I’ve been seeing a lot of comments of “I was going to buy Li’l Gotham, but now I don’t know if I want to” floating around since it was confirmed that the Batgirl in Li’l Gotham was recolored, and I kind of want to weigh in on that. I would still HIGHLY suggest buying this. Let’s be real—-though it’s in a chibi style and has a cutesy feel, this comic was closer to the DCU I love than anything that has come out in the last year. Li’l Gotham is NOT SET IN THE DCNU. That’s kind of a big deal! It took Dustin Nguyen almost five years to get this idea approved, and damn it, I don’t want to see it suffer from editorial ridiculousness.
This is how I look at it. Yesterday morning, I bought the equivalent of a cupcake made of sunshine and rainbow sprinkles. It was the best cupcake ever, and I couldn’t wait to get through my work day and go home and blog all about it (because blogging is What I Do, and this cupcake made me believe in dreams again). But between the time that I bought the cupcake and when I got home, DC snuck into my bag and gave me a different one. I settled into my desk with a cup of tea and decided to savor that cupcake again.
But the eggplant sprinkles in my rainbow had been noticeably replaced with a big scab. I did not remember that scab being there. I was confused, because I know I wouldn’t have been the happiest of clams all day if I hadn’t been positive that I’d had an eggplant sprinkle there before. I thought that I was getting paranoid and delusional! But then I took a closer look, and I noticed the shards of broken dreams and little jpeg artifacts of sunshine in there. It HAD been an eggplant sprinkle just a couple hours before.
So you can imagine that this was a massive disappointment. I know that current studies claim that eggplant sprinkles are toxic, but they sure as hell haven’t made me sick. And it’s not that the scab was end-of-the-world terrible, but that it’d originally been something I loved and enjoyed with wild abandon. Why would someone do that? Was it so necessary that I not have that one sprinkle? Why is it that one person can decide that nobody gets to have eggplant sprinkles anymore, just because they themselves don’t like eggplant? I’ll still buy this flavor of cupcake again—-because it was WONDERFUL—-but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m annoyed, insulted, and baffled by the thought process behind the decision. In no way do I fault the bakers—-they WANTED to give me the perfect cupcake, but someone spoiled the batch after the cupcake was out of their hands. I want to keep supporting them, because I know that they will get to cook up batches of Red Velvet Oraclecakes, and Mocha Helenacakes, and Angelfood Casscakes, and Buttercream Timcakes.
(Technically, they’re still making Timcakes, but they’ve started using an artificial sweetener that will probably end up claiming lives. It’s definitely not the same Tim we bought 183 batches of. Similarly, the Red Velvet Oraclecakes have been replaced with Babsgirl Carrot Cake, and I really want to like it, but I can’t get over the drastic change in texture and flavor.)
Yeah, I know—-the cupcake thing has gone on for way too long, but I fell asleep before I could eat dinner, and I really want a cupcake right now. Anyway. What I’m trying to say is that I love Steph, but there’s too much in Li’l Gotham that is too good NOT to support. The art is incredible, the stories are fun, and it speaks to a Gotham that I actually recognize. I haven’t bought a DCnU floppy since Steph was replaced with Babs in Smallville, and I don’t intend to. Despite loving several of the new books, I can’t support the way DC has treated its fans and its talent in the past year. But I’m going to keep buying Li’l Gotham, and I really, really hope that you do, too.