Gail-Simon

Here is the thing. The old guard in comics are comfortable with feminism mostly under very strict guidelines. It has to be palatable to them. They are VERY comfortable with characters who spout faux female empowerment slogans while wearing skin-tight rubber bands or whatever. They are comfortable with characters who say GIRL POWER loudly, as long as they don’t actually accomplish anything or overshadow the hero. And now they are comfortable with super adorable little pixie heroines, because they wrongly believe they pose no threat to the status quo. But when female characters actually act with agency and are immune to being tut-tutted, there is still a lot of pushback. HOWEVER! I think the audience has moved past this, mostly. I think the audience is ahead of the industry.

THIS IS MY BANE

BANE WHO TREATS PRISONERS WITH HUMAN DECENCY

BANE WHO LOVES SCANDAL SAVAGE LIKE A DAUGHTER AND TRIES TO TREAT HER LIKE A DECENT FATHER WOULD (ALSO BANE UR ADORABLE AS FUCK)

BUT ADORABLENESS ASIDE HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT SHE NEEDS AND IS EXTREMELY KIND

AND HE IS FIERCELY LOYAL LIKE DON’T EVEN SAY SOMETHING BAD ABOUT SOMEONE HE CARES ABOUT

LIKE WHEN BANE LOVES YOU HE ISN’T FUCKING AROUND

ALSO STRAIGHT UP TURNS AGAINST A JOB THEY WERE HIRED TO DO BECAUSE BANE KNOWS THAT SLAVERY IS IMMORAL AND HE MURDERED THE SHIT OUT OF THE SLAVERS

ALSO WHEN BATMAN DIED HE AND CATMAN PATROLELD GOTHAM OUT OF RESPECT FOR BATMAN AND BANE TRIED TO SING A LITTLE GIRL THEY JUST RESCUED A LULLABY

YOU MUFFIN

AND THEN HOW HE IS TRYING TO QUIT VENOM. MOST HEARTBREAKING OF ALL BANE HATES THE VENOM

BUT TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE HE LOVES

HE FUCKING TAKES THE VENOM AND GOES NUTS. HE STRUGGLES WITH THAT ADDICTION

AND HE IS JUST SAD WHEN SCANDAL

FUCKING TAKES THE VENOM INSTEAD TO PROTECT HIM

HE IS A BRILLIANT LOYAL CARING STRATEGIST

THIS IS MY BANE

THIS IS MY BANE

“THEY DIE OR YOU DIE”

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Batgirl: Futures End

“You rely too much on your weapons.”

“You haven’t lived until you’ve covered two sketchy dudes in goop, Cass. I know what I said, okay? Sheesh.”

This – I live for this. My two favorite friends from comics, together, bantering – and they sound like the old friends who have known each other for years, just like I loved them in the old continuity. It’s such a funny moment but also such an adoring moment. 

It’s great.