THE ARKHAM SESSIONS: LOVE TRIANGLES AND ALTER EGOS
On this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we revisit the weird love triangle between Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle and…Batman. Will Bruce ever win Selina’s heart? Does he even really want to? And will he ever be able to look past her criminal history?
When we last saw Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, she was helping Batman save Gotham from the sinister Red Claw. Bruce was enamored by Miss Kyle, but she was far more into his dark, brooding alter ego. What seems like an unfortunate situation may also give Bruce the excuse he needs to keep Selina at arm’s length, preventing himself from getting hurt. Caring for someone who can’t care back means a strange sense of security for Bruce. If she can’t love him, she can’t hurt him, right? This emotional defense mechanism lends credence to idea that Bruce does, in fact, maintain at least some “Emotional Intelligence” we talked about in last week’s show. But just how much remains to be seen.
ASK CHRIS #212: THE MANY LOVES OF BATMAN
By Chris Sims
Q: What’s the deal with Batman’s non-Catwoman, non-justice love interests? Vicki Vale, Zatanna, Wonder Woman, etc? — @superseth64
A: Just a few days ago, I was talking to Greg Rucka and he mentioned Denny O’Neil‘s rule about Batman not sleeping with anyone, because if he does, then he sleeps with everyone. It’s an interesting way to put that, and I’m inclined to agree with O’Neil on that point, but you can’t deny that over the past 75 years, the Caped Crusader has had plenty of romantic entanglements, almost all of which, as you might expect, have ended in a spectacularly awful fashion.
But the thing is, as much as they don’t work from a romantic perspective, which is the nature of dramatic tension, they don’t really work from a storytelling perspective, either.
HANNA K. DRAWS ULTRA MODERN TEEN CATWOMAN WITH HELLO KITTY ACCESSORIES
As everybody keeps saying in a rather dazed manner, it’s stunning the amount of good to very good to excellent comics being produced at the moment, and I have a litany of fantastic and favorite people working in comics right now; a good portion of whom I’ve discovered via work published online. One of these is ace Swedish artist Hanna K., who you may know of her via her excellent Legend of Zelda comic which blew up Tumblr. Her Tumblr is the best place to acquaint yourself with her work: she makes wonderful, giffed comics, like this one, called Owl Cafe. She’s also published a couple of books with Swedish publishers, Peow! Studio; Third Wheel, a beautiful, fluro-blue riso-graph tale about a couple of kids encountering a strange being in a ruined future, is due for a September re-stock. I recommend keeping an eye out for that re-print so you can nab yourself a copy. If you need further convincing, you can see a gorgeous eight-page preview of it here.
Here’s another reason to love Hannah K.- this week she tweeted some pictures of her notebook showing off an adorable, ultra-modern, and very comfy-looking teen Catwoman re-design. This Catwoman is decked out in a long pink hoodie with ears, tall lace-up high tops, a knowing Hello Kitty backpack, and large ear baubles. I’m not usually one for highlighting any version of a popular character people decide to knock out, but I love the age appropriateness of this; the cheeky, cheery nature which shines through, and the fact that it’s not some black and blue, doom, gloom, impossibly anatomised rendition. Very cool.
DC RELAUNCHES ‘KLARION’ AND GOES OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH GENEVIEVE VALENTINE & GARRY BROWN ON ‘CATWOMAN’
By Chris Sims
The Comic-Con 2014 season of big announcements is definitely upon us, and today, DC Comics has two that are very interesting. The first is that Catwoman is getting a new creative team in the form of novelist Genevieve Valentine and Five Ghosts artist Garry Brown, tying into the big shakeups coming to Gotham from the pages of Batman Eternal.
As for the previous writer of Catwoman, Ann Nocenti, she’ll be joined by artist Trevor McCarthy (Batwoman, Nightwing) in a new title, relaunching Jack Kirby’s Klarion the Witch Boy for the New 52, with a focus on using magic as a metaphor for technology.
As revealed at io9, Valentine and Brown’s arrival on Catwoman (along with Jae Lee on covers) comes in the middle of a pretty big change-up for the Batman titles since they became the responsibility of new group editor Mark Doyle. Not just in terms of story, although the impending end of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Zero Year” and the ongoing storyline of Eternal are certainly building to some pretty big things. More telling — and to be honest, more exciting — than that, though, has been the debut of Grayson and the announcement of titles like Gotham Academy and Arkham Manor seem to be pushing the actual direction of the titles into new and interesting things.
By Betty Felon
After the success of their previous Star Wars collections, Australian fashion brand Black Milk Clothing has launched their first comics-inspired collection with a number of likened Batman items. Taking a cue from the popularity of their limited Harley Quinn-inspired leggings, Black Milk Clothing designed a collection in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. that combines their signature spandex apparel with Gotham’s Finest — artists, that is, with clothing designed around images created by fan favorites including Jock, Brian Bolland, Terry Dodson, Neal Adams and Andy Kubert. The Black Milk Clothing x Batman collection combines comics, cosplay, and style with a trompe-l’oeil Batman swimsuit (detachable cape included), a Stephanie Brown-inspired bodysuit, a Killing Joke bomber jacket and more.
There are a lot of toy options on the market, but only QMx has been putting a customizable word balloon spin on franchises such as Star Trek and other comics-friendly fare with its unique Q-Pop line. This month at Toy Fair, the company will officially unveil its furthest foray into the world of superhero pop culture yet, with the release of four new DC Comics Q-Pop figures. But you don’t have to wait until next Sunday to see the upcoming toys, ComicsAlliance has been provided with a first-look at an unpainted prototype of the Catwoman Q-Pop, along with color concept art of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Q-Pops are roughly 3.75″ PVC figures that stand atop special mini-diorama bases, complete with optional word balloon effect parts. The word balloons act as a dry-erase board, giving collectors the chance to personalize the figure’s dialogue with a given Q-Pop’s included marker. It’s a clever accessory that I’m honestly surprised I haven’t seen pop up until now.
By Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
ABOVE: Catwoman, by Darwyn Cooke
By Joe Hughes
As part of next year’s celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics recently announced that the upcoming Detective Comics #27, the original version of which featured the first appearance of the Dark Knight in 1939, would include contributions from several notable creators, including Frank Miller. And on Tuesday, the publisher revealed Miller’s cover for the issue which, it turns out, is not actually a new piece of art.