It was a small week for comics, so I kicked things off with some trade talk. I get into some Gotham Central talk with volume 3 of the acclaimed Ed Brubaker/Greg Rucka run. One of the many great books I missed during my interim period that I was out of comics. This is something TV networks would be wise to pick up (*cough* CW *cough*) any time soon. Brubaker’s Catwoman is next on my list.
Then we get into Batman #12 and another well-written issue from Scott Snyder. The Court of Owls epilogue focuses solely on Harper Row and her interactions with the Dark Knight as she struggles in a not-so-great neighborhood. What really surprised is how much I loved the Becky Cloonan art and its Scott Pilgrim similarities. I need more of that in a Batman arc in the near future.
4 weeks of non-stop rebooted content from the new DCU has come to a close and we have an all-star panel here ready to share their thoughts. CBF’s own Mike Buechele and QAQN’s Daniel M. Clark join me to discuss the good, bad, ugly, and controversial of the 52 new titles that came out of this new universe. Come listen as we ramble on about:
- The sex controversies in the re-boots of Catwoman and Starfire.
- DC’s pick and choose of which characters get a full reboot while others get a soft relaunch.
- The diverse approach of branching out their books into different genres.
- We might also talk about comics on this show too.
All the comics discussed here are in the DC Re-Launch Store if you want to give them a shot. Enjoy the show and let us know your thoughts on the reboot!
Music provided by Unquiet Nights – Shoulda Said Something
Week 3 of the new DCU hit two great high notes. Batman #1 kicked off Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s well-hyped team-up and what a team-up it was. It’s safe to say that Snyder has a good feel for the Batman universe, whether he’s taking on Dick Grayson or Bruce Wayne carrying the mantle of the bat. And Capullo brings just enough detail to this issue to make you appreciate this new direction.
At one point, Wonder Woman #1 was that book you really wanted see break the glass ceiling, but couldn’t be sure if Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang could do it. That ceiling got shattered instantaneously when this book came out. I love how it dives right into the story and asks you to enjoy the ride, not needing much exposition or narration to let us know how Wonder Woman fits into this new universe. Time will tell if this finally gets her up there as a book to consistently read that hadn’t been for a long while.
And then there is Catwoman #1. Controversy hit the web when this came out after the last few pages showed her and Batman, ummm, enjoying one another’s acquaintances. It’s not for me, but everybody has their opinion on it. What are your thoughts?
Yesterday, we got Superman looking like he wants to punch somebody. Today, we get the first reveal of Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in next summer’s The Dark Knight Rises:
Ummmm……yeah. It’s only the first pic we have, but I’m not getting the Catwoman vibe just yet. More looks like she stole a costume from the Tron universe and wants to do racing in Gotham. Guess we’ll have to wait for more pics and a newer trailer to see what Ms. Hathaway can provide.
Batman #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
Catwoman #1 by Judd Winick and Guillem March
Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman
Nightwing #1 by Kyle Higgins
Red Hood & The Outlaws #1 by Scott Lobdell & Kenneth Rocafort
With all the Batman hoopla, you’d come to expect some word on the ladies of Gotham City fame. DC’s blog confirmed that word not too long ago and here are the findings:
Batwoman #1 by J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman and Amy Reeder
No surprise here – probably just as fitting to launch in this time frame given all the delays it’s experienced.
Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone and artists Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
I’m not sure what to think of this. Bryan Miller has been writing some excellent Stephanie Brown arcs the last year or two. This may be a result of Batman’s plans to have Stephanie train in England. I don’t know. Still, Simone might just turn my opinion on this around.
Catwoman #1 written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March
Don’t love or hate Catwoman, but I’m a fan of Winick and I’m sure good work will come out of it.
Birds of Prey #1 written by Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz
The description of the book screams “Uncanny X-Force” if we’re taking the article at its word. Then again, comics have been copying off of each other for years, so who am I to judge.