This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics
Here’s a look back at the most popular posts this week on Panels:
Dark Night: A True Batman Story by Paul Dini (Priya Sridhar)
A one-paragraph blurb doesn’t feel sufficient for recommending this memoir by a writer who defined Batman for the 1990s and beyond. In this tale Dini recounts the night he was mugged while battling romance blues and working on Mask of the Phantasm with other writers, and how the Batman cast served as muses and as harsh teachers for Dini; Batgirl references how she went through worse, Batman scolds Dini for not thinking like him, and the Joker revels in the absurdity of life. That’s only the tip of the iceberg as Dini battles PTSD and tries to regain his purpose.
from The Best Comics We Read In July 2016 by Jpn Erik Christianson
While my exposure to Riri admittedly has been sparse, I wonder if she will go down the same road as Miles. When written by White writers, particularly White men, Black comic characters appear, not so surprisingly, more likely to have views that are assimilationist. To put in other words: I’m not sure White writers create Black characters as Black, but instead they are Black characters firmly enmeshed in White ideology. To contrast this assertion, look to Nighthawk, done by David Walker, Ramon Villalobos, and Tamra Bonvillain, and Luke Cage and other Black characters in Power Man and Iron Fist also by Walker with the addition of Sanford Greene and Lee Loughridge. The Black characters within these series are multifaceted and alive, not the product of what someone from outside the perspective thinks of Blackness or the manifestation of colorblind politics in Black bodies.
from Riri, Miles, and Adolescent Racial Politics in Comics by Allen Thomas
Every month we’ve been tracking the most-subscribed books at Fantom Comics in Washington, DC, and today we’ll look at July, a month with DC Comics’ “Rebirth” in full swing.
There are a few mainstays missing from this month’s list because they didn’t have issues released in July: Saga and Monstress are on hiatus between story arcs, while Bitch Planet sees its usual delay between issues.
from Fun With Numbers: Top 10 Comics of July 2016 by Jake Shapiro
“Welcome to the Suicide Squad. Hope you don’t survive the experience!” – Amanda Waller if she read X-Men comics, probably.
The team subject to an upcoming movie did not earn its name because of its commitment to mental health (as the ableist language around Joker can attest); it’s named as such because those who “join” rarely, or so it’s posited, make it out to the other side of the mission.
If the film is to live up to its name, there’s going to be a lot of carnage and casualty on Amanda Waller’s team of criminals and supervillains. Who lives? Who dies? Let’s look at some livelihood likelihoods.
from #SquadGoals: The Odds On Who Survives Suicide Squad by Jon Erik Christianson
Happy August, folks! How’s Rebirth treating you? With the flood of new titles slowing down, I’m switching my coverage of every Rebirth special and #1 issue from weekly to monthly. Here’s my take on July.
from Reading Through Rebirth: Month Two by Jessica Plummer