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Therefore I Geek Podcast, Episode 78 Women in Refrigerators

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In which, Andrew, Tracy, and Dude reveal that they can actually have an intelligent conversation about a controversial topic, specifically about comic writer Gail Simone’s 1999 musings on why female characters in comics seem to end up violently damaged in order to further the story or provide motivation for their male counterparts.  Our heroes break the topic down and look at Gail’s initial conversation starter, and then move into the argument that has been created by various feminists based on that topic.  Dude vows to spend the rest of his life–or at least the next few weeks–breaking down the lists of characters who have died in comics to uncover the statistics that may prove or disprove the idea.

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Around the Web July 18, 2014

Gail Simone, the outspoken writer of Batgirl has started a new Tumblr page dedicated to giving advice to people who want to get into the comics industry. Even though it just started the page already contains several good articles covering a wide variety of topics from experts. I’d once heard someone likening breaking into the comics industry to breaking out of jail, in that once someone accomplishes it, their route is closed up behind them. Hopefully this page will take away some the mystery and help some creative folks get into the industry.

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I’ve also heard other things compared to prison life, but they shouldn’t be repeated in polite company.

A little less than 10 months separates us from Avengers: Age of Ultron and although we haven’t seen much in the way of stills (and no trailers yet) fans were treated to a little preview thanks to Avengers director Joss Whedon. Joss states that both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will be fighting with Ultron and that we will be introduced to Vision. Whedon wouldn’t go into details of course, but just that little bit has already sparked my curiosity.

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For now, I’ll just keep calm and count down to Guardians of the Galaxy.

Finally here is an opinion piece from Comics Alliance about the wave of announcements that came out of Marvel this week. Starting with a female Thor and then Falcon taking up the mantle of Captain America, the internet has been abuzz with activity and rumors. I’ve go no issue with a new, black Cap, though I think the article’s author has a point that a new Falcon book would have been a better idea. What I’d really like to know is who the female Thor is. At first there were rumors it would be Angela, which I feel works out just fine, since she was still pretty out of place, but later images released show Angela and Fem Thor on the same Avengers team. So unless their screwing with us, I’ve got nothing.

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I really hope we’re being screwed with.

 

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Saturday Reviews | Batgirl #33 and Zaya #1

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I’ve been behind on Batgirl for a while, but with this week’s announcement of a brand new creative team starting in October, I decided I should make an effort to finish out Gail Simone’s run. With that in mind I picked up Batgirl #33 and felt like I was right back home. Sure I’d missed several issues, but I had no problem jumping right back into the story. The ease with which I was able to slip into Batgirl’s world is one of the hallmarks of a great writer. Simone really knows the characters she is writing and it’s nice to see that even this deep into her time on the title, she’s still taking time to develop the character further. I also really enjoyed the fact that she is still making good use of Barbara’s inner dialogue. My only major complaint is that in a couple places the exposition was a little heavy. It felt a little like reading 70’s X-Men where everyone called everyone by name every time they spoke to one another.

I'm fairly certain we know who is talking to whom.

I’m fairly certain we know who is talking to whom.

While I was once again in love with Simone’s writing, the same cannot be said for the art. I’m not going to say it was bad, but I did have a few complaints. One of the best parts of the New 52 was the push for more realistic looking costumes.  Whether or not it DC actually managed to pull it off or not can be debated, but Batgirl’s great look cannot.  However this book appears to be progressively moving back toward the days of spandex, or worse, pleather (the horror, the horror!).

A nice little twist on a cliche.

A nice twist on a cliche.

I’m inclined to believe the fault for this one falls mostly with the colorist. The pencils and inks seem solid but it’s the shiny looking colors that I dislike. This was also the first time I’d seen the new look of Black Canary and I’m not a fan. The art wasn’t all bad though, with one of my favorite panels catching the female villain, Knightfall, in bed with two “boy toys”. I thought it was an amusing twist on the stereotypical male villain with floozies.

Shiny costume and the Black Canary re-design.

Shiny costume and the Black Canary re-design.

While I am excited about the new look and direction for Batgirl, I will certainly miss the current run and I’m going to make sure I savor every issue that Simone has left. 3.5/5 Death Stars.

3.5 Death Stars

 

 

 

 

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The second book on today’s review is Zaya #1 from Magnetic Press. Zaya is not something in my normal pull; however, as I was browsing Comixology, I came across it in the new releases and figured I’d give it a try. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, though I’m still not quite fully on board with this book. Even granting that this is the first issue, the story is somewhat ambiguous. The first half of the story introduces an attractive young woman, who I assume is the main character since she bears a striking resemblance to the woman on the cover. While at an art opening, the woman stops a drunk patron from abusing a waiter, in the process demonstrating that there is more to her than meets the eye, though beyond her martial arts skills it’s unclear what that might be. The second half of the book is a chase sequence with a man on the run from a “creature” that is intent on murdering him. It’s not clear how the two halves of the story will connect, but I’m certain JD Morvan will make this clear in the issues to come.

Beautiful art by Huang-Jai Wei.

Beautiful art by Huang-Jai Wei.

The art has a very Heavy Metal look to it, which for large parts of the book was quite enjoyable. I was most impressed with Huang-Jai Wei’s ability to mirror a person’s inner qualities in their appearance. The abusive drunk is shown as a handsome man until it becomes clear from his actions that he is a scumbag, at which point the art changes, subtly, to show the man’s inner ugliness externally. I also really liked that when he chose to show extreme violence, he draws it in a more artistic manner, instead of making it exceptionally gory. Gore is easy to do; it takes far more skill to show the same scene tastefully while still conveying the same emotions to the reader.

The one place where the art has issues is with the mysterious “creature” in the second half of the book. I use quotes because I’m honestly not sure what to call this thing. It’s large, black, and ill defined. At times, I’m fairly certain I was supposed to be looking at a face, but with the exception of one panel, I couldn’t see it. If Wei can clean this one portion up a little, I think this book will really be something special.

Honest to god, I don't know what to make of this thing.

Honest to god, I don’t know what to make of this thing.

There is currently a very nice looking hardcover available for preorder, and for $30 I’m very tempted to get it, though I’ll wait an issue or two more before I do. I’m definitely on board for at least one more issue and I’ll see how it goes from there. 3/5 Death Stars.

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