IT’S EPISODE 033 – our “Best of 2011 Cast!”

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Inside this episode! Maddy’s back! Maddy joins us for our summary of the Best (and a few worsts) of 2011! Join us to hear our picks for things like Best Single Issue, Best Ongoing Series, Best Graphic Novel, Best YA Graphic Novel, Best Webcomic, Best Single Issue Cover (see below for the picks), and more.  We also talk about some “Missed Opportunities in 2011″ for our “Hot Topic section.  Make sure to come back in 2 weeks – Maddy won’t be here but we’ll be interviewing a very special creator.

Links! Hinges, Friends With Boys, Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Ether.

Not a lot of spoilers in this week’s episode, so less need to skip around, but here are the breaks:

The Year’s Best – 1:00

Hot Topic “Missed Opportunities in 2011″ – 1:06:06

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 032!

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Inside this episode! Maddy’s back! Maddy joins us for another episode! Yay!  We review Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Jamal Igle’s The Ray #1, J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman’s Batwoman #4.  For hot topic we talk about what we’d all like for the holidays. Lastly, a long deserving Chick of the Week – writer Marjorie Liu! Tune in on January 9th, 2012 for the first episode of 2012, a look at the bests and worsts in comics from 2011.  And Maddy will be joining us for that cast again – so make sure to come on back!

Links! Bat-Santa!, and MORE Bat-Santa!, What I Bought 12/14/11, Women In Refrigerators, The FedEx Arrow.

Also, for those that like to skip around to avoid spoilers and such, here are the section breaks:

The Ray #1 Review – 1:00

Batwoman #4 Review (which immediately devolves into another BATFIGHT!) – 18:14

Hot Topic/Holiday Fun! – 1:14:25

Chick of the Week! – 1:29:35

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 031 – THE MEGA ANNIVERSARY CAST!

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Inside this episode! Maddy’s back! Maddy joins us for our one year anniversary cast!  We review Marjorie Liu’s X-23 #17, Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s Wolverine & The X-Men #2, and Maddy talks about Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Comic Book Comics series.  J.H. Williams III joins us for a very special interview section, and we follow that up with a very well-deserved Chick of the Week in the form of Kate Kane aka Batwoman! We also have a fight about Batwoman, which should be fun for those of you who have been waiting for a serious (though pointless) argument over the last year of casts.

Links! Kelly’s post about X-23, Commenter Herring’s Marvel Sales Chart, Comic Book Comics on Comixology, Kelly’s She Has No Head Post about Batwoman: Elegy, Sue’s 2011 Thankful List, and Cass Cain wins Most Kickass Woman Contest on DC Women Kicking Ass!

Also, for those that like to skip around to avoid spoilers and such, here are the section breaks:

X-23 #17 Review – 1:09

Discussion of Marvel & Female Characters – 12:06

Wolverine & The X-Men #2 Review – 34:45

Comic Book Comics Review – 44:39

J.H. Williams III Interview – 57:56

Chick of the Week (including the massive bat-argument!) – 127:28

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 030!

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Inside this episode! Sue and I are joined by Geek Mom editor and writer extraordinaire Corrina Lawson. We review Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising #3 and J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman’s Batwoman #3. For our hot topic we talk about iconic characters and their inability to grow in the current mainstream comics market. Chick of the week is the legendary Ramona Fradon!

Also, for those that like to skip around to avoid spoilers and such, here are the section breaks:

Rachel Rising #3 Review – 1:00
Batwoman #3 Review – 13:52
Hot Topic – 32:00
Chick of the Week – 1:06:46

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in weekly to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue. Special thanks to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 029!

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Inside this episode! Sue and I review Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s Wolverine & The X-Men #1 and an advance review of Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin’s PrinceLess #1 (available 11/2/11 on Graphicly and 11/9/11 in stores!).  For our hot topic we have special guest star Kelly Sue DeConnick, author of the hit series Osborn, a small but wonderful run on Supergirl, as well as co-author of the new graphic novel Castle (and one of my favorite one-shots of all time – Sif) joining us to discuss the state of women in comics and the Women in Marvel Panel she participated in at NYCC.  Chick of the week, in honor of Women of Wonder Day, is WONDER WOMAN

Also, for those that like to skip around to avoid spoilers and such, here are the section breaks:

Wolverine & The X-Men #1 Review – 1:00
PrinceLess #1 Review – 17:45
Hot Topic – 28:14
Chick of the Week –108:00

Episode links! Women of Marvel NYCC Panel (skip to 2 hour, 15 minute mark), Women of Wonder Day, Action Lab Comics, More on PrinceLess, Superheroes Are For Girls, Too, Kelly’s CBR review of Wolverine & The X-Men #1, She Has No Head! – It Took Gail Simone, She Has No Head! – 20 Favorite Comics Females.

