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My first contribution to "Beyond the Big Two Week" is courtesy of Epic Comics in 1986. Now this is sort of a cheat, since that was a Marvel imprint, but it's notable that it was it's creator-owned imprint. The likes of Jim Starlin's Dreadstar and Christy marx's "Sisterhood of Steel" were part of the Epic line as were Alien Legion and Six from Sirius. Sometimes they used Marvel characters (Most notably in Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz's Elektra: Assassin series and Stan Lee and Moebius' Silver Surfer: Parable.

This is none of those, this is a six issue miniseries (created, written and drawn by one chap, Alan Weiss) featuring a new character, a new approach to technology and more suggestive subtext than anything you can probably imagine... no strike that, this is scans_daily... more suggestive subtext than most non-s_d reders can probably imagine.

Steelgrip Starkey 01 - 18

I really wouldn't recommend that as a tag line...

Welcome to the world of...

Steelgrip Starkey and the All Purpose Power Tool )
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In American comics you've got your Jack Kirby and you've got your Steve Ditko. The number of artists who aren't influenced by them is infinitesimally small. But there has been, over the last thirty years, a slowly growing contingent of superhero artists who use another guy as their touchstone -- hero of FreedomFrench comics Jean Giraud or, to be more precise, Moebius, as he prefers to be known when talking about his SF and fantasy work. He only really came to prominence on this side of the Atlantic around 1978-9, when the English translations of Métal Hurlant began to take off in the States, but within a few years you could see his influence on the likes of Walt Simonson and Art Adams, an influence that has spread down to 2011 in the drawings of Frank Quitely, Geof Darrow, and others -- not least because his style seems to be a natural starting point for, bitte Gott hilf uns, imitators of Rob Liefeld to up their game. And let us not forget his international influence: Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga is noticeably Moebius-like, though mixed with Miyazaki's own genius it's one of the few pieces of such work that can stand toe-to-toe with the Frenchman's best and not be knocked flat to the canvas.

But as much as I love his art, what drives me absolutely mental about Moebius is his taste in stories. While acknowledging that it is just a matter of taste, I can't stand the preciousness of, say, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and that's the sort of thing Moebius returns to again and again with all of his collaborators and in his own writing. It's maybe tilting at windmills in a genre that co-opts everything fantastic and turns it into stew, but I do prefer straightforward story-telling.

This brings me to Silver Surfer: Parable, for which Moebius supplies the art and Stan Lee provided the story. I don't think I'm going against the critical grain to say that Lee's muse had long since wandered away when this was printed in 1989. I can see that you'd have something interesting if this had been made twenty years prior to that (and preferably twenty-five), but Lee's writing had collapsed in a thick dust cloud of ponderousness and self-seriousness by the time this made it to print.

So I'm not going to try very hard to sum up the story here, particularly the second plot arc. It soberly informs us that religious leaders are often interested in their own power and people rely on religion to avoid thinking, which is bad, m'kay? And it does so with a singular lack of finesse. Instead I'll focus on the Surfer and Galactus and the A-Plot, which...

...brings a lot of the pretty )
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Here we are at the last issue. The Queen is dead, but the trial continues; once again I've skipped all the trial pages and am just posting the post-verdict part of the story.

Suggested tags: title: sisterhood of steel, creator: Christy Marx, publisher: epic. click to see one last Boronwe vs Vandalis confrontation )
Coming up next: the Sisterhood of Steel graphic novel. Featuring much, much better art than in the comic book series, and also much, much more violence.

Christy Marx has a website page devoted to Sisterhood of Steel; she has (I assume signed) copies of all issues available for sale, as well as posters and prints.
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This issue feature's Boronwë's trial for treason. Which means it's mostly talking heads and visually very boring. I decided to just post an excerpt from the first half of the comic, where we meet Boronwë's lawyer and discover the source of the animosity between Vandalis and Lanna.

Suggested tags: creator: christy marx, publisher: epic, and title: Sisterhood of Steel. insert clever blurb to entice people to click here )

Christy Marx has a website page devoted to Sisterhood of Steel; she has (I assume signed) copies of all issues available for sale, as well as posters and prints.
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Picking up where we left off before the holiday, with Sisterhood of Steel #6.

