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Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited – Act VIII

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Our Olympian Odyssey through the ancient Amazon archives continues expeditiously as we leave behind the Herculean Amphitheatre of knowledge we surreptitiously unearthed in our previous instalment, and guide ourselves through a small vestibule daedally draped in silken banners that portray the subjugation and eventual emancipation of the deific Amazons from their ancient adversary Hercules.

Upon closer inspection of the various Vexillum we notice one of them softly swaying back and forth, possessed of a zephyr of air from an unknown source. Pushing aside the intricate pennant we discover a set of majestic marble steps that lead upwards, twisting and turning erratically, triumphantly obscuring our vision of their eventual end.

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After what feels like an eternity of elevation our perpetual pace comes to cessation as we find our progress halted by a lavishly engraved bronze Mycenaean style Lion Gate. Incisively running our fingers across a prominent carving of a Lioness, we discover a hasp ingeniously masquerading as one of it’s intricate incisors. Pulling the hasp towards us causes the Lion Gate to slowly open… instantly we move our hands to shield our eyes as blinding sunlight pores in through the now unlatched gateway, after months spent scouring the archives under scant torchlight, the suddenness of the solar rays scorch our eyes.

With the colossal Amazon archives now behind us, does this mark the end of our epic odyssey? or is it symbolic of a new beginning for Wonder Woman? these questions and more can only be answered through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana of Themyscira.

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A new day does indeed dawn on the paradise island known as Themyscira, as our Hellenic Herald embraces a new origin story, and siblings of Godlike stature. In September 2011, DC Comics relaunched it’s entire line of comic books, with the elaborate event being named ‘The New 52’  – fifty two titles each following a classic DC character. Diana was no longer birthed from clay, moulded by her mother Queen Hippolyta, and given life by a pantheon of Greek Gods, but instead is the demi-goddess daughter of Zeus himself. Her original origin is revealed to be nothing more than an elaborate cover story to protect her from the preconceived wrath of Zeus‘ wife Hera.

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DC brought on board sensational scribe Brian Azzarello to pen her ongoing tales of fantastic fiction, and astounding artist Cliff Chiang to bring her virtual soul to life. Together they succeeded in producing one of the most celebrated runs in Wonder Woman‘s long and varied history.

Join us again next time for more ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ my accomplished Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Vol 4) #1 – The New 52 Years

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Our Olympian Odyssey through the ancient Amazon archives continues expeditiously as we leave behind the Herculean Amphitheatre of knowledge we surreptitiously unearthed in our previous instalment, and guide ourselves through a small vestibule daedally draped in silken banners that portray the subjugation and eventual emancipation of the deific Amazons from their ancient adversary Hercules.

Upon closer inspection of the various Vexillum we notice one of them softly swaying back and forth, possessed of a zephyr of air from an unknown source. Pushing aside the intricate pennant we discover a set of majestic marble steps that lead upwards, twisting and turning erratically, triumphantly obscuring our vision of their eventual end.

ww13-staircase

After what feels like an eternity of elevation our perpetual pace comes to cessation as we find our progress halted by a lavishly engraved bronze Mycenaean style Lion Gate. Incisively running our fingers across a prominent carving of a Lioness, we discover a hasp ingeniously masquerading as one of it’s intricate incisors. Pulling the hasp towards us causes the Lion Gate to slowly open… instantly we move our hands to shield our eyes as blinding sunlight pores in through the now unlatched gateway, after months spent scouring the archives under scant torchlight, the suddenness of the solar rays scorch our eyes.

With the colossal Amazon archives now behind us, does this mark the end of our epic odyssey? or is it symbolic of a new beginning for Wonder Woman? these questions and more can only be answered through… ‘Classic Wonder Woman’  Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana of Themyscira.

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A new day does indeed dawn on the paradise island known as Themyscira, as our Hellenic Herald embraces a new origin story, and siblings of Godlike stature. In September 2011, DC Comics relaunched it’s entire line of comic books, with the elaborate event being named ‘The New 52’  fifty two titles each following a classic DC character. Diana was no longer birthed from clay, moulded by her mother Queen Hippolyta, and given life by a pantheon of Greek Gods, but instead is the demi-goddess daughter of Zeus himself. Her original origin is revealed to be nothing more than an elaborate cover story to protect her from the preconceived wrath of Zeus‘ wife Hera.

pandora_wonder_woman_001

DC brought on board sensational scribe Brian Azzarello to pen her ongoing tales of fantastic fiction, and astounding artist Cliff Chiang to bring her virtual soul to life. Together they succeeded in producing one of the most celebrated runs in Wonder Woman‘s long and varied history.

