I think that if I was given the opportunity to write only one of two JLI storylines, Guy and Tora getting engaged and married, or Ted coming back to life, the decision would actually kill me.

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I’m not kidding.

Ted and Booster were in the first comic I ever read (Justice League of America #34), but surprisingly, Guy and Tora were my first ever comic ship. I mean, a real one, not like Batman/Catwoman or Superman/Lois which I’d picked up from the cartoons. Yes, I liked these pairings, but I wasn’t as madly in love with them as I was with Guy and Tora. But I digress.

In my head, which is not always the safest place to be at night, Guy and Tora have been dating for several years now, including the time before she died. And he’s never stopped loving her, even if he has sought out relationships with other people. If there was anyone in the DCU that Guy Gardner wouldn’t mind spending his life with, it’s Tora Olafsdotter. And since Max made the world remember him again, Guy is obviously un-whammied and back in love with Tora, after a lot of “I’m so sorry I thought you were crazy, baby, I love you I really do and I’ll always believe you over what my head tells me from now on, promise. Want a puppy? I will go get you a puppy right damn now if that’s what it’ll take for you to take me back.” on his part. But since Guy has his own series (and it’s been pretty dang good so far), he’ll probably only appear in the new JLI monthly on occasion, as his series takes place in deep space. So after a few storylines come to pass (24, maybe 26 issues in), Guy shows up on Earth to take Tora out. They do mostly things she likes, which makes her suspicious because Guy only really butters her up like that if he has bad news, or if something is going on with the Corps that’ll keep him away from Earth for a few months. She asks him what’s up almost directly after he offers to take her to a place in Norway that actually has fried seal for dinner. He gets quiet. Sighs. She wrings her hands.

“Tora, baby, you know I love you, right?” She nods. “You’re the world to me, the universe. And I’m probably the worst boyfriend, always off in deep space and missing anniversaries and your birthday that one time. But you, you’re something else. You’ve given this slob more chances than I deserve, an’, I just want you to know how special you are to me.” He reaches into the pocket on his jacket, pulls out a box. He opens the box. In it sits a silver ring with a Paraiba Tourmalines stone (they’re blue/green). She gasps. “I can’t offer you as much as you deserve, but I can swear on everything I am that I’ll never be unfaithful, or give you any reason to doubt me. I’ll always do everything in my power to make you happy, and I’m never going to just up and leave you ever again. Tora, will you marry me?” She cries, it starts snowing, then she kisses him. He grins. “So I guess I can take that as a yes?”

And that’s that scenario.

Bringing Ted back to life is less complicated, but would take at least 3 issues. First off, Booster would be the one to do it, obviously. He’s friends with Brainiac 5 now, and after a few trips to the past, as well as a few to the far future, he and Brainy cook up an imperfect Ted Kord clone. It can’t really think for itself, but it can parrot phrases. After that’s all over and done with, Booster recruits either Jesse Quick or Wally to switch clone!Ted with real!Ted at the very last second. Tearful reunions abound. But, it’s all a big secret. Only the JLI, and some members of the Batfamily, are allowed to know that Ted never actually died. To the rest of the world, the second Blue Beetle is dead. I mean, y’all remember what happened when Everyman was impersonating Ted in the Manhunter series, right? Almost got Wonder Woman arrested for needless murder. Anyway, Ted builds a new life in Gotham under the name Theodore Garrett, but spends most of his time with Rip and Booster in the Time Bunker. When he’s not secretly saving the world, he works in Kord Tower under Babs’ direction, and is very amused about it. Tim stops being a wad long enough to fanboy over Ted. Damian is unimpressed…until Ted manages to disarm him and pin him to the ground when the brat mocks his pudge. Robins fanboying over Ted Kord is my new favorite thing, by the way. Obviously, at some point, Rani calls Ted and Booster her two daddies. I have way too many ideas about this to feature in one post, honestly.

And that’s what I have to say for right now.

Bringing back something from last year.


x


No, this is the best thing and everyone needs to see it.

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No, this is the best thing and everyone needs to see it.

Comics in the Reboot I’ve tried:
  • The Flash
  • Batwoman
  • Batgirl
  • Nightwing
  • Batman and Robin
  • Catwoman
  • Birds of Prey
  • Hawk and Dove
  • Animal Man
  • Justice League International 
  • Justice League
  • Justice League Dark
  • Resurrection Man
  • Wonder Woman
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws
  • Superboy
  • Supergirl
  • Green Lantern Corps
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians
  • Red Lanterns
  • Green Lantern
  • Teen Titans
  • Static Shock
  • Blue Beetle
  • Legion of Superheroes
  • Legion Lost
  • Deathstroke
  • Suicide Squad

Let me break this down for you, because I’ve sort of done this in code. Regular text means I’m buying them. Italics mean I’ve stopped buying the comic, choosing to read and review it in-store, and using the money I’d allotted for those particular comics on something else, if not saving it. Bold means fuck these books, I’ve stopped reading them. As you can see, I started out with 28 books, having read the first and second issues of many a series. As of the second week of month five of the reboot, I’m down to exactly half that. JLI has another issue to impress me before I relegate it to in-store, as does LoSH. Blue Beetle may be cut this month, because last issue ranged from unsatisfactory to downright awful. Not to mention that any of the in-store books run the risk of me dropping them entirely at any point. And with Static being cancelled, that’s another title gone, one I’ve never considered dropping. There is a very good chance that by month six, I will only be buying eleven titles from the new 52. Granted, I am also buying two of the minis DC has put out, Legion Secret Origins and The Shade, both of which are fantastic books. Of the reported ‘second wave’ of new 52 titles, I plan on checking out Earth-2, World’s Finest, and The Ravagers. It is highly doubtful that I’ll be buying World’s Finest, as pre-Crisis Power Girl and Huntress never interested me.

