Category Archives: Comic

How To Fix Justice League 3001‘s Ongoing Transphobia

The following was originally posted on Panels under the title Ongoing Transphobia in Justice League 3001 and has been republished with permission.

Oh Justice League 3001, pull up a chair. We need to have a few words. I know comics have a huge lead time and they are written well in advance; they are also not immutable and unchangeable, though. After the trouble that issue one romped into (more of that in a second) issue two has just come out. Is it any better? No, it’s not.
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Invader Zim RETURNS

I’m a huge fan of Invader Zim, have been since I was introduced to the show just after I moved to Canada. I devoured it; Zim was different than any cartoon I’d seen, and it’s stuck with me over the years. Now, Oni Press are publishing a new series of Zim comics that carry on from where the TV show left off—this time without the interference from Nickelodeon and the restrictions of animation. When Invader Zim first aired way back in 2001, the show was a departure for Nickelodeon. They wanted more adult shows to increase their audience, but I’m not sure they knew what they were getting with Jhonen Vasquez. Zim was different; the art is stylised, as is the colour pallet and the voice acting (Zim was voiced by Richard Horvitz who strained his voice shouting Zim’s lines). Invader Zim was unique.
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AirBoy’s Trans Misogyny

[Trigger Warning for transmisogyny and brief discussion of suicide.]

Airboy is a comic published by Image, it’s a story written by James Robinson and the art is by Greg Hinkle. Robinson and Hinkle are also the semi-autobiographical protagonists in the comic along with Airboy, a heroic Rocketeer-like figure with superpowers. The story is irrelevant to me at this point, I’ve described why the issue is offensive to multiple people within the comics industry and had reactions ranging from “So?” to sarcasm questioning my intelligence, I‘ve also had “That’s awful!” so at least some of the explaining was worthwhile. I don’t care if you think the story is well written, if it’s highly offensive then it’s without redeeming features.
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Which Web to Weave? Guide to the Spider-Women

I’ve never really liked Spider-Man; he just never interested me as a character. I’ve read some old school Spider-Man back in the classic pouch-laden 1990s, but they didn’t grab me and since then I’ve not bothered to pick up a Spider-Man comic. I know how much of a tent-pole figure Spidey is for Marvel and I even enjoyed a couple of the movies but I still never felt the need to really … spider.
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Marvel Universe Live

I just went to see the show Marvel Universe Live. (I keep writing Lice, but that is a whole other show; 10/10, would itch again). MUL, as the name suggests, is a live action play set in the Marvel universe. Of course it doesn’t have the movie stars involved; everyone here is an acrobat or stunt person; no Chris Hemsworth or Robert Downey Jr. That doesn’t stop this from being campy fun.
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The Batgirl & Joker Cover Controversy Shows The Comic Book Industry Is Growing Up

Recently, DC Comics started circulating June’s variant covers that feature the Joker across different comic book series. The aim was to celebrate 2015 as the 75th anniversary of the Joker. Only things have gone a little wrong. The art across the covers was pretty great, so it wasn’t that. What DC got wrong was the tone on a couple of covers. Look at how spot on the Catwoman cover is, or Aquaman’s or Superman’s faux wedding. Then look at Batgirl’s cover, and to a lesser degree Wonder Woman’s cover. The tonal difference is stark.
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Uncle Scrooge #1 – Review

Review: Uncle Scrooge #1 by Romano Scarpa, Jonathan Gray, Cavazzano, Rodolfo Cimino

On my shelf is a battered copy of the 1981 Jumbo Book of Superduck Saves the Day! I’m not entirely sure why but in all my travels I’ve saved this book. It’s 254 pages of Donald, his nephews, and Scrooge fighting off the machinations of the Beagle Boys. When I read the preview edition of Uncle Scrooge #1 it instantly brought back the memory of young-me reading this old Superduck, which in my memory at least is a classic comic book. Many similarities exist between the two even with over three decades separating them, the set up is the same as the Beagle Boys are yet again after the Money Bin and even the art style is consistent. It’s the Disney world where the radios are giant and cars still look like they just rolled out of an affluent 1950s Detroit. Yet the modern world is in here too.
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