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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 058

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Inside this episode! An advance review of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus #1 from Image and a review of Becky Cloonan’s Demeter (now available digitally on Comixology/Amazon and print through Cloonan’s site). Greg Rucka then joins us to talk everything Lazarus and Lady Sabre. We also spend a good amount of time talking process and about the changes required to comics for digital vs print reading, as well as Greg’s thoughts on comics vs webcomics. All this, PLUS Kelly and Greg go off on a Kickstarter tangent! After the credits…should Greg and I be wearing THESE? Last, but certainly not least, we have an all new DRAMATIC READING from Sue, and you don’t want to miss it!

Here are the breaks:

ADVANCE REVIEW of Lazarus #1 Review  [Potentially Mild Spoilers] – 0:40

Review of Demeter – 13:50

Interview with Greg Rucka – 23:24

Superman Talk & This Week’s DRAMATIC READING! – 01:45:42

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!

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She Has No Head! – The Problem(s) With Man Of Steel

I love superheroes. I really really do. And so there are few things I like more man-of-steel-poster2than a good superhero film. One that reminds you what is great about superheroes – that gives you those superheroic chills – but that also manages to be a good film. It’s more rare than you’d think, especially since we’re in a sweet spot where some filmmakers are actually figuring it out – Batman, Avengers, Iron Man, Dredd – there have been some very good superhero movies in the last few years – which sometimes makes us forget how hard a thing it is to create a movie that is both good film and good superhero movie.

Sadly, Man of Steel is not among them.

But before I get into this, let’s take a moment to say, it’s great if YOU liked or even loved the film. I am honestly happy for you, in fact, I’m jealous, because I wanted to love it too. And I am not saying you are a moronic dolt that doesn’t know a thing about film or superheroes if you liked it. Don’t personalize this. This is about why think Man of Steel is a terrible film, from both a superhero fan and a film lover perspective.

There’s a lot to say and so I’m going to lean on the crutch that is a list.

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 057

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Inside this episode! A review of Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s The Wake #1 and a review of Kick-Ass Volume 3 #1 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Heidi MacDonald from The Beat joins us to talk about all things comics, including of course the state of the industry, gender in comics, and what’s exciting her in comics today. We talk about DC’s big “Forever Evil” event (Surprise! Kelly hates it with every fiber of her being!) We also have an all new DRAMATIC READING from Sue, and you don’t want to miss it!

Here are the breaks:

Review of The Wake #1 Review – 01:00

Review of Kick-Ass Vol. 3 #1 Review – 7:06

Interview with Heidi MacDonald – 15:30

General comics talk & This Week’s DRAMATIC READING! – 01:32:22

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! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

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She Has No Head! – The Ladies of X

Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s X-Men #1 came out to much fanfare and awesome critical acclaim.  I reviewed it last week on CBR and Sue and I interviewed Wood on 3 Chicks last week as well.

But really, that’s not enough. Nope.

In my excitement for and about this title and what a long time coming it is – I think I have truly been waiting 20 years for this book – I thought it’d be a good time to talk about the ladies being featured in the title. The X-Men on Wood’s team are some of my favorite characters in all of comics, so I’m pretty excited to see them all here together, kicking ass and taking names.

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Alt X-Men #1 Cover by Kevin Wada

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #056!

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Inside this episode! A review of Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s ALL NEW X-Men #1 and a review of Lil’ Gotham #2 by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs. We also talk about Digital Comics and last, but certainly not least, is an interview with Brian Wood and we talk all things X-Men #1!

Here are the breaks:

Review of X-Men #1 Review – 01:00

Review of Lil’ Gotham #2 Review & Digital Comics Discussion – 15:30

Interview with Brian Wood – 38:59

Misc. Comics Talk! – 107:07

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! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

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She Has No Head! – 6 Stupid Superheroine Designs That Need Redesign, Stat!

A few weeks ago I wrote about 6 recent superheroine redesigns that I loved. People went, expectedly, nuts, even though there was nothing particularly dramatic or Powergirl-Low Res copymind blowing about the piece. Y’know, unless things like opinion pieces send you into a blind rage. Anyway, I had always planned to write a companion piece about 6 superheroine costumes that are in desperate need of an overhaul. Then Iron Man 3 came out and Pepper Potts rocked the hell out of things, so I wanted to write about that. Then Robot 6 linked to the redesign post, which stirred things up again, and now here we are, a couple weeks later, ready to possibly break the damn internet again with me talking about something as simple as some costumes that suck and need to be redesigned (for a variety of reasons).

