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  1. I wanted to pose a unique question to you all who read or are invested in comic books, but first it requires a small history lesson so bare with me. Blue Beetle has been around a long time, but the third incarnation, Jaime Reyes is fairly new to comics canon. Back in 2011 during the Infinite Crisis storyline Ted Kord, previous Blue Beetle was killed, and his mystical scarab fell to (New) Earth and was found by Jaime Reyes, a El Paso high school student. Through that series, the post-Flashpoint "New 52" storyline and the current Rebirth storyline Jaime Reyes has continued to be the Blue Beetle. The 2011 series and New 52 series both had wonderful ties to my hometown of El Paso, which served as the setting for the book a good deal of the time. Landmarks were recreated, local slang used, the general look and feel was familiar to me. Being represented in comics by a person who not only shares my ethnic background, but shares the same local culture is a pretty indescribable feeling. I can only imagine this is what people in New York City have felt like for ages, with all the super heroes that exist there in various comics. Then Rebirth. Jaime Reyes is still Blue Beetle, and the book is still set in El Paso but none of the real life El Paso can be seen in the book. Names of places or streets are now made up and the general look of this "El Paso" doesn't look much like here at all. None of the social issues or unique cultural phenomenon that only we know (having a unique combination of being the 5th largest city in Texas, a border town with tens of thousands of people commuting to and from Mexico daily, and having an overwhelmingly Hispanic population). I'm otherwise enjoying the book but I can't help but have my opinion of it colored by it's current lack of what attracted me to the character in the first place. So, after all that... my question is: How important is representation to you in comics? Do you tend to gravitate to characters that have a shared ethnic background, sexual orientation, home town, or other such commonality? Do you find any of yourself in any characters from any comic (DC, Marvel, or other)? And would the sudden removal of those forms of representation drive you away from the said book? I ask because I'm struggling to keep my interest in the book. It's not bad by any means, but I guess it's one of those cases of "You don't know what you've got til it's gone." Currently I'm still reading Blue Beetle monthly but I don't know how much longer I can fight my urge to drop it now that it no longer feels like the setting and characters are as familiar to me as they once were.
  2. So it's probably safe to say from reading other threads that most of us are fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and why wouldn't we be? Pretty much all of their movies have been fun, action-filled romps with likable and memorable characters and menacing villains. Of course DC Comics eventually had to get a slice of that pie, so they've launched their own cinematic universe that starts with Man of Steel and leads into Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and onward. Dawn of Justice is meant to kick off a shared Justice League universe, much like the majority of Marvel's movies with The Avengers. Here's a list of the upcoming movies that fit into DC's new universe: Suicide Squad - 2016 Wonder Woman - 2017 Justice League: Part I - 2017 The Flash - 2018 Aquaman - 2018 Shazam - 2019 Justice League: Part II - 2019 Cyborg - 2020 Green Lantern Corps - 2020 Ignoring the rumored Suicide Squad sequel and an unnamed Batman movie (and also ignoring whether some of these characters really need their own movies *cough*Cyborg*cough*Aquaman*cough*) that's a pretty solid lineup. My question though is...does the idea of this new DC movie universe get you excited and ready to see your favorite heroes brought to the big screen, or are you wary that DC and WB may not have what it takes to make an engaging movie universe like Marvel has? For me, I think it's probably safe to say that Man of Steel set the general tone for the movie universe (dark and gritty) but of course that may not be the case for all of them. If it is, though, I'm a bit worried about how well they can sustain the solo movies, especially with some of the more corny characters like The Flash and Shazam. I'm also worried that WB just looked at Marvel Studios' earnings and said "let's do that" without putting any more thought into it besides how much money they could make, so that's another reason to be wary. The biggest reason to be wary? They haven't announced Martian Manhunter for the Justice League movies, and that's a crime that can't be forgiven. Anyway, how do you all feel about it?
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