On May 18, 2015, post about a movie, television show, book, or all three that falls into the category of Blood, Boobs, and Carnage. (Or just Blood and Carnage or other mixture.) It can be any genre that fits the bill – fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, western, thriller, etc. Post the badge and visit other participants. Hosted by H. M. Gardner.
As my blogfest pick, I have for you (no surprise) a comic! Bomb Queen by Jimmie Robinson, first published in 2006 by Image Comics. The idea is that Bomb Queen, originally one of four supervillains in New Port City, has eliminated the other three queens as well as all the city’s superheroes, leaving herself as dictator. This is old news — the comic is set when she’s well-established. Volume one has several attempts to depose her, both legally and superheroically, but she was never in any real danger.
So, what we have is a villainness who can do anything she wants, who “rules” a city but really doesn’t care much what happens there. The comic turns this up as far as the dial goes, an utterly unrealistic festival of blood and crime and sex.
So, here’s the question… Is it exploitation, or is it satire? Jimmie Robinson himself doesn’t seem to know. He says in his introduction to volume one that maybe it’s everything. He just wanted to push as many buttons as possible, but he was also paying attention to his message. Bomb Queen’s utterly-improbable costume is fanservice, but it’s also a satire of the already-improbable costumes women are poured into in comics. She’s a satire of heroes and villains both, but she’s also a coherent character with her own agency and power, who simply does not care about anything, except possibly maintaining her position and style of living. “Blood, Boobs & Carnage” calls up images of female objectification, but also glorying in depictions of violence, and Bomb Queen deals with that even more clearly — no one can “defeat” Bomb Queen, because her subjects love seeing her blow things up, and they don’t mind the legalized “crime zones” a bit.
It’s an interesting comic, to be sure. I still haven’t quite figured out how I feel about it. If you like Mark Millar’s work on other over-the-top sexy-violent comics like Wanted or Kick-Ass — and I haven’t quite decided about those yet either — then you’ll want to check this one out. Be warned, it’s totally NSFW. Also, if it doesn’t SHOW a type of sex or violence, it probably mentions it in the ever-present newscasts, including child-related crimes.