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What I bought – 13 January 2010

As a rightist professor pontificated, “When democracy gets democratic, it doesn’t work at all.” (Isabel Allende, from My Invented Country)

I wish the blood was dripping onto the title - we need logos incorporated into the covers more! Two for two in great covers! It's for a good cause, people! It's a mask, not a real tiger head! J. Bone = awesome! That's kind of overkill, ain't it? An early contender for best cover of the year!

Anchor4The Anchor #4 (“Five Furies Part Four: Body and Blood”) by Phil Hester (writer), Brian Churilla (artist), Matthew Wilson (colorist), and Johnny Lowe (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Boom! Studios.

Hester might seem formulaic on this title, because Clem always fights a big monster, kills it, and eats its heart (trust me, there’s a reason), but a few things make it worthwhile: First, Churilla is really good at designing really creepy monsters, so it’s fun to see what horrific thing he’s come up with in this issue; second, Hester is slowly filling in Clem’s back story, as we get a few pages at the beginning of this issue that shows us what kind of warrior he was when he was alive; third, the creepy bad guy in this issue is obviously part of the bigger plans the hordes of Hell have for Clem, so at least we get a glimpse of the larger plot; fourth, it’s a pretty cool ending. While I’m still not positive that I’m going to keep buying it (the first arc ends next issue, and I’ll decide then), I do enjoy the way Hester and Churilla are going about things. So there’s that.

I liked the first few pages quite a bit, because Hester does a very nice job establishing Clem as both an unbeatable berserker but also as someone who scares his own allies. It’s well done, and Hester lays on the purple prose, which doesn’t seem too ornate given the circumstances. Here’s the writing on the first page: “He was a demon. Many among our crew claim to have shared the battlefield with berserkers of legend. Some even claimed that charmed blood flowed through their veins. But they all trembled when the silent giant took the field. And though he smote our enemies alone, we could feel naught but pity for the wretches fed to his blade. For the fiery furnaces of Hell stoked his heart. And its terrible engines drove his limbs.” If that doesn’t kickstart the issue, I don’t know what could!

And then we get a tiny bit more about Hofi, who’s more than she appears. And a big monster. And more blood. All in all, good stuff. I hope Hester can pull of the ending to the arc. I’m fairly confident he will, but we’ll see next time!

One panel of awesome:

I just love that thing he's riding!

I just love that thing he's riding!

Daytripper2Daytripper #2 (of 10) (“21″) by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (writers and artists), Dave Stewart (colorist), and Sean Konot (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC/Vertigo.

Moon and Bá make no bones about this comic: It’s pretentious. The characters speak portentously, all the events that occur have deeper meanings than what’s on the surface, and the resolutions to the story remain shrouded. We’re still not sure what happened at the end of issue #1 (we can certainly guess with a high degree of certainty, but that’s not the same thing) and I’m not terribly sure if what happens at the end of this is what I think happens. Or maybe it’s more mystical than the mundane explanation I came up with. Either way, the twins are being pretentious. Let me say, I find nothing wrong with that at all. Reach for the stars, damn it!

So we check in on Brás when he’s 21, trekking around Brazil with his pal Jorge and hanging out, in this issue, in Salvador. The issue begins with a dream (see?) and then Brás meets a terribly foxy chick in a somewhat contrived fashion who speaks like some kind of oracle. They chat about spirits and whatnot, screw, and Brás never sees her again. But why? Ah, that’s for the reader to figure out.

It may sound like I’m mocking this, but it’s really well done. Olinda (the girl) walks a fine line between fascinating and annoying, but her conversations with Brás sound like the kind of conversations young people have with each other (not to pick on young people; what I mean is that the conversations are full of idealism and a little naïveté and a desire for life to mean something grand, which may or may not work out, based on where they go in life). She is, of course, devastatingly sexy, which makes her seem even more mysterious. Moon and Bá are obviously creating these slices of life that make up the man, “Brás,” and this is one of them. Olinda becomes more oracular when the dream returns to vex our hero, because he’s not sure what it means. Neither, I should point out, do we. But that’s okay.

