Monday, October 31, 2005

New Comics for November 2

Jonah Hex 1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Happy Halloween! Thank you for all the great costume ideas as well! I really appreciate it. To celebrate pumpkin day, here is a list of comics I am picking up this week.

Desolation Jones #4
Firestorm #19
Jonah Hex #1 (pictured at right)
JSA #79
Outsiders #30
Superman #223
Swamp Thing #21
House of M #8 (of 8)
Powers #14
Punisher #27
Ultimate Spider-Man #85

Thank God it's a light one! Have a great week!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Quick Takes for October 30

Captain America 11
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Hey all! I just posted a set of quick takes up over at 4 Color Review/ Kung Fu Rodeo. All comics were termed either trick or treat depending on the book.

If you get a chance, go take a look.

Also, Jim and I went and got a costume for me today. We caved, and I am now the great and powerful Oz. Too funny.

Take care and have a wonderful Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Comics Picked up at the Seattle Comicard Show

Detective Comics 489
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I finally sat down and started looking through the wonderful comics I picked up at the Seattle Show last Sunday. I went on a tear picking up old Batman Family related Detective Comics issues. I had some of the copies already, but I had read them so often as a young girl that they were falling apart.

Pretty much all the swag I picked up was older stuff, befitting my age. Hee hee! Here is a rundown!

Adventure Comics #420 (starring Super Girl): I love the old school Super Girl comics. The resurgence of interest in her character has sparked my interest as well. I have most of her series issues, so it is fun to pick up her issues in the Adventure run. Kara Danvers was one of a kind, and still hasn't been fully duplicated in the later incarnations.

Detective Comics #399, 481, 482, 485, 486, 487, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, and 494: Whew! What list, huh? With the exceptio of issue 399, all these issues are Batman Family style, which absolutely rules. If you have never checked out the series during this period, give it a gander. It is one of the best periods of Batgirl lore in my humble opinion, and the Dick Grayson stories are a joy.

Justice League of America Volume 1 #52 and 54: In my search to fill in my JLA issues, I have from issue 84 on up, and half of the issues before that. My ultimate goal is to get the entire run, even though I know it is spendy. I always go for "reader" copies when in doubt. I love the older JLA issues. They molded a lot of my expectations of comic books today, and that means a great deal to me.

Shanna The She Devil #1: This is the bronze age version, not the naughty Frank Cho rendering. I wanted to check out Shanna's roots and wasn't disapointed. It is a whole different point of view, and she is definitely savage back in the day.

I am thrilled with the books I picked up at the con, and am looking forward to having a chance to take my time reading them.

Random Musings

Hey there! I hope you are all having a lovely Saturday. Our leaves are turning, and it is absolutely beautiful.

I still have no clue what to dress up as for Monday. My co-workers are going for a Wizard of Oz theme, but my choice is The Wizard or Cowardly Lion, and neither excite me. Maybe I will just go in my pajamas. No clue here.

Bad news- I found out I have to have major surgery on December 2. I am in a funk, so humor me please. In the meantime, I will endeavor to get through my list of up and coming female characters starting tomorrow.

Jim and I are going to see a movie of some sort tonight. Not sure which one, but it will beat sitting around the house being depressed, so I am on it!! We have narrowed it down to Zorro or Weather Man. While neither really inspires, it is better then nothing.

Hopefully things are going well for you! Have a wonderful weekend! I will be back with some thoughts on this week's comics and my last female list.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

What's Your Costume?

What is everyone going to dress up as for Halloween this year? I am having a tough time figuring out what to do with myself this time around, and time is running out.

Back in 2003, I was a amalgam of my favorite super heroines. In 2004, I was She-Hulk. How can I top that?

I am open to suggestions as long as they are constructive. Saying "Hey go as a whale, Fat Ass" doesn't cut it.

Have a great evening! Happy comic book reading!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Mera by David Hahn

Mera by David Hahn
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Just a quick update tonight. Pictured is the sketch of Mera by David Hahn. Pretty sweet, huh? I had this done at the Seattle Comicard Show last Sunday.

Thank you to Mr. Hahn for such a wonderful rendering! I put it with my other sketches of DC Heroines.

Check out David Hahn's website at:

Monday, October 24, 2005

New Comics for October 26

SIP 77
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I am still catching my breath from the Seattle Comicard Show and it is already time for another week's comics. Here is a list of the books I am picking up this week.

