Sep. 17th, 2011

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So, the theme of The Batman Adventures Annual #1 was villains reforming. We get to take a look at the Ventriloquist trying to go straight (which ends rather sadly), the Scarecrow attempting to go straight (which ends rather awesomely) and Roxy Rocket...actually doing so, in the framing sequence for the other two stories:



But of course, it can't last...

Or can it?

Not if Selina has anything to say about it... )

And speaking of Roxy, poor Roxy! Outside of her Animated Series appearance and a couple of cameos, she hasn't shown up anywhere in the twenty years since her debut. This is highly unusual, especially for a character created by Paul Dini. Dini, I've noticed, really, really loves his original female characters (and Zatanna), and will often beat them into the ground, even one-off characters like The Carpenter.

(It's actually gotten to the point where I can't really read anything by Dini without face palming because I can guarantee myself that either Harley or Zatanna will show up somewhere in the storyline, regardless of whether or not it serves the plot.)

Personally, I've never really cared for Roxy, but I do have a soft spot carved out in my heart for neglected, unloved characters, which sits right next to the poorly handled characters ventricle. After all, there are no bad characters, only bad writers. I'd really love it if someone could write a compelling story for her and make her interesting to me.

Are there any characters you consider poorly handled, or who you think have gotten the short end of the stick in their comics appearances? For my part, I'd love to see both Calendar Girl and Magpie actually reach their full potential in the DCU.

STUFF AND NONSENSE

This is the back-up account for what I hope will be the Ultimate Catwoman Fan Blog--Dr. Von Fangirl on LiveJournal. You should go check it out over there. I much prefer the original article.

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