We haven’t quite been following this story but some other folks have. It seems that a bunch of “legacy” characters at DC who were mostly whiter men, have, over the years, been replaced with new folks who were more multiracial and even female. But now they are all getting killed off, and even Jessica Fletcher doesn’t know why. Over at Bleeding Cool, Ryan Mullenix has a surprisingly long list of non-white characters who have been killed off in the DCU’s current regime of death squads and shocking surprises.
Like, we said, we’re not experts in the continuity, but we do know that in the past, DC was always trying to broaden their character base with more minority characters; killing off white guys and replacing them with half-Cherokee, half-Thanagarian versions seems like a kinda weird way to go about it, but then every generation gets the shocking surprises they deserve, it seems.
What do you think, gentle readers? Is Mullenix’s long list a misleading statistical aberration?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.