Comic News Roundup 12/21/16

Comic News Roundup 12/21/16

Valiant Leads Week’s Early Reviews Marvel Hacked Overwatch Comic Banned in Russia Larson to Appear in Infinity War CBLDF Announced FCBD Title Comic News Roundup is a curated selection of news stories related to comic books, comic book films, and other associated media. Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer,…

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Overwatch Digital Comic Banned in Russia

Overwatch Digital Comic Banned in Russia

The new issue of Blizzard’s Overwatch digital comic, which features the surprising revelation that the character Tracer is gay, has been banned in the Russian federation. Kotaku reported today that Russian federation fans can see the cover, but cannot click through. They are instead redirected to a warning which states that the comic isn’t available “in accordance with Russian law.” Blizzard has not responded to any requests for comment at this time. Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein…

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Harry Potter Set to Make First Comics Appearance

Harry Potter Set to Make First Comics Appearance

Harry Potter is one of the most beloved characters in modern fiction. It seems strange that, in the age of infinite adaptation in infinite media, that Potter and his cohorts have yet to make their way into the pages of comics books. That’s all about to change, but not in the way you’d expect. Potter is set to make his first comics appearance in the pages of the forthcoming Love is Love anthology. The book,…

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REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #3 and the Mansion of Happiness

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #3 and the Mansion of Happiness

Another month, another Midnighter and Apollo.  Can I just say I needed this?  Because I really, really needed this comic.  I had a rough November, but, to paraphrase a favorite meme, this comic “cleared my skin, watered my crops, opened my pores, and cleansed my soul.” Allow me to explain.  If you’ve just started Midnighter and Apollo with this issue, here’s the plot basics: the guy who created Midnighter and Apollo had Apollo murdered and sent to Hell.  Midnighter…

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DISCOURSE DISH: Greg Rucka, Wonder Woman and the Fine Line

DISCOURSE DISH: Greg Rucka, Wonder Woman and the Fine Line

After last week’s brief discussion of X-Men fandom, I return to DC dishing.  Because man, DC can’t go two weeks without some kind of discursive nonsense cropping up.  This week, I want to talk about Greg Rucka‘s interview-reveal that Wonder Woman likes women as well as men. Matt Santori-Griffith conducted the interview in question, and I recommend people try and read the whole thing.  The interview focuses on trying to create a balance.  In telling it, they…

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IDW & DC team up for “Love is Love” anthology to benefit Pulse victims

IDW & DC team up for “Love is Love” anthology to benefit Pulse victims

According to the New York Times, DC and IDW will release a 144-page anthology called “Love is Love.” This anthology’s proceeds will benefit the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida and their families. Marc Andreyko, the project organizer, had this to say: “I’m a child of the 80s; I grew up with ‘We Are the World’ and Live Aid. […] Events like this shouldn’t be compartmentalized. They should hurt and we should want…

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X-Men, Mystique, and Identity Politics: A Transgender Metaphor

X-Men, Mystique, and Identity Politics: A Transgender Metaphor

Recently, I saw a YouTube video that broke down The Matrix as a trans woman’s coming-out metaphor.  The movie, made by two trans women, certainly holds up to that interpretation.  It lead me to thinking about my favorite subplot in the X-Men Cinematic Universe — that of Mystique and her relationship to her body. I submit that Mystique, likely unintentionally, represents the experiences and hypervisibility of trans people.  Her arc, particularly in X-Men: First Class and subsequent movies,…

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FLAMECON 2: Kitty Pryde ‘Queerest’ X-Man, Says Claremont

FLAMECON 2: Kitty Pryde ‘Queerest’ X-Man, Says Claremont

You heard it right — this past Sunday, at FlameCon 2 in Brooklyn, Chris Claremont, one of the definitive writers of the X-Men in the late 20th century, basically told us all that Kitty Pryde is the queerest character he ever wrote. Of course, the man speaks in riddles, so it takes some unraveling to see it. At the tail end of the panel “Pride and the X-Men,” panel member (and New X-Men artist) Phil Jimenez asked Claremont: “Who…

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MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO Limited Series Coming from DC in October

MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO Limited Series Coming from DC in October

LGBT representation in comics is a hot topic these days, and DC is throwing their hat into the ring with a new Midnighter & Apollo miniseries from Steve Orlando and Fernardo Blanco this fall. Originally appearing in the pages of The Authority, the two characters have become comics most high-profile same-sex couple, having been nominated for a 2016 GLAAD award for Outstanding Comic Book. The two are essentially more hard-hitting versions of Batman and Superman….

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 May Leave Georgia if “Religious Freedom” Bill Passes

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 May Leave Georgia if “Religious Freedom” Bill Passes

The highly-anticipated sequel to Marvel’s Guardians of The Galaxy began production in February, but might be able to get a change of scenery. The film is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, a location also used for the production of Marvel’s Ant-Man and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Due to the recent introduction of a bill in the Georgia legislature called the “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act”, a bill aimed at allowing business owners to refuse…

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