Archive for September, 2013

red son

On September 4, the final episode of the motion comic of the hit graphic novel series, Superman: Red Son was released. As far as Superman stories go, this is one of my favorites. It’s the kind of story a teacher could use in a sociology seminar or college lecture. Instead of growing up in the middle-of-nowhere Kansas, Superman crash lands in Stalin’s backyard, and it’s as epic as can be. While this motion comic isn’t ground breaking, the story is told very well by the actors and actresses and maintains the excitement from start to finish.

Embedded below is episode one. If you care to watch the remaining 24 episodes, just wait until the videos is done and the next episode will appear in the “related videos.” Each episode is 3 to 4 minutes in length.

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samuel l jackson

Isn’t funny how reviewers and parents give films bad ratings because of how it “affected” their children? It’s fairly common. Instead of reading a movie’s description before going to see it, they simply go and hope for the best…with their children. Cars 2, Man of Steel, Coraline, and so many more all get the same kind of feedback from parents – the exposure to torture, death, etc etc, all brought a very similar response…that their children were traumatized.

Why don’t we all sit back and take a lesson from the great one himself, Samuel L. Jackson…

harley quinn bruce tim

To be honest, I understand the reasons why Harley Quinn would want to commit suicide.  She’s almost as demented as her boyfriend, Mr. J.  The thrill of trying out different suicide attempts falls right in line with a twisted, insane character who get excited just by thinking about death and destruction. There have been times where both Harley and the Joker gave the “come-hither” look at death, and smile while doing it.  It all makes perfect sense.

However, let’s take a look at what’s going on here.  DC Comics made an announcement on their website (for people who want to break into comics) that if you draw Harley Quinn naked while committing suicide, enter the drawing in their contest and win, you’ll have a chance to shine in the up coming Harley Quinn solo book.  They presented four scenarios artists can choose from, listed below…

PANEL 1
Harley is on top of a building, holding a large DETACHED cellphone tower in her hands as lightning is striking just about everywhere except her tower. She is looking at us like she cannot believe what she is doing. Beside herself. Not happy.

PANEL 2 
Harley is sitting in an alligator pond, on a little island with a suit of raw chicken on, rolling her eyes like once again, she cannot believe where she has found herself. We see the alligators ignoring her.

PANEL 3
Harley is sitting in an open whale mouth, tickling the inside of the whale’s mouth with a feather. She is ecstatic and happy, like this is the most fun ever.

PANEL 4
Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of “oh well, guess that’s it for me” and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.

For a number of years women in comics have been used as disposable plot devices.  Not just with DC, but also with Marvel and all of the other lesser known comic book publishers.  DC’s simply making an ass of themselves by turning the well known “women in refrigerators” concept into a contest, further enforcing the idea that over sexualizing women and murder is ok as long as it to advance the careers of male artists.

I won’t stop reading comics from DC.  I’m too big of a fan of the big three – Supes, Bats, and Wondy.  But there are times where I wonder if the decision makers at DC actually realize what they’re doing, or if they’re THAT oblivious.

Gail Simone, can you stomp the stupid out of DC? Please?