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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So The Taskmaster Got His Powers From a Nazi Super Serum?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we take a look at the origins of the Taskmaster’s superpowers.
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Month of African-American Comics – Wonder Care Presents: The Kinder Guardians #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at Wonder Care Presents: The Kinder Guardians #1 by Victor Dandridge (writer) and Justin Castaneda (artist)

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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Comic Creators Officiating Superhero Weddings

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.

This time around, in honor of Valentine’s Day today, we’ll go with the surprisingly common trope of comic creators officiating superhero weddings.
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Went to Tell Everybody – Blacksad

In this feature, I ask comic creators that I like a lot to recommend a great comic that they’d like to see spotlighted. They pick the comic and then I write a review of the comic (of course, this runs the risk of them picking a comic that I don’t like, but there’s so many great comics out there to pick from that I find it hard to believe that that will ever actually happen).

Today’s creator is Joelle Jones, the great artist on such titles as Helheim and Brides of Helheim for Oni Press (with Cullen Bunn), 12 Reasons Why I Love Her and You Have Killed Me (OGNs with Jamie Rich), House of Night (for Dark Horse, based on the P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast novels) plus a number of projects for DC Comics, Vertigo, Marvel and more. She is currently drawing and co-writing (with Jamie Rich) an excellent new series for Dark Horse called Lady Killer. Joelle’s choice is Blacksad by writer Juan Díaz Canales and artist Juanjo Guarnido.
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Month of African-American Comics – Virgin Wolf #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at Virgin Wolf #1 by Alverne Ball (writer and creator), Max Bartomucci (artist) and Adriana De Los Santos (colorist)

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Valentine Cards from Apollo and Ms. Marvel!

Rogan Josh had a bit of a delay so he didn’t make the initial Line it is Drawn posting, so I’m sharing his entries for this week’s Valentine’s Day theme now!
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What I bought – 11 February 2015

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In the suburbs people rarely dreamed of striking out for happiness. It was all familiarity and endurance: security and safety were the reward of dullness. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #510

Welcome to the five hundred and tenth 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). For the first three weeks of February, in the lead-up to the Oscars, I’ll feature at least one comic legend involving an Oscar-nominated film (as per the request of long-time reader Arthur K.). This week, did Superman very nearly have a musical sequence in it? Did Peter David pass out copies of the ending of Alpha Flight #12 at a convention? And did Mark Waid have a solution planned for Bucky’s secret identity before he left Captain America?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #227 – Valentine’s Day With the 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 is…

Every fifty installments, this will be the theme! Mash-up a comic book character and a famous music album cover! The hardest thing is me remembering when we’ve hit fifty installments.

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

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Suggest a comic book character (or multiple comic book characters, I suppose) and our artists will draw a Valentine’s Day card featuring that character.

Enjoy!
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Can’t Cross Over: How Armageddon 2001 “Broke Down” the Justice League’s Plans

This is the first in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) where I look at instances when comic book writers had to adjust their stories to deal with being blocked from using certain characters due to crossovers.

We begin with Captain Atom’s disappearance during Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ Justice League crossover, Breakdowns.
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Month of African-American Comics – Henna Hanson Must Save Prom! #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at Henna Hanson Must Save Prom #1 from Rashad Doucet (writer and artist).

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Six Questions About This Week’s Arrow

Since you folks seem to like talking Arrow and I typically have a few questions after every episode, I figure I’ll occasionally post something like this.

So read on for seven questions about this week’s episode of Arrow, “Canaries”…
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Comic Book Easter Eggs – A Collection of Chew Easter Eggs!

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In this feature, I share with you three comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ‘em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

A number of you over the years have asked me to feature easter eggs from John Layman and Rob Guillory’s excellent series, Chew. Guillory, in particular, LOVES to do easter eggs. So here are fourteen examples of Chew Easter Eggs. These are far, far, FAR from all of the easter eggs in the pages of Chew, but I figured I had to draw the line somewhere, and that line was fourteen.

Enjoy!
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Cover Theme Game for 2/11

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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Month of African-American Comics – The Empty #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at The Empty #1, which debuted THIS WEEK from Image Comics by Jimmie Robinson (writer/artist).

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