Friday, August 5, 2011
DCnÜ Domino Dancing: Bloodwynd
It's really hard not to throw an umlaut at Bloodwynd when I have one ready to copy and paste. Blüdwynd! I realize that would actually convert it phonetically to "Blued-wind," but it isn't as if the "y" doesn't already render that terrible name extra ridiculous. By the way, if any more websites want to steal the top image (you're welcome BTW,) please be aware of what should be obvious: that it was hacked together out of multiple Bart Sears images and some really shoddy MS Paint action as an April Fool's gag. There was even a CBR thread at one point wondering why the series hadn't ever come out. Poor bastards.
I'll save the relative lack of merits of Bloodwynd for another time, though. The reason I bring him up is because a thought occurred to me this week following response to my posting a Comicpalooza 2011 commission of the dude. See, beginning with the Zero Hour timeline established in the mid-90s, the modern DC "heroic age" began with the first appearance of Superman something like 12 to 15 years ago on a sliding scale. That's a bit much, and was mostly due to excesses like delaying Robin's debut until three years in and the entire year everyone took off during 52. The timeline was in need of Slimfast to get it down to below a decade, but the sequence of events was fair enough. DCnÜ promises that Superman's entire career now only spans five years, which casts serious doubts over huge swaths of old DC history in hopes of a shiny nÜ one. We're not even sure if Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and/or Tim Drake ever served as a Robin, so what are the odds a derivative, forgettable character like Bloodwynd even exists anymore?
Pretty decent, surprisingly. When asked about which Superman stories were still in the cannon, a senior editor (Eddie Berganza?) stated only one tale outside the most basic mythos, "The Death of Superman." I'm sure a relatively recent direct-to-DVD animated movie and its being one of the best selling comic stories of all time played into that. In fact, one of Bloodwynd's saving graces is that he became among the most visible black super-heroes by virtue of his relatively prominent appearance in that story, courtesy of creator Dan Jurgens. Of course, seeing as this is the DCnÜ, can we look forward to a Post-Flashpoint revision in the manner that so many major reworkings of Pre-Crisis stories played out? Was it now our own Martian Manhunter standing with Superman near the end (before conveniently vanishing to "recover from injuries" until Doomsday was dead?) Seeing as we have a DCnÜ Justice League International title by (once again) Dan Jurgens, there's something of an inside source with a vested interest in preserving the story as is. Still, worth pondering. Do you think "The Death of Superman" as presented is immutable, and if not, how do you see it playing out in nÜ-vision?