The Huntress DCnU: International Women's Day Special Review: Lois Lane #1 -
Summary: The issue opens up with a flashback of a young Lois and Lucy Lane playing together on a tyre swing near a playground. Lucy climbs the tyre swing and counts on Lois to catch her even though Lois reiterates that she’s never caught her. The flashback ends with (what appears to be) a military vehicle blowing up.
In the present, an adult Lois wakes up and reflects on her inability to sleep following a coma (when did this happen?) and how her memories and dreams often intersect with one another. An hour earlier, Lois’ sister Lucy and her flatmate were asleep on their couch when some men break into their flat with guns in hand. They capture Lucy’s flatmate but Lucy manages to escape and runs to Lois’ flat on the other side of town. Lucy manages to break her way in, which wakes up Lois who suspects a burglar. Lois goes to confront her ‘burglar’ with a baseball bat and discovers her sister in the kitchen looking pretty beaten. She asks Lucy what happened, and Lucy tells her she ‘fell.’
helenawaynehuntress:TONE POLICING | Power Girl will show you her fist if you go there.
Where did the talent go Paul Levitz?
Right? It literally doesn’t feel like this is coming from the same guy writing Worlds’ Finest. :(
FAMILY | The one thing that matters most in the House of Wayne.
TONE POLICING | Power Girl will show you her fist if you go there.
POSING FOR THE CAMERA | Helena Wayne wasn't always camera shy.
Lately I’ve gotten a little confused about who Wonder Woman is because somewhere along the line she transformed into a hollow stereotype of a “butt-kicking superheroine” who mostly brandishes her sword and expresses sentiments like “Let’s fight because it makes me feel good! I don’t understand relationships! I’m a warrior!” Sigh (thankfully I read a lot of old comics too so my exposure to this is kind of tempered).
BUT the tipping point was when I read Batman/Superman Annual #1 last night. In one panel, Diana points her sword at Supergirl and goes, “You, girl.” Here, look -
UGH. I hate that I don’t like something that Greg Pak wrote because he’s one of my favorites, but: …what? Everyone except for Brian Azzarello of late (!) is writing Diana like this. Why is this what Wonder Woman has become? Does her femininity - essential to her original character - make her so weak that getting rid of it is necessary? LOL YES because as far as patriarchy is concerned feminine traits like being empathetic and nurturing are not valuable duh.
This kind of stuff depresses me (and I didn’t expect to find it in B/S Annual), but, like I said, luckily I’m addicted to the Golden Age stuff so I came across another set of panels last night too -
Loving and strong - that’s Wonder Woman! It’s *so* remarkable that she ever came to be and it’s a bummer that she was more radical in the 1940s than she is in the 2010s. I can only dread what they’re going to do next with her character.
And with that… Happy International Women’s Day, y’all. My feminism doesn’t center on Wonder Woman but she’s an important part of my story and she’s important to a lot of my sisters in solidarity as well!
—Batman/Superman Annual #1 (2014) by Greg Pak & Jae Lee; Wonder Woman #27 (1948) by William Moulton Marston & HG Peter
Excellent post! I agree with every word here.
This is disappointing coming from Pak who is also one of my favourites, but at the same time I won’t be surprised either if he’s following suit with editorial mandate. I don’t agree with the direction Azzarello took Diana’s mythos either, but he has admittedly had a better handle on her characterisation.
That said, I decided to skip out on this Annual since it was following up on the Mongul storyline I didn’t care about, this makes me glad I didn’t pick it up. Not worth the $6.00 that would’ve been spent.
Anonymous asked: What are your thoughts on CW introducing Harley Quinn on the Arrow show?
My thoughts are Arrow is still shit regardless of who they bring in to bank on the success of Batman.
I did and I did not like how she was presented on the show.
It was—more than anything—an insulting misrepresentation of her character to make Oliver Queen look more sympathetic than he actually was. To add further insult to her injury, her character was completely repurposed to function as the ‘psychotic ex-girlfriend’ while reattributing some of the more recognisable aspects of her own origin and character to Oliver.
For example, the Queen family has never known to be involved in organised crime, nor was organised crime ever a factor in Oliver’s decision to become a costumed vigilante. He was also never known for being a ‘dark and edgy’ superhero with a grey area for killing men he judges to be too dangerous to be left alive. At best, comic book Ollie has made rare exceptions with villains who have hurt his family (like the maiming of Roy Harper and the death of his daughter Lian), but a willingness to kill was never a part of his modus operandi. That was always more unique to the Huntress.
All in all, a combination of the show’s complete mishandling of the Huntress and their tendency to use women as props put me off from giving the show another chance. I only got as far as the last episode of series 1 for John Barrowman as Merlyn/The Dark Archer, but have since gotten off that train and haven’t been back.