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What I bought – 19 August 2009

“There’s a thousand dollars in there … or maybe there isn’t. Know what I mean?”

Atomic Robo: Shadow From Beyond Time #4 (of 5) (“The Crawling Chaos”) by Brian Clevinger (writer), Scott Wegener (artist), Ronda Pattison (colorist), and Jeff Powell (letterer). Back-up story “The Getaway” by Brian Clevinger (writer), Rick Woodall (artist), Lawrence Basso (colorist), and Jeff Powell (letterer). $3.50, 26 pgs, FC, Red 5 Comics.

Is it Danger Science! as in dangerous science, or Danger! Science! as in Don't touch because it's science?  Either way, it's awesome.

Okay, so I applied the patented Burgas Awesome-O-Meter™ to this comic (the Burgas Awesome-O-Meter™: Gauging how awesome your comics are since 1988!) and here’s what I came up with:

Page 1: 4 awesome things.*
Page 2: 4 awesome things.
Page 3: 0 awesome things.
Page 4: 2 awesome things.†
Page 5: 2 awesome things.
Page 6: 4 awesome things.
Page 7: 4 awesome things.
Page 8: 3 awesome things.
Page 9: 0 awesome things.
Page 10: 4 awesome things.
Page 11: 5 awesome things.
Page 12: 4 awesome things.
Page 13: 4 awesome things.
Page 14: 4 awesome things.
Page 15: 2 awesome things.
Page 16: 1 awesome thing.
Page 17: 4 awesome things.
Page 18: 4 awesome things.
Page 19: 3 awesome things.
Page 20: 1 awesome thing.
Page 21: 4 awesome things.
Page 22: 1 awesome thing.‡
Page 23: 2 awesome things.
Page 24: 2 awesome things.
Page 25: 2 awesome things.
Page 26: 1 awesome thing.

* “Thing” is here defined as a panel, some drawing within a certain panel, or words on the page which may or may not form a conversation. For instance, on page 1, the giant bolt is awesome. The conversation on page 2 counts as one awesome thing, even though several individual sentences within it are, indeed, awesome. Such is the precise measuring capability of the Burgas Awesome-O-Meter™! It’s science, people!
† One of the awesome things on this page is Robo’s hat. Given that he wears it the rest of the issue, I didn’t count it again, but it remains awesome.
‡ It’s only a splash page, so I counted all the awesome things going on in it as one giant awesome thing.

Okay, that’s 71 awesome things in a 26-page comic. That’s 2.73 awesome things a page. I challenge you to find a more Awesome-Thing-to-Page Ratio in any comic you’re currently reading! Go on, check it out! The Burgas Awesome-O-Meter™ does not lie!

So, yeah. Atomic Robo is pretty freakin’ awesome. Look, this issue guest-stars Carl Sagan. And the gorilla with the robot head is in this comic just to make a cameo appearance, and yet the book loses none of its awesomeness when it leaves. So there’s that.

Come on, “let’s do some science!” You know you want to!

Ex Machina #44 (“Ring Out the Old Conclusion”) by Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Tony Harris (artist), JD Mettler (colorist), and Jared K. Fletcher (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC/Wildstorm.

What a cute little cube-head!

As Vaughan ratchets up to end this series, we get a seriously good issue that alludes to several things that will, presumably, be explained over the next few issues and rock Mitch’s world to the very core. His “mission,” I mean, as he learns some things he didn’t know and probably didn’t want to know, but which it’s probably good to know. The feces is about to strike the air-moving device, and however long it takes for the final six issues to come out, I’m looking forward to them.

