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80 Glorious Years Of Wonder Woman!

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Hola and welcome, my absolutely astounding Amazon associates, to the 80th anniversary of the Themysciran Titan known as – Wonder Woman! That’s right, William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter’s groundbreaking fictional female first appeared in print exactly eight decades ago to this day, in the October 1941 issue of Sensation Comics #08.

If you’ve been a follower of the Precinct for awhile now, you more than likely know our affinity and adoration for Diana, in fact near forty percent of the post output here has been about the wondrous one’s myriad adventures. We have regaled you, dear reader, with comic and graphic novel reviews, psychological breakdowns of Diana’s mantra and impact, not only in the world of comics but also in real life situations of feminism, emancipation and acceptance, not to mention in-depth looks at her many allies, and foes, biographies of her creators, and the sundry stunning writers and artists who have depicted her over the decades.

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Wonder Woman is THE most important fictional female character ever committed to print, a shining beacon of hope and bastion of empowerment and equality, in the popular world of the superhero, she is the anomaly, relying on forgiveness, love and acceptance, rather than just the fist. That said, she is also a three millennium old Amazon warrior, who has been training, alongside her immortal sisters, in martial mastery since her illustrious and divine creation by a pantheon of Greek gods, so, if she needs to kick arse, let’s just say, very few can stand before her might.

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So, in celebration of Wondy’s eighty year reign, we would love to share with you a selection of our favourite Precinct1313 Wonder Woman posts from throughout the past eight years of this blog’s existence, that regale our love and admiration of the scintillating scion of the sublime. Enjoy, and… Happy 80th Anniversary Diana, we love ya!

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Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

Eisner Award winning writer/artist – Jill Thompson’s perfect parable of Diana’s earlier years is an alluring and sometimes provocative take on the Themysciran Titan, the storytelling contained within this terrific tome has a level of true emotional depth oft unfound in the medium, and you can re-visit our 2016 review – Right Here.

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Wonder Woman/Conan

The legendary pairing of the Themysciran Princess and sullen eyed Cimmerian – Conan the Barbarian is equalled in this titanic tale by the mythical mixing of it’s superstar creators – Gail Simone and Aaron Lopresti. Simone’s slow but epic build up in the story allows us to richly immerse ourselves into Conan’s savage and tempestuous reality, of which you too can experience if you visit our glowing review from 2020 – Right Here!

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Wonder Woman: Rebirth

Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp and Nicola Scott’s Rebirth series was a phenomenon both visually and in it’s stellar story-telling, and world building, and has ended up with the distinction of being one of my absolute favourite ever takes on Gaea’s glorious gal, and you can find out why when you re-visit our 2016 post – Right Here.

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Why We Love Wonder Woman

A more recent post from July 2021, where we spend time reflecting on the core attributes about Zeus’ favoured daughter that initially attracted us to the classic character, and why we still hold her in such reverence. Why not wend your way over to this particularly poignant post – Right Here!

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Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

Celebrated author – Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrator – Leila Del Luca provided a fresh and funky new take on Diana’s early upbringing on Paradise Island. A superb coming of age drama that’s not afraid to delve into the darker recesses of humankind, but is ultimately a tale of family, friends, love and emancipation. Indulge your senses in our review – Right Here.

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Diana – Princess Of The Amazons

Diana: Princess of the Amazons tells the tale of the wondrous one many years before she became the icon known as Wonder Woman. An eleven year old girl growing up on the idyllic paradise island of Themyscira. This fabulous fable is an uplifting tale about dealing with the inevitable growing pains that everyone ultimately experiences on their emotional journey into adulthood. A young adult novel that can be enjoyed by all ages, and you can start your very own voyage into this wildly wonderful world – Right Here!

Happy 80th Anniversary Diana! Just 20 More Years To The Centenary!!

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Precinct1313 Recommends: Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

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Hola, my absolutely astonishing amazonian associates, and with just two short weeks left until the 80th celestial celebration of the scintillating scion of the sublime known as Wonder Woman begins (October 21 – Wondy fact fans!) DC Comics have unleashed a 100 page super spectacular dedicated to the glorious reign of the Themysciran Titan. Does this titanic tome live up to it’s eight decade premise, and should you rush off to your local comic-book emporium to snafu a copy tout-suite? Well, the simple answer would be a resolute YES, but let’s dive a little deeper shall we…

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Diana’s dazzling and dynamic debut was in the 1941 issue of Sensation Comics #8, and from that humble beginning we have since been regaled with eight excellent decades of her ongoing odyssey for emancipation, liberation and love. You see, Wondy’s rich heritage is tied to her unique ability to empathise and forgive, traits that aren’t necessarily intrinsic to the preponderance of costumed clad heroes, who tend to rely on the fist. Wonder Woman was cut from an altogether different cloth, preferring to extend a hand in friendship, rather than raise a fist in anger.

