On October 6th at 7 o’clock, Forbidden Planet is going to have a whole slew of amazing creators in-store. Writer James Tynion IV (The Woods, Batman Eternal) and artist Michael Dialynas ( The Woods) will be here as well as writer Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl, Batman), writer Chris Antzoulis (Paladin) and artist Fabio Valle (Paladin) will all be here to sign copies of their respective books. Woo.
The Caped Crusader is celebrating his 75th birthday this year, and DC Comics has officially declared Wednesday July 23rd 2014 Batman Day!
On 7/23/14, starting at 8am, Forbidden Planet NYC will be giving away complimentary (ie FREE!) copies of DC’s new Detective Comics #27 Special Edition, and FREE Batman anniversary bags. We’ll also have commemorative masks (99 cents per. These are extremely limited and will be sold on a strictly first come, first served basis) and capes for sale ($5.99).
What’s more, we’ll be running a sale(!) throughout the day- 20% OFF all Batman related comics, books, and graphic novels.
Come by Forbidden Planet to celebrate Batman’s 75th on Wednesday the 23rd and save some Bat-dough!
Hey look, I’m taking a break from screaming about comics books to scream about comic book toys! How fortunate for all of you, right?
Wave 1 & 2
Hasbro, $11.99 each
I’d make a snarky comment that a infinite series of figures contains 5 reissues, but I’d like to think that I’m better than that. I’m not, but I enjoy lying to myself.
I’m not exactly sure why the MU toyline has been rebranded, but I’m okay with this. Since the Legends line is hella expensive/focused on movie-related properties and character for the most part, I need a toy line decided to 616 stuffs. Which despite the numerous and outdated reissues ( Heroic Age Iron Man and Steve Rogers haven’t appeared in those uniforms for over 2 years at this point in), the NEWER releases are really cool. The Marvel NOW! Hulk is arguably the best Hulk figure to be released in the 3.75″ scale, and it’s cool to see more female figures with good sculpts with the release of Red She Hulk and the Wasp. And if you want obscure comics-only character, Infinite Waves 1 and 2 give up Hyperion, Grim Reaper, Whirlwind and friggin Death’s Head! Kieron Gillen is a far more powerful mage than I thought. There’s also a Eric Materson version of Thor, which is a cool little throwback to 80s/90s Marvel Comics.
The reissues are as following: the aforementioned Cap and Iron Man, another classic Captain America, Beta Ray Bill, and Yellowjacket. 2 Caps being re-released makes sense in this, the year of the Winter Solider, but it’s nice to see Hasbro go a little more obscure with Bill and Yellowjacket. I’m also just happy that it’s just not another Wolverine figure. And most importantly we have Hank Pym and Janet available in the same scale for the first time in FOREVER.
In terms of quality, these 2 waves are really good looking and as possible as you’d expect MU figures to be. The important thing is that the female faces don’t look like total butt, because that’s what I care about when it comes to action figures apparently. And at least half of the figures come with an accessory of some sort, which is neat. Overall, I’m pleased with this selection, and eagerly await for wave 3, because Cyclops.
DC Collectibles, $24.99
I’ll be honest, I could not even begin to tell you how many Batman figures are out there on the shelves today. DC, as well as Mattel, Square Enix, Lego and a few Japanese companies all have the rights to make Bat-merch. So as a result, I’ve lost count of what the fresh hell has been going on with these figures sometime back in early 2013.
That being said, I’m WELL aware of Greg Capullo‘s art on the ongoing Batman comic, and know that it is very much the business. So DC Collectibles making toys based on his work is a smart-ass move, because Capullo’s art translates into toy form quite well.
The first wave (I believe 3 waves in total have been announced so far) consists of Batman, The Riddler, Talon and Nightwing. While the articulation is SLIGHTLY better than post DCC figures, they look a ton better than anything Mattel or Square’s released recently. Capullo’s a fantastic veteran artist, and this figures looked like they popped up from the pages of the comic. And I REALLY like the choice of packaging, as it looks super sharp and clean.
