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75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Villains #30-26

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains.

You all voted, now here are the results (40 bad guys, 35 good guys for a total of 75)! We continue with Villains #30-26…

Enjoy!

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Manga in Minutes: Vinland Saga, Vol. 3

Welcome to another Manga in Minutes! Sakura-Con was held this past weekend, and there were some rather interesting licensing announcements to come out of it, so on with the news!

And now, onto this weeks review of the upcoming Vinland Saga, Vol. 3!

Vinland Saga, Vol. 3Vinland Saga, Vol. 3
Created by Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics, 454 pp
Rating: Older Teens (16+)

Vinland Saga reaches a turning point, as multitude of threads converge and overlap in a bloody and brutal showdown between Askeladd’s and Thorkell’s forces, with the fate of Prince Canute hanging in the balance.
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Year of the Artist, Day 113: Keith Giffen, Part 5 – O.M.A.C. #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Keith Giffen, and the issue is O.M.A.C. #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 2011. Enjoy!
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Committed: Fun at WonderCon

P1110989bLast weekend I attended WonderCon in Anaheim and took a few photos. Nothing like previous years (regular readers know I can get a little nuts taking photos), but I wanted to take my time experiencing the convention and documenting that as simply as possible. Here are some key things which stood out for me (and as always, you can enlarge each photo by clicking on it):

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75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Allies #35-26

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains.

You all voted, now here are the results! Here are the good guys! For the first day of the allies, we’ll open with ten characters and the installments will get smaller as we countdown to #1.

Enjoy!

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Review time! with Zero #7

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“Emptiness is loneliness, and loneliness is cleanliness, and cleanliness is godliness, and god is empty just like me”
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Year of the Artist, Day 112: Keith Giffen, Part 4 – Trencher #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Keith Giffen, and the issue is Trencher #2, which were published by Image and is cover dated June 1993. These scans are from the trade paperback, which was published by Boom! Studios in 2005. Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 82

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Villains #40-31

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains.

You all voted, now here are the results (40 bad guys, 35 good guys for a total of 75)! Bring on the bad guys! For the first day of the villains, we’ll open with ten characters and the installments will get smaller as we countdown to #1.

Enjoy!

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Comic Book Six Degrees: Darkseid to Darth Vader

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was Wolverine to Wolverine MacAlistaire. Matt L. was one of three people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Matt connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for next week if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

Wolverine was in Wolverine/Shi: Dark Night of Judgment #1 with Shi
Shi was in War of the Independents #1 with Megaton Man
Megaton Man was in normalman vs. Megaton Man #1 with Wolverine MacAlistaire

Matt’s challenge is…

Darkseid to Darth Vader

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

Comics You Should Own – Stalkers

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Admit it: You thought Starman was next, didn’t you? Well, so did I, and then I re-read this underrated gem. Let’s dig into it!
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Year of the Artist, Day 111: Keith Giffen, Part 3 – Ambush Bug Nothing Special

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Keith Giffen, and the issue is Ambush Bug Nothing Special, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1992. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Absolute Awesomeness

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Lumberjanes #1 Cover by Noelle Stevenson, Maddie Flores, Lauren Zuke

There’s been a lot of controversy going around with women and comics, driven in large part by a piece former DC Editor Janelle Asselin wrote about the new Teen Titans cover on CBR. It’s sparked a lot of good discussion and as usual, a ton of nightmarish behavior. I thought a lot about writing about it, but I gotta be honest, it’s just not in me right now. Maybe it’s not true for everyone, but for me, to take on these big pieces that you know are likely to be controversial takes not only a lot of literal time but also a ton of mental energy and I just don’t have it in me right now for either of those things. Maybe that will change in the coming weeks and I’ll have something of merit to add to the discussion, but for now, read Asselin’s piece and also this most excellent piece on Comics Alliance by Andy Khouri.

Here we’re just going to talk about the absolute awesomeness that is LUMBERJANES. The kind of comic every young girl should get the opportunity to read – and hell, young boys too. It may be designed with “hardcore lady-types” in mind, but it’s wonderful reading for anyone, in fact, perhaps it should be required reading to broaden minds and generally spread happiness and goodness to the world.

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Easter Sunday in the Stacks

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Still shaking off our convention colds and dealing with other issues, so it’s capsule reviews this week. These are some books of note that have crossed my path in the last month or so. Some comics, some merely comics-adjacent…. and one that I’m certain found its way to me by mistake but that I liked enough to recommend here. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 110: Keith Giffen, Part 2 – Ambush Bug #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Keith Giffen, and the issue is Ambush Bug #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated July 1985. Enjoy!
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