I discovered Marvel's subscription service for their digital comics catalog this weekend and have been sucked right in. Keeping myself solely to the Ultimate universe stories, for now, I've managed to read Ultimates, Ultimate Daredevil & Electra, Ultimate Marvel Team-Ups, and a good portion of Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Spider-Man.
This subscription thing is pretty much the most affordable, easy to use and fucking addictive offering I've found from any comic company yet when it comes to digital comics. From zero Marvel books read to reading three years worth of books in a weeks time. Get on this, DC. Day and date is fine and dandy but giving me everything I want to read without restriction... that's better.
Adam Hughes’ cover is just a joyous looking thing, by the way. The man draws such extraordinarily beautiful pictures. The Cover Girls of The DCU line of statues is based off of his art and they’re all sitting on my desk as I type this. I’m not familiar with the artists that will be doing interiors but I am familiar with the writer. Almost all of the Barbara Gordon stories I’ve read have been penned by Gail Simone. She’s written Birds of Prey since 2003 and is one of my favorite comic book writers. I’m definitely psyched to read what she has in store for this book and for the character. Start the Conversation
Of the 52 comics shipping in September, only 12 are listed as T+ and most of those aren’t from the mainstream DCU. (If the solicits are correct.) So when he says violent and sexy and dark fun… I’m very curious to see just how violent, sexy and dark the end product winds up being.
Whatever the tone of the final product winds up being, I’m pretty sure Catwoman will always appear on my pull list somehow.
I'd had no real hope of getting the traditional costume in a live-action series so that thought hadn't even crossed my mind.
I know there are a lot of flaws in this new costume. The heels, the shininess of the material, the boobs being all squished & about to pop out come to mind.
But I don’t hate it. I like it, in fact. Mostly because I was prepared to get no real costume at all. I was reluctantly readying myself for her to maybe have on a pair of jeans and a tank top and be a ~vigilante~ instead of what Wonder Woman is. A Superhero.
So yes. All the suggestions for what would make this better are true. Lose the heels. Use a different material for the pants. Add some straps.
But I’m mostly really okay with this. It’s a bright costume that doesn’t downplay the fact that she’s a superhero. She’s not sporting some too-cool-for-super-school “dark and gritty” look. I think the bracelets look perfect and are the best part of the costume. I don’t mind the upper half of the outfit although straps and a bit more breast-coverage would improve it immensely. I like the idea of blue pants and carrying the star motif down the sides the way they have (even if the shade and material need revisiting). I’m good with the tiara. And she’s carrying her lasso which just makes me have a fangirl-grin on my face.
I know that this show isn’t going to be my dream show and isn’t going to be everything I would want from a Wonder Woman show. (She’s running a company for some random, WTF-reason, after all.) But I’m not fully prepared to write it off just yet. It’s a female superhero getting her own live-action vehicle that will go out on network television and I’m not ready to be fully jaded on that just yet.
Until I see it and it fails to deliver at all… I’m just going to be hopeful that it’ll be a fun show. And maybe they’ll tweak and refine things during filming. It’s a pilot. Things change from a pilot once they put things in motion.
Aquafamily? Sure the end of this issue isn’t exactly the most encouraging set up to a future ongoing story with this group BUT… we can’t let a little thing like being disintegrated at the bottom of the ocean stop us from speculating away.
This issue (Brightest Day #20) showcased an incredibly badass display of heroics from Mera, a first meeting for Aquagirl (Lorena Marquez) and Aqualad (Jackson Hyde), and a nice little happily-ever-after moment for Aquaman and Mera (pre-disintegration of course). It made me, for the first time, interested in following an ongoing Aquaman story. Not for Aquaman alone, mind you, but for the entire group featured here.
It's a wonderful combination of the next generation stepping up to the big leagues and some of the lesser-known heroes getting to shine. I think the team is interesting. I think they've got really interesting interpersonal dynamics to play with. I'm really intrigued with seeing how they work and fight together. It's fun to learn more about these characters as we learn how they relate to one another.