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Ok, this is really only one email and not multiple emails like the title of the post suggests so sue me. Every week I email IronMuskrat to see what books he bought and whether or not he’d like to do a review for us. Before I even got the chance to email him this week though I found this waiting for me in my inbox. I thought it was entertaining and informative enough that I would make a post out of it (with some minor editorial edits and changes) and share it with all of you. -J.

Subject: Preemptive Strike
From: IM
To: J.

Jose!

Just picked up a few books today and thought I would do a preemptive strike and tell you what I thought about them before you sent me a email.

Doomwar #1 – yeah I know this one is old news, but I really felt the need to go back and get it to fill in all the details that left me scratching my head reading issue two. First of all, since when is a variant cover just the original cover in black and white? JRJR original cover was bad enough in color, but in black and white it is undecipherable. Cover aside, it was a very strong issue that did fill in a lot of details that made reading issue two a lot more enjoyable. Mayberry writes a very strong story, one that you really do need to read from the beginning, I have a feeling the whole series will be like this, this event isn’t one where a casual reader will be able to jump into at any point. The art by Scot Eaton was good, but the inks are very dark throughout the book, almost to the point where I felt I had to put some light on it to see all the details. But overall I agree with you and Elliott, this is the best new series of the year so far.

Detective Comics #863– A very interesting issue, although I feel that in the end , not a very successful one. Both Batman and Batwoman are hunting different killers that appear to be almost identical in behavior and the type of crimes they are committing. Their investigations run parallel to one another and are (again) almost identical in method and how they turn out, although they never meet or appear to connect with each other in any way. I guess that my biggest issue was with the story. Both stories are so similar that it seems a bit redundant to me and since neither Batman and Batwoman ever interact in this book, I don’t really see the point of the two stories being included together. I think Rucka has done a very strong job filling out Batwoman as a strong character and a hero, it seems silly to do a side by side comparison to show just how similar she is in methodology and ability to Batman. This story was pretty good, but in the end I felt a little insulted at the idea that Rucka felt the need to show me just how similar Batwoman is to Batman in such a heavy handed way.

Now the second feature was much better experience for me, I really have been enjoying the Question /Huntress stuff and this issue is no exception. I will avoid any hysterical ‘The Question needs her own book!’ talk. But as a backup feature in Detective Comics it is a joy to read and when Vandal Savage shows up at the end I did get a little surprise and a chill up my spine that I did not get from the main feature.

And there was a Flash preview that I didn’t give a shit about, sorry, never been a big Flash fan.

Fantastic Four #577– I have to give Hickman credit, he is taking his time with this story and doesn’t seem to be giving a shit about losing any attention deficient fanboys who might be incapable of following along for the long haul without a baby being thrown out a window or a woman being abused or killed. I did have a hard time following along with this issue, the learning curve this time around is steep and I will probably be spending a little time on Wikipedia tonight researching some of the stuff that was going on here. My biggest complaint with this story arc so far is I am starting to wonder if this is really a Fantastic Four story? For the most part the FF have been spectators in everything that has happened up to this point. Something happens, the Fantastic Four show to investigate what is happening and they spend the rest of the issue watching events unfold or having things explained to them. The FF just seem to be very passive so far up to this point, not really acting on the events that are unfolding around them. The cliffhanger at this end of this issue was very cool and should spell the end of the Fantastic Four being tourists in this whole story arc and taking a more proactive role in dealing with what is happening on the Earth and on the Moon. Eaglesham’s art is very solid as usual, but I did notice he is drawing the same ‘Reed Richard’ type face on a couple of different characters. No biggie though…

I really like what Hickman is doing here, but I just want to see more from the Fantastic Four other than them standing around looking like tourists.

Blackest Night #8– Shit what can I say about this book? It was a disappointment for sure, but I am still trying to pin down the biggest source of my disappointment. I mean the book is filled with a lot of cool individual moments, John’s is the master of writing WTF moments that make comic fans squeal with glee and Reis’ art is top notch as usual. So why did I feel so disappointed at the end of this event?