Plus, each issue is a joy to look at. From Bá’s beautiful cover to Moon’s first page, where Brás’ dream is vividly portrayed, to the relatively demure sex scene to the wonderful crush of bodies on Iemanjá’s Day to the final haunting images on the sea, this is a spectacular comic to gaze at. Moon is really at the top of his game here, and I can’t wait to see more. Bring on the pretension!

One panel of awesome:

Okay, so it's the first panel in the book, but it continues to look this good throughout!

Okay, so it's the first panel in the book, but it continues to look this good throughout!

EdHanniganCoveredEd Hannigan: Covered by, well, Ed Hannigan. $5.99, 45 pgs, FC, Hero Initiative.

Anytime something interesting comes out from the Hero Initiative, I usually pick it up, because it’s usually for a worthy cause. This time, it’s a benefit for Ed Hannigan, who has multiple sclerosis. I don’t know what Ed’s financial or medical insurance situation is, but I do know that dealing with a long-term disability is extremely draining financially, although that’s not what we usually think of because it’s a bit uncouth to speak about it. But believe me, it’s a very real concern. So while I can’t do a lot, I can buy a comic that helps Hannigan, and so can you! You can afford six bucks, can’t you? What you get are a bunch of cover sketches that Hannigan did for Marvel in the 1970s and ’80s, some of which he finished and some of which other artists used. Hannigan explains that many artists didn’t have a ton of time to compose covers, so that became his specialty, and some of the very famous covers from this period were designed by Hannigan. It’s quite interesting to see how his sketches became the final product, and what changed and what worked well. You also get a bunch of layouts that Hannigan did for Cloak and Dagger, which Rick Leonardi ended up drawing. This is really a fascinating slice of comics history. And there’s a Dazzler cover in it! How can you resist??????

I really encourage you to buy this. It’s very neat, and it’s for a good cause. We all like good causes, don’t we? (Of course, if you want “real” comics, you could buy Hannigan’s Skull & Bones, which Moonstone is selling in a trade, and which also helps him out. Plus, it’s pretty danged good.)

One panel of awesome (well, it’s not a panel, but it’s my favorite cover in the book):

Man, what a cool cover!

Man, what a cool cover!

SecretSix17Secret Six #17 (“Danse Macabre Part 2″) by Gail Simone (writer), John Ostrander (writer), Jim Calafiore (artist), Travis Lanham (letterer), and Jason Wright (colorist). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC.

If I might step into the fray here, I’d like to address the whole “boobs on Yasemin” thing that our own Ms. Thompson brought up and about which Gail Simone slightly chided (chid?) her in the comments. Kelly wrote, and I quote:

But kind of out of nowhere I’m blinded by some character named Yasemin and her boobs falling out of her insanely low cut, high-heeled crime fighting (or rather assassinating) costume. Why? The story was otherwise good, but I end up feeling like I can’t fully get on board in supporting a book (or issue) without caveats because of this kind of stuff, and that sucks.

Simone, perhaps responding to s1rude’s comment that Yasemin’s boobs “seemed to come out of nowhere” (they didn’t, because Calafiore draws her consistently throughout), shows up after a while. The commenters who follow s1rude’s lead (and I don’t mean to single anyone out; s1rude was just the first to comment about that particular point that Kelly made) tend to agree with Kelly, and for the most part, I’m with them – complaining about sexism in comics never gets old, because it keeps freakin’ happening. s1rude, at least, read the issue, but I’m not sure if other commenters did. They don’t say. Then Simone shows up. She writes:

Yasemin dresses like that because her character dresses like that. It’s pretty simple. The superhero/superpy world that is the DCU is fetishistic and hyper-sexualized, and the goal (for me, anyway) is not to have no characters who dress like bimbos or himbos, the goal is to have a wide range, to have that kind of diversity that male characters have always enjoyed. … Yasemin is, in all ways, quite deliberately not likable. She makes poor wank bait under any circumstances. And the same book has quite possibly the broadest (no pun intended) range of female characters in any superhero comic, everything from the very gay Brazilian woman Scandal, to the amazing (but not particularly Penthouse Pet-like Amanda Waller to the Indian and slightly waif-ish Virtuosa and on and on.

