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2015 31 Days of Comics – A Comic With Witty Dialogue

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 20, which is A Comic With Witty Dialogue

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Part 19

Stare at these comics long enough and you notice things that you never did before. Like the three pages where Banner wakes up, transforms into the Hulk, and the Hulk is knocked out; each of those moments is shown in three side-by-side panels with the same perspective that show the visual transformation of waking, of changing, and of falling unconscious. You almost don’t need any other panels for that scene. The nine would do. I do love picking these things apart even if it means you point at something, say that it’s there, and everyone goes “So what?”

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She Has No Head! – New Books To Read In 2015

I always like to do a post early in the year that looks forward to some of the books I’m most excited about on the horizon in 2015, helps me get pumped for the year and also try to make a mental note of all the projects I’m looking out for. I was ready with my list the first week of January but opted to wait to hear what news came out of Image Expo as they’ve had some truly exciting stuff in the last couple years, this year was no exception and added some great looking titles to my “must haves” list.

All that said, it was a bit hard to predict what I’m most excited about from Marvel and DC because their events (Secret Wars and Convergence, respectively) are even more potentially “line changing” and mysterious than usual. So keeping in mind that that accounts for a likely decreased number of books from both publishers on the list…let’s get going! I organized this by month and then for stuff that has nebulous release dates more a “going forward in 2015” category.

Paper Girls Teaser

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2015 31 Days of Comics – Comic That You Quote From

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 19, which is a Comic That You Quote From.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Abandoned Love: Did the Joker Turn Catwoman Evil?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. 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.

This time around, based on a suggestion from reader Gareth J., we take a look at how Catwoman was returned to a life of crime in the mid-80s…
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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Parts 16-18

Depending on who you talk to, I’m a specific writer guy. For some people, I’m the Joe Casey guy. For others, I’m the Warren Ellis guy. For a few very confused people who love my Marvel Boy piece from a decade ago, I’m the Grant Morrison guy. For some people, I’m the Jim Starlin guy. I get emails when it’s announced that Dreadstar has been optioned or when Starlin is on the outs with Marvel (or back in!). I get asked what I think about Stormwatch or The Infinity Revelation. I mean, I invite this sort of behaviour by writing about Starlin’s work so much; hell, I’m writing a book about his work for Sequart. So, what probably interests me most is where Thanos vs. Hulk #1 fits into his body of work. I’ve discussed this a little bit so far with regards to specific characters, but, in a broader sense, where does it fit?

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Your Starman timeline!

I’m starting to enjoy comics that have discernible timelines, because then I can put something like this together! Starman was anchored in “real time,” but even as it started to drift, we can still see some discernible dates for when things happen. And, of course, everything in the past is very closely pegged to a date, so it’s fairly easy to construct a timeline. So that’s what I did! And don’t forget – MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW!!!!
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Meta-Messages – Spawn Tries to Save Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine and More

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, based on a suggestion by Stephen M, we take a look at a famous meta-message by Dave Sim and Todd McFarlane in Spawn #10…
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2015 31 Days of Comics – Comic That Deserves a Soundtrack

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 18, which is a Comic That Deserves a Soundtrack.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 121

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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2015 31 Days of Comics – A Comic That Reminds You of Someone

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 17, which is A Comic That Reminds You of Someone.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Escaping This Week

In all the years I’ve been embroiled with adventure fiction and comics and pulps and so on, whether it’s just reading it or writing about it or creating my own, there’s always been a contingent of folks sneering at the stuff. One of the pejoratives they hurl, over and over, is this– “It’s just escapism.”

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Comics You Should Own – Starman

EPSON MFP image

Hey, I’m back! With one of my all-time favorite series!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Captain America Had to Dress as a Woman to Save the Day

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Ben H., we take a look at the time Cap had to dress up like a woman to save the day.
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2015 31 Days of Comics – A Comic That Makes You Cry

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 16, which is A Comic That Makes You Cry.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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