Hey, wow this show makes me really angry! I keep watching it because… well, part of me really enjoys being angry about inconsequential things. Just hearing Kevin Smith say the word “Batman” makes my skin crawl. Ughh.
I feel like this show has a huge bias against women. Here’s how they’re portrayed in the most recent episode. I also ramble about how much I hate The Killing Joke!
First, this lady comes in:
Usually on this show, one woman comes in the store and the dudes who edit the show make her look bonkers. Also, they never want to buy any comic books for themselves. It’s for their manfriend. Women don’t read comics, you guys. That’s why the show is called Comic Book Men.
They make this seem even more apparent when this next lady comes in:
She wants to try and sell the comic book store some pretty neat superhero Barbie dolls. The guy who runs the store is like “What am I going to do with these toys dressed like popular superheroes? These are for girls! Girls don’t come in here, this is a comic book store!” That’s some Superman level dickery right there.
Then some guy brings in this stupid comic book by a sad, hermit wizard:
First off, this was published in 1988. Second, at the time Barbra Gordon was not Batgirl. Not even a little bit. Earlier in ’88 Babs hung up the cowl after finishing her final unsolved case and saving the costume for someone who could do a better job than she did.
Kevin Smith cries about the Joker shooting Batgirl.. but doesn’t really put it in context at all. The Joker bursts into Comissioner Gordon’s house and shoots the lady who answers the door. He doesn’t know she’s Batgirl, he’s the Joker and he shot someone to hurt Gordon. It’s some real F– writing from a crazy person!
Chadd is going to probably disagree with me really hard about this but: I feel like the new 52 would’ve been a great way to retcon it out of continuity. They could’ve been all like “Wow, when Barbra was suffering from a degenerative spine disorder, it was really great when she was Oralce! Thankfully stem cell therapy helped heal her and now she can Batgirl it up again!” That would’ve been some B+ buffalo-style writing from a human person with feelings.
Oh yeah, this happened too:
“Hey wow that guy’s tatts look so bad ass!” “We should all get tatts.” “We’d better ask our [groan] wives first. Those ladies are such a drag! Always putting a damper on out youthful fun!”