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What I bought – 22 September 2010

“Girls are like slugs – they probably serve some purpose, but it’s hard to imagine what.” (Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes fame)

Marko mad!!!!! Is this cover supposed to be 3-D? Two consecutive issues of Dracula chained up - they need to mix it up! It's Soldier Ant! Onward to glorious Communist future, comrades! He's kicked ass, he's taken names, he's gotten laid ... it's been a good day! It's all Orson Wellesy! Yay, espionage! Oh no - this looks Goth-y! It's about bleepin' time!
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She Has No Head! – Mourning The Loss Of Yet Another Creative Team

Black Widow #1 – 5.  Marjorie Liu (writer).  Daniel Acuna (art and covers).  Blambot’s Nate Piekus (letters).  Marvel.  22-pages, full color.  $2.99.

I’m not sure I know how to write about the first five issues of the new Black Widow series without talking about my concern, frustration, and puzzlement as to why the creative team of Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna is changing just as this great series gets started.  But I’m definitely having some mild deja vu flashback to how I felt when I learned Greg Rucka would not be writing Batwoman.

Let’s be clear – there is very little information out there, and what is out there (from Liu’s blog) says that it was her choice to leave and it was always intended to happen that way, so I’m not trying to blame Marvel.  However, as Greg said in his What I Bought post this past week…WHAT THE HELL?  Okay, Greg said it much more eloquently than that, but I’ve whittled it down to its core. It’s REALLY hard to launch a new comic series these days, especially one with a female lead, so I just don’t know why you’d let the creative team and entire look and feel of a book that’s looking great and getting a good critical response, shift focus.

I certainly understand that Liu can only do what she can do (although why Acuna is leaving at the same time is still a mystery to me since the visuals are such a major part of this book’s identity) and since she’s adding a new X-23 ongoing to her schedule I guess she simply can’t do both.  Liu is also a novelist and I’m sure has many commitments beyond the comic book world (there is a world outside of comics, or so I’ve been told), so she may not have unlimited time for comics.  But I have trouble understanding why anyone (regardless of affection for a character) would abandon Black Widow for  X-23.  I suppose it doesn’t help that as a reader I intensely disliked the X-23 one shot that came out from Liu this past spring, and I intensely liked this opening arc on Black Widow…so there’s frustration there for me.  I look DESPERATELY for good books with strong female leads…and they don’t come around every day and it’s even more rare that they’re actually good – so this is a blow for me.

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What I bought – 25 August 2010

While we wait for chocolate malteds I notice a high-schooler sitting at the counter exchanging looks with the girl next to him. She’s gorgeous, and I’m not the only other one who notices it. The girl behind the counter waiting on them is also watching with an anger she thinks no one else sees. Some kind of triangle. We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people’s lives. (Robert M. Pirsig, from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

He's all loomy, man! How will she elude that bad guy falling out of her outfit like that? I actually liked this cover more than the Dan Brereton one, which surprised me More heroes than you can handle! Guns, guns, and more guns! I wish I had spooky red eyes! Oh, Dash - you're having so many problems! I'm not sure what Steve Rogers is doing in that cover - it looks like he's saying 'BOO' to Fury! This cover is misleading, man! Warning: This scene appears in this comic! Freaky-deaky! Freakier-deakier!!!!
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What I bought – 21 and 28 July 2010

Society had tamed the erratic fellow by co-opting him into the mainstream. For its largest threats, society reserves success. (Richard Powers, from Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance)

Giant robot runs wild!  Film at 11! Ride, Brucie, ride! There's more action on the cover than almost the entire book! That cover is just two panels from the book - couldn't they have spruced up the covers a bit? It's Jaime Hernandez!!!!! That cover doesn't make a lot of sense Continuing the grand tradition of cheesecakery!!!! Ka-Blooooey!!!!!! Man, Bisley is wacky! Buckingham is really doing a nice job on these covers Man, those pants are close to going down! You can practically hear the ringing of the hammer on steel! Who is this crazy snake bitch?!?!?!?! Cosmicky! So scary!!!! I love how the kid wants Thor to sign his copy of issue #1 Look at that wonderful cover! That can't bode well! Seriously with that cover? It's like he's leaping right at you!!!! I wish Brother Night was cooler, man! No good can come of this! Why does he have the stuff on his face? It's the Seventies, maaaaannnnn! It's all about the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, man! Who doesn't love the giant tiki statue with lightning-discharging eyes?!?!?!?
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What I bought – 16 June 2010

Let us not be deluded by forms of government. The word may be republic in France, constitutional monarchy in Prussia, absolute monarchy in Austria, but the thing is the same. Wherever there is a vast standing army, the government is the government of the sword. (Benjamin D’Israeli, 1852)

Ms. Kelly Thompson didn't like this cover, but I kind of dig it! Yes, it's girl-on-girl action - you gotta problem with that? Ruas' covers just creep me out, man! It's the semi-annual issue! Hot damn, Bisley's covers kick ass! Dynamite manages to get a Green Hornet crossover into this book, which is quite a trick! Calling central casting! Nothing's tougher than a cat smoking a cigarette! Spooktacular! I wonder if there is any lamentation of the women in this comic? A work of staggering genius?  I think so! Chicks with swords sell like hotcakes! It's all optical illusiony!
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What I bought – 12 May 2010

You go all your life thinking of your parents as these crushing protective monsters with infinite power over you, and then there’s a day when you turn round, catching them unexpectedly, and they’re just weak, nervous people trying to get by with each other. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)

Bruce Wayne angry!  Grrr!!!!! Hi-YAAAA! Hey ladies in the place I'm callin' out to ya! So many great covers in this series! The covers of this story arc are SPOOKY!!!!! There's a distressing lack of gunplay in this issue! Okay, I've never seen Tora with long hair.  Never ever ever.  Why does she have long hair on this cover? What a fine way to die! I don't hate this Humberto Ramos cover! So much detail! Man, I did NOT see that coming! Sinkiewiczey! Templar-iffic!
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She Has No Head! – Superheroine Trifecta

Sif Panel

Sif gets her drink on in Sif #1

I read three brand new Marvel superhero books this week, all with a female slant (headlining female characters and also featuring female artists, writers, and even editors) and I have to say, buying those books was one of my most enjoyable trips to the comic store in a long while.  It felt good to have beautiful books in my hand that I knew were all about female characters and had women creators on board.  But as they were all one-shots and minis I was also nervous, my experience with minis and one-shots being patchy and disappointing at best.  But I still held out hope…so did they stand up to the anticipation?

Let’s find out, shall we?

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What I bought – 14 April 2010

You stay in prison, what your time calls duty, honor, self-respect, and you are comfortably safe. Or you are free and crucified. Your only companions the stones, the thorns, the turning backs; the silence of cities, and their hate. (John Fowles, from The French Lieutenant’s Woman)

Feel the burn! Now with 100% less Vampire Dimension! The over/under on number of issues this lasts is SIX! Yes, this scene actually appears in the comic itself! Man, I love all of these covers! Look at those dreamy pecs! Something is creepy about that cover, and I can't figure out what! Nothing subliminal to see here, folks! What did poor Will ever do to anyone? Rassum-frassum Cronin! If you don't like Mike Grell's art, you make Baby Jesus cry! Lousy ninjas! Nipples will strike you blind! He's gleefully nutty! Poor Pauly Bruckner!
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What I bought – 4 November 2009

You know, your menstruating heart just isn’t bleeding enough for two.
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