If you picked up Batman Eternal this week, you didn’t see Stephanie Brown. But you will see her in issue 3 and here she is:
And because you might get spoiled see the rest under the cut:
I totally know how to write teenaged girls. You totally just have to bold and italicizeall their sassy dialogue or whatever. Like, get a grip mom. Totally.
I’m worried about Steph now. Tag BQM in please.
So after picking up Pretty Deadly #5 the other day I went back and read the series again from the beginning. Chances are if you’re reading this you already know what a fantastic book this is so I’ll forego the accolades and get right to my “point”. Spoilers ahead.
I’m really really hoping Johnny Coyote isn’t dead. In this issue we’re told that Death can alter his realm to appear however he wants (kinda like Dream in the Sandman series I guess). We’re also told that in his realm gods can die while reapers can only “lose their form” as we’ve seen Alice do before (as an aside, will Alice be able to re-form now that Sissy is the Master of Death?). This troubles me because I’ve been assuming that Johnny Coyote is a god. He so obviously fits the archetype of “trickster god” by assuming the name (and sometimes form) of the Navajo coyote or the Japanese Kitsune. There are several times throughout the series when we observe Johnny stirring the pot simply to entertain himself or to see what happens. So during the battle we see Johnny take a bullet to the head and then the bloodied corpse of a coyote on the ground where he fell. Assuming he is a god this is likely to mean he is dead, which I think would be a great loss. But then again, evidently Fox is dead too, Ginny said he’d already drowned, but he’s still kicking around so that makes me hopeful for Johnny. It could be though that Fox was only being kept alive by Death to fulfill his agreement.
I’m less sure about Molly Raven. Molly is apparently not an average mortal or she would have had to turn back at the Shield Maids like Sarah. She was turned in to a raven by Death as a punishment for trying to steal the deed to the moon as depicted in the extra stories in issues 1 and 2, but what she was before that I can’t say. I believe she’s still important to the story though because her name follows the “y” theme that all the main characters seem to have: Johhny, Foxy, Ginny, Sissy, Beauty, Molly. Sarah is the exception to this name scheme but she herself admits that she’s only one of the bugs under a rock, carefully watching the moves of beings greater than herself and trying to stay out of their way.
Each of the main characters also seems to have some sort of “avatar” creature that symbolically represents them. I’ve already mentioned Johnny Coyote. Looking at the (gorgeous) wraparound covers we also see Fox the bison, and Sissy the vulture - which makes even more sense when we see her new form at the end of this issue. Even Death has his white/grey bird sometimes perched on his shoulder, and presumably the white mouse we see as Death is stabbed represents Beauty. In keeping with this, we might be lead to believe from the covers that our friends Butterfly and Bones Bunny (whose names also end in “y” I might add) are Alice and Ginny respectively? This doesn’t make much literal sense because we know Ginny shot Bones Bunny, but from an allegorical or artistic standpoint it could be that these characters are relaying the story from a far-future perspective after the events have taken place.
Another question: When Fox finally sees Beauty in Death’s realm, he says “My God. She’s beautiful.” Earlier in the series though, we were led to believe that Fox had been blinded by Death so that he could only see “the things he deserves to see.” You would think that chief among the things he was unworthy of seeing would be the woman he imprisoned and made desperate enough to end her own life, so why was he able to see her? Maybe this is a sign that she forgave him, or that through Fox’s helping Sissy to live he had somehow found redemption?
I’m sure there’s a lot more to this than I’m picking up on, but I’m really anxious to see where there series goes from here.
I actually got shivers when I saw the very last page showing Ginny sitting at a card table, as if she might turn around and look right at the reader any second.
My jams atm.
Every year between February and March, towns in the Niigata area of Japan build straw men with giant dongs. These “Shoki-sama” are said to guard against evil and illness. Presumably the bigger the dong, the more evil he can smite. A priest blesses the straw man, effectively making him a god, and last year’s model is thrown in to the forest to rot.
In which I realize that the cabin and car in Dinosaur Comics have always just been really far away. All these years…
Ed Benes on cover art? CHECK!
Starfire with her teeniest top? CHECK!
Starfire front and center leaning on a car in a “sexy” pose? CHECK!
Starfire appearing to “hot” in the tropic sun while her male partners are fully clothed? CHECK!
Brought to you by Scott Lobdell? CHECK!
Lois, what do you have to say about this?