Scattered stuff from a native New Yorker, disorganized former English Major, film buff, haiku enthusiast, semi-professional photographer and totally amateur fencer.

• Text Post

So Misfit makes a brief Cameo in New 52 Batgirl 34…

the-owlknight:

AND STILL NO WORD OR SIGHTING OF CASSANDRA CAIN?

FUCKS SAKE…..

THIS REALLY PISSES ME OFF.

OF COURSE THEY WOULD LET ANOTHER WHITE BENCHED CHARACTER BACK BEFORE CASS. IF THEY DECIDE TO BRING HER BACK.

I AM MORE OR LESS HAPPY MISFIT EXIST

BUT IF THEY MAKE MISFIT INTO THE NEXT BATGIRL IN THE FUTURE AND STILL HAVEN’T BROUGHT BACK CASS…..

SERIOUSLY FUCK THIS 

FUCK THIS 

FUCK THIS 

FUCK THIS

FUCK THIS

FUCK THIS

FUCK THIS

FUCK THIS

Snyder wants Cass in Issue 1 of the reboot: Can’t have her. Snyder wants Cass in an important storyline he’s created just for her (just like Gates of Gotham was originally a Cass-story). DC says no. Harper Row is created to take her place. Fine.

Stephanie Brown s brought back due to fan pressure. Returned as Spoiler, backstory intact (though her history is gone). Understandable. Cass is next right?

Wrong.

JULIA FRIGGIN’ PENNYWORTH is brought back from the 80s Bronze Age even though no one remembered her, no one asked for her and no one said - you know what Alfred needs? A daughter.

Cass? Nowhere.

And now Misfit? A character that sharply divided fans and who even her creator, Gail Simone, said was not a good fit in the Bat-books because of her having super-powers (FYI to those who don’t know: Misfit/Charlie was DC/Didio’s first choice to take the Batgirl mantle from Cass and was it was only after Gail said no they moved to Steph) is back?

WTF? The most successful (in terms of sales) Asian heroine (or hero for that matter) in terms of sales in the history of DC Comics. One of the few people of color in the entire Bat-Family (and the only one adopted by Bruce Wayne). Also one of the few successful (along with Kyle Rayner and I would argue Connor Hawke) non-Superman characters created by DC in the Xtreme 90s-era to have a lasting fanbase. Where is she?

Nowhere? This despite virtually every single person who has been writing the Bat-books before and after the reboot (except perhaps Peter Tomasi, who was Adam Beechan’s editor and had a hand in Evil!Cass) going on record as wanting to write her AND having stories for her.

Explain someone. Tell how me keeping her out of the comics ISN’T personal for a certain someone *cough*Dan Didio*cough* (which is the only explanation that makes logical sense). I’d really love to hear alternative explanations.

I mean JULIA PENNYWORTH before Cassandra Cain? Really? 

• Photoset Post

annotateddc:

In the show Young Justice, there were frequent appearances by the journalist Cat Grant, who would often provide exposition for the audience through her reports on the current situation, such as the Lex Luthor-hosted peace conference between South and North Korea… I mean, South and North Rhelasia. This position was kind of phased out in season two though, with G. Gordon Godfrey’s character providing a more slanted view of the proceedings.

Orginating in the Superman comics, Cat was a journalist at the Daily Planet who befriended Clark despite her antics getting on the nerves of Lois and Perry White. A recovering alcoholic and single mother, she vanished from the comics following her son’s murder by Toyman/a robot that thought he was Toyman, only to come back with breast implants and a more flirtatious attitude.

Lois implies that this change in appearance and behaviour was Cat’s way of dealing with her son’s death, though it seems that explanation has fallen by the way-side after the reboot, where she just seems… kind of conceited and shallow.

There are a lot of things wrong with the DCnU but it did give DC a chance to reboot characters that THEY (for no known reason) had trashed. Exhibit A is Mary Marvel, Exhibit B is Roy Harper (and possibly Jason Todd) and Exhibit C maybe Cat Grant. It’s hard to remember for those who just saw her as a plastic surgery fixated Supergirl-hating mouthpiece for Morgan Edge’s WGBS (aka the guy she and Clark sent to JAIL before Geoff Johns got a hold of her) but she was originally created in the early years post-Crisis as an attractive, sexy professional reporter (and single mother) who was VERY interested in Clark Kent and didn’t like Superman and served as a counterpoint to Lois Lane who at that time was fixated on Superman and she and Clark were not close. Cat was created to show how a normal woman could prefer Clark to Superman. Then her son was killed in a tasteless storyline (that even the Editors barely remembered) and she was hauled out of a limbo to be a superficial antagonist to Supergirl (back in an era when Supergirl was not particularly likable herself). The whole “Cat was changed because of the death of her son” was very much a reaction to fan complaints about what was done to the character for no known reason.

