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Did Everyone Else Already Know This?

Where I talk about digital comics and lipstick lesbian vigilantes. You know, the future of the artform.

Yeah, so Marvel has free issues on their digital comics site every week. I just found out about this. Via a banner ad at Cracked. So, I feel sorely out of the loop. Of course, I have a very low tolerance for reading comics on my computer (although Marvel’s dotcomics did help get me back in to the medium back in 2001, oddly enough), but holy crap, they have Captain America #100 and Kirby’s Black Panther! That’s pretty cool. Of course, I prefer the dying print medium, but still; I’ll have to keep an eye on that.

Of course, I just found out about a lot of NYCC news via House to Astonish, so I’m out of the loop on a lot of comics related things. In this case, that’s down to my personal preference for hearing comic book news via Scotsmen, and Paul and Al just fill that specific void perfectly (although I can always hope that Craig Ferguson and Sean Connery start doing their own comics podcast, I suppose).

But seriously; how did I not find out that Greg Rucka and JH Williams were doing a Batwoman comic until now? That’s also something I’ll keep my eye on, even if I think Douglas Wolk had a point when he said this about her status quo after 52:

BATWOMAN:
What Have We Learned?: She kicks ass and kisses girls, and her family’s got money and a menorah. That is, I believe, literally all we know about her.
Do I Want to Read More?: Now that I’ve spent a year wondering if there might be any more to her than ass-kicking and girl-kissing, I suspect there might not be anything that would make stories about her different from Generic Bat-Eared Action Hero stories.

Still, 12 issues of Williams on anything is nothing to sneeze at. I am kind of amazed it took them this long to get her in a starring role.

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I’ll probably buy Batwoman just for the art. I can’t resist JH Williams the Third.

Marvel’s digital thing is the most horrible, unreadable interface since… oh, Zuda.

In Rucka I trust. With JH Williams III on art as a chaser, I might have to buy Detective Comics.

I heard J. H. William’s mother was a virgin, that is, even after his birth.

I am kind of amazed it took them this long to get her in a starring role.

Word on the street (and by street I mean the internets) is that DC was scared off of having a guy titular character due to the sudden media attention to ‘gay Batwoman’ almost two years ago. Now they’ve found a spot where they can finally fit her without having the title refer to their gay character, seemingly forgetting what DC actually stands for.

Anyway, I’m glad it’s finally getting published. I don’t really care what title it’s serialized in, it’s Greg Rucka & J.H. Williams III on a Bat-title, how can it go wrong?

Marvel’s digital thing is the most horrible, unreadable interface since… oh, Zuda.

Agreed. I would sign up for the Marvel DCU today if the interface were tolerable. Alas… it is not.

Ditto to the mad praise for JH Williams III. I finally read all five volumes of Promethea recently, and I can’t imagine passing on any of his work now.

Marvel.com posts a grab bag of free comics every Monday.

Now, you know, and…so on.

I’ve had a subscription to Marvel DCU for 2 years now (pretty much since it started) and I love it. The interface is relatively straightfoward. If all you’re trying out are the free comics it might be a little less effective, but I’ve had no problems with it myself.

I work in a call center, so I spend all day looking for stuff to do online and the Marvel DCU is awesome for that.

I heard Joe Quesada say something along the lines of “Now with Motion Comics, people finally appreciate Jack Kirby’s art the way he would have wanted them to…”

Really??

I would have thought there must be a curator somewhere wondering what that spinning noise must be coming from the graveyard…

At best I think they’re going to look like the old Hanna-Barbera style cartoons, where a cut-out mouth opens and closes and elements slide across each other… eee-yuk…

As for “The Distinguished Competition”‘s announcement, yes, I had heard, and I’m really, really looking forward to it… I enjoy the idea of Detective Comics featuring a detective other than Batman, written by someone who can write Crime stories, and really seems to have a handle on Batwoman.

So, in my case, you win some, you lose some…

BUT, I’m all for Marvel releasing their old archives in plain old electronic format, I think that’s a great move. JUST DON’T ANIMATE THEM! PLEASE?

At best I think they’re going to look like the old Hanna-Barbera style cartoons, where a cut-out mouth opens and closes and elements slide across each other… eee-yuk…

You mean like the old Marvel cartoons in the 60′s?

“When Capatain America throws his mighty shield…”

Batwoman needs to be proven as something more then a lesbian version of Barbara Gordon and i don’t think Rucka can do it. His Wonder Woman stuff that i read was just okay and I was throughly uninterested in Batwoman’s parts in Final Crisis, Revelation, and the Five Books of Blood. I think that by the time this is over the fans will realize that Kate Kane should not be given all this attention and characters like Onyx, Huntress, Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, Misfit, and the underused GCPD should get the attention that she has gotten.
Does anyone really think that James Robinson wanted her on his Justice League team, i’d love to see (since the villain is prometheus and thats been announced) Batgirl (Cassie Cain) whose the best martial artist in the DCU go up against Prometheus.
Batwoman’s an attempt to appeal to the worst in the Fanboys, the thing that jokes are made off that it’s a group of at least semi-perverted guys who are shut ins or NEETs (japanese Hikkikomoris)/

“I think that by the time this is over the fans will realize that Kate Kane should not be given all this attention and characters like Onyx, Huntress, Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, Misfit, and the underused GCPD should get the attention that she has gotten.”

Misfit? Really? Gail basically made her up as a one-note joke and she stuck around because Canary got yanked away and they needed more ongoing characters.

Anyway, Huntress and Batgirl (and Manhunter, the one character of that bunch who I’d argue does deserve more exposure) are going to be in their own book come the relaunches, Spoiler’s not cut out for a lead character role (which is fine, there’s merit in being a good supporting player without upward mobility) and Onyx… wait, who the heck is Onyx? The girl that showed up around War Games?

DC wanted a Batgirl-type, but at least had the sense to know that Barbara is better utilised as Oracle. Making her a lesbian was crass, no doubt, but not much more than that. But considering that she’s not even getting her own book, I don’t really see how much more attention is being focused on her other than the fact that she made her debut in a very high-profile book (52) and has barely been heard from since. There’s always going to be intrigue built up in a situation like that.

As for the Justice League thing… I think JLElite and Outsiders have shown that the Cassie character isn’t really a good team type.

“I think that by the time this is over the fans will realize that Kate Kane should not be given all this attention and characters like Onyx, Huntress, Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), Spoiler, Misfit, and the underused GCPD should get the attention that she has gotten.”

If these are the choices, i’d rather not see any of ‘em get attention.

Ass-kicking, girl-kissing Batwoman sounds a heckuva lot like Xena to me–and being a big Xena fan, I think that’s good news. Not to mention Williams’ great art. Me, I don’t know Rucka, because I bought a few comics he’d written, didn’t like them, and so now steer clear of what I anticipate is a boring, so-called “streetwise, gritty, down in the dirt”-kind of take on things that he and so many other writers propagate. But my perception is also that he does character development reasonably well. So besides the ass-kicking and maybe some cool gadgets, that’s what I want to see more of regarding Kate Kane. But please, don’t let him confuse character development–which is how one grows and changes emotionally and morally–with bedroom scenes and bitchy quippage. The former demands thoughtful plots and dialogue, while the latter are cheap and gratuitous.

Rucka’s been working on the comic for two years, but DC kept on pushing back when they were going to announce it. Finally, Didio decided it would be best if the comic coincided with the Battle for the Cowl deal.

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