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Quickie: Some Things That Are Happening

Just a quick post–

  • As I’m sure you’ve already heard, Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie.  And as I said on Twitter this morning, if you’ve seen Man of Steel or any other Zack Snyder movie, I think Ben Affleck should be the least of our worries.  But the haters are out in full force—there are already petitions popping up demanding a re-cast.  Which, is some legit crazy news, right?  Petitions are for important things, like GMO labeling and putting an end to fracking and building a fully operational Death Star.I have to admit, though, that I love it when stuff like this happens, because then the Internet all comes together on a unified quest for utter hilarity that, strangely, kind of renews my faith that everything in general will be okay.  Besides—I remember hearing some uproar back when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, and look how that turned out.  (I mean, aside from the real-life stuff.)

    Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for that Wonder Woman movie.

  • Speaking of fan rage, Lobo’s getting a redesign!  He’s all New 52’d up—wanna see?  Calm down, though, guys—it’s going to be okay.  Remember what I said above.  Personally, I can’t say I mind this at all, and given what they did to the likes of Amanda Waller and Starfire and Cheshire however many others, it’s only fair the boys should suffer some.  I wonder if DC will actually let this stick.
  • Natalie Dormer is joining The Hunger Games as Cressida.  Woo!  I don’t have much to say about this other than I’m super happy about it.

All right, kids.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’ve been stuck indoors all week at work and/or at home binge-watching seasons of Master Chef; now I’m going to spend the weekend out in the sunshine as much as possible.

xx R

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More Fuel for the Depressing Fire

Misery loves company, and for women in comics, it seems that their magazine counterparts have got it just as bad.  According to this article from Think Progress, America’s top magazines do just as horrendous a job of hiring ladies as the comic book industry does.  There’s some nifty pie charts there as well, illustrating the female/male ratios per publication.  Pretty ridiculous stuff we’re looking at here.  Let’s see … 165 females to 459 males?  Really, The New Yorker?

The article brings up thoughts that are only all-too-familiar:

Because really, the only answer here is not that these publications can’t find women. It’s that they don’t really care if they do or not. These numbers, and the annual discussion of them, seem to have succeeded in making a lot of female journalists and readers angry and frustrated, but they don’t appear to have made editors feel ashamed, much less called to action. And I’m not quite sure what it would take to persuade them to shake off their lethargy and acceptance of the status quo, which really means accepting sexism.

I wonder where I’ve heard/felt/read/written this before.

And hey–did you know that the new Avengers movie trailer came out today?  It’s completely awesome, of course.  But then I look at it and inevitably start counting … one female Avenger.

It’s Wednesday afternoon, and through a girl’s eyes, the world in which I live appears particularly hostile today.


“All we need to do is make sure we keep talking….”

Heeeyyyyyy!  Guess who has had no time to write things?  ME!  Guess who is not at all surprised by this, (I bet)?  YOU!

So rather than do a legit review, I’m just going to talk about anything and nothing … because I would rather make a jabbering post than no post at all.  You’re more than welcome to talk back.

 

So I’ve caught up on the last two issues of Rachel Rising, and oh crap, is Terry Moore freaking me out.  I thought issues 1-3 were creepy … until I read 4 and 5 over the weekend and was taken to a new level of disturbed.  I hope you all are reading this book.  You should have no trouble finding it at That’s E, and as much as I hate promoting digital comics, it was just newly added to Comixology with issue 1 priced at 99 cents, so you have no excuses not to at least try it.  Outside of The Walking Dead, I typically shy away from stuff like this, so the fact I’m still on board here (especially after seeing the cover to issue 9*shudder*), says a lot.

Fatale #2Another AWESOME book I started reading is Ed Brubaker’s Fatale, about which I cannot say enough good things.  Wow.  These are some great comics being made.  When I start to get depressed about stupid gimmicky junk out there, I pick up books like this and my sanity eventually returns.

Speaking of Ed Brubaker and/or, for that matter, gimmicky junk—does Winter Soldier fall into that category?  I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet, but if Brubaker’s name is on the cover, I can’t imagine it will be bad.  Despite my UTTER HATRED of how they handled Bucky’s “death” in Fear Itself, he’s a great character, and I’m excited to read this new title.

 

All right.  That’s enough about the guys.  Let’s talk about the wimmins.

Did you all read Kelly Thompson’s fantastic article on Comics Should be Good?  Because it’s very, very important that you do.  Check it out here.  Please.

I hear that Mera kicks all kinds of ass in this week’s issue of Aquaman.  This makes me happy.

