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gailsimone:

dereksdigs:

When I first heard that the DCU was going to become the DCnU, I was so excited, but also wondered what would happen to my favorite super heroine, Black Canary. The first set of solicitations had be very nervous because she wasn’t present for any of it. Then there was that leaked Justice League International picture with a black haired woman on the front of it. Some speculated that she was the Black Canary. Then, a couple weeks later, it was announced that Birds of Prey was getting revamped with a whole new history and cast. I waited eagerly to see the cover by Jesus Saiz.

I also found that crime novelist, Duane Swierczynski was taking over and I felt this was exactly what the book needed.
This first issue was awesome. It set up a new villain called Choke (remember this name because we will never see it again) which brainwashed people and had them act as soldiers. He could also make their heads explode as well. There was some sinister plans that the Birds had to get to the bottom of. I loved wonder what was next and what clues they were going to uncover. The Birds got so close to the enemy that they found his secret hiding spot; a floor between floors of an office building. I loved the noir feel to the entire book and felt that Swierczynski brought some of his elements from his novels (which are all highly recommended) to the team. 
Jesus Saiz art was sexy, but not cheesecake! I loved that all the Birds weren’t falling out of their costumes and Black Canary actually had a practical costume. Don’t get me wrong! I love the classic outfits, but this was more kick ass and ninjaesque. 
While I am a huge Black Canary fan, I can’t forget about Swierczy’s greatest addition to the book: Eve Crawford aka Starling. This character had so much potential and I was hoping we would unwrap the enigma that she was. I remember one of the first thing she says (after she drives a car through a church wall) was how do you even begin to confess to a sin like this, or something of that nature. I wanted to know right then and there what the hell was going on with the whiskey-drinking-bustier-wearing-gal. 
Then, the unthinkable happened….
The creative team left the book and new creative teams jumped on. Then, the Birds of Prey became a completely different book. I feel like it was a female G.I. Joe book. International terrorists, spies, and military fights broke out almost every other issue.
Speaking of issue, You see that guy in red at the top of the picture? His name is Condor and if you think I’m Black Canary’s biggest fan, well, he has me beat. This guy came aboard and weaseled his way onto the team. Exhibiting stalker tendencies, and even going so far as to almost kill Canary’s husband, I feel that he was forced onto the team to be a love interest for Canary who needed to work on herself before playing birds of feather with this wannabe Falcon.
Another issue I had was that the new creative teams took Black Canary’s mystery away from her, but had her stewing and sometimes (check out the fight between Canary and Amanda Waller) acting like a high schooler.
And before I start on the road to my conclusion, Starling was written out of the book to never make an appearance again. It was revealed that she was working for Amanda Waller. We didn’t even see her in the Suicide Squad.
One of the things that I enjoyed was that Gail Simone had Black Canary guest star in a couple issues of her Batgirl run. Simone presented the Canary and Batgirl friendship that I missed the most. They are friends (and I don’t care what universe we’re in). Contrary to the ending issue which had Canary and Condor fly away together and seemingly broke up the friendship between Canary and Batgirl. Bull Crap! I even liked how Gail finaled her Batgirl issues with a team up of Black Canary, Batgirl, and Huntress. That left a better taste on my reading palate then the Birds of Prey (who scattered to the four winds).
I’m not going to say that we didn’t have our fun times. There was the Gothtopia story line. We got a glimpse into what would happen if the Birds…I mean Wings of Justice, existed in a utopian world (issue 27).
And next month, we will see Black Canary five years later in which she runs the League of Assassins. 

I will say that I’m really excited for this one. However, I would have loved to see Black Canary meet Lady Shiva in this universe. Maybe one day we will get a Birds of Prey relaunch with Simone at the helm once again. Until then, I would rather see Birds of Prey disbanded then go through the horrible, post-Swierczy, death.

I haven’t read ALL the issues, but in some ways I am more sad about the cancellation of Birds of Prey than I am even of leaving Batgirl.
Bop was an important book, it’s STILL an important book for comics, it’s been THE gateway title for female readers for much of its run. It is a showcase for characters that don’t get much respect elsewhere.
BOP being cancelled is a big, big deal, and a very sad one. 
I hope someone great reboots it, and soon. I would love to see Marjorie Liu, Alex DiCampi, or Marguerite Bennett write it. Restore its importance.
The loss of Birds of Prey is a bigger deal than people realize, I think.