I do want to comment on the stupidity of some characters. It’s a common occurrence in fictional entertainment that people do stupid things which are justified by the fact that their passionate natures overcome them. We usually see this phenomenon when people on television jump into bed with the first thing that crosses their path after they have a tiny (and usually idiotic) spat with their significant other, thereby causing more problems than the original tiff ever would have. But Bradbury does something extremely stupid in this comic, and it just doesn’t ring true. It actually annoyed me enough that I’m writing about it rather than the actual plotline of the issue. He does something in the “heat of the moment,” but Vaughan doesn’t quite sell it enough, because Mitchell told Bradbury how very important what he destroys is, and the thing that prompts his reaction doesn’t seem quite enough to make him go a bit nutty. The only explanation I can think of is, based on what happens afterward, that he was somehow being manipulated by an outside agency. Is that the impression everyone else got? Because it’s a weak way to release whatever it is that gets released if we don’t see Bradbury as being controlled by something else. What are your thoughts?

Anyway, yet another cool issue of Ex Machina. I’m keen to read the conclusion.

Hellblazer #258 (“Hooked Part Three: Epiphany”) by Peter Milligan (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (layouter), Stefano Landini (finisher), *Jamie Grant (colorist), and Sal Cipriano (letterer). $2.99, 24 pgs, FC, DC/Vertigo.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKK!

Quite a bit happens in this issue, and I don’t feel like spoiling it, but I will say that after a few issues in the beginning of the run that were decent but nothing great, Milligan has really done a nice job with this short story arc. Sure, everything that happens in this arc is because of John being an asshole for no good reason, and I would like him to be an asshole while he’s actually stopping something horrible from occurring, but that’s a minor quibble. Everything that is said about John in this issue feels right (even though I don’t buy Chas telling John he’s more into Phoebe than he was into Kit), and the conversations between John and the other players in this book are very well done. If I don’t like how it ends, it’s not because I don’t like what Milligan is doing, it’s because he’s done a good job getting me to care what happens, so the ending is more devastating that way. Milligan has always been good about making his characters bastards realistically, and although there’s a lot of magic in this arc, it’s John being a dick that drives things. I don’t like John very much in this arc, but he’s certainly compelling.

I still don’t think Camuncoli is a great fit on this book, but his crisp lines help counterbalance the generally murky colors that is a staple of Vertigo books. I think Bisley is doing the interiors next issue, so we’ll see how that works. (Speaking of Bisley, I like how on the cover, even with an emotionally devastating moment like that one, John manages to hold onto his cigarette. Good stuff!)

It’s taken a little bit for Milligan to get going on Hellblazer, but he seems to have found his voice. Let’s hope it continues to get better!

Poe #2 (of 4) by J. Barton Mitchell (writer), Dean Kotz (artist), Digikore Studios (colorist), and James Dashiell (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Boom! Studios.

Could you really crush a coin with a pair of pliers?

As usual with mini-series that have a good first issue so I’m sure I’ll keep getting them, I don’t have much to say about the second issue unless it’s really bad, and this isn’t really bad, so I don’t have much to say about it. Poe continues to investigate the mysterious deaths linked to the strange coins, our bad guy makes an appearance and explains some things about the coins and Poe susses out what they can do, and the our hero quits the case, not surprisingly when you think about it. Kotz does a good job with the art, Mitchell keeps the plot moving, and it’s generally an exciting and interesting read. That’s pretty much all I have to say about it.

Power Girl #4 (“Girls’ Night Out!”) by Justin Gray (writer), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer), Amanda Conner (artist), Paul Mounts (colorist), and John J. Hill (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC.

Man, I'm dying to see The Actioneer!

I’m not sure if I should write about the thing that really, really bugged me in this otherwise pretty-good issue of Power Girl first to get it out of the way, or last so I can lead up to it? I’ll ask the dog.

Okay, he’s not answering, so I’ll save it until later. I’ve been ambivalent about PG so far – on the one hand, Amanda Conner rules, and on the other hand, the first story was kind of dull – but I’d like to give it some time to grow on me, and although this issue isn’t the one that’s going to change my mind, it does go a long way toward it. It’s quite a bit of fun, with Kara and Terra (whose real name, I guess, is Atlee, although no one has ever called her by that name in the series so far) going to see a horror movie (which Terra doesn’t quite get), briefly fighting a collection of monsters brought to life by someone who looks like a fairy queen but is really just an environmentally-conscious teenager who got hold of a magic book, and then, the next day, Kara hangs out at her work and finds an apartment. As a “slice-of-life” issue, it certainly works, although it was kind of strange to not see the teenager again (Kara gets her a job at her company, so I assume we’ll see her again, but I thought she might show up later in the issue) and the fact that people don’t realize Kara is Power Girl cracks me up – “Wait, you’re blonde and built like a brick shithouse and you know someone who’s blonde and built like a brick shithouse? What are the odds?” Gray and Palmiotti do a nice job with the dialogue in this issue, which can make or break a story like this, and Conner, of course, is dynamite. She’s still the reason to buy this book, although the writing is certainly better in this issue than it has been.

