Retcon, short for “retroactive continuity”, is a term generally credited to Roy Thomas for stories that change the facts of how we view our fictional constructs.  Roy’s initial use came in the context of the All-Star Squadron, a comic that attempted to unify the various threads of DC Comics’ Golden Age continuity, including inserting events that had not previously happened and changing premises (like the presence of aliens on all the planets in our solar system) to be more accurate and acceptable to sophisticated audiences.  Retcons get a bad rap these days, due to overuse as a reset button for moments like Spider-Man’s unmasking, Superman’s marriage and many of the sexist/racist/ugly moments of past comics.  The question of which is the most heinous retcon of all is in the eye of the beholder, however, so let’s set some Spoilerite eyes to beholdin’ today’s Justice Society Justice Guild Justice Experience Justice League of Query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still has some sore feelings about the blunt force retcon that reverted Peter Parker’s life and erased his marriage circa ‘Brand New Day’, asking: What change in story status quo is the most heinous retcon in your eyes?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. November 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm — Reply

    “When I first met your father, he was already a great pilot…”

    **time passes**

    “Let’s try spinning, that’s a good trick!”

    • November 28, 2017 at 7:45 am — Reply

      Dear lord, so many things from that movie.

    • November 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm — Reply

      No amount of spinning “a certain point of view” can make that make any sense unless old Ben Kenobi is senile by the time of A New Hope.

  2. Toric
    November 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm — Reply

    I’ve seen some movie & video game novelizations that take some horrible liberties. The worst one I’ve seen was for the “Baldur’s Gate” game series, one of my favorite stories. The player character is portrayed as a worse monster than you can choose to be in the game, side characters go from somewhat fleshed out with rivalries and quests of their own to one-dimensional bit parts beside the glory of Hero McMurderface. Except for the one on woman who discovers she’s a lesbian just in time to kiss a dark elf.

  3. November 28, 2017 at 9:11 am — Reply

    Iceman is suddenly gay. ‘Cause that’s how that works. Go away now, Bendy. Have fun at DC. Don’t let the door…

    • b003
      November 28, 2017 at 2:11 pm — Reply

      Best comment ever!

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