Internet outcries over the cover to upcoming Marvel comic Marvel Divas have reached the ears of editor in chief Joe Quesada, and he'd like to address them. Well, pretend to address them, anyway.
Sister blog Jezebel was just one of the voices complaining about the July-launching series that, essentially, rips off Sex And The City and indie comic Ultra by pairing up four superheroines so that they can talk about boys and shoes (Sadly, I'm only semi-joking; here's series writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa introducing the concept last month: "In the series, they're an unlikely foursome of friends—Black Cat, Hell Cat, Firestar, and Photon—with TWO things in common: They're all leading double-lives and they're all having romantic trouble... there's definitely that 'naughty' element to it, but I also think the series is doing to a deeper place, asking question about what it means...truly means...to be a woman in an industry dominated by testosterone and guns. (And I mean both the super hero industry and the comic book industry.) But mostly it's just a lot of hot fun"). But when a fan suggested that what we'd read about the series so far looked a little sexist, Marvel's Quesada was quick to dissemble: