Happy New Comic Day. Let’s get to some things you may want to pick up today including a first issue.
George Perez has written and created some of my favorite female characters and excels at world building so how could I resist the first issue of his new female team book for Boom!? There’s a lot here in the first issue in terms of character introductions and plot set-up and it isn’t all smooth but Perez is a master and manages to traverse this in style. Give it a try!
Well, it only took three years but Stephanie Brown has her own comic cover. Just one more Batgirl to bring back in the CURRENT comic timeline. You know which one.
This is a one-shot but how can I resist Gwen Stacy unfridged to become Spidey even for one issue?
Feel down? Take one WicDiv and call me in the morning.
Wow, the whole lesbian/vampire subtext is just text this month in Batwoman this month. So that’s why she’s been so pale. Actually I saw the preview and this looks interesting.
The stories for Sensation have been hit or miss for me but overall I’m enjoying Wonder Woman book to read each month.
And that’s it for me this week - what’s on your list?
DC Comics Debuts First Ever Female Creators Panel at NYCC
Yesterday the list of panels at NYCC was released and, low and behold, there was a panel that has been 75 years in the making:
Get an inside look at some of the amazing work from DCE’s female creatives at the “Women Of DC Entertainment” panel which will include JOKER’S DAUGHTER writer Marguerite Bennett, new series GOTHAM ACADEMY writer Becky Cloonan, HARLEY QUINN writer/artist Amanda Conner, WONDER WOMAN writer Meredith Finch, COFFIN HILL writer Caitlin Kittredge, SECRET SIX writer Gail Simone, and new BATGIRL artist Babs Tarr. Saturday 6:15pm Room Room 1A06
Since I began this blog some 4 plus years ago I haveexpressedconcern about the lack of female creators on DC panels at Cons. You know to avoid panels like this from a few years ago:
It’s gotten better over the years as DC has expanded its roster of female creators beyond Gail Simone.
Also it was interesting that while DC could barely find room for some female creators at their panels - Marvel’s female editors proposed and ran a “Women of Marvel” panel at NYCC and other cons.
I’ve spoken over the years about why DC hasn’t done a “Women of DC” panel and received different answers the saddest implying that the company can submit only so many panels at NYCC and other major shows and didn’t see such a panel as a priority over others.
Priorities, perhaps, have now changed.
Or perhaps it is simply because DC Comics finally has enough female creators to create a robust (although sadly not very diverse) panel.
DC Comics’ new set of female creators could be seen as a confluence of a number of factors. Certainly having some new editors on-board who are open to newer talents which would include a bigger pool of female creators could be a reason.
It’s ironic that Marvel who has owned these panels is in a position of having fewer ongoing female creators - Kelly Sue DeConnick, G. Willow Wilson, Sara Pichelli and Marguerite Bennett (who is also doing work for DC Comics).
I was surprised to hear this week that Marvel is not inviting ANY of its female writers to their writers conference where they map out their stories for the next year.
The reason? You have to be a writer under contract to be invited. And? Well, Marvel has no female writers under contract. And? So we have no female writers going to the conference (This messaging was delivered to me by Dan Slott who never misses an opportunity to defend his publisher on line).
The suggestion that there was some chicken and the egg logic to this fell on deaf ears for some.
So what is up with the decline in the number of female creators at Marvel? I know that some female creators were drawn to the vision of Stephen Wacker who also pushed for some of their newer female characters such as Ms. Marvel.
But he is no longer at Marvel Comics.
The good news is that Jeanine Schaefer one of the creators of the “Women of Marvel” panels is now in charge of new talent at Marvel. So I suspect this will change soon.
Schaefer will be front and center at the Women of Marvel panel at NYCC on Sunday at 1:15:
From Ms. Marvel to Black Widow, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in the industry recently. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Plus, plenty of special announcements! Panelists will include Editor Sana Amanat, Talent Scout Jeanine Schaefer, Associate Producer Judy Stephens, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel) and Erica Henderson, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!
And that means for the first time at a con both DC and Marvel are putting their female creators in the spotlight.
While it is still important to have women embedded in ALL panels, the fact the both publishers are now devoting their resources to highlighting their female creators is a important moment that should be noted and applauded.
