Discussion in 'Comic Books and Graphic Novels' started by Tekkaman Blade, May 31, 2011.
Steve Lightle, “Legion of Super-Heroes” and “Doom Patrol” Artist, Dead at 61
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Steel Co-Creator Jon Bogdanove Wants Ta-Nehisi Coates To Write the Character
During a recent appearance on The Film Rescue Podcast, the character Steel's co-creator Jon Bogdanove, who drew Superman: The Man of Steel in the '90s and provided covers for much of the Steel ongoing series of the '90s, said that he would like to see the character show up more.
Bogdanove noted that most superheroes are archetypes, and both DC and Marvel tend to steal one another's archetypes back and forth -- but that without somebody like Steel front and center, DC doesn't have an Iron Man parallel. He added that he thought Black Panther scribe and best-selling writer Ta-Nehisi Coates would be a great choice to do it.
"Ta-Nehisi Coates would be great," Bogdanove said, noting that while he would love to revisit the character with co-creator Louise Simonson, it is probably a good idea to let a person of color have their say. "I don't know if that's a get they could possibly get, but I think we would get a good take there."
"DC already has a billionaire superhero in Bruce Wayne, so we don't need to chase Tony Stark. But the idea of a home-made Iron Man, a guy who retires from the Establishment, leaves the Establishment, and just because he's so smart, he's able to build a suit of armor from a box of scraps. I think it's good to have a guy who like that."
He also added that Steel's popularity with fans make him a good choice to have around so that DC can have a more diverse Justice League lineup without attracting claims that they are engaging in performative diversity.
"There are things that are problematic from a political standpoint with Cyborg," Bogdanove argued, referencing the character who has been a staple on the Justice League since 2011. "If your token Black character has his body mutilated, there are things uncomfortable about that from a modern perspective that probably weren't as noticeable in 1980."
That's a curious perspective. I'm not sure he's right about Cyborg though.
Googled the name, he's from Thailand.
But a name like Pornsak must be awkward for him in English communities.
Lady Blackhawk: Otto Schmidt's Art Collects All of the DC Hero's Outfits
A sweet gallery of costumes across time.
I just saw the “I am not starfire” thing.....yikes.
so am I causing chaos if I ask, is it really true DC comics is basically crashing right now.
The YA books have nothing to do with the main line and do not reflect what the comics are doing with Starfire. Also, the YA books are doing very well, so I guess the answer to your question is no.
That's a good take, and I think Steel is someone that could be revived and have a big push that would work, like Captain Marvel did for Marvel in the comics under KSD (at least until Marvel did some character assassination with CW2).
Cyborg has always been a bit of a troublesome character to push in the JLA. He's got such a long backstory with the Titans, so having him be pushed just as you reboot a universe is a misstep. Also Cyborg brings up the very human taboo of questioning if a cyborg is less than human, and ties it to someone of color where there's some serious racist attack lines that would be triggered. It can be argued that Cyborg is the kind of character that could take on all of that head on, and make a lot of progress towards debunking those ideas.
There's also that the new 52 made the misstep of pushing Cyborg at the cost of Martian Manhunter. I'd have much rather seen Hal Jordan pushed off the team, but with the current people at DC that would never happen.
So it’s not true they just fired half their writers and their titles per month is shrinking from 30+ down to 12 in March. Rumors of stores actually canceling all DC orders aren’t true?
im not arguing i honestly never follow DC anymore and then I read all these articles about it. If it’s not true that’s cool, if it is, that sucks.
Here are DC's March solicitations: DC March 2021 solicitations and covers revealed including Infinite Frontier | GamesRadar+
Ah, I thought you meant crashing in terms of how they're handling characters like Starfire.
Next Batman's secret origin unfolds in new series Second Son | GamesRadar+
Carrying on with what The Next Batman has and will establish, a digital first 12 issue series will be released on the 23rd February:
"Now that the world knows Tim Fox is behind the mask fighting against The Magistrate in Gotham City, what's the truth behind his origin and his connection to the current DC Universe?," reads DC's announcement. "... this miniseries answers the questions behind Tim's estrangement from Lucius Fox and the rest of the Fox family and his evolution from man of mystery to Gotham's newest guardian."
What's the point of the mask if they know who he is?
The Batman has always seemed to me to be a very personal choice by Bruce Wayne to deal with crime because of the death of his parents. That being said, it's hard to see a successor apart from someone like Dick Grayson, who has so much in common with him and who worked with him for so many years. The whole premise of a 'next' Batman just doesn't work for me on the face of it. Bruce is Batman, Batman is Bruce as far as I'm concerned. Others might see if differently.
Dick Grayson would work as Batman, and there are several good takes out there with him as the Bat, and how that differs ultimately from Bruce.
I never expect that to take though. Bruce, Clark, and Diana are such iconic characters they aren’t really going to ever go away. If that were possible, it would have happened in the silver age. Once Crisis hit (the first one) we were doomed to any potential replacement being temporary for any of the big three.
Crisis didn't effect Batman the same way it did Superman or to a lesser extent, Wonder Woman. Part of Crisis was to make Clark the Last Son of Krypton again. Then Man of Steel erased his time has Superboy. Clark had no successor waiting in the wings, both Diana and Bruce did in Dick and Donna. For Diana it wasn't has big a deal because she was basically immortal anyway, but if they ever decided to replace her, someone was there. For Bruce, different story. Sooner later, Bruce was going to fail and get killed and Dick would have had to replace him.. To me it was actually the Nightfall storyline that made it impossible to replace Bruce has Batman. They tried and still ended up bringing him back, not once, but twice. It set the tone for future changes.
Dick's time as Batman has come twice and gone at this point it should ever be Tim Drake or his birth son, Damian Wayne.
Robin gets his own ongoing series | GamesRadar+
Should be a intresting new direction for Damian:
"Now that Damian Wayne has severed his ties to both Batman and the Teen Titans, he'll be emerging from under their shadows to forge his own path," reads DC's description, referring to pre-Future State storylines in the Batman titles during 'The Joker War' and its fallout in the Teen Titans.
"Robin will feature new mysteries for Damian to explore, a new supporting cast, brand new characters, and fights, lots of fights!"
"After learning of the deadly League of Lazarus tournament, Damian Wayne has a new mission: to win the tournament and prove he is the greatest fighter in the DC Universe!" continues the publisher's description of the new series. "But first he must find the secret island where the tournament is being held!"
DC Announces New Batman Series Co-Starring Scooby-Doo
Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo travel back in time to Batman’s Year One era (when Batman's purple gloves were the vogue) to solve the case! Will this time-traveling heist have a happy ending?
Scooby-Doo and Batman team up to solve the mystery of a ghost…who’s haunting the Batcave! Even if the ghost turns out to be a fake, that still doesn’t solve the real mystery: How did someone get into the Batcave to stage the phony phantom—and does that mean Batman’s enemies have cracked the secret of his true identity?
Plus they are doing a 2nd book with bruce still as batman (he's just broke now)
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