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SPEAKING OF WAYS THE FANDOM CAN SUPPORT THINGS WE LOVE VIA THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR:
The powerful women of DC Comics star in the new The Women of Legend Trading Card series from Cryptozoic Entertainment. The 63-card base set features all-new original artwork from top comic and sketch card artists. Collectors will find exclusive artwork from fan-favorite artists, including Katie Cook, that was commissioned exclusively for this set. Chase sets include the 9-card Katie Cook sticker set and the 9-card Legendary Ladies foil set. Totally fabricated costume cards are randomly inserted, as are sketch cards of some of the most popular female comic characters. Then, store your collection in the official binder with 1 exclusive card. 5 cards per pack, 24 packs per box.
So, these things are also coming out next week! From DC “women what are women” Comics, no less! And there seem to be Original Universe pictures in there.
I’m gonna get a pack. Maybe two.
Citing too much editorial interference, J. H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman announced their exit from Batwoman.
I’m screaming. Not literally, of course. But my heart…my heart hurts. I’m aching. Because Batwoman was all I had left. My 100% true enjoyment non-digital DC book.
And because editorial can’t bring themselves to let a good thing take shape on its own, it’s going to be gone soon.
Let’s not kid ourselves; while Batman and Batwoman are the most quality of DC’s New 52 Bat-titles, Batwoman isn’t the highest seller. After the creator switch, unless DC brings in someone truly amazing to work on the title, numbers will drop.
And Kate’s story may come to an end.
The Joker, Lex Luthor, Black Manta, Bane, Black Adam, Ra’s Al Ghul, General Zod, Clayface, Sinestro, Catwoman, Cheetah and many more of the worst villains in the DC Universe star in this action-packed collection of stories from ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #10, BATMAN #244, 614, BATMAN VILLAINS SECRET FILES #1, BLACK ADAM #6, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14, SOLO #1, SUPERMAN: LEX 2000, WONDER WOMAN #214, COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS #1 and the backup stories from COUNTDOWN #2, 6-11, 14-16, 19, 27, 29, 33-34 and 36-37!
Literally everything in this book is from the old DCU.
What does that tell you about the villains in the New 52, DC?
The word of the week is ‘sacrifice’, ladies and gentlemen. It’s more trendy than you think, in superhero comics. But sacrifice can come in many flavors, and not all of them are obvious the first time around.
As always, we’re kicking ladies’ week off with…
What has two arms, two legs, one head, and no day off this week? This guy! So, uh, good news and bad news. Good news, I got my hands on the latest issue of Saga. Bad news, I don’t actually have anything to review this week. So, in the time-honored…
So there’s this guy, Batman. Been around for almost 80 years. Kinda broody, parent issues out the wazoo. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Actually, I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard of him, at this point.
Batman, for those of you who might be having delusions otherwise, is DC’s biggest character. He’s been the subject of eight animated television shows over the years, over a dozen live-action and animated movies, and in the New 52, his ‘family’ has more ongoing books than any other section, and none of them have been cancelled yet. Batman Incorporated ended, but it was always meant to do that. The Batman section of the New 52 has 12 ongoing books. That leaves 40 ongoing books for the rest of the DC Universe. Not to mention how, in the digital-first comics, we’ve got Li’l Gotham, Batman Beyond Unlimited, Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman ‘66, and Batman: Arkham Unhinged.
As further proof to Batman’s near-total domination of DC, allow me to present the crossover events so far since the reboot started: Night of the Owls, The Culling, Rise of the Third Army, Rotworld, Death of the Family, H’El on Earth, Throne of Atlantis, Wrath of the First Lantern, Batman: Zero Year, Trinity War. That’s one Batman crossover event a year, guys. Not to mention that Zero Year crosses over with non-Batman titles, like Flash and Green Lantern Corps. Why? Who cares! Batman! DC, please. And with the reality of a Batman/Superman movie in the not so distant future looming over us, it’s only bound to get worse.
So I implore you, DC. Take a look around your vast kingdom. Toy with some of your other properties, for once.
