New 52 Female Characters Question, Please!

gailsimone:

Okay, I know we all miss a lot of pre-new52 characters, especially benched ones, but if we could just talk for one minute about the new ones.

Can you tell me the female characters, heroes and anti-heroes in particular, that have appeared in the New52 that you LIKE, LOVE, or feel have great potential, at least?

I am curious for reasons, but I am just wondering who, in the last couple years, has intrigued or interested or compelled you in some way, even if their role was small.

If the character is obscure, please let me know where they have appeared, I don’t need issue numbers, just what title they were in, cool?

EDITED TO ADD: The characters do not have to be NEW, just that they have at least appeared in the new52 and identify as female, okay?

Thank you!

For me the main draw of the New 52 was reuniting Helena Wayne (the Huntress) with Power Girl since they’ve always had a very strong chemistry together in past continuities. Enough to say that it was often difficult for me to read Power Girl as a solo act post-Crisis because Helena had always been such an important person in her life. 

I also feel that they both have so much potential to have their story further explored and developed, which is what I’ve been wanting to see since they both made their New 52 debut. I want to know why these two women are friends, why they are specifically drawn to each other the way they are, and just as important, I want to see them form other relationships as well while still being a part of each other’s lives.

Obviously for me, it’s been a huge disappointment that these two women have been so under-utilised across two universes (and are being squandered on bad writing on top of that), but I do hope this changes in the future and they get better narratives as time goes on. 

I just hope that these two women won’t be separated again as either a consequence of Earth-2: World’s End or in any attempt to ‘relive’ Crisis on Infinite Earths which involved both a dead Supergirl and later a dead Huntress. (Maybe I should emphasise I very much don’t want to relive that experience all over again. Once was enough).

Questions

I got some interesting questions in my inbox the last 24 hours.

Just as a heads up, I had a workload dumped on me this week, so I apologise in advance for not responding to you guys sooner. Unfortunately I won’t be getting to your questions until Saturday when I actually have some free time. :(

If you’d like, you can still send any questions you have, just know that I’ll only be able to answer then over the weekend.

Thanks in advance!

REALLY COOL questions about comic books

haaaaaaaaaaytham:

1. marvel or dc?? why?
2. favorite male character?
3. favorite female character?
4. would you rather be an xmen or avenger?
5. what would your mutant superpower be?
6. would you want to live in a universe where superheros/villains existed?
7. who do you think has the coolest superpower?
8. favorite story arc?
9. what would you do if you had a superpower? would you keep it to yourself?
10. who would win in a 1v1 fight: iron man or captain america?
11. which character do you wish didn’t exist?
12. favorite villain?
13. favorite extraterrestrial character? (ie. superman, thor)
14. lamest superpower?
15. which character do you think should get a movie? (besides hawkeye and wonder woman bc literally everyone wants that)
16. worst outfit ever?
17. favorite comic book artist?
18. favorite writer?
19. what would you say to stan lee if you met him?

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. 

Do you think that Connor Hawke could fit into a rebooted Infinity Inc. series?
Anonymous

If he was still the son of Oliver Queen (who did originally exist on Earth-2), actually resembled the character from the post-Crisis continuity (as opposed to a Roy Harper look-a-like), and the JSA members were still old enough to have adult children, I think he would fit in quite nicely.

That being said, I honestly wouldn’t be interested in a New 52 Infinity Inc series. Outside of the second generation Trinity (Huntress, Power Girl, Fury) who were also members, none of the original cast members are in existence. There’s really no point in having an Infinity Inc if the members are not comprised of the children of the JSA members. We still don’t even have a Justice Society as we speak.

At the time of Helena's blasphemous demise in CIE, she was in her very late 20's or early 30's. I'm sure she was into music, into whatever was in during the early to mid 80's. As a bonafide expert on all things of one of my favorite heroes, what artists and songs do you think she would have had on a mix tape or in her record collection? And just for fun, what do you think was hers and Harry's song? The 80's forever!

I was told by another fan who read the established Crisis timeline DC published that she was 27 years old (same age as me) when she died. :’( 

(I do, however, tell myself that the version of her that appeared in the post-Crisis JSA was at least 30).

That said, I think the pre-Crisis Helena was very much a woman of her times and listened to whatever was new and contemporary. Since she originally grew up in the 1960s-1970s and had a normal upbringing at the time, I imagine she spent a lot of time listening to Simon and Garfunkel, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Queen, etc, just to annoy her parents. At least this would be true for teenage Helena I imagine. Then throw in some Disco queens like Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, and Patti LaBelle and she’d be complete in shocking her parents with her tastes in music. (We all know what songs some of these artists are famous for. Like this one from Patti Labelle) :)

For adult Helena, I think should be more diverse in her music tastes and would listen to anything that fits her mood. Whether that’d be an old Carpenters album or an artist more associated with the 1980s like Madonna, Paula Abdul, or Janet Jackson.

I still think her’s and Harry’s song would’ve been Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears. At least, I imagine Harry thinking of her whenever he hears this song cause he was always frequently frustrated with her double life as the Huntress. (I still think she deserved better than that lad, though).

