Let’s Play Spot The Editor

Birds of Prey #109 spoilers, so skim down if you don’t want to know.

SPOILERS BEGIN
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Tony Bedard’s filling in for a couple of issues, and good for him. There are several things I love about this issue – Barda and Sin playing Pokemon, for example, which made my morning. Then there’s something I hate – the murder of Knockout – which is editorial mandate, not Bedard’s fault. GOD and/or DIDIO, could we keep both members of a non-same-sex couple alive? Just ONCE?

And then there’s this, which combines so much wrong and so much right in one panel:

Okay, let’s just count to ten while we reflect on the gorgeousness of Nicola Scott’s pencils.

Now, all together: What the FUCK? Shado is not Connor’s mother. Connor’s mother is a Korean-African-American woman named Moonday who has appeared in the comics many a time before. Oh dear God, please say this is a terrible writing error combined with a sleepy and overworked editor, not a post-Infinite-Crisis retcon? Because, while Connor kissing Daddy’s rapist is exceptionally gross, Connor kissing Daddy’s rapist (his mom) would break my fragile, girlish spirit.

But on the side of awesome, a DCU character, and Dinah, no less, acknowledges that Ollie was raped by Shado. And she used the specific word “rape” – not “forced him” or “didn’t ask him” – he was raped. Oh, Tony Bedard, I forgive you your glaring continuity error! You’ve fixed a persistent little misandrist/misogynist thorn in my side that went so long unacknowledged I thought no one would ever pull it out.

My fragile, girlish spirit is in transports of delight.

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END OF SPOILERS.

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2 Responses to “Let’s Play Spot The Editor”

  1. [...] Healey points out a positive aspect to the whole scene: But on the side of awesome, a DCU character, and Dinah, no less, acknowledges that Ollie was raped [...]

  2. [...] that shouldn’t be opaque at all. And I feel that I’ve said enough about why Shado (now canonically!) raping Ollie being characterized as a betrayal on his part is massively misandrist and [...]