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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 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 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)

Mar 17 '14

DC Hits The Jackpot in June with Red Hood and the Outlaws

Ed Benes on cover art? CHECK!

Starfire with her teeniest top? CHECK!

Starfire front and center leaning on a car in a “sexy” pose? CHECK!

Starfire appearing to “hot” in the tropic sun while her male partners are fully clothed? CHECK!

Brought to you by Scott Lobdell? CHECK!

CLASSY!

Mar 17 '14

Time to celebrate the Wearing of the Green!

 

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Green is the color of A LOT of ladies and what better day to celebrate? image

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Mar 17 '14

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Just because Wonder Woman doesn’t wear green doesn’t mean she can’t celebrate!

Mar 15 '14

Hey, When does Batman: Arkham Knight Come Out?

Because it is already the best Batman game ever.

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I had heard that Barbara Gordon as Oracle was in the game and that’s the first full on screen shot. Oracle has appeared off-screen in the first two games, this is the first time we’ve seen her onscreen as a character.

Actually it is interesting how Oracle continues to show up outside of the new 52 in DC Comics.

She just appeared in the Injustice Comic:image

And of course we saw her in Li’l Gotham 

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Oracle was, of course, one of the most prominent PWD in DC Comics - tied to the Batverse, former JLA’r  and the star of her own comic.

Currently in the New 52, with the cancellation of The Movement, there is no prominent PWD character

Of course, the bestselling comic in the new 52 will only be seen by 100K readers or so each month. Batman: Arkham Knight, if it follows the sales of its prior editions, will millions in its first week.

Interesting.

(Source: allgamesbeta.com)

Mar 14 '14

DC Announces Bombshell Variants; Can You Wait to See Nightwing?

DC Comics announced today via USA Today that there variants for June will be based on the very popular “bombshell” statues by artist Ant Lucia.

The story include three of the variant covers:

Catwoman gets a cover as does Poison Ivy

All told over half the new 52 will get the bombshell variant. One would assume that some of those covers for comics such as Batman & Ra’s Al Ghul or Green Lantern or Batman/Superman will have male bombshells.

I can’t imagine that DC would actually devote an entire month to showcasing female pin-ups without also showcasing a little male leg and chest. To do anything else would be a step backward in the move away from objectifying women in comics.

And besides anytime you do discuss how women are sexualized in comics you always have a few folks pop up t say men are treated the same way. So it should be that much of a stretch if we listen to these folks.

But I am sad. You and I both know who is perfect for this variant series and all signs point to him being, well, not alive … but maybe not. Maybe the fabulous Mr. Grayson is coming back with a new hair color. 

Just imagine a cover like this ala not male pin-up artist McClelland Barclay.

Can’t wait to see the guys DC has lined up for these covers!

Mar 11 '14

Gotham Filming the Wayne’s Funeral Friday in NYC

Fox TV released the logo and first official synopsis for Gotham earlier today and on Friday the show will film what is sure to be a key part of the pilot.

According to casting call sheets (see below) on Friday March 14 the show will film a funeral for “the richest couple in town.” For background they are looking for a male priest and mayor and several mayoral aides (both men and women). These are all background extras (and you have to be in SAG-AFTRA). 


Gotham - TV Pilot - Shoots Mar 14 


Project Type: TV Series
Union Status: SAG-AFTRA
Pay Scale: Scale background rate
Posted Date: 3/11/2014 5:06:24 PM
End Date: 3/14/2014
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Gotham - TV Pilot. No synopsis provided.

Casting Dates: Based on Submission
Shoot Dates: 3/14/2014
Location: NYC

SAG-AFTRA Male Minister | Male | Any Ethnicity | Age: 30 - 70 | Role Type: Featured Background
Talent to portray a featured priest. Please indicate in your cover note: Neck and Sleeve sizes and Jacket size. MUST own nice black pants, black lace up dress shoes. Shoots Fri., 3/14.


SAG-AFTRA Mayor and Mayoral Security | Male | Any Ethnicity | Age: 30 - 65 | Role Type: Background
Talent to portray a mayor and mayoral security. Exterior funeral scene. Must own the following: This funeral is for the richest couple in town, therefore the wardrobe is upscale. Exterior scene: please bring jacket or coat. Colors should be black, dark gray, or navy. MEN: Bring well fitting dark suits, proper fitting dress shirts in white or cool colors i.e.: light tan, pale blue, grey etc. Nice wool dress coats, black dress shoes, black belts, dark ties, they can also bring nice gloves. Shoots Fri., 3/14.


SAG-AFTRA Mayoral Aides | Male or Female | Any Ethnicity | Age: 25 - 40 | Role Type: Background
Talent to portray mayoral aides. Exterior scene. Must own the following: This funeral is for the richest couple in town, therefore the wardrobe is upscale. Exterior scene: please bring jacket or coat. Colors should be black, dark gray, or navy. WOMEN: As high end looking and as classy as you can get. Wear dresses, skirt suits, pansuit, and should bring a purse and accessorize with conservative jewelry, possible hats, gloves, scarves, etc. MEN: Bring well fitting dark suits, proper fitting dress shirts in white or cool colors i.e.: light tan, pale blue, grey etc. Nice wool dress coats, black dress shoes, black belts, dark ties, nice wool scarves, even an ascot if they have, they can also bring nice gloves. Shoots Fri., 3/14.

