This is seriously turning out to be a roller-coaster of a week and not in a good way. Earlier this week, an avalanche of vile misogyny came crashing down on comic book professional Janelle Asselin for criticising the comic book industry on their failure to market books to a wider audience. It is a legitimate criticism when you consider that the goal of comic book publishers—like any other business—is to make money. She was especially on spot with the role that covers (and even teaser images) play in marketing:
Covers are important, but their job is also very basic. A good comics cover alludes to the story within, yes, but most importantly, it draws readers in. In comics, covers have an especially important role in marketing, a role that hits three or four times. A cover is often the project’s first impression, debuting online either in solicitations or other promotional campaigns.
I agree. And consistent with this discussion, my first impression of the teaser for Earth-2: World’s End is anything but good, especially since the teaser features the image of a young woman who appears to be dead in the arms of her grandfather. The seemingly dead woman in the teaser is none other than Helena Wayne (the Huntress) in the arms of Thomas Wayne, the new Earth-2 Batman. You can already imagine where I’m going to go with this.
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Judging by the cover, the women are once again disempowered to service the men in the narrative. Not only is Power Girl seen being comforted by the new Earth-2 Superman, but I see Helena Wayne’s final fate will once again be to ‘die in a Crisis.’ Just like last time, only this time her death appears to affect her grandfather, Thomas Wayne.
I am not going to run out of things to talk about this week, am I?
MARCUS TO | Commission of Classic and New 52 Helena Wayne at ECCC.
MARCUS TO | Character studies of Helena Wayne, part 4.
MARCUS TO | Character studies of Helena Wayne, part 3.
Why does anybody even live in Gotham
Because Batman is hot.
because batwoman is hot
Because the likelihood of being rescued by the Huntress (Helena Wayne)—and thereby meeting her—on the Earth-2 version of Gotham is pretty damn high.
Even if I ended up dead in the process, the point is I still met Helena Wayne. I would at least die happy. :)
HUNTRESS PHOTOSHOOT | 360 Rotation Shoot using a mobile phone.
HUNTRESS COLLECTABLES | Helena Wayne collector's items.
I own both of these lovely items, the latest one being the Cover Girl’s statue. The statue is surprisingly lighter than the chess piece.
Looks like we’re not getting Batman/Superman #9 for yet another week.
Assuming this doesn’t get delayed a fifth time, it looks like this one’s coming out 23 April.
(Honestly it’s kind of pointless now since Worlds’ Finest #22 already came out this week. At least the Jae Lee art would still be good for photosets).
SUPER STRENGTH | Wayne babies can apparently break trees in half.