Artist Dale Eaglesham talks about the big return of Marvel’s Canadian super hero team, Alpha Flight, at his rural home in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. You can watch the video at this link: Homegrown superheroes take flight. (I wanted to feature the clip, but the Ottawa Citizen site is lame. It uses the silly interface a bunch of newspaper sites have adopted which doesn’t make the video embed code discoverable that would allow me to include it here – nor does it anchor link to the specific piece of content I want from the package. So instead you get this boring photo.)
Enough griping about a dying medium.
Can our heroes save Canada…from itself? Dale, Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente spin an 8-issue tale for fans of the original franchise who’ve been chomping at the bit for the return of the Flight.
Alpha Flight was the second #1 issue I ever purchased – the first being New Mutants. I loved John Byrne‘s art and followed the book religiously, but I will admit I didn’t totally get it at the time. I was 10 years old and wanted a straight-forward team book, so the whole fractured family thing was lost on me at first. I kept hoping for a big team battle at some point and then suddenly James Hudson is killed and that confused me further.
Until about issue 20 or so when I went back one day and read the entire run again – and loved it!
Once Byrne left, however, the book pretty much lost its focus. For some reason, I very clearly remember issues 51 with Jim Lee on pencils and whole bunch of new characters. I think Bill Mantlo was writer. It featured a strange cast of characters. The book no longer felt like Alpha Flight, and that’s about where I lost interest even though I kept picking up the issues for another couple of years.
But it’s back. We’ll see how it this one can recapture the magic of the original.
Pity Adrianne Palicki. It can’t be easy to chase thieves through midtown in a corset without falling out.
NBC’s new Wonder Woman has a new look – again. Although the corset stays.
AFTER FAN REACTION
The Internet has been humming for the past couple of week since the first photos of Adrianne Palicki in her new head-to-toe Wonder Woman costume were released.
It doesn’t take much to get people riled, but those initial photos sure did whip up some outrage.
Comics Alliance and some site called Bump Shack (?) have a bunch more photos.
This is only the latest “controversy” over Wonder Woman’s costume. Last summer, Jim Lee’s new design of the Amazon princess for J. Michael Straczynski’s retooling of the character caused huge outcry in the comic-verse.
The redesign of Wonder Woman’s new costume spawned a number of lists, like Ranker’s 10 Lamest Costume Changes Ever (slutty Sue Storm is my favourite) and FlavorWire’s list of drastic costume changes. Both include the Wonder Woman makeover from the 60s and electric blue Superman among the winners.
Slutty Sue and the mod squad
As with any changes to a character, there is backlash. People react negatively to the new look. A fan posts a fixed version that does away with the pants. (via CNN) Imogen Fox designs costumes for the modern hero for two of DC’s iconic figures. (via The Guardian)
The best commentary on the Amazon heroine’s new style I’ve found comes from Sonia Harris at Comics Should Be Good. She writes:
For the first time in history, fashion is looking to comic books for inspiration, so why is Jim Lee throwing out everything that is so super about Wonder Woman’s costume now?
This isn’t the early days of Image comics in the 90s where dozens of poorly designed new characters suddenly appeared on comic store shelves and people would snap up any books with the names Rob Liefeld or Jim Lee plastered on the covers regardless of the quality on the page showing complete disregard for taste. There are many more sophisticated readers today bringing a wider range of experience. And they expect more.
Sonia nails the problem.
Men have a tendency to take one glance at mall fashion in their teens, and never look again. Never was this more obvious than in comic books, and the new Wonder Woman costume has to be the pinnacle of this kind of folly. In comic books luckily men are rarely called upon to draw civilians, but when they do, men consistently draw women in clothing that would only have worked 10 or 20 years ago. Sadly, none of them think to employ the advice of stylists or designers. Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood have designed superheroic clothing that is 20 years ahead of it’s time.
Wonder Woman’s new outfit is boring and horribly out of date. It lacks any wonder.
And if you’re a fan of lists, she highlights four fashion crimes committed by Lee with Wonder Woman’s new outfit. Worth the read.
…between other tasks, and I came across the following:
This week, The Last Days of Animal Man ships. The premise sounds interesting. I like Gerry Conway, and I’m hoping this series reads like a good sci-fi yarn.
Batman and Robin: It seems DC has found a stand-in for Frank Miller and Jim Lee’s unfinished All Star Batman. I don’t normally get excited about superhero books, but when Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely team up, I have a difficult time saying no. With a track record that includes All Star Superman, New X-Men, and more, add it to my pull list.
Dead Romeo: Has anyone read this LS? Is it any good? Not a huge vampire fan, but I like a good horror story. I know nothing about it other than the description posted at the link. Based on that, it seems this might be a better fit under the Vertigo imprint.