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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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Jun 29 '14

Happy Pride Sunday: The Annual Look at LGBTQ Characters in DC Comics

Today in several cities it is Pride Sunday, the culmination of National LGBT month. For all of you who walk with pride or have pride in others you walk with, have a great day. To note this day, each year I take a look at the “state-of-the-state” of LGBTQ characters in DC Comics. You can read the previous years posts hereherehere and here.

Last year was a promising year for the company. Batwoman had asked her partner Maggie Sawyer to marry her. And Batgirl’s roomate was revealed as one of the few transgender characters in comics.

This year, however, has not improved things.

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Jun 29 '14

Happy Pride Sunday: The Annual Look at LGBTQ Characters in DC Comics

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Today in several cities it is Pride Sunday, the culmination of National LGBT month. For all of you who walk with pride or have pride in others you walk with, have a great day. To note this day, each year I take a look at the “state-of-the-state” of LGBTQ characters in DC Comics. You can read the previous years posts here, here, here and here.

Last year was a promising year for the company. Batwoman had asked her partner Maggie Sawyer to marry her. And Batgirl’s roomate was revealed as one of the few transgender characters in comics.

This year, however, has not improved things.

Despite having Batwoman ask Maggie to marry her again, the writers of Batwoman walked off the book due to the two main characters not being able to wed.

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While DC has maintained that the issue wasn’t gay marriage as much as just marriage, it was still a lost opportunity to create something that has yet to be seen in DC Comics. 

Frankly this year was one of the most dismal since I started this yearly post. Batwoman is the only book with a prominent LGBTQ character at DC Comics.

Earth 2 has morphed into a Bat-book, giving Alan Scott little page time. Bunker of Teen Titans remains a second tier member of the team. The amount of page time of Alysia Yeoh, Batgirl’s roomate, and Cullen Row, the brother of Harper Row, who appears in Batman Eternal, is even smaller. The Pied Piper is still one of Flash’s rogues but how often is seen? This year also so the cancellation of two books with main characters who were LGBTQ (and Ace) - The Movement and Stormwatch have been cancelled.

At a time when the walls providing legal equality to LGBTQ people are being knocked down by the government, the world of DC Comics seems to be stagnant.

I hope this will change over the coming year.

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Jun 26 '14

Travel in Style with Wonder Woman

Have a little travel to do this summer? What better way to travel than with Wonder Woman backpacks now available at Pottery Barn

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Oh you like traditional roller bags?

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They’ve got. Mind you it’s kid size.

And if you aren’t traveling anywhere but to work or school they have these as well:

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They also have a metal water bottle and hot meal container

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They also have Batman stuff. It’s Pottery Barn so it’s not cheap but this is one of the largest Wonder Woman collections I’ve seen in a while.

Go to it!

h/t to reader Michelle!

Jun 25 '14

Comics to Read, June 25 - The Super Summer Edition!

Once again I want to thank the many folks who drop me notes thanks for these updates and telling me they bought something (and liked it!) because of my recommendation. I love hearing from you and I love that you’re finding new comics to read. So keep ‘em coming.

Now on to this week! And we have several first issues for you!

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So. Superman. Yeah. Aside from a few bright moments (Superman Unchained by Snyder/Lee, the very first issues of Action Comics by Morrison come to mind. Oh and every issue of Smallville by Bryan Q. Miller) the Superman books have struggled over the past 5 years both quality wise and, more importantly for DC, sales wise.

Today they launch their AA+ team on the book, Geoff Johns (who has been one of the better Superman writers through the years) and John Romita Jr., the venerable JRJR of Marvel and Millarverse fame. Can they save Superman? ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE!

This guy Robert Kirkman, I hear he had some success with a Zombie book. This book is going to sell a bazillion copies and is already being made into a TV show by Showtime. The pitch? Demonic possession as a disease.

