- Posted by Johanna on May 1, 2007 at 10:25 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Three things I agree with:
Steve Flanagan on the recent JLA/JSA crossover. He didn’t like it, pointing out obvious craft problems that shouldn’t have appeared in a professional publication and indicting what passes for writing these days:
For Brad Meltzer, super-heroes are his imaginary friends. He wants to hang out at their clubhouse, playing games. They can call him “Brad”, and he can call them “Bruce” and “Clark” and “Hal”. Grudgingly, he fits in a few shards of plot. But his heart’s not in it. [...] it is in the nature of the DC Universe these days that writers have to make choices about which versions of past continuity to adhere to. But it is foolish to draw attention to this unavoidable weakness, and downright perverse to base your whole story on asserting your preferred version of continuity over all the others. [Geoff] Johns is interested in exerting control over an imagined world more than in telling stories that can stand up on their own.
Since women and girls make up half of the human race, the presence of a wide variety of female characters in our children’s earliest media is essential for both girls’ and boys’ development. See Jane seeks to engage professionals and parents in a call to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and to reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.
Ryan at Metamorphostuff tackles the complicated issue of mistaking superhero comics for all comics, especially when debating portrayals of women.
It comes up periodically on a few blogs and forums that far too many people say “comics” but in fact mean “superhero comics.” More specifically, they mean “Marvel and DC superhero comics”, and, to be entirely specific “the Marvel and DC superhero books I read.” [...] for the life of me I can’t fathom the idea of throwing good money at bad product month after month. A bit of complaining when a title hits a rut is one thing, but continuing to follow something that makes you angry month after month strikes me as masochistic at best. All of which is to say is that when someone says “comics should be like this”, what they really mean is “the comics I’m reading should be like this.”
Hmmm, those last two fit together oddly, don’t they? I think it just brings home how superhero comics these days so clearly aren’t for kids anymore. The DC comic I enjoy most is Teen Titans Go! (with hope for Legion
Comic With Too-Long Title of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century), and both of those have a nice gender balance and reasonable, non-sexist portrayals. Whew! Contradiction averted!