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Crooked Arrow ([personal profile] crooked_arrow) wrote2010-03-05 01:45 pm

Because there's way too much negativity in this journal..


So a single comic this week made me really sour and left such a bad taste in my mouth that I had no desire to read 'Tec, even though I'm loving the story line and the co-feature, and I've been looking forward to the new issue since last month. But DC really pissed me off, so just to spite them the only comic I've read so far this week since C4J was Girl Comics, and I don't regularly read Marvel. But I read it first this week, and I'm going to buy the floppy even though I hate floppies, and I'm going to buy the trade when(/if?) it comes out. Fuck you DCx1000.

Girl Comics! It made me happy, so in the spirit of a happy post, I'm going to talk about it.

First of all, I don't read Marvel, so there were a few stories in the issue that I skimmed over becuase I didn't have a hope of understanding what was happening. I'll focus on the things I actually did understand.

1) The introduction was awesome. A celebration of awesome women heroes in a poster-worthy page. Awesome.

I want to talk about the last line for a moment. The intro starts with the heroes saying "We don't do it becuase _____", negating a host of reasons why some might think people become heroes. As I read it (though, mind you, I read this page when it came out in the previews sometime last week), I was totally expecting the last line, said by Sue Storm, to read "We do it because WE'RE GIRLS!" or something similar. Instead, the line was "We do it because we can't not do it!"

That made me happier than anything else this issue offered. I don't really want to get into it now (I'll save it for anytime in which I make a post about Mulan, which probably will happen), but to sum up: women being awesome because they're people is always better than women being awesome because of their lady parts. Period.

2) The next story I could actually understand was the Punisher story, by Valerie D'Orazio. I'm biased about this story, though. Anytime I see a story by D'Orazio, a woman who was essentially labeled a whistle-blower for objecting to sexual harassment, I give a giant jump for joy and have some renewed faith in humanity. She wasn't blackballed by the entire industry, and that makes me happy. So this story could have been horrible, and I still would have loved it, by nature of the fact that it exists.

But I'm trying to be objective here, so let's give it a go.

The story was really simple. There wasn't really any suspense to it, but there didn't need to be. This wasn't a story you read to find out what happens; you already know what happens from the beginning. It's a story you read to enjoy the fact that the Punisher kills a pedophile, and there isn't much beyond that. Simple, yes. Entertaining, yes. It did what it set out to do, so I can't fault it on anything.

3)Next, the Dr. Octopus story by Lucy Knisley. There's nothing about this I didn't love. It was hilarious and awesome, and had every little pun and detail you'd expect to see in story about a guy named Dr. Octopus. The art was adorable, and perfectly suited the tone of the comic. The "A Day in the Life of..." premise was hilarious in and of itself. In short, it made me smile and was definitely the highlight of the entire book.

4) I really liked the art by Emma Rios. It was so pretty, even though I didn't really like the story. (also, I thought the Logan/Jean/Scott love triangle was made up for the movies. I didn't know it had basis in canon)

5) I LOVED the spotlight features. The book is about women in comics, and that isn't limited to the just the current writers, artists, or characters. The women behind the scenes deserved a mention, as did the women who broke into the industry in the first place. They got one, and I am damn happy. There's not much more I could add to that.

6) Overall, I love that not all the stories were about women being awesome. It was there, sure. But the overall tone was that women can write interesting stories for people of all genders to enjoy. There's nothing inherently "feminine" about women...or something.

Less happy things:

1) I wish there had been a table of contents. The way they did it, with some titles and credits given at the beginning, and some at the end, was kind of annoying. It pulled me out of the story a bit that I had to skip ahead pages to find out who I was reading before I read it. (I saw a review where the reviewer didn't know who wrote the Doc Ock piece. To be fair to the writer/artist, she put it right at the beginning of the story, in a style that completely matched the tone of the comic. If you missed that, it's your own problem)

2) The title is still annoying, and as great as the anthology is, I want to see more of these talents working on ongoing titles, dammit!

3) The pin-up image of She-Hulk. On one hand, I want to include this in my point 6, above. Not everything in Girl Comics was specifically aimed at women. On the other hand, objectifying the same hero who, in the cover of the book, is beating Iron Man in a traditionally manly pastime is not cool. Objectifying any woman in a book devoted to celebrating the awesomeness of women is not cool. Objectifying women, period, is not cool. I get the feeling that that image was some sort of congratulations gift to any men to who bought the book, as though to say "You weren't afraid of the cooties! Here, have a pin up!"

Overall, probably not worth 5 dollars for me, seeing as how half of it I didn't really understand or like. But I'm going to get it anyway, because my love for everything else outweighs the bad. Most importantly, this book made me smile. And a book that does that deserves monetary recognition.