BoP was one of the few DCnU books I had any interest in. I wasn’t crazy about what wass effectively the use of the original Black Canary as part of the relaunch’s blithely exterminating the heroic legacy of anyone not a Wayne, but I loved Starling a ridiculous amount and I really liked the redesign of Ivy that (a) got her out of the leafy-swimuit pinup fashion disaster that’s been her non-Arkham look for far too long, and (b) seemed to cast her in the sort of anti-hero role typically reserved for Selina. Katana I was entirely neutral on, though her oddity eventually grew on me even if her costume never realy did.
But I dropped the book when Babsgirl became part of the roster because I fundamentally loathe everything Barbara’s return to the identity of Batgirl represents. Even Starling being revealed as queer couldn’t overcome the sense of betrayal I felt at DC trying to rub the erasure of Oracle and her daughters Cassandra & Misfit in my face. A feeling only compounded by the introduction of the not-Cass known as Strix.
And it irks me when DC put men on the team roster. They just don’t belong there. I mean, call it Grrl-Power or Girl’s Own, but as I see it the whole point behind the Birds in the first place was escaping Bruce’s shadow and building the sort of female relationships absent pretty much everywhere else in superhero comics. 
But what really saddens me is that in the DCnU, the Birds will never be Oracle’s own fantastic powerful creation. Even when they inevitably come back to keep the trademark fresh, they’ll just be another superteam that may only have the most tenuous legacy of the original.

gailsimone:

dereksdigs:

When I first heard that the DCU was going to become the DCnU, I was so excited, but also wondered what would happen to my favorite super heroine, Black Canary. The first set of solicitations had be very nervous because she wasn’t present for any of it. Then there was that leaked Justice League International picture with a black haired woman on the front of it. Some speculated that she was the Black Canary. Then, a couple weeks later, it was announced that Birds of Prey was getting revamped with a whole new history and cast. I waited eagerly to see the cover by Jesus Saiz.

I also found that crime novelist, Duane Swierczynski was taking over and I felt this was exactly what the book needed.

This first issue was awesome. It set up a new villain called Choke (remember this name because we will never see it again) which brainwashed people and had them act as soldiers. He could also make their heads explode as well. There was some sinister plans that the Birds had to get to the bottom of. I loved wonder what was next and what clues they were going to uncover. The Birds got so close to the enemy that they found his secret hiding spot; a floor between floors of an office building. I loved the noir feel to the entire book and felt that Swierczynski brought some of his elements from his novels (which are all highly recommended) to the team. 

Jesus Saiz art was sexy, but not cheesecake! I loved that all the Birds weren’t falling out of their costumes and Black Canary actually had a practical costume. Don’t get me wrong! I love the classic outfits, but this was more kick ass and ninjaesque. 

While I am a huge Black Canary fan, I can’t forget about Swierczy’s greatest addition to the book: Eve Crawford aka Starling. This character had so much potential and I was hoping we would unwrap the enigma that she was. I remember one of the first thing she says (after she drives a car through a church wall) was how do you even begin to confess to a sin like this, or something of that nature. I wanted to know right then and there what the hell was going on with the whiskey-drinking-bustier-wearing-gal. 

Then, the unthinkable happened….

The creative team left the book and new creative teams jumped on. Then, the Birds of Prey became a completely different book. I feel like it was a female G.I. Joe book. International terrorists, spies, and military fights broke out almost every other issue.

Speaking of issue, You see that guy in red at the top of the picture? His name is Condor and if you think I’m Black Canary’s biggest fan, well, he has me beat. This guy came aboard and weaseled his way onto the team. Exhibiting stalker tendencies, and even going so far as to almost kill Canary’s husband, I feel that he was forced onto the team to be a love interest for Canary who needed to work on herself before playing birds of feather with this wannabe Falcon.

Another issue I had was that the new creative teams took Black Canary’s mystery away from her, but had her stewing and sometimes (check out the fight between Canary and Amanda Waller) acting like a high schooler.

And before I start on the road to my conclusion, Starling was written out of the book to never make an appearance again. It was revealed that she was working for Amanda Waller. We didn’t even see her in the Suicide Squad.

One of the things that I enjoyed was that Gail Simone had Black Canary guest star in a couple issues of her Batgirl run. Simone presented the Canary and Batgirl friendship that I missed the most. They are friends (and I don’t care what universe we’re in). Contrary to the ending issue which had Canary and Condor fly away together and seemingly broke up the friendship between Canary and Batgirl. Bull Crap! I even liked how Gail finaled her Batgirl issues with a team up of Black Canary, Batgirl, and Huntress. That left a better taste on my reading palate then the Birds of Prey (who scattered to the four winds).

I’m not going to say that we didn’t have our fun times. There was the Gothtopia story line. We got a glimpse into what would happen if the Birds…I mean Wings of Justice, existed in a utopian world (issue 27).

And next month, we will see Black Canary five years later in which she runs the League of Assassins. 

