Mama Deb (mamadeb) wrote,
Mama Deb
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Arrgh! NO!



So. Dinah Lance is going to make a REALLY bad mistake and marry Ollie Queen.

Who is the posterboy for bad husband material. Not that he'd be alone in that poster - the wonder is that there are so many good spouses around - but he'd be front and center. And their relationship has been temultuous at the best of times. Now, that doesn't necessarily mean a bad marriage, but if they enter into this with the expectation that things will calm down - that doesn't work. I think we all know couples who got married in a hope of saving a relationship.

No. Bad mistake. The only way to make this realistic is to have them divorce before the year is out, and in a spectacularly nasty way that would poison everything else, including Dinah's relationship with Roy.

Who is a member of the team she LEADS.

So *why* are they doing this? Here's Black Canary, and when she'd done well, you stop noticing the fishnets and start noticing that even without her power, she's one of the toughest and smartest fighters in DCU. And she's done most of it as a Bird of Prey or in the JSA or on her own - not as Ollie's girlfriend. Being Ollie's girlfriend has never been good for her. People respect Canary. Or they did.

And, you know? Her adopting Sin? Is cool. Her taking time out to be a mother to Sin? Is also cool. Because she'll be beating up the bad guys again anyway.

But this wedding stuff - Wedding Planners and Bachelor/Bachelorette parties and what have you? You know what it feels like? It feels like, "Hey, we want to get more girls reading our comics! But what do girls want?"

Not good plots, apparently. Not good art. Not believable acting (let's not even touch believable looking, given the men) adult women in leading roles (or adolescent women ditto). Nah, girls don't want that. Girls want to see *weddings*! They want to see Dinah Lance dithering over wedding dresses and cakes and lingerie. (I can't even imagine this.) They want to see Superman flying out of a cake. That's what girls want - all frilly and cute things.

And, yeah, some do. I had a wedding with lace and roses and bridesmaids in pink, which is what I wanted. But. Never once did I get giddy or dither (except for the very first gown I tried on. That was fun. But then it became work and I bought the third one.) Otherwise - well, I was in my late twenties and I knew what I wanted. Presumably, Dinah knows even more - and fishnets or no, she doesn't strike me as the lace and frills and princess type. Or the "oh, my goodness. I can't manage!" type. Or the Bridezilla type, if it comes to that. (Wedding done well? Donna Troy's. Which, btw, featured fully covered everyone. Even Starfire was covered from head to toe. It was *lovely*. Dated, but lovely.)

And one issue - a special, a Green Arrow - devoted to wedding? Yeah. That would work. But a special plus things in both Countdown *and* JLA? Especially in JLA? Ick. And going to turn off the boys big time, so it has to be to get in the girls. And, as JLA is not True Romance comics, is a big mistake.
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