Before getting to this week’s question I want to give you guys and gals a little bit of a set up for it. Yesterday friend of the CCW, JohnnyHorror, left the following comment on a post:
Hey, Jose. I was talkn’ to the owner of one of the comic shops I frequent and noticed that the number of “Batwoman in Detective Comics” was kinda light.
When I asked him why, he said because a number of his subscribers didn’t like it. Apparently, they have no problem with the art or story (for the most part) but feel that a Lesbian Superhero is being shoved down their throats for shock value.
I recall you saying it wasn’t selling well in an earlier video. So what is the take from fans over your way???
Which now lead me to this week’s two-part question:
Are you currently buying Detective Comics? If yes, why do you buy it? If no, why aren’t you buying it?
To first answer JohnnyHorror’s question: Yes, overall sales of the title have gone down. But at the store I work at sales are still strong. We have increased our initial orders for each of the first 4 issues featuring Batwoman. Even with our increased orders we will still most likely sell out of the new issue in the next couple of days and will place a reorder on Monday.
As as for the comment that the shop owner Johnny talked to made: I have absolutely no fucking idea how anyone can think that DC “is shoving a lesbian superhero down their throats for shock value.” This to me just sounds like complete ignorance or just outright homophobia coming from fanboys. How is DC shoving Batwoman down their throats? How is it all about shock value? Did fanboys just have enough when in the last issue Kate Kane wore a tuxedo and then…GASP…danced with a woman? Oh, horror of horrors. Greg Rucka has handled the Batwoman character and her story with the utmost respect and dignity and at no point has he gone out of his way to push the fact the Kate Kane is a lesbian into the faces of fanboys.
Now for my answer to this week’s question: Yes, I buy Detective Comics. I buy it because, as a total package, this is what comic books should be. Intelligent writing, beyond beautiful art, a strong willed protagonist with morals, compassion and a sense of duty. These are the qualities of the book I cherish. Now, if fanboys can’t enjoy any of these things for the simple reason the the character is a lesbian then those fanboys have some serious personal issues.
Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III, Dave Stewart and the rest of the people who work on this book will probably have quite a few awards headed their way next year for I truly believe that Detective Comics will undoubtedly be seen as the best comic book of the year by those who matter.