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Sunday, December 27, 2009 

Express-Times sugarcoats this past year

In an end of the year report, the LeHigh Valley Express-Times fluff-coats 2009:
This year's been a good one for comic book fans. Writers and artists have turned in fantastic work.

Books that I've never bothered with before such as DC's "Wonder Woman" and Marvel's "Thor" are now must-reads. Smaller companies have released amazing new series such as Boom Studios' "Irredeemable" and "Hexed" as well as Image's "Jersey Gods."
No, no, and no. This year has been no different from the past several. And with J. Michael Straczynski as the writer of Thor until recent, I don't think I can say Thor was such a great book this year either. Besides, it's now becoming part of the next crossover, one of the reason why JMS left it, surprisingly enough. But which doesn't make him any better a writer.

But here's where things really go into turbo-sugar mode:
But even with the high-quality comics released this year, there was one book that topped them all to become the best comic of 2009 -- DC's "Detective Comics."

The series is written by Greg Rucka with art by JH Williams III and a co-feature by Rucka and artist Cully Hamner.

The comic used to feature Batman, but after his death, the new star became Batwoman.

She was a little-used character who, when first introduced in the 2006 limited series "52," caused a bit of controversy when DC announced that the new Batwoman, whose real name is Kate Kane, was a lesbian.

She was used sporadically since her introduction but was never developed beyond just being gay and was largely dismissed as a publicity stunt by DC.

That changed in "Detective Comics No. 854" when she became the book's lead.
Oh, I'll bet it did! It's just like a newspaper like this to make diversity and multi-culti propaganda a pick of the year.
And if all that wasn't enough, there is the highly entertaining backup feature with the new Question Renee Montoya.

Montoya is a former Gotham City police detective and the ex-girlfriend of Batwoman.
And just like Kane, she too is a lesbian. Not a Bulgarian national, just a lesbian. What else is new?
"Detective Comics" is one of DC's longest-running comic with a lot of history and memorable creative runs.

Rucka, Williams and Hamner all live up to that history and turned the comic into this year's best.
And with some of the lowest sales to date. The audience clearly doesn't care much for it now that its true star has been taken out of his own books. And they live up to its history? Sure they do. All they've done is exploit this series for the sake of their multi-culti mishmash. And it's just like these mainstream papers to go gushy over this. And whatever female character takes up the costume and career, Batwoman as a role deserves much better than this kind of diversity tomfoolery.

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