"DC's Tom King Teases [stupid overdone fanboy trope here]
" seems to have become the default headline in my feed:
" Then, issues #61 to 69 will feature a new storyline titled Knightmares, which King describes as an 'epic arc scraping at the soul of Batman.' "
Look, I have written before that long-running iconic characters have certain shifts in emphasis that they undergo every generation or so: for example, Batman goes from dark loner to pater familias of a large group of younger heroes, or Superman shifts from being focused on his humanity to being focused on his Kryptonian heritage. It's a necessary adaptation for such characters and I get that.
But this is not that. This is not a persona-cycle. This is just going to the back to the well of Periodic Fake-Out Stories: hero
dies/is replaced; so-and-so isn't dead after all; X and Y are finally going to hook up; longtime friends/enemies are now enemies/friends.
|The Well is a place of sadness and deception.|
Tom King (and other writers): just... no. Stop it. You're not fooling anyone. Well, that may not be true: you can sometimes fool newer readers, ones who don't remember the last time a writer wrote the story you're about to write. But you're not fooling ME.
In the much (and easily) derided Silver Age, writers (or their godlike editors) knew how to handle such tropes. They either reversed them by the end of the story or they put them in so-called "imaginary stories" (we would call them 'non-canon' or 'not-in-continuity' or just 'elseworlds').
|That second story is the one we live in, by the way.|
They didn't try to fool us (or themselves) long-term that whatever change they were making was permanent. Frankly, the creators who spewed out all the imbecilic but imaginative crap during the Silver Age had far more respect for the readers -- most of whom were children -- than modern writers do for current readers -- most of whom are adults.
Chew on that for a while. I plan to, while I wait for Tom King's run on Batman to end.