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?
Tank Girl is always one of those comics that asks you to strap in for the ride. After serious comics beg to be taken seriously, it's good to pick up a comic that just wants you to read it.
I decided to review a comic from last week, having a day off from my day job and feeling the need to earn my keep around here. Looking around, I found the latest issue of Star Wars, a little disappointed that Stuart Immonen wasn't doing the interior art, but willing to give Larroca a chance. I recognize the name but couldn't place a major project I remembered him from, not having read a lot of his work on any of the other Marvel titles.
DC Rebirth has been a success for the most part. It stopped a run of market dominance for Marvel, even if only for a little, and some of the comics have been critical successes. Given my limited time, I've had a hard time keeping up with all of the Rebirth titles, so when DC Comics gives me a review copy of one of the trades, I'm going to give it a shot. Initially, I was going to go with The Flash, but then Nightwing came across my desktop.
Archie Comics sent us a preview yesterday of Archie Meets The Ramones. I was looking forward to reading it, as I'm a fan of both Matthew Rosenberg and Gisèle Lagacé. Archie Comics has become one of my favorite publishers as well, but I was initially apprehensive about how this special crossover would be in execution, as Archie crossovers always seem a little odd. I blame the Punisher and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nevertheless, the creative team looked awesome, and I've always been a big proponent of the concept that no idea is bad if it's executed properly.
Suicide Squad. Was it good? How was the acting? Was the writing at least better better than BVS? Well, we went to the premier last night and here is what I think of it. Caution: some people may view a plot summery as a little spoilery, just saying.
Batman: The Killing Joke was available in select theaters July 25th and we got a chance to go see it. The film, as a whole, was nothing short of what you would expect from DC animation. Iconic panels from the graphic novel were nostalgic throughout and seeing it in motion with a full score made the entire experience new and refreshing. I remember being a younger comic book reader and this being on the list of Batman to read. I also remember it giving me more nightmares that Paranormal Activity did. Tonight (at 27 years old), I am worried about falling asleep.
Lady Killer 2 arrives in comic shops next month and we got an early preview from Dark Horse. I will admit that I squealed a little when I saw the e-mail in my inbox. The first series was among the best comics of 2015, so the sequel was eagerly awaited by me, and I'm certain many other fans of good comics.
You may have a little trouble getting a copy of 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank at your local comic shop. It's entire print run has sold out in solicitations. However, if past Black Mask Studios titles are any indication, a second printing is likely to be announced any day now. There are bound to be reviews all over the Internet, because word of mouth for this series is exceptionally hot. Given that we were so fond of writer Matthew Rosenberg's We Can Never Go Home, you know we're going to review this one.
Spider Gwen remains one of my favorite titles. Part of that appeal has been the fabulous artwork of Robbi Rodriguez. However, with his impending departure from the title, I worry about the comic's look changing too much. I really want this book to go on for a while, but not if it's going to look like just another Marvel book.
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.
Dynamite is making a habit of chronicling the adventures of some iconic female characters. This week sees the release of their latest addition to a roster of heroines, Xena, the Warrior Princess. For the publisher of Red Sonja, It seems like a natural fit.