Divine Ancestors, it is all well and good. Certainly I believe in the existence and power of the Gods, and most of my family are Christians, so they believe in the power of their Gods, but one thing I have to say about that is that belief is not enough.
When you are out in the world, do good works in their honor, donate to charity in their honor. help those who need it most in their honor.
Trying to convert people, arguing with them about their faith, telling them they are going to hell unless they are like you, that is not helping, and that is certainly not in honor of any God I know, except maybe the Abrahamic Devil.
So, you’re a Christian or a Moslem, fine, be a Christian or Moslem, and prove your love of Jesus of Muhammad not by abusing others, or forcing your beliefs on them, but by feeding them when they are hungry, healing them when they are sick, giving a small bit to the world around you to make it better not just for you, but for everyone.
By all the Gods, be a good human being. The rest will follow.