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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.
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.
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!
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.
In July Marvel Comics made some major announcements regarding diversity in its comic line - Thor will now be a woman and the Captain America title will now be taken by Sam Wilson. But July also saw the first issue of Storm, one of the only ongoing superhero comics ever launched that is headlined by a black woman. The first issue sold just shy of 50K copies in print. (Marvel does not report digital sales although industry buzz says that is a robust business for certain titles).
The second issue is out next week (preview below) and I chatted a bit with writer Greg Pak about Storm and what we can expect to see from the series.
Q. So Storm has been in four movies, animated shows and even has her own ride in Orlando. You’ve been talking about wanting to do a solo Storm series for three years. Why do you think it has take so long to get a series?
I imagine it’s a combination of things. Marvel’s had some great success in recent months and years with solo books featuring female characters. So I figure that’s played into it, which is awesome. And there’s the fact that Storm is the favorite character of Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum, and eventually he was going to get this book of the ground. I just feel fortunate that I was available and on Daniel’s radar when he started looking for a writer. (Thanks, Daniel!)
Greetings fellow comic fans, after a much needed vacation I am back with some comic picks for the week. As usual I am starting with a first issue of a new comic or actually an old comic!
Today we get the first chapter of the digital first comic Sensation Comics starring Wonder Woman. When the project was announced last year I wrote about why I thought it was important chief among them it gives Wonder Woman a second title of her own for the first time 62 years.
Today is the first chapter of one of two stories that will end up in a floppy out next week. It’s interesting that the first issue of Wonder Woman is set in Gotham but it gives writer Gail Simone a chance to write not one but two characters she closely associated with - Wonder Woman and Barbara Gordon as Oracle. As you can see from the cover costumes this is very out of continuity. It’s take 62 years to get Wonder Woman another title that doesn’t include her taking second bill to her boyfriend, if you want more you may want to drop the $.99 to buy this today to tell DC you want more.
The current arc of Captain Marvel has been quite enjoyable. Hey that makes me think - you know who should be on the silver screen in their own movies? Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel! Wonder why that hasn’t happened yet?
You may be familiar with Genius which won the Top Cow pilot season many years ago. Or you may not. Doesn’t matter I strongly recommend you pick it up (be aware this contains adult language). Woman of color lead and incredible art by Afua Richardson who, come to think of it, would draw an awesome Wonder Woman (or just about anything - get to it comic publishers).
A man and woman are able to make time stand still by having sex! Kegel face! Brimping. You know who doesn’t make kegel face? Wonder Woman.
Gail Simone OWNS the female warrior comic book world today because she is writing Red Sonja AND Wonder Woman today.
Zero Year is over but that Snyder keeps writing! During Boston Comic Con Snyder said he wants to write Wonder Woman - let’s make that happen DC! (Also I think we’ll probably see Wonder Woman appear in the next arc along with every character in the DCU!)
I spoke to Tim Seeley for awhile during Boston Comic Con about how they manage to the writing on the multi-author multi-character book and it was pretty interesting. No Wonder Woman in this book … so far (actually I doubt she’ll show up but wouldn’t it be awesome?)
I bet you’re wondering how I’ll work Wonder Woman into this? Hah, Eve Coffin was a Boston cop - Wonder Woman lived in Boston during Perez’s run.
And that’s it for me this week. What did I miss? What’s on your list?
Boom Studios has long been put out some great comics. Over the last year they have also had some comics that have the imprint rivaling Image for quality and freshness including Dead Letters and Lumberjanes. Now you can buy a whole collection of their comics while helping the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. For just over $15 (or more if you have it - CBLD is an important organization) you can get 95 comics.
These are digital comics but are DRM free and multi-format. Check out the offer at HumbleBumble.
It’s almost time for the dog days of summer or perhaps I should say “pizza dog” days of summer given today’s picks. This week I have a first issue for you to try and, sadly, the last issues of two comics by two of my favorite creators.
The PR for this says “four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies – all set in London” and, really, they had me at London and detectives. Vertigo continues to offer interesting material under the steady hand of Shelley Bond and this is a good example. The writer is Si Spencer and he’s joined by multiple artists including Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotray. Really looking forward to this one.
Fresh off their Eisner win for best limited series, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy give us the last issue of The Wake. Very sad to see this book go but at least I have Snyder’s Wytches to look forward too.
If you didn’t have the chance, Kelly and I did a very long interview with Ed Brubaker on 3 Chicks a few weeks ago and we chatted a lot about Fatale which also has it’s last issue today and what a conclusion. If you haven’t been reading this, it’s time to catch up so you appreciate this issue.
And now on to the rest of the week:
The first issue of Outcast was just about perfect. I think this Kirkman guy has a way with horror stories.
We are down to the last few issues of Hawkeye which ends with issue #22. I don’t have to tell you what a great book this has been to read and I hope these three (and Annie Wu) come together again after this run.
Nguyen is on art - Sold!
I’m really interested to see where Rucka takes this.
Red Sonja gets a 0 issue and I can I just say that Sonja knows how to party?
It’s take awhile (The first issue was a year ago) but it is Stelfreeze art.
Harley Quinn and the GNU 52.
That’s it for me - what did I miss? What’s on your list?
Today is Gail Simone’s birthday and, really, what better way to honor they day then with a stripper dressed as Knockout jumping out of cake to cheer up Scandal Savage?
Here’s hoping we see these folks again soon. (And a happy belated birthday to Nicola Scott who drew this panel)
We are back with our fourth episode in a row! This week we talk all about a certain Amazon with author and blogger Tim Hanley.
We also review Storm #1 and Issue #21 of Saga
So please give us a listen either by downloading from iTunes or from here.
We are taking two weeks off to allow for my vacation and Boston Comic Con.
Yesterday Warner Bros. revealed the costume Gal Gadot will wear for her role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The costume has her wearing boots. I don’t care for the inclusion of boots. Yes, she’s been drawn wearing heeled boots (including here, her first cover appearance)
but she’s also been drawn wearing greek sandals
and boots with no heel.
So there is no continuity over the last 70 plus years although there certainly has been some rethinking of how female characters are presented in media during that time.
A few years ago when they were making the disastrous NBC pilot they also had Wonder Woman wearing a heel. Here’s what I said then:
Wonder Woman is free of vanity. For her a costume should be utilitarian — to cover what needs be covered and to make her recognizable to scare off weak-willed adversaries and alert others to her involvement.
Having heels on her boots adds nothing. A boot heel will not make her run faster or kick harder or assist her in doing her job or make her recognizable. The only thing a heel does is please the eye. And that is something Wonder Woman should not care about.
A few folks have stated the heel is required to give her the height to stand with her co-stars Affleck and Cavill. That also does not require a costume with a heel as we’ve seen from dozens of films starring actors who are shorter than their female co-stars.
This is not about hating high heeled boots; I love high heeled boots. It’s fine if Wonder Woman wore them in her “civilian” identity. Rather, this is about questioning a costuming choice which puts the emphasis on Hollywood’s requirements for a Woman rather than the Wonder of the character.
Today is Batman Day, a day to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the character’s first appearance. A few weeks ago I asked people to name the female character they thought was “most important” to Batman. And while there were many people who name Barbara Gordon (Oracle version mostly), there were also others mentioned such as Cass Cain and Leslie Thompkins. But a lot of the answers were a woman who has gotten short shift in the Batverse - Martha Wayne.
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