The Week’s Most Popular Posts: August 24 – 28, 2015

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

Kamala Khan is everyone’s favorite teenager from Jersey City. She’s devoted to her family, she excels in school, and oh yeah she’s one of the best superheroes around.

Ms. Marvel was the first capes-and-tights book I read (one of the first comics I read at all, actually) and I was instantly hooked on this whole comics thing. Kamala is a great introduction to the comics world–but there are plenty of other kickass young ladies keeping her company. Here are a few comics to check out while Marvel gears up for Kamala’s relaunch this fall.

from Crazy About Kamala Khan? You’ll Love These Superheroines by Melody Schreiber


More importantly, who cares? You don’t need a degree to read comics, you just need enthusiasm (and enough patience to deal with a thousand reboots, renumberings, and crossover events that will! change! EVERYTHING!). It’s fine to pick up only what you’re interested in and fill in the gaps with Wikipedia. Only seen the Captain America movies and never picked up a comic? You rock the hell out of that Cap shirt, lady! Trade-waiting Ms. Marvel and ignoring Secret Wars? Probably the wisest path, to be honest.

And for completionists like me? It’s not a bad thing that there are large swathes of the comicsverse I’ve barely touched – it just means I’ve got so many more great comics to read. I’m not a Fake Marvel Girl – I’m a New Marvel Girl, at least for now. It doesn’t mean I have to stop obsessively boning up on my Daredevil history, as long as I’m doing it because I want to, and not to prove anything to anyone, least of all myself.

from Confessions of a Fake Marvel Girl by Jessica Plummer


If you’re a Neil Gaiman fan, and especially if you’re a lover of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, there are a bevy of comics you need to seek out right this minute. Ocean is one of a handful of books I don’t mind re-reading, and there are some very specific things I love about it that I looked for in my comics recommendations.

  1. Mythological elements
  2. Powerful characters/kick-ass magic
  3. Wise character(s)
  4. Commanding women


from Comics to Read if You Enjoyed The Ocean At The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


It all started with Free Comic Book Day. That was the day I found DC’s utterly inspired Scooby-Doo and Super Friends mashup, aptly titled Scooby-Doo Teamup!, with story by Sholly Fisch; art by Dario Brizuela; colors by Franco Riesco; letters by Saida Temofonto, among the day’s spoils.

Obviously, I laughed at its absurdity. Then I bumped it to the top of the pile and read it immediately (you should, too).

After all, Scooby Doo was among my most-watched Cartoon Network faves as a kid. I couldn’t think of any reason why Wonder Woman and Batman would have a need for a pothead and a Great Dane, but I wanted to find out.

Verdict: It was ridiculous. It was amazing.

But more importantly, it got me thinking about the incredible potential they’d tapped into here. What other comics should be mashed? It’s an important question, and one I’ve considered frequently ever since.

Here are some of the very best duos I’ve come up with so far.

from Comic Book Mashups I’d Ship Right Now by Emily Wenstrom


Marvel’s releasing variant covers for its #1s releasing this fall, and they feature cosplayers! There are 20 in total (19 have been released, 1 is TOP SECRET), and many of them feature awesome, kickass ladies in gorgeous, intricate costumes. So without further ado, here are my 6 favorite covers (and one that SHOULD have been included ::cough:: SQUIRREL GIRL ::cough::)

from Our 6 Favorite Lady Cosplayers on Marvel’s Variant Covers by Swapna Krishna

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