Dynamic trio on Flickr.
This is a photo I took a few weeks back of three toys I picked up in Forbidden Planet in Dublin.
They are Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Hawkwoman.
I’m particularly fond of the grin on Hawkwoman’s face.
The first image is the cover for the Justice League Dark title that DC has announced.
It will feature the team-up of John Constantine, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man and Madame Xanadu. This is the first title in DC’s forthcoming reboot of its universe that has really caught my attention.
In fact, all of the ‘dark’ titles that DC is embracing have my attention, but those are the kind of titles I enjoy reading. A lot of people are wondering why they’re not in the Vertigo series, so I’ll assume that DC is planning more of a shiny, high concept team-up rather than the usual gritty settings of the Vertigo crowd.
My first thought was that John Constantine will be taking the piss out of his companions mercilessly. He does not play well with others.
There’s been a lot of fan reaction to the slew of news, and it’s hard not to get caught up in the angst.
At this point I’m taking a wait-and-see approach. There are plenty of fine writers and artists on board, and they could do something genuinely interesting now that they’re unshackled from the fetters of past continuity.
Change is good. It’s natural. In many ways it’s the hardest thing for people to accept in their lives.
I’m willing to give DC a chance to do something different.
Although, the ‘pants only’ policy for the female characters is not wowing me when an artist draws Catwoman sprinkling diamonds over her body as she does boob-popping Yoga on a ledge.
Of course, what woman doesn’t do that on the way back from a heist?
Costumes aren’t the problem all the time. It’s how the artists draw the women - the parade of up-shots and down-shots that subtly undermine even the most powerful of female characters.
Even the best writers with the best of intentions for their female characters can have much of their work undercut by this style of posing.