*Membership spots not really limited!
I do, too -- because the only thing wrong with Ray Palmer is that he is a white, heterosexual male.
DC has a lot of things that various people don't like about it, and some of it is over the top, just hatred for hatred's sake.
But one thing that people should always be disappointed with is diversity for diversity's sake.
There was nothing wrong with Ryan Choi, just as there's nothing inherently wrong with Rhonda Pineda. Any writer can use those characters and give them a good backstory and make them interesting.
But they don't have to be the Atom, with that set of powers. It doesn't have to be that way. DC has the ability to create new characters, new concepts -- and there are people receptive to that sort of thing.
No one is saying that you can't have a Ryan Choi or a Rhonda Pineda be heroic characters in the DC Universe. You absolutely can.
It's just frustrating when DC acts like being so heavy-handed with it, giving you one to the exclusion of the other, is the only answer you have.
For example, the Justice League could clearly use, I don't know, some type of telepath on the roster. You know, since the Martian Manhunter is evidently never going to be on the verstion of the team he originally founded, once upon a time. Why couldn't that kind of character, a telepath or a telekinetic or a magnetism-based character, or a geokinetic, something like that, have been Rhonda Pineda's character?
Why would that have been bad?
It's not even difficult to do it. You could have Ray Palmer and Rhonda Pineda, so easily. You could have BOTH. You give new readers something AND old readers something.
DC just...they just don't get it. Somebody there, for over 20 years now, always seems to feel that you only get one. It's a horrible way to do business.
This is exactly what I've been saying for years, only yours is probably a bit more eloquent. There is one very simple truth I stand by, that is so simple in its logic, and so logical in its simplicity, that I just cannot understand why DC can't get it:
More good characters are better than less.
That's it. You don't have to kill or push aside Connor to have Ollie. Or Kyle or Guy or John to have Hal. Or Wally to have Barry. Or Ray to have whatever new ethnicity they think they need to appease. There's room for Dick, Jason, Tim, and Damian. There's room for Donna and Cassie. There are ways you can use all these characters and tell good stories. MORE good stories than tey're telling now. But they don't get it.
I loved loved LOVED Ryan Choi's book, but those stories could've been told with Ray. But I also loved when Ray and Ryan teamed up. You could've given Ryan the Dwarfsar name/look instead of making him a villain.
This is not rocket science. But the just don't get it.