So, wait. I think I’ve got it. Someone at DC was nervous that, by shipping both Wonder Woman and Birds of Prey in the same week, they were risking alienating the all-important “objectifying women as sex objects” misogynist demographic, and so decided to “fix” things by pushing Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws at the same time. I mean, that’s the only reasonable explanation, right? Right? Spoilers ahead.From Catwoman #1:
Yes, that is Catwoman having sex with Batman. You know, that thing that those people who really wanted to see used to have to go online and search for? Now it’s right there in the comics themselves! Obviously, a victory for people with specific fetishes and limited imaginations and/or Google skills, because… Oh, come on: Do I really have to explain why this scene is completely gratuitous, demeaning to Catwoman as a character and as the star of her own book? Yes, she can hold it together while escaping her apartment being blown up and infiltrating and then escaping a Russian mob hangout after beating up some old guy who may or may not have been her pimp when she was younger, but she goes to pieces when a real man shows up because… oh, God. I can’t go on.
Meanwhile, over in Red Hood:
That’s right, fanboys! You liked it when Starfire wanted to jump into bed with Robin way back when they were in the New Teen Titans together? Well now she’s a sex-hungry warrior bimbo who not only can’t remember her ex-boyfriend, but can’t tell men apart so she’ll sleep with them all! That’s, uh, definitely the reboot that some people were potentially wanting to see! Maybe! Possibly.
Both issues have already attracted a lot of criticism online, and for good reason. These are just embarrassing, unnecessary scenes that reinforce the idea of superhero comics as an inherently misogynistic genre favored by uncomfortable boys with no idea of how to talk to women, and in both cases, they’re completely screwing up the cross-gender appeal of characters who actually have name recognition outside of the hardcore comic fanbase. Seriously, DC, these were just completely embarrassing, horrible moves. This is the best foot forward for selling these characters to a new audience? Honestly?