This Week in Panels: Week 137

May 6th, 2012 by | Tags: , , ,

Howdy. Strong week with many thanks to Jody, Gaijin Dan and Was Taters for helping out. While Space Jawa has nothing for me in terms of this week, he did stock me up on some Free Comic Book Day panels for next week’s update. I’ve been busy the past couple days, so I haven’t been able to read too much, but I did have to chuckle at the free Avengers comic Marvel gave out.

It’s a rerelease of the .1 issue they did a year ago, which has yet to have any bearing on Marvel. Some jumping-on point. Anyway, the book featured a subplot of Spider-Woman being kidnapped by some mad scientist types and finding herself in a cell with her wrists cuffed together and her clothes missing. I mean, I guess Bendis has done that before with the full team, but having just a woman tossed into this role is asking for trouble. I don’t go around looking for fan outrage, but considering so many considered it way over-the-line when Bendis had Dr. Doom — the evil mass murderer and dictator — refer to Ms. Marvel as a cow during a rant, I can only imagine the Spider-Woman thing didn’t go over so well. In the Free Comic Book Day release, they alter all the panels from these scenes. Not only is she recolored so that she’s wearing her outfit, but they changed her dialogue so that she’s no longer yelling at the Wizard to give her back her clothes.

I imagine this is either because A) the misogyny outcry backlash, B) more kids are going to be getting these comics, so they should calm down on the cheesecake and/or C) if you want to see Jessica Drew’s skin, you’re going to pay for it, mister!

Like I said, I find the whole thing rather funny. Especially when you look closer at the panels. The Mad Thinker must have decided that Spider-Woman’s costume wings were a major danger and had them removed before putting her in her prison. And also, while her costume was always tight enough to be painted on, that doesn’t stop her feet from looking very non-bootlike. Seeing her curled, yellow toes just looks weird.

Enough about Spider-Woman’s obscured lady bits. Here are some panels.

Action Comics #9
Grant Morrison, Gene Ha, Sholly Fisch and Cully Hamner

Age of Apocalypse #3
David Lapham and Roberto de la Torre

Amazing Spider-Man #685
Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos

Animal Man #9 (Gavin’s pick)
Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh

Animal Man #9 (Jody’s pick)
Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh

Avengers Academy #29
Christos Gage and Tom Grummett

Avengers vs. X-Men #3
Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman and John Romita Jr.

Bakuman #175
Tsugumi Ohba

Batwing #9
Judd Winick and Marcus To

Bleach #488
Tite Kubo

Daredevil #12
Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

Defenders #6
Matt Fraction and Victor Ibanez

Dial H #1
China Mieville and Mateus Santolouco

Earth 2 #1
James Robinson and Nicola Scott

Justice League International #9
Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti

Naruto #488
Masashi Kishimoto

Nura #198
Hiroshi Shiibashi

One Piece #663
Eiichiro Oda

Skeleton Key Color Special
Andi Watson

Stormwatch #9
Peter Milligan and Miguel Sepulveda

Swamp Thing #9 (Jody’s pick)
Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette and Marco Rudy

Swamp Thing #9 (Gavin’s pick)
Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette and Marco Rudy

Ultimate Spider-Man #10
Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez

Venom #17 (Jody’s pick)
Rick Remender, Cullen Bunn and Kev Walker

Venom #17 (Gavin’s pick)
Rick Remender, Cullen Bunn and Kev Walker

Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega #5
Brian Wood, Roland Boschi and Mark Brooks

Worlds’ Finest #1
Paul Levitz, George Perez and Kevin Maguire

On a more serious note, I’m a bit down from hearing about Adam Yauch/MCA dying over the weekend. I don’t have the scope of knowledge on rap that David does, but Beastie Boys is something I grew up with and tended to check in with whenever they had a new album. My brothers were huge into them and a lot of that rubbed off onto me. I think one of the things I remember most fondly of the group is a Criterion DVD they released when DVDs were still a new thing. The two-disc set featured a crapload of their videos where you got to customize it. You can watch different versions of each video while listening to various remixes. Like, for instance, the regular video for Body Movin’ featured a remix of the song and not the version on the album. You can listen to the album track while watching either the regular video or the PG version where the machine guns were replaced with lasers and the like.

But the coolest shit was their video for “Shadrach”.

And no, I don’t mean this exact video. See, as you can tell from watching it, this is a concert performance of theirs with a bunch of live frames painted over to make a surreal, animated piece of brilliance. The DVD allows you to watch this version. It allows you to watch the original, filmed version. More importantly, it allows you to watch both versions at the same time. The paintings overlaid over the live-action. It’s absolutely mind-blowing. I must have watched it dozens of times.

Man, I need to fish out those discs.

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6 comments to “This Week in Panels: Week 137”

  1. Man, it’s been a bad week for deaths of famous people I care about. First legendary Chargers linebacker Junior Seau kills himself and two days later MCA dies from cancer.
    I don’t have anything poignant to say… Just that it sucks.

  2. I see you’re up to the body (heart?) swappery on One Piece. Is Oda playing up the irony that Sanji wanted to keep his manhood during the timeskip, and now he’s Nami?

    Another question: is anybody waiting to see when a right wing nutjob blasts Action Comics for bringing in a black Superman . . . one who’s a President at that?

  3. @Jason: So far, it’s mainly just Sanji going crazy about having Nami’s boobs, literally, right in front of him.

  4. Next year, Jessica Drew will be replaced by a walkie talkie.

  5. Another question: is anybody waiting to see when a right wing nutjob blasts Action Comics for bringing in a black Superman . . . one who’s a President at that?

    It’s comic books. These things are not high profile, especially a ninth issue, and there hasn’t been any hype machine driving the issue (a la Amazing Spider-Man #565 (num?)).

    So, no. It’s a great issue, I really liked it, but call me a pessimist. I don’t think anybody outside the comics-reading-realm cares about this.

  6. @Kevin Tam: I don’t know, they did go nuts over that one Captain America issue with the Tea Party.