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"I also hope that when people read ‘Avengers Finale,’ they’ll see the love and care, which’ll help them appreciate the story and they’ll see it was done with the utmost love and respect." - Brian Michael Bendis

All the destruction in “Disassembled” was a product of the Scarlet Witch’s resentment over the fact that she had lost her children (who never actually, really existed in the first place), and she blames the Avengers for this tragedy. Why? We’re never clearly told, though it’s indicated that she resents the Avengers for keeping the tragedy secret from her. But why, exactly, she now deems all these heroes—who she’s previously saved the world with, lived with, laughed with—worthy of death is really still a mystery. What we can see is an antiquated stereotype that a woman’s logic will always be undermined by her child-bearing nature. Here is the Scarlet Witch, a weathered warrior, a proven hero, yet she spins out of control because her innate animal instincts as a mother smother all reason. She’d rather destroy long-time friends than ask that they explain themselves. Evidently, her maternal needs outweigh all to which her life has been previously devoted—goodness, friendship, redemption, love. How does this make sense? Well, we are told by Doctor Strange that the Scarlet Witch never really had proper control over her magic and, as a result, her sanity has been slowly compromised by her unruly power. And, here, again, is two tired, misogynistic messages: that a woman can’t control herself and that a woman in a position of power always leads to disaster. You can find these themes in many pre-feminist writings, yet it was commonly thought that perhaps we had put these themes to rest, now that women hold top corporate, political, and other such powerful positions across the world. Yet, Marvel must be a few decades behind in feminist theory. More embarrassing, Marvel must also be a few decades behind in their own continuity, seeing as the Scarlet Witch has been learning and mastering her powers over the past 40 years. After all, readers actually watched her training, something rarely seen with other heroes. Yet, this woman is still out of control? What’s worse—she now needs to be de-powered, forced into her rightful place by a man, a sorcerer supreme. - The Problem of the Scarlet Witch: When Bad Girls Go Good, but Not for Good

Story By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: David Finch


WARNING for sexism and aggressive exposition dumping.

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In 2012, AXE released Anarchy - the brand's first male/female paired fragrance. We knew that as soon as both genders had the AXE effect, chaos was inevitable. The only challenge was bringing this anarchy to life online for a demographic that's increasingly hard to engage. Our solution was to do more than just involve consumers - we decided to create the campaign with them. To do this, we embraced a genre that has fueled fantasies for decades and then reinvented it for a generation raised on the real-time web. Anarchy: The Graphic Novel was written by - and starring - its readers. - Press Release from Razorteeth

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Franchesco


Oh boy, have I uncovered something special today folks.



This was released to the public for free back in 2012 for all to read, enjoy, and download in PDF form. The site that hosted it no longer exists today though. So, it's lost to time except for what little I actually have.

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"You get this strange idea from people who do a surface reading of what McKelvie and I do that it’s somehow pandering, when really what we do is tough as balls on our cast (and readers and ourselves). It’s the sort of reading which assumes that Young Avengers is about Evil Parents went it’s actually about Teenagers Fucking-Up And Eventually Realising It And Owning It. WicDiv is about fandom in many ways, but it’s not a complimentary portrait." -- Kieron Gillen

Trigger Warning: Misogyny, rape threats

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The first issue of the Mad Max Fury Road comic, detailing the backstory of the Five Wives and Furiosa's involvement (though not much on her actual back story despite the title). If you've watched the movie, you know what to expect, but massive warning for rape as a subject matter. Also a warning of a semi-graphic attempted abortion scene.

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So a recent Sneak Peak of Justice League 3001 showed that Guy Gardner (or maybe his clone) is female now. As you can see from this cover, this wasn't the first time he's been genderbent, so I thought I'd put in a few scans of the time the villain Dementor helped Guy get in touch with his feminine side.
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The audience's attitudes towards certain subjects change as time progresses, so what might seem harmless or even amusing to a past audience comes across as offensive or even creepy by one of today! So, I thought that I'd gather up a few for your perusal.*

*Note: This isn't meant to make light of what they're doing or who they're doing it to, but rather pointing out how unpleasant and strange it is that SUPERHEROES are the ones doing it.
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