• Bloodstrike: Cable and the Rainbow

    Bloodstrike: Cable and the Rainbow0

    Bloodstrike #1 Rob Liefeld (art and story), Dan Fraga (art), Eric Stephenson (story), Danny Miki (art), Byron Talman (color), Brian Murray (color), Kirt Hathaway (letters) Image Comics 1993 Bloodstrike’s team leader Cabbot is Cable by another name. This is not a controversial or vindictive statement; Liefeld’s LEGO-like sense of superheroic character creation (a source of

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  • Youngblood: Teen Titans with None of the “New”

    Youngblood: Teen Titans with None of the “New”2

    When we decided to do “Year of the Knockoff” here at Women Write About Comics, I decided to jump in front of the bullet and cover a knockoff of my favorite team . . . that also happens to be one of my least favorite comics. That is, of course, Rob Liefeld’s oft-delayed, multiple-publisher magnum

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  • Come On, Vogue: Extreme Soviet Superheroics in 1995

    Come On, Vogue: Extreme Soviet Superheroics in 19952

    It is not impossible to create a comic book of quality around a Soviet teenager defecting in desperation, moving to America, growing up beautiful, and becoming an employee of the US government who takes gymnastic spy assignments. I can say this in confidence having enjoyed Aymond and Van Hamme’s Lady S (Dupuis, published in translation by

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  • Uncannily Licensed X-Men #2: Who Needs An X-Men Guidebook? (Everyone)

    Uncannily Licensed X-Men #2: Who Needs An X-Men Guidebook? (Everyone)0

    Hello discerning X-Fans. In my new series I’ll be exploring some of the best and strangest licensed X-Men books that don’t fall under the direct market comic book mantle. Join me on this *spooky referential comic book voice* Journey Into Mystery.

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  • Image 25: Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins’ Full Trajectory

    Image 25: Top Cow’s Matt Hawkins’ Full Trajectory0

    From some guy in a line to COO of a 25-year-old publishing imprint, Matt Hawkins saw the glory days of Image, and stayed around for the aftermath. There are plenty of interviews covering the Founding Fathers of Image’s early days as masters of their new domain. The twentieth anniversary interviews Jason Sacks carried out for

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  • That Bad Boy Image: Hail to the King

    That Bad Boy Image: Hail to the King0

    Welcome to Image Boys Behaviour Graph–or, when this becomes an inevitable smash hit column, IBBG–where we celebrate 25 years of Image by making a very statistically accurate graph looking at what the boys are up to in this most momentous year in the history of the EXTREME bad boys of comics. WHERE THEY WERE: 1992

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