This is easily the best debut for a new line of DC Collectibles in some time. I’m eager to see more of the Capullo stuff get the plastic treatment, as well as other artists getting the spotlight. Hopefully it will expand past Batman titles at some point too.
Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo/Danny Miki/FCO Plascencia
Ah yes, the revamped origin story. :: adjusts monocle, clears throat :: A risky venture, especially when a character like Batman already has a good one in “Year One” and an extremely terrible one in “Earth One”. And dedicating an entire year to tell said origin risks decompression/being drawn out.
That being said, the homies Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo aren’t in the business of telling bad Batman stories. Arguably the best book to come out of the New 52, Snyder and Capullo have been on a hot streak with this title, telling new types of stories that appeal to old and new readers alike, which incredible visuals and spectacular set pieces. What Synder and Capullo set out to do is bold -revamp Batman for a new generation of readers, while celebrating the character’s rich history.
I’m not kidding when I say this book covers the characters 75 years of existence. There’s nods from everything from the Bill Finger and real life super villain (shout out to Chris Sims) Bob Kane golden age material, to things like Batman ’66, Batman ’89 and The Killing Joke. Some of the references are only visual Easter eggs, while some other elements are woven into the narrative. But it’s done insanely well, which is the important thing.
The Secret City arc (aka Volume 1) covers young Bruce Wayne, fresh from his training all around the world/Liam Neelson, and his one man war with the Red Hood Gang. It’s a different Bruce we’re used to, as this Bruce is a brash jerk what yells at Alfred, and gets a John Cena-style haircut. We’re also introduced to Bruce’s Uncle Philip and his assistant, who may or may not end up being a major Bat-Villain (spoilers: He totally does). And most importantly, this whole thing starts off which Batman with a crossbow on a dirt bike, which is easily in the top 5 coolest things I’ve seen in comics this year.
By now you can probably tell I’m a fan of this story. Which in my defense, anyone who reads it should be, because it’s great. While it definitely pays some respect to the Chris Nolan “Batman Begins” film, it’s very much the opposite as well: loud, vibrant and explosive. With the aforementioned cameos, along with some incredibly well crafted action pieces, Synder, Capullo, inker Danny Miki and colorist FCO Plascencia take full advantage of the genre. The story fully embraces the fact that it’s a comic book and doesn’t have to worry about things like budget and what not.
And again, the coloring. I’ve been a fan of FCO Plascencia‘s work when I first discovered his work on Invincible and it’s nice to see him working on such a popular and beloved character like Batman. Unlike Year One, Year Zero uses brighter colors like yellow, orange, red and purple. The introduction pages use some really sharp green and blue for the environments and it’s really breathtaking.
It’s also worth noting that Greg Capullo and Scott Synder aren’t the only artist/writer team attached to this collection. Working with Synder, writer James Tynion IV and artist Rafael Albuquerque (Snyder’s collaborator on American Vampire) tell stories set in young Bruce’s training days, as well as the set up for the next arc. They’re all solid stories, and Albuquerque’s art is perfect for Batman.
As someone’s who’s not the biggest Batman fan, I really liked this opening arc. It’s a fun over the top Batman story that actually does a lot of things different for a Batman Origin story. It’s not afraid to try something new, which is more or less the point of the New 52 (At least in my opinion). If you have any interest in Batman or DC Comics, I can’t recommend it enough.
If I had to make a list of the most recognizable figures in the entire world I think that Batman would be in the top 10. Maybe even the top 5. That brooding big eared bad boy probably lies somewhere on the list below Jesus Christ, but above Norman Reedus. So… chances are, someone on your Christmas shopping list is a Bat-Fan! Now I know I just said Batman is one of the most well known figures, yes… but… that doesn’t mean I expect you to know what to get the Boy Wonder of your Dynamic Duo for this holiday season. Those are references to Batman, stick with me kid and you’ll be dancing with the devil by the pale moonlight in no time!
