“You can tell that Johns is trying very hard to write something that doesn’t just lie there on the page, and in these troubled times, that counts for much with me”: Johnny Bacardi has an excellent review of the beginning of Geoff Johns’ Blackest Night event/story, made all the more interesting by the fact that Bacardi explains that he isn’t exactly a huge fan of Green Lantern, or of continuity-heavy event books, or of superhero decadence, or of Geoff Johns’ plotting, but still found himself admiring “the scope and the lurid drive of the thing.”
“Who…wants to read this crap? Whose idea of a hero is a NPR commentator in a swimsuit?”: Noah Berlatsky is still reviewing his way through the Wonder Woman catalog, and he’s really not into the Greg Rucka run, as that quote no doubt indicates (and it’s one of the nicer assessments of Rucka’s Wonder Woman-as-celebrity/political figure take in Berlatsky’s piece). I say it depends on the NPR commentator, are we talking Daniel Schorr or Kevin Kling? Kathryn Yu or Baxter Black?
Speaking of NPR…: Their Lynn Neary recently profiled artist Tim Hamilton’s graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451. You can give it a read and/or listen here.
“All of this serves once again to make the company…continue to look like a slow-moving behemoth, incapable of making decisions, compared with the new kid on the block, Marvel Comics”: In a blog post for The Guardian, Ben Child discusses Warner Brothers’ reluctance to formally, officially announce the next Batman movie, and wonders why they’re having such relative trouble making a Superman, Wonder Woman or another Batman movie. Personally, I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Hal Jordan is going to end up beating Wonder Woman to the silver screen.
“The two faces of Condi and Michelle”: In a post at Real Clear Politics, Tom Bevan discusses the way that former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was depicted by political cartoonists “with all of her features exaggerated in the most unflattering—and, let’s be honest, racist —way,” while First Lady Michelle Obama gets off easier. He presents some examples, but I’m not convinced there’s a double standard at work here, since there’s a much simpler explanation—as first national security advisor to President George W. Bush and then his secretary of state, Rice was a much more powerful figure than a first lady. Something interesting for political cartoonist observers to think about, anyway.
“The first female G.I. Joe action nurse is produced, which turned out to not be popular”: The Chicago Tribune offers a timeline of G.I. Joe history, from the 1941 comic strip to next month’s live-action movie.