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The Walking Dead #76: Review

16 Aug

I’ll keep this general and brief.

The Walking Dead is worthy of its Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series.  I am glad to pick up each issue month-to-month.  Sure, I could save money if I collected the trades.  And yes, I could probably be more likely to loan things out (although, I have had too many bad experiences with this practice) with a trade.  The problem is: I chomp (pun!) each issue up and cannot wait for the next bit of story.  It’s too good to wait for the trades.  Plus, the waiting is part of the fun and almost reflects a lot of the comics nature.

Anyway, this issue picks up from the surprise at the end of last with Michonne.  Rick flipped and now has to deal with the repercussions… though, they may not all be bad.  The characters come to grips with their past actions.  The next big confrontation is hinted at.  And Rick then answers the telephone.

Art = fantastic.

Overall: near perfection.

But seriously, people.  Read this comic.  Hell, the trades are even in public libraries!  You don’t have to catch up to where the series is currently at to understand and enjoy it.

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Super HeroiHOT #22: Storm

26 Jun

Now that... is power.

I’ve been spending a lot of time over on ComicVine mostly editing the TMNT character pages.  However, I posted a blog on there about my blog over here and the Super HeroiHOTs.  Member J.C. suggested for me to do Storm as a character.  At first, I was a little skeptical because I hadn’t really read too much Storm, but, the more I thought about it, I realized she was/is a perfect character to study.  She really emphasizes all categories for Super HeroiHOT in a female-positive way.  So, expect a high score, and read on to find out how she gets there.

APPEARANCE:

Enjoying that weather much?

Ever since her inception, Storm’s costume has remained fairly consistent.  Even throughout its variations, the costume has remained not revealing but still sexy.  There is no hint at exploitation of the character to the male gaze.

The primary costume is usually black with a white or yellow trim.  The cape usually attaches itself to cuff links or hangs freely.  Overall, the costume is simplistic but very strong.  It emphasizes her body and strength without detracting from her power.

One of the things I also respect is that in the majority of her appearances, her African descent is not lost.  I mean, it’s pretty easy to just draw a normal female figure and slap some brown coloring and call it good, but the art still retains the features that makes her distinctly African.  There is power to her character and she is not subjected to poor treatment by careless artists.

What I learned from comics: white pupils are cool and connote power

Plus, let’s talk about the headpiece.  It is just pure badass.  It’s one of the few things that remains very consistent when she’s in costume.  It’s a simplistic design, but it really nails the African heritage jewelry while emphasizing her face.  I mean, even in its styling it hints at her power.  The angular design is like the lightning while the symmetry suggests her control over it.  Plus, what if it could be used as a boomerang!?  That would be so neat…

Sure, her first appearance had these weird boot-legging things (you can see them in a picture below) that had unnecessary circle slits in them.  Plus, her costume was totally 60s/70s swimwear, but, compared to most other comics characters (at least today), it covered up more skin than the majority of other costumes.

Yucky...

Now, I don’t know why it is (and this photo is of a more recent example from an awful comic) but someone somewhere at some time decided that Ororo would look good with a mohawk.  A white, chaotic, weird-ass mohawk.  This was an entirely poor decision.  Sure, this happens more frequently in earths that are not 616, but it’s still disappointing.  So disappointing, in fact, that I sort of feel like throwing up on it and bleaching it a cacophony of red, orange, and muted green tones.

And, just as a side note, is that baby mutant secretly a stegosaurus?

Emphasizing the pooch

Like most characters, Storm could not escape the 90s.  However, She fared much better than most characters by being covered head-to-toe without a thong in sight.  Nevertheless, the weird stitchings, unnecessary Xs, shoulder pads, terrible Poison perm, and overabundance of white really harms the eyes.

Overall, considering that the majority of her appearances/costumes have remained very respectful, simplistic, and creative, Storm scores big.

Appearance: 9/10


PERSONALITY:

YESSSSS!

Alright, I really couldn’t resist showing how caring Storm is by her watering plants.  Plus, it’s one of those lines that has the side effect of coming off very sarcastically.  Oh, and notice the boot-things.

