It’s been more than a year since DC launched the New 52, and even before the re-launch occurred there was concern from fans that female creators and characters wouldn’t be fairly represented. Jim Lee and Dan DiDio responded by assuring readers that they were “committed to telling diverse stories with a diverse point of view. We want these adventures to resonate in the real world, reflecting the experiences of our diverse readership.” But fast-forward to now and activate 20/20 hind-sight vision, and it seems like the actual mandate for female characters is to show as much T&A as possible, proper anatomy be damned.
There are so many Catwoman images I could have included, the #0 cover being an obvious choice, but for me this splash page from Catwoman #1 is the ultimate in WTF?! Not only is her anatomy straight-up distorted, but she’s only half-dressed. Nothing adds to the challenge of diving out of a window amid a hail of gunfire like being only partially in to your skin-tight costume. I have to wonder if Guillem March has actually met a real woman.
Honestly, I’m not a big Green Lantern fan, so I didn’t even know who Fatality was until I noticed Tyler Kirkham and Batt trying to twist her in two on the cover of Green Lantern: New Guardians #1. Notice how Arkillo’s hand is positioned so that you don’t have to see how terribly twisted her mid-section is. And that’s not the only bone-snapping pose Fatality’s been forced into.
Starfire isn’t human, but I still don’t think she’s supposed to bend like that. Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 has already received a load of criticism for this scene, so I won’t linger on this too long, but if DC wanted to exploit Starfire’s sexuality to boost sales, the least Kenneth Rocafort could have done was give her some internal organs. [[Ed note: Remember how Starfire was a beloved addition of the Teen Titans cartoon aimed at little girls and boys? This hypersexualized fanservice is even creepier in context - Ariel]]
Barbara Gordon is a dancer and therefore pretty flexible, but I don’t understand why DC uses that flexibility as an excuse to constantly show us her crotch. On the cover of Batgirl #11, Ardian Syaf not only shows off Barbara’s flexibility by having her kick a bad guy over her head, but he gives her waist that extra little twist that always looks so comfortable.
In the first panel of this page, Marco To draws Huntress using her super-stretch power to kick a baddie in the face. That is one of her powers, right?
Those are my top 5. Feel free to share your picks in the comment section.