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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.
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Holy new comic day, Batman! There’s some new first issues out today that you might want to pick up as well as some other comics. And today? Today is all about DICK GRAYSON!
This is the Phil Jimenez variant for the new DICK GRAYSON book. I posted an interview Tim Seeley yesterday about the book and he had some very interesting things to say about Dick and Helena Bertinelli who is also in this book. The art is by Mikel Janin who draws a very pretty Dick. Let me know what you think of this one.
And speaking of DICK GRAYSON, this variant cover of Chastity from Dynamite is by Tim Seeley the writer of Grayson. So she’s a vampire. And given this is Dynamite she is a very s.e.x.y. vampire and the book has a very SEXY cover. However, this book is written by Marc Andreyko and the inside art isn’t quite same as the cover art. Andreyko brings his traditional snarky dialogue to the table and the concept for the vampire is somewhat interesting. I’m not sure I need another female vampire book right now, but maybe you do?
Justin Jordan was once a DC Comics writing Team Seven which featured Slade who we all know is a mortal enemy of DICK GRAYSON. Post-Apocalyptic bloody nightmare with a Saga type twist with a baby - come on the cover screams it. This is pretty violent book but if ou do like post-Apocalyptic tales Jordan certainly delivers a sturdy one. The art from Kyle Strahm is very strong. It all comes down to how much gore you like.
I’m really enjoying this run on Captain Marvel - who here kinda hoped she’d show up somewhere in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie? Anyway I think Marvel was smart getting Lopez on the book. Lopez of course drew the Catwoman series in which (wink, wink) Selina had Bruce’s daughter or DICK GRAYSON’S sister. (That was kinda of a stretch but not really. Happy to discuss!)
Did you pick up the first issue of this? More horror this time dystopia style. Did you know Cullen Bunn once wrote an arc of Superman/Batman? Did you know that Bruce Wayne/Batman is DICK GRAYSON’s father?
The new arc started last issue so you can still jump in on this. And since I came up with no way to connect DICK GRAYSON to this book if you send me one and I’ll put your name into a quick drawing to win the first trade of this book.
So much blood this week! The best vampire story being printed right now. The writer may have a passing familiarity with DICK GRAYSON.
If you like Tim vs. Harper you’ll like this issue. And you know DICK GRAYSON is going to be in here at some point.
And that’s it for me this week - what did I forget? What’s on your list? And let me know what you think of the first issues above if you read them.
Dick Grayson has been spent nearly 75 years as part of Batman’s life but this week he gets a new series where he’s on his own and uses his own name, Grayson. DC Comics is having a bit of fun with the promotion of the book and released the following ad last week.
One person who does know Dick is Tim Seeley who is co-writing, with Tom King, the book which debuts tomorrow. I chatted with Seeley about the character and the book which includes the new 52 debut of Helena Bertinelli.
Earlier I posted the preview for Grayson #1 that was provided to The Daily Beast. The cover shown won’t be the one used - the updated cover imaged, from Comixology, is below:
Here’s the original Andrew Robinson cover from when the series was announced (and which is still on the DC Comics site for the issue solicitation). Note also the ship date is now July 9.
Note also that the “G” in Grayson has gone from red in the original to a blue. Which Dick do you prefer?
Note: this post has been updated to include full dressed cover from Comixology.
Grayson, the new Dick Grayson solo, debuts next week and we have a sneak preview of the issue, I think. The Daily Beast has an interview with the writers, Tim Seeley and Tom King, and there are some pages that seem to be a teaser for the book. Perhaps these are from tomorrow’s issues? The lovely art is by Mikel Janin.
The co-star in this book is Helena Bertinelli and the writers chat a bit about her as well:
Bertinelli, Grayson’s guide through this world, is a character with a backstory as dramatic as either of the caped crusaders. In most versions of her story, she is the daughter of powerful organized criminals who, like Batman and Dick Grayson, sees her parents murdered before deciding on a life of heroic vigilantism. However, Bertinelli and Batman have frequently clashed over Batman’s “no killing” policy. With Bruce Wayne out of the picture, Dick Grayson is free to cultivate that hitherto underdeveloped aspect of his abilities. Batman will still influence the series, of course.
It sounds like they are keeping Helena’s background but the wording is still a little unspecific.
