Date: 2017-03-19 08:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucean
It will be interesting to look back at War Games and see if it holds up as well as I remember. What makes this arc so sad to me is that not only was a key story component derailed because of editorial meddling, but Didio seemed proud about having forced the issue.

Date: 2017-03-19 08:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Why did Didio and Company want to kill off Stephanie Brown? Aside from "Because Dan Didio hates you, that's why" as I said rather often way back when. Maybe to trick the fans before giving them the middle finger.

Date: 2017-03-19 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
I still do not understand why he wanted to kill Dick, either.

Date: 2017-03-19 08:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] doctornone
Too many jokes, perhaps.

Date: 2017-03-19 09:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zechs80
You may not like the actual answer.

I wish more writers were more open like Horrocks was. I'd love to know why the Bat Family were all screwed up during this period. Stephanie was the first. Dick next. Then Tim (WG-IC-OYL), Dick again (OYL), and Cassandra (OYL) got put through the ringer.

It's amazing miracle that Gail Simone walked away with Birds of Prey unharmed from any of these sorts of shenanigans until her New 52 Batgirl run apparently.

Date: 2017-03-20 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Part of it was Isolating Batman more and more. "Officer Down" had Gordon getting shot and retiring and Alfred quitting. In guessing it was supposed to be "fixed" in Bruce Wayne: Fugitive but lasted to Infinite Crisis.

Date: 2017-03-19 09:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucean
From what I understand, he didn't. The editorial made the decision, but what Didio did was to force them to make her Robin first which utterly derailed the story the creative was setting up. It probably even ended up hurting Cass because the initial storylines leading up to War Games seemed to be more focused on pushing Cass before they had to that insane detour.

As for why, I don't know if there is an easy answer for it. Something that's often ignored in the discussion is that they seemed to pruning down a Bat-Clan a lot at that point and I just don't think they saw a place for Steph anymore in it. It doesn't justify the decision as it is hitting at the tertiary characters who are often the minority additions as the core characters are the white men.


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