Mark Millar, when asked about the many depictions of rape in his comics, said simply: I don’t really think it matters.
I don’t even…
Mark Millar sucks goats and the above is one of the many reason why.
I still remember reading his run on The Authority, where in the very first arc, Apollo (gay Superman)* gets raped by one the new bad guys during their first fight, I guess to show how very evil these new character are. So in the final fight, Midnighter (gay Batman)* gleefully revenge rapes the bad guy with a huge power tool (I think a drill?).
I gave up on the book during the Transfer of Power arc, where Shen was brainwashed into being the subservient wife of a powerful man and was being belittled by her “husband”. Reading that bit, I had a moment of, “What the fuck?” Why was I reading something that treated the homosexual (mostly Apollo) and female characters so horribly, and making me feel like shit after reading it?
Being a dumb teenager back then, I didn’t really keep track of writers, so I also bought Wanted and a whole bunch of his other stuff before growing up and realising how terrible his writing really was.
*If I remember correctly, Apollo and Midnighter got huge press for being a homosexual superhero couple during Ellis’s run on The Authority, and it was pretty obvious they were a Superman and Batman analogy (and I think that was mentioned in those articles, but I’m not 100% certain. My google-fu is poor today and I can’t find any articles from back then). So what’s the first thing Millar does when he gets his hands on gay Superman and Batman? Superman gets raped.
Oh my god, really? urgh
Also “I don’t think rape is that big a deal, which is why I use it as a major plot device” is a bit of a bullshit implication.
Mark Miller has the mindset of a highschooler. Blood, guts, swears, rape, pop culture, he really is a shallow writer.
I mean, even when I read Civil War for the first time, throwaway lines about Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton just made me roll my eyes.
He’s the Michael Bay of Comics, which is an insult to Michael Bay cause at least he didn’t put rape in the Transformers movies (As far as I know).
We’re talking about the writer who:
- Had the villain in Kickass 2 shoot children right before he rapes Kickass’s girlfriend.
- Has a book called Nemesis, where the villain kidnaps the police chief’s children, forces the gay son to have sex with her sister, and impregnate her, and they can abort the baby because “her womb is booby trapped and removing the baby would prevent her from ever having children again.” Did I mention that this is the last time we ever get a mention of these characters? Because we have to be AMAZED at how badass the villain is the whole time.
Seriously, Millar is immature and stuck in a high school mindset. Which sadly equals huge sales. >:(
This reminds me of the first volume of Ultimates that he wrote, which was the only one I read. In the book, Betty Ross has broken up with perpetual Nice Guy Bruce Banner. We’re clearly meant to see Betty as an emasculating bitch, constantly rebuffing Bruce’s attempts to repair a relationship that Betty has clearly stated she does not want. When Betty goes out on a date, Bruce hulks out and goes after her, tries to kill her date, and repeatedly threatens to rape her. Like, he chases her around the city. The Ultimates are the only thing standing between Betty and a giant rape monster. And to make matters worse, after Bruce is defeated and returned to human form, Betty has a discussion with someone (Fury, maybe, I don’t quite recall) about how maybe she could have avoided all of this mess if she had just been nicer to him. It was disgusting, victim blaming bullshit. So, seriously, fuck Mark Millar.
I’m totally late to this party but Mark Millar is a piece of shit
List of *current* titles headlined by people of color, women, and queer characters:
[I was thinking about team books. Some teams do have a decent diverse roster. Eventually I settled on including those that do not have straight white men exceeding one-third of the member roster.]
- Batgirl *
- Birds of Prey
- Harley Quinn (out later this year)
- Justice League of America
- JLA’s Vibe
- The Movement
- Wonder Woman
- World’s Finest
*erased prominent character with disability
- Captain Marvel
- Fearless Defenders
- Mighty Avengers (out in Sept)
- Ultimate Comics Spider-Man
- Uncanny X-Force
- Uncanny X-Men
- Young Avengers
((Updated as of July 21 2013. Let me know if I missed any!))
Titles in bold italics are now raking in less than 21,000 copies per month currently. I made this list bc often I heard people comment that they do not know such a title exist, due to less prominent marketing or whatever, and therefore the low sales led them to be canceled.
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I don’t think its any surprised that I’m not a fan of The Killing Joke. I consider it to be at best a mediocre Batman story and one of the lowest moments in DC history in their treatment of female characters.
