Wonder Woman Cover Contreversy, Marvel NOW! Art & more! – Top Comic Stories

1. Hawkman & Adam Strange: Out of Time

DC is killing it with all these 6-issue limited series! This one hits shelves on October 5th, written by Marc Andreyko and illustrated by Aaron Lopresti. The synopsis goes as it follows:

Residing on Earth and out of the hero game, Adam Strange finds himself trying to live a ‘normal’ life, until he’s literally pulled back into adventure again as a seemingly normal Zeta beam transmission returns him to the planet Rann, where he hopes to be reunited with his beloved Alanna. But instead, he finds the once great city of Ranagar in ruins with millions dead, and the once peaceful Alanna is now calling for the blood of Rann’s oldest enemy, Thanagar, home of the Hawkmen.

Sensing something is amiss, Strange enlists the aid of Thanagarian policeman Katar Hol, aka Hawkman, who is also trying anything possible to avert war. Together the two try and uncover who’s really behind the destruction of Rann while at the same time-preventing Rann and Thanagar from marching into interplanetary Armageddon!

I was surprised when this series was originally announced. I didn’t expect for Hawkman and Adam Strange to get a series at all. I like the new duos we are starting to see – one hero is super-powered the other more street level. Maybe we’ll get a crossover between these characters. It seems really cool, but Hawkgirl is still nowhere to be seen in this universe which makes me sad. The threat the duo will be facing will be Despero who is usually a Martian Manhunter villain, but since J’onn isn’t being used at the moment, why not use Despero?

2. Lost Boys Sequel"The Lost Boys" to Receive Sequel in New Comic Series from Vertigo

Vertigo announced a sequel to Joel Schumacher’s Lost Boys. Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Grayson, Nightwing) will write, Scott Godlewski and Patricia Mulvihill (The Dark & Bloody) will illusrtate the interior art, and Tony Moore (Shade) will illustrate the cover art. I’m not partticulary interested in this series because I never watched the original, but those who are:

Santa Carla, California is on edge. The eccentric coastal town and haven for the undead was finally returning to “normal” after its last supernatural scuffle left the local coven’s head vampire dead and gave newcomers Michael and Sam Emerson a housewarming both violent and bizarre. Now the brothers must once again team up with militant vampire hunters Edgar and Allan Frog when a new gang of ruthless, stunning, life-sucking nightcrawlers known as the Blood Belles emerges from the aftermath to collect Michael’s love interest and their lost sister, Star.

It will be another 6-issue mini-series coming out this October. Here are more images:

"The Lost Boys" to Receive Sequel in New Comic Series from Vertigo "The Lost Boys" to Receive Sequel in New Comic Series from Vertigo

"The Lost Boys" to Receive Sequel in New Comic Series from Vertigo

3. EtherEther

Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Dept. H., Rai, 4001 A.D.) has written groundbreaking stories over the past years and now he can add Ether to the list. Ether is about Boon Dias traveling to a different universe called, Ether, where magic is the prominent factor and not science (like it is in our world). The series comes out November 16th, published by Dark Horse Comics, drawn by David Rubin. I gotta read this. I am a huge fan of Matt Kindt, he is the most underrated writer out there.

4. Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden LoveDeadman-1_CV

The new series will be by Sarah Vaughn and Lan Medina with covers by Stephanie Hans. This series will be a 3 installments with 48-pages each, out in October which sounds really cool. It seems this will be a horror-romance and we never get those in any sorts of media. This sounds super exciting to me and I cannot wait to see how this series will play out! Here is the synopsis!

A young woman with a conflicted heart and the ability to see ghosts, Berenice lives with her boyfriend, Nathan, in a grand mansion in New England but is growing closer and closer to her best friend, Sam. As she struggles with her heart’s desire, a dark presence settles over the mansion, drawing the attention of the ghostly superhero Deadman. As Berenice and Deadman seek to free the house and its inhabitants of Adelia Whitehall (known as the Darkness) vengeful rage, more disturbing and sinister secrets emerge, leaving Berenice in grave danger.



DEADMAN-19 This looks beautiful and I really cannot wait for this to come out! Look at it!

