What the Heck is Going On?
It is turning out to be something of a bad month for any number of Superheroines. They took out Big Barda of all people, in her kitchen, off-panel, and with nary a fight. Big Barda! The more that I think about it, the more confused and annoyed I become.
Then Brian Michael Bendis beat the crap out of Tigra over in Avengers. His new villain, the Hood, is going around trying to be the next Kingpin, and paying all the various bad guys, and declaring that it is open season on super heroes! So he goes over to Tigra's house, and smacks her around, while Jigsaw films the whole thing, and even calls up her mother, in order to make it worse.
Ok. So Tigra got beaten up...it happens. I don't even like Tigra that much. But the more that I read it, the more I realized how crappy it all was. She didn't even fight back, and spent all her time screaming Aeiiiiiiiiiiiii....! Yes, he had a gun, and apparently was able to be invisible or something, but still! She's got claws and judo and stuff!
In Birds of Prey, Oracle was shot at, and managed to break the Calculator's leg, by whacking him with a stick from underneath the computer comsole! Oracle put up a better fight than Tigra! Aunt May could have put up a better fight than Tigra! I'd like to say that Big Barda would have put up a better fight than Tigra, but apparently not.
Exactly what the heck is going on lately?
And then I read the interview on Newsarama by Matt Brady, with the aforementioned Mr. Bendis. And Mr. Brady says this:
"There's a hair-trigger on the misogyny gun that's fired anytime violence against women is seen."
I love comics. I understand the violence in comics is a given...nay a requirement of the genre. I enjoy a good kick to the face as much as anyone. I realize that men are killed and beaten up as well. But this was a completely rude and dismissive statement by Mr. Brady, and a smack in the face to anyone...man or woman...who might object to the idea of a woman being beaten within an inch of her life. I wasn't too impressed with Mr. Bendis' replies as well, there was an air of smarminess that annoyed me, the two boys were just a little too chummy, a little too ready to dismiss all those smartassed hysterical wimmens.
And then, just to top off my foul mood, I read the article where Judd Winick has to EXPLAIN what he was REALLY trying to convey with Black Canary and Green Arrow. If you have to explain the joke, it isn't really funny. If you have to go back and explain what you were writing, you can't really get upset if people didn't understand your ideas from reading the book. That's just poor writing.
And finally, the capper. Wonder Woman, Black Canary and Vixen strung up by the bad guys in Justice League. Not quite as bad as the Heroes for Hentai cover, but still a bit on the gratuitous side. I'm starting to get a little sick of comics this month.
Thank goodness for the Sinestro Corps war. Arisia's outfit is a little on the outrageous side, but at least she can actually fight.