Posts tagged Phantom Lady

While reading a post on Crisis on Earth Prime I realized I missed some coverage of C2E2. During DC’s New 52 Panel, the Freedom Fighters and Earth 2 came up. Here is what was said.

Harras said there are no plans for “Freedom Fighters” at present. “That would have to be a little further down the line.”

I kind of wish that the characters from the Freedom Fighters were placed on Earth 2. They seem to work so much better with the JSA related characters than the main DCU. Well, who knows, the Freedom Fighters have a history of earth jumping.

Asked about a new Superman-esque character for “Earth 2,” Harras said there are plans for that series that “may have ripple effects for other worlds, as well.”

This to me still points to the new Earth 2 Batman having something to do with Crime Syndicate. But because I feel so strongly about it I think I am probably wrong. However I would like to see Iron Monroe pop up in the place that use to be Metropolis, maybe in Superboy t-shirt or a Death of Superman t-shirt.

While reading a post on Crisis on Earth Prime I realized I missed some coverage of C2E2. During DC’s New 52 Panel, the Freedom Fighters and Earth 2 came up. Here is what was said.

Harras said there are no plans for “Freedom Fighters” at present. “That would have to be a little further down the line.”

I kind of wish that the characters from the Freedom Fighters were placed on Earth 2. They seem to work so much better with the JSA related characters than the main DCU. Well, who knows, the Freedom Fighters have a history of earth jumping.

Asked about a new Superman-esque character for “Earth 2,” Harras said there are plans for that series that “may have ripple effects for other worlds, as well.”

This to me still points to the new Earth 2 Batman having something to do with Crime Syndicate. But because I feel so strongly about it I think I am probably wrong. However I would like to see Iron Monroe pop up in the place that use to be Metropolis, maybe in Superboy t-shirt or a Death of Superman t-shirt.

Preview: Phantom Lady #3

The Comic Vine has a preview of Phantom Lady #3.

Grant Morrison has been talking about Multiversity. This project is an eight-issue miniseries composed of six stories exploring parallel Earths, bookended by a single story told in issues #1 and #8. Each story will take place on its own parallel world. The earths included are ones based on the the Quality Comics characters (Earth X, Freedom Fighters), Fawcett Comics characters (Captain Marvel/SHAZAM!), Charlton Comics characters (Question, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, etc., the real world (us), pulp characters, the children of the Justice League, and the black Superman of Earth-23 who was already seen in Action Comics #9.
Morrison spoke with CBR about the upcoming project and touched on the earth with the Freedom Fighters.

For the individual Earths, did you make up any of them or were you taking pre-existing ones and playing around with them?
A lot of them were pre-existing, but I just ran with it. There was this idea that somewhere there was this Nazi Earth, and that went back to — I think there was a comic in the ’70s that Len Wein did that was basically Earth X, I think they called it. He wanted Earth swastika and they wouldn’t let him put a swastika on the cover, so it became Earth X. The story in that one was that they were reviving the Freedom Fighters, the Quality Comics characters, so his idea was to set the Freedom Fighters on a world that had been taken over by Hitler in the war and so they’re still fighting that war in the ’70s.
I took that basic idea, and then rather than fighting a war with Nazis and Hitler, I thought, what would happen if fifty years, seventy years after the war — that’s been won by Superman (He was on the side of the Nazis quite by accident because he happened to land there and they indoctrinated him.), but then, because he’s Superman, he realizes he’s done something terrible. In fact, he’s done the worst thing in the world. In order to create Utopia, he’s murdered millions of people, or at least he’s turned a blind eye to the murder of millions of people. So again, it’s not the original story, but it draws from it. We’ve got the Freedom Fighters and done them in a very different way. It was taking, as I said, parallel worlds that had been in existence before and completely rethinking them from the ground up and trying to give them more scope.

This idea must have been swimming around Morrison’s brain for a while. The above image is from 52 #52 written by Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, and Greg Rucka back in 2007.Multiversity will come out in late 2013.

Grant Morrison has been talking about Multiversity. This project is an eight-issue miniseries composed of six stories exploring parallel Earths, bookended by a single story told in issues #1 and #8. Each story will take place on its own parallel world. The earths included are ones based on the the Quality Comics characters (Earth X, Freedom Fighters), Fawcett Comics characters (Captain Marvel/SHAZAM!), Charlton Comics characters (Question, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, etc., the real world (us), pulp characters, the children of the Justice League, and the black Superman of Earth-23 who was already seen in Action Comics #9.

