OH MY GOSH!!! JUST WHEN I WAS FEELING SAD!!!
Issue #2 is out 8D
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Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Batgirl
I must be doing this to myself because it’s raining. That’s it.
Well, that was disappointing.
I can’t emphasize enough how much I was looking forward to reading Justice League Dark and had incredibly high hopes that it might become a last ditch effort to get me following something from the New52.
I had seen a lot of praise for it and gleefully bought Vol. 1 on Comixology Monday. Read through it twice just to make sure it wasn’t something that had an “acquired taste.”
There’s a lot of problems with it. Many of them, I’ll admit, are partially my own tastes. Zatanna’s vastly depowered new “take” can be attributed to the fact that EVERYONE in the DCU is now much younger and “greener,” and I’m genuinely not interested in reading my favorite adult heroes go through personal problems that I have already seen them overcome or handle.
But there’s an elephant in the room and I can’t drop it.
Guys, this makes THREE instances in two years since the reboot that there was a plot point involving possession/mind control/influence of another human being with the end goal of sexual activity.
That is rape. It’s not okay.
Neither Deadman nor Dove take that perspective. It’s not even brought up. The ramifications are not mentioned. The entire situation is dropped and not mentioned again for the following five issues. It’s not even the reason Dove refuses Deadman’s suggestion. She’s being “prudish” and “old fashion.”
No. No. No!!!
Here’s the thing, this has happened multiple times across multiple books with the same lackluster glazing over what’s actually happening. Is this some “new” trend that’s being amped up for the Grim, Gritty, Sexy, and Unpleasant New52?
I feel sick that I bought this comic. That I wanted it to be good. That I had faith in its premise and interest in the characters chosen for the team. That it led to me putting money toward another rapey subplot that goes nowhere other than desensitizing comic readers to the many masks worn by sexual assault.
It’s been a solid effort for me recently to keep my posts positive in regards to comics. I’ve not been spit balling my initial feelings toward a lot of shady stuff I’ve been seeing in the comic industry, but this one needed to be pointed out.
I’m glad Stephanie is coming back and I have great faith in the creative team doing it.
I also miss Donna and Zinda and Helena B. and on and on.
But man, I miss Cassandra Cain most of all.
Not only was she a kickass character, she broke so many barriers. She had a hot hit book that went on for a long time, one of the very, very few Asian lead characters in a DC or Marvel book. She had problems that were moving and felt real. Her difficulty communicating made for some of the best moments in comics of the time. She didn’t live in Batman’s shadow. She was her own person, and she made every comic she was in better.
She was all those things AND her comic sold. Lots of comics have good intentions but fail to make a commercial impact.
Cassandra Cain felt like a next gen character in a last gen market. She felt like an indicator of what the comics industry COULD be. And the fans adored her.
I love that she was the best fighter. She would find some of Batman’s moves quaint. This little tiny girl, and she’s the biggest badass on the block. Beat Shiva by hitting her with a BROKEN ARM.
I am glad Stephanie’s back.
NOW LET’S HAVE CASSANDRA!
This is the most encouraging thing I’ve seen in a while. A long while.
I’ve… been burned too much as a Cassandra fan to hold my breath. But this is good.
This is beyond good.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American followers!
I’m thankful for all of you and this great year I’ve had!
So I bought this issue some time last week and only just now had the time to tell tumblr how much I adored this comic.
Scooby-Doo Team Up is the new $0.99 per issue endeavor from DC. The first arc is a Team Up between the Mystery Gang and the Dynamic Duo.
I don’t know if you guys know this, but I actually cannot contain the animal-like squeeing my love of this classic team up produces. I used to be a member of the Scooby-Doo book club and my all time favorite episode is the team up with the Adam West Batman and Robin.
This does not disappoint.
It’s a kids’ comic, so I DEFINITELY recommend it to parents wanting digital or hard copy comics to share with the kiddies. It’s adorable, and a few of the jokes are awesome.
AND one of my favorite Batman secondary characters of all time is in this!? Kirk! I’ve missed you!
Give it a read! Just don’t complain if you’re one of those “hardcore” Bat Fans who don’t like puns, the 60’s TV show, or anything fun.
DC Digital is actually having a pretty amazing sale today!
Everyone out there who is interested in getting into comics or just in some of the titles DC has to offer for their digital first customers should give it a try - all their currently weekly titles have their first issues for free!
