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DC Comics has been using variant covers to drive sales for the past few months so we’ve had Bombshell covers, Mike Allred variants, and even selfie covers.
In December, perhaps as a gift to readers who dream for the time when DC Comics’ superheroes looked like, well, superheroes we get Darwyn Cooke variants.
Here are the ones for female led comics and, shockingly, there isn’t a brokeback or receptive bulbous heart shaped ass among them.
Hallmark has long has a relationship with DC Comics for merchandise such as Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. But now they have expanded their merchandise to include some other items.
Earlier this summer the company launched a set of “Itty bitty” toys featuring DC heroes including Wonder Woman:
That’s about the actual size of the doll by the way.
The line also includes Superman, Batman and the Flash. There are also Marvel versions including Spider-Man and Iron Man (sadly no female characters). They are $6.95.
But now Hallmark has released a particularly awesome Halloween item featuring Batgirl. And it is awesome.
So. This week sucked to be talking about women in comics, no?
Well how about some candy?
It’s pretty sad but I get excited every time any item features a female character when a superhero line up is shown. Earlier tonight someone asked me about the lack of Gamora in the GOTG items and more often than not that’s the way it is. But I recently saw some candy that was more inclusive:
Apparently when it comes to superhero candy girls are okay to include.
Yesterday Warner Bros. revealed the costume Gal Gadot will wear for her role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The costume has her wearing boots. I don’t care for the inclusion of boots. Yes, she’s been drawn wearing heeled boots (including here, her first cover appearance)
but she’s also been drawn wearing greek sandals
and boots with no heel.
So there is no continuity over the last 70 plus years although there certainly has been some rethinking of how female characters are presented in media during that time.
A few years ago when they were making the disastrous NBC pilot they also had Wonder Woman wearing a heel. Here’s what I said then:
Wonder Woman is free of vanity. For her a costume should be utilitarian — to cover what needs be covered and to make her recognizable to scare off weak-willed adversaries and alert others to her involvement.
Having heels on her boots adds nothing. A boot heel will not make her run faster or kick harder or assist her in doing her job or make her recognizable. The only thing a heel does is please the eye. And that is something Wonder Woman should not care about.
A few folks have stated the heel is required to give her the height to stand with her co-stars Affleck and Cavill. That also does not require a costume with a heel as we’ve seen from dozens of films starring actors who are shorter than their female co-stars.
This is not about hating high heeled boots; I love high heeled boots. It’s fine if Wonder Woman wore them in her “civilian” identity. Rather, this is about questioning a costuming choice which puts the emphasis on Hollywood’s requirements for a Woman rather than the Wonder of the character.
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.
This week is a holiday week so a little slower than usual but there are still a few picks to peruse. I hope you all had a chance to download or maybe listen a bit to newest episode of 3 Chicks Review Comics as we dicuss the trade of Velvet which is out this week.
And on to this week and we have a comic I can’t wait to read.
Hey, did you know Wonder Woman is a feminist? Just checking. This is written by Sholly Fisch who also wrote the Superfriends comic which included one of the best portrayals of Wonder Woman I’ve read in despite it being targeted to children. Go figure.
Speaking of Wonder Woman she’s in this last (sniff!) issue of Superman Unchained. You know who would write a good Wonder Woman? Scott Snyder. Who wants a Wonder Woman mini by Snyder? Raise your hands!
This is closes the book’s second arc and like every issue before it is terrific. Forever finally sees the battle that’s been teased for the last few issues and we find out what happens to the Barret family. Forever Carlyle is one of my favorite female characters in comics right now. Hey, you know who wrote a good Wonder Woman? Greg Rucka.
This is a bit gory but if you are a fan of Hannibal or like tales of spooky towns (i.e. half of the X-Files episodes) you’ll enjoy this tale of a town that spawns a great many serial killers. You know who is NOT a serial killer? Wonder Woman is not a serial killer.
Why wouldn’t you read this? OMG, BUCKTASHA! Natasha and Wonder Woman - friends? Discuss.
The first issue was a suprise for me - I really enjoyed it. The second issue continues the fun but then again this is Mark Waid. Who has also written Wonder Woman, with mixed results.
This is the one comic both my kids have asked for over the past few months. The movie is gonna make about a trillion bucks. Oh and this.
I am really enjoying this series but there’s something in today’s issue that just made me go:
You’ll see. Also Wonder Woman is not in this.
And that’s it for me. There are a few others I may pick up after flipping through them at the LCS.
What’s on your list?