After Tuomas points out that there are reasons no one gets bent out of shape because Catman is often naked, Simone returns:

The answer is not ever going to be to have zero female characters who objectify themselves. That solves nothing. The answer is a broad range of female characters, some of whom will make very poor life choices (and horrendous fashion decisions as well, hopefully).

Yasemin dresses that way not to get teenagers going, she dresses that way for, I think, reasons of self-loathing, something we reinforced over and over in her few brief appearances.

The blanket rule that female characters can’t reflect a very real portion of the female population (those who are obsessed with their looks and overtly sexual in appearance) is just silly nonsense. It helps no one.

And so, a week later, we get the second part of the story, one in which Yasemin become a Black Lantern (yes, she dies; sorry to spoil anything). I’ve looked at Calafiore’s rendering of her for two straight weeks, and it’s remarkably consistent. So it didn’t come out of nowhere, but that’s a minor point. Simone explains the way Yasemin has always been portrayed, but that’s not a terribly good point, as she’s a minor character who, as far as I can tell, first appeared when Simone wrote Birds of Prey and not much since. I certainly believe Simone, because she would know, but for the issue that Kelly writes about, it’s not all that relevant because in this issue, she doesn’t seem to have too many self-esteem issues. We get a hint of it, but it’s not like a reader who doesn’t know Yasemin will make the instant connection between her self-loathing and her choice of clothing. But I get where Simone is coming from.

Let’s instead look at what Yasemin is wearing and what other women in the comic are wearing. Yasemin appears to be wearing some kind of latex or leather, not necessarily cloth. In the world of comics, fashion doesn’t really get the respect it deserves, so it’s usually very difficult to tell if the artist wants us to believe it’s latex or a more natural fiber. But it looks more like something that would mold to Yasemin’s body rather than something that would hang loose. So I didn’t get the sense Yasemin was about to “fall out” of her outfit, as Kelly did. But that’s just a difference of opinion. Her high heels are a bit ridiculous, I’ll agree. But should we condemn Calafiore? Look at the other women in the book. Waller is, as always, a large woman, and she doesn’t dress revealingly. s1rude made the point about Liana dressing sensibly, because she’s wearing a full-body leather motorcycle outfit. Scandal, Black Alice, and Jeannette dress appropriately and accordingly. Virtuosa and Nightshade dress downright modestly (especially Nightshade). Do we give Calafiore credit for those women?

I don’t want to tell Kelly to stop talking about this, because it’s important, but I have to be on Simone’s side on this one. It’s all about context, and in the context of this issue, Yasemin’s outfit is less egregious because it’s obvious that it’s anomalous. You can argue about the quality of Calafiore’s art all you want, but when you consider the women in this issue, he draws them with a wide range of clothing, which makes me wonder about why he drew Yasemin that way. Then it gets back to the way Simone writes Yasemin. If you look at a book drawn by someone like Ed Benes (who, ironically, is going to be working with Simone on the new Birds of Prey), all the women have the same face and same body, and usually the same trampy fashion sense. I don’t like Benes, but even if you do, you have to admit that his women all look pretty much the same (and, to be honest, most of his men look the same too). You can’t make that claim about these two issues that Calafiore drew.

But that’s just my two cents. I agree with Kelly about that cover of Black Widow, for instance, because why would someone who’s about to kick ass unzip her front zipper down to her navel? At least Yasemin’s dress seems to bind her boobs a bit.

Oh, this was an issue of a comic book? Oh. Well, Scandal shows that the House of Secrets is not without its defenses, the Six and the Squad fight pretty much to a standstill (Catman and Bronze Tiger’s fight is especially well done), and both groups slowly realize that maybe they should be fighting together against the Black Lanterns. Yeah, that’s smart. The dialogue is as crisp as ever (Bane says after Nightshade tells him she can hit him whenever she wants, “I see. Hitting me. Was that what that was supposed to be?”), the action is excellent, and Rag Doll is awesome as usual. Good stuff!

