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DC Women Kicking Ass

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Apr 2 '14

Comics to Read, 4/2

April is here and there look to be a lot of comics to look forward to over the next few months. Let’s take a look at some of them out this week - or as I like to call it “the return of the rip snorting red headed writers”!

As you know I like to start with first issues and this week I have a very good one for you from Boom.

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This is close to a perfect first issue - the set-up by writer Christopher Sebela keeps you reading as you have no idea, much like the main character, where you are going or what you will find. And then it gives you sweet gift in its last two pages that will make you say, “What. Of course. Give me that next issue.” The art by Chris Visions matches the car off the wheels feel of the first issue. I also want to call out the color by Ruth Redmond which is vibrant and evocative. Pick this up and let me know what you think. 

The next comic doesn’t have a #1 on the cover but it is a first issue - for the creative team. A few years ago I had the chance to see Francis Manapul discuss his work on the Flash book in front of a group of fans. I was impressed with the care and thought he gave every question and the clear and obvious love he has for comics and the characters of DC Comics. Manapul has left the Flash book (sadly just as the seem to be bringing back his beloved Wally West) and he’s moved on to Detective Comics. This is his first issue with his Flash collaborator Brian Buccellato and the preview look great. 

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Did you pick up Veil last month? The second issue is out today and, yes, you’re going to want to read it.

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Gail Simone’s Red Sonja is back after a few months and filled with stink and innuendo!

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And you know what else is back? Pretty Deadly by Kelly DeConnick and Emma Rios.

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And speaking of rip snorting red heads

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I hope that this book gets a lift from Captain America. Hey you know what, when you go see Captain America: The Winter Solider let’s all tell one person who is sitting near us, “Hey did you know Natasha has her own comic?” Maybe they’ll buy it!

Another cinematic ready character is out this week in a book that is very, very fun.

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I also may pick up Earth 2 today as the preview has Green Lantern in it.

That’s my list - what’s on yours?

Apr 1 '14

Holy Nudity! DC Going with Adult Line of Digital Comics?

While DC Comics’ new 52 has had some interior art and covers that have raised some eyebrows, all out nudity has been a line that has not been crossed in the mainline books. Recently, for example, Guillem March showed and discussed on his blog some rejected interior artwork for Catwoman that left little to the imagination.

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March also included a chart showing how the page views of his blog dramatically increased with the revelation of the nude images.

This current banning of nudity, however, may be changing with a new line of “adult” books which are being described as “soft core” porn and featuring both sex and nudity. 

(Obviously NSFW for some works.)

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Mar 31 '14

Clearing up Some Misconceptions About Wonder Woman

One of my favorite guest posters, Tim Hanley, has taken his love of comics to a new level. This week his book about Wonder Woman becomes available. I’ve read a copy and if you like Wonder Woman or woman in comics, you need to read this book. Buy it here. To celebrate the release, Tim is guest posting again and this time he takes on some misconceptions about Wonder Woman and her world.

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Tim’s thoughts follow.

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Mar 29 '14

Wonder Woman gets Bloodied Up on Cover of SM/WW #7

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? 

Mar 29 '14

Simone Says Her Next Batgirl Arc is Something She’s Been Asking for For 3 Years

At the DC New 52 Panel at the Emerald City Comic Con, Gail Simone said her upcoming arc in Batgirl - issues 32-34 will include something or someone she’s been asking for since the start of the new 52. Simone said she’s “asked and asked”. When the moderator asked if she could say a name, she answered “probably shouldn’t.”

So what could it be? A returning pre-52 character? Weil they finally mention Oracle? What do you think?

Also here’s a look at the panel, which you’ll note is a rarity for DC at shows in having two female writers on the dais.

Mar 28 '14

Here’s a Look at Renee Montoya in “Gotham”

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?

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Mar 28 '14

DC Official Unveils Equinox - the Young Cree Superhero in Justice League Unlimited

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.

Mar 28 '14

David E. Kelley Continues to Complain About Trying to Write Wonder Woman TV Show

David E. Kelley, creator of the ultimately awful attempt to create a Wonder Woman TV show, has once again weighed in on how hard it is to do what he tried and failed to do.

Speaking to a reporter at the Television Hall of Fame dinner where he was inducted for programs that did not include Wonder Woman, the writer stated:

“When you are going to do a super hero character, you’re competing with special effects. Television budgets are hard to match with respect to the future world. … Audiences are used to seeing the (film) exploits of Iron Man and Batman and that can’t be accomplished in TV. That’s the hurdle for anyone in the super hero franchise to take on.”

Previously Kelley chalked up part of the problem for his unfamiliarity with superheroes and "mistakes"

Kelley’s script for the pilot was roundly criticized for its take on a modern Wonder Woman who, among other things, had multiple personalities and killed people.

Kelley is married to actress Michelle Pfeiffer who played Catwoman in the film Batman Returns. Ironically last month several people (including myself) pointed out the resemblance of the young actress selected to play Selina Kyle in the in “Gotham” a upcoming TV show which will star a young Bruce Wayne as well as other characters from the Batverse.

That show will join Arrow and Constantine as television programs based on male characters from the DC universe that are not Wonder Woman.

Last year Amazon, the proposed television show starring a young Wonder Woman, was shelved by the CW who aired the long running Smallville.

Wonder Woman’s only media appearance outside of animation in almost 40 years is currently a “guest role” in the upcoming, unnamed Man of Steel film sequel referred to as Batman vs. Superman. She will be played by Gal Gadot.

Below is actress Adrianne Palicki, who was the best thing about Kelley’s attempt, in the classic “bathing suit” costume in the pilot.

(Source: foxnews.com)

Mar 27 '14

Whitewashing Again? Dear Colorists and Editors, Please Stop This

A few years ago I was very happy that DC Comics added a young East Indian woman to the Teen Titans. 

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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.

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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. 

Sigh.

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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 21 '14

Here’s Your “Gotham” Catwoman

Fox’s Gotham has released an “official” image of their 14 year old Selina Kyle as played by Camren Bicondova and here it is:

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Perhaps, as this is set in the past, she is a Madonna fan? I do like the two buildings giving her “cats ears”

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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