Last night's Wednesday Blog of Awesome
centered around Marvel's continued attempts to get female readers to stop calling them sexist by presenting a bunch of single-issue and short-run series about female comic book characters. I'm not against this idea in general, although I do wonder why they won't do more with the female characters in the books they have running now.
But, that aside, a few more things to show you in regards to my feelings on the matter.
First, an interview with Colleen Coover over at Comics Alliance
where she talks about working on "Girl Comics" (the only thing in Marvel's "Look! Girly!" arsenal I've enjoyed). I like how Coover comes off in this. She's honest. She loves what she does. She talks about how she kinda sucked at drawing men for awhile. It's a good read.
Second, one of the artists I took to town in my WBoA was Kaare Andrews. Wikipedia
informs me that Andrews is a dude. I made a half-assumption on the WBoA that Andrews was a woman, because the first name looks like "Carrie" to me. Man or woman, it doesn't excuse the art he's been throwing around on "Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis," and in that vein, I would like to show you a cover I found:( cut to save your page )
It's the varient cover for the "Xenogenesis #1." I'm ignoring Storm's hips because there's a similar sort of exaggeration being done to Beast's hands and feet, so I can see where Andrews is going with that. What I can't forgive is the way Andrews chose to design Storm's top. When I found this image the other night, I though maybe I was being slightly over-sensitive to it. Maybe I was seeing stuff that wouldn't bother me so much if I wasn't already planning a WBoA about how Marvel needs to stop being dumbasses. Then, The Husband looked over from playing video games, saw the picture and said:
"Is that underboob?"
Nope. Not just me. Let's not forget that this is the man responsible for four separte shots of Emma Frost's chest in two pages:( If you need a refresher )
On a side note, Emam's expression in the first picture is possibly the worst facial expression I've ever seen in comics. She looks like someone caught her mid-sneeze.
And finally, because I forgot to put it in the WBoA, I want to show you the full cover for "X-Women" drawn by Milo Manera
, who came to Marvel by way of Italian erotica (porn) comics.( Open your mouth if it looks like you have a dick in your mouth )
I would also like an explanation for what Rogue is doing to that vine. But, before we get into that, let's take a look at the solicit text, shall we:Save the world and look good doing it!
Name me one time, one
, where this kind of language was used in a solicit for a comic aimed at men. I don't give two shits of they look good doing it
. I want to see some superheroes beat up some super villains and go home with a busted lip, goddamnit! A vagina does not immediately lead to a need to make sure everything is all pretty-sparkly-unicorn-princess bullshit.Don't miss this prestige event!
Which is actually a single issue! Not like the other Marvel events which go on for at least four issues and half a dozen books. Oh, no! A single issue
of "X-Women" is a prestige event
you all! Didn't you know?
Seriously, Marvel just needs to quit trying to pretend like they're not pandering and work on the characters in the books they've currently got running, because Jesus Fucking Christ, this shit is insulting. My superheroes do not require vaginas to make me like them, but a little respect would be really nice.