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Victor

In Reply To
Thatguy

Subj: I agree, Leslie Tompkins "Murderer" was an idiotic idea
Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 at 05:55:43 pm EST
Reply Subj: Ugh. No...just no
Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 02:40:29 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)

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Getting an appalled reaction from readers isn't that hard or difficult. Anyone can do it, if they're willing to ignore logic and reason. The best example would be the OYL Robin arc that saw Cassandra Cain turn evil. People were rightly appalled by that because it was a terrible story on every level.

Making Leslie responsible drags down the Bat books as a whole. Yes, the books need a dark tone. But there must be some light within that darkness, some hope so as to not make the narrative sufficating. Leslie was part of that light, part of that hope.

No longer. As Icon put it so long ago, paraphrasing, there is no hope in Crime Alley anymore.

(especially when you consider the message behind Cass' recently reconned defection, but that's another thread entirely)

The one thing that Batman the Animated Series understood is that, at the core of Batman's world there must be good, decent people that we care for. Of course, the heroes represent this, but the people of Gotham (Lucius, Leslie, Gordon, Bullock, Alfred) are trully the people Batman is fighting for.
They are Gotham.

Demeaning and otherwise disrespecting them ruins the story - They just become psychos in a mean spirited narrative. That's why nothing in a Batman comic in the last decade has come close to having the gentle power and resonance of BTAS.

Victor

> Getting an appalled reaction from readers isn't that hard or difficult. Anyone can do it, if they're willing to ignore logic and reason. The best example would be the OYL Robin arc that saw Cassandra Cain turn evil. People were rightly appalled by that because it was a terrible story on every level.
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> Making Leslie responsible drags down the Bat books as a whole. Yes, the books need a dark tone. But there must be some light within that darkness, some hope so as to not make the narrative sufficating. Leslie was part of that light, part of that hope.
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> No longer. As Icon put it so long ago, paraphrasing, there is no hope in Crime Alley anymore.
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> (especially when you consider the message behind Cass' recently reconned defection, but that's another thread entirely)