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Batman is easily one of the most popular superheroes on the planet. The tragic tale of billionaire Bruce Wayne orphaned as child when his parents are gunned down in front of him, and then years later waging war on crime in Gotham City is the stuff of legends. However, not everyone agrees the Dark Knight is quite the hero DC Comics has made him to be. In fact, Tony Isabella, the creator of Black Lightning, has trashed the Caped Crusader, calling Batman toxic and stating that he is “ruining DC Comics!”

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Tony Isabella, creator of Black Lightning

The creator wrote on Facebook, “Here’s a tip. Don’t ask me to join groups or visit pages that have “Batman” in their titles. He was once my favorite comics hero. Now I consider him one of the most toxic and the ruination of DC Comics. DC hurts their other characters by making Batman the center of their universe.”

Now, that might seem a bit harsh, but Isabella has never been one to hold his tongue. Luckily for him, his creation is going to be seeing even more screen time in the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths. (Who knows, he might even meet a Batman while he’s helping save the universe.) Now, when news of Black Lightning joining the crossover event broke fans were overjoyed.

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The Outsiders

Tony’s description of Batman is harsh and he has yet to reveal what made him bail on #TeamBatman. We personally love Batman and Black Lightning, and are surprised by this; especially since they were longtime members of The Outsiders a team of superheroes not bound by the legality and red tape placed on the Justice League. We will keep you posted on more news of the latest Batman film, Matt Reeves’ The Batman and you can catch Black Lightning on The CW every Monday night at 9 PM EST!

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“The Literal Devil!” Batman’s Newest Villain, “Designer,” Inspired By Video Games

Life will not be getting better for Gotham’s resident protector and Dark Knight anytime soon. Batman has a new villain debuting in a recent comic book, Batman #90, simply known as “Designer.” Designer is not only after The Caped Crusader, but a few of the villains in his rogues’ gallery as well. Unlike other Batman villains, however, his design was inspired by video games villains.

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Life will not be getting better for Gotham’s resident protector and Dark Knight anytime soon. Batman has a new villain debuting in a recent comic book, Batman #90, simply known as “Designer.” Designer is not only after The Caped Crusader, but a few of the villains in his rogues’ gallery as well. Unlike other Batman villains, however, his design was inspired by video games villains.

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The new Batman villain, Designer, was created with video game inspiration – and it shows.

Designer was created by James Tynion IV and Jorge Jimenez and first appeared in Batman #90. His past is still somewhat mysterious, but what’s been established is Designer was a villain living in the shadows who previously defeated a vigilante detective before the emergence of Batman. He attempted to get Gotham’s biggest bad guys to work together to defeat Batman and rule Gotham, but he was left for dead by the Joker. Years later, he re-emerged to wreak havoc not only on Gotham but to the villains who declined his team-up effort previously.

While there’s still plenty to learn about Designer, his real identity, and what his plans are in the present day, Tynion IV revealed the inspiration behind the character. In an interview with SyFy, Tynion talked about what’s next in his run of Batman and his new villains – including Designer. Tynion described Designer as “a character who was conscious of the way that villains evolve over time.” The current version of Designer has been around for a while and has experienced quite a bit in the shadows. He’s evolved quickly in the pages of Batman, but in the universe, he’s developed over time into the menacing villain he is today. Describing his personality, Tynion said he was like the ‘literal devil’ in a crossover of popular video games.

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We love all things Batman and are excited to see Batman has a new adversary to take on. Many of his villains have either become anti-heroes (Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poinson Ivy, Clayface) or become stale in their presentation (i.e. Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face). Besides The Joker, Batman needs a formidable opponent to keep him, and fans, on their toes.

What do you guys think of Designer? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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ICYMI! Harley Who!? DC Comics Gives The Joker A New Deadly Girlfriend–Punchline!

