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Wonder Woman #40 Review OR The Amazon Civil War Begins

April 1, 2015


I was going to open this review with an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke about how great this issue was, but it just seemed mean to get everyone’s hopes up. Today’s Wonder Woman #41 is more of what we’ve seen since the Finches took over the series in November: lots of violence, angry Amazons, and an ineffective Wonder Woman who keeps screwing things up. It’s a book that’s devoid of fun or humour or feminism or charm, and reading it has become a very frustrating experience each month. We’ll discuss it more momentarily, but first:


I am about to reveal ALL OF THE THINGS that happened in this comic!

Look away if you do not want to be spoiled!

Stay if you do want to be spoiled!

This is the fifth issue of Wonder Woman I’ve reviewed since the Finches took over, and I’m feeling like things are getting a little stale on my end. I have little more to say than “This is pretty bad”, and the book remains consistently unpleasant in the same ways. So today, I’ll start with a brief recap and then we’ll come at things from a different angle.

So, Donna Troy is queen of the Amazons and Wonder Woman is not happy about it. They fight for a bit and then Diana agrees to a challenge in two days time to prove she is worthy to be the queen of the Amazons. Then with the Justice League, Wonder Woman finds the source of the mysterious village disappearances and it’s a predatory subterranean race that awoke when Wonder Woman reburied the First Born. So it’s all Wonder Woman’s fault, because of course it is. Finally, Donna Troy and her Amazons are sick of the Manazons and launch an attack on their camp, and it looks like they kill a whole bunch of them. Maybe all of them. Ugh, more Amazon murders.

All together, it’s a bad issue that in no way captures the spirit of Wonder Woman or the Amazons as they’ve existed for nearly 75 years, but you’ve heard me go on about this before. So let’s turn this around and talk about what the Finches seem to be trying to do here. They’re obviously interested in putting Wonder Woman through a very rough time in order to break her down and then presumably build her up later. It’s a common narrative arc in comics, and anywhere, really; a bunch of bad stuff happens to the protagonist, the protagonist gets overwhelmed, but then the protagonist finds new strength within and overcomes the obstacle, emerging changed but victorious. We’ve seen it a million times, because it’s a very effective storyline and a good framework for digging into a character.

There’s a similar arc going on in Batman right now with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Endgame” story. I don’t want to spoil too much of it for you, but basically the Joker is back, all of Gotham is infected with a new, ominous Joker virus, everything is falling to pieces, and Batman is rapidly losing control of the situation. Also, just to add a weird, existential crisis into the mix, it looks like the Joker might be some sort of immortal being, and that’s really screwing with Batman’s head.

So the basic situations in Batman and Wonder Woman have a lot in common in a broad strokes sort of way. Batman is in over his head. Wonder Woman is in over her head. Batman has lost his home, Gotham City, to an enemy who is the opposite of him in every way, the Joker. Wonder Woman has lost her home, Paradise Island, to an enemy who is the opposite of her in every way, Donna Troy. The big difference is that Batman is really good, both a sales behemoth and a favourite with critics, while Wonder Woman isn’t going over particularly well with anyone. So what does Batman have that Wonder Woman doesn’t?

A more experienced writer, obviously, and that’s part of it, but it ultimately boils down to how these stories are told. Batman and Wonder Woman both screw up, both lose control of situations, both find themselves overwhelmed and facing great odds. But there’s an assuredness to Batman that keeps the reader cheering for him. Part of it is his own confidence, as he keeps on battling despite a dangerously worsening situation. This confidence comes from within, but also from the people around him who support him, and this camaraderie adds warmth and humour to the story even in the worst of circumstances. The book is dark and often grisly, but it’s not just dark and grisly. Batman can still crack a joke.

Wonder Woman, on the other hand, is perpetually flailing. She’s overwhelmed and unsure of herself, and we know this because we’ve had to read several long monologues where she says just that. Moreover, she’s got no support. Her Amazon sisters have deserted her, her mother is dead, and every time she talks to a fellow Justice League member they react harshly (probably because they’re sick of listening to the aforementioned monologues). Wonder Woman just seems to be sinking further into a hole, and that’s ALL the book is about. There’s no joy or light, just Wonder Woman having terrible day after terrible day with no end in sight. It’s a one-note pile on and the creators have given the reader no reason to believe that Wonder Woman is able to get out of it. The gal’s a mess.

