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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Batman, converged

DC is determined to go the way of Marvel:
The DC Rebirth made it clear that Batman is a transgender ally, and his main comic books are keeping that support alive. Even now, it’s possible that devoted fans of Batman comics missed Bruce Wayne’s stance on the issue – which was the entire point. The company-wide relaunch brought a Rebirth to Batman’s title series, while he united the rest of the Batman Family in the pages of Detective Comics. That team ended up being led by Batwoman, one of the most visible LGBTQ comic heroes. But it also introduced a new, openly transgender scientist to the DC Universe: Dr. Victoria October.

At the time, we couldn’t help but appreciate that Batman supported Victoria’s transition, mentioned and alluded to in vocabulary that non-LGBTQ readers could completely miss. But those in the community would see the exact message being sent by writers James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett. In the months since that issue, Detective has kept the conversation going. But as other comic titles and publishers battle the opposing forces of readers calling for diversity and those who claim it’s more marketing spin than progress, Detective is deserving of praise.
I'm not even going to pretend I'm not very pleased to see this. But not, you understand, for the same reasons as DC's media cheerleaders. Let's face it, there are few things comics readers enjoy more than witty banter about preferred pronouns.

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52 Comments:

Blogger NO GOOGLES December 31, 2017 9:14 PM  

"Hmm... that guy just lit himself on fire and died screaming in agony... I guess I'll try the same!"
-DC Comics

Blogger beerme December 31, 2017 9:16 PM  

Looks like DC is racing Marvel to see who can shed their remaining readers faster. I wonder where some of them may end up going for new reading material...

Happy New Year.

Blogger Ostar December 31, 2017 9:17 PM  

Batman was about the only DC hero I followed back in my Comic Book reading youth. You think with the Batman movies being the only long-term successes, the SJW's would have told to be hands-off by corporate.

Blogger SteelPalm December 31, 2017 9:25 PM  

Think about what it says when Batman is STILL way less SJW-converged and SJW-polluted than Marvel's offering.

Also, I looked up James Tynion IV. Surprise surprise, he is "openly bisexual". And Marguerite Bennett is a notorious SJW who helped ruin Marvel and graduated from that great bastion of feminism, Sarah Lawrence College.

Predictable, predictable.

Blogger Cataline Sergius December 31, 2017 9:28 PM  

Yep. DC is killing their own golden goose. Of the top ten comic titles sold this year seven were Batman-centric.

Apparently DC has decided they need a cut of some of that sweet, sweet Marvel action.

Anonymous Crew December 31, 2017 9:31 PM  

I want to buy some real comics, like Alt*Hero.

Blogger tz December 31, 2017 9:49 PM  

At least Gotham City has an island of sanity: Arkham Asylum.

Joker and Harley aren't trans. Or gay. Both are white. So far, but likely to stay that way.

I'm not sure what they could do for a Bizarro world now.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club December 31, 2017 9:55 PM  

But as other comic titles and publishers battle the opposing forces of readers calling for diversity and those who claim it’s more marketing spin than progress

So do they actually not know who really opposes this garbage, or do they truly believe the only complaints are "it's not progressive ENOUGH!"?

Anonymous Mr. Rational December 31, 2017 9:56 PM  

@6 The last comic I bought was Carla Speed McNiel's "Mystery Date" (truly awesome, get it if you can), on the recommendation of a fan of hers who is now deceased.

Alt★Hero is the only one since (not "bought" because no delivery yet, but going to see how I like it).  Not because I'm a comics fan, but because I support what it represents.

Anonymous Eduardo December 31, 2017 9:56 PM  

Bat-who?

Happy new year, Folks! May thise promises you made last year be accomplished this year.

Like... Reading Alt-Hero...

Anonymous Anonymous December 31, 2017 10:01 PM  

These losers always look exactly like you'd expect:

Here they are.





Blogger Johnny December 31, 2017 10:11 PM  

"readers calling for diversity"

Yeah, sure. Legions of them. Right?

Blogger Thucydides December 31, 2017 10:11 PM  

May we spend the New Year combing through the ruins to find what is still good and salvageable, and build new and better things to replace the converged ruins.

Blogger Koanic December 31, 2017 10:12 PM  

God was the first transgender ally, penning laws to ensure that no person would remain trapped in the body of the wrong gender for long. He underlines the importance of community acceptance by having everyone participate in returning the soul to the manufacturer for refurbishment. Tolerance rocks!

Blogger Johnny December 31, 2017 10:12 PM  

If I had the ability to create a new comic book hero, I would start with Marv from Sin City. A very Batman like character. Great physical abilities but mentally troubled.