Revelations #3 (of 6)
Adventures of Superman #645
Catwoman #48
Flash #227
Jack Cross #3
JLA #121
JLA Classified #13
JSA Classified #4
Legion of Super Heroes #11
Loveless #1
Wonder Woman #222
Wraithborn #2 (of 6)
Age of Bronze #21
Darkness #24
Girls #6
Noble Causes #14
Witchblade #91
Amazing Spider-Man #525
Black Panther #9
Black Widow 2 #2 (of 6)
Captain America #11
Daredevil #78
Defenders #4 (of 5)
Hulk Destruction #4 (of 5)
New Avengers #12
New Thunderbolts #14
New X-Men #19
Sentry #2 (of 8)
Ultimate Secret #4 (of 4)
Wolverine #35
Young Avengers #8
Strangers in Paradise #77 (pictured)

One comic book I will NOT be picking up is Teen Titans #28. It is part two of the story done by Gail Simone and Rob Liefeld. Not only is it a month late, but the first part was sheer crap. I don't care how part two goes, I refuse to spend my money on garbage.

Otherwise, the week looks promising. I hope to have more information on the Seattle Show and get back to my final list of female characters.

Take care!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Seattle Comicard Show is a Wonderful Experience!

This Fall's Seattle Comicard Show was held today in the Emerald City. It was an intimate event that went over well as a buying show. The retailers that were involved reported serious purchasing, and an attention to shopping. Top this off with Mercury Studios and other great artists in the house, and the Seattle Show was a good time had by all.

Jim and I were in line by 9 a.m., so consequently we were at the front. We had a great conversation with a couple of other people in line while waiting for 10 a.m. to come around. There was no pushing or rushing in at the door, so the day was off to a pleasant start.

We wandered over to the creator's area right off the bat to get comics signed and possible sketched. We hit up Matthew Clark first, and Jim bought a page of his Adventures of Superman art. Matt is a nice guy, and was willing to chat with us for a few minutes. He is presently drawing Outsiders, and his tenure has been extended to a year and a half. He just finished issue 31 in two and a half weeks, and is jumping into character designs for the "Jump ahead" period of the title during Infinite Crisis. We are really excited for Matt and wish him all the success in the world.

Next stop was Matt's partners in Mercury Studios Paul Guinan and David Hahn. What nice guys! I bought a trade paperback from Paul that I will hopefully review soon. It is called "Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate" and was written by his wife Anina Bennett. Paul drew a sketch for Jim that I am sure he will be posting over at his site soon.

Lucky for me, David Hahn did a sketch of Mera for me. I will hopefully post it later this week. I also bought a trade paperback entitled "Private Beach" that I hope to review here as well. Many thanks to both David and Paul for their great kindness.

We had quite the shopping day. I bought several old school Detective Comics, and a few others. I will run through that list this week. I didn't spend all my money, but I was able to find some wonderful deals at our friends Randy and John's table. Talk about nice guys- Randy and John are the best.

I wasn't feeling great- the old fibroids were acting up, and Randy let me sit in a chair in his booth. A really big thanks to him for that. I can't express how much that helped me, as I was really hurting.

Jim and I ran into Jim Demonakos, Image's marketing guy, and one of the organizers of the Emerald City Comicon. He has a great sense of humor, and works his ass off. He is pictured at right talking to David Hahn.

Okay, I think I am done name dropping now. I hate myself for that, but the damage is done. As long as I am being a total blow hard, let me say how much Jim and I like Randy Emberlin. He and his wife are the nicest people around, and he always treats Jim and I with great kindness. If you get a chance, check out his work on the new Mr. T. mini series. His website is

Jim and I hope to have exciting news for you in the near future. We are making plans to have a fantastic 2006, and have made a big play for April to have a bit of a coming out party. More details to come.

Thank you to Steve Miner and all the wonderful people who make the Seattle Comicard Show such a fun experience for Jim and I every time. We appreciated it and look forward to it.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Review of She-Hulk 2 #1 up at 4CR!!

She-Hulk 2 #1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.

Hey there! Happy Friday! If you get a chance, wander over to Kung Fu Rodeo (old schoolers know it as 4 Color Review) and take a look at the review I did on She-Hulk Volume 2 #1. I had a lot of fun with it, and hope you enjoy it as well!

Take care! Have a great weekend!

Come Meet the Man Behind Last Kiss!

Last Kiss sample
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
If you are in Seattle on Sunday, October 23, come to the Seattle Center and attend the Seattle Comicard Show. I know I have already been talking it up, but make an appearance if for no other reason then to pick up one of John Lustig's great postcards as shown. Last Kiss Comics is a wonderful example of a cool thing people are missing the boat on. The humor is spot on, and the concept is outrageously fresh.

Come take a gander! Jim and I will be wandering around checking out the deals and pestering artists for sketches. It will be a fun time! See you there!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

My Favorite Blog!

Mu hubby blogging!
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
For those who might not be in the know, my husband Jim has a blog that is one of the best out there right now. It is called The Comic Asylum, and it is the top link on my favorites over to the right.

If you get a chance, check out Jim's blog. Current topics include his "cover of the week", a Frank Cho news story, and a couple of great opinion pieces on drama and the end of the Rampage. Jim's blog has a different tone then mine, and he isn't afraid to tackle the tough issues. I love to go to his blog and see what he is up to, and it isn't just because I sleep next to him at night.

