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BrendenFletcherThe funny thing about Black Canary is that, while I consider her one of my favorite DC superheroes, I haven’t read that much featuring her, relatively. Part of that is how good Greg Weisman has been to her in animation, but the bigger issue is that, in the modern age, Black Canary has very rarely had a spotlight. Birds of Prey was an extremely significant series for her, but fans of the character have often had to kind of piece her together from numerous supporting roles. So needless to say, when I heard that DC was finally giving Black Canary a solo series, from one of the writers of the acclaimed ‘Batgirl of Burnside’ no less, I was on board immediately.

As the common thread between two of DC’s biggest new hits, Brenden Fletcher has clearly defined himself as a part of a reformation hitting Big 2 comics. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than the fact that the DC You relaunch was referred to as the ‘Batgirling’ of DC by numerous sources. Fletcher’s comics have made a name for themselves by being fun, welcoming, and clever without giving up the qualities that have traditionally defined DC’s output.

His position at the forefront of this new wave of DC comics has made Fletcher a popular and sought after figure, though being present, interesting, and charming on numerous DC panels likely hasn’t hurt him any either. I was luckily able to snag a few minutes of his time at SENYC this year to talk about what it’s like being one of DC’s most prolific writers, his strategies for communicating the tone he and his co-writers are looking for, and the future of Black Canary. Unfortunately, in the rush to set up this interview, we never actually got properly introduced, so that’s where we’ll begin…

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Over the last week, the biggest story in comics has been female readers and the increasing attention that the Big Two companies have been giving them. With Gotham Academy and the new direction on Batgirl from DC and yesterday’s announcement that Marvel is chasing “an audience that long was not the target for Super Hero comic books in America: women and girls” with a new female Thor, it seems that, apparently all at once, the industry has come around to the bizarre notion that it’s worth appealing to 51% of their potential readership.

Great as it is to see such marked change in editorial policy, these announcements have had me thinking about what needs to change in the comics industry before it can rid itself of the boys club mentality that’s stifled it for so long. With that in mind, I’m introducing a new feature to the site each making a case for an (extant) female character who could easily fill the need for A-List female heroes and who the industry should be marketing to women.

 

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She-Hulk is probably the most obvious of the characters I considered for this inaugural article and, as such, it should come as no surprise that she’s the only one with her own monthly solo comic. However, while I tried to avoid some of the more obvious choices, She-Hulk holds a special place in my mind. Continue reading