A friend expressed surprise I haven’t commented on DC’s “New 52″ relaunch, considering the amount of sexist decisions in several of the titles. The truth is, I haven’t read a single issue.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise – because of my budget I don’t read any monthly comics titles, let along mainstream superhero stuff. My interest in superheroes is mostly due to cartoons like Batman: The Animated Series and the more recent Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. My knowledge of comics continuity is mostly retroactive: I research the history of characters and titles that catch my eye for one reason or another. Occasionally I download back issues to catch up on a particularly interesting story arc. Friends lend me the trades. I read a lot of critiques from the perspective of LGTBQ people, feminists and persons of color.
In other words: DC’s stunt failed to win me over as a new reader. Since gaining new readership is their stated goal for all this, I thought I’d explain why. But why use words when pictures say a thousand times more? What’s wrong with the Nu52, in pictures, below the cut:
WOMEN ON DC’s CREATIVE STAFF
Tim Hanley’s column at BleedingCool.com also shows that those women on the Nu52 books are doing WAY more work than their male counterparts: While overall the percentage of credits for women didn’t drop much (9.3%), the actual number of women did, to 4.9%. So, about 5% of the staff is doing about 9% of the work… and they’re all women.
Were things perfect at DC before? Absolutely not. But progress had been made and relaunching their entire line was a perfect opportunity to make changes for the better. Instead, they shifted into neutral, popped the handbrake and let the whole damn thing roll back downhill. At this rate, it’ll be off a cliff and to the bottom of the ocean.