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in weekly to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!


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IT’S EPISODE 028!

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Inside this episode! Sue and I review Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli’s Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 and J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman’s Batwoman #2.  For our hot topic we have special guest star Jennifer K. Stuller, author of Ink-Stained Amazons and programming director of Geek Girl Con joining us to discuss the success of Geek Girl Con and a topic near and dear to all three of our feminist-y hearts – Wonder Woman’s origin! Chick of the week is Huntress – with a brand new mini-series and a non-midriff baring costume…what’s not to love?

Also, for those that like (or need) to skip around to avoid spoilers and such, here are the section breaks:

Ultimate Spider-Man #3 Review – 01:28
Batwoman #2 Review – 12:14
Spoiler Free Discussion of other books we liked this week – 32:11
Chick of the Week – 41:32
Hot Topic – 59:30

Episode links! Jen’s Geek Girl Con Blog thoughts, The Geek Girl Con survey, Wonder Woman’s Origin, More Wonder Woman Origin, Kelly’s Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 CBR Review, Kelly’s Batwoman #2 CBR Review, Sue’s Review of Huntress #1

We neglected to mention Sue’s yearly “Kick Ass Tournament”, going on now on DC Women Kicking Ass – head on over and vote! Everyone should especially stop by today as it’s Cass Cain’s round! You know which way to vote! Or don’t bother coming back! ;)

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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IT’S EPISODE 027!

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Inside this episode! This week we review Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant from Drawn & Quarterly, Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaac’s Angel & Faith #2, and Ron Marz and Sami Basri’s Voodoo #1. Hot Topic this week is the strange idea that we shouldn’t be talking critically about comics and should instead just be promoting the good, as posited in a post on The Beat this week. This week’s Chick of the Week is phenomenal artist Amy Reeder who everyone should know from her epic Madame Xanadu run, gorgeous cover work, and much anticipated Batwoman arc.

UPDATE: Episode has been re-cut  – there should be no audio overlap now.  Apologies for any inconvenience!

Episode links!: The Day in Gender Battles: Fight the Bad or Wallow in the Good?, Sexy is Good, Right? Sexy Sells, Right?, ‘Sexy’ is Performance Art, I Like The Sex In Catwoman #1, It’s The Rest Of It That Is The Problem, Sexism In Comics Is Not New Here’s What You Should Do About It, TheWherefores, Was Catwoman Worse Than Wonder Woman Was Good, Justice League Dark Review, Stop, Amy Reeder’s Batwoman Variant Covers, Amy Reeder Comic Covers, The FedEx Arrow And How to Deal With It, Kate Beaton io9 interview, Hark! A Vagrant on D&Q, Hark! A Vagrant on Amazon, The Voodoo Problem.

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass, and Maddy from When Fangirls Attack! along with me, Kelly Thompson. Tune in weekly to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics, and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly, Maddy, and Sue. Special thanks to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.  Follow CSBG and Kelly on twitter, so that you never miss a She Has No Head! post or 3 Chicks podcast!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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IT’S EPISODE 026!

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Inside this episode! This week we review J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman’s Batwoman #1 and Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman #1. Maddy is out this week, so for our hot topic section we asked Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang to stop by and chat about Wonder Woman.  This week’s Chick of the Week is phenomenal artist Sara Pichelli, who most recently brought gorgeous life to Ultimate Spider-Man #1.  Apologies in advance that we had some serious audio/volume problems in this episode.  I tried to correct it in post so that you could hear everything, but it was a mixed bag.

Episode links!: The Big Sexy Problem With Catwoman, Azzarello’s Wonder Woman Interview, Kelly’s CBR review of Wonder Woman #1, The Road to Batwoman #1, Sue’s Batwoman #1 Review, Darwyn Cooke on Wonder Woman writers, Wonder Woman in New Frontier, Phil Noto’s Emma Frost & Joe Strummer.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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IT’S EPISODE 025! aka “THE TIME TRAVEL CAST”!

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Inside this episode! This week we review Young Justice #0, Anthology Project Volume 2, and Warren Ellis and Jamie McKelvie’s Secret Avengers #16. For the hot topic this week we talk about Kids Comics and the future of comics. Speaking of kids comics, who wouldn’t want to read more stuff like this by Mike Maihack?! Adorable! Chick of the week this week is Stephanie Brown, which means we’ve now featured all of the Batgirls as chick of the week.  And since Batgirl #1 debuts next week, we’re glad to get in a well-deserved memorial to the character on the record!  Continued apologies for the background noise that comes and goes folks…NYC, and thus my apartment, continues to be a sweltering August nightmare. Woo summer is so conducive to podcasting!

