Dynamite Comics Redesigns Characters for “Functional Combat Readiness”
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Bad‐ass Babes Beclothed
Dynamite Entertainment owns three of the most bad ass — and sexiest — heroines in comics: Vampirella, Red Sonja, and Dejah Thoris. I’ll even pay them what I consider to be the highest of compliments. These warrior women are classic fightin’ females in the Heavy Metal cover‐girl tradition.
Recently Dynamite Entertainment announced that all three characters will sport new looks come January. Let us cut to the chase. Vampirella’s improbable deep‐V swimsuit — gone. Red Sonja’s chainmail bikini — gone. Dejah Thoris’ skimpy chains‐n‐pasties outfit — gone. All Gone.
That’s half the reason why people bother with these characters. I’ll be real about it; do you see many women give a shit about these characters? And of the ones who are interested in them, do you assume all of these other women don’t also enjoy sexy women as well? In Dejah Thoris’ case, her appearance is plot relevant. Pretty much everyone on Mars is scantily clad. Mars is hot as hell; can you blame them? All these looks are iconic, and these costumes seem to be changing just to pander to political correctness fanatics who don’t even read these books.
This is my main gripe with these social justice adherents. They are pushing for more modest clothing under the excuse of being “realistic.” But this kind of fiction isn’t realistic in the first place, but we all know this is just an excuse to push an agenda in the name of “inclusiveness.” Some want to turn everything beautiful into a mediocre stagnant mess; to make themselves or the fellow adherents of this ideology more comfortable. When they mean to make things more welcome to women, they mean more welcoming to their kind of women; no one else. Never mind that women can find scantily clad female characters just as appealing. No, apparently it’s just appealing to straight while males living in basements.
Artist Nicola Scott said in the press release, “[She] designed the new look for these iconic characters, blending classic costume elements with the functional, action‐ready designs that modern and diverse audiences long to see. ‘It’s an honor to reimagine these amazing, iconic women and be part of their ongoing legacy,’ Scott says.”
Heavymetal.com said, “Among fans, there is always resistance to change — but the redesigns of these costumes seem to signal a shift away from the heroines’ pinup legacy. This, we are pretty sure, will not go over well with quite a few people.”
Well lad. It’s quite more than a few people.
— CthulhuMango (@squidmango) October 6, 2015
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