1. That’s enough Geoff Johns!

Johns spends way too much time here jerking off the fanboys and not enough time explaining what the fuck is going on, that’s cool up to a point. But John’s is like that person who is trying to give you the best blowjob ever, but they spend way too much time doing a bunch of silly shit that feels good but does nothing to finish the job, in the end you just want to tell them to stop fucking around and just put it in their mouth. Ok, that was a little graphic, but John’s basically spent two issue putting Sinestro out there as a White Lantern to rile up the fanboys, only to unceremoniously dump him when he wanted to move on to other cool moments. You have to ask yourself, why even make Sinestro a White Lantern if it did nothing to move the story along or do anything to resolve the event?

2. Black Hand did what?

Ok, so Black Hand is the anchor for Nekron and when his link is severed Nekron cannot exist on Earth. So why exactly does all of those White Lantern rings start coming out of his mouth when he is brought back to life? Is he now the anchor for the White Entity? I mean even though William Hand is brought back to life, he is still a crazy fucker with a huge hard on for death. This might be something of nitpick, but it goes to my third point.

3. Nothing is resolved or explained.

Nekron is sent back to the corn field but otherwise unharmed or dealt with. Black Hand is still alive, but held by the Indigo tribe. The Anti-Monitor is back, along with a whole bunch of heroes and villains. Barry Allen and Hal Jordan even have a conversation at the end of the book basically saying nothing has been resolved or explained.

You know after almost a year of the Blackest Night event, I would expect a little resolution to everything that has happen. Instead we just get what amounts to a huge reset button, I really thought Johns was going to do something really deep here, exploring the nature of death in the DC universe or the lack of anything resembling a permanent end for characters who die and come back, sometimes multiple times. Instead we get what looks like a cheep stunt for a wholesale resurrection of DC characters who have died over the years, free and clear, with no attempt to explain what happened. Instead of Blackest Night giving some clarity to the DC Universe it has just made things even more confusing and I am pretty sure that was not the original intention.

IronMuskrat

From DC’s The Source:

This past Saturday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation took a moment to honor writer Greg Rucka and artists J.H. Williams III and Cully Hamner’s work on DETECTIVE COMICS’ Batwoman by naming the book the year’s “Outstanding Comic Book” at their 21st Media Awards, held in New York City.

A description of the awards, from the GLAAD site: “The GLAAD Media Awards elevate and promote fair, accurate and inclusive stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, people and allies that have increased awareness, understanding and respect for the lives of LGBT people. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories of LGBT people and issues that build support for equality.”

I have a feeling that this will be the first of many awards this year for the Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III run on Detective Comics. Congratulations to everyone who was involved with the production of this title. Other titles up for the award included X-Factor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Secret Six, and Madame Xanadu.

J.

GLAAD honors DETECTIVE COMICS as Outstanding Comic Book/The Source

Title: Blackest Night Wonder Woman #1 (of 3)
Writer: Greg Rucka
Art: Nicola Scott and Prentis Rollins w/Various
Variant Cover: Ryan Sook
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99

Not too many “event” books actually live up to the hype that surrounds them prior to their release, but Geoff Johns and DC have certainly delivered when it comes to the Blackest Night saga. Since the Blackest Night has begun, there have been several minis or “tie-ins” that have sprung up from the main series. We have seen Batman, Superman, and the Titans all get involved in the fight against the darkness. But the newest superhero to get her own tie in is one of my personal favourites, none other than Wonder Woman.

When I first heard this was coming out I became instantly excited to see Wonder Woman given her own take on things, and rightfully so because as part of the DC Trinity, it only makes sense to see how the events of Blackest Night are effecting such a pivotal character in the DCU. The second thing about this tie-in that got me jazzed up was the announcement that Rucka and Scott were going to collaborate on the mini, I was freaking out, because these two stood to make such an awesome creative force to tell this story. Rucka had one of the best runs on Wonder Woman ever in my opinion, he is able to write the strong and confident side of the warrior princess, but yet bring out the sensitivities and feminine side she possess without making her appear to be a weak and bubble headed female as most comics sometimes do with female characters. Greg Rucka, obviously has a love for this character and writes her from the heart. Nicola Scott has proven herself to be an artistic force to be reckoned with in the comics industry, and this book is just another example of her talent. I fell in love with her work from Secret Six, and I think with this first issue in the mini, she is definitely a contender to work with Gail Simone on her run of the main Wonder Woman series. As I flipped through the book at my LCS, I was so taken with the art, just beautiful. Each and every panel was so full of action and detail, just outstanding in my humble opinion.

