‘JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS’ TRAILER: THE AQUAMAN MOVIE TO WATCH BEFORE HIS LIVE-ACTION OUTING
By Nick Romano
The trailer premiere for the animated movie ‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’ has emerged, and with it comes our first look at the sequel to DC’s ‘Justice League: War.’ Hey, it’s no ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ or the live-action ‘Justice League‘ trailer, but Warner Bros. animation is certainly nothing to scoff at.
‘GOTHAM’ SEASON 1 RECAP: EPISODE 2: ‘SELINA KYLE’ - WE’RE WAITING…
Oh, Gotham. You’re a show about the city that created Batman. The city that raised Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and the Penguin. With so much about these characters’ behavioral profiles already established by DC Comics, don’t you have at least a basic responsibility to teach us something about the development, manifestation and course of psychopathology? We’re watching because we want to know what led these characters down such crooked paths, and how Bruce Wayne rose out of his trauma to create the formidable crime-fighter we know as the Dark Knight. We already know the future’s end, so tell us something worthwhile about the beginnings. It’s the least you can do.
In my review of the pilot episode, I asked whether Gotham portrayed unhealthy parental relationships in a realistic and accurate way. The second episode focuses heavily on the undeserved, abused youth of Gotham City, lending some insight into Selina “Cat” Kyle’s troubles as a homeless teen. In fact, the new Fox crime drama dives right into the gritty topics of kidnapping, commercial exploitation of minors, and child self-mutilation. The show fails to tie in those very real horrors to what could be meaningful and redeemable lessons about the characters we loved prior to this prequel series. With so much focus on victimization of youths, this episode’s writing seems to miss the mark when it comes to accurately conceptualizing and explaining child psychology.
‘GOTHAM ACADEMY’ #1 GETS AN A++ (AND EXTRA CREDIT FOR A BATMAN APPEARANCE)
By Chris Sims
Gotham Academy is exactly the comic book I want to read.
That probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been reading ComicsAlliance for any significant amount of time. I mean, if you made a list of the things I like seeing in my comics, then Batman, teenage mystery solvers, and high school drama set in a superhero universe are all things that are going to land pretty close to the top of the list, and those three elements form the exact core of Gotham Academy‘s premise. It’s so perfectly designed to fit my very specific tastes that you’d actually have to work hard to combine them into something that I wouldn’t like.
Because of that, it might be tempting to write off anything nice I have to say about the book, but trust me: this first issue of Gotham Academy is great, not just because it’s got a bunch of stuff I want to see, but because Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, Geyser,and Dave McCaig, have produced one of the most solid starts of the year.
DC COMICS AGREES WITH OBJECTIONS TO SEXIST SUPERHERO SHIRTS
DC Comics has been the butt of a lot of jokes and criticism about sexist depictions of female characters and the company’s lack of female creators. But recently DC has been making strides towards employing more women in creative roles and publishing more progressive, women-centric books like Gotham Academy, the new Batgirl and the Wonder Woman anthology Sensation Comics that seem to have a lot to offer women readers. It’s disappointing, then, to see a rash of new licensed DC apparel aimed at women with sexist slogans like “Training to be Batman’s wife.” This kind of clothing does not send women the message that they are welcome within the DC Universe as anything but prizes to be won.
Fortunately, DC itself agrees. The publisher released a statement addressing the matter specifically:
DC Comics is home to many of the greatest male and female Super Heroes in the world. All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain t-shirts are offensive. We agree. Our company is committed to empowering boys and girls, men and women, through our characters and stories. Accordingly, we are taking a look at our licensing and product design process to ensure that all our consumer products reflect our core values and philosophy.
GEOFF JOHNS: THE FLASH IS A NON-DEPRESSING ‘BLUE-SKY CHARACTER’
Since the launch of the New 52 reboot in 2011, DC Comics has seemingly gone out of its way to find new ways to make its superhero darker. Its current Futures End weekly comics event is one in which everything has become even more dour and depressing in the span of five (narrative) years, for example.
