Great Amazon deals for your inner geek

It may not be the holiday season, but Amazon has some fantastic sales going on, especially for superhero movies, TV seasons, and even some trades too! So if you have a family member or friend’s birthday coming up, or maybe you want to indulge yourself–take a look at some of Amazon’s great buys! And remember– shipping is free if your purchase is at least $25.

Edit: Also, you can preorder upcoming trades for 40-50% off, such as Birds of Prey: EndrunBatgirl: The FloodSecret Six: Reptile Brain, and Superman/Batman: Worship. Woot!

Wonder Woman DVD - $6.84

X-Men Trilogy (that's X-Men, X2, and X-Men: The Last Stand) DVD - $18.49

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm DVD - $5.84 (with Sub Zero - $11.49)

Superman: The Complete Animated Series - $32.43

Zatanna: The Mistress of Magic

Zatanna: The Mistress of Magic - $9.84

Batwoman: Elegy

Batwoman: Elegy - $9.88

Serenity

Serenity DVD - $8.49

Freakazoid!

Freakazoid! Both seasons for $13.49 each


Batman Incorporated #4

I’ve been geeking out over the release of this issue for a while, and not just because of the kickass cover art! Promises of a Batman-Batwoman teamup, and bringing in the first Batwoman, Kathy Kane! How can you go wrong?

Here’s how: Grant Morrison.

Don’t get me wrong, Morrison is a terrific comic book writer. He’s also prolific to a fault, throwing in multiple epic plot lines, dramatically mysterious dialogue, and extremely minor characters and villains cross-referenced from his other books.

Regrettably, Batman Inc #4 is no exception; with three stories going on at once, the plot became disjointed and bewildering, even for someone who calls herself a fan.

Full review after the jump!

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More favourite superhero couples!

More superhero couples, in honor of Valentine’s Day next week! These are my new favourites since last yearIf you’re looking for some mushy goodness in the pages of a comic book, why not give some of these couples a try?

Huntress and Catman

Helena Bertinelli and Thomas Blake, two vigilantes caught in the gray area between hero and villain. See their first meeting in the pages of Birds of Prey (update, especially Birds of Prey #13!).

Batwoman and the Question

Kate Kane, soldier and behind the cape and cowl of Batwoman, has a passionate but complicated romance with Detective Renee Montoya, by night known as The Question. Check them out in the Detective Comics series featuring Batwoman.

Talia al Ghul and Batman

Back in the day, Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia was pretty much your female stereotype–caught between her love for Bruce and her father, she wasn’t necessarily a threatening villain. But she’s certainly come into her own as the devious, brilliant and of course sexy assassin whom Bruce just can’t resist–and one late night tryst resulted in everyone’s favorite annoying brat, Damian Wayne.

Storm and Black Panther

It was Africa’s own royal wedding–their goddess of the weather united with the King of Wakanda. Check out their own special wedding issue.

Karolina and Xavin

From the pages of Runaways, this lesser known couple represents the very first superhero couple with a transgender member, that is, Xavin, who is actually a Skrull, but her tendency to switch back and forth between male and female represents a new step forward in comics. Her relationship with Karolina is both pure and sweet and came to an almost tragic end–but hopefully someday they will both be reunited.

Barda and Scott

You know you love them. They met on Apocalypse under the tyranny of Granny Goodness and the rest is history. Check them out in Jack Kirby’s series about Apocalypse and Mr Miracle, or if you want something just as good but more recent, they’re in the Justice League Unlimited episode “The Ties that Bind”. 

Jean and Wolverine

Because seriously, Scott is just so tight-laced and boring. What woman wouldn’t secretly lust after Wolverine?

Catwoman and Batman

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It seems sort of silly to have two couples on here with Batman but at least this way, between this year and last year, we got ‘em both out of the way. Plus, there’s a playfulness between Selina and Bruce not to mention a very long history that doesn’t exist in his other relationships. This is from the pages of one of my favorite stories with the two of them by Darwyn Cooke. (I believe it’s called “A Knight to Remember”)

Batgirl and Nightwing

I ended last year with Batgirl and Robin, it seems only fair to continue the tradition with Babs and Dick, though this time he’s grown up considerably as Nightwing. They remain equally adorable after Babs gets paralyzed, and he even proposes to her:

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Of course, DC has yet to do anything about this. :(

That’s all, folks! More superhero loving will be coming your way next year, but until then, have a great Valentine’s Day.