"But Batman sells!" You protest. "Kids love Batman! Adults love Batman! Everyone knows Batman!" No. Let me put it this way.
If you have hamburgers once a week throughout your childhood, you’ll have fond memories of hamburgers. You’ll also like hamburgers a lot, provided you only had them every once in awhile. And then, when you hit adulthood, suddenly, hamburgers are everywhere. There are a million variations on the same hamburger, and in order to feel like you’re getting the best hamburger experience, you decide to try them all. Eventually, it becomes too much. You’re drowning in hamburgers. And the worst part? Most of them are terrible, with wilted lettuce and moldy bread. Every now and then, you find an excellent hamburger, cooked exactly how you like it, with the freshest ingredients. However, when buying that burger, the server informs you that you’ll need to buy a whole bunch of other hamburgers, many of them rotten, in order to properly enjoy the burger you wanted. DC, you are the server. Batman is the hamburger.
I’m getting a little tired of hamburgers. Let’s get a salad, or some tomato soup, or hell, some tacos. You’ve got a big universe, DC. Capitalize on it.
I don’t think I ever posted this. I keep a list on Gaia of the DC reboot titles I’ve tried out, editing it every time something changes.
(as of August 2013)
- The Flash
- Batman and Robin
- Birds of Prey
Animal Man Justice League International
- Justice League
- Justice League Dark
Hawk and Dove
- Resurrection Man
- Wonder Woman
- Red Hood and the Outlaws
- Green Lantern Corps
- Green Lantern: New Guardians
- Red Lanterns
- Green Lantern
Teen Titans Blue Beetle Legion of Superheroes Legion Lost Deathstroke Suicide Squad
- Swamp Thing
DC Universe Presents Demon Knights
(second wave, crossover titles, and minis)
- World’s Finest
Batman Incorporated The Shade Legion: Secret Origins The Ray Huntress My Greatest Adventure Dial H
Sword of Sorcery
- Harley Quinn
- Justice League 3000
(January 2012 commentary)
Let me break this down for you, because I’ve sort of done this in code. Regular text means I’m buying them. Italics mean I’ve stopped buying the comic, choosing to read and review it in-store, and using the money I’d allotted for those particular comics on something else, if not saving it. Bold means that I’ve stopped reading them entirely. As you can see, I started out with 28 books, having read the first and second issues of many a series. As of the second week of month five of the reboot, I’m down to exactly half that. JLI has another issue to impress me before I relegate it to in-store, as does LoSH. Blue Beetle may be cut this month, because the last issue ranged from unsatisfactory to downright awful. Not to mention that any of the in-store books run the risk of me dropping them entirely at any point. And with Static being cancelled, that’s another title gone, one I’ve never considered dropping. There is a very good chance that by month six, I will only be buying eleven titles from the new 52. Granted, I am also buying two of the minis DC has put out, Legion Secret Origins and The Shade, both of which are fantastic books. My Greatest Adventure, another mini, is always worth a glance-through, even if you’re only reading the Tanga storyline, like I am. Of the reported ‘second wave’ of new 52 titles, I plan on checking out Earth-2, World’s Finest, and The Ravagers. It is highly doubtful that I’ll be buying World’s Finest, as pre-Crisis Power Girl and Huntress never interested me.
Looking at this list another way, I see I’m only buying three books where the main, or title, character is a woman, out of the eight I started with. I’m still buying both books that feature non-heterosexual characters. I was only reading five books that heavily featured non-white characters to begin with. I’ve downgraded Green Lantern Corps and may do the same to Justice League International and Blue Beetle. Static Shock is being cancelled. That leaves Teen Titans, which is actually the most diverse team in the DCnU. Think about that for a second. Teen Titans, which features three white heterosexuals, three women (two of whom are POC), a gay man (who is also Hispanic), and a street (you have no idea how weird it was to type that sentence) is more diverse than the Justice League International, which features no non-heterosexual characters, three POC (Hispanic, Asian, and African respectively, in a nine-person team), four women, and six white heterosexuals. The rest of these books mostly feature white males, with the exception of the Legion and Lantern books, which mainly feature aliens.
