The Hawkeye Initiative Satirizes Exaggerated Poses

I love it! Instead of getting up in arms, fans are simply pointing out how ridiculous the poses are that women heroes are drawn in by making cartoons of them — featuring Hawkeye, because why not? He’s got a sense of humor. As Noelle Stevenson put it,

how to fix every Strong Female Character pose in superhero comics: replace the character with Hawkeye doing the same thing.

She drew this:

Hawkeye by Noelle Stevenson

In homage to this (which I don’t even remember what it’s from, but it’s X-Men something):

Really? In a professional comic?

She was inspired by this reworking of a Marvel cover featuring Hawkeye and Black Widow by Jennifer (Blue) (who has since posted more at her art Tumblr.

Just check out the Hawkeye Initiative Tumblr for plenty of examples. You’ll need a tolerance for cocked hips, spread legs, and demented perspective — but that’s the source material they’re dealing with.

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2 Responses to “The Hawkeye Initiative Satirizes Exaggerated Poses”

  1. David Oakes Says:

    That pose was painful to look at it when Betsy did it, much less Hawkeye. Even more painful than the “Bouncy Catwoman”.

    Oddly enough, the reworked H/BW cover doesn’t stand out the way these things usually do. Widow’s pose is perfectly natural and in character. And with the exception of being “en pointe”, Hawkeye looks just fine. Any artist should look at both covers and try and expand their stock of “go to” poses.

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