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The Greatest Threat by RobertMacQuarrie1 The Greatest Threat by RobertMacQuarrie1
So, apparently DC Comics has vetoed pretty much any and all marriages within their company. Lois and Clark, Barry and Iris, Wally and Linda. Kathy and Maggie didn't even get off the ground. And even Aquaman and Mera's relationship will be "re-examined" in October. All in the effort to make the characters lives more "interesting" and "dynamic."

And here I thought the best way to tell great stories and get people excited was to hire talented creators and let them tell the best stories possible. Silly me. Here I was trying to be a better artist, learn from my mistakes. Experiment and grow. Try new things and strive to overcome my limits. When the most important thing was apparently just work on characters that aren't married. That way my work will magically get better. I guess this is why DC comics is shedding talented creators left and right. I mean, the status quo is far more important than the people telling the stories, right? And since they got rid of all the marriages in their comics, they've improved 1000% and there's been no dissatisfied fans, right?

Marvel is barely any better. Their problem seems to be that they feel the need to make the male character more "interesting" by getting rid of the female lead, regardless of what that might imply. Because the only way to make male leads more interesting is to shed the female love interest that people actually like so the writers can have the male lead boink the resident Ms. Fanservice (See Cyclops and Spider-Man for examples.)

But at least this is where DC has the edge over Marvel. Say what you will about their decision, but at the very least DC is not allowing a female character marry her female love interest in order to make the book more "interesting." At least the decision isn't gender oriented. That's got to be SOME step forward, right?
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EdwardX1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
DC New 52 is just shit.
ragdollfun Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
I'm so disappointed in DC right now... :cry:
Kraut007 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
So true.
When a hero gets married for reale one this three hing will happen sooner or later:
*Wife gets killed off, also known as "women in fridges"
*Husband turns into a cheating asshole
*Crazy-ass deal with a demon to save the old dead-meat plot-device aunt

dudebladeX Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014   General Artist
That demon... are we talking about Quesada, Mephisto, or both?
IamWalkingDead1 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
We don't talk about that demon thing... Fuck one more day... It makes no sense what so ever... 
oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
For reals!
Z2010Deadmeat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I think what honestly annoys me the most with there issue about marriage is how they break some off. OMD that was done because the writer felt that would be better to do than an actual divorce.  Then others...bam...death of the spouse or the New 52 for example. Spidey and MJ in my opinion the best time to have done that would have been when their child died stillborn. They could say that tension soon grew because MJ couldn't stay with Peter because him being Spider-Man cost them both their first child and her trust in him keeping them safe falters after another attack on them both which he was nearly killed. Or say that because of their baby dying Peter doubts himself and fears the Goblin would target her like he did Gwen Stacey so Spidey pushes her away in order to keep her safe. Heck in comic time it wasn't that long between Clone saga and OMD so it could work basically being in the back of MJ and Peter's mind till an event happens opening up old wounds over the situation. A scenario where both characters grow apart due to a sensible situation revolving around one's hero status and going there separate ways is a bit more reasonable. Instead of someone hitting the reset button and making the whole relationship never happen at all. Seriously you would think DC would know better than to take OMD and apply it on a larger scale.
TheManiMan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
So true.......the thing that really angered me the most is the whole wonder woman/superman thing.

They break up one of the greatest comic couples to bring us the mos awkward one...whats up with that?

Clark and diana always worked the best as friends or some kind of brother and can do batman/wonder woman as a couple,that would work wonderful....

Dc and marvel really dont seem to like loving couples or love in general.:)
ComicBookArtFiend Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013

While I agree banning marriage outright in comics is inherently stupid, how many comic book marriages have actually been done well? Or not been subject to intentional sabotage?


Lois Lane and Superman? DC did everything in their power to stop the marriage from happening, including giving Lois a sleazy ex-boyfriend to hook up with during and after "The Death of Superman" (the oh-so-disgusting Jeb Friedman), had her dump Superman upon Jeb's death, made her emotionally abusive to Clark and unaccepting of his life as Superman, had her repeatedly try to walk out on Clark during their marriage for selfish and stupid reasons (this isn't even counting the time the Parasite impersonated her), and had her being irrationally jealous and hateful toward Clark's female peers. There were also numerous story pitches to "One More Day" the marriage out of existence (including an infamous pitch by Mark Waid, Grant Morrrison, Mark Millar, and Tom Peyer), constant complaints from the writers about how the marriage was inherently horrible and how the Love Triangle was inherently superior, and endless whining about how WB interfered with DC's grand plans by expecting DC to honor their original deal to marry them off in tandem with LOIS & CLARK (a show developed at DC, no less!). I remember fans calling Lois "Superb****" for the way she treated Superman and creators like Gail Simone calling Lois out for her behavior, but DC insisted tooth and nail that Lois was being a strong female role model and the complaints were unwarranted.


Spider-Man? Even before he sold out MJ and Mayday to Mephisto, the Clone Saga was intended to destroy his marriage from the off. Failing that, they tried killing MJ off in a plane crash (it didn't stick). Unlike Superman, Spider-Man actually had a strong, solid marriage with actual staying power. It still didn't stop Marvel from wanting it snuffed.


Green Arrow and Black Canary? Sabotaged from day one. There was never any intention to making that work, which was a total shame.


Reed and Sue Richards? Well, there's always Namor chasing after her. Can we really say with any credibility that smashing that couple up isn't something Marvel's wanted to do on and off over the years?


Aquaman and Mera were broken up for a long stretch prior to the 2000s. Heck, they even killed off Aquaman's son for no good reason.


The less said about Ralph and Sue Dibny and Ray Palmer and Jean Loring, the better.


Let's face it, the insane hatred of marriage at DC and Marvel has been going on for a long, long time now. Can we really be so shocked that it's now being enforced as official policy?

RobertMacQuarrie1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
The problem is a lot of the issues people have with marriage in comics seems not to stem from the marriage itself, but the attempts to get rid of it.  

When used and embraced by the creators, marriage is used to very great effect.  JM Demattis, JMS, Tom Defalco and other writers embraced the marriage between Spider-Man and Mary Jane, and they told some of the best stories featuring the couple together in matrimony. 

Roger Stern truly believed in Superman and Lois' marriage, and was honored to write the vows they spoke at their ceremony. 

And that doesn't even get into the long history of Reed and Sue of the Fantastic Four. 

Are all stories featuring married characters golden?  No.  But neither are all stories featuring single characters.  They are probably just as much, if not more, examples of very, VERY bad stories featuring a character who isn't married.  Yet the industry doesn't write off being single altogether. 

The fear of marriage in comics is irrational, and seems to stem more from a desire to press the "easy" button and have stories magically be better rather than actually work at developing a compelling story, which is what REALLY attracts fans. 
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