Six months of Cartoon Network villain and hero crossovers. Mojo Jo Jo < or > than Lex Luthor? You know someone should ask the writer of this, Louise Simonson. I hear she moved a lot of Superman comics back in the day.

If you have a YA level reader and are looking for summer reading materials give this one a try. Or just read if you like quirky, independent, intelligent female characters.

And on to the rest.

Lots to pick this up for this week - Timmy vs. Harper (also it seems that Tim is now as tall as Alfred. Is this a new thing?) Babs vs. Jason and Julia vs. her Dad. 

That cover, right? Zero Year is coming to a close. I thought it was interesting that they referred to it in Batman Eternal this year. Or MAYBE NOT!

The art on this is the book is gorgeous. I’m still loving the conceit of the book - 60’s union activists as superheroes - the pace and quality of the storytelling, while good, could use some more focus. 

The solicit says “Something terrible happens” - I am very afraid and Image didn’t send out the usual review copies. OMGOMGOMGOMG.

You Kamala, I Kamala, we all Kamala. I smile a lot while reading this book.

I hope you took advantage of the weekend sale on this book!

Oh hey Tumblr (waves) I know there a lot of Simone fans out there and really I’m once again going to recommend this book to you especially this issue which has some nice moments between Lara and her girl friend which have the patented Simone - “wait, are they girl friends or girlfriends?” vibe. Also kickassery.

And finally. It’s summer and here’s another recommendation for those of you who have kids or are looking for something nostalgic for yourself 

Are you a Betty or a Veronica? 

That’s it for me this week! What’s on your list?

Jun 24 '14

New Dick Face: Grayson #1 Gets a New Cover

Earlier I posted the preview for Grayson #1 that was provided to The Daily Beast. The cover shown won’t be the one used - the updated cover imaged, from Comixology, is below:

Here’s the original Andrew Robinson cover from when the series was announced (and which is still on the DC Comics site for the issue solicitation). Note also the ship date is now July 9.

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Note also that the “G” in Grayson has gone from red in the original to a blue. Which Dick do you prefer?

Note: this post has been updated to include full dressed cover from Comixology.

Jun 24 '14

A First Look at Grayson

Grayson, the new Dick Grayson solo, debuts next week and we have a sneak preview of the issue, I think. The Daily Beast has an interview with the writers, Tim Seeley and Tom King, and there are some pages that seem to be a teaser for the book. Perhaps these are from tomorrow’s issues? The lovely art is by Mikel Janin.

The co-star in this book is Helena Bertinelli and the writers chat a bit about her as well:

Bertinelli, Grayson’s guide through this world, is a character with a backstory as dramatic as either of the caped crusaders. In most versions of her story, she is the daughter of powerful organized criminals who, like Batman and Dick Grayson, sees her parents murdered before deciding on a life of heroic vigilantism. However, Bertinelli and Batman have frequently clashed over Batman’s “no killing” policy. With Bruce Wayne out of the picture, Dick Grayson is free to cultivate that hitherto underdeveloped aspect of his abilities. Batman will still influence the series, of course.

It sounds like they are keeping Helena’s background but the wording is still a little unspecific.

What do think of the art?

Jun 23 '14

Another Day, Another “Inside Scoop” on Wonder Woman’s Movie Costume

Now that the movie has a title the big question about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice:

WWWWW?*

A few weeks ago we had rumors that she would wear the Jim Lee design from the JMS run.

Given the response to that costume which featured pants along with the response to the Disco Queen outfit designed for Adrianne Palicki for the failed NBC pilot (which also featured pants) I was pretty sure they wouldn’t with pants. 

When the new 52 came around DC went back and forth on whether she would wear pants. In fact at one point promotional materials had her with pants again.

But more interesting it our WWWWW discussion is the costume that the creators wanted her to wear. Here is what Cliff Chiang originally designed for her.

