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DC Women Kicking Ass

Thoughts, pictures, reviews and other stuff about the women in comics who kick ass.
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Mar 27 '14

Whitewashing Again? Dear Colorists and Editors, Please Stop This

A few years ago I was very happy that DC Comics added a young East Indian woman to the Teen Titans. 

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Solstice/Kiran seemed like an interesting character although we barely got to know her before the rebooted the DCU. But a character with the same name showed up in the new 52. Of course, when she showed up she looked a lot different.

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The Teen Titans has been cancelled and will have its last issue in May, not surprising as it has generally been considered one of the worst runs using the title Teen Titans, ever. But before we go we saw Solstice in her human form. 

Sigh.

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Mar 27 '14

Some Familiar Faces in Injustice: Gods Among Us

I’ve stayed far away from this comic given its first arc was basically an ad for Maytag. But as the comic has gone on its premise of an out-of-continuity, multiworld comic (as opposed to the New 52 multiworld, incontinuity comic) has let us see some characters eliminated in the latter.

I mentioned last week that Oracle has shown up in the digital comic penned by Tom Taylor’and that certainly intrigued me. So his Tweet suggesting there was more in chapter 6 made me slap down my $.99.

And I was happy I did. (Spoilers for those who haven’t read it)!

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Mar 26 '14

Comics to Read, 3/26

It’s Spring, except they are predicting snow here. First I want to thank all of you who answer my questions last week - the answers were very interesting. If you didn’t get a chance last week here are the two questions - how do you buy your comics - LCS, digital, online and what gender you identify as. You can respond to this or in Disqus comments. Thanks and I’m going to compile these and share. And now on to the comics. It’s a very slim week this week.

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I’m going to be there’s a mermaid in this as Snyder has been tweeting about Mermaids while promoting this.

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Just read this, ‘k? When it finally gets turned into a TV show you’ll be able tell folks you were reading it before TV got a hold of it.

Yes, this was on last week’s list. I screwed up the dates. So if you went to you store looking for it, time to go back!

I’m curious if anyone is getting this - if you are let me know.

Hawkeye has just been a mess lately when trying to line up solicits and dates. But that is Madame Masque, the art is by Annie Wu and it does seem from the preview still be HawkKate VeronicaMarsing it. So what’s not to like?

I AM A SHIPPER!

And that’s it. I was on the fence for the Amanda Waller one-shot as I like Jim Zub as a writer but the art I saw in the preview does not entice me to spend $4.99. Perhaps YMMV. I was also tempted by Catwoman as Sholly Fisch is filling in as a writer. Again his writing is looking good in the preview but the art didn’t quite work based on what I saw so I’ll save my $2.99 this week. Let me know if you think it is worth it.

What’s on your list? And remember if you didn’t answer the questions last week, do try this week.

Mar 25 '14

Happy Birthday 80th Birthday Gloria Steinem, the Woman Who Put the Wonder Back in Wonder Woman

Gloria Steinem is 80 years old today and as one of the architects and leaders of second wave feminism there is much to be thankful to her for. But because this blog focuses on the women of DC Comics, there is another reason to be thankful for her - she is instrumental in making Wonder Woman have a resurgence in popularity in the 70s by putting together a book containing her early strips and, of course, putting her on the first cover of Ms. Magazine.

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She also pushed DC to undo the “New” mod Wonder Woman of the 70s and give Wonder Woman back her powers.

Steinem said about Wonder Woman:

“Looking back now at these Wonder Woman stories from the forties, I am amazed by the strength of their feminist message. Wonder Woman symbolizes many of the values of the women’s culture that feminists are now trying to introduce into the mainstream.”

While Wonder Woman has appeared on Gloria Steinem’s magazine several times in addition to the one above, Gloria has only appeared along with Wonder Woman once in Darwyn Cooke’s The New Frontier Special (with art by J. Bone where Wonder Woman and Canary break up a Playboy club.

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And there at, literally, the end is a bunny who resembles Gloria Steinem who famously went undercover as a Bunny for an Esquire article.

Happy Birthday, Gloria. 

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And thank you.

Mar 25 '14

sexinentertainmentforevermore asked:

Cept for the fact that that effect is fucking bullshit and false, we can love and adore a characters character and personality when there is a story being told, and we can still love those things when a story is not being told and its just a beautiful cover displaying her visual beauty & sexuality. out of almost 50 titles in the June solcitis, there is 1 cover that has any amount of sexuality on it, are you seriously saying a SINGLE cover in a entire months worth of comics is to much?Fuckyou.

Wow. Your compelling argument and use of language have completely turned me around. thanks.