The Wonder Woman: 80th Anniversary Super Spectacular celebrates these astounding attributes with a 100 page awe-inspiring anthology featuring nine stunning stories that run the gamut of her hallowed Hellenic history, from the glorious Golden Age, through Silver and Bronze eras right up to her modern day adventures, there’s a thrilling and timely tale for whichever variant of Diana is your personal fave, residing within these resplendent pages of this awesome album!

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Each of the nine stories presented in the anthology represent a different facet and perspective on Diana’s oeuvre, from the books opening chapter – In Memoriam – by Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan and Jim Cheung, which explores the amazing amazon from lifelong compeer and beau – Steve Trevor’s perspective, as he regales her accomplishments to friend and confidante – Etta Candy.

Personal favourite of the terrific tales on offer would have to be – Better Angels – by Vita Ayala and Isaac Goodheart with a sensational story that features the felonious furry feline – Cheetah. This chapter feels like it’s been ripped straight from the late eighties/early nineties run of comics, certainly in character design and costumes, with what starts as a battle of wits and brawn between the two eternal nemeses ultimately concludes with a morally uplifting ending that beautifully conveys Wonder Woman’s ability to inspire anyone to do the right thing… even ravenously rabid rival – Cheetah.

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There’s also a compelling compendium of comic cover collectables available to peruse and purchase, each one representing a different era of her radiant reign, showcasing her past, present and future to commemorate her enduring legacy. Being a huge fan of Diana’s original outfit (golden eagle top and blue and white star spangled skirt) I, of course went with the Gold and Silver age variants, but there is, most assuredly, a cover out there for every single fan of Gaea’s glorious gal.

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The Wonder Woman: 80th Anniversary Super Spectacular absolutely lives up to Diana’s eighty year legacy, with a glorious gathering of scintillating scribes and astonishing artists, this commemorative comic is a must buy to all fans of the astounding Amazon. Plus, if you’ve never indulged in a Wonder Woman comic-book experience before (tell me that ain’t so…) then this is also a fantastic place to acquaint yourself with the single greatest fictional female in comicdom history… don your red boots, grab your golden lasso, jump into your invisible jet and speed your way down your local comic-book emporium and grab a piece of comic-book history, by the horns of the mighty Minotaur, you will not regret it!

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Comic Cover Of The Week: Wonder Woman – Black And Gold #4

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Welcome back, my cool and compelling comic collecting cohorts to another compendium of comic cover collectables! This week we are once again celebrating the outstanding offering of the superb – Wonder Woman: Black and Gold – an awesome anthology series that venerates the astonishing adventures of the Princess of Themyscira.

Ok, ok, I know that the Wonder Woman mini-series – Black and Gold – has had a rather majestic monopoly on our Comic Cover Of The Week series in the past few months, but it is with good reason… because each and every cover has been a marvellously magnificent masterpiece! and this month’s opulent oeuvre is most certainly congruent to it’s compatriots!

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Our lead image is rapturously rendered by the talented Mathias Bergara, and is my personal pick of the absolutely awesome cover art available this issue, which was, to be honest, a truly difficult choice considering the standards on display from the competing covers by amazing artists – Nicola Scott, Tula Lotay, and Joshua Middleton. Nicola Scott also provides the interior art for the anthology’s first tale – Prayer – and once again provides the glorious goods with some absolutely superb two tone imagery, Nicola is one of the very finest artists ever to grace Wonder Woman and her art is reason alone to snap up this thrilling tome.

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– Gorgeous Interior Artwork From The Fabulous Nicola Scott –

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Wonder Woman: Black And Gold #4 Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Supergirl – Woman Of Tomorrow #4

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Welcome back, oh fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another cool and compelling compendium of comic cover collectables as we highlight this weeks outstanding offering from the bedazzling and bodacious – Bilquis Evely!

Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow has been a delirious delight from its very first issue onward, the Tom King penned opus has been a resounding success for fan and critic alike, but that was never really in any doubt when you have the superstar scribe behind such classics as Mister Miracle and Strange Adventures. But for this particular fan of the Woman of Steel it has been the absolutely vivacious visuals of Bilquis Evely that sold me on the series, they are stunning to behold, beautiful in-depth line work and detail, which in turn are ascended to even greater heights by the bold and gorgeous colours of Matheus Lopes… this magnificent mini-series is the absolute definition of high art!

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This impeccable issue finds Supergirl setting her sights on The Brigands, a group of iniquitous nomads hell-bent on slaughtering all they come across. Now Kara must follow in their path of destruction to find the fugitive they’ve been concealing, whom initially set her on this on this intergalactic odyssey in the first place. Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow #4 is another sublime chapter in the stunning series by King and Evely, and if you haven’t already taken the plunge on this breathtaking book, then why not don your red cape and boots and super-speed over to your local comic-book emporium and ask, nay demand, that the proprietor hand over a copy tout-suite!

Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Happy Batman Day!

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Over eight decades ago, the smoking gun barrel of Joe Chill unleashed unto the unsuspecting denizens of Gotham City a nocturnal nightmare of which they had never seen. The tragic murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne, before the innocent eyes of their young son, Bruce, created a force of vengeance and justice that has been preying on Gotham’s criminal underbelly with furious anger ever since… The Batman!

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Created by the peerless pairing of Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the creepy and curmudgeonly creature of the night’s first ever appearance was in DC Comics’ revered Detective Comics in May of 1939. Since that time, the dark and surly one has gone on to become, quite possibly, the most popular and renowned Superhero ever conceived, with his fame spreading across every single known entertainment medium, from comic-books through video-games, television shows, movies, toys, clothes, novelisations, and so, so much more, firmly cementing his place in heroic history!

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But what is it that compels readers to immerse themselves in a vengeance driven man-hunter, a being that has devoted his life to bringing his own brand of Bat-justice to a corrupt and dystopian city seething with criminal detritus? I absolutely believe that it’s his inherent vulnerability and pathos, you see, unlike the vast swathe of caped crusaders, Bruce is, ultimately, just a man in a costume… he can’t leap tall buildings in a single bound, or deflect bullets with bracelets, he’s not capable of reaching the speed-force, or even talking to fish! but what he does possess is the inherent belief in his own righteousness and decency, it’s his integrity and moral fortitude that has enabled him to rise above the sea of costumed crimefighters and be the best he can be, no matter the adversity or lack of powers thereof… the mark of a true hero (of course, billions of dollars, an unsurpassed mastery of myriad martial arts, genius level intellect and a compendium of glorious gadgets also, sort of, helps!)

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And So… Happy Batman Day! What will you be doing to celebrate the Dark Knight? Why not sound off in the comments below, fellow Bat-fans.

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Precinct1313 Recommends: Doomsday Clock – The Complete Collection

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Never was a truer word said Doc… since DC Comics and comic-book author – Geoff Johns – once again returned us to the dystopian landscape of Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins’ original groundbreaking ’80s maxi-series. 

I am a self confessed Watchmen fanboy, it is without a shadow of doubt my favourite comic-book series of all time. When I first consumed Alan Moore’s trailblazing series in 1986, I was blown away, it was a unique and contemporary take on the Superhero genre, a treatise on social anxiety, and a complete deconstruction of traditional Superhero conceptualisation, it was different in every single way possible to everything that came before it, and is almost single-handedly responsible for completely transforming the face of the comic-book medium for future creators, and readers. A veritable masterpiece.

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Since that time we have been regaled with scant few other forays into Moore’s apocalyptic vision, from Director – Zack Snyder’s masterful cinematic adaptation in 2009, a motion comic version of the original series released the same year to coincide with the movie’s release, through DC’s prequel series – Before Watchmen, released in 2012, and more recently, the superb HBO television saga by Damon Lindelof. And though some fans revelled in the new material presented to us (myself included) others believed that the original should have always have been left as a standalone project, with whom co-creator Alan Moore has always sided.

I personally believe that any beloved piece of creation, be it film, novel and comic-book should always be given a chance to grow and re-present itself to a new and modern audience, Snyder’s movie was the first instance of this for Watchmen, opening up the material to new fans, but at the same time being honest and respectful of Moore’s original vision. Watchmen is a world that has so many more tales to tell, and even more lessons to bestow upon it’s readership, and with Geoff Johns’ – Doomsday Clock series, DC did just that, oh and it also marked a return for irascible ink-blot masked vigilante – Rorschach, but not in the way anyone was expecting (I mean, Doc Manhattan did, literally, implode Rorschach at the end of the first series!!)

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Doomsday Clock actually counts as  our first foray back into the pandemonium that is the Watchmen as it’s a direct sequel to the iconic ’80s series, and as controversial as that seems to some fans, as I stated earlier in the post, I personally am more than happy to once again step into the chaotic and dystopian world of the titular Crimebusters. Sequels, movie adaptations, et al, do not dilute the original works, and if done with care and attention to the former work, can add more layers to the existing whole, plus if the idea of a Watchmen sequel is in any way sacrilegious to you, then you can always ignore it and continue to enjoy Moore’s superlative original story in all it’s well deserved glory.

Doomsday Clock is initially set just a few short years after the end of the original storyline, it’s 1992 and the world is still in turmoil after the events set in motion by Ozymandias, but with his scheme now laid bare, the world is once again on the brink of nuclear armageddon. With this premise, writer – Geoff Johns and artist – Gary Franks, effortlessly transport us back to the wonderfully dark and grimy world set up by Moore, stylistically the comic evokes the original material beautifully, from the dialogue set, through to the nine panel grid layout, visually this feels perfectly at home to it’s predecessor.