Sorry, Kelly. We’re still friends, right? Right?????

One panel of awesome:

I just can't feature anyone but Rag Doll in these!

I just can't feature anyone but Rag Doll in these!

SuperFriends23Super Friends #23 (“Mystery in Space”) by Sholly Fisch (writer), Stewart McKenny (penciller), Dan Davis (inker), Randolph Gentile (letterer), and Heroic Age (colorist). $2.50, 17 pgs, FC, DC.

Every so often I must pick up an issue of Super Friends, largely because the cover is awesome. So yes, Chad, sometimes cover artists matter! I mean, how can you resist the Super Friends in space? Answer: You can’t, unless your heart is dark and cold. DARK AND COLD!!!!!!

And, like most of the Super Friends issues I buy, this is a charming superhero story. I still marvel that writers for the “grown-up” Justice League can’t write good superhero stories like this, maybe “matured” a bit, but essentially the same. The Justice League is fixing their security system when the alarm goes off. In their trophy room is Despero, stealing some magical jar. But the jar only works when combined with the Bell of Uthool and the Wheel of Nyorlath, which the League hid on different planets in different solar systems (which we learn was in Super Friends #3, because Johnny DC isn’t too grown-up to eschew footnotes!). Despero tells them that two other villains are trying to get the bell and wheel, so the SF split up and head off to stop them! They deal with Mongul and the Queen Bee and drag them back to the satellite, but Despero isn’t quite done with them yet! And, just like the issue with Pirate Starro, Aquaman saves the day again! Take that, Aquaman haters!

This is just a tremendously charming issue. The League uses their powers, but they just don’t go around beating people up. It’s kind of an anti-bully issue, so they use their brains a lot – hey, what a concept! It’s the kind of issue that makes us realize why these people are heroes, not just big strong people – too often in “adult” superhero books, it’s simply about the good guys ultimately being brawnier than the bad guys. The League beats all three villains without throwing a punch. How about that! And McKenny gets to have fun with the Queen Bee segment, which features a lot of weird aliens. Who doesn’t love weird aliens?

One panel of awesome:

Laughter as part of the background and one eye bigger than the other = Evil.  And Insane!

Laughter as part of the background and one eye bigger than the other = Evil. And Insane!

Sword3S.W.O.R.D. #3 by Kieron Gillen (writer), Steven Sanders (penciler), Craig Yeung (inker), Matthew Wilson (colorist), and Dave Lanphear (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, Marvel.

So, this comic is getting better and better, isn’t it? Wow, I loved this issue. I mentioned it last issue and I’ll bring it up again just to get it out of the way, but Gyrich’s plot to deport all aliens seems to have been done really quickly, even for a comic book, but that’s just a minor complaint, because once we accept that Gyrich can do it, we just move on. I’ve been trying to think of a Marvel equivalent of Superman – i. e., an extremely high-profile alien – but I just can’t, which might be why I can believe this is happening in a Marvel book more than I would in a DC book. “Yeah, government folk, why don’t you head on over to Metropolis and pick up the Big Blue Boy Scout? That will go over well with the public!” Gillen gives us a few neat “round-up-the-aliens” moments, including how they got Warlock, but most of this issue is concerned with Beast trying to figure out a way to bust Abigail out of prison. He asks Unit for advice and gets everyone’s favorite robot’s “origin story” (beautifully drawn by Sanders, by the way), conspires with Lockheed (who kicks some ass; I like how the S.W.O.R.D. agents are amazed because he’s just a little dragon, because wouldn’t a little dragon still be something that kicks ass?), and comes up with a great plan that’s ruined when Abigail tells him they need to go back because Norman Osborn is about to get involved. It’s really a crackling issue, with excellent dialogue. Hank is typically clever, Gyrich is typically assholey, and the final few pages are a tour-de-force of information, as each we jump to a different scene almost with each panel and pick up what’s going on from Gyrich and Abigail in a wonderful patter. It’s actually kind of breathtaking to read, because it seems so effortless.

