DC Super Hero Girls

DC Super Hero GirlsThe first thing I did upon seeing DC Comics’ announcement about their new initiaitve, “DC Super Hero Girls”, was text the link to my sister, because it seems age appropriate for her 4-year-old daughter (a.k.a. my very precious niece) who is currently completely & utterly obsessed with being a superhero. She has been insisting on wearing her Superman/Supergirl t-shirt everyday! (I’m so proud.)

I’m excited that there will be apparel, TV shows, books and so much more for me to purchase for her, so that I can further encourage her interest in awesome heroes like Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman.

That said, I get what my pal Stitch said in their excellent blog post here. I am always wary when people talk about making things “for girls”–as if girls could not like things that are not “feminised”! As if girls could not like things that are marketed to boys, just because!

Maybe I’m just sensitive because I’ve always liked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Polly Pocket (do they still make those? they were so rad) in equal measure. Likewise with Batman and Barbie dolls, or Hot Wheels cars and cupcake princesses. Because really, you don’t have to make something pink for girls to like it. I think it’s more important to cater the entire DC line to boys and girls, and to ensure that the gender and ethnic line-up is as diverse as the world we live in. To make sure little girls can see themselves in these superheroes, just as boys do.

Still, DC is actively trying to court young girls, and I think that is fantastic! I look forward to seeing the fruits of the DC Super Hero Girls initiative.

Convergence: Nightwing & Oracle #1

ROUNDUP – Comics for 08 April 2015

Convergence hit the DC Multiverse this past comics week!

Three of the spin-off titles involves characters from “pre-Flashpoint” Gotham a.k.a. the Dick!Bats era during which Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne were Batman & Robin, Stephanie Brown was Batgirl, Tim Drake was Red Robin, etc. It’s one of my favourite periods of modern era comics, so of course I had to check them out!

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ROUNDUP – Comics for 18 March 2015

I reviewed two comics last week — Ivar, Timewalker #3 and Lumberjanes #12. You can find my reviews for Word of the Nerd at those links; I’ll probably cross-post them here soon.

I did not get a chance to read Silk #2, but I did catch up to Ms. Marvel #12 and Ms. Marvel #13.

Here are some of my favourite panels from the comics I read last week.

EDIT: I forgot to add Bitch Planet #3, omfg, so I’ve just gone and popped that right at the very last.

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Grayson #4

GUEST POST – Trope Subversion in Grayson

I didn’t get a chance to review either Grayson #7 or Grayson #8 thanks to Life Stuff™. Sadness. I’d really wanted to cover Grayson #8, since it’s the last issue we’ll be getting for two months (until DC Comics’ Convergence event gets out of the way). But I ended up having to make a super last minute overseas trip, on emergency family business, alas, and computer time has been low on the ground here. Once I get home later this week, I hope to do a Grayson retrospective summing up all eight issues so far, but suffice to say that issue #8 was a fantastic “season 1 finale” to this fledgling series and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

For now, I’m all over this amazing commentary that my friend Zina has agreed to share here. One of my favourite things about Grayson is how it goes “against the grain” to typical comic books, and the spy genre especially, and Zina has de-constructed the exact nuances of that with way more skill than I could ever manage. So enough talk from me, onward to the post!

Grayson #8

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Grayson #5

COMMENTARY – Grayson #5

The combination of Dick Grayson shirtless + carrying a baby from Grayson #5 is proving popular on Tumblr. Those were great aspects of the comic, definitely, but I was left more ambivalent by the issue. It was like literary fiction in comic form — and gosh, I do hate literary fiction. Which is interesting, given that most of my own fiction work seems to emulate the style of literary fiction by being character-driven, rather than plot driven.Perhaps that is why I prefer the fiction I read to be plot-driven — because it provides a form of creative expression that I, personally, struggle to create.

Regardless, have my thoughts on Grayson #5 below, taken from my write-up(s) for Graysonology & Word of the Nerd. Please do also check out my pal A.’s excellent commentary over at the Graysonology post — as always, she nails it!

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