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Wednesday, August 11, 2021 

An early Slott story that's not bound to be good for kids

J. Caleb Mozzocco wrote in School Library Journal about a new compilation titled Justice League Unlimited: Girl Power, using a slang common in 1990s marketing, whose material comes from some cartoon adaptations in the early 2000s (JL Unlimited from 2001-06), and one of the tales was written by Dan Slott, in one of his early assignments. It sounds very problematic:
The final story included is “World War of the Sexes,” written by Dan Slott (who has since gone on to become one of Marvel’s most prominent writers) and drawn by Min S. Ku and Rob Leigh. This story features the full, original cartoon League line-up against Wonder Woman’s own mother and allies, the Amazons, who have been tricked into waging war on the male population. It stands out from the others not just in that it lacks focus on a single female protagonist but, as effective a superhero adventure as it might be, it doesn’t quite address the rationale for the Amazons’ war. That is, they might have been manipulated to an evil god into taking up arms, but the harms of a patriarchal world that urged them into battle in the first place still exist and are still grave ills.
This sounds vaguely similar to a subsequent event titled "Amazons Attack", one of the most repellent crossovers of the 2000s (and can be found on this list of the worst DC storylines), where Granny Goodness of the New Gods was revealed, at the very end, as the influencer of the evil acts committed by Amazons in the story. Could Slott's "contribution" to these publications have influenced Amazons Attack indirectly? It sure doesn't sound appealing.

And while we're still on the topic, one more thing at the beginning, by Mozzocco himself, reeks of political correctness:
...(As for the fact that all of the writers and artists who made these comics are men, well that’s a completely different problem.)
Wrong, Mozzocco's hint at PC mentality is. By that logic, Peter David shouldn't have ever been assigned to the 1996-2003 Supergirl solo series. At the time, not many women even cared for these assignments, but those who did usually weren't ideologically driven like much of today's freelancers. Ann Nocenti, for example, was far from taking the kind of directions today's leftist ideologues do. Looks like Mozzocco's leftist leanings got the better of him there. At least this post gives an example why Slott's writings are so unappealing, and this early tale served as a hint at what was to come.

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