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Can heroes ever find happiness?

Heidi MacDonald (“Why Andreyko’s Batwoman run starts with issue # 25,” September 09, 2013, was questioning the cancelation of Batwoman’s upcoming wedding by the DC editorial team: “Meanwhile, it seems that marriage itself has been banned from the DCU, given DiDio’s ‘heroes can’t be happy’ dictate.”

We understand this point of view. We have often stated our admiration for James Ellroy’s noir fiction, which rarely end well. They say happy people don’t have interesting stories. Maybe it’s necessary for drama to dwell in the shadows of the heroes’ psyches to create viable scripts. We’ll say again that authors should use their effects in careful measure. Otherwise they run the risk of falling into the Little Mermaid syndrome (not the Disney version, natch.)