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What I bought – 18 March 2015

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“You know that this is an authoritarian government,” he told the cardinal. “And I know you do not like authoritarian governments.”

“That is so, General,” the cardinal replied. “I do not like them.”

“But authority comes from God, Cardinal,” Pinochet said.

“Authority, yes. Authoritarianism comes from men,” Silva Henriquez said. (Mary Helen Spooner, from Soldiers in a Narrow Land)
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #515

Welcome to the five hundred and fifteenth 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, did the Lois and Clark TV show force DC’s hands on the Super-marriage? Plus, how did a haircut get an inker a “Super” gig? And why was Iron Man different in the Brazilian version of the Daredevil classic, Born Again?

Let’s begin!
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DC/Marvel Character Tourney – Gotham City Region, Round 1

The first round of voting begins now!

Simply choose which movie version of a DC/Marvel character you like better (not who you think would win in a fight). Just choose whichever one is your favorite (whether it be that you think they’re more interesting, more appealing, whatever criteria you want to use) in each of the following eight match-ups. The voting concludes 48 hours from right now!

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DC/Marvel Character Tourney – New York City Region, Round 1

The first round of voting begins now!

Simply choose which movie version of a DC/Marvel character you like better (not who you think would win in a fight). Just choose whichever one is your favorite (whether it be that you think they’re more interesting, more appealing, whatever criteria you want to use) in each of the following eight match-ups. The voting concludes 48 hours from right now!

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Comics Should Be Good 2015 March Madness: Round 1

Here are the first rounds for all four regions for this year’s Comics Should Be Good March Madness.

This year, you’re picking which DC and Marvel movie superheroes are your favorite!

Metropolis Region

Westchester Region

New York City Region

Gotham City Region

The Line it is Drawn #232 – 2015 March M.O.D.O.K. Madness!

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 is…

In honor of the shocking death in this month’s issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and as accidentally suggested by Nelson Flores), it is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mash-up/team-up week!

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

It’s that time of the year again, people! It’s March MODOK Madness! So go make suggestions for comic characters as MODOKs

Enjoy!
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DC/Marvel Character Tourney – Westchester Region, Round 1

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The first round of voting begins now!

Simply choose which movie version of a DC/Marvel character you like better (not who you think would win in a fight). Just choose whichever one is your favorite (whether it be that you think they’re more interesting, more appealing, whatever criteria you want to use) in each of the following eight match-ups. The voting concludes 48 hours from right now!

Enjoy! Continue Reading »

DC/Marvel Character Tourney – Metropolis Region, Round 1

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The first round of voting begins now!

Simply choose which movie version of a DC/Marvel character you like better (not who you think would win in a fight). Just choose whichever one is your favorite (whether it be that you think they’re more interesting, more appealing, whatever criteria you want to use) in each of the following eight match-ups. The voting concludes 48 hours from right now!

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Comics Should Be Good’s 7th Annual March Madness!!

Welcome to the 2015 DC/Marvel Comic Character Tournament!

As the NCAA basketball tournament goes along, so will a series of polls matching various comic book characters against each other. This year, we’re mixing it up. We’re using just the cinematic versions of DC and Marvel superheroes (I didn’t count Jonah Hex and Constantine as “superheroes” for this bit, but I did count Nick Fury. Also, no Kick-Ass as that’s not a Marvel character). You’re voting for which superhero character (as portrayed by that actor) that you like the best.

You might differ with some of the rankings. In fact, let’s just take for granted that you will, in fact, differ and save yourself the time of saying, “A #6 seed? Character X should be a #4 seed!” or whatever, and just vote on what the Selection Committee came up with (especially since I’m not going to be changing anything).

Here are the four regions!!
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1987 And All That: Concrete #1-5

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Concrete_1Concrete #1-5 (Dark Horse) by Paul Chadwick, Bill Spicer, Randy Stradley

It’s unfortunately rare to find a comicbook—or any piece of entertainment, really—with a voice that is both unique and fully realized from the start. Concrete knows exactly what it wants to be right away, and it succeeds even though what it’s doing is off-beat and brave. It’s not an earth-shattering series, or even necessarily all that innovative in it’s look or storytelling techniques, but it still manages to stand out as a singular effort, the clear and well-executed vision of a creator who’s allowed to tell the stories that interest him in precisely the ways he wants. Paul Chadwick writes and draws the book, and it’s immediately clear how much thought, care, and time he’s devoted to it. Chadwick loves the world of Concrete and all the people in it, and his love is contagious, jumping off the page and infecting the reader before anyone knows what’s happening. Continue Reading »

The Wrong Side: Spider-Man vs. Firelord

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning. 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!

