Queer Comic Book Characters: Renee Montoya (Oct 11th)

In the introduction for Gotham Central: Half a Life trade paperback, author Greg Rucka writes, “Ordinary people have secret identities, too.”

Today is National Coming Out Day. As both a queer woman and an English major, I’ve read a million and one coming out stories. There are entire anthologies devoted to real life coming out stories and almost every LGBT fictional or biographical book has an embedded coming out story.

This is not to say that coming out, especially the first time(s) and to authority figures, isn’t a big thing. In fact, being out is a privilege that not all queer people have. However, in literature, this type of story becomes cliche or a safe tale to tell about the gay experience.

Then came along Renee Montoya and her coming out story in Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Gotham Central: Half a Life. It rocked my socks.

Renee Montoya

Renee Montoya

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The Making of a Monster in The Long Halloween

The Long HalloweenThe Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale is a noir murder mystery. The best Batman tales are always who-done-its. Batman is, of course, the World’s Greatest Detective. The Long Halloween is considered one of the must-reads in the Bat-genre. In fact, some of the lines were lifted straight from the comic and into the blockbuster-hit The Dark Knight.

My favorite aspect of the story is how it looks at Batman as the cause of the rise of “freaks” in Gotham. Has Batman created the perfect environment for those like the Joker and Two-Face to not only survive, but thrive? Continue reading “The Making of a Monster in The Long Halloween”