What’s particularly bizarre about this is that Batman is just a man, albeit a supremely talented one, and he’s confidently trucking along. Wonder Woman is an Amazon and now a god, and she’s buried under some problems that should be simple for her. You have to be a queen and a superhero? No problem, you’re WONDER WOMAN. Donna Troy is stealing your crown? Take her down, you’re WONDER WOMAN. Weird subterranean people are invading the surface? Defeat them and send them back, you’re WONDER WOMAN AND ALSO THE ENTIRE JUSTICE LEAGUE IS THERE TOO. Batman’s facing more than Batman-sized problems, and running at them full tilt. Wonder Woman’s facing very manageable situations and is crying in the corner like a child. These are superhero comics. You give the heroes more than they can handle and have them win nonetheless. You don’t give them less than they can handle and have them flounder and collapse.

Anyway, that was a lengthy discussion that was half about a comic that has nothing to do with Wonder Woman. Great work, me. What I’m trying to get at it is how people tell stories, how they treat their characters, and how that affects the reader’s experience. We cheer for Batman because he keeps on fighting against increasingly terrible odds. Right now, I’m full on Team Donna Troy because she has a rad outfit and Wonder Woman is useless. I LOVE Wonder Woman, but I’ve got no reason to cheer for her in this comic. She lacks agency, she lacks confidence, and she’s just not Wonder Woman to me right now. That’s kind of a big problem.

My Adventures At Boston Comic Con

August 14, 2014


My primary concern when I got to Boston was how I was going to get all of my leftover books home. I’d ordered a case of Wonder Woman Unbound from my publisher that I picked up in Boston, but my suitcase was already packed to the gills. I had no room whatsoever for bringing any remaining books back with me.

Then to my complete and utter shock, I sold out of books before lunchtime on Sunday. So, problem solved.

I was blown away by how great Boston Comic Con was, and how well the book went over. Me and my table mate, Kate Leth, were way in the back corner and subject to some lengthy dry spells at times, but folks found us. After a somewhat slow Friday, things were insane for both of us on Saturday. I sold a ton of books and handed out loads of bookmarks, and I got to have a lot of great conversations with people about Wonder Woman which is always an excellent time. This was my first convention with Wonder Woman Unbound, and it was such a cool feeling to have someone walk by the table, notice the book, and come over to check it out and chat. I’ve got lots of lovely comments online and such, but getting to actually meet people in person was really wonderful.

Tabling with Kate made the convention especially fun because a) Kate is a fantastic time, and b) her fans are pretty great too. The future of comics is definitely women in their 20s with alternative haircuts, and they’re a delightful bunch. I’ve known Kate for a while, and it was very cool to see the people her work has inspired, and to hear about her exciting upcoming projects; the gal got like a million awesome job offers just in this three day span. Plus she got to meet the epic punk Captain Marvel she’d been completely enamoured with all Saturday; good lord, the both of us were barely keeping it together when she came over because Kate had been talking about her ALL day. Everything’s coming up Kate, and deservedly so.

I also got to meet a lot of Kate’s awesome comic friends, like Ming Doyle, Babs Tarr, Maris Wicks, and more. I’m even more confident than I ever was that these women are soon going to take over the comic book industry. They’re ridiculously talented, they have legions of fans, and they stick together. They’re about ready to bust through the remaining boy’s club barriers that litter this industry and take over the show, and it’s going to be amazing when they do.

I met some other cool folks as well. Mark Doyle, the Bat-editor, came by our table, and after chatting with him I am extremely confident about the future of the Bat-books. He’s pushing hard to put out a variety of different Bat-books after years of homogeneity, and I get the feeling that the new Batgirl, Gotham Academy, and Catwoman are only the tip of the iceberg. I also met artist Sean Murphy, and Kate and I did our best not to completely flip out like the nerdy fans we are, with some moderate success, I think. Scott Snyder came by too, which was crazy cool. He was nice and friendly and congratulated me on my book and such. The guy’s a real gentleman.

Plus, Khal Drogo walked by our table! Jason Momoa was in the celebrity section doing photos and signing stuff, but did a lap around the convention Friday evening and he totally walked right by us. We completely flipped out as soon as he was out of sight.

