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This month's sweet Green Arrow teaches us that sometimes hardships go better when you face them with someone you love. Also, how to do sexy without being shlocky. Also, Oliver's chili returns to canon! Check it!

...Where the tide ends? That's kind of like us. Divided but together. )
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Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Paulo Siqueria


According to guide I'm following for Countdown to Final Crisis, this was a sort of a tie-in that would lead into something that happened in weekly series. So, here we go then...

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"Yeah! Furi Kuri is one of my main influences for Black Canary. And again, I know that doesn’t seem obvious off the top, but all of the elements that you’re seeing play out in the first issue are to approximate that tone that’s fun but also has an undercurrent of melancholy. And that undercurrent comes from Dinah’s personality, and what she’s been through in the last number of years." - Brenden Fletcher

Writers: Brenden Fletcher
Artist: Annie Wu
Colorist: Lee Loughridge

Another DC Comic that deserves some more love, Black Canary! Let's take a look at the first two issues.

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Comic Book Resources: How much does the music aspect play a role -- is it a major component, or more in the background?

Fletcher: It informs the situation, but the situation, of course, involves a woman who is ex-military, and potentially the best martial artist on the planet. Trouble kind of follows her around. While they're trying to go on this tour, while they're trying to make the most of this unique opportunity that they've been given to have a record deal, and play all these shows, really they just end up in fights all the time, and people end up hurt. That's maybe a problem. It fuels the story.

Wu: What I have in mind, stylistically, music plays a big part in that. I look at a lot of gig posters and music videos; the theatrical aspect of being on stage, all that fun stuff. Hopefully our final product will have that feeling of a rock tour. Halftones and bold colors. That, plus, al the kung fu action and all that kind of stuff. Hopefully it'll be a really fun, vibrant, energetic final product.

Writer: Brenden Fletcher
Artist: Annie Wu

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From Batgirl #35

With the surprising huge success of Harley Quinn, we've seen some interesting developments as DC & Marvel have been trying to capitalize on the large female readership that book has gotten. What we're seeing in Harley's home office, the Batman line of books, is an approach that you need more than just a female lead, but a different way of writing characters and telling stories with Gotham Academy and the revamp of Batgirl.

In Batgirl's case, the emphasis is on the girl part of Batgirl. She's still brilliant and capable, but now looks and acts her age, rather than the 30-something she's tended to be written as since the reboot. She lives in Burnside, Gotham's version of Brooklyn. She and best friend Dinah, who's older, more mature, and fronts a band while also being a costumed crime fighter (She has an impressive set of pipes), have been on the outs, but still come through for each other. She has an ethnically diverse supporting cast, too.

Dinah's band, BTW, is the one the kids are referring to in Gotham Academy that has a new singer. Speaking of that very good book, some have wondered why it's set in Gotham City. Where else could it be set, since the story is all about Gotham City? There just happens to be more to the people of Gotham than the Bats, Jim Gordon, violent criminals, and a bunch of victims.

Some traditional Bat fanboys have griped about the lack of Grim'n'Gritty art and storytelling style in Batgirl. They have a gripe with the female target audience too, it seems, writing comments that the book is trying to appeal to girls who listen to One Direction. I can only assume these suburban boys have never been to the urban areas of major cities, as the hipsters that live in places like Burnside don't listen to groups like One Direction.

But, these are the same guys who were going on about how Joker's Daughter was such a better character than Harley, boldly predicted upon her debut that she'd be a much bigger breakout character than Harley had ever been, and would supplant her when that new series flopped, as it was sure to do. Well, we saw how that worked out. That crowd has been very quiet of late on the subject of comparing Joker's Daughter's marketability to Harley's. Yes, Grimdark fans, there is room for variety in comics, even in the Bat books.

Don't get me wrong. I liked The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. I just don't think every superhero comic book has to be just like them.

One thing I like about the new Batgirl team is how they show Barbara's ability to retain and instantly recall any memory. It's done very visually.

Oh, Babs is hungover from a party, and Dinah is cranky due to everything she owned just getting blown up. She really needs to watch it when she yells at the insurance company...



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While I don't love IDENTITY CRISIS, I really like one part of it. One part that I think Brad Meltzer and/or Geoff Johns should have expanded upon. One page from FLASH #214 after the cut.

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