§ Your must reading link: Abhay Khosla analyzes Dark Reign in terms of vagina dentata, Freud’s theories of the head as symbol of secret desires, the castration anxiety behind many of Marvel’s most recent event comics:
The obvious conclusion to draw from DARK REIGN: THE LIST– X-MEN #1 is that at the close of 2009, a woman with an appetite for sex is apparently the very definition of fear and horror for Marvel comic creators and their audience.
You may or may not agree, but Khosla makes a pretty good case. Isn’t it time we put the subtext back into comics?
§ But as much as we love Abhay, this is unquestionably the greatest comics review ever, esp. the bit about the broken heel.
§ For the NY Times, Douglas Wolk reviews a bunch of mostly excellent recent comics , includes works by Kyle Baker, Lily Carré, Gabrielle Bell, and Michael Kupperman.
§ This week’s trip down memory lane by for former Marvel Bullpenner Scott Edelman goes back to 1956 for a DC Comics Slogan Contest.
§ Is there even a chance in hell you are NOT going to read a story that contains this paragraph?
Undaunted by the naysayers who claimed they have a one in a million chance of hitting it big in this economy, the men have already produced three comic books.
Yes, it is our most favorite variety of mainstream comics story — the detailed profile of local comics makers. This story, from Franklin County, PA, looks at
Gene Tipton and Frank Dunbar of Shot in the Dark Comics, and their plans to someday be as big as Marvel.
§ Lesbians read comics, and they like Jean Grey, just like everyone else.
§ Apparently a dude “won” World of Warcraft? We’re surprised anyone is surprised as this was very clearly predicted on the Mayan calendar! You can look it up!