The cover to Red Hood and the Outlaws #2, one of DC’s New 52 dropped on Monday, and here is the cover:
I actually don’t like to blog about Starfire because opinions about her are so incredibly divided. There is a faction of women who find her character extremely empowering, and a faction who find her problematic, and worthy of the most impressive of eye rolls.
While her costume was one of the most revealing superhero costumes in the DCU before:
I feel like her new duds waltz over the line of “Well, I guess it could be worse” to “Oh…oh, it’s worse,” and I think that’s something both sides of the Starfire argument can agree on. I’m just so baffled! What is holding up those…whatever they are that are covering her nipples?
The other worrisome part of costumes like this is DC catering to what they assume their 18-34 year old male fanbase wants. when there are plenty of them who look at something like that, and are just as weirded out as any woman would be. It’s the idea that these readers would rather have tits than plot, and it’s very often not true.
I would also like to note that I sent a question through my employer to DC’s senior vice president of sales, Mr. Bob Wayne, asking why DC is marketing toward an audience they seem to already have, and why marketing to expand their female audience isn’t a higher priority. It’s been a couple of weeks, and I’ve heard nothing back. I’d like to think that Mr. Wayne is just a very busy man, but I have the sinking feeling that he just may not have an answer to my question, especially after getting a load of Starfire’s new look.