Mar 24 '14

Here’s Your Gotham Alfred

Fox has released another character image for its Gotham show and this time it is Bruce’s butler, Alfred as played by Sean Pertwee.

What do you think?

Mar 23 '14

theimancameron asked:

Hi there! I was wondering, if you had the choice, who would you get to write and draw an all-women Avengers book (which should totally be a thing), and which women would assemble?

Hmm, Gillen/McKelvie or Immonen/Immonen And I’d have Spider-Woman, Monica Rambeau, HawkKate, Miss America and Captain Marvel and I’d throw in Sif. 

Mar 23 '14

thievingfire asked:

I think the criticisms of N52 Starfire are a bit unfounded. Let me just start off by saying that for comparison, I think new Harley Quinn is an example of poor design and writing. In RHatO, Starfire is written to be a powerful women. She is shown to be confident, smart, breaks the social construct of a 'Slut', and is even revealed to be the captain of an entire spaceship. With all due respect, why do you believe this is not a strong representation of females in comic books?

If you are referring to the criticism of the over for June’s Red Hood and the Outlaw which appeared this week, it has nothing to do with the points you are making. You can take the most capable, intelligent woman who ever existed and if you stick her in a barely there bikini lean against a muscle car looking like she’s hot from the sun while her two male colleagues stand by fully clothed, and it would have the same effect. 

Mar 23 '14

irradiatedtaquito asked:

i know this is probably a dumb question, but is it possible to buy prints of the art from batwoman? some of those pages and covers are gorgeous, and i'd love to have a poster/print of them but i can't seem to find anywhere that sells them

I don’t think it is dumb at all - the art is beautiful. I haven’t seen an licensed posters of Batwoman’s art but maybe ask J.H. William’s on his blog? He does sell his original art there and knows something?

Mar 23 '14

paper-lantern-corps asked:

What do you think of *ARROW SPOILERS* Tara Strong's cameo on the new Arrow as Harley Quinn? I think the fact that they actually had a voice actress do the talking instead of a regular actress says that they don't plan on letting her out of the cell anytime soon, which is a bit of a shame, but what do you think?

From what I hear, for now it was just an Easter egg. The cast is a little full now on Arrow so I’m not concerned that she’s not on right now.

Mar 21 '14

Here’s Your “Gotham” Catwoman

Fox’s Gotham has released an “official” image of their 14 year old Selina Kyle as played by Camren Bicondova and here it is:

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Perhaps, as this is set in the past, she is a Madonna fan? I do like the two buildings giving her “cats ears”

What do you think?

Mar 19 '14

Comics to Read, Today 3/19

Happy new comics day! Today I ask that you answer a question for me by replying to this post either in Disqus comments or in Tumblr. The question is - where do you buy your comics? LCS, mail order or digital? And if you could, if you feel comfortable, whether you identify as male or female. Thanks.

And now on to the comics and … what a great week! Let’s start with a first issue (okay technically a first issue, but there’s a #1 on the cover)

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It’s been a very long break for American Vampire but it is finally back. As you can guess from the cover, it has moved on from 50’s America to the 60s. Can’t wait!

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I loved the first issue and can’t wait to read this. By the way the sales were around 50K for the first issue - so if you bought the first issue, buy the second as well because the fall off from 1st to second is pretty harsh.

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I’m enjoying Andreyko’s writing on this book but I will say that Kate’s style has dramatically dropped off since the book changed teams. Kate Kane dressed in Flip Flops and a short t-shirt with jeans? Really? Please give her back her sense of fashion!

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You know that costume works so well on Harley …

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So I guess we’ll declare this Snyder returns week, as in addition to American Vampire we have the return of a Superman Unchained which as been delayed a bit. 

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Did you read the review of the first issue? If so you’ll want to pick up this issue, too!

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You’re reading this, right? The writer? He’s good and all but let’s talk about that Michael Lark art! Amazing. 

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Everyone, KEGELFACE!  So dirty, funny and imaginative - and that’s just the letters column. 

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Rocket Girl is very fun because, well, she has a Rocket! Also Amy Reeder draws her.

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I really enjoyed this first issue and I’ll note how cool it is that Image has not one, but two books with older women as leads between this and Velvet. So if you didn’t pick up the first issue - here’s the pitch: police procedural with a Sci-Fi bent that shakes up the old cop/young cop dynamic.

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The second issue is as fast paced as the first and I think perfectly okay for you to jump on without having read it. 

That’s it for me. What’s on your list? And also please take the time, if you can, to answer the questions at the top!

