The Week’s Most Popular Posts: December 15 – 19, 2014

This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics

Let’s take a look back at the week that was, here at Panels:

I say seriously because honestly, I’m not sure a big time Hollywood studio could ever even bring the magnificence that is Saga to the big (or little) screen. So without further ado:

Our Dream Cast!

from Dream (Seriously, Dream) Cast for Saga by Preeti Chhibber

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The canceled Green Lantern books, however, are more of a mystery. The titles have sold well, but the solicitation forGreen Lantern #40 hints that there may be big changes afoot on DC’s cosmic front, so that may be the cause of the title shakeup.

So fare thee well, Swamp Thing, Green Lantern Corps, and all the rest. An especially fond farewell to Arkham Manor. It feels like we hardly knew ye.

from DC Cancels Multiple Titles, Including Arkham Manor by Chris M. Arnone

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Yes, bad things happen to men in fiction. But it’s genuinely hard for me to come up with a female comic book character who doesn’t have something cruel and terrible in her history. Because of the context in which those stories occur, where women are often dismissed and always outnumbered, they can cause a special kind of pain.

All of the female comics fans I know have their particular sore spots: Gwen Stacy’s death in an issue where she barely has any lines; Sue Dibny’s rape and murder inIdentity Crisis. My pet grudge is about the deaths (plural, because comics) of Jean Grey. I love the perky, optimistic Jean of Jeff Parker’s X-Men:First Class. I’d love to introduce her to a fifth-grader looking for heroines. But before long you get to the time Jean died because she was brainwashed and forced into fetish wear, which drove her crazy. Or the other time she died so that editorial could tie up an inconvenient love triangle.

from How To Talk To Our Daughters About Women in Refrigerators by Caroline Pruett

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new to comics gift guide

It’s not secret that we Panelteers believe there’s a comic out there for everyone, even your non-comics reading family members. Here are some suggestions for putting comics into the hands of new readers this holiday season.

from A Holiday Gift Guide for New Comics Readers by Ali Colluccio

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If I’m looking for brown/black/nonwhite women in comics who kick ass and aren’t from Ms. Marvel or Saga, where do I look?

I pulled widely and deeply from many different resources to come up with the following list. I haven’t read all, or even most, of these, but they are recommendations from the dedicated and smart Panels team, Twitter, and beyond. This is not even close to being comprehensive, but I feel like it’s a great starting point for those looking for diverse women in their comics.

from The Brown Women of Comics by Swapna Krishna

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The Wicked + The Divine #6 – I’m a big music guy. So, whenever Gillen and McKelvie do a comic together it’s a must buy for me. Their love of music is always at the forefront of their stories. It really tugs at my heartstrings. I’m an absolute sucker for these guys and they’ve really been crushing it with this series. Something MAJOR went down in the last issue, so I can’t wait to read what happens next. The trade collecting the first five issues of this series just came out, so it’s not too late to hop on.

from What’s On Your Pull List? December 17, 2014 by Eric Margolis

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