03 January 2012

TOUGHER THAN THE REST

Glory #23 is all ready to go to the printer, and I have to say: It's excellent. 

Writer Joe Keatinge and artist Ross Campbell have done a masterful job, not just in taking over a moribund character from the '90s and making her work, but in drawing me in right from the get go. Considering it's my job to shepherd Glory along through the creative process – just as it was when I worked at Extreme Studios way back when – that's no mean feat, really, but here I am, excited to see how things unfold in the next issue. And more to the point, as excited as I would be if I had no involvement in this book whatsoever. It's a good comic book, and I can't wait for the rest of the world to see it. 

There's been some talk about how women are portrayed in superhero comics over the past few months. Well, that's putting it lightly, actually: It's an ongoing discussion in a genre where scantily clad little runway model types are meant to be viewed as super-powered warrior women. There are numerous comics where female superheroes preen and pose and both dress and act in ways counterintuitive to superheroing, no matter how imaginary that particularly endeavor may be.

But Glory is different. 

If you're at all familiar with Ross Campbell's work – on Wet Moon, on Shadoweyes – you probably know already that he's not interested in just going along to get along. He draws people, and women in particular, his own way, celebrating their differences instead of making them all conform to a single standard. Glory's meant to be a warrior princess. She looks the part, and thanks to Joe's script, she behaves the part, too. Best of all, three of the main characters in Glory are women, and they're completely unique. It's going to be fun getting to know them and seeing where this story takes them.

Here's a small taste: