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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 038



Inside this episode! We review the first issue of the new mini-series America’s Got Powers by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch, and Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s Saucer Country #2. We then talk to writer Marjorie Liu about her new book Astonishing X-Men, her work on Black Widow and X-23, as well as some of the pitches that never came to be (cry!), and the publishing industry in general. There’s also a whole lotta love for the phenomenal Phil Noto. In honor of Liu’s Black Widow, and the recently released Black Widow clip from the upcoming Avengers movie, I give Chick of the Week to Natasha Romanov herself. We also talk about some other fun stuff like the upcoming Batman movie, Hunger Games, Brian Wood’s ongoing amazing projects, like his upcoming Mara with fantastic Ming Doyle art, as well as Becky Cloonan’s illustrated Dracula book.

Links! Marjorie Liu, Phil Noto, Black Widow/Avengers, Becky Cloonan’s GORGEOUS new illustrated Dracula Edition, Chicks Dig Comics, Mad Norwegian Press, Womanthology, DC Women Kicking Ass Womanthology, Hideous Energy, Book vs Film: Hunger Games, Is the Destruction of the Amazons the Destruction of Feminism at DC Comics?

Here are the breaks:

America’s Got Powers #1 Review – 00:45

Saucer Country #2 Review – 08:35

Marjorie Liu Interview – 16:09

Chick of the Week (and more!) – 76:39

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!


“What is the perfect amount of jiggling?!?” hehehe

Great episode! I liked the conversation with Marjorie. I’m not gonna lie — I haven’t read that much of her work. But she was so articulate and intelligent. It really made me want to read more of her stuff!

And, of course, both of you were very articulate and intelligent. :D

Speaking of articulate, I also loved Sue’s review of AGP.

great episode as usual, i was starving for a new one!! Marjorie Liu was great, i loved all the stuff you guys talked about and everything. Kelly, you seriously nerded it up this episode! ;)

i agree about the Dark Knight Rises Catwoman, the whole design is frickin’ ugly as hell. the stupid “claw” heels, the dumb mask and “ears,” and i hate how the gloves and boots are separate from the bodysuit, they look so mismatched, not to mention if she’s got the bodysuit costume why does she bother with these thigh-high boots and bicep-gloves which not only look mismatched because they’re a different shade and texture than the rest, but which would probably be falling down all the time? plus compared to the Michelle Pfeiffer look, it just looks like a pile of uninspired puke.

THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE IS GARBAGE TOO. it’s like Diet Hunger Games, a limp tepid low-calorie version of the book, not to mention the weird racial and gender issues in the movie. SUE: YOU GOTTA READ THE BOOKS!!! ;)


i left my other comment before i’d finished listening, i was too anxious! Sue, your daughter sounds awesome, i’m glad she grilled you on Hunger Games!! >: D

thanks for the Glory shout-out, Kelly!! and for mentioning Shadoweyes and Wet Moon. <3

i still haven't gotten my Womanthology copy in the mail yet. hmm. i gotta get Chicks Dig Comics, too!

Well, once I actually get around to reading my copies of AGP and SC, I’ll have to give this one a listen.

But having a post with both Sue and a mention of Ming Doyle (the term “fantastic Ming Doyle art” is redundant) makes me sad (again!) that I’m not getting to the Boston Con this year. Hope you have fun there, Sue!

Great episode as always, and nice work snagging Marjorie Liu for an interview. I found the “projects that didn’t quite make it” particularly interesting.

I would be seriously remise not to also comment on Sue’s hilarious Gambit impersonation. It even topped her Austin Powers/Judd Winik. ;-)

Just a side note on the Black Widow Series:
I strongly suspect Marjorie Liu’s Black Widow wouldn’t have stayed around for much longer even if Liu had stayed on: Its sales dropped below 20K on the third issue. With trigger-happy editors around, that seems to be the kiss of death for a new series.

I know the chicks have talked about this before, but I’ll repeat the gospel that editors need to get used to running “loss leaders” aimed at new audiences (commiting to support of a book targeted outside the usual audiences even if it has weak sales). That way, they might actually start attracting a new audience instead of trying to dig deeper into the pockets of the current dwindling one.

Apparently I’m also rather remiss in my spelling (“remise” lol).

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