Identity Crisis. Big mini-series. Many liked it. Many hated it.
A big topic of discussion, though drowned out by discussion of one Ms. Sue Dibny, was on the ultimate fate of one Jean Loring.
There are quite a few in the blog community who were justifiably dismayed by the development Ms. Loring’s character.
Many of those complaints were summed up far back in February by Avi Green on his post: The Comic Book Discrimination Dossiers: Profile: Jean Loring
To make matters worse, not only did the miniseries not give any mention of what past storylines Jean had been through, but much of the press coverage of Identity Crisis did not give any clear indication that she’d been a victim of science-fiction brainwashing years before either. In the case of Wizard magazine, they seemed to be trying to perpetuate a lie that she’d suffered numerous mental/nervous breakdowns* years ago, when that was not the case, and even if it was, she’d only been through such circumstances twice. (Wizard wrote a very ambiguous note that she “had a history” of nervous/mental breakdowns, yet made no more attempt to clear things up than the miniseries itself did.) On Newsarama, there was another vicious lie written that she’d been repeatedly played as a villainess in past years. It’s a filthy lie mainly due to the fact that it didn’t even make it clear in just what way she was played as a villainess.
In a very recent post, H at the Cosmic Treadmill counters the assumption of out-of-character behavior in his post: Jean Loring? Always Has Been An Evil Harpy – Always Will Be
Ray – you screwed up. If you just picked Enrichetta Negrini, Sue Dibny would still be alive and you’d be the happiest little man on Earth-1. Would it have killed you to have cracked a few relationship and self-esteem books between scientific tomes?
For the record, I don’t actually think one is (or is meant to be) a serious counterargument to the other. It just made me laugh. Enjoy