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Sorry this is a day delayed, kids. I’ve been just swamped. Here we go…final days!

In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

As expected, in honor of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, which opened this week we’re going to be looking at a lot of Bat-ladies over the next few days. Today is Kate Kane aka BATWOMAN!

By Selkiesiun

Via DeviantArt

If you guys haven’t heard about this image yet, check this out. I’m hoping to write about this for She Has No Head!  It’s gorgeous, right?

By Maya N./Mayeko

Via Project Rooftop

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

And in honor of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises  – Selina Kyle…CATWOMAN!

By Darwyn Cooke

Via Aw Yeah Comics!

By Quincy Sutton

Via Laugh Lounge

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Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC October Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

Eh. They are what they are. I tried hard and got a few jokes in there…but I feel like they’re a bit underwhelming this month. Sorry, kids!

Oh, and in a bit of shameless self promotion (and GUILT!) I ask that if you’ve been enjoying these posts over the years that you to check out my Kickstarter for my book THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING and donate if you can and think it looks worthwhile. See? GUILT!

ACTION COMICS 13.

“Bwahaha! I have your little belt…or something…watchu gonna do about it?!”

Superman: “Whuuuuhuhdar?”

ALL STAR WESTERN 13.  Does anyone else find it hilarious that this is what Hex is REALLY afraid of? I mean, yes, that clown is fucking terrifying…but I’m not Jonah Hex…I mean…it doesn’t even have a fucking weapon…oh wait, it has a GIANT FUCKING KNIFE (and an arm that looks like it might be on backwards?)

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In honor of Bonnie and Lola and THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING we continue our 30 Days of Superheroines!

In honor of July 4th for you Americans (of which I am one) I’ve chosen the totally appropriate (but actually NOT appropriate since she’s not an American…WONDER WOMAN!

Obviously there is a nearly infinite amount of great Wonder Woman art out there…so I had to limit myself. Here are some of my favorites…

By Rebel Penguin

Via DeviantArt

By Tom Bancroft (“Mary Blair Style”)

Via DeviantArt

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Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC September Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

So I’ve been dreading this round forever (or since I started seeing these covers roll out)…as a result I drank WAY TOO MUCH, WAY TOO EARLY and well…things got interesting.

I’d also like post a rare upfront caveat/apology thing. With a few exceptions (and those dudes know who they are) I blame very few of the artists for this months DC solicits. These shit covers were totally beyond their control. It’s an ugly, boring concept (that they did a slightly better version of not so long ago) and it’s almost impossible to turn out a good cover under these limitations.

So yeah…with that said…ENJOY.

Oh yeah, these were boring as fuck. I tried my best, people but there was only so much that could be done.

ACTION COMICS 0.  So…these crappy covers begin. Here’s what I’ll say…this illustration is actually GORGEOUS. All caps gorgeous. However, I stand by what I said a year (or whatever) ago about that t-shirt/jeans/baby cape looking ridiculous and on this super realistic illustration it looks even more ridiculous.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 31. As always these are so smart about color and composition. Love.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE LORD OF VAMPIRES 4. Wonderful colors and textures. I’m not sure if the “shadow” is supposed to be his shadow or a monster or…both? So this doesn’t quite hit it out of the park, but it’s really beautiful.

ANIMAL MAN 0.  This is unfortunate. Those wings really get lost in the white-ish background. Also, I’m not sure with that wingspan how he made it through that small hole…? Also, I bet this is the first of a whole fucking bunch that just show a character flying at us with that busted background. SADFACE.

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Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC August Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

So a combination of not eating dinner and a bizarre amount of energy and finally not feeling sick (after weeks of a bizarre sore throat/sinus thing) I’m feeling very punchy (and drunk) tonight. The result is a particularly aggressive round of Drunk Cover Solicits…ENJOY BITCHES.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 30. Wonderful use of spot color.

