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Snark Free Corner for 10/1

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

SNARK BLOCKER

I mentioned this one awhile ago, but I think it is such a good snark blocker that I really ought to mention it in this piece, as well.

Maris Wicks’ Anti-Buddies (my term for the group) is such a cute idea (with such a great execution by Wicks) that it blocks snark extremely well.

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You really ought to buy Superior Showcase #2! (Diamond Code: APR073292)

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

If/when Olivier Coipel leaves Thor, what book would you most like to see him draw?

THE COVER GAME

This week’s game is as follows…

Iceman and Polaris once had a little thing going on, but have not really shared too many covers together.

So find me a cover featuring Iceman and Polaris on it.

Floating heads don’t count!

Here is an example (which you can’t use!)….

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Remember, only one cover per commenter!

Good luck!

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

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3. This character disguised herself as the aforementioned “someone else” to spy on her future husband, but ended up falling for him for real.
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4. This character’s name is four letters long and ends in “a”.
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5. This character appeared in a DC comic.

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

38 Comments

Cover game – X-Men: The Hidden Years #18:
http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=89868&zoom=4

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Oh, ho… Could the answer to the “who is it?” game be…
Yera, the Durlan bride of Colossal Boy?

Matthew Lazorwitz

October 2, 2007 at 5:25 am

Cover Theme Game: All covers feature men Rogua has been romantically involved with: Gambit, Joseph, and Cody.

Just a guess on the theme- do all the comics involve someone who was killed by Onslaught? Or at least Onslaught related?

Eh, kinda weak. Someone else get it right…

Also, Coipel would be great on X-Factor.

Cover Theme, I agree on Rogue’s romantic interests.

The character is Lyja, got it in two, if I’m right.

Lyja in two as well.

I thought Lyja, but when was she in a DC comic? Cronin’s a tricky one.

Is Lyja the skrull that the Human Torch married? That was my thiught as well, but I got it at #4, but she’s Marvel, not DC.

Could she have appeared in one of the crossovers handled under DC’s imprint, thus technically appearing in a DC comic?

Hehehehe
Lyja is Marvel’s version of Yera!

SanctumSanctorumComix

October 2, 2007 at 6:44 am

COVER GAME –

Uncanny X-MEN # 146

IceMan and Polaris are in Murderworld (alongside Havok and a de-powered Banshee) and a giant head of ARCADE is on a monitor-screen behind them.

~P~
P-TOR

Well, Yera certainly fits, and I thought of her on the second clue.

SanctumSanctorumComix

October 2, 2007 at 6:47 am

Oh. Here’s a cover shot of that issue>

http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=35425&zoom=4

~P~
P-TOR

My guess was Lyja as well, but when did she appear in a DC comic?

On Copiel, I’d love to see him on an Avengers book. I’m not normally much of an art guy, but his Thor stuff has really impressed me so far.

I was convinced it was Lyja, too. I didn’t remember Yera until Freeform2 mentioned her.

As for the cover game, I’m going to go the cheap route and use the cover for X-Men #200, the one that features every member the team’s ever had.

Lyja’s a skrull.

She could be in any DC comic and we’d never ever know. Where’s my no-prize?

Lyja Lazerfist, in two.
Though I can only assume the DC comic was an amalgam.crossover book.

Oliver Copiel, after Thor? Punisher.

Polaris and Iceman on X-Men 174

Which is not showing up.

I guess the html is blocked. Here’s the link:
http://comicdb.dreamers.com/xmen174.jpg

People…people…
Stop saying Lyja. It isn’t her.
There are more comics out there than what Marvel publishes. Most certainly there are better comics than what Marvel publishes.
I, too, thought it was Lyja until the last clue when I remembered Yera (being a Legion fan, I oughta remember her).

Cover Theme: Men who Rogue has kissed.

Darn, I really wanted it to be Lyja. I was hoping she’d been in a DC/Marvel Crossover, or she’s posing as Black Canary in ASBAR, which would explain the terrible accent.

Maybe not the right place to bring it up, but has the FF ever been in a DC/Marvel crossover? Not counting Amalgam Age.

FF teamed up with Gen 13, which is now DC Earth 50.

They also showed up in one or more of the Access books.
And I want to say there was a FF/Superman?

Alternate cover theme: X-Men who have been X-villains: cover one has Juggernaut and Gambit; cover two is an Onslaught crossover (Professor X and Magneto), and covers two and three have Rogue (initially of the Brotherhood of Eeeevil Mutants).

