Just a quick note about another sad milestone in popular culture: DC Comics is shaking-up its comic book universe. They have decided to do a giant do-over of 52 of their titles, which means that Superman, Batman, and a host of other comic book icons will be starting-over from issue number 1. What does this mean? For starters, it means that Lois Lane will no longer be married to Superman. There will be brand new story lines and brand new characters.
America is a lot less “white” than it was when DC Comics started 76 years ago, so the new series will feature more ethnic diversity among its heroes. But the diversity-effort goes beyond ethnicity. DC also plans to introduce the first ever lesbian superhero—Batwoman. DC Comics proclaims Batwoman to be “the first LGBT character to star in an eponymous series published by either of America’s Big Two comic book publishers.”