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Quickie Post: OGNs All Day Long

It is really, really difficult to get back into the routine of making posts when you haven’t actually made a post in … forever.  That said, I have been asked/harassed/lamented at repeatedly lately to post something—anything—so I’m just going to talk with the hope that something semi-worth reading comes out.  So, here’s what’s been going on with me.

I’ve been buying a number of OGNs and trades lately.  My most recent purchases:

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Of these three, I first finished Level Up, which was completely wonderful and I can’t recommend highly enough.  This is the only work of Gene Luen Yang’s that I’ve read so far; I’m told I need to get American Born Chinese.  Excited to read the other two books in the photo soon.

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A few weeks ago, and with the help of That’s E, I had the opportunity to meet Liz and Randy from How i Made the World.  They are, of course, super nice and a pleasure to talk to.  As you can see, I also managed to snag a copy of Becky Cloonan’s gorgeous and haunting By Chance or Providence while I was at the shop for the signing.  Liz and Randy have been doing a few of them around New England, but if you haven’t had a chance to meet them and/or pick up their great comic book, they’ll be at Boston Comic Con this coming weekend.  I will also be there roaming the floor and waiting in lines—send me a message if you’re going and want to say hello.

I just read this good, short interview with Gail Simone (who will be at the con as well) on CBR about the upcoming Sensation Comics, which makes me soooooooooo out-of-my-mind happy.

There’s a ton of other stuff I want to rant talk about—my excitement over the upcoming new Thor book, Gal Gadot in the Wonder Woman costume, Dan Slott’s hideous decimation of Black Cat in Amazing Spider-Man—but I just wanted to post a quickie for now.  Perhaps those things will be topics for later.  We’ll see whether or not I can get back into the swing of this.

So, lastly, my battle against my pile of floppy comics continues; I made a post on CBR about it last week. Go read that, too. (Please?)

x

Advance Review: How i Made the World #1

HiMtW CoverI was lucky enough to get an advance copy of the upcoming first issue of How i Made the World, the Xeric Award-winning independent comic by Liz Plourde and Randy Michaels.

Check out my review of the book here on Comic Should Be Good.  And you can learn more about Liz & Randy’s project on their website and Facebook page.

It’s always good to support indie titles, but this one’s a little closer to my heart–Liz & Randy are from the New England area, using an area publisher, and are customers of yours and my favorite LCS.  Their book will be listed in this week’s Previews and will be released in June, so give them a look!

The Women of Marvel Own NYCC

Some cool female-focused stuff came out of NYCC this weekend.  DC announced that Stephanie Brown is finally making her return to the DCU, and while I want to be over the moon about this, I’m keeping my guard up.  As the New 52 has taught me over and over again, these aren’t the characters I love, but some horribly mangled iterations of them, so I can’t let myself get too excited about Steph just yet.  Not until … I see her.

That said, Marvel took the cake as far as announcements that make me happy.  We already heard a couple of weeks ago that Charles Soule is writing a new She-Hulk book.  As if that weren’t great enough, we’re also getting new Elektra and Black Widow solo titles, and a relaunched Captain Marvel.  That’s on top of the female-centric X-Men and Fearless Defenders books, to boot.

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This reader is very happy indeed.

Except … I did notice something kind of weird.

  • From Stephen Wacker’s Captain Marvel interview on CBR:  “Carol is sort of a blank slate coming out of the recent ‘Enemy Within’ storyline.  So she’s back to trying to find a place for herself.”
  • From Nathan Edmonson’s Black Widow Interview on CBR:  “Without giving too many of our plot turns away, Natasha is a character driven by atonement.  She’s a hero now, but she was a villain, and a dirty one.”
  • From Zeb Wells’ Elektra Inverview on Newsarama:  “Elektra’s in a dark place [...] The series will be about her journey to find meaning and maybe start clawing her way towards redemption.”

Is it just me or does that all sound vaguely the same?  That all of these characters are essentially lost and/or trying to make up for who they are or once were?  Particularly regarding Black Widow and Elektra, haven’t we already read these stories of attempted redemption over and over again?  Isn’t it about time those characters get over that trope and move onto something else?

I’m not condemning these titles; in fact I can’t wait to pick them all up.  But I am wary of the possibility of reading something that’s rehashed and stale.  I have a relatively high level of trust in these writers, though, so I guess we’ll find out next year.

