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Women at DC Comics Watch – July 2016 Solicits: Rebirth Disappoints, 20 Women on 17 Books

April 25, 2016

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We missed the first month of “Rebirth” because I was busy travelling and some things fell by the wayside, but we’re back again for the second month of DC’s new initiative and, like with every single dang new initiative DC’s done over the past several years, there are fewer women involved than in the months before the new launch. DC’s June and July solicits posted their lowest number of female creators thus far in 2016, making “Rebirth” a big step backward for the company at first glance. In June, DC had 19 different female creators on 18 different comic books, their lowest total since last September. Let’s see how things changed in July:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #30 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #4 (cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #5 (interior art)
  • Cat Staggs: Adventures of Supergirl #5 (art and cover), Adventures of Supergirl #6 (cover), Batman ’66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel #1 (variant cover)
  • Claire Roe: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: Harley Quinn #30 (interior art)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Green Lanterns #2 (cover), Green Lanterns #3 (cover)
  • Emma Vieceli: Adventures of Supergirl #5 (interior art), Adventures of Supergirl #6 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #10 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #8 (writer)
  • Hope Larson: Batgirl #1 (cover)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #10 (cover)
  • Joelle Jones: American Vampire Anthology #2 (interior art)
  • Julie Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 (co-writer)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #15 (interior art)
  • Marguerite Bennett: American Vampire Anthology #2 (writer), DC Comics Bombshells #15 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #9 (interior art)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #15 (interior art)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman #2 (interior art)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #8 (writer, art, cover)
  • Shawna Benson: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 (co-writer)

All together, there are 20 different female creators scheduled to work on 17 different books in July, a slight tick up in women but a slight tick down in the number of comics they’ll be working on. These “Rebirth” numbers are not good; DC’s solicits averaged about 25 different women in the spring months before “Rebirth.” Of course, “Rebirth” is still unfolding and there may be more women in the mix as new books premiere in August and September. But so far, it’s very underwhelming for women at DC.

We do have several new names, though, including Hope Larson writing Batgirl and writers Julie Benson and Shawna Benson along with artist Claire Roe on Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. The latter team combine to join the creative teams of the digital first series DC Comics Bombshells and The Legend of Wonder Woman as DC’s only books written and drawn primarily by women.

For new female characters, with “Rebirth” rolling out another batch of titles we’ve got some ladies across a variety of new series. Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress star in the aforementioned Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, and Batgirl has her solo series relaunching in July as well. Women make up 2 of the 7 teammates of the new Justice League (Wonder Woman and Green Lantern) and while that’s still a small minority, it’s better than when the last Justice League launched in 2011 with just one woman on board. We’ve also got a female lead in the “how does this still exist?” series Red Hood and the Outlaws; Artemis will be part of the team along with Red Hood and Bizarro. Finally, DC’s premiering a new Flintstones comic for some reason, and so we should be getting Wilma, Betty, and Pebbles.

So “Rebirth” is off to a slow start with female creators, and looking ahead at the rest of the lineup, I wouldn’t hold out a lot of hope for a dramatic spike in numbers any time soon. I’m also curious to see how Shelly Bond’s firing will affect the Vertigo books; Vertigo has been a bastion of female creator representation at DC for a while now, but cancellations and new titles may be forthcoming. On the plus side, Gerard Way’s weird new line seems to have a bunch of female creators in the mix, but that’s not coming until the fall. For now, the numbers are low at DC yet again as they stick to their tried and true method of two steps forward, one step back.

Wonder Woman’s July 2016 Covers and Solicits

April 19, 2016

July will be the second month of “Rebirth,” and will be the first month we officially get two issues of Wonder Woman after June’s “Rebirth” special was followed by the launch of the new series. It’s also the second month without Superman/Wonder Woman, which is a lovely change of pace. And with Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary on the horizon, there are a lot of Wonder Woman collections on the way. This batch has a lot of reprints of old stories, but also one new one that folks should be excited about.

