"Oh, You Like Woman? Here Is Cookie! Good Job!"
You know, I spend about $30 dollars on comics a week. Most of that is spent on mainstream superhero comics.
Yet, I rarely buy any comics featuring solo superheroines.
See the name of my blog? "Occasional Superheroine"
That means that occasionally, I should be buying comics starring superheroines. But I don't.
"Alias" I used to buy every month. Because I could relate to her.
I can't relate to Wonder Woman, even as a "this is who I would be if I had superpowers" sort of way. Never had.
Batgirl I could relate to.
I just picked up a copy of "The Killing Joke" the other day from a man on a street corner. I got my cat that way too, many moons ago.
I bought the book for a dollar.
And sure, you know, it's well-written, it's brilliant and all that.
But it's not a book written for me. Not for *me.* It doesn't take the perspective of a woman into account. It doesn't take into account that some women might be so very disgusted with the book & what happens to Barbara Gordon in it.
Do I sound whiny about this? Am I not being positive?
Look, I'm totally enjoying "World War Hulk." I'm excited about it. There is a bunch of things in mainstream comics that I am excited and upbeat about.
But I'm not excited about the portrayal of women in comics. I'm not excited about it. I'm not necessarily angry about it -- but I'm maybe a little bored as hell.
You know what my reaction to the announcement that Kelly Puckett & Drew Johnson are the new team of "Supergirl?"
I was bored. It's a safe choice.
The time is now to think outside-the-box regarding superheroines.
And I'm not going to follow whatever crumbs are thrown my gender's way and go "clap-clap: good job!" anymore.
"Oh, you're treating my gender like we have three whole dimensions? Here's a cookie!"
I'll just go back to buying and enjoying the comics I like.
And you know where I will be devouring my stories of strong, interesting, dangerous, truly memorable superpowered females?