Author: Karen K. Burrows

Odyssey of the Amazons is a Throwback, All Right

Odyssey of the Amazons #1 Kevin Grevioux (story and script), Ryan Benjamin (pencils), Richard Friend (inks), Tony Washington (colours), Tony Aviña (colours pp21-24) DC Comics January 2017 It’s great that DC is making an effort to provide more and different Wonder Woman content in her seventy-fifth year. Legends of Wonder Woman and Bombshells, not to mention several standalone graphic novels and collections, give her a wider audience. But nothing raises profile like multiple books on the stands. Unfortunately, the first issue of the Odyssey of the Amazons mini doesn’t stand up to the quality of her other appearances. I...

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Suffering Sappho! The Role of Queer Coding in Wonder Woman

It’s a good time to be a Wonder Woman fan. Sure, it’s only taken seventy-five years, but the Amazon princess is finally beginning to receive a level of widespread respect equal to the other, mostly male, heroic icons venerated by popular culture. A vast amount of responsibility for this achievement lies with the relaunched Wonder Woman comic, created by author Greg Rucka and artists Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp, which has been given due promotional priority by DC under the high-profile Rebirth banner. The book is, almost without exception, a critical and popular hit. In fact, the current run...

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Batwoman and DADT, Karen K. Burrows

When Kate Kane admits she’s gay in Detective Comics 859 (November 2009, Greg Rucka / J.H. Williams III), she does a lot more than out herself. Under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), the US law that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the country’s military, she gets herself kicked out of college and separated from the army. She denies herself the chance to follow the family tradition that had defined her goals since childhood. And she makes herself worthy of wearing the Bat-symbol. In the introduction to the 2010 collected edition Batwoman: Elegy, Rachel Maddow (yes, that...

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