I will say that I’m really excited for this one. However, I would have loved to see Black Canary meet Lady Shiva in this universe. Maybe one day we will get a Birds of Prey relaunch with Simone at the helm once again. Until then, I would rather see Birds of Prey disbanded then go through the horrible, post-Swierczy, death.

I haven’t read ALL the issues, but in some ways I am more sad about the cancellation of Birds of Prey than I am even of leaving Batgirl.

Bop was an important book, it’s STILL an important book for comics, it’s been THE gateway title for female readers for much of its run. It is a showcase for characters that don’t get much respect elsewhere.

BOP being cancelled is a big, big deal, and a very sad one. 

I hope someone great reboots it, and soon. I would love to see Marjorie Liu, Alex DiCampi, or Marguerite Bennett write it. Restore its importance.

The loss of Birds of Prey is a bigger deal than people realize, I think.

BoP was one of the few DCnU books I had any interest in. I wasn’t crazy about what wass effectively the use of the original Black Canary as part of the relaunch’s blithely exterminating the heroic legacy of anyone not a Wayne, but I loved Starling a ridiculous amount and I really liked the redesign of Ivy that (a) got her out of the leafy-swimuit pinup fashion disaster that’s been her non-Arkham look for far too long, and (b) seemed to cast her in the sort of anti-hero role typically reserved for Selina. Katana I was entirely neutral on, though her oddity eventually grew on me even if her costume never realy did.

But I dropped the book when Babsgirl became part of the roster because I fundamentally loathe everything Barbara’s return to the identity of Batgirl represents. Even Starling being revealed as queer couldn’t overcome the sense of betrayal I felt at DC trying to rub the erasure of Oracle and her daughters Cassandra & Misfit in my face. A feeling only compounded by the introduction of the not-Cass known as Strix.

And it irks me when DC put men on the team roster. They just don’t belong there. I mean, call it Grrl-Power or Girl’s Own, but as I see it the whole point behind the Birds in the first place was escaping Bruce’s shadow and building the sort of female relationships absent pretty much everywhere else in superhero comics.

But what really saddens me is that in the DCnU, the Birds will never be Oracle’s own fantastic powerful creation. Even when they inevitably come back to keep the trademark fresh, they’ll just be another superteam that may only have the most tenuous legacy of the original.

odditycollector:

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And here is the Amanda post:

    How I feel about this character:

FuckYeahAmandaWaller.tumblr.com <— my first tumblr, offered as a hint on my position.

I have a fierce, unwavering loyalty for Amanda Waller (which ftr is not the same thing as believing she is usually correct).

This is what I tell people who disagree with me:

Amanda Waller is Reverse Batman, okay, stripped entirely of the rich dude noblesse oblige. She starts out stashed away out of mind in the Chicago Cabrini-Green projects. And there she loses half her family - two kids and her husband - and goes from “poor” to “homeless with young children”.

And she climbed out of *that* hole with her fingernails and teeth, and got her babies enough of a headstart to be adults on their own terms, and went like: No.

This shit is unacceptable. The world is going to be a better place, or else.

Ah, but the villains in this world are a banal, cowardly lot. She must be able to strike terror into their hearts. She must become a creature of the shadows, black, terrible…

The thing which has screwed over her and hers.

She must become.

The System.

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dirtyriver:

bookishandi:

jennyquantums:

themyskira:

Wonder Woman vol. 2 #210

              

WAIT, THIS DOESN’T SHOW JUST HOW AWESOME DIANA IS.

This is from ruckawriter's run on WW (the best ever, imho). Medusa turns one of Diana's employees into stone (Diana is a full-on ambassador as well as superhero) and then challenges Diana to a fight. Diana is skeptical, but Aphrodite pretty much says, “Listen, we're not gonna take this shit from Medusa, you gotta fight her.” So Diana shows up pretty ready, blindfold, armor, all that. But it turns out Medusa has manipulated the event to be televised, so that after she defeats Diana, she can look into the screen and turn all the people watching into stone. 

Just TAKE THIS SHIT IN FOR A HOT SECOND (all images courtesy of scans_daily)

Then the stuff above happens. YES, BITCHES, DIANA—WHO HAS RECENTLY HAD A SWORD RUN THROUGH ONE OF HER KIDNEYS— TAKES ONE OF THE SNAKES SHE CUT OFF MEDUSA’S HEAD WHILE BLINDFOLDED AND SQUIRTS THE POISON IN HER EYES SO SHE IS BLIND SO MEDUSA CAN’T FUCK WITH HER.

Why? BECAUSE SAVING AND AVENGING EVEN ONE MORTAL LIFE IS WORTH HER OWN GODDAMN VISION THAT’S WHY. 

