Screw You, CBR!

I mentioned before about Comic Book Resources annoying me with their inclusion of spoilers in their headlines or at the start of their articles; because I still use a feed reader, I can sometimes be surprised by spoilers of comics, TV or films and I hate that.

I haven’t been reading The Button, the current crossover between Batman and The Flash, but I’m interested about the connections to the Watchmen and Rebirth mystery connection so have been keeping half an eye on things. Checking my feed over the weekend, I see this:

I’ve redacted the headline and the picture because of spoilers! How difficult was that, CBR?

It’s the last straw, for me – I’ve unsubscribed from them partly because of crap like this, but also because of their annoying auto play videos and the seemingly never ending list based articles:

Seriously – what is the fascination with 15?

I’ll miss The Line It Is Drawn and the Comic Book Legends Revealed but apart from that, I’ll rely on other sources for my news.

Doomsday Clock Thoughts

So, it’s actually happening – Superman and Dr Manhattan are going to meet up sometime in or after November this year.

Geoff Johns is back to write a story about optimism versus pessimism and, surprisingly for a big event . . .

There are no crossovers. No watered down one-shots or mini-series on top of this one. This is a standalone story.

This concept – the DCU vs Watchmen could have been played out on a scale as large as Crisis on Infinite Earths if they’d wanted, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do with it.

RIP Steve Dillon


Well, shit.

Just read Steve Dillon has passed away.

As much as I loved his stuff on Hellblazer and Preacher, his Judge Dredd artwork sticks in my mind – his style was so distinctive that you could instantly recognise his work whenever it appeared.

Shit – that’s really sad news.

A More Hopeful Justice League?


Geoff Johns certainly plans to brighten up the DC film universe, anyway, if this news story is anything to go by.

While there’s not exactly a massive amount of detail in that story, there is this:

Johns and his co-head Jon Berg worked closely with Justice League director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio to make the film closer to their vision of the DC Universe.

“We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster,” Berg explained.

To my mind, that sounds like Johns and Berg looked at the reaction to Man of SteelBatman vs Superman and even the not-as-light-hearted-as-the-trailer-made-out Suicide Squad and have said “Enough with the dark and the rain and the grimness of it all!”

Even the above picture is brighter and sunnier than anything we’ve seen from the DC films so far and that, this news, and the excellent Wonder Woman trailer all have me hoping that the Zack Snyder/David Goyer grim as all hell era is behind us.

So Much For The Redesign

Back last year, Dynamite Entertainment had Nicola Scott redesign three of their biggest female characters: Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris. Here’s Nicola Scott from the original press release:

Her big red hair and chainmail are iconic, and I felt strongly they needed to carry the look but be modernized. Keeping her hair big but out of her face seemed practical, and the idea of the chainmail tank rather than bikini was a suitable update.

The redesign Scott came up with works a treat – here it is on the left with the cover of the first issue by Jay Ancelato on the right:

Red Sonja 2015

I didn’t pick up the series though I did get the Dejah Thoris series – and regretted that due to Frank Barbiere’s dreadful dialogue and plotting.

Yesterday, though, I was flicking through my feed reader and came across this article about a new writer, Amy Chu, launching a new Red Sonja series in December. The thing that struck me most was the image they used from new series artist Carlos Gomez:

Red Sonja 2016

So we’re back to the chain mail bikini that offers no protection but shows off Sonja’s tits and arse again? What happened to Nicola Scott’s “idea of the chainmail tank rather than bikini“?

I’ve no objection to the female form but if you’re a warrior – male or female – and you’re heading in to battle against someone clutching a big sword and/or an axe, would you not want to have as much protection as possible?