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.
Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Manhunter #31, which was published by DC and is cover dated August 2008. Enjoy!
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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!
Some of you who have been paying very close attention to this column might remember that Marc Andreyko offered in the comments section of one my posts to send me the trades of Manhunter so that I could check it out. Well most of the time I’m not a fool, so I took him up on his generous offer, and I’ve been pretty much devouring them since their arrival.
This week seemed like a great week to talk about Andreyko’s Manhunter run as despite their obvious differences I see a lot of similarities between Fables and Madame Xanadu (my last two posts) and Manhunter.
For those not in the know, Manhunter is the story of Kate Spencer, a brilliant district attorney in Los Angeles tired of seeing a broken system unable to bring killers to justice who decides to take justice into her own hands by taking up the mantel of Manhunter. Raiding a secure room full of confiscated superhero and villain gear, Kate arms herself with weapons so that she can kill the villains that have escaped justice in the courtroom.