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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 041

Hey! It’s our 41st episode!


Inside this episode! We review Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire’s digital release Legends of The Dark Knight #1 and Brian Wood and James Harren’s Conan The Barbarian #5. We then have an awesome interview with Brian Wood – who had a crazy four title debut last week (The Massive #1, Conan The Barbarian #5, X-Men #30, and Ultimate X-Men #13). We talk about all of his books and lots of other great stuff. For Chick of the Week this week Sue chose fantastic cover artist Jenny Frison and I take the opportunity to make everything about Buffy The Vampire Slayer. We also talk about a special project I’ve got coming up which I know you’ll ALL want to hear about. :)

Apologies for the sound inconsistencies toward the end. There were some problems with my audio and I had to edit in post…but it’s not so wonderful.

Links! Mara Mini-Series, Ryan Kelly, Becky Cloonan, Fiona Staples, Rebekah Isaacs, Ming Doyle, James Harren, Ghost #0 Cover Art Process, The Girl Who Would Be King!

Here are the breaks:

Legends of The Dark Knight #1 – 00:45

Conan The Barbarian #5 – 13:22

Brian Wood Interview – 22:40

Chick of the Week (and more!) – 100:00

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!


great episode!! loved the Brian interview. i definitely have to check out The Massive and i’m looking forward to Mara.

the podcast length is probably a detriment to comments (that said, don’t change!! i like the long episodes!), but i bet it’s also because you’re maybe not inflammatory enough? XD

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Thanks for another great episode. I really enjoyed listening to it.

I just thought I’d throw my two cents in on the new 52 sales. I generally agree with Sue that DC have cemented their high profile comics at the top of the ongoing sales. Especially Batman and Justice League, which look like they’ll be well above 100 K for the foreseeable future. Avengers vs X-Men is outselling them at the moment, but that’s an event comic – the flagship ongoing comics in marvel are selling rather poorly in comparison to DC’s (e.g. 69 K for uncanny x-men vs 130 K for batman).

DC’s other comics are more of a mixed bag. I believe around 31 of them are currently selling over 25 K units, so that leaves 22 of the original new 52 that didn’t find a sustainable audience after 9 issues. I’ve been particularly disappointed with the performance of Birds of Prey, though it seems to have been given a reprieve by the “night of the owls” event/crossover. I’m a bit worried as to whether it can retain these new readers after the event wraps up.

Because it’s easier to to look at pictures than trawl icv2, here’s a graph of selected new 52 sales: batman, some of the best female character books,and the most controversial ones (catwoman/red hood and the outlaws/voodoo axis of evil).

And another one sans batman so I could zoom in on the female comics.

Note all the series involved in the “night of the owls” jump up by virtually the same amount on issue 9, so there’s probably a dedicated block of fans that’s buying every tie-in issue. That’s part of what worries me about “bird of prey”. I don’t see the tie-in fans buying all those extra issues long term, so sales might drop back fairly quickly. If their is one bright side to that, it’d be that batwoman won’t be out sold by catwoman for long :p

Sue, you can tell your daughter that I cried my eyes out of the latest episode of Korra, too!

@Ross: Yeah, Brian has so many great projects in the pipeline…it’s kind of insane.

I agree that the length definitely hurts our comment quotient. :( And I suppose we’ve gotten more comments when we either A) let trolls through or B) tackled some more controversial stuff.

What can ya do?

@Maddy: You HAVE to go visit Sue soon…her daughter is going to adore you. :) Also, when are you going to come on 3 chicks? Wanna get the band back together for an episode?

every time i see a brian wood comic i think whats so special about him? maybe you can tell me what you like about him kelly.

@eason: Did you listen to the cast? I talk a lot about what I like about Wood’s writing in both the interview and the Conan #5 review.

In a nutshell I think he’s a very strong writer that prefers to focus on characters to plot, but without ignoring plot altogether as some character writers do. I think there’s pretty much nobody better in comics at contrasting the incredibly intimate with the fantastically epic. I like that he can tackle all sorts of stories and bring his unique viewpoint to it. He has a particularly wonderful (and unusual) way of writing superheroes that I enjoy.

What of his work have you read? I would highly recommend the first Northlanders trade (and all of it, really), his work on DMZ, Demo Volume 1 and Volume 2 (especially volume 2), and the excellent DV8: Gods & Monsters among many many others.

@Kelly Thompson

one:yes i did but i forgot every thing you said about Conan #5 because i was listening to the brian wood interview.

two: dmz #1 Northlanders#1 and nothing else.

Great interview with Brian Wood! I have been really enjoying Conan (never read it before – I was drawn in by Becky Cloonan’s art) and am now eagerly picking up anything else I can find by him. I went to my LCS while listening to this episode where I picked up my copy of The Massive and was also able to get Channel Zero & DV8: Gods & Monsters. It is going to be a BW-filled long weekend for me!
Thanks for the great podcast.

Is Psylocke even Asian anymore? Last I remember she not only left her Asian body, but the body was burned. How can she look Asian if she no longer is?

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