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Today is Batman Day, a day to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the character’s first appearance. A few weeks ago I asked people to name the female character they thought was “most important” to Batman. And while there were many people who name Barbara Gordon (Oracle version mostly), there were also others mentioned such as Cass Cain and Leslie Thompkins. But a lot of the answers were a woman who has gotten short shift in the Batverse - Martha Wayne.
DC Comics announced last month that David and Meredith Finch would be taking over the Wonder Woman title with issue 36. Today the publisher has released the first look at Finch’s pencils for the issue which will come out October.
While the Wonder Woman book under Azzarello was self-enclosed with little interaction with the rest of the DCU, our first look at the Finch’s book shows that entire JLA appears in the issue.
Today is Batman Day! Why? Because DC Comics has declared it to be so in celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary. And given that my love of comics began with Batman why wouldn’t I connect all comics to
But just because it is Batman day and there is a Batman comic out does not mean he gets to come first. No, I am going to start with a very special first issue.
Storm finally gets an ongoing. Well that didn’t take too long.
And you know who is writing this book? Greg Pak who also writes Superman/Batman for DC Comics. Because it’s Batman Day.
Any week Saga is out it goes to the top of my pick list. But oh my that last issue! Anyway, you know who wrote Batman? That’s right Brian K. Vaughan who wrote the False Faces arc. Because it is Batman Day.
Did you give a listen to the long interview Kelly and I did with Ed Brubaker on the newest 3 Chicks Review Comics now available on iTunes? This is such a good book and you should pick it up. Also Ed Brubaker wrote Batman.
Sabrina is getting her own book in the mode of Afterlife with Archie and this issue is all about her. This is not for kids but it is great for teens above. Oh and the art is by Francesco Francavilla who drew on of my Batman arcs ever. Because it is Batman Day.
This issue ends the first arc of Gail Simone’s rather fun Tomb Raider. Simone has written Batman a few times although my favorites were when being trolled by Canary.
And now on to the man himself, Batman! And he does seem to appear in quite a few comics, doesn’t he?
This is the final issue of Snyder and Capullo’s Zero year arc and, really, what better what to end it then to have Batman fighting the Riddler accompanied by two lions. Why? Because he’s Batman, damn it!
Can I just say that’s an amazing cover? Batman Eternal also has internal art by Nguyen this week so that’s a bonus. Batman is Eternal! (I’d say Batman Forever, but that’s the name of one of the movies).
And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?
Also those of you traveling to SDCC have a fun trip and let me know if you see anything interesting!
ABC’s REVENGE is making the jump from TV to comics with an Original Graphic Novel out in September. REVENGE offers up episodic melodrama with a twist of mystery and suspense and a dash of soap opera which means it is pretty close to a comic monthly from Marvel already. In REVENGE, two women are the lead characters - the revenge driven Emily Thorne and the complex villainous Victoria Grayson. The book’s subtitle, The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne, gives you a hint of the focus of the OGN.
One of my favorite people Ted Sullivan is one of the shows co-producers and writers and he is co-writing the OGN with Erica Schultz, the writer of the award winning comic M3. I chatted with Ted about the book, women in comics and what comic character Emily most resembles as well as the upcoming season of the show. Our interview as well as some new art from the book follow.
Kelly and I are back again (3 weeks in a row!) with an interview with writer Ed Brubaker that is just filled with some interesting discussion including:
We also review issue 2 of Gillen/McKelvie’s Wicked and the Divine and review the first trade of another awesome female spy, Edmundson/Noto’s Black Widow which you can pre-order here.
And we also talk about the Thor and Captain America news from last week including reading some very special, erudite thoughts about the former.
So please give us a listen you can down load here or from iTunes!
Dinah, Dinah, Dinah how I love you. Dinah Laurel Lance or Drake depending on what world/age/event we are now in or past, is the second longest running female superhero in DC Comics IP (do you even have to “wonder” who is number one?)
Black Canary is, I believe, currently about to be homeless in the new 52. Oh wait, I forgot Futures’ End where she is homed, face only, on the chest of Frankenstein.