Mar 18 '14

First Look at Costume for Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlett Witch

Elizabeth Olsen has already said she won’t be wearing the familiar comic costume for her role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch in the Avengers sequel

"I don’t think Joss ever would have hired me, honestly, if he wanted me to wear those outfits; I am not a professional athlete and nor am I a model. Wearing those costumes wouldn’t be fun for anyone who wasn’t those things. He already had a different idea. It respects and involves the comic-book character but it’s different, more rooted. It’s for someone today.”

But what will she wear?

We got our first look tonight with some concept art via Marvel:

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Mar 18 '14

All Your Covers and Solicits for DC Women in June

Except for Red Hood and the Outlaws because I’m not posting that one twice. Also these are the regular covers - most of these will also have “bombshell” covers. 

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BATWOMAN #32
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by JEREMY HAUN
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
At last, Nocturna makes her presence in The New 52 known! And Batwoman must face her past when her former girlfriend from West Point comes to town!

That is a gorgeous cover. I really don’t like the idea of a “bombshell” cover on this book. Moving on!

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BATGIRL #32
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. This story was previously scheduled to appear in BATGIRL #31.
Clandestine meetings, tapped phones, video surveillance – Barbara Gordon is being watched! Who has it in for her, and how can Batgirl investigate without compromising her secret identity?

As the solicit says this is resolicit of May which is now a fill-in by Marguerite Bennett. No cover for that yet.

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HARLEY QUINN #7
Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by CHAD HARDIN
Cover by AMANDA CONNER
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
1:25 Variant by AMANDA CONNER
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details.
Welcome to Ladies’ Night, where Harley gets her butt kicked by Big Bertha Bensonhurts at the roller derby, starts a massive bar fight and teams up with Poison Ivy to find out who hired all those pesky assassins!

Harley’s old costume! Harley is now the biggest female character in DC Comics according to sales. Discuss!

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BIRDS OF PREY #32
Written by CHRISTY MARX
Art by ROBSON ROCHA and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by JORGE MOLINA
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s time to settle some scores! Amanda Waller may have kept Kurt Lance alive, but she also kept him hidden from Black Canary. Now it’s on: Birds of Prey vs. the Suicide Squad!

What you didn’t believe me about Harley? Interestingly while Canary has a “bombshell” statue, there is no bombshell variant. Seems like a missed opportunity especially given Harley’s guest appearance in her new 52 costume. I can’t help but think just a little of the wonderful Birds of Prey/Secret Six cross over that Gail Simone wrote. Sniff.

WORLDS’ FINEST #24
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by R.B. SILVA and JOE WEEMS
Cover by BARRY KITSON
On sale JUNE 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Get ready for action as Power Girl and Huntress begin their journey back to Earth 2! Plus, Desaad returns!

I’ve kinda lost patience with this book but it nice to Barry Kitson on a cover.

WONDER WOMAN #32
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by GORAN SUDZUKA
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The casualties are mounting as Wonder Woman’s divine family tears itself apart – and Diana prepares to make everyone feel her power as the God of War

Every month Cliff Chiang breaks my heart by creating the most amazing covers for this book.

SUPERGIRL #32
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO and RAY McCARTHY
Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“Red Daughter of Krypton” rages though this issue! Supergirl’s Red Lantern powers – and allies – are about to be tested as a Worldkiller1 arrives from Kara’s past to destroy her!

I can’t remember, was Supergirl as Black Lantern in Blackest Night? Also why does she wear a mask. Also just, why?

CATWOMAN #32
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE and TOM NGUYEN
Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
DC Collectibles Bombshells variant cover by ANT LUCIA
On sale JUNE 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will arrive in stores with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The Race of Outlaws takes a major turn as we find out Catwoman has entered the race as a double agent! But who is she working for? And how will it affect her efforts for her favorite team – herself!

I’m not quite sure what happens with this book given the peek we had in Batman Eternal of a future Catwoman. I’m not quite sure what happens with this book given the peek we had in Batman Eternal of a future Catwoman who I have to say interested me much more.

TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #12
Written by RAY FAWKES
Art by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover by VICTOR IBANEZ
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Pandora’s world continues to crumble as fellow immortal Vandal Savage makes her wish she really could die!

Hard to believe this book is coming up on a year old. 

And that’s it! So let me ask you - what’s your favorite of these titles? What title is the one most in need of an overhaul?

Mar 18 '14

Preview for Batwoman #29

Batwoman #29 is out this week and we have a fill-in artist with Jason Masters giving Jeremy Haun a break. We also have a Robot Chicken cover which is pretty funny.

(Source: newsarama.com)