The narrative style of the series so far had been to have around 2 or 3 subplots per issue. With issue 6, that changes as Marx realized she wasn't going to have very many more issues and set out to wrap things up before cancellation. So trimming pages from this issue was really, really hard, and there's a lot of plot to summarize. so let's get to it, shall we? )
Suggested tags are: title: Sisterhood of Steel, creator: Christy Marx, publisher: Epic.

Christy Marx has a website page devoted to Sisterhood of Steel; she has (I assume signed) copies of all issues available for sale, as well as posters and prints.
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We start off with a brief recap:

(click to embiggen) Boronwe's life only gets more complicated from here )Only 3 more issues to go, and then I'll post excerpts from the graphic novel. Once again, while these comics were never reprinted, several complete sets are available on ebay for below cover price, and torrents of the series are also available.

Christy Marx has a website page devoted to Sisterhood of Steel; she has (I assume signed) copies of all issues available for sale, as well as posters and prints.
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This is Glespa, the commander of the Sisterhood's fortress at Orange-Phyrus:


don't get on her bad side )

Christy Marx has a website page devoted to Sisterhood of Steel; she has (I assume signed) copies of all issues available for sale, as well as posters and prints.
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There's a lot of setup in this issue for future developments. Rather than try to post excerpts from that, I decided to post the last nine pages, in which Boronwë's ship is attacked by slaver pirates.



The first 19 pages in brief: Boronwë is going off on a ship with a bunch of other cadets to their first post-graduation assignment, at the Sisterhood's fortress between the twin cities of Orange and Phyrus. The Queen of the Sisterhood sends two of her chief officers on the same ship, to secure renewal of the Sisterhood's treaty with them. The future of the treaty is somewhat in doubt as Andras, the leader of the slave traders of Giaour, has been bribing O'mah, prince of Orange. but enough of that, on to the pirate battle! )

Christy Marx has a website page devoted to Sisterhood of Steel; she has (I assume signed) copies of all issues available for sale, as well as posters and prints.
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The first issue introduces the protagonist, Boronwë, and tells us the origin of the Sisterhood. It also sets up the conflict between Boronwë and the princess Vandalis. That conflict takes centre stage in this issue, but first we get this lovely double splash as Boronwë equips herself with weapons and armour.


(click to embiggen)

That splash encapsulates several of the things that rock about this series: characters of varying body types, multiracial casting, and fantasy warrior women who actually wear real armour and have real muscles.
less politics, more ass-kicking in this issue )

So, issue 2 has: ninjas, pirates, drug trips, assassination attempts, sword fights, and psychedelic-assisted sisterly bonding. What more can you ask for from a comic? Well, the next issue has international politics, slave traders, and more pirates.

Christy Marx has a website page devoted to Sisterhood of Steel; she has (I assume signed) copies of all issues available for sale, as well as posters and prints.
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Set the wayback machine to 1984. Vertigo wasn't even a twinkle in DC's eye, but Marvel had a line of creator-owned, "indy" type comics called Epic. One of the series Epic put out, "Sisterhood of Steel," was about an island of warrior women (no men allowed) and the adventures of young Boronwë, a novice member of the Sisterhood's military.




An alternate universe fantasy series written by a woman about separatist kick-ass warrior women that did not feature chainmail bikinis, gratuitous nudity, or cheesecake was naturally doomed to a short life, and the series ended after only eight issues. But what wonderful issues they were.

The first issue was very hard to condense into 9 pages (28 pages of story per issue). In the end, I decided to go with the political intrigue instead of the history of the origins of the sisterhood, the roommate plot, or Boronwë's final exams. I'll try to summarize what's missing.

political intrigue instead of cheesecake - the 80's were a very different time )

Christy Marx has a website page devoted to Sisterhood of Steel; she has (I assume signed) copies of all issues available for sale, as well as posters and prints.
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Apologies in advance if this comes out incoherent. Got hit by fever and I'm dreading that it's the pigflu, so I'm not exactly thinking straight at the moment. But anyways...

As to the title, sometimes I agree.

Sometimes I do not. )

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