Episode links!: Anthology Project, Anthology Project Previews, Anthology Project Tumblr, Kelly’s CBR review of Secret Avengers #16, Sue’s review of Young Justice #7, Sholly Fisch, Waking Up Abbey by Agnes Garbowska, Katie Cook’s Gronk, Katie Cook’s blog, Mike Maihack, DC Fifty-Too’s Supergirl/Batgirl #1. DC Fifty-Too’s Dex-Starr: The Red Lantern Kitten!, Jon Morris’s Batman, Girl-Wonder.org, Project Girl-Wonder, Dimestore Dames, Scans-Daily Super Steph Series.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 024!

Inside this episode! This week we review Nick Spencer and Emma Rios’ Cloak & Dagger: Spider-Island #1 and Bryan Q. Miller’s excellent send off for Stephanie Brown in Batgirl #24. For our hot topic this week we have a very special guest phenomenal Detective Comics and American Vampire writer Scott Snyder talking to us about his upcoming projects, ongoing projects, and his seminal Detective Comics run. Continued apologies for the background noise that comes and goes folks…NYC, and thus my apartment, continues to be a sweltering August nightmare. Woo summer!

Episode links!: Batgirl #24 Review, Detective Comics #881 Review, Scott Snyder Interview about Batman #1, Scott Snyder Newsarama Interview, Scott Snyder Talks about how badass Batman is, Women Read Comics In Public 2011, The Daily Cross Hatch, DC Women Kicking Ass – Women Read Comics In Public, Women Read Comics in Public 2010, and Read Comics In Public (the original!).

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 023!

Inside this episode! This week we review Greg Rucka’s The Punisher #1, X-23 #13 with Phil Noto!, and Terry Moore’s new series Rachel Rising #1. For our hot topic this week we have special guests Erica McGillivray and Jennifer Kate Stuller from Geek Girl Con. We talk about diversity in comics Chick of the week, is a woman that has done in the last month something seemingly impossible, in fundamentally changing the landscape of comics for women.  She’s also a super talented artist and comics creator in her own right.  Come in and hear all about her! Continued apologies for the background noise that comes and goes folks…NYC, and thus my apartment continues to be a sweltering August nightmare. Woo summer!

Episode links!: Womanthology, Geek Girl Con, An Interview With The Batgirl of SDCC, DC: We Hear You, Can Comics That Don’t Star White Men Sell?, Why The New Spider-Man Matters, Why Miles Morales Is Important (A Lesson In The Opposite of Privilege), Why Cassandra Cain is the Best Batgirl, Jezebel talks about Miles Morales, How Batgirl took on DC Comics: The Anatomy of a PR Crisis, DC Comics Says They Need More Women Writers, Justice League Cover FUN!, Rachel Rising #1 Review

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 022!

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Inside this episode! This week we review Generation Hope #9, Captain America #1, and Detective Comics #879. Hot topic is obviously about some of the news (and fallout) from SDCC – in an effort to focus on the positive despite a lot of the chatter we each pick one positive and one negative bit of news to come out of the con.  Are we successful?  You decide!  Chick of the week, is a long overdue pick, and a titan in mainstream comics. You know her and love her, and so do we!  Apologies for the background noise that comes and goes folks…it’s the downside to recording a free podcast from your NYC apartment in the middle of a July heatwave.

Episode links!: SDCC DC Justice League Panel Audio, Comics Alliance Justice League Panel Coverage, CBR Justice League Panel Coverage, Kelly’s CBR Review of Generation Hope #9, CBR Review of Detective Comics #879, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples from Image, Sorry I’m Late!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 021!

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Inside this episode! This week we review Heroes For Hire #9, Batman & Robin #25, and Loose Ends #1 (releases 7/13/11). It would be impossible for the hot topic this week to be anything but the runaway success of the Womanthology Project on Kickstarter, and what that could or should mean for the future of comics, both mainstream and not.  Chick of the week is an awesomely talented lady that has worked as a writer both for the big two and as the writer/creator of her own wonderfully successful independent series. Also, Maddy sings Mr. Burns entire “See My Vest” song from The Simpsons.

