Here it is everyone! For Happy Beer Day, I give you the review for the issue of Batman Family that showed Helena Wayne infamously kissing the Earth-1 version of her father in a way that would make you look twice at the screen to make sure you weren’t too drunk at first glance.
Fortunately, however, that is not the focus of the story. The bulk of the issue deals with:
- Helena Wayne’s first meeting with the Earth-1 versions of both her mother and father.
- Helena Wayne’s first meeting with the Earth-1 version of Dick Grayson.
- A Birds of Prey-style team-up between Batgirl, Batwoman, and Huntress.
- There’s even a team-up between Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Madame Zodiac, who are the three women these three heroines take on. (Do I even need to specify which one Huntress takes on?)
- The overall theme of this issue is luck (which is right up there with the theme of today’s holiday). ;)
It’s an all-in-all great story to pick up if you want to see how the initial meeting between Helena Wayne and the Earth-1 version of her family was handled before the clusterfuck that is the current DC universe. It’s also a great story to reference if you want to compare how they handle her meeting the Earth-1 Batfamily in the New 52 as opposed to the pre-Crisis continuity.
Chances are we won’t be seeing the current Helena Wayne awkwardly kissing the Earth-1 Bruce.
That being said, I hope you all have had a great St. Patty’s Day. :)
BATMAN AND BATGIRL #21
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale JUNE 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
What deal would you make to bring someone back from the dead? And in this issue, it’s Batman vs. Batgirl!
Of all the Bat solicits for June, this intrigued me the most!
Pete Tomasi and CBR confirm the guests for up coming issues of Batman and Robin, entitled:
- #19 — Batman and Red Robin
- #20 — Batman and Red Hood
- #21 — Batman and Batgirl
- #22 — Batman and Catwoman
- #23 — Batman and Nightwing
Will definitely be getting #22 for Batman and Catwoman alone. ♥
With regards to the guests, Pete Tomasi had this to say:
There are five stages of grief, and we intend to explore it in a very visceral way…Let’s just say there’s a big, epic picture in view over the horizon, but there’s plenty of lightning storms and hurricanes for myself, Pat Gleason and our partners in crime Mick Gray and John Kalisz to still fly through before it all becomes clear.
On Tim Drake appearing on issue #19, Pete confirms:
I wouldn’t jump to conclusions that Tim Drake is coming back in a big way. Red Robin is in issue #19, but not necessarily as a partner.
There’s still hope my Helena Wayne theory may still turn out to be true. ;)
Super BFFs. ;-)
DC Ladies, by Andrea Tamme.
Who’s the most fabulous-looking comic-chick here?
Thanks to Connection Games & Comics, Brendan, Bee, Kim and as well as all the great people that came by today to say hi. Great experiences like this really remind me that I do have the best fans.
YES! Someone actually cosplaying Helena Wayne. Love. ♥
The Better Half. by John Yandall
I assume the one in the middle is The Huntress. I can’t tell if it’s Bertinelli or Wayne, but I’ll reblog it on the perchance that it’s Bertinelli.
Judging by the costume itself and the women she’s surrounded by (all of them Earth-1 characters), I’m pretty sure it’s Bertinelli.
While the Bat-mask resembles the pre-Crisis one Helena Wayne wore, she was not completely covered like she is here, nor did she at any point wear black except in the Superman/Batman #27 story. Also, Wayne’s pre-Crisis boots and gloves are full length, and the ones that she’s wearing here are mid-length, which is very characteristic of Bertinelli.
There’s also the fact that Helena Bertinelli is still easily the more recognisable Huntress to most fans, whereas Helena Wayne is still a very new character to these fans. As such there is far more fanart out there of Helena B than there is of Helena W.
Hope that helps.
I am sad to see Duane Swierczynski go since I’ve been loving his take on this series and especially love Starling, but this interview with Jim Zubkavich with CBR makes me hopeful it’ll still be a good series:
Before we get into the specifics of your story, I wondered what impression you have of the “Birds” as a team and a franchise from the outside. We’re at the point now where the team has a lot of history under its belt as well as a few different incarnations. What’s the strongest hook for you in working on a (usually) all-female team in the DCU? Any previous runs that will influence what you do here?
I know I’m not a writer people would have expected to pick up the torch on “Birds of Prey,” but that’s part of what makes it such an exciting challenge. I know I have a lot to prove.
I read through the older “Birds of Prey” issues quite extensively as I was tightening up my pitch and what struck me most wasn’t a particular plotline as much as it was the quality of characterization that’s punctuated “Birds of Prey.” The series really sings when readers care about the cast and root for them, issue after issue.
Gail Simone and Chuck Dixon’s best “Birds of Prey” issues had a wonderful sense of personality and camaraderie that went hand-in-hand with top-notch action and drama. I’m not here to retread stories that have been told before and there are distinct differences between the past and this new incarnation of the team, but I‘m looking to keep that character/action balance at the core of the series because I feel that’s what makes it such a special series.
When it comes to the cast of the book, I’m sure there are a few things that are under wraps as Duane Swierczynski ties up the many threads of his run in the coming months. But I’m betting one assumption we can make is that Black Canary and Batgirl will play a central role in the series. Since Barbara and Dinah have formed the backbone of “Birds” since its inception, what’s your take on their relationship today, and how do they share a role in the book overall?
Black Canary and Batgirl are definitely a big part of my plans and character relationships as a whole are crucial to me in “Birds of Prey.” Before I started generating specific story threads for the series, I put together a character “matrix” for the cast – who they are, how they feel about each other and what could change as the story moves forward. Going through that process and digging into each character’s personality gave me a lot more confidence. It acts as a baseline to build from so that no matter what scenario I throw the team into I can gauge their reactions based on where things are in each character’s development.
Dinah’s an optimist who keeps ending up on the wrong side of conflict. She’s a fighter who doesn’t know how to stop even when, by all rights, she should give up. In the New 52 she’s the glue that holds the “Birds of Prey” together. That leadership role is at the core of Dinah’s personality, whether she wants it or not.
Batgirl in the New 52 wants to be a part of the Birds and support Dinah’s vision for a team that looks out for each other, but she’s quite used to “going it alone”, especially since she has her own solo series. Barbara will struggle with that “individual vs. team” dynamic and the choices she makes, especially after bringing Strix to the team, will affect everyone.
I hope Duane finds more work and Birds won’t be the last we’ll see of him. Nevertheless I am looking forward to Jim’s take on the Birds and am positive it’s going to be great.
I actually wanted to cry for her.
Not because the story was emotionally moving, but because the way the ending scene in particular played out genuinely made me a sad.
Can someone please do us all a favour and retcon The Killing Joke out of continuity please? :(