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?

Gotham City Sirens #1-9

I finally caught up with the ongoing Gotham City Sirens series!  Written by Paul Dini and illustrated by Guillem March, the series features a team-up between Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Catwoman in a post- Hush-Battle for the Cowl-other comics I haven’t read yet-storyline.

I’ve read some really snarky reviews,  but I love it. True, it has its weak points — particularly in issue #1. I felt like the reason for the three of them teaming up wasn’t established well enough, so at times it felt a little fanfiction-y. But it gets better after the first issue and mad props to Paul Dini especially for giving Ivy’s  character a lot of depth.

Guilliem March did a bang-up job with the art. The girls are beautifully stylized. I really think the trick to enjoying Gotham City Sirens is to not take it too seriously.  Or I’m just not hardcore-comic-fan enough. In any case, having three of my favourite girls in one comic is nothing less than fangasmic.

I Fail At Life

I started colouring Daphne in last night, and boy, what a fail in epic proportions that was. I’m glad I took photos of it as a pencil sketch because I realise now that it will look best just as line art. I need to pick up a good eraser that isn’t the kneaded kind and some new pens after work to remedy the catastrophe that was last night.

I’m really bummed out and I’m crossing my fingers, toes and eyes that I can still save the drawing.

In other not-so-bummed-out news, I still can’t decide which makes me more school-girl giddy: Continue reading I Fail At Life