DC Comics’ Pride Month celebrations continue apace with today’s release of their anthology annual – DC Pride #1, an astonishing analect of DC’s very own LGBTQIA heroes and villains. The eighty page dazzling digest collates nine new narratives dedicated to LGBT characters and creators, beginning with a story centred on their arguably most popular gay hero – Kate Kane, aka – Batwoman.
Batwoman: Wrong Side Of The Looking Glass, is the ten page lead story by James Tynion IV and Trung Le Nguyen and equates Kate’s life struggle as a lesbian and costumed hero with a mirrored allegory between herself and twin sister Alice. Beautiful and poignant prose by Tynion, with absolutely gorgeous and intricate visuals by Trung Le Nguyen, whose art promotes a fantastic fairy tale feel to the emotional proceedings and metaphoric mirror plotline.
Perpetual partners of perky perfection – Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are up next, with the tantalising tale – Another Word For A Truck To Move Your Furniture – written by marvellous Mariko Tamaki, with the astounding art by one of the Precinct’s favourite artistic auteurs – Amy Reeder. This fantastic fable explores Harley and Ivy’s romantic relationship through a fabulously fun, yet touching tale that involves – furniture removal, glorious gags, and a little bit of the ol’ ultraviolence all wrapped up in that inimitable Harley/Ivy cool craziness! Tender, silly and utterly irrepressible, just like Harley herself, this is most certainly my favourite story contained within this fabulous volume.
By far the most fascinating fable within these proud pages is the superlative superhero scenario – Date Night – the comic-book introduction to trans hero – Nia Nal aka The Dreamer, a character whose first ever appearance was on the hit CW show – Supergirl. This is Dreamer’s inauguration into the DC comic-book universe, with an excellent exploration of her interpersonal relationships, powers, and character. Giving this story its unique approbation and emotional weight is the fact that the author of the piece is none other than the actor who portrayed Nia Nal in the aforementioned Supergirl show – Nicole Maines, the transgender rights activist who holds the distinction of being the first transgender superhero in live action.
Six more sterling storylines are contained within this magnificent manuscript, each and every one a poignant parable and captivating celebration of LGBT pride, life struggles, empowerment and the joy of just being and accepting who you are. Inclusivity and determination are dealt with in an uplifting and sincere collection of stories by the diverse assembly of writers and artists, with each and every chapter a heartfelt allegory of enlightenment and emancipation.
Hot on the heels of this valuable volume of visionary values, DC have also announced that as a continuation of Pride Month celebrations they will also be publishing a trade anthology of the GLAAD nominated – Suicide Squad: Bad Blood and LGBT romance thriller – Poison Ivy: Thorns, alongside their month long Pride Month comic cover collectables which began with last week’s – Crush and Lobo #1.
Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction to another cheerful and captivating cornucopia of comic cover collectables! This weeks rambunctious and radiant rendering spotlights none other than the calamitous, capricious and certifiably crazy – Crush! dyspeptic disaffected daughter of legendary lupine loudmouth – Lobo!!
Crush and Lobo #1 holds the definitive distinction of being the first issue of DC Comics’ Pride Month celebration. That’s right, DC – that bodacious bastion of superlative superheroics is celebrating its LGBT characters with a month long cadre of classic comics dedicated to diversity and inclusivity, bombastically beginning right here with Lobo’s dynamic daughter – Crush.
Y’know, in case anyone was wondering, Crush is doing just fine, actually. Okay, sure, she recently walked away from her classmates at the Roy Harper Titans Academy, and effectively quit being a Titan in a bewildering and belligerent blaze of glory. And, yeah alright, her relationship with her almost too good to be true girlfriend – Katie, is kinda on the rocks, if you really want to get technical about it. Oh, and she recently found out that her dysfunctional dad – Lobo is in space jail, but that’s sorta cool, as he’s the worst. Okay, okay, maybe Crush has some stuff to work through, but that doesn’t mean she’s actually gonna do anything about that, y’know like actually go into space and confront her dad or her other myriad problems, because everything is FINE, right!?
Riotously rounding out this certifiably crazed comic-cover collectable are a veritable virtuoso of vaunted variants, with each and every one audaciously available at your local comic-book emporium right now!
In celebration of the May designation as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, DC Comics have released an astounding anthology dedicated to their diverse cast of Asian Superheroes, with this month’s – DC’s Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration.
