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panther7

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panther7

Subj: Excellent post. Great potential fix. Well done!
Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 01:22:48 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Confused (Re: Why I think Leslie Thompkins....)
Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 01:22:02 pm EST

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> > They're a little vague if it has been retconned or not. Some people at conventions say that it has been retconned, according to some message boards. 52's "History of the DC Universe" didn't say that Leslie had killed Stephanie, just that Black Mask tortured her and she died. But so far, nothing concrete... as concrete as retcons get, at least. There hasn't been anything on the page in Batman book yet, as far as I know.
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> Yeah, it seems to be one of those unofficial retcons. One where no one talks about it and we all just pretend it never happened. Even Willingham, the guy editorial tapped to write it, didn't much care for the story. Of course, that fact kind of gets lost in the big middle finger he gave the online community after it was published.
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> Still, I think it is a pretty simple fix. Not even a huge retcon needed. Simply state that Leslie was performing Triage. She had 4 patients in critical condition and barely enough resources for 3. Stephanie gets the short straw because triage states that you treat the patients with the highest chance of survival and Leslie factors in Steph's vigilante activities that significantly lower her long-term survivability. Still afterwards, she begins to feel incredibly guilty and begins questioning whether or not she was acting on the dictates of Triage or if she had given more personal weight to Steph's involvement with Bruce's crusade than she should have. So, in an act of self-recrimination, she falsifies records to make it look as if they had sufficient supplies and she simply withheld them out of spite and let Steph die intentionally. She then practices her role, waits for Bruce to track her down, and puts on a show to get Bruce to punish her as she believes she should be punished.
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> Simple, clean, doesn't overly trample on the proceeding writers, maintains the core character of Leslie Tompkins, but continues to allow for tension and separation between the characters.

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> > > They're a little vague if it has been retconned or not. Some people at conventions say that it has been retconned, according to some message boards. 52's "History of the DC Universe" didn't say that Leslie had killed Stephanie, just that Black Mask tortured her and she died. But so far, nothing concrete... as concrete as retcons get, at least. There hasn't been anything on the page in Batman book yet, as far as I know.
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> > Yeah, it seems to be one of those unofficial retcons. One where no one talks about it and we all just pretend it never happened. Even Willingham, the guy editorial tapped to write it, didn't much care for the story. Of course, that fact kind of gets lost in the big middle finger he gave the online community after it was published.
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> > Still, I think it is a pretty simple fix. Not even a huge retcon needed. Simply state that Leslie was performing Triage. She had 4 patients in critical condition and barely enough resources for 3. Stephanie gets the short straw because triage states that you treat the patients with the highest chance of survival and Leslie factors in Steph's vigilante activities that significantly lower her long-term survivability. Still afterwards, she begins to feel incredibly guilty and begins questioning whether or not she was acting on the dictates of Triage or if she had given more personal weight to Steph's involvement with Bruce's crusade than she should have. So, in an act of self-recrimination, she falsifies records to make it look as if they had sufficient supplies and she simply withheld them out of spite and let Steph die intentionally. She then practices her role, waits for Bruce to track her down, and puts on a show to get Bruce to punish her as she believes she should be punished.
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> > Simple, clean, doesn't overly trample on the proceeding writers, maintains the core character of Leslie Tompkins, but continues to allow for tension and separation between the characters.