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Notice how all Superboy’s fellow students pass out from shock and horror when they see the hideous proportions of his school clothes?
 How unfortunate that Jeff Lemire’s foray into pop-superhero comics is tarnished by art and design like this. 

Notice how all Superboy’s fellow students pass out from shock and horror when they see the hideous proportions of his school clothes?

 How unfortunate that Jeff Lemire’s foray into pop-superhero comics is tarnished by art and design like this. 

Kate and Renee, flirting under the influence
from Detective Comics #859 by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III

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Kate and Renee, flirting under the influence

from Detective Comics #859 by Greg Rucka and JH Williams III

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Right-wing bloggers decry Nightrunner, DC’s Muslim ‘Batman of Paris’

This character looks fucking bad ass. But of course, there must be ‘controversy’…

From Robot 6:

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Nightrunner, from Batman Annual #28 (art by Trevor McCarthy)

A conservative blogger who earlier sounded the alarm about the perceived attack on the tea party movement inCaptain America and warned of the “anti-American nihilism” of Watchmen has now turned his attention to Bruce Wayne’s recruitment of a Muslim to be the Batman of Paris.

But Nightrunner, the parkour-trained crimefighter introduced in this month’s Detective Comics Annual #12, isn’t justany Muslim — he’s a 22-year-old Algerian Muslim living in Clichy-sous-Bois, the poor commune east of Paris best known outside of France as the epicenter of the 2005 riots. And that doesn’t sit well with Warner Todd Huston.

“You see, DC Comics has decided that the ‘French savior,’ the French Batman is to be a Muslim immigrant,” Hustonwrites on his Publis’ Forum. “The character’s name is Bilal Asselah and he is an Algerian Sunni Muslim and an immigrant that is physically fit and adept at gymnastic sport Parkour. Apparently Batman couldn’t find any actual Frenchman to be the ‘French savior’.” What constitutes an “actual Frenchman” isn’t entirely clear, but presumably the writer is referring to one of the “Frenchmen of European stock” he mentions later.

 

Huston takes aim at David Hine’s story, which centers on a series of political assassinations that lead to riots by communist union members and neo-Nazis, describing it as “PCism at its worst”: “The whole situation is a misreading of what ails France. The truth is, neither communist Union members nor ‘Neo-Nazi’ Parties are causing riots in France. Muslims are. Yet DC Comics is absurdly making a Muslim immigrant the ‘French savior’?” He accuses the publisher of badly downplaying in Nightrunner’s origin “the seriousness of the actual racial tension in France” and oversimplifying the problems “as mere racism as if that is all there is to it ignoring the fact that Islam is the single most important factor in the strife.”

From Nightrunner’s origin

He isn’t alone in his criticism; he’s merely picking up the baton passed by far-right commentators like Avi Green who, writing last week at The Astute Bloggers — a site dedicated to “exposing leftist propaganda,” “highlighting under-reported news” and “promoting universal human rights” — said, “How about that, Bruce Wayne goes to France where he hires not a genuine French boy or girl with a real sense of justice, but rather, an ‘oppressed’ minority who adheres to the Religion of Peace. And this is a guy whose very parents were murdered at the hands of a common street thug!”

So while Huston isn’t the only defender of the, I don’t know, wounded honor of “actual Frenchmen” in this manufactured controversy, he may be among the most widely distributed. Commentary from his Publis’ Forumregularly appears at other conservative outlets, such as Andrew Breitbart’s network of websites and Canada Free Press. His Feb. 8 column aboutCaptain America #602 was followed by FoxNews.com’s article about the comic’s “tea party jab” which, in turn, triggered more widespread coverage.

Huston characterizes DC’s decision to make “a Muslim in France a hero when French Muslims are at the center of some of the worst violence in the country’s recent memory” as “PCism run amuck.” It’s apparently part of the “PCing of the American comic book industry” that includes the Captain America-tea party incident, the introduction of gay character Kevin Keller in the pages of Veronica, and … Larfleeze? That’s right, Agent Orange.

Andrew Belonsky at Death and Taxes, who was among the first to pick up on the reaction to Nightrunner, views it in light of the recent calls for a boycott of Marvel’s Thor movie because black actor Idris Elba was cast as the Norse god Heimdall:

The Nightrunner controversy differs a bit from the Thor scandal seen earlier this week. In theThor scenario, the Council [of Conservative Citizens] wasn’t saying black people can’t be heroes, period. They simply don’t want to see Idris Elba in a specific role.

