How do the mail bra and loincloth even hold up with such flimsy straps? What is the point of protecting your neck with metal collar when your heart, guts and skull are all totally exposed? Why worry about reasonably padding your leg and arm protection, but wear a scalemail bra (that will sand your nipples off) directly on your skin?
“Looks nothing like male equivalent” checked, of course, because of Conan. Not crossing out “High heels” square, since that (cw: gore) is a reasonable heel size for a horse riding and wouldn’t be out of ordinary for a male character either.
Also note how all those arrows that apparently completely missed Sonja, presumably due to her “costume” being more of a plot armor than anything else. Reminds me of those couple “bikini armor makes you completely resistant to arrows” parodieswe featured before:
Despite being the face of the banner, Xena does not receive her own section in Dynamite’s Heroine sale… she just get lumped in with generic heroes. Bettie Page though… she gets her own section for some reason.
Now it’s true some of these titles are somewhat subversive, and that many of them are a mixed bag (Jennifer Blood has some great covers… also many literal lingerie covers)… and the Patricia Briggs section is pretty great – this sale encapsulates so many problems prevalent not only in comics but modern media.
Largely a lot of major publishers still view female protagonists not just as an excuse to put cheesecake on their covers, but rather many of them require a specific explanation why they shouldn’t do so.
Dynamite comics has got to their #100th issue of Red Sonja… and apparently feel the best way to celebrate this is with multiple covers.
Two of which depict Sonja being undressed against her will, with one looking so disturbingly suggestive it warranted us to put a trigger warning tag on this post
One shows her battling something indistinct with fluff text to suggest she’s badass
One with a boringly generic pose and awkwardly-placed list of the creators of the stories from the issue
One shows her looking cartoonishly child-like
Dynamite Comics totally respects the character guys! It’s just keeping this ridiculous outfit for branding and nostalgia! Honest!
It shouldn’t be surprising how the cutesy cover is the least terrible of them all. It’s by far the best drawn of the bunch and the only one where “can I fap to this?” clearly wasn’t a design consideration.