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Asher Elbein, writing for, discusses declining Superman sales and DC's history of attempts to "fix" the character, whether by adding or subtracting powers, tinkering with his costume, making his personality and that of his supporting cast darker and edgier, launching one "reboot" after another, or some combination of the above.

"The irony of all this is that, for all the rust and ineffectual tinkering, the storytelling engine built by Siegel and Shuster still runs. Superman remains as inspirational a character as he did during the Great Depression: Considering the current state of rampant income inequality, brutal law enforcement and corrupt politics, the immigrant superhero from the planet Krypton may be more relevant now than he has been in years. What the comic requires now is not another reboot, but a forceful, committed attempt to refine the engine that currently exists—to stop trying to make Superman something he’s not, and to focus instead on what he is."

Should Superman be returned to his Siegel/Shuster roots? Discuss.

Batman: Odyssey #5

Feb. 7th, 2016 08:04 am
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"It’s the first chapter of a BOOK and you’re not going to know what the book is about until you get to the last chapter. And then, when you get to the last chapter, you’re going to have to read it all over again because I set all these plot strings up from the beginning. Every single thing that’s in there, ends up being resolved at the end of the book." - Neal Adams

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Feb. 6th, 2016 07:49 am
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The student I mentor has an urgent need for info about humanitarian visas from Mexico to the U.S. Her family is dealing with a violent relative and they're divided by a border that only my student can cross. Any help/advice super-welcome. Am googling, as well.

The Ultimates #3 - "Outside"

Feb. 5th, 2016 11:44 pm
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"The Ultimates were always going to take on Galactus in issue #1 -- I figured we kind of had to come in swinging and leave a mark [...] What inspired it -- a mixture of wanting someone big on or allied with the team -- originally, we thought about Odin, but he's a bit busy -- and my usual preoccupations with atonement, redemption, growth and change." -- Al Ewing

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The exception's the Tarantula from a couple Heroes for Hires back, who's there because Tarantula.

It's a five-issue mini, ably written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Davide Gianfelice.

It moves quickly- it's just as full of action as it is active, never making you feel that any of the pages are wasted or extraneous.

The dialogue's just as taut. )
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The Boy King takes a break from Nazi-whupping, lets the Giant have a bit of a lie-down, and goes slumming.

When whom should he run into but... )

All-New X-Men #2

Feb. 5th, 2016 08:01 pm
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"Laura is obviously very tight with Warren and is slowly bonding with her other teammates. We'll be building those other relationships as the series progresses. Interesting things are ahead for Laura. There's more to life than Warren Worthington." - Dennis Hopeless

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Mark Bagley
Inker: Andrew Hennessy
Colorist: Nolan Woodard

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The Hollow

Feb. 5th, 2016 08:45 pm
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This is from DC's "House of Mystery" #1. It's pretty effective in my opinion.

A heavy warning for gore and general grotesqueries.

Scans under the cut... )

Action Comics #49

Feb. 5th, 2016 03:50 pm
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Continued from Superman # 48. Some quick shots, since Truth is going to end in a month.

This issue, Superman gets his powers back, and some ones that I guess he didn't have in the New 52.

Also, Vandal Savage's evil plan gets especially comic booky.

NOTE: You may not be able to see some of these images unless you are using Google Chrome. Or something. Still not sure what went wrong last time I direct linked from blogspot.

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Squadron Supreme #6: Inner Circle

Feb. 5th, 2016 10:40 am
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We lose some Squadroners, and gain some horrible choices.

But first, some griping )

FOGcon tickets

Feb. 5th, 2016 06:24 am
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Are you going to FOGcon, or hoping to? Is the ticket price an impediment to going? If yes, please let me know and I'll give you one or both of our tickets. We paid $60 each, and you can have them for free, or you can pay me whatever you want to pay. I'll let you decide based on your personal situation, no questions asked. Just let me know in comments or message or email. I'll edit this post when both tickets are gone.
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"We've got this kind of miniature movie. We saw this as an interesting way of testing where the characters are. We test Han's understanding of Leia. We test Leia's drive to deal with Alderaan, and Vader's an enormous symbol of that. So you get your core characters chasing various things around this small planet." - Kieron Gillen

