Although battered and bruised by a wave of opprobrium over his work on the New 52, writer Scott Lobdell hasn’t given up, and he’s facing the music — or questions from the internet, as the case may be. After a lengthy layoff from high-profile comics assignments, Lobdell’s work on RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS and TEEN TITANS has met with a….mixed reaction. Or as he reportedly asked Gail Simone, “Why didn’t you TELL me?” In an interview with Comicvine he does cover some of the more controversial aspects of his recent work like…Starfire, the amnesiac sex addict.
I’ve read the sixth issue, which reveals the story of how she and Jason met — and he learns exactly what she does and doesn’t recall from the past. I think everyone who is dismissing her as a “goldfish” (with tongue often planted in cheek) is going to be disappointed that their snap judgement about Kori hasn’t played out.
In short, I love Kori — I have since her very first appearance. I love that she’s the strongest member in a team of bad asses, I love that her perceptions will often challenge Jason and Roy’s, I love the fact that she doesn’t think the way humans do. I am forever fascinated by her and I can only hope that love for the character is contagious.
Q: Follow-up: What would you say to those who did not like her in the first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws?
I’m not sure what to say, to be honest.
Later in the piece, Lobdell tries to turn the tables on his attackers:
I think what HAS surprised me the most is the vulgar tone of the comments I’ve read. When I hear people calling Starfire a “slut” or a “whore” or a “sex toy” it makes me sick to my stomach, honestly. I don’t think a person (man or woman) gets to define someone else’s sexuality and certainly not in such derogatory and dismissive terms. The notion that people genuinely believe they are staking the moral high ground in what they believe is their defense of Kori, by using such dehumanizing language is otherworldly to me.
Perhaps there IS a lesson there — slut-shaming shouldn’t be the point of the criticisms — nor has it been of the best objections.
There’s much more in the interview.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.