New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes #6, art by Alitha Martinez
“Trial by Fire,” Part Two. The explosive finale to the “Rise of the Heroes”! The M.L.J. is sabotaged, the Brain Emperor commands a small army of super villains, the Z.I.P. prison is in full riot, and the New Crusaders are caught in the middle! Even with the help of some old familiar faces, the battle is intense. And when the deadly Eraser returns, you know not everyone is coming home!
Batgirl vol. 2: Knightfall Descends HC, written by Gail Simone, includes art by Alitha Martinez
Back in her role as Batgirl, Barbara Gordon faces the deadly new gentleman killer Grotesque, who stalks the streets of Gotham City. Plus: The Court of Owls sets its sights on Commissioner Gordon; and an innocent woman sentenced to Arkham Asylum emerges more dangerous than the inmates she was locked up with! Collects BATGIRL #7-13 and 0.
New Crusaders #4, art by Alitha Martinez
“Legacies,” Part 2. The Mighty Crusaders have fallen, and when the next generation rose to take their place, they largely met with disaster! Can Shield salvage what’s left to make a new team of heroes? Or do the teens have what it takes to turn events around? Featuring a variant cover by legendary Mighty Crusaders artist Rich Buckler!
New Crusaders #3, art by Alitha Martinez
The days of being ordinary teens are over: it’s time for them to become the New Crusaders! But the over-confidence of Shield and his charges could spell doom for the fledgling team. Who remains standing at the end of the day? The Red Circle Universe’s greatest heroes begin their journey in this pulse-pounding issue!
Congratulations to one of my favorite artists, current Batgirl fill-in artist and former Iron Man artist, Alitha Martinez! She’s been hired by Archie Comics on their new digital superhero initiative, The New Crusaders! She takes over with issue 3, released in 4 parts throughout the month of July, and will continue for the foreseeable future.
I’d been meaning to check out this series since I enjoyed DC’s attempt to reboot the Archie “Red Circle” characters a few years ago (especially The Web written by D.E.B.s. writer/director Angela Robinson).
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Batgirl #10, written by Gail Simone, art by Alitha Martinez
Don’t miss the introduction of a villain destined to become Barbara’s greatest and most dangerous foe! An innocent woman who was sentenced to life in ARKHAM ASYLUM, Knightfall is now free and more dangerous than the psychotics she was imprisoned with. Her bloody quest for revenge will be unlike anything Batgirl has ever seen.
Batgirl #8, written by Gail Simone, art by Alitha Martinez
The metahuman thief and killer Grotesque has set his sights on the perfect woman to add to his collection: Batgirl! Also, we reveal the other traumatic incident in Barbara’s life – one you’ve never heard about before! It’s a Gordon family secret that has never been revealed! You must not miss this story!
I had never seen Alitha Martinez’s art before, but I liked her section of the issue. According to DC’s website, we’ll be seeing more of her. She’s listed as drawing part of issue 8 and all of issue 10.
She did a really lovely job…her upcoming pages are even better. I really hope she gets a great ongoing books soon.
That is fantastic news! I’d talked to Carol Burrell (Martinez’s editor at Graphic Universe) at SPX and she said that Martinez was contemplating leaving comics, and that made me a sad panda, since I loved her Iron Man “Mask in the Iron Man” work as well as her “My Boyfriend Bites” work. The fact that she’s getting repeat jobs from DC Comics can only encourage her to stay! Apart from the fact that she’s a great artist, there’s also a real dearth of POC working at the Big Two these days, and Martinez is certainly one that deserves a higher profile (just look at that Babs, people!).
Batgirl #7, written by Gail Simone, art by Alitha Martinez
One dark, tragic night, The Joker shattered the life of Barbara Gordon in the landmark story Batman: The Killing Joke.In this issue, see a side of that story that has never before been told, as Batgirl faces the demons of her past! And if that’s not enough, a deadly new gentleman killer, Grotesque, stalks the streets of Gotham City!
What I Learned From Black History Month
- Joan Cooper Bacchus Maynard was a boss. She was an art director at McGraw-Hill in the ’60s, and thus had a more “respectable” job than Jack Kirby ever did. She cared deeply about black history and making sure children knew it, both by writing and drawing for Golden Legacy biographical comics and by spearheading the preservation of Weeksville. And I am 99% sure that she contributed to the only issue of All-Negro Comics in 1947 (and I have e-mailed the History Detectives to help me close that gap— fingers crossed!)
- Hang on a minute— Alitha Martinez? You mean, the artist on The Mask in the Iron Man, one of my favorite Iron Man arcs? FANTASTIC. (BTW, why doesn’t she get more work? Get on that, oh followers of mine in the biz!)
- So, I finally started reading Templar, Arizona. OMG you guys, I really don’t have the time to get sucked into a long-narrative webcomic, but the first arc is sooo good. And dammit, so is SPQR Blues! I am never going to get any sleep again.
- Felicia D. Henderson is also a boss. Her career is amazing, and I really really hope she gets that Girl Genius movie made. And I will be looking forward to her run on Static! (Only wish Dwayne McDuffie was going to be around to read it too ;_;)
- JASIKA NICOLE MAKES ADORABLE COMICS ABOUT DRINKING WINE OUT OF TEACUPS WITH KANYE.
- 28 days is really too short to celebrate all of these women, and the ones I didn’t even get to. Not to mention, how many don’t even have wiki pages yet. But that is the point of the month— to learn about the accomplishments of African-Americans, and also the rest of the diaspora, to reflect on (as someone put it on Awesome Shit Women Did) what’s gotten left out of the textbooks, and to go forth with new awareness of the world we live in. I’ll be damned if that list doesn’t get filled out by next year (and of course, you all can help!), and I would love to see it grow— either by new talent or rediscovery of creators past.
Next up: Women’s History Month! Gee, I hope I can think of something to do there.