Anyway, Storm has a very strongly defined personality.  She perfectly fits into the role of a diplomat for Wakanda through her enigmatic leadership (she has also led the X-men for quite awhile before) and love for her people.  She cares deeply for her friends and family.  Plus, her love for T’Challa (Black Panther, King of Wakanda) clearly identifies her as an ideal character and role model.  She can balance a marriage, being a queen, and a member of the X-Men equally to define herself as the powerhouse that she is.

Meaningful plans while walking on the beach

She is there for her husband along with all the numerous other groups, but she is not defined by them.  Her high level of intelligence, creativity, and empathy marks her as one of the most relevant, memorable, and positive characters under Marvel’s wing.

Personality: 10/10


SUPER POWERS:

Thanks, dear!

I figured I’d just have her explain it for you.  In case you can’t read it, it says:

Perhaps not, warrior, but I have power you cannot guess.  Not only can I control the winds of the air, but I can also shape the solar winds, and from them select radiations of specific wavelengths…

In addition, she gets to do a lot of neat stuff with the excuse that she can manipulate the weather… LIKE FLYING!  Alright, a lot of heroes can fly, but she can fly by manipulating the winds!  The winds, people!  Her most defining power is typically her ability to cause lightning to rain down from will.  Now, that’s pretty cool.

However, I’m under the belief that her ability to manipulate air pressure is the most badass power of all.  She can change the pressure in the air of a person’s lungs or in their eardrums.  Therefore, she is a force to be reckon with by not just the large things like thunder, lightning, blizzards, hailstorms, tornadoes, or rain but also the little things.

Almost sorta deadly force

She’s also highly adept at hand to hand combat which helps balance things out when she’s in a bind.  Along with being resourceful, she knows how to pick locks and pick pockets!  Every mutant and human needs to know how to do those things.

T’Challa: Honey, have you seen my wallet?

Ororo: HA! GOTCHYA!

T’Challa: Goddammit, again!?  Really… I have such quick reflexes and heightened senses… but you got me again.

Ororo: Well look at who’s the sore loser, ha!

Not to mention that most people consider her an Omega-level mutant.  Yeah, that’s the most powerful mutant category there is (hence the Omega…).  Therefore, she kicks ass.

I would also like to imagine that she would make a hell of a water purifier which would help my sink out.

Super Powers: 10/10


SECRET IDENTITY:

King and Queen: Badasses

Okay, “Secret Identity” really isn’t that accurate of a description.  I know Rachelle uses the term “Day Job” in her rating of the Super Hunks.  So, let’s just consider Ororo’s “day job.”

RULING AS A QUEEN OVER AN (imaginary) AFRICAN NATION!!!

Sure, alright, the people have often questioned her role as their queen and T’Challa’s decision to marry her… but all of these people have turned out to be EVIL.

In most cases, T’Challa has been decomposed from his position of power whether this be from a coma or something else, and Ororo has had to rule in his stead.  Sure, she has to pray to the occasional Panther God in order to show her approved right to rule over a nation, but she still rocks it.

Plus, if this was a monarchy (down with King George!), I would like T’Challa and Ororo to rule.  They’re caring and not bitchy about being “higher” than their people.  Man, they’re just neat.

Secret Identity: 10/10


ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Marriage Day

On this site, I’ve talked a lot about the myth of marriage usually in the context of some review or something else of the sort.  In this case, Ororo and T’Chala fulfill the myth of marriage.  The hetero-normative coupling is complete.  Typically, passion is subdued for normalcy and the completion of the coupling.

However, this is not the case.

They fulfill the myth, but the passion is not lost.  There is true love between the two of them, and their roles of husband & wife do not cover up their individuality.  A marriage could easily lessen the power of a character by making them reliant on someone else, but T’Challa and Ororo remain very defined characters.  Their appeal is, in fact, heightened by their sustained marriage.  Plus, it brings a whole new dimension to their characters.

+5

Emma and Storm sitting in a torture scene, K-I-S-S-I-....

I don’t really have an appropriate picture for this one, but my description and the cute little Emma Frost/White Queen torture scene will have to do.

Ororo’s main fear is claustrophobia… seriously?  She’s basically useless in tight spaces.  Which, I don’t know, I’ve heard happens a lot when you’re fighting crime, get captured, and have to escape.