Batman The Killing Joke – The super duper deluxe re-colored hardcover edition of the definitive Joker story written by that Watchmen guy. Quote me on that when handing this bad boy over to your gift recipient and they will be wowed by your knowledge!
Batman is Brave! – It’s never too early to get the tykes into vigilante crime fighting. This is one of those old school kids books with the thick cardboard pages, the kind that sops up baby drool real good!
Batman and Joker Salt and Pepper Shakers – Just a dash of the right spices from out of one of these magnetic shakers will add a little BIFF BANG and POW to your super supper. Just don’t ask me how the magnets work.
Batman 1966 1/4 scale Figure – Fans of the classic Batman television series will just love to get their grip on all 18 inches of Adam West in those iconic grey tights!
Batman The Court of Owls TPB – The first collection of the newest ongoing Batman run now available in a sleek affordable softcover edition. Issues one through seven of Scott Snyder’s take on the cape for only 16.99. Now that’s a lot of Bats on the cheap!
Big Batman Logo Button – Lets take a ride down memory lane… It’s the summer of 89 and the Tim Burton Batman movie is the biggest thing to happen to pop culture since the Moonwalk. No not that fake moon landing stuff, I mean Jack-o dancing back-o… wards? Anyway… what I’m trying to say is, Batman was huge and you know what else was huge in the 80’s – buttons. I blame it on Bobby McFerrin’s Be Happy BS and those smiley faces, but I digress. So we see the flick and as my family exits the theater I remember people selling all types of bootleg bat-stuff including these gigantic Batman logo buttons! I’m talking real big, like hubcap big, but maybe my memory has been fogged by years of fogging my brain, maybe they were just kinda big like this one and they just seemed big cause I was small… needless to say my parents didn’t buy me one of those buttons and I now have to write x-mas shopping list guides as a way to work out my mommy issues.
Heroclix Batman Booster Pack – In a world where underground crime rings and table top gaming collide! Heroclix is one of the most accessible and down right fun collectible games on the market, so grab up some of these booster packs and get a game going! Don’t worry, house rules are acceptable.
Batman Animated Series Logo Shirt – Batman the Animated series was another huge factor in securing Batman’s image firmly in the consciousness of the modern world. If you know someone who was coming to age in the mid 90’s chances are this “cartoon” was their daily dose of the Dark Knight. This grey shirt with that iconic angular logo will be a fitting gift for that special Bat-Maniac in your life.
Well there you have it Bat Boys and Bat Girls, just a few of the many Bat related goodies we have in stock and ready to be gifted by you! I’m pretty proud of myself, a full holiday shopping guide and only one Insane Clown Posse reference. Bloop!
I love you, Wednesday, but you’re killing me today.
We’ve processed another HUGE shipment in the FP vault this week and I’m astounded by how much great stuff we’ve just received… a sizable chunk of which consists of The Sandman Overture #1 and our the new ish of our best-selling comic series, Saga. There’s also Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel’s new comic The Fox, a Halloween issue of Adventure Time, Superior Spidey #20, Fabulous Killjoys, Five Ghosts #6 and a hell’a more single issues.
PLUS(!) The Death of the Family HC Batman volume 3, Avatar The Search pt. 3, Maria M by Gilbert Hernandez, Rage of Poseidon by Anders Nilsen. AND we forgot to highlight last week’s Dogs of War, illustrated by Nathan Fox.
Whew. That’s only scratching the surface and doesn’t even cover a few pallets of new toys (
Ahem, cough cough cough Er, that was formerly a link to Boba Fett from Hasbro’s new Star Wars Black 6″ figure series but you kids subsequently went ape and sold us out the same day). See ya tomorrow.
FACT: I HAVE NOT BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB OF KEEPING UP ON THIS PART OF THE BLOG, A DOZEN APOLOGIES! NYCC prep has been crazier than usual.
