The Week’s Most Popular Posts: April 11 – 15, 2016

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

Here’s the highlight reel from the week that was, right here on Panels:

It’s a film that takes two and a half hours to establish that Superman is essentially useless in 2016 because humanity isn’t worth saving. It hammers home, scene after scene, that humanity is cowardly and paranoid and vengeful and nothing can stop that, nothing can elevate that. Man Of Steel’s introduction to Clark finally wearing the Superman costume was punctuated by the words “You have given the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards” while Dawn Of Justice tells us that humanity will never reach that ideal, making it a worthless ideal.

The only ideal we can achieve is to watch the one good thing to ever happen to us die because we were too afraid to accept it.

Suffice it to say, this isn’t my Superman. This isolated, sullen, grim figure who hovers above humanity, disaffected by the petty squabbles of the world he made a home in isn’t the Superman who saved me.

from No One Stays Good In This World: On BATMAN Vs. SUPERMAN by guest Panelteer Alice W. Castle

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Black Panther #1 has dropped and, tl;dr version remains that it’s fantastic. The much-anticipated debut of writer Ta-Nahisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze is every but as exciting and colorful as readers expected.

In case you need more convincing, here’s the top four reasons you need to run to the nearest comic book shop and get yourself a copy.

from 4 Things to Love About Black Panther #1 by CG

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So far, DC Comics’ “Earth One” line of graphic novels has been met with a subdued response from critics and fans. J. Michael Straczynski’s updated Superman origin hewed close to the core of the character, but Geoff Johns caught flak for having Alfred shoot and kill the Penguin in the first volume of his Batman. Neither book has received the kind of acclaim one might expect from its superstar creators. But Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s vision for Wonder Woman might change the Earth One line’s fortunes with its gorgeous retelling of Princess Diana’s origins. Here’s why.

from 7 Reasons to Read Wonder Woman: Earth One by guest Panelteer Sam Riedel

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Psychology has played a major part in superhero comics from the beginning; after all, Wonder Woman was famously created by psychologist William Moulton Marston. But, while psychological studies of superheroes have become fairly standard since at least the mid-1980s, relatively few superhero comics have explored therapy as a means of dealing with trauma. For the past year, though, Marvel’s Silk has been a glorious exception, as Cindy Moon has worked with Dr. Sinclair, a therapist specializing in capes and tights. I spoke with Silk‘s writer, Robbie Thompson about Cindy’s therapy process, first at C2E2, and then over email.

from Silk Goes To Therapy: An Interview With Robbie Thompson by Charles Paul Hoffman

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My Borders’ manga section was on the first floor, a roomy alcove shared with the graphic novels. On a Saturday afternoon, like Borders manga sections across the land, it would be packed with teenage girls sat in clusters on the floor, everyone trying to finish the next volume of their favourite series before we all got shooed out. In later years, the local cosplay group starting hiding flyers between the books, and you never knew when pulling one off the shelf would throw adverts for their next meet up everywhere. The solidarity was fierce. It was that of girls who know they’re outsiders – in comics, at home, at school – and the place would buzz with swapped recommendations and stale Japanese sweets.

from An Ode to the Borders Manga Section by guest Panelteer Heather Davison

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It was the spark I needed. The calling. I found a community, the Carol Corps. I found a hero who wasn’t afraid to use femininity as her strength. Who wasn’t afraid to be a woman and be headstrong or speak her mind and air her feelings openly. I wasn’t out yet and the idea of being trans hadn’t quite cross my mind. I knew something was up with me gender-wise, but this is a few years before I seriously started questioning.

from How Captain Marvel and Kelly Sue Changed by Life by guest Panelteer Alice W. Castle

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