Friday, December 01, 2006

Mary Sue Gets Published (Batman LOTDK # 212, Cover Date Jan. 2007)

"Get him, boy wonder." -- Batman

Characters:

Major Hero: Fernando Guerrero
Minor Hero: Batman, Sonia Costa

Major Villains: Unnamed burglers

P'Shat

Fernando is a geeky high school boy who likes science fiction and astronomy. He's also a big Batman fan. He is sad, because he doesn't have a girlfriend, although he like Sonia. One night, he sets up his telescope on top of the armory, and happens to see Batman swing by. Amazed, he returns the next night and again sees Batman at the same time. Convinced that he has uncovered a portion of Batman's nightly patrol route, Nando screws up the courage to invite Sonia (who also happens to be a Batman fan, and is wearing a pink Batman shirt that day) to come see Batman with him.

Batman, however, fails to arrive at the designated time. Worse still, as Sonia prepares to leave, masked villains come over the wall planning to break into the armory. Faced with seven masked and armed men, Nando nonetheless screws up his courage and lifts his fists defend Sonia. Luckily, Nando's life it spared by the timely arrival of the Dark Knight, who had been surveilling the armory for weeks with foreknowledge of the planned attack.

In the ensuing fight, a masked man takes Sonia hostage, and threatens to shoot her unless Batman retreats. Batman's response: "Get him, Boy Wonder." Nando knocks the gun away, and Batman finishes the job. Upon leaving, Batman says, "Couldn't have done it without you. Thanks." and offers his hand. Sonia yells, "You saved my life," and she and Nando kiss under the light of the bat signal.

Drash

Mary Sue: "Mary Sue (sometimes shortened simply to Sue) is a pejorative term for a fictional character who is portrayed in an overly idealized way and lacks noteworthy flaws, or has unreasonably romanticized flaws. Characters labeled Mary Sues, as well as the stories they appear in, are generally seen as wish-fulfillment fantasies of the author."


The point is, you usually see this is bad fan-fic, not in the actual book! Talk about your romaticized flaws and wish-fulfillment! Geeky boy acts brave in moment of crisis, and helps Batman save the day. The "Get him, Boy Wonder" is what really put this one over the top, made me put down the book, and start laughing.

I've really loved the last few LOTDK arcs, but this One Shot was something I would have expected to read at batmanrulez!!!.com, not in an actual DC comic book.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

Thanks for the warning about a particularly cheesy sounding LOTDK, which I normally am a big fan of. I think I would like a "major heroes and major villains" list on the back of every cover or something so I can skip the ones with "unnamed burglars" as the highlight.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Ragtime said...

No problem, Jason. As they say, "We report, you decide." Maybe you were looking for a really good pure Mary Sue story and couldn't find one because they were all written by 12 year olds who used 'z's instead of 's's to end their plurals.

Here you have an adequately written, adequately illustrated story that just happens to be 100% pure, unadulterated Mary Sue.

Please act accordingly, and let's be careful out there.

5:57 PM  

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