WOMANTHOLOGY!  I preordered my copy last week and I’m soooooo excited to get my hands on it!  If you have not heard about it, this is a record-breaking Kickstarter grassroots project about women, by women, for everyone.  And it’s going to be phenomenal.  Click the link just there, or check out their Twitter page.

Lastly, even though everyone and their mom has already linked to this, I’m going to link to it, too!  A new trailer for Pixar’s Brave is out, and IT IS AWESOME:  http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2012/02/23/new-trailer-poster-for-brave/

Move aside, boys, move aside.

 

That’s all I have this week—check in again soon for more talk about stuff and things.  And in the meantime, you know, comment or e-mail.  It’s fun and I don’t bite that hard.

Have a great weekend, all.
xx R

 


Pants: Never a Good Decision

…at least where Wonder Woman is concerned.

Why hello there, comic shop peeps!  If you’ve been trying to reach me via e-mail and I haven’t replied, please know that I’m not intentionally ignoring you (unless your name is Dario*)—rather, my e-mail has not been working lately.  And by “not working,” I mean “forgot my password.”  Don’t ask me how I managed to do that, but I did, and thus haven’t been able to log in for about three weeks or more now.  EDIT:  fixed!

I am staggeringly behind on my comics reading and haven’t picked up any new stuff in two weeks, so I ask your forgiveness for the lack of reviews.  In the meantime, some notes/commentary:

  • As the final cover and variant cover for Justice League #1 come out, the great pants/no pants debate rages on, and it’s absurdly amusing if not very depressing.  For the record?  I’m pretty thrilled to see the pants gone (although that David Finch cover makes me want to cry).  DCWKA has a pretty great post that rather nicely sums up most of my own feelings on the topic of female character uniforms.
  • Oh.  I finally saw the nixed David E. Kelley Wonder Woman pilot.  To say that it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever watched would be paying it a compliment.  Thank goodness this thing didn’t get picked up.  As I sat there twitching and staring at the television in disbelief, Boyfriend fearfully turned to me at one point and said, “I can actually feel the rage coming off of you right now.”
  • Because I am completely obsessed with comics to the point I spend my … um … “lunch break” (heh heh) reading about comics news on the internet, I just saw that The Source has a first look at Henry Cavill as Superman in the upcoming new movie.  It looks very good, wouldn’t you agree?  And as the article mentions, Laurence Fishburne now has the role of Perry White.  Are we following in the footsteps of a Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury?  Not a bad decision, if you ask me.
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  • Another thing that’s not a bad decision is Marvel’s reveal of who the new Ultimate Spider-Man is.  SPOILERS here and here.  The character’s debut issue hit the stands on Wednesday in Ultimate Fallout #4, so snag a copy while you can.
  • The first issue of Terry Moore’s new book, Rachel Rising, also came out this week.  Is anyone checking this out?  Because you should.  Terry Moore is legit amazing—I would hate for his awesomeness to be eclipsed by the latest Marvel and DC hype.  Really looking forward to getting my hands on this.
  • Speaking of amazing—oh my goodness, Craig Thompson.  I love him.  His new book, Habibi, is coming out in just a few short weeks, and the previews I’ve seen are unbelievably gorgeous.  It makes me feel better to know I’ll have something to look forward to in September when the “New 52” inevitably lets me down.  Also, Mr. Thompson is doing a signing at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square the day after the book comes out, so if you’re in the area, let me know because I will most certainly be there.  PSYCHED, PSYCHED, PSYCHED!
  • Saw Captain America the other week.  It was awesome.  Avengers trailer after the credits brought out my squealing fangirl.  ‘Nuff said.

Okay, that’s all I got!  It’s gonna be a three-day weekend for me, so I’ll catch you punks later!  Happy comic reading!

*Just kidding, Dario, you know I love you!


Poll Results & Miscellaneous

Hey, y’all.  I haven’t gotten my comics in a couple of weeks, so I’m a little behind in the reviews.  I should have some Flashpoint stuff up by next week, if all goes well.  In the meantime, we were in a stalemate in the poll results until someone pushed option number two over the bump into a total of four votes and gave it the lead.  Looks like I’ll be picking up some DC books in September, per your requests.  That said, I am a little surprised that only eight of you voted—given that I know how many page views I’m getting per week, that’s a pretty low number.  Oh well.  Eight of you have spoken, and I shall listen!

Did anyone see Green Lantern last weekend?  I’m hearing some bad reactions to it but I haven’t gotten to the cinema yet.  I wonder if this is one that’s better left for the Netflix queue?

Photo from boston.com article

In other news, I hope you all checked out the comics article on boston.com today.  Worth a read.

That’s all I got for now.  Until next week….


