Dear DC Comics,
Since you are my favorite comic book publisher, I am so excited that your risky decision to reboot 52 of your comic book titles seems to be paying off.
I haven't been in a comic-book store in a while—and not just because I have been told "the nail salon is next door" once too often, or because DC Entertainment agreed to replace a super guy from Iowa with one from Britain to play my favorite character. I haven't been to one in a while because, well, let's face it: your medium has been hit-or-miss for some time.
However, I applauded your initiative to simplify your storytelling, and hoped it might re-center on the moral drama of priority-setting, the often competitive brute and moral strength, choice, and consequence. After all, those qualities got me hooked on superhero stories in the first place, and it's those kinds of character dilemmas that I have most enjoyed dissecting with other fans.
For this, I would celebrate your success wholeheartedly—if it weren't for a controversy triggered by the reboot of several of your female characters, in particular, the alien Starfire.
Fantasy author Michele Lee asked her 7-year-old daughter how she felt about the revamped Starfire. Here's a snippet of their conversation, one you've apparently caught wind of:
Daughter: "Well, she's not fighting anyone. And not talking to anyone really. She's just almost naked and posing."
Lee: "Do you think this Starfire is a good hero?"
Daughter: "Not really."
Lee: "Do you think the Starfire from the Teen Titans cartoon is a good role model?"
Daughter: immediately "Oh yes. She's a great role model. She tells people they can be good friends and super powerful and fight for good."
Lee: "Do you think the Starfire in the Teen Titans comic ...1
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