Action Lab Comics
Inside this episode! Reviews of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s Batman & Red Robin #19 and Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo’s Uncanny X-Men #4. We also interview writer/artist Jamal Igle to talk about his successful kickstarter for the upcoming Molly Danger as well as Princeless Creator and Action Lab Comics Marketing Director Jeremy Whitley!
Here are the breaks:
Review of Batman & Red Robin #19 – 00:58
Review of Uncanny X-Men #4 – 18:00
Interview with Jamal Igle & Jeremy Whitley! – 39:58
More Comics Talk! – 01:15:05
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*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!
I got a bunch of comics at the Emerald City Comicon (some I actually bought!), and some of them were single issues, so I figured I’d do like last year and review them all at once. That’s fun, right?
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Sipping drinks on the porch in the sunset, Farsheed Shomloo, an immigration lawyer, pointed to a book on the patio table and told Jim, “You should read this new book about Iran, it’s really interesting.” Jim replied:
“I don’t want to read it. I know the outcome already. In Iran, there is beautiful poetry and everything turns out a disaster. Here the poetry is not so beautiful, but people are free to discover the best in themselves; that’s why America has happy endings. Here it’s a negative system: there is no entrenched despotism, no will to dominate. We immigrants can remake the whole country if we want to. It’s ours for the taking, as if there is a perpetual clean slate where nobody is ever owed anything. I’ll tell you, the Iranian revolution was a disaster for Iran and a success for America, because it brought a lot of talented, ambitious Iranians here. Every time there is a disaster in the Third World, it’s a good thing for America, since the best of the middle class finds its way here.” (Robert Kaplan, from An Empire Wilderness)
She said, “In every age, there must be truths people can’t fight – whether or not they want to, whether or not they will go on being truths in the future. We live in the truth of what Freud discovered. Whether or not we like it. However we’ve modified it. We aren’t really free to suppose – to imagine – he could possibly have been wrong about human nature. In particulars, surely – but not in the large plan –” (A. S. Byatt, from Possession)
And all the time, like pipes dripping, weakening and preparing to burst in the attic, around the house hearts were slowly breaking while nothing was being said. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)
Man, I’ve been doing this for six years. Has it helped any of you find new comics you’d otherwise miss? Well, I hope so. Do I get grief every time I do it? Of course! But I’m a masochist, so let’s check out the two hundred eighty-sixth edition of Previews and see what we can find! Yeeeeeee-ha!
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It is demonstrably plain that, were the whole matter of victualling the world on a non-national footing taken right out of the hands of the strutting male and handed over to a dozen sensible women who do not want to have their children killed, politics, which are nothing but a glorified form of housekeeping, would long since have been deflated to the problem of running a canteen. (William Gerhardie, from God’s Fifth Column)
People are always asking me for comic recommendations with good female portrayals. There are a lot of them of course, but I find when people ask for ongoing books, rather than collected trades, or stand alone graphic novels, or even limited series, it’s a bit harder to find as many as I’d like that fill that role. So I thought I’d spend some time pulling together a column talking about a few that I think are worth checking out as a nice “here read this!” when people ask me for recommendations. However, as I researched what I wanted to put on the list, it became obvious that we have surprising number of very new books that are looking pretty damn good. And so this list quickly morphed into “8 Great NEW Female Positive Ongoings”. The great thing about that is that all of the books on this list are very easy to jump onto now, as not one of them is currently beyond their third issue. The worrying thing about that is it’s hard to know with many of these how long they’ll be around. But if we all buy and support and talk about them, maybe we can help them become well established enough to be with us for a good long while?
This list skews pretty mainstream, which initially surprised me since I read a fair amount of independent work, and independent work on the whole tends to be more female positive to my mind, but in doing this list I realized that while it’s quite easy to find indie graphic novels, trades, and limited series that fit this criteria, ongoing are a bit of a different animal and when I limited my list to “new” it became an even smaller group. Still, only half the list is DC & Marvel, and at least two books are very independent, so I hope there’s a little something here for everyone. As always I welcome any good “female positive” (and new would be good!) recommendations of books I may have missed in the comments.