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Midnighter #8

Feb. 4th, 2016 02:02 am
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"I think achieving VIRGIL, a revenge action book taking the next step from blaxploitation into queersploitation, gave me some of the tools to do the same thing with the superhero genre. They’re both energetic, both inventive in their ways to show badass queer characters unashamed of who they are, kicking ass and not giving a shit about the names." -- Steve Orlando

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"I think at one point the tagline for the series was going to be: ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?" -- Al Ewing

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Media consumption Wednesday

Feb. 3rd, 2016 08:48 pm
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Just determined I won't be going to Fogcon, so I'm feeling sad today. We had to pay taxes this year (when previously we always had a big refund), so the money was not going to work out. My sweetheart [personal profile] stonebender and his sweetheart [personal profile] loracs offered to pay a big chunk of the expenses, but there were other problems with going, so I'm not, and I'm sad, but it's not, on the whole, a bad thing. Now I have to decide whether to keep my upcoming vacation time or cancel it and use it for something I want to do later. On the other hand, my co-worker is going out on a long maternity leave in April, so maybe it would be good to take it while I can. Anyway. Don't have to decide today.


Have I read anything this week besides work papers and Twitter? I don't actually think I have!


Literally every previously quiet moment in my brain is taken up by snippets of Hamilton. Over. And over. And over. Still obsessed. I bought myself the soundtrack and pre-ordered the book, and it's SUPER tempting to spend way more money than I have to get tickets to the San Francisco run.

I used to listen to Here & Now on the way to work, and Marketplace on the way home from work, but now I take the kid to school in the morning and drive my student worker to the trolley after work, so I don't. I miss it, but not enough to ask the kids to listen to NPR with me.


Mostly Two Dots. I keep hearing that The Witness is wonderful, but my download failed and I didn't try a second time.


James and I re-watched the Blade series and all the monster movies we own, and now we're re-watching Austin Powers. Before I met him, I had only two or three movies I ever re-watched. Now we watch the same ones over and over. It leaves my mind free for other stuff, and he likes sharing the chill time.

No Jessica Jones this week. The kid just started school and work got busy for me, so we're both too tired to bother.

Steve Ditko's Killjoy

Feb. 3rd, 2016 05:48 pm
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As dedicated an objectivist as Ditko has been, bringing the world such sombre and verbose ideologue heroes as Mr. A and the Question, he's also recognized that comic books should still be, well, comic at least some of the time. So it was that during his time at Charlton, he created the satirical strip Killjoy, which ran as a backup feature in E-Man nos. 2 (Sept. 1973) and 4 (May 1974).

The premise was simple: silent superhero Killjoy captures a criminal, then disappears and (it's implied) reappears in one civilian guise or another. The criminal and his or her minions weep and wail over Killjoy's violation of their inalienable right to commit crimes, as do the liberal activists Mr. Hart and Mr. Sole. Lather, rinse, repeat with other criminals.

Subtlety? What's that? )

Scarlet Witch #2

Feb. 2nd, 2016 11:31 pm
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"I was definitely inspired by what Fraction and David Aja have done on HAWKEYE — how they managed to stay true to the character in the Avengers while also taking it in a fresh direction, so it wasn't just that same Avengers character doing solo things, which I don’t think ever really works for any sustained period of time for any of those second-tier characters." -- James Robinson

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The Vision #3 - "In and Out"

Feb. 2nd, 2016 11:04 pm
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"At its heart, I think comics is still a misfits' medium. It's a community of outsiders, a bunch of men and women who, for a myriad of reasons, have trouble conforming to the expected form, who seek a temporary escape from the good, hard pain that comes from pushing against the mold, hoping it'll finally break.

"Somehow, panels and words, spandex and punching, they magically ease all that. It doesn't make a a ton of sense to me why. But I'll take it.

"For me, The Vision is a chance to explore the alienation that sometimes attracts people to comics, the tension that comes from not being normal in a society that demands normality."
-- Tom King

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Some things are as nothing against some other things.

There's a bit in the most recent Mighty Avengers run that illustrates this.

There's one in The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger that does so in the same way.

What's being demonstrated is the exact same. )
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In the previous issue, Hitler ordered the construction of a mechanical T. rex to stop the Giant and wreak havoc on New York, and dispatched the Crane to pilot it. It seems Giant has met his match. Or...has he?

'Well--taste THIS chicken's wing!' )

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