so it's gotham city

Consider this AU: Lena Luthor becomes a superhero

Lena wanted to succeed where her brother failed. 

Lena wanted, in some small way, to atone for the crimes of her family. Her mother certainly wasn’t going to. 

And when your brother uses his power and prestige to become a super villain, what better way to balance it out than for Lena to use her power and prestige to become a super hero?

Kara has no idea who the masked vigilante is that keeps getting to criminals before her. 

Cat is thrilled. Two superheroes? She takes one look at the costume–a dark suit of armor with mask and cape–and immediately notices its resemblance to another hero in Gotham City. So of course, with brand being everything to Cat, she capitalizes on it. 

And Lena Luthor makes the front page, headline: Who is the Batwoman? 

The Gotham city sirens in the style of their most recent portrayal in movies


The ABCs of 90’s Comics!

Q is for The Question!

The Question is one of my absolute favorite comic book characters ever. Yes, I say that about different characters, like eight times per list, but this time, it’s an absolute.  Created by comics legend Steve Ditko in 1967 for Charlton Comics as a backup feature for the Blue Beetle, the Question is Vic Sage, investigative reporter by day, faceless vigilante at night. When Charlton Comics sold the rights to their characters to DC Comics, the Question, along with other action heroes like Captain Atom, Blue Beetle, and Nightshade, were introduced to the DC Universe in the world shattering and restructuring Crisis on Infinite Earths. 

Once the Question settled into the DCU, he was given his own magazine, written by Charlatan Comics veteran and another comic book legend Dennis O'Neil, with art by Denys Cowan.  Sage was a resident of Hub City, a town so corrupt and crooked, its citizens went to Gotham City to relax. Seriously, it was corrupt from top to bottom, and Vic Sage was just the man to get to the bottom of it all.  Unfortunately, Vic wasn’t quite as prepared for Hub City as he thought he was. Encounters with thugs, crooked cops, and the mysterious and deadly Lady Shiva left Vic at death’s door.  How would Vic recover? 

That’s a good question. He was introduced to Richard Dragon, one of the DC Universe’s preeminent martial artists and owner of the pimpest name in the world. Dragon showed Sage how to focus his considerable anger into something useful, and turned the back alley brawler into a (somewhat) competent combatant. Sage, as the Question, returned to Hub City as a new man, no longer as self destructive as he was when he began investigating the city’s corruption.

O'Neil and Cowan put together quite a run with the Question, stretching over thirty six issues, two annuals, and five quarterly issues, with Cowan handling most of the art chores and O'Neil writing every issue except one issue of the quarterly series. I left the details on the series out, because one of my goals for this Tumblr is introducing and recommending comics, new and old. Most of the issues are still $5 and under, and the thirty six issue series was collected in six trades a few years ago. The original on-going series was published from 1987-1990, with the quarterly series starting in late 1990. So the Question barely slips in the door for this list of 90’s Comics, but when you make the rules for these things like I do, you gotta leave yourself a little wiggle room.