Saturday, May 14, 2011

Writers Block: Michelle Carter Independent Woman or just Boosters' sister? Part 3

Chuck Dixon:

There seems to be some confusion over what has and will occur. I'm not sure if this has to do with Dixons' issues with DC, writer miscommunication or a number of things. Let's just say that Michelle doesn't come off as the brightest crayon in the box. When Boosters' starting to realize that his sister is back for good it noticeably rattles him. It's something he says he has to get used to. Michelle doesn't pick up on any of the telltale signs that something's wrong. She apparently doesn't pay attention as she's shocked to learn that Boosters' a time cop. Despite Johns having Rip fill her in on Boosters' mission and then Booster taking her out to lunch to discuss the whole thing. Hmm, maybe that's why she didn't pick up on things faster, she doesn't like to listen to others. Regardless she has fun with Booster and jumps into the fray despite her confusion with time travel. I do like the little touch that Dixon and Jurgens add with her scene with Barbara. It shows that Michelle has a little arrogance as she smugly wears the Batgirl suit in front of it's owner. Maybe a little telling that she taunts Babs for needing daddy as the twins have their own issues with their father and Michelle is used to fending for herself.

Rick Remender


There's some good stuff and bad in his two part fill in. Continuing the trend of teaching Michelle the rope of being a Time Master she struggles to help her brother save the timeline despite not fully understanding it. There is a nice bonding moment where we see that the twins make plans to go to different events together. Remender doesn't know what Michelle's suit does and it shows where she's able to blast just like Booster. Of course since bringing her back the character hasn't used her powers but still I like it when things are better researched. Especially since he already has a lot of details from other stories weaved in. While Michelle doesn't last long in the fight it's hinted at her being a source of strength for Booster during dark times in the future. Something that was sort of implied by Johns having RIp say that Michelle will make the mission easier for Booster. Not a horrible take, a little glitchy but not a particular strong one either.


  1. I wasn't overly impressed by Remender's stint as writer, but it WAS a whole heck of a lot better than what he did with the New Atom! Man, that was horrible.

    Nobody seems to have a firm grip on Michelle lately, which is a shame. She's either a dim bulb or a shrew. Even Booster seems a bit taken aback by her sniping.

  2. I liked certain things although I do think he over stepped his bounds as a fill in writer. I got some issues because of the Chronos connection. I was bored outside those parts. At least he did a scene with the twins and Daniel.

    Or super sweet. It really is amazing how no one can get a character that's barely been used so wrong.