IT HAS BEGUN! Revealed back at San Diego Comic Con this past summer, the first 2 waves of Batman ’66 figures have finally hit our shelves. FINALLY MORE BATMAN FIGURES JOKE GOES HERE! I imagine there’s actually some hype around these toys, as the long beloved TV show still has a huge fanbase, despite the fact that you can’t watch the show in any format due to legal problems. At least in a manner that Fox or Warner profits from. You can however give us cash money for action figures though. Series 1 has Batman, the Riddler and Penguin, and series 2 adds the Jokers and Surf’s Up Batman, complete with Bat-trunks and Bat-surf board. Which is pretty great, at least in my opinion you guys. Mattel, forced to not being able to recycle parts, has done a great job with these sculpts, going as far as to sculpt on a tiny mustache on the Joker’s upper lip and putting slippers over the Riddler’s leotard, both nice nods to the show. And the paint jobs are super sharp, only matching the figures up to their on-screen counterparts even more. At $24 a pop, this probably only appeals to older collectors/ fans of the show, but at least you’re getting your money’s worth. And it’s only beginning, as we’ll be getting a button more Batman ’66 related products in.
Maybe you’re saying to yourself “Chris, maybe I want some DC toys, but I want them with some questionable designs!” ARE YOU EVER IN LUCK MYSTERIOUS INTERNET PERSON. The first line of the DC Variant Play Art Kai figures are out and man. Just..man.
LOOK AT HOW FRIKKIN HUGE THEIR LEGS ARE!
As someone who’s played his fair share of Japanese video game and watched a decent amount of the animes, I really don’t get what’s going on here. These are like Amei-Con statues gone rogue, only articulate and packing variant pieces and weapons. LIKE A KATANA, WHY WOULD BATMAN BE PACKING A KATANA, THAT IS A FINE WAY TO KILL PEOPLE, SOMETHING BATS DOES NOT DO. And don’t be fooled by these preview shots, the shoulders on these things are actually awful and bulky on both Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. I’m not sure who’d want to spend $80+ on these, but we have them in stock if you’re someone who is.
Going to stop talking DC for the day to point out that we also have some new Minimates in stock. There’s a Tomb Raider series, which is pretty great and diverse as hell IMO, a The Wolverine set which is kinda bland, and a new Marvel set featuring Marvel NOW character like Superior Spider-Man and the new Nova. It’s hard to judge these things, as they’re pretty much perfect. Standard figures with fun accessories, some cool, minimal sculpts and a good price point. I’m a big fan of the Tomb Raider game, and these minimates are a nice alternative to the solo Tomb Raider Play Arts we got earlier this year, although the Wolverine set remains a cruel tease to that Legends set we’ve yet to get. BOO URNS!
That’s all for this week! I’ll probably get another bunch of new toy preview/reviews up after NYCC, where I’ll be drunk on news/booze.
The deadlines for the Forbidden Planet blog/Daily Planet are much like the rules of Calvin-ball, which is to say capricious. That porcupine attack on Wednesday kept me from my desk desk until Friday…but then I had to go into deep cover for my day job as a full emersion secret shopper. Am I shopping in your store right NOW? EVEN I DON’T KNOW!
I just got off work, had enough time to eat some grubs (Not a typo, I live in a cave, remember) and get to work on my column Sunday night…at the same time as the Breaking Bad season finale. So pardon me as I type as I watch. LET’S DO THIS!
This week is the last week before the New York Comic Con rocks our brains like a batch of blue meth! ON NO, LOOK OUT WALTER! Boy, this show is intense. Here’s a commercial break. What was I saying? OH YEAH, NYCC! If you didn’t get a badge remember, you can always go down to the convention center, take a cell phone photo of the badge, create a phony on your home PC, then go down to Chinatown till you find the right plastic lanyard and badge holder. It’s what Stan Lee does…how else would he get into every con for free?
