Something kind of big happened in comics on Wednesday—Swords of Sorrow launched. It’s a time-tripping, opposite-uniting team-up of all Dynamite Comics’ female characters—so that’d be Vampirella, Red Sonja, Jungle Girl, Deja Thoris, and others.
It’s hailed as a big deal because the stories involving these scantily-clad heroines are all being written by women. The whole project is spearheaded by Gail Simone (Red Sonja, Batgirl) and pulls in G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel), Mairghread Scott (Transformers), Nancy A. Collins (Vampirella) and others. Simone says:
“Here’s the thing: I love pulp adventure, always have. But as male-dominated as comics have often been, the pulp adventure world seems to be even more so. Most of the big name stars and creators are dudes, and that’s fine, it’s great. But it hit me… what if that wasn’t the case? What if adventure pulps had also been written with female readers in mind, and awesome female characters in the spotlight? That’s the scenario we are imagining, and it’s just been a blast.”
People are talking about Swords of Sorrow as a feminist comic, or debating whether it is one. We’re not going to say this is awesome feminism, nor are we going to say this is shit feminism. We’re not even going to use the f-word (except those three times). If you want hand-wringing over Swords of Sorrow, start with this Reddit thread.
All we’re gonna say is that there are a whole bunch of covers and we think they look nice. Nice! That’s it. We’re not even going to use a fancy adjective. That is how much we, the home of sword-swinging valkyries since 1977, do not want to be a factor in this debate. If indeed there is a debate.
Just look at the covers. They’re nice: