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All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books with LGBT themes (LGBT standing for “Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender”), based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here is an archive of the comics featured so far!
Today we take a look at a cute one-shot by Brian Anderson, Neftali Centeno and Celina Hernandez that takes a humorous look at what life is like for the single gay superhero.
Really, when all is said and done, I think just the page introducing the cast can tell you if this comic is right for you or not. Here is how Anderson introduces us to the cast…
Still with the book?
Okay, then you know what you’re in for! It’s a PG-13 look at sex and superheroics, mostly through an informal chat between friends.
It’s mostly a lot of one-off gags.
Here is one…
And here is another…
And here is another…
Honestly, I felt a lot of the early jokes were a bit on the easy side. I mean, jokes about sex with a guy who can stretch his body parts? It’s almost like going down the checklist of cliched superhero sex jokes.
The book gets more interesting in the second half of the issue, though, as two of the friends discover that the Caped Avenger is having sex with just some normal guy. There’s a twist, of course. That part was quite charming.
Meanwhile, there’s a good riff with Lady Webb and Cosmic Man about coming up with a good pose for the cover of a magazine. The comic book satire was a lot more acute here – I especially love the mockery of the “getting your breasts and your ass to face forward” pose that Lady Web shows off in this issue. That was classic.
Centeno’s artwork is solid enough. It gets the job done. Hernandez does a good job on colors and lettering.
Really, in the end, this is just meant as a goofy one-shot to make jokes about superheroes and sex. That it rises above that at times in the second half is to Anderson’s credit, but for the most part, this is a harmlessly cute comic book. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but the characters certainly seemed to be primed for something with more depth to it to be done with them (as hinted at with the great stuff with the Caped Avenger and the normal guy he’s seeing).
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