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RUMBLING TO A HALT:
BEYOND THE END OF “RUMBLE GIRLS: SILKY WARRIOR TANSIE”

[Rumble Girls]

This spring, Lea Hernandez’ genre-busting “Rumble Girls: Silky Warrior Tansie” comes to a halt. Not to worry: It’s all part of a plan.

“Nothing sinister, it was always planned as a limited series,” Hernandez told the Comic Wire on Saturday. “I needed eight issues to tell the story, Image thought six would be better to prevent sales slippage, we settled on seven, with seven being a double-sized issue. #7 will have a cover price of $3.95.”

While Hernandez intends to wrap up all outstanding plot threads by the end of the series, it won’t be the last readers see of the Rumble Girls.

“There will be an [original graphic novel] for summer next year, ‘Rumble Girls: The Miss Akiyama Project,’ that is set at RG’s academie Juliet, but takes place about 20 years earlier. RG fans will recognize a much-younger Dani An, and also get to see ‘Cricket’ Ricki, who’s mentioned often in RG, but is dead.”

Besides Rumble Girls material, Hernandez has another project in the works for 2001, one that might be of special note to CBR readers:

“Next year, there will be a print of the cover art to RG #3, an RG trade collecting the Image series, the aforementioned RG OGN — and a series called ‘Killer Princesses’ with CBR’s funniest columnist Gail Simone!”

JOKER’S CRUELEST CUTS UNCUT AT 4CR

[Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker]

Wishing you could see the unedited “Return of the Joker” Batman Beyond movie, with all the dark stuff intact?

Web ‘zine 4 Color Review has the scenes at their site. Among those cut or tweaked in the final version of the direct-to-video release are (WARNING! SPOILERS!):

  • The original death of Jokerz gang member Bong
  • The Joker stabbing Batman in the leg in a flashback sequence
  • The Joker on a home movie telling Batman exactly what he’s done to Tim “Robin” Drake
  • The death of the Joker

The scenes were edited or removed entirely from the film due to their extremely dark and mature tone, and parents are cautioned that the clips should likely be previewed before letting children see them.

SEPERATED AT BIRTH?
THE LSH’S WHITE WITCH AND SUPERGIRL’S BLITHE

[Blithe/White Witch]

Fans of DC Comics’ “Supergirl” might have been wondering why one of the book’s three angels bore an uncanny resemblance to the company’s thirtieth century teenage witch — after all, eyebrow antenna are hardly the most common superhero accoutrement.

The least-friendly of the three earth angels in “Supergirl” — check out the “Earth Angel: The Legend of Supergirl” site for more on the too-complex-to-be-quickly-summarized “earth angel” concept — Blithe, the angel of light, bears an uncanny resemblance to the most-familiar version of the Legion of Super-Heroes’ White Witch.

There have always been a variety of links between the modern day DC Universe and the thousand years hence DCU of the LSH, including: Superman’s foe, Brainiac, has a “descendant” on the team, Legionnaire Valor started off in the 20th century before being placed in a “stasis zone” for a thousand years by Superboy, and the Justice Society of America fought the LSH’s greatest enemy, Mordru, in the opening story arc of their new series.

This time around, though, there’s no (planned) link between Blithe and the White Witch, antennas notwithstanding.

“When I created Blithe, I gave a description of how I wanted her to look,” “Supergirl” writer Peter David posted on the rec.arts.comics.dc.lsh newsgroup on Wednesday. Artist Leonard Kirk “drew her exactly as requested and when the pages came back I thought, ‘Oh … she looks like White Witch.’ But I had no grounds to ask for Leonard to go back and go to all the additional work of redrawing her, because he’d done what I asked him to in the first place. So I kind of shrugged and said, ‘Oh well’ and let it go.”

CURSE OF THE COMIC BRIEF


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