Bought the first issue of FIRST WAVE, the new DC Comics series that features pulp heroes in a shared universe. The players include Doc Savage, the Spirit, Batman...and Rima the Jungle Girl.
The story included three pages of Amazon Indians, with some European bad guys interrogating a captive chief. Rima appeared on the last of these pages as a spectator in a canoe.
I can't say there was anything terribly wrong with these scenes. The Indians looked a little scary--hooded eyes and bones through noses--but nothing too stereotypical.
Of course, the meta-message doesn't look promising. Indians as lackeys of white men. No Indians with individual personalities. Rima the "white Indian" as the only jungle dweller who matters.
And why stop there? FIRST WAVE #1 has no female or minority characters who matter. Just the usual roundup of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants. No doubt the original pulp stories were white-male fantasies, but does an Obama-era comic have to emulate them?
Since these are new versions of the characters with no connection to the old versions, why couldn't DC update their heritage? Batman could be Latino, the Spirit could be Asian, and Doc Savage's team could include women and blacks. And Rima could be a genuine black-haired Native. Not only wouldn't this harm the storytelling, but it would make it more interesting.
Anyway, Rags Morales's artwork was nice, but Brian Azzarello's script was only average. At $3.99 a shot, I plan to skip this series, and you should too.
For more on the subject, see Comic Books Featuring Indians.