Looking at this list another way, I see I’m only buying three books where the main, or title, character is a woman, out of the eight I started with. I’m still buying both books that feature non-heterosexual characters. I was only reading five books that heavily featured non-white characters to begin with. I’ve downgraded Green Lantern Corps and may do the same to Justice League International and Blue Beetle. Static Shock is being cancelled. That leaves Teen Titans, which is actually the most diverse team in the DCnU. Think about that for a second. Teen Titans, which features three white heterosexuals, three women (two of whom are POCs), a gay man (who is also Hispanic), and a street (you have no idea how weird it was to type that sentence) is more diverse than the Justice League International, which features no non-heterosexual characters, three POCs (Hispanic, Asian, and African respectively, in a nine-person team), four women, and six white heterosexuals. The rest of these books mostly feature white males, with the exception of the Legion and Lantern books, which mainly feature aliens.

I, I don’t really want to talk about this anymore. I’m suddenly very sad and tired.

I think that if I was given the opportunity to write only one of two JLI storylines, Guy and Tora getting engaged and married, or Ted coming back to life, the decision would actually kill me.

I’m not kidding.

Ted and Booster were in the first comic I ever read (Justice League of America #34), but surprisingly, Guy and Tora were my first ever comic ship. I mean, a real one, not like Batman/Catwoman or Superman/Lois which I’d picked up from the cartoons. Yes, I liked these pairings, but I wasn’t as madly in love with them as I was with Guy and Tora. But I digress.

In my head, which is not always the safest place to be at night, Guy and Tora have been dating for several years now, including the time before she died. And he’s never stopped loving her, even if he has sought out relationships with other people. If there was anyone in the DCU that Guy Gardner wouldn’t mind spending his life with, it’s Tora Olafsdotter. And since Max made the world remember him again, Guy is obviously un-whammied and back in love with Tora, after a lot of “I’m so sorry I thought you were crazy, baby, I love you I really do and I’ll always believe you over what my head tells me from now on, promise. Want a puppy? I will go get you a puppy right damn now if that’s what it’ll take for you to take me back.” on his part. But since Guy has his own series (and it’s been pretty dang good so far), he’ll probably only appear in the new JLI monthly on occasion, as his series takes place in deep space. So after a few storylines come to pass (24, maybe 26 issues in), Guy shows up on Earth to take Tora out. They do mostly things she likes, which makes her suspicious because Guy only really butters her up like that if he has bad news, or if something is going on with the Corps that’ll keep him away from Earth for a few months. She asks him what’s up almost directly after he offers to take her to a place in Norway that actually has fried seal for dinner. He gets quiet. Sighs. She wrings her hands.

"Tora, baby, you know I love you, right?" She nods. "You’re the world to me, the universe. And I’m probably the worst boyfriend, always off in deep space and missing anniversaries and your birthday that one time. But you, you’re something else. You’ve given this slob more chances than I deserve, an’, I just want you to know how special you are to me." He reaches into the pocket on his jacket, pulls out a box. He opens the box. In it sits a silver ring with a Paraiba Tourmalines stone (they’re blue/green). She gasps. “I can’t offer you as much as you deserve, but I can swear on everything I am that I’ll never be unfaithful, or give you any reason to doubt me. I’ll always do everything in my power to make you happy, and I’m never going to just up and leave you ever again. Tora, will you marry me?” She cries, it starts snowing, then she kisses him. He grins. “So I guess I can take that as a yes?”

And that’s that scenario.

Bringing Ted back to life is less complicated, but would take at least 3 issues. First off, Booster would be the one to do it, obviously. He’s friends with Brainiac 5 now, and after a few trips to the past, as well as a few to the far future, he and Brainy cook up an imperfect Ted Kord clone. It can’t really think for itself, but it can parrot phrases. After that’s all over and done with, Booster recruits either Jesse Quick or Wally to switch clone!Ted with real!Ted at the very last second. Tearful reunions abound. But, it’s all a big secret. Only the JLI, and some members of the Batfamily, are allowed to know that Ted never actually died. To the rest of the world, the second Blue Beetle is dead. I mean, y’all remember what happened when Everyman was impersonating Ted in the Manhunter series, right? Almost got Wonder Woman arrested for needless murder. Anyway, Ted builds a new life in Gotham under the name Theodore Garrett, but spends most of his time with Rip and Booster in the Time Bunker. When he’s not secretly saving the world, he works in Kord Tower under Babs’ direction, and is very amused about it. Tim stops being a wad long enough to fanboy over Ted. Damian is unimpressed…until Ted manages to disarm him and pin him to the ground when the brat mocks his pudge. Robins fanboying over Ted Kord is my new favorite thing, by the way. Obviously, at some point, Rani calls Ted and Booster her two daddies. I have way too many ideas about this to feature in one post, honestly.

And that’s what I have to say for right now.