Archives for December 2014
Catwoman Annual
The Catwoman Annual comes out today! It’s written by me, with art by Patrick Olliffe, Tom Nguyen & John McCrea, and a Garry Brown cover. And yes, there’s some Batman in this issue. (One scene with him is a favorite moment of the issue, actually – a Batman/Catwoman standoff that’s about 110% awkward, a saturation that can only be achieved when Batman’s around.) But at the risk of spoilers, at heart this Annual is Eiko Hasigawa’s origin story: it offers a glimpse of her life as an increasingly nontraditional member… Read more »
Catwoman #37: "Sooner Or Later You Will Descend"
Today Catwoman #37 hits stores of all kinds! I’m actually both super thrilled and super nervous about this one. I’m very proud of it, and it’s a crucial chapter of the story we’re trying to tell, but if you’ve been worried about lingering consequences and serious choices in the wake of this arc, well, it’s time. If I want to avoid spoilers, I think that’s really all the plot stuff I can talk about. If you’re curious, you can read a preview courtesy of The Mary Sue that will give… Read more »
Reign Report: "Mercy"
Reign’s second season is halfway over! And after the iffy “plot twist” of last episode, this episode mostly just suggests that the fallout for Mary is going to continue to be a mess, just like everything’s a mess, for everyone, in every possible way, except for Catherine, for whom life is a mess but her husband literally came back from the dead to have supernatural sex with her, so at least she’s having fun. Anna Popplewell’s accidental thousand-yard stare sums up a lot of my feelings. This stare comes in… Read more »
What I Wrote This Year
This year has been a remarkably fast one. It’s been a busy one, for which I’m immensely grateful, but turns out it’s taken with it both my short and long-term memories; the process of assembling this roundup was, frankly, embarrassing. My Actor Bingo on period pieces remains undiminished, but that’s pretty much the only thing that has survived intact in the abstract-impressionism painting of this year. (My vow for next year, to slow down a little, has already been made; turns out that was also my vow last year, which… Read more »
Reign Report: "Acts of War"
So, most of this week’s Reign was like Catherine’s face, but the last ten minutes were more like Claude’s face, because in the midst of more plot-churning “historical” shenanigans, and without any kind of “graphic content” title, the show decided Mary should get raped in a pretty explicit scene. And then the showrunners suggested it was intended to raise the stakes…for Francis. I had heard rumors this might be coming, but I didn’t realize how bad it would be. Luckily, Caroline was on the case; she’s back recapping Reign at… Read more »
[Content warning: rape.] Rape victims: This is an important time in your life. With so many details to attend to, here’s a checklist to make sure you’re not missing out. If you report, remember to make it to the hospital immediately for a rape kit that will never be tested in the backlog of thousands. If you’re injured, drive carefully. If you’re drunk or have been drugged, ask a friend for a lift, assuming the friend isn’t the person who raped you. After the rape kit, find and speak to… Read more »

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