So let’s see what Wonder Woman is up to in July, starting with Wonder Woman #2 and Wonder Woman #3:

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WONDER WOMAN #2
Written by GREG RUCKA
Art and cover by NICOLA SCOTT
Variant cover by FRANK CHO
“WONDER WOMAN YEAR ONE” Chapter One: Running parallel to Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp’s “The Lies,” Rucka and artist Nicola Scott weave the definitive and shocking tale of Diana’s first year as Earth’s protector.
On sale JULY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WONDER WOMAN #3
Written by GREG RUCKA
Issue #3 art and cover by LIAM SHARP
Variant cover by FRANK CHO
“THE LIES” Chapter Two: Wonder Woman must team up with one of her greatest enemies to solve a growing mystery about Themyscira as “The Lies” continues!
On sale JULY 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

We’ve only got a cover for the second issue, so we’ll run the solicits together. But what a cover it is! I love that Amazonian take on the Argonath, and with the stunning cover work we’ve seen from Nicola Scott thus far, I’m so excited to see what she does inside the book.

As for the story, well, we’re not getting a lot of hints here. Rucka’s been hardcore about not giving any plot points away in interviews, and it seems that the same holds for solicits. Wonder Woman teaming up with an enemy could be fun, though. My totally unsubstantiated guess is that it’s the Cheetah, just because she’s always showing up when Wonder Woman’s enemies are mentioned.

Switching gears, why is Frank Cho doing variant covers for Wonder Woman? The dude’s been such a jackass about sexualized brokeback depictions of female characters as of late. He seems like a bad choice.

Also out in July, everyone’s favourite Wonder Woman series, The Legend of Wonder Woman #8:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #8
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
Wonder Woman has been making a big splash in the European Theater of Operations, and it’s drawn the notice of Nazi high command—and something even scarier. Plus, Steve Trevor is teaching Diana Prince to fly an airplane, without knowing that his admiration for Wonder Woman is quite awkward for his trainee!
On sale JULY 13 • 40 pg, FC, 8 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

Penultimate issue, you guys! We’re two parts into this print issue digitally right now, and it’s SUPER good. Things are ramping up for Wonder Woman’s final confrontation with the big bad, but there have been some complications. Luckily she’s got allies on hand to help her out and get her where she needs to be. This book has been SO GOOD, and if you’re not reading it then you’re missing out on one of the best Wonder Woman stories in some time.

Continuing on, check out this rad hardcover:

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WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON HC
Written by JILL THOMPSON
Art and cover by JILL THOMPSON
WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON is Jill Thompson’s original graphic novel reimagining of the early years of the Amazon Princess Diana, who would grow up to become Wonder Woman. This fully painted graphic novel is unlike any Wonder Woman tale you have ever read, told as only Eisner Award- winning writer/artist Thompson could. When young Diana has the fawning attention of a nation, she grows spoiled. But a series of tragic events take their toll, and Diana must learn to grow up, take responsibility, and seize her destiny.
Steeped in the mythology of this iconic character’s original conception, WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON is designed to appeal to a wide range of readers. It’s a fresh, stand-alone interpretation of the most famous and iconic female superhero of all time and the fulfillment of a dream project by one of contemporary comics’ most acclaimed creators.
On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 128 pg, FC, $22.99 US

I am VERY excited for this, plus it comes out on my birthday so that’s doubly awesome. I guess my birthday’s on a Wednesday this year? Good to know. So Jill Thompson is writing and drawing a graphic novel about Diana’s early years. I am totally there for that. This was announced a while back, but now it looks like it’s ready to go and I’m looking forward to checking it out. Thompson is great, and it’s always fun when she returns to Wonder Woman. I’d heard that the book was going to come out digitally first, in 12 installments, so we may get to read it sooner than later; keep your eyes peeled for that!

