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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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The Line it is Drawn #238 – Avengers Assemble!

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 Secret Wars #1 out next week, mash-up two famous Marvel storylines. So, for instance, Planet Hulk and Planet of the Symbiotes becomes Planet of the Hulk Symbiotes. Feel free to just write, say, Armor Wars + Age of Apocalypse, Ultron Unlimited + Clone Saga, etc.

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

Avengers Assemble! In honor of the Avengers fighting a great foe in their new movie next week, name an era of the Avengers and then name a villain you’d like to see them face, ANY villain, from any comic book company or even outside of comics, if you’d like. For instance, Roger Stern’s Avengers vs. Lex Luthor, John Byrne’s Avengers West Coast vs. Godzilla.

Enjoy!
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The Wrong Side: Batman vs. The Hulk

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). 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!

For the latest fight, as suggested by reader Adam W., we take a look at the time Batman took down the Hulk.
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Comic Book Questions Answered – What Was the First #0 Issue?

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Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

In a recent discussion in the voting thread for The 25 Greatest Valiant Stories Ever Told, reader The Third Man asked a question about the famous Valiant series of #0 issues (Valiant had a thing where you could redeem vouchers for a copy of Magnus Robot Fighter #0), namely “I was actually wondering that about the zero issues. Was Valiant the first company to publish a zero issue, or did someone beat them to it?”

Read on for the answer!
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Cover Theme Game for 4/29

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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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Avengers Falling for the Scarlet Witch

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 week, in honor of her film debut later this week, we look at five times Avengers fell for their teammate, the Scarlet Witch!
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Jem and the Holograms #2 Review

jem2 I meant to have this up when the issue came out, so I’m re-posting it now – BC. Today is the release of the second issue of the Jem and the Holograms series from IDW, written by our own Kelly Thompson (co-plotted by Sophie Campbell) and drawn by Campbell and M. Victoria Robado. I thought that Campbell and Robado did an excellent job on the first issue (I reviewed it here), but they took things to a whole other level with this second issue, as Campbell and Robado tackle what is likely the number one most difficult aspect of this comic, namely “How do you translate music to a written work?” Their answer is through a series of carefully orchestrated panels by Campbell that are bursting with vibrant colors by Robado. One of the strongest tools that a comic book artist has is how they lay out a page. How they lay the page out can literally determine how you read it, and here, Campbell’s designs take control of your eye and forces you to follow along with the “music.” I especially like how Campbell eschews traditional panel arrangements and instead has panels essentially created from the characters themselves, the blended nature of the design also achieves the aforementioned “driving” force. As powerful as a job that Campbell and Robado do on those pages, though, they would only stand out as awesome-looking set pieces if they weren’t sandwiched around a compelling story with interesting characters. Luckily, that’s just what happened in this issue!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 135

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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