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This week Kelly and I interview writer and article Becky Cloonan about her upcoming Gotham Academy for DC Comics as well as some of her creator owned books.
We also do a early review of Gotham Academy as well as Copperhead #1 and Lazarus #11.
We also talk about the recent announcements about DC Comics based TV shows starring Supergirl and the Titans.
Over the weekend I had a chance to read the first issue of Gotham Academy from DC Comics and loved it. Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl have created a comic that is unlike anything else in the DC line-up.
If you have been looking to get into comics or get someone you know into comics, this is great series to start with. Actually if you like any of the below:
And even if you don’t like any of those, you should still read the first issue.
With the support of the creative team, last night a semi-official Tumblr for the comic Inside Gotham Academy went live now and has over 500 followers.
Go follow! You never know what might get posted! Also if you have fan art, this is the place to submit.
Olive and Maps are hanging out waiting for you!
Numerous outlets are reporting that TNT is close to green lighting a pilot based on DC Comics Titans series.
Entertainment Weekly reports:
In the pilot, Grayson “emerges from the shadow of Batman to become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new Super Heroes including Starfire, Raven and many others. Titans is a dramatic adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book titles ever.”
Before you get too excited it is reported that Akiva Goldsman who also wrote the movies that destroyed a Batman franchise, Batman & Robin, is writing.
So perhaps this is where Wally West may show up on TV? And how funny if Donna Troy ends up on screen before Wonder Woman.
Are you ready for a once a week dose of the Grayson? Did you just say the words, Matt Bomer?
What do you think?
Sooo many comics today. Let’s watch the money fly out of our wallets.
Greg Rucka is back with another arc of Stumptown. You probably have heard Kelly and I discuss our love for this book on 3 Chicks Review Comics. There’s a new artist on this arc, Justin Greenwood, who most recently did The Fuse. It’s a big change from Matthew Southworth who I adored but I’m willing to give an issue to see how he settles in. If you aren’t familiar with Rucka’s female detective Dex Parios you might want to fix that.
There’s a new sheriff in town and she’s a woman and the town is on another planet populated by all kinds of creatures. If you liked Firefly you may like this. I really enjoyed the first issue. Give it a try.
Kamala! And that cover. Just another issue of the comic changing the comics audience. Join us!
What’s that look on Carol’s face? Did she just see the entire line up of movies from Kevin Feige? Or maybe she just realized there’s only two more issues of Hawkeye?
That cover is so pulpy I could drink it for breakfast with my eggs and bacon. Love this book.
Double Rucka week! Man, those Gotham Central guys Brubaker and Rucka really know how to write female characters.
Did anyone pick this up the first issue after Kelly and i reviewed it on 3 Chicks? I didn’t have it my picks this week but you might want to try this series so it is here this week.
Time to start the Scott Snyder part of our picks - first Superman Unchained.
Future Batman - Is that Dick? Looks Like Dick.
And finally Batman Eternal.
Also this week you may want to catch up with this series by Erica Schultz (she also co-wrote the new Revenge trade). The lead here is also all about revenge. If you like Velvet and Elektra you should really give this one a try. The best way to find this one is on Comixology.
And that’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?
The title of this podcast has two lies in it this week - there are only two chicks reviewing one comic. Kelly and I were a bit under the weather and we both adore Jen Van Meter so just made the whole show about Jen.
I hope you picked up the first issue of her reboot of Dr. Mirage but perhaps this interview and review will push you do just that!
We also take about Jen’s other work including Hopeless Savages and Kickstarters.
So please give us a listen and leave a comment.
It’s September! Time to go back to school and DC to do those crazy ass variants!
