Tuesday, May 05, 2009

McDuffie's Original Red Arrow Romance

By way of "Lying In The Gutters:" Dwayne McDuffie was been talking about and deconstructing his work on "JLA" on the DC Message Boards. It's rare that a creator is so open and honest about the ins and outs of working on such a series:

My plan was for Kendra to break up rather painfully with Roy, in time for that to be the reason Roy left the JLA (to go to the other title he was supposed to be going to back when I planned this). Kendra would have stayed with the team, but been without a romantic partner for a while. Most of the League, friends with Roy since he was a teen, would resent Kendra for staying on when she was the one who hurt their friend. She was going to be pretty much a loner except for her relationship with Wonder Woman (which would eventually be good, although Kendra would misread her for a while, causing friction until Diana helped her through some tough times), and Black Lightning, who would treat her like a surrogate daughter (I'd also planned to have her go to Jeff's for Thanksgiving, and meet the rest of his family). Kendra was going to come out of all this with a new focus, and a slightly adjusted status quo that would keep her front and center in JLA. Roy and Kendra would reconcile in about two years, but never be a couple again, except for one night that they'd both be sorry for, and never mention again.

But continuity changed in other books (i was informed that Kendra would die in Final Crisis), so I had to toss it all. Actually twice, because my back up plan was derailed by Kendra's recent undeath.

It's such a shame that McDuffie has been hamstrung on this title. You would think DC would let him "do his thing" on the book, after writing such stellar episodes of JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED.


  • At 1:19 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    You just gotta feel sorry for the guy. He has so many great ideas and just gets bulldozed by the line-wide events. I love when comics tie in to these events, but never really thought about how it stifles the creative mind of the writer.

  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger MetFanMac said…

    He's been undercut by the high muckety-mucks so often I want to hug and give him some cookies.

  • At 7:54 PM, Anonymous johonny said…

    I can't remember the last time the lords of DC have been right about a character decision where they overrode the writer. It must happen, but they seem to make a lot of bad decisions.

  • At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Jon said…

    They should just treat JLA like Batman/Superman and have it outside of continuity for the most part.

    Seriously. Reading that interview infuriated me. I've been thinking about dropping JLA for awhile and this just about pushed me there. Basically, McDuffie's being forced to write this on the fly and it's accomplishing nothing.

    So disappointing.

  • At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Diane Brendan said…

    I've been reading comics since the early 80's, and I've never seen a company mishandle its premiere titles as thoroughly as DC is doing right now. ESPECIALLY its team books. Even the heavy-handedness of Jim Shooter at Marvel was never this terrible. It is just disillusioning to be reading this.

  • At 9:13 PM, Anonymous johonny said…

    In all fairness to DC I think they screwed up their titles just as bad in the 90s. I mean how'd that firing of Tony Isabella thing work out for them. How'd all that shaking up the Titans with Titan Hunt go. Then after not allowing Giffen and DeMatteis to use good DC characters in the JLA. They tried to force all of them back into the JLA after it turned out they made a successful comic out of crumbs of the DC universe. You could go on and on.


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