At midnight the DCU continuity changes forever. And when it does we will say goodbye to some things and will welcome some new things. For many people, myself included, it’s hard. Characters we have known, loved and enjoyed for a long time will not be part of the DCU moving forward. And, yes, they are just printed images on a page, but it is a tribute to the writers and artists and DC Comics that they became more.
When my kids were very small I would put them to bed at night to Margaret Wise Brown’s “Good Night Moon” - you may have done that too or you may remember a parent reading it to you. You can hear Susan Sarandon read it here.
I know some people don’t like it. And certainly, the recent parody by Adam Manspach, read by Samuel Jackson, more closely reflects the choatic bed time of pre-schoolers. But I always found the book comforting and relished the moment of repeating, “good night noises, everywhere” as a close to the day.
Saying good night is, in a way, saying goodbye. When night falls, we bid farewell to the things we love.
In the final pages of Neil Gaiman’s goodbye to Batman, “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader”, his mother helps Bruce say goodbye to his friends and family, by reading from a version of the “goodnight book”.
And like Bruce did in that story, many of us will say “good night” to many things we have had great affection for in this DCU:
Goodnight, Conner Hawke
Goodnight, Donna Troy
Goodnight to Lian, daughter of Roy
Goodnight to Barbara Gordon, Oracle edition
Goodnight to the New Teen Titans and all of their missions
Goodnight Mr. & Mrs. Kent, Goodnight Mr. & Mrs. West
Goodnight and farewell to all of the rest.
But for every “good night”, there is, usually, a “good morning.”
Just as Gaiman ended his story, we will begin anew.
Soon there will be new stories and new characters in a new DC that we may learn to love like the things we bid farewell to.
I will miss many, many things that brought me joy; I look forward to many new things that may do the same.
So, "The Blast" is some character you created? Looks like Nightwing mixed with Jean Paul Valley's Azrael.
Yeah, Nightwing was a primary inspiration in 1998 because they shared the same colors (though as stated, the Blast was first inspired by the Scarlet Spider).
At the start of the year, before the DC Relaunch announcement, I decided that the Blast needed a significant change. Since he was constantly Black and Blue since 1998, I decided to be bold and turn bloody red for “Blastpoint”, a symbolic turningpoint for me and my character based on Flashpoint. With the relaunch announcement showing Nightwing as black,red and looking like my other favorite character Batman Beyond, It became clear to me that I should keep the colors for his own relaunch.
I also noticed the Azrael similarity. I had no choice because I also wanted his mask to be different from before and I wanted his character art to be symmetrical so I can flop them.
Similarities to Nightwing, Azrael and Batman Beyond are done on purpose because I’ve always been from the house of the Bat.