‘BLACK CANARY & ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL’ IS THE FINEST CROSSOVER TO EVER BE BASED ENTIRELY AROUND FISHNET STOCKINGS
By Chris Sims
As a fan, I have a pretty complicated relationship with Paul Dini. On the one hand, he’s one of the creators of what might be my single favorite thing in the entire world, Batman: The Animated Series, and he’s written comics that I genuinely love. That run on Detective Comics, where the Riddler was a Private Eye, where he introduced new characters like the Carpenter? That thing’s great. But at the same time, he wrote that story where Hush literally steals Catwoman’s heart and holds it for ransom while keeping her alive with a giant heart machine that he built in his garage. I mean, I love “Harley’s Holiday” more than most members of my own family, but I also paid good money for Madame Mirage and I’m never getting that back, you know? It’s a complicated relationship.
As a result, I approached Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell, the new 152-page graphic novel he wrote with artwork by the always amazing Joe Quinones, with a certain amount of trepidation, because I wasn’t really sure what I was going to get out of it.
Turns out, this much anticipated book might not be perfect, but it’s definitely the kind of Paul Dini story I like and the kind I want to see more of.
By Lauren Davis
Rory Phillips has plenty of thoughtful—and sometimes funny—approaches to character design and redesign. He casts Wonder Woman as a Scythian warrior and trades in her bondage-themed lasso for the ancient Chinese weapon known as the meteor hammer. His Batgirl and Black Canary form a vigilante scooter club with a bit of roller derby flair. And he gives us a poster for the non-existent movie I somehow need to see, starring David Bowie as a fighter of giant monsters.
Harley Quinn and Black Canary, gouache
the finish from my mentor assignment given to me by Erik Jones. The assignment was to create a comic book cover with my two favorite DC characters, Harley Quinn and Black Canary.
This is what I’ve spent all my free time on in the past week. I’m pretty happy with it.
By CA Staff
This week’s round-up of fantastic art is super sexy as part of our February coverage of all things erotica in the world of comics. We’ve got a great selection of image for those who like girls, those who like boys, and those who get a kick of seeing both genders at their hottest. Special thanks to Andy, Andrew, and Laura for making this week’s picks so delicious. (Please note that some people may find these images to be NSFW. Consider yourself warned, or titillated, whichever the case might be.)
My ‘watching tv’ doodle last night turned out to be Black Canary.
The only real criticism I have of the new Birds Of Prey series, other than it’s not the old series, is Dinah’s new costume. It turns out it’s not as bad as I first thought, but it is… well, a bit dull.
Dinah’s original costume and the Gary Frank redesign, the two of which pretty much all the subsequent BoP versions of her costumes are based on, are both iconic and when you see them you know exactly who you are looking at. The new costume… not so much.
Anyways, should I ever get the privilege of drawing Canary in a comic this is how I’d dress her, DCnU or no.
Although maybe without the heels. Maybe…
I’m more-or-less enjoying the new BoP, but I still think Dinah’s costume is positively hideous.