I’m aware that there are other books not focusing exclusively on white males but, to be perfectly honest, I don’t know a thing about Batwing or Voodoo, and I’ve never cared that much about Mister Terrific. That makes Voodoo literally the only book with a woman as the title character I didn’t read, and I’m still down to only three. Three decent to good books focused on a woman. Yay, diversity.
But enough of my whining. I know there are already a million New 52 threads floating around, which makes mine sort of redundant, still. I’d like to hear some opinions on things other than Batman. How are you enjoying, or hating, the New 52? What’s your favorite book? Your least favorite? Which character do you miss the most, out of the ones that have either been retconned out of existence, or are simply not being used at the moment?
*New edit to reflect buying list as of May 9th*
Gosh this is sad. I’m only reading Legion Lost until the Culling event is over, then I’m forgetting it exists again. Oh, and a new category has been added.
Strikethrough books are ones that have been cancelled.
I have no idea how I’m still buying all of the books Scott Lobdell is pissing out. I mean, RHatO has the virtue of having Kenneth Rocafort on art, but Superboy? Teen Titans? I have no excuse.
**edited to reflect my buying choices as of 08/15**
Congratulations to Supergirl, whose utter refusal to just give up and suck caused her book to claw its way back onto my buy list. Two of Lobdell’s books, Superboy and RHatO, were downgraded to in-store only status a month or two back, and I couldn’t be happier. As of this moment, I’m only buying eleven New 52 books, and the Shade mini, which is an issue from over. If you haven’t been reading it, by the way, start! Really one of the most satisfying things to come out of DC in ages.
**edited to reflect my buying choices as of 10/17**
Dropped three more books! Superboy and Red Hood and the Outlaws have finally annoyed me to the point of no return, and Earth-2 just…was not in any way living up to its potential or my expectations.
**edited to reflect buying choices as of 11/28**
Okay, I’ve been broken. Bold, italicized titles are ones I’ve dropped, but am buying again because they’re part of the Death of the Family event currently going on in the Bat-books. So far, I’ve only had to buy a couple of issues of Catwoman and Batgirl along with my usual Batman book, but next month through January I’m going to have to get Nightwing and Red Hood and the Outlaws again as well, while also picking up Detective Comics. Sigh whimper sob.
Still, I’m holding steady at 12 regularly purchased titles. And, with the exception of Teen Titans (which I buy purely out of habit and a sense of Titans-related masochism), I’m actually…enjoying what I’m reading. Okay, Legion of Superheroes can be a little slow out of the gate at times, and Suicide Squad has some of the cheesiest dialogue known to man, but everything else? Yes. This is good.
Scott Snyder has been really hitting it out of the park with Batman and Swamp Thing, and Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man is the best the character has been in years. I cannot praise the creative teams on Batwoman, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl enough, and I’m crossing my fingers that Cliff Chiang gets a shot at drawing another book soon. Any other book. I am addicted to his art, and it’s hard to get by on just one book a month. And hey, maybe I’m a little biased, but this is the first time since the end of Geoff Johns’ initial run on Wally’s series that I’ve been excited for a monthly Flash book. Way to go, Manapul and company.
**edited to reflect buying choices as of 1/16/13**
Blue Beetle ends next week. I’ve broken up with Legion and Teen Titans. My pull list is dying. My remaining titles are now highlighted in blue, the color of hope. I hope, I hope these books stay good.
**edited to reflect buying choices as of 3/10/13**
Hah. Haaa hahaha. I’m losing titles left and right. Dropped Swamp Thing after Scott Snyder left the title. Dropped Batman and Batman and Robin because without Damian, there is literally no point to either of them.
**edited to reflect buying choices as of 5/1/13**
I don’t think Digger’s coming back to the Suicide Squad any time soon…but there’s a new writer starting next issue, so I’m not giving up entirely. A new Gail Simone-penned book comes out today, called The Movement. I’m going to take a look at it. Verdict: Ehh. I’ll give it another issue to wow me.
