Date: 2016-04-16 11:09 am (UTC)
captainbellman: It Was A Boojum... (Default)
From: [personal profile] captainbellman
That reality looks like something created in the hazy, sweaty depths of a hardcore MRA.

Date: 2016-04-16 01:26 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Robin oh THIS is going to end well)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Subtle, it aint...

Date: 2016-04-16 05:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] servant_iskandar
Er... I'd rather look at this within the context of Van Lente's whole run on Hercules - incidentally, there are several posts about it on s_d - and not as a separate piece (also, see the previous excerpt about how the "wishes" of other characters were handled).

It isn't subtle because it's intentional; intentionally camp, that is, with an extra dosage of campy on top, and even then reality is "restored" through the actions of powerful women - sure, Herc is there, but it's Delphine's time to shine, and it leads to a better resolution for Amazonia.

The same comic also gave us some pretty strong female characters such as Athena, helped to further cement a person of color (Cho, who's currently running around as the Hulk) as an important character in the Marvel Universe, and didn't shy away from topics such as the traditional relationship between hero and steward in greek myth (the eroumenos concept).

Also, those scenes with Janet and Uncle Ben in the afterlife. And Kid Zeus.
Edited Date: 2016-04-16 05:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-04-16 06:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Sorry, I should have made it clearer I was aware of the context, it just reminded me of, of all things, and old Two Ronnies comedy serial "The Worm that Turned", but with added superheroes.

Date: 2016-04-16 01:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redmagpie
My favourite part is Emma having a more covered up costume. FEMINISM HAS TAKEN AWAY THE FANSERVICE!!!!!!

Date: 2016-04-16 01:48 pm (UTC)
captainbellman: It Was A Boojum... (Default)
From: [personal profile] captainbellman

Date: 2016-04-17 07:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch

Date: 2016-04-16 01:49 pm (UTC)
captainbellman: It Was A Boojum... (Default)
From: [personal profile] captainbellman
Also, wouldn't the male form of the name Pandora be Pandorus?

Date: 2016-04-16 05:20 pm (UTC)
servant_iskandar: (Default)
From: [personal profile] servant_iskandar
I'd rather say it would amount to something like Pandoros, but Marvel's very hands-on with Greek and Latin anyway.
I think the choice's just another small in-joke, since "Pandoro" is also a typical Christmas dish (alongside panettone) that's fairly popular in Italy:

Edited Date: 2016-04-16 05:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-04-16 03:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lordultimus
Couldn't Emma just put Laura to sleep before she could slice her throat?

Date: 2016-04-16 03:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burkeonthesly
You'd think. Or since her Phoenix powers seem to include telekinesis, putting a barrier around herself and pushing it out.

Date: 2016-04-16 06:50 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I suspect that Laura would be sensitive to psychic influence and all it would take is a small twitch of her hand to kill Emma outright, and Emma isn't prepared to take that chance.

Date: 2016-04-17 08:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yvonmukluk
I really like Laura's costume here.

Although, yeah...the gender politics and not-at-all subtle jabs at Wonder Woman are pretty iffy. Even if it's meant to be a parody, it's still remarkably close to what...certain people think about feminism.
It's just missing a Spider-Gwen in the background screaming 'outrage!'
Edited Date: 2016-04-17 08:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-04-17 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
I'm not offended by it, just kinda bored. The first sci-fi gynocracy I saw was in an episode of He-Man from the early 1980s. The fact that real-life people actually take seriously what He-Man once took for granted that children would know was fantasy is kind of depressing, but it doesn't make the idea any fresher.


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