As for this week’s comics, Dark Horse has issue two of The Star Wars, and I am THERE! DC/Vertigo has a new spooky anthology called the Witching Hour, and I’m hesitant. I do like me some Halloween fun, so I’ll probably give this a shot…sharing the title with the Loeb/Bachalo mini from the early millennium isn’t helping this one out, here. That book wasn’t either of their best work.
OH WAIT, IT’S BACK ON! Jees, this show is brutal. I don’t know why my friends watch it. Hmm? No, I don’t watch it, but if I don’t watch tonight’s episode then I won’t know what my friends are talking about, and I won’t know what to be mad about them spoiling on my facebook. I won’t post any spoilers, I promise. Boy, that’s a weird place to stick that salami, Walter. Is it even going to fit?
WHERE WAS I?
All New X-Men #17 has the latest on the Battle for the Atom. I am LOVING this! Best X-cross over in a while. People can give Bendis a hard time for a bunch of things, but he’s taking the f’ed up, time travelling dysfunctional family aspect of the X-Men and making it the central theme of a crossover. Further, the title is populated with young, new x-men, all forced to take sides in issues that have nothing to do with them. The final legacy of Xavier’s dream is that his X-men grew up into messed up adults incapable of making great decisions, let alone save the world.
Fantomex Max #1 out this week as well. Yes, please.
Ugh. People really LIKE this show? It’s so upsetting and nasty. Some of the jokes are ok, I suppose. The art style kinda’ bugs me, too. Are people supposed to be hearing the baby speak, or is it just the audience. The dog seems to understand him. Commercial.
Indie comic publisher Microcosm is doing single issues of Henry and Glenn Forever, the amazing tale of Black Flag’s Henry Rollins living in an “alternative relationship” with ex-Misfit’s front man Glenn Danzig. Do pick up a copy of #2, available now, or the classic collection of strips that started it all. It is excellent stuff for comic, music or humor fans alike!
ALL IS SAID AND DONE
Pfff. what was all the fuss about? I’m glad I haven’t been watching that show for years. It’s not even well animated. Why is it funny for a fat guy to punch a chicken for five straight minutes? It’s like they don’t even want me to watch. And my friends all said the chicken man bits were some of the best. No thank you, Breaking Bad.
Oh Well. There’s another blu-ray set I can skip! Hopefully you and I, reader, will be sneaking into the comic con with Stan Lee next week, checking out all the cosplay, comics and expensive con food for ourselves!
Occasionally, we here at the Forbidden Planet do make mistakes. Worse, we might not realize our mistake and publish it online or in the pages of the Daily Planet even after (ha) an extremely (HA HA) rigorous (HA HA HA) round of fact checking (BWAA-HA HA!) We would therefore like to take this opportunity to apologize and print a correction.
LAST WEEK, and indeed in many of the previous installments of Unkiedev’s Amazing Stuff, Unkiedev did not mention nor heap any praise onto cartoonist Cameron Stewart. This was completely in error and we’d like to rectify that slip up now.
Cameron Stewart is incredible, a sensational artist of such dramatic talent and skill that one wonders how he could go unnoticed. His framing, pacing and timing, along with his work ethic and humor belie a top notch professional deserving of greater attention. Again, we apologize for the mistake.
How could I have missed this guy?! As the artist on Sea Guy, Batman and Robin, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth and a longbox full of other swell comics (Most of which I own) Stewart turned in such clear, dependable work it was hard to see the forest through the trees. NO, his style isn’t flashy, nor is it overly cartoony. It has a quiet movement, and a clear design.
The best magic tricks go completely unnoticed. I can only think I’ve overlooked Mr. Stewart this long because I’m an idiot and he’s one of those artists who makes it all seem so effortless you hardly notice his genius till it hits you like a brick.
Check out his work for yourself and see what I mean: http://cameron-stewart.tumblr.com/
We may never be able to fully repair the damage done with this slip up, but we can plug Cameron’s moody webcomic Sin Titulo, published for the first time this week by Dark Horse. Sin Titulo is a creepy son-of-a-bitch, a windy little dream of a Graphic Novel more akin to a Philip K. Dick story than most of the film adaptations of the same.
