Slut Shame

A woman says "I'm the Slut. I like to take off my clothes and do things." A baloon coming from off panel says "Uh... yes. Next."

OK, I knew that Before Watchmen was terrible — I wrote about it myself, and then there’s the Hooded Utilitarian’s two-part evisceration, but until I read this by Calamity Jon Morris, I didn’t realise just how utterly appalling it was.

I mean, as Jon points out, the whole “terrible superhero auditions” thing is a cliché anyway, but seriously? “I’m The Slut. I like to take off my clothes and do things.”

That’s something that a professional, Eisner-award-winning, comics writer thought would add to the most acclaimed work in his medium. Darwyn Cooke — a man who is, let us not forget, a grown adult, who has been out of school for. we must presume, several decades, thought Watchmen — a formal masterpiece based around themes of free will, predestination, power and responsibility — would have been better if there was a joke superhero who called herself “the Slut”.

Eisner award winning Darwyn Cooke there, ladies and gentlemen…

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2 Responses to Slut Shame

  1. Rex Kidd says:

    Tell me about it. I only read one of the Before Watchmen one-shots, and was repulsed, but that panel was actually sickening. And there’s no justifying it! It’s not a joke, and if it is it’s a really crappy one. Jeez, I don’t know what this guy’s going through with women, but… damn.

  2. Richard says:

    Well, I’d chosen not to bother with Before Watchmen but it looks like they are actually much much worse than I expected. Read Hooded Utilitarian’s two pieces last night and oh look “teh Evul Gays!” and “rape apology” (indeed whitewashing, or just pretending it didnt happen altogether) and “all she needed was a good man” spit barf vomit.

    If I understand this right, he exhonerates the (rapist and murderer) Comedian and paints Hooded Justice as a big gay villain. Hooded Justince isn’t bad because he fails to live up to the superhero ideal (straight man defeating “proper” crime), but because he dresses up as a hangman and beats the living cr@p out of people! The Comedian isn’t a victim of circumstance – he’s a victim of being a superhero and of the total lack of restraints on his machismo that goes with it.

    Frankly, given an author who seems to so misunderstand what Moore and Gibbons Watchmen was about I’m revolted but unsurprised that he would feel that what Watchmen needs most is more Fnarr Fnarr “jokes”.

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