CV's Roundtable User Discussion 023 - "2011 in Review": Part 1

Greetings Comic Vine! Welcome to the Comic Vine Roundtable User Discussion. What is that, you ask? This the most wonderful place on earth where wishes and dreams come true-- ahem, sorry I was confusing this with my other job...

Well you see, a couple of CV users virtually met up to talk comic books and other comic-related topics. That conversation has been posted here for you guys to see, read and enjoy. Be sure to comment below where you can submit your own opinions after reading ours. Also, go back and read our past conversations (Here) and share your thoughts. Even if you disagree with us, we like comments.

Part 1 (of 3)

My name is Geo but my internet pseudonym is sora_thekey. I am going to be moderating this discussion and adding some insight along the way as I talk to the users who are sitting around this imaginary roundtable. Please welcome back xerox-kitty (X-k), The Dark Huntress (DH), danhimself (Dan) and jordama (Jor). Please say hi my royal subjects-- I mean, friends.

X-k: Happy New Year! It's nice to have Geo back in the driving seat, welcome back amigo! :)

Dan: danhimself here and I just lost 700 million dollars on DC Universe Online so I'm not very happy right now....maybe a Roundtable will cheer me up!

DH: DH here, happy to have the Roundtables back and active in the New Year :D

Jor: Hey y'all your fav X-Spert here, after X-k, and DH ofcourse ;)

Welcome everybody! Usually I would ask for an update of your comic book-life but since this is a special (and probably long) Roundtable Discussion we are going to skip this part of the regular scheduled programming and jump in on today's topic.

We are now in 2012! New year and closer to imminent death this December (according to the Mayans). Now that 2011 is behind us I say we put our year under the microscope and review what we liked and didn't like about last year... comic book-wise! :)

To end on a high note how 'bout we begin with what we didn't like.

Q1: Was there a comic book or other comic book-related property (movies, video games, book adaptations, etc.) that you would like to forget?

Dan: Off the top of my head I can't really think of anything that I'd like to forget. Honestly this was a really great year for comic book-related properties. We had a couple of great Marvel movies, some great animated series, and one great live action series.

Art by CV user crestfallen

DH: As far as I'm concerned, Catwoman had absolutely no relation to comic books.

You didn't like Anne Hathaway in the TDKR trailer?? Gasp! How could you! ;)

DH: I see what you did there ;) I've actually always been one of the people who believed she had the acting chops and sex appeal to pull that role off. And judging by the trailer, I wasn't wrong.


For me it has to be the first hour and a half of Transformers 3. Why would I care that Witwicky can't get a job and his fake British-accent girlfriend can?! Ugh!

X-k: Oh God, I second that! [Rosie Huntington-Whitley] was annoying, and the film was bloody awful. I'd repressed the memory of it... and I have to start from scratch again!

I'm sorry that I brought back that repressed memory but MAN! Did this movie bother the heck out of me!

Generation Hope #9

Jor: OH MY GOD I WOULD BURN GEN HOPE #9! Pathetic attempt to make an it gets better comic that failed so hard in my book. Pure exploitative garbage. They should have rereleased New Mutants 45, Larry Bodine completely trumps Zeeshan.

X-k: REALLY!?! Wow, I NEVER thought I'd hear you say that about Generation Hope! That was your favourite title! Now I'm even more glad I gave up on that title... but I'm also really sorry for you :(

I thought you were all about Generation Hope?!

Jor: I am, I love GenHope, I consider myself the gen hope expert, but that story was so bad. I even wrote a blog about how much that story failed in comparison to another mutant teen suicide story from the 80's.

Are you telling me that I should continue to read Gen Hope then?

Jor: I vote yes. I think that the books that have a focus on the younger mutants always have a rougher start. New X-Men was kind of bland until half way through. I think that this book has a lot of potential, but the irony is that I am giving up comics for a while, including GenHope. If you ask XK, she will tell you to run from the book however.

Q2: What is easily forgettable about last year?

X-k: Ummm... Sorry, I forgot!

War of the Green Lanterns

DH: War of the Green Lanterns. Other than the death of that one character, I really don't see how it changed the status quo of anything at all.