Episode links!: Womanthology, Womanthology Kickstarter, Womanthology Raises $27,000 Overnight. Are You Listening Marvel and DC?, Womanthology Offers a New Way Showcase and Support Women in Comics, Womanthology!, Letters To An Older Brother: Damian Misses Dick :( , Microbluefish, Okay. Now I’m Getting Mad, She Has No Head!: The Boob Window That Just Won’t Die, Women And Superheroes: We’re Just Not That Into You?, Why Women Read More Than Men, Women In Comics: They’re Now, They’re Wow, Get Used To It, Jen Van Meter Gotham Nights #12.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 020!

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Inside this episode! This week we review Kevin Keller #1, Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Last Adventures trade, and Supergirl #65.  Hot topic this week in honor of Pride Sunday and New York finally legalizing gay marriage, is the issue of gay characters in comics.  Chick of the week is a fairly new writer in the Marvel and DC world, but a woman that’s been adapting Manga for a while now, and is really making her mark as a wonderful writer in big two comics of late.

Episode links!: Archie comics app, Kevin Keller in Archie, X-Men First Class Issues, DC Women Kicking Ass LGBT Women: One Year Later, An alternate take on Lois Lane & The Resistance.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 019!

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Inside this episode! This week we review Secret Six #34, American Vampire: Survival Of The Fittest #1, and The Never Weres.  Hot topic this week…could it be anything other than the DCnU?  The September “re-launch” is all anyone in comics is talking about – which we’re sure DC considers some measure of success.  Chick of the week is a tribute to one of the best female characters in all of comics, who will sadly be retconned back into oblivion come September.  Barbara Gordon as Oracle, oh how we loved thee.  There’s also a long discussion after the credits in which I try to convince Maddy and Sue to give Buffy The Vampire Slayer a try and the whole thing evolves (or devolves?) into a discussion about our influences and inspirations in fiction.  I didn’t want to cut it because it’s interesting stuff (and I just don’t get to rant about the awesomeness that is Buffy enough), but I put it after the cut as it’s a bit off path from the rest of the cast. Enjoy!

Episode links!: Dearth of Female Creators in the DCnU, Let DC know what you will (and won’t!) be buying, Big news – Catwoman is apparently sexy!, So Says Judd Winick, which is good, cause I didn’t know she was sexy!, Open Letter to Diane Nelson, She Has No Head! – Again, She Has No Head!, Cameron Stewart on Digital Comics, Visibility & Disability*, Oracle Is Stronger Than Batgirl Will Ever Be, BlueJayBirdie, Thoughts On Batgirl and Disability.

*Maddy refers to Puckett 101, the author of the Visibility and Disability piece as a lady, in fact he is a gent.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

IT’S EPISODE 018!

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Inside this episode! New Format! Let us know what you think!  We review Gates of Gotham #1, Batman & Robin #23, and Paying For It.  Hot topic this week…are DC & Marvel dumb as a box of hair? Or just incredibly tone deaf and slaves to their own echo chambers?  How can this change so comics can get better!?  Chick of the week is an independent comics creator we all love and someone we’d love to see more of…anywhere we can get it!

Episode links!: Flashpoint Controversy, More Flashpoint Controversy, More Flashpoint Controversy, Even more Flashpoint Controversy, Flashpoint Map, Coloring Mistakes?!, Lady Ghost Rider, Fireboobs!, MORE Controversy!, Paying For It, Lucy Knisley, Lucy Knisley nerd-girls, Lucy Knisley’s Wonder Women, Paying For It Review, Paying For It criticism.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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IT’S EPISODE 017!

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Inside this episode! We review Scott Snyder and Jock’s Detective Comics #876, the beginning of a new arc. Suffice to say we think Snyder is killing it on this book right now, listen to find out why.  We also take a look at Mark Waid’s Ruse #2 from Crossgen by way of Marvel.  The tag line for the book is “He’s the World’s Greatest Detective.  She’s even better” which well sums up the completely fun tone of Waid’s book. For our Hot Topic we discuss accessibility of comics to new readers and the many related facets therein.  Sue picks this week’s Chick Of The Week, a powerful female artist in superhero comics that we all love. Plus everyone’s pick of the week.

Episode links!: Boston Comic Con, TCAF, Kelly’s CBR Review of Detective Comics #876, Kelly’s CBR Review of Ruse #2, Dean Trippe’s Lois Lane pitch, Ben Caldwell’s Wonder Woman pitch, Cameron Stewart’s Zatanna pitch, Ramon Perez’s Big Barda/Scott Free pitch, Wednesday Comics, Teenage Satan, Zatanna & Black Canary OGN,

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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IT’S EPISODE 016!

