Ok so upfront I’m going to discuss some rumors about possible changes next year (5G stuff)
Whenever a superhero retires, dies, disappears, etc and someone new takes on their mantle (either a sidekick or someone else) there is always a group of fans that get really upset. Like really really upset and I would love to talk about that.
For example: Bendis has announced that Superman in December is revealing his secret identity to the world. This has coincided with rumors that (POSSIBLE SPOILER) in the near future Clark will no longer be Superman but Jon will be (how and if this actually happens can be a different thread all on its own). Or rumors are floating around (mostly on Bleeding Cool) that (POSSIBLE SPOILER) Batman is going to give up the mantle and Luke Fox will take over.
When changes like this happen people get upset. I have seen some people, in response to the above rumors talk about how this is the last straw and after so many decades of reading and collecting comics they are done. I understand frustration with change but the degree of anger I don’t necessarily get since we should all know that nothing is really permanent in comics. (Superman, Barry, Hal, and Bruce all came back to life. Some rebirths were quicker than others but in the end they all came back and reset at some point.)
So I would love to hear the following from people:
- Why do people/you get upset when a mantle is passed to a new character.
- Have you ever enjoyed a story or character after the mantle has been passed down? (For example Dick Grayson as Batman).
I Love DC and this community so much. Thanks for talking.
(Also, side note - I don’t feel like people get as upset when a sidekick mantle/title is passed down. Some probably didn’t like when Damian took over as Robin and Tim’s identity was (and continues to be - Drake??) in flux. However, in general it feels like fans are more ok with a sidekick’s mantle being passed to new characters but not ok when a “main” hero does it. Why?)