And while I’m still getting used to Sanders’ Beast, the rest of the book is great. I mean, who doesn’t love the metroliths? They’re pretty keen.

Man, Gillen is making it hard for me to resist his Thor. Damn you, KG!!!!!

One panel of awesome:

He's right, you know - Gyrich is rarely right.

He's right, you know - Gyrich is rarely right.

Unwritten9The Unwritten #9 (“Inside Man: Conclusion”) by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (writer and artist), Chris Chuckry (colorist), and Todd Klein (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC/Vertigo.

This is the end of the second arc, and it certainly ends “better” than the first, as at least we get an actual ending, even though it still leads into the next arc a bit. And furthermore, this is a pretty excellent issue, one that makes me happier about the book than any issue I’ve read (with the possible exception of issue #5, the standalone one about Kipling). Yes, bad things happen. Perhaps this is a bit of a cruel issue that is just so for the sake of being cruel. I don’t think so. Carey is cleverly showing a difference between “real” magic and parlor tricks, between those who believe and those who don’t, and without giving too much away (because I don’t want to spoil it), it’s a neat way to continue the story of Tom, because Tom is both the focus of those who believe and someone who has difficulty believing himself. One of the great sequences in the book is when he uses the doorknob from his father’s house and hopes it won’t open a magical door, because that would mean there’s no magic, just that he’s insane. For Tom, that’s not a great choice. It’s interesting that he’d rather be nuts than believe in magic.

I don’t want to say much more, but this is a very good issue and gives me hope for the future. Carey, it seems, always has to find his footing on a book before it really takes off, and while I’ve enjoyed this title from the beginning, it’s getting better, which is always nice to see. Oh, and Gross is excellent as usual. No surprise there!

One panel of awesome:

It's funny 'cause it's true!

It's funny 'cause it's true!

Okay, let’s check out The Ten Most Recent Songs Played On My iPod (Which Is Always On Shuffle):

1. “Apparitions” – Knots and Crosses (1999)
2. “Sacrifice” – Liquid Jesus (1991)
3. “Love Beats Me Up” – Australian Crawl* (1983)
4. “All Come Down” – Cinderella (1994)
5. “Give it Up, Turn it Loose” – En Vogue (1992)
6. “Fiesta” – Pogues (1987)
7. “Scapegoat” – Chumbawamba** (1997)
8. “U Got the Look” – Prince (1987)
9. “Sally Ann” – Horse Flies (1991)
10. “Everybody Wants the Same Thing” – Scissor Sisters (2006)
* I have about five Australian Crawl songs on my iPod. It’s just coincidence that one showed up last week and one this week. Strange.
** I have more Chumbawamba songs on the iPod, but this is the first one that played since last week. Stranger!

Last week, for the third time in a row, nobody guessed the totally random lyrics, which were from the song “Oh, Virginia” by Blessid Union of Souls. It’s the only song I’ve ever heard by them that I really like. Oh well. Once more into the fray!

“She said, babe, you know
I miss Jill and Joe
And all my funky friends
But my street understanding
Was just enough to know what she really meant
And I got to thinking while she was talking
That I know she told the story
Of those special places that she goes
When she rides with the others in the subway”

Get thinking! Finally, I should point out that this morning my daughter beat me twice at Wii bowling. My four-year-old daughter, mind you. She bowled a 164 and a 175. If you need me, I’ll be in the Hole of Shame in my backyard. Have a nice day!

31 Comments

I don’t like Sanders’ Beast either. He makes the Beast look like a Saturday morning cartoon character!

Greg, this is sort of just tangentially related to SWORD, but what do you make of the whole Kitty Pryde sitch? She disappears in Astonishing, is teased once in the back-up story of the intitial ish of SWORD, and is now set to be returning in Uncanny… seems like she’s getting bounced around and there are a lot of unanswered questions about her status and how she may have survived.

