Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Hero Case Files #49: Amethyst

amethystSuperheroes have long been portrayed as a male power fantasy.  The majority of them tend to be male, and who wouldn’t want to be a powerful do-gooder who always saves the day?

So, what would a superhero designed to appeal to young girls look like?  The answer there may be found with Amethyst, the Princess of Gemworld.

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Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Heroes Case Files #28: Madame Xanadu

Look!  It's an iconic hero!
Look! It’s an iconic hero!  No, it’s not Wonder Woman!

Once upon a time, many moons ago, the Gabbing Geeks held their first Watercooler discussion to talk about iconic characters who hadn’t gotten a movie yet or had one in development.  Jenny, for some reason, chose Madame Xanadu.

Now, I don’t know how Jenny defines “iconic”.  I would define it as a character that is so recognizable that even people outside the fan group recognize the character.  Superman is an iconic hero.  So is Batman, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman.  Iron Man probably is thanks to Robert Downey Jr.  Other characters may be recognizable to people who are fans of comics in general, but not necessarily of the character itself.  Aquaman, the Flash, and Captain America probably all fit that group.

But Madame Xanadu?  Well, Jenny had offered to fill in a Misplaced Hero file during my vacation for this character, so Jenny believed that Madame Xanadu is somehow both misplaced and iconic…

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And Now…The Entire Justice League

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Ah, the Justice League.  Keeping Aquaman relevant since 1960.  Ever wonder how many members it has had over the years?  You know, except for Justice League Dark.  Maybe they’d get more respect if they were Justice League After Dark.

Well, someone at DC put the entire roster (except for Justice League Dark) into a quick video.  See it after the cut.

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The New 52 Is Dead. Long Live The…New 49?

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Not to be outdone by whatever Marvel announces on The View today, DC is trying to make waves of their own with huge changes to their entire line of comics in the wake of Convergence.

Up first, RIP New 52 branding.  It hasn’t made sense in a long time and I guess we are back to it simply being the DC universe.  (Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like we’ll be back to the Pre-Flashpoint DCU.  Sniff.)

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