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Review: What You Don't Get

Every once in a while a comic comes along that tugs at your heartstrings and flushes out your tear ducts. Blankets. Persepolis. Pride of Baghdad. I recently read one of those comics. It’s called What You Don’t Get, written and drawn by indie comic creator Anne Thalheimer. This book follows a semi-autobiographical track, following Anne from high school through college and into adulthood, focusing on the impact of an event that forever altered the course of her life: a double homicide at Simon's Rock College on Dec 13, 1992.

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Character Redesigns: Why don't they stick around?

Comic fans hear the word “redesign” a lot. It’s a tale as old as time, and every fan knows that no matter what crazy-ridiculous new look Jim Lee or Rob Liefeld can concoct, our beloved heroes are likely to be back in classic duds within a year. But what if they weren’t? What if these redesigns were actually both different and good enough to stick around for the long haul?

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s this little game that just came out called Injustice: Gods Among Us. This features the DC Universe in an Elseworlds-esque setting where Superman is tricked by The Joker into killing Lois Lane and all of Metropolis, and subsequently imposes a global ceasefire. Since this is billed as a non-canon Elseworlds story, there is no weight of continuity, no standards to adhere to, and free reign to go crazy with the status quo. (Wait, wasn’t that the point of the New 52?)

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A retrospective of Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi on Green Lantern

For the past 9 years, (starting with Green Lantern: Rebirth in 2004) Geoff Johns has been a key writer on Green Lantern titles. If you've noticed a lot of Hal Jordan in DC lately, it's because of Geoff Johns. That whole multi-colored lantern spectrum? That was him, too. And then there's Peter Tomasi, who first worked as an editor alongside Johns, then as a writer, primarily of the Green Lantern Corps books. Between the two of them, Green Lantern's universe has been expanded and changed in ways that will last for decades. And now, these two architects are stepping down from their luminous Lantern legacies. New creative teams are taking over all of the GL books. It's the end of an era.

As we move forward into the next chapter of the Book of Oa, I want to celebrate some of the great moments of the last 9 years of Green Lantern, the state of the franchise now, and the future of the Corps.

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Maybe it's time for a female Green Lantern

DC’s New 52 initiative has garnered mixed reactions for the main Green Lantern title. Sinestro is wearing green, Hal Jordan has no ring, the Guardians are evil, and Black Hand returned to... death. However, perhaps the most ground shaking change was introducing the new Green Lantern of Earth: Simon Baz. As a person of color, I couldn’t be happier that there’s another minority character at the helm of a Green Lantern book joining African-American John Stewart and half-Mexican Kyle Rayner.

However, there still is something missing from my Green Lantern books that DC should be paying more attention to: female Lanterns.

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Saga Mini Review

A few weeks back, we told you about Image Comics and the exciting material that's in the pipeline for them. A few days ago, I discovered that the first issue of the Image-published serial Saga was available for free on Comixology.

I read it, and then I bought the other five currently available issues. Its writer is Brian K. Vaughan, known best perhaps for Runaways (Marvel) and Y: the Last Man (Vertigo), and its artist is Fiona Staples, whose chops are proven by her work here.

Saga is a space/scifi epic with twinges of medieval/magic elements inspired by Western fantasy mythology. It follows two star-crossed lovers and their baby as they escape the obligations brought on by the war between their two peoples. Those that interact with them as ally or pursuer are written as strongly as the main cast. This is a story with a lot of thorough development, from world to characters.

I find my biggest problem thus far, however, is the nature of the pacing. As with many ongoing comics, you never really feel like you've gotten enough out of an issue to be satisfied. It may be best to wait for collections going forward, though I doubt I'll be able to wait terribly long with a month lying between each release. That said, the first 6 issues comprise of a fairly complete story, with many hooks for the continued story, but not so many that it feels incomplete.

It's worth your time at least to get a hold of that free first issue, which is a complete story in itself, longer than the others. Decide from there!

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Why Captain Marvel Needs to Succeed

Carol Danvers, formerly Ms. Marvel, has taken on the mantle of Captain Marvel in a new ongoing title of the same name, helmed by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Dexter Soy. This marks the first time a female sidekick character has taken on the mantle of her predecessor in a meaningful way.

Carol Danvers is pretty much my favorite character in the Marvel Universe. Not Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cap, Iron Man, Black Widow, Sue Storm or Jean Grey. USAF Colonel and longtime Avenger Carol Danvers.

She has been through her fair share of character development and name changes: Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird, back to Ms. Marvel, and now... Captain Marvel. She's intelligent, driven and slightly arrogant, but at the same time she's compassionate with a great moral compass. She's battled with alcoholism, gained phenomenal cosmic power, lost it, been stripped of her memories and emotional attachments, yet still managed to overcome it all and earn her place back among Earth's mightiest.

Regardless of her alias, Carol Danvers is a role model for anyone, male or female, young or old. She's a strong enough character to build a long-standing monthly series, but is still relatable and a shining example that heroes don't have to be angsty, brooding and dark to be accessible. Carol is a breath of fresh air for the superhero genre at large and it's for this reason above all that her new Captain Marvel ongoing title must succeed.

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Joss Whedon Signed On For Avengers 2 and Marvel TV Show

Joss Whedon (of Buffy, Firefly, and Avengers fame) has now officially signed on as writer and director for both the Avengers 2 and a new Marvel TV show set to air on ABC. The TV show will reportedly take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the same universe in which his Avengers took place.

Source: io9.com

by on Aug 8, 2012

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