  • On the flip side, here’s what Charles Soule had to say about his She-Hulk “She absolutely has problems, just like most of the heroes of the Marvel U, but she chooses to approach them with optimism and good spirit rather than surrendering to the grim and gritty.”

Kind of leaves you with the exact opposite feeling from the others, doesn’t it?  I know which title I’m most looking forward to in 2014.

Quickie: Some Things That Are Happening

Just a quick post–

  • As I’m sure you’ve already heard, Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie.  And as I said on Twitter this morning, if you’ve seen Man of Steel or any other Zack Snyder movie, I think Ben Affleck should be the least of our worries.  But the haters are out in full force—there are already petitions popping up demanding a re-cast.  Which, is some legit crazy news, right?  Petitions are for important things, like GMO labeling and putting an end to fracking and building a fully operational Death Star.I have to admit, though, that I love it when stuff like this happens, because then the Internet all comes together on a unified quest for utter hilarity that, strangely, kind of renews my faith that everything in general will be okay.  Besides—I remember hearing some uproar back when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, and look how that turned out.  (I mean, aside from the real-life stuff.)

    Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for that Wonder Woman movie.

  • Speaking of fan rage, Lobo’s getting a redesign!  He’s all New 52’d up—wanna see?  Calm down, though, guys—it’s going to be okay.  Remember what I said above.  Personally, I can’t say I mind this at all, and given what they did to the likes of Amanda Waller and Starfire and Cheshire however many others, it’s only fair the boys should suffer some.  I wonder if DC will actually let this stick.
  • Natalie Dormer is joining The Hunger Games as Cressida.  Woo!  I don’t have much to say about this other than I’m super happy about it.

All right, kids.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’ve been stuck indoors all week at work and/or at home binge-watching seasons of Master Chef; now I’m going to spend the weekend out in the sunshine as much as possible.

xx R

Boston Comic Con 2013

BCC1.jpg largeMy post about BoCoCo is up now on CBR’s Comics Should Be Good.

Go check it out!

Big thanks to the fantastic, hard working con staff who coordinated all of this in the face of challenges and tragedy earlier in the year. They turned this one into the best show yet.

Back to Life, Back to Reality

We said our vows.  We drank our champagne.  And we lay on the beach for one glorious, sunny week afterward.  Now it’s done, and after a year of nonstop planning, things are finally (more or less) back to normal.

Did you miss me?  I think my comics did—the stack continues to grow ever larger, but I made a bit of headway this week.  I’ve caught up on “Trinity War” happening in Justice League, Justice League of America, and Justice League Dark—I wish I could say it was good stuff, but I think we all know better than that.  Are these books just genuinely bad, or have I somehow outgrown the Justice League?  Given that I’m planning on going shopping tonight for a new Wonder Woman shirt to wear to Boston Comic Con this weekend … probably the former.

Speaking of which—BOSTON COMIC CON!  They’re expecting a crowd of 15k, and I plan on being among them.  There’s another great guest list this year, and in between all the big names, I’m especially excited to meet Yale Stewart.  Yale is the creator of the web comic JL8.  This wonderful strip has shot up in my list of web comics I enjoy, having easily become my favorite of the last year.  If you haven’t been reading it, you owe it to yourself to start.  You don’t know the magnitude of the brilliance you’re missing.

I’ll have a wrap-up of BCC and some other stuff next week.  And if you’re planning on being at the show, leave me a comment here or send me a tweet.  Interaction is everything.

Comics Beat: Denver Comic Con 2013, Jimenez, Perez, Fradon, Kelly Find Wonder Woman ‘Problematic’

Comics Beat did a summary of a really interesting Wonder Woman panel discussion at Denver Comic Con:  http://comicsbeat.com/on-the-scene-denver-comic-con-2013-jimenez-perez-fradon-kelly-find-wonder-woman-problematic/

My favorite piece of this, when talking about adapting Wonder Woman for TV/film:  “In [Phil] Jimenez’s reading of Wonder Woman stories, he sees a figure from whom humanity can learn a great deal, but in proposed adaptations, she has always been reconfigured as a character who needs to learn from humanity.  It’s a fundamental problem, he felt, that dilutes the character’s strengths.”

FRIGGING BINGO.

Many more great points there, so check out the article.

 

 

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