What is wrong with ‘Marvels Legacy Heroes’?

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Originally posted on Feb 18th 2017

I’ve had this post brewing in my brain for a while now but it’s the announcement of Marvels latest super, mega, world changing, crossover ‘Generations’ that has given me enough impotence to write it down. I like Legacy heroes I really do, I love the Flash and Blue Beetle, Robin and the Atom. I even like Nova, some of the time.

So the question is why have Marvel been getting it so wrong?

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What is ‘JLA: A League Of One’?

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Comic book characters get reinvented, it’s what they do. One year we want a dark and gritty Batman not afraid to do what must be done for the safety of Gotham, the next we want a more upbeat guy who owns his own space ship. Perhaps this is why DC has always done so well with Elseworlds books because their characters still manage to shine through. Make Batman a pirate or Superman a communist and you can still tell that it’s them. One exception to this though is Wonder Woman a hero seemingly arbitrarily picked to join Clark and Bruce to round out DC’s “holy trinity”. Despite being just as old and having her own camp t.v incarnation she has never quite shifted the books like the boys and this has meant that while they have adapted to the times she seems to have rebooted every few years with every writer on the block sure they know how to solve a problem like Diana Prince.

From secretary to super spy, god of war to diplomat Diana has had a rough time in comics and despite her owners decrying that she would never play second fiddle to anyone some of her best stories seem to have been found in other books. Case in point………………………………

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What is ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’?

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As DC continues to go from bad decision to bad decision and they scramble around to do something about it, going from hiring a guy who thinks they should just do Watchmen to a guy who thinks they should make Watchmen official. So while all this is going on they do the one thing they have left going for them, nostalgia. This is ……………………………………………………………

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What is ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’?

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In the late eighties comic books and in paticular Batman was reinventing itself into a grimm dark reflection of the happy kid friendly books they had once been. Keen to loose the connection to Adam West and ‘Bat-shark repellent’ writers such as Moore and Millar were hard at work to bring us the Bat we know today. Yet one of those books was a little bit more “problematic” than the others and is still a heated topic for conversation today. So lets see if I can add anything new to the discussion and cash in on those google statistics; what with Bruce Timm’s version out on DVD fairly soon.

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