It’s hard to sum Sin Titulo up, and it is easier to describe than review. It reads like a Richard Sala story, but a bit more Craig Thompson-y. For those who DON’T read the Comics Journal, a more effective description would be “It’s spooky and weird, but not in cheesy horror way.”
In Sin Titulo a young gentlemen quickly loses his girl, car and job investigating a strange photo he finds in his dead grandfather’s effects. What he finds is a world of violence, loneliness and lies, as well as the path to unlocking the secrets of his own mind.
I’m going on record with Sin Titulo as the best gift for folks on your holiday shopping list who like the idea of comics but who have never read anything before. I GUARANTEE you this will be made into a feature film in the next 10 years, adding another “Cool” level of cache to this gift.
NO it is not too early to start your holiday shopping! Hanukah is on Thanksgiving this year, for crying out loud, which surely seems a sign of the End Times. Maybe the Mayans were off by a year or two.
SKILLS TO PAY BILLS
There. I feel better printing that correction. Dark Horse also has a new Empowered special out this week called Empowered Special #5, A Drink With Ninjette. Empowered in a personal favorite, and these stand alone issues are great ways to get acquainted with this strange, sexy title.
DC has more cool 3D villain books, Including The Joker’s Daughter in Batman The Dark Knight #23. IDW has the first issue of their new Power Puff Girls license, as well as their already impressive roster of GI Joe, Transformers, and the TMNT. Image doesn’t have a leg to stand on this week, just two small books you probably aren’t interested in called Saga#14 and Sex #7. Marvel is also light this week. I mean, you don’t really want to read Guardians of the Galaxy #6, Avengers #20, Deadpool, Wolverine and the X-Men or the always surprising FF, do you?
Nah, I thought not. Get it together, comic book industry. Sheesh.
The funky cool DC Villain month covers continue to march upon the shelves, making all other books jealous. YES, I would like a 3D lenticular Penguin cover! Thank you, Batman 23, that is ever so polite of you! So shiny! So motion-y.
By comparison, all other comics seem as boring as a rained out golf match. IF we could judge books by their covers, then I’d say that DC is winning this month. BUT WE CAN’T, because the government won’t let us. Thanks a lot, Bloomberg.
DEV’S “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH
Occasionally, through deep meditation and special herbs, I have flashes of insight and knowledge beyond my ken. I do my best to share these brain burst with you, my readers, in the hopes that you will be seeds in the fertile soil of the marketplace and sprout the fruit of my visions through consumer action.
We need a crossover where Gamera fights the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
I leave this up to IDW to arrange. After all, they currently have the TMNT license, as evidenced by their Classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol 6 and The New Animated TMNT #3 on the shelves this week. They ALSO have an amazing talent for publishing inter company material, as evidences by their incredible artist additions of some top quality work from Marvel, Dark Horse and more. TRUE, there is no DC artist editions yet, but there are MAD artist editions and MAD, like DC, is a Warner IP.
Third, IDW has done a great job of crossovers! Under IDW Popeye has fought off the Mars Attacks Martians. The Ghostbusters have fought off Cthulhu. BOTH Star Trek and the Transformers fought off a zombie invasion borne of the Robots and Zombies universe!
Dark Horse published some Gamera books in the not too distant past. Who knows who currently holds the license. I’m sure IDW can get to the bottom of it.
FRIENEMIES IN A HALF SHELL
Gamera, for the three of you not in the know and the hundreds of you who are pretending like you do, is a giant mutant turtle with tusks who is the Pepsi to Godzilla’s Coke. They inhabit different worlds but accomplish the same goal…stripping the paint off of cars through stomping and fire breathing! YES Gamera is predominantly a good guy (or girl. I don’t mean to make gender stereotypes of turtles through my ignorance) as are the TMNT. How to make these erstwhile allied fight?