We all know what happens to Barbara Gordon in the book. We all have heard the tales of Alan Moore calling Len Wein for permission to shoot Barbara Gordon in the book and the response he received:
"I asked DC if they had any problem with me crippling Barbara Gordon - who was Batgirl at the time - and if I remember, I spoke to Len Wein, who was our editor on the project…[He] said, ‘Yeah, okay, cripple the bitch.’
For years there have been discussions about how Barbara Gordon was treated in the book - shot, stripped and photographed naked. I, like many others, have bluntly called it torture porn.
But of course others differ. I’ve been told that there is no rape so there is no mysogyny. That “Jim Gordon is also naked, so it there is no sexism.” That it isn’t about Barbara being a woman but about her being collateral damage.
Sure. Sure it is.
Today some original art from The Killing Joke showed up. And it shows that page. You know page with the photos that Jim Gordon is shown of his daughter.
And the page is a bit different. Brian Bolland has already said “I drew what was in the script. That’s my job. I was asked to tone it down a bit.”
So he drew what Moore had in his original script.
And the art work? (NSFW and graphic for nudity and violence)
Not even Sabrina the Teenage Witch could conjure this stuff up. The co-CEO of Archie Comics says she couldn
Back in October at New York Comic Con, the announcement of Marvel Universe Live! was announced. Since then, more and more things have leaked out about what we can expect and now Marvel has shared some of the ladies that will appear in the live show.
HELLO CAPTAIN MARVEL TO BE FEATURED CAN I BUY MY TICKETS NOW SEND
white boys who think comic companies are pandering/just trying to make money by putting out more diverse books can shut the fuck up because i don’t see them complaining about the 50th millionth white heterosexual male lead MADE SPECIFICALLY FOR THE WHITE MALE HETEROSEXUAL CONSUMER AND IF THAT ISN’T PANDERING WHAT THE FUCK IS
iwillbattle asked: I'd love to break into comics, but am I right in thinking that the industry doesn't need any more white, hetero, cis, middle class men?
Boy, that’s for damn sure.
I’m gonna have to call Gail out here because I think she may have misunderstood the question. I would really hate to see anyone discouraged from doing anything they love because of their gender, race, sexuality, or social class.
Tumblr user iwillbattle, if you’d love to break into comics, please try and please do and good luck to you. The industry needs more of everyone and everything of all types, but above all it needs more great writers and artists, period.
Now, in terms of what you create? Sure, the industry needs something more innovative and more diverse than what it has.
But in terms of who you are as a creator? Never let that discourage you.
Honestly? No, I think I got the question.
And it’s a bit ridiculous.
No one is gatekeeping white straight male cis anything from anywhere. They’re not quarantined, they are not suddenly powerless before a massive wave of poc, lgtbtq, gender-spectrum, and trans writers.
Where is this flood of marginalized writers keeping the man down?
My understanding is that there isn’t a single black writer at the big two right now. I am not aware of a trans writer at the big two.
Who is it holding back the white straight cis guy? Show me where in mainstream Western comics where they aren’t the majority, were not always the majority, and are STILL the majority of new hires by a huge margin?
If you’re a writer, write, get a job in comics, that makes me happy. Asking if being in the majority group of every possible category is going to somehow hold YOU back, or make YOU unwelcome is just silly.
Quit thinking of what is clearly a huge advantage as cause to feel slighted. It’s untrue, it’s ridiculous on the face of it, and also, it’s unbecoming.
People always want to pretend marginalized groups have some shortcut. Well, listen, if they did, maybe we would HAVE more than a tiny handful. They do not have a shortcut. In many cases, the opposite is clearly true.
If you are a great writer, there’s room for you. No one was ever kept from a job writing mainstream comics because they were white or straight or male or cis and I think most anyone who looks at the industry today knows that already.
… after that shitstorm of godawful PR from that “Break into comics with Harley Quinn” thing
… the artist they finally went with…
… was already an established industry professional
Who has worked on 74 comics so far, including some for DC.
Really, DC? Really?
And the best part?
It was BLAND, UNINSPIRED, AND DIDN’T EVEN FOLLOW THE SCRIPT.
Time to reset the counterRESET THE CLOCK!
At this rate DC will make a double mistake and shortly after a triple..then one mistake every 8 minutes.