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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #065

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Inside this episode! First off, thanks to EVERYONE that helped bring us back, especially to those of you that went the extra mile and donated. Those of you listening right now owe these people big time: Douglas, Angela, Rob, Matthew F., Keith, Ben, Tim, Chris, Rachel, Kelly, Rodney, and Matthew C.  Thank you!!

So, first up we have a review of Ms. Marvel #5 by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Ian Herring. Up next is an advance review of the Velvet trade (collecting the first five issues) by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, and Elizabeth Breitweizer.  We then try to recap and offer our thoughts on all the big news we missed over the past six plus months (it takes A WHILE). And as a special treat we have SEVERAL dramatic readings.

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 Caanan Grall for our incredible 3 Chicks Logo and to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

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it’s soooo great to have you back!! so exciting. :D great episode, of course, and the dramatic readings this time were the best. i guess MAYBE i’ll give Ms. Marvel a shot…


June 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Awesome, good to see this back!! Downloading this for a train ride tomorrow. :)

Help! I can’t seem to find you guys on Itunes and my podfetcher only goes up to #64. Did the RSS feed move? Or is the problem on my end?

Thanks Ross and TSF!

Yes, RJ, we moved to a new host (follow the link). We are submitted to iTunes (and approved) with our new RSS Feed, but it will take a couple days for it to be searchable on iTunes.

Good to have you guys back! It was a nice episode, as usual.

Regarding Winter Soldier movie, that guy Cap fought on the ship was none other than Batroc the Leaper!
I know he isn’t a world beater, but surely it’s not that bad that he can hang with his arch-foe for a while?

Great to have you guys back!

Interestingly, I read Velvet on monday, so looking forwards to hearing what you thought, I loved it, but damn, if Velvet shouldn’t be played by Claudia Black in the TV series….

@R_M: Yes, was totally blanking on Batroc’s name – thank you! I guess someone highly trained enough should be able to last a little while with Cap, but it rang false in the scene because Batroc’s power isn’t established for us (not the way, say, Black Widow’s is – if she and Cap fought we’d expect him to eventually beat her, unless she could outsmart him, which is possible)…and also, that opening scene just presents him as SO powerful and SO superhuman that it made it tough to buy anyone with skills and no supepowers lasting longer than two punches…perhaps that opening scene, cool as it was, presented him as TOO powerful and set a tough precedent.

Interestingly enough, though I loved the Quicksilver scene in DoFP, I felt similarly to that great scene…that sets a very tough precedent. How can anyone EVER defeat him if that is really his established powerset/speed? Tough to maintain.

@Christian: I’ve only ever seen Black in Farscape but yeah, that’s a good cast for sure!

Great to have you back! Loved listening to this today. Happy Belated to Kelly! I kept picturing you at Buffy’s birthday party with Spike. :)

Totally agreed with your thoughts on Winter Solider. It’s probably my favorite comic book movie ever at this point although I really loved The First Avenger as well. I wanted to go back and see it again. It’s really incredible now to go back and compare Scarlett’s performance in this movie to the way she was portrayed in Iron Man 2. It’s not a knock on her because she’s always been talented and had great presence but it’s just incredible to see the difference in a film that gave her agency and true purpose as opposed to viewing her as eye candy. I’m with Sue in that I thought Emily VanCamp was fine as Sharon and has room to grow. She came in with an impossible job given not only that she’s playing against Scarlett but also she is living in the shadow of Hayley Atwell who was such wonderful in the first movie. I loved her cameo in the film btw. Made me cry. Loved, Loved loved this movie.

I’m of two minds when it comes to the debate over whether a serious actress would have taken the Wonder Woman role. I think you are both right to some degree.

First off, I think Amy Adams is an interesting case for this convo because I think Sue is right in that I genuinely don’t think this was the franchise she signed up for. At all. (I don’t think this was the franchise Henry Cavill signed up for either btw. But that’s another issue.) If you listen to Amy’s interviews from back when she was cast and around the time the film came out, it’s fairly clear that she was lead to believe that she was signing up to be the female lead in the Superman franchise going forward in movies that were going to feature her in a co-star role because if you look at most Superman media (Lois and Clark, Smallville etc) Lois wasn’t a supporting role, it was a co-star role. Before Man of Steel came out, both she and Henry gave interviews about what they were expecting in the sequel and suffice it to say…it wasn’t this. So now you have a situation where Amy is one of the highest paid (That Forbes list came out today) actresses working. She has her own sci-fi alien movie where she is the star being made now within the next year. And yet…..here she is in this movie and she’s now playing second fiddle to Ben Affleck as Batman. And now they’ve also given some of her screen time to Wonder Woman—played by a late 20’s supermodel. Remember….no one even told Amy that Wonder Woman was in the movie. She found out from a journalist and, at that point, hadn’t even seen that script yet. So, needless to say, I’m not sure this was what Amy signed up for. I doubt we’ll hear about it because Adams is about as professional as it gets but it wouldn’t surprise me if she’s been put of by the total change in direction from what she signed up for.

Jennifer Lawrence is officially (according to the Forbes list today) the highest paid actress in Hollywood. Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson are both in the top 10. Lawrence basically plays second fiddle to a bunch of men in the X-Men franchise. There is zero doubt that she’s great as Mystique but she’s not the star of that franchise. But I think she sticks with it because the films, at this point, have been well made and well received. She seems willing to be a team player.

Kelly, you aren’t the only one who thought Lawrence could have been Wonder Woman. It’s done and over with now but I agree. And I think casting her as Wonder Woman would have made it more likely that we would have gotten a franchise. But what’s done is done. I also think Emily Blunt could have been Wonder Woman and I feel even stronger now given the response people are giving to her performance in Edge of Tomorrow. But again….what’s done is done.

All that is to say…I think you are both right. I think Sue is right in that there are very serious actresses who have plenty of options at their disposal (Lawrence, Adams, Johannson etc.) who chose to be in these comic book films because they just genuinely want to be in them. Amy Adams doesn’t NEED to play Lois Lane. She wanted to play Lois Lane. Lawrence clearly doesn’t need X-Men but she seems to enjoy the work. However, I can see how the prospect of a Wonder Woman franchise that may or may not even get made could be difficult when you are negotiating with a star who wants some kind of guarantee of their contract going forward.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see. It’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure. Thanks again for the wonderful podcast!

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I love this podcast! Looking forward to the next one!

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