Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Wonder Woman #750: A Brave New World, A Bold New Timeline

Wonder Woman #750 came out this week, and as an 80th anniversary special, it is everything you can hope for in celebration of the famous Amazonian princess. It concludes Steve Orlando’s ‘Wild Hunt’ storyline from the main title, and features a couple of short stories from various men and women in comics, especially ones who have contributed to the narrative of DC’s feminist icon in some capacity.

All featured stories are heartwarming reminders of everything Wonder Woman represents and all that we can aspire to be if we followed her example. Some of my favourite stories in this special include the ones from Mariko Tamaki and Elena Casagrande, Gail Simone and Colleen Doran, Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, Marguerite Bennett and Laura Braga, Vita Ayala and Amancay Nahuelpan. The one recurring theme in most of these stories is that it's okay to be flawed. Just learn from your mistakes, learn to be kind, and always strive to be better.

Monday, 20 January 2020

Top 5 Reasons The Huntress: Origins Is A Must Have For Every Helena Wayne Huntress Fan

The Huntress: Origins is now two days away from being sold at comic shops everywhere in the English-speaking countries, and eight days away from being sold in the mainstream retail market. Originally sold as The Huntress: Darknight Daughter in 2006, The Huntress: Origins revisits Helena Wayne's classic backstory from 1977, as well as the first four years of her solo adventures as the Huntress.

In a year that's quickly unfolding to be a major one for Helena Wayne Huntress fans—from her upcoming appearance in the Catwoman: 80th Anniversary Special in April to DC Super-Stars #17 being reprinted as a facsimile comic that same month, to her teased future appearance in the upcoming Batman/Catwoman maxiseries, and a possible future appearance in the Stargirl show—now is a good time for fans new and old to get reacquainted with the original Darknight Daughter herself.

If you didn't get the chance to buy The Huntress: Darknight Daughter in 2006 when that first came out, or need to replace your current copy, or just need a quintessential Helena Wayne Huntress book to give to a friend interested in the character, here are the 'Top 5' reasons The Huntress: Origins should be added to your bookshelf this year! And, of course, if you are not already familiar with Helena Wayne's pre-Crisis history, spoilers ahead!

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Crisis On Infinite Earths, Stargirl, And Earth-2? Spoilers Ahead!

The DCTV event Crisis on Infinite Earths concluded on the CW this past Tuesday, and while it wasn't the most mind-blowing event in terms of storytelling, it was certainly entertaining. It was definitely exciting to see so many actors from past DC films and television shows cameo in this, including Ashley Scott from the 2002 Birds of Prey television show who got to portray her version of the Huntress one more time, even if it was for a mere 48 seconds.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

DC Super-Stars #17 Getting Facsimile Edition This Spring

This 1977 issue features the debut of Huntress, the untold origin of Green Arrow, and an early adventure of the Legion of Super-Heroes! Offered to coincide with the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.
ON SALE 04.08.20
$4.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Earth-5G Starting Much Sooner This Month?

We knew going into the new year that a new official DC timeline would kickstart Earth-5G sometime later in 2020. However, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio announced yesterday that the new timeline will officially start in Wonder Woman #750 out later this month on 22 January—the same day that The Huntress: Origins will be released to comic book stores. The story debuting the new timeline will be written by DC superstar Scott Snyder with artwork by the equally talented Bryan Hitch. The story will also officially establish Wonder Woman as DC's first superhero on this new DC Earth.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

The Start Of A New Decade: My Plans For 2020

Today is the first day of a new year and also the start of a new decade. With the start of a new decade comes a new beginning, and of course, a lot of self-reflecting to decide what I want to do differently for the next ten years of my life. (Well, apart from the fact that I'll be turning 40 in six years time and I clearly need to start asking myself what I'm doing with my life.)

Having reflected on the last decade—which I described as polarising—I have to say I am quite displeased with the way I've been running this website, and I'm especially not happy about the way I've been conducting myself in the past 10 years. Having looked back on where I've made mistakes and where I need to make improvements, I've mapped out what I am going to do differently in this decade to improve the quality of my content and other people's experience starting with 2020.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

The End Of A Decade: 2019 In Review

Here we are! Last day of the year, last day of a decade, last day of an era of DC as we prepare for the next DC reboot that's going to launch Earth-5G in 2020.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Top 10 Most Memorable Huntress Moments In 2010s

The holidays are coming to an end as is the year and decade. Looking back on this decade, we got Helena Wayne back for seven of those ten years, which is actually not bad. It was certainly better than going another full decade without her and maybe only getting her in one or two stories that matter. This decade, we got her in at least nine books in a non-cameo capacity, and was a protagonist in at least five of those books.

While I can't say I've had the best decade as a Helena Wayne Huntress fan in terms of getting quality stories (and for other reasons that will be discussed in the 'Year in Review' post), there were at least some things I enjoyed about the post-Flashpoint version of the character. From her unashamed love of sweets to fighting crime with style to her openly bisexual behaviour, here are Helena Wayne's Top 10 Best Moments of the 2010s!

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Fire & Water Team-Up: Brave and the Bold #184

The Helena Wayne Huntress blog and podcast’s Diane joins Siskoid to cover Fire and Water Network Patreon poll Christmas winner, The Brave and the Bold #184 with Batman and the Earth-2 Huntress. It’s Mike Barr’s and Jim Aparo’s “The Batman’s Last Christmas!”, with lots of Crisis talk thrown in for good measure, because it’s what Christmas Eve is all about, isn’t it?

Listen to the Team-Up or subscribe to FW Team-Up on iTunes!

This episode can also be downloaded at the Fire & Water Podcast website.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Doomsday Clock #12 Reinstates A Classic Superhero Team And Teases The Return Of Another Fan Favourite Heroine

It's been a while since I've written about current events in the comics, and that was largely due to the fact I've been busy with other projects these past three months. Projects such as reviewing the 2002 Birds of Prey television series (which I concluded last month), and have finished recording episodes for the Straight out of Gallifrey Podcast, the Fire and Water Podcast, and we just wrapped up recording the first five episodes for Volume 02 of The Huntress Podcast that will launch first thing next year. (More news on this soon.)

But getting to the main topic at hand, today saw the finales of both Tom King's Batman run as well as Geoff Johns' and Gary Frank's Doomsday Clock, as well as the penultimate issue of Scott Snyder's Justice Doom War storyline in Justice League. Out of the three, I definitely want to talk about Doomsday Clock because the finale of this maxiseries lays the groundwork for the future of DC, and for once, I'm actually excited about DC's future plans!