A wondrous collection of DC Comics related news from May 12th – 14th, 2013!
First look at “Wonder Woman: Earth One”!
Initially leaked online, DC Comics’ official blog has issued a press release in regards to one of writer Grant Morrison’s final projects for the DC Universe line. Originally imagined as “All-Star Wonder Woman”, it was retitled after the Frank Miller/Jim Lee “All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder” ran late proved to be critically toxic in 2008. It is now called “Wonder Woman: Earth One” to tie into previous graphic novel releases such as the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank “Batman: Year One” and the two “Superman: Year One” graphic novels written by J. Michael Straczynski. Having written the twelve part “All-Star Superman” which was immortalized into animation recently, Morrison was joined on this project by artist Yanick Paquette.
The initial image showcases Hippolyta in battle against Hercules, who in the George Perez version of the origin from 1986, captured and violated her and the Amazons due to a ploy from the war god Ares. In interviews, Morrison has sought to create an iconic version of Wonder Woman which instills all of the incarnations of the character while also creating something unique. In particular, he seems to want to return her to being a sexual being, feeling her as being too chaste since the late 1940’s. An official solicitation for this graphic novel is expected within “the next few weeks” and it will probably go on sale next year. As added trivia, longtime DC writer Greg Rucka reportedly left DC’s employ about years due to being promised to be given this project in exchange for other work, and then passed over for it at the last moment. Rucka’s run on “Wonder Woman” from 2003-2006 is one of the the last universally favored run the franchise has had in recent memory, which adds pressure for Morrison’s revision to succeed.
DC Comics’ cancellations abound!
With the release of the August solicitations, recent titles have been slated for the ax. That month, “Legion of Super-Heroes” (written by former publisher Paul Levitz), “Demon Knights”, critical darling “Dial H” and newer series “Threshold” all end. The former two at least ran nearly two years as opening series from the start of the “New 52” era, while “Threshold” ends at issue eight same as other misfires such as “Voodoo”. On Wednesday, “Sword of Sorcery: Amethyst” ends at issue eight as well.
While many of the top tier DC franchises have seen boosts from the “New 52” push and others have been enhanced beyond recent lows, behind the scenes there is a sense of severe micromanagement alienating creators. Marc-Oliver Frisch recounts the musical chairs of creator credits which plagued the company in March alone. It likely doesn’t help that the current editor-in-chief, Bob Harras, presided over Marvel Comics during their late 90’s bankruptcy phase, which was hardly known for its creative output. Given that sales figures currently see the gap between DC Comics and their rival Marvel widening again, one hopes these trends don’t become even more entrenched than they already are.
Who’s new in the “New 52” updates!
DC continues to reveal both new and returning characters to their updated universe at their official blog. The latest editions include redesigns of Bronze Tiger, longtime vixen Cheshire and D-List Batman villain Dr. Phosphorus. As usual, there seems to be a flair of the mid 1990’s in these designs; which is a shame since it is nearly halfway into 2013.
Target and superheroes mix!
The mega store chain Target has united with DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers Consumer Products to creative exclusive “Justice League” themed summer products summer items for kids and young adults. These include a Wonder Woman lounge chair and Batman snack cups. The oddity is that exclusive merchandise for “Man of Steel” seems to be attached to Wal-Mart, which is a rival of Target’s. Regardless, more penetration of the mainstream is always a good thing for these characters.