Yeah. Moving on …
In addition to her long comic history, Black Canary has appeared in multiple live action programs (Birds of Prey, Smallville and currently Arrow) and she’s also been in the modern DC Animated Universe as part of Justice League/Justice League Unlimited/Batman Brave and the Bold and Young Justice). She also appeared in the Green Arrow short that was tagged on to the end of Superman/Batman Apocalypse.
And now she is back in animation in a new round of DC Nation animated shorts (aside: they are still making these? And, um, hello where is Super Best Friends Forever, season 2?). Green Arrow is the star but is his partner. And her design is … interesting. Care to weigh in?
So today Marvel announced a new Thor on The View. Which makes sense because this Thor will be a woman as you can see the artwork below. And this is really Thor by which that means the person with the hammer is Thor and woman will have the hammer.
But the reveal of the new title, written by Jason Aaron, is not the most interesting thing about today’s announcement.
As someone who has been writing and arguing about the potential of the female audience for superhero comics four plus years, I was very interested to see this in Marvel’s press release:
THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.
Say what? I’m sorry what was that? Is Marvel actually saying they want female readers? That they are now targeting female readers?
Why yes they are.
It’s almost worth the amount of trolling, attacks, rape threats and other shit I’ve experienced to see this.
Of course, DC Comics also seems to be finally finding the female audience worthy of their attention. Nothing as clear cut as Marvel did above but the recent Batgirl respin and Gotham Academy are clearly going after that audience and I was told by folks close to those books that women are definitely are a target.
But now? Something has changed at both publishers.
Is it real? Will it last? Who knows?
But I will say I am enjoying it.
The long awaiting Morrison epic visiting the various Earth’s of DC arrives in soon and here is the third one shot and solicit. Note those of you who are Donna Troy and Arrowette fans, it’s your lucky day.
THE MULTIVERSITY: THE JUST #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by BEN OLIVER
1:10 B&W Variant cover by BEN OLIVER
1:25 Variant cover by EDUARDO RISSO
1:50 Variant cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
1:100 Variant cover by GRANT MORRISON
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for details.
The next chapter of the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here!
When they last collaborated, Grant Morrison joined artist Ben Oliver (LOBO, BATMAN/SUPERMAN) for the acclaimed ACTION COMICS #0. For their next team-up, the two superstars take a spin around the self-obsessed Earth-16 – a.k.a. Earth-Me!
With all of the world’s threats having been handled long ago by their parents, the next generation of supers – including Chris Kent, Damien Wayne, Alexis Luthor, Offspring, Megamorpho, Donna Troy and more – find themselves labeled as superstars more often than super heroes. But with that fame comes complacency, and when a massive threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen surfaces, this pampered crew finds themselves in way over their head. What secret is Damien keeping from Chris that could tear the world’s finest friends apart? Who is the mysterious killer lurking behind the scenes among these spoiled super-children? And what chance do they stand against the monstrous villain that’s murdering its way cross the Multiverse? All that and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter three of the MULTIVERSITY saga. Join us, if your dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!
Kelly and I are back again with a podcast filled with comics, swears and this week repeated used of the word “Dick!” And we have super excited to to have wonderful G. Willow Wilson with us to talk about the wonderful Ms. Marvel.
We also review Grayson #1 and Captain Marvel #5 and BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! more dramatic readings. We also discuss some of the recent announcements from DC Comics including the new Wonder Woman team, Gotham Academy and the redesign of Batgirl.
You can download from here or you can find us on iTunes! Please give us a listen and leave us comments!
Here's a thought: If they ever do bring Cassandra Cain into the reboot universe, would you want them to completely reset her back to when she was mute, or have her talking and behaving as she did later in her character development?
That’s a good question. It would really depend on the circumstances that she brought on. I do think her disability is a core part of the character - I want to see the complexity and impact of the character’s past and upbringing not just some a generic kickass Ninja Asian chick.
Given how bold the Batman editors are being in injecting fresh blood and new directions into their line come Autumn, which line of DCs books do you think would benefit from the same approach? I think the Superman books are the line that need this kind of shake-up the most.
Superman has been given a shake up several times most recently with the addition of Geoff Johns and JRJR. I read the first issue and I’m hopeful that they can get the Superbooks back on track.
Wonder Woman is the book that needs fresh blood and direction - that new team is not it.
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