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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 10/22/16

Comics! We love them! And some more of them came out this week. I read a bunch and wrote some reviews, that I hope you’ll enjoy. We’ve got Squirrel Girl, we’ve got Doctor Doom, we’ve got Zephyr and we’ve got the Porcupine, among others. A whole cornucopia of fun comics!

Comic Book of the Week goes to Astonishing Ant-Man #13, the final issue of this wonderful series. It’s not the highest rated comic this week, and it still kind of annoys me with how poorly writer Nick Spencer handles his courtroom scenes, but gorram does this creative team have a lot of fun with their final issue.

It's like reading a movie!

It’s like reading a movie!

Meanwhile, The Mighty Thor gave us the origin of Mjolnir! It’s really neat, but I decided to pass on reviewing the issue. Jason Aaron writes some great side stories.

Comic Reviews: Astonishing Ant-Man #13, Faith #4, Harley Quinn #6, Infamous Iron Man #1, Nightwing #7, Spider-Woman #12 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 9/17/16

Brace yourselves, people, this week is a wild one. What will be the fate of Tim Drake? Dare we keep reading and find out? Robin is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters, and Tim Drake is my favorite Robin. Can I even stand to read the new issue of Detective Comics?

You’re gosh darn right I am! It wins Comic Book of the Week for a blowout issue, but you’re going to have to keep reading to find out why.

That's right, Tim, drop the word 'Red'

That’s right, Tim, drop the word ‘Red’

This week also saw a large release of a lot of non-Big Two comics that I’m reading. So even though DC Comics had a few other treats this week, I’ve decided to forgo them all and focus on some indie darlings like Faith and Kaijumax! This week’s reviews feature four different publishers!

Comic Reviews: Detective Comics #940, Faith #3, Kaijumax #4, Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #4, and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers — Pink #3.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/30/16

We’re still tepidly awaiting the reveal of the new DC Rebirth here in Comic Book Land. Will it be a complete reboot like the New 52? Or just a relaunch like Marvel’s Post-Secret Wars plans? Your guess is as good as mine! I’m just gonna keep reading and enjoying myself.

One comic that I know will never let you down is my own, Gamer Girl & Vixen! We’re gearing up for another Kickstarter soon, so if you missed out on getting the comic the first time, we’re going to go bigger and better soon! I’ll try not to talk your ears off too much about it.

Until then, let’s enjoy new issues of the Avengers, Spider-Woman, We Are Robin and more! This week finally saw the release of Faith #1 from Valiant Comics, which I was excited about, but which didn’t live up to the hype. Fortunately, the new issue of Grayson steals the show with one of the best non-Squirrel Girl jokes I’ve read in awhile.

Wait for it…

Consider that Comic Book of the Week material!

Also, for anybody tuning in for my ongoing coverage of Saga, I decided not to review the new issue because not a whole lot happens. Brian Vaughn kind of just moved a few pieces around the board. Not a big deal.

Comic Reviews: All-New, All-Different Avengers #4, Angela: Queen of Hel #4, Faith #1, Grayson #16, Spider-Woman #3 and We Are Robin #8.

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New Valiant Comic About a Plus-Sized Superheroine is On My List!

A new comic book announcement caught my eye the other day — Zephyr, the first plus-sized superheroine to headline her own comic book. Zephyr is a supporting character at Valiant Comics, and in January, she’s going to start in her own four-issue mini-series called Faith. Zephyr’s secret identity is Faith Herbert, so it checks out.

Let’s hope this doesn’t get confused with “Faith + 1”

I’m all about inclusion and diversity when it comes to comic book superheroes, and this one took me completely by surprise. I’d never heard of the character, but she looks and sounds like a lot of fun. Faith is a geek who loves comics, and bases her superhero career on her favorites. She’s an optimistic, carefree woman who gets a job as a newspaper reporter.

This is kind of starting to sound like my life…

Love this cover

Anyway, Faith will be written by Jody Houser, with art by Francis Portela. You can read an interview with Houser at Comic Book Resources.

I think comic fans always enjoy seeing a fellow geek stepping into the role of the hero, but beyond that, Faith’s confidence and optimism is something that makes her stand out to me. She’s a plus-size woman who loves sci-fi and fantasy and enjoys sex, and is 100% comfortable with that. She has a very clear idea of what a hero should be, and is perfectly fine stepping away from people whose actions run counter to that.

You could say that Faith already has a strong sense of who she is; the real story is seeing just how much she can accomplish and grow.

The series, and the character, sound really cool. Someone remind me in January to pick up this comic!

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