Boobies, butts, and bras, OH MY!!!

Posted: October 5, 2011 in Comics, Random Thoughts

Whew…ok then, I’m writing a letter to Twitter to allow for more than 140 characters.  It’s so hard to get a point across coherently in that short amount of text.  Or, as I’ve said many times before, I’m an idiot.  Now I like to think that I can adequately carry on a discussion on anything without going to blows or a heated argument.  But lately it seems like I can’t come across that way on the micro-blog site of mention.  Anyway, this is about the infamous Catwoman #1.

What? You've never hung from a clothesline like this before?

First up is Judd Winick.  I’m a big fan and can’t help but want to become invested in any series he writes.  Already, I’m sure we have some dissenters shaking their heads and going, “he sucks”.  Fair enough…we all have different tastes and for the most part Winick’s work is above par to me.  So, I’m almost positive that when he was tasked with authoring Selina Kyle he was told what direction to take her.  If that wasn’t the case, then I’m thinking he at least had to have it approved before it was published.  I believe that’s what editor’s get paid for.  Not being a schmuck, I’m just saying that I’m fairly certain that’s in their job description.  It’s just not possible for this to go to the stand without the DC big wigs knowing what kind of fallout this would produce.  And what about Mr. Guillem March?  He drew these outrageously over the top images of our beloved feline fatale and yet I’ve heard nothing buy vitriol towards Judd Winick’s authoring.  Seriously, maybe a little finger pointing could be placed in March’s direction, not that I like finger pointing.

The discussion over Catwoman has been heated, and that’s minimizing it, but attention is attention.  Which, I might add, is something apparently our ‘new’ Selina craves (and kind of desperately).  So, it’s unfathomable to think that DC wasn’t waiting for this to happen.  It is extremely difficult as to what effect they wanted it to have on the audience at large.  Was it to provoke pubescent teens to fondle themselves while oogling drawings?  Was it to show that a woman can dominate a man?  Or was it a not so subtle way to show how a woman might use her sexuality to her advantage.  I’d love to say it’s the latter, but dammit if Starfire didn’t screw that up.  I’m not going to delve into that minefield but it doesn’t help that the New 52’s week 3 was obviously dubbed HUGE BOOBY WEEK!!!  Wait, that can’t be right…there was just as much heiny as chest…ok T & A WEEK then.  I’m not going to go into it again, because I already have, but the gratuitous body shots just weren’t necessary.  See my older post about Women in Comics

And let’s jump to which is cleverly being dubbed ‘the scene’.  Ok, I can see how people believe this shows Batman being forced into well, utilizing his ‘other’ batarang.  However, I saw it as Bruce Wayne not wanting to let his guard down.  And…this has to be noticed because it so drastically changes what people can perceive as very disconcerting, Batman is clearly not fighting it.  They make a splash page of him all over her neck.  Not exactly a good showing from a highly-skilled combatant.  Again, I’m not all for extreme close-ups of bright red bras, but I have come to the realization that it’s not going to change.  This is the relaunch and look at that…still happening.  I can hear some people saying that I should help fight it, tell DC that this is ridiculous and to fix it.  It’s safe to say that right now they’re testing the waters and if they want Catwoman to survive they’ll fix it, or her series may not last.

If there was penetration...that zipper would put Batman out of commission for a lonnnnnng time.

Oh, and penetration??? I’ve heard some people mention there’s penetration.  WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?  I’ve looked it over and over (no, not because I’m a perv) and see no proof that that is what’s happening in that scene.  Is everybody just looking for the worst in these stories?  Yes, it’s over the top, but we still see her as a strong woman, kicking ass in the panels she’s not half-naked in.  No, it wasn’t my favorite of the New 52, but I am willing to see exactly where Mr. Winick and DC are planning to take it.  I’ve done a blog about my take on the ridiculousness that is women in comics, but here I think there might be more to the story than all the negativity.  I could be wrong and I’ll be the first to admit it, but I just don’t see why this has to overshadow all the good that has come from the New 52.

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