Much has already been written about the big DC relaunch/renumbering/revamp in September. I’m not really going to get into any of that here. DC already publishes around 40 ongoing monthly books as it is, so if it weren’t for the creative team changes associated with many of these books, this would only be a net gain of about twelve titles. Still probably too many to launch over a four-week period. So let’s hit the three bullet points I do want to hit:

  • No Wildcat in the NuDC. No JSA at all in the NuDC. Personally that’s disappointing, but I still have plenty of Wildcat comics.
  • Most of the gay male characters of the DC Universe are MIA with this relaunch. No Starman. No Tasmanian Devil. No Obsidian. No Creote. On the other hand, Apollo and Midnighter are being moved into the DCU proper along with the rest of the Wildstorm characters.

    If no other good comes of this whole business, at least Apollo finally got his damn hair cut.
  • For years I’ve been saying that Superboy’s costume says “rough trade” more than it says “super-hero”…

    Apparently they’ve decided to just embrace that unconditionally.

Marvel is launching a John Carter series. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and presume that this is a tie-in to the live-action Disney/Pixar film coming out in a little bit, in a bit of corporate synergy.

Roger Langridge is writing, which would normally be a plus, but I think I’ll stick to the Dynamite series with the Jusko covers and Sadowski art for my John Carter stories.

Veronica #209 is another “Kevin Keller” issue…

That cover on the left is starting to approach “Subtext? What Subtext?” territory…

Kodansha is bringing Sailor Moon back to North America.

Lesbian subtext and transgender characters seemed pretty revolutionary for a kid’s comic fifteen years ago. I think I’m mostly curious about this for the historical angle now.

Northwest Press is releasing The Power Within, a comic about anti-gay bullying. I’ve liked Christensen and Brill’s previous work together, and I’m very pleased to see this make it into the Diamond catalog.


I’m really not sure how I feel about this being offered for sale.

5 Responses to “Previews for Gays, July 2011”
  1. Steve says:

    Is there other information I need to get Atomic Comics to order me a copy?

  2. Steve says:

    Ugh. Of Power Within. Sorry. I work overnight and it’s nearing my midnight…

  3. Dorian says:

    Steve–The Diamond ordering code is #JUL111189. Any comic shop with a Diamond account can order it for you with that number.

  4. Zan says:

    Dorian, I’d be happy to send you an advance digital review copy of The Power Within. We’re really proud of how it turned out. It will be making its debut at Comic-Con International in two weeks, and will ship to stores in early August!

  5. Tony says:

    I tried the first issue of the Dynamite John Carter series and it didn’t do anything for me … too much Confederate apologism, and they tried to make Tars Tarkas sympathetic from the get-go. That kills the reveal at the end of the book. Has it improved?

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