I attended the Khan of the Dragon today for the first time is several years, literally just to see Kelly...
Hey! Okay. So let me preface this by saying this is just MY experience and preferences, and not everyone’s.
Here are the things it feels okay to...
I hear some people talking about wanting comics with like lady super hero teams and WoC and lesbians and bisexual ladies and women not giving a single fuck
Guys Fearless Defenders was a thing that existed
y’all didn’t fucking buy it
it got cancelled after a yearMaybe they didn’t like it?
I mean, I did, but I get why people wouldn’t, and they shouldn’t be obligated to buy a thing they don’t enjoy just because it has the representation they want.
We should not be limited to that kind of choice. Queer women, and women of colour, and disabled women, Muslim and Jewish and pagan women - they should exist throughout comic books, across a multitude of titles.
Readers should not be blamed for a lack of representation.
Fearless Defenders was also a terrible comic with convulouted and pointless plots, the most inane way of pulling a “fridged the lesbian NOPE I FOOLED YOU” ever, artwork that was soulless and unengaging, really clunky dialogue, and full of What Liberal Dudes Think Women Like/Are Like.
I mean, even by the standards of marvel comics it was pointless and bad, and nobody should feel guilt-tripped into reading and financially supporting a bad comic because it has some window-dressing female characters who are sometimes colored brown and, like, a lesbian kiss.You can’t scold people for not loving literally their only option. Any kind of media some people are going to like it and some people are not, regardless of quality or liberality. Not enough of the comic buying public liked it. You don’t get to say “no, you dont get that because you didn’t appreciate it enough that one time we deigned to be more inclusive, why should we bother again?”
Well maybe I’ll spend my money supporting inclusive webcomics that have good writing and storytelling instead. because in comparison to the print comics industry i have a wealth of options there.
if the book wasn’t full of gross problems and had the entirely-unsuited-to-a-title-about-ladies artist defending the cheesecake right from the start and also claiming that it wasn’t going to set the standard, it might have been different.
but it’s really shitty to try and shame people for wanting better and not being willing to put their hard earned towards a book that a lot of people felt wasn’t fucking worth it. no one should have to settle and just have to like what crumbs they’re given.
of course it can’t.
I sampled the first two issues of Fearless Defenders and, despite all my best hopes, found it dull and unengaging. Cullen Bunn talks a good game, but the execution was lacking, and I feel - much like Rick Remender - he relies overly much on “shocking twists” to carry his story (cf. Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe). Val & Misty never felt ‘right’ to me in situ, and yes, the art was wholly unsuited to the nature of the concept. I wasn’t surprised when it was cancelled, to be honest.
Now, if Kathryn Immonen was to script an ongoing series much along the lines of what she did with the Heralds miniseries (which was hella fun), that I would buy.
No, because then he wouldn’t be Batman
Um, nobody read Earth 2 #18 then, because…yeah.