Have you picked up your copy of Man of Steel yet? As we mentioned in a press release back in August, Man of Steel was released on DVD (Bluray, DVD, and Ultra Violet) by WB this past week. We had a chance to check it out, and were not disappointed.
I feel I should mention – I am not a Superman fan. I have never been all that into the boy wonder – his whole deus ex machina schtick has always annoyed me. There’s even a site dedicated to his egotistical and often misogynistic nature in older comics called SuperDickery. However, I figured if any line-up could make me like the character and his story, it might be a director like Zack Snyder, and writers such as Christopher Nolan and David Goyer. Well, I’m glad I kept an open mind going into the film, because it did turn out to be pretty interesting.
The main reasons I’ve always been bothered by Superman as a character were his invulnerability and my inability to find any way to connect with his struggles. In Man of Steel, they make this latter connection a little easier to find. Clark is portrayed as a very lonely boy with very little to connect to, himself. He has wonderful adoptive parents in Martha and Jonathan Kent, but knows they aren’t his family, and that his abilities aren’t something he can share with other people. He struggles to adjust to his new-found powers, and feels lonelier because of it. Even as an adult, Clark is jumping from job to job, never really finding a friend, and constantly having to hide his traits from coworkers and acquaintances. On an emotional level, there’s something about this incarnation of Clark Kent that I feel almost anyone can relate to in one way or another.
Before we even met Clark, though, I was already entranced by the positively gorgeous depiction of the planet Krypton. While previous Superman stories have always touched on the Planet under the Red Sun, I’ve never seen Krypton be visually displayed in such detail before. Not only were the graphics just absolutely stunning, the amount of work that went into building Krypton is staggering. The technology, architecture, government, history, and culture of Krypton just in the opening sequence really paints a portrait of a very rich civilization. Later on, when Clark finds an abandoned Kryptonian ship, and speaks to an AI projection of his father, we hear more about Krypton’s history, and get to see more of the “geo-liquid” technology that seems to have been used quite a bit in Krypton, as well as learn more about the rich culture that the writers obviously put a lot of heart into building. From WB’s special features, here’s a little bit about that geo-liquid technology:
The only thing that did annoy me about that is.. why is it that any time there’s some kind of alien/extraterrestrial race involved, there are always sharp, metallic tentacles coming from somewhere (see also: Pacific Rim, Alien, Predator)? Surely we can get a little more creative with alien weapons these days. That’s a very small complaint, though, considering the intense detail put into the Kryptonian race in this movie.
Moving forward, we meet Lois Lane. Now, I’m sure the first thing people tend to complain about with this character is that she’s a redhead, when Lois Lane, traditionally, has always had a signature look of stark black hair. However, while this is very different for the character, I think taking risks with a long-standing character can be a virtue. Lois’ interest and determination when it came to finding out about Clark Kent was on point, butf I had my way, she would have had a lot more of her trademark sass and wit. This portrayal of Lois, while determined, was also a little timid, and not nearly as interesting as she could have been.
Then comes Zod. Technically, Zod was in the opening Krypton sequence, but when he comes into the story line with full force, things get interesting. We were given Zod’s backstory in a very satisfying way, and got to see him face off with Superman, culminating in some killer action scenes. Zod becomes a very strong lead villain with a fiery intensity. All villains believe they’re the heroes in their own stories, and that’s definitely something you can see in abundance with Zod. Even if he does need to do something about that hair.
Overall, I very much enjoyed Man of Steel, and was impressed by the acting, writing, and special effects. The packaging options aren’t half bad, either.
There are portions of the story and characters that can definitely be improved upon, but hopefully that’s something we’ll get to see more of in the upcoming sequel, for which we are already seeing a ton of hype for. In fact, recently, Zack Snyder commissioned paintings of Batman versus Superman from three modern, stylistic artists. You can see more about the story here from io9. My favorite is definitely Alex Pardee’s contribution:
The commissions and the cause they’re being auctioned for definitely make the upcoming sequel a little more exciting – to me, at least.
If they won’t say it, though, I will…
BOW BEFORE ZOD.
The Flash #23 finally brings us the face off that’s been building for some time in the New 52 universe: When The Flash crosses path with Reverse Flash.
