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December 15, 2015

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Paul O'Brien on What If? Infinity: X-Men #1.

* not comics: I've not watched the TV show starring Otto Binder and Al Plastino's Supergirl character, and some of the criticisms here sound strained, but I do think a lot of modern entertainment suffers from trying to satisfy an audience that's a bit all over the place yet also relatively jaded in terms of approaches they'll accept. Comics audiences got to this "give me what I remember/give my anything except what I remember" place first. If nothing else, I don't know a modern network TV show whose underlying story doesn't seem terribly accelerated, although that kind of churn has worked for a lot of series.

* Mark Thibodeau talks to Jason Karns.

* Charlotte Finn dissects an old Legion Of Superheroes storyline I don't remember at all in terms of comics like those might currently seek to engage with issues related to gender and sexual orientation.

* as a young man, I would have killed for all the previews of forthcoming comics, like this one. It's really handy if you pay attention to comics to have access to pages like that, even if you're not following the comic in question.

* finally, Augie De Blieck Jr. makes the case that we could more post-mortem type analysis in comics, by pointing to Mark Crilly doing something similar recently vis-a-vis his Akiko. I mean, I would hope in some sense that the longer interviews provide that kind of look at certain comics, but an industry ethos where that's expected would be interesting.
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