Sep 6, 2013

Seriously DC? Treat your characters with a little respect.

DC Comics is slowly losing all respect from me. Earlier today DC Comics announced that they would be holding a talent search type contest for the upcoming Harley Quinn ongoing series. And they want the submission to draw her moments away from committing suicide. The official description is as follows:
PANEL 1

Harley is on top of a building, holding a large DETACHED cellphone tower in her hands as lightning is striking just about everywhere except her tower. She is looking at us like she cannot believe what she is doing. Beside herself. Not happy.

PANEL 2

Harley is sitting in an alligator pond, on a little island with a suit of raw chicken on, rolling her eyes like once again, she cannot believe where she has found herself. We see the alligators ignoring her.
PANEL 3

Harley is sitting in an open whale mouth, tickling the inside of the whale's mouth with a feather. She is ecstatic and happy, like this is the most fun ever.
PANEL 4

Harley sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death. Her expression is one of "oh well, guess that's it for me" and she has resigned herself to the moment that is going to happen.
Are you kidding me?! This is absolutely disgusting. First thing's first, we all know you aren't going to kill off one of your most popular and profitable characters. Second off, suicide shouldn't be glamorized, even if you are playing it off as 'humorous' as your writer suggests. Finally, I get that sex sells, but Harley doesn't need to be naked and oversexualized with strategically placed obstructions. Her costume has been getting smaller and smaller over the years, you aren't exactly leaving anything to the imagination. Also, if you are looking for fresh talent, maybe you shouldn't start off with something so risque right off the bat.