Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Best of the Season

Going to be off a while longer as I set up for the new year (both with blog, poster, and RL stuff). Cheers and have a happy holiday.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Your Moment of Funny


Well, that was fun, wasn't it?

Thanks for the people who offered valid arguements on both sides, and it was a fun discussion. Enjoy your time here.

I'm off for a few days as I'm moving. Later.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

2008: The Year of Misogyny

And really, what else can you call it when the list is so long? When so much bad writing has trashed so many female characters that "the good old days" of Identity Crisis start looking good by comparison?

But hey, you want shabby treatment of female characters? Let's start with characters whom have been removed from prominent positions and made into supporting characters for other, male heroes, or were removed from books where they had prominence? Well, in this category we have:
-Misty Knight
-Black Widow
-White Tiger
-Night Nurse
-Jessica Jones
-Mary Jane Watson-Parker (no, really Marvel, FUCK YOU)

But you say, "Hey, that shit happens, it's not like they were brutalized". Oh? Well, you're right, because in the "brutalized and degraded" we've got:
-Wonder Woman (Final Crisis and her own title)
-Mary Marvel
-Dakota North
-Black Alice
-Mila Murdock
-Sharon Carter/Agent 13
-Stature of the Young Avengers
-Lady Bullseye
-The entire race of Amazons in the DCU
How about deaths? Do you want some women in refrigerators? Because we got'em!
-Moondragon, Ko-Rel (the female Nova), and Deathcry (Sorry, but when 3 of the 4 major casualties in Annhilation: Conquest are women, it's not a good sign).
-Kitty Pryde
-The Wasp
-White Tiger
-Big Barda (on the kitchen floor no less!)
And of course, that brings us at last, to cancellations. Here are the following formerly female-lead titles that were cancelled during the year 2008, or that cancellations were announced for:
-Heroes for Hire
-Birds of Prey
And there you have, the sick, depraved state of "Big Two" comics in 2008: A sick boyish fantasy of sexism, peruile debasement, and complete devestation. Makes you proud to have this hobby, huh? Makes you want to go share it with that girl you like? You go do that.
Do the people who make these things have no shame? Do they not know any women? Or do they just not talk to them? Isn't this a damning condemnation of this genre that the only thing I can think of that has a higher frequency of violence against women are slasher and snuff films? Aren't you angry? If you aren't, then why? And if you are, what are you going to do about it?
I'm sorry, because I have to ask. I really don't buy anymore, prefering to get the pictures and stories via Scans Daily and other outlets. I do this because I still have a (probably unhealthy) lingering attachement to this stuff from my childhood, but the more this goes on, the more willing I am to sever that attachement in an attempt to save my sense of morality and common decency.
And didn't that used to be the whole point of superheroes?
Man, we've fallen far.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A Tribute to Romance (Sorta)

True Fact: In my original draft of this post, nearly all the posters involved Storm. But that's primarily because of Marvel Adventures: Avengers, in which she really does seem to have all the boys on a tight leash (Hawkeye, Thor, Black Panther....)