INTERVIEW: Gail Simone Guides 'Blockbuster Update' of Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris
“Just help me through this moment after everything I told you, how the weight of their loss is like the weight of the sun”
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I always like to do a post early in the year that looks forward to some of the books I’m most excited about on the horizon in 2015, helps me get pumped for the year and also try to make a mental note of all the projects I’m looking out for. I was ready with my list the first week of January but opted to wait to hear what news came out of Image Expo as they’ve had some truly exciting stuff in the last couple years, this year was no exception and added some great looking titles to my “must haves” list.
All that said, it was a bit hard to predict what I’m most excited about from Marvel and DC because their events (Secret Wars and Convergence, respectively) are even more potentially “line changing” and mysterious than usual. So keeping in mind that that accounts for a likely decreased number of books from both publishers on the list…let’s get going! I organized this by month and then for stuff that has nebulous release dates more a “going forward in 2015” category.
Counting down the best things for “Women in Comics” to come out of NYCC this weekend!
To be honest, going into a big con week I never know if there’s going be enough material to make a decent post of for She Has No Head. Sometimes I’ve struggled to come up with new announcements to write about, even after a big con. And then there are weeks where it’s hard to whittle your list down to ten items and you come it at well over 3,000 words. Well done, NYCC, well done!
I’ll also say that though I am “con averse” in general and was out of town for most of the festivities anyway, this was the first time I have been following the news (and even more so the tweets) and really felt like I missed out. So many great creators I love were out and force and being recognized for the insanely talented individuals they are and it made me feel so genuinely joyous (though disappointed to have missed out). Also, a huge thanks to all the people that so valiantly brave the con to do such great reporting, you guys are soldiers – soldiers that seemed like you were having an incredible time.
Onward to the list!
Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Stuart Immonen, and the comics are Never As Bad As You Think and Moving Pictures, the first of which was published by Boom! and is cover dated December 2008 and the second of which was published by Top Shelf and is cover dated April 2010. Enjoy!
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A couple weeks ago, Girls Gone Geek was running a hashtag on twitter called #DreamComics asking people to pitch their character and creative team that would make up their dream comics at DC and Marvel. There were some great suggestions. Because I was a bit busy I simply gave them a link to my Marvel “Dreamy Lady Team Ups” column from late 2013 instead of coming up with new ideas, but it got me thinking about DC books, which I never did a similar piece for. In truth, I never did a “Dreamy Lady Team Ups” piece (or similar) for DC because it’s just a rough place for me right now. There are so many characters I love there, but – as many of you are well aware – it’s just not a very welcoming place to me right now. I find the treatment of female characters to be pretty appalling and even beyond that the tone is incredibly dark and gritty throughout the universe, and honestly, I don’t understand the universe very well anymore – the ages of characters, what was retconned and what was kept, it’s kind of a mess in my head. However, as I was thinking about it, DC not being a great/welcoming places these days is the best possible reason to come up with a list of what I’d love to see. And so here we are.
Inside this episode! We have a review of Ann Nocenti and Rafa Sandoval’s Catwoman #14 and Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti’s Journey Into Mystery #646. We then have an awesome interview with Marvel Editor Jeanine Schaefer! C’mon in for a listen! Kelly mercilessly plugs her book – on sale for Cyber Monday at Amazon! Sue talks about how 3 Batgirls have swept the Kick Ass DC Woman Tournament 3 years in a row. Also, did you see what Sue is Thankful For this year? Great list of great things! Ooh! And Renae De Liz has a great new Kickstarter going. Check it out!
Here are the breaks:
Catwoman #14 – 00:43
Journey Into Mystery #646 – 14:01
Interview with Jeanine Schaefer – 23:31
Extra bits! – 97:43
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!
More Second World War stuff, this time from the Team Supreme of Canada!
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Heralds #1 (of 5). Kathryn Immonen (writer). Tonci Zonjic (art). Nathan Fairbairn (colors). Jelena Djurdjevic (cover). Marvel. 32 pages. $2.99.
I have been excited for this book for months.
Tonci Zonjic’s art plus Kathryn Immonen writing, plus Emma Frost, plus She-Hulk, plus Monica Rambeau, plus Hellcat, plus Valkyrie, plus Abigail Brand in a weekly five-issue mini-series?
What could go wrong?
For once, absolutely nothing.
This book was unabashedly fun, never taking itself too seriously while still managing to present characters with accurate and compelling voices and a storyline that definitely seems to be going somewhere.
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