Last year one of the glass ceilings in superhero comics had a batarang thrown at it when Becky Cloonan became the first woman to draw an issue of Batman. The writing side of the Batman ceiling has had a few cracks in it through the years with Devin Grayson, Louise Simonson, Ann Nocenti and Christina Weir all having stints on Batman titles. Women writing Batman books, however, are still rare and a very small percentage of the writers in the Batman-writing world. But in July another female writer will join the ranks. Marguerite Bennet will be co-writing the Batman Annual #2 with Scott Snyder. Bennett, as she discusses below, joins James Tynion IV, who is writing Talon and Red Hood, as one of Scott Snyder’s students to pick up a gig at DC.
Spotted by someone from the Batman66 forums at the Threadless store in Chicago a new design, “The Bat and the Cat”. It’s not currently online but should be soon.
I find it alternately fascinating and creepy.
In this preview to Batwoman #18, via Newsarama, we see the Kate and her partner, the newly code-named and recovered Bette Kane, meet up with the king Bat himself.
BATMAN AND BATGIRL #21
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale JUNE 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
What deal would you make to bring someone back from the dead? And in this issue, it’s Batman vs. Batgirl
A new story of how Batman came to be will told in an 11 issue arc starting in June. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo will show, according to AP, “how Batman found his calling and what challenges he faced when first donning the costume of the Dark Knight.” The story of Bruce Wayne’s parents dying will not change. Snyder also said the story will not be taking apart Batman Year One by Frank Miller.
Snyder state, “It’s time for a new story showing how Batman became who he is in the New 52.” “It builds up the mythology.”
On Wednesday DC publishes Batman, Inc. #8. They’ve been suggesting LCS buy more copies. They’ve been hyping it. They’ve had solicits teasing it.
How bad will it be? Should you put them on the shelf with Batman #428 and Batman #633?
Wonder no more because DC has given the exclusive to the NY Post. And interestingly there’s a little bit there that suggests there may be another piece of news coming up.
Don’t click if you don’t want to know. Don’t click.
The variant cover of the issue that DC has reportedly been urging shop owners to up their orders for was leaked today by the comic shop Comic Crusaders. Batman, Inc. #8 by Grant Morrison was solicited as big issue:
• Everything Grant Morrison has been planning since the start of BATMAN, INCORPORATED leads to this stunning issue!
• You must not miss this one!
Rumors about what might happen in the issue have been circling the comics internet for months - specifically will the issue see the demise of Damian Wayne?
Here’s a link to the cover - warning it is spoileriffic.
Of course covers can often be huge teases. You won’t really know until the issue hits the stands on the 27th although I suspect this one will be leaked before then.
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.
Again sorry for the delay here - bad stomach bug! The winner of the last match was Helena Bertinelli/Huntress.
Today’s match is:
Wonder Woman and Batman
Boostle! Blue Beetle and Booster Gold
Voting ends at 8:30 pm EST!
Hi all, sorry for the interruption due to extreme illness. The winner of the last match was Black Canary and Green Arrow who handily beat Nightwing and Starfire. There’s a two canon matches today to play catch-up some here we go.
First up we have:
Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Apollo and Midnighter
And in our second match:
Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson
Scandal and Knockout and Liana
Voting is open until 8:30PM EST. One vote per person.
Kelly and I welcomed Scott Snyder to “3 Chicks Review Comics” this weekend for our Best of 2012 show. We talked to Snyder, who I named writer of the year, about the incredible success he had in 2012 with Batman, American Vampire and Swamp Thing and what we can expect to see from him next year.
There were some tidbits on what the next Batman arc will be as well as a some discussion about his unnamed Superman book including his thoughts on Lois Lane.