This is a very light week which I suppose is good because MORE GIFT MONEY and sad because there just isn’t a lot I’m excited about.
Let’s start with my pick of the week:
Did you pick up the first issue? Well if you didn’t go get it and get this too. A cold war spy thriller with an older woman as the spy. The art is wonderful.
Jeff Lemire and Scott Snyder must have clones to keep turning out all these comics. Comics that are good.
Correct me if I’m wrong but this seems to be the only comic from DC this week with a female superhero on the cover.
What’s up with THAT?
Oh Fearless Defenders, your art was too booby and assy times and you did have that uncomfortable fake out killing of the character on the cover but you were fun and funny and I bought every issue. Misty and Val I will miss you.
It’s holiday time at the Avengers Mansion and it’s being written by Kathryn Immonen so I gonna take this as an early Christmas gift.
What this is ending soon? SORRY I CAN’T HEAR YOU.
Wow, after Fearless and this ends, the amount of traffic on Tumblr has got to take a hit. Does Marissa Mayer know about this?
The mini with Red Sonja with a whole of female writers continues. I like this retro cover which gives you two chain mail bikini’s for the price of one!
And that’s it for me. What’s on your list?
Happy Birthday, sir!
Q: How do you write such strong/well-realized/positively portrayed women?
A: I don’t. I write characters. Some of those characters are women.
She showed up at a Children’s Hospital. Dressed as Sif.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving for some of us. And along with stuffing our pie holes with … well pie, it is time to give thanks. And as I have done for the last few years I’m going to name some of the things I’m thankful for in comics this year. POSITIVITY!
Marvel Loving Ladies. Marvel has continue to show that it is commited to having female leads in its books. Despite the cancellations of Journey into Mystery (sniff) and Red She-Hulk and Fearless Defenders, they are back next year with Elektra, Black Widow and Ms. Marvel as well as a new #1 of Captain Marvel.
And speaking of Ms. Marvel …
Ms. Marvel. I know a lot of focus has been on the fact that Ms. Marvel has a Muslim teenager who is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants as its lead. And that the book is written by a woman, G. Willow Wilson. But the other cool thing? This is the first instance where of a female-led legacy spin-off book in superhero comics. Think about that.
Early morning digital comics. I still drop in the LCS once a week but it is pretty great to be able to wake up and grab most of my comics before work. Except Marvel. Getting going on that Marvel.
Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick. I’m going to couple these two together because, well they are a couple, but beyond that because pound by pound I think they have contributed a lot of enjoyment to my comic reading this year. Captain Marvel, Ghost, Avengers Assemble, Pretty Deadly, Hawkeye, Satellite Sam, FF, and Sex Criminals. That’s ALOT of great reading. Keep it up!
Image Comics. Thanks for Saga, thanks for Lazarus, thanks for Mara, thanks for Glory, thanks for Sex Criminals, thanks for Fatale, thanks for just some of the best comics this year.
Superman Unchained. The real Superman and Lois Lane still exist at DC Comics and thanks Scott Snyder for giving them to us (Jim Lee too).
The return of Stephanie Brown. Thanks DC Comics for bringing back Stephanie Brown. Now bring back Cass Cain.
Women Speaking Out. Well it certainly has been a sad few weeks hasn’t it? You can take all the wonderfully positive things I’ve listed about women in comics and lay a big fat bag of harrassment stories in the middle of it and it really stinks up the room. But you can’t clean out the room unless people are willing to step forward. So to all the women who have spoken out about their experiences and commented on the experiences of others, thank you.
True Social Media. Say what you want about Twitter and the comments sections of blogs, I am so glad for you because you have introduced me to and helped me create friendships and mutual admiration societies that I could never dreamed would exist. And this year I met many of them in person. Growing up it was very difficult to find people to hang out with who also enjoyed comics. Today there is an endless stream of folks who I can chat with, joke with and, of course, complain with. It really is so much fun and I am thankful for all of you. Well most of you, the trolls and backbiters can … well GET STUFFED. It’s Thanksgving after all!
What’s on your list of things?
Last week readers got what they thought was the first appearance of the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan in Captain Marvel #17.
Khan, a 16 year old Muslim girl, will have her own ongoing book beginning in February. There she will take on the title that Carol Danvers, now Captain Marvel, once used.
But earlier today during an interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick she revealed that the Captain Marvel #17 wasn’t the first appearance of the new Kamala and that she actually appeared in an earlier issue.
