The Week’s Most Popular Posts: January 25 – 29, 2016

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

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

The comic book scene right now is full of incredible writers and artists. It’s also full of writers and artists that pull double duty, writing and drawing their own books or writing one and drawing another. These creators are tearing through the comic market, publishing amazing books and paving the way for other writer/artists to get their own work seen. I made a short list of those creators you may know already, but should definitely get more familiar with.

from 6 Comic Writer/Artists You Should Know by Kris Saldaña

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DC is apparently gearing up for…something. On January 22nd, Dan Didio tweeted a picture of a curtain and the word “Rebirth,” feeding a flurry of rumors. No one’s sure exactly what’s coming, but the strongest rumor, among buzz about another reboot, a rolling back of the last reboot, or a line-wide renumbering, is that DC’s bringing their publishing more in line with their extremely successful TV offerings.

Me? I’m waiting to see what DC announces, but all this chatter is reminding me of the last reboot, back in 2011, and how it felt. See, on paper the reboot was bad enough: give me a drink and three hours of your time and I’ll tell you all about the female characters, queer characters, and characters of color who fell victim to it and haven’t been seen since, or the way the company hemorrhaged creators immediately after due to frequently cited editorial mismanagement, or the way female fans were publicly mocked and berated at cons by DC top brass for asking questions about the dearth of women in and behind their comics.

But though I can cite crappy consequences of the 2011 reboot until the Bat-cows come home, what I think about when I remember how it felt wasn’t anything I can objectively quantify. What I remember most is how much it hurt.

from DC’s “Rebirth” and Rebooting: Uncool Enough to Care by Jessica Plummer

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One of the frustrating aspects of comics is release dates; they seem more like release guidelines than firm things you can depend on. Even just a couple of months out (or a couple of days) release dates can change. And let’s not even start on the difference between comic shop release dates and availability at bookstores (comics are usually available a couple of weeks later in the book market than in the comics market.)

All of that is to say that release dates for comics can be very difficult to track, and you can’t actually be sure a comic is coming out on schedule until it ships. We know that a lot of you are trade-waiters (nothing wrong with that!), but it can be so difficult to figure out what comes out when. We’re going to try to make that a little easier here at Panels by rounding up new trade releases from January. This isn’t comprehensive, just a snapshot of the series we love or are interested in trying out.

from Trade Waiting: January 2016 Releases by Swapna Krishna

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But there’s more to her than just being nerdy. She’s been a hero for a good while now with her old superhero team and just recently chose to leave them, move to Burbank, and make her own path. She broke up with her boyfriend as part of the move and is maybe on the cusp of thinking about her love life again. She’s happy where she is at her alter ego’s work, but she wants to get her solo hero work going now that she’s in a brand new city. Mostly, she wants to do good, help people, and be the best hero she can be. I like Faith in this issue — she’s the kind of protagonist I would want to follow past this four part series into an ongoing.

from The Art of the Start: Faith #1 by Kate Schenkel

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from Art Roundup: Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rey by Kristina Pino

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This is it. This is the year. I’m finally going to read the Wonder Woman stories that I’ve already kind of been spoiled for.

It started out with being intrigued by Jill Lepore’s book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman which was kind of more about alternate lifestyles and Margaret Sanger than Wonder Woman, but whatever. It was after listening to that book that I knew I couldn’t hold off on reading the Amazon’s story anymore. She was not only the most famous female superhero ever, but she was a trendsetter, a revolutionary, and *gasp* a working woman. For the period of her origin, she was a pretty forward thinker (with some exceptions, from what I could tell). She was just cool.

Why had I been holding off in the first place, you say?

from The Year of Discovering Wonder Woman by Jessica Pryde

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