BTW, Mods, I posted this in the Gen. Discussion, cause I think its more about sexism, Sex and that, instead of the actual characters, contrary to what the title says. Unfortunately, I was too late to change the title. =(
Two things before we starts:
- Since this seems to be the hot topic on the net right now, at least comic wise, I'm going to be blogging on this, since I too feel strongly about it, with one character more than another. Though both cases are still bad.
- I am a Male. In every sense of the word.
In the new Revamped DC, we have all noticed that there has been indeed, in the search of relativety with new customers a new "wave" of an attempt at "sexiness" in the DC. I'm sure the plan was to attract Old customers who were fans of the character, Core customers who just read comics and have had there curiosity peaked by some of the more extravagant scenes as well as the nature and new readers, who are just looking for Comic's equivalent of American Pie. Did it work? Maybe.
I'll start with Catwoman, since its definitely the side I think I'm capable of defending in anyway, without turning this into a slaughterfest. I like the direction of the book, but I think that some things that are too much, are definitely too much. Ironically I remember a thread where people compared the Manga to A Comics in terms of the Female readership and it was mentioned that Manga had more female readers, but it was also pointed out that it had more fanservice. I find it an ironic twist of fate that we end up with a book that ends up slipping through a manga-esque fanservice, just like that, without any of the things female readers like (not that I can speak for them, I'm just using my knowledge to analyze the situation).
Catwoman was definitely portrayed as a slut this issue, in both a literal and a figurative sense. What I mean by this is that her origin has definitely been merged with all three main ones that have been used. This means, she was in fact, at some point in time a whore (I hope that doesn't count as a swear word, which I don't know why it would but you never know...). The problem with this issue wasn't that, I mean I don't particularly like it, but the scene where she's exposing her bra and panties doesn't affect me that much sine I know it. But why the hell do I open the issue to see her with the costume half put on, with one her breasts out, and close it to find that she's taking off her costume again, exposing her breasts? Why? I mean, I can even give it to DC that they want a sex scene, but in the first issue, right off the bat? That isn't how sex scenes should be done... Furthermore, why did Winick put that boob out of the costume? Why? Why? I just really don't understand, that's the thing that turned this book with a heavy sexual undertone, to just something that was made for horny, adolescent male teenagers to look at the art.
Then we move on the Starfire... And while Red Hood might be a book that I liked more than Nightwing (and that's saying a lot, either on the Red Hood part, or on the Nightwing part) I totally didn't like Starfire's interpertation here. I mean, up until the first part of the book, it was soaring high. But then with that part in the end with Roy and Starfire, that was just wierd, specially how she "forgot" Dick. I mean, she probably hasn't but that's beside the point. The whole thing just feels creepy. I didn't really mind the bathing suit scene, though the bathing suit was kind of too skinny for my taste... ok, that came out wrong. I mean that it was too skinny, even for what they were trying to do. I mean, if it was just a normal Z Hot girl takes a bathing suit while X pre-teen takes a photo and drools, then you wouldn't need something as skimpy as this... It was just too much.
I thought the rest of the issue was good, I mean, I would probably even have accepted the Starfire sleepiing around thing if she it wasn't dealt like she was a total whore. I really would, I don't care much and it could even fit in the tone of the book, but that was just too WTF, even for Starfire. I mean, if she ended up sleeping with both of them, as friends and they didn't even mention each other, having interacted with each of the men very far between... then... Oh, WTF am I on.
Hope it was worth the read. :D