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      I don't know, dude.  

      It's not like Marvel are immune to gross oversexualisation either - for instance, this cover is less than a year old:

      Meanwhile, DC have consistently launched and maintained more female-led titles than Marvel, not just since the reboot, but...over a really long period of time.  

      There are valid concerns about some of the origin changes to Azzarello's version of Wonder Woman, but she is drawn in a way that is entirely non-sexual.  The writer responsible for the Catwoman debacle left after issue twelve (though, while I LOATHE what they did to Starfire and Amanda Waller, I never quite agreed with the Catwoman criticism).  Since then it's been written by a woman and has featured more lighthearted, surrealistic, wacky adventures, but no one pays it any attention and so the majority of the internet goes about assuming that the above is an accurate representation of what her comic is like now.  

      Katana - a comic about a woman of colour, written by a woman, wearing practical armour - ran for 12 issues even though by the end it was selling about half of what Marvel's female-led titles were selling by the time they got cancelled.  

      About two years ago, Marvel cancelled every single one of their female-led comics and since then, the only one they've managed to run for longer than 12 issues is Captain Marvel, which managed 17 before the decision to cancel and relaunch it to try and boost sales.  

      Marvel have an entrenched, proven problem when it comes to maintaining female-led books.  DC are currently running about two-thirds of their usual line-up, they're way underpublishing monthly titles, and they STILL currently have more female-led books than Marvel.

      I TOTALLY agree with one of the commenters above that their recent book launches show that they're trying to do something about that and that's freaking AWESOME.  Ms Marvel is one of the best comic books I've read in a very long time, and I'm so, so, so grateful the sales make it look like it may be commercially viable and stick around for more than a year.  

      But as fans, I really think there's a tendency to laud Marvel for what it gets right and to destroy DC for what it gets wrong, even though both companies do both things.  

      That's not going to get us a good conversation or improvement.  

      DC screwed up Amanda Waller.  DC did something really neat with Helena Bertinelli.  DC deserve to be punched for Starfire.  DC deserve praise for trying something like the Movement and giving it extra issues to wrap up its story even though no one bought it.  

      DC's track record since the New 52 is exactly what it's always been: mixed.  

      David Finch's comments do not fill me with optimism.  On the other hand Meredith Finch (whose voice is mysteriously absent from almost all of these articles, though this is at least one that acknowledges her existence as the primary writer) explicitly acknowledged Wonder Woman's role as a female icon as formative for millions of women, herself included.  

      I'm nervous: she's an inexperienced writer.  I do not like David Finch's art.  I find it exploitative.  As I said, I strongly agree with most of this article.  

      But I do genuinely worry that in our haste to create a MarvelGood/DCBad paradigm we lose things in the noise.  

      No one's talking about the fact DC put a woman on the book.  We're all busy paying attention to her more famous husband, because that fits a narrative that's familiar to us.  

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