Nextwave: This Is What They Want

Nextwave: Agents of HATE Volume 1: This Is What They Want collects the first six issues of the superhero satire. Third-rate characters from the outskirts of superherodom assemble into a team dedicated to, as one of the taglines puts it, “healing America by beating people up.” Elsa Bloodstone is a violence-loving English Buffy type, a gorgeous fighting machine. Tabitha, PMS made flesh, is a California party girl formerly known as “Boom Boom” because she blows things up. The team’s Captain […]

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The Perhapanauts: First Blood

The Perhapanauts are a motley group of monster hunters who are themselves imaginary creatures. First Blood, written by Todd Dezago and drawn by Craig Rousseau, introduces them through a fight with a murderous shape-shifter. The Bureau of Extra-Dimensional Liabilities and Management (BEDLAM) has as its mission to investigate the creepy and paranormal. Their agents consist of a psychic, a ghost, a sasquatch, a mystery man, and Choopie, a partially evolved Chupacabras (goat-blood-sucker). When battling, their struggles reveal the team members’ […]

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Wizard Staff Shakeup

Is Wizard‘s time at the top of the heap over? Comic Book Resources (link no longer available) is reporting that Senior Vice-President/Editor-in-Chief Pat McCallum has been fired. [N]umerous exhibitors contacted by CBR News Wednesday evening confirmed they believed attendance was down on the convention circuit, not up, and as a whole, the Wizard conventions had experienced a rather poor season. The news of McCallum’s firing follows word of dwindling sales figures for the magazine as well as the departure of […]

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Today’s Minx Update

I’m surprised, since I thought discussion might have died down by now, but people are still saying smart things about DC’s Minx line for teen girls. ICv2 interviews head editor Karen Berger. Dirk Deppey insightfully describes it (link no longer available): When the first question … might as well read, “So that opening quote in the New York Times that everyone laughed at: You aren’t really that dumb, are you?” you know it’s damage control. Still, it’s a good and […]

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Final Minx Creative Count

In honor of the late Chick Checks, let’s count female creators: The complete 2007 Minx lineup was announced yesterday. Two are by male writer/artists. Two are by separate male writers and artists. One is by a male writer with two male artists. One is cowritten by a male and his daughter and illustrated by a male. One is by a female writer and male artist. (I’ve talked about the new imprint previously here and here.) So, we have seven books […]

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More on Minx

Today’s hot story: Reaction to the news about DC’s Minx line. Creators have begun commenting. At his message board (all links no longer available), Warren Ellis downplays concern over the lack of female creators, pointing to the two female editors and saying that the imprint is designed to make money, “not raise an ideological tent”. Andi Watson (one of the imprint’s writers) confirms that the editors tried to recruit more women, but “Some creators weren’t interested and then I guess […]

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Girl Genius 5: Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess

The latest chapter in this thrilling “gaslamp fantasy” series by Phil & Kaja Foglio reveals a number of secrets. Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess opens with a narrow escape, as the traveling players (introduced in The Circus of Dreams) are set upon by a huge group of killing creatures. That allows for the sudden entry of three Jagers, my favorite characters. The Jagers as a tribe are bred for fighting, and I find their simplistic, amoral love of killing […]

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Girl Genius 4: Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of Dreams

Agatha Heterodyne encounters a brand-new group of terrific characters in this chapter of the “gaslamp fantasy” series by Phil & Kaja Foglio, Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of Dreams. Agatha has escaped from the flying castle of Baron Wulfenbach (as seen in The Monster Engine). She’s accompanied by a grumpy talking cat that serves as comic relief. They quickly run into a traveling caravan of show people, a group that provides a wonderful opportunity for the Foglios to sketch a […]

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