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The Secret Huntress Fan Club! (DC Comics: The New 52)

AriviaArivia Registered User
edited March 2012 in Graphic Violence
Hi folks! This is my fan thread for the best and brightest superhero currently being published: the Huntress!

Who is this wonderful woman you may ask? Well, she's the smart, independent, and sexy (in a positive, this-is-mine way focused on her own agency, and not appealing to men around her) Helena Bertinelli. She's sort of an Italian Charlotte York with a real hate for injustice and oppression. In her current series (Huntress #1-6) she's dismantling the entire rulership of a North African dictatorship due to their practice of selling their own citizens as sex slaves into Europe.

That might sound drab and dreary, but it's not! Writer Paul Levitz and artist Marcus To throw a lot of fun into the mix, and Helena is just generally playful and wonderfully confident. Like this!
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So, get it get it get it. Huntress was the best thing going and it is a wonderful comic to read. Now, you might note I said was - which is true! Huntress was a six-issue miniseries, and it just wrapped up this past week with #6. However, don't fear true believers - everyone got the message about how fantastic Helena was, so in May she's returning as the star of ongoing series World's Finest! Yaaaay! (And Paul Levitz is writing that too, so you can expect more fun and fashion-forward fighting.)

All that said, comics never stand alone from the big two (DC and Marvel). Series spin out of events, stuff changes the things, the Anti-Life Equation ruins all the stuff and sometimes time just goes crazy! What happened to catalyse getting that slice of heaven known as Huntress?

DC Comics - The New 52

Back in September, DC revamped and relaunched everything, with 52 new comics series all starting at #1. The New 52, as they are called, are a continuity and baggage-free new starting place for the entire DC universe. In fact, I myself started reading DC's comics with the new 52, and it's worked wonderfully! The central idea is that you can pick up any one of the #1s without needing to know anything about the character and it works just fine. Obscure characters - like say Blue Beetle or Supergirl - get complete origin retellings that show you all you need to know so you can get really excited about these characters right here and now! More prominent characters, mostly Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern, get introductory stories that don't retell how Bruce Wayne lost his parents, but instead introduce you to what's really fun about those characters on the written and drawn page. The vast majority of these series are really fun to read and talk about. In other words, this is the good, fresh start you've been wanting if you want to get into comics. You do not need to know who Steve Trevor is, or that Batman had a kid with a supervillainess named Talia's Al Ghul, or that once Lois Lane got turned into a monkey for a year.

Here's the list of ALL of the new 52 titles. They're organized by these loose thematic groupings DC is using:
  • Justice League: The Justice League is DC's big group of heroes, where Superman and Batman and others team up against threats they can't fight alone.
  • Super-Family: Titles about Superman and his various semi-relatives, all of whom are variously Super. (Supergirl and Superboy, especially.)
  • Batman: Series about Batman, various Robins, some people Batman fought, some people Batman screwed, and that's about it.
  • Green Lantern: Series about interstellar policemen named Green Lanterns who live by their will and imagination and lack of fear.
  • Young Justice: These series focus on teenaged heroes.
  • Edge: These series are kind of edgy. Sort of. It's a catch-all category for stuff that just doesn't fit. Usually it involves guns, guys scowling, and a big lack of capes.
  • The Dark: These series focus on magic, mysticism, horror, or some combination of the above. Spooky stuff goes down!

Now, the list has a pretty simple key. Generally each grouping has one really big flagship title that sets the tone and main thrust of things for that grouping. That flagship title is in italics: if you were going to pick up one title out of that group to get a taste, that should be the one. Underlined titles are considered especially good, well-received by media critics and the regulars here in the thread. Bold and underlined titles are both! (Some titles have an asterisk. See below for those.)

List!
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Now, some of those titles were marked with an asterisk(*). They have been cancelled as of this writing and will be ending with issue #8 in April. (Weep for OMAC, because it was really good! Apparently.) Why were they cancelled? They simply weren't selling well enough to support continuing them.