5. Marvel NOW! Concept Art

If you follow my Marvel NOW! coverage here at ComicBooger you’ll know how news came out out of that announcement. Instead of having 15 parts for Top Comic Stories of the Week I decided to give Marvel NOW! posts of their own. If you’re interested in those go to my search bar and write ‘Marvel now analysis’ to read and see all the series Marvel announced. My analysis will come back on Monday, but we got some new concpet art of some characters. Here we have the new Doctor Doom as the new Infamous Iron Man.

Maleev Debuts Doctor Doom's "Infamous Iron Man" Armor Concept Art Maleev Debuts Doctor Doom's "Infamous Iron Man" Armor Concept Art

This suit looks beautiful! It’s like a Dr. Doom reskin of the previous Iron Man armor. I love it and it definitely hypes me up for his standalone series. This next concept art I’ll show you came out last week, but have a look either way.

Riri Williams Iron Man suit

And here you have Chris Sprouse’s take on Black Panther who will also continue his art for the character when Marvel NOW! launches.

Marvel Debuts "Black Panther" Art From New Artist Chris Sprouse Marvel Debuts "Black Panther" Art From New Artist Chris Sprouse

 6. Comic Book Sales of June 2016

Last week we talked how this year’s June sales gave a boost to the early half of the year which was very lackluster. Here are the top 10 best-selling comics.

Comic-Book Estimated Sales

1. Civil War II #1 – $5.99 – Marvel – 381,737
2. Batman #1* – $2.99 – DC – 280,360
3. Batman Rebirth #1* – $2.99 – DC – 199,807
4. Star Wars Han Solo #1 – $3.99 – Marvel – 152,596
5. Civil War II #2 – $4.99 – Marvel – 148,403
6. Dark Knight III Master Race #5 – $5.99 – DC – 139,919
7. Dark Knight Returns The Last Crusade #1 – $6.99 – DC – 122,305
8. Superman Rebirth #1* – $2.99 – DC – 118,434
9. Wonder Woman #1* – $2.99 – DC – 107,737
10. Superman #1* – $2.99 – DC – 105,380

* = sold more than it states

What a great month! Last week I said, I would be the happiest person in the world if all top 10 titles would hit 100 copies or more, but it turns out all top 11 comics sold over 100 copies! Flash issue 1 hit 100,392 while #12 spot Green Lanterns Rebirth issue 1 sold over 99,504 which means it probably hit 100 copies. You know you have an amazing month when a Star Wars comic hits spot #14 and a Walking Dead comic hits spot #31. Civil War II and DC Rebirth really helped the market this year, but we cannot ignore the power of the Dark Knight Returns name. See the full list here: Top Selling Comics of June 2016

7. Cho v Rucka Controversy

The artist Frank Cho left DC Comics because his variant cover for Wonder Woman #3 was edited. Frank Cho was upset about this. I think everyone should read this. Greg Rucka is the new writer for the Wonder Woman series while Frank Cho is a variant cover artist. This is what Cho had to say:

All the problem lies with Greg Rucka.

EVERYONE loves my Wonder Woman covers and wants me to stay. Greg Rucka is the ONLY one who has any problem with covers. Greg Rucka has been trying to alter and censor my artwork since day one.

Greg Rucka thought my Wonder Woman #3 cover was vulgar and showed too much skin, and has been spearheading censorship, which is baffling since my Wonder Woman image is on model and shows the same amount of skin as the interior art, and it’s a VARIANT COVER and he should have no editorial control over it. (But he does. WTF?!!!)

I tried to play nice, not rock the boat and do my best on the covers, but Greg’s weird political agenda against me and my art has made that job impossible. Wonder Woman was the ONLY reason I came over to DC Comics.

To DC’s credit, especially [Art Director] Mark Chiarello, they have been very accommodating. But they are caught between a rock and a hard place.

I just wanted to be left alone and do my Wonder Woman variant covers in peace. But Greg Rucka is in a hostile power trip and causing unnecessary friction over variant covers.