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Of course, I haven’t even touched upon the cross dimension interaction between the Crimebusters and DC’s regular pantheon of Superheroes, but let’s just say that the Batman/Rorschach team-up is as delightful as you can imagine, with some utterly fantastic dialogue between the two maniacal masked manhunters.

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If you’re fan of Watchmen and can get past the apparent controversy that a sequel to the seminal original exists, then the recently released Doomsday Clock: Complete Collection is an absolute must buy. Johns and co have presented us with an extremely well written dark, but at times amusing return to the world of masked vigilantes, chaos and deep rooted fear and anxiety, and I for one am more than happy to continue my stay in its fatalistic presence. Highly recommended.

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Comic Cover Of The Week: One Cover To Rule Them All!

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Welcome once more, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another cool and compelling comic-cover compendium, and hoo-boy is there a herculean host of astounding art available this week at your local comic-book emporium, so many in fact that we were literally unable to purchase just one, so here for your delightful delectation are this week’s outstanding oeuvre on offer…

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Dynamite Comics’ she devil with a sword returns in a fantastic new Red Sonja series by Mirka Andolfo and artist Giuseppe Cafaro. This new chapter in the embattled life of Sonja begins in a village ravaged by fire, set by members of the dread Three Eyed Shezem. When Sonja arrives, the only survivor is a young child with curious white tattoos, this child will become Sonja’s travel companion on a journey through chilling ice fjords and imposing forests.

Stunning Italian writer/artist Mirka Andolfo brings her formidable skills to the harsh and barbarous world of Red Sonja, ably backed up by the incredible talents of Giuseppe Cafaro, whose impressive art shines from panel to panel like Sonja’s seminal silver armour in the undying flames of battle!

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Wonder Woman: Black and Gold #3

The Wonder Woman: Black and Gold mini-series has so far wrought a magnificent myriad of absolutely fabulous comic covers from some of the greatest talents working in comics today. Each and every piece of art from this sublime series has been astonishing, with the fallout for this particular fan of the Themysciran Titan being that I have zero willpower and am thus compelled to buy each and every one I can lay my fanatical fingers upon (seriously, it’s so bad, my poor ol’ wallet has booked itself into therapy!)

This classic continuing celebration of the wondrous one is a must buy for fans, with the above dynamic duo of delectable designs brought to you by artistic auteurs – Jae Lee and Joshua Middleton.

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Harley Quinn Annual 2021

The crazy clowness of crime returns in an astonishing annual that contains all the mirth and majestic mayhem that you’d expect from the psychedelic psychopath of print. This forty eight page finagling fable is brought to you by writer – Stephanie Phillips and artist – David Lafuente, who also supplies one of the classic covers above, alongside the vaunted variant by dynamic Derrick Chew. 

This irascible issue finds our hapless hero bound and captured by Gotham’s newest SuperVillain – Keepsake, who kidnapped ol’ Harl in an attempt to convince her to be his partner in crime to overthrow and ultimately subjugate the people of Gotham. It’s going to take a titanic team up of Harley’s newest sidekick – Kevin, and undead rhyming ghoul – Solomon Grundy to save the hellacious hellcat from the devious designs of Keepsake.

These Classic Covers Are Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now! Which Of The Above Peerless Paintings In Print Is Your Favourite? Why Not Sound Off In The Comments Below…

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313

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Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another exhilarating episode of – The Week In Geek – where we love to share our favourite Comic-Book, Videogame, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so, once more unto the geek, dear agents, once more…

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Jurnee Smollet To Reprise Black Canary Role In Solo Movie…

That’s right, fellow fans of fantastic fictional females in film, the canary is most definitely out of the cage as Birds of Prey star, Jurnee Smollet, confirms her return as dynamic Dinah Lance in a Black Canary solo movie entry for DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe. 

Making her dazzling debut as the superhero – Black Canary in the hit movie: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn, Jurnee was a resounding success with fans as the crusading crimefighter with a killer voice. Writer and showrunner for Lovecraft Country – Misha Green is also attached to the project which will see her re-unite with Jurnee, who also starred in the popular television series. The film is slated to start filming soon, and will be exclusive to HBO Max alongside other DC Comics’ movie projects – Batgirl, Blue Beetle, and Green Lantern Corps.

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Ava DuVernay Confirms Season One Of DC Comics’ Character – Naomi Has Begun Filming…

Writer/director – Ava DuVernay has officially confirmed that she has started filming of the CW network’s adaptation of the fantastic DC Comics character. Kaci Walfall is headlining the series as the titular powerhouse – Naomi McDuffie, a character from a parallel universe who was sent to Earth Prime after destructive conqueror – Zumbado laid waste to her own version of the planet. Naomi’s spectacular power set include energy projection, flight, and superhuman strength and durability. Naomi’s surname pays tribute to the late, great comic-book author – Dwayne McDuffie, who is best known for creating the iconic African-American Superhero – Static, and was lead writer on many of DC’s animated shows.