Well, I’ll be. http://www.geocities.com/utherworld/comixpix/zsuperfan.html

I don’t suppose Lyja’s in it, is she?

Yera is probably the answer.

I thought of Yera on 2, but then decided you were really thinking of Lyja, so I wasn’t certain until number 5. Very well done, Mr. Cronin.

Cover Theme: Men who Rogue has kissed.

It’s tough, as that is exactly what I was thinking for the theme, but should “romantically involved with” count as a right answer?

Suspected it was Yera on #2, knew for sure on #3.

I had a snarky comment about the X-covers & the X-books’ general quality in the mid-90s, but in the spirit of the Snark-Free Corner, I shall restrain myself.

I thought of Yera on 2, but then decided you were really thinking of Lyja, so I wasn’t certain until number 5. Very well done, Mr. Cronin.

Gracias. When I figured it would be Yera, and I began to write the clues, the whole similarity to Lyja thing struck me, so I went the whole “point out how amusing the similarities are” route.

http://milehighcomics.com/cgi-bin/backissue.cgi?action=fullsize&issue=97452433904%2070

X-Factor #70. I remembered it because it’s the first Mignola cover I ever saw.

It’s tough, as that is exactly what I was thinking for the theme, but should “romantically involved with” count as a right answer?

I think the kiss is kind of implied in “romantically involved”.

Mr. T Cell should totally have a mohawk.

I think the kiss is kind of implied in “romantically involved”.

You’d think, but this being Rogue, the notable part is that these three characters actually kissed her. She and Joseph were never really romantically involved. He just created a power negator and kissed her on the forehead.

However, he was clearly into her – so I guess that could count as romantically involved. It’s where I am confused. I guess I’ll just give BOTH answers cool points! :)

“Well, I’ll be. http://www.geocities.com/utherworld/comixpix/zsuperfan.html

I don’t suppose Lyja’s in it, is she?”

Judging by those costumes, no.

Also, it was published in 1999, well past the Lyja days.

And there’s a website called FFplaze, which summarizes F4 issues, and doesn’t say that Lyja or Alicia were in it.

On the numbered clues: By the time I read #3, I was thinking of Lyja. Then I got to #5 (a DC appearance) and had to reevaluate my position.

Instead of spending much time worrying about it right away, I decided to go ahead and read the comments and see what other people came up with. I gather it was supposed to be Yera. The problem is, I think she fails to meet the demands of #3 (not just deceiving her future husband, but specifically spying on him). I dug around and found a copy of the story where Yera’s masquerade was revealed. “Legion of Super-Heroes #305.” Page 7. Here’s dialogue from the flashback scene where we see how she was recruited by Imskian rebels to take Violet’s place offworld with the Legion.

FIRST CONSPIRATOR (YALO MULDRON): Consider it an acting job, Yera . . . but with a higher meaning.

SECOND CONSPIRATOR: We’ve explained our cause to you, and we don’t want anyone to get hurt. Shrinking Violet would have helped us herself, but she’s sick.

FIRST CONSPIRATOR: All you have to do is take her place in the Legion.

YERA: I shall do it, Yalo Muldron. But I shall not spy on them for you.

FIRST CONSPIRATOR: No need. Just keep them from realizing that Violet’s with us.

YERA: It will be my most challenging role . . . and when I have played it, no drama guilds will dare bar Durlans — saying our only talent is our shape-changing. For I shall be Shrinking Violet, among those who know her well.

So Yera specifically refused to spy, and the conspirators said they were fine with that. They weren’t asking her to uncover Legion secrets and transmit them back to Imsk in a cleverly encrypted format or any such cloak-and-dagger activities. They just wanted her to serve as a decoy, a celebrity double if you will, to obscure the fact that Salu Digby was still on Imsk all this time.

Salu was actually their helpless prisoner, but the conspirators didn’t tell Yera that — and she was so gullible that she didn’t see anything suspicious about some malcontent rebel leaders telling her: “It’s a pity you can’t meet the Legionnaire who recently joined us, so that she could reassure you that she really WANTS you to impersonate her for the next few months! But she’s feeling awfully sick this week, so just take our word for it that she won’t mind a bit!”

I’m with Lorendiac. Clue #3 was too much of a stretch to make the Yera-Lyja thing work (though the real similarities are striking enough). I’d been thinking Yera then got brought up short by #3, since that really wasn’t Yera’s mission or one she would have accepted.

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