Sorry Cho, your art is nice, but I was #TeamRucka on this. Everyone look at the final image and the black&white (uncolored/un-finalized) version of it.

cho wonder woman
Rucka edited the undies out

Cho included Wonder Woman’s underwear in this! Why? What is the point of showing Wonder Woman’s underwear in the cover? No reason. It’s not even sexy. I was #TeamRucka until I read Frank Cho say this to The Marry Sue.

Since you’re asking me a straight question, I’m going to answer honestly as possible from my point of view. Wonder Woman was my dream job at DC Comics. I love and respect the character very much. When I was invited by DC to draw the 24 variant covers for Wonder Woman, I was ecstatic. I was told that I had complete freedom on the variant covers and the only person in charge of me was the senior art director, Mark Chiarello, who I greatly respect. Win-win for everyone.Now the variant covers are handled by entirely separate editorial office than the rest of the books. I was given assurance that I would not have to deal with the Wonder Woman book writer or editor at all, and were told I would only be dealing with Mark Chiarello. So I came onboard and started working right away.
Everything went smoothly at first. I turned in my first batch of cover sketches and Chiarello approved them, and I started finishing and inking them ASAP since these were biweekly covers and we had limited time. Then Chiarello started getting art notes from Greg Rucka ordering him to tell me to alter and change things on the covers. (Remove arm band, make the skirt longer and wider to cover her up, showing too much skin, add the lasso here, etc.) Well, Chiarello and I were baffled and annoyed by Greg Rucka’s art change orders. More so, since the interior pages were showing the same amount or more skin than my variant covers. (For example: Issue #2, panel One, etc.) I requested that Greg Rucka back off and let me do my variant covers in peace. After all, these were minor and subjective changes. And let’s face it, being told by a non-artistic freelancer what I can and cannot draw didn’t sit too well with me.
Then things got ugly. Apparently unbeknownst to Chiarello and me, DC, for whatever reason, gave Greg Rucka complete and total editorial control on Wonder Woman including variant covers by contract. My promises of creative freedom were verbal. I think this is a case of complete miscommunication and things falling through the crack during the post-DC headquarter move to LA.  Had I’ve known Greg Rucka had complete editorial control over the variant covers, I would have never came onboard Wonder Woman.
Since we were on the same team with the same goal – making  great Wonder Woman comics, Mark Chiarello and I tried to reason with Greg Rucka to back off and let me do the variant covers in peace. But Rucka refused and tried to hammer me in line. Things escalated and got toxic very fast. The act of a freelance writer art directing me, overruling my senior art director, altering my artwork without consent was too much. I realized after Rucka’s problems with my Wonder Woman #3 variant cover, my excitement and desire for the project have completely disappeared and I decided to bow out quietly after I finish my Wonder Woman #4 variant cover. (This was around end of May.) But DC wanted me to stay and finish out #5 and #6 covers to give them some time to find my replacement. So I stuck it out and tried to deal with the flagrant disrespect for six issues, and quietly stepped off until Bleeding Cool gave me little choice but to respond. They caught wind that there was some discord in the Wonder Woman office over my covers and was about to cast negative light on the wrong people. So I went public yesterday and set the story straight, correctly naming Greg Rucka as the source of the problem before the wrong information was published.
DC told he had creative freedom, DC said Chiarello was the only editor, DC said they would publish it. I disagree on the fact that this is just about political correctness. I wouldn’t want the cover out, but DC nor Chiarello didn’t intervene with it. If they said, “we will have some creative control over it” I would side with Rucka, but they didn’t. Rucka didn’t even let Cho know about this, therefore, I am #TeamCho. I am not supporting the cover, I am just not supporting the idea that DC unfairly intervened with it. Those comparing it to that Batgirl title, stop. That Batgirl variant cover was just stupid Social Justice Warriors taking things out of context which they’re best at. You want a real comparison? The film Fantastic Four (2015) film had the studio change the movie even though they told the director would have complete creative control. It ended up being a horrible and messy.
Who’s side are you on? #TeamCho or #TeamRucka? Tell me in the comments below.

One comment

  1. The controversies surrounding this character continue. What is it about Wonder Woman that generates this? I agree with the changes based on artistic taste, but the images still seem overly sexual to me. I disagree with the changes based on my ideals of ethics within the workplace. This was a nice, provocative post. No clear winner here…

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