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She Has No Head! – Random Thoughts Mash-up #1

She Has No Head! meets Chad Nevett’s Random Thoughts…OMG. WHAT. WILL. HAPPEN?  Let’s find out!

Here’s the deal, I’m way behind on my novel revisions for my agent, work is crazy busy, I’ve been sick and I just can’t seem to catch up, also my planned column for this week got pushed back due to some things beyond my control.  So the benevolent Chad Nevett agreed to let me pilfer his column concept (and I should add fearless leader Brian Cronin suggested the idea to me months ago) and so here we are!  Did you really want to see how the sausage gets made people?  I thought not!

Random She Thought: It’s She Has Random Thoughts Time!  Get Excited!

Link Thought: 1979 Semi-Finalist for blog-y comics stuff, 79semifinalist for twitter-y comics stuff, Kelly Thompson on CBR for review-y comics stuff and 1979 Semi-Finalist for website-y stuff.

Random She Thought: So drunk cover solicits happened this weekend on 1979 Semi-Finalist…it was particularly exciting (or horrible, your call) because I was also still sick, so it was like a bottle of Veuve, an overdose of Nyquil plus all the cover solicits a body can handle.  Good times!

Random She Thought:  My excitement for Game of Thrones prior to Sunday night was OFF THE CHARTS.  Like, seriously alarming in its intensity.

Random She Thought:  My excitement for Game of Thrones post Sunday night?  THE. SAME.  Brilliant television makes me so happy.

Random She Thought: While we’re on the topic of television, I’m sure this is really the wrong crowd for a couple reasons, but do you guys watch The Good Wife?  It’s really freaking good television.  So smart.

Random She Thought: Have any of you been watching The Killing on AMC?  It’s pretty good.  Not great, but pretty good.  But I’m a sucker for detective stories, especially those set in rainy gloomy locations and with a strong female protagonist.  This most recent episode was the weakest yet though, which does not bode well.

Random She Thought: Please don’t make me talk about comics…

Random She Thought: Okay, fine.  So yeah, comics…what’s up with those?

Random She Thought: I’m really pissy about this Flashpoint stuff.  I mean I’m going to have to read a fair bit of it I suspect, but every single thing I read about it makes me more and more nervous.  I’m like that idiot chick in a horror movie that is totally going into the scary basement, even though everyone including her is like “this is a bad idea!” And we’re all screaming at me “Don’t do it!” But the next thing I know I’m up to my hips in blood and there’s a guy in a hockey mask standing behind me with a chainsaw in the already super creepy basement.  And I’m just thinking…WHY DON’T I KNOW BETTER?

Random She Thought: But comics gives and it takes away.  Because I really liked Uncanny X-Men #535 with Kieron Gillen and The Dodsons this past week…but next month Greg Land will be the artist for that particular book and my eyes will be bleeding.  But you know who will be on the next issue of Birds of Prey?  Jesus Saiz.  And he’s ah-mazing.  Plus, Jamal Igle is bringing it on Zatanna, which is very cool.  Then again Mike Deodato has ruined New Avengers for me.  See, give one, take one.  Give one, take one.  Jesus comics.

Random She Thought: So depressing. Although, speaking of Uncanny X-Men, Emma was putting on some sweet X gauntlets in last issue…did you guys see those?  Badass. Sometimes it’s the little things that make you happy.

Random She Thought: In fact, you wanna see my head literally (yes, Greg, literally!) explode?  Ask me about Fabian Nicieza’s quotes about Cass Cain’s forthcoming appearance in Red Robin.  You know the funny thing is a friend of mine was all “Don’t you worry that all this fan demand for Cass Cain to appear will result in her appearing, but it being terrible?”  And I was all “Ross, don’t be silly!” Oh-ho!  Who’s the idiot now?  Me, that’s who.

Random She Thought: Maybe Scott Snyder can do better with Cass in Gates of Gotham.  In fact, let me just put it out there very clearly.  SCOTT! ALL MY CASS CAIN EGGS ARE IN YOUR BASKET.  No pressure or anything.

Random She Thought: Are you all reading Snyder’s Detective Comics arc?  Some of the best damn Batman comics I’ve ever read, and Batman isn’t even in them much so far.  Really brilliant thought provoking stuff.