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Inside this episode! We review Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth’s gorgeous Stumptown hardcover edition. Matte paper! So pretty!  We also take a look at Power Girl #23, guest starring Zatanna (and Superman).  For our Hot Topic we have two very special guest stars in – Erica McGillivray and Jennifer Kate Stuller from Geek Girl Con – to talk about geek girl culture and community. Kelly picks this week’s Chick Of The Week, a young character, big in the 1990’s X-Men scene and who’s recently revamped…it could have been a horrible thing, but thanks to a talented writer and artist she’s been beautifully rejuvenated. Plus everyone’s pick of the week.

Episode links!: Geek Girl Con Cafepress shop, Sarah Louise’s piece on Bleeding Cool, Kat Rocha’s Bleeding Cool piece, Gina Bellafante’s NY Times piece, Kate Beaton Lois Lane!, Kelly’s Wolverine & Jubilee CBR review, Kelly’s Generation Hope CBR review, Girls Love Superheroes, Too,

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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IT’S EPISODE 015!

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Inside this episode! We take a look at Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla’s Detective Comics #875 from last week. We also look at Heroes For Hire #5 from this past week – the end of the first arc which resolves Misty Knight’s current Puppet Master situation.  How do they stack up?  For our Hot Topic we discuss the upcoming DC Flashpoint Event and the alarming material that continues to show up in covers and solicits, not to mention the lack of women involved on a creative level.  Maddy picks this week’s CHICK OF THE WEEK, and it’s a character that we’d love to see get more play – a spunky young lady of color no less – double win! Plus everyone’s pick of the week.

Episode links!: Some choice ‘chick of the week’ reading; Can this one book redeem Flashpoint’s take on ladies; “satiate Diana’s fury” is never a sentence that makes a lot of sense; this is NOT the way to hide the identity of a character for a solicit, this IS the way to hide the identity of a character for a solicit; Heroes For Hire #5 Review; Superheroes Are Girls Too.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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IT’S EPISODE 014!

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We had some technical difficulties this week…and sound a bit as if we got together in a giant empty stadium to record, but hopefully it’s bearable. Also, if you listen closely at the end you can hear my boyfriend making breakfast and playing Wii. Good times! We’ll certainly try to fix the issue for next time.

Inside this episode! We take a look at FF #1, and since none of us regularly reads The Fantastic Four, we’re three really fresh sets of eyes…does it pass the new reader test!?  We also review Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc #4, and we all feel…strange about it.  Maybe confused is a better word…strange and confused, yeah, that’s the ticket.  For our Hot Topic we discuss a fabulous Lois Lane pitch by the talented Dean Trippe, and the fact that it, like Ben Caldwell’s wonderful Wonder Woman pitch, has been passed up.  We love it, and we don’t understand it, and Kelly loses her freaking mind over it. Good times!  Sue picks this week’s CHICK OF THE WEEK, and it’s one of the most talented artists in comics – a powerhouse of drawing ability – and as many of us discovered this past summer – a solid writer as well!  Plus everyone’s pick of the week.

Episode links!: Sue’s post on the Lois Lane Pitch, Is Wonder Woman A Gateway Drug, Dean Hacker’s great Lois Lane comment, Hero Initiative, The Art of Amanda Conner, Wolverine & Jubilee #3.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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IT’S EPISODE 013!

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Inside this episode! We take a look at Heroes For Hire #4 to discuss Misty Knight’s battle for control (ha! puns!) against The Puppet Master. We also take a look at Batgirl #19, according to the cover, penciled by Dustin Nguyen – not so!  Can it hold up without Nguyen on board?  The Hot Topic this week is a discussion about the lack of women creators at the big two, brought on by the alarming revelation that there is only one woman (a cover artist inker) involved for the entire Flashpoint Event from DC.  We also take a look at some great stats compiled by Tim Hanley at Straightened Circumstances. And we talk briefly about the new Batwoman book delays, and J.H. Williams III’s concerning statement regarding the delays. Kelly picks this week’s CHICK OF THE WEEK, and it’s a woman everyone knows and loves and we’ve talked about frequently, with good reason (don’t worry Greg, it’s not Cass Cain!). Plus everyone’s pick of the week.

Episode links!: Marge Gunderson!, Ada Lovelace!, 1980′s Businesswoman!, Aquaman!, Collected Hark A Vagrant!, hell yes!, Fat Pony Baby Onesie!, Wonder Woman!, The Great Gatsby!, Nancy Drew!, X-Men!, Sexy Batman!, Oscar Eisners!, Mr. Darcy!, Strange Tales II!, aaaannnnnd Shop! Also, Proxy v Oracle!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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Sorry for the delay and confusion folks…having some technical difficulties over here…but finally…IT’S EPISODE 012!

