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Preview: The Batman’s Grave #12

The Batman’s Grave #12

Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Bryan Hitch

In this final issue, Scorn makes his final move to destroy justice in Gotham City! Injured and alone against an army of chaos, Batman has one chance to save the city: his ability to think like the victim. But the victim is always dead. The Batman can only win by using the approach of his own death.

The Batman's Grave #12

Preview: The Batman’s Grave #11

The Batman’s Grave #11

Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Bryan Hitch

Scorn’s plan is revealed, and it is nothing less than the reshaping of the structure of Gotham City. Where the Batman imagines a city without crime, Scorn wants a city built on it. The Batman can’t think like him, though-he’s half-dead already!

The Batman's Grave #11

Preview: The Batman’s Grave #8

The Batman’s Grave #8

Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Bryan Hitch

This was never about just a few strange murders. A war has been declared on the justice system of Gotham City. And the Batman finally has a clue as to who is running the war. He’s been fighting his own shadow the whole time.

The Batman's Grave #8

Warren Ellis’ Story Removed from Dark Nights: Death Metal – Legends of the Dark Nights

DC has sent a notice to retailers that the Warren Ellis story from Dark Nights: Death Metal – Legends of the Dark Nights will be removed. Instead another story written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Jamal Igle will replace it.

The change came after numerous allegations regarding sexual misconduct by Ellis were revealed last week. Ellis has since released a statement.

Ellis was to write a two-page story featuring B-Rex (Bat-Rex) the Robot Dinosaur/Batman character that debuted in Batman: Dark Nights Metal #1.

As of now, Ellis’ The Batman’s Grave will still be released with the next issue out July 7. We’ll see what may happen to the rest of that 12 issue series.

Dark Nights: Death Metal - Legends of the Dark Nights

Warren Ellis Releases a Statement about Accusations

Creator Warren Ellis has released a statement through his social media and email list where he addresses the multiple accusations against him.

You can read the full statement below.

Hello. Please forgive the lateness of my appearance. I have been speaking to people, and listening carefully, for a few days.

Recent statements have been made about me that need to be addressed.

I have never considered myself famous or powerful, to the point where I’ve made a lot of bad jokes about it for twenty-odd years. It had never really occurred to me that other people didn’t see it the same way—that I was not engaging as an equal when gifted with attention, but acting from a position of power and privilege. I did not take that into account in a number of my personal interactions and this was a mistake and I own it.

While I’ve made many bad choices in my past, and I’ve said a lot of wrong things, let me be clear, I have never consciously coerced, manipulated, or abused anyone, nor have I ever assaulted anybody. But I was ignorant of where I was operating from at a time I should have been clear and for that I accept 100% responsibility.

I hurt people deeply. I am ashamed for these mistakes and I am profoundly sorry. I will not speak against other people’s personal truths, and I will not expose them to the toxicity of the current discourse. I should have been more aware, more present, and more respectful of people’s feelings and for that I apologise.

I have had friendships and relationships end, sometimes in bitterness, often due to my own failings, and I continue to regret and apologise for the pain I have caused.

I have always tried to aid and support women in their lives and careers, but I have hurt many people that I had no intention of hurting. I am culpable. I take responsibility for my mistakes. I will do better and for that, I apologise.

I apologise to my friends and collaborators for having created this situation, and I hope they will be treated kindly. Mistakes and poor choices in my personal life are not on them, but only on me.

We have a responsibility to one another, every day. And I have, in my past, let too many people down. I hope to one day become worthy of the trust and kindness that was placed in me by colleagues and friends.

I will continue to listen, learn, and strive to be a better human being. I have sought to make amends with people, as I have been made aware of my transgressions, and will continue to do so.  I have apologised, I apologise, and will continue to apologise and take total responsibility for my actions without equivocation.

I am going to be quiet now, to listen more than I speak, for other voices matter far more than my own right now.

Cameron Stewart and Warren Ellis Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Multiple women have come forward on social media recounting their encounters with comic creator Cameron Stewart. He’s accused of predatory behavior including grooming young women.

Artist Aviva Artzy revealed on Twitter that Stewart had begun to groom her when she was 16 years old and he was in his early 30s.

Other women came forward including Kate Leth who said she had a similar experience when she was 19 and he was in his early 30s.