Random She Thought: Here’s a question for you all…what matters more to you in a comic?  The writing or the art? If you can’t have both being an awesome perfect merging of excellence as we’d all prefer – which is the trade off you’re more willing to accept?  Is it more tolerable to read a great story with horrible offensive Greg Land art (or pick your poison for whatever kind of art you personally hate), or some crazy brilliant art paired with a story/writing that just doesn’t work?  Even though bad offensive art sucks and can send me running from a well-written comic in terror, I think the truth is that for a good story I’m sometimes willing to stick it out, while the reverse is almost never true…

Random She Thought: You know what book is really good?  Uncanny X-Force.  Too bad it has such a silly name. How does the word “uncanny” fit with what the current X-Force team/book is about?  What about The Killingest X-Force?  Yup, I could do this shit for a living.  I appreciate that Psylocke finally actually looks Asian in the book, but could she also finally get a decent costume?  See, again…give one, take one.  Would it kill you to just give comics?

Random She Thought: If we’re going to have a really good book with a title as silly as Uncanny X-Force, can we duplicate that and have this Logan’s Angels of Fury book?  With a title that lame and art that good, it would have to be awesome.

Random She Thought: Speaking of Wolverine, I know he’s way over saturated at this point, but I love the hell out of the Wolverine & Jubilee mini-series.  Kathryn Immonen and Phil Noto are just killing it on that book.  So smart and funny, and just completely enjoyable.  It’s one of the best minis I’ve read in a really long time.  I’m really sad this week is the last issue.

Random She Thought: Last Wolverine thought, I swear.  I don’t know when my love for Wolverine went from “badass Wolverine” to “grouchy old man Wolverine” but I so prefer grouchy old man Wolverine.  When I see badass Wolverine he just looks silly to me now.  It was probably that Faith Erin Hicks grouchy old man Wolverine short she did where he’s mad about the X-kids eating his Canadian eggs that turned me.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Random She Thought: There was a rumor that Brian Wood was going to write Supergirl.  I didn’t ever fully believe it, but man did I want to.  Can you imagine how great that could be?  If there’s anyone that can get me to have any interest in Supergirl it’s Brian Wood.  Could you imagine Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly on Supergirl?  That equals COMICS I WANT TO READ DC.  I am excited to see Kelly Sue DeConnick’s take though.

Random She Thought: Music is such a great thing. I know that sounds like the dumbest most obvious statement ever, but it’s really amazing how much happier I am in my life when I replace 75% of random TV watching with music listening.  I can’t replace all of my TV watching, because I still need room for GAME OF THRONES.  Also 30 Rock… Community…The Office…The Good Wife.  But other than that it should really all be music. I don’t know why I always forget these “revelations” and go back to watching marathons of Law & Order that I’ve mostly already seen before.

Random She Thought: I was watching some youtube videos of different forms of martial arts as kind of preliminary research for a project I’m working on and the music on all those videos is terrible, just the most cliche obvious stuff you would expect.  But when I muted the videos and played The Go! Team’s Grip Like a Vice things became like 100% more badass.

Random She Thought: I loathe getting involved in Fear Itself.  I don’t really know how to stay out of it though.  Can I really take Fear Itself and THEN Flashpoint?  I think it could break me.

Random She Thought: Did you guys see the hardcover edition of Stumptown?  Gorgeous.  Really beautiful slightly over sized, with this fabulous matte paper.  Stunning.  Also Demo Volume 2 came out recently – you may have seen something about it – though only a handful of you commented on my lovely piece about it…jerks.  DV8: Gods & Monsters comes out in a couple weeks too, for those of you that have been waiting for the trade. Hate the cover though, don’t know why they didn’t use one of those amazing Fiona Staples covers.

Random She Thought:  Odds that I’ll like the Wonder Woman TV Series…? Slim to none.

Random She Thought: Okay, wait, I can’t end on that bitter note…how about this…have you guys seen the great Superheroes Are For Girls, Too tumblr site?  It’s full of amazing pictures of girls and their love of superheroes.

Positivity thou shalt win out!