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Inside this episode! We review the second issue of Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s New York Five #2, the Vertigo mini-series that follows up on their popular Minx book The New York Four from 2007.  It’s 32 gorgeous pages for $2.99…talk about holding the line!  We also take a look at American Vampire writer Scott Snyder’s exceptional story in Detective Comics #874 with crazy good art by Francesco Francovilla.  The Hot Topic this week is a discussion around Women’s Origins in comics and includes a discussion of The Killing Joke among others.  Maddy picks this week’s CHICK OF THE WEEK, is a massively talented rising star in comics, a creator that we all love, from her mainstream to her independent work, and including her fantastic ongoing superhero strip and now infamous short about a grouchy character that’s the best at what he does.  Plus everyone’s pick of the week.

Episode links!: Wolverine likes his special Canadian eggs!; The Adventures Of Superhero Girl; Ice tries to reinvent herself hilariously; Friends With Boys!; Twitter!; New York 5 Interview!; Kelly’s New York 5 #1 Review!; also possibly the best thing I’ve ever seen – Batman and Kittens!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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It’s Episode 011!

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Inside this episode! We review the second issue of Kathryn Immonen and Phil Noto’s Wolverine & Jubilee.  Can it maintain the energy and excellence of the first issue?  Also on the table is the new Marvel Girl One-Shot…can it avoid the traditional insignificance of one-shots…? The Hot Topic this week is spurned by the announcements this week of DC’s book cancellations and Marvel’s re-launch of three old titles (all white dudes, ‘natch!)…so what books would WE want to see…Sue and Maddy nicely limit their picks to a couple a piece…I go nuts! Sue picks this week’s CHICK OF THE WEEK, and it’s a female creator that delights us all with both her mainstream and independent work, up to and including some crazy good free comics from Taco Bell of all places!  Plus everyone’s pick of the week. 

Episode links!: I was in the circus!; Gingerbread Girl; Small Favors; Vixen!; Suicide Squad!; Heralds!; Lois Lane!; Sif, Valkyrie, and Abigail Brand!; Chris Bachalo’s Valkyrie!; Caldwell’s Wonder Woman!; She-Ra’s Swiftwind!; and She-Ra’s Crystal Falls!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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It’s Episode 010!

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Inside this episode! We review the second issue of Magus from 12 Gauge Comics – could it live up to the first great issue?  We also review a done-in-one issue of Batgirl in which Bryan Q. Miller keeps us chuckling and Dustin Nguyen blows us away with his art – including some exceptional watercolor pages.  Why can’t more comics have awesome watercolor pages?  Let’s start a watercolor revolution I say!  For our Hot Topic of the week we discuss the abysmal appearance of Wonder Woman in Superman #708 in which Wonder Woman’s origin story becomes “I saw Superman be a hero once.”  That’s right the origins of the trinity are now “falling pearls”, “crashed spaceship” and “I saw Superman once”.  OY.  The problems with this are legion but are especially damning thanks to our good friends context and representation (or lack thereof).  I’m up for CHICK OF THE WEEK and I pick a completely badass up and coming young female artist that is impressing us right and left (including this week!).  Also, everyone’s pick of the week!

Crazy Wonder Woman links!: Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman, and Wonder WomanWonder Woman being inspired by a sandwich, and Wonder Woman set to the Wind Beneath My Wings lyrics. Also, Wonder Woman’s Mac Collection, Wonder Woman’s Pop Up Mac Store in NYC, and again, with more pictures, Wonder Woman’s cool video.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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It’s Episode 009!

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Inside this episode! With Phil Hester on board has Wonder Woman #606 turned a corner?  If not a hard right…has it even made a leisurely turn toward eventually making a corner someday?  What do we think about The Question: Pipeline, the collected trade of Greg Rucka and Cully Hamner’s Question backup feature from Detective Comics?  Worth the $15.00?  For our hot topic Maddy takes us into probing (and complicated) questions about fan and slash fiction and the realities of why it exists and why readers and fans need it and why it should be given more respect and consideration by everyone – including publishers.  Some links related to the discussion: Where Nothing Ever Burns, How FanFiction Makes Us Poor, DC Women Kicking Ass, and DC Women Kicking Ass. Who will be Maddy’s CHICK OF THE WEEK?  Everyone’s pick of the week, plus I’m SICK! Woo!

Stay tuned after the credits where some of this gets discussed!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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It’s Episode 008!

