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The ‘Cry for Justice’ Threesome Continuity Challenge

The comics blog “Stars and Garters” has issued, to Gail Simone, a specific type of challenge. It is a challenge that has felled many a writer before her, and will ruin many a writer after her. It is the slipperiest, most difficult, most unresolvable challenge that any writer can ever face.

That’s right. It’s a continuity challenge.

And it’s about “Cry for Justice.”

In what turned out to be, hilariously enough, one of the less controversial issues of the “Cry for Justice” series, Green Lantern and Green Arrow are talking on a rooftop, and Green Arrow references Green Lantern having a very special night with two women from the “Birds of Prey” series: Zinda Blake and Helena Bertinelli. There’s no specific act mentioned, but the innuendo comes on strong, and given the tone of the remark, it’s not hard to guess what Green Arrow is hinting at: a threesome.

This did not please the Helena and Zinda fans, who rightly pointed out that the women weren’t especially close, and even if they were, doing something like this wasn’t in character for either of them. While some were only mildly annoyed, others had the same reaction as the author of “Stars and Garters” did: “This cannot be allowed to stand.”

The challenge issued by “Stars and Garters” is for Gail Simone to find some way to knock it down.

Of course there are a ton of ways to discredit the scene. This is comics, after all, there are decades of character development that are written off as a hallucination, an evil twin, or an alternate reality. (Ed. Note- See: The brilliant retcon of the She-Hulk/Juggernaut hookup by the illustrious Dan Slott, who assigned the one night stand to an alternate She-Hulk from the Alpha universe instead.)

Then again, why bother using an entire comic book to respond to a throwaway line? Events, in-jokes, and controversial stories all have a way of hanging around. Sometimes the best way to deal with continuity that doesn’t work, especially continuity like this, is treating it like the ‘throwaway gag’ it was intended to be.

Then again, embracing it and having a long series about the trials and tribulations of Hal Jordan trying to keep up with both Helena Bertinelli and Zinda Blake might be even better.

Any thoughts on the best way to discredit the scene — or whether needs to be discredited at all?

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