Yeah, it seems weird to review a collection of previously published comics. However, The Boys is probably the hottest comics-related TV show right now. I went into this book relatively uninformed of the story, as I suspect a lot of new readers of The Boys will be on the heels of the Amazon Prime series.
The Boys has lit Amazon Prime on fire. With a tone that matches the comic's irreverent mood. Perhaps my favorite bit of advertising came in an Honest Trailers video where the narrator of the video said something along the lines of, "Holy S#!t! Did Karl Urban just kill that guy with a baby laser?" It's enough to make someone want to sign up for Amazon Prime. It also looks like Dynamite has planned their release schedule with shrewd calculation.
The Black Terror is one of the Golden Age heroes that will never go away. Part of the reason for this is that he's so entrenched in the grim and gritty crimefighter mold.
The previous volume of Vampirella really started off well, in my opinion. I liked it and felt like it did a lot of things right. It took the character back to her thematic roots. When I saw a new volume starting and saw all of the various variant covers, I became skeptical. I didn't see the Free Comic Book Day issue, so I have nothing else to go on. However, Dynamite earned a measure of consideration with that last series. I'll give it a shot.
Statues are one of those bits of merchandising that can get pricey. However, they can be a really god addition to set off a collection. They add a gallery quality to a room, home office, bedroom, studio or living room. Of course, we've all probably been to at least one comic shop that had that tall, glass showcase that featured some great statues of some of our favorite characters. There's also something about seeing an iconic cover turned three-dimensional.
There are a few iconic characters not owned by Marvel and DC. Red Sonja is one of those. If there is one creator's run that is more recognized with the character other than Frank Thorne, it's writer Gail Simone's time writing the sword and sorcery title. Dynamite is collecting her entire 19-issue run.
Things get a little ahead of you when you have a lot going on. I first read Bettie Page #4 a week ago and intended to write up a review of it, but other things got in the way. This week, I was going through the new releases, trying to see what I want to review and noticed this book. I decided that I have to make this the first comic this week that I needed to review.
Dynamite is launching a new Bettie Page series this week. Given that Dynamite has had a history of doing some rather exploitative comics and covers with their female characters, I was skeptical. Bettie Page is one of those characters whose legend is built upon her sexuality. Past comics featuring her have leaned heavily on it. Of those, the only one in the past that I have found entertaining is Jim Silke's Queen Of The Nile. Of course, the subsequent stories have so turned me off to comics featuring the legendary pin-up queen. Why, then, did I give this issue a reading? To be honest, I don't recall why I chose it over Mars Attacks #2 or Project Superpowers #4. Dejah Thoris #10? I know why I didn't read that one. All those things given, am I at least happy I read the first issue of a new Bettie Page series?
The Barbarella series from Dynamite has been hit or miss. The first issue was impressive enough, but the next two seemed less than stellar, to say the least. However, I was still intrigued by the treatment of the character. I decided to try the fourth issue. There was enough science fiction in that first story to be interesting. With a new storyline, I decided to give Barbarella another chance.
Dynamite has been setting out to expand their line into female friendly titles for some time. They've revamped their core titles featuring classic female characters like Deja Thoris, Vampirella and Red Sonja. Occasionally, we've seen titles aimed directly at children, like L'il Vampi and L'il Sonja. Dynamite has impressed me with the announcement of one particular new title, sticking with their tradition of redefining established characters. Dynamite is bring us new adventures for Nancy Drew.
I wasn't going to read this comic, much less review it. Red Sonja is an anachronism in this age of feminist portrayals in comics. Red Sonja is an iconic, strong female protagonist, defined almost primarily by a chain mail bikini. At various times, her portrayal has sometimes defied that stereotype, and at others, has been defined by it. This dichotomy often leaves me unsatisfied by Red Sonja, so I wasn't looking at giving this issue much thought. I saw Ben Caldwell's cover and was intrigued. Let's talk about that while I review this issue.
I was struck by one of the covers to Red Sonja #13 and went looking in my e-mail for the review copy Dynamite sent. In one of the e-mails, I saw three names, Red Sonja, Tarzan and Gail Simone. To be honest, I just can't get into Red Sonja, as much as I want to. She's this unfortunate paradox of a strong female character that is defined almost entirely by a chain mail bikini. She's also had the good fortune to be written by Gail Simone, who doesn't take writing female protagonists lightly. So when I saw this press release in my search results, I was intrigued. I'm gonna give it a shot. I would suggest you keep an open mind with it, just like I will.