AQUAMAN 12. Man, if I never have to see another “character reflected in sword/helmet/miscellaneous shiny object” it will still be too soon.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZMANDIAS 2.  Well, I’m still not buying these but I love Jae Lee and this is delightfully freaky. Also, take notice artists, there seems to be a reason that this lady is dressed this way (and with those badass heels)…it’s all context my friends…CONTEXT IS KING BITCHES.

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Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC July Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

I don’t know if I’m just getting bored with things this month, or what but they’re very short and sweet tonight. Hopefully a few of them are also funny.  Look for Marvel to go up in a few hours!

ACTION COMICS 11.  Hey, Didyouguysknow Superman was the new Phoenix? Yeah, me neither.

ANIMAL MAN 11. Sometimes I feel like Animal Man’s sole goal is to give me nightmares. Mission accomplished dudes.

BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED 6.  BARDA!!!! WOO! Also, Barda’s Boobs. woo?

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All my CBR Reviews are up already this week, and I got some great books in the draft…check them out!

Wolverine & The X-Men #9

“Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s “Wolverine & The X-Men” #9, despite being a tie-in book to the massive “Avengers vs. X-Men” crossover still maintains its identity. It also remains a pretty good book, which is no small feat when getting swallowed by such a gigantic idea so early in its existence.

Aaron continues to use his characters in smart ways and he has such a diverse and interesting cast at his disposal that he can lean heavily on how compelling everyone is, regardless of the very weak plot he’s given…”

Rachel Rising #7

“Terry Moore’s “Rachel Rising” #7 is a great comic book, and as Moore ratchets up the stakes and body count (neither of which I thought could get much higher) the book becomes even more layered and mysterious.

A couple issues ago a plot point struck me as a bit too cliché to work well in “Rachel Rising” but Moore redeems himself in this issue by creating a scene with the newly deceased Jet that absolutely makes your skin crawl in horrible anticipation, resolving itself into something absolutely unexpected and almost sweet. It’s a wonderful reversal and the kind of thing we see far too little of in even the smartest comics…”

Birds of Prey #8

“Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz’s “Birds of Prey” has been a smart mix of superhero and crime comics with a lot of moving pieces and solid character development. Issue #8 continues that tradition and delivers an intriguing piece of the Birds’ story as we head into “Night of Owls” crossover territory next month.

Swierczynski has proven in his “Birds of Prey” run that he likes to jump around in time, but he does it so cleverly in this issue, it’s hard to fault him for using what works. His reveals pace out nicely and at the end of this issue we get a peek at Dinah’s big secret that he’s been teasing us with since issue #1…”

As always, likes and retweets are much appreciated and you can read all of my CBR Reviews here.

So yeah. I wrote this thing about the latest Wonder Woman controversy for She Has No Head! this week. I hope you’ll all go read it, because I feel strongly about it and it’s liable to stir up yet another shit storm and I’m sure I’m going to need all the support I can get. Comments, welcome, and much needed! Thanks guys.

For those of you expecting 3 Chicks today, we’ll be back in April with two new episodes and two AMAZING guest stars. Stay tuned!

Diana is tired. Me too.

Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC June Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

Oh tonight, I welcome you oh Veuve! Tonight some internet douchebags think I don’t know what Feminism is, think the title “3 Chicks Review Comics” is offensive (WTF?! It’s just a descriptor?!) and better yet, think Laura Hudson, Sue, and I are the same person…which as I said on twitter would make me UNMOTHERFUCKINGSTOPPABLE, so I kind of wish it was true. Alas, I am only little ole me. Ah internet, you so silly!

So once I get the drink in me I may be feeling particularly mean and vengeful…also it’s already ready 2am and I’m just writing the intro, so let’s BRING IT ON MOTHERFUCKERS!

Come one, come all, to our bi-monthly installment of DRUNK COVER SOLICITS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS!

ALL STAR WESTERN 10.  These covers have been pretty goddamn good.  This is probably my second or third favorite among a really great selection of covers. The illustration work, the desaturated colors but also great lights and darks, the interesting perspective…all great!

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 28. Wonderful colors, dramatic darks and lights. And I love the abstraction in the background with the lights and cameras.  Feels very Sienkiewicz to me.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE: LORD OF NIGHTMARES 1. I don’t usually like these kind of floating montage covers, but this has a nice almost monochromatic red wash that I like and the style of the lead female is unusual and a nice change.

