LNHX: Kid Kirby #1: LNHX Origins #6

Adrian James McClure lord_soldeed at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 15 07:52:19 PST 2011

Actually, it wasn't, I seem to have confused Rob Rogers with Robert
Ramirez. Sorry.

But I don't see the point of getting irritated by LNH20. The thing is,
it's not rewriting reality, it actually co-exists with the classic
LNH. (This is even an actual plot point in Just Imagine and Ultimate
Mercenary.) Many of us are treating this as the primary universe so we
can attract new readers and writers and tell different kinds of
stories, but Andrew and Arthur and Lalo and I will all still be
writing stories set in the classic Looniverse. (At least I sure hope
Arthur is going to finish Beige Midnight someday... :P)

So part of the reason I, personally, like having new and underused
characters come to the fore in LH20--besides respecting the original
creators, many of whom who have now moved on or are unreachable and
thus can't sign off on revamping their characters--is that it allows
us, as I said, to tell different kinds of stories. If I wanted to tell
a story about Cheesecake Eater Lad as the LNH's cook, I could just
write a classic LNH story. In LNH20, I could explore what the LNH is
like with Public Domain Lad as cook instead.

I can't speak for anyone else, but a lot of what I, personally, want
to do is a reaction to the mistakes DC's current revamp is making. The
reason I am putting so much (maybe too much) emphasis on history and
legacy is that DC is diminishing that aspect of their universe, which
is what makes them distinctive. Another thing that, in my opinion, is
hurting modern comics is the overemphasis on "iconic" characters.
Revisiting the same old characters and plotlines obsessively makes it
hard to come up with anything new and interesting, and stifles the
wild inventiveness that used to make superhero comics great. So in a
characteristically LNH way, LNH20 is throwing the whole idea of
"iconic" characters out the window. It's a world where 1997-era Tom
Russell characters are treated as "iconic," which is kind of like
basing the new DC revamp on the New Bloods. Which is both completely
ridiculous and completely awesome. Which is exactly why it fits the
concept of the LNH.

But your approach is different. And that's OK. But there's no point in
making passive-aggressive jabs at other revamps because of that. RACC
is a big multiverse and it can easily fit two (actually four, counting
the original and LNHY) versions of the LNH.

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