I’ve been thinking about superhero redesigns, in part thanks to our awesome interview with Kris Anka on 3 Chicks Review Comics. We talked a lot about the difference between good artists and good designers, and how important getting an artist that knows about design and fashion is to having a modern and functional looking costume. Any time you change a costume, no matter how necessary the change is, or how great the new design might be, it tends to ruffle fan feathers as there is surprising emotional attachment to things like this. And when you change design as fundamental as a superhero costume you’re changing brand identity and recognition. It’s kind of a huge deal, and not something that should be undertaken all willy-nilly.
For this column I decided to focus on 6 recent redesigns that are actual canon (i.e. you can actually see them in comics – or will – and they have been embraced by the publisher) but because I hate actually sticking to the limits I set for myself, I added a couple brilliant redesigns that are “unofficial” or considered “fan art”, because honestly, there is A LOT of great design being done on the fringes. Skilled artists that know a lot about design and fashion and perhaps more importantly, care about characters, and the resigns for said characters are killing it out there. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy!
Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Captain Marvel (volume 4) #22, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 2004. This scan is from Captain Marvel: Odyssey, the trade that was published in 2004. Enjoy!
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Inside this episode! We review Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy’s Captain Marvel #1 and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga #5. We then have an awesome interview with Becky Cloonan so we can talk about her upcoming work on Batman #12! We talk about all of her books, her process, and what you can look for next from here. In lieu of Chick of The Week this week we talk a bit about SDCC 2012 – what we like and dislike, and what we’re excited about. Sue also gives a mini (non-spoiler) review of The Dark Knight Rises and very graciously “forces” me to talk about the last hours of my Kickstarter campaign – it ends Wednesday!
Here are the breaks:
Captain Marvel #1 – 01:00
Saga #5 – 13:24
Becky Cloonan Interview – 26:12
SDCC & The Dark Knight Rises talk! – 91:18
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!
“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive.” (Joseph Heller, from Catch-22)
I bought a sexy new computer yesterday. I’m writing this on its decade-older cousin, however, because it’s hard to blog when your only available monitor (er, besides this one) is the TV. Doin’ it old school!
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: I forgot all the good questions I was going to ask. So what’s a question you’d like to answer? I’m open to suggestions.
Brunch? Hah! The semi-new format begins here, as a full meal of links, musings, reviews, and unwitty witticisms awaits you beneath the cut on this Easter Sunday.
QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK: With the new Twilight graphic novel selling heavily despite being blindingly awful, it’s got me thinking: Should comics adapt prose works? Which novels would make for good comic book adaptations?
So last time I took a look at the original Top Ten Best Reviewed Comics of the Year on Dick Hyacinth’s meta-list.
Since then D.H. has tabulated a couple more votes (specifically those from the Comics Journal best of the year issue) and given us a full on Top 100.
“Neat!” sez I “I’m going to try to read as many of these as I can.”
So here are the results of my quest.