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Ask Chris #162: Teenagers With Attitude

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Q: As something that's seems so dated after 20 years, how does Power Rangers hold up as a superhero show? -- @prograpslady

 

A: In case you missed it, last Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Well, in America, anyway -- Kyoru Sentai Zyuranger hit that mark last year in Japan, and it was the 16th season of Super Sentai when it started -- but still, it's a pretty big milestone. And between me and Caleb Goellner, who loves Power Rangers like the rest of you love oxygen, there was plenty of excitement here at ComicsAlliance when the big day rolled around.

As for how it holds up, well, I'll be the first to admit that a lot of it doesn't. At all. But even when that's the case, it's still absolutely fascinating.

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Ask Chris #161: Clash of the Titans

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Q: How much better is the original Teen Titans series than the New Teen Titans? -- @boxofmillipedes

A: You know, Millie, it's funny. New Teen Titans is a book that hits every single checkmark of something I should like. I love teenage superheroes, I'm a sucker for weird team-ups involving goofy combinations like half-demons, half-robots and full-on alien princesses, and Robin and Wally West are two of my all-time favorite characters. Throw those things together in a book by the dude who wrote Tomb of Dracula and the artist who would go on to draw my favorite run of Avengers? That oughtta be a slam dunk, but every single time I read it, it feels like homework.

Folks, it's been thirty years. Maybe it's time we all come together and just admit that New Teen Titans was not that great.

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Ask Chris #160: Gettin’ Older

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Q: Does it ever bug you that comics characters don't age in any significant manner? --@sackobooks

A: I'm not gonna lie to you, Sacko: The first time I looked at this question, I dismissed it almost immediately, because to me, the answer seems pretty obvious. I mean, I am a guy whose career is defined by being super into a guy who's been in his early thirties for the past 74 years, so it's clearly not that big an issue. But then I got to talking to Matt Wilson about it, and he made me realize that there's actually a lot there to talk about.

After all, some characters do age. But do they need to?

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Ask Chris #159: The Superman/Batman Movie Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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Q: If the Superman/Batman movie has to happen, what would you want it to be about? -- @jordannwitt

A: I've gotten this question more than a few times over the past few years, but after the announcement at this year's San Diego Comic-Con that the people behind Man of Steel were actually going through with it after years of teasing the idea (and ComicsAlliance's tendency to send me into the theater whether I want to go or not), it looks like it's an inevitability that we're all going to have to face. I was just having a conversation with Chad Bowers about this the other day, and between the two of us, I think we may have actually figured out how to do something that I'd really like to see.

I mean, don't get me wrong: I'm pretty sure literally everyone else in the entire world would hate it, but, you know, that's how it goes sometimes.

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Ask Chris #158: The Mightiest Menace Of All!

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Q: What were those Marvel Godzilla comics like? Are they still in continuity? --@ykarps

A: Well, this'll be an easy one: Yes they are, and they are f**king awesome.

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Ask Chris #157: Temporary Misinformation

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Q: Is there a creator or character you initially disliked before later becoming a fan? If so, what turned it around? -- @MASolko

A: If you've read this column before -- or, let's be honest here, if you've even just kind of glanced at it before clicking on something else -- you're probably already aware that I'm a person with some pretty strong opinions that I form quickly and then stand by against all arguments to the contrary. This is obviously the best way to have feelings, but I'll admit that my rush to judgment has occasionally led me to be...

...temporarily misinformed.

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Ask Chris #156: KILL-DERBY!

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Q: Wait, what's this I hear about Captain America in a roller derby? Did that really happen? -- @RonHogan

A: Like a lot of comics fans, I spent my Independence Day talking to people about my favorite Captain America stories. Before long, this particular issue came up -- mostly because I'm only about five seconds away from talking about Cap and the Falcon battling their way through a roller derby to the death at any given time. It's sort of my go-to topic in case there's a ever a lull in the conversation, which is why I'm always such a hit at parties.

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Ask Chris #155: Closing Time

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Q: What's your favorite final issue of a comic series or run? -- @supergeekmike

A: Back when I was working at the comic book store, my friend Scott once told me that if I really wanted to know what a series was all about, all I had to do was read the first issue and the last issue. Admittedly, this is the same friend who told me that I really ought to start reading Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose, but he had a good point. On those rare occasions in comics where someone can actually build to a last issue, that's where everything about the series can come together. And the results can be pretty great.

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Ask Chris #154: The Super-Bad ’70s

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

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Ask Chris #153: One Superman, Two Superman, Red Superman, Blue Superman

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

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