The cosplayers were fantastic as well. We were blown away by the costumes, from a dead on Storm to prison Gamora to a hilariously perfect Linda Belcher complete with spice rack. There were also randomly great costumes like the wizard from Where’s Waldo? and a woman carrying around a baby Groot in a pot. My favourite costume of the weekend was an amazing New 52 Wonder Woman built and worn by Queen Helene. The metalwork was crazy impressive, the sewing was precise and detailed, and she just WAS Wonder Woman. Here’s a picture I took with my phone that barely does her justice:


It was SO good, you guys. The detail was unbelievable.

We got to share our back corner of the convention with a lot of cool creators. We had some caricaturists next to us who were a lot of fun, and directly across from us was Erin Cardiff, who premiered her new comic Lost Angels at the con, which she wrote with art by Deena Pagliarello. It’s a comic created by women and starring women set in 1950s Hollywood, and you should definitely check it out if you get a chance.

So overall, Boston Comic Con was fantastic. I’m definitely forgetting a lot of other awesome stuff that happened; it was a super packed three days. Thanks to everyone who came by my table and got a book or a bookmark! It was so nice to meet everyone, and I still can’t believe I sold all of my books. It was overwhelming in the best way.

What Superman Unchained Can Learn From Django Unchained

March 5, 2013


Yesterday, DC Comics announced that Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s much anticipated new Superman comic is set to debut this June and that it will be called Superman Unchained.  I guess because Superman’s always busting out of chains and stuff?  It seems like kind of a dumb name to me.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that DC also publishes a comic adaptation of Django Unchained.  With this new Superman book, they seem to be horning in on all of the Unchained buzz from this past award season as well as the general hip cache of Quentin Tarantino.  If they’d launched a new Superman book a few years ago, they probably would’ve called it Inglourious Superman.  I actually like that way better than Superman Unchained.

Anyway, I think Snyder and Lee can learn a very important lesson from Django Unchained.  While at first glance Superman and Django might not seem like they’ve got a lot in common, there are some similarities.  For example, both of them know what it’s like to deal with a mean, rich white dude who doesn’t care for people who are different than him.  Calvin Candie is totally an antebellum Lex Luthor.

What’s fascinating about Django Unchained is that it sets out to tackle racial issues in ways we’re not used to seeing.  A revenge flick where a black slave takes down a white plantation owner is not at all a common trope in American cinema.  Slavery is, obviously, a rather touchy subject, usually addressed with the utmost solemnity and seriousness.  Django Unchained does get into the brutality of the slave trade, and realistically so, but it’s not Roots.  It turns into an epic, almost fantastical shoot ‘em up of the sort that we’d expect from Tarantino.  Opinions on the film have ranged from decrying it as racist garbage to praising it to the high heavens (personally, I liked it and thought it worked), but regardless of where you land on the film’s effectiveness, it was certainly thought provoking and tackled a tricky subject matter in an innovative way.

However, there’s a significant problem with Django Unchained.  While it’s all about addressing stereotypes and issues surrounding race head on, it completely fails to do the same for gender.  It is a straight up, full on damsel in distress narrative.  The entire plot of the film revolves around rescuing Django’s wife, Broomhilda.  Kerry Washington has little to do but cry, look scared, scream sporadically, be told how pretty she is, and fearfully whisper her few lines.  She is in no way a party to her own rescuing.  Django and his associate Dr. King Schultz are behind it all.  The few other female characters in the movie amount to a group of house slaves and Candie’s sister, who has very little to do.  Django Unchained does a ton of interesting things with race, but gender falls by the wayside.

Now, I’m not saying that Tarantino is some sort of misogynist.  The dude made Kill Bill.  What I am saying is that there’s a valuable lesson for Superman Unchained in Django Unchained.  Scott Snyder is a great writer and Jim Lee is a great artist, and I’m sure they’re both going to do a lot of interesting and fun things with this book.  Snyder always approaches characters from a cool angle, and I’ve heard that Lee is really pushing himself and trying new things with his art.  All of this is awesome.