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I trust Fabian Nicieza more with character voices than almost any other writer in the history of Marvel and DC

Don’t worry, Dodsons will be on for the whole arc, meaning four issues.

@Matt D: Well he didn’t get Cass right (for me) in his brief take on her this past year, and his comments on her are alarming at best, so I don’t hold out much hope. My NIcieza experience is limited mostly to 90′s X-stuff, so I didn’t really feel one way or the other strongly…until now.

@John G: Didn’t realize that – you’re right, it’s solicited as Terry Dodson throughout. That is great news. I won’t ask what happens after.

After Dodson, the next issue isn’t Land, but I’m not sure if it’s a guest artist for the entire arc or just that single issue. Land is still on the book, though, so he’s lurking somewhere …

The writing/art thing – it really depends on the writer or artist. I have reached the point where I have to really endure Ariel Olivetti’s art, and even then it almost ruins good writing for me. I’ve reached that point with Land, too, which is why I’m curious if Gillen will be able to overcome what I know will be wretched pictures. I endured crappy artists on Morrison’s Batman run because he’s Morrison. Overall, I’d probably lean toward dealing with bad art if the story is good, but I’ve been slowly sliding the other way for a while now, so who knows how I’ll feel in six months or a year.

I didn’t realize Chad had proprietary rights to something as amorphous as random thoughts. I would have just written random thoughts and to hell with him!!!!! I also hope you liked the latest Age of X thing, because he didn’t, and I want the fight I was promised!

Am I the only nerd on the internet who watched BURN NOTICE: THE FALL OF SAM AXE instead of this Game of Thrones thing? I mean, I don’t have pay cable, but still. Bruce Campbell! There are some priorities in life.

I’m behind on The Killing, I’ll have to catch up. I guess.

If I have to choose between story and art, I’ll choose story, because I am a words guy. I used to believe a good story could overcome bad art, but good art couldn’t overcome a lousy story… I’m not sure I believe that anymore. But I’m only going to buy comics with good writing *and* good art from now on.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 18, 2011 at 10:51 am

I’m into The Killing. Just about everything AMC brings out is GOLD.

Too bad about the Rubicon.

No Chad around? The horror! ;-)

I didn’t realize Chad had proprietary rights to something as amorphous as random thoughts. I would have just written random thoughts and to hell with him!!!!! I also hope you liked the latest Age of X thing, because he didn’t, and I want the fight I was promised!

My response when Kelly asked if she could do this: “Yeah, steal away. I don’t care. I didn’t invent the idea or anything.”

And no fighting this time, I’m afraid. Next time, I’ll make sure to say nasty things about Rogue just for the hell of it. That should get a fight going.

story >>> art
almost always.
I can’t think of an example that doesn’t fit one, but surely there’s one out there…
Maybe Orc Stain. Story is ho-hum, but I sure do like looking at it.

I would be unhappy if Brian Wood starting writing Supergirl, b/c then I would have to buy Supergirl. I’m sure he and Ryan could pull something out of their sleeves similar to yet much more interesting than Supergirl.
Unless we’re talking Linda Danvers… man, I loved that series.

Speaking of whom, Demo 2 was excellent. I liked the Post-It Note girl.

I totally love The Good Wife. It’s the last network television show that’s appointment viewing for me. (I watch other shows but I’m ok with PVRing them or whatever. The Good Wife I have to watch on broadcast) it’s rocket guelled soap opera. Totally addictive.

I can’t get into The Killing because I’ve seen the original Danish series and just find the US remake pales in comparison.

I’ll probably love Wonder Woman because I just don’t have a strong vision for the character and so I probably can leave more preconceptions at the door. As far as I’m concerned I’ve always wanted Wonder Woman to be like CJ Cregg on the West Wing more than Xena so I suspect this is more up my alley than most.

Writing is far more important than art. I can’t comprehend why anyone would feel differently. (This doesn’t mean I’m not bothered when a good story has horrible art, though.)

I really love the first two issues of Wolverine and Jubilee, but I haven’t had a chance to read the others.