-1


FINAL TOTAL:

43/40

or

107.5%

This puts her in a tie with Michonne for first place!

I know that Storm is apparently a controversial character over at ComicVine for mostly the Trolls to pick on, but I am under the impression that she furthers the positive portrayal of women in comics by controlling her sex appeal rather than being controlled by it through the whims of writers and artists.  She is a character that has influence outside of the comic realm and into popular culture.  Not only is she intelligent, caring, sexy, or powerful, but she is ironically more human than most characters in the comic realm.

Just another day in Superhero land

A whole new slew of comic reevus

9 Jun

Well, I didn’t get comics for a month or so… There was a lot waiting for me.

Unfortunately, I forgot to pick up Grizzly Shark and Sea Bear, Return of Bruce Wayne #2, and my LCS still hasn’t received Tales of the TMNT #69.

Overall, I was fairly pleased with my pulls, and I even went out on a limb and bought some Marvel which was, surprisingly, really good.

So, let’s start it off with the bad and move towards the awesome:

Green Lantern #54:

It’s really unfortunate that most of these scenes in this book were sort of seen in others (mostly Brightest Day), and I’m a little tired of Green Lantern.  Honestly, this book is testing my patience.  It looks pretty and Doug Mahnke does his best with trying to make the Star Sapphire costume look not so slutty, but I feel like Geoff Johns is just trying to outdo himself with the next big, cosmic event.  Therefore, character studies are shot down for a rather boring plot.  And Lobo, seriously?  I’m giving this comic three more tries.  If it fails twice in those three times, then it’s out.

The best part of this comic, though, was Dex-Star (the Red Lantern Cat) kicking some ass.

Batgirl #11:

I’ll begin this by mentioning that there isn’t anything inherently wrong with this issue.  I feel like Bryan Q. Miller is doing a knockout job developing a voice for Stephanie.  Sure, Lee Garbett & Pere Perez’s pencils sort of make Stephanie’s boobs fluctuate size on a nearly frame by frame basis, but the art’s overall good.  Everyone’s doing a good job.  My problem is that the comic is doing things that have been done before.  Sure, these are all sort of training exercises for Stephanie, but the stakes are obvious and I don’t feel like there’s any real big threat.  The Calculator is nice, but that’s more so Barbara’s villain.  Is Stephanie going to get any of her own.

As far as dream sequences go, this was one of the more interesting ones out of the thousands out there in comic land.

Girl Comics #2:

I feel like this comic should be longer than it is.  I feel like there should be more stories in it.  Hell, I’m being charged $5 goddamn dollars for it, I might as well get some more stories.  Plus, what’s up with the shipping delay?

Alright, refocus on what’s actually here in the comic.  Unfortunately, it was hit and miss.  I enjoyed the intro again even if it felt like I was rereading the intro from before (I really liked the variation of She-Hulk’s costume).  The Inhumans was kinda bleh.  However, I really liked the hairdressing story because it didn’t really feel like it was shoving the issue of “hey, girls like to get their hair done!” but more so a thing that they do that shows a different aspect of their lives.  I liked the art and coloring on the “Do You Ever?” story even if the script was a bit lacking.  The two page spread of MJ searching for another superhero boyfriend was delightfully taking stabs at the machismo behind many male superheroes which made me pretty giddy.  The Dr. Strange story was a major disappointment.  I just did not understand what was going on.

So, overall, okay, but nothing major.

Batman #700(!):

Alright, I had to dish out the $5 on this landmark issue.  I figured it would probably not be that great, but, strangely, I found it to be pretty gosh darn good.  Now, let me preface it with me walking home 3 and a half miles in the rain worrying about my comics getting wet.  Then, it began pouring – like Puget Sound every day in February pouring – and I sought refuge.  Enter coffee shop and a warm chai.

I opened it up, and found this time-spanning narrative not confusing but, despite being defined by time periods, timeless.  Grant Morrison hit the mark on portraying that, no matter what, there will always be a need for a Batman in comics/the comic world.  Naturally, Frank Quitely’s frenetic energy in his section made a major impression.  It was unfortunate that he couldn’t finish the whole “Today” section.  I feel like they could have simply put a “Tonight” label after the switch to slightly differentiate between the artists and acknowledge the change up.