SIMPLE: Using the current turtle comic continuity, Krang uses his dimensional portal to bring in a monster capable of destroying the city. This monster is none other than Gyaos, the winged arch meanie of Gamera! Gamera is drawn to the fight, but the turtles mistake him for their enemy and go at him with deadly ninja force!
Should this be a hit (and how could it not) we can get right on to the follow up, Gamera Vs. TMNT Vs. Blastoise! Nintendo are notoriously stingy with sharing their IPs, so this may be a bit of a long shot. Plus we all know Mega Evolved Blastoise would win.
A PLEA FOR SANITY
Though originally solicited about a month ago, Previews is reporting that Sam Henderson’s Magic Whistle #13 is shipping this week. Who am I to argue with Previews? Let’s say, hypothetically, that I am wrong and Magic Whistle has already shipped.
Let this serve as a REMINDER to pick up a copy. Sam Henderson is to comics as Gallagher is to the fruit smoothie industry, which is to say a subtle genius ahead of his time. Don’t be put off by the art, which admittedly looks like a cross between Hello Kitty and Guernica. The Magic Whistle will genuinely make you smile, laugh, and believe in the healing powers of idiocy.
NEXT WEEK: Unkiedev pitches his incredible Big Bird Vs. Killer Shrike comic idea, and we print an apology to everybody who actually purchased Magic Whistle #13 based on this column. An apology, but not a retraction. “I’m sorry you can’t appreciate the greatest comics genius of our time.” THERE’S your apology, philistine!
Dan Didio, the co-publisher of DC Comics, has done “The Stupid.” The Stupid is when you make a bad situation worse by opening your friggin’ pie hole and saying something inflammatory and brain dead. think we have all, once or another, done “The Stupid.”
This week saw the announcement of the ENTIRE creative team of Batwoman walking off the title afterfinally realizing that DC Editorial will not let them tell the stories they want. To Whit: Katy Perry is gay. She loves women and wants to marry them. DC comics says she can’t.
Wait, modern New 52 Batwoman is named Katy Perry, isn’t she? That’s a weird coincidence, seeing as how there’s that singer lady who- OH. Batwoman’s name is Kate Kane? That explains a lot! I was wondering how that got past DC legal.
NOW, DC doesn’t want you to think that they are in any way homophobic and that their decision to disallow gay marriage in their comics has anything to do with discrimination. To prove that DC isn’t an institution of meanies, Dan DiDio made sure to state for the record, this past weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con, that NO Superhero in the DC Universe, post New 52, is allowed to get married.
That’s right. “The Stupid.”
He justifies that superheroes, apparently much like Catholic priests, are too invested in the salvation of other people to have the time for happiness for themselves. Furthermore, Superheroes, again like priests, need to be constantly miserable in order to do their jobs.
Let’s ignore how well that worked out for the Catholics, shall we? Let’s also, for one second, sidestep the complete history of comic book narrative which proves this to be untrue, not to mention the questionable timing which does taint this as a homophobic, knee jerk reaction. Further, let’s disregard the irony that the original Batwoman was introduced into comics through homophobia in the first place, so that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson had women to pal around with so people viewing the comic through a gay lens could stop doing that, please. Are all the gender and LBGT issues out of the argument now?
GOOD, says DC Editorial. Finally, let’s toss out all marketing data to suggest that potential comic book readers and creators know what we want to read better than marketing lawyers and editors.
Once the piranhas are done with the meat, the bare bones of the issue is thus: DC’s current editorial opinion is that YOU, the comic book reading public, only want to read about depressed, moping jerks who can’t get dates.
SOAK IN IT
The profound wrongness of this is obvious to anyone who isn’t Dan DiDio or the DC Editors. Old timers like myself will tell you about the ancient times for comic books, when titles were aimed at kids, and you could buy different varieties of titles. DC has decided that, not only will kids be shunned from the table, and that you will ONLY be able to buy superhero titles, but that EVERY SINGLE one of them has to be tragic and sad. Shelf after shelf of Batman.
