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We all know I'm a big Larry Hama fan (just go through the tag on here and see how many posts are by me), but last year the Special Missions arc of GI Joe blew me away in terms of it's visual storytelling. I really wanted to share Issue 252 foccusing on the Baroness, but I found I couldn't fit 1/3rd of it in a post without cheapening the visual motif of reflections, or the emtional beats, so you'll just have to take my word that it's amazing (or buy it), as are the Stalker, Duke, and Scarlett stories. All of those stories are a lot more personal and heart wrenching than this one, tales of sacrifice, heartbreak, and life altering choices. The Destro one is really just pure fun, but it's much easier post, and it certainly brings a smile.



Art by Netho Diaz Inks by Alisson Rodrigues


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Issue #7 of his book's solicited for May.

Issue #6 came out this week, continuing Cray's dealing with Arthur Curry.

It also set up another echo of a familiar character for him.

It did so in cutaways. )
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The timing of this post as it relates to any recent statements by any heads of government is purely coincidental.




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I can't remember my first comic, nor even the one that really got me intrigued. I remember being a little kid, and not quite getting the difference between Marvel and DC, being disappointed when an environmental Imax film starring Marvel Superheroes (it was the Watcher talking about the effect of pollution) didn't have Superman.

I either got my comics at the convenience store, or the flea market, the latter was usually on trips with my Grandma. So I read a lot of older comics I got there or in grab bags that mainstream retail stores used to clear out old product.

I tended to like older comics, because I gravitated towards comics about women (though I was nowhere near consciously aware that I was trans), and there wasn't a lot on the shelf that did that for me (other than GI Joe as an ensemble comic with lots of awesome women).

One of the finds that I first remember amazing me at the flea market was a reprint of Supergirl's first appearance.



I mean just how awesome was that? Superman was the most powerful, the best, and here was a girl who was just as good!

So let's take a look at that

the Maid of Might is here )

Though I didn't have much more exposure to the character outside of this and the movie (which I love even if it is silly) until she appeared at the end of PAD's run in my teens, a life long love affair was struck with Kara.

I find her relationship to Krypton and Earth to be more compelling and interesting than Superman's in a way. And now that I have them collected I find a lot of her early Silver Age stuff, and her Bronze Age appearances really compelling as well. There hasn't been a Supergirl title(Kara, Matrix, or PAD's Linda) since the Death of Superman that I haven't at least tried to follow.


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Now onto GI Joe. I can't remember if I was exposed to the cartoon or the comics first. My Cartoon experience was through VHS rentals which were cherry picked 'good ones,' (I had a much higher opinion of the caliber of both it and Sunbow's Transformers than was warranted... I actually saw Jem on TV so I knew that was good at least). If it was the show I was drawn in by the high stakes action, and commanding (literally the first two minis both show women giving orders especially when Duke gets kidnapped in both) female characters scene in the mini-series. The politics of certain writers on the show did not jive with me though.

If it was the comics... well though I probably didn't understand the politics of the comic at the time, everything I read just seemed right and just to me. I read a lot of Larry Hama without realizing it (never paid attention to who made these things as a kid), and I have to say his politics influenced me a lot more than my family's. (so this next set of scans doesn't even have any women, but it as a flea market find that really stood out to me).

Support our troops, but not the industrial-military complex )

So apparently at a party Art Spiegelman accused Larry of being a fascist for writing GI Joe. To which Larry asked if Art had even read it. Art said that he, "didn't need to read it to know it was fascist."
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I've posted this before... but it seems appropriate to do so again.



edit: posted one wrong page by mistake

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I've posted this one before, but it's a story that sticks with me.. because of the author, yes, but also because of the character. I got Carrie Fisher to sign my own copy a few months ago, and she struck me as a warm, and genuine person. She will definitely be missed.

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“The Professional” part six! Deathstroke’s honor is put to the test when he must help a tyrannical despot—Ja Zaki, a.k.a. The Red Lion—stop a civil war that he inadvertently caused. Plus: Enter Jericho!

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Alfie O'Meagan is a hyper-human; he has the power to reshape matter itself with his mind. He sought to use that power to save humanity once and for all from the threat of thermnonuclear annihilation. The Powers of Doctor Manhattan, the aims of Ozymandias, the foresight of neither. Weeks after all Nuclear material, every bomb, every reactor, was rendered inert the third World War began.

An American task force containing a unit of Green Berets, and an aging dentist who is also a ninja storm Moscow in a suicidal attempt to rescue one man: John Doe, the elite agent code named: Nth Man.

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Reed Richards is quite wrong... a soviet nuclear tech who had been exposed to a seriously unhealthy dose of radiation while trying to prevent the meltdown of Chernobyl, only to find saboteurs on hand, has been brought to Doctor Estivez, the best hematologist in America, for a bone marrow transplant. But when she unhooks the sedative flow in his containment suit, the Avengers are faced with a man who has gained superpowers from the treatments already given him by the Russians but who still thinks he's trying to save Chernobyl.. Those powers include controls over Nuclear forces... clearly this isn't a situation that calls for the talents of Mr. Fantastic, good thing he stayed home

So Rage could answer the call )
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During No Man's Land Batman notices that the neon lights are still on in Chinatown, and attracting people to their sex trade even with the rest of Gotham bereft of power. He finds Lynx the only surviving member of the Ghost Dragons gang wiped out by a coalition of gangs and shows her the reason why...

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