Greg, as you said, I think we’re mostly on the same side here.

It’s all in how you want to judge the context. I agree that in the context of Secret Six and Suicide Squad the costume/boobs are not an issue. In fact, the lowest cut/silliest costume next to Yasemin’s is Bane’s (and I don’t mean that in a negative way). And of the many many female characters in those two issue, nobody but Yasemin is wearing something like that – and for that reason I appreciate it and am okay with it. But the issue I was trying to point out in my article (and I’m sorry Ms Simone felt the need to step in and defend her book, because I’m a huge fan of her work, and I thought I made it pretty clear I didn’t really have a problem with the issue and thought it was good overall) is that in the larger context of Marvel/DC or superheroes in general…it IS a problem. It’s enough of a problem that when reading I Kill Giants I suddenly realized how relaxed I was because I didn’t feel like I was going to blindsided by some random objectification..I felt kind of safe in that way…and it was nice. Perhaps I shouldn’t have used Suicide Squad as an example, since it’s usually one of the few books ‘doing it right’ as far as I’m concerned, but I guess I just felt a little taken by surprise…and after recently reading IKG, well, it made an impact.

So, in the context of Secret Six/Suicide Squad, yeah, I agree, it’s not a particularly big deal since there are a variety of female representations being presented…but in the context of Marvel/DC at large, it ends up just being one more that I add to the mental pile. Maybe that’s not fair, but it’s how it ends up feeling to me as a reader.

All that said, I don’t want to turn things into a flame war on your comments page – soooo…S.W.O.R.D. is really coming along nicely. It’s a really solid book – although I’m with you and Kirby’s Ghost that I don’t love the way Beast is drawn…I’m getting used to it though. Secret Six was also good, not the best of issues, but still better than most of the stuff I buy. The characters are so well realized and well written that even in an issue like this, where it feels somewhat like the fighting leading up to a big event, it’s still really enjoyable to read and doesn’t feel like filler.

The Bronze Tiger/Catman fight felt exactly like some of the classic fights from Suicide Squad (Flag/Batman and Bronze Tiger/Ravan come to mind). I am wondering who wrote what in these issues (I wouldn’t be surprised if Simone did the entire script and Ostrander had input on the plot) but whoever did it, I approve. This is definitely the chocolate and peanut butter of comics coming together for me (if only Rucka’s Checkmate could somehow show up as well).

Justin: I didn’t know Kitty was coming back in Uncanny. That’s really weird, considering the short story in issue #1 of SWORD. I don’t know what’s going on with Marvel editorial these days!

I’m pretty sure Bá drew the dream sequence pages of Daytripper and not Moon. The style for them is noticeably more angular and in with Bá’s style on Casanova and The Umbrella Academy than Moon’s more rounded approach to both Casanova and the earlier issue of the series.

That said, I think I’m done with this series in single issues. I don’t really feel the need to pay for a bunch of slice of life stories that seem set up to all end the exact same way, and nothing in this issue was as interesting to me as the first one was. I’ll probably check out the trade if I hear good things about it, but right now I can’t motivate myself to spend $30 on the same story told 10 times.

Two things:

1) I really appreciate this column FAR more than “The Buy Pile” and I think it should be featured JUST as prominently every week.

2) Kelly Thompson, while I can sympathize with your position, I think perhaps it would be a good idea to present a “Rogue’s Gallery” of your worst offenders and best presenters of current art. When you talk about being “blind-sided by random objectification”, I simply have NO idea what you’re writing about. Please provide examples of what YOU conisider “random objectification”. Show, don’t tell.

The one thing which bugged me about Superfriends was Despero being drawn as if he just came out of a disco. Although that made the reveal at the end work better, because it was more unexpected.

@Greg

Yeah, I actually saw the Return of Kitty motion comic ad thingy right here at CBR, Uncanny #522 I believe it is. Weird, she looks noticeably older as well.

The Horse Flies cover of “Hush Little Baby/Mockingbird” is really good.

