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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?
Marvel continues to give female characters their own books. Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Black Widow, Elektra, Storm and now Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman/
Are you excited?
Check out these covers from Spider-Woman #1. First the regular cover by Greg Land. Oh, wait, you knew that Greg Land was drawing this?
I feel so bad about Jessica’s leg - where did it go? Perhaps it is with Silk’s spine?
But wait! Here’s the variant from Milo Manara
Marvel has done a terrific job providing their female led books with artists that have strong story telling skills and draw female characters that aren’t objectified.
I like Jessica Drew and would have eagerly read this book.
But those covers?
Land on art?
Talk about mixed signals. Oh well, I still have the other books.
In July Marvel Comics made some major announcements regarding diversity in its comic line - Thor will now be a woman and the Captain America title will now be taken by Sam Wilson. But July also saw the first issue of Storm, one of the only ongoing superhero comics ever launched that is headlined by a black woman. The first issue sold just shy of 50K copies in print. (Marvel does not report digital sales although industry buzz says that is a robust business for certain titles).
The second issue is out next week (preview below) and I chatted a bit with writer Greg Pak about Storm and what we can expect to see from the series.
Q. So Storm has been in four movies, animated shows and even has her own ride in Orlando. You’ve been talking about wanting to do a solo Storm series for three years. Why do you think it has take so long to get a series?
I imagine it’s a combination of things. Marvel’s had some great success in recent months and years with solo books featuring female characters. So I figure that’s played into it, which is awesome. And there’s the fact that Storm is the favorite character of Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum, and eventually he was going to get this book of the ground. I just feel fortunate that I was available and on Daniel’s radar when he started looking for a writer. (Thanks, Daniel!)
Greetings fellow comic fans, after a much needed vacation I am back with some comic picks for the week. As usual I am starting with a first issue of a new comic or actually an old comic!
Today we get the first chapter of the digital first comic Sensation Comics starring Wonder Woman. When the project was announced last year I wrote about why I thought it was important chief among them it gives Wonder Woman a second title of her own for the first time 62 years.
Today is the first chapter of one of two stories that will end up in a floppy out next week. It’s interesting that the first issue of Wonder Woman is set in Gotham but it gives writer Gail Simone a chance to write not one but two characters she closely associated with - Wonder Woman and Barbara Gordon as Oracle. As you can see from the cover costumes this is very out of continuity. It’s take 62 years to get Wonder Woman another title that doesn’t include her taking second bill to her boyfriend, if you want more you may want to drop the $.99 to buy this today to tell DC you want more.
The current arc of Captain Marvel has been quite enjoyable. Hey that makes me think - you know who should be on the silver screen in their own movies? Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel! Wonder why that hasn’t happened yet?
You may be familiar with Genius which won the Top Cow pilot season many years ago. Or you may not. Doesn’t matter I strongly recommend you pick it up (be aware this contains adult language). Woman of color lead and incredible art by Afua Richardson who, come to think of it, would draw an awesome Wonder Woman (or just about anything - get to it comic publishers).
A man and woman are able to make time stand still by having sex! Kegel face! Brimping. You know who doesn’t make kegel face? Wonder Woman.
Gail Simone OWNS the female warrior comic book world today because she is writing Red Sonja AND Wonder Woman today.
Zero Year is over but that Snyder keeps writing! During Boston Comic Con Snyder said he wants to write Wonder Woman - let’s make that happen DC! (Also I think we’ll probably see Wonder Woman appear in the next arc along with every character in the DCU!)
I spoke to Tim Seeley for awhile during Boston Comic Con about how they manage to the writing on the multi-author multi-character book and it was pretty interesting. No Wonder Woman in this book … so far (actually I doubt she’ll show up but wouldn’t it be awesome?)
I bet you’re wondering how I’ll work Wonder Woman into this? Hah, Eve Coffin was a Boston cop - Wonder Woman lived in Boston during Perez’s run.
And that’s it for me this week. What did I miss? What’s on your list?
Kelly and I are back again (3 weeks in a row!) with an interview with writer Ed Brubaker that is just filled with some interesting discussion including:
We also review issue 2 of Gillen/McKelvie’s Wicked and the Divine and review the first trade of another awesome female spy, Edmundson/Noto’s Black Widow which you can pre-order here.
And we also talk about the Thor and Captain America news from last week including reading some very special, erudite thoughts about the former.
So please give us a listen you can down load here or from iTunes!
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.
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!
