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Reason to be Excited – Al Ewing’s Night Thrasher

This is the debut of a new feature where 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.

We begin with Al Ewing’s take on Night Thrasher in the pages of Contest of Champions.
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Cover Theme Game for 5/11

The cover theme game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants!” (who ISN’T a mutant?) “They’re all orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “They’re all legacy heroes” (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)! “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 189

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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Join J.M. DeMatteis’ Imagination 101!

The great J.M. DeMatteis, writer of many amazing comic books over the years, is doing another one of his Imagination 101 workshops.

Read on for the press release for this creative writing workshop!
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If I Pass This Way Again – Iron Man’s Real Reason for Supporting His Side in Civil War

Every installment of this feature is about odd plot points that were never notably addressed again after they were first introduced.

Today, we look at Iron Man’s secretive “real” reason for supporting the Superhuman Registration Act in Civil War.
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Review time! with Dark Corridor, Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire, Gutter Magic, Limbo, and Mayday

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You may have caught the fact that we’re planning on moving because we’ve outgrown our house – the kids are 13 and 10, and my older one needs bigger equipment if we’re going to move her around, and our house is just too small. So we’re staying in Arizona but moving into a bigger house. April was busy already, and it didn’t get any better toward the end of the month, so I couldn’t really do a big review post with all the trades I read during the month, but several mini-series ended, so I figured I’d check those out. So here we go!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #65 (January 1997)

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DC is better than Marvel, (Wizard is outright telling us this.) Walt Simonson uses dinosaurs to teach us about sound effects, Todd McFarlane makes a bold proclamation, and perhaps every Easter egg in Kingdom Come is detailed, all in the Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time Marvel Compared Japanese Internment Camps to Spider-Man’s Secret Identity

In this column, I will spotlight plotlines by writers that probably weren’t a good idea at the time and have only become more problematic in retrospect. I’ll try to stick with stuff that’s more ill-conceived than flat-out offensive (like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s).

Today, we look at an ill-considered historical comparison that took place during Marvel’s Civil War crossover…
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Top Five Continuity Conflicts from Marvel’s Civil War

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

A major issue that happened with Marvel’s smash hit 2006 crossover is that the main series, written by Mark Millar and drawn by Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines, told one story while the tie-in books would often tell their own stories, which would often conflict with what the main series did. Here, then, are the top five most notable examples of continuity conflicts within Marvel’s Civil War crossover…
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Career Day


One of the nicest things about teaching the after-school Cartooning class is that quite a few of the kids stay in touch, and I’ve been teaching it long enough that many of those kids are adults now. (I’m still alternating between pride and mild dizziness that several have come by shows we’ve been working to introduce their spouses to “the coolest teacher ever.” Yes, and clearly, now also the oldest. But of course Julie and I love it, Julie especially– though we tease the new nerds-in-law mercilessly about having to pass inspection, the truth is that she mothers all of them.)

Other times former students come to us with problems. We don’t love that they are having difficulty, of course, but we are always moved that they ask us for help.

And not too long ago, we got one that might be of interest to the CBR readership. Moreover, I thought that maybe some of you might even have ideas on the subject as well. So here we go. Continue Reading »

Remember to Forget – That Time Iron Man Ordered an Assassination Attempt to Provoke a War to Win Civil War

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today, we take a look at an odd plot development during Marvel’s Civil War…
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Captain America/Iron Man Legends Revealed!

In honor of Captain America and Iron Man’s new movie, Captain America: Civil War, opening this weekend in the United States, we decided to spotlight past editions of Comic Book Legends Revealed that have featured either Captain America or Iron Man over the years!

Check them all out below!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #574

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-fourth 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, in honor of Captain America: Civil War, legends involving Captain America, Iron Man and, well, Civil War! Were Captain America and Iron Man initially on opposite sides for Marvel’s original Civil War? Was the Mandarin banned as a villain in the Iron Man films? And what famous Captain America villain was inspired by…an ice cream sundae?!

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #289 – Classic DC Comics Cover Homages!

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 Captain America: Civil War, suggest two superheroes that you’d like to see fight each other.

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

In honor of our own Xum Yukinori, we’re doing classic DC Comics Cover Homages! Suggest a comic book character and a famous DC Comics cover.

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Can You Ride an Arrow Like Ant-Man?


A little while ago, we discussed the first time heroes rode on their teammates’ arrows, in honor of Ant-Man and Hawkeye pulling off the trick in the new Captain America: Civil War film. The comments section began to discuss the physics of such a trick. Well, our old pal Matt Brady decided to delve into the physics of the trick big time at his website, TheScienceOf.org.

Check out what he came up with here.


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