Reverse Flash is a revered antagonist of Flash and was at the center of the wildly entertaining recent DC/Warner Bros. animated movie release of Flashpoint. Check it out, then go back a read the comics it was based on. Or vice versa… Hey, it’s your life!
The Flash #23 issue is part 4 in a storyline in which Wally has been trying to track down the culprit who is murdering anyone with access and powers through The Speed Force. What works in this issue is we finally get to the exciting reveal of who the Speed Force Killer– The Reverse Flash and who his true identity is.
Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato continue their well balanced writing of both superhero business with Wally’s personal life as we get a glimpse of how his girlfriend Patty is handling Wally’s busy extracurricular running schedule in a nice character moment between her and her father. She’s at her parent’s anniversary party alone, as Wally is too tied up saving time itself to be able to attend. Coupled with some exquisite frame work and continued exciting artwork, Flash maintains itself to be one of my favorite current DC books.
I won’t spoil the ending of this issue, but I will say this, it leads up directly into September’s Villains month at DC, where all the titles will be taken over by the character’s major villain. The next Flash issue will actually be Reverse Flash’s comic.
The ending is dramatic in some big ways and worth the cliffhanger it sets up. The storyline concludes in four weeks, after the Villain’s month issue.
“‘Man of Steel’ soars high.”
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
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The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master,” 2012), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” 1990), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful,” 2002), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” 1993), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” 1992).
“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.
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A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
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San Diego Comic Con International 2013 has been over for a few weeks now. Attendees have finally recuperated from the chaos and excitement that is SDCC. As exhausting and chaotic as the pop culture convention is, the experience is also an extremely rewarding one for many. One of my favorite aspects of SDCC is the sense that not only are you part of a massive geek/nerd community, but you can also create your own world within that community. Whether you love steampunk cosplay or consider yourself the ultimate TV geek, there are different experiences for any fan at SDCC, you just have to make it. This is the first post in what I hope to be a couple of interviews with women who helped create their own personalized mini-universe within the zeitgeist that is SDCC.
Lady Steam (aka Dina Kampmeyer) is a co-founder of the League of Extraordinary Ladies and a self-described steampunk aficionado. This year Dina moderated two panels on steampunk at SDCC, The Witty Women of Steampunk and Steampunk 101, in addition to cosplaying as a steampunk Luke Skywalker. If you are interested in hearing more about Dina’s involvement with the League of Extraordinary Ladies, you can read her thoughts in a previous interview NiB had with her (and other LxLers).
1) How did you first get interested/involved in steampunk?
Dina Kampmeyer (DK): I started dating someone that was a steampunk and I had absolutely no idea what it is, but I was instantly drawn to the aesthetic. I jumped in with both feet and wanted to meet other people in LA that were into the same thing. The community was a bit disorganized, so I started volunteering my time to start planning occasional events and moderate the two FB pages that were already up and running.
2) What was your first steampunk costume?
DK: It was a pseudo-military look. I bought this great jacket online and went crazy modifying it. I cut off the sleeves, laced up the sides and added a ton of trim, buttons, epilets, etc. Then I added a bunch of ruching to this old skirt I had from college. Added a straw hat from the Renaissance Faire and boom, (not so) instant steampunk.
3) One thing I particularly love about SDCC is the feeling of belonging while at the same time creating your own reality/dream. Steampunk seems to fit into this idea perfectly. Why do you think steampunk has gained so much interest/traction at SDCC and other conventions?
DK: I think there are a lot of reasons why steampunk has become so popular in general, but in terms of conventions, I would say people just love the aesthetic. It’s so playful and it really allows costumers and cosplays a degree of freedom that they don’t usually have in other areas. Most cosplayers are looking to recreate an exact costume, but with steampunk, you don’t do that. You’re not dressing up as someone else’s character (in general), but rather creating a brand-new work of art. I think more people are getting into the genre now through this new trend of steampunking out existing pop culture characters. This is an easier way for them to explore steampunk while working with an existing product, but with an amazing degree of
creativity and freedom.
4) What kind of advice can you give someone who is looking to create their first steampunk cosplay costume?
