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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Five titles for new readers

The ever excellent DCWomenKickingAss tumblr has done a post titled 'Five titles to get a dude into comics'.

Don't be swayed by the tongue in cheek title, these are series for all readers!

She has suggested books for fans of the Arrow TV series, the Avengers and Dark Knight Rises films, the Syfy channel, and readers of Stephen King.

If you want more inspiration you can read our posts on Green Arrow (digital comics here, Smallville inspired comics here), the Avengers and the Dark Knight Rises, but do check out the DCWKA tumblr too.

Coming up will be reviews of the best comics I found at the Thought Bubble comic convention a couple of weeks ago.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Free comics!

I've just moved house and am clearing out my bookshelves, so have put up a few listings of CDs, books, and comics that I need to get rid of over on my other blog.  I thought the comics might be of interest to readers here, so take a look and if you want any of them email me on paicomics at yahoo dot co dot uk.

I'll just ask you to pay postage and donate some money towards one of the following charities:
The RSPB's Albatross campaign
Leeway Women's refuge

I don't want payment for the books: I just need shelf space, and I really do not want to go through the hassle of listing them all on ebay.
So here's the list.  Where we've done reviews of the books I've included a link.

You Don't Look Forty, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz (Paperback, 1990) (complete Peanuts series reviewed here)
I''ll Be Your Slave (Yaoi)
Antique Bakery Volume (Yaoi)
The Moon and Sandals Volume 2 (Yaoi)
The Moon and the Sandals: Volume 1 (Yaoi)
Iono-Sama Fanatics: Volume 1 (Yuri)
Shinobu Kokoro (Yaoi)
Dragonslippers: This Is What An Abusive Relationship Looks Like
Spiderman Annual: 2003 by Egmont Childrens Books (Hardback, 2002)  (good for kids)
Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel by Scott Beatty (Hardback, 2002) (good for kids)
Freddie & Me: A Coming of Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody

The Yaoi and Yuri ones are for adults, not children

Monday, 5 November 2012

Ame-Comi girls

Writers: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art credits:
Ame-Comi Girls issues 1-6: Eduardo Francisco (art), Ikari Studio and Santi Casas (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls issues 7-8: Santi Casas (art), Randy Mayor (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Wonder Woman: Amanda Connor (art), Paul Mounts (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Batgirl: Sanford Greene (art), Randy Mayor (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Duela Dent: Ted Naifah (art), Randy Mayor (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Power Girl: Michael Bowden (art), Randy Mayor (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Supergirl: Santi Casas (art) , Randy Mayor (colours)
Publisher: DC Comics

What's it about?
It's a weekly comic series from DC. The basic premise is that this is an earth where only women are heroes.  It's based on the Ame-Comi line of statues, which are basically manga/anime inspired sexy versions of DC's heroines.  You can see some of them on Amazon here.  Some are horrific, like this Wonder Woman one (why is she not wearing anything??), others are pretty good.  There was not really a story behind the action figures, so one has been created.
From Ame-Comi Girls 6, I think
The series started with 3 issue spotlights on 5 characters - Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Duela Dent, Power Girl, and Supergirl.  Wonder Woman looks at how Diana comes to America and forms a pact with the American government.  Batgirl and Duela Dent go hand in hand, introducing each character and setting up for the full series.  Duela's origin is really creepy.  These issues also introduce us to other key players such as Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Steel, and Brainiac.  Power Girl has Kara saving the day in metropolis then fighting Lex Luthor.  At the end, another visitor from Krypton arrives, and we segue into Supergirl.  Supergirl crashes to earth with Brainiac's army close behind.  Both Karas try to stop them, but Brainiac has other plans.
From the Duela Dent issues

Then the Ame-Comi series starts proper.  Issues 1 to 6 have all the heroes, led by Wonder Woman (because she says that's what's going to happen),  band together to fight Brainiac and save the earth.  Brainiac is an amazingly advanced robot from the far off reaches of space who consumes the knowledge of all the worlds she visits, then destroys them.  Issues 7 and 8 introduce Jade as this sector's Green Lantern.
From Ame-Comi Girls 7