Black Canary: Ignite is yet another excellent entry into DC Comic’s burgeoning Graphic Novels For Kids line, an accessible and fun series of original stories that beset readers’ imaginations with tales of classic Superheroes, and villains, in their teen years. Our last dalliance with this superlative series of character chronicles was with the marvellous mistress of magic herself – Zatanna. This effervescent episode will see us rendezvous with the bodacious and boundless – Black Canary!
The DC Zoom line of graphic novels are a delight in every way, spotlighting beloved heroes (and sometimes villains) in scintillating scenarios of superheroic discovery. Quite often revolving around the stresses and strains of school, friends, family and an innate inner reflection of what it really means to be gradually elevate towards becoming a bona-fide Superhero! This recent epic excursion into Black Canary’s convoluted and colourful journey hits all those notes perfectly, and is a coming of age drama that is a compulsory chronicle to all fans of this fantastic character.
This tenacious tale follows thirteen year old Dinah Lance as she navigates her way through the rigours of youth.You see, Dinah wants to follow in the footsteps of her father and join the Gotham City Police Academy as a potential candidate, and with her school’s annual career week impending, she intends to do just that, to the chagrin of her parents, who just want her to land a safer vocation, away from the conflict and detritus that her father faces on a daily basis as a detective in Gotham City.
Though, Dinah isn’t like all the other students, she has a gift, a meta human power that is yet to be discovered. Whilst chilling with her best buddies, hurling tunes as the lead singer of a raucous rock band and deflating school bullies, Dinah begins to notice rather odd occurrences happening around her, and, to her consternation, her prudish school Principal Vogel also has discerned these strange events, and is determined to out Dinah’s Meta-human gift to the world.
When a mysterious and shadowy super-villain also habitually turns up to complicate poor Dinah’s home and school life by threatening family and friends, Dinah sets out to turn the tables on these negative naysayers and discovers that not only does she have a super power that enables her to fight back against these blights to her happiness, but that her mum is also hiding a secret identity, as the famed costumed crime-fighter, also known as the original Black Canary! With these wild revelations laid bare, Dinah determines to embrace her glorious gift and follow in the influential footsteps of her parents and fight back against the bullies and villains who egregiously endanger her loved ones.
Black Canary: Ignite is another absolutely wonderful coming of age drama from DC Comics, following in the fantastic footsteps of previous Zoom titles – Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, Teen Titans: Raven and Teen Titans: Beast Boy. At it’s heart the story is a poignant parable of mother/daughter bonding, but also the gradual acceptance of superhuman prowess and one’s heritage and birthright. Expertly crafted by magnificent manuscript manipulator – Meg Cabot, and impeccably illustrated by Cara McGee, Ignite is a touching and momentously moving tale that is highly recommended to kids of all ages.
Welcome fellow fans of fantastic fiction to an eclectic, eccentric and exceedingly effervescent episode of Precinct1313 Recommends! That’s right, our beloved DC Comics have daringly deigned to deliver upon us hapless Harley fans this week, not just one but two titanic and terrific takes on our absolute favourite mischievous minx of mayhem – one Ms Harleen Quinzel.
Not content with ably assaulting our senses (in the absolute best possible way, of course!) with the recently released ‘Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn’ (which was Quinn-tastic by the way, review coming soon) they throw all caution to the wind with this bombastic Black Label release – Harley Quinn And The Birds Of Prey, a brand new mini-series by Harley gurus and dynamic duo of comics, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.
When we first catch up with our hellacious hellcat of hi-jinks, she has fallen on hard times, local loan sharks have burnt down her hotel and beat her friend Big Tony so badly he ends up in intensive care, her relationship with Poison Ivy is on the rocks, and her Gang of Harleys, now homeless because of the hotel’s inconsiderate incineration, have temporarily moved into Harl’s place. To combat this Harley hatches a plan to leave her Coney Island home and return to Gotham to gain the funds she needs to rebuild her hotel. Unfortunately, waiting back in Gotham for Harley’s eventual return is her ex Puddin’, The Joker, and let’s just say he ain’t gonna be waiting for her with open arms… nope, more likely Smilex gas, a ton of dynamite and a killer smile (emphasis on killer, of course!)