I’m still not completely sold on the comic, but the aliens from last issue have landed on Earth (conveniently, in Brooklyn), so I’ll probably stay on board until that story arc wraps up and then make up my mind.

Of course, there’s the little thing that made me upset. What, pray tell, might it be? Well, when the monsters attack, Kara and Terra are leaving the movie theater. Terra is a bit freaked out by the horror movie they just saw, and Kara says she doesn’t like the “watered-down” stuff. Terra is incredulous that what she just saw was watered-down, and Kara tells her that she doesn’t want to take her to an R-rated movie. Terra is, in other words, under 17 (she can’t be 17, because then she could go see an R-rated movie by herself). On the same page, they see the monster attacking New York, and Kara takes off her clothes to reveal her costume underneath. Terra isn’t wearing her costume because she didn’t know she’d need it. So she takes off her pants. I was a bit bothered by this. I know that her actual costume doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but it was still a bit disturbing (to me, that is) to read several pages of a 16-year-old girl fighting monsters in her black panties with a ladybug on the ass. Maybe I’m square, maybe I’m thinking about my daughters too much, but there was no reason for Terra to ditch her pants and go into battle wearing panties. I’ve mentioned this with regard to the violence in this comic – it has a very weird tone occasionally, as if it wants to be a light-hearted superhero comic but then there are weird moments of horrible violence. Now there’s this. It’s not the end of the world, of course, but it just seems like a weird choice by the creators. Maybe I have too many memories of my 15- and 16-year-old female students dressing provacatively and winding up pregnant. Who knows. I was just put out by it a bit.

Go ahead, call me a square. I can take it!

Unthinkable #4 (of 5) by Mark Sable (writer), Julian Totino Tedesco (artist), Juan Manuel Tumburús (colorist), and Ed Dukeshire (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Boom! Studios.

Boy, cheap shot at Dell there, wasn't it?

Unthinkable is a really odd comic. Last issue, I thought Sable was finally slowing down a bit after the breakneck pace of issues #1 and 2, and I appreciated it. But then we get this issue, which speeds up again and is all over the map, both literally and figuratively. I understand that we have to accept the fact that people in entertainment can blithely move through the world without encountering the problems we lesser mortals have (why can people in movies always find plane tickets at the last minute and never worry about paying gigantic sums for first class?), but the characters in this comic zip everywhere without even breaking a sweat (and yes, they make reference to the fact that it takes some weeks to move around, but I’m talking about the pace of the comic, which, interestingly enough, a caption box reading “three weeks later” seems to make faster even as it’s indicating passing time). They seem to do a lot of stuff with ease, as well, and I’m not quite sure what happens occasionally, because it feels like we’re rushing past stuff. How do they thwart the mass demonstration in China? Who is the guy who blows up at the end (I thought it was one dude, but he’s alive later)? How does Ripley nab his father so easily? Arrrgggghhhh!

I may have to sit down and re-read the series once issue #5 comes out to make more sense of it. I want to like the series, because it’s an interesting idea and Tedesco’s art is fabulous, but it’s a bit of a mess. We’ll see how Sable ends it!

Wednesday Comics #7 (of 12). $3.99, 15 pgs, DC.

Monkey waiters RULE!

Which English monarch is this week’s strip? Play along!