Morrison spoke with CBR about the upcoming project and touched on the earth with the Freedom Fighters.

For the individual Earths, did you make up any of them or were you taking pre-existing ones and playing around with them?

A lot of them were pre-existing, but I just ran with it. There was this idea that somewhere there was this Nazi Earth, and that went back to — I think there was a comic in the ’70s that Len Wein did that was basically Earth X, I think they called it. He wanted Earth swastika and they wouldn’t let him put a swastika on the cover, so it became Earth X. The story in that one was that they were reviving the Freedom Fighters, the Quality Comics characters, so his idea was to set the Freedom Fighters on a world that had been taken over by Hitler in the war and so they’re still fighting that war in the ’70s.

I took that basic idea, and then rather than fighting a war with Nazis and Hitler, I thought, what would happen if fifty years, seventy years after the war — that’s been won by Superman (He was on the side of the Nazis quite by accident because he happened to land there and they indoctrinated him.), but then, because he’s Superman, he realizes he’s done something terrible. In fact, he’s done the worst thing in the world. In order to create Utopia, he’s murdered millions of people, or at least he’s turned a blind eye to the murder of millions of people. So again, it’s not the original story, but it draws from it. We’ve got the Freedom Fighters and done them in a very different way. It was taking, as I said, parallel worlds that had been in existence before and completely rethinking them from the ground up and trying to give them more scope.

This idea must have been swimming around Morrison’s brain for a while. The above image is from 52 #52 written by Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, and Greg Rucka back in 2007.Multiversity will come out in late 2013.

Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti talk about creating the new Human Bomb with Jerry Ordway at CBR. This is what they had to say about the new Human Bomb four-part mini-series.

You mentioned his origin is completely different. What are these four issues about? Is this an origin story for Human Bomb or are we thrown into the middle of his story?
Gray: We’re sort of plunked down in the middle of what’s happening to him as he unravels the mystery of who he is, why he has certain abilities and how that came about. It’s tied deeply to the story itself in moving him forward; it’s part mystery, it’s part science fiction, and there’s a lot of humanity in the character as he’s struggling to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and understand what’s real and what’s not.
Palmiotti: The important thing for us was to make these books approachable to people who have no idea who the Human Bomb is. If you start at Issue #1, by the time you’re done with the miniseries you’ll know all you need to know. And again, we’re keep the people who have been fans for a while in mind — they’re going to get what we’re doing and the people who are new to the book, I think, are going to enjoy our take on it. But we definitely made the book approachable for new fans because we realize that even though the character has a long history there’s a lot of people who don’t really know who he is.
Gray: And we definitely wanted to take the concept of a human bomb and branch out further from what you’ve seen before of a guy in the radioactive suit, having to keep himself contained out of fear of doing harm to others, and we looked at the idea of making a bigger mythology to what the Human Bomb is and what it means.
Palmiotti: Yeah, I mean the idea of somebody who can just explode, it’s a really abstract concept! So for us it was, “How do we make sense of this? How do we make the reader care about who he is and what his powers are and then pull you in to a wild story?” We definitely looked at it from a lot of different angles and came up with what you see in front of you — and we think it’ll make a lot of people happy, hopefully!

I really how Justin and Jimmy are building the characters that create the Freedom Fighters before we see them as a team. We’ve already seen new 52 Ray, (who I assume is) Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, and Human Bomb. I wonder which Quality character will get a shot at a mini next? Black Condor? Firebrand? Miss America? The Red Bee? The Invisible Hood? Neon the Unkown? The Jester? Mango? The Red Torpedo? Manhunter? Plastic-Man? Max Mercury?
Go read the full interview at CBR. 

Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti talk about creating the new Human Bomb with Jerry Ordway at CBR. This is what they had to say about the new Human Bomb four-part mini-series.

You mentioned his origin is completely different. What are these four issues about? Is this an origin story for Human Bomb or are we thrown into the middle of his story?

Gray: We’re sort of plunked down in the middle of what’s happening to him as he unravels the mystery of who he is, why he has certain abilities and how that came about. It’s tied deeply to the story itself in moving him forward; it’s part mystery, it’s part science fiction, and there’s a lot of humanity in the character as he’s struggling to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and understand what’s real and what’s not.

