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And Of Course – That Time Batman and Superman Tortured…Batman and Superman?

In this feature I spotlight particularly outlandish/convoluted comic book plot resolutions.

Today, we look at the time that Batman and Superman were tortured beyond their breaking point by…Batman and Superman?
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Princeless Book 5: Make Yourself #1

Tomorrow, Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless series continues with the release of the first issue of the fifth book of the Princeless series, with art by Emily Martin and colorist Brett Grunig. The way the series continues is a bit of a novel one, as the “book” approach is an apt description, as this really is very much a continued narrative, just split into short “books,” which it an approach that I fully support, as #1s tend to work well as jump-on points for new readers (even more so than your typical “series of mini-series,” Princeless is really just one long story).

If you’re unfamiliar about Princeless, it about a young princess who frees herself (along with the dragon that was guarding here) and goes to free her sisters from THEIR guarded towers (she’s helped on the journey by a half-dwarf armor maker named Bedelia). The great Kelly Sue DeConnick recommended Princeless last year when I did my month of recommendations by cool comic creators.

Book 5 of the series opens with an intriguing expansion to the cast of characters, as well as an interesting consolidation of the plots of a couple of the book’s supporting characters.
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 185

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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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #60 (August 1996)


Wizard celebrates another milestone, Spawn’s gonna say naughty words on HBO, early Heroes Reborn sketches horrify the staff, Dan Jurgens tries to revive Teen Titans, and Bob Harras declares that Marvel isn’t as corporate as you think.  All in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Top Five Justice League Battles

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

The Justice League has had a number of great fights over the years. Here’s their top five battles.
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Sunday, Quick and Dirty….

This is mostly a drive-by this week because we are right in the middle of the Emerald City Comic-Con. But I wanted to at least give you a little bit of a column-ette and let you know about a couple of links and things. Continue Reading »

House to Astonish Episode 144

It’s been a big few weeks for comics news, so Paul and I hit the ground running with a canter through the DC Rebirth announcements, the Image Expo presentation, Gerard Way’s new DC imprint, the sale of CBR to Valnet, the (very) minor trinkets of Marvel news from the past couple of weeks and a little bit of chat about Batman v Superman. We’ve also got reviews of The Fix and Black Panther, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is seeing stars. All this plus a series of adaptations of BBC science documentaries, a joke about pirates and non-relevant facts about the Circuit Bancaixa.

The Fix #1 Black Panther #1

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Knowledge Waits: Original Designs of 12 Famous Superheroes

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at a dozen original designs of notable superheroes, from the 1940s through the very early 1990s…

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Black Panther #1 Review

This week saw the debut of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin’s new Black Panther series, a bold new addition to the Black Panther mythos that both embraces the history of the character while taking a unique approach to that history. Stelfreeze’s design work is exemplary, as he strikes that balance that many Black Panther artists have to work between making Wakanda embraces its past but while still looking futuristic. In a lot of ways, Stelfreeze’s design work is like Coates’ writing – honoring the past while looking forward at the same time. Martin is one of the best colorists in the business, so you better believe that she added a striking lushness to Stelfreeze’s art.

Read on for some more detailed thoughts on the issue…
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The Wrong Side: Iron Man vs. She-Hulk

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Brian M., we take a look at the time Iron Man took She-Hulk out with a single repulsor blast…
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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Mind Control Causes Batman and Superman to Fight

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

I did an article for the main site the other week about all the various reasons that Batman and Superman fight each other, so I thought I’d do a spotlight on the most common reason for them fighting – mind control!
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Check Out These Sample Pages of a Gods of Egypt Comic Book Adaptation

A while back, Alex Proyas (director of The Crow, Dark City, I, Robot, Knowing and Gods of Egypt) posted the first few pages of a sample Gods of Egypt comic book adaptation that former Line it is Drawn artist Daniel Cox (who worked on Gods of Egypt as a concept artist) drew (with inks by Jason Paulos). I wasn’t sure if he was going to post the rest of the pages, but since it’s now been a few months, I guess now’s as good a time as any to show the rest of the pages, so read on for all of the pages that Daniel and Jason did of this sample adaptation!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #570

Welcome to the five hundred and seventieth 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, how close did we come to seeing the Black Panther debut in his own solo series FIFTY years ago? Did Nightwing almost get his own movie in the late 1990s? And did DC Comics prevent James Robinson from fulfilling the Hawkman prophecy in Starman?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #285 – Fools of April: Comedians as Superheroes

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 DC Comics’ new Rebirth, come up with a DC character that you’d be surprised to see get their own Rebirth title.

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

April Fools! Suggest a notable comedian to be drawn as a superhero! Feel free to choose which superhero yourself!

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Knowledge Waits: Rejected Spider-Man Covers

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at some rejected Spider-Man covers.

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