Let’s start with a first issue and I have a good one for you this week
I’m a big fan of Jen Van Meter - she excels at both world building and creating vivid characters to drop into those worlds. Here newest effort from Valiant showcases those skills. Dr. Mirage aka Shan Fon is a paranormal investigator who is suffering from the death of her husband. Most recently she’s taking on gigs ala the “Long Island Medium” because she needs the money. But then she is brought a client tied to paranormal research from WW II. There’s a lot of exposition in this issue but it is interesting exposition that lets us get to know and like Shan despite her prickly personality. It also builds some dread around her latest client giving the last page a sense of danger. The artwork by Roberto De La Torre is loose and evocative and helps build a sense of the mystery and eeriness. Pick this one up and let me know what you think.
I’m hit or miss with Peter Milligan but Vertigo has been doing well with new titles. According to Milligan “‘The Names’ is a story about money, it’s a story about power. It’s a story about one 25-year-old woman who goes up against that money and power: Katya, who’s our hero.” Not loving the cover, though.
I was not provided with preview copy so let me know what you think.
How can I say not to the guy who created the late, great Starling from Birds of Prey? No female lead here, but the male lead has a interesting talent that gets him in and out of trouble - he can read people’s intentions by color. This is a gritty story and I’m not 100% in love with the art but Swierczynski made me interested to pick up issue #2.
I love this book. Now with extra Hawkeye. (Is it wrong to hope for BOTH Hawkeyes?
Uh oh, Jen’s got her glasses on - someone is going down.
The architect is back which I just see as confirmation Gates of Gotham happened which means Cass Cain is around SOMEWHERE.
This book …. brrrrrrrr. Serial Killers.
That’s it for me. I know given the headline I should buy at least one motion variant. I’m on the fence about Grayson: Futures End as the art in the preview didn’t really work for me. Also why didn’t that motion cover have Dick facing the other way to tie in with the title?
What’s on your list? And let me know what you think about any of the books you picked up!
Lois Lane will be getting the YA novel treatment come January from author Gwenda Bond. The book, titled Fallout, is from Capstone/Switch will focus on young Lois Lane just starting out in Metropolis. The 304 page book will be released in J
anuary (Update: the writer says May). Will Superman appear? Check out the blurb below to see.
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.
Let’s walk through the scenario - A large comic publisher seems to have an opportunity or desire to expand their readership to include more women and thus increase revenue. They issue a cover that shows one of their female characters in a highly sexual pose with a distorted ass.
You may think I am discussing this week’s web explosion over Milo Manara’s variant of the first issue of Spider-Woman. But I could just as well be discussing the 0 issue of Catwoman from two years ago.
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.
There’s a 3 Chicks ready for download so get thee to the iTunes or PodBean! This week we chat with writer Nathan Edmundson about Black Widow. We talk about his take on the character and how he works with Phil Noto.
We also review two comics Hexed #1 and She-Hulk #7 - What did we think?
And we wrap it up with a discussion about Marvel vs. DC movies and Boston Comic Con. And … because YOU demanded it … a DRAMATIC READING!
So give us a listen and leave us comments!
Note: One of my favorite guest posters (and fellow Bostonian) Jon E. Christianson is back with a look at the Queer Comics panel from this past weekend’s BCC.
The (convention) halls were alive with the sights of lines this past weekend in Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. Comic book creators had winding lines. Celebrity panel lines were an ouroboric nightmare.
Boston Comic Con had all the right lines in all the expected places, except for one panel. BCC’s first annual Queer Comics panel, tucked away in a room for maybe one hundred people, boasted a line the convention was not prepared for. It snaked through hallways, around corners, and eventually doubled upon itself.
People were turned away at the door. Hosted by journalist Brigid Alverson, the panel featured four panelists: writer/artist Tana Ford (Duck, New Warriors), writer Jennie Wood (Flutter, A Boy Like Me), podcaster and writer Amber Love (podcast Vodka O’Clock, Holyoak), and Geeks OUT! president and co-founder Joey Stern.
From left to right, Tana Ford, Jennie Wood, Amber Love, Joey Stern. Photo by Ashley Hansberry
Alverson offered a brief overview of queer comics history, noting that societal changes and self-publishing have contributed to the genre’s success.
“What queer works have resonated with you?” Alverson asked the panel.
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!)
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