The Week’s Most Popular Posts: November 10-14, 2014

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

Let’s take a look back at the week that was.

“Superman’s generally accepted as the first superhero. But he wasn’t the first crimefighter with extraordinary powers; he wasn’t the first to don an alias and a costume. He may have been the first to do all three, but that stopped being a requirement of the genre in 1939 with Batman. So why do we all agree that Batman is a superhero – but Zorro, who also has a mask and an alias, is not? Why isn’t the Phantom, who predates Superman with his secret identity and stripey briefs, considered the first superhero? Sure, Superman was born in the comics, but the Shadow and Green Hornet have had comics too – why don’t they count?”

Off the Page: Before Superman by Jessica Plummer


“This wasn’t easy because there aren’t a lot of young female South Asian actors out there, and because Ms. Marvel’s Pakistani Muslim heritage is so crucial to who she is, I felt it was important to stay in that range. So, I hopped, skipped, and jumped across the world to from London to Karachi to Bollywood and back to Hollywood, and this is what I came up with.”

Casting Ms. Marvel: Hey, A Girl’s Gotta Dream by Swapna Krishna


The Kitchen #1 by Ollie Masters, Ming Doyle and Becky Cloonan (DC Comics/Vertigo)

A new #1 from Vertigo, DC’s creator-owned line, is always something to look out for, and here’s another one for fans of crime comics. Set in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen of the 1970s — the look and era Daredevil spent years trying to emulate, even as the city changed — The Kitchen is the story of three women who take over the ‘business interests’ of their imprisoned husbands. I don’t know what to expect from newcomer Ollie Masters, but Ming Doyle is an artist I’ve loved since seeing her sketch cards for sale at Heroes Con, and this is the follow-up to her great work on the miniseries Mara. Becky Cloonan is responsible for the great cover art in this preview, and that’s a winning combination.”

What’s On Your Pull List?: November 12, 2014 by Caroline Pruett


There are rumors that Doctor Doom is going to be a blogger in Fox’s new Fantastic Four movie. What would that be like, we wondered. Possibly something like this? 

1DOOMBLOGSDOOM Blogs by Preeti Chhibber


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