DC Comics have positioned themselves admirably over the past few years as the comic company spotlighting diversity and inclusion. With a plethora of comic series, one-shots and graphic novels including the recent, and quite brilliant John Ridley helmed Black Label series – The Other History Of The DC Universe, and next month’s release of the DC Pride Anthology, DC are numero uno in the inclusion in comics role. With this week’s release of Festival Of Heroes #01, DC are honouring their Asian hero community with an astonishing anthology spotlighting classic characters such as Katana, Cassandra Cain and Kong Kenan.
DC Festival Of Heroes features eleven separate tales, commencing with a Mariko Tamaki and Marcus To story focusing on former Batgirl, Cassandra Cain. Following on from this we find ourselves in the shoes of Green Lantern – Tai Pham, by Minh Le, and Trung Le Nguyen, with a fantastic coming of age drama. Aniz Ansari and Sami Basri reunite us with curmudgeonly Robin – Damian Wayne, with a wonderful short story about family and tradition, and Greg Pak, Sumit Kumar and Jordie Bellaire unite to weave a tantalising team up between Green Arrow and Chinese Superman – Kong Kenan. Other notable heroes involved in this fabulous one-shot include Katana, Atom – Ryan Choi, and the introduction of a new DC hero – Monkey Prince by Gene Yang and Bernard Chang, closely modelled upon Sun Wukong, the monkey king from the Chinese myth – Journey To The West.
DC Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration is another glorious anthology by the comic-book giant that celebrates it’s long history with diversity and inclusivity. A dynamic and dazzling digest dedicated to their wide range of Asian heroes, that also pays respect to the wealth of amazing Asian writers, artists, colourists and letterers working in the comic-book medium today, with terrific talent like Mariko Tamaki, Jim Lee and Bernard Chang. Highly recommended.
DC Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration Is Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now.
Suffering Sappho! This month’s Wonder Woman cover surely must be a celestial gift from the old gods of Olympus, as artist David Marquez’s captivating celebration of the Themysciran Titan has become one of my fave recent renditions of the warrior princess, and the interior story and art by marvellous Mariko Tamaki and majestic Mikel Janin most certainly live up to the covers powerful promise!
The celebrated creative team up of Tamaki and Janin once again hits all kinds of highs as they bring their visionary mastery to Diana’s ongoing odyssey. Writer Mariko Tamaki is the 2020 Eisner award winning author of the much lauded DC Comics’ YA novel – Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass. Interior artist Mikel Janin also provides the glorious goods with his stunning illustrations, riding off the back of his sterling work on Trinity War and Justice League Dark, Janin once again proves to be one of the very best artists currently working in the formidable field of comic-books.
It’s a fresh start for Wondy, as Diana begins to pick up the pieces of her life after her apocalyptic clash against the Four Horsewomen and her run in with the Phantom Stranger. It seems everyone has a view on who Wonder Woman should be – some who look on her heroics as admirable, and others who lie in wait, seeking revenge. A familiar threat is seemingly watching Diana’s every move, and now seems the perfect time to strike…
Wonder Woman #759 is a bold new start for Diana, and is a fantastic starting point for new readers of Zeus’ favoured daughter. Plenty of over the top superheroics are involved, of course, but also the mundane every day tasks that us mere mortals must travel through, with Diana perusing furniture at her local IKEA!! It’s these more grounded moments that I love the most, with Diana’s quirky fish out of water personality shining through, masterfully woven by the titanically talented Tamaki, with gorgeously rendered art by Mikel Janin who showcases some absolutely stunning splash-pages. Highly Recommended.
Welcome fellow Agents of Precinct1313, and thanks so much for joining us in the malefic mansion of mystery’s infamous Halls of Quaffing for our regular yearly round up of geeky goodness from the space year 2018. So why not pull up a chair, grab a flagon of your favourite beverage and re-live some of our favourite nerdy necessities in comic-book form, from the past twelves months…
Precinct1313’s Favourite Comic-Book Series Of 2018…
And hoo boy has it been a stand out year for stunning storylines, in fact there have been so many amazing comic-books released this year that picking just three was almost impossible, yet we have managed to do just that with these particularly cool, compelling and consummate creations…
Scintillating scribe – Tom King was without a doubt the finest choice for taking one of DC Comics’ most beloved Superheroes, expert escapologist Mister Miracle, not only because Tom is one of the very best writers in comics today, but also because his surname ably pairs him with Miracle’s genius and legendary creator – Jack ‘The King’ Kirby!
To honour the 100th anniversary since acclaimed creator (and in our humble opinion – most important figure in comics, ever!) Jack Kirby’s birth, DC Comics alongside writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads reunited us with one of Kirby’s most captivating and heralded heroes – super escape artist Mister Miracle, through a 12 issue series that also featured The New Gods from DC’s classic Fourth World Saga.