“It’s not enough that Marvel attacks conservatives values, now mythological Gods must be re-invented with black skin,” they said. “It seems that Marvel Studios believes that white people should have nothing that is unique to themselves.”

It’s a discriminatory, myopic view, yes, but not nearly as narrow as the one The Astute Bloggers trumpet. Green and his colleagues assume Muslims can’t be heroic because they’re inherently villainous and out to spread “Islamic supremacism.”

Nightrunner’s introduction continues in Batman Annual #28, in stores this week.

Will It Be A Blue Beetle Bait And Switch?

This was just posted at Bleeding Cool. Nice, in a weird way, to see DC semi-acknowledging the mishandeling of their minority characters…by making people think they’re racists yet again just so they can yell at you for being judgmental instead? Whatever, man…

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Those who have seen the new DC solicitations for March can be in no doubt. Yet another minority character getting bumped off. Outrage outrage outrage. And what’s even worse is that it’s a spoiler. The current Blue Beetle is about to snuff it.

"It’s the calm before the storm in issue #21. Beetle is dead, Max Lord has Checkmate and the hunt for Wonder Woman has begun. But Booster Gold has given up after losing another friend to Max Lord, and the JLI is left without a leader!"

As if. This is a bait and switch, so that DC can, at some point, go “see! see! He isn’t dead! And you all thought he was. We’re nice to our minority characters… now. How could you think anything but?”

With a Blue Beetle comic series and a possible TV series in the offing, this was never going to happen. And you went and fell for it… well some of you, anyway.

What will the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ mean for Kate Kane?

From Robot 6:

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I’d be lying if I said that, while following coverage this weekend of the Senate’s repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” I didn’t briefly wonder what this development would mean for Kate Kane, the new Batwoman.

After all, she’s the most notable (if not the only) comic-book superhero whose origin is tied to the law prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military: While a cadet at the United States Military Academy, Kate is discovered to be in a secret relationship with another female student. When confronted with the allegation, Kate chooses to resign from West Point rather than lie. The scene, depicted in Detective Comics #859 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, is a powerful one.

“Way back — waaaay back — when I knew I was going to be writing Kate, and I knew we’d be telling her origin story, I knew I would write this scene,” Rucka said in a well-timed post that appeared Sunday at DC Women Kicking Ass. “This was, in many ways, the first scene I wrote for Kate Kane, one I kept rewriting and rewriting in my mind until the time came to put it down on the page. I’d done a lot of research into West Point, and the Cadet’s Code of Honor had stuck with me, stuck with me all the more in the face of DADT. In my mind’s eye, even before ever seeing the Bat Symbol of encountering Batman, this was where Batwoman was born — in Kate’s need to serve something greater and to, at the same time, remain true to herself.”

Williams, who’s sharing writing and art duties on the new Batwoman series, commented this afternoon on the repeal, saying, “It’s just sad that this policy ever occurred in the first place. It was grotesque and shameful that we ever went there. And terrible that it took nearly two decades for the folly to be properly dealt with.”

“Now to figure out what this may mean for Kate Kane,” he continued, “we’ll need to acknowledge this in some way, but properly in the plot, much like the policy’s enforcement affected the plot for Batwoman’s origin. Like it informed her past, setting her on the path she now has, this new progress will have to inform her direction at some point in a significant way.”

As curious as I am about how Williams & Co. will address law’s repeal, I’m even more interested in how later writers — those a decade or more removed from the policy — will address the character’s past. The origins of Marvel’s character operate on a sliding scale, with someone like Tony Stark first being tied to the Korean War, then the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War and now (I think) the conflict in Afghanistan. But how will DC revise Batwoman’s history when “don’t ask, don’t tell” is just a relic of the shameful past?

So Lois is super-intelligent but still concerned, exclusively, with vanity.
I’d say she’s shallow, but yeah, I feel you, babe.

So Lois is super-intelligent but still concerned, exclusively, with vanity.

I’d say she’s shallow, but yeah, I feel you, babe.

Men are from Mars, Women are from Themyscira

Ladies and gentlemen: meet Colonel Steve Trevor: jerk:
Wonder Woman #211
Panels from Wonder Woman #130 (May 1962), script by Robert Kanigher, pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Mike Esposito

Wait a minute, why is Diana even asking Steve to go out if he’s already scheduled something with Wonder Woman? Is she just testing him? Is she trying to play with his mind? Is she as jerky as he is? Why, yes. Yes. And yes.

