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Numerous outlets are reporting that TNT is close to green lighting a pilot based on DC Comics Titans series.
Entertainment Weekly reports:
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?
What do you think?
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?
DC Comics has been using variant covers to drive sales for the past few months so we’ve had Bombshell covers, Mike Allred variants, and even selfie covers.
In December, perhaps as a gift to readers who dream for the time when DC Comics’ superheroes looked like, well, superheroes we get Darwyn Cooke variants.
Here are the ones for female led comics and, shockingly, there isn’t a brokeback or receptive bulbous heart shaped ass among them.
Last week in Batwing: Future’s End #1 there appeared to be an appearance of what looked like the long missing from comics Cassandra Cain.
Several blogs picked up on this and I had numerous people asking about it to the point and surprised I hadn’t written about it.
And there’s a reason for that.
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.
So please give us a listen and leave a comment.
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.
You can order and pre-order these books through my Amazon store.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 …