Happy Hannukah!

Wishing you a joyous (if relatively early) Festival of Lights, which began yesterday at sundown.

During Hannukah, whose name means ‘dedication,’ may we also remember all the great Jewish writers, comics, editors, and other members of the comic book industry; without their dedication and devotion, comics would not be the same (or may not even exist); including but of course not limited to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of Superman; Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, creators of Batman, Robin and the Joker; masters Max Gaines, Will Eisner, and the king of comics, Jack Kirby; Captain America’s writer Joe Simon, and perhaps the greatest comic creator of all, Stan Lee, who gave us Spider-Man, the X-Men, Hulk, Fantastic Four, and so many others.

And here are my top favorite Jewish characters who are celebrating with us in spirit:


#5 – Batwoman (Kate Kane)

Probably the newest Jewish superhero on the scene is the recently revamped Batwoman, known by day as Kate Kane. Kate attended the Military Academy for a while, but had to leave because she refused to deny and hide the fact that she is a lesbian. Kate moves back to Gotham to live with her stepmother, and, after Batman saves her from being robbed, she decides to take up crimefighting. Like Batman, she has no superpowers and instead relies on her weaponry and combat skills. We see that Kate is Jewish, as she celebrates Hannukah in the series 52; I admire Kane for her self-acceptance and I’m very glad that DC is making an effort to diversify its characters.

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#4 – Sabra (Ruth Bat-Seraph)

Sabra holds the distinction of the first Israeli superhero; she’s a kickass, no-nonsense superlady who works for the Mossad, the Israeli Secret Service, though she was also on the Suicide Squad for a while. She made her debut in the pages of Hulk, and later in several issues of Suicide Squad. Sabra is named after the prickly pear fruit native to Israel (and slang for a native-born Israeli), is a mutant with superhuman stamina, agility, reflexes, and healing abilities. Like most heroes she is no stranger to tragedy; Sabra lost her young son in a terrorist attack, and she wasted no time (disobeying orders) bringing her son’s murderers to justice.


#3 – The Thing (Ben Grimm)

Ben’s exterior may be rocky, but he sure has a big heart, and it’s why he’s one of the most popular Marvel characters of all time. The iconic member of the Fantastic Four is also Jewish; his heritage has been made explicit only recently, but it has in fact been a part of him for much longer. The man who drew him first, Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzburg), incorporated his own past and personality into The Thing, and his Jewish identity as well; Kirby drew the picture above, and it even hung in his home when he was alive.


#2 – Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde)

Of all the Jewish superheroes, Kitty is the first who was immediately identified as Jewishin her first appearance she is seen wearing a Star of David necklace (see one of her first appearances here). Even though there are other Jewish superheroes out there, Kitty is probably the most well known and the most talked about. Kitty’s Jewish identity is very prominent when it comes to her personal life; one of the obstacles in her relationship with Colossus is that she considers herself a ‘devout’ Jew, while Piotr is an atheist. Regardless, when she believes he has died, she says Kaddish (the mourner’s prayer) for him.


#1 – Magneto (Max Eisenhardt)

So if Kitty is so recognizable as a Jewish character, why is Magneto number one on my list? Well, first of all, I just like him better :) Second of all, I have great respect for Magneto, and the fact that his Jewish heritage plays such a pivotal role in his actions and beliefs as a villain, and recently a hero. He is perhaps the only comic character whose Jewishness plays a role in his identity as a hero as well. As a survivor of Auschwitz, Magneto has seen the very worst of mankind, which he believes will be repeated again if mutants sit around and do nothing. This has made him perhaps the most dimensional and sympathetic villains, though he has recently joined the X-Men–and proved his intentions by bringing Kitty back to life. I love Magneto’s ruthless determination, his unshakable commitment for his convictions (even though yes, sometimes his actions are evil), oh and the fact that he worked as a Nazi hunter for Israel. For a long time people speculated that Magneto was a gypsy, but Rivka’s excellent Magneto FAQ page bolsters the argument that he is in fact Jewish, as does the fantastic graphic novel about his experience during the Holocaust, Magneto: Testament.