Writing for me, too. There are couple of writers I’ll follow to just about any project, but even if my favorite artists are working on an awful story, I’m out. I’m curious if there’s anybody who does the reverse. Schmakt is closest, and even he seems to be talking about accepting a mediocre story for good art. Has anybody ever bought more than issue of a book with downright crappy writing for good art?

Bill:

Nah, not a Burn Notice fan, so I didn’t care about Sam Axe. I’m sure Campbell did a nice job, though.

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RE: Game of Thrones:

I think the whole online bugaboo over the New York Times review article for GoT by Gina Bellafante got people to watch it, Bill. I know I wouldn’t have bothered otherwise, and I’m sorry I did bother, because everything the reviewer pointed out about the episode itself was pretty accurate. After the episode concluded, I couldn’t tell you any of the characters’ names save for Ned Stark (and I still haven’t quite figured out if he’s a king or merely a Lord serving a king). I don’t know if I needed a scorecard as Bellafante suggested, but it would have been nice if some of these characters were a little more fleshed out so that I better knew who was who and what was going on (particularly with the Elric wannabe and the Wild Man king). This opening episode probably needed to be a two-hour premiere instead of just the one hour.

It hopscotched around from cast to cast and location to location and ultimately I found myself not caring about anything or anyone involved.

To cap that off, the sex scenes were rather disgusting. I don’t know who or what the little person is supposed to be or what his later significance as a character may be, but when the primary introduction to the character is him receiving a blowjob while he’s downing an ale and then having his brother or buddy throw in 3-4 other nude bimbos to have sex with him, and that’s nearly all we see of the character for the entire episode, I don’t need any more of that character, thank you. (To be honest, this scene could have been less salacious, and had the women covered up, with intent implied to get the idea across, and it would have been just fine. The need to sexually objectify the women is part of what made the scene bad.)

And maybe I’m the only one who noticed this, but in all the other sex scenes the women are in doggie position, offering the subliminal suggestion that all women are bitches.

And you geek girls really have to wonder why Bellafante was trashing this show and commenting in disbelief that she couldn’t see how any self-respecting woman would want to read or watch this? From her worldview, this was offensive as all get out. And I can’t say I blame her for feeling that way.

I had only this one episode to see because I had a free HBO weekend, but after seeing the first episode, not only do I not have any further interest in the series, I’m completely disinterested in the original content. And I’m an ex-RPGer who’s written for TSR and Steve Jackson Games, and I’ve had a few fantasy fictions published myself. So it’s not the genre that didn’t appeal. It’s the specific content of this work. (And it’s not like G.R.R. Martin is a bad writer – I’ve read other works from him, and it was mostly fine, by my recollections.)

With all of that said, GoT did not “suck”. But it did nothing for me as a viewer, and I completely understand the views of Gina Bellafante in her article. I suspect if I were already familiar with George R.R. Martin’s novel, that background knowledge would have helped me enjoy the episode more, and I may have come to a different conclusion. Alas, this was not the case. I’m just a guy coming into it without any familiarity with the original content, but I get her point entirely. If other folks enjoy it, they’re welcome to it. But this whole insanity that has been the ‘betrayal of the sisterhood’ nonsense that’s been spewing online for the past 2-4 days really needs to come to an end.

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RE: Writing vs. Art:

Writing first.

@Louis Bright-Raven: But Bellafante’s entire point was that the only reason all the sex was there was to entice female viewers. She was saying exactly the opposite of what you’re saying. She said that the only thing in the show for women viewers was all of “teh sex”. As if women cannot be interested in battles and political intrigues, mythical creatures, and everything else we got to see here…? And by implying that we would only be there for the sex scenes she also implied that we would all be giddy for all the rape, incest, whoring and doggy style we could get our hands on – since you are right that that was primarily the sex seen in this first episode.

So while I think I understand your point (though I personally disagree with all of it) it’s in direct opposition to my understanding of Bellafante’s point.

@Greg: Sounds like it will be The Dodsons for four issues at least. Woo!

I’m sure Chad would not say he has proprietary rights…but I just wanted to be polite. As for Age of X Dialogues…sadly we both hated it. No fights today.

@Bill Reed: LOVE Bruce Campbell, HATE Gabrielle Anwar, like “heat of a thousand suns” hate. So I’ve stayed away from Burn Notice.

