Friday, November 09, 2012

KATANA RISING: Former Outsider Finally Turns Rising Star At DC

Back when everyone was ape over The New Teen Titans, I was ape-ier over The Outsiders (hey, it's my site can create words)! Always taken by 'visual' line-up's, here you had afro Black Lightning, Metamorpho, glow-in-the-dark-Barbie Halo, and the woman she helped lighten up, Katana. Well flip forward a crisis or two, and that same lady is ready for not just an animated show and a stint in February's upcoming Justice League of America title, but her first solo book as well.

Having already snatched the leading lady spot in JLoA promo art from iconic teammate Catwoman, the siren whose sword contains and allows her to communicate with all the souls it has slain, is set to get a huge slice of the action in regards to the title, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by artist David Finch (who also did the Katana #1 cover above)!

Launching the same month as Justice League of America #1, the book which bares that stunning image will be written by famed Daredevil writer, Ann Nocenti and interior artist Alex Sanchez. While that creative team alone prompts a look or three, fans won't be the only ones taking a peek.

Promo art for the upcoming 2013 Cartoon Network show Beware The Batman teases the sexy samurai will consistently appear as a "former member of the CIA and League of Assassins", which may lead to a animated showdown with Talia, if not hopefully with Lady Shiva too. Born July 1983 - overnight success coming February 2013. Isn't that the way showbiz goes?

8 comments:

  1. Well good for the character and the sake of diversity, but unless Johns and the new Batman cartoon really impresses, I think this book will wind up cancelled. Hate to sound pessimistic there, but I see it coming a mile away, especially since I think she'll have a hard time carrying the title on her own. Hopefully I'm wrong, and she becomes next year's breakout character, since again, it's good for the sake of diversity.

    And yes, an animated battle between her and Lady Shiva would be awesome, not to mention make a certain blogger(I'm looking at you Omega)get all excited and tingly in man-parts;)

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  2. Dale mate, next year when Katana outsells Batman I know you'll be man enough to come back and post an apology :-). I'm glad to see a new candidate in line here and if the samurai aspect is focused on, it could be something quite fresh.

    Just I think DC52 and Marvel NOW seem to really have missed the bus on using the momentum of each to launch new concepts. Or are creators holding onto those for Image Comics now?

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  3. That last part. Creators have finally smartened up to the sad reality that if they bring their own beloved creation to either of the big two, they'll automatically be forced to sign over all rights, and watch, as slowly over time, if the characters(s) become popular enough, that they'll be bastardized. Just look at how the heirs of Jack Kirby, Jerry Seigel and Joe Shuster are treated, not to mention Alan Moore too. At least with Image, you own your creations, but the trade-off is not making enough $ initially unless they become wildly successful. Me and Googum talk about this all the time, why there aren't anymore new and exciting breakout creations from either of the big two, and it's all due to their fucked up business practices. Thus they both companies continue to leach and prostitute dead men's creations since no one wants to see their creations screwed over. It's a very sad commentary on the business and industry in general. And until both of the big two are held accountable and to stop what they're doing, nothing will ever change.


    Oh, and I'll take that bet Dan;) Sounds like a good challenge to me. Game on Mate;)

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  4. Sadly that does seem to be how the industry unravels Dale. Even 90's comics offered the thrill of picking up new comics and characters and getting in on the ground floor. Darkhawk, Sleepwalker, The Ultraverse, Shi, Image Comics, it really was a great time in so many ways.

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  5. I'll give Katana try, although I was not impressed with her in Birds of prey. But then I wasn't impresse with anybody in that new title. She could became better written now.

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  6. Hey Aliera, I'm still the guy thinking her original Outsider years were her best, so we might be both hoping this book finds footing in the character's past. Although what is past at DC these days. Was Katana ever an Outsider?

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  7. I'm with you Dan I think this could be a good one. I am keeping in mind Dale's doomed book prediction, but I like Katanna and her new look. I'm on board.

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  8. Thanks OA - besides isnt it a little overdue having some Samurai action comics at either of the Big Two?

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