Now onto the meat and potatoes of any comic, and that’s the writing. While I have not read any other reviews that gave this issue a really stellar rating, I have not read any reviews that have bashed it to bits either. The story in a nutshell is based on Diana going to the Arlington National Cemetery, where Wonder Woman had been summoned to investigate a number of murders. This of course leads her right into a confrontation with a former foe named Maxwell Lord, and an army of the newly un-dead. Wonder Woman speaks of her experience with the Black Lanterns, and about how life is worth living no matter the hardship. Maxwell Lord tries to insight the emotion of anger within Wonder Woman in order to consume her but soon comes to realize that the emotion she is filled with is quite the opposite indeed. As we see Rucka and Scott take us deeper into the battle between dark and light the story unfolds. What Wonder Woman does with her golden lasso in order to defeat the army of Black Lanterns is totally wicked and is one of my favourite scenes from the entire comic. Rucka ends the story with Lord seemingly being beaten, and Diana being called to Coast City by Barry Allan, and we have ourselves a cliff hanger for issue #2 folks.

All in all this was a little more than an average read for me. I am definitely on board for the rest of the series, which is three issues in total. I can’t want to see where it all goes.

– Cami/Variant Girl

Boot to the Face

Before getting to this week’s question I want to give you guys and gals a little bit of a set up for it. Yesterday friend of the CCW, JohnnyHorror, left the following comment on a post:

Hey, Jose. I was talkn’ to the owner of one of the comic shops I frequent and noticed that the number of “Batwoman in Detective Comics” was kinda light.

When I asked him why, he said because a number of his subscribers didn’t like it. Apparently, they have no problem with the art or story (for the most part) but feel that a Lesbian Superhero is being shoved down their throats for shock value.

I recall you saying it wasn’t selling well in an earlier video. So what is the take from fans over your way???

Which now lead me to this week’s two-part question:

Are you currently buying Detective Comics? If yes, why do you buy it? If no, why aren’t you buying it?

To first answer JohnnyHorror’s question: Yes, overall sales of the title have gone down. But at the store I work at sales are still strong. We have increased our initial orders for each of the first 4 issues featuring Batwoman. Even with our increased orders we will still most likely sell out of the new issue in the next couple of days and will place a reorder on Monday.

As as for the comment that the shop owner Johnny talked to made: I have absolutely no fucking idea how anyone can think that DC “is shoving a lesbian superhero down their throats for shock value.” This to me just sounds like complete ignorance or just outright homophobia coming from fanboys. How is DC shoving Batwoman down their throats? How is it all about shock value? Did fanboys just have enough when in the last issue Kate Kane wore a tuxedo and then…GASP…danced with a woman? Oh, horror of horrors. Greg Rucka has handled the Batwoman character and her story with the utmost respect and dignity and at no point has he gone out of his way to push the fact the Kate Kane is a lesbian into the faces of fanboys.

Now for my answer to this week’s question: Yes, I buy Detective Comics. I buy it because, as a total package, this is what comic books should be. Intelligent writing, beyond beautiful art, a strong willed protagonist with morals, compassion and a sense of duty. These are the qualities of the book I cherish. Now, if fanboys can’t enjoy any of these things for the simple reason the the character is a lesbian then those fanboys have some serious personal issues.

Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III, Dave Stewart and the rest of the people who work on this book will probably have quite a few awards headed their way next year for I truly believe that Detective Comics will undoubtedly be seen as the best comic book of the year by those who matter.

J.

JohnnyHorror’s You Tube Page

Wonder Woman Lends a Hand

While answering questions from comic fans over at CBR, Geoff Johns let us in on plans for a new mini-series that makes me very, very happy:

Wonder Woman will have a role in “Blackest Night,” though she isn’t a central character initially. She also appears in the “Blackest Night: Wonder Woman” miniseries by Greg Rucka. I’m a huge fan of Greg’s run. Can you guess what Black Lantern will be in it?

By now, every CCW viewer knows that I hold Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman run in very high regards. Hearing that he will be writing another WW story is very exciting news indeed.

Geoff Johns Prime: Blackest Night at CBR

J.