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I had to think long and hard for this one, because there are few characters I hate/dislike to begin with....

So I had to amend it internally to a character who was, for the longest time, just... "Blaaaaaah!" until a major revamp...

At last, a Man of Steel I can root for! )
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I've been through a LOT of writers in my time, in the comic book consumer sense of course. Some have been great, some have been pretty awful, some have been workmanlike, and some have transcended the genre.

Neil Gaiman was a terribly tempting choice, as were Alan Moore and Grant Morrison (particularly early in their career), who were genuinely groundbreaking in the US comic format, and Gaiman at least still earns an automatic (if trial) pull on any new title he writes, and Mark Gruenwald deserves honorary mention for producing many excellent stories playing in the Marvel toybox, but there's another who IMHO always produces quality work. If he's writing the "classic" characters he treats them with respect but not reverence, and usually has a new twist on them, and if he's writing his own characters they may seem somewhat familiar, but there's something else going on to surprise us.

I mean, of course...

...Kurt Busiek )
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Oh my, this IS a tough one, I've been a sucker for team books all my life; the X-Men, the New Mutants, the Legion of Super-Heroes, the JLA, the JSA (Who I mostly knew about through the JLA/JSA crossovers), the All-Star Squadron, Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol, the Batman Family (which I knew when it was at the more ... manageable scale of one Batman, one Batgirl, one Robin and then a replacement Robin and a Nightwing... not that I didn't like the additions, but...) and of course, the New Teen Titans. I'd even count the five principle Bronze Saints from Saint Seiya as a team.

All these have been part of my comic reading experience since the age of... well let's not go there, so picking one is like being asked to pick between a boxful of cute, but different puppies. It's almost impossible.

But, whilst I've posted a LOT of New Mutants and New Teen Titans and Batman Family stuff over the years, there was always one team which was THE team... and it might not be one you'd think of, but it holds a special place in my heart.

The Legion of Super-Heroes )
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I almost couldn't decide what to put for this one; there are tons of amazing superpowers in the realm of comics (One Piece alone has come up with enough to fill an entire 31-day series by itself), but few of them are much use outside of whaling on other superhumans or trying to take over the world. Since I'm too lazy to be violent and only occasionally harbor dreams of world domination, that's no good.

But thinking about dreams reminded me of their pale-skinned, eighties-haired king. And thinking of him made me think of one of his children. And that child, I remembered, had one very peculiar power...

Super-singing.



Not you, moron! Get off the stage! (Also, am I the only one who hears animated!Cyborg when I see that panel?)

Behind the cut: one does not simply... ROCK into Hades. )
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Courtesy of Nebezial, and just to be on the safe side, perhaps not the safest thing to view at work, but there's nothing OVERLY blatant.

He's Superman, but whan you think about it, he's maybe not )
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So I've decided to post issue 29 and 31 together (Issue 30 is a Will Pfeifer story, that I actually really like, and may post after this is all over)... Not a lot of narrative consequence happens in 29 So I thought we'd plow through.

Read more... )
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I'm gonna say while it had some high points, Supergirl Vol 5 was a bit of a mess until Sterling Gates took over as writer. Kelly Puckett's storyline about cancer, isn't as off kilter as the quick change retcons around her origin, and reason for being on Earth... but is probably the weirdest arc in the book... so let's take a look at it.

Read more... )

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