Finally, let’s run through some upcoming Wonder Woman reprint collections. A few had covers but they likely won’t be the final covers, so we’ll just go through them briefly:

  • WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ VOL. 1 TP: This collects the first 14 issues of the Perez relaunch from the late 1980s in trade paperback. It’ll be $24.99 US and comes out August 17.
  • WONDER WOMAN 75 BOX SET: This includes WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1: GODS AND MORTALS by George Perez and others, WONDER WOMAN: DOWN TO EARTH by Greg Rucka and Drew Johnson, WONDER WOMAN: THE CIRCLE by Gail Simone and Terry Dodson, and WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1: BLOOD by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. It’s a decent price at $49.99 US and comes out on November 2.
  • WONDER WOMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC: I like these collections that DC has been doing for character’s 75 anniversaries. While I always disagree with a few of the choices, they usually but together a nicely representative sampling of the character’s history. Creators listed on the book include William Moulton Marston, Robert Kanigher, Brian Azzarello, Phil Jimenez, Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, H.G Peter Mike Sekowsky, Mike Deodato, Cliff Chiang, and more. Deodato really doesn’t need to be in there, but the rest are picks that are key to the character’s past. This is also out on my birthday, September 28, and will be $39.99 US for 400 pages of story!
  • WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC: This is going to be COOL, a huge book collecting Wonder Woman’s earliest adventures byWilliam Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter! It includes ALL STAR COMICS #8, SENSATION COMICS #1-24, WONDER WOMAN #1-7, and stories from COMIC CAVALCADE #1-4. All together, it’s a whopping 768 pages of fun for $75 US, and is out October 12.

So yeah, there’s a lot of cool stuff on the way! We’re getting three single issues that should be very enjoyable, along with a whole slew of collections rolling out over the summer and into the fall. It’s a decent time to be a Wonder Woman fan, though be careful you don’t go broke trying to buy everything!

New Details on Greg Rucka’s Upcoming Wonder Woman Run, Via Word Balloon Podcast

April 4, 2016

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Last Friday, John Siuntres posted a new episode of his Word Balloon podcast in which he spoke to Greg Rucka, the once and future writer of Wonder Woman whose return to the series as part of DC’s “Rebirth” line was recently announced. It’s a great episode, and I recommend giving it a listen; Word Balloon is a fantastic podcast, and it’s always enjoyable to get Rucka’s insights into Wonder Woman and his work in general. But in case you haven’t got the time to dive in for their hour and a half long chat, here are some new details about Rucka’s upcoming Wonder Woman run that he revealed. He was pretty cagey about the plot, but there was a lot of good information in the mix.

1) The artists are super keen on the book: Rucka enthused about his artists, Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp, throughout the show. For Rucka and Scott, their “Year One” storyline, which will run in the even-numbered issues, was a dream project for the both of them. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that they had to take, even though it meant putting their creator owned book, Black Magick, on the shelf for a while. This is a story they’ve wanted to do together for ages, and Rucka said Scott is hitting it out of the park.

Sharp, who will drawn the odd-numbered issues, is similarly excited. After a long break from mainstream comics, it sounds like he’s fixing to come back with a vengeance and is so excited to be on Wonder Woman. Rucka said that Sharp would draw every single issue if he could, an impossible feat given the bi-monthly schedule but an indicator of his zeal for the project. Rucka’s gotten in a few pages already, and apparently they’re gorgeous.

2) This new run is not a continuation of Rucka’s past run: A decade ago, after setting up one of Wonder Woman’s biggest storylines in some time, her killing of Max Lord after he mind-controlled Superman, Rucka was removed from the book for its “One Year Later” relaunch and didn’t get to finish the rest of his story. This will not be that. It’s a new universe with a new history, and those threads are gone.  Rucka’s telling a different story here, though he did mention that Wonder Woman might run into Max Lord at some point, since he is alive and part of this new universe.