Jor: The fact that Astonishing X-Men existed?

Wasn't that the series that had... um.

Fear Itself

Dan: I think for me it would be Fear Itself. I think it was a great idea but poorly executed.

Ugh! Fear Itself's The Mighty!... That was such a bad idea!

The major marvel heroes become Tron-looking, Asgard warriors just for the effect to last one issue. (I didn't read Fear Itself but they made way to big a deal about this just for it to last so little.)

Q3: Specifically talking about comics, which do you think was the worst comic book of 2011?

Generation Hope #5

X-k: I'm torn on the 'worst' title. My feelings for Uncanny X-Men haven't changed with the hand-over from Matt Fraction to Kieron Gillen. Yet I genuinely felt angry, ripped off and pissed off at myself for buying Generation Hope issue #5. I had been vastly disappointed with the first 4 issues, and don't know why I didn't just drop it there. Yet the story in issue 5 was even worse that I was so angry... and yet that didn't anger me to write a scathing review as I did for Schism #1. It very nearly killed all my faith & love for the X-Men.

X-Men: Schism

Did you not like Schism then?

X-k: I can not begin to express how bad it was. At least not in polite conversation. I had to pile up several good stories to read afterwards, just so it wouldn't ruin the rest of my day!

And yet... I have Schism to thank for a surprise little gem that spun-off from it at the end of the year.

Wow... I totally didn't expect that reaction from you! I enjoyed the book for the most part but I guess what I liked the most out of the book was the outcomes.

Jor: I will have to say Uncanny X-Men. Not because it was so terrible, but because it was supposed to be the main X-Men book but it was easily outclassed by so many other X-Titles.

I actually agree with this. Last year the main X-Men title seemed to be Adjective-less X-Men and X-Men: Legacy rather than Uncanny. Oh, and of course Uncanny X-Force.

Dan: Again Fear Itself stood out to me as a real stinker. Tons of tie-in's with poor, forgettable stories.

I didn't read more than two issues of Fear Itself so I can agree with Dan here. Two issues into the event and nothing happened!

Ultimate Spider-Man

DH: This is a tough one for me. There are some that I simply refuse to read (Pretty much anything that Brian Michael Bendis and JR JR touch) simply on principle. However, I did read the first issue of Hawk & Dove and it was simply atrocious.

Does this mean that you don't read Ultimate Spider-Man?

DH: I've actually read the first three issues of the current one with Miles. I'll read his Ultimate stuff and his imprint stuff like Scarlet. Basically, when he's not destroying the continuity and characterization of previously established characters, I'm okay with him.

Q4: Specifically talking about other comic book-related productions, what was the worst to come out of last year?

Green Lantern Movie

Dan: Worst? That's a hard one because like I said this year was really good for comic book-related properties. I guess I'll have to go with the Thor movie. It's not like it was a bad movie but out of everything it's the lowest on my list.

X-k: Not for me. Unfortunately I didn't get out to the cinema as much as I'd hoped last yer. Although that may be a good thing, from the reviews of Green Lantern. And I was really looking forward to seeing it.

DH: Green Lantern, it was just...ugh. Pretty terrible.

I have yet to watch Green Lantern!

Dan: Oh man I had completely forgotten about Green Lantern....hehe..mission accomplished then.

Thor Movie

Just a suggestion dan. Don't ever talk that about the Thor movie that way in front of xerox-kitty... She'll probably pummel you with one of the leftover Fear Itself Serpent hammers.

Dan: Well see I wrote that before I realized that I had forgot about forgetting Green Lantern. I actually really enjoyed Thor it just wasn't as good as Captain America. *hides from XK under the desk*


Oh I've got a good one. The Smallville finale. The episode itself was not bad. I actually thought it was a fitting ending, but it was a disappointing when >SPOILERS< you only got glimpses of Tom Welling wearing the Superman suit. You literally don't get to see him wear the costume!


Jor: All the toys that were cheaply made for the many comic movies. I saw a whole Isle of cheap Captain America masks and Thor hammers.