Ava helmed the original pilot episode of Naomi for CW, and co-wrote the story with fellow write/producer – Jill Blankenship. The highly anticipated series is expected to air sometime in 2022.

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Why not join us again next time friends, for more Week In Geek!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Elvira Meets Vincent Price #1

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another crazy compendium of comic cover collectables! this perky post is dedicated to the quirky queen of delicious double-entendre – voluptuous vixen vamp- Elvira!

Cassandra Peterson’s horror hostess heroine is back alongside the master of menace himself – Vincent Price, in a brand new mini-series courtesy of writer David Avallone and Dynamite Comics, and what a fantastic pair they make (oh, and the comics are great too!) Our spooky storyline finds the titanic twosome of terror (again, we’re talking about Elvira and Vincent and not necessarily Ms’ Peterson’s prized assets!) entrusted with a macabre mission to find a long lost fabled movie that may just end up saving the world from an approaching apocalypse, courtesy of a vengeance fuelled Egyptian god!

Writer – David Avallone  once again produces the glorious goods, with a witty and bawdy script that absolutely encapsulates the suggestively insinuating hellcat of horror that is the mystifying Mistress of the Dark, with his script vividly brought to life thanks to the vivacious visuals of Juan Samu, who expertly captures the likeness of the tormented twosome of terror.

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Plus, why not throw yourself into a cheeky chasm of cleavage clad comic covers as each and every issue in the series throws up a veritable treasure chest (yup!) of vaunted variants of our voracious vixen vamp!!

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Elvira Meets Vincent Price is available from your local comic-book emporium right now! 

(As a small aside to this post, after I returned from my local comic shop with the two variant covers of this series, I posted a pic of the titanic twosome (again, I’m talking about the comics!) on Twitter captioned – ‘just got back from my local comic-book emporium with this lovely pair… oh, and the comics!’ – and to my delight, the queen herself – Elvira liked the tweet… ELVIRA! my life pinnacle is now achieved!!)

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Comic Cover Of The Week: Harley Quinn The Animated Series – Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #1

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Welcome, my cool and compelling comic collecting cohorts to another enticing episode of Comic Cover Of The Week, and, hoo boy, this post is full to the brim with mischievous mirth and mayhem courtesy of that hellacious hellion of hi-jinks -Harley Quinn!

That’s right, oh fellow fans of fantastic fiction, the psychedelic psychopath of print and crazy clowness – Harley Quinn teams up with her plant powered partner in crime and love – Poison Ivy in a wild and reckless whistle stop tour where the pernicious pairing will be eating, banging and, um, killing in copious quantities! Pretty much an average day in the life of Harley Quinn then huh.

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This digital first series picks up from the end of season two of the fantastic Harley Quinn Animated Series, with Harley and Ivy on the run after the close call that was Ivy’s blighted wedding to Kite-Man. What we’re talking about here is a crazy car chase in the style of Thelma and Louise but on steroids and mushrooms, with a side of psychedelia, as I mentioned, a typical day in the life of that magnificent mistress of mayhem.

Writer – Tee Franklin has done a wonderful job of bringing the animated series to the printed page, and the art by Max Sarin perfectly captures the spirit and tone of Harl and Ivy’s astonishing adolescent animated adventures, the facial expressions are absolutely sublime, with Harl and co running a glorious gamut of extremely expressive emotions throughout the 20 page run.

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A heartfelt yet zany journey through the larger than life and vivid adventures of Harley and Ivy, this perfect project by Franklin and Sarin acts as an ideal stop-gap for fervent fans of the animated series as they wait with bated breath for Season Three.

Wonder Woman’s Gallery Of Foes

“Oh… hi there, it’s great to see you, I hope you didn’t have a particularly hard time finding your way down here, the majestic mansion of mystery known as Precinct1313 certainly is a notoriously convoluted place… infinite in fact. So kudos for locating this particular annex. Usually, of course, the Precinct’s resident Carrion Crow Of Woe – Eldritch would have guided you here, but, he’s been feeling rather nonplussed since his recent encounter with Supergirl’s cat Streaky, so he is on a rather lengthy corvidae sabbatical right now… “

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Though, as long as you followed my implicit instructions, it wasn’t necessarily a huge task to navigate – turn left at the Movie Mausoleum, head directly forward until you reach the Comic Crypts and then turn right and head into the boundless Ancient Amazon Archives, whereupon you will find an additional wing that leads ceremoniously unto the art gallery of the atavistic Greek gods themselves. A small part of which contains an extensive exhibition of malice and enmity, of beings whose one purpose in life is to oppose that which is truth, hope and love… the aspirations that ultimately transform into a celestial persona known as Wonder Woman.