Batman = Mary I. Teetering on the edge of insanity, willing to go too far for justice, unable to stem the tide!
Kamandi = Charles II. Sumptuous, depraved, beautiful, and ornate.
Superman = Richard II. Ineffectual, simpering, powerful but unused to using power.
Deadman = Henry VIII. Brilliantly staged, excessive, good-natured in youth, gorged in senescence, obscenely powerful.
Green Lantern = Richard III. Arrogant and overreaching, brought down by poor planning.
Metamorpho = Edward IV. Lustful, fun-loving, disrespectful of tradition.
Teen Titans = Henry III. Banal, weak, indecisive.
Strange Adventures = Victoria. Formal yet mystical beneath the surface, raging against modernity.
Supergirl = John. Officious, cocky, and concerned more with minutiae than the big picture.
Metal Men = Richard I. The classic portrait, with darkness lurking beneath.
Wonder Woman = Stephen. Wandering, unsure, beset by chaos, losing the way.
Sgt. Rock and Easy Co. = Henry VII. Unifying but brutal.
Flash/Iris West = William III and Mary II. With, you know, apes.
The Demon and Catwoman = Elizabeth I. Quintessentially British, full of legends and misinformation, power-hungry and vain.
Hawkman = William I. Neglected, pompous, warlike, triumphant. Also, a little-known fact: Duke William and his retinue rode dinosaurs into battle at Hastings!

This is off the top of my head. Forgive me if it’s a bit off. Next week: Which Hollywood star corresponds to each strip?!?*

* Maybe. Or something else. We’ll see.

X-Factor #47 by Peter David (writer), Valentine de Landro (penciler), Pat Davidson (inker), Jeromy Cox (colorist), and Cory Petit (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, Marvel.

We need the Adventures of Doctor Drool!

Two different characters in this book tell Jamie to stop whinging. I have only ever heard “whinging” used by Australians, back when I lived among them as one of them!* I have never heard an American use it, yet both the characters who use it (granted, 80 years in the future) are, presumably, American. Why does David use it? I don’t know. It does lead to a funny moment with Dr. Doom, but that’s it.

Anyway, it’s Tim Callahan’s favorite comic ever!, so you should check it out. (Tim is too cool to blog anymore, preferring instead to distill his thoughts into 140 characters or less, but when he did blog, he pointed this out, which is quite humorous.) David does something very odd, which is give away a somewhat crucial piece of information in the recap page (mitigating by explaining that we should have figured it out by now, which I didn’t, but as we all know, I’m not that bright, so maybe others did), but otherwise continues with this epic (some would say dragged-out) storyline about the Summers rebellion and what’s going on in the present that ties into it. It’s the usual blend of action and humor, with interesting revelations and character development, with a “shocking” ending (which has already been ruined – at least I think it has been – in the Marvel solicits for upcoming issues). It’s yet another solid chapter in this very solid book. I just enjoy reading it to see what David comes up with next.

I should point out that De Landro is back, and the art feels more stable than it’s been in a while (even if there was a different artist last issue). Pat Davidson and Jeromy Cox have been on the book for a while, so the pencils have retained the same feel to them even when De Landro isn’t drawing it. Longshot looks like he has a porn mustache on one point and Monet looks truly freaky at another point, but other than that, the art looks fine. It would be nice if it could stay consistent.

I’m not really sure what the cover has to do with the issue, but it has the (probably unintentional) phallic action going on, so there’s that! Remember: tell your retailer that Tim sent you!

* Meaning I drank lots of beer and shagged wombats. Oh, wait a minute, ignore that last part. We shan’t speak of it.

Zorro #15 by Matt Wagner (writer), Francesco Francavilla (artist), and Simon Bowland (letterer). $3.50, 22 pgs, FC, Dynamite Entertainment.

How come Dynamite never quotes me in the backs of their books?  I may cry.

Yay! Francesco Francavilla is back on Zorro! As much as I got into Rezak’s art on the previous arc, it remained a tiny bit too polished, while Francavilla’s rougher art works better with a book like Zorro, which ought to be a bit dusty and unrefined, because I imagine that life in early nineteenth-century California, despite the attempts of the colonists to make it like Old Spain, probably was a bit shabby. If it wasn’t, Francavilla makes us believe it was, and it works.