Once again the titanic team up of Conner and Palmiotti deliver the gleefully gung-ho goods, their wit and wonder is seemingly unbound! Using DC’s mature Black Label imprint for Ms Quinn’s brazen adventures is essential, because this book contains so much toilet humour, overt violence, sexual innuendo (stuffed Beavers ahoy!) and fantabulously offensive material that it probably shouldn’t be read by anyone… well anyone without a sense of humour that is, the rest of us should dive on in to one of the most fantastically funny comics EVER! The dynamically delightful and dazzling artist/writer team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti once again prove that as far as comedic story-telling in comics is concerned they are unequivocally the virtuosi of the art!
Harley Quinn And The Birds Of Prey #1 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now, head on down and secure yourself a copy, you don’t want Harley to find out you didn’t, right?
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another exhilarating episode of The Week In Geek where we love to share our favourite Comic-Book, Video-Game and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek, dear agents, once more…
And ‘hoo boy’ do we have a wondrous line up of fantastical female fiction courtesy of our beloved DC Comics and their two biggest selling and widely renowned female characters – The Themysciran Titan – Wonder Woman and the Hellacious Hellcat – Harley Quinn. So grab your lariat of Hestia and comically oversized mallet ’cause the girls are back in town to spread love, joy and also kick arse (there ain’t no gum!) and spout incredulously funny one liners…
We Can ‘Harley’ Wait For The New Birds Of Prey Movie, But Whilst We Do, Let Us Indulge In The Newest Quinn-tastic Trailer…
I mean, how awesome does that look? honestly this film seems to be beautifully capturing everything we love not just about Harley, but also Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s stunning and character defining recent run on her monthly comics… and that friends, is a wonderful thing (and Bernie’s in it, I mean you can never have too many stuffed Beavers, right!?)
Also of note are the fantastic posters that Warner and DC have been releasing in the run up to the highly anticipated movie. Of particular note are the influences behind the promotional images – including Italian renaissance paintings such as Sandro Botticelli’s – ‘The Birth Of Venus’ amongst others. Astounding!
“Great Hera!” Wonder Woman #750 Covers And Interior Art Released For Incoming Iconic Issue…
By the golden grace of Gaea, Princess Diana of Themyscira is just two short years away from celebrating eight decades since her illuminating inception, but we don’t have to wait that long to celebrate THE greatest fictional female of all time, ’cause in just six weeks time DC will be releasing the 750th issue of the astonishing Amazon’s eternal adventures!
That’s right my astounding Amazonian associates, Diana has been fighting emancipation, gods of war and anthropomorphic super-villains in her own comic since June of 1942 (though her first ever appearance was in 1941, courtesy of Sensation Comics) and in celebration of 750 illustrious issues, DC are bringing together some of her finest ever creators for a 96 page Amazonian anthology of awesome!
Writers and artists of such inspirational ilk as – Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, Kami Garcia, Jose Luis Garcia, George Perez, Greg Rucka, Jim Lee, Brian Bolland and Stanley Lau to name just a few will be creating a cavalcade of classic and compelling comic covers and stunning storylines commemorating our absolute favourite comic-book creation. “Suffering Sappho!” January 22, 2020 can’t come soon enough for this WW fanatic!
Why not join us again next time friends for more Week In Geek!
Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, The Huntress, Black Canary, and yes, Bernie the Beaver are Copyright: DC Comics.
Birds Of Prey Trailer Courtesy Of Rapid Trailer.
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another exhilarating episode of The Week In Geek where we love to share our favourite Comic-Book, Video-Game and Cult movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek dear agents, once more…
Birds Of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn
Well what can I say, but, how excited am I right now… really, really excited! I just finished watching the first trailer for DC’s newest upcoming blockbuster movie ‘Birds Of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn’ and after viewing it for the umpteenth time I must say… I absolutely love this movie already.
That’s right fellow fans of fantastic fiction, the hellacious hellcat of hi-jinks is back, once again brilliantly brought to life by magnetic Margot Robbie cementing her hold on DC’s wild child villain/anti-hero with what looks like another priceless performance as Ms Harleen Quinzel. This time though she isn’t in the corruptible company of the Suicide Squad or her former lover Mr J, but is striking out with the feisty, fiery, femme fatale’s and all round arse kicking bodacious baroness’ of broody brawls -The Birds of Prey.
