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DC Women Kicking Ass

Thoughts, pictures, reviews and other stuff about the women in comics who kick ass. This is a feminist site. Deal with it.
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Sep 7 '14

ablackraptor asked:

What's your thoughts on the currently being pitched Supergirl TV series?

I’m hopeful? The super family has done pretty well on TV and the team involved seems to have pretty good track record. But I want light and optimistic Kara not Red Lantern Kara.

Sep 3 '14

Comics to Read Today, 9/3

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!

Sep 2 '14

Everyone! Listen to This Speech by Gene Luen Yang on Diversity and Comics Right Now

On Saturday, writer Gene Luen Yang gave a speech at the National Book Festival where he discussed the issue of diversity in publishing and specifically in comics and it is amazing.

The award-winning Boxers and Saints author began his speech by discussing the importance of Dwayne McDuffie to his own entrance in to comics and to comics overall. McDuffie, of course, fought for diversity in comics ultimately creating his own comic company so he could see people like himself in comics.

Yang talks about the importance of that company, Milestone, because the character Xombi was also an Asian American male.

But he also addresses the issue of diversity in terms of the writer’s responsibility and overcoming the fear of “not getting it right” and suffering the wrath of the Internet.

I strongly recommend that every writer or potential writer in comics listen to this speech. I strongly recommend that every editor and publisher in comics listen to this speech. I strongly recommend every comic reader listen to this speech. And I strongly hope that every person who diminishes diversity in comics with snide remarks listens to this speech.

You can also read the transcript here.

Sep 1 '14

New Interactive Batgirl Book and Costume and More DC Women Merchandise Now Available at Hallmark Stores

Hallmark has long has a relationship with DC Comics for merchandise such as Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. But now they have expanded their merchandise to include some other items.

Earlier this summer the company launched a set of “Itty bitty” toys featuring DC heroes including Wonder Woman:


That’s about the actual size of the doll by the way.

The line also includes Superman, Batman and the Flash. There are also Marvel versions including Spider-Man and Iron Man (sadly no female characters). They are $6.95.

But now Hallmark has released a particularly awesome Halloween item featuring Batgirl. And it is awesome.

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Aug 28 '14

Wonder Woman, Supergirl Featured in Upcoming Six Flags 3D Ride

Six Flags announced a new 3D ride JUSTICE LEAGUE: BATTLE FOR METROPOLIS will debut at two of their parks in 2015. The company PRs state:

As you explore the interactive Hall of Justice, you’ll be given special 3D glasses and a working stun gun to help you battle Lex Luthor and The Joker. They’ve hacked into BATMAN’s computer and kidnapped the world’s favorite superheroes, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, and GREEN LANTERN. Now you must bust into Lex Corp. to rescue them!

Board motion-based vehicles for a wild journey through the Metropolis streets, where you’ll meet up with life-sized animatronics.

Everywhere you look, state-of-the-art 3D imagery will draw you deeper into the adventure. Your unique transporter will take you piloting through a realistic 3D environment.

Can you thwart The Joker’s evil plan to infect the city with laughing gas? Only if you’re brave enough to join the JUSTICE LEAGUE Reserve Team!

While I expected to see Wonder Woman in the game I was surprised to see Supergirl as well although given it is Metropolis that is being battled over perhaps that make sense. (And perhaps another high profile female character that lives in that city?)

The new ride also uses the new versions and costumes of characters.

It’s not clear the whole Justice League will appear in the game - Cyborg is seen in the video but not Aquaman.The game debuts at the parks in Texas and Missouri next Spring.

Aug 27 '14

Comics to Read Today, 8/27 

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.

It appears both 4 & 5 are out today. 

And that’s it for me … maybe. Lois Lane, who you may have heard is getting a YA book next year, is on the cover of two DC Comics this week - Futures End and Batman/Superman. I’m tempted to get them but my budget is so small. Let me know what you think …

Aug 25 '14

Lois Lane YA Novel Coming!

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.


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Aug 24 '14

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.

Aug 24 '14

paletteofstyle asked:

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.

Aug 24 '14

mushroom1productions asked:

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. 

Aug 23 '14

A Tale of Two Asses: Why Can’t Comics Learn?

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.

You may think I am discussing this week’s web explosion over Milo Manara’s variant of the first issue of Spider-Woman. But I could just as well be discussing the 0 issue of Catwoman from two years ago.

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Aug 20 '14

Comics to Read, 8/21

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?

Aug 18 '14

Take a Look at this ASSMAZING Variant Cover for Spider-Woman #1

Marvel continues to give female characters their own books. Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Black Widow, Elektra, Storm and now Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman/

Are you excited?

Check out these covers from Spider-Woman #1. First the regular cover by Greg Land. Oh, wait, you knew that Greg Land was drawing this? 

I feel so bad about Jessica’s leg - where did it go? Perhaps it is with Silk’s spine?

But wait! Here’s the variant from Milo Manara

Marvel has done a terrific job providing their female led books with artists that have strong story telling skills and draw female characters that aren’t objectified.

Until now.

I like Jessica Drew and would have eagerly read this book. 

But those covers?

Land on art?

Talk about mixed signals. Oh well, I still have the other books.

Aug 18 '14

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!

So give us a listen and leave us comments!

Aug 15 '14

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.

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