And that costume would appear to be a very, very close representation of what was reported by JoBlo today:

The description of the outfit from our source uses the term “badass” on multiple occasions. This Wonder Woman is ripped right from the comics and has a “traditional, yet sleeker” costume that’s “battle ready.” She’ll have a blue leather skirt, silver-armored cuffs that reach to her elbows, golden tiara (with a design of some sort in the center, possibly the red star) and a variation of the traditional-looking red top (no word on additional armor on it). Her overall appearance is described as “Amazon warrior princess” and definitely not an urban reimagining. She’s there to kick ass and that’s readily apparent. Word is that WB is getting a VERY positive response on her appearance to those they’ve shown it to.

Pretty close, huh?But wait there’s more! She’ll 

have no less than FOUR weapons, including shield, sword, spear, and of course, the traditional lasso. It’s also noted that she will wear the shield on her back, Captain America style, when not in use.

The cool thing about Chiang’s design is her lasso is in her hair. I love that.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of Wonder Woman carrying a bunch of weapons? Do you like the idea of a skirt? What do you think Wonder Woman should wear?
*What Will Wonder Woman Wear?

(Source: joblo.com)

Jun 22 '14

paper-lantern-corps asked:

I was in the relative mindset that Amanda Waller got her "makeover" to better match up with her eventual appearance on Arrow. I mean, DC and Marvel both seem to be using their comics mostly to promote their movies, tv shows, etc..

That’s an interesting theory but the “new” Amanda Waller was conceived in the Spring of 2011 and Arrow went into development in early 2012. The character of Amanda Waller didn’t appear until 2013. And it ignores that Amanda Waller was played by age appropriate actresses Pam Grier and Angela Bassette on TV and movies prior to that.

Jun 22 '14

theimancameron asked:

What DC book has the worst cover this month? Personally I'm peeved by Aquaman #32's!

Batman Eternal 11 featuring Batgirl’s boobs, butt and brokeback.

Jun 22 '14

penisesofficial-deactivated2014 asked:

I think that they changed Amanda Waller's body just to kind of show that she was younger and how her body aged, I guess? I mean it's definitely not uncommon for women to gain weight as they age. And if people truly like the character, they shouldn't care what her weight is. Maybe I'm an optimist or naive in hoping they're not trying to sexualize her.

Sorry to say you’re naive. They sexualized her. The pre-52 Waller didn’t begin her career in government until she her kids were grown. That was what made her so interesting and unique - how many women raise their families and THEN become part of the intelligence system? 

Jun 22 '14

more-like-a-justice-league asked:

Which character do you think is most in need of an ongoing?

Cass Cain. There is so much they can do with that character. The sad part is that she was going to get another ongoing before the new 52.

Jun 22 '14

golden-horses-like-pears asked:

I miss Onyx... I know it's not a questions and she's "back" in the New 52 but it's not the same and it's bumming me out...

I miss the old Onyx as well. 

Jun 22 '14

moviebuff19 asked:

What's your opinion on what DC did to Amanda Waller? I find it offensive & without point.

I’ve written extensively on this topic  - in short it sucks.

Jun 22 '14

cloisismyfairytale asked:

What do you love about Clois?

What’s not to love? One of the most powerful and symbiotic relationships in comics or in modern fiction. 

Jun 22 '14

mushroom1productions asked:

If (and hopefully when) Wonder Woman gets turned into a movie, what would your hopes for her representation be? Would you rather it be like the animated movie where she starts out against men but then learns they aren't AS bad as she thought or what? Also, not a question but given the next Supes v Bats movie, I think her role may have to pertain to maybe Supes, Bats, and possibly Lex mess a lot of stuff up and so the Amazonians prepare to get involved (possible prelude to WW movie). Thoughts?

Oh so many thoughts around this. The interesting thing is that by having Wonder Woman in the Dawn of Justice it means that the standalone Wonder Woman movie won’t be structured as a typical origin movie and thus gets to avoid some of the really not great gender issues of the animated film. I’m concerned about Dawn of Justice, right now it wounds like 10 pounds of superhero shit in a 5 lb bag with all the characters being included.