Wagner gives us a story about the perception of Zorro, as the new military ruler of California has a dinner party and tries to find out what Zorro is all about. This is why we have Skeletor Zorro on the cover – one guest thinks Zorro must be a “phantasm from beyond the grave!” We get four different versions of who Zorro is, with one being the truth, and it leads to an nice twist at the end, when the general decides that something must be done with one of the guests who told a version. It establishes General Mancado as a good foe for Zorro – he’s ruthless and cruel, but willing to find out what’s what before he rushes in. Then, Wagner continues the subplot of romance that he began last arc, as Lolita gets a call from Diego and rushes off like a lovestruck school girl. Which, I guess, she is.

Zorro continues to impress, and Wagner does a nice job catching us up with what’s going on (that is, if you have no idea who or what Zorro is, and that’s unlikely, isn’t it?). It’s a great place to jump on board!

Well, hey, look at that! We’re all done. What say we fire up some totally random lyrics!

“Oh, sweetheart, put the bottle down
You’ve got too much talent
I see you through those bloodshot eyes
There’s a cure, you’ve found it

Slow motion sparks, you’ve caught that chill
Now don’t deny it
But boys will be boys, oh, yes, they will
They don’t wanna define it”

Own those lyrics, fanboys! Sing along with me!

32 Comments

Re: “whinging”

I have to admit, when I first encountered “whinging” a few years ago I was baffled, just by the word itself. But y’know, it’s really grown on me. I almost like it more than “whining” now.

But that’s it. There is still no “u” in “color” or “labor,” etc. =)

I can understand Power Girl’s disguise working. Most men are never going to bother to notice that she even has a face

Maybe she meant she doesn’t want to take her to an R-rated movie cause she couldn’t handle it cause she is from the underground, not cause she is too young to see one.

I wanted to switch to trades on everything, but I may have to keep getting Atomic Robo in singles– it’s too awesome to wait for! Also, they’re adding a letters pages, which excites me.

I can understand the feeling of “weirdness” at Terra fighting in her panties since it seems awkward to me as well. My beef with the issue is why were the guys from Big Bang Theory watching a movie in New York?

Go back and look….it’s them,alright!

“Terra is incredulous that what she just saw was watered-down, and Kara tells her that she doesn’t want to take her to an R-rated movie. Terra is, in other words, under 17.”

I don’t think the implication is that she’s a minor, I think it’s that if she gets so freaked by a dumb, campy PG-13 movie than she’s going to lose her flippin’ mind at a straight-up R rated gore-fest. If anything, I think “I could, but I won’t” implicates that Terra IS of legal age, but it would be irresponsible to take here because she’s such a weenie.

KCViking: Yeah, I missed that it was the cast of the show. I don’t watch it regularly, so I plead some ignorance, but I watch it enough that I should have caught it.

Chris: That may be it, I suppose. She’s still a teenager (according to Wikipedia), and the way Kara said it, it sounded more like a legal thing than a “you can’t handle it” thing. But again, I suppose it’s open to interpretation. It’s still kind of icky to see her fighting in her underwear.

Dude, Burgas: If you thought that was icky, then the average manga would DESTROY your sense of decency :P

Greg, you were told never to mention the wombat-shagging. Please turn in your honorary akubra and slab of VB as soon as possible. :)

FunkyGreenJerusalem

August 20, 2009 at 5:31 pm

It’s a common occurrence in fictional entertainment that people do stupid things which are justified by the fact that their passionate natures overcome them.

A common occurrence in fiction, par the course in Ex Machina.
I like the series, but it’s not as good as it could be – way too many short cuts taken with characters, plots and the politics.

Terra isn’t wearing her costume because she didn’t know she’d need it. So she takes off her pants.

Maybe it was commentary on super heroine costumes?

Maybe I have too many memories of my 15- and 16-year-old female students dressing provacatively and winding up pregnant.