My only friendly suggestion is that while they do all of these fun things that they don’t fall into the same trap as Django Unchained.  Cool stories and great art are a good time, but no one wants a damsel in distress narrative, or a book where female characters are treated like they have been elsewhere in the New 52.  Like when we saw a page of Catwoman’s breasts before we saw her face in Catwoman #1.  Or when Voodoo was a stripper for most of Voodoo #1.  Or the epic fail that was Starfire in Red Hood and the Outlaws #1.  Keep gender in mind.  Know the tropes and stereotypes that are so easy to slip into and avoid them.  Think of female characters as characters and not plot devices.  Or pin-ups.  While you’re bringing a fresh, new take to Superman, don’t forget to invest some time in Lois Lane too.

I’m very optimistic that they will, and that Lois will be much more than a damsel in distress for Superman Unchained.  Everything I’ve heard about the book so far sounds great, and I’m excited to check it out this June.  It’s just that Django Unchained stumbled by focusing ALL of its attention on being new and progressive and interesting in just one area, and I wouldn’t want to see its Kryptonian namesake make the same mistake.  I have a lot of faith that it won’t.  I still don’t love the name, though.

One Year Later: My Top Five New 52 Titles

September 6, 2012

It’s been an entire year since DC’s “The New 52” premiered, and with a year of new comics under our belts I thought it might be fun to take a look at my five favourite titles, one year later.  Originally I was going to do a Top Ten list, but it turns out I’m not even buying ten DC books right now!!  I’m barely buying five.  So “Top Five” could also read “the five books I actually buy”.  Let’s get to the list:

5) Dial H

Yes, it’s part of the Second Wave, but again, I’m not buying a lot of these books.  I’m very surprised by this, honestly… I assumed I was getting more.  Anyway, Dial H has been very fun so far!!  It’s weird and random, but a good time all around.  It’s fun to have China Mieville doing comics (have you read Perdido Street Station or The Scar?  If you haven’t, stop reading this article and go check them out now!!), and Mateus Santoluoco’s art has been great as he draws a variety of bizarre heroes each month.

4) Supergirl

The story is fun, albeit a little bit slow, but the reason I like Supergirl so much is because when Mahmud Asrar is on his game and can pencil and ink the entire book it’s just absolutely gorgeous.  The dude has skills.  Plus there’s been some cool villains with that weird alien gang and the Silver Banshee and such.  I do like the story, it’s just all about the art for me.

3) Batwoman

I am pleasantly surprised by how well J.H. William III and W. Haden Blackman are doing writing this book.  The first arc was great, and while the second arc went off the rails a bit with the weird time breakup and such it was nonetheless impressively ambitious.  Greg Rucka is a hard act to follow, and they’re doing a really good job.  And the book looks amazing… whether it’s Williams or Reeder or McCarthy, Batwoman’s been consistently beautifully drawn.

2) Batman

This is just a ridiculously good comic book.  Scott Snyder knows how to write a killer Batman story, and Greg Capullo is starting to grow on me as an artist (I like his Batman but not his Bruce Wayne, if that makes any sense).  The whole “Night of the Owls” storyline was great, and that issue where Batman was trapped in the Owls’ labyrinth was just amazing, both in terms of art and story.  Plus Becky Cloonan did a fill-in issue!!  I hope she, and Harper Row, are back soon.  Batman is the best it’s been in years now.

1) Wonder Woman

This is probably not a surprise, but a) it’s been AGES since Wonder Woman was even a Top Five book at DC, much less their best one, and b) it was touch and go for me for a while there with the whole Amazons murdering and raping dudes situation.  However, after the last few issues the book is back on track and firing on all cylinders.  Brian Azzarello is building a crazy, fantastic story and Cliff Chiang is drawing the hell out of it, along with Tony Akins sporadically.  New characters like Hermes and Strife are some of my favourites now, and the reveal at the end of Wonder Woman #12 is just all sorts of fun.  I’m so happy that Wonder Woman is good, and that Cliff Chiang is drawing it.  Chiang makes everything better.

So that’s my Top Five!!  It’s so weird to be getting only five mainline books.  When the New 52 started, my best friend and I picked up at least 20 of the new titles, but we really pared it down over the months.  Part of it was the freedom from what I’d always bought, I think.  I used to buy Batman, Detective Comics, Action Comics, Superman, and some other books because I’d ALWAYS bought those books, even when I didn’t like them, but now that completism is gone for me with the renumbering and the new universe.

