Marvel announcing a Spider-Man comic is not news, but Marvel announcing a Spider-Man: Homecoming prequel comic is probably the best news of both worlds. Just when you thought you didn’t want to see another Spider-Man movie in your lifetime, Tom Holland swung into our hearts as the Friendly Neighbourhood Wall-Crawler in this past summer’s Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Comics, perhaps sensing that anticipation, is going to give us more about the Holland iteration of the character in a new comic that will fill in some of the blanks between Spider-Man’s appearance in Civil War, and his first big screen solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)
The greatest enemy of the crew of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation was the Borg, an anonymous species of drones serving a queen marching out into the universe to capture and kill others in order to propagate their race and get rid of anyone that’s a threat to them. So it looks like Picard and crew won’t be facing anything new they encounter the xenomorphs in the just announced Star Trek: TNG/Aliens crossover that will see Enterprise encounter the titular creatures of the film series started by Ridley Scott in 1979. IDW and Dark Horse Comics just announced the event called, Acceptable Losses. (more…)
The comic industry has lost a true legend today. Legendary Preacher co-creator and all around gifted artist Steve Dillon has died. (more…)
For all the talk about how digital has changed the game, there is one area that the online revolution hasn’t sucked the air out of yet, we’re still buying books. Sales of e-books have plateaued, and even young people still like the old-fashioned feeling of turning the physical page over. It’s quaint. If there’s a difference now, it’s that your local bookstore has expanded it’s offerings, and now it’s not unusual to see graphic novels among the stacks filled with novels, biographies, cook books and the like. Indeed, the graphic novel is enjoying a rare and long-awaited sense of mainstream appreciation. (more…)
Not to be outdone by Marvel and DC, Valiant Entertainment has thrown their hat into the Web series ring joining up with the talented web series father and son team Aaron and Sean Schoeknke, creators of Super Power Beat Down. Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe takes us into the world of Valiant comics where Ninjak (Michael Rowe) has been blackmailed by his arch nemesis Roku and it is up to the rest of the Valiant heroes to stop him. (more…)
After months of disappointed tourists being unable to ride, The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is back and more pissed off than ever. Last September, the big green giant closed for a massive refurbishment. After sixteen years of thrilling park guests, Universal Studios figured that it was about time the attraction got a face-lift. Everything from the track to the trains to even the entrance would get a fresh coat of paint and give riders a relatively new ride experience to the same track layout. So after nearly a year of fine-tuning and fixing up the ride, how do the new changes hold up? Let’s find out. (more…)
Everyone who knows the history of Wonder Woman knows that she comes from Themyscira. On the island of Themyscira, the Amazons reside. The residents on this island are all woman who has thrived apart from the male-dominated world. Comic fans have long thought that Wonder Woman and the Amazons would logically be lesbian due to the fact that there were no men in Themyscira. However, given that Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) has had relationships with men such as Steve Trevor, Trevor Barnes, Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Bruce Wayne (Batman), Kal-El (Superman), and many others, her sexuality has always remained ambiguous.
Recently Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed Wonder Woman’s sexuality canonically. When asked if Diana Prince was flat out queer, Ruka finally gave an answer. After first confirming that “queer” is defined as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest towards persons of the same gender,” and confirmed that Diana Prince is in fact queer.
I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, ‘Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!’
And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, ‘How can they not all be in same sex relationships?’ Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise.
It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.
But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, “You’re gay.” They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”
Buka also talks about what he calls the “Northstar Problem” where a character screams to the heavens proclaiming their sexuality. This is in reference to Marvel comics character Northstar who was one of the first openly gay comic character and also the first same-sex marriage in mainstream comics.
“For my purposes, that’s bad writing. That’s a character stating something that’s not impacting the story. I get nothing for my narrative out of that in almost any case. When a character is being asked point blank, if it’s germane to the story, then you get the answer. But for me, and I think for Nicola as well, for any story we tell — be it Black Magick, be it Wonder Woman, be it a Batman story — we want to show you these characters and their lives, and what they are doing.”
Buka doesn’t want Wonder Woman or any of the Amazonians sexuality to detract from the storyline that they are telling. The purpose is to show, not tell.
At the end of the day, she’s not a superhero because she’s queer or bisexual, she’s a hero because she’s Wonder Woman. And that’s what should be the important part about her character.
Meredith Finch isn’t yet one of the most well-known name in comics, but she’s shown she at least has good taste in comic artists, she even married one. The wife of David Finch hasn’t been working as long in the industry as her husband, but she’s already established herself as an author that can take on comics’ biggest names with the skill and ease of a seasoned pro. Coming up, she’s got Catwoman: Election Night, but during a press availability at Fan Expo Canada we asked Finch about her tenure with husband/artist David on Wonder Woman. What was it like to work on a book with her husband, to work on such an iconic character like Wonder Woman, and whether it takes a woman to write a female superhero. (more…)
Alan Moore says he is pretty much done with comics and for many fans it will mark the end of an era in comics much like the Gold and Silver ages. His run on Swamp Thing, The Killing Joke, Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen litter comic book must read lists on the Internet. Don’t fret though, Moore says there are a couple of things left to do before he calls it quits forever on comic books. (more…)