Both Marsha Cooke and Babs Tarr, who worked with Stewart on Batgirl and Motor Crush, voiced support as they both said they have witnessed the behavior. Others have spoken up that this was a known behavior of Stewart’s within the Toronto comic community.

Grooming is when an older person builds a relationship with a younger individual (often minors) with the goal of sexual activity/abuse. The age of consent in Ontario is 16 but “luring a child” applies to those under the age of 18 for the purpose of committing a criminal offense which can include sexual exploitation. It’s unknown what Stewart’s motivations were but as recounted on Twitter, many of the discussions turned sexual.

In the discussion of Stewart, Warren Ellis‘ name also came up on Twitter also describing his behavior as grooming. Though details are emerging one person has described him as a “bluebeard.” That’s someone you have a relationship with until you find out they secretly have a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife. More information is coming out with specifically what he has done but others have spoken out about their experiences, though vaguely, describing similar manipulation as done by Stewart.

The accusations against Ellis sounds similar to Stewart in that he would contact younger women (19 is the youngest mentioned so far) and then would engage them in chats about the industry acting as a mentor and then discussions would eventually turn sexual. While “grooming” is often associated with minors it can be done to anyone of any age. One description of it is “Grooming is the slow, methodical, and intentional process of manipulating a person to a point where they can be victimized.” This describes much of what has been said about Ellis as well as Stewart.

One person described their interaction and history:

  1. He found me when I was young/vulnerable/uncertain.
  2. He acted like a mentor, gave me so much appreciated attention..
  3. but pushed boundaries.
  4. He said I was his world/we were best friends/he was my thrilling secret/he supported my career so I didn’t feel like I could say no.
  5. He dropped me. I blamed myself.

Others have posted screen shots of conversations or described them:

I have years of emails from Warren Ellis leading me to think we were friends, then leading into sex chat. It was like a clang in my head when I joyously mentioned talking to other creators and he dropped me. Like hot garbage.

These are stories of psychological manipulation that are unacceptable and rumors have swirled for some time about Stewart. It’s another form of abuse and the shitty behavior that has swirled within the comics community for decades as those in power take advantage of their positions. It shows there’s a long way to go until we have a safe and inclusive community and there are issues beyond physical assault that need to be dealt with.

Neither Ellis or Stewart have made statements as of this article. Stewart has locked down his social media to private.

(images courtesy of The Beat)

Preview: James Bond: The Complete Warren Ellis Omnibus

James Bond: The Complete Warren Ellis Omnibus

writer: Warren Ellis
artists: Jason Masters
cover: Dominic Reardon
FC | 304 pages | Action/Adventure | $39.99 | Teen+

After a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, James Bond returns to London and assumes the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. His new mission takes him to Berlin, presumably to break up an agile drug-trafficking operation. But Bond has no idea of the forces gathered in secret against him, the full scope of an operation that’s much scarier and more lethal than he could possibly imagine. Berlin is about to catch fire… and James Bond is trapped inside.

Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents VARGR, the debut storyline in the all new James Bond comic book series, as crafted by masterful writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, The Authority) and artist Jason Masters (Batman Incorporated, Guardians of the Galaxy).

James Bond is trapped in Los Angeles with a MI6 agent under fire and a foreign intelligence service trying to put them both in bags… and possibly more than one foreign intelligence service. And things may not be any safer in Britain, with bodies dropping and ghosts moving in the political mist…
Contains James Bond #1-#12 (2015), Warren Ellis’ VARGR and EIDOLON story lines.

Great reading while waiting for the new movie!

James Bond: The Complete Warren Ellis Omnibus

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James Bond: The Complete Warren Ellis Omnibus

It’s new comic book day! What do you all plan on getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

The Beat – Black Lives Matter Comics: The systemic racism of policing in comics – A solid read.

The Mary Sue – Things We Saw Today: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Sequel Swings Into Production – Yay!!!! Happy dance.


Comics Bulletin – James Bond: The Complete Warren Ellis Omnibus

Preview: The Batman’s Grave #7 (of 12)

The Batman’s Grave #7 (of 12)

(W) Warren Ellis (A) Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowland
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $3.99

There’s a lunatic on the loose and a dead body inside a supposedly impregnable home. Members of the justice system are being murdered, and nobody knows what’s happening. Does the Batman have the single clue that’s the key to the whole nightmare?

The Batman's Grave #7 (of 12)
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