Every time I get the chance to do the reviews for this series, I know it’s going to set off a mixed bag of emotions. These books are honestly not for the faint of heart, or those looking for a quick and enjoyable adventure. When they say history, that’s what they deliver, and what’s unveiled and discussed within these pages is an important part of comics history. For The Other History Of The DC Universe #3, the voice is that of Katana, and she gives us her story of the world exactly as she sees it.
I Had No Name, So The Underworld Named Me After My Blade: Katana
The origin of Katana is not a happy one, but then again are there many heroes/anti-heroes who come from happy and healthy pasta? After losing her entire world, she falls into the work of an assassin for a man named Tadashi. Taking this path leads to her meeting with Batman, and joining his team, the Outsiders.
For years Katana watches the ever-changing world around her, and her team-mates. The fear and suspicion against the Asian community growing, needless deaths, and tragedy after tragedy. There are moments of joy, and even a few of self reflection, and she hides none of her thoughts or feelings, even though simple observation is more her style.
I Was Used To Being Feared. I Was Not Used To Being Hated
The Other History Of The DC Universe #3 is another in a series of books that make you pause and think. They deal with raw issues, and in this case with the climate of what’s going on with Stop AAPI Hate. It’s the past screaming at the present and future to listen. The depths of emotion that this team accomplishes with their creations makes this series all the more important.
Whether you know Katana, or this is your first foray into her world, this chapter, like those before it, are vital reads. John Ridley give Katana a voice that speaks from her pain, and her experiences. The way her relationship with Gabrielle Doe is described is honestly magic. The artwork by Giuseppe and Andrea is stunning, and you can see the changes of Katana and her costume through out the years, even in the style of art she was drawn in. This is enhanced by Villarrubia’s coloring skills.
Each of the books in the The Other History Of The DC Universe have been exquisite, to both look at, and to read. The passion is worth every moment spent. The incredible cover art, and Katana’s voice in this one makes it my favorite of this series so far. I believe these books should be read on a grander scale, and would love if this were to be any kind of show, animated or live action. Powerful.
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“ Off The Clock “ Writer: Katie Cook Artist: Butch Mapa Color Artist: Protobunker Letterers: Christa Miesner and Valeria Lopez Review by Steve J. Ray Some of my favorite comics are those that honor and follow the style of movies and TV shows. Comics like The Batman Adventures , for example. So, you can only Imagine my delight when a knock on my door resulted in my being handed the latest package from Penguin Random House. The box contained a copy of Marvel Action: Avengers : “Off The Clock”. This gorgeous little trade paperback collects issues #1-#3 of Marvel Action: Avengers , and is one of the most fun comics, both in terms of story and art, that I’ve read featuring these particular characters, in a long, long time. Synchronicity Strikes Again Recently I helped promote a couple of fan films which gave us a day, and a night, in the life of a superhero trying to get some time off. By some amazing quirk of fate, this book shows six Avengers (at first… ) trying to cope with some H.R.
Article by Paul 'Professor Elemental' Alborough When DC comics laid off so many of their staff the other day, I was devastated*. Another little piece of joy taken away, more fantastic creative people losing their jobs, another big conglomerate stripping creativity for parts then crushing the scrap, and a much reduced chance that my proposed ‘Ambush Bug VS Plastic Man’ crossover mini-series script would ever be approved. It goes without saying, but 2020 is as bad as the Marvel Swimsuit comics from the early 1990s. That’s bad. Social media being what it is, (that is to say a huge purple monster, hell bent on sucking the joy out of life, spreading division and destroying Metropolis,) has given DC comics a bit of a kicking over the last decade or so. Never quite seen to be as hip and cool as Marvel, DC rebooted with their "Rebirth" in 2016, which saw the original comic book line return to its roots. Many said this was just a cynical ploy to shore up its fanbase, and cla