In Defense of Whore

Whore: verb, whored, whor·ing.

Noun

  1. a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute; also : a promiscuous or immoral woman
  2. a male who engages in sexual acts for money
  3. a venal or unscrupulous person

Verb

  1. to have unlawful sexual intercourse as or with a prostitute
  2. to pursue a faithless, unworthy, or idolatrous desire

As I expected, some folks are having some issues with the title of Jeffrey Kaufman‘s new graphic novel Whore. As Bleeding Cool has reported, some feel the name of the graphic novel along with it’s provocative cover isn’t appropriate and publisher Zenescope has backed off a bit tying their name with it. Ironic as the company often pushes envelopes with their covers and imagery.

I’ve read the graphic novel and will say, the name is appropriate. Jacob is a former government killer now fired and has to pay the bills. He becomes a “whore” in every sense. He sells his morals, his soul and his body.  He fits those definitions above, it’s an appropriate title describing the numerous layers of the story and main character. While he himself beds and takes advantage of women (similar and to the same extent as James Bond) they also take advantage of Jacob.

Now, to discuss that cover (which you can see below). Where was the outrage for this cover (Queen Crab to the left)? That upset folks, but the greater comic world was silent in their outrage. What about the numerous covers or interiors with provocative content? I hear crickets other than the usual cries of sexism and misogyny.

If people read the story they know that Jacob uses women and gets used by women. While I’ll admit that the cover and name is probably a stunt to get attention, the fact that stores, creators, really anybody is upset in any ways is a bit hypocritical. Out of all that’s released every week in the industry, this is the worst there is? Anyone remember the cover to Astonishing X-Men:Xenogenesis featuring Emma Frost sitting on Scott Summers which had nothing to do with that story? You can check that out to the right.

What’s sad is, the story is good, the art is good, it’s a fun read. I recommended it as a buy. The fact this is where some people draw the line seems to be much ado about nothing.