So, we’ve reached the third issue. Let’s see that opening again!
As designed by a male writer and drawn by a male artist, which requires frequent boob shots and high heels.
North Am being literally Hitler.
If you like the Bechdel test, you hate men and want to kill black people for our robot overlords.
For the capstone, the next panel of the comic?
That’s right, the hovercamera is a guy. Wouldn’t want to accidentally have two women talking when it’s not a joke about how horrible that is.
Meanwhile, Magnus has been booking it.
Magnus: still a racist. Comic: still thinks this is funny because robots aren’t people.
Magnus’ new goal is to find “feral humans” in the hopes they have his robot dad’s brain, and kill everyone who stands in the way of that.
We then go to sad Hispanic(? Not good at guessing comic book races) woman robot.in a robot church, and then Ice Queen Bitch and Our Hero fall through the roof. He staggers away, she gives chase.
I’m sure glad her appearance has nothing at all to do with the male gaze. Aren’t you?
Anyway, in case you were confused about how if the bitch who didn’t blindly support every murder Our Hero’s committed was evil, she then tries to shoot innocent Hispanic woman robot.
See? says the writer. I totally put in women when they have a purpose. Like being sexy (in an independent way), or a victim.
Of course, it makes no sense that someone who just explained how it’s against the law for a human to take any action that would harm a robot would be about to shoot a robot, but it’s important to show how Our Hero isn’t just a random robot murderer. He won’t harm robots that aren’t attacking him…or saying he needs to do something…or standing between him and something he wants…
Point is, look, he saves this robot, therefore the fact he kills a dozen robots an issue isn’t racism.
Because the writer’s greatest skill is his subtlety, we then get an entire page of people reacting to how super awesome he is for helping out this robot.
Meanwhile, H8R is contacted by the church which apparently has Ice Bitch’s human dad as its head (although come to think of it, maybe he’s a human-looking robot?) telling him he can stay with the church without upgrading away from being a minstrelbot if he helps them track Our Hero.
But we do learn another women exists in the process. Sure, she’s PC Police miniHitler helping in the genocide of black robots and never actually appearing on panel, but we have to take what we can get in comics.
Oh fuck, right, women aren’t allowed to be pastors in most churches so this isn’t incidental representation, it’s “look how super ultra evil they are, they even let females be pastors”.
Still. We have to take what we can get in comics, and sometimes that means existing offscreen solely to show how evil the enemies are for including us.
Now, there’s nothing noteworthy about Mr. Aryan’s continued racism, but there’s another thing standing out here. Ethnic Victim Woman is a robot, who by nature outranks Ice Bitch the evil non-racist. Instead, she cowers meekly next to her white savior. I mean, otherwise we might have two women talking without it being the butt of a joke about how totally unrealistic that is! Even worse, Ethnic Victim Lady speaking up would remind us that we’re now in a world where non-white characters can exist beyond being jive-talking sidekicks but as actual important people who white people have to defer to.
Thank god we dodged the bullet there!
Join me next week for part two, Stupid Women Caring More About Not Being Raped And Murdered Than White Men’s Rights.