However, to keep the new 52 at 52, DC is releasing six new titles in May which pick up some themes from other series or simply add new ideas. They are:
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Along with these, DC has released a number of miniseries of varying lengths since September, often focusing on less-developed characters you might not be familiar with. They are:
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Those are the comics! But how do I get them, you ask? Especially because September was half a year ago and comics operate like other periodicals/magazines, making it unlikely to find back issues?

First, keep in mind that new comics come out every Wednesday. Generally DC ships the exact same series in a specific week of the month every month, which is very unusual these days. (For example, the first week of a month always has Action Comics.)

Well, you have three options:

1: As part of the New 52, DC paired up with the big seller of digital comics, www.comixology.com. Comixology notably receives all new DC comics on what's called day-and-date, so you get the same issues on the same days as everyone else! They of course sell back issues, with a discount of $1 for all back issues (defined as not the latest issue they are selling.) You can get all the issues of all the comics you would like right there, with applications for Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android.

2: Your local store! They're probably cool people, and they like helping people out! Go in and tell them what you're interested in and they can help you out. DC has been really good about doing reprints on physical issues so even if they don't have copies they can track some down for you. It's noteworthy that all issues come from the same distributor, and they have a three-week lead time on orders. So if you order a back issue, it will take three weeks to get to you; similarly, you may need three weeks to get guaranteed copies of new comics you'd like. (However, good shops which keep what's called a pull list - or box of stuff you want which they set aside for you as it comes in - will often just stick stuff you put on order aside for you from their normal orders.)

3: Collections! Called trades (because they're collections of multiple issues reprinted in trade paperback format), New 52 trades will be coming out throughout the rest of the year beginning in May. A list of which collections are coming out when can be found here. DC will collect as many issues as it can in trades, but there's a delay between the issues coming out and then the trade collection. However, trades are significantly cheaper. The Static Shock trade, for example, will be $17 when released. Each individual issue was $3, times 8 that's a $24 outlay for the same content. Unlike individual issues, trade collections are also distributed to booksellers, so you can buy trades at a further discount at Amazon, or just at your local Barnes and Noble/Indigo/Borders.

Now, here's a question: if I want to order something from my local store, there's a three week delay. If I want to get something on day of release, how do I know what to order ahead? Your local store gets all these order forms and copies of a giant magazine called Previews, which basically shows all the stuff coming in for the next few months. If you'd like, you can snag a copy of Previews and fill out the order form therein, and your store will get your stuff on time. Alternatively, several online places take just the little preorder ads for comics (called solicitations, or solicits for short) and post them online, for everyone to fangirl over. You can just look at these solicits and see what you want from there. If you write up a list (like all of World's Finest and Huntress, hint hint) your store can easily just order that for you. Or you can just order specific issues!

Generally solicits are out for about three months in the future. Here are the May 2012 solicitations, for example. (They in turn link to April and March's.) Someone will definitely post the new solicits in the thread when they are released.

Anyway, I hope this helps - enjoy your reading!

(ps: get Huntress.)

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  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    If I got something wrong, feel free to point it out. It was a pain trying to track down a list of exactly what's in what grouping, and I made some guesses.

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  • Witch_Hunter_84Witch_Hunter_84 Registered User regular
    Nice OP, very thorough, detailed, and organized. I also thought the Huntress series was quite exceptional, it's nice to see the Helena that doesn't play by the rules of the Bat-family bust loose and kill bad dudes.

    I would argue though that Batwing should be underlined as well on your list, seeing as it is, in fact, quite great.

    If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten in your presence.
  • JaythreefJaythreef Registered User regular
    Penguin is only five issues!

    Is Night Force a part of the main DC continuity and everything? I don't think I knew that. I need to find that first issue.

  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    You should underline Captain Atom because I love it

  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    I took a guess on Night Force.

    That said, if I start underlining things just because one of us likes it (as opposed to semi-consensus), then I underline the Barbara Gordon Ex-Paraplegic Adventures In Misery. You don't want that, do you?

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    I will allow the underlining of Bat-boring-girl if my boy Nate gets an underline as well

    Also all you punks should be reading Captain Atom

  • herojoeherojoe IndianapolisRegistered User regular
    I thought the first issue was pretty abysmal. Does it get better?

