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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – How The Flash Has One of the Silliest Superhero Origins of All-Time

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 75th anniversary of the Flash, we look at just how silly Jay Garrick’s origin was!
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Went to Tell Everybody – This One Summer

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 Jackson “Butch” Guice, awesome longtime comic book artist who has been working as a top comic book artist for roughly thirty years now, drawing top books for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, CrossGen, Valiant and more (just a quick sampling – he was the regular artist for Micronauts, New Mutants, Iron Man, X-Factor, Action Comics, Resurrection Man, Captain America and Ruse). Jackson recommends Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki’s 2014 graphic novel, This One Summer.
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2015 31 Days of Comics – Great Plot Twist

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 13, which is a Great Plot Twist.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Part 13

Tomorrow, issue two of Thanos vs. Hulk comes out and this exercise changes. Another quarter of the story will be revealed and, unless I feigned ignorance or put off reading the issue until February 1, it will change how every post after this is approached in some way. As it exists, this is the final post where I can discuss Thanos vs. Hulk #1 in its vacuum of being a first issue and what that entails before another issue comes out. As Abhay puts it, first issues are monsters. There are a lot of demands on them; less so when it’s a first issue like this one that can rely on a lot of implied backstory. Still, this is the issue where people decide if this is a comic worth buying or a comic that has convinced them to save a further $11.97.

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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TV 34: Futures End #36

This was the issue of Futures End that I have enjoyed the least. The book feels like it’s treading water, waiting for Brainiac to arrive or for Brother Eye to reveal itself again or something. For a moment there, it seemed like the comic had come into focus and was really beginning to hit its stride. Then it closed out the previous Firestorm story and Cadmus Island and began having more things intersect until… nothing. Nothing has happened. And you could tell that this would be that sort of comic right from the beginning, too. “Never judge a book by its cover.” What a crock…

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2015 31 Days of Comics – Great Holiday Comic

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 12, which is a Great Holiday Comic.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Part 12

As I said yesterday, it’s interesting that, at this point in his career, when Jim Starlin does a creator-owned work like ’Breed III, he does all of the art (pencilling, inking, and colouring), but, when he’s doing work-for-hire, he only does the pencilling. When discussing the inking, I said that one of the strengths of Andy Smith’s work in Thanos vs. Hulk #1 is that the finished product looks very close to how Starlin’s line work looks when he inks himself. Smith is excellent at helping Starlin’s pencils look as much like his art when it’s finished. I don’t know if that’s what people think a good inker should do, but, in this case, it’s what I’m glad to see happen. Somehow, Frank D’Armata is even better at replicating Starlin in colouring than Smith is in inking.

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Review time! with No’Madd: City of Empty Towers

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Here’s another comic I’ve had for a few months, and I’m finally getting around to reviewing it! Hooray for free time!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #076 – The 2014 In Review Episode!

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We begin with a review of Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Maris Wicks, and Rico Renzi’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1! We’ve also got a review of Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones, and Laura Allred’s Lady Killer #1 from Dark Horse. Next up are our picks for the Best (and a few words) of 2014! And as promised in this episode, here’s a link to my list of 52 Best Comic Covers of the year.

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers. Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue. Special thanks to Caanan Grall for our incredible 3 Chicks Logo and to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

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Silver Age Sunday – The Long-Awaited Debut of Batman Jones!

Every Sunday, I will spotlight a cool Silver Age comic book story. Here is the archive of the Silver Age stories spotlighted already (I did a month’s worth of them back in 2011, so I’ll just pick up from where I left off then).

Today we look at the introduction of one of the greatest Batman supporting characters of all-time, Batman Jones, the kid named after Batman!
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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Part 11

I tend to focus on the writing side of comics given my background in literature, but more so than writer/artist collaborations, separating the art from the writing when both are done by a single individual is damn near impossible. I’m able to do it with Jim Starlin usually because he has such a large back catalogue of work solely as a writer that it’s easy to pick out elements of his writing based on that work. However, he uses his art to tell so much of the story that I find myself attributing those things to Starlin the writer rather than Starlin the writer/artist or even just Starlin the artist. What I’m trying to say is that it’s time to begin talking about the art.

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2015 31 Days of Comics – Old Comic You Love

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 11, which is an Old Comic You Love.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Another View 2: Thanos vs. Hulk #1 Part 10

Where were we? Ah. Why begin Thanos vs. Hulk #1 with a Iron Man and Maria Hill first discussing Bruce Banner and then reviewing a recording of Pip the Troll kidnapping Banner? Why not directly show the kidnapping? Why filter it through Iron Man and Maria Hill? Assuming that neither character shows up again in the series, it’s a variation on many Starlin opening scenes; a variation that I’m not sure I completely understand myself. But, let’s get talking about it and maybe I’ll figure it out.

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 120

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 – The Most Beautiful Scene in Any Comic

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 10, which is The Most Beautiful Scene in Any Comic.

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