So I haven’t read any of the new DC rebooted comics- my superhero intake tends to be a little random, mostly on account of grad-school-induced brokeishness. And with the reviews I’ve been reading, I don’t think I’m going to start.
Let me say that I try to keep firm control of my inner feminazi. Something has to be pretty damn offensive to get me up on my soapbox. And I don’t really mind t&a in comics- to a point. Comics have always hypersexualized and overexaggerated both male and female physiques. It’s a part of the aesthetic, to make the characters larger than life in every way possible. However, what I cannot stand is when the female character exists solely as a set of t&a and has no actual character development to back it up. Sexiness is part of a character, it does not replace character. If your comic is intended to be only gratuitous t&a, stop insulting me and all of the other comic readers (male and female) who read them for PLOT as well as picture. Just be honest and sell the the pictures without the word bubbles in a brown wrapper on the top shelf with a complimentary travel pack of Kleenex. (No, this is not an indictment against pornography either.)
Just to connect this post to class, here’s come comments from people who put it much better than I do. And my presentation topic is on graphic novels and manga…
A 7-year-old girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire:
And for a slightly older perspective
The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their ‘Liberated Sexuality’