Love The One You’re With

February 12th, 2009 by | Tags: , ,

Issue number 17 of Green Arrow And Black Canary has me once again wondering what to do with a story that is going in a decent direction, but not going in the direction you want it to.

In the past, when Cassandra Cain became a completely different character, for example, I simply lost interest.  This isn’t quite the same. 

I had hoped that the new Arrow book would yield a group of characters who were like the Bats, but with a sense of fun.  Mia’s life was getting good.  Connor was fairly cheerful for an ex-monk.  Ollie and Dinah seemed to be getting along.  I wanted a big, chaotic, adventure-loving family.  That is not what I got.  Mia and Connor are out of the picture for the foreseeable future.  Ollie is getting darker and ‘on edge.’   Even Dinah seems subdued.

At the same time, the world that Andrew Kreisberg is writing is shaping up very well.  We’ve got two villains who are each obsessed with half of the supercouple.  We’ve got a burgeoning professional relationship between a police lieutenant and Ollie.  Dinah and Ollie, despite occasionally arguing, are getting along well and not falling into that ‘constantly fighting over some damn stupid thing’ trap that fictional couples often settle into as soon as they get married.

It’s not the comic I was hoping for, but it’s a good comic. 

So, the question remains:  What happens when you couldn’t be with the comic you love, but you could love the one you’re with?  Are there any comics that really didn’t turn out the way you were hoping them to, but with which you could reconcile your differences and grow to love?

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2 comments to “Love The One You’re With”

  1. 52 was that way for me. I was hoping for a comic that bounced around the DC universe telling stories a couple of issues long. It could have covered lots of different characters and told stories that usually took a half a year to come out in just two months. Maybe having a common thread (or threat) eventually tying things together in the end.

    I guess I’m still waiting for that weekly comic.

  2. @Andy: I’m told that the writers had started off wanting to do that, but had ended up becoming invested in the stories about the minor characters. So what they had envisioned as Ralph traveling through the universe witnessing other people’s stories became one long story about him.