Saturday, April 20, 2013
A lot has been reported abut diversity or lack thereof in comic characters for companies in the past few years. Publishers have made an attempt to broaden their lines by adding characters of different races, religions and sexual preferences and that's a good thing. I think that there has been a step backwards in other aspects, though. With Amanda Waller being made over to be fit and athletic, we have less of a diversity in body types. Then there's heroes like Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, and the rest of the JSA - They have all been re-imagined as characters in their 20's-30's. The fact that DC had a crew of older heroes to serve as mentors and elder statesmen was one thing that made them unique, and now the diversity in age has almost all been washed away. I guess they thought that de-aging would make the characters more relatable, but I never had a problem reading and enjoying their tales, even when I was a little kid.