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Monday, November 07, 2016 

Catwoman's been exploited for election propaganda

Even DC's not above forcing leftist propaganda into their own output, and Catwoman: Election Night is one example:
The writing is pretty lackluster here I found. The dialogue and narration isn’t particularly good, with awkward conversations and exchanges that don’t sound natural at all. The pacing and storytelling are weak, since the story is all over the place and barely takes time to build anything up. Characterization isn’t good either, with new characters having very little personality, and old characters just being very out of character. The political satire and commentary, however, is the weakest part of it all. It feels so forced and badly executed, lacking subtlety and almost yelling at you, “this person is a stand in for this person!” Penguin is used as a Donald Trump analogue, saying things Trump has said through the election (the wall part is particularly egregious), while Constance Hill represents Hillary, the person presented as good, but with a secret shady past. It’s so awkward how the story goes to equate all candidates are equally bad that no matter where you fall on the political belief spectrum, this story will just make you groan.
I'm sure they've done quite a job trying to hide their own leftism. But from what's explained here, I figure it's pretty apparent that Penguin, exploited as a stand-in for Trump, is presented as the worse lot, while the Hill character, as a Clinton stand-in, is presented as relatively better. It's bad when fictional heroes and their co-stars are misused, and equally so when supervillains wind up misused in similar situations.

This should serve as an example of how DC's no more immune to gratuitous politics than Marvel's become. And with a price of 5 dollars, that's one more reason why it'd be wiser to avoid this embarrassment. Even the Prez backup tale in this book sounds dismaying.

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