Well that’s quite different isn’t it? Today Marvel announed it is joining up with Netflix for four new series - Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
Let me clearer. That’s one more woman and one more man of color than DC has announced in their superhero projects in development. (The Flash, Constantine, Jim Gordon/Gotham and Hourman).
It also means that it is likely that Jessica Jones will make it on screen in a live action project before Wonder Woman.
According to the PRs “Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
The shows will start appearing in 2015.
Marvel has been attempting for the past three years to bring Jessica Jones to TV. The show was in development at ABC under Melissa Rosenberg until last year when the network passed on the project. There was no mention of Rosenberg in today’s announcment.
This is smart and bold move by Disney and Marvel. Netflix is growing into a major distribution channel for media with a subscriber base that out numbers that of HBO.
Greetings fellow comics fans as we celebrate the best day of the week - Wednesday aka New Comics Day. (Although with DC Digital everyday is new comic day so check that out as well).
As usual I’m going to start you off with a first issue. I don’t know about you but I have been enjoying the hell out of Simone’s Red Sonja. This week brings more of her Sonja plus new stories by Nancy Collins and Devin Grayson.
You can also pick up Simone’s Movement this week
I’m sure you all have heard that there is a new Ms. Marvel character debuting in February. But the character whose old title she is taking is still very much around and this week we have a special double issue.
And yes that is Kelly Sue DeConnick on the cover. Pizza dog is there too.(and inside? You”ll see)
So Earth-2. Can we talk about this book for a minute? So much good but the slow paced meh and refrigerating drove me away. But the book now has a new writer. So that’s good, right? Okay the writer is Tom Taylor who killed off Lois Lane in the Injustice Gods Among Us. But Lois is dead so but … but hey it’s Nicola Scott art!
Still enjoying this - give it a try.
It’s been awhile but Superman Unchained is back and isn’t Lex Luthor by Scott Snyder worth waiting for?
I’m still enjoying Ghosted - have you tried it yet?
I’m a big fan of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray so I’m going to try and pick up the new Pain Killer Jane this week.
That’s it for me. What’s on your list?
Marvel Comics announced today that in Feburary the title of Ms. Marvel, formerly that of Carol Danvers, will be taken on by Kamala Khan a teenage Muslim girl. G. Willow Wilson, who wrote the the Vixen mini-series a few years back, will be pen the title. She is a convert to Islam.
Both Marvel and DC have had Muslim heroes before. DC’s Batman of France, Nightrunner, was Muslim as was Dust in Marvel Comics.
According to the Times,
Kamala, whose family is from Pakistan, has devotedly followed the career of the blond, blue-eyed Carol Danvers, who now goes by Captain Marvel, a name she inherited from a male hero. When Kamala discovers her powers, including the ability to change shape, she takes on the code name Ms. Marvel — what Carol called herself when she began her superhero career.
The character will struggle with more than just her powers - she will also struggle with her faith and her conservative family. The book goes on sale 2/16/14.
You can read more here.
I’m very pleased to see Marvel continue their dedication to both diversity and female led titles.
Below is Sara Pichelli’s art work for the cover.
Below is artwork release by Marvel to the Times.
Annie Wu is quickly becoming one of my favorite artists of superheroes of the female variety. We saw her draw the awesome Batgirl Beyond arc and now we see the first colored pages from her Hawkeye gig. Issue 14 drops November 27.
I was sad to hear this week that two comics I was excited and pleased to see be published by DC and Marvel have been cancelled. Earlier this week DC and Marvel both failed to issue solicits for January issues of Katana and Fearless Defenders. I assumed they were gone and both companies have now confirmed they end their runs in December.
Some thoughts about these books and their cancellations below.
NYCC has already given me one great piece of news - there will be a new ongoing Black Widow book starting in January by Nathan Edmundson
and the artist born to draw her - Phil Noto.
You have to give Marvel credit, they are still trying when it comes to female led books. This time they are returning to one of their characters who has had quite a few runs - She-Hulk.
Write Charles Soule, who is writing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman books is being joined by artist Javier Palido. Marvel Editor Jeanine Schaefer says about the book will focus on the various aspects of Jennifer Walter’s life, "She’s a friend, a combatant, a confidant, and yet she’s still the hero of her own story."
Marvel recently cancelled two of their female led solo books - Red She-Hulk and the reboot of Journey into Mystery starring Sif and Captain Marvel is on hiatus so it’s good to see this.
(Source: USA Today)