DC Announces “Phantom Lady”
If you haven’t been over to The Source today, you might have missed this little announcement: An upcoming four-issue miniseries by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti about the Phantom Lady, one of the original members of Uncle Sam’s Freedom Fighters:
The series will be illustrated by one Cat Scaggs, whose covers on Smallville Season 11 remind me of nothing so much as the generall phenomenal Francis Manupul, and I’m going to go ahead and tell you, Sleepwalkers, I’m kind of excited about this. Not only because, you know, more female characters and creators (although I think if I talk about that enough, Laura Hudson might notice me and decide to give me a job), and not only because announcements like this give me hope for the Metal Men miniseries I dream about, but because Gray and Palmiotti are familiar with this character. They wrote Phantom Lady, Doll Man, and the rest of Uncle Sam’s team in the Freedom Fighters ongoing back in 2010, and included the Freedom Fighters in their Battle for Blüdhaven miniseries right after Infinite Crisis.
Of note: The Battle for Blüdhaven miniseries will be featured soon on this very blog as part of the final installment on “The Complete History of the Atomic Knights.” So there’s that.
So I’m excited about this. Gray and Palmiotti are nothing if not a consistent team, and I continue to applaud DC’s efforts to explore their B-, C-, and D-List characters. The Shade, for example, has been one of the most beautiful and entertaining titles in recent memory, and the recent announcement about National Comics gives me great hope for the future of fun, quirky one-shot stories.
So, congratulations, DC. A fan-favorite creative team? A strong female lead AND a female artist? A C-Lister just begging to burst out? A cover by Amanda Conner?
How soon can I throw my money at you?
That’s all we have for today, Sleepwalkers! Thanks for allowing me the unscheduled post. Check back on Monday for the next installment in The Complete History of the Atomic Knights, where we get to see a new version of the future!