Once again I want to thank the many folks who drop me notes thanks for these updates and telling me they bought something (and liked it!) because of my recommendation. I love hearing from you and I love that you’re finding new comics to read. So keep ‘em coming.
Now on to this week! And we have several first issues for you!
So. Superman. Yeah. Aside from a few bright moments (Superman Unchained by Snyder/Lee, the very first issues of Action Comics by Morrison come to mind. Oh and every issue of Smallville by Bryan Q. Miller) the Superman books have struggled over the past 5 years both quality wise and, more importantly for DC, sales wise.
Today they launch their AA+ team on the book, Geoff Johns (who has been one of the better Superman writers through the years) and John Romita Jr., the venerable JRJR of Marvel and Millarverse fame. Can they save Superman? ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE!
This guy Robert Kirkman, I hear he had some success with a Zombie book. This book is going to sell a bazillion copies and is already being made into a TV show by Showtime. The pitch? Demonic possession as a disease.
Six months of Cartoon Network villain and hero crossovers. Mojo Jo Jo < or > than Lex Luthor? You know someone should ask the writer of this, Louise Simonson. I hear she moved a lot of Superman comics back in the day.
If you have a YA level reader and are looking for summer reading materials give this one a try. Or just read if you like quirky, independent, intelligent female characters.
And on to the rest.
Lots to pick this up for this week - Timmy vs. Harper (also it seems that Tim is now as tall as Alfred. Is this a new thing?) Babs vs. Jason and Julia vs. her Dad.
That cover, right? Zero Year is coming to a close. I thought it was interesting that they referred to it in Batman Eternal this year. Or MAYBE NOT!
The art on this is the book is gorgeous. I’m still loving the conceit of the book - 60’s union activists as superheroes - the pace and quality of the storytelling, while good, could use some more focus.
The solicit says “Something terrible happens” - I am very afraid and Image didn’t send out the usual review copies. OMGOMGOMGOMG.
You Kamala, I Kamala, we all Kamala. I smile a lot while reading this book.
I hope you took advantage of the weekend sale on this book!
Oh hey Tumblr (waves) I know there a lot of Simone fans out there and really I’m once again going to recommend this book to you especially this issue which has some nice moments between Lara and her girl friend which have the patented Simone - “wait, are they girl friends or girlfriends?” vibe. Also kickassery.
And finally. It’s summer and here’s another recommendation for those of you who have kids or are looking for something nostalgic for yourself
Are you a Betty or a Veronica?
That’s it for me this week! What’s on your list?
Due to an unfortunate combination of illness and work travel I missed last week, thanks for those who dropped notes about missing the column. Now on to the week in comics. This week I have two first issues for you both of which were quite fun.
Dr. Spektor: Master of the Occult revives an Gold Key title from the last century. Dr. Spektor is a master of the occult and tabloid “real-life” TV. He’s a little bit of sleaze and, honestly, more fun that I imagined. Mark Waid, of course, is a pretty good bet for delivering a fun story and the artwork by Neil Edawards is a fine match.
Is it metacommentary or coincidence that in a week that has the last issue of Nightwing the former writer of Nightwing, Kyle Higgins, opens his new creator owned comic with a character wearing a costume that looks like Nighwing’s classic costume? But before we contemplate that go pick up a copy of C.O.W.L #1 which is also a fun adventure comic. C.O.W.L ( Chicago Organized Workers League) is fight back against the union corruption of Chicago in the sixties. The first issue sets things up nicely but for me the real star was Rod Reis’ art which is just gorgeous.
So that’s two for you to jump in on and please let me know what you think. And now on to the others:
I’m just incredibly in love with this comic.
Remember you don’t have to play the game to read the comic. Some very fun writing by Gail Simone.
You know this is going to get optioned for a movie soon enough - so why not get in early?
Again a book that teams a young man of color and older white woman in a police procedural.
And now on to DC Comics.
We’re getting to the end of Zero Year and Snyder says this is one of the best issues to date.
I know it’s a bit early for me to be giving input but I really want more Stephanie Brown, Catwoman and BlueBird
I’m not buying this for Nightwing which I don’t think was a great book and was not very good to Dick Grayson. I’m buying it because I’m very interested in Grayson which this books as a prologue to. And also, as you’ll see in another post, offers gifts from the comics gods.
So that’s it for me. Let me know what you think of the two first issues and what’s on your list!
For those of us who love female heroes who kick ass, the movie Frozen offered some great characters in Anna and Elsa. But what if Anna and Elsa were in the DCU? The Deviant art artist "Samantha Doodles" has the answer!
Elsa as IceCanary!
