From Batwoman #5:
See the guy that Kate is grabbing? That’s Director Bones. He has superhuman strength. He looks like a skeleton because his body and organs are invisible. Oh, and he has a poison touch. And I don’t mean he makes you sick. If you touch him, this is what happens:
In case it’s not clear, he’s dead.
Touching Director Bones skin is a death sentence, and it’s not something he can control. His skin secretes poison naturally. Jade, who is pretty darn powerful, nearly died from a brief touch, and she has superpowers. If Kate’s hand had slipped off his jacket when she grabbed him, she would have been dead.
And the best part? The comic doesn’t say anything about his powers. Either the writer didn’t know about Director Bones’ poison touch, OR the writer knew and knew that fans of the character would be on the edge of their seat, knowing that Kate had just barely escaped death without even realizing it.
“These turtles are from an alien race. And they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.” — Michael Bay, producer of the Ninja Turtles reboot movie, set for release Christmas 2013.
And with those two sentences, Michael Bay caused the Internet to explode.
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Something I missed from January: DC Comics had a promotion where they would give one of the 52 #1 issues in exchange for Volume 1 of a manga.
It shows the Justice League, with Cyborg in the center, holding an American flag.
“ROBAMA WANTS YOU TO BUY AMERICAN!”
Robama? Seriously? How does Cyborg have anything to do with Obama, aside from race? Last I checked, being a former athlete turned cyborg superhero is not the same as being president.
And I find it hilarious that DC was hoping to expand their audience with the relaunch with ads like this.
Superhero comics are mainly aimed towards men, with few if any aimed specifically at women. There is a female audience, but they’re a definite minority. There are tons of manga aimed directly at women and girls, and quite a few have a large female audience even though they’re aimed at males.
Nice job alienating your potential audience, DC.
As a fan of both manga and American comics, I have this to say to DC: You can have my copies of Death Note, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Full Metal Alchemist over my dead body.