It was unprotected/un-birth controlled sex that got them pregnant, not dressing provocatively.
You get dress from head to toe in clothes every day and get pregnant, or walk around naked and not get pregnant.
One does not automatically lead to the other, square.

Metamorpho = Edward IV. Lustful, fun-loving, disrespectful of tradition.

You know what would have been cool? If instead of a two page spread of people walking into a cave, those two pages had been spent showing them fighting the laser traps and dinosaurs.
I mean, if the book had been wall to wall action already, I’d have laughed at the mention to other off panel battles, but as it was, I just went ‘oh, I thought we would get to see the dinosaurs’…

Supergirl = John. Officious, cocky, and concerned more with minutiae than the big picture.

Officious and cocky?

More concerned with the minutaie?

This has moved into the top three strips!
It moves along, has great art, and lots of jokes!
And, it’s a Super Girl where the artist is more interested in her facial expressions than showing her super-panties!

I have never heard an American use it, yet both the characters who use it (granted, 80 years in the future) are, presumably, American. Why does David use it?

Well, with things going the way they are, and the plan going as well as it is, 80 years in the future we will have taken over, and ‘liberated’ you all.

Douglas Adams said you guys need to keep an eye on us…

Chris: As usual, it’s all about the tone and what kind of book it is. I’m creeped out by the sister in MPD-Psycho (the younger one whose name escapes me) and it’s icky, but it doesn’t bother me that much because of what the book is. My reaction is different based on the comic in which it appears.

Dean: But I love my akubra! It’s awesome!

FGJ: Of course there’s no correlation between dressing provacatively and winding up pregnant, but many of the girls I taught had poor self-esteem and dressed that way to get attention of a boy, and when they got that attention, they ended up having unprotected sex partly because of the poor self-esteem. Not every girl who dressed that way was sleeping around, but there was a connection.

As for Supergirl, I was talking about Aquaman, who dominated this strip. But you’re right – since he’s shown up, the strip has gotten a lot better.

Hmmm … I thought there might be some kind of plan!

FunkyGreenJerusalem

August 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm

but many of the girls I taught had poor self-esteem and dressed that way to get attention of a boy,

They should have just gone for comic readers then – just being a girl would have got the attention.

As for Supergirl, I was talking about Aquaman, who dominated this strip.

IT’s the best Aquaman I’ve seen in a long time as well!

But you’re right – since he’s shown up, the strip has gotten a lot better.

I reckon it’s been heading upwards since about week three or four.

This more than the others is a strip I’d like to see get it’s own book – with the same team – more than any other.
(That said, Kamandi and Strange Adventures would definetly have me on board as well!)

Sadly, I found Terra going into battle in her panties to be far less disturbing than several other comics this week.

First, we had “Peter Parker” taking advantage of his roommate … before systematically hurting and/or offending almost all of his major supporting cast, in such a way that the real Peter’s gonna have a whole lotta ‘splainin’ to do. I really felt bad for the way poor Michelle is treated in this story arc; it’s a pretty skeevy approach no matter which Peter is sleeping with her.

And then we had Kal-L… AKA “Original Flavor” Superman and Lois killing people and eating their hearts. Zombie Golden Age Superman, committing mass murder? I’m interested in how the heck they’ll redeem the Black Lantern characters after this is all said and done. (I’m still crying over Evil Zombie Ralph and Sue beating the Hawks to death…)

X-Factor: “It has pages!” — Comic Book Resources.com

Does Kara wear glasses in her secret identity? If she does, it would be impossible to recognize her as Power Girl.

“First, we had “Peter Parker” taking advantage of his roommate … before systematically hurting and/or offending almost all of his major supporting cast, in such a way that the real Peter’s gonna have a whole lotta ‘splainin’ to do. I really felt bad for the way poor Michelle is treated in this story arc; it’s a pretty skeevy approach no matter which Peter is sleeping with her.”

In what may well be the most bizarre moment of our relationship, my girlfriend (whose longtime Spidey fandom intruding in my Batman-centric abode is the biggest tension we have to deal with) pointed out that either she really doesn’t remember anything about the night she spent with the real Peter, or Chameleon’s mimicry goes further than just the face.