The only caveat for the post is I’ve tried to stick to costumes that are currently being used, independent of when they were designed.

So, prepare to get pissed about all the completely non-anger inducing thoughts of one person’s opinion about some superheroine costumes. I’ll be honest; the only thing tough about this list was keeping it to 6 (which I sort of didn’t do).

However, we took it one step further this week! Because I am an incredibly fortunate person who knows a bunch of badass professional artists, the fantastic Kris Anka and Meredith McClaren generously volunteered to spend some of their free time redesigning the ladies on my list.

And because you’re here reading this, you too benefit from all that good fortune…fortune for everyone!

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 055

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Inside this episode! A review of Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney’s Fearless Defenders #4. We also talk about superheroine costume redesign, which we’ve all learned over the last few weeks is apparently ALL CAPS DRAMATIC! All that said, if you want to see some amazing function redesigns (including the best Zatanna redesign I’ve ever seen) check out these designs by Meredith McClaren – and if you like what you see – support McClaren’s Kickstarter!) Last, but certainly not least is an interview with Amy Reeder. We talk about her Rocket Girl Kickstarter with writer Brandon Montclare and what it’s like to work for yourself, versus working for big companies, and much much more.

Here are the breaks:

Review of Fearless Defenders #4 – 01:00

Interview with Amy Reeder – 11:32

Comics Talk – Superheroine Redesign – 66:59

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! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

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She Has No Head! – Superheroines On Film Are Killing It

I’ve spent most of my life aching for great superheroine portrayals on film. To see some of my comic book heroines reflected back to me on 40-foot screens. With a few awesome exceptions (X-Men, X2) I have been disappointed again and again (Catwoman, Elektra, Sue Storm in Fantastic Four, Batgirl in Batman & Robin, Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin, Supergirl, Mary Jane in Spiderman, okay not a superheroine, but still) the list of bad performances, bad writing, bad directing, and just bad ideas is painfully long.

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Clockwise From Top Left: Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3, Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson in Dredd, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanov/Black Widow in The Avengers.

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She Has No Head! – 6 Sublime Superheroine Redesigns

I’ve been thinking about superhero redesigns, in part thanks to our awesome interview with Kris Psylocke AnkaAnka on 3 Chicks Review Comics. We talked a lot about the difference between good artists and good designers, and how important getting an artist that knows about design and fashion is to having a modern and functional looking costume. Any time you change a costume, no matter how necessary the change is, or how great the new design might be, it tends to ruffle fan feathers as there is surprising emotional attachment to things like this. And when you change design as fundamental as a superhero costume you’re changing brand identity and recognition. It’s kind of a huge deal, and not something that should be undertaken all willy-nilly.

For this column I decided to focus on 6 recent redesigns that are actual canon (i.e. you can actually see them in comics – or will – and they have been embraced by the publisher) but because I hate actually sticking to the limits I set for myself, I added a couple brilliant redesigns that are “unofficial” or considered “fan art”, because honestly, there is A LOT of great design being done on the fringes. Skilled artists that know a lot about design and fashion and perhaps more importantly, care about characters, and the resigns for said characters are killing it out there. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy!

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She Has No Head! – 5 New Comics I Want On TV

With the very cool news that Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising has been optioned for television (and that could be a great show that I would LOVE to see) I started thinking about other indie properties Rachel-Rising-4(most with complex female characters) I’d love to see optioned for television as either an ongoing or a mini-series. With the advent of shortened series – Netflix’s House of Cards, AMC’s Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Killing all run only 13 episodes (typically) – we’re seeing a rash of new thinking in quality over quantity, which is good for a lot of comic book properties with world building or effects issues. Most of the best shows out there right now run short seasons: Showtime’s Homeland has 12 per season. Game of Thrones and Newsroom are only 10! The Walking Dead began with a 6-episode half season, then moved to a “full” 13, and for its last season delivered 16 – but still short of the formerly typical 22-episode season. Add to that a rash of recent high-quality mini-series like HBO’s six-part Mildred Pierce or Sundance’s 7-part Top of The Lake and we’re in a really interesting period of television where we’re seeing a huge uptick in great TV that equal some bold choices in both content and in the way that content is delivered. All of it makes me optimistic that smart comics properties that might have been a tough sell even a couple years ago might be more viable now. So what are five at the top of my list? Glad you asked!