They say “there is someone for everyone.” That seems to apply for Batman’s archenemy, The Joker, as well. As you may already know, for years The Clown Prince of Crime was in a dysfunctional relationship with his former psychiatrist turned super villain girlfriend, Harley Quinn. Now Harley has gone through her own “emancipation” and not only has she broken up with The Joker, but has become a bit of an anti-hero, protecting a part of Gotham City and even entering an open relationship with Poison Ivy! The Joker–and happily–has moved on to a new, deadly “henchwoman,” Punchline!

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They say “there is someone for everyone.” That seems to apply for Batman’s archenemy, The Joker, as well. As you may already know, for years The Clown Prince of Crime was in a dysfunctional relationship with his former psychiatrist turned super villain girlfriend, Harley Quinn. Now Harley has gone through her own “emancipation” and not only has she broken up with The Joker, but has become a bit of an anti-hero, protecting a part of Gotham City and even entering an open relationship with Poison Ivy! The Joker–and happily–has moved on to a new, deadly “henchwoman,” Punchline!

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The Joker and Punchline

Punchline is set to play a major role in Batman’s life in the upcoming “Joker War” storyline, rumored to be the final showdown between The Dark Knight and Jester of Genocide.

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A brand-new DC villain set to play a major role in Batman’s life is already generating buzz and press interest…but who is Punchline? Writer James Tynion IV has teased her appearance in a few upcoming issues, but as of yet we don’t know much about the brand-new character! Here’s the breakdown of where you’ll be seeing her ahead of Batman #95’s “Joker War” storyline!

The mysterious new villain pops up on February 19 in a one-panel cameo in Batman #89; art by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey:

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Punchline, unlike Harley Quinn, is seemingly far more dangerous than Harley Quinn and even more devoted to The Joker. There is not much information about her past, but the daggers she is holding and the bulletin board with the various members of the Batman Family and their secret identities make her a formidable opponent. Perhaps Harley will help Batman, Batgirl, Robin, Red Robin and Red Hood take down these clowns once and for all!

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What do you think of Punchline? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Unrecognizable! Marvel Fans Outraged Over Whitewashing of Storm in Latest X-Men Comics!

X-Men’s Storm is definitely the most popular Black superhero on the planet. Blessed with ability to control the weather, for nearly forty-five years this heroine has been a mainstay in Marvel Comics, providing positive representation as a leader, warrior, goddess, and queen to her people. However, recent issues of X-Men comics have Storm barely recognizable, removing her darker complexion and African features! Naturally, fans are outraged accusing Marvel of whitewashing its most high profile Black character!

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X-Men’s Storm is definitely the most popular Black superhero on the planet. Blessed with ability to control the weather, for nearly forty-five years this heroine has been a mainstay in Marvel Comics, providing positive representation as a leader, warrior, goddess, and queen to her people. However, recent issues of X-Men comics have Storm barely recognizable, removing her darker complexion and African features! Naturally, fans are outraged accusing Marvel of whitewashing its most high profile Black character!

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Storm 2018

As you can see from the main image Storm, Kenyan born, the daughter of an African woman and African-American man has been lightened, her hair completely straightened, her noise pointed, and is a far cry from her original and contemporary images found in this article.

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Inconsistency when it comes to coloring in non-white characters has sadly become commonplace. Even characters who are canonically fairly melaninated can get whitewashed on the page for a number of reasons—even in official panels, not just fan art. Sadly, the Goddess of Weather herself, Storm, has become victim of this—again.

Creator Kwanza Osajyefo brought to the attention of many in my Twitter timeline that, in one of the latest issues of Dawn of X, the color of Storm’s complexion is unrealistically lightened.

Osajyefo also pointed out that, while he loves the issue, this is a problem because that’s not how lighting works and referenced Dave Cockrum’s designs, which clearly how that Storm is a dark-skinned woman.

We wholeheartedly agree with Kwanza’s assertions about Storm. The colorists at Marvel Comics should know better. Colorism is never okay or acceptable, and Storm is a source of pride for Black people worldwide. Being one of the few African heroes let’s keep her to her roots. The X-Men are the most diverse team of heroes in comics let’s keep it that way. We will keep you posted as this story develops!

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