I am not sure if I need to keep mentioning before that I am still catching up on comic reading as I write these entries, but now I am only about two weeks behind (though Marvel is still not even on my reading radar.) Anyway I did notice an interesting trend over the course of the last week of the 4th issues of the new 52 and the first week of the fifth issues. In both Teen Titans and Red Lanterns there was a marquee battle between the heavies of two teams. This is not really surpising as it seems that around the 4-5 issues barrier that a lot of action has been breaking out. The strange thing here is who has been fighting, and not even necessarily who, but which gender. In both cases, the two strongest members of the team are fighting, and in each case it is male versus female. Male versus female fights are not that uncommon, and I should say that when they do occur in comics that it is not over something like misogyny but actually because the female character stands as the near equal to the male character in terms of power. These two battles were Wonder Girl versus Superboy and Bleez versus Atrocitus. The interesting thing about these battles though is that they are being used to highlight the evil or deranged nature of the male character, while making the female character's cause all the more worthwhile (as Superboy is working for a group hunting teen heroes and Atrocitus is continuing his obsessive search for Krona.) This of course appeals to certain cultural norms, that women should not ever be hit by men, but it is interesting how this is being used to also move the story along. This is especially the case in Red Lanterns as it does appear that Atrocitus is crazy, but does Bleez have her own agenda as well? Or is she just the unfortunate punching bag? Either way, it is subtle and a not very common way to make a point, but I suppose an effective one.