And now… this.
Today I think I’ll be making fun of Marvel instead of DC. Let’s start with this.
He’s definitely not staring at the book.
Whatever that little kid is staring at, it’s definitely NOT the book…
EDIT: I fixed it.
Kudos. You’ve just overseen the most massive update that the DC Universe has had in the past six months or so. I’m sure you’re aware of the coincidence that during another major reboot, a woman — Jenette Kahn — was also at the helm. And now you’re a woman (I think). And you’re doing something similar. What’re the odds of that?!? (Answer = approx. 50%, but that doesn’t account for the possibility of any transgender people being in charge over at DC…)
You probably know me. I run a blog called DC Men Kicking Ass. It’s pretty popular. I have, like, 80 Tumblr followers or something like that. I started it a few months ago when I became concerned that rich white dudes were getting the short shaft at DC Comics. And we all know how everyone prefers the long shaft, amiright?
I grew up reading Marvel Comics. Therefore, I don’t really care that much about what happens at DC. But you guys publish some pretty funny shit, and I keep this infrequently updated blog around so I can make fun of you and all of your hard work.
Over the past few months, I’ve mocked a lot of your content. Much of it made me laugh. Once or twice, it made other people laugh. Mostly, I just pissed people off. But this week, as the new DCU was unveiled, I felt hurt. Instead of people hating on me, they were hating on you and your press releases!! NOT FAIR!!! I want the attention!!
I saw many things that made me question whether the DCU is really a place for rich white men. Well, actually, no I didn’t. Now that I think about it, I mostly saw stuff that showed me that the DCU isn’t a place for anyone who’s NOT a rich white man. And that makes me happy.
On an unrelated note, I’m gonna speak for all comic readers out there who love boobs and say, “THANK YOU!” because Catwoman has some impressive cleavage on that new #1 cover.
Anyway, back on topic, you say that you want new readers. But after the announcements and reveals of the past week, I’m starting to think that you’re just joking about that. Which is great! Comic books should remain a boys club for as long as possible. I think we can all agree on that.
Frankly, your track record on female characters and creators has always been mixed. I mean, you’re probably hiring and featuring too many women as it is. Just a month ago, I was more miserable than I’d been in awhile. There were a number of female led books, your key female team book had a new great artist, you had a great female creator coming on board Supergirl, you had just introduced a new character who was a woman of color in Teen Titans, and your major summer cross-over had two series that featured women. And all of this doesn’t send a very positive message to the established comic book boys club.
But thank jeebus you went and fixed all of that with this reboot!!! A review of your newly announced books shows that currently there are exactly two female creators, Gail Simone and Amy Reeder. I find it hard to believe that you couldn’t just fire them both and make it 100% men.
But beyond the lack of female creators, this reboot or whatever you want to call it, seems to be near perfect. I’ll say “seems” because I obviously don’t know everything. But that’s the way of comics, right? We’re enticed to buy based on solicits. Is it not then fair for me to react to them? Here’s what I think:
Some of these complaints and impressions may be changed by more information. But I don’t really care that much. While I hope there are some tweaks done to correct some of things I’ve noted above, I’m sure that whether or not I’m a reader of your comics matters to you very little. And that’s how I like it.
As I said, I have been a hardcore Marvel fan for almost my entire life. Not being a reader of DC Comics was pretty satisfying. But then I went and made this blog to make fun of your company, and I intend to see that through, even if it occasionally means reading a DC comic book. If you could, PLEASE make sure that the women and people of color who do show up in your comics are the victims of ignorance, excessive violence, humiliation, and, eventually, death (just like they were in X-Men: First Class). Then I’ll be completely happy.
Ta-Ta For Now,
DC Men Kicking Ass