Archive for October, 2014

If you’ve been following my reviews on, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of a little series called C.O.W.L. A heady superhero period piece, C.O.W.L. follows the Chicago Organized Worker’s League, America’s first superhero union. It’s a great concept, but more importantly, it’s backed up by the fantastic world-building of writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel.

I actually brought the idea of doing an interview to Higgins in April, but every month I put C.O.W.L. down and thought, “I need to know more.” I’m glad I waited. After last month’s gut-wrenching conclusion to the first arc, there isn’t a better time to jump onto the book or to be asking questions about what comes next and what drives the characters.

It also helps that Higgins is also writing one of my favorite comics out of DC, Batman Beyond Universe.

Whether in the past or the future, Higgins consistently churns out interesting, thoughtful superhero stories and I was extremely grateful that he found time to sit down with me at this year’s busy New York Comic Con to talk about some of the ideas he’s bringing to the table. Continue reading


Where do you get your ideas

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m kind of fond of Godzilla. The big guy has been a part of my life for a very long time and so, when I heard there was a sixtieth anniversary panel at New York Comic Con, I rushed to the back of the line.

Unfortunately, the king of the monsters didn’t receive a kaiju-sized room and I found the panel woefully overfull. It was the first of a number of instances where the limitations of the Javitz Center became apparent this year, but, while I would have loved to talk Godzilla with all of you, it turned out to be quite a fortunate bit of bad luck.

Dashing back to the room I’d just given up a spot in, I managed to find a great seat for one of the more interesting panels of my 2014 Comic Con experience: So Where Do You Get Your Ideas? And What Do You Do With Them? Continue reading

Women of DC Entertainment

New York Comic Con was, to my knowledge, a vastly improved convention in regards to its treatment of women. The addition of an explicit non-harassment policy, the presence of Geek Girl HQ, frequent reminders about consent, and a general tone of increased sensitivity showed that the convention was making an active effort. Nonetheless, comics remain an undeniably unfriendly field for female fans and creators alike and likely will until the companies themselves make gender equality the industry norm.

In a promising step, NYCC 2014 marked the first convention where DC and Marvel both held panels focused on the role of women in comics. DC was first, assembling a table of talented writers and artists.

“This is our world,” said moderator Amanda Salmons. Salmons, the owner of Muse Comics and Games, said that the women in comics panels always held tremendous potential in her eyes, but tended to encourage panelists to put words in others’ mouths and focus purely on the negative. Instead she opted to give fans a chance to hear from female creators, the way they always have from men in the industry.

The panel was composed of Shelly Bond, executive editor of DC’s Vertigo imprint; Caitlin Kittredge, novelist and writer of Vertigo’s Coffin Hill; Batgirl of Burnside artist, Babs Tarr; Meredith Finch, the soon-to-be writer of Wonder Woman; co-writer of Gotham Academy, Becky Cloonan; feminist icon and writer of the upcoming Secret Six series, Gail Simone; Marguerite Bennett, writer for DC’s Earth-2 and Earth-2: World’s End; Harley Quinn co-writer, Amanda Conner; and Bobbi Chase, DC’s editorial director. Continue reading

NYCC Report: Women of Marvel

Women of Marvel

In regards to its treatment of women, Marvel has oscillated between praiseworthy acts and deeply disheartening lapses of late. Ms. Marvel continues to dominate the sales charts but the choice of artist on the new Spider-Woman series left many women skeptical, all the more so when a variant cover by Milo Manara was announced.

Despite their uneven record, the House of Ideas spared no expense for their Women of Marvel panel. The panel was the single most massive that I’ve ever seen, with sixteen women sharing the stage.

Led by Kelly Sue DeConnick, the packed room and crowded stage constituted an all out assault on the erasure of female comic fans. Following a small giveaway to Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel cosplayers, DeConnick called for all the women in the audience who read comics to raise their hands. Seeing the sea of hands, she casually declared the discussion of how to get girls to read comics over. “Girls have always read comics!” She then asked all the women looking to work in comics to stand up, calling upon them to look out for one another and to hunker down and do the work. “The only way out of the woods is through. Be brave, do it. We believe in you!” Continue reading

With Wolverine due for execution this Wednesday, the entirety of the Marvel universe, which has increasingly come to depend on the ol’ canucklehead, is preparing for a drastic change. How will Marvel’s world be changed? How will those closest to Logan react to losing the one person they thought would be there forever? Marvel is counting on our interest in those questions. And so, on Saturday, Marvel assembled the architects of its X-Men line for the “Death of Wolverine – The Logan Legacy” panel.

Moderated by X-Men group editor Mike Marts the panel included Death of Wolverine and Wolverine and the X-Men editor Katie Kubert; Jordan D. White, editor of All-New X-Factor and Deadpool; Gerry Duggan, author of all manner of Deadpool craziness; Charles Soule, apparent human dynamo and the mastermind writer behind The Death of Wolverine; X-Men architect and writer of Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men, Brian Michael Bendis; Peter David, the writer of All-New X-Factor; and Storm writer, Greg Pak. Continue reading