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Rusty’s Year in Comics 2015 | July 5, 2015

BatgirlVol1

When Cameron Stewart reworked Batgirl for DC, I avoided it. It got a lot of positive press about making her more hip and realistic, but I thought they were kind of throwing Gail Simone under the bus. Meanwhile Simone said in interviews that she had tried to rework Batgirl in a similar way and wasn’t allowed.

Oh well. Word is, the new book was good and now I have proof.

Books where the main character is an early-twenties oh-so-hip woman ‘out on her own’ are a little bit of a cliche. (Take a look at the trailer for the new Supergirl tv show and you will see what I mean.) But this one works by giving us a nice set of supporting characters (though it is interesting to see that the first thing Stewart did was jettison the previous set just to make them more into what he wanted). The villains are a bit… hokey, but the setting and character work.

As long as you completely ignore all the previous characterization. (That is Black Canary? Seriously? How does one go from an important member of the Justice League to a petulant 20 year old who joins a band?)

Anyway. Worth a read.

Rusty’s Comic Reading List – 2015

Batgirl Vol. 1 – Batgirl of Burnside (Stewart / Fletcher / Tarr)
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Roz Chast)
Flash Gordon: The Man From Earth (Jeff Parker / Evan Shaner / Jordie Bellaire)
Seconds (Bryan Lee O’Malley)
The Wake (Scott Snyder / Sean Murphy)
The Fade Out, Act One (Ed Brubaker / Sean Phillips)
MIND MGMT Vol. 1 – The Manager (Matt Kindt)
Thor, God of Thunder Vol. 1 – The God Butcher (Aaron / Ribic)
Astro City Vol. 2 – Confession (Busiek / Anderson / Blyberg / Sinclair / Ross)
Astro City Vol. 1 – Life in the Big City (Busiek / Anderson / Ross)
Green Lantern – No Fear (Geoff Johns / Various Artists)
Stray Bullets Vol. 1 – Innocence of Nihilism (David Lapham)
Chew Vol. 1 – Taster’s Choice (John Layman / Rob Guillory)
The Walking Dead Vol. 6 – This Sorrowful Life (Kirkman / Adlard / Rathburn)
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1 – The Faust Act (Gillen / McKelvie / Wilson / Cowles)
Lumberjanes Vol.1 – Beware the Kitten Holy (Stevenson / Ellis / Watters / Allen)
Southern Bastards Vol. 1 – Here Was A Man (Aaron / Latour)
Batman: The Court of Owls Vol. 1 (Snyder / Capullo / Glapion)
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 5 – Public Scrutiny (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (Bendis / Bagley)
Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (Bendis / Bagley)
X-Men: Ghosts (Claremont / Romita Jr. / Leonardi / Brigman / Windsor-Smith / Adams)
Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
X-Men: From the Ashes (Claremont / Smith / Wiacek / Simonson / Romita Jr.)
Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 – Year of the Bastard
Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 – Lust For Life
Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 – Back on the Street
Gotham Central Vol. 1 – In The Line Of Duty
The Walking Dead Vol. 5 – The Best Defense
The Walking Dead Vol. 4 – The Heart’s Desire
The Walking Dead Vol. 3 – Safety Behind Bars
The Walking Dead Vol. 2 – Miles Behind Us
The Walking Dead Vol. 1 – Days Gone Bye
Fables Vol. 4 – March of the Wooden Soldiers
Fables Vol. 3 – Storybook Love
Fables Vol. 2 – Animal Farm
Fables Vol. 1 – Legends in Exile
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 2
Hulk Visionaries – Peter David Vol. 1
Justice League International Vol. 3 – Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire

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