But there’s one character that DC writer Geoff Johns simply can’t view as dark, however: The Flash. In an interview with Nerdist, former Flash comics writer Johns answered a question about the lighter tone of the new The Flash TV series by saying that Barry Allen simply can’t be a gloomy character.
DC’S NEWEST HEROINES OLIVE & MAPS GET THE GRAND TOUR IN ‘GOTHAM ACADEMY’ #1 [PREVIEW]
By Chris Sims
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl’s Gotham Academy is the comic I never knew I wanted until it was announced, and every moment since then has been an eternity of waiting for it to actually hit shelves. Now, with the book set for release this Wednesday, we are finally on the verge of living in a world where there is a high school adventure drama that also has Batman in it.
If, however, you can’t wait, then I have some good news. Today, DC released a five-page preview of the new series, in which our lead characters, Olive SIlverlock and Maps Mizoguchi, take a tour of the ominous and imposing Gotham Academy, before immediately being caught in an equally ominous and imposing thunderstorm. Because of course there’s a thunderstorm; heavy rain and blood-red skies are the only two types of weather allowed in Gotham City.
As you can see in the spread above, Gotham Academy is moving things along at a pretty mazing pace. The awkwardness of Olive being forced to “nanny” her ex-boyfriend’s little sister, who is apparently oblivious about the end of their relationship, is summed up pretty fantastically right in those first two pages. It’s a lot of character work done very efficiently, and it makes room for one of my all-time favorite techniques in comics, a giant cutaway that is also a Family Circus-esque follow-the-dotted-line map of the school.
I’m not even kidding. That dotted line thing is next level. Bill Keane knew what was up.
ASK CHRIS #213: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WRATH OF GOD
By Chris Sims
Q: Just re-read Gotham Central and it got me wondering, what’s the deal with the Spectre? — @BatIssues
A: The deal? Son, the deal is that he was on what is quite possibly the single most metal comic book cover of all time.
Good God almighty, just look at that thing. An entire city is in flames and the flames are rising up over the skyscrapers and forming dinosaurs, and the Spectre, whose legs are also made of fire, is riding the dinosaurs and staring at the reader like he’s daring you to just try reading that comic to see if there is any possible way that could actually happen in the story — which, incidentally, it doesn’t. Still, that cover… I seriously just showed that thing to a baby and by the time I got back from putting it away in my long boxes, that baby was playing drums for Slayer. True story.
THE SMELL OF DC: ‘HARLEY QUINN’ ANNUAL #1 GOES SCRATCH-’N’-SNIFF
The newest one will involve Harley Quinn and your nose. That’s right. Harley Quinn Annual #1 will be a scratch-’n’-sniff issue, with the smells of leather, suntan lotion, and pizza included. There’s also a smell that’s purported to be cannabis. That one will be replaced in international issues with “fresh-cut grass.”
HOW MANY TIMES MUST WE SEE BATMAN’S PARENTS DIE? OH, SO MANY TIMES
By Nick Romano
Just how many times have we watched a young Bruce Wayne witness the murder of his parents? No origin story for the Caped Crusader has been without it, and FOX’s Batman prequel series, ‘Gotham,’ is no different. As the new drama premiered this week, kicking off with the brutal death of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne, a new supercut has hit the web of all the time’s we’ve seen this scene onscreen — and it’s quite a number of times.
THE TOP TEN WORST HAIRCUTS IN SUPERHERO COMICS
By Chris Sims
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Ten Lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
This week, we’re taking a look back on the many mullets bowl-cuts and other assorted disasters with the ten worst haircuts in superhero comic history!
- While Magpie’s triple mohawk is pretty bad, she recently got a Lady Gaga-esque redesign for Beware the Batman that included a very nice platinum bob.
- Hitman’s petition to restore Superman’s proper haircut can be found in Hitman v.2.