1. Just found out that Dwayne McDuffie died (in February). Major bummer. Dwayne McDuffie alone did a lot to even get me into comics in the first place. His writing was witty, his pacing workmanlike, and his characters were people you couldn't help but love.
Hell, this guy was so talented he made JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED actually watchable.
I should post a picture of STATIC, but my internet-fu is weak. So just imagine him. I should stop here but I just wanted to observe that STATIC (or Virgil, actually) was a very PETER PARKER-like character, but people rarely make that comparison because unlike the 500 SPIDERMAN reboots, when you read STATIC you never felt like you'd read it all before. STATIC experienced real jeopardy, in both his personal and alter ego lives, just like SPIDERMAN in the very early days. SPIDERMAN in the comics today can be downright annoying with his detached wisecracks, whereas when STATIC got smart with his rogue's gallery it was a desperate adolescent apostrophe to a world that seemed incomprehensible and terribly unfair. And yet, it was a hopeful story. The clever hero comes out on top of the bully. Such a simple story--and so hard to do right. R. I. P.
2. Geoff Johns and his use of racist racial tropes
Finally, somebody else noticed this. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I thought it was blindingly obvious in his JSA run, but all anybody ever talks about is his character assassination of Obsidian. What nobody seems to mention is that in Johns' hands, the African-American incarnations of both Mister Terrific and JJ get turned into indecisive, easily-influenced, incapable non-players too consumed by their personal drama to be anything other than foils for the real heroes... such as Johns' pre-pubescent Mary Sue from STARS AND STRIPE. I could go on and on, but seriously... just read his JSA run and you'll see what I mean.
ETA: Or maybe I'm just pissed because Johns turned Mister Terrific into some sort of strawman for atheism and then knocked him down. Note to Johns: the "atheist in the world where gods exist" has already been done. (Cf: Terry Pratchett) Not to mention, done better. Not to mention, your straw man makes YOU look like an idiot and a tool. (Unless you actually intended to score an epic own-goal on Christian ontologies, in which case, Sir, may I offer my sincere congratulations.) Not the mention, Mister Terrific is fucking AWESOME and you aren't worthy to ink his boots.