@Tom Fitzpatrick: Chad will be doing his regular Random Thoughts tomorrow…don’t worry!

@Chad: Thanks for the loan…it was fun, way more fun that my usual stuff. Change is good.

@schmakt: Post-it Note girl was my favorite as well from Demo Vol. 2. Good taste you have there.

@Graeme Burk: So glad others see the awesome that is The Good Wife! Love it.

I doubt I could tolerate The Killing if I’d seen the original, but sometimes ignorance is bliss I guess.

If there was any chance this Wonder Woman show as going to be channeling C.J. Cregg from The West Wing I would create a religion based around it and devote myself entirely to it. I can’t imagine that’s where it will be going. I love Allison Janney as much as I hate Gabrielle Anwar. And that is A LOT. Have you been watching Janney on Mr. Sunshine. The show itself, not so great. Janney? HILARIOUSLY BRILLIANT.

@Mary Warner: Wolverine & Jubilee #4 comes out this week, so you’re only one off…get back on board, it’s SO good.

@Loop: I’m trying to think if I’ve ever bought a story I hated because I loved the art…the closest I can get (off the top of my head) is buying issue #1 of Marvel Divas to gaze lovingly at the Tonci Zonjic art, but the writing, concept, and cover art (for the first at least) were so offensive that I couldn’t bear to buy the other issues…so I’d still have to say no.

While I agree that Greg Land is utterly awful, I think the Dodsons were very poorly cast on the X-Men. Their look is incredibly sleek, polished, and fancy– qualities that don’t suit the X-Men, characters that are ideally the angels with dirty faces types. Ever since the move to San Fransisco, Uncanny X-Men has had a really plastic look, even if half of the issues aren’t badly traced–er, drawn.

For me, though I generally hold art and writing to be fully essential to my enjoyment of a book, I will more likely endure a well-written (in style, pacing, dialogue, and purpose) book with bad art than a well-drawn book with bad writing. For the most part, good writing can elevate bad art and vice versa, but I find bad writing detracts more from good art than the other way around.

Case in point, though I mostly dislike the art in Gaiman’s Sandman, I still read it and think highly of the series (and refer to it as “Gaiman’s Sandman” for a reason). On the other hand, I just barely made it through Skim, which had some pretty beautiful art but a less-than-mediocre writing component.

William O'Brien

April 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

GoT

The wedding scene was a little more … rapey than it was in the books. That should not have been changed, at least not in the way it was. I guess we’ll see if they portray the relationship between those two characters a little better in future episodes.

I would assume the final sequence is positioned the way it is because it most easily allows both actors’ faces to be on the screen at once for the reveal. Still fairly questionable, because if either of the two is “dominant” in that relationship, it’s the woman.

Still, it was a pretty good adaptation. I think the casting is pretty perfect, especially for Viserys, Arya Stark, and the Lannister brothers. It will probably get stronger later in the season when the setup is done and they can go full steam ahead with the intrigue.

I don’t know Neil, I haven’t read X-Men in years so I don’t know if the book’s tenor has changed dramatically over the years, but for my money, some of the best art on the book was Paul Smith’s. And his work was incredibly clean. I thought it worked very well with the team and played well against their reputation in the Marvel Universe.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

@Tom Fitzpatrick: Chad will be doing his regular Random Thoughts tomorrow…don’t worry!

I’ve no complaints about who’s doing Random Thoughts, as long as there IS a Random thought!

BTW, I got around to reading B.Wood’s DEMO 2, and just couldn’t relate. Ah, well, not all B.Wood’s stuff can win me over.

I’ve got to check out the Danish version of The Killing, I love those European originals! They’re so original!

@Neil: The Dodsons aren’t my first pick for X-Men artists, as everything is a little too perfect and clean and…sterile maybe? for my tastes, however they are really solid beautiful consistent artists and when most of Uncanny X-Men over the last year has been Land or Portacio…I welcome the Dodsons with open arms…forever.

@William O’Brien: Not that we should engage in too deep an analysis of this, but as far as I’m concerned it’s just as likely that a woman who has dominance in her outer/public life would prefer to be dominated behind closed doors, as the reverse. So it doesn’t seem odd to me int he least. When we read/see dominatrix scenes isn’t it always some powerful buttoned up corporate shark type?