Palmiotti: The important thing for us was to make these books approachable to people who have no idea who the Human Bomb is. If you start at Issue #1, by the time you’re done with the miniseries you’ll know all you need to know. And again, we’re keep the people who have been fans for a while in mind — they’re going to get what we’re doing and the people who are new to the book, I think, are going to enjoy our take on it. But we definitely made the book approachable for new fans because we realize that even though the character has a long history there’s a lot of people who don’t really know who he is.

Gray: And we definitely wanted to take the concept of a human bomb and branch out further from what you’ve seen before of a guy in the radioactive suit, having to keep himself contained out of fear of doing harm to others, and we looked at the idea of making a bigger mythology to what the Human Bomb is and what it means.

Palmiotti: Yeah, I mean the idea of somebody who can just explode, it’s a really abstract concept! So for us it was, “How do we make sense of this? How do we make the reader care about who he is and what his powers are and then pull you in to a wild story?” We definitely looked at it from a lot of different angles and came up with what you see in front of you — and we think it’ll make a lot of people happy, hopefully!

I really how Justin and Jimmy are building the characters that create the Freedom Fighters before we see them as a team. We’ve already seen new 52 Ray, (who I assume is) Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, and Human Bomb. I wonder which Quality character will get a shot at a mini next? Black Condor? Firebrand? Miss America? The Red Bee? The Invisible Hood? Neon the Unkown? The Jester? Mango? The Red Torpedo? Manhunter? Plastic-Man? Max Mercury?

Go read the full interview at CBR

Preview: Phantom Lady #1

The Source has a preview of Phantom Lady #1 out Wednesday, August 29.

October Solicits


EARTH 2 #5
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by NICOLA SCOTT and TREVOR SCOTT
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
1:25 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• It’s the final showdown with GRUNDY!
• The Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and The Flash take on Grundy and the military’s hero, The Atom!
• The Green Lantern makes a choice that will change the course of Earth 2 forever!


WORLDS’ FINEST #5
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by GEORGE PEREZ, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ and JERRY ORDWAY
Cover by JERRY ORDWAY
1:25 B&W Variant cover by JERRY ORDWAY
On sale OCTOBER 3 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Power Girl and Huntress attempt to get back home to Earth 2 – but is the Boom Tube just a one-way trip?
• The secrets of Power Girl’s abilities revealed.
• Featuring artwork by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Jerry Ordway!


JUSTICE LEAGUE #13
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL and RICHARD FRIEND
Backup story art by GARY FRANK
Variant cover by CAMERON STEWART
1:100 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
• GEOFF JOHNS is joined by TONY DANIEL for a two-part chapter in the Justice League saga marching toward TRINITY WAR.
• JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 will have the world debating its shocking conclusion – and where it will lead from here!
• The League takes on a villain destined to be one of the greatest threats to the DC Universe in the year ahead – the mysterious Cheetah! But who is she? What is her connection to Wonder Woman? And how will this fundamentally change the relationships within the team?
• Plus: The next chapter of the SHAZAM! backup epic by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.


THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #13
Plotted by ROB LIEFELD
Scripted by ROB LIEFELD and MARK POULTON
Art and cover by JOE BENNETT and ART THIBERT
On sale OCTOBER 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “HAWKMAN: WANTED” begins here!
• The secrets of Hawkman’s past are coming to claim him in an adventure that will span the entire DC Universe before its shocking conclusion!
• Continues next month in both THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN and GREEN ARROW!


DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #13
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by ROBSON ROCHA
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• The New 52 debut of not one, but TWO heroes – Black Lightning and Blue Devil!
• Fan-favorite writer Marc Andreyko kicks off our strangest team up yet with a stunning mystery!
• Can these two VERY different heroes keep it together without killing each other long enough to unlock a new corner of the DC Universe?


BIRDS OF PREY #13
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by ROMANO MOLENAAR
Cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale OCTOBER 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• The team crosses paths with a cult of assassins that has ties to Katana!
• A new arc starts in the wake of a team member’s betrayal…


TEAM 7 #1
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by JESUS MERINO
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
1:25 Variant cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
On sale OCTOBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Learn how the secret wars of the New 52 were fought by TEAM 7!
• Early adventures of Deathstroke, Black Canary, Grifter, Amanda Waller, Steve Trevor and others!
• This issue: Battlefield Gamorra!



