Last week’s Red Hood and the Outlaws #1, in tandem with Catwoman #1, caused all sorts of controversy across the comic book Internet, from this very blog to ComicsAlliance and beyond. DC Comics has finally acknowledged at least part of the issue — Starfire’s hypersexual portrayal in Red Hood — on their official Twitter account. Here’s what they had to say:
We’ve heard what’s being said about Starfire today and we appreciate the dialogue on this topic.We encourage people to pay attention to the ratings when picking out any books to read themselves or for their children.
This appears to quite clearly be a direct response to “A 7-year-old girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire,” a blog post that appeared yesterday on i09 where author Michele Lee detailed her daughter’s response to Starfire’s portrayal in the comic. Though those tweets don’t address the main complaint raised by readers and critics — the perceived objectification of women — it’s at least a sign that DC’s public relations department isn’t turning a completely blind eye to the issue.
Red Hood and the Outlaws #1, by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Kenneth Rocafort, debuted last week as part of DC’s “The New 52″ relaunch. In the comic, Starfire, a mainstay Teen Titan since 1980, was depicted as an amnesiac drawn to emotionless sex.