**edited to reflect recent line-up changes as of 5/12/13**
Batman Inc has been cancelled as of issue #13, Threshold will be ending with issue #8.
**edited to reflect recent line-up changes as of 5/23/13**
The cancellations just keep on coming! Legion of Superheroes, Dial H, and Demon Knights (which I literally just started reading this month) have all been given the axe. Fun fun fun.
**edited to reflect buying choices as of 6/5/13**
Apparently, I just couldn’t wait three issues before writing off The Movement. Not impressed, sorry. Honestly, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and The Flash are the only titles I’m getting over 80% enjoyment of on a month to month basis. With the recent marital shake-up in Animal Man, that title keeps finding itself dropping further and further down my must-read list.
**edited to reflect line-up changes as of 10/15/13**
Vibe has been cancelled, with the last issue dropping in December.
**edited to reflect buying choices as of 11/18/13**
Dropping Supergirl this month. The last two arcs were horrible. But who knows, she’s clawed her way back onto my pull list before, she could do it again. Also decided to give the new Harley Quinn series a try.
Animal Man is ending in March. Cut my life into pieces. Also, giving Justice League 3000 two months to not suck, but it isn’t impressing me so far.
**edited to reflect buying choices as of 1/16/14**
TEEN TITANS HAS BEEN CANCELLED SOUND THE FUCKING KLAXON I AM FINALLY FREE
**edited to reflect buying choices as of 1/21/14**
Suicide Squad is cancelled. In other news, Nightwing is also cancelled, but I haven’t touched it since Court of Owls.
The Movement has been cancelled. I’m not reading it, but I figured I should update the list all the same.
It’s like staring into the eye of my own madness, really.
Remember the Captain Cold bottle cap, circa 1978 from Argentina? Apparently, there are more. Aside from Len, Pepsi (or alternatively, Pindy) made 35 other bottle caps featuring various DC heroes and villains. From the Flash side of things, we’ve got Flash, Captain Cold (Captain Frio), Gorilla Grodd (Titano), and Abra Kadabra (…Mefisto?).
The publisher has announced that it will be releasing non 3D covers for Villains Month due to shortages.
hhhhahHAHAHAHAHA I don’t have to buy those shitty 3D covers for the books I want! Which means that the books I know I’m buying have gone from $28 to $16 (still holding off on whether or not I’m getting the actual mini and Batman: Riddler).
"You’re an asshole, but I love you"
"No one else can break my heart like you"
"I hate you, I really hate you, so much I think it must be true love"
this isn’t the song of OTP
THIS IS THE SONG OF THE DC COMICS FANDOM
Threw up in my mouth a little.
I just realized, while trying to explain the New 52 to someone, that there is literally no way to explain the New 52 to someone without looking like an idiot.
"Okay, so, DC thought its universe was too complicated, so they simplified everything by cutting away all but the most well-known characters from their stable to focus books on."
"But who’s Vibe."
"Okay, and they gave some lesser known people their own books because it seemed like a good idea, and sometimes it worked really well, like with Vibe and Animal Man. Also, they simplified all the various histories so that they fit within a five year frame."
"But what about the Justice Society."
"On another Earth. Oh, and they didn’t really change much about the Batman mythos aside from erasing a couple of really well-liked characters. Green Lantern literally did not change at all, except I don’t think Kyle’s half-Mexican anymore."
"Then Damian is…five?"
"No, Damian is ten, but he was conceived while Bruce was Batman. Not like it matters now, he’s dead."
"And Jason Todd never died?"
"No, he died, but that also doesn’t matter because the Joker orchestrated everything about his life, up to his death. Then Talia took over and used the Lazarus pit on him…kinda like his resurrection in the Under the Red Hood movie, with included Talia."
"And Babs was never shot?"
"No, she was shot, and she was Oracle, and she had a lengthy prior career as Batgirl…all in five years time."
"Don’t even, I might start crying."