3) The story builds on Wonder Woman’s New 52 tales thus far: This is not a reboot, basically. Everything that happened in Azzarello and Chiang’s run and then the Finches’ tenure is part of Wonder Woman’s history, and Rucka will go from there. The tone will be different and it sounds like he might be fixing to make some course corrections, but the past hasn’t been erased. Rucka did talk about the Amazons at length, however, and I anticipate that their current raping/murdering/genocidal ways will either fall by the wayside or be undone. He’s firmly in the camp of the Amazons being a utopian, loving, supportive group, which has not been their New 52 depiction thus far at all.

4) The alternate storylines will subtly tie together: A contemporary story, called “The Lies”, will run in the odd-numbered issues while “Year One” runs in the even-numbered issues, a clever way to make the double shipping schedule of “Rebirth” more manageable for the artists. But that doesn’t mean the storylines will be completely separate. Aspects of one will tie into the other, and Rucka is hoping that keen-eyed fans will read closely to see the connections. Given that the contemporary story is called “The Lies”, it sounds like the modern Wonder Woman may be learning some new truths about her past experiences.

5) Wonder Woman’s new costume is inspired by her movie look, but that’s the only connection: For reasons of synergy and branding, DC wants Wonder Woman to wear a costume that resembles her look in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the comics are the comics and aren’t beholden to any other part of the cinematic world. They only care about visual consistency, and Rucka mentioned that if he had to follow the film universe’s characterization and stories, he would have been much less likely to take on the gig.

6) Rucka believes in “Rebirth” as a whole: Rucka’s departure from DC seven years ago was acrimonious and seemed final, but Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio have convinced him that they are committed to letting him tell his own story with Wonder Woman, and that this line-wide relaunch initiative is part of a larger commitment to return to the core of what makes DC Comics great. I can’t imagine a harder sell on this than Greg Rucka, who got screwed over by DC on multiple levels, multiple times, so hearing that he thinks DC is genuinely trying to do better by their characters was very encouraging.

7) Mark Doyle is editing Wonder Woman, along with Rachel Taylor and Chris Conroy: Rucka had some conditions for returning to DC, and I’m guessing that one of them was picking his editor because while Wonder Woman has been part of the Superman editorial family, Bat-editor Mark Doyle will be at the helm here. This is excellent news; the Superman editorial team is problematic for a number of reasons, including their poor treatment of Wonder Woman over the past few years. Meanwhile, Mark Doyle is one of the best editors in comics, having revitalized the grim New 52 Bat-books with a more tonally diverse and enjoyable line-up of series in recent years.  I’m so glad he’s landed Wonder Woman now.

8) Wonder Woman’s relationship with Superman is over: Speaking of the Superman editorial team treating Wonder Woman poorly, the romantic relationship that put her in a second fiddle position is done with now. However, while Superman isn’t a part of Wonder Woman for Rucka’s first 12 issues at least, he has talked to Action Comics writer Dan Jurgens about a potential meet up with Superman down the road.

9) Potential guest stars: The only side characters that Rucka would confirm are in the book are Steve Trevor and Etta Candy, who I assume will play a role in the “Year One” arc. He’d like to bring back Ferdinand the minotaur from his original Wonder Woman run, but only if it fits organically; Rucka doesn’t want to just shoehorn in old references. The Wonder Girls Donna Troy and Cassie Sandsmark might make an appearance later in his run, but there are no definitive plans yet. Also, Rucka would love to work in his old Gotham gals Renee Montoya and Batwoman if he can, but again it would have to come about organically.

10) Hamilton references are inevitable: While he doesn’t seem to be planning any direct Hamilton references, Rucka concedes that his life is so permeated with the musical right now and he is Ham Trash to such a degree that something will probably get into the book subconsciously. I can understand that; as Ham Trash myself, I inadvertently work in Hamilton references all the time now.

So there you have it! Slim on story details, but some insights into the behind the scenes of the upcoming Wonder Woman relaunch and Rucka’s plan for the characters. Again, I strongly encourage you to listen to his episode of Word Balloon; there are lots of details I’ve skimmed over or probably missed, and Rucka’s enthusiasm about returning to Wonder Woman is a great way to get even more excited for “Rebirth” this June.

