Feminist Killjoy. Badly Behaving Bookliker. Writer and reader of all things speculative.
This was almost picture perfect. Had the author not felt the need to use the r-word (which added nothing) I'd have given it five stars. The world-building is cool, the art is fantastic, the characters are great--hell, I had no idea comic book dudes could write such cool female characters.
But I said once that I would remove half a star for every instance of the r-word in my media, and I wasn't kidding. Normalization of ableist slurs is not okay by me. Leaving that word out would not have changed a single thing, except the loss of a half star.
Oh, and to cover the "realism" argument for once quick second:
1. If you want to deal with the "realism" that people use ableist language, then you'd best be prepared to deal with the reality of the harm it does. As of yet, I haven't seen a single author who uses the "realism" argument as justification actually do that.
2. It's got royal robots with TV heads, rocketships that grow like trees, magic, and people with horns or wings and we're going to talk about realism? Don't even. I will fish smack anyone who tries it.