And because we love Marvel too
CapAnna and BuckyElsa
It’s a short list this week but there are a few comics to bring to your attention
Oh those Lodges. It’s Archie meets Zombies with amazing art. Trust me you need to read this.
Oh boy it’s scrunchie time! This book is great for kids and anyone who went to camp. Or who likes quirky non-traditional characters.
The second issues continues to flush out the weird world of Kate Kristopher which includes Gorillas who are doctors and Krazy Kats serve up food.
There’s a interesting moment in the back end of this book in which the lead discusses things with the villain. Also lots of asskicking.
Marvel does not provide me with review copies but I’m picking up these two comics.
You had me at Powers.
Carol Corps now and forever!
And that’s it for me. What’s on your list?
February is almost over and I will not be sad to see it and it’s snowy butt get out of here! But let’s move on to comics and I have some good ones for you this week!
As usual I’m starting with first issues.
Did you hear DC is putting out a Lois Lane comic? If you haven’t you than you haven’t read this blog in a few days. I was given a preview issue of this and I am happy to tell you that the writer “gets” Lois Lane. The story focuses on Lois and her family and I enjoyed having this Lois history flushed out particularly seeing Lois and her father together. The main story offers some interesting beats but I think could have done with more than one issue to tell it. I’m hoping there will be more than one issue of a Lois Lane book some day.
I know very little about Lara Croft beyond the Jolie movies but given it’s Simone I thought I’d give a shot. I have to admit I was a bit lost at the start as this is a prequel to a game which features a younger Croft. But Simone quickly enables the reader to understand where we are in the story and offers a few nice character beats that help us get this Croft. And for the folks here for the game there are some big action packed moments. Selma’s art is very strong as well.
Technically this isn’t a first issue, but the first issue in a new arc. If you didn’t ready the first arc of The Wake you might want to jump on to this. I wasn’t given a review copy so I haven’t read it but Snyder is always a sure bet and the book was one of my favorites from last year.
It’s Aja and it’s Clint-eye which is a winning combination although Wu and Kate-eye is also a winning combination. And Fraction makes them both winners. (I should have done cross word puzzle pun, but man it’s early).
You know I don’t thing Greg Pak gets enough credit for the work he’s doing on this book and Action Comics. While Superman (sans Unchained) has been basically a car wreck, Pak’s been going along delivering, based on those I’ve read, a fine job. This issue brings Earth two and Earth one together which means we finally have Batman meet his daughter by another planet. While I was not given a review copy of this book the preview looked great and I was very happy with how Helena was written. Not a suprise since Pak and has been doing nice work with Catwoman, Wonder Woman and Lois Lane on Earth-2. Jae Lee is back on art for this issue; wish we had him every issue.
Stark - Spidey Girl = win!
This second issue focuses on getting to know the school for assassins. The pace is slower than the first issue but the upside is that you get some great character work by Wes Craig. As a reminder this book is very dark so if that’s not your style you might want to pass.
I don’t buy my kids comics until Saturday but I did have a two I wanted to point out this week. I noted last night that DC had three female writers this week. In addition to Nocenti and Bennett we have a female writer on Scooby Doo.
Also out this week is another issue of the awesome Powerpuff Girls
I like this cover.
That’s it for me. What’s on your list? What did you like this week and what didn’t you like. Put it in the comments!
What a week! Not only do we get Batman #28 which I posted on earlier. we get some first issues.
I love books that have a historical “what if” angle and this week’s debut The Royals: Masters of War goes all in with a “what if the royal family had superpowers during WW II.” You had me and royal family and superpowers, Vertigo. The art by Simone Coleby looks great. Can’t wait to read this one.
While I don’t write about her a lot, I really do love Jen Walters. Love her break the third wall series by Byrne, like a lot of what Slott did with her and enjoyed her series She-Hulks as well. And most recently I adored her in FF by Fraction and Allred. Let’s shed a tear for that book. But Marvel has given her her own title again and it debuts today. Charles Soule is writing and Javier Palido (who has most recently filled in on Hawkeye) is on art. The preview looked good and while Marvel does not provide me with review issues, I have been told by those that they do that this is very good.
Antony Johnston hit my radar with Umbral last year making me excited to read this. It’s a police procedural in space with a nice to see pairing in comics - young man of color and older woman. The art by Justin Greenwood does so nice world building. This is fun, give it a try.
This is one of the best comics available right now, why aren’t you reading it?
Still enjoying this series - are any of you reading this?
That’s it for this week. Probably. What’s on your list.
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