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.
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.
Dynamite released a collection last week of Project Superpowers: Hero Killers. Hero Killers was a five issue limited series that explored what happened when some frustrated sidekicks snap and become the murderers of the heroes they once served. When the first issue came out last year, I read it and wasn't terribly impressed. However, the premise and the creators are intriguing enough that when the TPB came out, I wanted to give it a second chance.
Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.
One of Dynamite’s releases this week is a comics character with a history going back decades. Barbarella presents the space-faring heroine popularized by Jane Fonda in 1968, based on the French science fiction comic from 1962. Knowing the history, I dove into the comic to see if Mike Carey’s new series drew more from the
I've been impressed by the new Vampirella series from Dynamite. It harkens back to classic Vampirella stories with it's setting more in the realm of science-fiction rather than horror, super-heroes, or bad girl comic book genres.
The Betty Boop series from Dynamite may have flown under your radar, but it has a creative team that screams for you to consider buying this collection. Roger Langridge has written great comics, some of which he's drawn, and is capable of writing not only comedy, but some stories that you can really get into. Gisèle Lagacé has an art style that lends itself to a variety of stories, as shown by her work on Jem and the Holograms and her own webcomic, Ménage à 3. SHe can take a fun story and inject it with all the humanity needed to keep you pulled in. I'm personally looking forward to re-reading this series in one sitting.
Dynamite has certainly made the effort lately in new projects, endeavoring to breathe new life into established characters.Their recent press release announcing a new Mighty Mouse series shows something that could be a problem for this company fighting valiantly for a larger share of the comics market left by Marvel and DC.
We get lots of press releases. The Kiss/Vampirella crossover announcement at first looks like just another press release for a crossover comic. In reading it, it gets highly entertaining with Gene Simmons referring to Vampirella creator Forrest J. Ackerman as "Forry"and writer Chris Selba describing all of the 1970s Kiss-inspired craziness in this comic. It even makes the paragraph-long description of eleven variant covers tolerable. Check out the press release below.
I was pleasantly, but cautiously surprised by Vampirella #0. Dynamite promises a new direction for the character. Vampirella #1 is the official beginning of this new direction. Does my pleasant surprise turn into an appreciation?