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Ex-Con #1 Review

excon1Ex-Con is a new series from Dynamite written by Duane Swierczynski with art by Keith Burns and Aikau Oliva. It tells the story of a 1980s con man who gets caught and upon his release at the end of the decade, must use his skills to go to work for a rich developer who is somehow involved with the con man’s ex-girlfriend who put him behind bars in the first place. The developer and the ex-girlfriend are also somehow connected to a powerful bad guy that the con man met in prison. The brilliant Tim Bradstreet cover perfectly conveys the mood that this book is going for, as what we have here is a guy who always felt that he was the smartest guy in the room only now hie whole life is thrown for a loop and he must adjust to the changes while somehow keeping himself from either being thrown back into jail or worse, getting himself killed. The way that Bradstreet depicts a guy who is trying to remain cool while his whole life is falling apart makes for one striking cover.
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Tea Party: Chapter 2, Page 1

Line it is Drawn artists Thea Sousa and her daughter Amanda are doing a new webcomic with writer Sam Machado. It is called Tea Party and it is about the earliest days of the American Revolution. Click here to read the first chapter/issue. Read on to read the first page of the second chapter/issue (every day this week I’ll feature another page from Chapter 2).
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Check Out the First Chapter of Tea Party!

Thea Sousa and her daughter Amanda, who you all know from their fine work on The Line it is Drawn (just this past week they did an excellent piece depicting Super Grover as a villain) for the last couple of years (as penciler and colorist, respectively) are the art team on a new web comic about the early days of the American Revolution, written by Sam Machado.

In a little bit, I’m going to begin spotlighting the first five pages of the second chapter/issue of their comic (one each day this week). But first I thought it’d be helpful to provide for you all the link to the FIRST chapter/issue of their promising new work. Below is the cover of the first chapter…
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Are Wolverine’s Claws Part of His Mutation or What?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we take a look at the odd history of Wolverine’s claws…
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Heroic Skeletor in “Draped in Goodness”

Brendan Tobin returned to the Line it is Drawn for the first time in a couple of months with a piece that was a bit late for inclusion in the original entry of this week’s “Heroes become villains and Villains become heroes” theme. I’ve edited it into the Line, but I thought it was too neat to pass up giving it a little spotlight.

So here, based on a suggestion by reader B_Granderson, is heroic Skeletor in “Draped in Goodness”
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #492

Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and ninety-one. This week is a special theme week! In honor of the debut of Season 5 of the Walking Dead this Sunday, it’s all legends involving the Walking Dead! Did Andrea accidentally switch faces with her dead sister? Did Robert Kirkman accidentally spoil a major character’s death more than ten issues before the character actually died? And which major couple was originally going to split up early on in the series’ run?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #210 – Heroes and Villains Flipped On Their Axis!

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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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 blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them 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 is…

As suggested by Twitter user LuisJaimePena, Comic Book Crossovers with different company’s characters instead. You know, Infinity Gauntlet with Darkseid and DC heroes, Secret Wars with the Valiant heroes. Stuff like that.

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

In honor of the debut of Marvel’s Axis crossover, pick a non-Marvel superhero you’d like to see redone as a supervillain or a non-Marvel supervillain that you’d like to see redone as a superhero.

Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 106

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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When We First Met – Season Three Additions to the Cast of Arrow

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!’” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

With the premiere of the third season of Arrow tonight, I thought it would be nice to spotlight the debuts of the comic book versions of the characters from the TV series that will be debuting on the show this season.
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A Chronological Look at the 75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History Countdown

My pal Corey Blake sent me a a fun chronological listing of the moments in the 75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History countdown, if you ever wanted to read the entire countdown in the order that it was released.

You can check it out on Google docs here.

Or here it is a giant image:

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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History Master List

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we did a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the final results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #3-1

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the last results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #491

Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and ninety. This week, how did Joker jumping (or NOT jumping) out of a cake lead to the creation of Harley Quinn? Is there a completed issue of Lobo by Frank Quitely that has never been published? And finally, did Frank Miller name James Gordon’s wife Barbara in honor of Miller writing Barbara “Batgirl” Gordon out of continuity as Gordon’s daughter?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #209 – Anime/Manga Versions of Comic Book Characters!

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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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 blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them 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 is…

In honor of the debut of Marvel’s Axis crossover, pick a non-Marvel superhero you’d like to see redone as a supervillain or a non-Marvel supervillain that you’d like to see redone as a superhero.

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

As a companion piece to our feature earlier this year about doing Western re-designs of Manga/Anime characters, this time around our artists will be doing a Manga/Anime style re-design of Western characters. What if Superman was a Manga character? Stuff like that.

Enjoy!
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Green Arrow #35 Review

greenarrow35coverWhen the New 52 reboot hit back in 2011, some characters clearly saw themselves a lot more changed than others. Titles like Batman and Green Lantern had relatively minor changes (although in both cases more changes came down the line as writers used the freedom provided to them to make more alterations) while books like Teen Titans were more or less completely rebooted. Perhaps the most ill-advised change in my book was to Green Arrow. The New 52 launched at the same time that the TV Series Arrow did, so I completely understood the impulse to reboot Green Arrow to make him align better with the TV series version. So when they announced that Green Arrow would be de-aged, that made some sense to me, even if I did not think it made a whole lot of sense to essentially nullify his longstanding relationships with Black Canary and Green Lantern. However, the end result by J.T. Krul and Dan Jurgens ended up serving NEITHER goal – it erased all of his comic book continuity and it also didn’t remotely resemble the TV version of the character, either! That, to me, was just a total failure. The book’s creative team changed early on and the book got even worse. Things got so bad that after just sixteen issues, DC brought in a top notch creative team (Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino) to essentially reboot the reboot. And they did so, with a standard “scorched earth” revamp. Lemire and Sorrentino did a fine job on the title. But here’s the thing – despite their addition of the TV character John Diggle to the title, their take on Green Arrow was somehow even FURTHER away from the popular TV version of the character. Lemire and Sorrentino were doing an impressive sort of “ninja noir” tale, and I’ll miss their run, but I can understand the impulse to finally take Green Arrow more in line with Arrow.

And to do so, DC brought in two writers from the show, producer and co-creator Andrew Kreisberg and writer Ben Sokolowski (they’re co-plotting the stories with Sokolowski then scripting the book solo).

So let’s take a look at the latest Green Arrow revamp (three reboots in 35 issues, oh my!) in Green Arrow #35, courtesy of writers Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski and artists Daniel Sampere, Jonathan Glapion and Gabe Eltaeb

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