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Facedown in the Mainstream: Dungeons & Dragons,#0

Rogers, Irvine, Di Vito, and Bergting. Years ago, when the Vom Marlowe was but a tot, she played D&D. And before anyone leaps down her throat, she would like to be very firm and forestall complaints from all and sundry gameboys. Yes, it was D&D. Not AD&D. Played from a skimpy pamphlet and some funny […]

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Face Down In the Mainstream: What if? Astonishing X-Men is Astonishingly Good

What if Ord Resurrected Jean Grey instead of Colossus?  Written by Jim McCann, Art by David Yardin, Ibraim Roberson, and Kai Spannuth.  February 2010 One-shot.  (It contains two other stories, but I don’t care one way or another about them, so I’m leaving them out.) I admit that I didn’t read the story about Ord […]

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Why do I do this to myself? the Brave & the Bold #33

Wonder*Woman, Zatanna, and Batgirl J. Michael Straczynski & Cliff Chang It looked good on the stand in the Borders, I swear.  Three female superheroes, linked arm in arm, strolling over a bunch of fallen villains (including a monkey with a ray gun!).  How could I go wrong? Well, to start off with, Wonder Woman makes […]

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Face Down in the Mainstream, Illustrated Edition

This is my first Face Down in the Mainstream post here at our new home, and I assume there are some new readers.  This column chronicles my attempts to find a mainstream comic to read and enjoy.  Said comic must be currently running, not an older trade, and ideally focus on female superheroes, although I’m […]

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Face Down in the Mainstream: Astonishing X-Men, Grumpy Vom is Grumpy

Astonishing X-Men #30 by Ellis, Bianchi, et al. I picked this up because the art looked cool. And, you know, the art is cool. The inks are interesting, with washes as well as lines and a very grimy palette of off green and brown and blue. The anatomy is well-done overall. The facial expressions, while […]

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Face Down in the Mainstream: Spider-man!

Marvel Adventures Spider-man (ISSN: 1548-5056) #55Tobin, Camagni, and Sotocolor Geekery question: The title page lists Jacopo Camagni as pencils, but doesn’t list any further artists besides Sotocolor for color. Does anyone know who does the inks? Is it Camagni? I admit, I’m a little leery of Spider-man comics. Between the truly terrifying Spider-man lip glosses […]

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Face Down In The Mainstream: Supergirl

Supergirl #44 October 2009 Gates, Igle, Sibal In my relentless quest to find interesting and readable mainstream comics that have female characters in plots that don’t make me reel back in horror, I picked up Supergirl. Oddly, I thought that since the comic was named after her, it would feature her character. Just goes to […]

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