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Monday, August 07, 2006

Here Be Women!

Okay, so I'm really loving the JSA cover. There were some people I'd expected to see but didn't, but then again, it was revealed that that isn't the entire team so that probably explains it.

I particularly like Sand's (I hope that's Sand. I refuse to believe it's anyone else, darnit), it's creepy but strangely awesome.

But the one thing I really like is something that I haven't really seen pointed out anywhere else.

We have, out of sixteen characters on that cover:

Red Tornado (Maxine Hunkle?), Liberty Belle (probably Jessie Quick, given the crack is drawn like a lightning bolt), Stargirl and Power Girl.

That's four women. In the JSA. That's pretty awesome! I'd been worried when I saw Hawkgirl's silhouette on the JLA cover that there'd be a dearth of women in the new group. But there's four! Four women in the old boy's club of the DCU!

It's awesome!

(I'm also thrilled that JLA appears to have four women on the cover as well. There were so many years with it just Diana, I'm thrilled that they've returned to a variety. :-))

Four women! Yay!


  • At August 07, 2006 11:13 AM, Blogger Dorian said…

    Sand's mask looked like a cross between Wesley's old mask and Morpheus's helmet.

    I'm still sort of confused as to why Damage is now apparently eight feet tall.

  • At August 07, 2006 12:39 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Ahh! I'm not very well-acquainted with Gaiman's Sandman. The bits I've read were okay, but didn't really pull me in. That might be a nice tie in... long as it's Sand, darnit, and not some other guy. :-P

    I honestly think that's Al, personally. Damage is confirmed in the series, but I remember vaguely Atom Smasher also being confirmed. And Johns did say not everyone would be on the cover.

    Or he drank milk. Does a body good.

  • At August 07, 2006 1:47 PM, Blogger Dr. Flem said…

    Aren't there 17 people on the cover?

    And you had better hope that the slightly Morpheus-y look to that helmet doesn't imply we're getting something Hector Hall-related in this Sandman. (though the bondage-y fabric of the costume would certainly imply Sand)

    So many questions related to this cover (A new Steel? Is that Thom Kallor? Alan's eye is all better?), but your actual point here is a good one. Certainly good to see a better representation of female characters in this (and other) titles.

  • At August 07, 2006 2:05 PM, Blogger Zaratustra said…

    Atom Smasher is now Biohazard Smasher? That can't be healthy.

  • At August 07, 2006 2:08 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    dr. flem: Hee, you're right. Seventeen. I forgot Todd!

    I think it can be Sand still. He's got the same connection to the Dream stuff that Wes did. (In fact, there was that cameo by Daniel in the first issue as well as indirectly in his ressurrection issue). It's possible that maybe Geoff Johns has decided to play with that a little more. :-)

    I admit, I'm really really curious as to what caused the change.

    And sometimes in JSA Alan wore the eyepatch beneath the mask and sometimes just had a glowy green eye, so it might just be him changing things up.

    I'm most interested in Red Tornado,myself. After Sand, of course. She looks neat.

    zaratustra: Hee. Beats Dictator-Squisher (tm Scipio).

  • At August 07, 2006 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'd be worried that it wasn't Sand if it wasn't Geoff Johns writing. As it is, I'm pretty sure it'll be him.

  • At August 07, 2006 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    But the ageism is still there, unless that's the original Liberty Belle. Only the guys are allowed to be old.

  • At August 07, 2006 6:06 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    ununnilium: Here's hoping!

    anonymous: baby steps my friend, baby steps.

  • At August 07, 2006 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Danny Blaine / Thom Kallor Starman! Wonder which Thom Kallor it might be - Earth 247's, or the current Thom Kallor.

    And Stargirl. I love me some Courtney. Or, wait, if there's a Starman, does that mean she's going back to Star-Spangled Kid? So that she's not just a sidekick?

  • At August 08, 2006 2:27 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    She's holding the cosmic rod still, so I'd guess she's still Stargirl.

  • At August 08, 2006 3:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Let me preface this with, "Yay, four women!"

    Now let me be the party-pooper, glass is half-empty girl. I feel like it's a bit of a commentary on just how bad gender parity is in comments currently if we get all excited over having 4 out of 16 people being women on a cover. That's only 25% women, which isn't even close to the 50% that would be nice to see.

    Also, the first thing that struck me about the gender layout is that the people sitting around the table are all male. Maybe this is my own interpretation, but I feel like people with seniority/authority would get the seats, which would imply that the women there aren't as senior/important as the men.

    But... uh... yay, four women! (please don't hurt me)

  • At August 08, 2006 4:59 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    I've actually removed the response I was making to you, Tek, from here, because I think you've got such a good point that I'm making it its own entry. :-) So post right after this has my take on the matter, and why I'm happy.


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