I also love to see what great reactions this graphic novel has gotten from the public. As I read in an article titled "'Batwoman Elegy': Boobs aren't the only female superpower" by Heather Hogan, (http://www.afterellen.com/blog/stuntdouble/batwoman-elegy-boobs-aren't-the-only-female-superpower) “A guy my age came into the comic shop and asked for Elegy as I was signing my name onto the wait list. I asked him what he liked about Batwoman and he said, ‘I like a hero that can do more than shove her t--s in my face, you know? Boobs aren’t a superpower.’” This is once again refreshing - to see male comic book readers happy about the developments of Batwoman. I definitely agree with this guy.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Batwoman is probably my new favorite superheroine that we've discussed in this class. I love that she can be super bad-ass while still having her feminine side (though she is fairly gender-fluid) and all the while remains a 3-dimensional character with real human relationships. She does make a statement in how different she is from the typical superhero - she's a lesbian for one thing, somewhat gender-fluid, as I stated before, and even Jewish (if you look closely at the bottom panel 15 pages into issue 2, you can see a menorah and a pair of shabbat candles behind Kate's father). But this is not her entire purpose - just part of her character. In an interview with DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio, he said: "When we introduced Batwoman we wanted to make the readers very aware of the fact she was gay, but more importantly that she was a strong superhero in her own right. The stories and the characters always come first." says DiDio. "We don’t make decisions like, ‘Let’s tackle racism or homophobia in the next issue of Superman.’ Gay and lesbian heroes — and villains — are a part of the DC Universe, and their stories are just as interesting as the straight ones." (http://www.comicmix.com/news/2008/02/07/catching-up-with-dcs-lesbian-superheroes/) I must say, I'm very proud of DC for this statement. It really shows how far they've come in the comic book world.