DK: Try not to be intimidated. I hear so many people who are interested in steampunk worry that they don’t have the “right”
clothing or accessories. There is very little right and wrong in steampunk and we LOVE to help out new people, give them advice and heck, even loan them clothes. Come to steampunk events even if you’re just starting out, take a look at outfits that you like, and ask people how they created things. Go to local thriftshops and try and use your imagination. You’ll be surprised at how much you can create with an old dress and a sewing machine (or some safety pins and tape if you don’t sew).
5) You recently moderated a panel at SDCC called “The Witty Women of Steampunk.” Can you give a general synopsis of the panel for those who were unable to attend SDCC (or the panel)? What was your favorite moment of the panel?
DK: I was very lucky to have this panel accepted by the lovely folks at SDCC for the 2nd year in a row. Basically, I put together an incredible group of female creators and just let them talk about why they love steampunk and what about the genre appeals to them as a creator. We talked comics, alternate history, video games, costuming, multiculturalism and more.
6) Why “Witty Women” of Steampunk?
DK: Part of what is so appealing about steampunk is a return to the Victorian ideals of the pursuit of knowledge and civility. People were very interested in improving both themselves and the world around them. I think we all long to return to a time when wit was a prized possession and my panelists all fit that bill.
7) You also moderated a panel entitled, “Steampunk 101.” Based on discussions at that panel (and of course your own thoughts), what do see for the future of steampunk in popular culture?
DK: Excellent question. The popularity of steampunk has positively exploded over the past couple of years and we expect to see more and more of it in popular culture. It’s been huge amongst the convention crowd for a long time, but Hollywood is slowly starting to take notice. Fox just gleenlit a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen TV-pilot, so we’ll see if we finally get a big steampunk series. There has yet to be a big steampunk movie and the panelists (and audience) were all interested in seeing one. Steampunk-literature is popping up all over the NY Times bestseller chart, so I think it’s only a matter of time before we see a big film coming out. Until then, we can keep ourselves occupied with all the fantastic literature and webseries that have directly explored the genre.
8) This year you cosplayed as Steampunk Luke Skywalker. What prompted you to do a gender-swap steampunk cosplay?
DK: Well, I have wanted to do a steampunk Star Wars group for several years and I finally managed to do it. I always intended to be R2D2, but time snuck up on me and we were missing a Luke from our core group, so I thought, why not? He was quite a challenge to find a way to make him distinctive since his outfit isn’t that unique and I was already going to confuse people by crossplaying. I hope that I succeeded and we’ll be building up this group for future conventions and adding some new characters.
Chrissy Lynn is a CA native who began costuming at a very young age. With a major interest in comics and scifi growing up she attended her first comic convention in 2004. She’s always had a passion for the arts; be it charcoal, make-up, costume design or music. She’s used her talents and skills to help fundraise for many non-profit charity organizations and enjoys cosplaying, especially her signature cosplay, Catwoman. Since her first Cosplay at Comicon in 2010 she’s been involved in 6 Cosplay groups, two of which she organized including the DC Steampunk group which debuted at SDCC in 2012. She was introduced to Steampunk in 2007, being a fan of HG Wells, Jules Verne and other scifi authors during the turn of the century she adopted the Victorian science fiction motif and made it apart of her daily style and Cosplay medium of choice. This year at San Diego Comicon she was invited by a good friend to join a Steampunk Star Wars group which turned out to be a hit and will be back at this year’s Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo.
1) Your DC Steampunk cosplay group is amazing! How did that come together?
Chrissy Lynn (CL): It all started with having a passion for both the DC Comics universe and Steampunk Culture. I simply started piecing together the idea shortly after Comicon 2011 and thats when I called upon my very good friend Johnny Bias (Steampunk Riddler), from there we reached out to our close friends who we knew would be interested,and could all work together to make these costumes cohesive and photograph well. We all have a hand in something on everyone’s costumes, it’s a team effort that has grown into a family, some cosplayers retire their character and are replaced with other awesome cosplayers. I couldn’t be more proud of this group, we all did this together.
2) Did you all work together on your costumes? If so, which costume did you find the most challenging to put together?
