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Superman #39 Loses The Powers But Brings In The Heart

I’d been excited for the collaboration between Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. since it was announced and while I’ve been routinely impressed with the comic they’ve been putting out, […]

I’d been excited for the collaboration between Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. since it was announced and while I’ve been routinely impressed with the comic they’ve been putting out, thanks to both Johns’ understanding of the character as well as JR JR’s gorgeous art, it was what I was expecting. Nothing about it reached a level of character-defining that some of Johns’ superior work has done.

Until Superman #39 that is. This comic is maybe the best Superman story since the New 52 began, with only Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #13 standing as its rival. This may sound like damning it with faint praise since this has been a rough few years for Superman. What makes this comic incredible is how it changes up the dynamic of Superman while still enforcing the things that make him such an amazing hero.

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Women in Comics at Fan Expo Canada

The first question at the Women in Comics panel was whether this panel was even necessary, and the first answer was no. Women are now included in general panels, so […]

The first question at the Women in Comics panel was whether this panel was even necessary, and the first answer was no. Women are now included in general panels, so the need to single them out is disappearing. Unfortunately, the convention had a different answer: the DC panel, held earlier in the day, had advertised a plan to attract women readers through a burgeoning romance between Wonder Woman and Superman. The women’s sketch duel event was advertised as being the “sexiest” and “sassiest” of the weekend – so if women don’t single themselves out, men have made it clear that they’ll do it for us.

Louise Simonson, the most experienced vet at the table, said that she’s noticing many more women these days than when she first started, both reading and making comics, especially once you venture beyond superheroes. Women are a part of comics, so we should feel like we belong in the community, which means being vocal about alienating art or stories. Ellie Pyle, a Marvel editor, believes that a vocal fanbase (like the one currently reading Fearless Defenders) is important, and that calling out misogynist content and creators can bring attention to the issues – it’s the beginning of change.

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