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  • Witch_Hunter_84Witch_Hunter_84 Registered User regular
    Arivia wrote: »
    I took a guess on Night Force.

    That said, if I start underlining things just because one of us likes it (as opposed to semi-consensus), then I underline the Barbara Gordon Ex-Paraplegic Adventures In Misery. You don't want that, do you?

    No one would ever argue that Batgirl is good. Besides, we have Batwoman to fawn over.

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    herojoe wrote: »
    I thought the first issue was pretty abysmal. Does it get better?

    If you didn't like the first issue, you probably won't like the rest much

    Personally, I loved it all.

  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    I didn't mind the first couple issues of Captain Atom but my knee-jerk reaction was that it was going to take a long time to get to where ever it was headed and I just wasn't a big enough fan/interested in becoming one to be that patient.

    edit: the art was beautiful though. Atom and Hawkman both have art so good I purchased a few issues of them each just for the eye candy.

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  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    Arivia wrote: »
    I took a guess on Night Force.

    That said, if I start underlining things just because one of us likes it (as opposed to semi-consensus), then I underline the Barbara Gordon Ex-Paraplegic Adventures In Misery. You don't want that, do you?

    No one would ever argue that Batgirl is good. Besides, we have Batwoman to fawn over.

    I would! I've said it before and I'll say it again, Simone is putting together something really interesting about dis/ability and agency.

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  • Witch_Hunter_84Witch_Hunter_84 Registered User regular
    I don't know, I'm really underwhelmed by her story right now. It just seems like the entire comic is trying to force the whole concept of "New 52, Barbara can walk again! Awesome right?!?!"

    And it's really not.

    But then again, I'm probably not one to talk, I still pick up Red Hood and the Outlaws.

    If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten in your presence.
  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    I cut Night Force from the OP after looking at the Source. Nothing says it's new 52 stuff so I guess I was wrong sorry!

    so confusing~

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  • Werewolf2000adWerewolf2000ad Suckers, I know exactly what went wrong. Registered User regular
    Night Force has always been a part of DCU continuity before, I don't see any particular reason it wouldn't be now. I doubt it makes any practical difference, as it never interacted that much with other characters/books.

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  • HadjiQuestHadjiQuest Registered User regular
    Night Force is totally part of DC Continuity.

  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    now I have to remember the Marv Wolfman forgot eggs joke again I hate you all

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  • BrainleechBrainleech Registered User regular
    I guess I should buy the Huntress 52 comic set

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  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    Also if people want to start writing little *positive* notes about the series they're reading, we can flesh out the OP even more - like @Solar for Captain Atom and @HadjiQuest for Lobdell's stuff.

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    I'll do a little note tonight

    Just playing ME2 right now

  • Witch_Hunter_84Witch_Hunter_84 Registered User regular
    I know sometimes I come off like a robot programmed only to hate and never to love (I am working on that, it is a failing of mine), but there is a non-underlined DC series that I do pick up religiously. Justice League International is something I'm really enjoying right now. It's a book about a team made up of underdogs and second-stringers that aren't trusted by the populace and not respected by their peers and superiors. The team is new and unsure of itself, as well as home to massive egos and clashing personalities, but the way that those personalities compliment the team and come together in times of crisis really highlights the team dynamic in my opinion.
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    If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten in your presence.
  • HenslerHensler Registered User regular
    Can I still come in if I think Huntress is pretty awful?

  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    I know sometimes I come off like a robot programmed only to hate and never to love (I am working on that, it is a failing of mine), but there is a non-underlined DC series that I do pick up religiously. Justice League International is something I'm really enjoying right now. It's a book about a team made up of underdogs and second-stringers that aren't trusted by the populace and not respected by their peers and superiors. The team is new and unsure of itself, as well as home to massive egos and clashing personalities, but the way that those personalities compliment the team and come together in times of crisis really highlights the team dynamic in my opinion.
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    And it has Booster Gold! I am really enjoying it too, it's probably my second-favourite team book DC's putting out (after Birds of Prey).

