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Top Five Mopiest Vision Moments

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

The Vision was really a remarkable creation by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. A great visual and an awesome approach to seeing humanity through the eyes of a being who wants so badly to be human while constantly feeling as though he is set apart from humanity. He translated to film very well in Avengers: Age of Ultron. One of the things that interested me about the vision, though, is how mopey he could get at times. I suppose when you introduce a character by highlighting that he can cry, it is only natural. Roy Thomas set it into motion but Steve Englehart picked right up on it when he took over as writer on the Avengers. I completely understand and approve of their approach to the Vision, but at the same time, it is fun to look back and amuse ourselves with just HOW mopey the Vision could be at times among his teammates. So here are the Vision’s top five mopiest moments with his fellow Avengers…
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Results of Our Daredevil Binge-Watching Poll

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623 people responded to my question about how many episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil did people watch on the opening weekend of the series. Read on to see how people responded!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 136

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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How to Make DC Comics the Marvel Way: Superman #39 and Superman #40

Superman #39 and Superman #40 are the same comics. Not literally, of course, but in basic essence, there is little separating them. There are a few flourishes like dealing with Clark revealing he’s Superman to Jimmy Olsen at the end of Superman #38 that issue 39 follows up on, but, really, these are both issues where Superman deals with what his new ‘solar discharge explosion’ power means. Issue 39 is written by Geoff Johns, pencilled by John Romita, Jr., inked by Klaus Janson, coloured by Hi-Fi, and lettered by Sal Cipriano; issue 40 is written by John Romita, Jr., pencilled by John Romita, Jr., inked by Klaus Janson, coloured by Dean White, and lettered by Travis Lanham. We could go over the differences in colouring and lettering between these two comics (and they are there, of course), but, as you can imagine, I’m going to focus on the differences in the writing. Namely that Geoff Johns wrote a DC version of this comic, and John Romita, Jr. wrote a Marvel version.

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Jeremy Renner Doubling Down on Yikes

As you might have heard, Jeremy Renner decided to double down on his original joke about Black Widow being a slut by un-apologizing for it on Conan O’Brien’s show last night, arguing now that it is just a fact that if you sleep with four of the Avengers (she didn’t, of course, but let’s go with his premise) then that just makes you a slut.

Again, I’m struck by the reference to how “unguarded” Renner is when he comes on to the show with clearly a pre-planned bit.

Anyhow, well, at least this should get rid of the ol’ “But he was just joking!” defense for his behavior (which wasn’t much of a defense to begin with).

Review time! with Amiculus: A Secret History volume 1

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On the back of this comic, we get the intriguing question: “Did Rome fall … or was it pushed?” Well, of course it’s more complicated than that, but that’s not what fiction is all about, right?
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Comic Book Six Degrees – Jim Steranko to Frank Miller

As suggested by Jenos Idanian #13, the idea behind this game is to connect two comic creators to each other through artists/writers that they have jointly worked together with, in as few links as possible.

For instance, take connecting John Byrne and John Buscema.

Byrne drew Captain America with writer Roger Stern
Roger Stern wrote Avengers with artist John Buscema.

That’s a simple one, but presumably there are more difficult ones out there.

I’ll try to keep the ground rules brief.
1. We’re only using writers and pencilers for this game. No offense to inkers, colorists and letterers, but it makes this too easy if we count them.
2. Plotting counts as writing and breakdowns/layouts count for penciling. Finishes SHOULD count, but I’m not counting them for the same basic reason of #1.
3. Alterations by another penciler don’t count as a connection to the first penciler. Basically, you’re never going to connect an artist with another artist. You can connect writers with each other, though, if they co-wrote (or plotted/scripted) a story. And obviously if an artist wrote a story, you can connect an artist with another artist in that fashion (like John Byrne can connect with Jerry Ordway from Byrne writing stories Ordway penciled).
4. Only comic book stories count. No pin-ups.
5. If a comic story contains multiple writers and artists, it’s up to you to prove that the given writer actually wrote the page in the comic that the artist drew.

Every installment, whoever connects the two creators 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.

NOTE: When you folks send in your answers, please include your suggestion for the next match in the event that your answer is chosen. And demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices within six moves. Thanks!

Last week’s match-up was Herb Trimpe and Kelly Sue DeConnick. A lot of people were able to connect them in three. I randomly selected Sandy B. as the winner. Here is how he connected them:

Herb Trimpe drew the “Grudge Match” backup story written by Peter David in Incredible Hulk #393
Peter David wrote X-Factor #232 pencilled by Emanuela Lupacchino
Emanuela Lupacchino drew Richard Castle’s Storm Season OGN co-written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Brian Bendis

Sandy’s challenge is…

Jim Steranko to Frank Miller

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 creators gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Comic Book Easter Eggs – Special Star Wars Day Collection of Star Wars Easter Eggs!

In this feature, I share with you 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!).

Today, in honor of Star Wars Day, I figured I’d collect all of our past Star Wars editions of Comic Book Easter Eggs into one massive post!
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Flippin’ through Previews – May 2015

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Looking at Previews really is the best time to be a comics fan, because everything is great and nothing sucks! So let’s see what’s what in catalog #320!
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Avengers Legends Revealed!

In honor of the new hit Avengers film, we’ve decided to feature a collection of our past Comic Book Legends Revealed installments that involve the Avengers.

Enjoy!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The Avengers Save the Day Through Mass Suicide

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, in honor of the new Avengers film and at the suggestion of reader Smokescreen, we take a look at the time the Avengers saved the day by committing suicide together.
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What I bought – 29 April 2015

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Genesis is a great lie; but it is also a great poem; and a six-thousand-year-old womb is much warmer than one that stretches for two thousand million. (John Fowles, from The French Lieutenant’s Woman)
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Last Sunday on Rainier

Julie was still asleep when inspiration hit me on Sunday morning. So I went into our bedroom and sat on the foot of the bed and said, “I have one word for you.”

She stirred and said “Mmmmfraw,” which after over a decade of marriage I knew meant Huh? What time is it? What word? What are you on about now? Continue Reading »

What Happens When Vartox Runs Afoul of A-Force?

Nick Butch’s piece for this week’s Line it is Drawn was a bit late, so while I edited it into the feature, I also figured I’d share it here, to make sure everyone got a chance to see it.

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #521

Welcome to the five hundred and twenty-first 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 Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, this week is an all-Avengers edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed! Did Crisis on Infinite Earths spin out of the aborted JLA/Avengers crossover? Did the Scarlet Witch originally have a GREEN costume? Was Captain America and Scarlet Witch’s ill-fated romance not originally part of Avengers Disassembled?

Let’s begin!
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