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She Has No Head! – Turns Out Laughter Is MY Gateway Drug

It’s taken me very many years to realize this about myself, but basically funny sells me over just about anything else. I mean, we almost universally all love to laugh and so we naturally like funny things, but I have realized I prize it more highly than I understood, and more highly than do a lot of others. I find time and again, what can keep me hooked when it comes to media – especially serialized media like comics and television – is if something is funny. If I can get good laughs week to week (or month to month), out of your creation you have a really good shot at keeping me invested and perhaps even more impressively, becoming a die hard fan.

Astonishing X-Men - you teach ethics

Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost from Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men.

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Comics You Should Own – Secret Six

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She has a lot of career left, but at this point, this has to be Gail Simone’s masterpiece, right?
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Abandoned Love: How The Nuclear Men Became the Nuclear Man

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around we’ll take a look at the abrupt change in direction DC went in with Fury of Firestorm last year.

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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode 048

Hey! It’s our 48th episode!


Inside this episode! We have an advance review of Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin’s Princeless #1 (from the second mini-series coming in February – pre-order now!) and Kelly Sue DeConnick and Stephano Caselli’s Avengers Assemble #10.  Our interview with Renae De Liz seems to have fallen through – but please go check out her Kickstarter for a fantastic Peter Pan Adaptation, which is in its final days and already super successful!  For our hot topic we discuss Gail Simone leaving Batgirl, and possibly all of DC, and what these continued bad decisions mean for us as DC readers. Chick of the Week, for a variety of reasons (including super appropriate timing) is Karen Berger. We take a few minutes to promote some stuff we’re up to, Sue talks about the Toys For Tots contest she’s running on DC Women Kicking Ass full of insanely awesome prizes.  Sue is also being featured on the Bleeding Cool “Personality of 2012″ poll – we’re split on whether it’s a good thing or not…so vote…or don’t…? We’re not sure! Kelly reminds people that The Girl Who Would Be King is available for sale digitally on Amazon (only $2.99!) and limited edition hardbacks and swag are available directly through Kelly (email her at: 1979semifinalist[at]gmail[dot]com), but if you want your books before the holidays – you must order today – Monday 12/17/12!

Here are the breaks:

Princeless #1 Advance Review – 00:59

Avengers Assemble #10 – 8:45

Hot Topic! – 19:20

Chick of the Week – 36:12

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!

Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 308: Welcome to Tranquility #12

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Welcome to Tranquility #12, which was published by DC/Wildstorm and is cover dated January 2008. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 250: Secret Six #24

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Secret Six #24, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 2010. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Two Chicks Talk About Comics And Stuff

Hmm...someone is definitely missing...

There’s been a lot of women in comics related chatter all over the internet the last week or so and most of it is at least a little frustrating.  So I reached out to fellow a fellow blogger – creator of the crazy popular and yet fairly recent DC Women Kicking Ass Tumblr blog, Sue – for a chat.  Sue has made a huge mark for herself in less than six months – becoming a serious resource for images, commentary, and information, especially as it relates to women and superheroes.  As some of this week’s news related directly to Sue’s petition to DC regarding the ridiculous DC 75th Anniversary logo which bizarrely leaves out Wonder Woman, I thought Sue might have some thoughts on this week’s craziness and beyond.  The following is an edited version of our two plus hour conversation on yahoo messenger…

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She Has No Head! – Wonder Woman #600: A Lot Of Promise, Not Enough Delivery

WONDER WOMAN #600. Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Louise Simonson, Geoff Johns, and J. Wonder Woman 600 coverMichael Straczynski  (writers).  George Perez, Amanda Conner, Eduardo Pansica, Scott Kolins, Don Kramer (art).  Scott Koblish, Bob Wiacek, and Michael Babinski (inks).  Hi-Fi, Paul Mounts, Pete Pantazis, Michael Atiyeh, and Alex Sinclair (colors).  Adam Hughes, Nicola Scott & Jason Wright, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Rod Reis, Gullem March, Greg Horn, Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato, Phil Jimenez & Hi-Fi, Jock, Shane Davis, Jamie Mendoza, Nei Ruffino (pin ups). Lynda Carter (introduction).  DC.  56 pages.  $4.99.

All right, let’s jut talk about the costume briefly and get it out of the way since we’ve kind of beat this horse dead already.

No, I don’t like the new costume.  But it’s not just because I don’t like the look of it (though I don’t).  It’s because it simply doesn’t feel like Wonder Woman.  I don’t like the way it looks, but that’s fine, everyone has different tastes and we’re never ALL going to agree so it’s a fools errand anyway.  Yes, I would prefer if the costume was more “fashion forward”, more modern and clean-lined rather than feeling like a fussy design throwback to 80’s fashion and 90’s comics.  And while we’re here I’ll flat out say that I think this Jamie McKelvie design comes really close without even trying.

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She Has No Head! – It Took Gail Simone

If you thought last week’s Lois Lane confession was a big deal…well I’m going to blow your minds this Wonder Woman #40week because…I’ve never liked Wonder Woman.

Let me give that a minute to soak in…you with the rotten fruit in back…sit down…let me finish and then if you still want to throw it…be my guest.

I know there are actually a surprising number of people who feel this way about Wonder Woman, but as a “Women in comics! Go!” advocate of sorts, I’ve long buried my head in shame at the fact that I couldn’t seem to like Wonder Woman no matter how I tried.  Although I’ve been informed by my mother that as a child I possessed (and loved) my Wonder Woman underoos – which makes me think that there was a time when I loved Wonder Woman – but it wasn’t a time I can remember, so it remains a source of shame.  It feels kind of good to come clean actually.

Here’s the real problem though…I couldn’t really tell you why I didn’t like her.  It wasn’t like with Lois Lane where I had never really given her a chance, or because her original concept was as someone’s girlfriend (which of course would rub me the wrong way), or because I had some weird possibly unfounded dislike for her profession.

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