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Now, it’s well known throughout comic-book circles that Gotham’s grim guardian – The Batman has the greatest and most eclectic gallery of foes, and without a doubt the most famous of all SuperVillains reside within their ranks, even non comic-book fans have heard of the likes of the Penguin, Riddler, Two Face, and of course the medium’s most memorable and malevolently maniacal nemesis – The Joker.

With that said, the Themysciran Titan also possesses a wild array of distinctive adversaries to challenge her ongoing mission of peace, though maybe lesser known outside of comicdom, they are still most certainly as iconic and maliciously menacing as Batsy’s archive of antagonists.

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Silver Swans, Gods Of War, Cheetahs, Psycho Doctors and malevolent Witches, Wonder Woman’s eclectic cast of foes really are as wild and diverse as the Caped Crusader’s… in fact, when you really delve headlong into their malign and pernicious psyche they are a hell of a lot more distinct and disparate than almost any enemies the pointy eared vigilante has in his antagonistic ranks.

ARES – GOD OF WAR

ares.jpgOf course, with Ares having been the prime villain in the 2017 Wonder Woman film he has rocketed up the ranks of Diana’s nemeses, though, if you have been a fan of Ms Prince’s comic for many a year (or literally decades, a la moi) then he has always been one of her most enduring and dangerous foes.

In Greek mythology, Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera and one of the twelve Olympian Gods. Designated as the God of War, Ares revels in the savagery and bloodletting of eternal human combat from whence he derives his power. In the Wonder Woman mythos, Ares (in the post crisis DC Universe) was Diana’s greatest enemy, it was through the actions of this barbaric god that Diana left her home of Themyscira so she could resist Ares’ threat on human kind, as he poised to unleash World War III upon the planet. Ares mercilessly opposed the creation of the Amazon race, who were championed by his own half sister – Artemis, who chose to preach the peaceful idylls of the earth goddess Gaea to the fledgling Amazon race, much to the chagrin of Ares who vowed to corrupt and destroy the immortal sisterhood.

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My personal favourite Wonder Woman villain of all time is most assuredly Diana’s principal nemesis – The Cheetah, but did you know that the current holder of that appellation, one Barbara Ann Minerva, is actually just one of many that have held that titular title over the years? no? well read on fellow fans of ferocious felines.

Making her first ever appearance in Wonder Woman #6 was the original variant of the capricious cat – Priscilla Rich, created by the awesome alumni of William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter way back in 1943. This golden age version of Cheetah was a spoilt rich girl with an inferiority complex and split personality, who when shown up by Wonder Woman at a charity event, attempted yet failed to take the life of Diana. Later, falling into the mire of her dissociative identity disorder, Priscilla donned a colourful costume and became the first Cheetah.

Cheetah 2.0 was actually Priscilla’s very own niece – Debbie Domaine, who was very much removed from her aunt personality wise, being an ecology activist and fast friend with Wonder Woman herself. After Priscilla passes away, Debbie was kidnapped by the cult of Kobra, her aunt’s former villainous identity is revealed and through torture and insidious indoctrination, Debbie became the new embodiment of Cheetah.

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Currently chowing down on hapless humans and ruining Wondy’s day is Barbara Ann Minerva – former British archaeologist and heiress. Babs inherited her predatory powers from the ancient plant god – Urzkartaga, who, trapped for aeons in the Urzari jungle sought a champion to free him of his imprisonment and herald his way to ultimately raise an army and conquer the known world – this avaricious avatar ended up being Babs Minerva. First appearing in Wonder Woman (volume 2) #170, Babs continues to create chaos for the Themysciran Titan to this day, and recently was the main villain in the celluloid classic that is Wonder Woman 1984. (We also interviewed her a couple of years back – right here)

CIRCE

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Witch-Goddess – Circe is next in our iniquitous inventory of villainy, first ushered unto the DC Universe in the 1949 issue of Wonder Woman #37, this original (pre-crisis) version of the character, created by Robert Kanigher and Harry G. Peter was a centuries old sorceress who acquired her immortality from a rare elixir named Vitae, and was eventually banished to an uninhabited island in space known as Sorca, for her crimes against the Amazon race.

Post the DC Comics shake up of their universe in the Crisis storyline, Circe’s previous history was re-written by the great George Perez, though the core of her characterisation remained similar. In this revision of her mythos, Circe is the daughter of the Greek Titans – Hyperion and Perseis and is an immortal sorceress and former princess of the isle of Colchis (legendary resting place of the Golden Fleece) An advocate of the goddess – Hecate for millennia, her powers are myriad including the ability to change and reform reality and matter, she can control minds and raise the dead to fight for her, on top of the more mundane and everyday powers (at least in the comic-book world) of flight and strength. We also interviewed the malefic Circe a few years back – Right Here, though our poor hapless interviewer would really rather forget his calamitous conference with the witchy wonder!

