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A Reading List for Wonder Woman Day

In honor of Wonder Woman’s solo film debut this weekend, DC has proclaimed Saturday, June 3rd Wonder Woman Day. Created 76 years ago by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter as both a superheroine and symbol for women’s equality, Diana has had an eventful history. Her legacy is a rich one, which the staff of Nothing But Comics have often revisited. So, for those wishing to delve deeper into Wonder Woman and what she represents, here is a selection of writings from Nothing But Comics on the adventures of the Princess of Themyscira.

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Uncovering the Best Covers, 7-21-16

Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?

Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?

Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .

Cosmo feels intimidated around . . .

Betty & Veronica 1 Tula Lotay
Betty & Veronica #1 by Tula Lotay

 

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Freeze Frame 2/12/2016

From Old Man Logan #2 by Andrea Sorrentino & Marcelo Maiolo
From Old Man Logan #2 by Andrea Sorrentino & Marcelo Maiolo

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Uncovering the Best Covers, 2-11-16

Want to know what covers caught our attention this week?

Curious what our eyes fell in love with at first sight?

Well, here they are, the most memorable images on the stands this Wednesday . . .

Cosmo digs deeper into . . .

Injection 7 Declan Shalvey
Injection #7 by Declan Shalvey

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Tuesday Top Ten: Comics We Are Most Anticipating For 2016

It’s that time of year where all the new comics haven’t come out yet and we can believe the book’s in our head will be the books we get. Some of them won’t meet expectations, some will exceed them. Regardless, these are the new comics series of 2016 that we can’t wait to read.

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DC Comics Announces Four New Creative Teams In February 2016 Solicitations

TT-Cv17-564a3a20ea4527-05454447-0744eIn February of 2016, DC Comics will be introducing new creative teams to four of their current ongoing series. Writer Dan Abnett will be taking over writing on Earth 2 Society & Aquaman with Jorge Jimenez and Vincente Cifuentes on art respectively.  Writer Tim Seely & artist Juan Ferreya will be taking over New Suicide Squad & Greg Pak will be joined by artist Noel Rodriguez on Teen Titans (YAY). Also of note; Neal Adams Coming Of The Supermen along with Grant Morrison & Yanick Paquette’s long awaited Wonder Woman Earth One will see release. Paquette will also be filling in for Greg Capullo on Batman #49. More details at DC Comics

Review of Wonder Woman Earth One

Wonder Woman Earth One Yanick Parquette
Yanick Paquette

By Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn

The latest in DC’s line of Earth One original graphic novels arrived in stores this past week. Similar to its popular predecessors, Wonder Woman aims to take an iconic character and reimagine her origin story for contemporary readers. Standing outside continuity, Earth One grants creators the freedom to wholly reinvent elements of the subjects’ mythos. Given these circumstances, Grant Morrison would seem a natural fit for the project, as he often does his best work when he is not beholden to the constraints of continuity. Simply give a great artist (as he has here with Yanick Paquette) and let his imagination run wild. To a degree that is what happens in Wonder Woman, though the end result, while sometimes enjoyable, leaves a lot to be desired.

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Review of Batman #50

330549._SX640_QL80_TTD_by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, FCO Plascencia, Yanick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn

This comic series man, I mean the sheer brevity of the decision these guys make on a top selling Batman comic is unbelievable. We should have known from the beginning, when Snyder & Capullo opted to create a new villain in the Court of Owls for their year long opening arc on the series but even then, the book felt inline with the traditional Gothic thematic’s of the Batman mytho’s. But by issue #21, at the start of Zero Year, not even halfway through their run, something clicked and the Snyder/Capullo Batman became what it would always be remembered as going forward; the craziest, wildest, most unpredictable and zero fucks given run on a Batman book ever. Consider that this was being done during DC Comics New 52 period, a time when most books were being constrained editorially to a more traditional comic book aesthetic, and the fact that they’ve managed to do all these things on the series is even more mind boggling. This weeks issue #50 concludes the final story arc like many of the issues proceeding it; wild, exciting, messy, all over the place and epic.

This is the conclusion of Superheavy, the arc where Bruce Wayne has gotten amnesia after almost dying from fighting the Joker who may or may not actually be Satan, Commissioner Gordon has taken on the Batman moniker by wearing a mechanical suit that looks more like a bunny rabbit, Robin has been replaced by a gang of street kids being led by a young boy whose parents have gone crazy from Joker gas and the chief antagonist is a giant mutating flower person named Mr. Bloom that is using the energy of people taking his mutating flower drugs to power a star that is going destroy Gotham City. All you need to know about #50 is that it’s as bonkers as everything that’s led up to it. There’s explosions, exposition about Gotham City and being Batman, creepy ass looking monster people, Bruce Wayne in the cape and cowl, Bruce Wayne fighting Mr Bloom in a giant Bat sentinel, Mr. Bloom getting foiled by magnets on a blimp (!?!?!?!?!?), Duke Thompson falling from a blimp, being saved by a parachute, having the parachute get cut then being inexplicably saved by Batman and Jim Gordon playing out the string in the bunny suit before saving the day in a way that is probably scientifically impossible had I the brain capacity to even fully understand what was happening while saying “Semper Fi”. So yeah, it doesn’t totally make sense, it’s undeniably flawed, it’s not what you’d expect out of a Batman comic or even what you’d expect from the guys who made Court Of Owls & Death of the Family Batman comics but it’s undeniably fucking awesome. At some point, Batman shifted from being a comic about Batman fighting scary ass shit to Batman fighting lions on a dirt bike and judging by this issue here, we are all the more better for it.
In a few months, there will be a new creative teams on both Batman & Detective Comics. If rumors are true, they will probably be in very capable hands, Scott Snyder will have another Batman comic and they will all most likely be similar to most Batman comics we have all been reading our entire lives. Just like the Batman movies we’ve seen in movie theaters, the Batman cartoons we grew up on or the Batman video games we’ve spent hours playing. Cool stories bro. But for about thirty issues; we got a different kind of Batman comic by two masters of the medium. A Batman comic that often made reference to ancient myth, that re-wrote one of the most iconic Batman comics in history, that took on white privilege, that made Bruce Wayne a social worker, that had the Justice League turn into Joker zombies, that had Batman clone himself, that did not give a fuck about audience expectations, that fought and handily won against some of comics most constricting editorial conditions, that dominated the direct market and that pushed the superhero genre forward kicking and screaming all along the way.
The hero Gotham deserves. The hero we needed.