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Snark Free Corner for 5/7

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Snark Free Corner for 5/7

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

COOL COMIC THINGS

This may sound a bit controversial, but I do not think it should be, but my “cool comic thing” this week is…

REFERENCE BOXES!!!

From a strictly marketing perspective, I think that it is cooler that, when a comic book refers back to something that happened in a past comic book, that the comic should include a little caption saying “See __Comic Title___ #__.”

I think it

A. Gives the reader something to look for

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B. Gives the impression of a rich publishing history – and if that’s the fear (“Wow, this comic is referring to old stuff? That’s lame”), it is not assuaged by including the reference and just not the caption explaining it – how is that any different, really, if that is the fear?

This is not to say that comic books should include references to older comics. Far from it!!

If a comic wishes to not refer back to old stories, then that’s cool by me. I am only saying that when they DO, they should include a reference box stating what issue they’re referring to. I think it was a cool comic thing that we do not see that much of nowadays (I’m cool with the whole “not wanting captions referring to earlier issues in this story,” as that I can see as a legitimately cluttering thing).

What do you folks think?

Do you like reference boxes? Or are you glad they are not used that often nowadays?

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Who is the coolest Green Lantern?

COVER HOMAGE

Here’s how this one works.

I give you a cover, and you have to tell me a comic cover that homages this cover.

You get a cool point for each cover (one cool point per commenter, so one single commenter can’t just blow it all in one fell swoop), with double the cool points for any cover homage from three on (as I can only think of two homages myself, offhand)…

Here’s the twist, though – you cannot use the following covers as choices:

X-Men Annual #10
What If… vol. II #23
X-Men (the 1991 volume) #46
Gen13 #1
Shattered Image #3
X-Men (the 1991 volume)#70
X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1

Oooooh…trickier, eh?

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

1. This character is a scientist.
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2. This character has super-strength.
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3. This character has the same nickname of a member of the X-Men.
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4. This character was once mistaken by Superman for Lois Lane.
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5. This character, while a superheroine in the comics, appeared as a member of the Legion of Doom on the Justice League Unlimited cartoon series.
Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

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