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Like felonious feline – Cheetah, the capricious cygnet known as Silver Swan has been inhabited by three very different persona over the decades. A trio of women have inherited the majestic yet melancholic moniker of The Silver Swan, beginning with the tragic tale of Helen Alexandros. Helen was a talented ballet dancer, who oft found herself bereft of balletic opportunities because (or so she believed) of her average looks and physique. Striking a pact with Ares for angelic beauty, Helen was gifted the exquisite form she so desired  on the proviso that she destoyed the Amazon champion, Wonder Woman. Mystically enhanced by Ares, she became the Silver Swan, and was granted the powers of flight, super strength and the capacity to unleash powerful sonic blasts using her voice.

Second in line to ruffle her feathers at Diana was Valerie Beaudry, a lonely and dejected personality with low self esteem and severe social anxiety problems. In fact her only connection to societal structure came in the form of a pen pal – Henry Armbruster, industrial head of Armbruster International. Upon meeting for the first time, Henry exploited Valerie’s longing for acceptance and friendship by choosing her for his secretive Silver Swan project. Through experimentation, Valerie emerged as the new face of the Silver Swan, retaining all the powers of the previous Alexandros avian variant. With the succour of wonder Woman, Valerie gradually broke free from the manipulative control of Armbruster, and in due course became an agent of justice, initially joining the meta-human team – The Captains of Industry, and a brief stint in The Suicide Squad.

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The swan song of this group of volatile volitants and current holder of the sonic scream is Vanessa Kapatelis, a former adherent and eventual friend of Diana. Yet, Vanessa’s friendship with Wondy and her inherent insecurities were perniciously preyed upon by Witch-Goddess – Circe, who utilised Vanessa’s diffident personality and slowly turned her against the Amazon princess. With the assistance of the diabolical Doctor Psycho, Circe conditioned and transformed the insecure former friend of Diana into the latest form of the Silver Swan. Even after Wonder Woman defeated Circe and released Vanessa from her thrall, her unjustified torment continued as she was summarily kidnapped from recovery at a Buenos Aries hospital by deceitful pharmaceutical mogul – Veronica Cale. Cale modified Vanessa through cybernetic implants and sent her out, once more, to fight her former friend, Diana. With her eventual defeat again at the hands of Wonder Woman, Vanessa retreated to the paradise isle of Themyscira for rehabilitation and solace.

Phew! and that, my astounding Amazonian associates is just the literal tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to the astonishing Amazon’s array of aggressive antagonists, I mean I could go on (an on) but this post is already reaching near encyclopedic proportions! Yet, with Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary on the near horizon (October 21, Wondy fact fans) you can be sure that there’ll be plenty more posts emanating from the Precinct’s Ancient Amazon Archives, celebrating not just our favourite Hellenic herald but also her nearest and not so dearest…

Comic Cover Of The Week: Blue And Gold #1

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another cool and compelling comic cover of the week, and this one is of extra special delight to me as it sees the return of my absolute favourite titanic twosome – the dynamically dysfunctional duo that is – Blue Beetle and Booster Gold!

Ted Kord and Michael Carter are, without a doubt, the superhero equivalent of Laurel and Hardy, brash and braggadocious unquestionably sum up Michael Carter aka Booster Gold, and his faithful companion in chaos, Ted Kord – the Blue Beetle. Though they enormously enjoy the gilded limelight as costumed crimefighters, and are absolutely more than happy to soak up any praise and glory that comes with that prestigious position, they are also well meaning and altruistic, but ultimately are, and always will be, lovable screw-ups!

Of course this always makes for fantastically fun adventures as the boys blunder their way through SuperVillain punch ups, alien invasions and rescuing the odd cat out of a tree, naturally they usually do these things really, really badly even if their intentions are pure (Beetle is more likely to get stuck in the same tree he scampered up to save said feline!) So if you’re looking for a superbly silly serving of slapstick superheroes, then Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are your one stop shop for folly, foolishness and fun.

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This superlative series honestly cannot come more highly recommended, if you’re already a fan of the dysfunctional duo then you’re going to love seeing them back together once more, causing even more mayhem than whatever SuperVillain they might be punching in the noggin that week, and if you’re a newbie to their astonishingly absurd adventures, this is absolutely the best place to start , trust me, I guarantee you are gonna fall in love with everyone’s favourite screwball superheroes! (If you need any more convincing, why not visit our exclusive interview with Blue Beetle from a few years back – Right Here)

Blue And Gold #1 Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Merciful Minerva! DC Comics Honour Eight Decades Of Wonder Woman With Twelve New Titanic Tomes!