Another part of it is the sheer number of awesome new books that came out this year from other publishers.  My budget is only so big, and books like Saga, Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, and others have bumped a lot of DC books from my pull list.  I used to get 10-12 DC books and 2-3 books from other publishers, but now it’s around 5 DC books and 7-8 others.

I know the New 52 has been pretty decent for DC in terms of increased sales, but I’m getting a lot less than I used to.  However, what I do get I really like, which is fun.  When I used to get more DC books, I didn’t actually dig a lot of them.  So while I may be a worse customer saleswise, I’m a much happier customer with the books I do get.

Please feel free to leave your Top Five in the comments.  Are there books I’m crazy for not reading?  Let me know.

My 11 Favourite Comic Book Things of 2011

December 30, 2011

I know that “favourite comic book things” is pretty vague, but more specific lists are irksome to make.  You set out to do the top five writers and you get three right away, have to think for ages to get the next two, and always feel like you’re forgetting someone.  Then, you go to do your top five books, and they’re all written by your top five writers, so you’re writing about the same things twice.  And then thrice, when you do your top five artists list too.  So I think vague is the way to go.

Here are my top 11 very favourite comic book things of 2011, in order.  I’ve undoubtedly forgotten some and will kick myself later on, but I for sure love the following 11 things AND I’m not writing about anything twice:

11. Terry Moore’s Art On Rachel Rising

Not that the writing isn’t good too… it’s a super well written book and is enjoyably bizarre and disturbing.  But the art is fantastic!!  These days, when comics have killer digital colours and everything is all bright and shiny and fancy, Moore’s gorgeous artwork really stands out.  It’s literally black and white… “black and white” usually means various shades of gray, but Rachel Rising is just Moore’s impressive pencils and inks.

10. The New Animal Man

I’ve never liked Animal Man, at all.  I found the Morrison stuff gimmicky, and I never really got into any other depictions of him that followed.  He was mildly interesting in 52, I suppose, but then he got outshone by bad ass Adam Strange.  So I didn’t pick up Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman’s new Animal Man this September, and then everyone said it was AMAZING and I reluctantly gave it a try.  Everyone was right.  It’s a crazy good book, and a really pleasant surprise.  It’s one of my favourites each month.

9. Detective Comics With Scott Snyder, Jock, And Francesco Francavilla

This is the old Tec, not the DCnU Tec that sort of sucks and that I’m probably going to drop soon.  Snyder’s run on the book was one of the best Batman stories in years, and made me not completely hate the then Bat-status quo with Dick as Batman and all the annoying Batman Inc. stuff.  That’s no small feat.  Plus the art was fantastic, and I loved how Jock and Francavilla’s art worked together in certain issues… they have very different styles, but it was very complementary.  I miss Jock and Francavilla on Syder’s also very good DCnU Batman.

8. Batwoman Is A Series Now, And It’s REALLY Good

I really enjoyed Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman stories in Detective Comics, and was excited she was going to get her own series.  Then it was delayed and delayed and it turned out that Williams was going to write it… Rucka is a hard act to follow, and artists writing doesn’t always work out so well, so I was a little nervous.  Now we have a regular Batwoman series in the DCnU, and it’s GREAT!!  The art is as amazing as ever, and the writing is really solid… it’s one of the best books in the DCnU by far!!

7. Kelly Sue DeConnick

Lots of new writers had big years in 2011, but Kelly Sue DeConnick is the creator I’m most excited about.  Her Osborn: Evil Incarcerated series with Emma Rios was spectacular and so not what I expected it to be (in the best way possible), and made me want a Nora Winters series.  Her short run on Supergirl achieved the rare feat of making Supergirl interesting and fun, plus it had Lois Lane… every book is better with Lois Lane.  I very much hope that we’ll see DeConnick on some more minis and series in 2012.

6. Hark! A Vagrant, And Kate Beaton Generally

If you’re not visiting Kate Beaton’s site regularly to read her hilarious historical comics, then you’re really missing out.  And if you don’t have her new book yet, then you’re just a crazy person.  Beaton is ridiculously funny… her ideas are fantastic and weird, and then she completely sells them with her spectacularly expressive artwork.  AND she’s from Nova Scotia, where all the coolest people in the world come from.