CL: We all came from different skill sets, some of us are tailors and seamstresses, leather workers and some of us are FX and prop fabricators, or geniuses with industrial glue guns. So far what characters you haven’t seen in the group yet are our most challenging. But I’d say, my occasional challenge is doing our Two Face’s makeup because he is unfortunately allergic to latex, so next time I may need to work with silicone!
3) If you had unlimited resources, what would be your ultimate steampunk cosplay (group or individual)?
CL: I’ve been in talks with several individuals who want to do Disney Steampunk, I was honored to recently be a part of this year’s Star Wars Steampunk group with Dina, and I have to say I’d stick with the DC group, only make it BIGGER. 😉 However I wouldn’t mind doing a Steampunk X-men group, just sayin’!
4) Any advice to anyone else trying to put together a cosplay group (steampunk or otherwise) for a convention?
CL: YouTube is filled to the brim on HOW-TO’s and DIY videos, if you are a visual learner check those out, otherwise do what we all have done, trial and error. If I knew 5 years ago what I know now with today’s skill set I would have made ALL the things, at least better. But like any other trade it can take years to master, you don’t always need a sewing machine or unlimited funds, I have a gift for deconstructing pre-existing materials into other objects to fit my cosplay needs. So I encourage everyone to try and remember cosplay is just that, it’s costume play, so play and have fun no matter what!
DC Steampunk Photos by Mike Rollerson
Star Wars Steampunk Photo by Jerry Abuan
Steampunk Malificent Photo by Justin Davidson
Green Lantern: Sinestro: Part 3
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, & Tom Nguyen
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Cover: Doug Mahnke with David Baron
Variant Cover: Ethan van Sciver with Brian Miller
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Issue three of the new Green Lantern starts with Hal and Sinestro exchanging words once again. Sinestro manages to “convince” Hal to come with him. It is very interesting to see the two interact after all that has happened between them. Sinestro is arrogant and overbearing whereas Hal tries to be the better person, but seems to doubt himself.
The scene switches to Oa, where the Guardians are up to something. It can’t be good since Ganthet agrees with them, which is something he never did before. They mention a third army and the dissolution of the Green Lantern Corps. After this revelation, it’s back to Hal and Sinestro making their way towards Sinestro’s home planet.
Sinestro tells Hal the plan he has, Hal will take a Green Lantern and place it inside the Yellow Central Battery. Hal is highly suspicious, but Sinestro just tells him to listen. As they wait for the right time, Sinestro sees a woman he used to know, Arsona. She attacks one of the Yellow Lanterns, but is thrown off. Sinestro breaks his own plan to save her. Hal goes to do his part of the plan, but it ends badly for him and ends on a huge cliffhanger.
I really liked this issue as it expanded on not only the interaction between Hal and Sinestro, but also the horrible plans that the Guardians have started. It was interesting to see Sinestro’s planet and what has happened to it since the Yellow Lanterns took over. Sinestro wants to save his people, but they are afraid of him and the Yellow Lanterns see him as a traitor.
The art continued to be great in this issue. There were some great close ups of faces and eyes. The drawings of all the different types of Yellow Lanterns were great. They each had a different look and it was really nice to see. And the final two pages are some of the best I’ve ever seen.
Green Lantern: Sinestro: Part 2
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Christian Alamy & Keith Champagne
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Cover: Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy with Nathan Eyring
Variant Cover: David Finch & Richard Friend with Peter Steigerwald
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Brian Cunningham
The second issue of Green Lantern picks up where the first issue left off, with Sinestro offering Hal Jordan a Green Lantern ring. However, nothing comes for free, as Hal learns. Sinestro controls Hal’s ring, he can turn it on or off and even dictate the level of power it has.
While arguing over the ring, Hal hears people in trouble and rushes to help, but even then Sinestro shows him who is in charge. However, Sinestro saves the day, much to Hal’s chagrin and shock.
Sinestro and Hal fly away, discussing how the public on Earth view Green Lantern and how the people on Korgar saw Sinestro. Suddenly a Yellow Lantern, Gorgor, attacks them, saying that Sinestro has “betrayed the Yellow Light”. After Gorgor’s defeat, Sinestro explains why he needs Hal. Sinestro wants to destroy the Yellow Lanterns that enslaved Korgar.