Join us again next time for more ‘Classic Wonder Woman’ my accomplished Amazonian associates!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Titans Hunt #1

Copyright: DC Comics

Copyright: DC Comics

Welcome once more my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of Comic Cover Of The Week, and this week our spotlight of excellence falls upon “Titans Hunt #1”  In 2011, following on from the conclusion of the Flashpoint crossover saga, DC Comics cancelled all of its ongoing comic series and debuted 52 new comic series. This was essentially a massive reboot of their seventy five plus year universe of characters, that had over the decades become embroiled in continuity problems. DC also saw this as a way to reintroduce their mighty mortals to a new audience and in essence just start again from the beginning.

Some classic versions of characters and teams were confined to history during this huge shake up, with the original Teen Titans being one such casualty. With the current rebooted version of the Titans comprising of, Red Robin, Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark,) Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy, the previous team never apparently existed, or did they? It has long been alluded to in sundry titles over the years that there was a previous group of Metas that also called themselves the Titans, and may have included Dick Grayson and the original Wonder Girl, Donna Troy amongst its numbers. Of course no explanation has been given on how this is possible due to the New 52 shake up and erasing of the previous timeline… until now.

Return of the original Titans?

Return of the original Titans?

Titans Hunt is a 12 issue maxi-series by Dan Abnett that will explain how exactly this is possible and also bring us back into the fold of the original and well loved Titans of old. Initial focus of the storyline is with Lilith the telepath, who is resolute on re-uniting what she sees as the original version of the team, to help her in defeating a malevolent evil from her past, and somehow only the pre New 52 Titans can help.

Titans Hunt #1 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now. Written by Dan Abnett. Cover and interior art by Paulo Siqueira. Variant cover by Tony Daniel

Comic Cover Of The Week: Midnighter #5

Copyright: DC Comics

Copyright: DC Comics

Welcome, my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of “Comic Cover Of The Week,” and this weeks spotlight of excellence falls upon “Midnighter #5.”  Another excellent entry in Steve Orlando‘s take on the ex-Authority advocate Midnighter, this series has really been a stand out success for DC since it began in June, at least as far as, great writing, engaging characters and larger than life situations are concerned.

For the uninitiated, Midnighter began life as a member of the rogue superhero team The Authority, created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch and published by the (back then) independent Wildstorm Comics imprint. Making his debut in Stormwatch (vol 2) #4 in February of 1998, Midnighter was one of the very first comic characters to be openly gay (just a few years behind Marvel’s Northstar) and during his Wildstorm Comics’ saga was married to fellow Authority member Apollo

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“Call me Batman again, I dare ya!”

Often interpreted as a parallel to Batman in both look and approach, what sets the characters apart are Midnighter’s inherent superhuman abilities and propensity for killing his enemies, creator Warren Ellis described the character more as “The Shadow, by way of John Woo,” and this sums up Midnighter perfectly. Wildstorm Comics was acquired by DC Comics in 1999 and continued to function as a separate entity, until 2010 when it was shut down and the characters were absorbed into DC‘s own universe during their major relaunch in 2011. DC‘s “New 52″ rebooted the continuity of all their characters and consequently introduced Midnighter and his fellow Wildstorm crew into the DC Universe timeline.

Midnighter #5 is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: Steve Orlando. Cover art by: Aco. Interior art by: Stephen Mooney.

Bryan Hitch’s Justice League Of America #1 Will Feature Seven Interlocking Variant Covers

(DC Comics, 2015)

(DC Comics, 2015)

DC Comics have revealed the 7 interlocking variant covers by Bryan Hitch that will make up a panoramic scene from June’s new Justice League Of America #1. Superstar writer and artist, Bryan Hitch is going to be fully taking the reins of DC’s premier Super-team, serving as both writer and artist on the title.

With the 2 month epic crossover “Convergence” coming to a close, DC are adding new and fresh takes on popular characters and comic-series, with the star of the line up being Hitch’s take on the League. 24 new series will be added alongside 25 continuing titles, though the continuity established by the “New 52” reboot will continue.

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In an interview with USA Today, Hitch said that “It is a dream come true, the whole reason I have a passion for comics is because of these characters”

Justice League Of America #1 will be available from June 17.