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Comics 1/30/13

Below you’ll find a quick rundown of my opinions on all the books I read today as well as a few panels, and the links to buy the comics. Remember, kids. The rule is for every negative, I have to write two positives. 

Batman and Robin: Annual #1 

This was surprisingly adorable and heart-warming. Traits I really don’t associate with the New 52 from this particular publisher. Revolving around Damian, Bruce, & Alfred this is a wonderful one-shot. For people looking for that glimmer of pre-reboot DC, this is for you. 

Actual adult Bruce Wayne.

Batman Incorporated #7

Well, this is Grant Morrison doing Grant Morrison things. I don’t think there’s been a moment of rest since this series began, but Morrison gets Damian and for that I’m thankful. Have some new Bat-Cat. And Bat-Cow. And Bat-Dog.

Mara #2

Following closely on the heels of the highly anticipated first issue, this book still remains intriguing. Learning about the volleyball work camps and the cutthroat world of corporate sponsorship was a bit of an exposition dump, but as always the art and colors (Doyle & Bellaire, respectively) remained ever-engaging. It felt like an exceptionally short issue. I do enjoy Mara’s pervasive sense of disgruntlement.

Avengers Vol. 5 #4

I think I figured it out. This book reminds me of every great Sorkin West Wing episode. It’s the cold open. I can’t, in recent memory, recall a comic that has ever used a cold open like this. (I suppose you can count the recent YA #1 as having a cold open, but I digress.) Hickman is producing theatre. He is on, arguably, the flagship Marvel title. This is a stage. The previous 3-issue first arc can even be viewed as a cold open. What I’m saying is that I really like it, and Hickman makes me want to punch myself in the face, he’s that good.

Natasha doesn’t have time for your jungle escapades, Jessica.

Thor is invited to any party I host, lbr.

X-Treme X-men Vol. 2 #9

I love this book. This is box of a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts book. There is nothing not short of fabulous. Greg Pak somehow fills this books with the best villainous tropes while keeping it fresh and original. Also, Paco Diaz can get it. 

Mirrorball. Wedge. Boots.

Everyone go home.

Hawkeye #7

24 pages. 2 complete and engaging stories. No one likes a showoff, Fraction. Just kidding, though. I loved it. This is a great example of micro-storytelling and keeping what’s essential in a book to make a great story.

Loved the art from Hamm and Lieber, and Hollingsworth always comes through and ties everything together with his muted palette. 

Go away.

Journey Into Mystery #648

Apparently it’s a pre-requisite for Asgardian titles to just not give anything away. I have no idea where this book is going. At all. Still hanging in there, though. I do enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry feel to this opening page.

High Crimes #1

Go buy this. Go buy this now. I’ll wait. By far the most impressive title to come out of the Monkeybrain imprint so far, this book is just fantastic. The art is perfect for it’s slightly seedy setting, and the main characters are terribly enchanting, and I want to read more NOW. Did I mention it’s $.99?

— 1 year ago with 1 note
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Show Your Support for Marvel & DC’s LGBT characters and community!

Hi Tumblr comics fans,

Let’s accomplish some social good today. The organization One Million Moms, who describe themselves as “a network of Christian mothers and grandmothers taking a stand for our children who are exploited by the entertainment industry”, have recently released a statement asking for a write-in campaign to Marvel (owned by Disney) and DC (owned by Warner Bros.) asking them to “change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately”.

This is in direct relation to Marvel’s first gay marriage in Astonishing X-Men #50 and DC announcing a reveal of a male, iconic character’s sexual identity being changed from previous incarnations. One Million Moms goes on to say things like, 

Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, “I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?” 

This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27).

This is yet again another example of the bigotry from close-minded individuals. Obviously they have no problem referencing Romans 1:26-27, but heavens forbid they take a gander at Matthew 7:1 (Judge not, that you be not judged.). I won’t even touch the stereotypical gender roles this organization is promoting.

What can you do? Easy! Let’s lets overwhelm their voice. For every email Marvel or DC receives asking to remove homosexual elements from comics, let’s send them emails congratulating them on the steps they are taking and showing support for their editorial and creative decisions. Tweet them and let them know you are proud to support gay characters and gay marriage in comics. 

Contact Marvel  

Contact DC

Marvel Twitter

DC Twitter

Marvel Facebook

DC Facebook

One Million Moms Twitter (Note: Let’s try to be civil when explaining why their bigotry is unacceptable. Sometimes it pays to take the high road.)

I hope this post gets some traction, so if you support this cause please reblog for a signal boost.

— 2 years ago with 2640 notes
#comics  #comics industry  #bigotry  #hatred  #gay marriage  #LGBT  #Marvel  #DC  #equality  #homophobia  #northstar  #lesbian  #gay 
I was trying to delete images from my iPhone and I completely forgot I drew this crack for Jackie while I was losing my mind at work* one day right before the DC Reboot happened.
Somehow this song seemed appropriate?  
*Fun Fact: I was in a meeting for a company rebranding and trying to stay awake while drawing this under the table. 

I was trying to delete images from my iPhone and I completely forgot I drew this crack for Jackie while I was losing my mind at work* one day right before the DC Reboot happened.

Somehow this song seemed appropriate?  

*Fun Fact: I was in a meeting for a company rebranding and trying to stay awake while drawing this under the table. 

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
#tasteslikecoconutandmetal  #Reboot  #DC  #Bruce you have a lovely voice.  #REMEMBER WHEN I DID A SHITTY POST-IT DRAWING EVERY DAY?  #Those were the days.