Catching Up on Comics, Big Bang Theory, Crying in My Morning Cheerios, and More

A lot going on lately (I hope everyone in the MA area was safe and sound last night during the crazy storms). I’ve desperately been trying to catch up on a pile of reading, but it’s going slowly, as Captain Couch has been wailing on me pretty hard the last couple of weeks. Our skirmishes have been truly terrible and I have some bruises to show for last night’s fight. My weapon of choice lately has been Chew—I’ve had the first three trades for a while and only recently cracked open the first one, and I LOVE it. Oh man, it’s so good. I’m halfway through volume two right now.

Who’s excited for X-Men: First Class opening this week? I want to be able to check it out some time this weekend; it looks like it has some good stuff going for it. My hopes are high. They’d better be playing it in 2D locally or I’m going to be very depressed.

DC Reboot

Speaking of depression … how about that big ol’ DC reboot that’s coming? So much of me wants to avoid acknowledging it because I’ll probably be reduced to a blubbering mess of tears in my cereal as more information comes out this morning, but EVERYONE else is saying something—despite my avoidant tendencies, I guess it can’t be ignored. That’s right, DC is starting all over again (YET again, yet again) and changing a heck of a lot of stuff. How much/what exactly? We’re still learning; so far I hear talk of a new Hawkman book, Aquaman, Captain Atom, and some other stuff that doesn’t interest me. The most depressing info by far is the fact that Gail Simone will no longer be writing Birds of Prey. I can’t even believe that. Ouch, it hurt me just to type. DC, why can’t we leave well enough alone? I guess Gail is teaming up with Ethan van Sciver for a Firestorm book instead (comicjunkie, you lucky bastard). And I don’t even want to know what the fate of Batgirl is going to be.
Also, this news, if true, is pretty stupid. Ugh. I’m currently an awkward amalgam of rage and despair.

And yet—one thing that’s offsetting my misery is The Big Bang Theory. Friends have been hounding me for ages to watch this and I finally subbed to it on Netflix a few weeks ago. I’m currently on season three and loving it. If you’re a comic book fan, you should be watching this show. Thank you, comic shop peeps! You know who you are!

Umm… what else did I want to touch on? Oh—that NBC Wonder Woman show has been canned. I’m not particularly heartbroken. If anyone happens to find a copy of the unaired pilot somewhere, please share—I’d like to see just how much pain I’m being spared.

Bazinga.”


Join S.H.I.E.L.D.

A number of weeks ago I read about an online promotion for the upcoming Thor movie wherein S.H.I.E.L.D. was recruiting agents.  You went onto their website and entered your e-mail address, and received a message saying that you would be called upon to join the ranks when the time came.  A couple of days ago, I received this—which I nearly didn’t open, as it was sent from “Acura”:

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I had a little mini geek-out at how cool this felt.  Entrance exam for S.H.I.E.L.D.!  I’m going to ace this!  I sat in my work cubicle during my lunch break, logging in and studying the website, feeling all determined.  Of course, this is S.H.I.E.L.D. we’re talking about—they’re not going to let just anyone in.  First thing’s first—and that, my friends, is a fingerprint scan:

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(Click on photos to enlarge.)

Gotta say, a retinal scan would have upped the coolness factor, but this will do.  You have two choices for logging in:

  1. Use your Facebook account to create an agent record
  2. Log in as a visitor (which won’t allow you to save your progress)

I’m not really a huge fan of using my Facebook account to log into other sites, especially when I’m not on my personal computer, so I took the easy way out for now and selected “Vistor.”  It takes you to a narrated mini movie describing the organization and you whirl through a lot of different events and photos and nifty graphs in rapid succession:

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Until you eventually reach this screen:

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Hahaa.  Nice, eh?  Can’t fully say I was expecting that.  It could be worse—it could have been product placement for a Prius (blech).  You’re instructed to customize your vehicle—I chose the TL (although the MDX sports a 2.4 liter turbo, I’m not a huge fan of the midsize crossover) and went on my merry way to the assignments screen.  Getting there, you’re hit with thrilling shots like this, meant to make the fanboy(girl) squee:

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You ultimately come to a series of four “case files,” of which you must complete the first in order to access the next, and so on.  Case L1 is comprised of completing a sector scan to locate a recorded energy disturbance.

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More geeking out upon hitting the “Activate Agent Task” button.  Oooh, it feels so … authorized!  I’m so excited!  Nick Fury, I won’t fail you!

Want to see what comes next?  Too bad.  This is as far as I go.  I’m under obligation from S.H.I.E.L.D. not to disclose any further information.  I’ve already said too much… I bet they’re hovering overhead as we speak.

This was just meant to entice—I can’t do all your work for you, agent.
Check out http://www.joinshield.com/ to sign up and become part of the campaign.