At least that’s what I expect the conservative backlash to say when word gets around that Buffy will get an abortion:
In the latest issue of Dark Horse Comics’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, in stores today, Buffy weighs the life of being the “chosen” Slayer against the life she’s about to bring into the world. After some soul-searching with the son of another former Slayer, Buffy decides to have an abortion.
Now, allow me to do an imitation of a conservative reacting to this bit of news:
“First, it’s Archie with a gay character, now it’s Buffy with an abortion. What’s next, the Incredible Hulk talking about tax reform? The line has got to be drawn, and we need to protect our kids.”
Thankfully, Joss Whedon, who has some narrative-structuring ability, will be handling this, so it’s likely to be a smart and meaningful discussion. But with ass-kicking, probably.
Personally, I hope that this doesn’t spawn some neo-Wertham who’ll stop at nothing to rid our society of the degenerative disorder that is graphic narrative. Did you know that Wertham made up a reading disorder and then blamed it on comics? He did. We don’t need any more of that kind of shit, thank you.
Also, as a side note, I would welcome the Hulk’s discussion of tax reform: “Hulk smash puny capital gains tax! Hulk want meaningful progressive tax, not puny loopholes!” Sounds good to me, Hulk.