Twitter slams Conan author for naming Femme Fatale after Pocahontas

Jason Aaron, the current author of King Conanbecame the target of criticism after he and artist Mahmud Asrar featured a femme fatale who appears to be inspired by Native American culture and shares the real name of the woman known as Pocahontas.

The character, Princess Matoaka, appears in King Conan #3, where she greets Conan after the Cimmerian is trapped on an island. Before trying to seduce the Barbarian King, Matoaka reveals that she hails from a “land of plenty, further west across the many waters, where her people lived in great numbers, in great cities built for the gods of the sun”. There, Matoaka fell in love with an explorer from the land of Acheron and showed him the location of her city’s greatest treasures. The explorer and his people ransacked Matoaka’s house and the princess was forced to kill her beloved. This was not enough for her father, however, who exiled Matoaka from her home and cursed her to live on the island with piles of gold that would mislead would-be colonizers forever.

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Princess Matoaka, from King Conan #3

Following Princess Matoaka’s debut, readers criticized the character’s sultry appearance and pointed out that she goes by the real name of Pocahontas, the Powhatan woman who lived from 1596 to 1617 and became better known by her childhood nickname, an Algonquin. phrase that translates to “playful”.

Princess Matoaka’s story is similar to the mythological tale of Pocahontas falling in love with Virginia Captain John Smith, a story popularized in Disney’s 1995 animated film Pocahontas, further hammering home that the character is meant to be a version of the historic character. Several Twitter users pointed out that the real Pocahontas was only 12 or 13 years old when she interacted with Smith and was later captured by settlers and raped, according to Native American oral accounts.

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The true story of Pocahontas was far darker than her portrayals in popular media. While most historians agree that she befriended John Smith, the two never fell in love, and whether she actually saved Smith’s life from his father is a matter of debate. debate. Pocahontas eventually married tobacco planter John Rolfe, moved to England, and was paraded around London as an example of a Native American convert to Christianity. She died at the age of 20 or 21.

Aaron did not respond to criticism from King Conan. The writer is well known for his Marvel work on the likes of ghost rider, Thor and The Avengersas well as creator-owned efforts such as Image Comics Southern Bastards and Scalpeda 60-issue Vertigo series about crime on a Native American reservation in South Dakota.

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