Saturday, 30 April 2016

Diane Darcy's Pull List April 2016

Title: Poison Ivy: The Cycle of Life and Death #4
Story: Cycle of Life and Death
Characters: Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley)
Creators: Amy Chu (writer), Robson Rocha (artist), Ethan Van Sciver (artist)
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication Date: April 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Thoughts: The last three issues of Poison Ivy focused on the dual nature of Ivy's character: what makes her a good person, and what makes her a villain. For this issue, writer Amy Chu picks up the main storyline, which is the murder mystery surrounding both Ivy and the lab she works in. For this part, Chu brings in Selina Kyle (Catwoman) who is established as a friend of Ivy in this issue.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Legend of Wonder Woman Artist and Writer, Renae De Liz, Nominated for an Eisner Award

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It has been an interesting week to be a comic book fan. Amongst the top conversations that took place this week was perpetual Hollywood racism in the form of whitewashing Japanese characters from Japanese manga and anime in an industry that already offers little opportunities to Japanese actors. To top that story was DC's infamous firing of respectable executive editor, Shelly Bond, from Vertigo, sparking an angry enough response from fans and industry professionals alike by publicly exposing DC group editor Eddie Berganza as the serial sexual harasser they continue to employ despite the real damage and trauma he caused to various women who worked for DC over the years. The outrage was so strong, his name was trending on Twitter for 24 hours, much to DC's shame.

With all that's happened this week, there is a lot to be embarrassed about in both the entertainment industry and comics community. Despite all the gunk and rubbish that surfaced this week, however, there is one very bright light at the end of this dark tunnel of comics news that is worthy of celebration: the nomination of Legend of Wonder Woman writer and artist, Renae De Liz, for an Eisner Award for Best Digital/Web Comic.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Wonder Woman Wednesday: The Legend of Wonder Woman #4 Review

Title: The Legend of Wonder Woman #4
Story: The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapters 10-12
Characters: Diana Prince, Etta Candy, Duke of Deception
Creators: Renae De Liz (writer/artist), Ray Dillon (artist)
Publication Date: April 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: Diana has left the familiar boundaries of Themyscira and into the world of the unknown. Throughout her life she heard horror stories of constant strife in the outside world and the untrustworthy nature of men. It was assumed that a combination of both ingredients would result in the death of all life in the outside world. But what Diana finds upon opening her eyes in this new world is anything what but the Amazons described.

Even with the existence of strife--the strife known as World War II--the outside world is actually flourishing with life. The sun remains as bright, the grass is just as green on the other side, and the people she meets are full of life, love, and happiness. What is this strange new world and why have the Amazons told her otherwise? As Diana begins her sojourn into the outside world, she meets all kinds of people who will become her greatest friends and allies, and even some of her most dangerous foes. Everyone from the elderly couple that nursed her back to health after a turbulent storm knocked her off course, to the flamboyant Etta Candy and the Holliday Girls, to the infamous agent of Ares, the Duke of Deception!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Earth-2: Society #11 Review

Title: Earth-2: Society #11
Story: One Nation Indivisible
Characters: Fury, Hawkgirl (Kendra Muñoz-Saunders), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Flash (Jay Garrick), Huntress (Helena Wayne), Kara Zor-L (Power Girl), Red Tornado, Sandman (Wesley Dodds)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Federico Dallocchio (artist)
Publication Date: April 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Thoughts: It is increasingly getting harder and harder to review this comic every month. In part because the story is taking too long to pick up pace as a consequence of a limited page space and the fact that there are essentially three storylines happening within this limited page space. The other thing that's frustrating me about this comic is the premise and how that's negatively affecting the individual characters. Since these characters are burdened with restarting their civilisation entirely from scratch, not only do they feel too far removed from the characters we associate with the Justice Society (even by Elseworlds standards), but it severely limits their opportunities for meaningful character development if they are constantly preventing war for reasons that range from limited resources to people simply not agreeing with the way things should be.

Friday, 8 April 2016

The Best of the Huntress: Wonder Woman #286 Review

Title: Wonder Woman #286
Story: Karnage Is The Name
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Charlie Bullock, Charlie Karnage, Edgar Stenville
Creators: Paul Levitz (writer), Joe Staton (artist)
Publication Date: December 1981
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: The Huntress had just stopped a hospitalised convict from killing her boyfriend, Harry Sims. Helena Wayne had just started growing closer to her father's ward, Richard Grayson. Yet, she walks alone on a chilly day in Gotham introspecting about the limitations of the superhero life. She enjoys the thrill of being able to stop a crime from happening, but she also enjoys having relationships in her life. Which is more important to Helena, and which is she willing to sacrifice?