Are you following the Inside Gotham Academy Tumblr?
Over the weekend I had a chance to read the first issue of Gotham Academy from DC Comics and loved it. Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl have created a comic that is unlike anything else in the DC line-up.
If you have been looking to get into comics or get someone you know into comics, this is great series to start with. Actually if you like any of the below:
House of Anubis
And even if you don’t like any of those, you should still read the first issue.
With the support of the creative team, last night a semi-official Tumblr for the comic Inside Gotham Academy went live now and has over 500 followers.
Go follow! You never know what might get posted! Also if you have fan art, this is the place to submit.
In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”
Before you get too excited it is reported that Akiva Goldsman who also wrote the movies that destroyed a Batman franchise, Batman & Robin, is writing.
So perhaps this is where Wally West may show up on TV? And how funny if Donna Troy ends up on screen before Wonder Woman.
Are you ready for a once a week dose of the Grayson? Did you just say the words, Matt Bomer?
Sooo many comics today. Let’s watch the money fly out of our wallets.
Greg Rucka is back with another arc of Stumptown. You probably have heard Kelly and I discuss our love for this book on 3 Chicks Review Comics. There’s a new artist on this arc, Justin Greenwood, who most recently did The Fuse. It’s a big change from Matthew Southworth who I adored but I’m willing to give an issue to see how he settles in. If you aren’t familiar with Rucka’s female detective Dex Parios you might want to fix that.
There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s a woman and the town is on another planet populated by all kinds of creatures. If you liked Firefly you may like this. I really enjoyed the first issue. Give it a try.
Kamala! And that cover. Just another issue of the comic changing the comics audience. Join us!
What’s that look on Carol’s face? Did she just see the entire line up of movies from Kevin Feige? Or maybe she just realized there’s only two more issues of Hawkeye?
That cover is so pulpy I could drink it for breakfast with my eggs and bacon. Love this book.
Double Rucka week! Man, those Gotham Central guys Brubaker and Rucka really know how to write female characters.
Did anyone pick this up the first issue after Kelly and i reviewed it on 3 Chicks? I didn’t have it my picks this week but you might want to try this series so it is here this week.
Time to start the Scott Snyder part of our picks - first Superman Unchained.
Future Batman - Is that Dick? Looks Like Dick.
And finally Batman Eternal.
Also this week you may want to catch up with this series by Erica Schultz (she also co-wrote the new Revenge trade). The lead here is also all about revenge. If you like Velvet and Elektra you should really give this one a try. The best way to find this one is on Comixology.
And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?
The title of this podcast has two lies in it this week - there are only two chicks reviewing one comic. Kelly and I were a bit under the weather and we both adore Jen Van Meter so just made the whole show about Jen.
I hope you picked up the first issue of her reboot of Dr. Mirage but perhaps this interview and review will push you do just that!
We also take about Jen’s other work including Hopeless Savages and Kickstarters.
You mentioned on Twitter you enjoyed Grayson: Future's End #1, and I was curious, what were one or two things in particular you enjoyed about it?
I thought the writing was quite strong. While I may not like all of the future Dick Grayson that was shown, I thought the approach that Tom King took to telling the story was interesting and frankly a bit more sophisticated than I’ve seen for Dick in awhile. I also liked the interplay between Helena and Dick.
Hi, I'm a middle school English teacher & I want to assign some graphic novels for my unit on Heroes & Mythology. My first choice is AllStar Superman, but I'd like to diversify the lineup. Are there any female led GNs appropriate for middle schoolers you can recommend? Azzarello's Wonder Woman is far too sexual & graphic I fear for my students. Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
Hi, Wonder Woman makes much more sense! The challenge with Wonder Woman is there isn’t tons of her stuff in print. I’d recommend JLA: A League of One or the Hiketia but unfortunately the prices are pretty high on Amazon. You might give Simone’s Circle and The End of the Earth a try.
My library has 2 recent books on Wonder Woman: 'Wonder Woman Unbound' by Tim Hanley & 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman' by Jill Lepore (On Order, apparently not out yet). I was wondering if you had thoughts on or had heard anything about either? I've seen positive stuff on (fittingly) Amazon but decided to still send in an Ask in case you had more thoughts or info. (Thank you in advance!)