What do think of the art?
For months readers have worried that Dick Grayson might be the latest Robin to die in comics. The signs were certainly there. He was tortured and had his identity revealed in Forever Evil. And then they cancelled his comic, Nightwing.
But rest assure Dick lovers, Mr. Grayson is staying in comics
According to USA Today, he is getting a new job - spy with the CIA like organization Spyral and a new costume:
At the very least, he is getting a wardrobe makeover, courtesy of Grayson artist Mikel Janin: Gone is Grayson’s mask, and his new outfit reflects the blue-and-black color scheme of his Nightwing togs and features a “G” on his chest, reminiscent of the old “R” from his Robin days.
Tim Seeley and Tom King are joining Janin on the book.
Are you excited?
(Source: USA Today)
Since late last year when DC Comics began teasing the new weekly Batman series, Batman Eternal, there has been one character that has generated interest - Nightwing.
When the first artwork for the title was released it included just about every character in the Bat-verse - except for Dick Grayson/Nightwing. Hmm.
Than we saw the Thanksgiving teaser which showed the cast of Batman Eternal and no recognizable Dick Grayson. But did show Harper Row.
Add to that the ongoing tidbits that suggest that Dick Grayson and Nightwing wasn’t long for this world which culminated in the cancellation of the Nightwing book in April - concurrent with the arrival of Batman Eternal.
Meanwhile the book’s showrunner Scott Snyder had tweeted out the art from Batman #28 showing a female Nightwing.
And now we have the first look at Harper Row in Batman #28 - also drawn by Dustin Nguyen.
DC had already announced the demise of some books with the arrival April most notably Teen Titans. With the release of their full solicitations it added a few other titles on to the cancelled list including Nightwing. Dick Grayson has been put the mill in Forever Evil and there have been hints that he would finally face the fate he just missed in Infinite Crisis - Death by Didio.
So is this the end of Dick Grayson? Will Bruce face the death of two sons this year? Or is just a massive tease that will end up like every other death in the DCU with him really being alive? Will there be a new Nightwing solicited in May?
What do you think?
Written by JAMES TYNION IV
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK
Cover by EDDY BARROWS
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 9 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The Bat Family is forced to face the brutal aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, but after everything they’ve been through, can they stand together?
I put up a post making the case for Lois and Clark Kent/Superman to earn your vote for Favorite DC Couple. I didn’t get any submissions for Babs and Dick but you can read this one from two years ago which is very good.
And here’s some vintage Valentines of them.
To get to today, these two couples had over come 22 over couples in matches that were decided in some cases by just a few percentage points.
Voting is open until 8:30 PM EST. One vote per person please!
Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Joanne Lane!
Dick Grayson/Robin, Nightwing and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Oracle!
The winner of yesterday’s matches were Batman and Catwoman and Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon. They join Friday’s winners Lois Lane and Superman and Kate Kane and Renee Montoya.
Twenty-four couples came into the contest but only two couples will go to Thursday’s final. You will decide who they will be.
Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya/The Question
and Match 2
Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl;Oracle and Dick Grayson/Robin;Nighwing
One vote per person. The polls will close at 8:30 PM EST.
The winners of Friday’s matches were Lois Lane and Superman and Kate Kane and Renee Montoya.
Here are today’s matches. The semifinal, consisting of today’s and Friday’s winners, is tomorro. The final is on, what else, Valentine’s Day. As in past years I’m going to look for a guest post on why each of the finalists should win. The post will have to be turned around fairly quickly so if you think you would be interested drop me a note on what couple and a link to something else you’ve written at dcwomenkickingass at the yahoo address. Here are today’s matches:
Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman!
Tim Drake/Robin, Red Robin and Stephanie Brown/Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl!
Dick Grayson/Robin, Nightwing and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, Oracle
Wally West/Flash and Linda Park-West
There is also a non-canon match today so look for that too. Polling closes at 8:30 PM EST.
One vote per person, please.
Kyle Higgins today tweeted Cully Hamner’s original design for Nighwing’s costume today that resembled the last version seen in comics:
Well close but no finger stripes. For what Higgins says were “design reasons” the went with this version.
I’ll never not look at this and not think of this. At least there’s no plastic nipples.
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