As the Huntress thinks about the choices she's made, she's quickly met with a new adversary--a man named Charlie Karnage, or simply just 'Karnage' as he prefers to be known. Why does he personally hate the Huntress and why does he want her dead so badly? After all, this is the first time they've met. Or have they? Has the Huntress done some kind of damage to Karnage to warrant his attack on her? Does he know she is Helena Wayne as well if he knew where to find her in her civilian identity? And who is his mysterious employer? Things are about to get turned upside down for the Huntress as an encounter from the past is about to turn deadly.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Diane Darcy's Pull List March 2016

Title: Earth-2: Society #10
Story: One Nation Indivisible
Characters: Fury, Hawkgirl (Kendra Muñoz-Saunders), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Flash (Jay Garrick), Captain Steel (Henry Heywood Jr), Doctor Fate (Khalid Ben-Hassin), Sonia Sato, Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Superman (Val-Zod), Batman (Dick Grayson)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Jorge Jiménez (artist)
Publication Date: March 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Thoughts: I was honestly not sure how to go about reviewing this issue since I found it pretty underwhelming. A lot of the problems I was already having with this comic started adding up by this issue, and there wasn't much in the way of actual story progression. There's not a whole lot that happened in this issue that I actually cared about or found interesting enough to do a full review on.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Earth: Rebirth Not Happening After All

Earth-2: Rebirth. Where do I begin? I guess I could start by saying I feel like I've been dicked by DC for the umpteenth time. I guess I can begin by describing how quickly my enthusiasm for Rebirth was shot down the moment I saw the new Earth-2 was never mentioned during DC's announcements on Saturday. I guess I could describe the sharp pain I felt in my heart when Geoff Johns confirmed that the new Earth-2 is not a Rebirth property, but will simply be continuing Earth-2: Society while another Justice Society will eventually make a comeback. Exactly what that means, no one knows. But it doesn't leave me feeling optimistic given DC's past and current history with finding new ways to ruin this property. But really, I only have one question: why is a title like Batman Beyond--a narrative set on a possible/alternate DC future--considered a 'Rebirth property,' but not Earth-2, DC's Golden Age and Justice Society property? Hell, why is even the Earth-3 Crime Syndicate appearing in future Justice League narratives?

Thursday, 17 March 2016

The Black List: Earth-2: Society

EARTH-2: SOCIETY VOL. 1: PLANETFALL (TP)
Writer: Daniel H. Wilson
Artists: Jorge Jiménez, Alisson Borges
Description: A year has passed since Earth-2 was destroyed by the armies of Apokolips. The survivors of the catastrophic tragedy have now made planetfall on a new world, and, with the help of heroes old and new, built a home.

But some threats can survive even Apokolips. New super-villains have arisen to capitalize on the confusion, even as heroes like Batman, Power Girl, Superman, Green Lantern and The Flash struggle to find their place on an unfamiliar world.

And unknown to all, Terry Sloan has developed technology with the power to change everything. Some will want to use his Genesis Machine to re-make this planet into an exact copy of the Earth they left behind; others, to build a brand new society, free from the mistakes of the past. Who wins this debate will determine the course of a civilization, but one thing is certain: in the wrong hands, this device has the power to destroy the last hope of a people who thought they'd already lost everything.

Collects issues #1-7 and DC SNEAK PEEK: EARTH 2: SOCIETY #1.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Wonder Woman Wednesday: The Legend of Wonder Woman #3 Review

Title: The Legend of Wonder Woman #3
Story: The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapters 7-9
Characters: Diana Prince, Queen Hippolyta, Antiope, Melanippe, Steve Trevor
Creators: Renae De Liz (writer/artist), Ray Dillon (artist)
Publication Date: March 2016
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: A mysterious man has recently landed on Themyscira, and it has all the women on the island all shaken up as his arrival coincides with the loss of their captain of the guard, Alcippe. Who is this mysterious man and where does he come from? Why is Antiope so eager to kill him and why is she conspiring against her own sister? What dark, deep secret is the mighty Queen Hippolyta hiding if she is aware of all the dangers her daughter, Princess Diana, has been sensing on the island all along?

The various conflicts begin to converge as Diana begins to question her priorities and her place in the society that has made her the woman she is, and the journey she soon has to embark. Is her place truly by her mother's side, or do the gods will her to fulfil a completely different destiny from the one that's been decided for her since birth? These are all questions Diana has to answer for herself as she faces her first real trial as both the champion of Themyscira and as a woman of honour. The perils that she faces soon take her out of the safety of Themyscira and into wilderness of the outside world, and onto the shores of Boston Massachusetts, 1944!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The Legend of Wonder Woman #3 Preview

THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #3
Written by RENAE DE LIZ
Art by RENAE DE LIZ and RAY DILLON
Cover by RENAE DE LIZ
On sale MARCH 9 • 40 pg, FC, 3 of 9, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Themyscira comes alive with the sounds of Amazons on the hunt. Will they find their prey before Diana has a chance to rescue the outsider who fell from the sky? Hippolyta stands against her foes, and announces a tournament that will change Themyscira forever as the fate of the mysterious stranger hangs in the balance.

Preview provided by: CBR.