Buffy the Vampire Slayer is What’s Wrong with America

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.

2 thoughts on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer is What’s Wrong with America

  1. I would totally read Hulk talk about tax reform. As for Buffy, and her abortion, although I think the comics have definitely jumped the shark on the show (yes, even after she died twice and came back; or had a sister magically implanted into her universe), I love that Joss is tackling such a controversial issue. Buffy is a great role model for women everywhere, and this is a real issue today for her tackle and make her own. After all, the show dealt with underage drinking, rape, and much more.

    • Sadly, I don’t think America is ready for a true progressive like the Hulk. He makes Ralph Nader look like George Bush!

      Also, while there is potential to screw up the story, I’ve always thought that Whedon has a certain flair for the psychologies of his characters. Because of that, it will make for a compelling read, while not coming across as ham-fisted or preachy (which is territory it could easily fall into).

      Thanks for reading!

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