- Posted by Johanna on December 17, 2007 at 7:34 am
- Category: Meta
I remember a time when everyone was concerned about the marquee superhero properties being too old. They froze Superman and Batman at a perpetual 29, and any indication of settling down was shunned.
Now, though, I look around, and suddenly there are kids everywhere! Superman’s got some adopted superkid whose name I don’t recall right now. Batman’s had a son named “Damian”. Hulk’s had a son. Spider-Man’s got an alternate universe daughter in Spider-Girl. Wolverine’s got some kind of clone daughter, as well as Wild Thing in S-G’s world. (I liked her.) Apparently, Daniel Way also just gave him a son named “Daken”.
(It seems that daughters are usually “what if”s, while sons make the main timeline. At least the girls get the superhero costumes and names.)
When did everyone start spawning? And is this an exciting new direction or the last gasp of an exhausted creative machine? Most importantly, when do we get Superkid and Damian teaming up to drive a motorcycle across the US struggling with the big issues of today as they go?
I have to say, none of these characters seem particularly long-lasting or significant to me. Spider-Girl’s the best known, and that’s helped by the merchandisers wanting more girl-friendly Marvel properties. Black Canary’s already had her adopted daughter Sin taken away from her. Can’t have the women be parents — makes it harder to fantasize about them naked.