Without reservation, we can say that Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns is one of the most seminal graphic novels ever published. The sequel, The Dark Knight Strikes Back, not so much. The latter book, published in 2000, is largely seen as part of an overall decline in quality from Miller in the last several years, including heavily critiqued works like 300, Holy Terror, and All-Star Batman and Robin: The Boy Wonder. Now those books may have their good points too, but Miller criticism will go to a whole new level if the following piece of art is a hint at what we might be getting with the upcoming The Dark Knight Returns III: The Master Race. (more…)
After Warner Bros. announced that New Line Cinema would be handling all the DC Comics Vertigo titles development back in June, many have wondered which titles would get the big screen treatment. At the time of that announcement, Warner passed New Line the already in production Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Sandman film. Now you can add 100 Bullets, created by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, to the budding list of Vertigo movie titles. Word is making the Internet rounds that Tom Hardy ( Mad Max: Fury Road, Warrior) has joined the 100 Bullets team as a producer and is in talks to take a starring role. (more…)
After helming Wonder Woman since the launch of the New 52, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang will be handing over the keys to DC’s premier heroine to Meredith and David Finch, with Meredith writing and her husband David providing the art. The shift in the creative team is part of an overall facelift for the title, with even the storylines changing as they veer away from the Greek myth-centric stories that Azzarello and Chiang told and instead start looking into Diana’s relationship with the Justice League and how it affects her duties with the Amazons. (more…)
DC has been releasing these weekly previews to get us amped and excited and more likely to go pick up the first issue of their Before Watchmen series. Has it been working on you? I’ve so far bought both Minuteman and Silk Spectre, but those were the two titles I was already interested in. Has the preview of Comedian by Brian Azzarello and J.G. Jones swayed me to add it to my pull?
Well, I am intrigued by the Kennedy connections and the implication the Comedian might have played a part in the famous Marilyn Monroe’s tragic demise. Especially when I think about years later, in Watchmen, it’s implied the Comedian took out J.F.K. Maybe him offing Kennedy’s girlfriend caused a row? Who knows! But I guess I’ll have to read this one too if I want to find out.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
As if the Amazon Princess hasn’t gone through enough changes lately, the DC Source Blog revealed today she’s getting a new origin story. Which isn’t neccesarily a bad thing because as comic book fans know the origin of Wonder Woman is weird as fuck. She wasn’t born, she was sculpted out of clay by her mother, Hippolyta and the goddess Athena blessed her to be as, “beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules.” Boom, Diana, Amazon Princess, Feminist Icon, Wonder Woman was created.
Ever since then the origin has been muddled and altered by writers to fit whatever version of Wonder Woman they wanted. At one time, I think they hinted at her father being Hades, which was even weirder. Now, in Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s new Wonder Woman she’s getting a daddy. Officially. No more clay and desperate pleas for a daughter from Hippolyta.
This new origin story won’t be revealed until the third issue, out November 16th, but Azzarello spilled the beans in an interview with the New York Post. Spoiler warning, if you don’t wanna who’s her daddy, stop reading. Duh.
She’s going to learn she’s not who she was told she was. Everybody’s got a father. Even if he’s not the nicest guy in the world.
Who? Oh, only the king of the gods, Zeus. Yup, Diana’s just another demi-god bastard of the great Zeus. Hey, wait! That’s kind of a craptacular origin for the most empowering woman in comics. Hmm, I’m not too sure how I feel about this, Azzarello.
Jim Lee, DC co-publisher, of course thinks it’s a wonderful idea, just like that new costume he designed for her last year which caused the internet to explode over a pair of pants,
In this case, making her a god actually makes her more human, more relatable. We’re approaching all the classic characters in a way that feels true to their origins but thoroughly modern.
And didn’t Zeus normally rape most of the woman he begot little godly children on? More and more I’m thinking I’m not going to like this one bit.
But I’m totally willing to give it a shot. I don’t know if you read Wonder Woman #1, but it was easily one of the best books of the relaunch. Diana was strong, sexy, and could kick ass like it was her one and only purpose. And they didn’t spend pages upon pages explaining to us who she was, we got right to the action. It was a great way to hook new readers, and I have to admit this new origin will probably win over more new readers. It’s easy to comprehend, simplistically explains why she so powerful and it’ll had all sorts of juicy, Olympic family drama. And even with all that, somehow bringing a man into the origin of comic’s most famous feminist icon leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
What do you think of Diana’s new parentage? Simpler? More comprehensible? Better all around and I should stop my silly feminist ranting?
Source: The Mary Sue