75 Years In The Making…Batman Finally Proposes To Catwoman!

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DC Comics has a big reason to be celebrating this month! Wonder Woman has slayed the box office signaling the DC Cinematic Universe is finally on track, the sales for its New 52 comics are as high as ever, and now The Dark Knight finally makes a move no one saw coming!

Yep, Batman has proposed to his longtime love interest/sometime enemy, Catwoman!

In Batman #24, our hero removes his cowl, gets on one knee, and reveals a ring asking the Feline Fatale to marry him.

via JoBlo.com

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The proposal comes after a 75-year courtship, which has now culminating “into one unprecedented moment,” says King. The current Batman writer then continued to explain his motivations for the significant reveal by saying, “I want people to go home and be like, ‘Should she marry him? Should she say yes?’ There’s a whole conversation that could come out of this.” From what I’ve read, Batman has been keeping a diamond ring in his utility belt for decades, while waiting for the purrfect moment to pop the question to one of Gotham’s most notorious bad girls. King’s hope is that the gesture will be marked as a lean away from the character’s usual brood-laden anger, and instead show that the Caped Crusader is capable of exposing his vulnerability.

In talking about the decision to have Batman propose, King stated, “Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark. Giving Batman more pain doesn’t reveal anything about his character because he’s taken as much pain as he can. But giving him love and joy, that combines with the tragedy of his past into something new and never done before.” Now, it’s a given that old Bats has had his share of relationships in the past, including rendezvous with characters like Vicki Vale, Wonder Woman, and Talia al Ghul, but any bat-fan worth their salt will tell you that it’s always been Selina Kyle that had truly stolen Bruce’s heart. The two characters share an undeniable connection and history that other comic book couples could only hope to achieve.

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In Case You Missed It! Marvel Comics’ (@Marvel) #BlackGirlMagic is Still Poppin’! Meet 9-Year Old Lunella Lafayette, Smartest Hero in Marvel Universe!

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Move over Iron Man, there’s a new kid on the block who’s going to steal your shine!

Normally when it comes to the Marvel Universe and it comes to brains, we immediately yell the name of Tony Stark, who is also know as superhero, Iron Man, or even Reed Richards, who doubles as the superhero, Mr. Fantastic! However, according to an announcement made at San Diego Comic-Con, the smartest hero in the Marvel Universe is neither Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, or any of the other superheroes that might have claimed that title in the past. The smartest hero in all of Marvel is now a little black girl named Lunella Lafayette. (Yaaaaaaas for #BlackGirlMagic!)

Lunella Lafayette graces the cover of her first comic book “Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur”

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Arielle Johnson (@AmalgamPhilly), First Black: Female Comic Book Store Owner To be Featured on ‘Invincible Iron Man #1′

Arielle Johnson, is excited about being able to add a very personal and special comic book to her collection. The young owner has been collecting comic books for years and what better collection than a comic book that you are featured in. Johnson’s Comic Book store holds the distinction of being the only comics shop on the East Coast owned by a Black woman!



Arielle Johnson (33) who is the founder and president of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc. in Philadelphia will appear alongside Marvel’s superhero RiRi Williams on a variant cover of “Invincible Iron Man#1.”

via ABC:

Johnson said she owes the collaboration to her colleague Randy Green, whom she said spearheaded the project and conceptualized the cover.

“When the email went out about potential variants for stores, he was really excited and took it upon himself to work out the [details]. It was really his hard work,” she told ABC News. “I knew what it was supposed to look like, but having the actual art in front of you is so much different. It’s really exciting.”

Not that she hasn’t earned it. Johnson opened Amalgam last December, becoming the first black, female comic book store owner on the East Coast. However, her obsession of all things geek really began around age 10 or 11, when she discovered “X-Men” character Storm. Johnson credits the character, one of the first black, female superheroes, with being “the bridge that got me into this world.”

“To think I made it a decade-plus and I had never seen a black, woman superhero is crazy because little white boys have so many [with whom they identify]: ‘I want to be Iron Man!’ ‘I want to be Batman!’ ‘I want to be Superman.’ ‘I want to be Han Solo!’ When you are a person of color, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone you can identify with. I always felt like I was watching other people’s adventures,” she explained. “Being introduced to Storm was a pivotal moment for me because had I not come across her, I might have grown out of my love for [comics].”


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Marvel Comics (@Marvel) Pulls “Iron Man” Variant Cover of Riri “Ironheart” Williams! Fans Complain She is “Over Sexualized!”

