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Thinking about jumping into Hellboy, and getting the rest of Harrow County. Thankfully, both of them have collected editions that shouldn't be too hard to find.
 

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Hellboy comics are alright but the real stuff is in BPRD. The bonus for you, if you haven't already started reading, is that the entire world is about to end (maybe) so you can binge it all!

Anybody familiar with Jim Zub? I met him once at a convention (my partner loves Samurai Jack, Zub happened to write a series with him) and he was a dick. I didn't know much of his writing at that time so I checked out his Dreamfinder series from Marvel. It sucked but had fun art. Anyway, he's not exactly a popular writer so here he is, whining that pirating is what is killing his book:

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/04/03/jim-zub-claims-thousands-have-pirated-champions-4-asks-for-reader-support/

After that, I pirated the entire Champions series that he's written. Aaaaaand was left with the same impression from his Dreamfinder book. Supposedly the book has a massive cast of teen heroes but instead of doing anything with that, he's just rehashing tired drama from the Spider-man books (Miles makes a deal with Mephisto and Ms Muslim gets upset). The art is pretty fantastic so I'm hoping a better writer gets a crack at the title and concept.

I will say that Zub's Champions is miles better than Waid's series. There's still a good deal of woke bullshit but it's not the only thing going on.

This fat chick writes mostly bad comics but Rogue/Gambit has been pretty decent. Though every single story so far has featured the two characters facing off against different versions of themselves ...
 

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This fat chick writes mostly bad comics but Rogue/Gambit has been pretty decent. Though every single story so far has featured the two characters facing off against different versions of themselves ...
Speaking of repetitive, her two books--Mr. & Mrs. X and West Coast Avengers--are both about reality tv shows.

Hack comics book writers love writing about reality shows. (there is currently a 12 issue storyline in the Spider-Man books about a reality show)
 

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Speaking of repetitive, her two books--Mr. & Mrs. X and West Coast Avengers--are both about reality tv shows.

Hack comics book writers love writing about reality shows. (there is currently a 12 issue storyline in the Spider-Man books about a reality show)
Makes sense since they feel like reality television in comic book form.
 
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What is it with Millenial comic book writers trying to faceclaim cyberpunk (Brian Visaggio), Summer of Love counter-culture, and the Beat Generation; and doing it so badly?


Blue Damian Wayne is a little creepy as well.



Not that anyone cares, but even though "Bright Disease" is a (funny. ha ha) play on Dazzler's powers, Bright's disease is a less funny term for chronic kidney disease.
This is what happens when a media company is filled with people too narcissistic to have ever enjoyed consuming any media, and/or too basic bitch to enjoy anything made before 1977. Something that would have been a playground for a talented crew ends up a weird dumb slog with a veneer of Austin Powers and Scooby Doo.
 
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After learning about Riri Williams' (AKA Ironheart) past and I have to wonder, if her best friend (and only friend she seems to have) and stepdad were killed by gang violence, how come she hasn't done anything about that? You'd think if you had the smarts and skills to make a powersuit and get it to work, you'd at least consider trying to something about the very thing (gang violence) that killed the ones you loved. It's as if those deaths were thrown in to make her more pitiable.
 

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Who was Susan Storm when she wasn't with the Fantastic Four? The matriarch of Marvel's First Family is about to reveal a new part of her past in her first solo limited series this July in INVISIBLE WOMEN! Writer Mark Waid will team up with artist Mattia De Iulis to show Marvel fans a new angle to Sue's Super Hero life, namely her time as a spy for S.H.I.E.L.D.!
They're making Sue Storm a SHIELD agent because I guess helping her boyfriend steal a rocket, guilting her friend into flying it, going with them on a dangerous mission to space, surviving the crash and becoming a fucking super hero isn't badass enough for modern day Marvel. Let's cheapen all her accomplishments by also making her a secret SHIELD agent.

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They're making Sue Storm a SHIELD agent because I guess helping her boyfriend steal a rocket, guilting her friend into flying it, going with them on a dangerous mission to space, surviving the crash and becoming a fucking super hero isn't badass enough for modern day Marvel. Let's cheapen all her accomplishments by also making her a secret SHIELD agent.
I guess Waid thinks he can top John Byrne, who turned Sue from a damsel in distress to the FF's most powerful member. I think Waid's turn on the book in the early 2000s was great, but this "Sue was in SHIELD!" retcon is the stupidest thing to happen to Sue since this dumb outfit:
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I don't even like most of the stuff in the Alterna catalog, but after what those loons did to peter simeti I ordered a year subscription of Alterna's top titles. I'm glad I did, I haven't read comics before bed since I was a kid & it feels comfy AF.
 

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The last issue West Coast Avengers came out this week, and with it what has become an all too common occurrence in Marvel books: the tearful goodbye.