Greg Rucka to Write a Young, Scrappy, Hungry Wonder Woman for DC’s Rebirth; Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp on Art

March 28, 2016

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News of Wonder Woman, and several other DC titles, relaunching and moving to a twice a month schedule broke several weeks ago, and this weekend at WonderCon, DC finally unveiled who would be working on the books. After initially revealing that artist Liam Sharp would be drawing Wonder Woman, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, and Geoff Johns brought out Greg Rucka, sporting a Hamilton hoodie, as the book’s writer. The crowd, and big portions of the internet, went bananas.

Rucka’s return to DC is a pretty big deal. After several years of animosity following some broken promises and behind the scenes shenanigans, DC decided that it might be nice to have Greg Rucka on their side. Few comic book writers are more acclaimed than Rucka, and many of his runs on DC properties are considered classics, including his tenure on Wonder Woman more than a decade ago. After being away at Marvel, Image, and other publishers for so long, Greg Rucka is coming home.

He’ll be joined by a pair of artists in an alternating structure. The odd-numbered books will be drawn by Liam Sharp, and artist who’s been out of mainstream comics for a bit but who seemed very excited to be back and especially to be drawing Wonder Woman. Here’s a look at a cover by Sharp:

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Their story is called “The Lies”, and begins when “Diana discovers that some of the facts she’s taken as truth are… brittle under closer examination. She sets off to separate the lies from the truth.” I’m curious to see what these lies are, and I’m hoping it will involve a rehabilitation of the Amazons and their violent, unpleasant New 52 history, including both their raping and murdering male sailors and Diana’s new origin with Zeus as her father. The classic origins for Wonder Woman and the Amazons have been wholly lost, and it would be cool to see Rucka and Sharp bring them back.

The even-numbered issues will be drawn by Nicola Scott, who’s returning to the book after doing great work on Earth 2 and later the Image series Black Magick, also written by Rucka. Here’s Scott’s first cover:

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The story is a “Year One” look at Wonder Woman’s origins set ten years in the past, and while Rucka has been short on the details, he’s promising that Diana will be smiling, “because she does that,” a clear contrast to her more violent, dour New 52 incarnation.

Both artists are interesting choices for Wonder Woman, and I’m looking forward to each of them. Sharp is known for his highly detailed renderings, and I was surprised when he was announced, but that first image looks great and has me very curious to see him on the book. Scott’s a pro at Wonder Woman from her many issues on the series, but her art is even better now than it was years ago and I can’t wait to see her take on Wonder Woman again, especially in a story that focuses on her origins.

I’m also excited for Rucka to return, though I will admit I was hoping that someone else would be at the helm. Early rumours suggested that Marguerite Bennett would be writing Wonder Woman, and I thought that she was a great fit on multiple levels. First, her work is great, and she writes a fantastic Wonder Woman right now in DC Comics Bombshells. Second, I think Wonder Woman needs a new, different voice, someone with a strong point of view who can take the character in a direction that’s not steeped in what came before. We need a new Wonder Woman with someone with a new perspective behind her, and I thought that Bennett would be ideal for that. However, if DC wants to bring back someone from the old guard, than Rucka is the guy to choose. I would have preferred that Bennett get to take a shot, but Rucka is a fantastic alternative.

The new direction for Wonder Woman will debut in early June with Wonder Woman Rebirth #1, written by Rucka with art by Phil Winslade. The regular series will kick off later in the month with Wonder Woman #1, by Rucka and Sharp. Both storylines will alternate for at least the next six months, and Rucka has plans for at least 24 issues, so we should have a year of him for sure, and potentially more after that. The Rebirth books will be $2.99 US each, a drop from DC’s current $3.99 rates but an increase in cost per month given that there’ll be two issues a month; the cover cost will go down, but it’s going to cost an extra two bucks a month to keep up with the series.