The story is starting to pick up as the two men make their way to Korgar. It’s strange to see Hal and Sinestro interact, considering they hate each other so much and have no respect for the other. It’ll be interesting to see how they get along on Korgar, when they have to work together.
The art in this issue is amazing. Some of the wide shots are breathtaking, even if it’s just of Hal trying to kill Sinestro. And the close ups have great detail; facial expressions, the way the clothes fit on a person, and more. I can’t wait to see how the artist handles more of the alien species we are sure to run across in future issues.
When I first started reading the new DC 52, I assumed I was going to love the Batman and Superman comics the most because I loved the cartoons and movies containing of both iconic superheroes. However, what I didn’t expect when reading the new 52 was falling head over heels with the Green Lantern comics. I had heard of Green Lantern, but wasn’t aware of the history of the character, who the villains were or anything. Now, I know everything that Wikipedia can tell me, I am buying any Green Lantern comic I can find, and am largely caught up on the comic.
From what I’ve been able to find out, the continuity of Green Lantern #1 is largely untouched. Hal Jordon has had his ring taken away from him by the Guardians (the leaders of the Green Lantern Corps, who seem to be having their own issues) and is trying to make it through without his superpowers. It isn’t going well. He can’t pay his rent, he gets arrested, he can’t fly planes, he can’t buy a car, and his on-and-off again girlfriend is mad at him.
Hal’s arch-nemesis, Sinestro, is doing fine. He’s been released from his prison, become a Green Lantern once more, and even plans to (possibly) save his home world from his old Corp, the Yellow Lantern Corps. However, he can’t do it alone. So Sinestro goes to Hal, either for help, to taunt the ex-Green Lantern, or to annoy the Guardians (who Sinestro hates with a passion).
This first issue doesn’t have a lot of action; it’s like other number ones, just setting things up for later issues. However, it seems to be setting up things for other Green Lantern comics: such as the issues within the Guardians. If you hadn’t been following Green Lantern before, then this issue might be a little confusing, but it doesn’t rely on complete knowledge of the Green Lantern mythos.
If you’ve never tried Green Lantern before, now is the chance to pick it up. There are two other Green Lantern titles; Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern: New Guardians (both of which I’ll be reviewing later) and there is a brand new Red Lanterns title, if you’d like to see a different side to the Lanterns.
Time for my weekly cross-post with Nerdbastards.com! Today I have to start this article on a somewhat depressing note (at least for me). Today, via MTV Geek, I found out that Justi Bieber’s comic has sold out and the graphic novel will be coming out in March. Now, I am aware of the fact that these Fame comic books have been wildly successful and this alone might not have depressed me if I hadn’t seen the news release on CBR this morning informing me that the top-selling comic book title from November failed sell at least 100,000 copies. Should I be happy that at least comic books are selling? Even if they are about Justin Bieber and not Batman? I just don’t know.
In happier news, CBR gave us an exclusive first interview with Robert Kirkman about his newly announced upcoming series with Jason Howard entitled, Super Dinosaur. The first issue is due out in April 2011 in addition to an origin story on Free Comic Book day in May 2011. Super Dinosaur will be an all-ages title that tells the story of a young boy, Derek Dynamo, and his best friend, “a genetically altered Tyrannosaurus Rex that comes from a hidden world called Inner-Earth that exists beneath our planet’s surface.” Kirkman has given us a lot of reasons to expect great things from him, particularly since he is the man that gave us both The Walking Dead & Invincible. I am not a dinosaur fangirl personally but I have tons of friends who are and I do think this story sounds awesome. Additionally, as I’ve made clear in comic reviews I have written for Geeky Pleasures, I am always excited for more comics that appeal to younger children (Justin Bieber book aside).
Back to depressing news, Diamond Distributors announced today that they will be closing their Los Angeles Warehouse in March. They are consolidating a lot of their branches into the massive Olive Branch center in Mississippi and, a tiny bit of good news, they will be taking some of the Los Angeles employees with them (and hopefully helping others move to the location in Mississippi). It really sucks that this announcement has to come at the end of the year and our thoughts and well wishes are definitely being sent to all of the employees that will be affected by this closure/move.