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Inside this episode! Does Wolverine & Jubilee #1 deliver the promise of a fantastic mini-series…and can it live up to that great cover?  Is Young Justice #0 better or worse the cartoon?  Is it worth investing in if you like the show…or if you hate the show?  Listen and find out!  For our hot topic we talk about the Selina Kyle casting of Anne Hathaway (and Tom Hardy as Bane) for the next Batman movie…and all the chatter that came with the announcement.  We’ve got week two of our new feature – CHICK OF THE WEEK – who will she be?!  Here’s a hint…we loved her book this week, a whole lot.  Plus our picks of the week…but since everyone picked the same book, Maddy talks about some hilariously brilliant Kate Beaton “Adventures of Sexy Batman” strips that went up on Hark A Vagrant! this week…they are worth their weight in gold…three words…Batman Assless Chaps!

Links to some other stuff we talked about: Greg’s review of Moving Pictures. Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger. Though Catwoman shouldn’t just be about being sexy, if you doubt Anne Hathaway as Catwoman for lack of sexiness? I dare you to click that link!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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It’s Episode 007!

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Inside this episode! Can Heroes For Hire #2 live up to the superb Heroes For Hire #1?!  Does Wonder Girl’s One-Shot have any significance whatsoever…and did we like it or hate it?  We discuss diversity in comics and talk about Vaneta Rogers Newsarama Hot Buttons Part 4: Superhero Diversity piece as well as some thoughts by the always exceptional David Brothers of 4th Letter and Comics Alliance.  Sue points out the irony and frustration that we’re still discussing these issues the day before Martin Luther King Day and nearly 50 years after the civil rights movement.  Plus Sue and Maddy try to keep me from killing myself mid-cast thanks to depression over the state of diversity in comics.  We introduce a new ongoing feature – thanks to the suggestion of listener Tim Miner of 5 Minute Marvels – CHICK OF THE WEEK…but Greg Burgas is going to want to cover his ears for who we pick for our first ever “chick of the week”.  Here’s a hint, she’s currently got an online petition going to bring her back (Ragnell also suggests you write to DC – which I agree with).  You can read more gushing about her here, here, and here, and buy this, this, and this if you want to explore her further. Plus, as always our picks of the week!

Next Week! Tune in next week for reviews of Wolverine & Jubilee #1 and Young Justice #0.

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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It’s Episode 006!

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Inside this episode! Is Return Of The Dapper Men as good as everyone’s been saying?  How big a let down was Spider-Girl #2 from issue #1 (which we loved)?  And what in the hell is up with Weird Worlds #1 – and why is this published instead of a lot of other great stuff that we hear gets passed up?  Discussion of Wonder Woman’s television death knell…what a surprise!  As well as a look at Erica Friedman’s thought provoking What Women Want From Comics survey results on her Okazu blog. Plus lots of other things: Women Read Comics In Public, Ladies Comics Project, The Beat, and DC’s 5 Best.  Lastly, our picks of the week! (sorta).

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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It’s Episode 005!

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Inside this episode! Welcome back to our first cast of the new year and after a two week hiatus!  It’s also our first ever “special episode” featuring not only a slew of picks for Best of 2010, but also a special guest host all the way from Germany – Lisa aka Ragnell from WFA, Dispatches From The Fridge, and Written World, AND a special opening theme by Nik Furious.  CAN YOU STAND HOW SPECIAL THIS ALL IS?!  Rather than spoil all our picks, I’m just going to link to a bunch of different awesome stuff that we talk about in the cast, and you’ll have to tune in to see what gets talked about where.

LINKS GALORE: Hark! A Vagrant, His Face All Red, Quarter-Life Crisis, Kate Beaton’s Rogue, and MORE Kate Beaton’s Rogue, Olgaf (NSFW disclaimer!), secret (okay fine, totally not secret) evidence that leads me to believe that Ragnell either has two favorite covers or is lying in this podcast…GASP!, a link to the Valkyrie variant Secret Avengers #6 cover by Jelena Kevic Djurjevic that I mention, sexual harassment at Dragon-Con 2010, Gabby Schulz’s ‘How Every Single Discussion About Sexism…’ comic,, and a post I wrote about it and the Beaton Tweet Kerfuffle, a link to Ragnell’s write up of the Rogue/Sentry cluster-fuck, Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a link to the Silver Age Women Fantastic Fangirls post mentioned, and a post about Greg Rucka’s departure from DC. If all of this wasn’t enough for you, you can check out expanded picks for me on my Best of 2010 She Has No Head! post, and an expanded list for Sue from her DC Women Kicking Ass Blog.  Whew. LINKS!