Tim Hanley’s Wonder Woman Unbound is great. He’s been a guest blogger here a few times and we just did an interview with him on 3 Chicks. I only hear a bit about it Lepore’s book which is out in October. I suspect it will be very interesting.
What are your thoughts on Dani Moonstar? I appreciate that she's a high profile Cheyenne character, but sometimes I feel like her depictions are stereotypical as opposed to authentic. How do we balance a desire for diverse characters with the criticism that they're not represented in a stereotypical way?
I like the character although I haven’t read her since Fearless Defenders. I think the question you’re asking is a good one. Did you read the speech that Gene Luen Yang made last week about writing diverse characters? I think if every writer who was ever presented with a character of diversity read it and learned from it comics would be a lot better.
It’s September! Time to go back to school and DC to do those crazy ass variants!
Let’s start with a first issue and I have a good one for you this week
I’m a big fan of Jen Van Meter - she excels at both world building and creating vivid characters to drop into those worlds. Here newest effort from Valiant showcases those skills. Dr. Mirage aka Shan Fon is a paranormal investigator who is suffering from the death of her husband. Most recently she’s taking on gigs ala the “Long Island Medium” because she needs the money. But then she is brought a client tied to paranormal research from WW II. There’s a lot of exposition in this issue but it is interesting exposition that lets us get to know and like Shan despite her prickly personality. It also builds some dread around her latest client giving the last page a sense of danger. The artwork by Roberto De La Torre is loose and evocative and helps build a sense of the mystery and eeriness. Pick this one up and let me know what you think.
I’m hit or miss with Peter Milligan but Vertigo has been doing well with new titles. According to Milligan “‘The Names’ is a story about money, it’s a story about power. It’s a story about one 25-year-old woman who goes up against that money and power: Katya, who’s our hero.” Not loving the cover, though.
I was not provided with preview copy so let me know what you think.
How can I say not to the guy who created the late, great Starling from Birds of Prey? No female lead here, but the male lead has a interesting talent that gets him in and out of trouble - he can read people’s intentions by color. This is a gritty story and I’m not 100% in love with the art but Swierczynski made me interested to pick up issue #2.
I love this book. Now with extra Hawkeye. (Is it wrong to hope for BOTH Hawkeyes?
Uh oh, Jen’s got her glasses on - someone is going down.
The architect is back which I just see as confirmation Gates of Gotham happened which means Cass Cain is around SOMEWHERE.
This book …. brrrrrrrr. Serial Killers.
That’s it for me. I know given the headline I should buy at least one motion variant. I’m on the fence about Grayson: Futures End as the art in the preview didn’t really work for me. Also why didn’t that motion cover have Dick facing the other way to tie in with the title?
What’s on your list? And let me know what you think about any of the books you picked up!
The traditional rather than official end of summer is here. I’m sad to see summer go but there so many comics to look forward to in the fall it helps mitigate it. Here’s some to close up the season.
I don’t have any official first issues for you this week but I do have an issue that is good for you to jump on to a series.
I’ve included this book in my picks for awhile and this starts a new arc where Gail Simone is joined by Rhianna Pratchett the writer of the Tomb Raider game this comic is based on. I’m not a gamer and really only know Lara Croft from the movies but I still enjoy this comic which has a well-written female lead. Give it a try.
If you didn’t pick up the first issue of this grab it and then read this one.
Have you been reading this? What do you think? I’m actually enjoying it more than The Walking Dead …!
Bad ass Mother-in-Law. Bad ass babysitter. Together they fight crime (just kidding but you would read that, wouldn’t you?
When Conner/Palmiotti came on board they tweaked Harley’s costume to look more like roller derbier. And there you go.
Lois Lane will be getting the YA novel treatment come January from author Gwenda Bond. The book, titled Fallout, is from Capstone/Switch will focus on young Lois Lane just starting out in Metropolis. The 304 page book will be released in January (Update: the writer says May). Will Superman appear? Check out the blurb below to see.
After This Week, Something Sweet About Female Superheroes
So. This week sucked to be talking about women in comics, no?