Blogger L' Aristokrato December 31, 2017 10:15 PM  

There's another side to the erosion of quality in comics/heroes most people don't really look at; Partly because it sort of pales in comparison to the in-your-face SJW-ism, partly because, if we're honest, comic readers are not largely the most sophisticated audience.
These are poins I hope to see Alt-Hero and future endeavors address, if possible.
While the subjects are too large to get into here, SJW-ism aside, comics/heroes have undergone a severe process of dumbing down. Maybe it's the movies influence and an attempt to reach a broader, more lowest-common-denominator audience. Ideas are all recicled, all interesting, unusual and complex concepts have been reinvented into terrible, bite-sized, fast-foodiefied pastiches of themselves, and so on...
Hate to say it, but the best thing for Marvel/DC right now is to die, so that maybe, a proverbial Phoenix can rise from the ashes.

Blogger Robert What? December 31, 2017 10:35 PM  

SJWs can't help themselves.

Blogger Jew613 December 31, 2017 10:43 PM  

If you needed more evidence of how converged DC has become https://twitter.com/jingoisticpig/status/947182862691741696
It reads like a parody of an sjw comic, but apparently its real.

Blogger Feather Blade December 31, 2017 10:44 PM  

The dialogue in those panels tells me that "Victoria" will shortly be doing something inappropriate to the helpless hairy guy strapped to her table.

I bet she won't even offer to sign the Enthusiastic Consent Forms (in triplicate!) before she starts.

Blogger Johnny December 31, 2017 10:44 PM  

Not a comic book fan. In the last I cracked open (Marvel I think) every sentence ended with an exclamation mark, and in more or less every picture legs were spread around 90 degrees or more. The point of the story seemed to be having a series of muscular guys taking heroic poses. Neat in its own way and interesting at first, but over and over? Pre SJW stuff I guess.

Blogger Koanic December 31, 2017 10:47 PM  

At least they're finally funny.

Blogger pnq8787 December 31, 2017 10:47 PM  

LOL, that comic is hilarious!

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr December 31, 2017 10:51 PM  

I never had much interest in the comics, but it seems to me that the whole industry has a death wish. The paper comics are dying, quickly. All that's left are the movies...and given Hollywood's perversity and incompetence, they'll likely go within five years.

On the other hand, it leaves a wide field for newcomers.

Blogger The Observer December 31, 2017 11:01 PM  

I'm not even going to pretend I'm not very pleased to see this.

The sentiments are shared, o Dark Lord.

Like I've said before, it's hard not to see divine providence in all these fortuitous developments.

I bet she won't even offer to sign the Enthusiastic Consent Forms (in triplicate!) before she starts.

It's time to see whether perverts can get away without needing them.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 31, 2017 11:07 PM  

Batman is the world's greatest detective, while he uses misdirection and deceit he must deal with facts and truth. Trans is a lie at best a polite fiction. Bruce Wayne is probably trans friendly, he's a liberal billionaire Batman has to know it for the lie it is.

Anonymous some_lurkingg_guy December 31, 2017 11:10 PM  

Well on the bright side he is a crazy mad scientist who mutilated himself, could make a great villain when you can buy Batman for cheap.

Anonymous Jeigh Di December 31, 2017 11:14 PM  

I have no doubt this will happen in future DC movies, too. No surprise since they chose Ben Affleck to play Batman.

Anonymous Mr. Rational December 31, 2017 11:16 PM  

Didja hear about the guy who tried a do-it-yourself sex change?

He couldn't pull it off.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( the Original Militant Apathist ) December 31, 2017 11:35 PM  

7. tz December 31, 2017 9:49 PM
At least Gotham City has an island of sanity: Arkham Asylum.



i see what you did there.

Blogger Koanic December 31, 2017 11:49 PM  

Batman is trans-species, the reader is trans-heroic, the author is trans-talented, the owners are trans-white, and the series is trans-popular.

All that remains is for Vox to transform the industry.

Blogger Silly but True January 01, 2018 12:27 AM  

All these people started at Vertigo, DC's comic line for gay and lesbian goths.

There's now a pretty big gay clique at DC. Phil Jimenez pretty much opened up the closet door there in early aughts and they've been gaying it up ever since.

Batman is a big deal, because only he and Flash actually sell. And WB just turned Flash into flaming homosexual with JL, or multicultural dream boy - take your pick.

Blogger Anno Ruse January 01, 2018 12:52 AM  

How long until "Batman is screwing Robin" isn't just a joke but an actual plotline in the books?

I will say this - Victoria October is a helluva catchy name. But I don't think you need to chop fictional characters dicks off to give 'em catchy names. It's comics. Just give her a superpower instead of making her trans, it'll sell better.

Blogger weka January 01, 2018 1:22 AM  

The Joker and Harley are psychopaths.

But psychopaths do less damage than SJWs

Anonymous Killua January 01, 2018 1:22 AM  

Didja hear about the guy who tried a do-it-yourself sex change?

He couldn't pull it off.


