The JoBlo movie network has released a modicum of spoilers surrounding the upcoming Batman/Superman movie, and they seem to originate from pretty reliable sources. If you're not interested in the spoilers, don't press play on the following video. However, if you're concerned with the production like I am and want to make sure Zack Snyder isn't fucking things up, you'll probably be pleased with the three key pieces of info included herein. News pertains to Wonder Woman's appearance, Batman's impetus and Lex's motivation. Don't press play if you don't want the seemingly legit spoilers. [Featured image by Cliff Chiang]Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
Batwoman #32 Kate is facing another slew of new bad guys who seem to have their sights set on each other, rather than on Kate, the other Bat-Gang, or the authorities. There's a new assassin in Gotham, seemingly a new Vampire that has apparently no ties to Silver who showed up in the pages of Batgirl just a few issues back, and on top of those problems, Kate has another headache in the form of an old West Point flame. Just another night for Ms. Kane.
- - -Wonder Woman #32 The First Born is inching closer and closer to his goal of killing the gods. All of the gods. He dispatched Zeus, he killed Hades, and with those two balancing forces gone now he's just picking off the rest in the order he chooses. Diana, who's now the God of War, is his most formidable foe, but luckily she gets some assistance at the end of the book.
- - -Harley Quinn #7 This book continues to be a riot. It sets comfortably just outside of the doom and gloom that penetrates most of the other DC Books. Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti have taken the Nolan Joker's refrain "Why So Serious" and turned it up a notch for his former flame Harley. This issue sees her visiting the pier beach with Ivy – and might I add, they've included plenty of man candy in skimpy speedos – then fleshing out the rest of the story with her kooky band of supporting sideshow characters. Harley exists in her own world, and it's kind of glorious.Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
One story finds an end (with plenty of loose ties) and another starts heating up. Forever Evil #7 of 7 DC's latest biggest arc comes to a close with the finale of Forever Evil. If you think that good wins over evil, boy are you ... right. But, the thing is, while it was always an inevitability that everyone's favorite heroes would ultimately win, there are some pretty serious butterfly effects all across the DC world. Dick Grayson was exposed as Nightwing, so clearly things can't go back to normal for him. The government sanctioned Justice League of America is disbanded, and Lex Luthor figures out more identities.
---Justice League #30 Directly tying into Forever Evil #7, this is the story of how the Metal Men and Cyborg bridge the gap between technology and humanity, and manage to knock out a big arm of the Crime Syndicate's reach.
---Wonder Woman #31 Diana is the god of war, and she's still protecting her youngest sibling from her most evil sibling. Family... AMIRIGHT?
---Bonus suggestion: if you haven't had a chance to read any of The Movement by Gail Simone, you can pick up the first volume of the trade paperback today!Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
OH BOY. Today's picks are really good. I mean, I'm generally happy every Wednesday when new books arrive on the shelves, but today's top picks had tons of great "ooooh and ahhhhh" moments. Batgirl #31 GAIL, YOU SLY DEVIL. Last issue was a bit of filler. It was good, but it wasn't written by Gail. Intelletually, I know other people are capable of writing Barbara, but emotionally, if it ain't Gail ... I'm not thrilled. Welp, not only is Batgirl back in the proper writer's hands, but Simone is pairing her up with another character she writes oh so well – RAGDOLL! Gail gained a passionate fan base from her run on Secret Six, the team of which Ragdoll was a member. A bendy bastard with a flair for the flamboyant, seeing him square off against Babs – in a tight stairwell no less! – is a real treat. Definitely pick this issue up. If you don't currently have Batgirl on your pull list, add it now. Just as Simone herself said earlier today:
Seriously, just put Batgirl on your pull list for a bit. Fun stuff is coming. — Gail Simone (@GailSimone) May 14, 2014
---Superman/Wonder Woman #8 I'll admit it, I've never been on the Superman bandwagon. I see tons of dudes (especially in gay porn, it seems) with the "S" emblem tattooed on their bodies and I don't get it. I mean, Clark is nice enough. He seems like a swell dude. But he's just not for me. The New 52 reboot has attempted to direct everyone's favorite Kryptonian into a more hard-lined badass, but 75 years of goody-goody can't be wiped away that easily. That being said, I have been reading the Superman/Wonder Woman series since its inception, mostly just for Diana. Her relationship with Clark is another thing that I don't really love, but I'll tolerate it. This all seems to tie into some arc called "Superman DOOMED" that I don't really care to involve myself in, but it does make for some good fodder. Kal & Diana have squared off against some big bads, notably General Zod & Faora and Doomsday himself. This issue pits an infected Superman against Wonder Woman, and it is nice to see her kicking his ass if I'm being honest. Also, there's an awesome panel where she needs Batman's assistance so she lands on the Bat-jet, mid flight. Tony Daniel's art throughout the issue and on the cover is a treat, too. If you liked Marc Silvestri but just wished he was grounded in reality as opposed to inhumanly proportioned breasts, Tony Daniel is your man.
---The Walking Dead #127 And so begins another chapter in the days of the lives of the survivors. I won't spoil too much here other than to say it's a super-sized issue and there's a time-jump. If you read the last issue you know how the "ALL OUT WAR" was resolved. This doesn't takes place the next day. It takes place a whole bunch of days after.Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman
Sisters are doing it for themselves. This week, I'm taking a look at 3 of the kick-ass women of DC: Wonder Woman, Batwoman and Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn - #5 Harley has proven a very popular character in the DC universe. Fans love her, cosplay her, fan-art her and revel in her wildness. She originated in the incomparable Batman: The Animated Series, and has since been developed fully in the comic book universe and the video game universe. Her first standalone series, now in its fifth issue is proving very much to be a riot. She is, in a sense, DC's answer to Deadpool; irreverent, flamboyant and willing to drop a bullet in someone's head on a whim. One of my favorite aspects of the New 52 Harley is that like Superman/Clark Kent "Harley Quinn" is who she is at her core- "Harleen Quinzel" is merely a costume she wears to blend in with society.
- - -Wonder Woman - #30 Diana and her New 52 creative team are about to part ways. Cliff Chiang's art has been inspired these last couple of years. Brian Azzarello has established the new Diana with an altered genealogy that gives her "goddess" status new meaning. The entire run up to this point has highlighted a battle for the ultimate throne: Olympus. Gods are dying left and right, and Diana is growing more powerful day by day. Chiang's art, truly, will be missed. He's managed to take a character who is so often sexualized in the comic world and make the book feel respectful, grounded and real. I hope the DC editorial team has an artist in mind to continue that respectful handling of her womanhood.
- - -Batwoman - #30 Speaking of departing creative teams, the absence of J. H. Williams III and W. Hayden Blackman on Batwoman is particularly noticeable lately. To be sure, it's still a solid book, but their run on issues 1-26 really set the bar for what a nuanced story a mainstream book could tell. Lately, the action has been primarily one-dimensional, with only minor hints at the subplots.Follow @harveywalker Follow @ClosetCaseRoman