Well how about some candy?
It’s pretty sad but I get excited every time any item features a female character when a superhero line up is shown. Earlier tonight someone asked me about the lack of Gamora in the GOTG items and more often than not that’s the way it is. But I recently saw some candy that was more inclusive:
Apparently when it comes to superhero candy girls are okay to include.
Any thoughts on the lack of Gamora merchandise? (in reference to the Children's Place and their dated response to the lack of Gamora representation & other retailers as well)
I’m not surprised at all to be honest. I’ve written time and time again about how Wonder Woman has been left out of or pushed to the back for promotions from snack cakes to decorative items. It wasn’t always this way but today the marketing for superheroes is today is very gender specific and the appearance on a woman on stuff for boys makes it into a “girl thing” - its incredibly sad. There have been some bright spots this year but the lack of Gamora is just another example the no-girls thinking.
2 Questions about WW: How would you feel about Geoff Johns writing her? And, who would be your ideal writer for her (who hasn't written her on her own book before)?
Geoff Johns isn’t my favorite Wonder Woman writer based on his JSA run where she came across as “lecture woman” - but perhaps he’d surprise me. He did write an awesome Mera. Of the top writers at DC right now, I’ve said many times that I’d love to Scott Snyder take her on and I think we’ll probably see that in the not so distant future. Outside of DC Comics I’d really like to see a Kathryn Immonen run - I adored her JIM with Sif. Can you imagine if Wonder Woman had gotten the husband/wife team of the Immonens? I’d have cried tears of joys.
Let’s walk through the scenario - A large comic publisher seems to have an opportunity or desire to expand their readership to include more women and thus increase revenue. They issue a cover that shows one of their female characters in a highly sexual pose with a distorted ass.
Happy Wednesday comics fans! This week there is three first issues for you - who said summer was slow?
First up is a comic that has been anticipated and worked on for years and, based on the first issue, will be read and analyzed for probably just as long.
I’m far from a Morrison fanboy, but I was looking forward to this (perhaps not quite as much as a certain other book of his but …) I’ve read the first issue a few times and I’m still not ready to process it. But if you like superhero comics, like the idea of different comic worlds, like to diverse versions of your favorite DC characters (and Marvel characters) and prefer it with a huge topping of meta and fourth wall breaking - this is the comic for you. (Also see that Mary Marvel on the cover - can we all send that to the Rock?)
If you listened to 3 Chicks a few weeks ago you heard Ed Brubaker talk a lot about The Fade Out his new ongoing from Image that debuts today. Brubaker knows how to write comic film noir and his partners Sean Phillips and Bettie Breitweiser make it look as rich as engaging as any noir movie. So good.
Last week I made the first digital issue of Sensation Comics - the new digital first comic starring Wonder Woman - my top pick. This week you can 1) buy the newest digital chapter 2) got to the LCS and buy the floppy of all four first chapters. What you can’t do, and please correct me if I am wrong, is buy the digital version of the floppy issue out today. So that means the LCS readers will see the two chapters by Cat Staggs and Amanda Deibert before digital readers. That seems strange. I’ll wait to weigh in until I can get to the LCS and as I was not provided with a review copy.
And now on to the rest of today’s picks!
So good. Sooooo good. Or as we say in Boston, WICKED GOOD.
You know who is awesome? Storm. Did you read my interview with Greg Pak? No? Click away and read and see a preview including Wolverine.
Marvel, Marvel, Marvel. How can you give us the absolute wonderfulness of this book and then give us … yeah. I wonder if Wolverine is contractually obligated to show up in all the Women of Marvel books?
I’m not sure where this storyline is going but I will probably follow Kate Kane mostly anywhere.
Bad ass Gordons ASSEMBLE!
This was on my list of picks last week and if you read it you know it is very relevant to what is going on in the news. And again why isn’t Afua Richardson getting more work?
That’s it for me - unless I totally missed a book you think I should be reading! And what are you picking up? And if you read the comics above - what did you think?
New 3 Chicks with Black Widow Writer Nathan Edmundson
There’s a 3 Chicks ready for download so get thee to the iTunes or PodBean! This week we chat with writer Nathan Edmundson about Black Widow. We talk about his take on the character and how he works with Phil Noto.
