Series: Kill the Joke 2015

The Bloodied Vagina: Why the Batgirl Variant Cover is No Joke

Content Warning: Rape, Sexual Violence, discussion of the meat of bodies. Barbara Gordon is frozen and terrified to the point of tears by the man touching her. He points at her mouth, and he points a gun at her crotch. The mouth and the vagina have a long history of suggestive parallel; oral sex is called sex, but “manual sex”… isn’t. There is a red “smile” drawn on her face; it has dribbles, it looks like blood. I look at this picture and I think, “bloodied vagina.” Not a bloody vagina, or her bloody vagina, or specifically mine, or...

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Batgirl, The Killing Joke and Criticism

People much smarter than I have explained again and again why The Killing Joke‘s treatment of Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl is terrible. Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass has written a great piece about it. It’s a story that has nothing to do with her as an active character. She’s used as a tool to hurt the men in her life (her father, James Gordon, and Batman) by getting shot by the Joker which results in her paralysis from the waist down as well as being sexually abused (via sexual torture at best, sexual assualt at worst). This particular scene had been revisited as a flashback again and...

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That Batgirl Cover was Bad and DC Can Do Better

So that Batgirl/Joker variant cover got pulled, and that’s great. But it’s not enough. That variant cover was bad. Not because of the art; the artist, Rafael Albuquerque, executed it well, but I’m not going to include it in this post it here because of the content. It was the content that caused a stir across the comics community, from fans to professionals. Albuquerque handled the concerns the cover instigated in a very diplomatic fashion; he requested that DC cancel the variant. Much to the pleasure of the Batgirl creative team (and many others), DC acquiesced. Albuquerque stated: “My...

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I Like Rafael Albuquerque’s Joker Variant Batgirl Art

I really like Rafael Albuquerque’s Joker variant Batgirl art. Albuquerque expertly manages the shadow play in the piece, the casual aggression of the Joker juxtaposed against Batgirl’s terrified stiff body and her eyes, those evocative eyes, that manage to make the viewer an active participant in the piece, sharing Barbara’s horror. I’m a fan of sociopathic serial killer comic book titles; I survived the opening pages of Bedlam and I read Nailbiter, with a tiny voice in my head screaming go darker, go darker! I’m am also a fan of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, since it’s got my favorite...

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Badertorial Marketnope: The Cover That Should Not Have Been

DC Entertainment: We publish comic books about the greatest heroes in the world, and the most evil villains imaginable. The Joker variant covers for June are in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Joker. Regardless if fans like Rafael Albuquerque’s homage to Alan Moore’s THE KILLING JOKE graphic novel from 25 years ago, or find it inconsistent with the current tonality of the Batgirl books – threats of violence and harassment are wrong and have no place in comics or society. We stand by our creative talent, and per Rafael’s request, DC Comics will not publish the Batgirl...

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