There has certainly been a lot of controversy surrounding Marvel Divas, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and drawn by Tonci Zonjic. It’s been tagged as Sex and the City meets superheroines, but a lot of people took issue with the sexualized cover, drawn by J. Scott Campbell.
Well, late last week Tom Brevoort over at his Blah Blah Blog showed an image of the series (presumably titled Marvel Vixens during that stage in the game), showcasing the designs for Firestar:
Now, this art isn’t credited, but based on what I’ve seen on Zonjic’s blog, I’m willing to wager that this is definitely Tonci’s work. But if you’re still curious about what the art might look like, well, this link is an exerpt from Tonci’s blog, called Orange — and unless my eyes are deceiving me, it’s looking like Photon is in full force.
I know there was a lot of concern about cheesecake, about exploitation, about women being seen as romantic objects rather than heroines in their own right — but at the same time, Aguirre-Sacasa actually came to Marvel early in his career looking to write strong female characters, and this work by Zonjic seems to be sensible and semi-realistic, in a vein not terribly unlike Amanda Conner. Are readers simply judging a book by its cover — and if so, is it warranted? What say you, Rama readers?