But after that badass “Never?” THIS PHOTO SET LEAVES OUT THE BEST PART. WONDER WOMAN IMMEDIATELY CHOPS OFF MEDUSA’S HEAD. NO HESITATION. NO NEGOTIATION. NO DESTROYING A WHOLE CITY JUST TO BEAT HER UP A LITTLE MORE. CHOP AND DONE.

And then?

DROP THAT MIC, DI.

DROP IT LIKE THE MAGMA-HOT SHIT THAT IT IS. 

To Rucka’s credit, this wasn’t no false-ass sacrifice, either. She stays blind AND STILL SAVES EVERYONE’S ASSES.

How does she get her sight back? She does something for Athena and Athena grants her one boon. So what does our Diana do? Ask for her sight back?

NOPE. SHE ASKS FOR LIFE TO BE RETURNED TO A CHILD KILLED BY MEDUSA.

And Athena was like, “Shit, Wonder Woman, you’re better than all of us, I guess you can have your sight back, too.” And Diana’s pretty much like, “Fine, that’s cool I guess, I was still getting shit done without it.”

THIS IS WHY I HAVE A LOT OF GODDAMN FEELINGS ABOUT WONDER WOMAN.

A character who does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do? Yeah, I can see how DC/Warner would find that tricky.

weesleyisourking:

Ugh apparently I am having a lot of Leia Organa feelings because I just read her wiki page and I’m just thinking about the SW narrative and man, so much of her heroism is covert. It’s just so frustrating. On all the posters she’s being rescued, she’s being helped, she’s being shown (in her slave bikini UGH don’t even get me started on that shit). Her character has been marketed as the woman in sci-fi, spunky but still a woman (which is to say, skilled but with limitations; someone else will have to come and help her eventually. And because ugh to be a woman in sci-fi is often to be awesome but with limitations, with the underlying idea that she is working within her limited skills and okay that’s another story for another time). She was subjected to a lot of things, and got to do a lot of things but at the same time it’s acknowledged that she was hard as nails, a tough delegate and determined to take care of herself. Yet she’s always dependent on others somehow within the film narrative and in these posters and other canon stories outside of the films. It’s just so contradictory and so frustrating. I feel like I can see Leia just smirking at everybody to hide the frustration she has underneath: if only everyone could see how great she is. They’re getting the princess, diplomat facade. The caretaker whose concern makes her steeled and fierce. The leader playing innocent but secretly taking down the entire Empire. The woman playing her roles and adding her determination to them in order to have some form of control over what is expected of her. But she plays her roles well and waits for the right moment to use those roles to take control. If circumstances were altered just so, she’d be the hero and everyone would be dependent on her, outright. It could’ve been so easy for her character to be front and center: the woman with so many roles must take on the biggest one—the hero.

Argh, archetypes, I want to subvert them so badly. Leia did, but I wish she could’ve done more. With Luke’s hero’s journey, he had the chance to refuse the call multiple times, fail multiple times, literally go into the cave and flee from it, and still he got to fulfill his identity and become the hero. Leia was never even offered the call; we the viewers barely got to know that it could’ve been her, that she could’ve been the one to cross the threshold and answer the call. Her duty was to help the Alliance, to found it and lead it, but there was so much more to her that was never called upon because she wasn’t supposed to be the hero, that wasn’t her destiny. But dammit, in my view there’s no reason why it couldn’t have been and wasn’t her, other than that the hero’s redemption is part of the male hero archetype. The dramatic irony of her story is that “there is another”—she is another chance, another hero’s journey story that we never get to see and that she never gets to live.

Brienne’s story is an adaptation of a traditionally male narrative, one that usually sidelines or victimises female characters. She swears fealty to a woman, as male knights swear to their liege lord, because she respects that woman’s strength, her bravery and her kindness. She goes on a quest to save the beautiful maiden, but not to marry her or benefit from the quest in any way, but to return her to her mother. Because she cares for Catelyn, and because it is the right thing to do. It is a story of a woman, rescuing a woman, for the sake of another woman. It is a rare story where the mother, the young girl and the shieldmaiden are all given equal weight and worth. Brienne, despite taking on many stereotypically male traits, is not “one of the boys” or in any way dismissive of her gender as a group. She does not fit into the role that society has assigned for her, but she does not disparage those who do. She uses her strength and her skill to respect and help other women in ways that most men in Westeros would never even think to attempt, because she understands, more than any other knight, that women are truly worth something as individuals.

“There Are No True Knights: Brienne of Tarth” via Feminist Fiction (via threesixfifteen)

In which I sob and cling to Brienne because I love her so mu-hu-hu-huch.

(via notcuddles)