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Reason to be Excited – Biggs the Cat

In this feature I spotlight things from comics (presumably recent comics, but who knows, I might go into the past, as well) that I think are worth getting excited about.

Today we look at the awesomeness of Howard the Duck’s cat, Biggs, who is basically just 2 from We3 brought into the Marvel Universe.
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Comic Book Questions Answered – Where Did Batman Take Ra’s Al Ghul After He First Defeated Him?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at brianc@cbr.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Dan S. wrote in to ask:

After their famous sword duel in the desert, Batman slings Ra’s al Ghul over his shoulder and carries him away. Where does he take Ra’s?? (Not to Arkham Asylum or Gotham City jail, I presume.) In Ra’s al Ghul’s next appearance, whenever that was, is there any mention of where he’s been since their fight in the desert?

Interesting question, Dan, let’s take a look!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 196

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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How Can I Explain? – Why the Astonishing X-Men “Danger” Arc Didn’t Really Make Sense

This is the latest in a feature that spotlights unexplained comic book plot points (unexplained in the comics themselves, of course, as quite often there are outside explanations, like “the artist made a mistake,” etc.).

Today we look at how the main conceit of the Astonishing X-Men arc, “Danger,” really didn’t make sense…
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #77 (January 1998)

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Is Todd McFarlane a f–king doorknob?  What was the “second coming of Image”?  And does anyone understand the ending of The Long Halloween?  Find out in The Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Top Five Spider-Man “What If…?” Deaths

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.

Everyone knows that Marvel’s What If…? comics are filled to the brim with death. It seems like whatever decision the heroes didn’t make would have led to their deaths at every turn. Like, if Spider-Man had cereal instead of a bagel for breakfast one day, the “What if…Spider-Man had a bagel?” story would somehow end with the world destroyed. So let’s celebrate that odd trend by spotlighting the top five Spider-Man “What If…?” deaths.

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Abandoned Love – Remember When Wolverine’s Healing Factor Failed and He Hallucinated All the Time?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without retconnng away the previous story. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Blakeastro, we look at a long-running Wolverine plotline in Uncanny X-Men that ended up going nowhere…
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Comic Book Questions Answered: Does Deadpool Actually Even LIKE Chimichangas?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Damon B. wrote in with a question inspired by a recent meme. He saw a meme whose humor was based, in part, on the fact that Deadpool really likes chimichangas, which are basically fried burritos. So Damon wanted to know if that was actually a thing from Deadpool comic books or was it something that they came up with in the Deadpool movie.

So read on, folks, to see if Deadpool actually liked chimichangas in the comic books!
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Remember to Forget – That Time Green Arrow Cheated on Black Canary and Blamed the Woman He Slept With

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that I wish we could just forget. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today we look at the time that Green Arrow cheated on Black Canary and then blamed it on the woman he slept with…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #581

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, were Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor really going to live happily ever after? How did Neal Adams change the ending of the famous Green Arrow/Speedy drug storyline? Finally, was Bruce the Gargoyle on the Spider-Man Animated Series a Batman reference?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #296 – Sequels to Classic Comic Book Storylines!

Welcome to our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from YOUR suggestions!

Go follow Comics Should Be Good on Twitter (if you have Twitter, that is – if you don’t, you can go sign up). Here is our Twitter page… http://twitter.com/csbg. And here are the Comics Should Be Good writers who are on Twitter (the links go to the person’s Twitter account) – myself, Greg Hatcher, Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson, Bill Reed, Greg Burgas and Sonia Harris

I update the blog’s Twitter account updates whenever a new post is put up on the blog, so it’s an easy way to keep up with the blog. In addition, I post new content on the blog’s Twitter account.

Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic for the next Line is…

In honor of Fourth of July weekend next week, have a superhero team up with a famous person from United States history. Captain America and Theodore Roosevelt, Cable and Johnny Appleseed, etc.

Read on for the drawings that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

With Marvel doing Civil War II currently and the now-announced Clone Conspiracy storyline, suggest a famous comic book storyline that you’d like to see a sequel to

Enjoy!
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Meta-Messages: Todd McFarlane Makes Fun of….Todd McFarlane?

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we look at Todd McFarlane giving a hard time to…Todd McFarlane?
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1987 And All That: Star Trek #43-45

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

CoverStar Trek #43-45 (DC) by Mike Carlin, Tom Sutton, Ricardo Villagrán, Michele Wolfman, Helen Vesik

Not every story has a hero, and not every moral is a good one. One side of a conflict can be wrong without their opponents being right. In situations like that, even if all of the parties come to an agreement, the results are bound to be bittersweet at best. I don’t know for sure that Mike Carlin set out to write a story in which everyone (and I do mean everyone) came across as one shade of villain or another, but that’s certainly what he accomplished in this three-issue arc. By the end of the story, a solution has been reached that is probably the best possible option for the problem at hand, but it’s still a resolution that makes me uneasy. It’s very much a lesser of two evils situation, a compelling and difficult philosophical question with no good answers. Continue Reading »

Provide Some Answers – The Tragic Reason Aunt May Never Had Any Children

This feature is basically a counterpart to our Left Unresolved feature. That feature is for plotlines that were, well, left unresolved. In this one, though, we spotlight examples of long unresolved stories that WERE ultimately resolved by later writers. The only rule is that at least four years have to pass between the plot point being introduced and it being resolved.

Today, we see how Roger Stern resolved one of his own plots involving Aunt May’s past over twenty years after he introduced it!
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