'Your Batman's not my dad. My dad's in an alternate universe. Dead.'

—Helena Wayne
Batman/Superman #9

'Your Batman's not my dad. My dad's in an alternate universe. Dead.'

—Helena Wayne
Batman/Superman #9

PAGE LAYOUT | Marcus To's work in progress for page 13, Huntress #4.
PAGE LAYOUT | Marcus To's work in progress for page 13, Huntress #4.
WORLDS’ FINEST #25Written by PAUL LEVITZArt by TYLER KIRKHAMCover by BARRY KITSONOn sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED TPower Girl and Huntress return to the ruins of Earth 2, but they question whether their trip was worth the effort as they discover the state of their former home and friends.
SPOILER ALERT: The women make it back to Earth-2.
/Snark.

WORLDS’ FINEST #25
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover by BARRY KITSON
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Power Girl and Huntress return to the ruins of Earth 2, but they question whether their trip was worth the effort as they discover the state of their former home and friends.

SPOILER ALERT: The women make it back to Earth-2.

/Snark.

Lacuna Coil - Angel's Punishment
52 plays

LOL. With so much doom and gloom to look forward to in the DCU future, I guess now is an appropriate time to whip out this song and start drawing fanart of Huntress and Power Girl in a post-Apokoliptic future?

No, seriously. Listen to this song and tell me if it doesn’t sum up the New 52 DC Universe in four minutes! Here, I’ll even post the lyrics:

Angel’s Punishment

Destruction
War

To fight in defence
Forgotten words
Of friendly hate

War
Destruction

War
Destruction

I don’t know why
A soul deceased
A broken hope
A choking breeze

War
Destruction

War
Destruction

Can’t you take me away from your lies?

Destruction
Dark paradise
Collecting souls
To analyse

War
Destruction

War
Destruction

The bitter blood
Of children’s cry
Inside the truth
Far from my sky

War
Destruction

War
Destruction

Can’t you take me away from your lies?

So basically, one more narrative that depicts two women being incompetent superheroes because women! (Or just a lack of imagination on behalf of male writers writing women at DC Comics these days).

In more relevant news, if Futures End takes place five years into the DCU future, and Earth-2: World’s End takes place in the present timeline, where on two Earths does this leave Huntress and Power Girl?

(This new DCU is a bloody mess. But then, we already knew that).

PAGE LAYOUT | Marcus To's work in progress for page 12, Huntress #4.
PAGE LAYOUT | Marcus To's work in progress for page 12, Huntress #4.
Do you think that the Huntress in Injustice is Bertinelli?
Anonymous

The Injustice Huntress is Helena Bertinelli.

Don’t ask me how I know. I just do.

newearth2:

Bleeding Cool covered DC’s All Access panel at WonderCon. Here is what they had to say about Earth 2 books:

Also coming up, we have Earth 2: World’s End, and Mike Cotton said that a lot of stuff happening in other books leading up to this will “come to a head” with Daniel H. Wilson writing, and Paul Levitz will be involved. It’s really “about the end of the world” and asking “How do you handle your world falling apart and fighting gods?” “It’s dark and mean and I don’t like happy endings” said Cotton.

If I had to bet, I would say at least Worlds’ Finest gets the axe before Earth 2: World’s End starts.

If that is indeed a dead Huntress on that teaser, that does not entice me to buy this weekly.If she does in fact get killed because ‘I don’t like happy endings!’ DC can kiss my future money goodbye. This is bullshit.

newearth2:

Bleeding Cool covered DC’s All Access panel at WonderCon. Here is what they had to say about Earth 2 books:

Also coming up, we have Earth 2: World’s End, and Mike Cotton said that a lot of stuff happening in other books leading up to this will “come to a head” with Daniel H. Wilson writing, and Paul Levitz will be involved. It’s really “about the end of the world” and asking “How do you handle your world falling apart and fighting gods?” “It’s dark and mean and I don’t like happy endings” said Cotton.

If I had to bet, I would say at least Worlds’ Finest gets the axe before Earth 2: World’s End starts.

If that is indeed a dead Huntress on that teaser, that does not entice me to buy this weekly.

If she does in fact get killed because ‘I don’t like happy endings!’ DC can kiss my future money goodbye. This is bullshit.

Do you believe rape, be the victim male or female, should ever be used in stories? Even if simply in someone's back-story? If the answer is yes, how would you write it? How would you handle it?
Anonymous

I think, as a writer, if you’re planning on using rape as part of a character’s origin story, it is important to consider why you want to use it in the first place. To start with, it’s important to acknowledge that rape along with other forms of sexual violence are crimes that don’t get taken seriously enough by society and the justice system at large, and should therefore never be presented in ways that trivialise it. This is, unfortunately, a mistake that many writers make.

A lot of times when writers use rape in fiction, it is either done to disempower women and serve as a catalyst provokes another (usually male) character into action, or it is done to provide a woman character with a traumatic event that’s unique to her gender that motivates her into becoming the person she inevitably becomes. In the case of men being raped by women in fiction, it is often presented in a way that depicts female sexuality as ‘animalistic’ and something that the man ‘should enjoy’ because he’s being raped by a ‘hot babe.’ In the case of men raping other men, it is still presented as ‘animalistic’ and ‘pleasurable.’ All four cases trivialise and normalise rape culture, as well as completely dehumanise the victims in the narrative.

All that into consideration, it is especially important to take into account the message you are sending by using rape in your narrative and the attitudes you can potentially influence in the process. In particular, you need to consider the ramifications that using rape as a plot device can have on your readers, some of which can include victims of rape which can produce triggers. 

Questions to consider when you write:

  1. Do I have something important to say about the reality of sexual violence as a real problem that needs to end, and the consequences it has for its victims?
  2. Does my character—who is the victim—have agency in their own narrative and do they have a voice?
  3. Is the reason I want to use rape in my story is to function as a plot device that both shocks the reader and motivates my main character? Or so that the character can address the realities of sexual violence and bust the myths that surround it?
  4. Is my character going to be depicted dealing with the aftermath and doing what they have to to recover from it?

In all cases, it’s best to avoid using rape for shock value since it once again dehumanises the victim and trivialises the problem. If you yourself are not a victim of sexual violence, it is important to do research on the topic and understand the problem from the victim’s perspective as well as the context with which rape actually occurs. A lot of times it’s easy to reinforce myths about rape, which is exactly what you DON’T want to do. 

So, to answer your question, I think rape can be used in narratives, but how and why it is used is very important to consider. 

This article is HELLA long, but I address the following things:

  1. DC’s persistent use of the Women in Refrigerators trope even in marketing.
  2. Revisiting the threats of rape and violence aimed at Janelle Asselin this week.
  3. Addressing the fact that people are actually surprised that threats of rape and violence are a real thing that happens to women in comics fandom.
  4. Addressing the root of the problem: misogyny.
  5. Defining what misogyny is and how it affects men, women, and non-binary groups.
  6. Long assed discussion on how misogyny gets perpetuated and how men react to this discussion.
  7. Addressing the misandry fallacy and how men erroneously attach this label to problems that actually stem from patriarchy.
  8. What needs to happen in order to actively transform society and culture so that misogyny and other existing problems do become things of the past.

As I said, this article is LONG because there is a lot to address here, and even I don’t address everything that should’ve gone into this article. But these are the basics.

You may notice I am moderating all comments on this blog to control for trolling. But rest assure that most of your comments will be posted if you make them and that nothing is wrong with your comment if you get the ‘comment awaiting approval’ message.

Proceed.