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10/23/2012

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Rene

To san serif or to not san serif, that is the question.

I love fonts. I love the way you can use them to express every mood and support every setting. I've admired letterers for a while so seeing this post - which is beautifully written as always - made me very happy. Check out Simon Garfield's book Just My Type for fonts galore.

Jacob T. Levy

This is fantastic and gorgeous; Williams and Klein both letting loose with their creativity and inventiveness. One of the most visually impressive issues of the most visually impressive book on the market.

Most comic book readers probably can't name a single letterer, but those who can, name Klein; he's the first one people come to recognize as adding something distinctive to the books he works on, since he really was a crucial part of Sandman.

But I didn't quite love it, for the "New 52" reasons. Batwoman has carried on unchanged; the reboot hasn't really altered anything about her, and the book's plotlines just continued. So it still feels to me like I'm reading about the "real" Batwoman from the "real" DC Universe. Having her interact with the New 52 Wonder Woman-- Zeus' daughter, which they went out of their way to mention-- thus felt jarring to me.

Here's an old-time comic book reference for you: it felt like a Bob Haney Brave & The Bold in which the Earth-1 Batman of the 1970s would cross over with, say, Wildcat from Earth-2 or Sgt. Rock from the 1940s with no mention of dimensional travel or time travel; Haney just teamed Batman up with whoever, from wherever and whenever, he felt like. Earth-1/ Earth-2 crossovers were common, but the fact that people were switching universes was acknowledged and mattered for the plot; Haney was distinctive in getting away with just throwing people together, and it bothered plenty of fans.

This bothered me; felt like characters from two different universes thrown together. There's an arc of Manhunter (the previous superheroine book in which Cameron Chase was a supporting character!) in which she interacts with Wonder Woman, and it has some of that same "low-powered and much-less-famous mortal hero trying to work out how to think about Wonder Woman" dynamic-- and I semi-consciously expected it to be *that* Wonder Woman who showed up here, too.

Susanna

I had an interesting conversation with a woman in NYC, long-time Wonder Woman reader and not a fan of New 52 WW - and to read these books with the historical perspective that you all have is a blessing and a curse. I'm coming at these so fresh, I'm only disappointed because of poor writing, lame storylines, offensive images.

I could listen to people talk about their past experiences with these superheroes forever. I wish they had some sort of panel at comic cons devoted to this. The scholarly portions of the 2 I've attended have been heavy on the gender focus (which I find very interesting) but I haven't found any straight histories.

Since I've axed Supergirl, I think for my next year reading I'm going to pick up what you've recommended and also a Supergirl fan who has commented here a couple times. Gain a little perspective. First up, Simone-era BofP.

Although I've also added current Capt. Marvel (a woman) to the queue, and she gets first spot because she's my first Marvel.

Unrelated, I've quickly grown addicted to American Vampire. Also Fables, though not as hooked as I am to AV. Have you read either?

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