Let us end this news segment on a cool/happy note! Bleeding Cool announced today that Valerie D’Orazio will be writing the MTV Geek Blog. D’Orazio made a huge splash in the comic book back in 2006 when she published her memoir, “Goodbye to Comics,” about her experience with sexism in the DC comic book publishing world. Unfortunately the blog post is nowhere to be found online right now (it’s possible I’m just slowly losing it but if you have a link, please share) but I did find a nice homage to D’Orazio’s post (from 2007) at Women Read Comics. This news though makes me super excited for MTV Geek and for D’Orazio. This might not seem like the most exciting comic book news to most but, speaking as a female comic book fanatic, I think we need more women like Valerie D’Orazio talking about their experiences with sexism in all male-dominated fields. It is why I am so excited by the shear number of geek and nerdy girl blogs out there that embrace and celebrate female unity in nerddom/geekdom. Women do love gaming and comics as much as men and we deserve to be treated with the same level of respect in these fields as men. The only way to make that happen is for both women and men to acknowledge the mistakes of the past and move towards making a more unified geek world where it’s about what you love, not what gender/sex/race/whathaveyou you are.
Okay, stepping off soapbox……now
Your weekly comic update is coming to you a day late due to the holidays. Not only does Comixology not ship out their books until tomorrow, but my own schedule is a little crazy this week in terms of catching up from vacation so, unfortunately, you’re getting this late. Additionally, this was a light week for me, so this post will probably be a bit shorter than usual. I know, I’m full of let-downs today. I promise more excitement next week!
First off, however, comic book news! It was announced earlier this week that Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons (a personal idol of mine) will be teaming up for a new series in 2011. Millar wouldn’t share any information about the new title, however, saying that it would all be revealed at his recently announced UK Comic Con, Kapow!, in April 2011.
Another exciting little news bit was the release of the second My Chemical Romance video featuring Grant Morrison as a comic book-esque villain named Korse. I am not a huge MCR fan but I am a big fan of Grant Morrison’s work so these videos have been fun for me. Regardless of whether or not I like the music, I generally like endeavors that attempt to do something different with the music video format.
Finally, Dark Horse released images of the Ryan Sook cover for BPRD: Hell on Earth: Gods #1, which included teasers of a new member for the team. The issue is due to come out in January 2011, but CBR is set to have an interview with writer John Arcudi which will hopefully shed some light on this new character.
Now for the weekly releases!
Nerds in Babeland have recently teamed up with nerdbastards in our quest to promote comic book/graphic novel reading of all ways/shapes/forms/whathaveyou. I’ll be writing a weekly list of the top monthlies/graphic novels of the week every Wednesday and then sharing a small portion of that here (with a link, of course, to lead you back THERE). Special thanks to Curate.Us for the ability to show a lil image of the page on this site that will ultimately lead you to THAT site (complicated terminology here).
This week brought some big news from both Marvel & DC. First off, DC announced that JMS (J. Michael Straczynski) will be ending his run on “Superman” and “Wonder Woman” halfway through his current arcs on both series. This brought a lot of complaints from fans, in particular a lot of comments on JMS’s apparent stand on graphic novels versus monthlies. CBR posted an interview with Straczynski shortly after the announcement where he tries to explain where he is coming from. What upsets me personally about this whole thing is that this was suppose to be the “reboot” of sorts for Wonder Woman, a DC character that seems to keep getting the short end of the stick. You can find an excellent write-up about her situation (and a possible) solution at DC Women Kicking Ass here.
On the other side of the aisle (so to speak) we have the announcement from Marvel that there would be no more “Thor: The Mighty Avenger.” Kind of depressing given there is that major hopeful-blockbuster movie coming out soon that I imagine could have helped the comic series but, whatever. Not a whole lot has been said yet but Joe Quesada did tweet (yes, I’m quoting a tweet): “Sorry about the TMA cancellation folks. For the record, I don’t make those decisions. That said, it’s a great and maybe back again someday.” Well then. It was a great book and will be severely missed after issue #8 is released in January. (Check out the rest by clicking below)