Comics, LGBTQ

52 Facts About DC, By The Numbers: Aug Week Two 2017

Or However Many I Feel Like, And They May Not All Be Facts

Welcome back to By The Numbers, the column where I count things in the first 5 pages of this week’s new comics from DC! This column will contain spoilers, but they’ll all be from the 5-page section of the book available in regular press reviews, so I won’t be spoiling anything DC hasn’t already.

We’ve got some real gems this week! [Last week. My bad!! Current column coming tomorrow –Ed.] Mister Miracle #1, Poison Ivy in Birds of Prey, and more. I know I said in past columns that I’ll be doing half the titles and Cori will be doing the other half, but that plan has shifted somewhat. Starting next week, we’re both going to try to cover everything, each with our own unique style! (She doesn’t talk as much about ladies kissing.)

Main Ongoing Titles

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13

Number of single-syllable speech bubbles: 6

Number of awesome women: 4

Number of times they kiss: 0

Detective Comics #962

Number of women who admit they want to marry Zatanna: 2

Number of times I’ve previously seen Cassandra Cain depicted as even a little bit queer: 0, so hooray! Welcome to the family, sweetheart.

Detective Comics #962: Written by James Tynion IV, pencils by Alvaro Martinez, inks by Raul Fernandez, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Sal Cipriano. DC. 2017.

Written by James Tynion IV, pencils by Alvaro Martinez, inks by Raul Fernandez, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Sal Cipriano

Harley Quinn #25

Number of times Harley and Ivy kiss: 1

Number of Yiddish words in Sy Borgman’s dialogue: 4

Mister Miracle #1

Number of content warnings for suicide: 0

Number of graphic depictions of suicide: >0

It’s a giant spread across pages 2 and 3. This was a hard book for me to read.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #13: written by Scott Lobdell, art by Dexter Soy, colors by Vero Gandini, letters by Taylor Esposito

Written by Scott Lobdell, art by Dexter Soy, colors by Vero Gandini, letters by Taylor Esposito

Red Hood and the Outlaws #13

Number of pages that would’ve looked less creepy if Skottie Young drew them: 3

Number of adorable nicknames for Justice League members: 5

Suicide Squad #23

Number of characters who haven’t appeared in major live-action properties: 0

The Flash #28

Number of futuristic neon motorcycles that are… let’s say “inspired” by Akira: 3

Number of captions dripping with self-pity: 6

Number of these comics I’m excited about this week: 3

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