Author: Annie Blitzen

52 Facts About DC, By The Numbers: October 2017, Week One

Or However Many I Feel Like, And They Might Not All Be Facts Last Week Welcome back to By The Numbers, the column where I count things in this last week’s new comics from DC! This column will contain spoilers, but I’ll keep them as vague as possible while still amusing myself. Due to technical issues, the By The Numbers for October Week One did not get to your lovely hands on time. It is presented here, and this week’s column is appended below. If the impermanence of time has rendered you uncaring and cynical toward last week’s comics already,...

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Angel City: Starlets and Crime

Angel City Janet Harvey (writer), Megan Levens (illustrator), Nick Filardi (colorist), Crank! (letterer) Oni Press October 2016-March 2017, collected August 2017 The studio-era Hollywood noir thriller mystery is a very entrenched, narrow genre. Noir as an American prose and film genre originated in that time and place with books like Double Indemnity and its film remake. That setting has been retained in a great number of works, from Blade Runner to the recent Brubaker/Phillips comic The Fade Out. In nearly all of these stories, despite the changes in settings, the protagonist remains more or less the same: a white, middle-aged, cishet, working-class...

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52 Facts About DC, By The Numbers: September 2017, Week Four

Or However Many I Feel Like, And They Might Not All Be Facts Welcome back to By The Numbers, the column where I count things in this week’s new comics from DC! This column will contain spoilers, but I’ll keep them as vague as possible while still amusing myself. Metal is in full swing, which I will forgive solely because it means I get an extra Stjepan Sejic issue. An unexpectedly deep Scooby Doo, the exciting conclusion of Batman/Shadow, and a bunch of stuff with the “mysterious” Mr. Oz. Giffen and DeMatteis get a “don’t let the screen door hit you...

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52 Facts About DC, By The Numbers: September 2017, Week Three

Or However Many I Feel Like, And They Might Not All Be Facts Welcome back to By The Numbers, the column where I count things in this week’s new comics from DC! This column will contain spoilers, but I’ll keep them as vague as possible while still amusing myself. Two Metal tie-ins! More Wildstorm fanservice! Wonder Woman/Conan! This is an exciting week for me. I hadn’t gotten caught up on The Wild Storm, and now I have, and wow. I was a huge fan of Wildstorm… after the fact. They had already become a DC imprint and then closed up shop by...

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Heated Gaming Moments: What’s Acceptable? (Not Racism)

Felix Kjellberg once again has said something racist. In a livestream last week he used a racist slur. Noted buffoon Ian Miles Cheong chose to mischaracterise this as understandable; as Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, let loose the term whilst in a “heated gaming moment”–angry because he was momentarily losing at a game–Cheong suggested that both the phrase and its use were meaningless. In fact, of course, what a person has allowed themselves to become comfortable proclaiming (internally or externally) is what will come out of their mouth when they are excited and cross. If Kjellberg is comfortable with...

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