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"These characters are not as popular as they deserve to be!"

The art on West Coast Avengers was surprisingly competent for a Marvel book, but most people agree that the writing was the major problem. Guess its easier to blame the characters than yourself.

I wanted to see how other people were taking the news, so I went to the most honest comics forum on the internet, Read Comic Online.

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I guess Waid thinks he can top John Byrne, who turned Sue from a damsel in distress to the FF's most powerful member. I think Waid's turn on the book in the early 2000s was great, but this "Sue was in SHIELD!" retcon is the stupidest thing to happen to Sue since this dumb outfit: View attachment 725583
But Iiked her outfit in that strip, since it served as a clear indicator of her attitude change and intentions as well as still being apart of the Fantastic Four, all while keeping the skimpiness of her attire.
 

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But Iiked her outfit in that strip, since it served as a clear indicator of her attitude change and intentions as well as still being apart of the Fantastic Four, all while keeping the skimpiness of her attire.
I have vague recollections of some Infinity crossover thing where all the characters with religious beliefs started following some woman, and during it Sue Storm had some sort of fight with Malice, the 'evil' version of her who also knew how to use her powers to their full potential. And it was some mind-fight, so when she won, Sue 'brought' Malice out with her, and that's why she started dressing skimpily and got more aggressive.

I dunno, the 90s. I'm pretty certain five different ways to save my life have been forgotten just because I remember that one issue, and probably not even correctly.
 

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I have vague recollections of some Infinity crossover thing where all the characters with religious beliefs started following some woman, and during it Sue Storm had some sort of fight with Malice, the 'evil' version of her who also knew how to use her powers to their full potential. And it was some mind-fight, so when she won, Sue 'brought' Malice out with her, and that's why she started dressing skimpily and got more aggressive.

I dunno, the 90s. I'm pretty certain five different ways to save my life have been forgotten just because I remember that one issue, and probably not even correctly.
well actually ... you're conflating your crossovers. There was Infinity Gauntlet (which is what the Thanos storyline in the MCU is an adaptation of), Infinity War (which was a conflict between Adam Warlock's evil twin, Magus, and the rest of the Marvel Universe - this is where Sue's double comes from) and, the story you're referring to about religious beliefs, Infinity Crusade. (By the by, IG is the only story of those three worth reading. And it's probably best to avoid Starlin's 21st century Infinity books.)

Sue (like everybody else during Infinity War) was confronted by an evil version of herself, which dressed like and called itself Malice, after an identity Sue took up herself in the 80s. Psycho-Man, an evil dude from the Microverse (which itself is the much cooler comic book version of the Quantum Realm, more or less) who can manipulate emotions, took advantage of the fact that she had just had a miscarriage and had her attack the FF. Once she came to, she had more control over her powers and changed her name from the Invisible Girl to the Invisible Woman.

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Then, during IW, she fought against a different Malice, the evil twin version created by the Magus. The 90s were an incredibly rough time for the FF book, as it was being written by the editor-in-chief of all of Marvel so there was nobody to tell him just how awful things were going. I slogged through the entire decade, mainly because that's where I started! Anyway, Sue had the braindead idea of absorbing her evil twin once she was defeated, in some sort of effort to gain better control over her powers.

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Soon after, Sue changed to her slut costume with the cut-out 4. I was only 11 at the time and crap like Gen13 (which had plenty of good spots) and Lady Death was popular in the comic world. I thought it was a "kewl" costume and reflected a "rad" 90s attitude. It was also at this time that Ben Grimm, the Thing, had his face mutilated by Wolverine and wore a helmet for a long while.

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(The helmet was a reference to the original, Jack Kirby designed costume for Ben. I don't think he actually ever wore it in the Silver Age.)

Johnny Storm, recently finding out that his wife was actually an evil Skrull in disguise, went a bit dark as well and nearly burned down an entire college in NYC.

Reed Richards was "killed" when Doctor Doom "died." This caused the team to go into a narrative and creative tailspin. The next few years featured a team of depressed and irritable ciphers. The art was pretty solid from Paul Ryan but, especially upon review, was rather boring and workman. Things got so bad that Ant-Man was a member!

(FYI Ant-Man basically sucked until Robert Kirkman introduced Eric O'Grady, the 21st century Ant-Man. If you haven't read the Incorrigible Ant-Man, track the series down. Eric is a worthless piece of shit and generally a loser that falls into superheroing. The MCU version is rather closer to Eric than the original Hank Pym [RIP] and Scott Lang, who was the one that joined the FF.)
 
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I don't know if there's a good way to draw people kissing, but Mr. and Mrs. X #10 has shown me that there's definitely a bad way to do it.

