Sexual harassment is a plague not only on the comics industry, but on society as a whole. In reporting it, we have to rely on not only what is said, but what we can prove. That is why we have not covered this story, or the firing of Shelley Bond as Vertigo Executive Editor which precipitated the renewed focus and public outing of Eddie Berganza as the person behind allegations of sexual harassment at DC Comics. We are making a serious attempt at being comics journalists, but no statement is coming out of DC Comics over the matter, and all we are getting are accusations and rumor, but nothing from DC Comics.
Batman Adventures #12 is the first appearance in comics of Harley Quinn. She actually debuted on the Batman Adventures animated series. The episode was "Joker's Favor", first airing on September 11, 1992. It was about a year later she showed up in a comic book, and that issue now sells for hundreds of dollars. She didn't actually enter the DC Universe for another seven years, but we're not talking about that comic, because this all about holy grails, and that holy grail is the first time Harley Quinn showed up in print.
Let's talk about where New Teen Titans turned a corner. Here is where the subplot of Terra infiltrating the Titans started building to the head that was the Judas Contract, which became the first major tragedy for the New Teen Titans. It changed them and set the stage for new characters and a shift away from the "Teen" Titans.
I've been waiting for Wonder Woman Earth One since I saw the first black and white preview pages many months ago. Grant Morrison has had some great takes on DC's pantheon of iconic characters lately, namely with All-Star Superman and Batman, Inc. In interviews, Grant Morrison has promised that it would honor the original spirit of the character as created by William Molulton Marsten. After the details Marston's personal life were made completely public in last year's Secret History of Wonder Woman, this promise became more and more intriguing.
I was thinking about really great super-hero toy lines and thought instantly of the Super Powers toy line. Being the comic book guy here at Needless Essentials, I opted to look at the mini-series that came out at the same time. These aren't the little mini-comics that were included with some of the action figures. In deciding which issue to cover, I wanted to go with the first one that was drawn by Jack Kirby.
In light of recent developments that take this story out of DC Continuity, I'm going to depart from my normal practice and actually review an old comic that is still in print. You can go down your local comic shop and probably find a copy at cover price.
It seems like a natural match, yet it came pretty much out of the blue that DC Comics and BOOM! Studios are crossing over two series that have a similar audience, Lumberjanes and Gotham Academy.
Let's see if we can't get this tradition of reviewing old comics started again with an issue of the short-lived Legion spin-off, Valor. When DC editorial decrees necessitated the Legion of Super-Heroes writing Superboy out of their history, the inspiration for the Legion's founding shifted to Mon-El, but renamed him Valor. This series followed the crossover event Eclipso which ended with a young Lar Gand earning the name Valor from Superman.
If it seems like the rest of DC' Comics' solicitations for May are a little pointless, then the last part of this list is what you want to pay attention to. It's the licensed and Digital First titles that are outside of the mainstream DC Universe, and as such, most likely unaffected by the reboot rebirth that's happening next month. Check them out.
Here's the third part of DC Comics Solicitations for May 2016. It may seem like these issues don't matter, and maybe some of them don't, given that the company is doing a line-wide reboot rebirth next month. Well, some of these books may still be worth a look, especially if you've been on the fence about them before. Check out the solicitations and see if there's something that you'd like to pick up while you still can.
There was a lot of criticism to the New 52 version of Starfire. Recently, the character has seen a little redemption thanks to a new series by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Emanuela Lupacchino. Given that the character has a high profile from her inclusion the animated versions of Teen Titans, it seemed like a re-visit was due to see if the character has been redeemed by her current series enough to be an entry point for younger fans more familiar with her animated counterpart.
Here's Part Two of DC Comics Solicitations for May 2016. For many of these books, it's the end of their run, so if you've even remotely followed them, you owe it to yourself to be there for their finish. Check out the solicitations below.