§ Can Yahoo go where science has failed? I want to start reading the marvel comics but i dont know where to start?
§ Dan Nadel reports on marvelous comical doings in LA.
§ Brian Wood talks about Vikings and Metal to introduce a new storyline in NORTHLANDERS.
Heavy metal and Vikings go hand in hand. I didn’t need Becky Cloonan and Espen Jorgensen to tell me that. I’m pretty sure I was first schooled to this fact walking across “stoner bridge,” a little walkway that crossed a pitiful stream and opened up onto the back of my high school’s parking lot in northern Vermont. Crossing it meant running a gauntlet of rednecks, headbangers, weed smoke, and heavy metal t-shirts. From Led Zeppelin to Bathory, the imagery was dominant.
§ Speaking of Zep, remember when THIS was what made the internet great? As far as we’re concerned, it has never been improved upon.
§ Stan Lee talks about the whole Donald Glover as Spider-Man campaign, and shows why he’s a master diplomat:
As for the racial aspect of the debate, Lee brushed it off, saying that casting Peter Parker “shouldn’t be a racial issue.” However, he added that drastically changing Peter Parker’s appearance could risk confusing audiences — but that shouldn’t stop anyone from giving Glover or other non-white actors a shot.
§ Sean T. Collins catches Tom Brevoort snarking on DC. Saucer of milk for one!
§ Chris Sims has The 18 Best Batman Panels Ever and this one (by Len Wein and Jim Aparo) is only #17!
§ TCJ is looking at Boys Love with a roundtable, so of course we’ll quote Shaenon T. Garrity:
Even before reading Boys’ Love, I was more than familiar with all the convoluted arguments explaining how the characters in BL aren’t “really” men, not even fantasy men. Because they look like women. Because they act like women. Because the seme/uke relationship is a coded heterosexual relationship, therefore BL is a coded heterosexual fantasy. Because the seme and uke are both kinda girly, therefore BL is a coded lesbian fantasy. Or a transsexual fantasy. Or an asexual fantasy. Or anything other than girls ogling boys.
§ Brian Hibbs is trying to put it all behind him.
§ Finally, this movie review reminded us that former Marvel Entertainment VP Shirrel Rhoadesis now a sometime movie critic, among other things.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.