JOE KUBERT PRESENTS #1
Written and illustrated by JOE KUBERT,
BRIAN BUNIAK and SAM GLANZMAN
Cover by JOE KUBERT
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 48 pg, FC, 1 of 6, no interior ads, $4.99 US • RATED T
• Don’t miss the start of this far-ranging collection of stories from comics legend Joe Kubert and other great talents! This debut issue includes:
• Joe Kubert writes and illustrates two stories: A new Hawkman epic, and a tale of hard times called “Spit.”  
• A tale of Angel and The Ape from writer/artist Brian Buniak.
• Plus: Writer/artist Sam Glanzman returns to comics with a new tale of the U.S.S. Stevens!


BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #9
Written by ADAM BEECHEN, J.T. KRUL, DUSTIN NGUYEN and DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by DUSTIN NGUYEN, DEREK FRIDOLFS, HOWARD PORTER, LIVESAY and NORM BREYFOGLE
Cover by HOWARD PORTER and LIVESAY
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
• The first time in print for these digital-first adventures!
• Catwoman battles The Jokerz as a shocking new ally joins the fight!
• It’s open warfare over Metropolis as KOBRA’s attempt to destroy the Earth begins!
• The cataclysmic conflict between Superman and Lex Luthor’s heir comes to a head!


PHANTOM LADY #3
Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art by CAT STAGGS
Cover by STEPHANE ROUX
On sale OCTOBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, 3 of 4, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Phantom Lady and Doll Man face the frenzied fury of Funerella!
• Can the newly formed duo stand a chance against this villain’s strange powers?

Palmiotti & Gray Talk Phantom Lady

Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray spoke with CBR about their upcoming Phantom Lady miniseries. Here is an excerpt from the interview.

Along those lines, what’s the story in your miniseries? Are we seeing the origin of these two heroes?

Gray: Yes, the origin as well as revamping them in a way that is closer to their original incarnations. Phantom Lady is more of a street level heroine in this book. That’s a departure from the nearly cosmic scale of Stormy Knight and the sort of spoiled princess with emotional problems during our “Uncle Sam And The Freedom Fighters” runs.

Go read the rest.

New 52 Uncle Sam

With the announcement of the Phantom Lady series last week. I have seen a bit of speculation on which Quality Comics/Freedom Fighters character we’ll next see. Most of the guesses are Black Condor or Uncle Sam. I think most people missed Uncle Sam’s first New 52 appearance in The Ray #4.

The Source has announced DC will be publishing Phantom Lady, a four-part miniseries written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, illustrated by Cat Staggs and Rich Perotta, and covers by Amanda Palmer. This series will not only feature Phantom Lady but also her partner Doll Man. This is what Justin Gray had to say about the series:

Phantom Lady and Doll Man is an exciting return to the roots of the characters as pulpy, street level crime fighters with a few new twists and some heavy sci-fi overtones. We took the best of their original core concepts and updated them with no relation to our previous work on Phantom Lady and Doll Man in the Freedom Fighters. You’re getting in on the ground floor of the origin story of two people whose lives intersect and a common threat that transforms them into pretty amazing and engaging superheroes.

I hope the Ray and Uncle Sam pop up in this series too and it starts to build to a new Freedom Fighters. 
Go check out what the rest of the creative team has to say about Phantom Lady.

The Source has announced DC will be publishing Phantom Lady, a four-part miniseries written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, illustrated by Cat Staggs and Rich Perotta, and covers by Amanda Palmer. This series will not only feature Phantom Lady but also her partner Doll Man. This is what Justin Gray had to say about the series:

Phantom Lady and Doll Man is an exciting return to the roots of the characters as pulpy, street level crime fighters with a few new twists and some heavy sci-fi overtones. We took the best of their original core concepts and updated them with no relation to our previous work on Phantom Lady and Doll Man in the Freedom Fighters. You’re getting in on the ground floor of the origin story of two people whose lives intersect and a common threat that transforms them into pretty amazing and engaging superheroes.

I hope the Ray and Uncle Sam pop up in this series too and it starts to build to a new Freedom Fighters. 

Go check out what the rest of the creative team has to say about Phantom Lady.

James Robinson on Comic Vine Podcast

James Robinson was a guest on the Comic Vine Podcast last week to talk about this week’s Earth 2 #1. I have yet to listen to it. I’ve got a busy weekend so I probably won’t get around to it until next week. It does look like they chat about Phantom Lady from the art attached to the podcast.