Disclaimer: 1) I am a disabled man 2) I’m barely four issues in so a lot of my complaints might just evaporate by the end. Okay? Okay.
This series bothers me. A lot. Why? How the Luna Brothers (LB) decided to handle physical disability. Very minor spoilers for the first few issues:
Dara finds the titular sword and her physical disability disappears. In fact, she gains superhuman abilities and pretty much beats the shit out of every single person she crosses. So far so kind of jolly but I’ve got this ask:
Why is she even disabled in the first place? Yay, one issue of representation that might as well not be there. I had to force myself through issues because it bothered me so very much.
I think the core of the problem is wanting to write an action heavy story starring a person who’s physical disability restricts her movement to that degree. You could have done that with a lot of other physical disabilites, but you decided to go with one which necessitates its removal for it to be action heavy. I guess other ones aren’t “pretty” enough. Ugh.
I’m not done with the story yet and I will probably continue to read but it just makes the whole thing so taste very sour in my mouth. It feels like a chore. The first few pages I was cheering for Dara and then my enthusiasm vanished.
I suppose she could make the heroic sacrifice in the end and rid herself of the sword and thus returning to her former physically disabled self, but that’s not much better either in a way.
I’m just wondering at this point if her disability will even be a factor. If she loses the sword she’ll probably be disabled again and thus we won’t have an action heroine anymore.
Obviously this is just my opinion and I am not speaking for all people here, that would be a little silly, but the point of representation to me is to have people like you in stories and preferably kick arse while being there. My mind knows she is sort of disabled, but not really. Don’t get me wrong, I’d most likely murder for an artefact like hers, but that is not the world in which we are currently living.
What the fuck I’m just going to say it: Maybe you shouldn’t have chosen an action heavy story for a protagonist like that. There are plenty of genres where her disability would not prevent you from doing what you want to do, because wielding swords in wheelchairs and jumping 20 feet is kinda hard.
Now I’m mostly aimlessly ranting and I’m just being angry and mean, but whatever: I feel betrayed by the story. I feel cheated. I remember picking it up months ago and putting it away again because of how issue one ended. I was like, well fuck this then. No point to it, is there? It’s like queerbaiting and I feel as if the writers just smacked me in the face and laughed.
While I’m complaining so very much: DC, could we please get Oracle back? Maybe? Some day? No? You hate diversity? Well, fuck you then.
P.S. I keep saying physical disability because 1) mental disabilities work differently in that regard (see Percy Jackson for that particular crash course) 2) I wanted to focus on the issue at hand and be as clear as possible. Disabilities blow. Hugs you all.