Comics | Dismayed by the portrayal of Catwoman in DC Comics’ relaunched series, Alyssa Rosenberg of ThinkProgress asks whether feminists are wasting their time in hoping and lobbying for better portrayals of women in mainstream superhero comics. While she understands the desire to walk away, the decides in the end “it’s worth it to keep nudging”: “… Even if the industry doesn’t change, there should be voices in the background when folks read these books pointing out their problems. The key is getting folks who really just want to see, say, Catwoman bang Batman and nothing else to hear those critiques and to find a way to engage with them constructively, which is really, profoundly difficult. But I’d rather live in a world where people who don’t want to hear the works they like criticized have to work to shut them out, rather than leaving them to relax into the blissful sounds of silence.”
At The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky points out that not all comics are like Catwoman or Red Hood and the Outlaws, and recommends some alternatives. Meanwhile, Tom Foss jokingly suggests that the “new” Starfire is merely replacing longtime New Teen Titans creeper Terry Long. [ThinkProgress, The Atlantic]
Check out this video of Night Salad, a new book by the Scottish team of Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers, who go by the name Metaphrog. At the Forbidden Planet blog, Joe waxes lyrical about the book and shows off some generous samples of the art, which is lovely and well worth the click. This is the latest of a series of books about the baby-faced Louis; earlier volumes have earned nominations for the Eisner and Ignatz awards. The story is a fable that works on two levels; children can read it as a simple story of Louis looking for a cure for his sick bird, while adults may see more sinster overtones. You can see more of Metaphrog’s work on their website, and an earlier Louis story, Red Letter Day at Serializer.