P52TR WEEK 10 & 11

As of this post, I am now just two weeks behind this project instead of four. There are a couple of reasons I’m this far behind. One is, both of these sketches look like crap to me.Two, up to a few weeks ago, I was working with a very toxic individual and even though we’re not working together anymore, I still feel like the life has been sucked out of me.

batgirl bleh

I have to keep reminding myself that the whole purpose of this weekly exercise is not to be particularly profound, but to be more prolific, which has always been my waterloo. Fingers crossed, I catch up by next month. がんばれオレ!

Thoughts on the DC new 52

I know I said I’d ignore DC until the next reboot, but I just can’t seem to stay away. I’ve only read 4 titles so far and it’s been 50-50 for me.

1. Batgirl #1

I wasn’t really stoked about Babs donning the suit again. I love Babs, but I realised I love her more as Oracle than as Batgirl. But still, Gail Simone’s writing it, and her work on the first Birds of Prey series was the reason I like Oracle so much.

I really don’t like the art in this issue. The poses were a little off and the colours were garish. I’m not completely buying Babs just getting better, although I guess it ties in with that scene from BOP where she manages to move her toes. Kinda.

This didn’t wow me, but I think it could get better as the story progresses. Because, you know, it’s Gail Simone.

2. Catwoman #1

I am a sucker for Guillem March. Again, a lot of fanrage on the internets about his stuff, but I really love his style and I usually really like his cheesecake stuff. Usually.

The writing was great, because you could feel Judd Winick really knew his shit around Selena Kyle. The monologues didn’t feel forced. (Which is what I felt with Batgirl.)

So I generally love the art and I generally love the way it was written.

Until we get to the sex scene. I don’t know if it was just the way it was written, or how it was drawn, or a combination of both but really just looked like soft-core porn. I’m as big a Bat-cat fan as any –Hush is one of my favourite story arcs– but come on. First half was great, second half was smut.

3. Batwoman #1

I think it’s been almost year since DC announced Kate Kane was getting her own series, and I was really, really looking forward to this and then I forget to have a copy reserved at ye old comic book store. It’s sold out and I’m waiting for the reprints to arrive next week. Fail.

Anyway, J.H Williams? YES. YES. YES. FUCK YES. It’s totally on the same page as Kate’s run on Detective Comics although co-written by J.H Williams and W. Haden Blackman this time around instead of Greg Rucka. But yes, moar pls.

4. Batman #1

Oh, wow. This was amazing. I liked how it started off sort of re-establishing Gotham to the reader and then goes straight to the action. I was a little disappointed to see Joker in there, because let’s face it, I’m a little sick of him. He’s everywhere. I was hoping they’d focus on another villain. Although he wasn’t really the focus here either. Moving on, so I can avoid spoilers.

This scene, omg:

Yes, it’s fanservice, and I completely bought it.

I hear Wonder Woman #1’s good too. Might check it out sometime. Will prolly just wait for the reprint.  What are your thoughts on the new 52?

The Brave & The Bold #33

This made me cry. ; A ;

I don’t really follow The Brave and The Bold, but I saw excerpts of  this issue floating around comic blogs and got insanely curious. I love it when caped females get together and I was expecting it to be a little like Gotham City Sirens, only with good guys.

It starts off with Zatanna waking up from a disturbing dream, which leads her to drag Diana and Barbara on a girls’ night out. And there’s nothing quite like these three women in a club. I especially loved Zatanna going all jedi mind tricks on the club bouncer. Then Wonder Woman starts talking about the Delphi oracle and the place in Greek history oracles in general have and suddenly the story turns somber and you know where this all going.

This was awesome, but I cried which sucks because I’m at the office and I have to pretend that I’m working and not taking a break reading comics.

There are a few perks to owning your own circus

dick-barbaraBarbara: You win, Former Boy Wonder. I am loving it!
Dick: Just don’t fall. I’m not carrying you up here again.

Aaaaaaaawwwwwww. If I happen to lose all feeling from the waist down in a horrendous incident involving the Joker, I’d like a former circus acrobat-turned-vigilante to take me on the trapeze.