Lex Luthor to join the Justice League

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Every now and then, something happens that reminds me why I don’t read current superhero comics anymore. Something is about to happen in the so-called New 52 universe that makes me wonder if the editors at DC Comics have been spending their days snorting horse tranquilizers. Considering the fact that DC Comics is moving its offices from New York, one of the greatest metropolitan cities in the world, to Burbank, not one of the greatest metropolitan cities in the world, can anyone really blame them if they abused veterinary pharmaceuticals?

I don’t think so.

In Justice League #30, Lex Luthor is joining the Justice League.

Lex Luthor is the world’s greatest villain. It says so right on the cover of Superman #292. It’s a known fact that they can’t claim something on the cover of a comic book unless it’s true. How can the world’s greatest villain join the Justice League, one of the greatest fictional crime fighting organizations in the world? It’s like Osama bin Laden joining SEAL Team 6 or Jimmy Buffett joining Soundgarden.

Evidently Captain Cold is also joining the Justice League, but that doesn’t seem as stupid as me as adding Lex Luthor. Most non-comic book reading people, in other words, normal people, don’t know who Captain Cold is. The same cannot be said about Lex Luthor. He’s a well-known character once played by Gene Hackman in a Superman movie that didn’t suck.

Lex Luthor is a bad guy, not a hero. He always has been, and in my mind, he always will be. I wont be reading Justice League #30, but then again, I wasn’t going to be reading it anyway, so I guess it doesn’t matter.

Scott Lobdell talks about the sexplotation of Starfire in a teen comic book

Comic book writer Scott Lobdell answered questions posed to him by readers of Comic Vine, a comic book blog. One of the questions asked pertained to the handling of Starfire, an orange skinned space alien with some rather unique views about sex. From Comic Vine:

I think what HAS surprised me the most is the vulgar tone of the comments I’ve read. When I hear people calling Starfire a “slut” or a “whore” or a “sex toy” it makes me sick to my stomach, honestly. I don’t think a person (man or woman) gets to define someone else’s sexuality and certainly not in such derogatory and dismissive terms. The notion that people genuinely believe they are staking the moral high ground in what they believe is their defense of Kori, by using such dehumanizing language is otherworldly to me.

I don’t think anyone is calling Starfire, a fictitious comic book character from an alien world, a slut, a whore, or a sex toy. On the contrary, I think what they are saying is that she is being unnecessarily portrayed that way by Lobdell in a book about teenage superheroes.

There is a difference.

In the first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws, we see Starfire proposition a male team member she barely knows for promiscuous sex. She makes it quite clear that if he doesn’t have sex with her, she will just go ask a random stranger. As they leave to go to his room, she makes it crystal clear that love has nothing to do with what they are about to do.

Red Hood and the Outlaws is rated for teens. According the DC rating system, a book rated for teens is appropriate for readers age 12 and older and may contain mild violence, language and/or suggestive themes. I’m not sure how this book fits within this rating. This book is more than suggestive. It’s not alluding to promiscuous sex outside a committed relationship, it’s clearly portraying it.

In my opinion, asking an adult to understand Starfire and her views on sex, is asking too much. How is a 12-year supposed to read this book and understand Starfire and her views on sex?

After reading the first issue of this series, it’s clear to me that this book is not for me. The problem is, I honestly can’t figure out who the intended reader is.