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

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

We’re looking back at the most popular posts this week on Panels:

I get confused like that when I think about Harley Quinn. Maybe when I first met her she was charming, with her emphatic accent and boisterous insanity,  but she’s devolved so thoroughly since Batman: The Animated Series that I can’t believe I didn’t break up with her sooner. Why did I spend so much time following her around?

I still don’t have a perfect answer for that question. The best I can figure is that it’s because we met when we were both so young, and because she was personally responsible for my adult love for comics.

from On Breaking Up with Harley Quinn by Guest Panelteer Sara Kern

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I recently read the digital galleys for a comic called Super Human Resources by Ken Marcus and Armando Zanker. It’s a great premise — what would the HR department that manages superheroes look like? — and I enjoyed the characterizations and plot immensely. And then, like a hipster watching Season 2 of True Detective, I lost interest in a good idea instantaneously, but in this case it was the moment when one character casually, and without any framing, drops the R-word to describe derisively another character. Ugh. Ugh forever.

I spend my life on the internet begging comics to be better at everything, from feminism to racial politics to ableism, so I immediately tweeted my disgust, with a screen shot of the comic. I thought that was it.

It wasn’t. Instead, the writer of the comic responded to my tweet admitting that he had made a callous mistake.

from I Called Out SUPER HUMAN RESOURCES on Twitter and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next by Brenna Clarke Gray

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I started reading webcomics around the time I went to college, and it’s somewhat astonishing to me just how much my daily routine has been shaped by the familiar regularity of the update schedule. During several particularly lazy summer months when I didn’t have a job or schoolwork to keep me on a schedule, I avoided the calendar and only paid attention to what day of the week it was by which webcomics were updating. To this day, my morning reading list is a continually shifting roster of twenty-somethings in coffee shops, magic and robots, and silly jokes about history and technology.

from Webcomics as My Morning Coffee by Guest Panelteer Charlotte Reber

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It was in Batgirl #40 that the book opened up to me. Suddenly, Barbara finally had that support system again. Yes, Dinah was on the road, but she still showed up to help Babs out along the way (including showing up to play Alysia’s wedding). Over the course of the last year of comics, we also got to see Barbara herself reach out to younger women — specifically, Steph as Spoiler and the duo of Maps and Olive in theBatgirl Annual #3. Other creative teams had Babs mentoring younger heroes, too; Babs makes an appearance in We Are Robin #4 to lend a hand to Riko and she teams back up with the whole street-level Robin crew and gives all of them encouragement inBatman and Robin Eternal. And don’t forget Barbara throwing herself into the bridesmaid role for Alysia. A good chunk of the 2nd arc has her giving her old roommate the emotional support she needed to get through the wedding plans and being there for the happiest day of Alysia’s life (and also helping Alysia save Jo from man-eating tigers because Gotham City, everyone!).

from The Bonds of Friendship: Looking Back at the Batgirl of Burnside by Kate Schenkel

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Did you watch the Supergirl season finale? Sadly, we still don’t have confirmation that there’ll be a second season, but even if we never find out who was in that [SPOILER], this show has been an absolute joy from start to finish. Though by no means perfect, Supergirl blew past my lofty expectations and showed the world my all-time favorite superhero in her brightest possible light. Here’s a short list of things I’m grateful to Supergirl for.

from 15 Things I’m Grateful to SUPERGIRL For by Jessica Plummer

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I remain willfully ignorant because the Riverdale of Bob Montana, Harry Lucey, Samm Schwartz, Stan Goldberg, and the Dans—both Parent and DeCarlo—endures as my safe space and happy place, even though it’s been over a decade since I held a double digest. Those comics offered a promise of anodyne teenage normalcy while I waited for a traumatic childhood to conclude. If I could just hang on a while longer, I’d soon be hijinxing it up with a gang of my own. I would shine in every extracurricular activity imaginable, nurtured by exasperated educators who were secretly devoted to my well-being. I’d fall in love over malteds at the local soda counter, without ever risking lasting heartbreak. And a teenage witch would drop by on the regular.

from No Thanks, #HotArchie: Why I Haven’t Read The Reboot by Guest Panelteer María Cristina Garcia Lynch

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