I am so appalled at what DC has done with the Amazons that right now it sickens me to think of spending any more money on DC products. For 70 years the Amazons in the DC universe have stood for peace, harmony, and equality for women. Challenging their perfection, such as with the civil war in Themyscira, is not only acceptable, it can be a good and useful thing.
But changing the Amazons into a group of women that use men for sex and then murder them, and then enslave their male children, is utterly reprehensible. To do this to a group of women that have been a symbol of feminism throws a huge amount of support behind the ideas that feminists are a bunch of man-haters and that empowering women means disempowering men.
I can’t believe that in this day and age there is no one on DC’s editorial staff that would both understand this and speak up and be heard about it. DC has gone from simply alienating many of their female readers to engendering outright contempt of women.
In a world where women are not simply ignored and insulted but sometimes assaulted or even killed for speaking up for their rights, this is completely unacceptable.
inmc:Ayyyyyy!!! The whole gang’s here!!! ^_^Wait… Mia! Where’s Mia!? She couldn’t come? D’:
#wondercon (Taken with instagram)
No, Mia couldn’t come. I miss my Haley Jordan. :c I wanted to see Lantern adventures with her and Joan Stewart.
YOU GUYS LOOK FUCKING AMAZING!!!! I LOVE AND MISS YOU ALL! AND MAY OR MAY NOT FINALLY HAVE TO JOIN IN….
Is that The Atom in the front row?
Also, I’m quite amused by Dr. Light, since there is canonically already one of both genders. =P
I love you all!
I have so much love for this group
Black Manary! Og god I love these all.
Oh, good lord. TWO Huntressdudes?
And is that the ATOM?
I’m glad I wasn’t there, I would have taken them all home in my trunk.
Noticing wrong things in pictures time: yes yes, nine million super heroes…LOOK AT THE GAWKING NORMAL LADY ON THE STAIRS
I’m especially digging Superwoman and J’onna J’onzz, but as I was looking at the female Green Arrow I realized that what I really
want need is for Oliver Queen to wake up in the morning as a woman. NEED.
Huntress/Power Girl team-up.
(Adventure Comics #465)
I’m saying goodbye to Helena Bertinelli today and here’s some thoughts from a writer who had a lot to do with the character - Greg Rucka. The creator behind two key Bertinelli stories, “Cry for Blood” and “No Man’s Land”, names his favorite Huntress moment and shares some thoughts on the character:
If pressed - and I hate using stuff I worked on when answering questions like this - but… Helena’s arc during NML was driven by Devin Grayson and myself, and I still am very fond of that story. The moment of Helena standing up to Joker and taking shot after shot is one of my favorites, I think.What I’ve loved most about Helena Bertinelli is that she was a dark mirror to Batman, without going down the Azrael saga route. I’ve always liked her growth, starting with seeking Batman’s approval and moving further and further away from it, reaching contentment with her own desires and goals. She’s always been a very strong, wonderfully flawed, terrifically passionate woman, and the contradictions inherent in her character have always exerted strong gravity on me when writing about her. I’ll miss her.
Not gonna lie, I did NOT enjoy watching Helena getting shot by the Joker of all people, but I absolutely loved her on NML nonetheless.
What I loved most about her in that story arc is that she was one of the few people who stayed behind in Gotham (following a massive quake) to continue to protect what was left of the city in a time when Batman had temporarily deserted it. Even with Batman acting like a total dick to her, she sustained her momentum when all odds were against her, and even got to serve as both Huntress and “Batman” in a time of despair.
All in all, NML was one of her best stories, and one that showed that there was A LOT more to her than just “angry mafia princess everyone thinks is crazy” as she was commonly portrayed throughout the 90s.
Greg Rucka also did a fantastic novelization of NML and Helena comes across just as well in that. I’ve always had a hard time with HB because I felt so strongly about Helena Wayne, but she really shined in NML.
Earth-Two Huntress, by Gabriel Hardman
Umm, I don’t have time at all right now to transcribe that James Robinson Earth-2 podcast with Comic Vine.
But holy shit, I hope someone has time to do it at some point. Because holy shit.
First off…forget blaming editorial. Robinson admitted from his own mouth that DC gave him free reign and that HE wanted Wonder Woman to be the only Amazon. He also admitted that it was his choice to kill Lois.
He also doesn’t remotely understand the definition of fridging. His actual words were basically over and over again, “I didn’t kill her because she’s a woman, I killed her because that is the plot point that drives Superman forward in his actions. That’s what drives the plot.”
Holy shit, James Robinson. Holy shit.
Oh…and strong women need to have their relationships severed in order to be strong. Married women aren’t strong.
Oh and he also gave the old, “There are no stories to be told about married people” one that we’ve all heard over and over again.
He also claimed that he was the last person to ever write Lois and Clark in a romantic setting. Which is WRONG. That was Paul Cornell in Action Comics. And it will be Bryan Q. Miller as of next month. It was not you, James. It was Cornell. And he did a much better job of it than you did.
Oh but don’t worry (spoiler) Lois dies in action as a journalist before the story starts and it’s very noble and not “cliche” because she dies doing her job. So everyone shoud feel better about this plot point guys! If I rolled my eyes any harder at this jackass they would get stuck.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. I’ll probably transcribe the whole thing later, but man, his comments were truly appalling.
He’s totally fucking clueless. It’s actually kind of amazing, except sadly not.
Since I’ve already expressed my outrage over the fridging of Lois Lane in the past few posts, I guess I’ll begin this post by expressing what made the original pre-Crisis Earth-2 a special corner of the DC Universe, and discuss the nature of the current changes.