@Tom: Sorry Demo didn’t work for you. :(

It would be fun if Kelly and Chad teamed up for a Random Thoughts. Leave each thought without a byline and let us guess who wrote what.

William O'Brien

April 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

@Kelly

I could see that.

I do like that those characters are apparently getting more screen time than they had at this point in the books. That whole family is pretty fascinating, despite their ignoble quirks.

Have you read the series? I’m curious to see your thoughts on the portrayal of Catelyn.

@William O’Brien: I have not read the books. I’m very fussy about description in the books I read (I kinda hate it) but it’s a necessary evil when you’re creating a new world, and it’s always been a stumbling block for me with fantasy books. I’ve been thinking, because I’m so excited by this show, about reading the books…but then I fear, as usual with adaptations, that the show would ultimately be a let down from the books…so I’m kind of on the fence. :(

As a long time lurker and admirer of this column, I feel compelled to start off by saying: I greatly enjoy your column; it’s the first thing I look for on CBR on Mondays (even if it now comes only every other Monday).

And now that we’ve got the obligatory (and much deserved) flattery taken care of, on with the post.

First (and I feel bad for asking this, but it was mentioned in the article) is Stumptown worth the pick up? It looks and sounds interesting, but I really don’t know much about it, and I hesitate to go to Wikipedia and read a bunch of spoilers because…well, that just kinda kills the point of buying, doesn’t it?

And just to make this post quasi-relevant, on the matter of art/writing: I stuck it out through Larry Stroman’s recent turn on X-Factor solely because I enjoy Peter David’s writing, and I fully plan to subject myself to the visual nausea typically produced by Greg Land because I’ve enjoyed what little Gillen I’ve read and, more importantly, Kitty’s finally grabbing a bit of spotlight (Although the thought of Kitty suffering Land’s particular brand of Porn Face (or is that Porn Trace) makes me want to cry.), so clearly writing far outstrips art for me.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I’d second “Dean”‘s idea of a Kelly/Chad team-up of Random Thoughts, but I’d go one step further:

Instead of a team-up, why not do a: She said/He said Random Thoughts in the form of a little competition like the Battle of the Sexes, and let the readers vote who came up with the best RT of that column.

This could be a weekly-biweekly-monthly face-off, much to the enjoyment of all considered.

Whudyathunk, people?

@ Kelly: I’m still reading Northlanders and off-and-on DMZ. Did like the post-it girl in Demo, though. ;-)
So, I’m not entirely B.Wood-free yet!

I enjoy a story much more with good writing than one with good art but bad art is more likely to drive me away from a story than a bad story. I’ve been following Bendis’ Avengers for a while but Deodotto is so bad that I can’t stand the mediocre story and I’m not willing to plow through the way I normally would.
Whenever I see Greg Land art I always think he’s a good artist that I just hate. Putting aside that terrible face drawing his characters never have any dynamism. Fun article.

William O'Brien

April 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

@Kelly

There is a heavy amount of world building in the books, especially the first one. Maybe if you are still hooked at the end of this season of the show; if it ends the same as the book it is quite a hook for the next.

As an alternative, there were a couple of mini-series/trades produced based on a few of Martin’s short stories set in the same world 60 or so years earlier. The Hedge Knight I and II. I’ve only read the first, but I remember it being pretty good.

I liked the random thoughts style, good for you guys to share it.
Snyders stuff is excellent.

Grumpy old man Wolverine story is gold. That Faith Erin-Hicks story reminded me of an issue of Wolverine: First Class (by the incomparable Fred Van Lente) in which Logan stays home with the younger girls to watch the Stanley Cup, and wackiness ensues. One of my favourite Wolverine stories in years.

“I’m sure this is really the wrong crowd for a couple reasons, but do you guys watch The Good Wife?”

I watch The Good Wife religiously, every Tuesday. Just brilliant television. I admit, I was hesitant at first because I didn’t see a whole lot of room in the original synopsis of a scorned political wife, but I’m a big fan of Julianna Margulies, so I gave it a chance and I’m very glad I did.

