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Well, 31 Days of Scans was our first themed month in quite some time, and I feel confident in proclaiming it a great success!

I know I speak for my esteemed Co-Mods, when I express our sincere gratitude to all those who made posts and/or commented.

We had well over 70 posts made (And I'm not even including our 31 "Main Post" entries in that number) and many, many comments and discussions, and that was over a time period that is usually full of distractions.

We hope that you all enjoyed it, and a Happy New Year to all!
[personal profile] lego_joker
Yeah, I'm gonna get nailed to the wall for this, but this shouldn't really surprise anyone who has long-term familiarity with my posts. Granted, I'm talking about the late 80s-90s period as a whole instead of just the Image-infused years that everyone instantly thinks of when "Dark Age" is brought up, but there doesn't seem to be any other popular name for the Age as a whole. Heck, some people think that it hasn't really ended yet!

A darkness rising, behind the cut. )
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This one's easy for me, because I will just always love the Bronze Age. Other ages have their advantages over this one, but when I think of comics this is always what I think of first.

I was trying to think of how to explain exactly why this is the age I always want to spend time in, but realized that if a picture is worth a thousand words, this one is my thesis on why nothing beats Bronze Age, where you dress like this to mingle:

Leaguers on the Loose
[personal profile] lego_joker
At the cost of being both predictable and cheating the theme a bit, I'm going to go with a piece that already has my five picks banded together. Granted, the artist probably didn't think of them as a team when he drew it, but the idea popped into my head as soon as I first saw the piece, and now it won't leave.

You probably know what inmates will be behind the cut. Can you guess which? )
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After yesterday's Canonical Romances, today we celebrate the NON-Canonical Romances, those romances which never were, but perhaps should have been.... be they straight, gay, queer or whatever else your heart desires.

The only rule is that the comics can NEVER have acknowledged the romance as having existed... bromances or the equivalent female term (is there one, I have no idea to be honest) are acceptable, but they must imply something more than simple friendship (Which will pose issues with a lot of Claremont's stuff, where it was as close to text as being the subtext as could possibly be)

As for me...

Well, a few possibilities present themselves.. )
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Robotech in both comic and anime form was one of the first series I came across that didn't talk down to kids, and showed lasting consequences of actions. It was also the first time I saw a special issue devoted to the marriage of a character (yeah Spider-man tied the knot two years earlier and Mr. Fantastic a couple decades before that, but I wasn't around for those). I'd place their Japanese counterparts Hikaru, and Misa above Rick, and Lisa, but that'd require posting Japanese scans as the only official English language Macross comics are the Macross II ones done by Viz.

Shown are 7 pages from Robotech the Macross Saga #36, where the Rick-Minmei-Lisa love triangle is finally resolved, and 9 pages from Robotech II The Sentinels Wedding Special #2 (which has 29 pages of story content).

Read more... )
[personal profile] lego_joker
Good old Victor Fries. I love him when he's written well, but my standards for "written well" are narrow as all hell, even moreso than my standards for the Riddler and Two-Face. I can't think of a single, published comic (outside the DCAU continuity) that fits those standards, and the 1997 Batman: Mr. Freeze graphic novel - written by Paul "Heart of Ice" Dini, no less - isn't really an exception to that.

In the end, it comes down to the fact that I think Mr. Freeze is a character who should make limited appearances and be written with a maximum amount of effort in each appearance, while DC execs seem to think the exact opposite. Sooner or later, they'll find a way to twist any take on Victor to include an excuse to turn him into a recurring villain, even though the very state of being a recurring villain arguably undercuts what makes Victor the most effective: his buried humanity and the fact that, in the end, he might be the most noble man in Arkham Asylum.

But for what it was worth, the aforementioned graphic novel did include a welcome expansion on Victor's and Nora's romance, back before the Almighty raised his middle finger at both of them.

When Victor met Nora, behind the cut. )
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I have plenty of favourites into his arena too, from Lois Lane/Clark Kent to Wonder Woman/Steve Trevor to Mary Jane/Peter Parker. But if there's one that provides me with warm feelings all over, it has to be this one:

True Romance Indeed! )
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I'm a little more generous to the New-52 than some other fans, there are a lot of books I've enjoyed, including Wonder Woman, but one thing I have not been able to forgive is making Diana the daughter of Zeus. Of course Azzarello and Jim Lee had their reasons for doing so, as stated in this article:

“She’s going to learn she’s not who she was told she was,” Azzarello told the Post. “Everybody’s got a father, even if he’s not the nicest guy in the world.”

DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee told the Post that rewriting the character’s origins to make her the offspring of two parents rather than, say, sand could make Wonder Woman accessible to many readers. “In this case, making her a god actually makes her more human, more relatable,” said Lee.

I reject that reasoning... first off I question why in a universe where there are a number of last of their kind aliens, demons, and immortals we read about that a woman forged from clay is such a stretch. The two largest religions in the world share a creation story where a man was formed from dust, and his wife from his rib.

Never mind the "everyone has got a father," thing while true from a biological perspective (depending on how you define father), does not necessarily play into the life of every person raised by a same-sex couple, or single parent.

And most importantly, it undermines a parallel to Greek Myth and the origin of Pandora in Hessiod's Works and Days. More on that

behind the cut )
[personal profile] lego_joker
So here's something else I usually don't discuss in this community: Disney comics and me go back a long, long way. My grandparents in China had been buying a bimonthly Disney publication for me since I was about five or six, and they didn't stop for a good long while even after I had immigrated over to the United States. It was through those comics that I first became familiar with the classic Disney cast - Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, and of course, the subject of today's post.

(Incidentally, those comics also regularly featured pretty damn obscure characters from the Disney stable. Quick show of hands - who remembers Mad Madame Mim, Li'l Hiawatha, or Li'l Bad Wolf?)

Disney comics tend to be regarded as barely a footnote to the American public, but from what I gather, they sell like hotcakes in places like Latin America and Europe. One name, in particular, comes up again and again: Don Rosa.

Now, I'm not a Rosa obsessive like so many others are, but even a cursory glance at his Wikipedia page shows that he was Something Special. The Disney Juggernaut typically puts so little thought into its comics that even the hackiest folks at Marvel and DC look like Alan freaking Moore in comparison, but Rosa was the exception: a man who went at his Disney comics with the kind of passion and attention to detail that anyone would've been envious of. He began as just another writer/artist in the Duck comics, but in the early nineties, he put out his Eisner-winning magnum opus: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.

Scrooge probably has the somewhat narrow honor of being the most popular Disney character have been born on the printed page instead of on the screen (though a Donald Duck short from '43 did seem to lay a prototype for him), and it's not hard to see why: he's more versatile than even Donald himself, able to go from hero to villain at the drop of a hat while always remaining true to his core personality. He can be protagonist, antagonist, plot device, damsel-in-distress, chew-toy... the sky's the limit, really.

And it all began on the unforgiving streets of Scotland...

The duck tougher than the toughies, and smarter than the smarties, behind the cut! )
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I'm a Canadian of Norweigan, German and whoever knows what else heritage I'm so totally white. I don't have a ranked order of who is the best PoC character or anything like that, I don't feel it's my place to decide who best represents a group, there are characters I like who are PoC, but I don't feel that I should be ranking them against each other based on that criteria.

Since some of the obvious choices have been picked, decided to post up something a bit more obscure the Grant family in Robotech.. namely Claudia Grant from the Macross Saga, her brother Vince Grant from Sentinels, and his son Bowie from Robotech Masters.

Now Claudia, and Bowie had no connection in the original Japanese shows Robotech is based off of, because the stories of those shows weren't connected... and maybe it's a bit problematic that all the black characters happen to be close relatives, but it did help create a sense of continuity between a disjointed series... so without further ado the Grants.

Read more... )
[personal profile] lego_joker
Damn, a lot of my posts in this series wound up owing themselves to The Sandman. Never would've expected that.

Anyways - Nada. She's one of the many, many unfortunate mortals throughout The Sandman who get tangled up in the games of the Endless and various other immortals, and I would say that she's the one who wound up the worst off. Granted, I've only read about half of the series, so if you disagree, please don't drown me in spoilers.

But by the end of her saga, she delivers what might be the most badass mortal moment in the series so far.

A Queen without need for a King, behind the cut )
[personal profile] lego_joker
How very ironic that my favorite Disney film would be one of the last I learned about. But then, as that wise gentleman once said, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains..."

Come, Dawson! The game is apaw! )
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Happy Christmas to all who celebrate!

Today is a special day. Not just because many people are out with their friends and family celebrating a major holiday, but because today is the one day where we make an exception to our 'we are a comic scans' community rule and actually post other media.

Oh yes. Today is favourite 'other media' day!

And you know which media did it best?

The DC Animated Universe! )


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