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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.
J.H. Williams III recently did an interview with the comic fan site Comicosity and while the whole interview is worth reading, there was one comment that was very interesting regarding a DC character who has been rarely seen in the new 52.
Renee Montoya and Helena Bertinelli won yesterday’s match. That leaves just four couples in the semi-finals and today they will battle to decide who goes to Thursday’s final.
And here are the two matches:
Ted Kord/Blue Beetle and Michael Carter/Booster Gold
and Match 2
Barbara Gordon and Dinah Lance
Renee Montoya/The Question and Helena Bertinelli/Huntress
Voting is open until 8:30 PM EST.
One vote per person please.
The winner of Wednesday’s matches were Wally and Linda Park West and Stephanie Brown and Tim Drake. That means there are just 8 couples left in the canon tournament! We’ll have two semi’s today and two Monday. I’ll put up a post in a bit about what happens now through Thursday! But first, here are the first two matches!
Lois Lane and Superman
Green Arrow and Black Canary!
Big Barda and Mr. Miracle
Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya
Voting is open until 8:30 EST Today.
The winner of yesterday’s matches were both Bats - Batman/Catwoman and Dick Grayson/Barbara Gordon.
Today’s matches are Flashy:
Superman and Lois Lane
Barry Allen and Iris West Allen!
Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya/The Question
Wally West/Kid Flash and Artemis Crock!
Remember one vote per person. Voting will close at 8:30 PM EST
Heroclix is debuting their Streets of Gotham packs and these two caught my eye:
Technically it isn’t two, just two versions; when you order one you’ll either get her in her civvies or in costume. See the rest of the entry here.
Yesterday’s match of Batwoman vs. Poison Ivy was won by Batwoman!
In today’s match we have a woman who looks for answers versus a woman who beat the truth out of you.
In this corner a woman who has a lot of strength and attitude. Oh, and really big boobs.
And in the other corner a woman who asks a lot of questions, like, “why aren’t I in comics right now?” “Maggie Sawyer???”
You can vote in this match here!
During SDCC DC Comics confirmed that Renee Montoya won’t be showing up in the new 52. Not surprising actually as the writer most associated with her, Greg Rucka, has said that his conversations with DC "made it very clear they had no interest in seeing Renee continue, either as the Question or not."
But not to fear Renee fans because today I bring you part two of the quite simply terrific fan made comic, Tattered Remains, which I posted about last year. The comic by the team of artist Krystal Beisick and writer Valerie Renee continues Renee’s adventures in a pre-52 Gotham where the Barbara Gordon as Oracle still exists and is working with the Birds, including Helena “not a fake ID burned on page” Bertinelli.
And like last year’s edition, it is an absolute joy to read. This edition has Renee revisiting key moments in her past. Here’s a look:
If you’re familiar with Renee from Gotham Central and Batwoman you’re going to enjoy especially enjoy this as it addresses some plot points from those titles.
Dan Didio’s been answering people’s questions about the new 52 on Facebook and one is about the role of Renee Montoya in the rebooted Universe. The Green Lantern Corps web site has been collecting all the questions he’s answered to date including the question: Is Reene Montoya still the Question and is Vic Sage still dead?” A CBR member has said he asked the question to Didio. And the answer was:
"Renee will be seen as a member of the Gotham City Police Force."
Montoya started in the comics as member of the GCPD in comics and DCAU. During the series 52 she took over the role of the Question following the death of Vic Sage. As the Question, she lhad a mini and a back-up series in Detective Comics written by Greg Rucka. To date, DC has been mum on Renee in the new 52. When asked about her at SDCC, Didio deflected the question. But in a July story on DC’s diversity efforts that appeared in the Advocate, Renee was mentioned as part of DC’s focus on diversity.
I liked Renee as the Question. Her journey into the role was one of the most compelling parts of 52. And I loved her back-up in Detective Comics. I had hopes that she would have been working with the Birds of Prey but those were dashed with the book’s cancellation for the reboot. Her return to a role within the Gotham PD gives me mixed feelings. On one hand it could mean she is seen more often as her appearances in the DCU trailed off after Greg Rucka, the character’s main writer, departed DC. Given the many Gotham based Batbooks there would be many more chances for her to appear.
But Renee was one of the few lesbian superheroes. We still don’t know if she’ll be acting as the Question and attached to the police. That wording on that answer doesn’t really give me much hope.
So where would she show up? The first book that one would assume she would appear in would be Batwoman, given her previous relationship with Kate Kane. But I also wonder if she’ll be popping into Batgirl. As I noted before, this panel from the first issue shows someone who looks like Renee.
Gail Simone, Batgirl’s writer, certainly has been very vocal about her fondness for the character most recently writing her into the final issues she penned of Birds of Prey. But at this point, this is just speculation. Update: Simone says she doesn’t have plans right now to use Renee in Batgirl.
And, of course, a bigger unanswered question is whether Vic Sage will show up again in the new 52. Given the time twisting in Flashpoint #5, it would seem that Vic could, like Ryan Choi, return from the dead. You’ll note the second part of the question for DiDio had no answer. And no Question.
Renee Montoya shows up in Gotham and runs into her old pal Helena.
I never thought about them together. And now I do. Renee and Scandal By hildebabble
There is no question of whether today’s guest poster was a smart choice to do this memorable moment. Kingston C. Rockwell has few rivals in his knowledge of the Questions and writes regularly about both Vic Sage and Renee including on his popular Tumblr.
At the end of “The Question” co-feature ‘Tec, we saw Renee Montoya take the “Mark of Cain” from Vandal Savage. And next Wednesday
we’ll finally see what it looks like. Those of you who didn’t read the Detective Annual will see it!
This is it the final match to decide who is in the Elite Eight. And it’s another battle of Gotham women as Oracle/Barbara Gordon and The Question/Renee Montoya go at it. Remember today’s voting is closes early at 6PM EST. I’ll announce tomorrow’s match-ups once this match has been decided.