ANIMAL MAN 10. SWEET BABY JESUS*…no wonder Foreman felt like he needed to leave if he was going to be drawing seas of skulls, blood red skies, and fucked up naked angel monsters.

*I’ve been saying this (or thinking it) a lot lately thanks to reading “Mark Watches” obsessively – if you’re a fan of Buffy and things that are awesome, you should drop everything you’re doing and head over there now!

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So here are a few CBR reviews I didn’t link to from last week and this week.  Enjoy!

Wolverine & The X-Men #6

“Jason Aaron and Nick Bradshaw’s “Wolverine & The X-Men” #6 continues this excellent series with the same high energy and confident storytelling we’ve seen in the first five issues.  Aaron has made his book an action packed and wild ride never skimping on character development. He does more with character in a few lines than most writers can do in pages. It’s a deft skill to never sacrifice character development for plot while simultaneously never sacrificing plot for character development…”

B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Long Death #1

“B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Long Death” #1 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and James Harren kicks off another fantastic mini-series with a story focused on Agent Johann Kraus. Like all Mignola’s excellent books in the Hellboy universe, “The Long Death” stands nicely on its own for both veterans and new readers, making it a powerful beginning to a must-read mini…”

Winter Soldier #2

“Winter Soldier” #2 by Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice is a wonderful noir espionage mix with a breakneck pace. It’s a story playing to both Brubaker and Guice’s strengths as writer and artist and the result is an exciting new book for Marvel. Brubaker is at his best in this issue with effortlessly cool dark and dirty spy capers. James and Natasha fit the roles of espionage agents perfectly and Brubaker has a great handle on both their voices. The premise for the book plays to both Brubaker’s and his characters’ strengths and the concept is firing on all cylinders…”

Birds of Prey #6

“Birds of Prey” #6 by Duane Swierczynski and Javier Pina is a good comic book but a step down from what we’ve seen for the past five issues. It’s unfortunately timed, as this issue seems like the penultimate issue of the first arc.  Swierczynski’s “Birds of Prey” has been a rollicking ride full of jumps forward and backward in time, tons of mystery, action and a beautiful amount of character development — including the introduction of a fantastic new hero in Starling. Unfortunately, this issue feels like a misstep as too much of the mystery is unloaded through info-dump talking heads. It’s never ideal from a storytelling point of view and feels completely counter to everything Swierczynski has done thus far…”

Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC May Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

So this is the month of owl goodness…or something. I never thought I could be sick of owls. But here we are.  I’m feeling kind of mean tonight…so…yeah, you’ve been warned!

Come one, come all, to our bi-monthly installment of DRUNK COVER SOLICITS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS!

ACTION COMICS 9.  I was actually pretty excited by this image initially…cause it totally looks like an inspiring black Superman, right?  But reading the solicit I think this is a villain called SuperDoom.  Boo.  Huge disappointment.  According to commenter Brendan T., this is indeed an alternate reality black Superman…in which case I say SWEET.

ALL-STAR WESTERN 9.  I still like the style of these covers and the colors are wonderful…but the way the owl dudette (dude?) is holding those huge knives is totally suspect.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 27.  The colors on this are just lovely.  Is this watercolor?  It kind of looks like watercolor…but kind of not.  The almost textures created are nice too.

ANIMAL MAN 9.  Animal Man continues to pile on the disturbing shit.  I mean…they’re on a raft of bones. BONES!  In a river of blood. BLOOD! I like it.

AQUAMAN 9.  I’m not sure I can fully explain why…but this comic cover kind of sums up everything I hate about comics really nicely.

Batgirl 9.  Let’s start with the good…this is the best Barbara/Batgirl has looked on a Syaf cover. Also, the tilted composition is nice and has good energy.

Now for the bad…has that Court of Owls character been crossbred with a spider…because JESUS H. CHRIST.   That anatomy and positioning is just so damn disturbing.

