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Posts tagged Batwoman

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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May 23 '14
Batwoman of Futures End Really Takes That Bat Thing Seriously
Above is my animation of the will one day be lentricular cover of September’s Futures End: Batwoman #1where Batwoman goes vampire:
Now a creature of the night, Batwoman turns against her former lover, Nocturna, in final, deadly conflict!
Of course Kate already had the palor for a vampire, now she has the teeth.
And the certainly got the right artist - the fabulous Rafael Albuquerque of American Vampire.

Batwoman of Futures End Really Takes That Bat Thing Seriously

Above is my animation of the will one day be lentricular cover of September’s Futures End: Batwoman #1where Batwoman goes vampire:

Now a creature of the night, Batwoman turns against her former lover, Nocturna, in final, deadly conflict!

Of course Kate already had the palor for a vampire, now she has the teeth.

And the certainly got the right artist - the fabulous Rafael Albuquerque of American Vampire.

May 18 '14

Pick Up the Original DC Comics 52 for $.99 a Copy through Tomorrow

Comixology is having a $.99 sale on the DC Comics’ landmark weekly, year long series 52. This is the series that introduced Kate Kane as Batwoman and saw Renee Montoya become the Question. It is also, in my opinion, one of the best things that DC Comics has ever done.   

The entire 52 issue series is compelling and is critical reading for anyone who is interested in Renee Montoya but if you are just looking for Kate Kane/Batwoman you probably want issue #7, 9, 11 (her first cover), 28, 33 (another cover with Nightwing), 34, 36, 48 and 52. You can see previews to all of these issue on Comixology

Here’s a look at the meeting between Kate and Renee in 52

Apr 23 '14

Guest Post: Batwoman: Three Authors; Three Kinds of Queer Experience

Last week I made a comment about being by what the the current Batwoman writer Marc Andreyko said in an interview about DADT as part of Kate’s story. Andreyko later stopped by the blog to clarify things. I also received some input on my comment from a reader of the blog, Moira Phippen, which turned into a short discussion on where Batwoman was a character and her thoughts on Andreyko as a writer. I was so taken with her insights that I asked her to expand on them in a guest post. Here she discusses the three different authors that Kate Kane has had and their differing approaches to the character’s queer identity. Her thoughts follow and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I found Kate Kane just around the time of my life that I was beginning to come out, to my friends, family, community, partners, and even to myself. As a character, she is so crucial to me. Seeing a queer-identifying character take on the “Bat” name, and not just a girl, but as a “woman,” self-assured, confident, aware of herself and who she was… I can’t express how much an image like her was meaningful to me as a young adult coming to terms with a conclusion about her sexuality that she had tried her very best to avoid. No matter the writer, Kate has always embraced who she is, no apologies offered. Rucka, Williams, and now Andreyko have become some of my most treasured authors due to the care each have taken with Kate.

As I have grown older, I’ve embarked on my own path to being more like Kate: I try to be brave like her, bold like her, uncompromising like her. My relationship with each writer’s Kate - because they are, all of them, different Kates - has developed with me. In a way, they each represent different kinds of interpretations and portrayals of the queer experience and identity, all of which hold some unique and different value or impact. 

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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)

Feb 18 '14

Batwoman May Cover and Solicit

I like this cover by Albuqerque but really want to see the variant.

BATWOMAN #31
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by JEREMY HAUN
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

The final battle between Batwoman and the Wolf Spider rages across Gotham City! What was hidden in the paintings, and why? A mystery that dates back almost a century is solved, but the danger has never been greater!

Feb 17 '14

Preview of Batwoman #28

Out this week is Batwoman #28 and here is a preview via the fine folks at DC Comics. As a reminder this month’s variants are “steam punk” and the Batwoman cover by Dave Johnson, seen below, is one of my favorites.

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Jan 21 '14

Preview of Batwoman #27

This Wednesday Batwoman gets her third issue by new writer Marc Andreyko. Joining Jeremy Haun on art, according to the cover solicit, is the always wonderful Francis Manapul. Maggie’s daughter makes an appearance in this issue - it will be interesting to see how old she is in this continuity. Below also is the Scribblenauts variant.

(Source: comicbookresources.com)

Nov 29 '13

Happy Birthday Greg Rucka!

Happy Birthday, sir!

From an interview:

Q: How do you write such strong/well-realized/positively portrayed women?

A: I don’t. I write characters. Some of those characters are women.

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Nov 19 '13

An Interview with Batwoman’s New Writer Marc Andreyko

In September, the Batwoman team of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman announced they were leaving the book with issue 26. The firestorm around the reasons they were leaving led DC to move up their departure by two issues and hire a new writer. While replacing a long running team is always a challenge for any writer coming on board during such a volatile transition makes it even more challenging. The writer chosen to replace Williams helped mitigate some of the controversy - Marc Andreyko who had written the DC fan favorite Manhunter.  

Andreyko’s run starts this week with issue #25 (preview here, new replacement cover below ) which is now part of DC Comic’s mini-event centered around Batman Zero. He’ll be joined next month by his Manhunter collaborator Jeremy Haun, who I spoke to last month.  

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When Andreyko was announced there was some speculation DC chose him for the job because he is an out gay man. But as the email interview I did with Andreyko earlier this week shows the idea of his joining Batwoman wasn’t DC’s idea.

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Nov 18 '13

Preview of Batwoman #25 Shows a Tighter Family Connection Between Bruce and Kate

Marc Andreyko’s first issue of Batwoman is out this week and here’s a preview of the issue. As you can see the relationship between Kate and the Wayne family is much closer. Stop back tomorrow for my interview with Marc Andreyko.

(Source: USA Today)

Oct 18 '13

JH Williams III Found Out He Was Off Batwoman Early From the Internet; DC Replaces Williams’ Remaining Covers

This past week saw the release of Batwoman #24 the last issue with any kind of involvement of JH Williams III.

This week Williams’ spoke on his blog about his leaving the title including how he found out the news he and Haden Blackman were leaving early. And to punctuate that Williams is gone, gone, gone from any more Batwoman as the DC solicits page now have the previously solicited covers for #25 and 26 by Williams removed.

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Sep 29 '13

Your First Look at Artist at Batwoman by her new artist Jeremy Haun

I spent the afternoon at the Granite State Con in New Hampshire today and a visit to artist Jeremy Haun was at the top of my list. I’ve been a fan of Jeremy’s work in Red Hood: The Lost Days, Gotham City Sirens and on the Manhunter back-up that appeared in Streets of Gotham. One thing I like about Haun is he draws attractive male and female characters while avoiding some of the posing that plagues other artists when it comes to female characters. Haun, of course, has a new gig one that has gotten a little more interesting than when he first picked it up - working on Batwoman with new writer Marc Andreyko.

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Sep 28 '13

If You’re Into Spandex and Tights Heroes, You’re Going to Love This Shop

A new shop has just launched online and it has an amazing set of superhero inspired women’s clothing. You can check them out here to see the full range but here’s a few pieces that caught my eye which are perfect for a variety of activities.

Looking to commune with fish?

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Going off to protest stupid marriage laws?

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Fighting bad van bros? Okay, this looks good.

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Going to a superhero movie that doesn’t star a woman?

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There’s lot of sizes offered XS to XXL which is nice. 

What do you think?