Based upon DC’s top rated comic-book series, The Birds of Prey weaves the tale of Gotham’s favourite female fighting furies, and the costumed crime-fighters from this popular series being brought to the silver screen include two of my absolute fave female Superheroes – Black Canary as portrayed by Jurnee Smollet-Bell and The Huntress, ably brought to crossbow wielding life by the marvellous Mary Elizabeth Winstead. And if that wasn’t enough of a geek overload, brilliant British thesp – Ewan McGregor is cast as big, bad Batman villain – Black Mask! Revel in the trailer below, and whilst you do I’m off to invent a time machine ’cause I’m not sure I can wait until February 2020 for this to appear…
Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we love to share our favourite Comic Book, Video-Game and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure.
NES Mini Launches, And Instantly Sells Out…
Nintendo’s classic grey box made a comeback this week with the release of the NES Classic Edition, a cute mini version of their hit 80’s home games console, replete with 30 built in games and a reproduction of the original controller… and instantly sold out worldwide!
Demand has been extremely high for the retro beast and Nintendo manufacturers are currently producing more as we write this post, though for some fans the wait might be too long, as the titchy console (which retails for £50 here in the UK) has been selling for ridiculous amounts on E-Bay, with people paying 4 to 5 times the RRP. Luckily us Precinct1313 dwellers are SEGA fans, and already have our mini Megadrive (known as the Genesis in the US) console… which actually comes with 80 games built in!
We Can ‘Harley’ Wait For Ms Quinn’s Solo Movie…
The Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn, was a huge hit this year at the box office as an integral part of DC’s ridiculously fun Suicide Squad movie, in fact Margot Robbie’s performance was so highly rated that DC and Warner Bros almost instantly announced her own solo movie would be coming ‘at some point.’
Well technically not solo, as DC are lining up a veritable cadre of female comic book characters to star alongside the Mischievous Minx of Mayhem, as we reported some time back, possibly including such luminary legends as Batgirl, Black Canary and Poison Ivy. To help cement the fact that the movie will hopefully begin production soon, it’s been announced that scripting duties have been given to Christina Hodson. Hodson is known for her highly sought after screenplays that include soon to be filming, female led Sci-Fi actioner ‘The Eden Project’ and psychological thriller ‘Shut In’.
(Update: It’s now been confirmed by Suicide Squad director David Ayer that the scripting will be undertaken by Geneva Dworet-Robertson, and the movie will also star Catwoman and Poison Ivy, better known together as the ‘Gotham City Sirens’.)
Justice League Of America’s Full Line-Up Is An Eclectic Enigma…
Not since the halcyon heroes of the 1980’s JLI has a roster for the world’s greatest Super-Team been so… damn cool! Justice League International has always been my favourite version of DC Comics’ beloved team of MetaHumans.
I much preferred the quirky line up of characters, Blue Beetle (the Ted Kord variant, not the current version) and Booster Gold were standouts in the team… essentially they were lovable Superhero screw ups, C-list at best, to begin with, but advanced through those ranks to A listers in a very short amount of time indeed, thanks to great writing, fantastic character arcs, and an endearing slapstick style humour.
The new JLA line up includes some classic heroes you expect to be included, such as The Batman and Black Canary, but then throws caution to the wind with lesser knowns like The Ray and former villain Killer Frost! Definitely the most intriguing and exciting addition is ‘The Main Man’ himself, Lobo, back to his original arse-kicking alien bounty hunter self, after ditching the (rather terrible) New 52 version. Justice League of America Rebirth will be available in February 2017, brought to you by those ceaseless creators of cosmic comic book craft; Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis.
Why not join us again next time friends, for more Week In Geek!
Our torches flicker white hot incandescence across the walls of the ancient Amazon archives as we continue our research into the millenia long annals of the Olympus created Amazon race. We have descended vast depths since beginning this investigation, floor after floor of extensive libraries detailing every facet of the venerable Amazons and their feats of great valour, which are then regaled to you through – ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Zeus’ favoured daughter.
This weeks tantalising tome is brought to you by those veracious virtuosi of comic book excellence – Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti & Matt Ryan. Released in September 2009.
After her titanic struggle against the unremitting foe Genocide and a sorrowful departure from her home of Themyscira, Diana returns to her apartment in Washington DC. It is here she learns that Genocide is still alive, though broken and is being harboured by Dr Psycho in Japan, Psycho is using an underground Meta-Human fight arena as cover whilst he sets about returning Genocide (who is actually the corpse of Wonder Woman, stolen by Ares in the future and corrupted to become Genocide) to full power.
Diana consults fellow Justice League member Dinah Lance (better known as Black Canary) about her dealings with illegal operations such as Psycho’s fight den, who gleefully agrees to join Diana on her mission to infiltrate the Meta-Human arena as competitors. Cue another fantastically written tale by the talented Gail Simone, the quirky tale follows our two celebrated heroines on a journey through zany Japanese culture and even comparisons of Super female bust sizes(!?)… Of which the plentiful Power Girl comes out on top… of course!
