DC Comics have gone off the rails in recent years. Whether it be pressure from the woke left, or new artists and writers bent of furthering their agenda (see Disney), there has been a noticeable shift in the DC universe. The introduction of openly gay and queer characters and the shift to storylines that include climate change and racial inequity, has generally not been well received by DC fans worldwide. However, market share be damned DC is continuing to push the boundaries in directions either not appropriate for children, or completely off putting to long time readers.
Comic books aren’t exactly marketed to children anymore. Graphic novels and many “adult themed” comics can be a bit much for kids to digest. It can be argued that comic books are a dead medium outside of the hardcore collectors and the graphic novel crowd that emerge from their mother’s basement when they need to pick up the latest copy of whatever they collect. Has DC damaged their brand with their latest angle? Arguably their brand has been damaged enough with the announcement of a gay Superman, (Man of Steel, am I right?), but with what they most recently unveiled, some folks on social media have had enough. A pregnant Joker? What’s next, is the Penguin trans? Perhaps the Riddler has gender dysphoria. Check this out.
Critics of DC Comics are accusing the comic book company of going “woke” over a new storyline where Joker, a Batman villain, gets pregnant and gives birth.
The online furor broke out when critics began circulating a panel of the pregnant Joker from the current issue of “The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing.”
Today, DC released a comic in which the Joker becomes pregnant and gives birth to a mud monster who transforms into a child-version of himself who he adopts as his son.
— Jester_Bell 🎥 🍿 🥳 (@TheresaCampagna) January 3, 2023
Holy inverted uterus, Batman! What in the name of Jack Nicholson is going on here? If any member of the Batman universe would come out as gay or get pregnant, I had pegged Robin. Batman probably did too. Kidding! However, is the storyline what it looks like? Is it an insidious plot to indoctrinate the three kids that still read comic books? Not that I am looking to come to the defense of DC Comics considering they are bowing to the woke mob like many companies are, but is the Joker really a pregnant trans woman now? It would appear not.
The panel shows the Joker discovering he is pregnant. Many took the panel to mean that DC Comics was promoting the idea that men could get pregnant, a mainstay of the LGBTQ agenda that equates transgender women to biological women.
The storyline, however, does not make Joker a transgender person but instead the victim of magic. The villain asks Zatanna, a comic heroine, to have a family with him, but she instead puts him under a magic spell that makes him pregnant. When he tries to give birth, he instead vomits out a pile of clay that morphs into a child with his appearance.
The storyline, while incredibly stupid isn’t a direct effort to promote the lgbtq air force or any of the anti-science kooks that maintain men can be pregnant. Turns out, it’s just an incredibly dumb storyline that appears relevant to incredibly dumb people considering we live in an incredibly dumb time. A perfect storm of stupidity, to be honest. It turns out this story arc is from an alternate universe. Cool. It should be noted that the timing is dubious in terms of unveiling a pregnant Joker, even if it is consistent with the old storylines. Much about American life and gender identity seems to be from an alternate universe as well, so perhaps the universe will right itself eventually.
Not all readers were outraged at the storyline. Some pointed out that the storyline was not meant to be in the main canon of the character, but from an alternate universe. Others said the tone of the comic was meant to be in line with those of the Silver Age of comics, which came between the years of 1956 and 1970 and which featured very weird elements of fantasy.
As stated before, comic books are outdated, incredibly niche, and obviously running out of ideas. A Joker that is pregnant with a mud monster that he vomits into a child that he subsequently adopts as his own just illustrates the massive number of drugs that must be getting ingested by the artists and writers. Either way, the DC Universe gets a pass on this one, at least from the pregnant Joker angle. Turns out it isn’t a political statement like gay Superman, it’s just stupid. Anyone else ready to be done with this alternate universe too?
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