Ahem.

But, yeah, there’s making Peter out to have a tough life, and then there’s his entire life going to hell in 22 pages. Although I kinda liked the whole “MJ knows Peter’s Spidey, but “Peter” doesn’t” scene. That was humorously awkward. Chameleon pointing out just how useless this version of Peter ultimately is, well, unambitious and generally useless. That’s exactly what *I* want in my lead character!

“I’ve mentioned this with regard to the violence in this comic – it has a very weird tone occasionally, as if it wants to be a light-hearted superhero comic but then there are weird moments of horrible violence.”

So it’s Invincible, just starring a stacked chick?

Man, FGJ, you just summed up my feelings on the Metamorpho strip without me even realizing those were my feelings. I’ve been liking it, the art more than the writing even though the writing is good, but it’s felt like something is missing. I thought the line about the dinosaur and laser rooms was funny, but wished they had showed it. Your point about forgoing the two page spread of them doing nothing to show us that is a great one. Along the same lines, as much as I found the idea of a board game in this weeks episode cute and clever, I still would rather that space have been used to show some action. Or anything, really. Not much has happened in this strip.

In reference to not taking Terra to R-rated movies being a “legal thing”: MPAA ratings have no legal weight. Even when theaters chose to enforce them (which is optional, but most at least pay lip service to doing it) the “R” rating means no one under 17 without an adult. Only NC-17 movies would be off limits for Kara to take Terra to. Personally, I have friends in their 30s who won’t see R-rated movies because they can’t stand the sight of blood (and one who hates hearing profanity, but that’s a whole other bag of weird). So I definitely read that as her making a judgement call to spare Terra the hard stuff.

And KCViking: if you don’t like the BBT boys in New York, avoid Chris Claremont’s Asgard saga from the 80s. I’m still not sure why Ed Grimley was in Asgard. Or a giant.

I think the point of Terra taking her skirt off was that it’s tough to fight in a tight skirt.

I don’t think it was meant to be a commentary or icky or anything…just common sense – you can’t kick someone (which she IS shown doing) while wearing a tight skirt.

I like how there are people who are, like, “How could Marvel mislead us by quoting Tim there?” or “Why would Marvel quote Tim’s review and not someone who actually liked the book?”

It’s funny when jokes go over people’s heads.

Square!

(Hey, you SAID you could take it)

ZZZ- Wow.Good memory.I’d forgotten about that.Of course now it will bug me for days.

On the same page, they see the monster attacking New York, and Kara takes off her clothes to reveal her costume underneath. Terra isn’t wearing her costume because she didn’t know she’d need it. So she takes off her pants.

I am sorry Greg, but that is a pretty funny gag about superhero costumes. “Power Girl” has gotten progressively better with each issue in my opinion. Palmiotti, Gray and Conner are really finding a distinct voice for the title and I am starting to really enjoy it. It seems to me that a little bawdy humor is appropriate for PG.

As noted above, Terra is hardly certain to be under 18. Conner certainly does not draw her that way and I doubt the legal folks at DC would let an issue depicting a minor undressing in an alley to go out. There is too much potential liability.

[…] one awkward thing in all this, as Greg Burgas noted, is that Terra strips down to her panties to head off to fight the monsters. While one could […]

again, I’m pretty sure that the reason she takes her skirt off is that it would be tough to fight in a tight skirt.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

August 23, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Along the same lines, as much as I found the idea of a board game in this weeks episode cute and clever, I still would rather that space have been used to show some action.

I must admit… I missed that joke the first time I read it.
I was like wow, they just filled the space with that.
Then when I got that you got to play them getting out of the room I laughed… and then felt a deep sense of shame.

Whinging is a very English word originating from the north. Don’t give that honour to the Aussies.

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Lee: I didn’t mean to give credit to the Aussies, just that it’s been many, many years since I’ve been in England, and when I was, I was too young to notice if they used “whinging” or not. Australians use it, and that’s where I first heard it, is all I meant to say!

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