I love this run of Wonder Woman by Gail Simone, in my opinion it rivals all the greats that came before and after it including George Perez and the more recent saga by Brian Azzarello. Simone just ‘gets’ the character like no other, it helps also that her talent runs the gamut of both deep dramatism and incredibly funny comedy. Rounding this series off perfectly are Aaron Lopresti’s fantastic visuals, his characters exhibit real emotion and his articulation of facial expressions in his art is worthy of the great Keith Giffen himself, and that is high praise indeed.
Join us again next time for more Classic Wonder Woman, my astonishing Amazonian associates!
New comics Wednesday is upon us once more, my comic collecting cohorts, and our spotlight of the sublime this week falls upon “Batgirl #48” and this fantastic Babs Tarr illustration featuring two of Gotham’s greatest guardians.
“When Batgirl gets taken down, Black Canary once again comes to her rescue. Babs and Dinah team up in an attempt to determine the identity of the malicious mastermind making their presence felt in Gotham’s Burnside district.”
Babs’ awesomely quirky anime influenced art has been a real selling point for Batgirl since she took over artistic duties in issue #35. Batgirl’s change of pace and direction has been helped immeasurably by Babs’ style, which greatly suits the fun and upbeat nature of Ms Gordon’s nightly escapades as the feisty red-headed avenger. The refreshing change of pace ultimately suits the character, if you like your Bat-family adventures dark and brooding then you still have Batman and Batwoman to fall back upon, but if you want to read a fun, feel good comic with striking artwork, then why not let Batgirl be your femme-fatale of choice.
Batgirl #48 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Written by: Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher. Cover and interior art by: Babs Tarr.
This August DC Comics will drop Bombshells on an unsuspecting public, with these amazing variant covers inspired by vintage World War 2 style artwork. This follows on from June 2014’s extremely popular Bombshell variant run, which saw the alternate cover comics become very scarce and highly sought after collectables, this time they are taking the design run even further, by adding character statues and an ongoing digital comic series entitled “DC Comics’ Bombshells”.
DC Bombshells #1 will follow the adventures of Batwoman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman as they take the fight to the axis of evil on the front lines of World War II. The first issue of DC Bombshells will be available digitally on August 12, and throughout August every major DC comic release will also ship with a variant version of the cover, and judging by how successful the previous run was, these will sell out extremely fast. So why not head on down to your nearest comic book emporium and reserve yourself a Bombshell today, you won’t regret it.
Welcome back once more, to another instalment of Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Amazon superhero. This week we delve into the Amazonian archives to bring you; Wonder Woman #216, Written by Elliot Maggin, with cover and interior art by Nick Cardy and John Rosenberger, released in 1975.
The story retained behind this classic cover, titled ‘Paradise in Peril’, tells the tale of a famous Greek tycoon’s attempt to set foot on the forbidden shores of the Amazon island of Themyscira, to assess what happens when man breaks Aphrodite’s law. His attempt is monitored by Diana’s fellow Justice League member Black Canary, who recounts the story throughout the issue.
The paradise island of Themyscira is the second home of the Amazons after they were displaced from their original Greek state by demi-god Heracles. The Amazons were forcibly removed from the splendour of the original Themyscira City and enslaved by Heracles and his men and their Greek home state was burnt to the ground.
Imprisoned Amazon Queen Hippolyta wept for her subjugated people and pleaded to the Gods for their salvation. Her prayers were answered by the Goddess of wisdom Athena, who pledged her support to the Amazons if Hippolyta sought revenge on her captors. The Amazons broke free of their shackles and escaped, though many of them refused to continue to worship the Gods of Olympus, feeling betrayed by their lack of intervention during their ordeal at the hands of Zeus’ son Heracles.
The Amazons who still followed Hippolyta and the Gods were separated from their wayward sisters and taken to the shores of their new home, a beautiful secluded paradise island, which they renamed Themyscira, in honour of their former home. As a penance for their subjugation they were to guard the doors to the Greek underworld of Hades for eternity, in return they would be granted immortality as long as they continued their duty to the Gods. Because of their imprisonment by Heracles and his men, and under the law set down by Aphrodite, no man was ever to set foot upon the shores of Themyscira.
Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my adventurous Amazonian associates!