I’m curious to see what Rucka, Sharp, and Scott do with Wonder Woman. After Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s mixed bag, a gorgeous run with cool moments that also featured the denigration of the Amazons, was followed by Meredith and David Finch’s awkward, often terrible tenure, there’s really nowhere to go but up with the series. Even without that low bar, this is a solid creative team who could do something interesting and fun with the character. I’m looking forward to looking forward to the series for a change; it’s been a long time since I’ve been excited to buy Wonder Woman.

Women at DC Comics Watch – March 2016 Solicits, 28 Women on 22 Books

January 4, 2016

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I thought it would be fun to start off a new year of posts with some good news, so here’s what I’ve got: DC is poised to have a pretty decent March in terms of female creators, and their 2016 solicits thus far have been relatively strong.   The numbers aren’t as high as they were a year ago, when DC was busting up records left and right, but they’re considerably better than they were in the wake of last June’s #DCYou mini-relaunch. So yeah, things are looking up! I mean, women still constitute a tiny minority of DC’s overall creator total; things are better but not particularly good. Still, improvement! Let’s see who’s doing what at DC this March:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #26 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #10 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amanda Deibert: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #3 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #10 (art and cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #50 (art and cover)
  • Becky Cloonan: Harley Quinn #26 (variant cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #1 (interior art)
  • Cat Staggs: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #15 (cover)
  • Elsa Charretier: Starfire #10 (interior art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #6 (writer), Secret Six #12 (writer)
  • Genevieve Valentine: Batman & Robin Eternal #22 (writer), Batman & Robin Eternal #23 (writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #4 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #6 (cover)
  • Laura Braga: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (interior art)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #6 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (writer)
  • Marguerite Sauvage: DC Comics Bombshells #10 (interior art)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #5 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #50 (writer)
  • Michelle Delecki Davis: Green Arrow #50 (cover)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #10 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #16 (cover)
  • Nicola Scott: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (cover)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #3 (writer, art, and cover)
  • Ruth Fletcher: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Trina Robbins: Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3 (co-writer)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #5 (cover)

All together, there are 28 different women set to work on 22 different comic books this March, solid gains from February’s 21 and 19. Furthermore, the schedule for 2016 thus far is 31 different women in January, 21 in February, and 28 in March; it’s a bit up and down, but the numbers are decent relative to DC’s second half of 2015. While inconsistent, the numbers appear to be trending in a positive direction, and hopefully DC will soon be in record setting territory (for them) again.

We’ve also got a couple new names in the mix, which is always good to see. Elsa Charretier is drawing Starfire, and Ruth Fletcher is writing a story in the Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3. We’ve got some returning favourites in new places as well, with Bilquis Evely drawing the “Sugar and Spike” story in the new Legends of Tomorrow, and a bunch of folks taking part in that Wonder Woman ’77 Special, including Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Nicola Scott, and Trina Robbins.

The Wonder Woman ’77 special is just a one-time deal, though, which may not bode well for the April numbers. Of the 28 different women working at DC in March, 5 of them are on this special and likely won’t be back next month. Ideally, they may show up somewhere else or there’ll be new people on other books, but we need to take overall numbers bolstered by one-shots with a grain of salt.

For new female characters, it’s a fairly quiet month for new books across the board apart from the Legends of Tomorrow anthology. The only female character in the mix there is half of “Sugar and Spike”; the rest are all men.

Overall, March looks to be a solid month for women making comics at DC as 2016 continues to improve on DC’s recent performances. There’s still massive amounts of room to grow, of course, and with so many names tied up in a one-shot, a decline in April seems likely. But we’ll see what April brings. Let’s start 2016 on an optimistic note and hope for continued growth.