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Everybody who worked on this book is an idiot. The penciller who had them doing weird sucky face kissing. The inker who didn't define Rogue's lips. The colorist who made their lips the same color as their faces. The editor who saw this and didn't send it back to the inker to fix. Everybody.
 

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I don't know if there's a good way to draw people kissing, but Mr. and Mrs. X #10 has shown me that there's definitely a bad way to do it.

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Everybody who worked on this book is an idiot. The penciller who had them doing weird sucky face kissing. The inker who didn't define Rogue's lips. The colorist who made their lips the same color as their faces. The editor who saw this and didn't send it back to the inker to fix. Everybody.
The person who drew this never kissed a person in their entire life and decided to draw it based on their imagination.
 
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Can we talk about letter columns for a second? I love letter columns. I used to read them all the time. Hell, I've even had a letter or two published in Detective Comics back in the day. Although they're often co-opted by the writer's tearful cancellation announcement, letter columns are still a thing in modern comics. Famously, 4chan got a fake letter published in Marvel's America two years ago. But that's in the past. I want to talk about the now. Here's a letter column from this week's Domino: Hotshots #3 by Gail Simone.

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There is something so beautiful about the resignation in the sentence "That's it for this month!" One letter. Centered in the middle of the page. Not praising the book, not talking about the stories or the characters, but asking for a character who isn't in the book to be added to the team. Drink in the failure. Drink in the desperation of the lame jokes, the naming of the fandom, and the plea for more letters. This may be the only letter they have ever gotten. This page is a perfect encapsulation of the dying comic book industry. Half a dozen "professionals" pouring their hearts and souls into a book and being confronted only with the deafening silence of an absent audience.
 

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This page is a perfect encapsulation of the dying comic book industry. Half a dozen "professionals" pouring their hearts and souls into a book and being confronted only with the deafening silence of an absent audience.
Their former audience is too busy writing checks to YaBoi et al for actual comics they want to read. They're not writing letters to shit they aren't buying.
 

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The Death In UNCANNY X-MEN #17 Is a Trans Panic Murder, & It’s Not OK

https://www.comicsbeat.com/uncanny-x-men-17-trans-panic-murder/

By Reed Puc
Uncanny X-Men #16 ended on a cliffhanger that has begun to feel familiar within the pages of Matthew Rosenberg’s run: a woman has died. Today’s body: Rahne Sinclair, codename: Wolfsbane. Original New Mutant, former mutant of Genosha, government agent for X-Factor, investigator for X-Factor, operative for X-Force. Scotswoman. X-man.

Rahne, we’ve seen over and over and over again, knew how to survive. She was trained by Charles Xavier, Magneto, and Logan; she was smart and capable.

And now she’s dead.

Issue #17, which was released May 1, endeavored to show us how. I wish Rahne wasn’t dead, but even moreso, I wish we didn’t have to see how she died.

There’s a lot to say about the mutant metaphor. A great deal of it has already been said. (You can even listen to a live episode of Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men about the metaphor, its potential, its limitations.) But I will do my best to be brief and clear here:

There is power in the mutant metaphor. It’s why we’re still reading these comics, nearly 60 years after their creation. There is power in telling stories from the perspective of the outsider.

Mutants, we’re told, could be any one of us. One’s mutation reveals itself at or around puberty. When childhood ends, the weirdness begins. The things that make you unlike your peers reveal themselves to you.

Years of X-comics have drawn parallels between mutants and minority groups – the iconic Days of Future Past shows us a future where mutants are placed into concentration camps; before it was a mutant utopia (briefly – it was bombed to destruction later), Genosha was an apartheid state. That is, in a lot of ways, the beauty of fiction. It can be a tool used to radicalize; used to teach.

But there are limits to fiction. When fiction doesn’t lead to social change. When fiction doesn’t show its metaphorical minority surviving and thriving. When fiction uses a metaphorical minority without ever showing us the real minority it is trying to represent. When fiction seems to think that because its metaphorical minority exists, it can do whatever it likes to the real-life minorities it depicts.

As fan communities grow more visible, one group of X-fans’ reading of the mutant metaphor has grown more culturally known as well.

Queer people, we’re told, could be any one of us. One’s queerness reveals itself at or around puberty. When childhood ends, the weirdness begins. The things that make you unlike your peers reveal themselves to you.

And this is something that – at least since Chris Claremont was writing the series, I’d wager – the X-office has known.

Look at the Legacy Virus. It’s a clear parable for AIDS: it’s a disease that appears suddenly, leaves the X-Men’s scientists scrambling, only effects mutants and moves through blood and DNA.

There’s a reason why Marvel’s first gay characters were X-Men. One of them, actually, was a New Mutant.

I pretty publicly went to bat for Rosenberg’s Uncanny after controversy broke out surrounding the first issue he wrote solo. I’ve enjoyed a good deal of the run, which is exactly why I wasn’t expecting Rosenberg to fail the metaphor so completely today.