Miraculous is most definitely the word to describe Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s superlative take on Scott Free’s convoluted life, emotional, poignant and groundbreaking also come to mind when describing the extraordinary genius that this series has been. An unreserved masterpiece, and an emotionally charged, breathtakingly brilliant read every single issue. BUY… IT… NOW!
If you’ve been following Precinct1313 for awhile now, you probably realise that Watchmen is unreservedly our favourite comic book of all time. When I first encountered 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 Superhero conceptualisation. It was different to everything that came before it, and is almost single-handedly responsible for transforming the face of the comic-book medium for both future creators and readers… a veritable masterpiece!
Thirty two years later and writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Franks effortlessly transport us back to the wonderfully dark and grimy world set up by Moore, through DC’s 12 issue maxi-series Doomsday Clock. Stylistically the comic evokes the original material perfectly from the dialogue set through to the originals nine panel layout, both visually and tone wise this feels perfectly at home with its peerless predecessor.
If you’re a fan of Watchmen and can get past the apparent controversy that a sequel to the seminal original exists, then this is a must buy. Johns and Franks have presented an excessively well written, dark but at times amusing sequel to the originals world of masked vigilantes, chaos and deep rooted fears and anxiety, and I for one have enjoyed every moment of my stay in its fatalistic presence.
Supergirl: Being Super…
(Ok, Ok, this technically came out in 2017 – but I didn’t personally experience it until the beginning of 2018, hence its place on this list)
Origin Tales have been, let’s be honest, spectacularly overused in both the comic-book scene and their spin off movie counterparts, I mean how many times do we really need to witness Batman losing his parents to the gun barrel of Joe Chill or Spiderman being bitten by a radioactive arachnid, these characters are now so iconic that even non comic-book fans are overly familiar with their backstories.
With that said, you may feel slightly bemused by my inclusion of a series that dynamically delves into the past of Superman’s famous cousin, Kara Zor-El, but there is a genuinely good reason for that… because it’s fantastic!! In fact, it’s not only one of the greatest Supergirl comics to have ever released, but, one of the greatest comic-book series ever published… period!
Supergirl: Being Super is the Mariko Tamaki penned opus that transcends Kara’s origins by offering us a fresh take that focuses more upon her relationships, trials and tribulations of everyday life as a teenage girl growing up in a small american town. It’s a slower burn as a comic, with less super heroics but more angst, sass and quirky dialogue, as we follow Kara in an engaging and fantastically well written coming of age tale.
If you approach the series with atypical expectations of copious amounts of explosions, super speed and heat vision, you’re going to leave disappointed, this is a tale that spotlights the person behind the iconic “S” symbol and it’s all the better for it. Supergirl: Being Super is another stunning revelation in Superhero story telling, and my favourite iteration of the classic character thus far.
Precinct1313’s Most Popular Posts Of 2018…
Phew, what a year huh… I have to say that we haven’t output as many posts this year as we did in 2017, but, unfortunately, sometimes life just gets in the way right? That said, 2018 has been the year where the Precinct’s readership and followers have increased exponentially more than any other year thus far. By far the most viewed posts emanating from the majestic mansion of mystery have been the World’s Finest interview series, which, by the way are also my absolute faves to write! We also dipped our creative toes into the oceanic depths of YouTube unboxing videos with the Vlog1313 vids, where we endeavoured to share with you our unparalleled love for the stunningly realised physical forms of our beloved heroes and villains.
The most popular and perused of our World’s Finest posts this year was the Death interview, starring Morpheus’ soul guiding sister – Didi. Which I’m sure you are all dying to relive right here: World’s Finest: An Exclusive Interview With Death
My personal favourite to write was the Circe interview, an amazing and in my opinion underutilised Wonder Woman foe with a marvellous mythologically rich backstory and a power set that easily rivals her titular foe. Delight in her damnation of our hapless interviewer right here: World’s Finest: An Exclusive Interview With Circe
The most viewed of our V-Log1313 videos also has my favourite statue I have yet procured for my collection, the remarkable recreation of Amanda Conner’s stunning Starfire #1 cover from the fantastic 2015 12-issue maxi series. You can view my amateurish first steps to video authoring right here: V-Log1313: Amanda Conner Starfire Statue Unboxing
And with that, all that’s really left to say is Happy New Year to all of the Precinct’s followers, readers and fellow bloggers, as ever it is you that makes this entire endeavour worthwhile! Oh, and as always… Make Mine DC!