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Suffering Sappho! DC Comics titanic twelve tome testament to the Themysciran Titan will include brand new series launches, anthology specials, free comics and more…

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That’s right, my astonishing Amazon affiliates, DC Comics, the bastion of superlative superheroes, will be honouring Diana’s long lasting legacy as the world’s foremost female freedom fighter with an absolutely astounding array of anthologies and albums commencing on October 21 with a 100 page super spectacular featuring thrilling tales of the Themysciran Titan’s timeless acts of hope and empowerment.This terrific tome is brought to you by acclaimed auteurs such as – Amy Reeder, Becky Cloonan, Jim Lee, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Laura Braga and many, many more. The collectable comic will also feature a veritable virtuoso of variant covers that spotlight Wondy across her many different incredible incarnations throughout the Gold, Silver, and Bronze ages of comicdom.

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Wonderful Women Of The World brings together a perfect plethora of talented artists and writers to celebrate the many international female role models across the globe. With Wondy standing for truth, justice and equality, she has been a superlative source of inspiration to real life pioneers in the world of activism, science, sport, and diplomacy and this new title will include visionaries such as – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Greta Thunberg, Serena Williams and Malala Yousafzai amongst others. With a colossal cover by the fantastic Nicola Scott, and spearheaded by best selling author – Laurie Halse Anderson, this terrific title will be available to purchase on September 28.

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Of all the titles so far announced, the one I’m personally most hyped for is the Phil Jimenez and Kelly Sue DeConnick collaboration – Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons. Millennia ago, Queen Hera and the goddesses of the Olympian pantheon grew greatly dissatisfied with their male counterparts, and far from their sight, put a plan into action. A new society was born, one never before seen on Earth, capable of wondrous but also terrible things, yet their existence would not stay secret for long. When a woman in despair, named Hippolyta crosses the Amazons path, a series of events is set in motion that will ultimately lead to an outright war in Olympus, and the creation of Earth’s greatest guardian! Phil Jimenez is one of my absolute favourite WW artists/writers of all time, and his work on this first issue is looking sumptuous and spectacular! Wonder Woman Historia unleashes on October 19.

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From October 5th you can follow in the fantastic footsteps of Nubia and the Amazons. Spiralling out of the thrilling Infinite Frontier storyline, this marvellous mini-series by Vita Ayala, Stephanie Williams and Alitha Martinez finds Nubia embracing the role of Queen of Themyscira, but with this prestigious position comes climactic challenges! With the unexpected arrival of new Amazons, Nubia is forced to confront her past and forge a new path forward for her beloved sisters. Though, little does she know, that a great evil grows beneath the idyllic island of Themyscira, and it’s now up to the former guardian of Doom’s Doorway to unite the tribe before their perfect paradise is lost, forever!

Phew! and that’s just a few of the myriad titles available to celebrate Wondy’s eightieth anniversary, so why not join us in October, oh fellow fans of fantastic female fiction, where we shall once again bask in the alluring beauty of the legendary isle of the immortals and their harmonious Hellenic herald – Wonder Woman!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Robson Rocha Tribute – Catwoman #31

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This episode of Comic Cover Of The Week is dedicated to the terrific talent that was Robson Rocha, the DC Comics artist who passed away suddenly on Sunday at the age of 41.

Robson was a force to be reckoned with in the world of comic books, getting his inaugural start at DC Comics in 2010, where he was responsible for the art duties on DC’s New 52 titles that included such gems as Batman/Superman and Birds of Prey. Signing exclusively with DC in 2016, Robson went on to showcase his extraordinary artistic talents on several DC Rebirth titles such as – Supergirl, Green Lanterns, and Teen Titans, and, of course, his almost peerless run on Aquaman. These titles showcased his inordinate expertise in exquisite detail and fine line work, but unfortunately his promising career was cut short by Covid 19 complications on Sunday, June 13, when he was taken from the world at just 41 years of age.

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The lead image from Catwoman #31 is my favourite cover by Robson, with a close second being the above portrayal of a smooching Arthur Curry and Mera from Aquaman #65. His talent and presence will be missed, and our thoughts and best wishes go out to Robson’s family and friends at this time. 

DC Comics Artist – Robson Rocha Has Sadly Passed Away At 41

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It is with great sadness that we share the news that DC Comics artist – Robson Rocha has passed away at the age of just 41.

This terrible news comes just a mere two weeks after fellow comic-book artist – Fabi Marques posted to fans that Robson had been hospitalised with Covid-19, and was in urgent need of blood donations. Robson hailed from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and got his first big break into the comic-book scene in 2010 for DC, of whom he worked for on New 52 titles such as Batman/Superman, Birds of Prey and Earth 2: World’s End. Robson was a huge fan of the characters and creators at DC and was signed exclusively with them in 2016 where he was a mainstay of DC’s Rebirth shake up of their universe. His most beloved work during this era was on Aquaman, but he also brought his inimitable talent to other Rebirth titles – Justice League, Supergirl, World’s Finest, Green Lanterns and Teen Titans.

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Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this tragic time.