Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The 52 Love Triangle: The Search for Ray Palmer

Kalinara is very excited about Kyle Rayner, Donna Troy, and Jason Todd starring in the "Search for Ray Palmer" mini-series. While I agree with all of the points she makes, and would add that I think it would be really fun for Kyle to get repeatedly marginalized by the other two because, "You've never been dead, so you wouldn't know. . ." there was one part I don't agree with. She says,
"The potential love triangle element would be amusing too."

It was exactly the potential love triangle that made me cringe. In my mind, I can't help but compare this trio to the "Space Heroes" from 52 and Countdown to Adventure. In case your memory doesn't extend back to last month, that threesome was Starfire, who was historically played as a "sex kitten" type character, paired with Buddy Baker and Adam Strange, who just happened to be the two most happily married in the entire DCU. And what happens? Three people stranded alone for a year, and not a single "relationship" subplot. No one is even thinking that one of the happy Dads will cheat, and they just go have adventures with Lobo and Lady Styx. It completely rehabilitated Starfire for me, because she was allowed to just be a hero for year, without being a "girlfriend" or "lover" also.

My fear is that putting Donna Troy into a group with two eligible, swinging singles will have exactly the opposite effect, and by the time the trio find Ray Palmer, they will have to use his scientific expertise to develop an impromptu DNA test to determine who the father is.


Blogger Amy Reads said...

Hi Ragtime,
Nothing To Do With Your Post, but just an FYI to let you know that Netflix is offering additional online hours of viewing with memberships. Maybe Iron Giant is offered online!
I am Very Determined that the Ragkids see this movie, you understand!

8:45 AM  
Blogger Ragnell said...

Eh, its Ron Marz. He's written Donna before in the early Kyle issues if you want to find out how he handled it. She fit the Earth Mother/Mentor stereotype. The major problem was that she got depowered, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on that because when he picked up the character she was a Darkstar only powered by the suit (not sure what happened to the regular powers) and the Darkstars were dismantled by editorial edict.

Kyle not needing the mentoring'll probably change the dynamic there, though.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Ragtime said...

Hi Amy,

I guess I will have to take some more pro-active measures to avoid any more Iron-Giant themed cyber-stalking!

The middle Raggirl's birthday is this weekend (it seems like there's always one coming up!)

Maybe I'll try to throw one more gift on the pile, to enjoy after demolishing the Backyardigans pinatas.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Ragtime said...

Hi Ragnell,

I haven't read much Green Lantern at all really -- certainly not hte Kyle stuff. I read New Dawn (last Hal/first Kyle arc), and then some of the more recent Winnick. Good to know that you have faith in the writer.

Sometimes, though, I think maybe the situation can get the better of the writer. Three singles trapped alone in a different dimension . . .

3:16 PM  
Blogger Jude said...

Maybe Kyle and Jason will get together? So Donna can look on and smile tolerantly.

8:29 AM  

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