While a lot of gamers have been happy to no longer have to discuss caustic names in the scene that have created lots of drama and contention, including culture critic Anita Sarkeesian and indie developer Zoe Quinn, it appears comic book fans will now have to deal with Quinn. DC Comics’ Vertigo line will be publishing a comic book written by Quinn and with art provided by Robbi Rodriguez of Spider-Gwen fame, called Goddess Mode.
The announcement comes courtesy of the Vertigo Comics website, where they exclaimed that Mark Doyle is at the helm of the DC Vertigo line, which will focus on “creating modern, socially relevant, high-concept, inventive stories”.
Seven new comics are in development, including Goddess Mode, where the description reads…
“In a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself violently drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world beneath our own, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality.”
I imagine in some ways gamers are happy to no longer have to deal with the drama that came with Quinn and her antics, including using Crash Override Network to harass and dox people that the group labeled as enemies, or admitting to sabotaging the Polaris Game Jam because she could. That’s not to mention all of the lies the media told in order to cover up for the incongruities associated with some of the claims Quinn made over the years regarding #GamerGate.
Comic book fans are already reeling from having to deal with various Marvel Comics writers who openly and actively spew venom and vitriol at their fanbase on social media. One can only imagine what would happen if comic book fans aren’t readily accepting or positive toward Goddess Mode, the sort of media backlash that will be directed at the comic book fandom.
We recently saw an author working on Star Wars novels attack fans for not supporting Solo: A Star Wars Story, calling them white supremacists.
We’ve also seen a number of comic book authors attacking straight, white males for not buying comic books deemed “progressive”.
One thing that may work in favor of comic book fans is that DC Comics has a social media decorum rule guide to ensure that their employees don’t spout off the kind of controversial diatribes on social media that Marvel writers have been known to employ.