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This week Kelly and I interview writer and article Becky Cloonan about her upcoming Gotham Academy for DC Comics as well as some of her creator owned books.
We also do a early review of Gotham Academy as well as Copperhead #1 and Lazarus #11.
We also talk about the recent announcements about DC Comics based TV shows starring Supergirl and the Titans.
Over the weekend I had a chance to read the first issue of Gotham Academy from DC Comics and loved it. Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl have created a comic that is unlike anything else in the DC line-up.
If you have been looking to get into comics or get someone you know into comics, this is great series to start with. Actually if you like any of the below:
And even if you don’t like any of those, you should still read the first issue.
With the support of the creative team, last night a semi-official Tumblr for the comic Inside Gotham Academy went live now and has over 500 followers.
Go follow! You never know what might get posted! Also if you have fan art, this is the place to submit.
Olive and Maps are hanging out waiting for you!
I’ve read the first issue of Gotham Academy.
You’re going to love it.
It is fun, smart, and so different than anything else DC Comics is currently doing it is like glass of lemonade on the hottest of August days.
Kelly and I interviewed Becky Cloonan about the book and a bunch of other things today. That interview will post tomorrow.
But one thing Becky and I discussed is that Gotham Academy really should have its own Tumblr just like the Batgirl of Burnside.
So now it does. Maybe Becky Cloonan will post stuff there. Maybe some of the other creators will too.
But for now Inside Gotham Academy is open for your fan art and other fannish stuff and anything else you produce to show support for this series.
I truly believe that this series can bring in a brand new reader to DC Comics and I’m going to throw alot of support around it including this new Tumblr.
So why not drop by? Olive and Maps are just hanging out waiting for you.
Numerous outlets are reporting that TNT is close to green lighting a pilot based on DC Comics Titans series.
Entertainment Weekly reports:
In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”
Before you get too excited it is reported that Akiva Goldsman who also wrote the movies that destroyed a Batman franchise, Batman & Robin, is writing.
So perhaps this is where Wally West may show up on TV? And how funny if Donna Troy ends up on screen before Wonder Woman.
Are you ready for a once a week dose of the Grayson? Did you just say the words, Matt Bomer?
What do you think?
Sooo many comics today. Let’s watch the money fly out of our wallets.
Greg Rucka is back with another arc of Stumptown. You probably have heard Kelly and I discuss our love for this book on 3 Chicks Review Comics. There’s a new artist on this arc, Justin Greenwood, who most recently did The Fuse. It’s a big change from Matthew Southworth who I adored but I’m willing to give an issue to see how he settles in. If you aren’t familiar with Rucka’s female detective Dex Parios you might want to fix that.
There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s a woman and the town is on another planet populated by all kinds of creatures. If you liked Firefly you may like this. I really enjoyed the first issue. Give it a try.
Kamala! And that cover. Just another issue of the comic changing the comics audience. Join us!
What’s that look on Carol’s face? Did she just see the entire line up of movies from Kevin Feige? Or maybe she just realized there’s only two more issues of Hawkeye?
That cover is so pulpy I could drink it for breakfast with my eggs and bacon. Love this book.
Double Rucka week! Man, those Gotham Central guys Brubaker and Rucka really know how to write female characters.
Did anyone pick this up the first issue after Kelly and i reviewed it on 3 Chicks? I didn’t have it my picks this week but you might want to try this series so it is here this week.
Time to start the Scott Snyder part of our picks - first Superman Unchained.
Future Batman - Is that Dick? Looks Like Dick.
And finally Batman Eternal.
Also this week you may want to catch up with this series by Erica Schultz (she also co-wrote the new Revenge trade). The lead here is also all about revenge. If you like Velvet and Elektra you should really give this one a try. The best way to find this one is on Comixology.
And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?
DC Comics has been using variant covers to drive sales for the past few months so we’ve had Bombshell covers, Mike Allred variants, and even selfie covers.
In December, perhaps as a gift to readers who dream for the time when DC Comics’ superheroes looked like, well, superheroes we get Darwyn Cooke variants.
Here are the ones for female led comics and, shockingly, there isn’t a brokeback or receptive bulbous heart shaped ass among them.
Last week in Batwing: Future’s End #1 there appeared to be an appearance of what looked like the long missing from comics Cassandra Cain.
Several blogs picked up on this and I had numerous people asking about it to the point and surprised I hadn’t written about it.
And there’s a reason for that.
It’s September! Time to go back to school and DC to do those crazy ass variants!
Let’s start with a first issue and I have a good one for you this week
I’m a big fan of Jen Van Meter - she excels at both world building and creating vivid characters to drop into those worlds. Here newest effort from Valiant showcases those skills. Dr. Mirage aka Shan Fon is a paranormal investigator who is suffering from the death of her husband. Most recently she’s taking on gigs ala the “Long Island Medium” because she needs the money. But then she is brought a client tied to paranormal research from WW II. There’s a lot of exposition in this issue but it is interesting exposition that lets us get to know and like Shan despite her prickly personality. It also builds some dread around her latest client giving the last page a sense of danger. The artwork by Roberto De La Torre is loose and evocative and helps build a sense of the mystery and eeriness. Pick this one up and let me know what you think.
I’m hit or miss with Peter Milligan but Vertigo has been doing well with new titles. According to Milligan “‘The Names’ is a story about money, it’s a story about power. It’s a story about one 25-year-old woman who goes up against that money and power: Katya, who’s our hero.” Not loving the cover, though.
I was not provided with preview copy so let me know what you think.
How can I say not to the guy who created the late, great Starling from Birds of Prey? No female lead here, but the male lead has a interesting talent that gets him in and out of trouble - he can read people’s intentions by color. This is a gritty story and I’m not 100% in love with the art but Swierczynski made me interested to pick up issue #2.