Thanks for bringing up something that we didn't before. I do have to admit that in the Wal Mart aisles I played with the toy Mjolnrs :P

Jor: I did too ;)

Now, lets move away from negativity. Before we talk about the good from last year I want to get your opinions on a few things...

Q5: Last year hosted comic book events like Flashpoint, Fear Itself, Spider-Island and Artifacts what did you think of these or any other cb event I didn't mention?

X-k: They just went on forever! And why were Marvel & DC competing to see who could pimp out as many tie-ins, spin-offs and mini-series as possible? I understand it's their business to sell comics, but haven't they noticed the financial problems everyone's having?

Age of X

I'm sorry, I shouldn't be so negative, but Fear Itself & Flashpoint were just cash cows. Fleecing fans for all they could get. But not all cross-overs were mass-produced nightmares. I really passionately enjoyed Mike Carey's Age of X and Dan Slott's Spider-Island. I still have those piled neatly within easy reach in case I need quality spandex stories, stat!


Age of X one of my favorites of last year! I didn't read most of the events last year but I think Schism and Spider-Island were my top favorite. Both events set up characters and stories I am now enjoying a lot.

Dan: Flashpoint was ok. For what they were doing it could have been a heck of a lot better and more thought out. Like I said above Fear Itself is better left forgotten. I loved Spider-Island, just plain loved it!!

X-k: And it was surrounded by great limited series like Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger, I Love New York, and Deadly Hands Of Kung-Fu. It's so rare to get a cross-over event with quality tie-ins!

Dan: Artifacts was another ok story. The delays are what really hurt it though. The story itself was great and if you get a chance you should read the 13 issues back to back now that they're all out.

Top Cow's Artifacts

I read Artifacts' first four issues and I have to say I enjoyed them a lot. Especially since that TPB I bought (Artifacts Vol. 1) was the first time I ever read a Top Cow book. The creators made it really easy for new readers, like me, to jump in.

DH: I AM SO DAMN TIRED OF EVENTS. Prepare for a DH rant here. I understand that events are big sellers and that Marvel said during one of the Cons that they look at sales figures from them and continue to put them out because people continue to buy them. But I am beyond the point of oversaturated at this point. It's just absurd. There's an event literally every other month and they're all starting to lose impact. When the fate of the entire world is threatened on a constant basis and people continuously sacrifice themselves only be resurrected (or we find out they were never dead to begin with, which seems to be the new rage), I stop getting invested - both emotionally and financially. I'm just so done with it. Marvel could do to take a page out of DC's book when it comes to events. And they could also learn to keep their word. For example, at the beginning of the AvX solicits and teasers, we were told that all they were releasing was the 12 issues. Next we're told that hey, if you want to see more in depth stuff on the battles, buy AvX: VS. And in yesterday's news was the release of tie-in issues in New Avengers. What the hell, Marvel? Give me a goddamn break, please.

I guess you are doing the right thing here by not buying the issues. This way you are not supporting something you don't like.

X-k: Oh dear, I'd forgotten about AvX. It's all the usual pre-event hype, with more hints at the return of Phoenix, and that hideously clichéd comic book concept; super heroes fighting super heroes. Didn't we have enough of that in Civil War?? I can already see the endless amount of tie-ins and spin-offs that will have absolutely no impact on the status quo of the regular titles in 5 months time. Needless to say, I wont be hitting my bank account to collect all of those!

Jor: I agree with X-K and DH about the over whelming amount of events and tie-ins. None of them really made me excited, even AoX was meh.


There is so much 2011 to cover that it doesn't even fit in one RT! Be sure to come back to read "2011 in Review" Part 2 (of 3).


-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey


Recent Drawings: Chibi New 52 Trinity w/ New DC Logo [UPDATED]

DC Comics and DC Entertainment has been going through a lot of changes lately. The most recent update it the company's New, Modern Logo. To be honest I'm not to fond of the corporation-looking logo but I guess we should embrace change just like we had to with DC's New 52. Last night, while listening to last week's podcast G-Man mentioned the new logo that I tweeted to him. Listening to the CV crew talk about it gave me an idea for a drawing.

