National Review / Digital
Comic-Book Liberalism
Movie studios move rightwardly away from their print sources
(DC Comics/Batwoman)


When the writers of the comic book Batwoman announced they were resigning from the series because the publisher, DC Comics, would not allow the titular character, a lesbian, to marry, the outrage against DC in the comic-book community was swift and fierce. Indeed, it was so vigorous that one of the writers, J. H. Williams III, felt compelled to tweet: “I’ve just been told that threats of violence have been issued toward individuals at DC comics. This is unacceptable. It needs to stop now.” The response was overheated and unwarranted (DC, which supported the sexuality of the character, simply has a blanket ban on any of its characters’ getting married), but not necessarily surprising. As the comic-book industry and its fans drift to the left, such outbursts are hardly isolated incidents.

For instance, earlier this year there was a flare-up when a (fictional) character held a (fictional) press conference in a comic book to ask the (fictional) media to stop referring to him as a mutant and instead call him by his name, “Alex.” Within the logic of the Marvel Comics universe, this comes across as a relatively reasonable request: For ages, “mutant” and its variant slurs like “mutie” have been synonymous with “monster.” What writer Rick Remender did not realize is that his commonsense notion violated the norms of the real-world Left.

October 14, 2013    |     Volume LXV, No. 19

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Mary Eberstadt reviews Writing from Left to Right: My Journey from Liberal to Conservative, by Michael Novak.
  • Kevin A. Hassett reviews The Growth Experiment Revisited: Why Lower, Simpler Taxes Really Are America’s Best Hope for Recovery, by Lawrence B. Lindsey.
  • Colin Dueck reviews Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan, by Henry R. Nau.
  • Theodore Dalrymple reviews American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed the Mental Illness Treatment System, by E. Fuller Torrey.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Drinking Buddies.
  • Richard Brookhiser discusses the wall of sound.
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