Hi. I'm Greg Hauenstein. I'm a politico, writer, photographer, comic book enthusiast, web geek and amateur backyard green thumb living in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA.
An early favorite from this weekend. More to come!
I made some amazing progress today at 515 Brewing. 7.5 pages of my prologue.
Harassment, insults and threats in our every day lives were reasons so many of us found solace in comics, music, movies, art, etc.
Then we started in on members of our own.
Grow the eff up, dudes.
These are pictures of Barbara Gordon’s new costume, after being redesigned by DC. I do not like it.
Barbara Gordon is an established character who has been exposed to the horrors of Gotham city by seeing the toll they took on her father. She watched as her own brother became a serial killer. She was crippled by the Joker and, instead of retiring, became the best computer analyst on the planet, became the intellectual equal of Batman, adopted the identity of Oracle, and founded, and led the Birds of Prey, all while dealing with PTSD and being confined to a wheelchair. She eventually had her spine repaired and continued her adventures as Batgirl, continuously putting her life on the line and standing up against the worst monsters the world had to offer.
She wore advanced body armor, and used state-of-the-art computers. She is one of the most serious superheroes in the DC universe and rivals Batman in he determination on grit. Her story was dark and gritty because her life was dark and gritty, and she was an inspiration because of how she used that pain to push through.
Now, they are redesigning the Batgirl comics to make her a lighthearted and fun character with a crime-fighting costume that has been cobbled together from clothes found at boutiques and thrift stores. She is moving to an upscale, trendy neighborhood and is going to live life just like any other young woman would. My problem with this is that she is not like other young women, and you will never be able to convince me that an intelligent person who has seen death and murder and pain, and has been shot through the torso, would choose to trade in their body armor for a leather jacket.
Barbara Gordon is one of my favorite characters in all of fiction, and it is not because of her youth, looks, or fun-loving nature. It is because of her determination, practicality, and serious nature. I liked that there was a woman who could keep pace with Batman in almost every respect because of how hard she pushed herself and how seriously she took her job. I have no idea how these two characters could be the same person. It is beyond me.
This echoes my concerns perfectly. I will keep an open mind and give it an honest shot but I am very concerned about this new direction for my favorite DC character.