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Just recently discovered your web page. I am longtime comic book fan and have enjoyed your podcasts. Please keep up the good work. I would love to hear Conor's thoughts on the changes DC is making to Superman. I really don't like them. Also what is your favorite Superman origin? I prefer John Byrne's Man of Steel and I think it doesn't get the credit it deserves.
To be completely honest, Chris, I haven't formulated a whole lot of thoughts on the changes that DC has made to Superman mostly because I haven't read the books yet. I'm trying to go into this new DC Universe with a completely open mind. That's why I'm going to sample all 52 first issues: everything is going to get an equal chance to wow me or bore me.
Of course I'm not completely blind to what DC has announced about the new Superman status quo; running a comic book website makes it hard to stay away from such things. And despite my best effort to stay completely neutral on the new DC Universe, I have formulated some early thoughts.
Right off the bat I'm not a bug fan of the "current costume", the one seen in Superman and Justice League. I understand wanting to update the costume and get rid of the red trunks, and I'm all for that. They should have simplified the design and not made it overly complicated. I'm willing to be won over by the "current costume" but I remain skeptical. As for the "old costume", the one seen in Action Comics (see right), I love that one to pieces. Especially when you couple it with the little tidbits of story and character that Grant Morrison has dropped so far. Having just read Supergods I found myself totally falling in love with Morrison's thoughts on early Superman–less powerful champion of the people and scourge of social oppressors–and if that's the Superman we're going to get in the new DC Universe, at least in Action Comics, I'll be thrilled. I'm also fine with having his parents dead (they were dead in the comics at one point, remember) and I'm a hug fan of the return of the Superman-Lois-Clark love triangle.
All that's left now is to see how the creators execute which is, of course, everything.
As for my favorite Superman origin, that one is simple. It begins and ends with John Byrne's Man of Steel. It's one of my favorite stories of all time, and certainly one of my favorite Superman stories. For more on my thoughts on Man of Steel check out this show we did a while ago.
When I’m not laying down smooth jazz riffs, I often read comics. And when I have a number of them to read, I have a stack of books that are not bagged-and-boarded. Unfortunately, the books can be easily damaged by a variety of things, so I wanted to find a way to protect them while I have them out and being read. So far, I have seen D-ring binders with big clear sleeves, which don’t actually let you read a book without removing it. I also saw a folio that seems sturdy, but again you have to remove the comics to read them. Do you guys know of a better solution? Thanks!
I'll be straight with you, Ken. You're only here because of the first clause of your opening sentence. That being said, it doesn't seem to jive with someone laying down smooth jazz riffs that you'd be so anal about comics. I have stacks of books everywhere, and haven't bagged or boarded a comic in many years, and most of them are just fine for my intended purpose. Perhaps you live in a tornado zone, or have no roof, but how pristine do you want your comics to be and why? I shit you not, and this is 100% accurate: comics you buy today will not be worth anything. They are disposable and valuable only in relation to how much you enjoy them. Issues are magazines and when I'm done with a magazine, I throw them away. Recycle actually.
The point is, why? Why are you so concerned with keeping them new? What is the point? What is the goal? Do you go back and read them? If so, does a crease in the cover affect that reading? Perhaps you just need to eat saucy meat sandwiches at a different time than you're reading your books. I don't know.
This isn't the point of view of everyone, I know. Some feel very differently, as is their right. But having come from a place where I bagged and boarded everything to the point where I am now was very liberating, and a bit more freeing. I'll be in a comic shop from time to time, and there will be a dude thumbing through the available copies, trying to find a perfect version, and I just feel bad for them. It's a waste of energy. There is no gold at the end of this rainbow.
In terms of money, that is.
So I don't mean to fob off your question, but I have no idea how to answer it in another way. I did find this link that might be a start.
Also, are you looking for a guitar player?
Do you guys remember the new female Captain Britain from a few years back? She was introduced in a very good 4 or 5 issue Avengers story, drawn by Olivier Coipel, shortly before Avengers Disassembled. She appeared in 1 or 2 issues after that first story and I haven't seen her since. I thought she was one the best new characters to come along in awhile and wish someone would bring her back. Do yall know of any stories with her that I missed? Brian Braddock was involved in her origin and his character has changed and is now Captain Britain again, maybe this has something to do with it.
Do I remember the female Captain Britain?!?! OF COURSE I Remember the female Captain Britain!
For those who don't recall, the new Captain Britain was introduced in the pages of Avengers Vol. 3 #77 in 2004, created by none other than Chuck Austen and Oliver Coipel. She was a single mother and a school teacher who got caught in the crossfire of a battle between the Avengers and the Wrecking Crew. She used Captain America's shield to protect an downed Cap and the Wasp from an attack, and then died from the act. While she was dead, she saw a vision of Brian Braddock (the Captain Britain we know and love), who at the time was ruling the Otherworld and he awarded her the Sword of Might and made her the new Captain Britain, but at a cost. There was a catch with the Sword of Might, that if she revealed her identity to her children, they would perish (Which seems kind of extreme and not really justified, but I guess it caused conflict. Chuck Austen has never been a very good writer.) So she joined the Avengers and was on the team through Avengers: Disassembled, after which she left the team and returned to England.
So what happened to her after that? Well, once Brian Braddock returned as Captain Britain, she took the name Lionheart and kept her powers. She allied with Albion, a dark version of Braddock, to exact revenge on him for the whole "can't tell my kids or they'll perish" thing. This all happened in the most recent Excalibur series (before Captain Britain and the MI:13). Ultimately she does the right thing, turns on Albion and helps Excalbur defeat him and then inexplicably is able to be re-united with her children and still keep her powers as Lionheart. As far as I know, she hasn't been used in a comic since.
I too liked her as a character, if for no other reason than her costume. Hopefully they return to England and give us a new Excalibur series down the line and perhaps she could be a part of that, but for now, she's back on the bench waiting for some editor or writer to remember she exists and come up with a story featuring her.