"Weirdly enough, our version of 'Josie' is not all-ages, nor is it some monstrously hardcore run. Audrey’s magnificent art is delightful, energetic, beautiful and fun, but our dialogue is definitely quick, crackling and — hopefully — goes over the young’uns heads in places. The girls are flawed, funny, earnest, and struggling to make their way in the world in their early 20s. We wanted outrageously over-the-top adventures that had genuine emotional crisis at their warm milk chocolate center."
--Marguerite Bennett, CBR interview 1 Sept. 2016
( 'I can recite Anna Karenina from memory!' --'Not now, Mel.' )
One of the goals of this first arc has been to establish Knife as Batwoman's new archenemy, and so far that has been done incredibly well. The two women have been compared and contrasted in a variety of ways: through their personalities and actions, their character design, and, as shown in the opening pages of issue #2 and issue #3, through color schemes and panelling. It may help to refresh yourself on those pages from issue #2.
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Here's another actually decent Diana moment! This time, it's about overcoming loss and the nature of grief, courtesy of the ragtag creative team behind DC Bombshells, whom should probably get a Sensation Comics monthly! (We do have Action and Detective, after all.)
Plus, Wonder Woman muses (weirdly) on the afterlife. Check it!
Words: Marguerite Bennett
Art: Matias Bergara
Colors: J. Nanjan
Letters: Wes Abbott
( Fly Again )
The success of Bombshells would be a Cinderella story if Cinderella wore motorcycle boots. The initial idea was to build a comic book inspired by a line of popular collectible figurines. That germ of an idea has expanded into one of the brightest and funniest comics DC has to offer. The comic sold 60,000 copies in its debut print issue in August — a massive number for a digital-first comic.
Women writers and artists like Bennett often face backlash for "pushing an agenda," which is usually followed up by complaints that they're ruining comics by not having women overtly sexualized in their stories. A similar backlash is also applied to nonwhite writers and nontraditional heroes.
But 60,000 issues has a way of drowning out those voices.
"I feel like there was a lot of resistance to that at first, but now people are like, 'The books are here, you can see what they're like, they're great. Go forth and read,'" Bennett said. "I think people are starting to understand that this is not the destruction of Western civilization if you let girls in your goddamn clubhouse."
Diversity is making DC Comics great again
( The lovely folks here introduced me to the DC comics: Bombshells series, so I thought I'd complete the circle and post a few of my favourite moments :) )
Well there's Edel Nacht AKA Brother Night who seems to be the main human in the pact with the undead Tenebrae, The Joker's Daughter who runs a cabaret in Berlin where dark rituals are practiced, and where she keeps Zatanna as her personal plaything, and three more who sum up their motivations in the latest chapter, before one of them goes toe to tentacle with Mera.
( Four pages from chapter 34 )
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edit 2: and another
( 6 1/3 pages from chapter 29, and six from chapter 30 )