I love, love, LOVE The Good Wife! Law dramas are usually not my thing ( I think The Practice is the only one I can say I really like), but they’re definitely broke the mold and made a spectacular all-around drama. And I’m sad there is no new episode tonight. It’s nice to have that happy good TV withdrawl back. It fills up that that deep dark hole that Mad Men left.

Game of Thrones was good. I haven’t read the books, but I watched the premiere with a group of (CBR) friends who have. Their love for the series of book is infectious and I may read them too.

We’re an episode behind on The Killing. I also enjoy that it’s a decent drama with a female protagonist – one that’s not “balanced” by a male love interest counterpart. In fact, I think it would be a whole lot better if they got rid of that squirrely Scandinavian dude who has a hard time keeping a consistent American accent.

@ Seth Paul Smith’s art is clean, but it doesn’t have the problems that characterize the Dodsons’ aesthetic. Paul Smith draws (last I checked) characters who look reasonably normal, at least by superhero standards– most heroes are well-groomed and athletic, as is required of armed forces. The Dodsons draw Hollywood super-models, especially as far as the women are concerned. Their characters aren’t just attractive, and the fetishization makes them hard for me to sympathize with.

The writing is more important than the art.

“The Good Wife” may be the best show on network TV. Or it may have been until “Friday Night Lights” returned for its final season.

Writing >>> art every day of the week, and twice on Sunday. I don’t care if its Frank Quitely and JH Williams III teaming up, if Jeph Loeb is writing it, I’m inclined to not buy it(although I might flip through the pages!)

“I appreciate that Psylocke finally actually looks Asian in the book,”

Captain Britain, a Caucasian man, has a twin sister who’s Asian?

Never mind.

Apparently it’s Ninja Magic.

@Ophelia: Thanks for reading, and for commenting!

I DEFINITELY encourage you to pick up Stumptown. Not only is the actual hardcover edition stunningly beautiful but it is a fantastic story – that introduces a great new Greg Rucka detective character – Dex – who I loooove. I like Stumptown so much that I wrote about it twice (the first issue – and my first column!) and after the series ended…I’d link to them, but I’m not sure they’re spoiler free…?

If you like Gillen, as I do, and you like Kitty, you might want to check out Generation Hope. Issue #6 just came out this past week and is a great jumping on point with the beginning of a new arc, and Kitty coming on board with the team. It was a great issue – and no Land art to be seen!

@Tom: You, Dean, and Greg Burgas really do want Chad and I to come to blows, dontcha? Could totally happen. He did just steal a book out from under me in this week’s CBR Review Draft…damn Canadians.

@Zach – co-signed on Deodato. I was particularly pissed because New Avengers was really my first legit toe dip into reading a regular Avengers title…and now it’s all gone…

@William O’Brien: Yeah, I figured the world building would be intense…it’s a necessary evil for Fantasy. But thanks for the recommend…perhaps I’ll give it a try.

@ssavoie: Gonna have to look up that Wolverine First Class…sounds hilarious.

@MNedderman, Mer, & Rob: Good Wife for the win!!!

@Jeremy: I’m with you on Loeb. There’s a possibly too mean to be repeated private joke in my house, when we read/watch/etc., something terrible, someone always says “Did Jeph Loeb write this?” Never ceases to crack me up.

@Xmachina: More “Siege Perilous Magic” than “Ninja Magic”…but it’s all the same magic-y bullshit in the end I suppose. :)

That’s about as glowing as recommendations get. So I’ll pick it up—and as a bonus, if I hate it, I can blame someone besides myself. (Kidding, I’m kidding.)

I almost picked Gen Hope up, but two things held me back. First, Kitty’s appearing in an upcoming run on Astonishing, and I’m not sure I can spring for both books (stupid budget, being all stupid and limiting). Second—and I don’t know why I thought this, seeing as it’s the same guy who I think did a wonderful job with her in Uncanny (albeit for one issue, so far)—I was worried she’d end up being a chew toy for Hope. Although, if you tell me she attended the Dani Moonstar School for the Proper Treatment of Mutant Messiahs, I will find budget for it.

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