I buy my comics on Saturday’s most weeks, so I’ll be making posts like this every weekend featuring the best in Women in Comics! Right now, I am incredibly short on comic book funds. I was only able to buy my personal essentials this week. And they are:
Wonder Woman #13
Written By: Brian Azzarello
Art By: Tony Akins (pencils and inks), Daniel Green (inks), Matt Wilson (colors)
Cover By: Cliff Chiang
I know there has been a lot of controversy over the New 52 Wonder Woman. People are not happy with the way Brian Azzarello is portraying her (or rather, her story and family). Whatever their complaints about the title, Azzarello is doing a fantastic job with the characterization of Diana. She’s smart, strong, compassionate, and more willing to talk than fight (but fight she will, if she must).
I personally love this Wonder Woman series, for the most part. Most of my complaints are minor and a bit nit-picky. A lot of the problems I had at the beginning have already been addressed. I trust Azzarello to not leave me hanging. And this issue was no exception. Very well written, with a nice mix of intrigue, humor, and serious human moments.
My problem is Tony Akins’ art. I don’t want to say anything negative about him or his art, but I don’t personally find him to be the right choice for this book. I know DC tried to hire someone with a similar art style to Cliff Chiang, but I think they failed. Akins’ art is very jarring on this book, and a times I don’t believe he knows what humans look like. If they could find a better fill-in artist, I’d be ecstatic. Perhaps Akins’ would be better placed on a book with few humans in it. His non-humanoid characters are always very expressive and interesting.
Either way, Wonder Woman’s always at the top of my list of favorite books every month.
Written By: J.H. Williams III and Haden W. Blackman
Art By: J.H. Williams III (pencils and inks), Dave Stewart (colors)
Cover By: J.H. Williams III
I love this book, and I especially love this team-up. Hearing the innermost thoughts of both Kate and Diana in regards to each other and their places in the world has been one of the best parts of this story arc.
Kate has quickly become one of my top five favorite comic characters, and her solo book has been a prime example of why. She’s independent, strong, brilliant, and entirely confident, while still seeming human. She’s very different from the rest of the Bat-family. She faces more supernatural threats. That’s one of the things that draws me to her, but it’s also the thing that leaves her out of the Bat-family crossovers (Night of the Owls and Death of the Family, neither of which have Batwoman tie-ins). I’m mostly okay with it. She’s a relatively new character, and I’m glad they’re focusing on creating her as her own character rather than showing who she is to Batman, which a lot of the other Bat-family books seem to focus on.
I don’t think that anyone can argue that J.H. Williams III is a fantastic artist. His use of two-page spreads outshines practically every modern comic artist. A lot of people seem to not like his writing. To them I say: He’s new to writing. Give him some time. Sure, he wrote Chase and a few here-and-there things over the years, but writing is still not his main job. I think he’s getting better, and every issue shows improvement over the last. Give it a shot. He’s no Greg Rucka, but he’s doing some great work.
I hope when DC collects this story arc of Batwoman that they don’t collect issue 12, then the zero issue, then issue 13. It really breaks up the flow of the story, and is not the optimal way to read it. I hope the trade re-arranges the story arc to be issue zero, issue 12-the end of the story arc.
Sword of Sorcery #01
Written By: Christy Marx, Tony Bedard
Art By: Aaron Lopresti (pencils and inks on Amethyst), Hi-Fi Colour Design (color on Amethyst), Jesus Saiz (pencils and inks on Beowulf), and Brian Reber (color on Beowulf)
Cover By: Aaron Lopresti and Hi-Fi Colour Design
To preface this, I should mention that I only read Amethyst. I may go back and read the Beowulf portion at some point, but Amethyst is entirely the reason I buy this book.
I’m so excited that Amethyst is finally getting an ongoing series again. If you enjoy books of magic and sorcery, swords and epic battles, medieval style political intrigue, especially when it’s all centers around a young girl thrust into a world and position she was not prepared for, Sword of Sorcery is the book for you!
Though we’re only two issues into the story (zero issue and issue 01), and thus far the story has been… a little predictable, I have much hope for the future. Christy Marx is doing a great job of building the ground work for some amazing fantasy.
And Aaron Lopresti’s art? Beautiful, as always. When asked who I’d like to see working on a new Amethyst book, I never had an answer for the writer. But my resounding answer for the art was always Aaron Lopresti. He is absolutely the perfect artist for this book, and I’m glad DC did the right thing and gave the book to him.
We all know that DC is more than happy to cancel books that aren’t selling very well, so PLEASE. Give Sword of Sorcery a shot. It’s a terrific book with a LOT of potential. I for one would love to see this book continue for many years to come.
And, that’s all I had money for this week. But that doesn’t mean those are the only great books out this week.
Birds of Prey #13, Catwoman #13, and Supergirl #13 all came out this week from DC Comics. Birds of Prey has been steady. Never quite as good as the pre-New 52 continuity books, but still enjoyable (though occasionally really confusingly written). Supergirl also has been enjoyable, especially once things started to pick up around issue 05. I just wish she’d start speaking English so she can communicate with people. Catwoman… Catwoman is my second favorite comic book character. And she just got rid of the horrible Judd Winick (I don’t think he’s always horrible, but his run on Catwoman certainly was). But issue zero, the first run of Ann Nocenti’s run, was easily one of the single worst comics I have ever read. I hope that Nocenti can step up her game.
From IDW Publishing, we have the second issue of Womanthology: Space. This anthology style book features an all-female cast of writers and artists. It’s the follow-up to the spectacular Womanthology: Heroic, which was an overwhelmingly successful kickstarter project. Check it out to see some incredibly talented women and some really great stories and art!
Marvel released Captain Marvel #05 this week. I’m a couple of issues behind, but the first three issues were fantastic. I love Carol, and I love that she’s finally starring in her own book again. Kelly Sue DeConnick is doing a beautiful job with Carol, and I truly hope this book lasts for many, many years to come.
And from Oni Press, issue 06 of the ongoing Courtney Crumrin series is released! I don’t have much to say about this, since I’ve only just started reading the first mini-series. But if maintains the same level of wit, charm, and mystique throughout it’s run, this will absolutely become a book I am excited about every month.