- Posted by Johanna on July 15, 2014 at 11:06 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Next month, DC will be doing another variant cover theme for many of its superhero titles. This time it’s selfies, self-taken photos that artists seem to be playing for some welcome humor, as shown in this Newsarama gallery.
The selfie theme also features in the cover to Batgirl #35. That issue features a new creative team and a new, younger, hipper look to the long-running character, now a grad student. Personally, I was thrilled that Batgirl looked so modern and practical, although it may be a shame to lose some of her years of experience (if that’s the case). (Cover by Cameron Stewart.)
However, some people apparently really hated the idea. (You know superhero fans, always welcoming change.) I didn’t realize how extreme some of the reactions were until I read Ursula Murray Husted’s terrific comic on the subject.
Husted makes the point that looking down on a girl who wants to take a selfie plays into our sexist assumptions about appearance, with some key observations from her work as a college teacher with kids just this age. It’s a great comic.