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  1. They also sucked any non-white ethnicity out of the lady with the awesome white tiara on the left hand side of the Justice League pic. Everyone seems paler in the new one, to be sure, but she appears to have changed races.

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  2. You're right. She's the "new" Doctor Light (civilian name: Kimiyo Hoshi) — actually, she dates to Crisis, but DC never did enough with her. The original Doctor Light, introduced in 1962, was a very powerful but largely ineffectual villain whose incompetence became a bit of a running joke, prompting the powers that be to first give his name and costume to a superhero in 1986 — featuring her in the Justice League relaunch in 1987 — and then in 2004 allow him to revealed as a sadistic rapist (you'd think that such a phrase would be redundant, but it's applicable) who basically was given a magical partial lobotomy. While it was nice to have the new Doctor Light be female and Japanese in the name of increased diversity (for realism's sake if nothing else), she was often portrayed not just as a single-mom workoholic who neglected her kids in favor of her career or Justice League duties, which might have been meaty plot strands had they been picked up with any dimension, but as an outright shrew. Naturally when she confronted the animated corpse of the original Doctor Light last year, her costume was stripped to tatters and she ended up fighting him nude, which always seems to happen to the gals but not so much the dudes.

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  3. PS: I love that My Little Joanie actually typed the words "Justice League" — even if you henceforth refer to Doctor Light as "Awesome-White-Tiara Lady" (cf. "Orbo").

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  4. @Blam: I love that My Little Joanie actually typed the words "Justice League" — even if you henceforth refer to Doctor Light as "Awesome-White-Tiara Lady" (cf. "Orbo")

    Ha! She's becoming one of us!

    I really need to watch Fringe. So much TV (and movies, and comics, and books...), so little time.

    she dates to Crisis, but DC never did enough with her.

    Indeed. Even re-reading Crisis and those early Justice League issues nowadays, she seems poised to make the jump to the big time, yet never really does.

    Interesting that the alt-Justice League cover is only changed by the Jonah Hex/Guy Gardner swap. Maybe their Crisis brought their status quo closer to ours. ;)

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  5. Holy Smokes, I can't believe I just exposed my Secret Identity to the world like that! You're slipping, Joan! Thankfully only you and Teebore are able to see it. I would hate to have everyone know that my real name is Maudrianna Eunice Tuttle.

    You know I actually had to cut and paste "Justice League"? I knew when I read it that I would never remember it and I would call it something goofy like "Oddly Colored Tough-Guy Club".

    even if you henceforth refer to Doctor Light as "Awesome-White-Tiara Lady" (cf. "Orbo").

    Hehe, I actually refer to her as "Bianca Eyebrows" in my head.

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  6. The covers were definitely a cool touch, but I was kinda surprised that they didn't try to match art styles better on some of them and just disappointed by how ugly the Crisis and Justice League ones were.

    I really need to write about Fringe more than annually. A couple of friends have been urging me to do periodic if not weekly reviews, but that's almost certainly not in the cards.

    Please? You at least do have to give us another actual review.

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  7. which might have been meaty plot strands had they been picked up with any dimension, but as an outright shrew. Naturally when she confronted the animated corpse of the original Doctor Light last year, her costume was stripped to tatters

    Meaty Plot Strands is my new band name. No, wait: Outright Shrew! Either that or Stripped to Tatters.

    (I say steal from the best!)

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