Letter from a DC Fangirl

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  1. Stephen Y says:

    This is very close to the struggles I’ve had with DC of late. Another re-boot..? I was ready to go. Until they stopped short in order to keep Batman and Green Lantern storylines, as those were making money. Then…Wonder Woman might get…and keep pants! I was happy. As I’ve always wondered why the one-piece swimsuit was at all appropriate for the ultimate feminist. Then…they let Grant Morrison kill a kid. I’m saddened, and enraged. I loved Damian Wayne. He brought something interesting to Robin again.

    Finally the Harley Quinn thing, and the inability to see how misogynistic it is. – I’ve dropped down from 46 DC books to 8. And I’m seriously considering quitting comics altogether. Bad, DC Comics! Its just horrible how you’re letting yourself be run. Jim Lee needs to go. Bring a woman back to DC…you lost more than you know when Karen Berger left. – Just a fan, who learned to read by reading your comics – as his father started collecting them in 1959 and still hasn’t stopped…Oh…and did I mention I owned a comics store back in the late 90’s…Just some of my feelings on your changes. – You’ve probably already lost me…but I hope you can find a way to bring me back. – Anyhow…enough of my anger and frustration at DC…Love your cosplay. Love your blog! Thanks for putting that together. You’re not alone. And…even some of us guys feel similarly.

  2. Geoffrey Runge says:

    I knew about the Batwoman thing, which I found bewildering given how long they have had out gay characters, and how much pride they’ve taken in it over the years. I stay away from comics sites because I don’t want any kind of spoilers ever, so this Harley thing is news to me. I am going to have to think about this. I am not sure, but I think that I have seen Harley portrayed as despondent to the point of suicidal before. I don’t think that her mental illness is ever handled responsibly or realistically, is it? Is anyone’s in comics?

    I read Wonder Woman, and I think it’s hilarious that Azzarello doesn’t have time for this romance business. On the one hand, they missed an opportunity to put her in pants, sure. On the other, I can only think of one or two cheesecake poses in the whole run so far, and they have tried to play up the T&A angle when they had her fully clothed in virginal white bodysuits too. So I can’t get annoyed about that.

    Do I like everything about the new 52? No. But they’re doing some stuff right. Snyder has hit his stride with the Zero Year storyline. Morrison knocked it out of the park with the first 18 issues of Action, and Batman Incorporated has been a blast. GL was solid until that corner of the universe got a bad case of the cross-overs. Manapul does a killer double splash with an Eisner style title in every issue of the Flash, which almost makes up for the loss of Wally. And then Vertigo has Astro City and The Wake!

    I don’t have the money to read all the titles I want, but I am happy with what I am reading. I will keep voting with my dollars by reading the books I think they’re doing right. But I will also vote for Lazarus and Fatale over at Image every month. To their credit, they have been quick to switch out creative teams that aren’t working. Hopefully the backlash over this Batwoman thing (which will kill that book) will allow the creators and editorial people to show Warner why they need to keep their hands to themselves.

  3. Venessa Baez says:

    Like you, I grew up reading DC comics and fell in love with the characters. But recently with all the change that’s been happening, the bad changes have been starting to outweigh the good. I’ve found myself leaning more towards Marvel. I especially miss the way female characters were once more portrayed as strong, independent…but now I feel are redesigned to be mere eyecandy.

  4. Robert Monroe, Jr. says:

    Dump DC and start reading Terry Moore’s “Strangers in Paradise”, “Echo” & “Rachel Rising” and Los Bros. Hernandez’ “Love and Rockets”. You’ll be glad you did!

  5. Chris says:

    Diana didn’t – and still doesn’t – need pants. DC have already done enough
    damage turning this iconic character into a soulless, sword wielding Xena clone, without them also further de-feminising her. The costume’s not the problem. The problem is Geoff Johns, Dan Didio and Jim Lee…

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