Yesterday DC Comics announced that David Finch and his wife Meredith would be the new creative team on Wonder Woman. While I’ve already expressed concerns about Mr. Finch’s art and the short writing resume of Ms. Finch, there is now another much bigger concern.
In an interview today with CBR Finch stated:
Really, from where I come from, and we’ve talked about this a lot, we want to make sure it’s a book that treats her as a human being first and foremost, but is also respectful of the fact that she represents something more. We want her to be a strong — I don’t want to say feminist, but a strong character. Beautiful, but strong.
I can’t imagine another character about which you wouldn’t want to say she’s a feminist. The character’s creation, her history, her every single quality is derived from feminism. To not want to say “feminist” about her is like saying you don’t want to say “alien” about Superman or “orphan” about Batman. It is part of the character’s DNA.
As you can imagine that quote didn’t go over well. So a few hours later Mr. Finch tried to qualify it.
Feminists ARE human. Feminists ARE Fallible. Feminists ARE Real.
I’m sure this is just a misunderstanding. I would be shocked if the person heading the creative team of Wonder Woman would not understand this.
Because any person who cannot acknowledge and state clearly that Wonder Woman is a feminist and understands what feminism is has no business being near the character.
DC Comics announced today the new creative team for Wonder Woman. David Finch will draw the book. His wife, Meredith, who has previously co-written a comic for Zenescope, will follow in the footsteps of Brian Azzarello and join Gail Simone, Jodi Picoult, Mindy Newell in a line of female writers who have penned the character.
The writers state in an interview with USA Today, “We wanted to make her a little more flawed. She doesn’t always necessarily have the answers.”
The team believe having woman write the book will attract more female readers. Finch states, “I love the idea that it’s a woman writing a woman because we’re trying to appeal to more female readers now.”
Below is Finch’s artwork provided with the announcement.
As an artist David Finch brings a fan base of readers but also a reputation for drawing women that look like children or a posed Escher style. One of Finch’s previous drawings of Wonder Woman went viral when some showed male DC characters were posed similarly.
Bringing more female writers into the DCU is always a positive. That said its is rare that the gig of regular writer on one of the big three is given to someone who has so little experience as Meredith Finch. One could point to Jodi Picoult who took on Wonder Woman for several issues a decade ago but that opportunity came after having written several best selling books.
During Azzarello’s run he openly discussed his resistance to resisting interference in his book specifically around having Superman in the book as Wonder Woman’s love interest.
With an untested writer on-board and an artist who falls far squarely into the “house style” preferred by senior management at the book, it won’t be a surprise to see the Wonder Woman book pulled into the overall DCU again and the “Super romance” incorporated into her book.
Of course, the book could be wonderful. But given the team presented probably not for me.
What do you think of the team?
(Source: USA Today)
Have a little travel to do this summer? What better way to travel than with Wonder Woman backpacks now available at Pottery Barn
Oh you like traditional roller bags?
They’ve got. Mind you it’s kid size.
And if you aren’t traveling anywhere but to work or school they have these as well:
They also have a metal water bottle and hot meal container
They also have Batman stuff. It’s Pottery Barn so it’s not cheap but this is one of the largest Wonder Woman collections I’ve seen in a while.
Go to it!
h/t to reader Michelle!
Now that the movie has a title the big question about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice:
A few weeks ago we had rumors that she would wear the Jim Lee design from the JMS run.
Given the response to that costume which featured pants along with the response to the Disco Queen outfit designed for Adrianne Palicki for the failed NBC pilot (which also featured pants) I was pretty sure they wouldn’t with pants.
When the new 52 came around DC went back and forth on whether she would wear pants. In fact at one point promotional materials had her with pants again.
But more interesting it our WWWWW discussion is the costume that the creators wanted her to wear. Here is what Cliff Chiang originally designed for her.
And that costume would appear to be a very, very close representation of what was reported by JoBlo today:
The description of the outfit from our source uses the term “badass” on multiple occasions. This Wonder Woman is ripped right from the comics and has a “traditional, yet sleeker” costume that’s “battle ready.” She’ll have a blue leather skirt, silver-armored cuffs that reach to her elbows, golden tiara (with a design of some sort in the center, possibly the red star) and a variation of the traditional-looking red top (no word on additional armor on it). Her overall appearance is described as “Amazon warrior princess” and definitely not an urban reimagining. She’s there to kick ass and that’s readily apparent. Word is that WB is getting a VERY positive response on her appearance to those they’ve shown it to.
Pretty close, huh?But wait there’s more! She’ll
have no less than FOUR weapons, including shield, sword, spear, and of course, the traditional lasso. It’s also noted that she will wear the shield on her back, Captain America style, when not in use.
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