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March 15, 2008 | Comics Should Be Good @ CBR

The I’ds of March!

Here is a shtick I did at Snark Free Waters a couple of years ago (and I’ll admit, I’m gonna re-use a couple of the ones I did then)!

The concept is this – I tell you things that I’d have done in certain comics!!

But don’t worry, I’m not talking about simple 20/20 hindsight things like pick a famous bad storyline and just say, “I wouldn’t have done that.”

No, I mean more like tweaks and nudges, stuff like that.

You’ll see what I mean in a sec….

Here are the fifteen! Click on each one for more info!

I’d Have Made Black Thorn Part of the Bat Books

I’d Give Banshee’s Death Some More Meaning

I’d Keep the Titans Childless

I’d Bring Crystal Back to the Forefront of the Marvel Universe

I’d Have Kept Hardback Bock in the Bat-Books

I’d Have Kept Happy Hogan Alive

I’d Have Kept D-Man Sane

I’d Have Kept Ben Reilly Alive

I’d Pick Some Other Character to be the Evil Head of Checkmate

I’d Bring Conner Kent Back

I’d Bring Wolverine Back to His Old Power Levels

I’d Make Bishop a Little Less of a Bad Guy

I’d Give the Post-Byrne Superman Supporting Cast Some Plots

I’d Give Captain Marvel Black Widow’s Role in Harras’ Avengers

I’d Make Storm an Avenger

I’d hope you enjoyed it! See you next year!

Name Some I’ds of Your Own!

We’re halfway through, so please share some I’ds of your own!

Remember, just minor changes, nothing like “I’d have skipped the Clone Saga,” etc.

Also, let’s presume everyone would have done One More Day differently, and skip that one, too, okay? ;)

Otherwise, let me hear what you got!!

Juicy Mother: Celebration

Here’s the part where the straight, white (American) male reviews the collection of mostly gay but sometimes other ethnic and racial minority comics. Let’s see what happens.

Juicy Mother is an aught five anthology from Soft Skull press featuring work by a bunch of folks I’ve quite honestly never heard of, mixed in with stuff from some “indy big” names like Howard Cruise, Ariel Schrag and Alison Bechdel. All in all it’s pretty good fun, and quite effectively celebratory to boot. It’s tough for an anthology to maintain a specific vibe all the way through, but Juicy Mother pulls it off.

So. Recommended. But switch that too slightly recommended because of that one story in the middle.

I’m gonna spend a little over a thousand words quibbling with the one page introduction. But that’s one page out of 96, and the introduction is not the actual art, and the actual art is the important thing, and the actual art is good.

Barring that one story in the middle.

I did have serious SERIOUS problems with the one page introduction written by editor Jennifer Camper that kicks the volume off. Serious enough problems that I’m actually going to go point by point and quote the introduction, tossing in little nuggets of actual review as I go, when I get bored or stop feelin’ bitchy.

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