And just for fun, because the New 52 is a new ‘dark and edgy’ universe, I imagine she’s a Lacuna Coil fan these days. The majority of their song lyrics are certainly a perfect match for Helena’s ‘edgy new’ personality. I’d throw in Epica, After Forever, and Tarja Turunen for good measure. :P

Have you seen floresfabrications? It's a tumblr of a great Huntress cosplayer whose little brother dresses as Damian? Check it out if you haven't : ) Cheers, geoff

We follow each other’s Tumblrs. :)

I do agree that floresfabrications does amazing cosplay and she’s very nice to people. I did actually refer someone to her at one point when I was asked to give cosplay advice. I feel she’s more qualified to do that than I am seeing as I’ve never made a costume in my entire life, lol. :x

Now any questions on art, graphics, web development, science, and data analysis, I can answer those since those are my specific trades! ;)

Fanmail Fridays: 14 March 2014
Happy Pi Day everyone! Sadly I’ve acquired a nasty cold, but that’s hardly the worst I’ve had to deal with this week. From the cowardly bastards at work who’s constant gossiping got to my supervisor’s desk this week, to comic book creators demonstrating dismissive attitudes towards fan critics with the latest one resulting in a series of derailment tactics last night, all the while attempting to shift responsibility away from himself. It was very much a case of wilful ignorance at best, and disingenuous behaviour at worst.
This week almost reminds me of a quote I heard from the latest Riddick movie where the main character states: ‘There are bad days, and then there are legendary bad days. This was shaping up to be one of those.’ (Admittedly, this movie was the worst instalment of the series). Despite all the rubbish of the week though, I am nonetheless still available to answer your questions, even though I’m sicker than a horse on equine flu.

Things you may ask about:

1. General questions about the Huntress, Power Girl, or anything Earth-2.
2. What Huntress books to pick up to learn more about Wayne or Bertinelli.
3. Who I think are the best writers and artists for the Huntress.
4. Any clarification on continuity as it pertains to either version of the Huntress.
5. Any other questions about the DC Multiverse, characters, stories, etc.
6. Any other random question you feel like asking, including what I thought of Black Widow #4, Hawkeye #17, and Captain Marvel #1 this week. (They were all fab by the way)!

Questions I won’t answer/won’t get posted:
1. Negative questions or opinions on other members of Huntress fandom.
2. Character bashing of either Helena Wayne or Helena Bertinelli.
3. Any personal information like where I live or where I work.

All questions will be tagged as ‘Ask Huntress Wayne’ and they may be asked using your username or anonymously.

We’ll begin later tonight with all the asks that have been sitting in my inbox this week! :)

Fanmail Fridays: 7 March 2014
It’s the seventh day of March, which means it’s already been March for a whole week. Time is flying way too fast and I don’t like it! I’ll wake up one morning and realise I’m a decade older than I was yesterday. Nonetheless, I’m pretty sure I still have a good 24 hours to answer your questions! :)

Things you may ask about:

1. General questions about the Huntress, Power Girl, or anything Earth-2.
2. What Huntress books to pick up to learn more about Wayne or Bertinelli.
3. Who I think are the best writers and artists for the Huntress.
4. Any clarification on continuity as it pertains to either version of the Huntress.
5. Any other questions about the DC Multiverse, characters, stories, etc.
6. Any other random question you feel like asking, including what I thought of Forever Evil #6, or how media (not just comics) gets science and medicine wrong all the damn time. (Excellent case in point: this week on Forever Evil #6, Geoff Johns demonstrated his ignorance of what asphyxiation actually entails. Particularly he missed the part about how cutting someone’s oxygen supply actually causes brain death before it leads to the subsequent shut down of both the respiratory and circulatory systems. If the goal is to potentially revive the victim in question later, asphyxiation isn’t the best way to achieve that goal. It’s more effective to mechanically stop the heart and later start it back up than go the more dangerous route of asphyxiation. Anyway….moving on). 

Questions I won’t answer/won’t get posted:
1. Negative questions or opinions on other members of Huntress fandom.
2. Character bashing of either Helena Wayne or Helena Bertinelli.
3. Any personal information like where I live or where I work.

All questions will be tagged as ‘Ask Huntress Wayne’ and they may be asked using your username or anonymously.

We’ll begin later tonight with all the asks that have been sitting in my inbox this week! :)

Congratulations on your 500 followers! Aside from my mate Jen (who runs The Bat and The Cat here on Tumblr), your BatCat blog is one of my favourites to visit and I love reading your insight on the pair. :) Definitely keep up the good work! For your 666th follower, I highly recommend doing an Apokolips themed post. I did that back when I acquired my 666th disciple, which was all kinds of fun. ;) I'm now up to 868 and still thinking about what to do for when I reach 1000 followers.

blackbatpurplecat:

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dontmakeafooloutofyourselfdontmakeafooloutofyourselfdontmakeafooloutofyourself
*take deep breaths*
*pretend to be totally cool and laid back*

What, that old thing? Well, I like to keep a clean shop.
No wait, that doesn’t make any sense… Damn it, let me start again!

Thank you SO much, your praise means A LOT to me since I’ve been a fan of you and your topic, analyses, and reviews since way before I even had this tumblr account and you were one of the first people I subscribed to. And when you unexpectedly returned the favor… Well, I didn’t treat that occurrence any differently, really…

You treat Helena - character/life/history/costume/family/creators - with much respect and passion while teaching us about her and bringing her back to the foreground of people’s memory. I love and admire that. You deserve every single one of those 868 followers and more! The big 1000 won’t take long.

Again, thank you so very, very much!
Now I’m officially HuntressApproved! Let’s celebrate with a HelenaHuntress picture!

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And for those with special taste - a HelenaRobin picture!

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