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It’s almost time for the dog days of summer or perhaps I should say “pizza dog” days of summer given today’s picks. This week I have a first issue for you to try and, sadly, the last issues of two comics by two of my favorite creators.
The PR for this says “four detectives, four time periods, and four dead bodies – all set in London” and, really, they had me at London and detectives. Vertigo continues to offer interesting material under the steady hand of Shelley Bond and this is a good example. The writer is Si Spencer and he’s joined by multiple artists including Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotray. Really looking forward to this one.
Fresh off their Eisner win for best limited series, Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy give us the last issue of The Wake. Very sad to see this book go but at least I have Snyder’s Wytches to look forward too.
If you didn’t have the chance, Kelly and I did a very long interview with Ed Brubaker on 3 Chicks a few weeks ago and we chatted a lot about Fatale which also has it’s last issue today and what a conclusion. If you haven’t been reading this, it’s time to catch up so you appreciate this issue.
And now on to the rest of the week:
The first issue of Outcast was just about perfect. I think this Kirkman guy has a way with horror stories.
We are down to the last few issues of Hawkeye which ends with issue #22. I don’t have to tell you what a great book this has been to read and I hope these three (and Annie Wu) come together again after this run.
Nguyen is on art - Sold!
I’m really interested to see where Rucka takes this.
Red Sonja gets a 0 issue and I can I just say that Sonja knows how to party?
It’s take awhile (The first issue was a year ago) but it is Stelfreeze art.
Harley Quinn and the GNU 52.
That’s it for me - what did I miss? What’s on your list?
Today is Gail Simone’s birthday and, really, what better way to honor they day then with a stripper dressed as Knockout jumping out of cake to cheer up Scandal Savage?
Here’s hoping we see these folks again soon. (And a happy belated birthday to Nicola Scott who drew this panel)
Today is Batman Day, a day to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the character’s first appearance. A few weeks ago I asked people to name the female character they thought was “most important” to Batman. And while there were many people who name Barbara Gordon (Oracle version mostly), there were also others mentioned such as Cass Cain and Leslie Thompkins. But a lot of the answers were a woman who has gotten short shift in the Batverse - Martha Wayne.
DC Comics announced last month that David and Meredith Finch would be taking over the Wonder Woman title with issue 36. Today the publisher has released the first look at Finch’s pencils for the issue which will come out October.
While the Wonder Woman book under Azzarello was self-enclosed with little interaction with the rest of the DCU, our first look at the Finch’s book shows that entire JLA appears in the issue.
Today is Batman Day! Why? Because DC Comics has declared it to be so in celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary. And given that my love of comics began with Batman why wouldn’t I connect all comics to
But just because it is Batman day and there is a Batman comic out does not mean he gets to come first. No, I am going to start with a very special first issue.
Storm finally gets an ongoing. Well that didn’t take too long.
And you know who is writing this book? Greg Pak who also writes Superman/Batman for DC Comics. Because it’s Batman Day.
Any week Saga is out it goes to the top of my pick list. But oh my that last issue! Anyway, you know who wrote Batman? That’s right Brian K. Vaughan who wrote the False Faces arc. Because it is Batman Day.
Did you give a listen to the long interview Kelly and I did with Ed Brubaker on the newest 3 Chicks Review Comics now available on iTunes? This is such a good book and you should pick it up. Also Ed Brubaker wrote Batman.
Sabrina is getting her own book in the mode of Afterlife with Archie and this issue is all about her. This is not for kids but it is great for teens above. Oh and the art is by Francesco Francavilla who drew on of my Batman arcs ever. Because it is Batman Day.
This issue ends the first arc of Gail Simone’s rather fun Tomb Raider. Simone has written Batman a few times although my favorites were when being trolled by Canary.
And now on to the man himself, Batman! And he does seem to appear in quite a few comics, doesn’t he?
This is the final issue of Snyder and Capullo’s Zero year arc and, really, what better what to end it then to have Batman fighting the Riddler accompanied by two lions. Why? Because he’s Batman, damn it!
