J.H. Williams III
Not really though, I’d rather just not have a column and have good books to read and publishers I trust. But that’s not the world we live in, so we get my sad little column.
About two and a half years ago I wrote about Batwoman’s fate as Greg Rucka abandoned the DC Ship, and here we are again, talking about Batwoman’s fate, as her creators are forced to jump ship, and DC scrambles to pretend it was their idea in the first place. Two years is actually a pretty long run, and so if this decision had come a bit more professionally – rather than creators being forced to jump ship in order to save their sanity and honor the stories they intended to tell for the character, it wouldn’t be too bad. But frankly, we could have talked about any number of characters (and books) fates over the last two years at DC (I’m sure somewhere there’s a list of all the creators that have left or been removed from “New 52” books – update: here’s a really great timeline breakdown). There was even a freaking summit about how they (DC) were going to lessen their editorial interference and a further commitment to stabilizing creative teams. That seemed to last about a week.
Let the Whorrisoning recommence!
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Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Promethea #23, which was published by DC/Wildstorm and is cover dated December 2002. Enjoy!
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Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This week: Grant “Putting me with Williams is just asking for the book to be delayed two or three decades, man!” Morrison. Today’s page is from Seven Soldiers of Victory #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated December 2006. Enjoy!
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This week, while I ought to have been writing you a column, I was wasting time on the internet and making things. Here are the webcomics and art that distracted me so effectively. Enjoy! Continue Reading »
Daredevil, Batwoman, and Moon Knight are the top new comic books that I’ve been recommending to new readers lately. People who haven’t read comic books in years are looking to get back into reading them, and while they want something they can jump into without any continuity problems, they aren’t exactly looking for a paint-by-numbers either. Continue Reading »
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In our second episode…! Was J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman #0 worth the wait…or should we just keep waiting for Batwoman #1 instead? And what’s up with Batman and his silly disguises? Is this really the way the world’s greatest detective detects? Seems unlikely! And while we’re at it…who didn’t tell Bruce that Kate Kane is Batwoman? Someone’s in trouble at the Batcave! What happened to Marc Andreyko’s Manhunter Face Off trade we were supposed to get last week? Low pre-orders apparently means it’s not going to come out as a trade, but it’s still something worth reading. Young Justice premiered on Cartoon Network this weekend didn’t have a single line of female dialogue for about 99.9% of the hour long premiere. Some dudes seem to get mad when we talk about this…but facts are facts and is it really not a bit odd? Plus, everyone’s pick of the week!*
Special thanks to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.
*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!
Batwoman #0. J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (writers). J.H. Williams III and Amy Reeder (art). Richard Friend (inks – Kate Kane). Dave Stewart (colors). Todd Klein (letters). DC. Full Color. $2.99. 32 pages (16 pages of Batwoman, 4 page Batwoman #1 black and white preview pages, 7 page excerpt from Detective Comics #871)
After many months of waiting, Batwoman #0 is finally here. Does it deliver?
In a word? Yes. In many words? Well, here we go…
Overall I’m very pleased with the book, as J.H. Williams III and Amy Reeder’s art is phenomenal and combined in a way that I wasn’t expecting. In truth, though Williams superhero stuff for Batwoman is flat out amazing and fairly ground breaking in its creative use of panel layout, in some ways I have preferred Williams quieter Batwoman work – especially the style he chose to use for Kate Kane’s flashback sequences in the Detective Comics run. So when I realized that Williams was going to be handling the “Batwoman” aspects of Batwoman and Reeder was going to be handling the “Kate Kane” aspects in a story that unfolds simultaneously, I was a bit disappointed to realize I’d be missing Williams Kate Kane stuff. However, Reeder paces Williams beautifully and it turns out to be a good decision both because it introduces Reeder nicely and gets readers expecting Williams used to Reeder’s work in a more natural way. I’m also hopeful that after this first toe dip, which looks exceptional, the switch to solely Reeder penciled Batwoman (or more combination work…it’s unclear how it will roll out?) won’t be so jarring to those wanting/expecting Williams.
J. H. Williams III and Dan Curtis Johnson’s Chase came out right around the first time I gave up on mainstream comics – in 1997/1998, which ironically (or perhaps not) was not long after I started seriously studying comics at The Savannah College of Art & Design. Reading Chase, all these years later, makes me wonder if discovering a book like this could have saved me from leaving, or at least delayed me, as a smart book with a female lead that wasn’t sexualized and objectified on every page was exactly the kind of thing I was dying for in comics, even if I didn’t realize it at the time. In my development as a lover of comics, 1998 marked a great year for me as I finally began discovering independent comics and a lot of fantastic graphic novels, but it would be years before I came back to mainstream comics, and really, my first loves, superheroes. In reading Chase now, I think it was the kind of book that nicely straddled both those worlds – the one I already loved (mainstream superheroes) and the one I was newly discovering (more independent stuff)…I just wish I’d known about this book back then. Then again, like many great books, Chase was canceled before its time and only lasted 9 issues (well, sorta 10) so maybe that would have had me running away from mainstream comics in frustration even faster?
More Kaped Krusader Kraziness! Who doesn’t love the Dark Knight?
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So what’s the deal with this sucker? Go below the cut to find out!
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As the entire comics reading world knows by now, Greg Rucka has decided to leave DC.
Before I start point by pointing this for myself, let me first offer congratulations to Mr. Rucka for doing what he wants, what he feels is right, and what he believes will reward him most (in a myriad of ways). I couldn’t wish success on any writer more (not that he needs it) and I’m thankful for his sake, and ours, that he has the freedom to go and do exactly what he wants to do whether that be prose novels, screenplays, comics, and everything in-between.
Thrown together at the last minute! Would you have it any other way?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What’s the best first issue you ever read?
Seven more days have passed us by, and it’s time for another foray into the series of tubes that is the comics internet! If you’re itching for dumb puns and wordplay with lots of links to cool stuff, look no further!