Mar 9 '14

One Wish for Gotham Has, Perhaps, Come True

According to IMDB Victoria Cartagena who as appeared on Law & Order SVU and Elementary has been cast in the pilot of Gotham as Renee Montoya.

What do you think?

Mar 9 '14

Promoters of Capital City Con Respond to the Response on Controversial Ad

Yesterday a promotional card for the Austin-based Capital City Comic Con was posted on Twitter. Here’s a look:

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At the time was there was quite of bit of negative response including from a representatives of Zeus Comics who originally posted the flyer to Twitter. 

I reached out to the con to see if they were aware of this flyer which they were. Another woman posted on their Facebook page with an explanation that included the suggestion that she had never been to a con. 

After a few hours of this story circulating over the internets several other people posted to their Facebook page and other places  about the flyer. I’ll note that the majority of these comments were not positive and were from both men and women. (I have also been told that Capital City Comic Con deleted some of the negative comics off their site)  I also heard from creators who told me that after seeing the artwork earlier this week they had decided not to support the show.

The organizers have now posted the following to their Facebook page:

In response to our prior ad campaign, the proper
steps are being taken in regards to this situation. Capital City Comic Con did not mean to offend or harm anyone, in any way. Our advertising department has been contacted and changes to our marketing material and plan are being made. 

We respect everyone’s opinion. We are glad this issue was brought to our attention. We want everyone to feel safe at our convention and not feel offended. As a comic book convention, it is primordial that we do not send the wrong message to fans.

We were contacted by a few female fans who wish to support the distribution of our initial flyers, to which we respectfully declined. As for our future plans, we will no longer use the image of superheroes (or any character) in such fashion. We wish to apologize to anyone we may have offended with our initial promotional campaign. 

We would like to invite all of you to comment on our new campaign once released. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

From the staff and management

I’m going to side-eye that reference to “female fans” but, whatever, it’s over.

Let’s hope that comic cons and comic shops choose to promote their events with images that come from the tiresome “boys only” meme of comics realize it is not smart business.

Mar 8 '14

Response from the Capital Comic Con. Oh Boy.

Earlier today I posted about the promo card left developed to promote the Austin based Capital Comic Con. Here’s another look at the card.

I reached out to the contact on their web site, Aaron Luevano who told me by email that he was aware of the card and approved it telling me”I asked before it was designed, many approved.”

A reader also posted about the promo card on the Facebook page for the convention and she sent me the response she got:

"I have to wonder if you’ve even been to a comic con."

So that’s it. They did it. They admit it. They think it’s funny. And when a woman calls them out on it they snidely dismiss it.

Once again that’s the Capital Comic Con of Austin, Texas. 

Mar 8 '14

More Kick Ass Awesomeness from Brian Stelfreeze!

Earlier this week I posted some warm-up work by Brian Stelfreeze. They including some pieces for last week’s them of Black History month as well as this week’s theme which is “DC WOMEN WHO KICK ASS. Here are a few more from this week:

Wonder Woman - look at those muscles!

Power Girl - nice to be able to post all of her today.

And, finally, Oracle.

Amazing art.

Mar 8 '14

Promotional Card For Austin Comic Con a Bust

Today on Twitter, Richard Neal of Zeus Comics in Austin, Texas posted a promotional card for the Capital City Comic Con which is scheduled for July in the city. According to Neal they were dropped them off at his shop. Zeus has a very good reputation for not being one of “those shops” and welcoming to women so Neal was a little perturbed when he actually looked at the flyer stating on Twitter, “It doesn’t foster the community I want for Zeus for certain.”

That’s one way describing. Another would be “sexist, pandering, off-putting bullshit”

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Given the progressiveness of Austin combined with women growing as a demographic in comics, one would think that someone would think twice before spending money to put this stupid idea to paper. But they didn’t.

I looked up the show and found their web site also includes the owner’s names and their email. I have an email into the owner to see if this is an authorized promotion and what their thinking is around it.

I’ll update the post with any comments.

Mar 7 '14

A Familiar Character From the Pre-52 Returns to Her Familiar Coloring

 

Last month I posted about how some familiar characters from pre-New 52 DCU looked a lot whiter in the new 52.

The character of Onyx, one of handful of black female heroes in the DCU, showed up in Green Arrow #28 looking, well, here you go:

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The character’s much whiter appearance was chalked up by various folks as 1) the character was wearing Kabuki make-up 2) Albinism 3) claims that it was doubtful this was the same character as in the new 52. 

Or it could  there was a coloring mistake when it came to portraying a women of color in a comic.

In this month’s issue, the mystery is solved.

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