What other explanation can there be? Who else could
(a) come up with such ridiculous ideas to 'improve' and 'help' DC's classic heroes,
(b) have the power to make it happen at the snap of his fingers; and
(c) be shocked when it doesn't work out?
|(d) Who else would give Bat-Mite his own comic?
One of the latest targets of Bat-Mite's unique brand of 'help' is Green Arrow.
In case you haven't been following on the television, Ollie Queen's bow-wielding vigilante has been experiencing an all-time height in popularity, serving as the epicenter of a renaissance of comic book superhero shows. There's been some solid criticism of the show's third season being too dark, and the producers, taking it to heart and encouraged by the lighter tone of successful sister series "The Flash", have vowed to let the show lighten up a bit in its fourth season (including Ollie rebranding himself from "Arrow" to "Green Arrow").
So at the same time, DC, under the direction of Bat-Mite, naturally decides to make Green Arrow The Comic Book....
a horror title.
|Well, we all agree: Green Arrow could certainly use a hand.
They've hired (dashingly handsome) award-winning Ivy League author Ben Percy, who intends to turn it into a macabre/horror book.
Now, I have only read one thing by Ben Percy; his Batman comic with the plane of dead bodies. I liked that story a lot, so I have zero issue with Percy himself or his writing.
Also, I'm a big horror fan (film, not novels, but I'm not a novel reader).
All that said: going macabre/horror with Green Arrow is a pretty wacky idea, Bat-Mite. It almost sounds like a prank, even though Percy sells it well in a recent interview.
I suppose "Green Arrow is the new Batwoman", that is, a Batman-copy who traffics in horror / macabre/ supernatural stories. One the one hand, Batwoman has shown that that can work (until Bat-Mite decides you can't get married and yer comic goes down the tubes). On the other hand...Green Arrow? Hitting Hannibal Lecter / Jason Voorhees / Chthulu in the face with a boxing glove arrow? That is so laughable I just might go for it (just like Bunnyman and Semisuper Clark).
But, as a general rule, when an established character suddenly gets completely transplanted into a different genre (such as the Atom or Aquaman becoming sword'n'sorcery, or Martian Manhunter and Dick Grayson and Aquaman becoming spy titles), it's a sign of desperation, an admission that you've given up on the character. During the District of Columbia's mass gentrification of the last decade of two, we became familiar with the term "facade-omy": gutting out and replacing a building's innards completely but keeping just the very outside for appearances' sake as a sop to history. That's exactly what's happening to characters in these circumstances. Instead of being regentrified, they are being regenrefied.
I'll say this for Percy: he's not afraid of WORDS
|Apparently GA's new sidekick is the Purple Prose Slinger.
Novelists seldom are; I think maybe people who write comic books SHOULD be a bit more afraid to use words. And Percy plans to use ALL the words apparently. On every page. Not sure that's a good fit with Green Arrow. But who am I to argue with 5th-dimensional imps?
One thing, however, will sell me:
|Ollie's next genre: tentacle porn.
If this cover means we're going to get a grim'n'gritty redux of THE OCTOPUS, I will TOTALLY be there for that.