• Photoset Post

thisiscloisforever:

I had to talk about this.  I can’t say enough about the writer’s decision to give Lois the truth about Clark’s identity, especially early in the movie.  I mean, they pretty much erased the ‘triangle for two’ which has been the mainstay of their ‘first meeting’ for over 75 years.  That’s a long time.  Lois finds out eventually (usually on her own), but we won’t have this crazy back and forth of ‘when will she find out’ scenario which drove everyone crazy over the past I don’t know how many years that Superman/Lois Lane have been live action.

NO MORE!!  Thank you Snyder and Goyer or whoever made that game-changing decision.  You deserve all the awards!

And of course the comics books (Didio/Lee) felt the played out “triangle for two” (which even Shuster/Seigel wanted to get rid of) was JUST THE THING the DCnU needed. So much so that when George Perez started hinting that Lois did indeed know Clark was Superman in the new 52 when the reboot began his editors nixed it and dropped all references to it.

• Text Post

imageAdam Beechen himself responded to one one of my Tumblr responses about Cass Cain. Makes me feel more than a little bad about it that people are still on him about a “8 year old comic” (and by “people” I mean me).

I tweeted him back that I actually liked some of his Teen Titans Go and JLU work and that most people actually blamed Editorial and not him. It’s just that his “8 year old comic” was the start of 8 years where Cass Cain has been declared “toxic” by DC Editorial for some reason and they have come up time and time again with reasons to slight the character (yes because all 4 male Robins needed their own BOOKS in the reboot but Batman’s adopted daughter who is a WoC in a mostly white world - and the one protege most like him - has still not existed two years into the DCnU). None of which is Beechen’s fault - but if we have to go back to when it all started it all goes back to that “8 year old comic”.

Also, in Beechen’s defense, he has always manned up and taken responsibility for Evil!Cass even though we all know it was an Editorial decision handed to him (even if he decided the Dragon Lady direction). No one at DC Editorial (like Beechen’s editors, Eddie Berganza and Peter Tomasi who still work at DC) has ever taken responsibility or even talked about it. Didio has even jokingly blamed Beechen as the man who “ruined Cass Cain” at conventions (and we all know it was ultimately Didio’s decision). Now that’s shady.

• Chat Post

DC: Wonder Woman is too difficult to find a movie audience for-

Marvel: YO YOU LIKE BLACK WIDOW? HERE SHE IS IN THE NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE WITH A TON OF SCREENTIME AND MAJOR ASSKICKING SKILLS

DC: We can't allow the lesbians in Batwoman to get married in the comic, sorry.

Marvel: HEY GUESS WHAT WE'RE GONNA FEATURE A GAY WEDDING ON THE COVER OF AN X-MEN ISSUE

DC: The new direction for storytelling needs to be dark, gritty, mature and cynical.

Marvel: DUDE CHECK IT OUT LOKI GOES SPEED DATING IS THAT NOT THE BEST SHIT EVER

DC: After years of rumors, the Superman/Batman movie is finally coming, but with a new actor and suit for Batman and MAYBE a cameo from Wonder Woman.

Marvel: PHASE 2 MOTHERFUCKERS EVERYONE IS IN EVERYONE'S MOVIE AND THERE AIN'T NO STOPPIN US NOW

DC: We can try to add maybe one or two 'people of color' to our lineup...maybe...

Marvel: NEW MS MARVEL THAT'S MUSLIM AMERICAN, BITCHES.

DC: We feel no problem with Batman's vengeful personality being like wet cardboard.

Marvel: NEW LATINA GHOST RIDER WHO SEEKS VENGEANCE WHILE TAKING HIS AWEET LIL BRO FOR ICE CREAM

DC: We can't mention any superhero titles in our movies, that's ridiculous.

Marvel: FUCK YEAH YOU WANT A RACOON VOICED BY BRADLEY COOPER WITH A GIANT GUN? YOU WANT VIN DIESEL PLAYING A TREE? AMY FUCKING POND PLAYING A SEXY BALD SPACE PIRATE? HERE YOU FUCKERS GO

DC: Our fanbase is mostly white males, I'm sure our focus is-

Marvel: NEW SHE HULK LINE WHERE SHE GOES TO COURT THEN SAVES NEW YORK

DC: Wait-

Marvel: NEW FEMALE THOR

DC: I didn't-

Marvel: NEW BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA

Marvel: TAKE ALL THIS COOL SHIT MARVEL BE OUTIE

Marvel: PEACE

• Photoset Post

renaroo:

jayb3:

renaroo:

Batgirl (2000-2006) #73

"Once upon a time… there was a girl. Born to be something unlike the world had ever seen. A dancing hunter. But she didn’t want that. And so, she ran away. Hungry and desperate, she found salvation in the dark flap of wings. She thought she was a bat. But she came to find she wasn’t that either. She was only a runaway girl… named Cain."

She thought she was a bat. But she came to find she wasn’t that either. 

I won’t lie. This ending gets worse every time I read it.

To come back around to what I was saying in the first post for this issue, it’s always unfortunate when a series, for whatever reason, is being cut short. It just is a sad set of circumstances, especially in long-form comics like superheroes where, for the most part, they are written with the mindset that this character and their stories must continue forever with no ending.

