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Multiple Man Did Not Really Return…Yet

Awhile ago, we were teased that Multiple Man would return in the pages of Astonishing X-Men #2. I was foolish enough to get my hopes up. The way Astonishing X-Men was being talked up as a big, important book made me think that anything was possible! Why not bring Multiple Man back from the dead after only a year or so? It would be fun!

But nope, he’s not really back.

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He got a costume change after dying

Sorry to burst everybody’s bubble, but the Multiple Man that appears at the very beginning of Astonishing X-Men #2 is just an illusion created by the Shadow King after the X-Men travel to the Astral Plane.

He plays the chorus in a stage play about the X-Men that the Shadow King is putting on.

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He did the thing he’s known for!

That’s about it.

So he’s not back from the dead. Though Rogue does drop a possible hint that there’s still hope.

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Don’t give me hope, Rogue

I think I’m going to hold on to that hope. Just for a little while.

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6 LGBTQ Characters Who Should Get Their Own Comics

Welcome to Flame Con Week! And by that, I mean that I will be attending Flame Con in Brooklyn this weekend and wanted to celebrate! Flame Con is the largest LGBT comic convention on the East Coast, and I will be showing off Gamer Girl & Vixen! It’s our first big convention and we’re super excited. And to celebrate, I wanted to do another LGBTQ focused comic book list!

I’ve already written about my favorite LGBTQ characters and couples. This time, it’s about which of those characters I think deserve their own comic book series! There have been a ton of new LGBTQ comics hitting the stands — and not just Gamer Girl & Vixen. We’ve got Iceman, Midnighter, Harley Quinn and more. I’m excited for all of this diversity and acceptance, and I think a couple other characters could use their own books!

Join me after the jump for the six LGBTQ comic book characters who I think should get their own ongoing comic book!

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 8/12/17

Next week is Flame Con! I’ll tell you all about it when I get home. It’s going to be the big convention debut of Gamer Girl & Vixen, and we are very excited! But we’ve got to wait, and until then, we can read the likes of Detective Comics, Harley Quinn, Squirrel Girl and even Ms. Marvel!

Comic Book of the Week goes to the first issue of writer Tom King’s new Mister Miracle series. This is the issue that everybody is talking about this week, and for damn good reason!

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Can’t argue with that

I’m ready for Secret Empire to be over. These events are way too long. The latest issue is fine. It’s all still fine. But there’s no energy anymore. It doesn’t feel like the story is just going through the motions, per se. It’s more like…clearly this whole thing was orchestrated from on high, like all stories. But rather than really tell the story and the nitty gritty, we’re kind of just strolling through the big moments. We’re not reading this comic so much as it’s being told to us. I hope that explains it.

Comic Reviews: Detective Comics #962, Harley Quinn #25, Hulk #9, Mister Miracle #1, Ms. Marvel #21, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #23.

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Duke Thomas’ New Costume! I Don’t Like It

I try not to get all comic book crotchety too much on this blog. That’s not what I’m about. I’m a happy and positive guy! But I am a big stickler for what becomes of Batman’s sidekicks, and man, DC keeps screwing over Duke Thomas.

Revealed yesterday was his new costume as The Signal, the daytime operative of the Bat-Family. It stinks.

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He’s Batman, but yellow

It’s basically just a modified version of his already Yellow Batman costume. It’s going to debut in Batman & The Signal, which is either an ongoing or a mini-series. It’s coming out soon.

Basically, to reiterate my point, this whole thing sucks. Duke Thomas earned the right to be the new Robin. Nobody will ever remember or care about The Signal. It’s a dumb superhero name and it’s completely forgettable. Whereas Batman & Robin are iconic the world over. Remember know and care about them.

So why not have Duke Thomas make history and be the first black Robin? Is Damian Wayne really still that important as Robin? Why not have him graduate to a new identity and let Duke be Robin. Let Duke have a part of the legacy!

Let Duke Thomas be remembered!

Also, while I’m at it, why wasn’t Harper Row made Robin? Remember Harper Row? Of course not, because DC sidelined her with the unmemorable Bluebird identity and then got rid of her.

Man, I just want a cool Robin again…

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The 6 Best “Lady” Versions of Male Comic Book Characters

We’re looking at a pretty weird topic today! I don’t think anybody needs to be told that female comic book characters and superheroes haven’t exactly had it easy over the past century. For every Wonder Woman, you’ve got half a dozen heroines who are just derivatives of male heroes. Marvel Comics, especially, doesn’t have many original female characters. Their first big female-led movie is about Captain Marvel, herself a derivative of the original male Captain Marvel.

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Like her, but reversed! And based on a dude

I did a previous list trying to draw some attention to this idea by showing how few male derivative heroes there were. And now I’ve seized upon a new topic that seems just as silly! Sometimes, when comic writers want to make a new female character, they just make a female version of a previously male character and attach the word “Lady” in front of it. There are plenty of legitimate “Lady” characters like Lady Shiva or Lady Death.

But sometimes, I guess it’s just easier to do it this way. You’re not going to find any “Lad” male heroes anytime soon. But here are 6 “Lady” characters!

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