Friday, November 09, 2007
Is This Gratutious? Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Annual #1
What led me to single this cover out is the fact that said women are in beach wear when it appears that normally they would be in a more formal attire, including a lab coat or a business suit. It is a well known fact that Tony Stark is a playboy, so I am torn between wondering if this is a James Bond nod or just another opportunity to show hot chicks with guns.
That being said, I am happy that the women are wearing bottoms, which is a definite improvement over some of the other covers I have highlighted. I am also pleased that Jim Cheung can restrain himself from drawing huge ta-tas. That is a plus! In fact, Cheung normally does a very natural job on his portrayal of characters of both sexes, which is probably why he nailed the job on Young Avengers. His female characters there showed a strength of character rather then a strength of underwire.
This was a tough cover to select, as it isn't overtly gratuitous in the way some of the other covers we have discussed have been. What put it over the top is that it can also be perceived as another chance to put women in a subservient pose while the dude looks cool.
Okay, now that I have said my peace, I really want to know:
Is this gratuitous?