But when a series does end, and that is such a possibility in the market today that it should at least be in the back of every writer’s mind as they construct their narratives, it has the responsibility of being the last glimpse of our character and their story for the knowable future.

Unless fans really enjoy a particular series or are neurotic to the point I am and go back and reread things ad nauseam, this will be the last impression someone will have of a character and the series as a whole. This will be their final address of the series.

Ideally, you would want the ending of a story to reinforce the beliefs and themes of the character while closing up any remaining threads. You can end it by promising future adventures in the same vain of this one are always a possibility for the readers to dream up on their own. You can make the promise that, even if it’s not with this character, their legacy and beliefs will live on. You can even give a cathartic ending where the final stand for what the book believed in takes everything and more from the character, leading to a sad but inspiring death for what they believed in.

But this? This? This kills everything I love about Cassandra Cain and Batgirl as a series.

And that’s just a cruel image to end the relationship of Cass and Shiva on, too. Just. Agh. I hate everything about this. More and more every time.

Cassandra Cain is Batgirl. No one understands what that even means more than her, and it’s insulting to the series to end on a note so cruel and demeaning of that belief. I wish it had ended almost any way but this.

The only way it makes sense for me is that Anderson Gabrych (who obviously loved the character) was told by Editorial to put Cass in the worst place possible and to have her stop being Batgirl (remember the series was canceled to make for a Batwoman one that NEVER happened and DC didn’t think there should be two Bat-females at the same time so they obviously planning already to make her a villian when this was ending) and Gabrych was trying to do that with at least as much lee-way as possible to keep Cass as a hero.

Or else it just sucks.

Whichever.

I desperately want to believe that Gabrych had as little to do with these decisions as possible, but it’s just… such a mean spirited way to end the series one way or another, y’know? Like, even if he was told exactly that he had to have Cass quit being Batgirl, it just feels like this was the absolute worst way for it to have happened.

I also find it ironic that Cass, a Eurasian woman with a very distinct costume design unlike any of the other Batgirls before or since, was supposedly going to confuse fans too much if she was working in tandem with Kate Kane who was an adult, red-haired, white female hero with a more traditional, free-haired costume. Yet in the New52 we have two and only two (currently) female characters with the bat symbol and they’re considered to be individual and unique from each other with no way they could be confused by the fans — and they’re both white, red-haired females that are nearly the exact same body type and the biggest different in their costumes is color scheme.

Yeah, I don’t… I don’t know. I genuinely like Gabrych’s writing most of the time. I like the first arcs of his run a lot and he wrote an amazing Cass in his time on Detective, but it’s hard for me to see this ending and see anyway that Cass’ character was supposed to be salvageable?

A lot of that is just knowing what was to come, I guess. I don’t know. I’m not big on reading up interviews and things most of the time to get a feel for the environment behind the books. So I have no idea what he’s said, if anything, about his time with the title. I tend to judge stuff based on the outcome. So it’s hard for me to make sense of this with someone I had seen get Cass before. It leaves me just kind of disheartened. :(

I don’t think Gabrych has ever commented like Horrocks has on his “issues” writing Cass. He pretty much dropped off the face of the comics writing world. I just remember that when he WAS writing Cass he used to frequent the DC Message Boards and his love of the character shown through and he was very excited about writing her and liked fan feedback. 

As for the way Cass was treated to the way Barbara was treated, yeah it was garbage. Fun facts: Kate Kane is a white redhead because the initial design for a Batwoman character (with a suit and in-costume hairstyle that looks very much like the one Kate rocked when she debuted) was designed for Alex Ross FOR Barbara when DC toyed with the idea of making her Batwoman (this was during the Kingdom Come-era I think). So when they came up with Kate Kane they kept the look, red hair and all (and let the writers create the backstory).

Also when DC made Stephanie Batgirl, sidestepping the only WOC in the inner ranks of the Bat-family and a character (Cass) who was created purposely to diversify the Bat-titles, it led to a situation where for several years Batgirl, Wonder Girl, and Supergirl were ALL blue-eyed blond white teenagers. It was like an Aryan wet dream or something. Which means that they actually made the three most well known DC heroines (after WW) LESS DIVERSE in terms of race and looks than they were even in the 60s-70s (when you had a redheaded Batgirl, blonde Supergirl and brunette Wonder Girl). DC Editorial of course never seemed to realize this even though the unfortunate racial implications were clear to the readership.

• Text Post

DC Hits The Jackpot in June with Red Hood and the Outlaws

dcwomenkickingass:

Ed Benes on cover art? CHECK!

Starfire with her teeniest top? CHECK!

Starfire front and center leaning on a car in a “sexy” pose? CHECK!

Starfire appearing to “hot” in the tropic sun while her male partners are fully clothed? CHECK!

Brought to you by Scott Lobdell? CHECK!

image

CLASSY!

This entire book gives off bad 90s “Xtreme” vibes. At least we know what the target audience is - DC is not mincing words (or images) about that…and its not the same people who watched Teen Titans Go.

I mean Benes is a better artist than Liefeld but other than that it might as well be something out of Image.

Stuff I Like