As comic fans, we’re used to retcons. They’ve become par for the course. For the most part we’re okay with them if done well. A good retcon can make you look at previous stories in a new way or they can advance the character or story further. But other times…you’re not sure what to think about them, and when you do think about them they frustrate you.
The biggest example I can think of comes from Countdown to Infinite Crisis and Maxwell Lord. Towards the end Max tells Blue Beetle that he kept the League ineffectual for years. Um…no! I remember reading this for the first time and asking myself “Wait, if that’s true then why do we have years of stories of Max going from an opportunistic business man to someone who go to know and was accepted by the league? What about all those times we saw thought balloons and captions?”
I get it, it’s a retcon, but it seemed liked the kind of retcon that says “This is the change. I’m not going to explain it, you’re just going to have to go with it in order for the rest of the story to make sense.”
Are there any retcons in comics that did this for you?