Wonder Woman’s March 2016 Covers and Solicits

December 15, 2015

DC’s March 2016 solicits went up yesterday, and we’ve got the usual Wonder Woman fun plus a cool and somewhat unexpected surprise. Let’s take a look at what Wonder Woman will be up to this March, starting with Wonder Woman #50:

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WONDER WOMAN #50
Written by MEREDITH FINCH
Art by DAVID FINCH and SCOTT HANNA
Polybagged variant cover by MASSIMO CARNEVALE
On sale MARCH 23 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
It’s a special super-sized 50th issue! Wonder Woman continues her quest to save Zeke and Olympus, but is she prepared for what she might find? Long-buried secrets suddenly brought to light will call into question everything she thought she knew about those she loves and trusts the most.

I’m pretty sure that this is the cover from last month’s solicits, so now I don’t know which book the cover will go on. I’m guessing it’ll be on the February issue, since the rest of this month’s 50th issues have snazzy, more iconic covers while this one has more gods than Wonder Woman. We’ll find out either way come February, I guess.

Anyway, the new Wonder Woman has made it to fifty issues! The last batch of which have not been great, but so it goes. I’m mildly interested in this issue because in a recent issue Meredith Finch revealed that they’re doing a backup story like they did earlier this year in the annual, and that back-up story was probably the best thing in the book since the Finches took over. I mean, it wasn’t good but it wasn’t terrible, so I’m glad for them to revisit that.

Up next, Superman/Wonder Woman #27:

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SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #27
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and JAIME MENDOZA
Cover by ED BENES
Polybagged variant cover by CHARLIE ADLARD
On sale MARCH 16 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
“Savage Dawn” continues from this month’s ACTION COMICS #50! A comet drawn by Vandal Savage to Earth is wreaking havoc across the globe—and empowering his children in the most dangerous way possible!

True story: I bought the latest issue of this series the day it came out and forgot to read it, remembered that I had forgotten the next day, and didn’t bother to read it for about a week. Turns out, I wasn’t missing anything. I find that this book lacks a purpose. Their relationship is all out of whack, everything seems tangential to bigger plots going on in other Super-books, and the entire dynamic is just unpleasant. It feels unnecessary all around. And with that ringing endorsement, keep your eyes peeled for this issue in March!

Now to a book I love: The Legend of Wonder Woman #3:

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THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #3
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale MARCH 9 • 40 pg, FC, 3 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Themyscira comes alive with the sounds of Amazons on the hunt. Will they find their prey before Diana has a chance to rescue the outsider who fell from the sky? Hippolyta stands against her foes, and announces a tournament that will change Themyscira forever as the fate of the mysterious stranger hangs in the balance.

You’re going to want to be picking up this series, gang. The first issue is out in January, so GET ON IT. You’ll love it. It’s so much fun, and such a fresh but iconic take on Wonder Woman and the Amazons. This third issue seems to be getting to the Steve Trevor part of the story, which should be fun. Plus the tournament! I love the tournament in every incarnation; one of my favourite things in the mythos is that any Amazon could have been Wonder Woman and Diana is just the best of the best. But yeah, buy this book!

And finally, we’re getting more Lynda Carter fun in Wonder Woman ’77 Special #3:

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WONDER WOMAN ‘77 SPECIAL #3
Written by MARC ANDREYKO, CHRISTOS N. GAGE, RUTH FLETCHER, AMANDA DEIBERT and TRINA ROBBINS
Art by RICHARD ORTIZ, STAZ JOHNSON, CAT STAGGS and others
Cover by NICOLA SCOTT
On sale MARCH 30 • 80 pg, FC, $7.99 US • RATED E • DIGITAL FIRST
In “Claymates,” when Clayface finds himself crumbling and drying up, he seeks a cure by any means necessary! Can Wonder Woman stop him before he enslaves Paradise Island? Then, Diana and Steve go undercover in “Oceans,” where a diplomat crucial to the Panama Canal negotiations has dangerous plans! After a battle with smugglers at home, Wonder Woman is surprised to find a warehouse full of ivory. In Africa, she teams up with the local IADC to track “Orion the Hunter.” Finally, Federal Agent Diana Prince joins a Congressman and his aides to investigate a cult. “Reverend Mike Loves You,” but can you trust his plans for the future?

