The Week’s Most Popular Posts: June 8 – 12, 2015

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

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts this week on Panels:

As television’s golden age rolls on, it’s almost insane to pick out any single one of the hugely varied and well-made shows as the best.

That said, Hannibal is the best damn show on TV, and against all odds it’s back with what’s sure to be a mind-bending, gut-stabbing third season, which makes this the perfect time to whet your appetite for the horrors to come with a few comics that touch on the themes and ideas of Bryan Fuller’s gothic, grotesque adaptation of Thomas Harris’s iconic books.

From psychiatry, to culinary delights, to serial killers—so, so many serial killers—these comics have everything a Hannibal fan could ask for.

from Comics Recommendation Engine: Hannibal by Michael Chasin

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As your resident expert obsessive Number One Fan honorary Lumberjane, you can bet I’ve been mulling the casting of the recently announced movie since I heard the good news! Which is not to say that I wouldn’t love for them to bring in a bunch of brand new faces, because that would be awesome. But while I’m daydreaming, there are a few actors I wouldn’t mind seeing in the roles. So, without further ado, I present to you my live-action Lumberjanes dreamcast!

from Casting to the Max: A Lumberjanes Dreamcast by Jenn Northington

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A long-held criticism of comic’s top publishers is a lack of diversity, both with the characters on the panel and of the creators who wrangle them. In recent years, Marvel’s publishing slate made marked improvements on the character front, and DC’s has stagnated—until now.

In its June solicitations announcement earlier this year, the publisher promised a relaunch that’s “even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers.” Curious eyes crawled through the announcements and, more or less, the promise rings true.

It’s not exactly a total coup on the comics status quo, but it’s a solid start. The shift brings new voices, those of women, people of color, and queer folk, to handle interesting, underserved characters. That, and these titles, excite me.

from Delighted by Diversity in DC’s Divergence by Jon Erik Christianson

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This is the iconic Justice League. And, unfortunately, they comprise five (to six) white men, one white woman, and one black man—all of them (in canon to this point) are straight and cisgender. Yikes.

Given the publisher’s recent, re-pledged commitment to diversity, it’s disappointing that two of their Justice League titles maintain such a sad status quo. If this line-up is to become so iconic in other forms of media, it’s vital that they diversify—something even Warner Bros. has recognized by casting Jason Momoa as Aquaman.

Below are five candidates who’d cooly fit with the Justice League team as permanent (as you can possibly get in comics) members and bring some direly-needed diversity.

from Bringing Women of Color to the Justice League by Jon Erik Christianson

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There are more to the bat women than meets the eye. As we continue to look at more of these kick ass women take on their mantles, we’ll see a far more diverse crop of ladies than we did in part one. We have the former soldier, the trained assassin, the underdog, the unknown, and the stand-in. Who are these ladies? Let’s find out!

from Who Are The Bat Women? Part Two by Ardo Omer

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Chances are, if you’re here at Panels you not only love comic books, you love comic book community. Because you love comics and you want to share that love with like-minded people. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably also tried to share that love with your partner, friends, colleagues, parents, neighbors, and other un-like-minded people. You seek out places to talk about your favorite comics, to discover new artists and writers, to squee over the latest casting announcements, or to lament the cancellation of your favorite book.

If you find yourself nodding along right now, have I got a suggestion for you: comic book club!

from Start Your Own Comic Book Club! by Becca Sexton

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