I figure we’ll open up with a fight that I imagine many of you would end up writing in about, Spider-Man’s battle against Firelord.
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 129

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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Left Unresolved – Did The Avengers Forget That They Left a Country in the Control of a Powerful Villain?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.

Today we look at the Avengers villain who took over a country and the Avengers just left him there.
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Out From Under the Covers: A Desperate Quest to Be Current, Part Four

I’ve come to a painful decision.

It’s time for me to give up my comics.

Oddly enough, this isn’t something I’ve been mulling over for a while—it only just hit me earlier today as I stood towel-drying my hair in front of the bathroom mirror.  Epiphanies make themselves known at strange times, I guess.

I’ve been waging this war against my backlog for—it hurts to even say it—a few years now.  Years.  And try as I might, making any headway in the stack has just been impossible.  I finally realize that this weight has done nothing but sour me on the sheer joy that was once my comics reading.  I have to admit it when I’m beat.

And I am so very beat.

Unshakeable persistence, coupled with my fangirl desire to be up-to-date on what I once perceived to be “continuity,” has flown out the window.  Here I stand, waving the white flag.  Continuity doesn’t matter anymore, nor will it even really exist soon enough.  And I think that’s why this is the perfect time to let go of the backlog and start anew.  With both DC and Marvel making huge changes to their lineups, who cares about continuity anymore?  The publishers, for the most part, don’t.  It doesn’t make sense to worry about whether or not I read every issue of Uncanny X-Men anymore, because story arcs from three years ago have little to no bearing on anything happening now.  There are still issues of Fear Itself tie-ins lying in my To-Be-Read pile, for goodness’ sake!  It’s embarrassing, but there it is.

Comics

A sign of strange and wonderful times: I’m reading Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck comics.

I understand now that the majority of issues that make up the exorbitant pile of comics taunting me every week have become irrelevant to me. All they’ve ever really done is cause me stress, turning comics into a mundane task I have to “finish,” and delay me in getting to the books I actually do enjoy.  I didn’t want to admit that for so long, because these are things I did, at one point, want to read—things I spent money on.  Lots of it.  I wanted to feel like I was getting that money’s worth in reading a good story.  (Granted, one could argue that I’d never have gotten my money’s worth out of Fear Itself, read or not read, but that’s beside the point….)

Yet I no longer recall the feeling of looking forward to picking up my sub.  It’s gotten so unruly, so out of control no matter how many times I pick through it or how many titles I cull, that going to the shop—an event I used to look forward to every week—is now a giant chore.  It’s a burden.  It’s suffocating.

I’m done with that.  I’m starting over.

I won’t get rid of everything.  The few things I still actively love and feel excitement toward—titles like Thor and Saga—I’ll keep collecting.  The difference is that now they won’t just be collected—they’ll also be frequently read! But those 20-odd issues of New 52 Batwoman that have been sitting in a pile on my bookshelf since the title began?  Yeah, I think it’s safe to say I’ll be ridding myself of those.  As much as I wanted to get into that book and love it, I just never did, and I was too stubborn to quit while I was ahead.  That’s not happening from here on out.  Ebay listings, here we come.

When Sunday rolls around, Husband and I will do our usual thing: we’ll get up, grab food, watch the first Formula 1 race of the season with friends (Sunday morning F1 is the best), and then we’ll head to the comic book store.

I will purchase the books I enjoy.

Comic Book Six Degrees: Kool-Aid Man to Quik Bunny

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every installment, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for the next match. Last time was Miracleman to Cerebus. buttler was one of a remarkable ten people who got it in two moves. Here is how buttler connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for the next match if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

Miracleman and Beanish were in Total Eclipse #3 (also #4 and 5)
Beanish and Cerebus were in Cerebus #200.

buttler’s challenge is…

Kool-Aid Man to Quik Bunny

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

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