<sarcasm>Quick reminder that we have sixteen days left until President-Elect Donald J. Trump is sworn into office, replaces American democracy with a fascist regime, and creates a new deadly brand of reality television. Do you miss 2016 yet?</sarcasm>
As much as a hate going out on a low note, if 2016 seemed really crappy to you, then my pointing out that the movie versions of V For Vendetta (2006) and Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011) both indicated that this was the year where things went to hell in a handbasket with a new Great Depression in the U.S. and the St. Mary’s Virus epidemic continuing to wreak havoc in the U.K., respectively, probably won’t make you feel any better.
Sometimes, when you’re a superhero, even if you win a fight, you still lose.
Today’s Pyrrhic victory has been brought to you by Keep Your Hands Off My Daughter! Mother/Daughter Heroine Fight (ウチのムスメに手を出すな!－母娘ヒロイン奮闘す－/Uchi no Musume ni te o dasu na! Oyako hiroin funtou su) – Volume 1 (March 23, 2015) by Nozomu Tamaki.
Remember that one black sheep in the family who shows up for Christmas gatherings and makes things weird for everyone?
Today’s awkward holiday reunion has been sponsored by Gotham City Sirens #7 (February 2010) by Paul Dini, David Lopez, and Alvaro Lopez.
This is not a good day to be an inhabitant of Tokyo. 😦
Today’s somber vision of what might’ve been has been brought to you by Coppelion (コッペリオン/Kopperion) – Volume 1 (October 6, 2008) by Inoue Tomonori.
I generally try and avoid political commentary on this blog, but this is one of those rare occasions so facepalm-worthy that I feel the need to break that tradition.
A few days ago, Rose McGowan and the political correctness brigade began raising a stink about a billboard advertising the recently released movie X-Men: Apocalypse, where the eponymous villain is seen strangling Mystique.
The inevitable result of this brouhaha, following amplification by an enablist mainstream media whose representatives had nothing better to do that day, was a swift apology by 20th Century Fox and appeasement of the lunatic moralist pounding on their proverbial door.
So, what can we learn from all this? Well, ignoring the fact that choking has a fine tradition of usage by movie villains to illustrate just how gosh darn evil they are…
…the take home lesson from all this is whether or not intergender choking is sexist and promotes or normalizes gendered violence is entirely dependent upon the sexes of the choker and the chokee. How did I arrive at this conclusion? Simple.
Mystique’s been choking male victims with her hands, feet, and legs in X-Men movies for 16 years now, and no one’s ever complained about that. Hell, the power dynamic’s even the same in both situations, as Mystique’s as far above ordinary humans as Apocalypse is above her.
The critics are right about one thing, though: someone is being sexist here.
It just doesn’t happen to be the people they think.
Great power and great table manners don’t necessarily go hand in hand.
Today’s dinnertime disaster has been brought to you by Action Comics #266 (July 1960) by Jerry Siegel, Wayne Boring, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, and Stan Kaye.
The woman may be artificial, but the sting of rejection is real.
Today’s glimpse into the robotic dating scene has been brought to you by Astro City: Beautie #1 (April 2008) by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross.
One of these things is not like the others.
Today’s slip of the tongue comes to you from the pages of Justice League of America #44 (May 1966) by Gardner F. Fox, Mike Sekowsky, and Frank Giacoia.
Note to self: Keep Brainiac 5 away from dead bodies in the future.
This disturbing revelation has been brought to you by Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4 (June 2009) by Geoff Johns, George Pérez, and Scott Koblish.