Now, I’m not a fan of Damien becoming Batman in the future.  Particularly because I think the transition would be too easy for the character… and I don’t like his batsuit.  So, that part was kinda “hmm meh” for me.  However, 2-Face-2 was hilarious as was the final joke.

The “And Tomorrow” section was genius showing off all the different Batmen that have come, gone, or will pass.  I really like the Full masked, silver-emblazoned one.

Overall, this is a pretty good story for a Batman fan with a little bit for everyone.  Sometimes, it didn’t hit the mark.  When it did, though, it was lovely.

Heralds #s 1 & 2:

After reading Kelly Thompson’s review of Her-alds, I decided to give it a try.  And, honestly, I am so glad I did.

Some Superheroes who just all happen to be women get together through an interesting means, and then, all of a sudden, a clones (of scientists and historical figures creating some funny moments with Einstein and later Hitler), Dinosaur, chaotic thing happens.  They bond together over fighting and then come together in the second issue over Frankie Raye and how she plays in the overall importance of recent events.

The art on these issues is amazing.  Some commentators (anonymous comments on other people’s reviews) have said that the art style is too indie or doesn’t differentiate between the women.  I would have to counter this by stating that I am not familiar in any depth with the majority of these characters, and I could tell them apart through facial differences.  Plus, I really like the slim, short-haired She-Hulk.  I mean, she’s lean but with lots of muscle.  Who’s to say the Gamma radiation has to make her bulky just to give her immense strength?

At times, the plot can be a little overwhelming and the dialogue quick, but another read through brings along more enjoyment.  Trust me, the first read is still just as good as you’re briskly trying to read what’s next.  This got me to chuckle aloud, which, as said numerous times before, is a hard thing to do.  Check out the Thompson review to see some pages from the actual book to see the interior art.

Red Robin #13:

Tim Drake-Wayne.  Marriage fake.  Identity.  New duds.  Checklists.  Hard Decisions.  Worth it?

I know that this comic is worth it.  You barely have to be knowledgeable about Tim Drake or this series to still really enjoy it, and the twist is wonderful.  God, I love this comic (and the writer switch – Fabian Nicieza who’s written Tim Drake before – hardly altered anything; a nice transition).

Invincible #72:

Within the Invincible Universe, I feel like Kirkman is at his best with writing violence.  I believe this also probably gives Ryan Ottley much more to play around with.  Anyone noticed the similar attacks Conquest utilizes?  Come on, the frames are nearly the same.

This issue completely surprised me in a good way.  The melodrama’s out of the way, and now it’s just super hard hitting and awesome.  I never knew breathing could be so great!

The Walking Dead #72:

God, does Kirkman know how to nail that final page for every issue.  I mean, it also works really fluidly during the trades, too.  Still, I just love it.

This issue focuses pretty heavy on the adjustment process with emphasis on Michonne, Andrea, and Glenn.  Um, yeah… mostly my favorite characters.  It’s nice to not see any zombies for a bit; although, I’m sure that will change next issue.  This is just such a consistently great comic.

Because the Holy Halo Lightened My Stomach and Sword

27 Apr

Alright, here’s the deal.

You see that zombie losing his head?

That’s me.

Why?  Well, I have an estimated 60 or so pages due in the final two weeks of school.  So, I’m a little busy.

Therefore, I’m in zombie mode… and! it feels like I’m losing my head.  HA! Super Metaphor.

Met with Grandpa Stardust today.

Letter senders contacted me over the comments section of the last letters post.

I’ll post the new ones soon.

Don’t expect too many blog posts in the next couple weeks.

Super HeroiHOT #13: Michonne

7 Jan

Ready, Suckah?

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Super HeroiHOT and I blame some personal matters.  Plus, I’ve been trying to keep up and read a bunch of new and old series with female characters.  In that time I’ve been building a collection of photos to use later down the road.

Nevertheless, it’s about goddamn time I did a post on Michonne.  She’s the strong, mostly silent character from Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead which is one of the best ongoings out there.  Sure, her appearances have been a little numbered lately, but I really think that Kirkman’s going to keep her around for awhile (you never know with him, he basically just draws a name out of a hat for who he’s going to kill next).

Plus, I’m proud to present some more black-and-white comic goodness!

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