“… And Most of the Costumes Stay On …”
Writer: Judd Winick
Artist/Cover artist: Guillem March
Colors: Tomeu Morey
Letters: Sal Cipirano
Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US
Boy, this comic book is covered all in kinds of wrong sauce, and by the end of the book, other kinds of “sauces” as well, it would seem. But then again, it’s exactly the kind of comic book the cover image suggests. No, scratch that — it’s far worse and dirtier than the cover would suggest.
This entry in the New 52 relaunch initiative and Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 (also released this week) have been the focus of a great deal of criticism for their gratuitous visuals and oversexualization of their female protagonists, and the negative reaction is well deserved. It seems to me Winick started out trying to tell a story about an emotionally scarred woman who’s decided to maintain an illusion of control by refusing to allow anything to get to her, but the end result is something quite different. This book is about sex, nothing else, and not in a loving, healthy way or emotionally dramatic way. It’s about teasing and titillating an immature audience receptive to this sort of thing. Honestly, after reading this comic book, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a blurb on the cover indicating it was produced by the same “creative” minds that are churning porn parodies of super-hero fare and other genre fiction.