I freely admit I’m cheating here, because there are enough horrible things in my life right now, so I’m just going to forward you on to Irena Dubrovna’s Review of Marvel Divas and post a few of the more quotable bits here.
First, I’d like to thank her for taking one for the team by reading and reviewing Divas, especially considering her view that it is, indeed, “worse than even I could have imagined, and no, I’m not exaggerating.” I thank her from the bottom of my coal black little heart for providing me with an excuse not to read this tripe.
This quote in particular made my laugh in all my bitter and jaded cynicism:
“I would like to express my condolences to whoever the poor shmuck is currently being forced to watch the entire first season of Sex and the City on DVD. No, really, let’s cover every minute plot intricacy that was borrowed from everyone’s favourite TV show (and by “everyone” I mean everyone with a vagina and/or Ryan Seacrest).”
You know, when the powers that be at Marvel called it like Sex and the City, I don’t think anyone expected such a blatant ripping off. Irena goes through and lists all the similarities, and they are many and disappointing. And Superheroine Speed-Dating? Really? Really?
And, as we saw with the demise of DC’s Minx line, when women don’t clamour for more of this re-hashed pap gussied up as “Girl Power” the leadership at Marvel is going to crow all about how they gave us what we wanted, and we didn’t buy it so phooey on us. You know they will. And when we say, “Yes, but that isn’t what we asked you for,” they will stick their fingers in their ears and sing “La la la la la la can’t hear you!” while they go racing off for the cootie-spray, lest they be polluted by our overwhelming and irrational estrogen.
Thank you, Irena, for reviewing this. I’m just not brave enough to do myself. Everyone go give her props for biting this particularly phallic bullet for us.
And the one positive review: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=1168 By a guy, of course.