Can boobs and substance co-exist in comics?

This is the most you see of Catwoman’s face on the first page of Catwoman #1.

And this is just one of the shots of her cleavage on that same page.

And so you don’t feel shortchanged in the imaginary breasteses department, Catwoman’s apartment is also scattered with bras. (Finally, a character who really speaks to me!) The Catwoman reboot has come under a lot of fire for being so centered on Catwoman’s cleavage, but that really isn’t fair; it completely ignores how much attention is lavished on her pleather-clad ass.

And then there is Red Hood and the Outlaws, which features a re-imagining of the character Starfire, who, um, wears bikinis and blows stuff up, I guess? Oh, and she has sex with both of the main male characters.

DC Comics has been rolling out “The New 52” for a month now – reboots of classics that restart on issue #1, with a few new titles thrown in. They clearly expected to set the world of comics on fire, but not quite in the way they have in this case. Their bid for new readers – it’s a little easier to dive in at issue #1 than #437 – has hit a snag with some of the very readers they had hoped to attract.

New or returning female comic readers who pick up one of these two books first are likely to sigh, assume they’re in adolescent male fantasyland, and never come back. Starfire and Catwoman are pinups, but that’s really only part of the problem – the core of the problem is that they’re sexy and nothing else. Zippo.

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