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She Has No Head! – The Problem(s) With Man Of Steel

I love superheroes. I really really do. And so there are few things I like more man-of-steel-poster2than a good superhero film. One that reminds you what is great about superheroes – that gives you those superheroic chills – but that also manages to be a good film. It’s more rare than you’d think, especially since we’re in a sweet spot where some filmmakers are actually figuring it out – Batman, Avengers, Iron Man, Dredd – there have been some very good superhero movies in the last few years – which sometimes makes us forget how hard a thing it is to create a movie that is both good film and good superhero movie.

Sadly, Man of Steel is not among them.

But before I get into this, let’s take a moment to say, it’s great if YOU liked or even loved the film. I am honestly happy for you, in fact, I’m jealous, because I wanted to love it too. And I am not saying you are a moronic dolt that doesn’t know a thing about film or superheroes if you liked it. Don’t personalize this. This is about why think Man of Steel is a terrible film, from both a superhero fan and a film lover perspective.

There’s a lot to say and so I’m going to lean on the crutch that is a list.

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Say It With Manga – International Collaborations Edition

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I could go into the whole “manga-inspired comics” debate, but I really don’t want to, as I like good manga no matter where it comes from.  One of my current favorites, in fact, is a series of self-published doujinshi drawn by Jo Chen.  Thankfully, manga-style comics from other countries are much more widely accepted today, as Yen Press has an entire line of domestically-produced manga adaptations of YA novels that I suspect does quite well.  There are still many purists and older fans that insist manga can only come from Japan, however.  This article covers three series that are, in theory, the best of both worlds.  All three are drawn by Japanese artists (in two instances, very well-established Japanese artists), and all three were serialized in Japanese anthology magazines, the origin of all manga released in Japan.  But all three were written by non-Japanese authors.  Sadly, none of these are terribly stand-out series, but that the collaboration exists at all is quite interesting to me.

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The Greatest Jim Lee Stories Ever Told!

Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest Jim Lee Stories Ever Told!

Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for February AND March 2013

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Last month, I didn’t get a chance to finish all of these before I went to the convention in Seattle, and then I was busy when I got back. So this month, we get a double dose of trades and books I’ve read and such. That means this is really long, and I apologize for that!
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What I bought – 20 March 2013

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An old Ukrainian proverb warns, “A tale that begins with a beet will end with the devil.”

That is a risk we will have to take. (Tom Robbins, from Jitterbug Perfume)
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The Great Comic Book Detectives – Hidden Profanity in Batman #1?

Typically, this column is for people to send in old comics that they only vaguely remember and we’ll hunt down the comic that they’re talking about, but we’ve decided to mix it up a bit this week.

Today, we are looking at a suggestion a reader made over what might be a hidden piece of profanity in Batman #1. We’ll present what we have and leave it to you folks to weigh in one what you think the deal is (and perhaps some of you have more information that you could lend).

Read on to see what we’re talking about!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 052

Hey! It’s our 52nd Episode! 3 Chicks Blue Brown Final2sized

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Inside this episode! Reviews of the spoilerific Batman Inc. #8 by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnam as well as Marvel’s FF #4 by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred. We then answer YOUR questions, as submitted via Twitter…and a bonus question from Audioshocker “Podcast by Ross & Nick” fans! ;)

Here are the breaks:

Review of Batman Inc. #8 – 00:49

Review of FF #4 – 26:33

We answer YOUR questions! – 36:03

Sandwiches! – 1:31:50

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 Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

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Comic Book Legends Revealed #408

Welcome to the four hundred and eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and seven. This week, it is a special theme week! All about Batman’s sales in the 1960s! Did the 1960s Batman TV series really save the Batman comic book from cancellation? If not the TV series, then did Julie Schwartz and Carmine Infantino save it from cancellation a few years earlier? Finally, how did Batman’s popularity affect the introduction of Zatanna?

Let’s begin!

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 23

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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Sunday brunch: Links for the week of 17-23 February 2013

What do we have this week? Only you can discover that!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #407

Welcome to the four hundred and seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and six. This week, did William Marston’s boss really have to order him to reduce the amount of times Wonder Woman was tied up with chains by 50%? Did DC Comics really try to stop a cricket company from trademarking the term “Batsman”? And who was the Peanuts character who was followed around by a cloud?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #127 – Superheroes Break Bad!

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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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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 blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them 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 9:00 AM Pacific on Friday).

The topic is…

Every fifty installments, this will be the theme! Mash-up a comic book character and a famous music album cover!

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

In honor of Cyclops and Uncanny X-Men #1, the theme is superheroes gone bad! Pick a superhero that you’d like to see our artists depict as a villain. What would Superman look like if he was a bad guy? Or Captain America? You get the picture. If they feel like it, our artists might even draw a villain as a good guy fighting the villainous hero (if they feel like it, of course).

Enjoy!

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 051

Hey! It’s our 51st Episode!3 Chicks Blue Brown Final2sized

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Inside this episode! Reviews of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers: Bureau #1 as well as DC’s Katana #1 by Ann Nocenti and Andy Sanchez. We also spend a good amount of time talking about the end of Death Of The Family (spoilers, ahoy!) as well as the (totally unrelated) Orson Scott Card situation. To cleanse our palates we then interview the delightful Terry Moore, about Rachel Rising, the 20th Anniversary of Strangers In Paradise, what digital comics have meant for indie comics, and how he came to build Abstract Studios. 

Here are the breaks:

Review of Powers: Bureau #1 – 00:53

Review of Katana #1 – 12:40

Hot Topics (Death of the Family, The Card Conundrum) – 25:00

Interview with Terry Moore! – 55:19

Hodgepodge Talk! – 1:47:45

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 Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

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Committed: The “Batman On Robin” Exhibition (Warning: Explicit Imagery, for mature readers only, NSFW, etc)

This Friday sees the opening of an exhibition of original art inspired by the relationship between Batman and Robin at Mission Comics and Art from February 6th – March 3rd. The exhibition includes original works from 30 artists, including Ed Luce, Sina Grace, Beth Dean, as well as the curators; Justin Hall and Rick Worley. I spoke with Worley and Hall about the exhibition, and they gave us a preview of art which will be included in the show (which I’ve included below the interview.)

Please note that some of the imagery is of a graphic nature and will not be appropriate for all ages.

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 049

Hey! It’s our 49th episode!

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Inside this episode! It’s our annual Bests and Worsts List for 20121! Tune in for our best covers, single issues, graphic novel, ongoing series, and more. As well as best writer, artist, and the creative team we’ll now follow anywhere! If that’s not enough for you, Special guest Scott Snyder drops by for an impromptu chat about Batman, Superman, The Wake, and more!

Here are the breaks:

Bests & Worsts for 2012! – 00:59

Interview with Scott Snyder! – 60:44

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 Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question! Advance reviews are always spoiler-free!

Best Cover of 2012: Kelly's pick, Sue's pick.

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