My mom spoke with my Aunt Mary yesterday and mentioned my blog to her. So there’s every chance she might well be reading this post. So in just in case… Hi Aunt Mary! I don’t actually spend all of my time talking about comic book women’s breasts. Honest.
And a few weeks ago.
And maybe again in a few weeks.
I really don’t plan these things in advance anymore.
Anyway, now that I’ve embarrassed myself in front of family members… AGAIN… Let’s talk Power Girl!
For perhaps a month, the comic book blogsphere has been a-buzzing about the below image, from the cover of JLA #10:
The main thrust of the whole thing is that more than a few bloggers think that the artist who drew this (one Michael Turner) might have gone a wee bit overboard in drawing Power Girl’s chest.
Really. Someone went overboard drawing Power Girl. I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you.
I considered talking about it when it first came up, but I didn’t think I had anything to add. Except maybe that if this had been my introduction to the character I wouldn’t be as as interested in the character as I am now. There is just something… off putting about her in that image. Not the breasts (though that was a part of it.) Something that I couldn’t quite quantify.
It came up every time I saw the picture, too. I’ve seen bad drawings of Power Girl before, drawings that I didn’t like, but nothing quite bothered me the same way as this one picture.
So yesterday, or this morning, or whatever, I was surfing, as is my wont, and I stumbled over an essay title that drew my attention: Obligatory Power Girl Boob Post. This, as you might have guessed, tickled my odd little sense of humor. First thought in my head was pretty much what I used as a title for this essay, “I didn’t know I had to talk about Power Girl’s boobs! My lord! I better rectify that posthaste!”
Typical Cullen humor. I tell my joke and the audience deafens me with their silence. Then comes the tar, the feathers, and the requests for me to sample a bit of Amontillado in a secluded cellar some place. Ah, my fans, my public! How long my life would be without you!
Back on subject. Obligatory Power Girl Boob Post explains what blogger Lisa Fortuner feels was wrong with Turner’s picture. Which, pruned by my inept editing, is:
She’s like a doll. A robot. The vacant look even implies she’s been turned off for the night…
…he took a vibrant, vital, impressive character — possibly the most lifelike woman in the DC Universe — stripped her of every character trait that made a difference, and reduced her to a pair of breasts.
And the light dawns. That’s exactly what’s been bothering me. There’s no personality there. No soul.
Just a drugged out look.
Sad, when you think about it. Sadder still to think that there will be “men” who’ll pick up the book because of that image.
Ah well, what the hell. Maybe I ought to work on my own figures before criticizing someone else’s work.
But you know what?
I think my Power Girl’s better than his…