It seems like the sticker over the C that makes the D (that wasn't an English class) makes the perfect situation for someone to be pulling on it. First person I thought of was Superman... Of course Superman alone would be boring, so why not draw DC's Trinity in there? What would make this better? Chibis!

I would also like to add that that I looked over the internet and found NO New 52 Chibi drawings in there... So I take credit in being the first to draw Chibi New 52: Trinity! :P


The amazing payno colored it:

Thank you

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey


Recent Drawings: Nico Minoru

While I was navigating the internet an add at the right end of my screen showed up for "goth fashion". An Asian girl with a really interesting dress was on the add. When I saw it I thought that the outfit would probably be something that Nico from the Runaways would wear.

That of course led me to drawing what you see here. I used that same dress as a reference and drew Nico wearing it. This is a nice change of pace for me... Most of the characters I draw have a set costume or outfit that you draw them in. With characters like the Runaways you can pretty much draw them in any clothes you want to. This one was fun to draw!

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey


Recent Drawings: Exiles

Originally drawn for the 85th Artist Show-Off Showdown. While I did finish the piece before the deadline I didn't get a hold of a scanner until today...The rules of the contest was that you could draw six or less members of the Exiles. I'm not very good at drawing more than one character on a page. Usually, some of the characters will look better than the rest. This time I decided to go with three: Morph, Blink and Spider-Man 2099.

Originally the drawing included Nocturne and Mimic but after the first three I couldn't find a good way to add the other two... Well, let me know what you think.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey


Recent Drawings: New 52 - Red Robin

A lot of people (not from the site) complain about my drawings mostly being girls. Can you blame me? Either way, one day someone told me I should draw a male character. I went through the Comic Vine database trying to find a guy I wanted to draw... I decided on Red Robin in his New 52 outfit.

Of course, I am always trying to challenge myself so I went through tons of panels drawn by Brett Booth in the new Teen Titans book and reference images from Marvel's Falcon. In the end I came up with what you see here:

Hopefully you all like it!

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey


Future History 101 w/ Headmistress Kitty Pryde via Twitter!

Wolverine and the X-Men #4

Marvel has taken the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning experience to a whole new level by allowing readers to audit classes via Twitter:

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a student at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning? To learn from Kitty Pryde, pass notes with Rockslide and have Wolverine as your headmaster? Well wonder no more!
On Wednesday, January 11 at 2:00 PM EST, you can log on to Twitter and grab a seat for Future History 101, directly from the page of WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #4! Join Kid Omega, Idie, Rockslide, Anole, Broo, Kid Gladiator and in a class taught by Headmistress Kitty Pryde with special guest lecturer Deathlok!
All you have to do is sign on to Twitter and be sure to follow @JeanGreySchool, @JGSHeadmistress, @DeathlokL17, @GenesisHero, @KidGladiator1, @QQuire, @idie_okonkwo, @_Broodling_, @SANTORULES and @_Anole_. You can also keep track by tracking and using the #WXM hashtag. Then be sure you've got your pencils sharpened and ties on straight because class starts at 2:00 PM EST sharp on Wednesday, January 11!
Don't miss this opportunity to attend the prestigious Jean Grey School! And remember: Headmaster Wolverine will be watching!

I "audited" the class and decided to share the events with all of you here wrapped up into a nice blog:

@JeanGreySchoolATTENTION STUDENTS (both local and all over the world) FUTURE HISTORY CLASS IS ABOUT TO BEGIN!
@KidGladiator1Why does Kid Gladiator need a class to teach him about the future? I know my future. It involves punching.
@_Broodling_Gah! There's the bell. I hope the seat next to idie_okonkwo is still free.
@idie_okonkwo_Broodling_ The one behind me is.
@JGSHeadmistressGood afternoon and welcome to FUTURE HISTORY 101. A special welcome to those follwing along on Twitter. Today's class is going to be a little different than usual. But before we get into that, roll call! Anole?
@_Anole_Here, JGSHeadmistress!
@SANTOSRULESIn the flesh!
@idie_okonkwoHere, JGSHeadmistress.
@JGSHeadmistressQuentin? QUENTIN!
@QQuirePresent. Against my better judgment.
@JGSHeadmistressNo you may not, KidGladiator1. Broo?
@_Broodling_Present and eager to begin learning, Headmistress Pryde!
@SANTOSRULES_anole_ Still can't believe they let a Brood in here.
@_Anole_SANTORULES Racist.
@idie_okonkwoSANTORULES You know he follows your twitter, right?
@JGSHeadmistressAll right, class. Settle down.
@DeathlockL17Is it just this unit or is this a rather frightening collection of children?
@JGSHeadmistressWe have a new student with us today. Let’s all say hello to GenesisHero.
@GenesisHeroHello. You can call me Evan.
@SANTOSRULESUm… is it just me or does he totally look like Apocalypse?
@_Anole_No, it’s not just you.
@KidGladiator1Terrific. We have added a pale-faced frail looking new student to the mix. Exactly what this school needed more of.
@SANTOSRULESKidGladiator1 Maybe you two can go tanning.
@_Anole_SANTORULES KidGladiator1 I'ma tag along. No reason.
@KidGladiator1SANTORULES You look like something we would eat for breakfast on the Shi'ar homeworld.
@_Broodling_Ms Pryde, if I may, I would just like to take this opportunity to personally welcome Genesis. I hope he finds these surroundings as intellectually stimulating as I have.
@JGSHeadmistressWhy thank you, _Broodling_ .
@QQuireHmph. Knew Brood were good at eating people’s asses. Didn’t realize they were so good at kissing them, too.
@_Broodling_I recognize your attempts at good natured ribbing, friend Quentin, and may I just say, I appreciate the sentiment.
@QQuireWhen the revolution comes, you’ll be first against the wall, Sleazy.
@_Broodling_Why thank you, that sounds like a tremendous honor!
@QQuire_Broodling_ Although Kitty's looking good in that sweater...maybe you're smarter than you look.
@_Broodling_QQuire I cannot tell you how excited I am to be the recipient of your mutant humor! WXM
@JGSHeadmistressAll right, keep it down back there. And let’s open our books to chapter three
@KidGladiator1You, GenesisHero. Frail one. What are your powers?
@GenesisHeroWell, my uncle tells me I can do anything I set my mind to.
@KidGladiator1Your uncle sounds like an idiot.
@SANTOSRULESQQuire FOR REAL! Is it just me or do... parts... look bigger today?
@GenesisHeroWhat? Why would you say such a thing?
@QQuireKidGladiator1 Burn. SANTORULES I've got a chart tracking their daily status. A very detailed chart.
@SANTOSRULESKidGladiator1 SO DO I! LET'S COMPARE!! QQuire Ooops! Meant that last one to you, Q.
@KidGladiator1The standards at this school are abysmal! At a Shi'ar academy, someone this weak and puny would have never been permitted inside. Let alone allowed to consort with warriors such as myself! Instead his parents, if they were honorable, would have set him adrift on an asteroid as an infant and left him to rot among the stars!
@SANTOSRULESKidGladiator1 HEY! If the She-Ra Academy is so good, why don't you go back there? WXM
@GenesisHeroI don’t understand. Did I do something wrong?
@idie_okonkwoIt’s okay, GenesisHero. Don’t let them bother you. We’re all devils and monsters here. Same as you.
@GenesisHeroI don’t think I like this place.
@idie_okonkwoWhoops I forgot to put a smiley face. I am smiling! It's OK that I am a devil!
@JGSHeadmistressAll right. Can the chit-chat. Don’t make me turn your vocal chords intangible.
@KidGladiator1It's not too late. I could find us an asteroid real fast.