XD

Blogger Were-Puppy January 01, 2018 1:28 AM  

@11 F.D. Stephens
These losers always look exactly like you'd expect:

Here they are.
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That one guy looks exactly like that meme the neonazis use of the seedy giant nosed hand rubbing jewish merchant.

Anonymous Ryan G January 01, 2018 2:23 AM  

These people can never just leave well-enough alone. They can't create their own characters and comics that can safely be ignored. No, they have to inject their bullshit into everything. SJW-ism has become a virus: it cannot reproduce on its own, it multiplies by infecting healthy cells and altering them into producing more of itself, and - if left unchecked - will eventually kill the host organism.

Blogger VD January 01, 2018 4:07 AM  

Joker and Harley aren't trans. Or gay. Both are white. So far, but likely to stay that way.

Harley is now canonically bi.

Blogger Troushers January 01, 2018 4:14 AM  

In a forthcoming issue, Batman is baffled by a new villain HeShe, who breaks into Gotham's pharmacies stealing synthetic horse estrogen and anti-depressants. Who could be behind this peculiar crime wave?

Can Batman save Gotham's healthcare industry from financial ruin at the hands of a thing in a dress with a prominent Adam's Apple and contradictory secondary sex characteristics?

Blogger tublecane January 01, 2018 4:38 AM  

Will they make Harvey Dent Two-Spirited, double-gendered, or simply an inbetween-y?

Blogger tublecane January 01, 2018 4:39 AM  

@36-Thankfully, groin-kicks hurt all sexes and genders.

Blogger Duke Norfolk January 01, 2018 6:03 AM  

Good lord, the delusion is thick in these people. But reality's coming, and it isn't going to be kind to them.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan January 01, 2018 7:04 AM  

Legacy comics whiter than the KKK and from the looks of those two they are desperate to keep it that way.

All the gayness meant to keep the nice white liberals one step above the colored masses in the progtard hierarchy, what little bitches they are.

Be a damn shame if the left ate itself, good thing instigating that is below true conservatives.

Blogger Resident Moron™ January 01, 2018 7:37 AM  

Truly, Vox, you are greatly blessed with the most ludicrous enemies.

Anonymous Test January 01, 2018 7:49 AM  

I'm not one to disagree with the Dark Lord, but I'm a dedicated reader of All-Star Batman, Batman, and a few other DC titles. There's nothing like this showing up there.

Maybe it's a test balloon? And if we push back hard enough they'll get the point?

As far as how those two look? Surprisingly normal. Tynion looks like your average comic nerd and the girl looks surprisingly feminine to me, although not surprisingly in need to lose about a stone.

Anonymous 8859 ways ro be adorable January 01, 2018 8:17 AM  

I suspect you just committed 'spoilers' against Alt-Hero.

Blogger tuberman January 01, 2018 10:58 AM  

DC Commics to customers:

"Your punishment will intensify until you decide to surrender."

And, then you will be replaced by our secret new audience that you've never seen.

Blogger dc.sunsets January 01, 2018 11:14 AM  

I'm simply biding the time between now and when sexual perversion (in the literal sense) goes back to its traditional place, being widely understood as a pathological behavioral abnormality, i.e., mental illness.

It's beyond obvious that at best, BLT is like drug, alcohol & gambling addiction; all are acts driven by the impulsive mind, whose embrace of momentary highs accrues only misery. Unlike the latter ones, however, BLT (because it involves a core component of emotional status, sex) embeds experiences that can never be escaped, branding participants' minds with happiness-eroding memories for the rest of their lives.

Those who promote BLT are either miserable people who want "company," or fools who think giving their BLT friends more "social acceptance" will assuage their incurable existential misery.

BLT advocates are thus WORSE than drug pushers. They should (and someday will) be treated accordingly.

Anonymous Ain January 01, 2018 12:17 PM  

"Victoria October is a helluva catchy name."

It's an obvious reference to the communist revolution. All these things are is propaganda and programming. They're not even trying to sell comics anymore.

Anonymous Godfrey January 01, 2018 12:22 PM  

When will Batman "heroically" support necrophilia and pedophilia?

Hey kids comics aren't about fighting the bad guys. No kids, comics are about the normalization and spreading of psychological disorders among a subservient populace. And all... "Pow...Zap!" in the service of the ruling elites as outlined in the Jaffe Memo.

Batman is a tool of the establishment kiddies. He's a stooge.

Make mine Alt-Hero.


Blogger Skyler the Weird January 01, 2018 12:32 PM  

The Lezzies have been shipping Harlie and Poison Ivy for a long while. Also Babs Gordon and Catwoman.

Anonymous Godfrey January 01, 2018 12:34 PM  

Alt-Hero is subversive.

DC is establishment.

Anonymous nightskyradio January 01, 2018 1:14 PM  

It's kind of amusing, at least to me, that these progtards can't seem to get any meme-worthy traction out of a character who is a privileged single white male who's big into cosplay and pretty much lives in his parents' basement.

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