Uncanny X-Men #17 opens as the X-Men ready themselves for Rahne’s funeral. Her friends – most of the former New Mutants (Cannonball and Sunspot are absent, doing different things in different books), most importantly, the women of the New Mutants – are shown in their grief.

Rahne has repeatedly been shown to have a subtextual relationship with Dani Moonstar; they are extremely close. Close enough to have a psychic bond that stretches out between them, regardless of how far apart they are. In fact, it’s Dani who tells us Rahne has died, collapsing in pain at the end of issue #16.

Dani’s eulogy is beautiful, yes – but not even in death can Dani express her love in that one, beautiful, simple word: love. Not even as they bury Rahne.

The other New Mutants present include: Ilyana Rasputin, who has had a long and complicated subtextual relationship with another member of the X-Men, Kitty Pryde (in fact, when one version of Ilyana “died,” the physical manifestation of her soul – her soulsword – reverted to Kitty for ownership; Kitty abandoned her wedding after a conversation with Ilyana), and Xi’an Coy Manh, the out lesbian on the team, who calls Rahne her sister.

But that is the B-plot to the issue. The issue’s A-plot follows Logan as he takes the X-Men’s current prisoner, the psychic ninja Kwannon, to find Rahne’s killers. Through Kwannon’s psychic abilities, we see Rahne’s murder in full.

She is murdered because she does not accept advances made by a group of boys. When they continue to harass her, she grows upset and begins to transition into her wolf form.

The boys find themselves disgusted with her and disgusted by their attraction to her.

Rosenberg’s dialogue uses the same terms that men like this use in real life. Rahne is called a trap. She is accused of trying to trick “normal guys.” As if she is deviant. As if she is wrong for existing. As if it is wrong for a straight man to be attracted to her.

Rahne, who has fought bigots, monsters, super villains, Gods, and even her fellow X-Men on occasion, does not fight back. She apologizes.

This a trans panic murder. Explicitly.

And once he has seen this, Logan makes Rahne’s murderers say her name. That’s what he says: “Say her name.” #SayHerName is a response to the murders of Black women by police. These men are not cops; Rahne is not Black. This mixing and matching of culturally-relevant terms makes a needless death feel performative; it turns real violence that Black and/or transgender women face into nothing, into something a Disney-owned book is doing just to say see, we’re #Woke™!

After making them say Rahne’s name, Logan kills her killers, telling them that he is going to show them what he really is.

That’s been the only solace I’ve found with the issue. That Rosenberg seems to be engaging with a sort of backdoor way of acknowledging the popular fan theory that Logan is transmasculine (he’s short, hairy, has a female clone – c’mon, it’s right there, y’all). But –

It’s not worth it. Not only does this tie Logan’s trans masculinity to violence, but as a trans masculine person? I’m furious at the idea that acknowledgment of our existence requires violence done to our sisters.

There is no out transgender X-Man.

There is Darkveil/Shade, a drag queen, but doing drag does not make someone trans. The only thing that makes someone trans is explicit self-identification as a trans person.

I’m furious. I’m furious this comic exists; I’m furious that even after everything that happened with Uncanny #11, it seems that Marvel still can’t even be bothered to put a content warning on the title page.

Our lives – the lives of my sisters and siblings – mean more than a death that ultimately exists to have Cyclops and Wolverine fight about whether killing is right or wrong again. The comfort and literal safety of trans readers matters more: we weren’t warned. There was no lengthy Twitter thread from Matthew Rosenberg this morning explaining that there was going to be upsetting subject matter in the issue, and that it was OK because he had experiences with it.

Because we are the only people who should tell these stories. Marvel, a company that can’t even bring itself to acknowledge trans people on panel except to shame us or kill us in metaphor, doesn’t have the right.

If you are trans and need to talk, call Trans Lifeline for help at (877) 565-8860. Canadian readers can call (877) 330-6366. Trans Lifeline’s peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. They are available 7 a.m.—1 a.m. PST / 9 a.m.—3 a.m. CST / 10 a.m.—4 a.m. EST. Volunteers may be available during off hours.

in the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men, Wolfsbane was killed by three bro-types in the park because she wouldn't let them walk her home. It didn't make any sense because she's got werewolf powers and this was just three normal guys but it certainly wasn't some travesty.
 

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Anyone else here planning on watching The Boys when it comes out in a couple of months? It'll be interesting to see just how they handle it, seeing as they've already made quite a few changes from the comic — A-Train and the Deep got racebent, Stilwell's a woman, Jack from Jupiter's invisible (I'm guessing the writers mixed up 'invisible' and 'invincible')... and worst of all, Hughie isn't Scottish. That, and the costumes for the Seven look kinda off.


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