Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner team up with, uh, basically every major artist still speaking to DC for a blessedly playful introduction to their upcoming Harley Quinn series.
Harley Quinn was more damaged than perhaps any other character in the DC Universe (give or take a Jaime Reyes) by the DC Universe ‘soft reboot’ in the New 52. While Harley’s always had a dark, seductive edge, the New 52 stripped her of all her subtlety and most of her clothes, turning her into a vaguely ridiculous facsimile of one of DC’s most iconic female characters. Bits and pieces of the old Harley have resurfaced periodically, but by and large, Harley went from the Clown Princess of Crime to another bland merry murderess in a corset and boy shorts. It was an abysmal redesign. Now, however, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are taking over and steering Harley Quinn back towards being her own thing, a process that starts in the cluttered-but-playful Harley Quinn #0. Continue reading
Marguerite Bennett lands on a brilliant concept for a “Zero Year” tie-in, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
Posted in Batman, Comic Books, Comic Reviews, DC, New 52
- Tagged Batgirl, Batman, DC Comics, Fernando Pasarin, Marguerite Bennett, review, Zero Year
SPOILERS for like all the stories in this issue
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- Tagged Batman, Batman Black and White, Comic Book Reviews, Damion Scott, Harley Quinn, Lee Bermejo, Marv Wolfan, Paul Dini, Poison Ivy, Rian Hughes, Riccardo Burchielli, Robin, Stephane Roux
The internet in the last few hours has been bursting with it. The news that Ben Affleck is going to be the next Batman alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman. To get a better idea of how this will go, I just rewatched Daredevil.
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Gail Simone has long been one of DC’s best writers, but her New 52 Batgirl run has been troubled at best. While Batgirl: Knightfall Descends remains deeply flawed, it is nevertheless a huge step in the right direction for the troubled title.
If there was one person who could save the idea of ‘Babs as Batgirl’, it was Gail Simone. Gail had years of experience writing Barbara Gordon, more experience than virtually any other comic writer still regularly working today. She was extremely familiar with the Gotham City crew, and she’d been writing dark action comics for years. Gail Simone was the perfect choice for the New 52 iteration of Batgirl. But her run has been divisive at best, though perhaps with the way DC treated fans of Steph and Cass that was always bound to happen, and reviews have generally been tepid.
So, where did it go wrong?
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Pic unrelated (though I want Steph back DC!)
My pull list for 2013! Please feel free to suggest a comic for me to check out or drop in the comments!
Posted in Batman, Captain America, Comic Reviews, DC, Deadpool, Flash, Marvel, New 52, relaunch, Spider-Man, Superboy, Winter Soldier, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men
- Tagged DC, Marvel, Pull list
A great and somewhat surprising Annual that should be in every collection.
While this may be leading towards a Mortal Kombat video game, its worth the look even if you don’t plan to get the game.
While I will try to avoid them, there still may be spoilers.
Surpasses its predecessor while tossing in tributes to some legendary DC films!
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Running this in a same fashion as the last group. Three small reviews (with possible spoilers) for the three comics that work with H’el on Earth; Superboy, Supergirl, Superman.
Posted in Batman, Comic Reviews, DC, Flash, Justice League, New 52, relaunch, Superman, Wonder Woman
- Tagged H'el, H'el on Earth, Justice League, Lex Luthor, relaunch, Superboy, Supergirl, Superman
Well, it’s that time of the year: the time when every obsessive with an Internet connection (and some obsessives, like me, without one) make lists. Best Album of 2012 leads into Worst Album of 2012 and culminates in Best Comeback Performance in 2012 Of An Artist Who Started His Career in the 1980s But Suffered Setbacks In The 90s.
We here at read/RANT like to keep things pretty simple. We talk about what we know: comics. Also, sometimes, TV and movies. We’re Renaissance Men, capable of being interested in many things at once. But, admittedly, it’s mostly comics.
Last year, there was just a single list: The 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2011. This year, I’m splitting my Top 10 into two separate lists: Top 10 Ongoings – what you are reading now – and an upcoming book on the Top 10 Graphic Novels. There are some books that may be thrilling as ongoings, but only very good as collections – or books that had a fantastic year, but don’t yet have a collection released!
So I’m hoping this will help bring a little diversity to the lists. We’ll see. Anyway, click through for the first list: The Top 10 Ongoing Comics of 2012, then chime in down in the comments and let me know what your favorite books were this year!
Posted in Batman, BOOM! Studios, Comic Books, Daredevil, DC, Image, Marvel, Prophet, read/RANT Columns, Top Ten "Fill in the Blank", Wonder Woman
- Tagged Best Comics 2012, Top 10 Comics of 2012
It’s been popping up all over the place, and while I usually don’t rewrite news I heard off other sites, this one I just couldn’t bring myself to leave alone. Word has it though that the Nolanverse is to continue into the upcoming Justice League movie!
It seems in this DCnU that small crossovers are going to be rather common place. H’el on Earth, Rise of the Third Army, Throne of Atlantis, etc. Heck, it wasn’t too long back that Court/Night of the Owls finished up. For the Batfamily we currently are getting Death of the Family, with Batman #14 being the latest issue. Be careful of spoilers…
Perhaps the best Batman film to date!
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Okay, so the title is a bit misleading. Not all the Batfamily has had a zero issue so far, and I haven’t picked all the zero issues yet. This will look at five titles though going in “order” of their crime fighting debut: Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood/Outlaws, Batman and Robin. Expect spoilers.
Posted in Batman, DC, New 52, relaunch
- Tagged Barbara Gordon, Batgirl, Batman, Bruce Wayne, Damian Wayne, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Joker, Nightwing, Robin
Been a while, huh? Some of the latest #0 issues though has given some nice input to the timeline that I just couldn’t ignore it. Due note spoilers (mainly beneath the timeline) and that this has a very Bat-family focus on the new parts.
Posted in Batman, Comic Reviews, DC, New 52, read/RANT Columns, relaunch
- Tagged Batman, DC New 52, DCnU, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Nightwing, Robin, Timeline
This week in comics, the second week of DC’s ‘zero month’ produces nothing as terrible as Swamp Thing #0 and nothing as wonderful as Action Comics #0. Mostly, this week was pretty average. Sorry.
The end of the Terminus arc isn’t the pull for me here. To be honest, none of the Terminus stuff was. The real story in my eyes over these last few issues has been the War of the Robins, which by chance seems to end in this issue as well.
This week in comics, Batman makes a new friend, Frankenstein kills him a leviathan, and Daredevil fights… some people… for a reason.
This week in comics, Frankenstein, Demon Knights, and The Shade continue to impress, Image launches a pretty fantastic new title in Revival, and we can finally stop giving a crap about owls.
Pictured: A scene that is still a good 15+ years off from where this issue ends.
Posted in Batman, Comic Books, Comic Reviews, Dark Horse Comics, DC, Image, New 52, Vertigo
- Tagged Comic Book, Demon Knights, Punk Rock Jesus, review, Revival