I have to say I agree with you. This is clearly an unpopular forum opinion, but this deck is just not for me.
Do I think it's 'offensive'? Do I have a 'cliche opinion'? Am I a 'snowflake'?
Maybe to all those questions.
For me it just has no place in Malifaux and doesn't fit in with the aesthetics I have loved since 1st edition.
Seamus - his whole shtick is pretty sick (and I mean that in a traditional sense, not a modern sense) but I can dig that - it's dark, disturbing, edgy. I can apply the same thinking to any baddies in any games, and especially here.
What I *have* seen in Malifaux is strong female lead characters who don't rely on taking their clothes off to get what they want. I have seen the M2E rulebook refer to a player as 'she' throughout.
What does this suggest to me? That Wyrd is interested in equality, inclusivity, call it what you will.
For me the soft-porn deck doesn't fit into this.
It doesn't even fit into the theme. If it were a deck from a Saloon in Malifaux, a named saloon, if it had generic 'floozies', prostitutes, even Colette's crew, I would get it.
This, I don't get.
These characters have been turned into semi naked ladies just waiting to fulfil your every desire!
Why? because boobs!
And, apparently, boobs are 'a marketable commodity that women reap the benefits from as much as men.'
Which women are benefitting here?
Some may not 'think the artists or Wyrds intent is to "objectify women" ' OK, fine... What exactly IS the point in this deck? That's what I am dying to know, if it's not for cheap thrills (and, frankly, I pity anyone who needs this for that). Furthermore, there are no men in the deck.... What could a male deck say... ?
Joss - 'Climb on my totem pole!'
Nino Ortega - 'I'll shoot inside you!'
Dreamer - 'Teach me what to do!'
This is the level of 'humour' on tha cards. Crass and not funny. You can have those ones when you make the male deck by the way.
I am also not really a fan of the incest-implying Red Joker (I'm pretty sure the Viks are sisters, right?), or the Mah Tucket Black Joker which screams of 'LOL SHE'S FAT AND OLD AND FAT AND/OR OLD PEOPLE ARE HIDEOUS LOL!'
Let me address some possible replies I may get:
'They may do a men one as well!' - True. but they haven't yet. And it isn't a mixed sex deck.
'Mah Tucket is BJ because she's a gremlin, doofus!' - OK, so why wasn't Trixibelle used for that? She's not a human, but is a 'seductress' so this would actually fit rules and fluff-wise. Instead it seems to be saying 'larger = the worst!'.
'If you don't like it, don't buy it!' - Don't worry - I won't. But I'd counter this by saying 'If it's not in-fitting with the game or fluff and doesn't fit in with the way the company has portrayed itself - don't make it!'
'Wyrd has always been edgy, dark, and reserved for a crowd that appreciates a bit of realism' - I don't see this as dark, edgy, or realistic. Or fitting in with ... anything. Unless decks of cards of scantily clad female world leaders/role models are a thing which I wasn't aware of?
In summary - a big thumbs down from me.
I just don't see the point, or how it fits.
(The Pixel deck - drawing in a different artistic style - that's cool!)