This sounds really cool, and I’m excited to see that they’re mixing it up with a lot of different creative teams this time around. The longer arcs in past runs got a little bit formulaic, so it should be fun to just enjoy a bunch of short stories. There are some killer creators involved too. For digital readers, I’m guessing we’ll see these stories starting in February or so? The Legend of Wonder Woman is pretty far ahead of the print schedule, so maybe they’ll do a hiatus like they used to do with Sensation Comics.

Wonder Woman’s also involved in Teen Titans #18 and Titans Hunt #6, as well as the continuing saga of the “Darkseid War” in Justice League, so check those out as well if you’re interested. It could be a fun month all around; we’re certainly getting great stuff from the digital-first division, and maybe even the main series won’t be as bad as usual? Here’s hoping!

 

Wonder Woman ’77 #12 Review: “Celsia 451, Part 3” by Marc Andreyko and Cat Staggs

October 1, 2015

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The second arc of this new round of Wonder Woman ’77 wrapped up today, concluding what has been the book’s best storyline so far. It’s like the whole team got together and decided to fix some of the issues that held back previous arcs. Instead of starting a story with one issue of fantastic arc and then closing out with two issues that weren’t as good, this arc brought in Cat Staggs to draw every issue and she provided consistent, great artwork throughout. Rather than relying on a formulaic three act structure of intro, small fight, big fight, writer Marc Andreyko took a new tack, throwing in the Atomic Knights at the end of last week’s issue for a fun twist that really mixed things up. Plus they kept the one thing that’s always worked like gangbusters: Nicola Scott’s’ fantastic covers.

The end result was a very enjoyable storyline, and a solid final issue this week. With the Atomic Knights in the mix, there was a lot going on. Wonder Woman was trying to capture Celsia, Celsia was trying to kill a senator, and the Atomic Knights were supposed to kill Wonder Woman AND Celsia. But the Atomic Knights weren’t monolithic; one of them had a conscience and refused to attack Wonder Woman. So there were a variety of players with different motivations, all fighting it out. It made for a much better read than a typical, simple Wonder Woman brawling with a bad guy finale. Andreyko had a lot of balls in the air, but made it all work.

I also enjoyed how everything was resolved. Wonder Woman is a hero who knows the difference between a real criminal and a misguided person who’s been wronged and is lashing out. I always like when Wonder Woman takes the time to understand the latter instead of just punching them out and carting them off to prison. Celsia did end up in prison, put on a much better path now that Wonder Woman ensured she would get justice for everyone harmed in the nuclear meltdown. It’s not hard to imagine a future where Wonder Woman stayed in touch with Celsia, and perhaps even sponsored her parole down the road and helped Celsia use her powers for good.

Another fun bit was Steve Trevor showing up only after Wonder Woman had sorted out everything. Friggin’ Steve Trevor. That guy is comically useless.

Cat Staggs finished the arc with yet another lovely issue. She had a lot to balance with so many players involved in the final battle, but she laid out everything with clarity and style. It was fun to see more of the Atomic Knights, too. I really like their design. Plus there was some laser deflecting from Wonder Woman with her bracelets! You know it’s a fun time when Wonder Woman is using her bracelets to deflect shots. Staggs has done fantastic work over this arc, and it was great to have an artist of her caliber onboard for the full story.

The previous Wonder Woman ’77 arcs weren’t bad by any means, but they were a little generic. “Celsia 451” broke out of the formula, and had consistently strong art to boot, leading to the book’s best storyline yet. Both of the last two arcs are collected in print in Wonder Woman ’77 Special #2, which came out yesterday. The special also includes a Halloween one-shot drawn by Jason Badower, which will be released digitally next week. Sensation Comics returns after that, unfortunately with its final storyline. It should be great though, with Trina Robbins writing! We’re set for an excellent few weeks on Wonder Woman digital fun, but that might be it for a while.


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