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Snark Free Corner for 1/1

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Snark Free Corner for 1/1

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

Enjoy!

Let’s look back at 2006 a bit – snark free style!

COOL COMIC THINGS

One of the many things I love about comics is the “surprise factor.”

And I do not mean the whole “surprising plot” thing, as I personally am not a big fan of surprises in comics, as quite often, when things are surprises in comic book plots, it usually means that the writer is trying something that does not exactly make sense, in the hope of surprising the reader.

No, the comic book surprises that I like are like when a writer like Denise Mina starts on a book like Hellblazer, and does a fabulous job, when I am not expecting anything in particular from her (as I was unfamiliar with her work, and even if I was familiar with her non-comic work, good non-comic work does not necessarily translate into good comic work).

Or rather, someone like CP Smith, whose work I was never a fan of, but he has slowly evolved his style (particularly this year) to the point where he is now an artist that I eagerly await new work from.

Until you open up a comic book, you never really know for sure what the comic book will be like.

You don’t have to be a fan of Geoff Johns to appreciate the coolness of Miss Martian. It was a really neat surprise how cool Miss Martian was.

Probably the neatest surprise of 2006, for me, were the back-ups in Doc Samson by Zeb Wells and Frank Espinosa earlier this year. I was totally unaware of their existence, and man, were they good!

Zeb Wells’ story about the Living Totem were funny, and Espinosa (he draws Rocketo for Image) is just an amazing artist. And to find this awesomeness in a back-up in Doc Samson mini-series?

Talk about awesome surprises!!!

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 one who figures it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Which new title that came out in 2006 do you think was the best?

COVER HOMAGE

Phonogram was a new release in 2006 that I was totally free of snark for.

One cool point to the first person who can tell me which album cover this Phonogram cover is homaging!

WHO IS IT?

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

1. This character has some connection (in some manner) to the Darkstars.
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2. This character was married at one time.
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3. This character is female.
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4. This character joined a new team in 2006.
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5. This character is a defense attorney.

Who is it?

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

Hope you had fun!

Happy New Year!

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