I don’t believe it. I can’t believe it. If Alan Moore finally laid down the hatchet and told DC he wants to write a new Watchmen sequel book where Night Owl and Silk Specter are married, they would let him. If Neil Gaiman, after his much anticipated Sandman Origin run decides to do a new Sandman project featuring the wedding of Dream, they would let him.
This is simply editorial stupidity, compounded by some pretty piss poor PR damage control on the part of Mr. DiDio. Comics is a business, and the current revenue generators are the movies and the merch. I’m not saying that Dan is lying, I’m sure there is a secret edict within DC to keep marriage out of the pages. With DC relaunching their crumbled film empire in a fast paced game of catch-up with Marvel, the most likely suggestion is that this editorial decision is based more on money than narrative.
One never knows which character could be licensed for TV, Films or even animated flicks next. Until there’s plans to marry characters on screen, I’m sure there’s a moratorium on weddings in the comics.
Still, someone needs to tell Dan DiDio that comics are still bought by fans, and fans want their heroes to be happy. Maybe not all the time… but we sure don’t want every title to be a mope fest. That’s what we buy comics to escape from.
One time I stopped for directions at an old lighthouse in Maine. I was on vacation and had lost my way. The kindly old lighthouse keeper, who admittedly was transparent below the waist, gave me directions that wound and rambled and terminated in me climbing down a ladder on an abandoned pier to discover a skeleton crushed under a rotting boat. Turns out the Lighthouse keeper died in a hurricane 20 years ago and just wanted me to bury his body.
When his directions started with “Do yea’ have a shovel abouts ya’?,” I should have known something was up. I never did get to the dang beach.
You and I and everybody we know will probably buy Marvel Infinity #2 this week, but I sure do hope it’s a bit more cohesive and action packed than that sprawling first issue. Let’s cleanse the pallet from that tepid Marvel Infinity cross-over. I’m going to recommend X-Men Battle for the Atom #1 this week. It seems like some good freaky X-fun with lots of twists, turns and excitement. Needless to say, you’ll have to pick up All New X-Men #16 as well to continue the story. Two things the X-folks do well is hook up and fight, and with multiple X-realities merging throughout this storyline, this should be wilder than a booze fueled prom night!
Dark Horse (finally) have The Star Wars #1 out this week, and I can’t be happier! For those not in the know, The Star Wars is an alternate take on the original Star Wars film based entirely on early stage concept art and scripts. There is no Millenium Falcon, No Tattoine, and no Obi Wan Kenobi. Thrill to the adventures of Kane Starkiller, his children/padawans Deak and Annikin and a cast both familiar yet strange.
This week also kicks off DC’s Villain Month, a whole month of villain based stories with fantastically evil new covers! Start with Forever Evil #1, then continue with your favorite baddies throughout whichever titles you chose. For more DC #1 fun, we also get DC vs The Masters of the Universe #1! Two “Can’t miss” books from a company that is doing some impressive stories to match their gimmicks.
WHAT ABOUT THAT GHOST?
Now I just recommended five fun comics to ya’ll, and I do hope you read them. Heck, I’ll recommend two more, while I’m at it. Batman Black and White #1 and Superior Spider Man #17 should be great reads. As should the Harry Potter Series, which if you haven’t read them you really should. OOh! Catch-22 is a fun book! It has lots of neat depressing bits. If you like depressing but impressive reads, you should check out some Kurt Vonnegut. Maybe Slaughterhouse 5?
Recommending is fun!
Right. What about the ghost? Whenever anybody gives you advice, directions, insights or commands: Consider the Source! Why did I listen do that stupid ghost? Probably because I had been snorting pixie stix like a madman…it was vacation after all. IF you want to read any of the above recommendations, you should think about whether I am a reliable taste maker or not.
The answer is yes I am. Do as your told. As Humpty says, “If a doo-doo punk chump points a finger like a stump, you tell them ‘STEP OFF, I’m doing the HUMP.”