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She Has No Head! – Is the Destruction of The Amazons The Destruction of Feminism in DC Comics?

I drafted Wonder Woman #7 for my CBR reviews last week not knowing what the issue was about, and it resulted in the toughest review I’ve had to write for CBR yet. To CBR’s credit, though the review skewed a bit editorial, they ran it. However, we have strict word counts over there and I have many thoughts and feelings…so here we are on She Has No Head! five days later.

I have loved and supported the new Wonder Woman under Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. I supported this book vehemently even when I did not agree with all the choices they made — like Wonder Woman being Zeus’ daughter and thus a demi-god — because I understand that writers have to do things that are unpopular sometimes in order to tell the best story. And in fact, doing something unpopular can often be the right thing to do. In addition to that, I also understand that stories are not tailor made FOR ME, and I don’t expect them to be. So I accepted the changes as many fans did and continued to read, and frankly to love, so much of what Azzarello and Chiang were doing.

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She Has No Head! – 25 Great Superheroine Moments

My good friend and fellow blogger and podcaster, Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass has a great new tumblr site up called…well, I’m just going to call it THIS!

The site is all about finding those great moments for women in superhero comics…you know the ones…the ones that leave you with goose bumps, that leave you breathless, that leave you in love.  The site is open to submissions from anyone, which is only fair as we all have different definitions of what inspires us from women in superhero comics. And what better month for a post like this than March – Women’s History Month.

Inspired by Sue’s efforts I thought I’d do a piece about some of the moments that have meant the most to me over my years of reading. I make no argument that these are the “best ever” moments…just that they’re the moments that have curled my toes. Which ones curled yours? Let me know, and better yet, submit your own over on THIS!

Word of warning – if you haven’t read the story I’m talking about, be careful of spoilers!

Click to enbiggen on any image!

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Random Thoughts!… with Bill Reed!? (June 7, 2011)

Random Hijack! Yes, I am stealing Chad Nevett’s bit for a week whilst he takes a hiatus from this column. Yes, this is all Travis Pelkie’s fault. It’s Random Thoughts time! Get excited! (Or don’t. It’s really up to you. This is a free country.)

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She Has No Head! – Caanan Grall’s Celadore

Celadore 1.  Caanan Grall (writer/artist/creator).  DC Comics/Zuda.  Softcover.  Full Color.  192 pages.  $14.99

Many Comics Should Be Good readers are well familiar with Eisner nominated Caanan Grall’s work, as he delivers amazing entries each week in Brian’s Line It Is Drawn series. We are weekly treated to Grall’s massive creativity and superb execution in his handling of those mash-ups, as well as his 100% delightful web series Max Overacts, and so few will be surprised to find that Grall’s first major story, Celadore, is chock full of creativity, laughs, and gorgeous artwork.

Celadore, originally a web comic published by DC via their sort of defunct Zuda label, was collected as a print edition in October 2010. In fairness to DC, “Zuda Comics” is proudly displayed on the cover of Celadore…so it gives one hope that other great Zuda properties like Celadore, and perhaps even potential future properties will still find voice.

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She Has No Head! – Ladies Comics Project, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3, and the final installment of this iteration of The Ladies Comics Project in which a handful of my family, friends, and colleagues (both those familiar with comics and not) read and reviewed one of the comics I purchased in September 2010.  For more details about this project and more ladies reviews and feedback, go here to read Part 1 and here to read Part 2.

So after about 8 weeks of working on this project, here we are, the final installment – 437 emails, a handful of gchats, phone calls, interviews, texts, and a you tube video later – all to bring you: The Ladies Comics Project: Part 3

Illustraton for Ladies Comics Project, Part 3 by Tara O'Connor

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She Has No Head! – Is Wonder Woman A Gateway Drug? Could She Be?

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Caldwell's Wonder Woman from Wednesday Comics

As I mentioned recently in the comments on one of Greg Burgas’ posts, I am painfully burned out on mainstream comics right now.  It’s been building for a while now, but the last four weeks have left me with a massive stack of mostly unread comic books.  Sure I read a few, and I’ve flipped through most of the rest multiple times, but looking at the pile…imagining reading them…is suddenly akin to something like Chinese water torture.

This has happened to me before, a few times actually, and it generally results in me taking a sabbatical of sorts from reading mainstream books for undetermined amounts of time – only to later return with vigor (and cluelessness as to why I ever needed to take a break from something so awesome).  However, this time, I find I’ve built a lot of little bits of my life around comics – my blog is regularly about comics, and I have this column, not to mention a superhero novel out on submission to publishers – so for the first time I don’t feel comfortable just walking away.

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Showcase Presents: Doom Patrol Review

Somewhere along the line, I became a huge Doom Patrol geek without even noticing. Buying Morrison’s run in trade wasn’t enough for me. No, I had to track down the vastly underrated Arcudi/Huat run. I’m champing at the bit for the upcoming Giffen-penned series. And now I’ve gone and read through all 500+ pages of Showcase Presents: Doom Patrol, a lovely collection of the first 21 issues of the team’s original run by greats like Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani. Simply put, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had reading one of these phonebook-sized trades. The Onion’s AV Club, however, only gave it a C+ grade. My opinion’s a lot loftier than that.

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I Don’t Like MMO Video Games…

but I do like this gallery of Flash images from the long in the making DC Universe game, which can be found at Kotaku. I especially like this one. Since I avoid MMOs like I do other addictive drugs I’ll probably never play this. Even if this screen, showing the Flash running with two player created speedsters (one of whom looks little like Speed Demon) does a good job of communicating the idea that you can interact with the DC icons.

I Just Found This Out- Morrison Returns To Batman! With Quitely! In A New Series!

The mother ship and IGN both have info. IGN has the first cover.

It sounds like it’s part of Batman’s “new direction.” I’d prefer an All-Star style approach to continuity. And to be totally honest, I’d prefer a creator owned (or at least non-superhero) work out of these two, especially after RIP and (especially) Final Crisis. I liked those stories a lot, but I may be getting Morrison superhero fatigue at this point.

That said, it’s Morrison and Quitely. So that preceding paragraph is kind of bullshit, really. The only proper response is as follows:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And only that many exactly that many exclamation points are acceptable. Take note for future use.

A Fortnight’s Worth Of Comic Reviews/Thoughts

Reviews and thoughts on some comics that don’t have controversial big budget movie adaptations in cinemas nationwide as I type. Yet. Continue Reading »

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