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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.
Four years ago when I posted an image from Batgirl and launched this blog, I really did believe there was a way to expand the reach of comics and bring in more readers who want to read about female characters and work by female creators. And from the very beginning my theory was that traditional comics media was a echo chamber that were mostly not very friendly places for female readers.
But nothing changed.
But now … perhaps it will.
One of the biggest disappointments for me when DC Comics rebooted their universe with the new 52 was the changes made to Amanda Waller. The character went from an middle aged women of size to a younger and noticeably thinner woman.
That younger version of the character has now guided the cast of the character on Arrow where she is played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson.
The one place it seems that Amanda Waller still exists as she was created is in the animated universe. Following the reboot of the new 52 Waller appeared in Young Justice resembling her appearance in the DCAU’s Justice League:
And now, in the trailer for the newest DCAU Feature, Batman: Assault on Arkham, she is also looking like her pre-52 self and sounding like it too as CCH Pounder comes back to voice the character (as does Kevin Conroy as Bats.)
Unfortunately Harley Quinn’s old 52 costume was passed over for the new 52 one. You can’t win them all.
I do find it interesting that animation seems to fine with keep Amanda Waller in her most iconic version. While women closer to Waller’s age have played the role in live action including Pam Grier in Smallville and Angela Bassett in Green Lantern, they both had much different silhouettes.
I’m happy to have the real Amanda Waller back even it is only in the occasional animated piece although it would be refreshing to see a woman of color and size in a role of authority in a live action production.
For months readers have worried that Dick Grayson might be the latest Robin to die in comics. The signs were certainly there. He was tortured and had his identity revealed in Forever Evil. And then they cancelled his comic, Nightwing.
But rest assure Dick lovers, Mr. Grayson is staying in comics
According to USA Today, he is getting a new job - spy with the CIA like organization Spyral and a new costume:
At the very least, he is getting a wardrobe makeover, courtesy of Grayson artist Mikel Janin: Gone is Grayson’s mask, and his new outfit reflects the blue-and-black color scheme of his Nightwing togs and features a “G” on his chest, reminiscent of the old “R” from his Robin days.
Tim Seeley and Tom King are joining Janin on the book.
Are you excited?
(Source: USA Today)
Tony Daniel has nicely posted his pencils to the cover to Superman/Wonder Woman #9 on his Twitter and Facebook. And here it is:
Let’s see, on the lower right is Wonder Woman and on the upper left, Lois Lane. Seemingly fighting And in the middle? Why Superman!
Is this a … CATFIGHT?
DC Comics announced today that the recently cancelled Teen Titans will relaunch again in July with a new #1. The team is actually smaller than before but some things are bigger than before. Let’s take a look!
That’s Red Robin, Beast Boy, Bunker, Cassie and Raven So a much smaller team. But the bigger?
Here’s Cassie on the cover of Teen Titans #1 from September 2011
And here are is Cassie on the cover of Teen Titans #1 Vol. 5
The book will be written by Wil Pfeiffer currently writing Red Hood and the Outlaws and earlier the pre-52 Catwoman. Ken Rocafort will be on art. DC Comics says the team offer will offer ”bold, exciting and sometimes dangerous ideas.”
And a bit more, it seems.
You may know that Cliff Chiang is one of my favorite comic artists. I love his bold graphic style and his ability to capture the personality of a character in a look, a wink or the way they hold their body. He also manages to draw women that are sexy but never objectified. He is also one of the few artists that draws clothing for characters that I’d actually like to wear.
Chiang is the focus of a new book from the TwoMorrows publishing and if you are also a fan of Chiang or the artist’s process I highly recommend it. You can buy a copy here.
In an a long form interview with Chris Arrant, the book provides an overview of Chiang’s career from student/intern at Marvel to editorial assistant at Vertigo to his emergence as an artist at DC Comics. For those who want to work in comics, it provides a valuable overview of the difficulties of breaking into the comic business.
The book also covers Chiang’s reboot of Wonder Woman with Brian Azzarello including the approach the two had originally planned for the character.
There are a few new books featuring the women of DC Comics and they are targeted at the youngest of readers.
In September Downtown Bookworks will publish, DC Comics: My First Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg.
Here’s a few images:
Jose Luis Garcia Lopez artwork is preferable to some of the more modern takes on DC Women.
And that’s not all!
During the new 52 panel at Emerald City Comic Con, writer Charles Soule discussed how the next arc of the story will be about “change” as well as tie into a cross-over starring Doomsday that will take place across all the Superman books.
They also showed the dress cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #7 and it looks a bit different than what got solicited. Actually you could say bloody different:
First here is the original solicited cover
And here is the dress cover
Is Wonder Woman less invulnerable these days?
As previously reported actress Victoria Cartagena has been cast as Renee Montoya in Fox’s Gotham. And here is a look at the actress in character filming with Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon.
What do think?
Last month I brought you the very first look at the newest superhero in DC Comics. The character, created by Jeff Lemire, is a young Cree woman and was based on a real-life activist. Today the character was formerly introduced and her name is Equinox.
Equinox is, according to the CBC, ”a 16-year-old Cree teen from Moose Factory named Miiyahbin, whose power stems from the Earth and changes with the seasons.”
Here she is on the cover the update cover of Justice League United #0
You can read more about Equinox and see a sneak peek of the comic here.
A few years ago I was very happy that DC Comics added a young East Indian woman to the Teen Titans.
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.
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.
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.
I’m going to be there’s a mermaid in this as Snyder has been tweeting about Mermaids while promoting this.
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.
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