I love this book. Now with extra Hawkeye. (Is it wrong to hope for BOTH Hawkeyes?
Uh oh, Jen’s got her glasses on - someone is going down.
The architect is back which I just see as confirmation Gates of Gotham happened which means Cass Cain is around SOMEWHERE.
This book …. brrrrrrrr. Serial Killers.
That’s it for me. I know given the headline I should buy at least one motion variant. I’m on the fence about Grayson: Futures End as the art in the preview didn’t really work for me. Also why didn’t that motion cover have Dick facing the other way to tie in with the title?
What’s on your list? And let me know what you think about any of the books you picked up!
Hallmark has long has a relationship with DC Comics for merchandise such as Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. But now they have expanded their merchandise to include some other items.
Earlier this summer the company launched a set of “Itty bitty” toys featuring DC heroes including Wonder Woman:
That’s about the actual size of the doll by the way.
The line also includes Superman, Batman and the Flash. There are also Marvel versions including Spider-Man and Iron Man (sadly no female characters). They are $6.95.
But now Hallmark has released a particularly awesome Halloween item featuring Batgirl. And it is awesome.
The traditional rather than official end of summer is here. I’m sad to see summer go but there so many comics to look forward to in the fall it helps mitigate it. Here’s some to close up the season.
I don’t have any official first issues for you this week but I do have an issue that is good for you to jump on to a series.
I’ve included this book in my picks for awhile and this starts a new arc where Gail Simone is joined by Rhianna Pratchett the writer of the Tomb Raider game this comic is based on. I’m not a gamer and really only know Lara Croft from the movies but I still enjoy this comic which has a well-written female lead. Give it a try.
If you didn’t pick up the first issue of this grab it and then read this one.
Have you been reading this? What do you think? I’m actually enjoying it more than The Walking Dead …!
Bad ass Mother-in-Law. Bad ass babysitter. Together they fight crime (just kidding but you would read that, wouldn’t you?
When Conner/Palmiotti came on board they tweaked Harley’s costume to look more like roller derbier. And there you go.
It appears both 4 & 5 are out today.
And that’s it for me … maybe. Lois Lane, who you may have heard is getting a YA book next year, is on the cover of two DC Comics this week - Futures End and Batman/Superman. I’m tempted to get them but my budget is so small. Let me know what you think …
Lois Lane will be getting the YA novel treatment come January from author Gwenda Bond. The book, titled Fallout, is from Capstone/Switch will focus on young Lois Lane just starting out in Metropolis. The 304 page book will be released in J
anuary (Update: the writer says May). Will Superman appear? Check out the blurb below to see.
So. This week sucked to be talking about women in comics, no?
Well how about some candy?
It’s pretty sad but I get excited every time any item features a female character when a superhero line up is shown. Earlier tonight someone asked me about the lack of Gamora in the GOTG items and more often than not that’s the way it is. But I recently saw some candy that was more inclusive:
Apparently when it comes to superhero candy girls are okay to include.
Let’s walk through the scenario - A large comic publisher seems to have an opportunity or desire to expand their readership to include more women and thus increase revenue. They issue a cover that shows one of their female characters in a highly sexual pose with a distorted ass.
You may think I am discussing this week’s web explosion over Milo Manara’s variant of the first issue of Spider-Woman. But I could just as well be discussing the 0 issue of Catwoman from two years ago.
Happy Wednesday comics fans! This week there is three first issues for you - who said summer was slow?
First up is a comic that has been anticipated and worked on for years and, based on the first issue, will be read and analyzed for probably just as long.
I’m far from a Morrison fanboy, but I was looking forward to this (perhaps not quite as much as a certain other book of his but …) I’ve read the first issue a few times and I’m still not ready to process it. But if you like superhero comics, like the idea of different comic worlds, like to diverse versions of your favorite DC characters (and Marvel characters) and prefer it with a huge topping of meta and fourth wall breaking - this is the comic for you. (Also see that Mary Marvel on the cover - can we all send that to the Rock?)
If you listened to 3 Chicks a few weeks ago you heard Ed Brubaker talk a lot about The Fade Out his new ongoing from Image that debuts today. Brubaker knows how to write comic film noir and his partners Sean Phillips and Bettie Breitweiser make it look as rich as engaging as any noir movie. So good.
Last week I made the first digital issue of Sensation Comics - the new digital first comic starring Wonder Woman - my top pick. This week you can 1) buy the newest digital chapter 2) got to the LCS and buy the floppy of all four first chapters. What you can’t do, and please correct me if I am wrong, is buy the digital version of the floppy issue out today. So that means the LCS readers will see the two chapters by Cat Staggs and Amanda Deibert before digital readers. That seems strange. I’ll wait to weigh in until I can get to the LCS and as I was not provided with a review copy.
And now on to the rest of today’s picks!
So good. Sooooo good. Or as we say in Boston, WICKED GOOD.
You know who is awesome? Storm. Did you read my interview with Greg Pak? No? Click away and read and see a preview including Wolverine.
Marvel, Marvel, Marvel. How can you give us the absolute wonderfulness of this book and then give us … yeah. I wonder if Wolverine is contractually obligated to show up in all the Women of Marvel books?
I’m not sure where this storyline is going but I will probably follow Kate Kane mostly anywhere.
Bad ass Gordons ASSEMBLE!
This was on my list of picks last week and if you read it you know it is very relevant to what is going on in the news. And again why isn’t Afua Richardson getting more work?
That’s it for me - unless I totally missed a book you think I should be reading! And what are you picking up? And if you read the comics above - what did you think?
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