Graphic Novelties: News & Views
Another week, another batch of chatter about comics and comics-related pop culture stuff!
First, I am very excited that the Powers TV show is not dead. Powers is a really great, long-running series that I think would make a really fun tv show—about a couple of cops who deal with superhero-related crimes. I tend not to read a lot of books involving superheroes, but Powers is one of my favorites, and highly recommended, and I want to watch it, goshdarnit!
In other superhero-related news, I am mildly excited about the new “X-Men” comic, which is going to have an all-lady team!! Longtime readers of this column know that I am very interested in the way women are portrayed in comics and talk about it all the time, so this is really interesting news to me. I’d be more worried if the writer wasn’t Brian Wood, a very prolific writer who I know can write realistic women characters (his new series Mara is also getting some good comments, but I haven’t read it yet). And unlike the author of that io9 piece, I have no strong feelings about Jubilee, plus am pretty sure I spot my all-time favorite X-person, Kitty Pryde, on that cover, which automatically means I’m into it.
And in other superhero LADY news—CW is making the world’s umpteenth attempt at doing something with Wonder Woman—namely, a new tv series. Now, I bet you’re asking yourself, wasn’t there supposed to be a Wonder Woman tv show just last year? Yes, there was! On some other channel, about Wonder Woman as a . . . high powered business woman? I don’t know. Pros for this new one—CW has experience with superhero shows (Smallville ran for a million seasons, Arrow is apparently a hit), and a teenage Wonder Woman is at least a mildly interesting concept. For now, I’ll just keep rewatching the Justice League cartoon, which really got her right (and hinted at a romance between her and Batman!).
In Archie news, Archi Corp is super excited that Kevin Keller was nominated for a GLAAD award (along with Batwoman, Buffy, and some other series), for positive portrayals of members of the LGBT community. Go Archie!
And finally, here’s a preview of the upcoming issue of Fables. The storyline is called Snow White, but this couple of pages features Bigby going on a road trip in an enchanted car (can’t he just use his giant wolf wind powers to travel? Is a blood-swilling car really more efficient?). Here’s to hoping the rest of the issue features Snow White being awesome.
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