DC Comics introduces: The Anchoress!

I should only be so thin, but still — this is a riot!:

The Anchoress is a young woman whose years in Arkham have noticeably withered her away as she continues to add thousands upon thousands of tick marks upon the stones of her cell. There’s a delicate sense of fragility surrounding this character, making her seem as vulnerable as she is frightening. But what did she do to deem her Arkham’s very first prisoner? See more here.

Okay, guys…what did she do to become Arkham’s first prisoner?

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  • Adam Frey

    Heh. Now I’d be mildly curious to know if the author of that annual saw your blog name somewhere, decided it’d be a good name for a character, and there you are.

    Personally, if you want to be a DC Comics character, I’d go for the Spectre. You’d have gotten to participate in a number of Biblical events and get regularly yelled at by St. Michael. (http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Aztar_(New_Earth))

  • Gail Finke

    Blogged about Gotham, of course!

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Am I wrong for thinking that this is a slap at Catholics? An Anchoress is a reclusive religious woman. This woman is hideous and apparently a criminal. I guess it depends on what she did, and we won’t find out until tomorrow.

  • MeanLizzie

    IMHO you’re wrong. Ppl need to Lighten up. I’m sure anchoresses looked bedraggled and underfed bc you know…anchoresses! We have a faith rich in imagery. Maybe someone will find a vocation out of it.

  • Adam Frey

    Manny, it’s a comic book. My guess–from 30 years of reading comics–is that the author thought that the name fit based on whatever backstory he had for the character.

    If you want Catholic-insulting comics, you should have seen the X-Men story from the early 00s where some villain tried to trick Nightcrawler into becoming Pope so he could initiate the Rapture, or something. Said villain used exploding communion wafers. Really. Even non-Catholic X-Men readers were upset by said story.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Take a close look at the picture. The claws she has for hands, the skull for a face, and the hair curled to devil’s horns characterizes her as evil. She’s not just bedraggled and underfed.

  • Victor

    Another first born for YA Anchoress, sinner vic is really jealous now.

    Go figure brothers and sisters in Christ now.
    http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/2013/06/health-and-hacks/
    Lighten UP folks. :)

  • MeanLizzie

    Really think you are over thinking it and overreacting. It’s a comic book. Most ppl have no idea what an anchoress even is or that there is any relation to Catholicism. Ppl really need to lighten up.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    One of the things I have been in my life is a comic book writer and artist. I know these people. Manny is exactly right and you are trying to hide from reality. Hatred for Christianity is a defining feature of the modern cartoonist at least since Jim Starlin.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    ;) Well, just because I articulated what I thought doesn’t mean I think it’s a big deal. I just put out my observation. It’s not a big deal, though I still think there is a conscious anti-Catholic element to it.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    Thanks Fabio.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    Spend 40 years as a real anchoress (do anchorages have wifi?) and you will most certainly be thinner.

    It’s hard to pass more than just bread and water through an anchorage window.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    I have to think that Anchorites of either the male or female variety are usually wishing spiritual isolation for a reason, criminal or otherwise.

    Those on the outside of the anchorage often would think of the anchorite as a prisoner, but in reality, most could petition for their release whenever they wished.

    I’ve often thought that a vacation in a monastery or a mental institution is just what I need. Never have done it though.

  • TheodoreSeeber

    Hahahaha- that fooled you too. No, we won’t find out tomorrow. We’ll find out when Batman Annual #2 comes out July 31, 2013

  • Adam Frey

    I can’t believe people are still debating whether a Batman comic is anti-Catholic. Elizabeth, may I offer a radical suggestion? Why not try to interview the comic creators and find out whether there’s any religious influence to the character? It’s win-win for everybody: the creators get their book promoted; you get a slightly unorthodox interview with some folks in the comic medium. As a comic-reading Catholic, I’d be pleased as punch to read that on your site.

    The writer is Scott Snyder, and he’s on Facebook. I believe the artist is Aaron Lopestri (though comic companies sometimes unexpectedly change who’s doing what art) and has a website at http://www.aaronlopresti.com/.


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