Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
I originally intended to pair this column with my “25 Great Superheroine Moments In Comics” post from two weeks ago in honor of Women’s History Month, but then Wonder Woman #7 happened and I felt compelled to write about that. So here we are with the unofficial “part two” in April. So it goes!
Those of you familiar with my blogging over on 1979 Semi-Finalist know I’m a big cover fanatic. I do a monthly post called “Drunk Cover Solicits In Three Sentences Or Less” where I…you guessed it…get drunk and talk about the newest Marvel and DC Cover Solicits. It’s supposed to be a chance to talk about some gorgeous art and also to make good-natured fun of some of the silliness…of course some rage occasionally seeps out (shocker). I also do a “52 Best Covers of the Year” in honor of SDCC every year. But I realized recently that I’d never focused on covers that feature women and thought what better way to celebrate than to do that here.
My criteria was looking at covers from between March of 2011 and March of 2012* and only at saddle-stapled monthly comics that feature a woman as a minimum of 50% of the cover focus. These are entirely North American as that’s primarily what I have access to. I didn’t include trades or graphic novels either. I’m not going to write much about each, just a few lines about what I love about them. Enjoy!
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
Did any of you read a hilarious post by Laura Hudson on her Myriad Issues blog like three years ago where she had her mom read comics? If not, head over and read it now, because it’s fantastic, and half of the inspiration for this column as it’s a post I’ve never forgotten (how can you forget spitting most of your diet soda all over your keyboard as someone’s mom makes awesome accurate hilarious observations on the internet about independent comics?). The other half of the inspiration for this three part column belongs to our own Greg Burgas who did a great What I Bought this summer in which his friends read and reviewed his weekly pull list for him.
Especially because She Has No Head! is about women and comics, and I have a fascination with why women do and don’t read comics and what they do and don’t respond to as readers, I decided to do my own little comics reading experiment. I called it “The Ladies Comics Project” (crazy creative, right?). The premise was simple – pull together some great ladies from as many age groups and walks of life as I could manage, women both familiar and not with comics, and let them pick a comic to read from the month of September and then make them tell me what they think.
Alias buys you a lot of credit in my house.
Powers does too.
A lot of people, when they hear Brian Michael Bendis’ name, they think “Avengers” and then maybe a string of expletives. But I didn’t read that stuff for one reason or another and so I think “Alias” and then I think “Powers” and then I think that I absolutely adore both those things.
So yeah, I tend to give Brian Michael Bendis the benefit of the doubt when it comes to new work, especially creator owned work, of which this book is the first in a long time.
All these reactions made it easy for me to buy and subsequently love his and Alex Maleev’s new creator owned project, Scarlet.
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