Personality Crisis…

I wanted to do a little experiment when I stopped drinking soda pop. I didn’t exercise at all for the entire week. I ate okay generally, but had fast food no less than four times. I still dropped three pounds. Granted, this week, I go back to eating a bit more sensibly and my exercise routine. I would like to get my weight back under my control. My family has all sorts of fun health risks that are directly related to weight (among other things). So while I am happy as me, I definitely want to be healthy and not deal with things like aching knees and exhaustion as I walk a flight of stairs.

The other day, Doctor Who, season 2 disc 1 came from Netflix. I could not get it to play in my DVD Player. My computer could not recognize the file format. I took it over to my local Hollywood, and they ran it through the buffer. Now it played. Well, halfway through the second episode on the disc, the picture pixelates and reforms something else. Doctor Who is a BBC show, so maybe another BBC show? Nope. A Warner Brothers movie? No. Instead, the final 20 minutes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (A New Line Film) plays. So, I get mostly Doctor Who and then the end of a totally different product on the same disc. <blink>

Identity Crisis has come up again, and it’s not hard to understand why. It’s a controversial piece of work. Kalinara commented about her frustrations on her blog. Loren answered with a slightly different perspective (and being bold enough to share a tragedy from his own life). And I struggle.

See, on it’s own, as a story, I liked it. In spite of the fact that I have always been fond of Ralph and Sue Dibney, and seeing her (and her husband’s) life turned upside down was frustrating. I hated to see her taken out of the DC Universe. Yes, Brad Metzler crafted a mystery with more than a few shocks. And I thought that Rag’s Morales did a beautiful job on the art. On the other hand, it was an opening salvo on a group of beloved characters…intiated, according to a former employee of DC, because DC decided they needed a rape to spice stuff up. Personally, that makes me want to puke.

Understand, I am not opposed to a story in which a rape occurs. I don’t think it’s appropriate for a kids comic. But I would definitely be able to appreciate a story in which the story followed the victim, not merely making the victim a catalyst for the story. Show what she (or he) is going through. If the character who was raped is a supporting member of the cast, it is certainly appropriate to also address how it affects the book’s lead. But it should mostly be about what the victim is going through. And Identity Crisis did not do that. Sue Dibney was raped, and we never got a window into Sue’s soul. What she endured emotionally afterwards (or was she mind wiped?). And of course, that was not the point. The reason she was raped was to elevate a villain to “Bad Ass”. And then to provide an major ethical problem for the Justice League of America. And I am all for forcing Super Heroes to face grand moral and ethical dilemmas.

It is worth noting I am not alone in my ambivelance. Kalinara herself noted that she did enjoy the series. In some ways, this is the most frustrating part. The flaws are glaring ones in an otherwise well written story by a talented (well, in my opinion) writer. And frankly, right now I am at a loss to be able to reconcile the part of me that likes it with the stuff that bothers me.

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