I don’t know why I find this quote, from Grant Morrison’s Flex Mentallo interview on CBR, so weirdly affecting:
I suddenly realized that Flex is one of the characters that I really wanted to own but I didn’t. And because he appeared in “Doom Patrol” first, which was a DC book, he kind of became a DC character even though every single character in the miniseries was basically created. It’s kind of like a creator-owned book but it isn’t.
He could show up anywhere. Geoff [Johns] could put him in the Justice League. I have this strange fear that he is going to appear somewhere someday… The character seems so attached to me, so probably no one would do it. Geoff had him in “Teen Titans” very briefly. He was in a poster on the wall at the Doom Patrol HQ. But maybe in a couple of years, everyone will realize they can use him — but that would be horrible.
In a year when the idea of “creator owned” work seems to be becoming one of the predominant conversations about comics online, reading such a fan of company-owned superhero franchise characters as Morrison – whose Supergods is practically a love letter to that idea, after all – say that it’d be “horrible” for one of his characters to become part of that group feels particularly powerful in a way that I wouldn’t have expected. Is it just me?