Sometimes, fans can be hard on companies. Sometimes, companies do it to themselves. Take, for example, this blog entry at DC’s The Source, discussing “Justice League: Generation Lost” #12, and the story involving Ice.
If you’ve been reading JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST, you know the character’s been going through her share of soul-searching. But how does one character go from pensive, shy flower to elemental badass? Let’s ask JL: GL editor Brian Cunningham.
“For those of us that read the Super Friends series in the 1970s where Ice was originally introduced as Ice Maiden, we all know how absurd her origin was. With Gen Lost #12, writer Judd Winick provides Ice with a credible and tragic origin that does not negate what we already know. And the consequences of this new origin are pretty explosive, as Aaron Lopresti’s amazing art shows.”
All well and good. EXCEPT . . . Icemaiden isn’t Ice. Ice is a totally different character. The Icemaiden that first appeared in non-continuity “Super Friends” #9 in 1977 was Sigrid Nansen. Tora, our Ice, didn’t appear until “JLI” #12 in 1988.
Granted, there was even confusion at DC then, born out of the fact that some thought that Icemaiden had never been named, but she had. This backstory was handled and reconciled when IceMAIDEN joined the League after Tora (Ice) died. (For the record, Icemaiden’s first canonical appearance was in “Infinty Inc.” #32 from 1986).
Icemaiden has appeared in other stories over time, including being duped by The Mist II during the run of “Starman”; The Mist II then disguised herself as Icemaiden to kill several members of Justice League Europe. Also, Icemaiden appeared in a 2007 “JSA Classified” story. During her run in “Justice League American”, it was revealed that Icemaiden is Jewish (as opposed to the Norwegian-gods descended Tora) and bisexual (one of the few heroines to be identified as such).
So, my question is this: if fans can remember this, why can’t editorial?