We also review two comics Hexed #1 and She-Hulk #7 - What did we think?
And we wrap it up with a discussion about Marvel vs. DC movies and Boston Comic Con. And … because YOU demanded it … a DRAMATIC READING!
Guest Post: “Some of My Best Friends are Straight”: Boston Comic Con’s Queer Comics Panel
Note: One of my favorite guest posters (and fellow Bostonian) Jon E. Christianson is back with a look at the Queer Comics panel from this past weekend’s BCC.
The (convention) halls were alive with the sights of lines this past weekend in Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Comic book creators had winding lines. Celebrity panel lines were an ouroboric nightmare.
Boston Comic Con had all the right lines in all the expected places, except for one panel. BCC’s first annual Queer Comics panel, tucked away in a room for maybe one hundred people, boasted a line the convention was not prepared for. It snaked through hallways, around corners, and eventually doubled upon itself.
People were turned away at the door. Hosted by journalist Brigid Alverson, the panel featured four panelists: writer/artist Tana Ford (Duck, New Warriors), writer Jennie Wood (Flutter, A Boy Like Me), podcaster and writer Amber Love (podcast Vodka O’Clock, Holyoak), and Geeks OUT! president and co-founder Joey Stern.
From left to right, Tana Ford, Jennie Wood, Amber Love, Joey Stern. Photo by Ashley Hansberry
Alverson offered a brief overview of queer comics history, noting that societal changes and self-publishing have contributed to the genre’s success.
“What queer works have resonated with you?” Alverson asked the panel.
Greg Pak Talks Storm and a Look at the Second Issue
In July Marvel Comics made some major announcements regarding diversity in its comic line - Thor will now be a woman and the Captain America title will now be taken by Sam Wilson. But July also saw the first issue of Storm, one of the only ongoing superhero comics ever launched that is headlined by a black woman. The first issue sold just shy of 50K copies in print. (Marvel does not report digital sales although industry buzz says that is a robust business for certain titles).
The second issue is out next week (preview below) and I chatted a bit with writer Greg Pak about Storm and what we can expect to see from the series.
Q. So Storm has been in four movies, animated shows and even has her own ride in Orlando. You’ve been talking about wanting to do a solo Storm series for three years. Why do you think it has take so long to get a series?
I imagine it’s a combination of things. Marvel’s had some great success in recent months and years with solo books featuring female characters. So I figure that’s played into it, which is awesome. And there’s the fact that Storm is the favorite character of Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum, and eventually he was going to get this book of the ground. I just feel fortunate that I was available and on Daniel’s radar when he started looking for a writer. (Thanks, Daniel!)
Comics to Read Today, 8/13 - The Wonder Woman Sensation Edition
Greetings fellow comic fans, after a much needed vacation I am back with some comic picks for the week. As usual I am starting with a first issue of a new comic or actually an old comic!
Today we get the first chapter of the digital first comic Sensation Comics starring Wonder Woman. When the project was announced last year I wrote about why I thought it was important chief among them it gives Wonder Woman a second title of her own for the first time 62 years.
Today is the first chapter of one of two stories that will end up in a floppy out next week. It’s interesting that the first issue of Wonder Woman is set in Gotham but it gives writer Gail Simone a chance to write not one but two characters she closely associated with - Wonder Woman and Barbara Gordon as Oracle. As you can see from the cover costumes this is very out of continuity. It’s take 62 years to get Wonder Woman another title that doesn’t include her taking second bill to her boyfriend, if you want more you may want to drop the $.99 to buy this today to tell DC you want more.
The current arc of Captain Marvel has been quite enjoyable. Hey that makes me think - you know who should be on the silver screen in their own movies? Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel! Wonder why that hasn’t happened yet?
You may be familiar with Genius which won the Top Cow pilot season many years ago. Or you may not. Doesn’t matter I strongly recommend you pick it up (be aware this contains adult language). Woman of color lead and incredible art by Afua Richardson who, come to think of it, would draw an awesome Wonder Woman (or just about anything - get to it comic publishers).
A man and woman are able to make time stand still by having sex! Kegel face! Brimping. You know who doesn’t make kegel face? Wonder Woman.