Also, I didn’t buy any comics.

Glad you are liking SWORD, but really you should give a chance to new mutants, that Zeb Wells is making one of the best team book out there, and to amazing spiderman, that after american sons had got a constant flux of talent in writers and artistry and looking at the next issues till with waid, stern, van lente and kelly it will probably go on. Just take a look at the last three issues with Pulido art, almost as good as Marcos Martin.

Oh, also punishermax with Aaron and Dillon is really outrageous.

Dave: I thought each issue worked well on their own, and I don’t mind the “slice of life” stories, as long as they’re told well. I can see your point, but I have enjoyed both issues so far.

MarkAndrew: Yeah, I’ve heard that cover. You’re right.

Oh, and thanks, Generalzod33. That’s cool of you to say!

“If you look at a book drawn by someone like Ed Benes (who, ironically, is going to be working with Simone on the new Birds of Prey)”

That is in no way ironic.

it’s ironic in a Alanis Morisette kind-of-way :-)

Great work again Greg! Even if you’re reviewing books I don’t get,the reviews are entertaining.

Is the song Der Kommisar? Can’t remember the artist,though.

Looking at my use of “ironically,” I think I began going someplace else with that sentence and then changed my mind and didn’t catch it when I re-read it. That, or I have no idea how to use “ironically.” That’s probably more likely!

It is indeed Der Kommissar, KCViking (and thanks for the kudos). It’s by After the Fire, although Falco’s version might be more famous.

I remember that song from the early days of MTV.You know , when they used to play music videos.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

January 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

The “Der Kommissar” artist was a band called After the Fire, and theirs was the big U.S. hit, IIRC.

Man, Daytripper…It’s gorgeous, but this issue reads like a gifted middle schooler’s fiction contest entry. I hope it’s only because of Bras’ age in issue #2’s slice-of-life. But there were hints of the pretension you talked about in the first issue, too, so I’m treading lightly on this book. Not sure I have the money to read along as the twins find their voice(s).

WooHoo! I’m smack dab in the middle of an interweb controversy! With a major creator involved, no less! You like me! Ummm…anyway, I did reread the Suicide Squad issue in question, and you’re absolutely right Greg, Yasemin is drawn consistently throughout. I think I mentioned in my comment under Kelly’s post that I didn’t have the issue in front of me and was working from memory. I also agree with Kelly and Gail that Secret Six is one of the best books going no matter what lens you view it through, and if more creators put the level of thought into their characters, regardless of gender, that Gail does, the genre and medium would be in a lot better place (I’d quibble with her assertion that Yasemin is sporting cleavage that you can see any day everywhere – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it outside of a strip club or hip-hop video). My intention was to express solidarity with Kelly, not to knock anything or one. Also, I go with the s1rude moniker ’cause it’s been my main username since my first AOL account nearly 20 years ago and it’s easier to type than my full name, but, please, call me Sean.

And, and, and…Secret Six 17 was awesome. The Catman/Bronze Tiger fight f’n ruled, and Deadshot’s punking of Yasemin last week was one of my favorite moves of the whole shebang, and I continue to be amazed at how g-d cool Bane is under Simone’s pen (but I probably shouldn’t be since she made Thomas Blake one of the baddest men alive). Calafiore’s art is really solid, too – the action is fluid, the layouts are clean and easy to follow and the characters appropriately expressive.

S.W.O.R.D. is getting better and better. I like Sander’s Beast (it reminds me of Quitely’s). I want a Lockheed solo book, preferably one where he plays the John McClane role in a Die Hard scenario. In space.

* En Vogue were great. They don’t make divas like that anymore.
** My 9 year old niece schools me in every Wii Sports game (except baseball, for some reason). Regularly. Chin up, little buddy. You’re not alone.

I’ve been liking S.W.O.R.D. so far, but this issue was the first where I liked it so much that I just didn’t care about the Beast’s appearance. In the previous issues it was more like something you had to put up with because the story was fun.

