I’m a little behind on this one, but I was out of town on that legendary first Saturday in May, I didn’t get to make it to the comic shop till just last week to pick up my stuff, including the FCBD offerings (my comic retailer of choice is located some thirty miles from my place of residence, so I can’t just drop by on a whim, or justify the gasoline expenditure on a comics run if I don’t have some other business to attend to in the same neck of the woods), and I only got around to actually reading any of those offerings yesterday. Not that they aren’t a priority; I’ve just been busy. Writing articles before pleasure, right? That doesn’t mean I wasn’t looking forward to digging into the funnybooks first chance that presented itself. Was it worth the wait? Did the selections meet or exceed my expectations, or did they leave me disappointed?

I only grabbed the books being offered by Marvel and DC this year, with particular interest being paid to the Marvel books, as they set the stage for the next big Marvel “event” story, CIVIL WAR 2. I was a tad disappointed that DC didn’t do more to promote their own “event,” the REBIRTH going on over there this summer. As for Marvel, though, I was suitably wowed. THIS, I said to myself, is how you do FCBD right! Did you get YOUR free comic book this year?

A few years ago, I wrote and directed a play entitled THE AXE, a Horror/Comedy with a strong female lead and a heavy feminist bent. One of the nicest compliments I received afterwards was from an older lady who told me, “I can’t believe that was written by a MAN!” If it is possible, then, for a heterosexual male to be a feminist, I guess I am one. So it is as a feminist I want to speak to the ladies out there, the female geeks, who are upset over the “objectification” of Harley Quinn. I know that scene in the trailer where Harley’s bending over and the camera all but zooms-in on her ass has got plenty of you steamed. Unfortunately, the sexual objectification of women has been going on for as long as there have been women, and men to lust after them.

All those Renaissance paintings of nude females? That’s objectification. Hell, when that Cro-Magnon was carving the Venus of Willendorf, HE was objectifying the female body! Men are ALWAYS going to look at women as sex objects. It’s simple biological programming. As I have said before, all men are pigs. Some are just domesticated and make nice pets. And just because we like looking at Harley in hotpants doesn’t mean we can’t also respect her. If, that is, she deserved respect. Since she’s a serial killer, she probably doesn’t. Now Black Widow on the other hand, in her skintight black leather… What was I saying?

source: www.flickeringmyth.com

And here, brothers and sisters, is tangible proof, not that anyone should need any by this point, that you should never accept ANYthing you read on the Internet at face value. Anything can be spun in just the right way to make it say, or seem to say, whatever the “poster” wants it to say. In a world where everything is clickbait and there is no moral compunction, at all, towards honesty or even journalistic integrity, even from the “professional” news sites, you need much more than a grain of salt to take with your daily dosage of “news” or “facts.” Check out this article at the link below. It announces that CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR opened to lower numbers than did BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, and goes on to extrapolate from that how CIVIL WAR was destined to be a failure. This was on Friday last.

Was the article correct? CIVIL WAR had the fifth biggest opening in box office history, the biggest by far of any movie this year, bigger than IRON MAN 3, way bigger than the previous two Captain America films, and is tracking to be the first movie this year to top the billion dollar mark during its theatrical run, something few films EVER manage, so what do you think? What’s the lesson to be learned from this? Numbers don’t lie, but numbers can be MADE to lie. Or, to put it another way, the spin masters are so insidious that they can shovel bullshit with such effectiveness that only the truly astute will even smell it. Or, in more succinct terms, if it’s on the Internet, it’s probably a lie.

Now somebody tell me again how BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN was a box office “failure” or all the ways in which the new take on Spider-Man gets it wrong.

source: www.showbiz411.com