Just a few more weeks in the year! Time to start thinking about those best and worst lists. Today’s list is a bit of a mish mash so let’s get to it, shall we?
Let’s start with Batman because, well, he’s Batman. And it’s the best book DC Comics has got right now.
Sometimes I think the storylines for this are driven by how they can get Kara to pose a certain way (as opposed to her losing most of her clothes which is what I thought last year. But the boob window is back now.)
Have you been reading this book? So glad Vertigo is still around.
You know I usually go on and on about Rucka but I think I’ll go on and on about Michael Lark a bit. He’s just amazing - great character design and world building.
It took awhile but there is a new issue of Day Men with art by Brian Stelfreeze. I really liked the first issue but four months between issues is harsh for fan.
This reminds me it is time to watch the “The Fight Before Christmas”!
Another comic by the Fraction guy. Geez take a nap, will ya?
I still wince at Land’s art. Laaaaaaaaannnnnnnddddddd. But the cover of this is Epting and I like the characters and the storyline so I’ll bite bullet again.
That’s it for me this week. What’s on your list? What did I miss?
We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today we have the answer of which JLA member wins the snowball fights.
Scott Snyder today told Twitter followers today that Batman #28 won’t continue the Batman Zero storyline but provide a glimpse at what is coming in the Batman books.
Then I started thinking about all the crazy plans we have in BATMAN, and in BATMAN ETERNAL (the weekly), for Gotham of 2014, and I figured: what if, as a thank you to you guys for all the support, we took a month off from ZY right at the halfway point, and instead did a special issue that showed you what’s coming up in the world of Batman AFTER ZY? Not an issue that cuts to the present, but one that actually shows you a glimpse of the FUTURE of Batman - Gotham circa summer 2014?
So I got to talking with the other Gotham writers, and we agreed that with all the crazy stuff that’s going to happen in 2014 - and my goal above all in 2014 is to keep things daring and fun - it’d be a thrill to do a total spoiler issue. A stand-alone issue that takes place in the near future and reveals all sorts of massive surprises coming to Gotham in the spring and summer of 2014.
He then Tweeted a piece by the artist on the book Dustin Nguyen.
We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today we have a gift from a silent night.
Earlier this year I posted about rumors that Batgirl would finally show up in a Lego set. Batgirl was prominent in the first Batman Lego game and fans have been waiting for an official minifig.
The rumors were right and Batgirl and Nightwing and Damian will all fight, who else, the Joker in a set that should be just heading into stores later this week (with wide availability in January).
Based on other DC themed sets my guess is that this will retail for around $46-49.99.
Sadly my son has moved on from Legos. I’ll wait and order the Batgirl figure off eBay.
Hello, I was thinking about this lately and thought maybe I should ask you, I am all about more female writers and artists in the industry, that's why I am reading Red Sonja, Rocket Girl and Saga and Alex + Ada and others. I love their art styles But what if the female writer isn't just good at all? I mean yes I do believe in equal and fair chances but if she doesn't improve, should she be dismissed? just like any bad writer?
Yes. If you’re not enjoying a writer or don’t think the work is good the you should treat her like any other writer. I’ll admit I’ll give a female writer maybe one more issue of the benefit of the doubt but at some point I just stop buying.
Did you hear the news on the new Flash series casting call for Iris West? It's on the Mary Sue, if you want to check that out. :)
I did see that today. It’s very exciting news. For those who haven’t seen it the casting sheet is calling for an African American actress.
I miss Wonder Woman as a mentor to other female super heroes in the DCU. Remember when she took Supergirl in got the Amazons to train her? That was cool. Why doesn't she act like that anymore?
I miss that too. Supergirl could use a break from the Superbooks. I’d love to Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Wonder Girl interact.
We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today we have a familiar face carrying a sack.
We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today I have … three wise women.
It’s time to celebrate the holidays with the women of DC and today we have a girl who knows how to have a Wonder of a Holiday!
Like a lot of folks, I’ve been saying for years that the Hollywood has been slinging bullshit for years about women and films.
Here’s what I said in an interview last year:
Well that’s Hollywood right? They have these beliefs, and even when there’s proof that they just might be wrong, there’s an excuse. First, you know who goes to movies more, men or women? The answer is WOMEN! What about the belief that only men will see a movie multiples times, but not women? They said that over and over again, until Titanic became one of the biggest grossing films ever. And then you get the line that women can’t open movies. Oh wait, Hunger Games. Snap. Or Twilight. Snap. Comedies starring women can’t open big. Whoops, Sex and the City and Bridesmaids. Black people can’t open moves. Um, sorry Tyler Perry, we can’t hear you. We can’t hear you. It goes on and on.
But Hollywood still stuffs money into films because … DUDES. And yet we saw this year The Lone Ranger (which, let’s face it, was a huge WTF of a movie to begin with) get its ass handed to it by The Heat. And Gravity breaking records at the box office. And this past weekend the double shot of Frozen and Catching Fire.
Of course when you say this stuff you get the pushback from the dudebros who mansplain you and tell you that it just doesn’t work that way.
Well yesterday the NY Times editorial board weighed in (bold is mine)
There’s a tendency in the film world to conclude that if a female-led movie failed, it’s because it was female-led. When Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” fell short of expectations in 2009, it resurrected the cliché that boys won’t see “girl” movies. This summer an emailwent around from a Legendary Pictures representative that described “the presence of a female action hero” as a “tough sell.” The email cited “Sucker Punch,” a 2011 fantasy action movie, which starred a woman and underperformed in ticket sales. (It also received poor reviews.)
Yet before “Sucker Punch” there was “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” “Alien,” and the “Kill Bill” movies. And before “The Princess and the Frog” there was “Pocahontas” and “The Little Mermaid.” “Frozen” and “Catching Fire” add to the long list of films showing that there’s no market-based excuse for the dearth of female leads.
Make sure you read the whole thing.
Will this change anything? I hope so but there are still issues. Just this week we just learned that Wonder Woman has to get on the big screen in Superman movie rather than her own film.
But I think you can only keep saying women don’t open at the box office or women don’t like action movies or female leads so many times when even the NY Times is calling you on your bullshit.
I’ll know I’ll be copying and pasting those paragraphs in a lot of places around the internet for a long time.
It’s time to celebrate the holidays with the women of DC and today we have wonderful visit with the big guy.
The March solicits for DC should start hitting tomorrow and I am hearing that the month will bring another female led one-shot. In February, DC Comics will have both a Lois Lane and Joker’s Daughter one shot written by the new go to female writer at DC, Marguerite Bennett.
For March I am hearing there may be a Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller one-shot. Waller, aka The Wall, debuted in comics almost 25 years, ago is one of the most widely seen women of color in DC’s superhero IP. In addition to appearing in comics, Waller has appeared in animation, the Smallville TV show, the Green Lantern movie and has recently been added to the cast of Arrow.
One would assume that she would be one of the leads in the Suicide Squad movie.
Waller was one of the most controversial changes of the new 52 going from a middle-aged women of size to a younger and svelter character.
While I’m not happy with what they did to Amanda Waller, there aren’t a lot of black women around the DCU and I’ll be happy to see her get some focused attention.
Do you think Gal will bulk up for the role? One of the things I always admired about Wonder Woman was that she has definition and bulk in her muscles. Being someone who will never be stick thin, it gave me motivation when working out to aim for strength and definition, rather than shrinking down to something I will never be.
I don’t know. They had Cavill bulk up for Superman but I don’t know what their approach will be for Wonder Woman.