Greg, I’m kind of surprised to see you say Yasemin “doesn’t seem to have too many self esteem issues.” It seemed to me like all of her narration/introspection centered around chiding herself for failing missions because she was afraid and comparing herself negatively to Deadshot.

I think Falco’s version of ‘Der Komissar’ might be better known in Europe, but in the US it’s After The Fire that everybody knows.

Of the books you present this week, SWORD is definitely the one I want to get. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to the comic-book store in a month, and there’s alot I’ve missed. There’s no way I can afford them all when I finally go on Saturday. I still haven’t figured out which ones I’m going to have to skip. Maybe some will be sold out and it will be easier to choose from what remains.
Maybe Kitty was always intended to come back in the X-Men, and they just used SWORD to set up the story. You know, like a crossover, but not a huge overblown one like you usually see nowadays. It’s a way to get fans to buy books they wouldn’t normally get. I’m wondering about the Beast quitting in the most recent X-Men. Are they leaving him free to do SWORD stuff, or are they planning some storyline about him off on his own that won’t leave any room in continuity for the stuff he’d doing in SWORD? I’m worried because the latter option seems to be Marvel’s preference in recent years. I’m also wondering if Warlock’s capture in SWORD is going to contradict what happens in New Mutants. (Last I saw, his head was still detached.)

“I want a Lockheed solo book, preferably one where he plays the John McClane role in a Die Hard scenario. In space.”

In passing, this is very close to how I described what Lockheed gets up to in the next two issues in the original pitch.

Thanks, everyone.

KG

Putting Yasemin’s boobs to one side for a minute, I had no real idea that Scandal was supposed to be Brazilian. Neither the art nor the writing seems to imply that she’s anything other than DC-American. What am I missing?

ZZZ: It’s possible to be down on yourself without having self-esteem problems, and because Yasemin was speaking somewhat dispassionately, I wasn’t sure how much of it was self-esteem problems and how much was a logical assessment of his abilities. The way Simone described her, I imagine in her other appearances it was a bit more obvious that she was down on herself, and the narration in the issue just reinforced it. As this was my first exposure to Yasemin, I didn’t think it was too obvious. That’s what I meant.

Sean: I was just using you because you were first on the thread! I understood what you were saying, though.

Nick: Scandal is Vandal Savage’s daughter, so maybe it’s well established that he’s Brazilian? I’m not sure. You’re right, though – I think it was mentioned once that Scandal was Brazilian, but it’s not too obvious.

Scandal’s mom was Brazilian.

Kelly, it’s fine, I have no objections to what you posted, I just felt I could clarify my end of it.

To me, it’s only when EVERYONE is Power Girl that she stops being viable and becomes
a cliche and an insult. Otherwise, she’s quite a charming and fascinating character. My feeling is,
if any book should at least get a “I wonder why this character dresses like this?” instead of
immediately being lumped in with the crappy Image T&A books of the past, it feels like
Secret Six should be it, where a lot of the characters ARE perverts, but hopefully are
at least human beings, as well.

No worries, I enjoyed your piece and this piece as well.

Gail

So basically, we can’t have a high-heeled action comic character without having some sort of inherent “psychological” self-loathing manifesting in her “trampy” couture? That’s great. Let’s have them don burqas whilst we’re at it, those poor, stupid, damaged women.

Glad to see everyone’s on board with this.

So you’re saying that if you saw a police officer wearing high-heels chasing criminals you would think “nothing wrong with that”? It’s one thing to wear high-heels in contexts where they are appropriate, but crime-fighting is not really one of them. I work in a warehouse and if one of my co-workers came in wearing high-heels I’d think “what the hell is wrong with this person.” I guess that must make me a anti-feminist fascist.

Damn Winterteeth…now I am feening to return to my back issues to find the Ravan/B.T fight again….

S.S 17…wow just wow….and as much as I liked Calafiore’s art in Exiles, his pencils seemed to be more alive here

As far as Kitty goes…again I hate promotions for putting this news out now..Can’t a comic book fan ever just be surprised anymore??? *SIGH*

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