This week we’ll be sampling the critical perspectives of race, class, and gender to explore challenges to superhero representation. We begin with the paradoxes in depicting Black Superheroes (and thorny issues of comic book commodities) by reading about Milestone Comics’ ICON and DC’s ‘whitewashing RetCon‘ difficulties. [What happened to BET's Black Panther cartoon is surprising.] As we then explore readings about the race, class, and gender trouble (The 99?) in comics and other media, we’ll tackle the “Wonder Womyn Problem” of “Women in Refrigerators” for feminist critics and SuperMoms [not to mention Wonder Woman herself]. We’ll end the week discussing the GenderQueer superheroine in BATWOMAN: ELEGY and it’s praise and criticisms! How do these multicultural characters conform to and challenge superhero conventions as SuperAntiheroes? And the Final Essay discussed!
UPDATE: A post on the fate of the Wonder Woman TV pilot (and the collective sigh of relief from fans), and the never-ending battle over media representation continues as Pixar’s BRAVE sparks feminist debate and homophobic speculation!