Also, I haven’t been reading Batgirl, so maybe there’s a good reason for it, but it kind of irritates me that the female superhero (Batgirl) has to fight the female Court of Owls character.  boo.

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Some CBR Reviews from last week’s comics in case you missed them!

The Walking Dead #93

“Like a great song building towards a powerful crescendo, “The Walking Dead” has always had an impressive ebb and flow when taken on the whole. But sometimes, with a long month between issues, the ebb can feel a bit too long, so it’s nice when even an issue with a lot of ebb still resonates so powerfully.

In this issue, a stranger has come to the community and offers a lifeline in the form of introducing Rick’s community to a larger network of communities which could include trade routes and who knows what else…”

Voodoo #5

“With new writer Joshua Williamson on board for “Voodoo” #5, I decided to give the book another try.

In “Voodoo” #5, Voodoo is on the verge of completing her mission when she’s intercepted by a Daemonite in disguise.  Williamson throws a lot of what amounts to Daemonite racism and bravado around with little actual action. The result is that Voodoo is able to easily kill him.  As she moves to complete her mission (and prove herself to the disbelievers that felt a half breed such as herself couldn’t be trusted) she notices a file with her name on it and, curiosity being what it is, she opens it up.  Meanwhile Agent Fallon and Black Jack head to an underground lab because Agent Fallon has had an idea we’re not privy to. In the last pages, it’s revealed that the Voodoo we’ve been following is a clone, and another Voodoo (it’s unclear if she’s the original) is prisoner in a basement lab somewhere.  Clone Voodoo is shocked, as clones usually are.
..”

I, Vampire #5

“I, Vampire” continues to be a unique offering of the new DCU, and the way that its vampire war ties in to the universe at large has great potential. Seeing the book effortlessly work in Batman this month should leave readers even more excited about what’s to come. 
In this issue, Batman finally learns of the vampire war and ends up confronting Bennett, John Troughton and Tig as they try to chase down Mary Queen of Blood and save a series of her latest victims before it’s too late…”

As always, likes and retweets are much appreciated and you can read all of my CBR Reviews here.

Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC April Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

Not so much the funny this month…I don’t know if that’s my fault or the covers not giving me much to work with.  Either way…lower your expectations a bit!

Come one, come all, to our bi-monthly installment of DRUNK COVER SOLICITS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS!

ALL-STAR WESTERN 8.  Hmm. Still like the illustration style, but this is much less effective than last month’s which kind of blew me away.  Still love the color palette though. Although…the more I look at this…the more disturbing it is…I mean we’re looking directly at her crotch…and the way his head is…um…yeah.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE 26. This is stunning.  Love the loose line work – it has a great energy, but the colors are fucking fantastic.

ANIMAL MAN 8.  I kind of suspect this isn’t the final cover, that it’s unfinished.  But I wish this was the finished version.  I think it’s kinda badass.

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Wonder Woman #5

“The world we live in is one in which most artists have to have a fill-in issue several issues into their run on a comic. It’s an unfortunate reality, but if it’s going to happen, it’s nice when editorial is smart about it. “Wonder Woman” #5 is the perfect example of a smart fill-in issue.

With Zeus out of the picture, Poseidon makes his move, and Diana, rather than fight the angry god, turns his attention toward Hera in a clever bit of plotting that raises the book far above your typical “hero punches villain” trope…”

Ultimate Spider-Man #6

“Ultimate Spider-Man” steps up as the second book I read this week with a fill-in artist that transcends what is often a terrible mis-step in a comic by picking an excellent artist in synch with the book’s style, tone and very essence.

In “Ultimate Spider-Man” #6 we see Miles doing legitimate solo crime fighting as he saves a woman being robbed. Things do not go so well (although he is ultimately successful) and it’s clear Miles has a lot to learn. That goes for more than just fighting, as he deals unsuccessfully with the police, reporters, and fans (and non-fans). He’s also learning when to exit before you almost get unmasked in broad daylight…”

I’ll have one more review coming this weekend (for a GREAT book) but I thought I’d get these up now.

I also did reviews last week for: Batwoman #5, Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #5, and X-Men Legacy #260.1

As always, likes and retweets are much appreciated and you can read all my CBR Reviews thus far, here!

Last week’s Cover(s) of the Week are a tie between Buffy & Batwoman (don’t tell DC Women Kicking Ass…she’ll be mad!)

First up, Steve Morris’ truly excellent Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season Nine #5.  Look at those colors, absolutely fantastic.  Love the text integration as well, so smart:

And then there’s Batwoman #5 by J.H. Williams III.  Absolutely stunning – and as I discussed when it came up in Drunk Cover Solicits a few months ago, there’s so much more there than meets the eye at first glance.  It’s beautiful if you don’t look deep, but if you take the time, it’s incredibly complex and interesting.  Actually, I’d say that about both these covers.  Excellent work gents.

I’m not going to do a post for Panel Of The Week for last week (too busy/tired/lazy) but this definitely would have been one of the picks, also from Batwoman #5 and J.H. Williams:

A new piece up on She Has No Head! today about the opportunity DC has now that they’ve acquired the rights to adapt The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Let’s not waste it now kids!

Update! This post was picked up by Jezebel, check it out!

Update 2! Now it’s been picked up by The Huffington Post…INDEED!

My first CBR Reviews of the new year…read ’em and…well…just read ’em!

SECRET AVENGERS #20

“Warren Ellis has been absolutely killing his run on “Secret Avengers,” writing some of the smartest and best superhero comics of the last year with brilliant standalone stories that tell surprisingly complex tales with satisfying results. It doesn’t hurt that Ellis has had a rotating cast of unbelievably talented artists to help him deliver these stories, and Alex Maleev on this issue is no exception…”

ANGEL & FAITH #5

“Despite how much I’ve been enjoying “Angel & Faith” thus far, I was hesitant about this issue — even with the always exceptional Phil Noto as guest artist — since it guest-starred arguably my least favorite Buffy Universe character, Harmony. Those fears were averted however, as Christos Gage and Noto do great work delivering a fun issue that manages to keep things moving forward while still taking a little breather…”

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #4

““Justice League Dark” continues to be the title of the new DCU that I desperately want to like more than I do. It’s a good book, but with so many fantastic characters crowded together, largely unused, too much of the book is falling flat…”

As always, likes and retweets are much appreciated and you can read all my CBR Reviews thus far here.

Here are the “rules“.

If you’d like to see the full DC March Cover Solicits head on over to CBR.

Come one, come all, to our bi-monthly installment of DRUNK COVER SOLICITS IN THREE SENTENCES OR LESS!

So these are a bit on the late side (sorry folks, sickness, travel, and variety of other non-drunk obligations precluded getting drunk and writing these) but here they are…fresh for the new year.  Ring in 2012 right with some scathing drunk cover solicits.

And, to get sappy for a moment, thanks to all of you who read…those of you who comment and retweet and those who don’t.  I know some of you read and can’t really comment (comics is a small little world and making fun of big two covers can be dangerous) but I appreciate the support and feedback nonetheless!

Here’s to another great year of many wonderful things…including DRUNK COVER SOLICITS!  Woo!

ACTION COMICS 7.  What the fuck is up with that Superman face?!  He looks like a sad malnourished Williamsburg hipster.

ALL STAR WESTERN 7.  Hmm. I’m regretting giving up on All Star Western so soon, cause this is TONS OF FUN.  Love the illustration work, the movement, the composition, the phenomenal color palette.  The background especially is just gorgeous with the lanterns and architectural elements – are they in a gladiator ring on an old Ferry boat?  Badass. Also, the gladiator chick manages to be sexy and cool, and thanks to her posing she’s not SUPER objectified.  Great cover kids!

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Have to give this week’s Cover Of The Week to Chris Burnham’s Batman Inc. Leviathan Strikes #1 – though it’d look a lot better without so much crap splashed all over it:

Although for “holiday spirit” I have to give it to this wonderful Daredevil #7 from Paolo Manuel Rivera:

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