Can I just say that’s an amazing cover? Batman Eternal also has internal art by Nguyen this week so that’s a bonus. Batman is Eternal! (I’d say Batman Forever, but that’s the name of one of the movies).
And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?
Also those of you traveling to SDCC have a fun trip and let me know if you see anything interesting!
Dinah, Dinah, Dinah how I love you. Dinah Laurel Lance or Drake depending on what world/age/event we are now in or past, is the second longest running female superhero in DC Comics IP (do you even have to “wonder” who is number one?)
Black Canary is, I believe, currently about to be homeless in the new 52. Oh wait, I forgot Futures’ End where she is homed, face only, on the chest of Frankenstein.
Yeah. Moving on …
In addition to her long comic history, Black Canary has appeared in multiple live action programs (Birds of Prey, Smallville and currently Arrow) and she’s also been in the modern DC Animated Universe as part of Justice League/Justice League Unlimited/Batman Brave and the Bold and Young Justice). She also appeared in the Green Arrow short that was tagged on to the end of Superman/Batman Apocalypse.
And now she is back in animation in a new round of DC Nation animated shorts (aside: they are still making these? And, um, hello where is Super Best Friends Forever, season 2?). Green Arrow is the star but is his partner. And her design is … interesting. Care to weigh in?
So today Marvel announced a new Thor on The View. Which makes sense because this Thor will be a woman as you can see the artwork below. And this is really Thor by which that means the person with the hammer is Thor and woman will have the hammer.
But the reveal of the new title, written by Jason Aaron, is not the most interesting thing about today’s announcement.
As someone who has been writing and arguing about the potential of the female audience for superhero comics four plus years, I was very interested to see this in Marvel’s press release:
THOR is the latest in the ever-growing and long list of female-centric titles that continues to invite new readers into the Marvel Universe. This female THOR is the 8th title to feature a lead female protagonist and aims to speak directly to an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls.
Say what? I’m sorry what was that? Is Marvel actually saying they want female readers? That they are now targeting female readers?
Why yes they are.
It’s almost worth the amount of trolling, attacks, rape threats and other shit I’ve experienced to see this.
Of course, DC Comics also seems to be finally finding the female audience worthy of their attention. Nothing as clear cut as Marvel did above but the recent Batgirl respin and Gotham Academy are clearly going after that audience and I was told by folks close to those books that women are definitely are a target.
But now? Something has changed at both publishers.
Is it real? Will it last? Who knows?
But I will say I am enjoying it.
The long awaiting Morrison epic visiting the various Earth’s of DC arrives in soon and here is the third one shot and solicit. Note those of you who are Donna Troy and Arrowette fans, it’s your lucky day.
THE MULTIVERSITY: THE JUST #1
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art and cover by BEN OLIVER
1:10 B&W Variant cover by BEN OLIVER
1:25 Variant cover by EDUARDO RISSO
1:50 Variant cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
1:100 Variant cover by GRANT MORRISON
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with five covers. Please see the order form for details.
The next chapter of the greatest adventure in DC’s history is here!
When they last collaborated, Grant Morrison joined artist Ben Oliver (LOBO, BATMAN/SUPERMAN) for the acclaimed ACTION COMICS #0. For their next team-up, the two superstars take a spin around the self-obsessed Earth-16 – a.k.a. Earth-Me!
With all of the world’s threats having been handled long ago by their parents, the next generation of supers – including Chris Kent, Damien Wayne, Alexis Luthor, Offspring, Megamorpho, Donna Troy and more – find themselves labeled as superstars more often than super heroes. But with that fame comes complacency, and when a massive threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen surfaces, this pampered crew finds themselves in way over their head. What secret is Damien keeping from Chris that could tear the world’s finest friends apart? Who is the mysterious killer lurking behind the scenes among these spoiled super-children? And what chance do they stand against the monstrous villain that’s murdering its way cross the Multiverse? All that and more in this exciting stand-alone issue which also acts as chapter three of the MULTIVERSITY saga. Join us, if your dare, for THE MULTIVERSITY!
