For those who don’t know who Gail Simone is?
Well? Welcome to the world of Comic Books! Gail Simone is arguably one of our current generation’s big comic book writing talents. In simple words? She wrote for The Birds of Prey Superheroine team of Batgirl/Oracle, Black Canary and Huntress. She’s pretty famous among the DC fanbase for bringing not just a new look but strong female characters.
But what she started out with?
Is Women in Refrigerators. A site that charts the number of women who died or were depowered (death of the Superhero part) in order to advance the story. Named after an event where the Green Lantern’s Girlfriend was killed and stuffed into a fridge as part of the advancement of plot, I would happily hold this trope as an opposite to Damsel in Distress. If anything? Kids these days will appreciate the 1990s aesthete.
Indeed, I pointed out in my post on Anita Sarkeesian that while the first Double Dragon game stuck to Damsel in Distress, the second one used Fridging to progress the plot.
But this lead on to greater things. Her understanding of the issues lead to jobs writing comics and writing for DC who recognised that female characters need to be written better. Gail Simone was the person who wrote them.
And when she did Women in Refrigerators? She too faced the usual hate of any minority group demanding changes to a more progressive and inclusive world. Even if it is just comic books.
If you are new to the books? Get some, trust me. Gail’s stuff is good.