I don't think there's likely to be a Monday Linkblogging this week; more of a collection of shortish posts containing both
opinions, because I actually have more of the latter than the former.
As a start, I've had a few people ask me what I think about Wonder Woman's new outfit, and my reaction is mostly just to shrug. It's not like I can complain about it on style grounds, because that would put me in an awkward position, but it does lead me to my major objection:What in the names of all seven Hells is Diana doing cosplaying as me?
Also, I still don't understand why men think it's possible to fight in a corset.
Still, it's always hilarious when MainStream Media think comics are their business. DC Women Kicking Ass
showcases some of the lunatic fringe
More important than the costume - I know, what a ridiculous concept, that a
woman who looks at the picture books should think anything more important than outfits
- is the 'new direction' that J. Michael Straczynski is claiming to take her in, as covered in his little editorial in Wonder Woman #600. Never mind how stupid is the idea that a character that's so well established and loved that she has
a 600th issue would need a complete revamp and retcon like this. The new 'direction' seems to flyso wildly off the 'point' of Diana that it makes me wonder if J.M.S. has even read a Wonder Woman comic.
That is not
what her name is supposed to imply.neo_prodigy
has also talked about Diana
today, and he had this to say, which really hit home one of the problems with this whole business:
The gods have essentially altered the timeline of the Amazons and ultimately Diana. She's been powered down and according to JMS, her character is being altered to shoehorn characters like Trinity and Buffy. He wasn't fucking around about the Trinity influence. In the first issue, Wonder Woman literally does battle with evil agents, runs the streets and goes to see the Oracle. First of all, no, just no. Diana is not Trinity, nor is she Buffy. She's the heroine that walks the tight rope of ingeniue princess ambassador and powerful alpha woman. A powerful alpha woman who has no business being depowered.
Forget how disgusting it is that another
female superhero is being depowered
, and really look at what this means. This is a writer looking at a seventy year old character who happens to be female, powerful and independent, and decided to 'update' her by transforming her into a clone of a ten year old archetype of 'female, powerful, independent,', because this is what female, powerful and independant is
, these days, dear, dontchaknow?
Apparently, according to JMS and the PtB at DC, there can only be one female superhero, and all female superheroes must conform to this character. It's Buffy or nothing. Because obviously a story about a teenage girl discovering herself and the world through puberty and in early adulthood is the only story that's applicable to women, ever
Which is presumably what led JMS think it's OK to make his new toy twenty three years old
(actually, I got that from an interview; in #600 he says she's 20, unless he thinks a 3 year old is an infant, in which case he's got more issues than how he views women.)
Twenty three years old.
I don't even know where to start, that makes me so angry. This woman is the woman that every active woman in the DCU is actively shown to be looking up to. This is the second (or first, who keeps track?) woman to join the Justice League. This is a woman who last week had a superhero career as lengthy and respected as Superman and Batman.
Twenty three years old.
The character DC trots out as its 'rolemodel for girls' character. Probably the most famous female superhero of the lot, certainly the most recognisable, in Real Life in in universe.
Forget experience, forget compassion and understanding and a nurturing instinct that stretches from here to Olympus. Forget truth and knowledge and finding yourself. Forget learning and growing and looking out for the women less experienced than yourself. None of that is as important as being young
. Because if a woman dares to approach thirty, she ceases to be interesting as a character and J. Michael Straczynski doesn't want to write her.
Well, JMS... as a woman, who reads comics and just happens to be an adult and closer to thirty than any other multiple of 10, let me just add to the chorus of people saying fuck you.
I want my grown up superhero back.
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