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Off-Panel: October 27, 2014

Paul Montgomery

Staff Writer

In addition to comics, Paul thrills to Frank Capra and kaiju movies, crime fiction, TV dramas, professional wrestling, and whatever the Muppets are doing at any given time (hopefully in combination with those other things). He tweets as @fuzzytypewriter

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“Would the book have fared better if Marvel publicized it more heavily? Would She-Hulk have a better chance of succeeding if it received the same amount of attention as the latest Avengers/Spider-Man/X-Men events? DC has been able to turn Harley Quinn into one of its top-selling titles by promoting it like crazy, is that what Marvel needs to be doing in order to guarantee the longevity of its female superhero titles?”

She-Hulk is cancelled. Long live She-Hulk. The AV Club makes the case for the evergreen legal drama.


“He’s not alone in his disappointment. “They’ve taken the character and put him in a place that’s Constantine-lite,” said Karen Berger, who left DC last year. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s not the real Constantine.” Delano said he’s avoided reading the new stories.”

Former Vertigo chief Karen Berger is refreshingly candid about the fall of John Constantine.



New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast won the Kirkus nonfiction prize for her illustrated memoir, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”


“I read and like all kinds of comics. I view comics as a medium, not a genre, so I have a desire to tell a variety of stories. And my approach is different depending on the story I want to tell. It’s funny but when I’m deep into working on something like Shoplifter, which is very grounded, I feel the desire to take a break afterwards and do something completely different, like a crazy all-out action story.”

Michael Cho on his lovely debut, Shoplifter.