    @Hensler: noooooooooooo (yes.)

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  • MaximumMaximum Registered User regular
    I was interested in JLI but it's really hard for me to trust anything Jurgens is writing these days. Time Masters took years off my life.

  • nightmarennynightmarenny Registered User regular
    So I get that Huntress is like, Robin from a separate universe that got trapped here but I have a question.

    What's up with her appearance in the Justice League Cartoon? Was any of that true to anything?

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  • TexiKenTexiKen it's a one way street, whichever way I go Registered User regular
    Looks like it's the week for solicits. Justice League group solicits. Aquaman's going to have a violent past, probably just walking around stabbing people with his trident.

    And to show how on the ball this new DC website is, they don't have the covers with the solicits anymore in a single post, they're on another page you have to click to, but there's no covers there either. The future is so bright, isn't it, DC?!?!

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  • UltimateInfernoUltimateInferno Registered User regular
    Also, all the Before Watchmen books are going to be 3.99.

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  • BrainleechBrainleech Registered User regular
    Well I allready pay that for All Star Westeren and a few others

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    Aquaman and Captain Atom continue to sound like good times

    I wish that they showed more than just the (admittedly very cool) Aquaman cover

  • ArrynArryn Ask not the Innkeeper For destiny is thy name!Registered User regular
    Looking forward to the Weather Wizard in Flash. B&M are hitting all the right notes with their comic book science approach to this book. Can't wait til they get to Mirror Master.

    Liefeld doing Hawkman covers is going to being frustrating.

  • Werewolf2000adWerewolf2000ad Suckers, I know exactly what went wrong. Registered User regular
    Apparently DC are going for a minimalist theme with most of the covers this month.

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  • TexiKenTexiKen it's a one way street, whichever way I go Registered User regular
    The DC trickling of solicits used to be nice to see over a day, now it's just a pain. I never realized how much a cover helps distinguish it in terms of looking for what you want.

    I would like to hear DC's argument about making Watchmen $4 for a 20 (22?) page comic. At least admit they're doing it for the cash grab factor.

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  • ArrynArryn Ask not the Innkeeper For destiny is thy name!Registered User regular
    Batman and Robin might qualify for an underline. Out of all the bat-books in which Batman is a regular, I'd say it's a firm candidate for the #2 spot behind Batman itself.

  • Werewolf2000adWerewolf2000ad Suckers, I know exactly what went wrong. Registered User regular
    Newsarama has the covers up, if anyone's still looking for them.

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  • ArrynArryn Ask not the Innkeeper For destiny is thy name!Registered User regular
    OMAC in JLI ... is that new? Nice way to keep the character relevant is they're going to cancel his book.

  • BlankzillaBlankzilla Hi, buddy! Kickin' chairs.Registered User regular
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    aaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahhahahahaha

  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    The downfall of Western civilization is here.

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  • HenslerHensler Registered User regular
    God damn it, I'd rather Deathstroke had been cancelled with my other 2 favorite new DC books (Blackhawks and Men of War) than have to suffer through this.

  • DelduwathDelduwath Registered User regular
    Look, I'm gonna be honest right now: I don't like making fun of people's work. Even if it's bad, there was a flesh-and-blood human being who put effort into it. I don't think that Liefeld does the stuff he does in bad faith, just to shit something out, so I assume there was effort and love and excitement there on his end. I don't like making fun of that.

    But.

    Whenever I see Liefeld's work now, my brain automatically starts playing "How Many Anatomical Or Perspective Abnormalities Can My Untrained Eye Spot".

    P.S. What is going on with that abdomen? Did Lobo chew his own lips off?

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  • MaximumMaximum Registered User regular
    The Deathstroke drawing ain’t that bad. I see two feet, two hands which look to be holding things in an un awkward manner, perspective looks ok too.

    That Lobo on the other hand…wtf?

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Not tests. They were trying to kill it.Registered User regular
    Liefeld sure loves drawing what he thinks are sword handles on peoples' backs, but they're always too tiny and you never see the rest of the swords

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