Those two piles of pain, snark, passion and confidence were made for each other. They know each other so well that they can get under the other’s skin at the drop of a hat. They burn bright, all the time. Their relationship literally explodes in their face over and over and over and over and over again and yet they just can’t seem to stay away.
And you’d think this’d be some unhealthy thing, right? That they’re both doing the same self-destructive thing because its routine and they’re stuck in a rut and don’t want to be alone? Well, it’s not. They’ve had long-term relationships that weren’t the other. Renee had Dee for, what, almost four years? Kate had Mags for…about one? Timeline is weird on that.
Point being, it’s impossible not to write those two in the same room without it being just…heat rising from the asphalt levels of sexual tension. And if said tension is resolved, holy shit are they just…in sync. Like, if they slowed down for maybe two seconds they’d be on Korrasami-levels of synchronization.
But really, at the end of the day, when it’s all gone to shit and the world’s ending…Renee’s the one who deals with the hell instead of being consumed by it, same with Kate. They don’t know how to stop.
For God’s sake, they don’t know how to die. They’re both too intersectionalist and too deeply entrenched in continuity to be killed off. Put on the shelf, like with Renee for a while? Yeah. But dead? Pbbbth. No.
Oh boy, okay. This is complicated. I mean it’s basically the first and only real and healthy relationship Kate’s ever had (you think she had one of those on her years long booze-cruise?) so that’s kind of huge for her. So this one’s 9, easily.
Maggie is stable. Maggie does not allow Kate to wallow in her crap or play the martyr. And Kate desperately needs that. Maggie needs somebody more passionate than she is, more outgoing. Otherwise, the only thing she’d do is work till she’s dead and be as good a mom as she can be. So they make sense. But that’s the thing about Kate and Mags.
They make sense…but not the most sense.
They can’t ever be a 10, and it’s not because DC Editorial fucked it all up. It’s because Renee Montoya exists. See, when shit gets bad, and I mean end-of-the-world bad, Maggie isn’t the woman you want in that narrative spot.
Due to recent events, I lost a ton of inspiration and motivation. Thankfully, working on commissions and this fun series helped me get centered again and ready for whatever may come in the new week. Also, for anyone wondering, Barbara’s suit is based on the Young Justice one. SEASON 3 IS COMIIIING
This mostly wraps up the main set, but I maaaay have got some more on the way…
It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here!! I am so excited and proud to announce that the release of the “Love is Love” graphic novel is tomorrow, 12/28, and we have plenty at the Gamer’s Gambit!
The graphic novel was created through the joint efforts of IDW Publishing and DC Comics in order to support the survivors and honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting that happened earlier this year. Containing stories by multiple artists and writers such as Jim Lee, Gail Simone, Patton Oswald, and many more, the graphic novel is a collection of stories and reactions that were felt across the world as the news of this horrific hate crime broke.
I had to hold back tears as I flipped through this book; on one hand we see the reactions from characters as they watch the news unfold about the attack on the LGBT community. We see the sadness, the anger, the confusion as to how one human being could twist themselves around such hatred and let it consume them. And then, through other pages, we are treated to vibrant and beautiful colours featuring couples finding strength, family members accepting those who take a brave step and come out to them, a resurgence of love that refuses to simply break down and let anger taint everything. We see the faces of heroes and villains we know and love–Harley and Ivy, Batman, Batwoman, the Lantern Corps–reach out to help us find the power we’ve always had inside us. The power to push back. The power to love and keep loving.
All proceeds from “Love is Love” will go to the families of the victims and the survivors via Equality Florida.
To quote a page of “Love is Love” that resonates with me personally: “Keep creating your art. Tell your stories and celebrate life. Because that’s how we beat this thing…”