Wonder Woman #211

Well, that’s certainly no way to behave on a date, huh? That’s like going out to dinner with Clark Kent and just talking about how wonderful Superman is. And I think we’ve all done that. (Lookin’ at you, Lois.) But is vivacious, modern, ambitious military woman Lt. Diana Prince gonna sit back and take this? Why, yes. Yes, she is. Pretty much, yes.

Wonder Woman #211

But, in a rare moment when Diana isn’t accidentally stabbing herself on the edge of her glasses, and in a common moment when Robert Kanigher is continuing to write sexist captions, Diana puts aside her plot for hidiously demeaning revenge and instead accepts a date from Steve. A date that tells her exactly how worthy she is in Steve’s eyes…one hundred dollars, worth, in fact. (And that’s in 1962 money!)

Wonder Woman #211

Now, if you had any doubt in yoru mind that Steve Trevor is a cold-hearted snake, just look into his eyes! He’s been telling lies; he’s a lover boy at play! He don’t play by rules, so Diana, don’t play the fool! (Also, don’t dance with that cartoon cat…he’s only in it for the cheezeburgers.)

Wonder Woman #211

Let’s just skip all the in-between boring bits with a carnival and magic mirrors that show weird reflections of a person’s personality and Wonder Woman acting like Bouncing Boy and a high-tech theft plotted by…heh heh heh…Angle Man…hee hee!…and just skip right to The Revenge of Diana, shall we?

Wonder Woman #211

Next issue: Lois Lane and Diana Prince: catfight! Or, so Kanigher promises us.

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I’m going to make a push for Jimmy Olsen to be the new mens style icon. This entire look is working in a big way.
from Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133, by Jack Kirby

I’m going to make a push for Jimmy Olsen to be the new mens style icon. This entire look is working in a big way.

from Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133, by Jack Kirby

Adding this one to the spank bank.

Adding this one to the spank bank.

“Just Seen The Green Lantern Trailer…Why Is He Not A Black Guy?”

John Stewart > Hal Jordan ANY DAY

But of those who have, they are more likely to have come across Green Lantern on the more recent Justice League cartoons, than have read the comic. And the Green Lantern who appears in that cartoon? John Stewart. A human Green Lantern – who happens to be black. The choice of Lantern was clearly made to diversify the otherwise horrendously white (and green) team – something that has often not bothered the comic book version.”

Looks like I should have read Batman: Odyssey, right? From the Fantagraphics blog:


This single panel from Neal Adams’ BATMAN ODYSSEY #4 sums up what strikes me as being the most unintentionally hilarious mainstream comic I’ve possibly ever read. It’s bafflingly crazy. 
I should note that the subsequent panel, not pictured, reveals that Alfred is not actually showing Bruce how to bounce the ol’ pogo stick, but instead is playing the “World’s Smallest Violin”.
You all know the “World’s Smallest Violin” joke, right? Everyone does. So I ask you, is this how you would draw the act? Is that how you would draw the person on the receiving end? 
Also, note the cleavage at top from the adjoining panel, and Bruce Wayne oogling his own penis in the lower-right.
How much of this is conscious? And if so, to what end? This is craziest comic I’ve come across in years. Please, someone smarter than me, review this series.

Looks like I should have read Batman: Odyssey, right? From the Fantagraphics blog:

This single panel from Neal Adams’ BATMAN ODYSSEY #4 sums up what strikes me as being the most unintentionally hilarious mainstream comic I’ve possibly ever read. It’s bafflingly crazy. 

I should note that the subsequent panel, not pictured, reveals that Alfred is not actually showing Bruce how to bounce the ol’ pogo stick, but instead is playing the “World’s Smallest Violin”.

You all know the “World’s Smallest Violin” joke, right? Everyone does. So I ask you, is this how you would draw the act? Is that how you would draw the person on the receiving end? 

Also, note the cleavage at top from the adjoining panel, and Bruce Wayne oogling his own penis in the lower-right.

How much of this is conscious? And if so, to what end? This is craziest comic I’ve come across in years. Please, someone smarter than me, review this series.

Unbelievable. Skip to about 2:00 into the video. I’m so, so happy.

YES. Kal Kent, Superman of 853,500 AD is all yes. I’m biased of course in that we have the same basic haircut, but that’s an excellent shirt. Well done, Mr. Kent.
from All Star Superman #6, drawn by Frank Quitely

YES. Kal Kent, Superman of 853,500 AD is all yes. I’m biased of course in that we have the same basic haircut, but that’s an excellent shirt. Well done, Mr. Kent.

from All Star Superman #6, drawn by Frank Quitely