5. David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez, And Nathan Fairbairn’s Artwork On Mystic

G. Willow Wilson’s writing and Amanda Conner’s covers were great too, but the art in Mystic was SO GOOD.  It felt almost like a Disney movie, but with a slightly harder edge.  Everything was so expressive and ornate and beautifully designed, and I was so sad that it was only a four issue mini.  The pencils and inks were killer, and then Fairbairn’s colours took it up a notch, especially using different colours to outline things instead of the usual black.  They definitely need to do a sequel!!

4. Volstagg In The Mighty Thor

Thor and the rest of the gods were busy fighting Galactus and the Silver Surfer, so it was up to Volstagg the Voluminous to defend Asgard from the angry hordes of Broxton, Oklahoma.  And he did so in hilarious fashion.  Since Fraction took over Thor, Volstagg has been comic relief but also one of the most practical of the gods, taking care of Earthbound matters while Thor and Odin were busy elsewhere.  Along the way, he became one of my favourites characters of the year.

3. Skottie Young On The Oz Books

Skottie Young has been drawing Marvel’s Oz adaptations for over three years now, and he’s just getting better and better.  This year, Ozma of Oz wrapped up and now we’re into Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, and I don’t think I can recall such a consistently amazing run of artwork.  Young fits the world of Oz so well, or rather he has the unique gifts to so perfectly construct the world of Oz.  Along with Jean-Francois Beaulieu’s gorgeous colours, Young is in the midst of one of the best art runs in the history of comics.

2. The Painfully Brilliant Casanova: Avaritia

Holy cats people is this a good book.  Casanova has always been great, and the recent Icon reprints of Luxuria and Gula in colour were fantastic, but Matt Fraction has outdone himself with Avaratia.  We’re only two issues in, and I have a sneaking suspicion that when it’s done it might be the best comic story I’ve ever read in my life.  After wiping out entire universes in the first issue, Avaritia turned from genocide to suicide when Casanova killed a Fraction analogue at a comic convention in the second issue.  It’s so dark and depressing that it almost hurts to read it, but it’s SO GOOD.  Fraction is just bleeding over every page, and Gabriel Ba’s art captures everything so beautifully… I can’t wait to read the rest.

1. Brian Azzarello And Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman

I decided to do only one entry per book for this list, because otherwise the vast majority of the list might have been Wonder Woman related.  Here are the various things I would have put on the list:

  • My favourite character in all of comics, Hermes.  He’s got bird feet!!  He’s the coolest looking dude, plus he’s just chilling out ALL the time.
  • My second favourite character in all of comics, Strife.  Best new villain I’ve seen in ages… she’s just a terrible, terrible person and I LOVE her.
  • The expressions Cliff Chiang puts on Zola’s face… they’re just priceless. 
  • Azzarello building something epic.  You know when Azzarello builds something, it’s going to be goooooooooooooooood.
  • All the hilarious lesbian jokes in Wonder Woman #2.  So funny.
  • That me and my best friend STILL argue about the Hippolyta/Zeus sex scene in Wonder Woman #3.
  • Matthew Wilson’s gorgeous, evocative colours.  He nails every scene.
  • CLIFF CHIANG.  He’s just the best, in every way.  And his Wonder Woman is classy and powerful and beautiful.

I could go on.  When Azzarello and Chiang were announced as the creative team for the new Wonder Woman, I was over the moon excited, and I’m ridiculously glad that the book has turned out so well.  While I’m inclined to enjoy Wonder Woman, as you can tell from my site, my love for the character results in ridiculously high expectations, and they totally blew my socks off.  It’s a spectacular book, and far and away my favourite comic book thing of 2011.

The end of one year obviously means the start of another, so here are some things I’m looking forward to in 2012:

  • Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga.  It’s been WAY too long since BKV’s put out a comic, and an alien space adventure sounds like a fantastic time to me.
  • The new books from Vertigo, Paul Cornell’s Saucer Country especially.
  • The second wave of DCnU titles.  It looks like a bunch of the New 52 might get axed soon, and I’m excited to see what comes next.
  • The continuation of some new series I’m digging, Fraction and the Dodson’s Defenders in particular.
  • The Dark Knight Rises AND The Avengers… it’s going to be a good summer!!  It looks like 2012 might be kind of cool for comics all around, really.

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