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1987 And All That: Blue Beetle #8-19

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

BlueBeetle1Blue Beetle #8-19 (DC) by Len Wein, Joey Cavalieri (#12), R.J.M. Lofficer (#14-15, 17-19), Paris Cullins (#8-9, 11-14, 17-18), Chuck Patton (#10), Ross Andru (#15-16, 19), Dell Barras (#8-15), Danny Bulanadi (#16-17, 19), Carl Gafford (#8), Gene D’Angelo (#9-19), John Costanza, Karen Berger (#8-13), Denny O’Neil (#14-19)

To be a superhero requires a certain amount of optimism. It’s not just about having power, but also about believing that you can use that power to make an actual difference. It’s about picking the good side in the never-ending good-vs.-evil conflict that rages within and around us all, and convincing yourself and the world that you’re contributing something, that you’re genuinely helping your side win in the short- and/or long-term. I suppose this requires some level of ego/arrogance, too, and probably more than a little delusion. The titular star of Blue Beetle certainly possesses both of those traits, but it is the aforementioned optimism that shines through most brightly with that character and the series as a whole. Ted Kord earnestly, enthusiastically does good for it’s own sake, and seems to find that it is it’s own reward, too. His life is full of other rewards— money, status, romance, an entire corporation to run—but his superheroics are what take precedence and usurp most of his time, because that’s what most interests and satisfies him. It even, at times, gets in the way of his other obligations, but ultimately Kord chooses over and over to put his Blue Beetle activities first since he thinks of them as the most important, valuable work he does. Continue Reading »

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!


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