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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 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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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 13 '14
Dustin Nyguen Gives Us the Batverse of Our Dreams
While we sadly said goodbye to the Li’l Gotham Universe yesterday (for now!), artist Dustin Nyguen has given us a wonderful piece that melds the pre-52 and post 52 Batverse to welcome back Stephanie Brown off the bench.
Mixed with the Batboys, Batwoman and Katana, we also have the pre-52 represented with the Birds of Prey - Zinda and Helena and Oracle along with a new 52 addition, Harper Row as Bluebird. There’s also a pre-52 Supergirl. Perhaps she and Steph will go vampire hunting in the new 52. Probably not.
Nguyen based this off of the final page he drew for Batman #28 which is a teaser for Batman Eternal the new Bat weekly kicking off next month. When posting it he joked that this was the real final page.
If only.

Dustin Nyguen Gives Us the Batverse of Our Dreams

While we sadly said goodbye to the Li’l Gotham Universe yesterday (for now!), artist Dustin Nyguen has given us a wonderful piece that melds the pre-52 and post 52 Batverse to welcome back Stephanie Brown off the bench.

Mixed with the Batboys, Batwoman and Katana, we also have the pre-52 represented with the Birds of Prey - Zinda and Helena and Oracle along with a new 52 addition, Harper Row as Bluebird. There’s also a pre-52 Supergirl. Perhaps she and Steph will go vampire hunting in the new 52. Probably not.

Nguyen based this off of the final page he drew for Batman #28 which is a teaser for Batman Eternal the new Bat weekly kicking off next month. When posting it he joked that this was the real final page.

If only.

Mar 12 '14

Comics to Read Today, March 12

Comics! Wednesday! Let’s Go!

I like to start with first issues that offer the opportunity for readers to jump into comics. And this week we have one that I’m quite excited about:

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That’s a cover just waiting for photoshop, isn’t it? I really liked what Kelly Sue DeConnick has done with Carol Danvers over the past two years as a character as she moved into a new role in the Marvel superhero role. The first volume of the book however was challenged by art, that while interesting, was too idiosyncratic and inconsistent. The book has be rebuffed and repainted and now has David Lopez on board giving it a more mainstream look. Marvel does not provide me with review copies but based on the preview this looks good.

Since we started with Marvel, I’m going to continue with two more from the publisher.

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OMG Clint is going to cross over to Saga! It’s more adventures of the Hawk brodudes.

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I’ve enjoyed the first three issues so I’m sure I will this one as well. Still concerned about that price point.

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After the huge ending of Batman #28 we are back to Zero Year. Riddle me this, who do you think is in this issue? DC Comics does not provide me with review issues so I can’t tell you much about his issue other than what is in the preview … oh and it’s Batman and Snyder so buy it.

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I’m a royalty buff and an alternative history fan, Score! Preview here

This wraps up the first arc - good time to binge digital read?

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If Cigarette Smoking Man drawn by Francesco Francavilla can’t get you to pick this up I QUESTION YOUR X-FILESNESS.

I was sorry to hear Kelly Sue is moving off this book but not yet! 

And I end this week with a final issue. 

A wonderfully imaginative gift to those who remember a different DCU and who want to share Batman and Oracle and Robin with their kids, Li’l Gotham sadly signs off this month. I wish Dustin and Derek had wanted to continue this book but let’s be thankful for what we had. 

And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?

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?