Kelly and I are back again with a podcast filled with comics, swears and this week repeated used of the word “Dick!” And we have super excited to to have wonderful G. Willow Wilson with us to talk about the wonderful Ms. Marvel.
We also review Grayson #1 and Captain Marvel #5 and BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! more dramatic readings. We also discuss some of the recent announcements from DC Comics including the new Wonder Woman team, Gotham Academy and the redesign of Batgirl.
You can download from here or you can find us on iTunes! Please give us a listen and leave us comments!
In case you missed it, DC Comics announced a new look and new team for Batgirl this week. One of the cowriters of the book Brenden Fletcher is also co-writing Gotham Academy with Becky Cloonan.
Cloonan, the first woman to draw an issue of Batman, just tweeted out her take on Batgirl. I’ve notice that many of the concerns about the refreshed look of the character is that she looks so young. I confirmed with Brenden that the character is still 21, the age she was reset too during the new 52 launch. I think in Cloonan’s piece below she looks that age.
I actually don’t think the Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart pieces look that far off from 21 either.
Very few comic artists are able to draw young women that look, well, appropriately young. Take a look at the eyesore cover where Wonder Girl is supposed to be in her teens (actually let me save your eyes - don’t look).
The style of art matters as well. I’ve been spending time rereading Cass Cain’s run as Batgirl and there were some points where both Cass and Barbara looked the same age due to the artwork.
There is an incredible amount of artwork that has shown up on my dash over the last few days featuring Batgirl’s new look. Most of it is being curated at the Batgirl of Burnside Tumblr set up by Cameron Stewart.
If you haven’t, go take a look.
The announcement that Gail Simone was leaving Batgirl this week also included yet another reference to her writing a new book for DC Comics. During a recent Reddit session Geoff Johns mentioned her working on a “Top Secret” project.
Today at the London Comic Con during a spotlight panel Simone hinted to attendees she is launching Secret Six. She then continued the hinting on Tumblr.
The Secret Six was one of the most well reviewed books that Simone worked on while under contract to DC Comics. Spinning out of a Infinite Crisis mini-series, the book ran for 36 issues and was cancelled as part of the new 52. At that time the book had just fallen under 20K an issue.
During the new 52 DC launched Suicide Squad which many saw as a replacement for the Secret Six. That book was cancelled earlier this year when sales fell to just above 20K. That book used several of the same characters that had appeared in Simone’s Secret Six including Deadshot and Killer Shark as well as Amanda Waller.
Suicide Squad just relaunched with a new writer so it will be interesting to see which characters from Simone’s original run appear. Several of the characters including Catman as well as Simone created characters Scandal Savage and Jeanette have not been seen in the new 52. Tremor a character created near the end of Simone’s run appeared in The Movement. Another Simone creation, the modern Ragdoll, recently appeared in Batgirl.
The biggest name from the original run was Bane. Since he appeared in that series, the character gained prominence when he appeared in the final film in Nolan’s Batman Trilogy where he was played by Tom Hardy. During the Reddit session Johns said that Simone was writing XXX XXX which certainly leans toward a top name character such as Bane.
Secret Six was one of DC Comics more diverse books including asexual, bisexual and lesbian characters. Given the current state of LGBQT characters in the DCU, I hope the new Six, if true, continues the trend.
Secret Six was one of my favorite books during its run and i think probably the best thing Simone has written. It combined high adventure, horror and black humor like few other comic books have. I hope the hint is true.
The June sales numbers were published today and to no one’s surprise the new JRJR/Geoff Johns Superman reboot was in the top 5 comics. But what may be a surprise to some is the comic that was in the slot above it - Harley Quinn. Despite a controversial start last year, the book has climbed the charts each month and has become a huge sales hit for DC Comics. I chatted with Jimmy Palmiotti about the book as well as Harley Quinn Invades Comic-Con International: San Diego which is out Wednesday.
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