@JGSHeadmistressWe have a special guest lecturer today, a friend of our headmaster’s. So let’s all give our undivided attention to Mr…. um… Mr. DeathlokL17 .
@SANTOSRULES_Anole_ WOAH! CYBORG DUDE! Or android? What's the difference again?
@QQuireSANTORULES Cyborg, obvi.
@_Anole_idie_okonkwo Gurl, I love your weave today.
@idie_okonkwo_Anole_ I don't know what that is.
@DeathlockL17Greetings, mutant youngsters. I am Deathlok Unit L17, manufactured by Roxxon in the year 2030. I have come to talk to you today about the future. The future is a violent and terrible place. Know that at least 43.897% of you will die before reaching adulthood.
@JGSHeadmistressAll right, well…that’s an awfully specific percentage but obviously no one can predict the future so exactly
@DeathlockL17Correction. This unit is equipped with tachyon probability generators... And thus can calculate exact statistical forecasts for all possible future timelines. For example...
@JGSHeadmistressOkay, I really don’t think we should get so specific with the students
@DeathlockL17idie_okonkwo There is a 34.7% chance you will live to become leader of the X-Men. And a 39.7% chance you will die in the next six weeks at the hands of the adolescent Hellfire Club.
@idie_okonkwoCan you tell if I go to hell or not?
@JGSHeadmistressidie_okonkwo I'm sure the other 20-something percent is great! Now hold on there, DeathlokL17
@DeathlockL17QQuire 38.9% chance you are expelled within the year. 67.3% chance you first burn this entire school to the ground.
@QQuireSounds about right to me.
@QQuireJGSHeadmistress DeathlokL17 I've already had them. Haven't you read my latest incident report?
@_Broodling_DeathlokL17 Would it be possible to predict the likelihood ofidie_okonkwo and myself being joined in matrimony?
@DeathlockL17KidGladiator1, Son of Gladiator, Prince of the Shi’ar. 45.4% chance you will one day fight valiantly alongside the Avengers. 46.8% chance that you will one day fight against them.
@KidGladiator1HA! I'll take it either way!
@JGSHeadmistressKidGladiator1 WATCH THAT DESK! That comes out of my salary! DeathlokL17 HEY CY-JERK!
@DeathlockL17_Broodling_, son of Brood. 22.3% chance that in the next three years you will discover a cure for cancer.
@_Broodling_Well that is rather… fascinating.
@DeathlockL1734.7% chance that during that same time, you will murder and consume at least four of your classmates.
@JGSHeadmistressDeathlokL17 That one does sound about, WAIT, KITTY REMEMBER YOU'RE A TEACHER NOW! He's wrong _Broodling_
@_Broodling_JGSHeadmistress It's all right, Ms Pryde. I'm quite confident I can suppress my biological urge to devour and impregnate my classmates.
@DeathlockL17(I can also tell you which four.)
@QQuireHa! This is great. Finally a class worth staying awake for.
@idie_okonkwo_Broodling_ That is nice for you, Broo. Perhaps people will forgive you for being a man-eating creature
@QQuireWho’s next?
@GenesisHeroJGSHeadmistress, I don't understand. Does this happen every class?
@DeathlockL17<Internal note: Lecture seems to be going quite well. Children appear to be finding it informative.>
@QQuireDeathlokL17 Dude, I can't believe you're friends with Wolverine! This is the best!
@DeathlockL17Next, GenesisHero...
@DeathlockL17<Tabulating possible futures... Tabulating...> <Fire in the sky... burning... this unit... disabled... dying... X-Men... bleeding...> <Conclusion: That child will kill us all.> This concludes the lecture.
@JGSHeadmistressYou got THAT, right. No more prognosticating on the death and dismemberment of the students.Thank you for coming, DeathlokL17 Don't let the door hit you...
@_Anole_Wait! Do I ever make it to BROADWAY?!!
@JGSHeadmistressI think we've had JUST about enough of class today. DISMISSED! Go to your next period, everyone!
@KidGladiator1That was just beginning to get interesting.
@QQuireLame. Laters, suckers.
@JGSHeadmistressGet out of here, everybody. I'm off to the Headmaster's office to talk about hiring ones friends!
@JeanGreySchoolThis concludes today's LiveTweet of FUTURE HISTORY 101. Thank you all for attending!
@DeathlockL17<Internal note: remove "guest-lecturer" from official resume.>

