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Name: Kelly Stephenson

Bio: I mostly read trades I poach from willing friends, but I've been known to pick up an issue or two or support less-popular folks telling interesting stories.

Twitter: annaluna


The art is just … guh. It’s so amazing. I’m not quite sure i dig how ghostly-pale Kane is, though….

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After a luke-warm response to issue 1, this was definitely a “make it or break it” issue. I’m pleased that…

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Awesome comic is awesome. Out of the 3 #1 issues I’ve read so far (JLA, Batgirl, Swamp Thing), this is…

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Kelly's Recent Comments
May 1, 2013 9:39 pm I am just impressed Jim was able to come up with to -uffalo rhymes that we didn't mention in the car. :)
April 12, 2013 9:46 am Wow. Thank you so much for your response. I'm struggling with the idea that spouting my opinion on the Internet may have affected change. I didn't think that was allowed. ;) Seriously, though. I really appreciate your comments. I hope it was clear that I was using the scene as an example of a thing that is happening everywhere and not "why Gambit's creators are ruining everything I hold dear." Also, and this may not have been clear, I've been really enjoying the series so far, and plan on continuing to read it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have cared so much.
April 11, 2013 7:37 pm "...you can TELL he's being..." don't you just hate it when typos take all the wind out of your clever sails?
April 11, 2013 7:29 pm Well, in this case, you can he's being patronizing because she tells him he's being patronizing ;) I think there are several things that would have made the last page less of a slap in the face to me as a reader. It really felt like a 180 on the story they'd been telling at that point. The visuals were as much a part of it as the words.
April 11, 2013 7:05 pm Yes and Yes. I think there's a disconnect between what we (generally) say, what people hear (generally) and what we mean when we want strong female characters (and by "strong" one usually means "well written"). We complain about weaknesses, but it's not that they have weaknesses, it's how they're sometimes depicted and how they're sometimes used as plot points. A perfectly flawless character is just as boring as an obviously flawed one, I feel.
April 11, 2013 1:42 pm I think there's a very real difference between what Saga is doing where baby in peril and her family are the core plot (which I heart and think is a brilliant way to incorporate family values into thrilling heroics without it being an "all ages/kid book" ) and "surprise, that woman is only making bold, dangerous choices because there's a kid involved, now please go and rescue them" (which I feel is the female version of the refrigerator girlfriend). That's probably a different Strawman ;)
January 28, 2013 10:55 pm Wow. Way to leap right across the point of the article and into a vat of feedback loop. It is one thing when "artists" (because the whole team is responsible, not just the writer) tease content, leave clues and breadcrumbs (even those that may not be obvious until after the arc is reviewed), and allow readers to use their brains to follow the story. When this happens, the reader is left thinking "i'm not sure what happened, but i can't wait to find out what's going on!" It is an entirely different thing when something is poorly crafted and leaves readers (new and old) bewildered and thinking "What did i just read? I don't know what I'm looking at and I think I just wasted $3.99. I won't be wasting more." You want my anecdotal experience to add to the din? (too bad, you're getting it anyway.) I'm clever and just new enough that sometimes I don't know if I'm supposed to not know what's going on, or if it's obvious to someone with more experience with the titles. I am used to "suffering", to asking friends or wikipedia to provide context. I like to know if my disappointment is self-inflicted or not. This particular issue, while being very pretty, made very little sense. I couldn't keep track of anything, and when the goddess showed up and shut everything down (after demonstrating her powers by blowing up the robot), I was confused, because "goddess of the universe" seemed a bit out of character for Marvel and yet everyone seemed cool with it. Once it was all over, i thought "Oh, it's a set up to something that's about to happen. Okay. I really hope that makes more sense."
January 18, 2013 10:41 am That panel from Daredevil reminds me of this JiM cover. https://ifanboy.com/comics/journey-into-mystery-647/ Both seem a bit naughtier than "necessary". ;)
January 10, 2013 10:29 am Lego game *and* Marvel superheros? Sign me up. Let's hope they put out some minifigs and lego sets to go with this, now that they've got the licensing rights :)
December 13, 2012 12:20 pm if only digital comics were so mod-podgeable :)