Marvel Comics’ decision to place a fifteen year old African-American girl at the helm of the Iron Man armor was pretty controversial. Then naming her Riri Williams was also controversial (I too hate her name). Finally, Riri calling herself “Ironheart” was even met with complaints. Thus, a character we thought would have been beloved from jump has been met with negativity, complaints, and skepticism from day one! Brace yourselves though, because the controversy is not done. Apparently Marvel has decided to pull an Iron Man variant cover with Riri on the front due to complaints from fans that she is “over sexualized!”

via Page Six:

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After women on social media voiced their outrage over an image of the new “Invincible Iron Man” hero Riri Williams, who goes by the superhero moniker Ironheart, sporting a tight midriff bearing tank-top and low-cut black pants, the comic company decided to pull the artwork.

One Twitter user posted the image, posing the question, “Is this how people see 15 year old black girls?”

“Love seeing children sexualized on comics. But you know, black girls are FAST, so it’s fine. ://end sarcasm,” another writer tweeted.

Marvel Comics told the Daily News in a statement that the cover was a specific variant version meant only to be sold at Midtown Comics — but it will no longer be published.

“The variant cover features our new Iron Man character Riri Williams and was due to come in two varieties — one with the character in her Iron Man armor, and one in street clothes,” the company stated.

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Marvel’s Riri Williams Has a New Superheroine Name– Meet Ironheart!

What a perfect name for the perfect girl!

Just last month we brought you the amazing news of Marvel‘s Tony Stark aka Iron Man stepping down from his role and bestowing the job to a much younger and different prodigy and her name is Riri Williams, a 15-year old African-American girl who is a science genius. And to go with her new job, Riri has received a new name – she will be known as Ironheart.

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Writer Brian Michael Bendis revealed in an interview that he and his editors went back and forth on the name decision.

“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some. Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was.”




Riri Williams, who enrolled at MIT at just 15, reverse-engineered a suit of power armor in her dorm room—but that doesn’t mean Tony Stark won’t be part of the Iron Man ethos: Riri’s in-armor A.I. will based on Tony’s own personality. “Regardless of where he might be physically,” says Tom Breevort, who’s editing the series, “he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.” How dope is that!

I am so excited and anxious for the first book to drop. It’s about time the Marvel Universe got behind a project like this one. Riri Williams is already an inspiration and role model to little girls who look just like her and all we’ve got as of right now is a basic premise and a photo. I for one am thrilled that we are living in a time where we finally get an African-American superheroine.


Are you as excited as I am for Riri Williams’ debut?

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

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[VIDEO] Back to Duckburg! Disney (@Disney) Announces New Comic Book & TV Reboot of “DuckTales!”

Eighties babies everywhere can truly rejoice! Once again the gods of nostalgia have worked their magic which means another reboot its on it way to television! This time around it is Disney’s turn; and they have recently announced the debut of a new television series and line of comic books based on DuckTales! As you many of you may recall, DuckTales centers around the ultra-rich, Scrooge McDuck and his three grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as they go on adventures around the world and protect his fabled Money Bin!


The characters will definitely have updated appearances as the series will be produced by Matt Youngberg (Ben 10: Omniverse) with Francisco Angones (Wander Over Yonder). You can check out some of the artwork teased from the first set of comics entitled “DuckTales Cinestory Volume 1.” It recounts the events of the first five episodes of the original TV series, and will be sold at nationwide beginning September 20th! The television series will debut on Disney XD sometime in 2017.


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#BlackGirlsRock! Marvel Introduces New Iron Man– And She’s a 15 Year Old Black Girl!

You better go ‘head Marvel! Y’all did that!

Legendary comic imprint Marvel comics just revealed one of their best plot twists yet… There’s going to be a new Iron Man in town and it’s not even a man!

15-year old African-American MIT genius Riri Williams will assume Tony Stark’s throne as Iron Man at the end of the Civil War II comic series.

Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis explained the Riri’s impact on the Invincible Iron Man series with TIME.

TIME: How did you come up with the character of Riri Williams?

Bendis: One of the things that stuck with me when I was working in Chicago a couple of years ago on a TV show that didn’t end up airing was the amount of chaos and violence. And this story of this brilliant, young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life—just random street violence—and went off to college was very inspiring to me. I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or superheroine story I had ever heard. And I sat with it for awhile until I had the right character and the right place.

As we’ve been slowly and hopefully very organically adding all these new characters to the Marvel Universe, it just seemed that sort of violence inspiring a young hero to rise up and act, and using her science acumen, her natural born abilities that are still raw but so ahead of where even Tony Stark was at that age, was very exciting to me.

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