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3 Chicks Review Comics Episode 054

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Inside this episode! Reviews of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s Batman & Red Robin #19 and Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo’s Uncanny X-Men #4.  We also interview writer/artist Jamal Igle to talk about his successful kickstarter for the upcoming Molly Danger as well as Princeless Creator and Action Lab Comics Marketing Director Jeremy Whitley!

Here are the breaks:

Review of Batman & Red Robin #19 – 00:58

Review of Uncanny X-Men #4 – 18:00

Interview with Jamal Igle & Jeremy Whitley! – 39:58

More Comics Talk! – 01:15:05

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! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 053

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Inside this episode! Reviews of the final issue of Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell’s groundbreaking Glory run from Image. A review of Polarity #1 – a new miniseries from Boom! by musician Max Bemis and Jorge Coelho. We talk about random comics news and Sue makes an impassioned plea for DC to pay attention to Lois Lane’s 75th Anniversary – since she is celebrating along with Superman this year. We also interview badass superhero costume designer, cover artist, animator (and more!) Kris Anka! We’ve also got an open call for both future Chick of the Weeks you’d like to see, as well as your votes for some of the best comic book costumes around – both those that have stood the test of time, and which desperately need an update?

Here are the breaks:

Review of Glory #34 – 00:51

Review of Polarity #1 – 12:32

Random Comics Talk! – 21:35

Interview with Kris Anka! – 35:01

More Comics Talk! – 1:33:29

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! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

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She Has No Head! – Anatomy Of A Comic Book Cover

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Saga Number Seven by Fiona Staples

OR…The Six C’s of a Badass Comic Book Cover!

We all have our own tastes when it comes to art and comic book covers are no exception. Thanks to a lot of drinking and looking at comic book covers over the last few years (in my Drunk Cover Solicits In Three Sentences or Less feature on my blog) I’ve thought a lot about comic covers over the last few years and what really makes me respond to something, or alternatively turns me off. So here are 6 C’s that make of the anatomy of a great cover for me – along with a slew of gorgeous examples. I focused on more recent stuff from the last few years, both because that’s where my focus has been for the feature on 1979 Semi-Finalist and because while I there are obviously tons of gorgeous covers through the ages, I think we’re going through a pretty great time for comic book covers. A few classics snuck their way in anyway. It should also be said that while I broke these covers up into groups based on what I was talking about, many of them could fit into multiple categories – they’re just that cool.

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She Has No Head! – Sculpture & Comics

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Rodin’s The Danaid

I spent Sunday at the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia.

Sculpture is perhaps my favorite art form in some ways even more so than comics (gasp!) – in part because I am so absolutely atrocious when it comes to three-dimensional work. I am so incompetent working in three dimensions, that art, which is strength of mine in general, almost becomes like math once you add that third dimension. And I am TERRIBLE at math. So, it is partly a fascination with something that I cannot fathom how one can create such excellence in a medium which I can barely grasp the most rudimentary understanding of.

I also appreciate the intense work that goes into it. Before something is sculpted there are innumerable 2-dimensional studies, and even what most of us 2-dimensional folks would call “finished work” in addition to 3-dimensional studies that prepare for whatever the actual assignment or commission is. Of course these studies, particularly the 3-d ones, have significant value and meaning as well, and in fact take on lives of their own.  Becoming their own art that can stand independent of whatever they were created to “work towards.” I sometimes find I prefer these studies, the same way that I sometimes find I prefer sketches to finished work when it comes to comics as well.

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She Has No Head! – 10 Ladies Making A Run For The Title

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Back in November of 2010 I did a massive list of my 20 favorite female characters in comics. And today I’m doing a list of 10 ladies that – thanks to some seriously awesome creator work – are poised to break into that list. And all of them are currently starring in books going on now, so get out there and get reading!

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