Come back next week for a return to our regular reviewing schedule – two comics, a hot topic and three picks of the week!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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It’s Episode 004!

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Inside this episode! An advance review of 12 Gauge Comics’ Magus #1 featuring art from phenomenal artist Rebekah Isaacs, who last was seen penciling Brian Wood’s DV8 Gods & Monsters Mini-Series.  A review of Batgirl #16 – is Batgirl’s burgeoning (but so far pretty lame) Rogue’s Gallery hurting her book…or is Steph being her own worst enemy enough?  For our hot topic this week, a discussion of the much tweeted and blogged about comment by Paul Levitz regarding women and superheroes in his three-part interview with Nathan Wilson for The Comics Journal.  And a discussion of what you can do as a fan (for starters – read Ragnell’s letter to current DC EIC Bob Harras – and write your own)!  Do it via regular mail, not email, as regular mail in a pile on one’s desk seems to be harder to ignore than email.  Plus everyone’s picks of the week!

Bob Harras
c/o DC Comics
1700 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Forwarding Service Requested

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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EPISODE 003

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3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring me (naturally!) with fellow female comics lovers and bloggers Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass, and Maddy from When Fangirls Attack!. Tune in weekly to CSBG Tuesdays at 2pm as we review comics, and discuss hot topics of the week.  Don’t forget to subscribe to our cast via iTunes, so you never miss an episode!

Inside this episode! How good is the new Heroes For Hire series?  Pretty damn good.  How great is the Warriors homage?  Is it the best ending of any book this week?  Perhaps, but more importantly…Black Widow’s costume is zipped up in every. single. panel. Kelly can die happy now.  She-Hulks #2 is Jen and Lyra versus APES!  Smart super-powered apes!  Need we say more? We probably don’t have to, but we did anyway.  CW is entertaining the idea of a live-action Raven series to replace Smallville as it comes to a close…is it really possible Teen Titan Raven will get a television series before Wonder Woman?  We talk about why it’s maybe not such a crazy idea after all.  Esther Inglis-Arkell wrote a piece on io9 about which comic characters deserve R-rated movies…this naturally spurs a discussion of what characters we’d like to see in R-rated films.  We’ve also got everyone’s pick of the week, plus, after the credits…Sue’s deconstruction of comics and soap operas…which soap is the Liefeld era?!

Also, for some reason I cuss a lot in this episode…I don’t know what’s up with that…but apologies in advance to the tender-eared!

Update: Sue is a guest host on this week’s episode of Awesomed By Comics…another comics podcast you should definitely listen to.  Great job Sue – and thanks for the shout outs Sue, Evie, and Aaron!

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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EPISODE 002

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In our second episode…! Was J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman #0 worth the wait…or should we just keep waiting for Batwoman #1 instead?  And what’s up with Batman and his silly disguises?  Is this really the way the world’s greatest detective detects?  Seems unlikely!  And while we’re at it…who didn’t tell Bruce that Kate Kane is Batwoman? Someone’s in trouble at the Batcave!  What happened to Marc Andreyko’s Manhunter Face Off trade we were supposed to get last week?  Low pre-orders apparently means it’s not going to come out in trade, but it’s still something worth reading.  Young Justice premiered on Cartoon Network this weekend didn’t have a single line of female dialogue for about 99.9% of the hour long premiere.  Some dudes seem to get mad when we talk about this…but facts are facts and is it really not a bit odd? Plus, everyone’s pick of the week!*

*As always beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the books in question!

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EPISODE 001 – DEBUT EPISODE!

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3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring me (naturally!), Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass, and Maddy from When Fangirls Attack!. Tune in weekly to CSBG Tuesdays at 2pm as we review comics, and discuss hot topics of the week.

In our first episode…! Is Batman Inc #1 a great starting off point, or potential dilution of the brand and existing characters…some of whom aren’t even around…cough>Cass Cain<cough!  Is Spider-Girl #1 worth your hard earned dollars?  And more importantly will a fictional teenage girl have more twitter followers than all of us put together?! All evidence points to yes on that last one. A Buffy film without Joss Whedon? WTF?  And if that’s possible why can’t we get a Wonder Woman movie?  What’s better than Ming Doyle’s Lady Gotham?  Plus, everyone’s pick of the week!

Starring!
Kelly: https://1979semifinalist.wordpress.com/
Sue: http://dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com/
Maddy: http://womenincomics.blogspot.com/

And a theme song by Nik Furious: www.nikfurious.com