SClick to viewAs anyone who's read the original Wonder Woman comics knows, superhero comics have a proud - or maybe that should be ashamed - history of bondage undertones, whether it's Wonder Woman's Suffering Sappho or Emma Frost's off-panel nighttime activities with the Hellfire Club. But the recent appearances of two new supervillainesses is making us wonder: Have superhero comics finally grown up and become openly bondage-friendly?SIt was one thing to see Mary Marvel's new Skin Two-friendly get-up in the recent third issue of DC's summer event book, Final Crisis - writer Grant Morrison has flirted with BDSM imagery before in books like The Invisibles, and has also given uber-badguy Darkseid's minions a very submissive attitude before, after all (Fittingly, considering that Darkseid is all about the eradication of anything but his will, and employs a team of "female furies" with names like "Lashina") - but this week's first appearance of new X-Men villain Red Queen seemed to suggest that maybe we're at the start of a new zeitgeist of superwomen getting their kink on. S S What's next? Wonder Woman to start using that lasso in the ways that her creator intended? The Wasp to start using her stings to punish very bad boys? Batwoman with a ball-gag (Oh, wait; that's already happened - Look at the last page of Final Crisis #3)? We wait with baited breath... if we have your permission, of course, Mistress. Final Crisis #3 [DC Comics], Uncanny X-Men #501 [Marvel Comics] (And to everyone who's undoubtedly already writing their comments: We're already working on a run-down of the best subtextual Dominatrix Supervillains. Patience is a virtue.)
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