Considering these are some pretty great comics and are already for a killer price (only $0.99), it feels like a pretty good option to me.
Now, I’ve already purchased the vast majority of these comics previously, but for free I’m more than willing to give other issues a try ;)
Check them out while the sale’s still going on!
High quality print of my artwork. I also have originals for sale, check out my store! Printed on Ultra Premium Presentation Matte Paper! Border
Here is the etsy shop with the print that I told you about, Rena
I am legit crying
Thank you XD I needed this in my day.
Okay, so I’ve had this argument for what feels like the millionth time with a “comic book dude” and it’s bothered me enough to feel I need to put this in writing.
I want comic books to be organic in their social and narrative progression. I want character dynamics to make sense and I don’t want the current comic characters or histories to disappear or to be killed off. There are dozens of comic book characters I love who fit into the “same old, same old” routine comics have been using for decades now.
People who want changes in the comic book industry don’t want to take your toys away from you. We wouldn’t be invested in the comic book world if we didn’t love all those things, too.
And while I would, yes, like to see more characters that are new and diverse, I’ve put pushing for those things on the back burner for a while now.
What I want as a woman, as someone who loves comics, as someone who is interested in diversifying the medium, is for comics to respect the characters and histories that were already diverse and unique. I want their stories to be given time to build an audience. I want them to be featured in tv shows, movies, and even the covers of team books to get them the bare minimum of coverage.
I want stories to not be exclusive.
You can write a script around a blonde, blue-eyed, Anglo-Saxon character and not make it difficult for women, people of color, and people of different sexual orientations to read. A good example of this is the Greg Rucka Punisher run.
Don’t glorify sexual assault in your stories, or have violence become moot because the survivor is shown only as a victim with a huge bust. Don’t have minority representation killed off for the sake of your “bigger picture.”
And when you have diverse characters in your universe already? Don’t kill them off or assassinate their previous characterizations and narratives for the sake of your vision. People notice these things more with these characters because there is no one to replace them.
Nearly five years after Cassandra Cain was derailed for the sake of white, straight, male counterparts and there has yet to be a single character to fill her niche. Nearly four years since the murder of Ryan Choi and DC still doesn’t have a single Chinese male hero in a book.
I picked these two in particular because 19% of the world population is Chinese. And the comic book industry fails to represent that even slightly.
If I sound bitter, it’s only because basic common sense doesn’t work in this argument. If it did, there wouldn’t even be an argument when I walk into a comic book store. I wouldn’t have to justify my presence from the moment I walked in until I walked out.
My sex composes 50% of the world population. If your store demographics aren’t representative of that it’s because you’re losing money. Not because women aren’t interested in comics.
There is a local book store that sells some comics but mostly trades and graphic novels. Every time I walk in there are at least half a dozen female college students looking through these books. The cashier has told me every time I come in that gender neutral titles such as Saga can’t be kept on the shelves.
I spent about two hours the other day discussing with some girls in the science hall about how much they love Superman - especially Lois and Clark together from either Man of Steel or Smallville. One in particular was upset because she feared she wouldn’t see much time spent between the two of them in Superman vs. Batman since they added Batman to the sequel.
I felt really bad when I told her about how they’re not together in the comics anymore. She said knowing that ruined her day, especially since their relationship had inspired her to give comic books a chance.
Comics have the potential to be progressive. There is a hugely diverse audience available to them - people who are interested. People with new ideas and perspectives. And, yes, they happen to be outside the presently catered demographic.
And inventing new characters to meet those changes is a step that’s necessary. Eventually. But my friends who are outside the current comic fandom didn’t become interested initially because of those characters. They were interested because of Mary Jane and Peter from the Spider-Man movies. Because of Lois Lane. Because of Wonder Woman. Because of Nick Fury. And if they don’t see those characters they are familiar with being represented well in the comics they give a chance, then you’ve lost them.
For many of them, there won’t be getting them back.
At the end of the day, my friends will find the representation they’re interested in somewhere else. Most of these friends are already avid fans of anime and manga. It might not be exactly what they’re looking for, but they’ll find some satisfaction.
It’s the faltering comic book industry that needed their money that is going to suffer. And as a fan? I can’t pretend I don’t think it’s exactly what the stagnant industry will deserve.