Hahaha! I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I did... (Note: How I understand it, all of this ties into Wolverine and the X-Men #4)

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey

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Recent Drawings: Batgirl: "Un-Killing the Joke"

DC Comics' New 52 brought a lot changes but one that had a huge impact was bringing Barbara Gordon back to the super hero field.. Any Barbara Gordon fan has to agree that the her best stories were told wen she was Oracle but by making her Batgirl this might seem like a step back to a lot of people. Right now it might be too early to tell if her new status quo will bring stories as good as when she was Oracle but for now lets accept the fact that Babs is back under the cowl.

In the New 52 universe Babs was once tied down to a wheelchair but she is now free to use her legs and fight Gotham's crime once again. Gail Simone has showcased this new Batgirl as somewhat careless in her delicate state, but who wouldn't run, jump and more the moment you regain use of your legs?

There is a satisfaction to not be tied down anymore and it shows. I wanted to show that satisfaction in my drawing and I tried to convey that. Let me know how I did:

PS. This was originally made for Artist Show-Off Showdown #81 but I didn't have a scanner 'till now.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey


Recent Drawings: Chibi Spider-Man & Chibi Deadpool's Photo Opp

I love drawing chibis!

Chibi (According to Smaller form of any existing character, meant to look cute. Usually has irregular proportions, with a big head and tiny limbs.

What is there to say about this drawing? Well, I wanted to draw a chibi Deadpool and came up with the idea of hanging him upside down to take a picture with Spider-Man. If the image seems familiar it might be because it is similar to a cover made by Skottie Young

Of course, I would like to clarify that the cover to Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #59 was not the influence to my drawing. I thought of it all on my own and noticed the cover later on.

I guess great minds think alike!

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey


Recent Drawings: Jean Grey: Emma Frost's Dismay

Usually when the two leading ladies of the X-Men, Emma Frost and Jean Grey, are pitted against each other, the White Queen is quickly labeled as the villain. It's understandable since she was once a villain and she did terrible stuff against the team of mutants she now calls home. Still, people forget that although Jean was once the sweet and innocent Marvel Girl, the first X-Woman has done her share of damage to the X-Men as Phoenix.

Both ladies have been on both sides of the battle field and both ladies seem to hold a rivalry that will hold for a very long time. Even now that one of them is "gone" the other still fights for trust and attention. Cyclops and Wolverine have both put their trust on Emma like they once did on Jean and the rest of the X-Men have allowed to be led by this queen, even if they are not too keen on her presence. Anyways, it always seems like between Emma and Jean, Jean is always the victim but what about Emma? I know I shouldn't be defending the cold woman since I was one of the many people who "boo-ed her off the stage" when she and Scott began dating. Yet she has been able to grow on me.

If we think about it, Emma is the one who suffers more hardship because she lives under the shadow of a great woman. Which is why I came up with the drawing below:

Tell me what you think! Is it strange to see Emma be the vulnerable one while Jean takes the credit for the villain?

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey


Recent Drawings: Scarlet Witch: "Alas, poor Vision! I knew him"


Okay, I sometimes become a literature-nut... Just a warning.

I like to read, I guess we all do otherwise why would we spend time on comic books, and while my Shakespearean knowledge is limited I do know of some Hamlet. Of course, one of the most famous quotes from this play is the following:

First Clown: A pestilence on him for a mad rogue! 'a pour'd a flagon of Rhenish on my head once. This same skull, sir, was, sir, Yorick's skull, the King's jester.
Hamlet: This? [Takes the skull]
First Clown: E'en that.
Hamlet: Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath bore me on his back a thousand times, and now how abhorr'd in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it.

This scene in the play focuses on what starts to be a series of jokes against clowns. That is until the skull of the king's court jester is dug up bringing Prince Hamlet to the sour conclusion that all living things die. Making the morbid jokes cease and philosophical aspect of decay surround the scene. This is where the famous line: "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio" (sometimes misquoted: "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well") comes from.

After this Shakespeare lesson I would like to present you to my parody of this scene. I mentioned before that most of the time, when I don't know what or who to draw I resort to drawing Gwen Stacy, Disney’s Ariel (The Little Mermaid) or the Scarlet Witch. Once again in this case I drew Scarlet Witch:

It's not my best work, I know but I do hope you guys liked my little parody of the scene with one of the best couples in comics that is presently separated by death (or Stature if she counts).

PS. Drew this back in April but I forgot I had which is why I'm just now posting it.

-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey