From here:

In DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, Wonder Woman will have a new origin, in which she is the daughter of Hippolyta... and Zeus! In recent interviews, writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang have teased that readers should expect the unexpected in this edgier, horror take on the superhero genre ­and the king of the gods will ensure that nothing goes as planned for his defiant daughter.

Originally created by the goddess Aphrodite and raised to perfection on the Amazon island of Themiscyra, the newest incarnation of Wonder Woman has a new costume and now a new origin ­but she remains Wonder Woman.


Yes that is what the Wonder Woman story was missing. A father figure with control issues.

I don't understand why everything is terrible for always.
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I would probably have more emotions about the upcoming DCU continuity reset if they didn't do this every 5 years, and thus the DCU I'm most invested in has already been burned away.

I just hope they end up working the Milestone characters into active roles after all, as DC kept promising. I haven't really heard rumours about *that* though, it's all "Will Superman and Wonder Woman get it on?" and "C'mon everyone, Barbra Gordon was most interesting as Batgirl, right? Right? Right?"
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[personal profile] petra asked of me "If you had to delete all but 5 of your fanworks, which would you keep?", and I had a much, much easier time answering than she did. There was still gnashing of teeth, but basically I would be a giant asshole if some of these disappeared. I'd keep:

1. My JLU shoes, on account of wow they are fun to wear around.

2. Totally Appropriate Covers, aka what if Frank Miller was into beefcake. It has been almost 5 years, and they are still linked around occasionally. I think that's a record for internet relevancy.

3. Everyone Makes It to the 31st Century. The Legion of Super-Heroes in the Alternate Future where PoC exist. This took so many hours in Photoshop, but some of the responses I got... yeah, it's not going anywhere.

4. The Value of Daughters, which is a fanwork inasmuch as it's dedicated to Lian Harper. Not even my favourite fannish poem thing (Hello, How the Bitch Stole Comics) but I think the sharpest I've ever done. (Content warning for descriptions of violence and brief mention of sexual assault.)

5. Prize, the Homestuck fic I recently wrote. I know it is suspect to list the latest thing you wrote as your bestest and most favourite, but in this case people have mentioned working on fanart and other *really cool stuff*, and the thing is I want to see them. (Content warning for mentions of violence and ableist language.)
So! Who has seen the pic of Alan Scott's upcoming new costume? You?

Now you have! )

I know, by all objective reasoning, that I should hate it. Indeed, when that image first graced my field of vision, my expression probably wasn't far from Jay Garrick's look of horror. Or that of any of the other characters in that picture, who I assume are seeing that getup for the first time. (Or possibly have been aware of it for a while, and still *cannot adjust*.)

But after considering for a moment, I realized that actually I LOVE it, because it is 100% in character! Something like this happens EVERY TIME he makes fashion decisions.

[personal profile] caiusmajor: Oh ALAN, why do they let you dress yourself?

Somewhere in the DCU, Molly is facepalming, and she's not going to know why until the news comes on.

(Disclaimer: I am aware of the context in which this ensemble came to be. It is still the ugliest of all options.)
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We interrupt this thoughtstream of Yuletide take 4 and counting why do I do this to myself why why why why to bring you this comics cover I saw just now from the March solicits.



It’s the calm before the storm in issue #21. Beetle is dead, Max Lord has Checkmate and the hunt for Wonder Woman has begun. But Booster Gold has given up after losing another friend to Max Lord, and the JLI is left without a leader!

So here is my thoughts.

1. I am 90% sure this is a fakeout, because DC's trying to mine the Jaime Reyes property for tv-related opportunities, and so he is worth more as a story generator. At this point, comics death fakeouts bore me intensely (HOW many Marvel heroes are due to die this month?), and I am irritated to be presented with yet another one which seems targeted to rile up my emotions specifically (as I am a fan of Jaime).

And, to be honest, my emotions sort of are riled. Not that I'm worried for Jaime - he's a fictional construct who isn't in danger of anything except not showing up in team comic books for a few months. But I'm feeling a bunch of bad will towards DC, because of 2:

2. OTOH, I can't be *certain* it is a fakeout, because DC is very trigger happy when it comes to their characters of colour, and has a history of discarding them in favour of either focusing on either white dude manpain (and read that solicit, tell me it is not trying to hook you with Booster's manpain) or making story room for the return of white dudes. Seriously, DC treats their CoC like crap and I can't trust them not to be assholes in any particular case.

And, this is me being cynical, but I can't help but wonder if that's what they're hoping for. That *of course* it is a fakeout, but they are counting on their shitty track record when it comes to non-white-dudes to cause controversy, because no one can be *sure* they aren't drinking from the asshole well yet again. The only suspense value in this shocking twist comes from how willing you are to believe DC is would discard one of their most interesting new characters to earn a couple pages of Booster Gold looking sad.

Not that I'd have been willing to believe they'd drop a building on Lian Harper, last exciting essential event that will change comics forever.

Suspense via. cynicism and bad will. But it doesn't work long term, because of 3:

3. Let me tell you, if they *do* kill off Jaime Reyes? I am pretty much done buying comics for a while. I am close to being done anyway. I've been shopping around for fandoms. I have places to go.

I'd keep the FuckYeahAmandaWaller tumblr, because it needs to exist, but mostly I've been sticking around DC for Supergirl these last couple years, and her book just dumped its solid, enthusiastic, long term writer for a new writer I had, after researching his works, been looking forward to... and then lost the new writer as well. I guess it is back to musical creative teams, and wow I don't need new canon badly enough to go through that clusterfuck again.

DC Comics doesn't owe me anything. Not to make books I enjoy reading, or that are well written, or that star my favourite characters. Not to build online buzz by methods other dangling the threat of killing one of their only Latino heroes: a well meaning, sweet natured boy with a heart of steel. Not even to not go through with it.

But it's not like I owe them anything either. Not moneys, or advertising space, or benefit of the doubt. Not shutting up if they piss me off. Not even those quick and silly Photoshops when Solicit Monday comes around.

Weeeell.

Maybe one, this time.

Composition of a Comics Cover (uncropped). )
odditycollector: Supergirl flying at the viewer, hands in fists, expression determined. (Flying)
( Sep. 9th, 2010 08:31 pm)
I came home with Batgirl #14, which was all sorts of fun. Spoilers are in favour of Batgirl/Supergirl. )
odditycollector: Open book reading, "Rule 327: You must be this tall to ride this villain." (Guidebook of the DCU)
( Jul. 31st, 2010 11:06 pm)
This is AMAAAAAAAAAZING:

(C&P'd From The Onion)



GOTHAM CITY—Supervillain Lady Gaga brazenly abducted Commissioner James Gordon from a charity fundraiser Tuesday, leaving police baffled and the citizens of Gotham fearing for their safety. Known for her outlandish costumes and geometric polygon hair, the criminal madwoman made a daring escape from Arkham Asylum last week and has been taunting authorities by interrupting television broadcasts ever since. "If you ever want to see Commissioner Gordon again, you'll do exactly as I say," Lady Gaga said from her secret lair, adjusting her angular yellow Tyvek and spandex dress as henchmen danced menacingly around the bound commissioner. While the kidnapping occurred at stately Wayne Manor, home of playboy jet-setter Bruce Wayne, the eccentric billionaire was not available for comment.
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odditycollector: Dramaticly lit Alan Scott in a heroic stance. Text reads: "My Fandom's Only Weakness is Wood." (Alan Scott)
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Um.

( Jul. 15th, 2010 07:39 pm)
So I am reading this interview with the newest JSA writer, because I have dropped the book ages ago but who knows, maybe I can be won back over. And then I get to this line:

Jay Garrick will be the center of the universe here... I think it will be interesting to watch Jay evolve and grow as a character.

Which left me scratching my head, because I am not entirely sure what that *means* in the context of Jay Garrick. If I had to pick *one* DCU character who has entirely grown into themselves, it would probably be Jay on that list. (I'd love for it to be Hippolyta, but I think the comics are against me on that one.) I'm not saying he should be a static character, or that there are no new challenges in his world for him to overcome, but the character who walks out the other side of this storyline will be in every essential the same one who walked in. Ran in, I suppose.

I'm fond of the JSA Old Guard, in part because they've been around long enough to figure out exactly who they are, separately and together. Which causes its own sort of conflict, but not one very similar to the confused teenaged portion of their membership.

Except now I have this mental image of Alan Scott being Disapproving at Jay: "You're too old to be going through a mid-life crisis."

And Jay grins at him. "If you say so. *Sentinel*."

And then Alan is Extra Disapproving, but really Jay is used to that sort of thing as they've been BFFs for SO LONG, you guys. SOOOOOO LOOOOOOONG.
Via 4thletter!, a quote from a DC Comics panel touching briefly on the recent tendency to fridge CoC to make more room for the white dudes. Ian Sattler helpfully corrects the error in such thinking:

"We don’t see it that way and strive very hard to have a diverse DCU. I mean, we have green, pink, and blue characters."

What. Wot.

Whaaaaaaaaat.
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[personal profile] brownbetty thought the universe needed another one of these, and I was obliged to oblige her!

The *epic* snippet from the story I'd never write about Neal Caffrey's woe because no one in the office loves him, and he silently suffers alone through his allergies, because he doesn't want to be a complainer.

But THEN she wrote the one where Neal Caffrey meets Nightwing for me! So what do you think, objective observers? Karma has been balanced?
odditycollector: Superman flying with Connor Hawke and Foghorn Leghorn who's thinking Hope this boy's arrows aren't as bent as his brain! (Crack Generator)
( Apr. 24th, 2010 10:18 pm)
It has been posited that Neal Caffrey is an AU version of Dick Grayson.

This is foolish. If Neal Caffrey has an equivalent in the DCU, it is Selina Kyle. Proof is obvious.

And, hey, this way you get to imagine him in a Catwoman costume, which. Y'know. Rawr.
odditycollector: Crop of soft coloured Supergirl in a vintage style dress. Her symbol and lower face are visible. (Supergirl)
( Apr. 14th, 2010 08:02 pm)
So I am reading the Blackest Night: Wonder Woman miniseries, because I miss the high political drama of Wonder Woman as written by Greg Rucka. Plus, the BN: Superman mini was self contained enough I could follow it without reading the core event books, and I am hopeful this is a trend.

It's not, but the first issue is entertaining enough I'm willing to scan through the other 2 for bits that make sense. They are scattered thinly, among confusing character reads and questionable costume redesigns.

But what sticks with me is this bit:



If even Wonder Woman is offended at being called a girl, what hope have any of us?
 

ETA: Feels backwards, but discussion on LJ.
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I feel that I *should* feel something about the current Legion of Super-Heroes title (titles?) being cancelled, but I find myself oddly indifferent to the news.

It's not exactly unexpected, after all, and you know they'll replace it with some version of the Legion eventually. (Most likely with the Geoff Johns rendition running around the DCU, because nothing says "exciting new direction!" like resetting everything back to 25 years ago!)
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I feel that I *should* feel something about the current Legion of Super-Heroes title (titles?) being cancelled, but I find myself oddly indifferent to the news.

It's not exactly unexpected, after all, and you know they'll replace it with some version of the Legion eventually. (Most likely with the Geoff Johns rendition running around the DCU, because nothing says "exciting new direction!" like resetting everything back to 25 years ago!)
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I held out for a few days this time around but, in the end, I was weak. I will have to do better at hiding the image editing software!

Yes, you can has solicits. )

And Batwoman finally gets a sponsorship deal! )
 
I held out for a few days this time around but, in the end, I was weak. I will have to do better at hiding the image editing software!

Yes, you can has solicits. )

And Batwoman finally gets a sponsorship deal! )
 
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Default)
( Feb. 18th, 2008 10:21 pm)
I have no idea what the context behind this image is, but it cracked me up utterly.
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The previews for tomorrow's Supergirl comic are up, and this page has me a little bit concerned.

Kara: But think about it for a second. How are this guy's powers even possible?

 
[livejournal.com profile] odditycollector: "Noooo. Once you go down that route it is all logically disproving the existence of your universe!"
[livejournal.com profile] caia_comica: Oh dear!
Caia: That would be really, really bad.
Karen: Superman is trying to tell her that!
Caia: He *knows* that *their* powers don't stand up to any logical scrutiny either!
Karen: "You should not be one to talk, Kara."
Caia: *shakes head* She needs to stop this now, before she disappears in a puff of logic!

Karen: At least there seem to be words in this issue.
Karen: It's a nice change!
Caia: Yay WORDS.
Caia: Are there not usually?
Karen: It was the writer who invented Cass. I think he may have been having difficulty adjusting.

 
(All srsness, though, I totally approve of how Kara discovered some brains recently and will be picking it up. It's just that trying to find an internally consistent logic within their universe is why so many DCU scientists go MAD.)
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'No! No! There are other ways to find out! Like tests and experiments!' )

 
So, anyway. About that Kord-Slash-Inventions file? I am totally invoking Rule 34!

Do not disappoint me, internets!

ETA: You know what, never mind. I forgot that I already posted it! Yes, I know, I am so with it sometimes.
'No! No! There are other ways to find out! Like tests and experiments!' )

 
So, anyway. About that Kord-Slash-Inventions file? I am totally invoking Rule 34!

Do not disappoint me, internets!

ETA: You know what, never mind. I forgot that I already posted it! Yes, I know, I am so with it sometimes.
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