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I think one of these might need a content warning. So, um...

Content Warning! Violence against Women!


So, the DCnU Justice League book has a Shazam back-up. New backstory for Billy Batson. New backstory which turns Billy from this sweet natured little optimist to a tiny tool who has been kicked out of several foster homes.

Way to completely miss the point of the character, dudes.

Also, the Amazons are now mass-murdering slave owners.




So, back in the day, there was an issue of the X-men in which Wolverine tries to stop Rachel from breaking the 'X-men don't kill' rule... stabbing her to death.


I thought that it's kinda funny that Wolverine is back to being Mr Stabby Stabby Death Death and is friends with Rachel again. Although I guess it's less about him killing and more about him stopping others from killing. Though Rachel had totally killed before this. And Wolverine actually went back later and tried to murder the hell out of Selene.

So, in conclusion, I've totally lost track of what I was trying to say with this.


Date: 2012-03-22 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whitesycamore
I don't know the context for the Billy Batson stuff, but I just want to say for the record that I wouldn't blame a kid in the foster care system for being sceptical about people who want to adopt them.

Kids from unstable backgrounds tend to act out as a way of testing prospective caregivers, to see if they really care about them or if they're just going to bail at the first sign of trouble.

Mostly they do bail. That, and the fact that it often takes years for the process of adoption to be completed, tends to make kids in the system extremely wary of forming lasting attachments to the "perfectly nice people" who want to adopt them.

Date: 2012-03-23 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] md84
The fact that this abrasive kid is the best candidate for wielding the power of seven gods says a lot about the Nu universe in general.

Date: 2012-03-23 03:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
exactly. i always though that billy being this naive kid who grew up in the foster system to be... i don't know kinda insulting... it felt almost like a mistrel version of a foster kid... "The Happy Orphan!" hell little orphan annie was more like a real orphan than Billy.

and to answer md84 below, we don't know what Billy is REALLY like inside. for all we know he DOES have a good heart and he is a great person. but he's also a person that knows that not EVERYONE is a good person. so yeah. he's an abrasive kid, maybe he had to be...

Date: 2012-03-23 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whitesycamore
Yes to all of that! When you're living in Billy's circumstances, being sunny and optimistic and trusting towards everyone is not always the wisest attitude to have. It tends to set you up for disappointment and can get you hurt worse.

I'm also not a big fan on judging the goodness of characters based on how superficially pleasant they are. Being abrasive is really not the worst thing in the world, and it doesn't necessarily reflect on someone's heart or integrity.

You sort of already said all that for me, though. :P

Date: 2012-03-23 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
hehee i have my moments.

I'm also not a big fan on judging the goodness of characters based on how superficially pleasant they are

Professor Umbridge is a prime example. she tried to pull off this girlish sweetness but really she was a horrible, wretched, EVIL woman. at least with Voldemort (oh stop whimpering) you knew where you stood.

i mean when STEPHEN FUCKING KING thinks you have created the best villain since HANIBAL LECTOR.....

Date: 2012-03-24 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] md84
I'm not saying Billy is a bad person. Far from it. It's not like the powers that be would want another Black Adam.

Billy reminds me of a more foul-mouthed and younger version of Disney's Aladdin -- the street rat thief who is the "diamond in the rough" that is the only person worthy of Genie's power.

The fact that the person most worthy of divine power has to act like a jerk to protect himself drives home the point that the Nu Universe isn't quite as idealistic as past incarnations of the DC universe.


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