Gail Simone OWNS the female warrior comic book world today because she is writing Red Sonja AND Wonder Woman today.
Zero Year is over but that Snyder keeps writing! During Boston Comic Con Snyder said he wants to write Wonder Woman - let’s make that happen DC! (Also I think we’ll probably see Wonder Woman appear in the next arc along with every character in the DCU!)
I spoke to Tim Seeley for awhile during Boston Comic Con about how they manage to the writing on the multi-author multi-character book and it was pretty interesting. No Wonder Woman in this book … so far (actually I doubt she’ll show up but wouldn’t it be awesome?)
I bet you’re wondering how I’ll work Wonder Woman into this? Hah, Eve Coffin was a Boston cop - Wonder Woman lived in Boston during Perez’s run.
And that’s it for me this week. What did I miss? What’s on your list?
Boom Studios has long been put out some great comics. Over the last year they have also had some comics that have the imprint rivaling Image for quality and freshness including Dead Letters and Lumberjanes. Now you can buy a whole collection of their comics while helping the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. For just over $15 (or more if you have it - CBLD is an important organization) you can get 95 comics.
These are digital comics but are DRM free and multi-format. Check out the offer at HumbleBumble.
It’s almost time for the dog days of summer or perhaps I should say “pizza dog” days of summer given today’s picks. This week I have a first issue for you to try and, sadly, the last issues of two comics by two of my favorite creators.
The PR for this says “four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies – all set in London” and, really, they had me at London and detectives. Vertigo continues to offer interesting material under the steady hand of Shelley Bond and this is a good example. The writer is Si Spencer and he’s joined by multiple artists including Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotray. Really looking forward to this one.
Fresh off their Eisner win for best limited series, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy give us the last issue of The Wake. Very sad to see this book go but at least I have Snyder’s Wytches to look forward too.
If you didn’t have the chance, Kelly and I did a very long interview with Ed Brubaker on 3 Chicks a few weeks ago and we chatted a lot about Fatale which also has it’s last issue today and what a conclusion. If you haven’t been reading this, it’s time to catch up so you appreciate this issue.
And now on to the rest of the week:
The first issue of Outcast was just about perfect. I think this Kirkman guy has a way with horror stories.
We are down to the last few issues of Hawkeye which ends with issue #22. I don’t have to tell you what a great book this has been to read and I hope these three (and Annie Wu) come together again after this run.
Nguyen is on art - Sold!
I’m really interested to see where Rucka takes this.
Red Sonja gets a 0 issue and I can I just say that Sonja knows how to party?
It’s take awhile (The first issue was a year ago) but it is Stelfreeze art.
Harley Quinn and the GNU 52.
That’s it for me - what did I miss? What’s on your list?
The costume has her wearing boots. I don’t care for the inclusion of boots. Yes, she’s been drawn wearing heeled boots (including here, her first cover appearance)
but she’s also been drawn wearing greek sandals
and boots with no heel.
So there is no continuity over the last 70 plus years although there certainly has been some rethinking of how female characters are presented in media during that time.
A few years ago when they were making the disastrous NBC pilot they also had Wonder Woman wearing a heel. Here’s what I said then:
Wonder Woman is free of vanity. For her a costume should be utilitarian — to cover what needs be covered and to make her recognizable to scare off weak-willed adversaries and alert others to her involvement.
Having heels on her boots adds nothing. A boot heel will not make her run faster or kick harder or assist her in doing her job or make her recognizable. The only thing a heel does is please the eye. And that is something Wonder Woman should not care about.
A few folks have stated the heel is required to give her the height to stand with her co-stars Affleck and Cavill. That also does not require a costume with a heel as we’ve seen from dozens of films starring actors who are shorter than their female co-stars.
This is not about hating high heeled boots; I love high heeled boots. It’s fine if Wonder Woman wore them in her “civilian” identity. Rather, this is about questioning a costuming choice which puts the emphasis on Hollywood’s requirements for a Woman rather than the Wonder of the character.
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!
TV's Revenge Comes to Marvel Comics: A Chat with the Co-Writer and Exclusive Artwork
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.