If you get a chance, click the link and go visit The Comic Asylum. It is a lot of fun, and thought provoking to boot. I am proud of my hubby's work, and think it only right to share the word.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Make An Appearance at the Seattle Comicard Convention!

Space Needle
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Hey Everyone! The Seattle Comicard Convention is this Sunday, October 23 at the Seattle Center, which is located right in the same park area as the world renowned Space Needle! From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can search for comics and anime to your heart's content.

There will also be some great creators there as well. They are as follows:

Ben Hansen- artist: Dark Powers
Chad Du Lac- artist: The Gifted
David Hahn- creator/artist/writer: Private Beach
John Lustig- creator: Last Kiss, writer: Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge
Liriel McMahon- creator/writer/artist: Bad Blood
Matthew Clark- artist: Outsiders, Teen Titans, Adventures of Superman, Wonder Woman
Paul Guinan- co-creator/artist: Chronos, Heartbreakers, Boiler Plate
Randy Emberlin- artist/inker: Amazing Spider-man, Ghost, The Man with the Screaming Brain, Mr. T
Tiana Tampico- artist: pix

Committed Comics, Mocktales, QEW Publishing, and Rorshach Entertainment will all have tables as well. If you have a chance, come and check out their wares!

If you are going to be in the Seattle area on Sunday, make an appearance. Admission is just $4 or $3 with a can of food. It is worth every penny plus some!!

Monday, October 17, 2005

New Comics for October 19

CA 1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Here we are at another Monday already! I am still feeling a bit crappy, so I will keep things brief. Here is my list of comics for the week:

Conan #21
Astro City The Dark Age #4 (of 16)
Authority Revolution #12 (of 12)
Batgirl #69
Batman #646
Batman Gotham Knights #70
Birds of Prey #87
Captain Atom Armageddon #1 (of 9) - see pic at right for cover
Green Lantern Recharge #2 (of 6)
Hellblazer #213
Justice #2 (of 12)
Manhunter #15
Superman #222
Top Ten Beyond The Farthest Precinct #3 (of 5)
Vice #1
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #19
She-Hulk 2 #1 - YAY!!!
Ultimate Fantastic Four #24
Ultimate Spider-Man #84
X-Men #176

It should be a good week for comics, and for fun as the Seattle Comicard Show is this Sunday. I hope to see you there!

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 16, 2005

New Short Takes at Kung Fu Rodeo

JLA 120
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I just posted a brief short takes review at Kung Fu Rodeo/4 Color Review. If you get a chance, take a look.

I have been feeling yucky, so I have took a few days off from blogging. Hopefully, I should be back up to speed tomorrow.

In the meantime, if I might direct your attention to the link at the right titled "Seattle Comicard". There will be a Seattle Comicon next Sunday, October 23. Jim and I will be there, and we hope to see you as well!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Portland Comic Book Show: Seen & Heard

The Portland Comic Book Show was a great experience in many respects. First, meeting Pamela and Kirk Jarvinen was an absolute pleasure, one I rhapsodized about earlier. I look forward to seeing them again, and can't say enough nice things about them.

Otherwise, we were able to go through the creator's alley without a lot of lines, which was like a dream. We started with Aaron Lopresti, because I wanted to see if his wife would be there. I went to high school with her, and hadn't seen her for over 10 years. Unfortunately, she wasn't coming in, but I was able to pass on my greetings. Jim was able to get a great head shot of Kyle Rayner from Aaron as well.

Jim was able to get a fabulous sketch of Kyle Rayner from Kirk Jarvinen and also picked up one from Phil Foglio. They had a nice dialogue, and Phil seemed well known and well respected. It was a thrill to look at his wares. Next time I would like to get goggles from him.

I discovered Last Kiss, a new twist on romance comics done by John Lustig. What a great book! Lustig also had magnets a greeting cards, and I picked a few up. Lucky for me he will also be at the upcoming Seattle Con, so hopefully I will be able to buy more then. If you get a chance, go to his website at

Good gossip of the show was about a local creator who seems to be getting too big for his britches and embracing the word "super star" without quite being there. Taking a cue from uber expensive Michael Turner, this creator is jacking up his prices and expecting the fans to like it. I can hardly wait to see what the future holds for this formerly humble fella. I hope he doesn't crash and burn.

Shopping was incredible. If I wouldn't have been on a budget, I would have had a really good time. Somehow I kept some self control and was able to save $43 for the upcoming Seattle show, which I will be pimping here soon. My coolest purchase was a page of JLE art from Ron Randall. That gentleman is another class act.

We ran by civilian for the day Matt Haley and his friend who I am embarrassed to say that I don't know her name. She is a very talented artist in her own right, and has a site At any rate, Matt told us that GI Spy is going to be a PS game, so it sounds like an exciting future. He is very busy, but will be at Emerald City next April. Go check out his stuff at His commissions are incredible, and his art just keeps getting better.

We went by our favorite retailer's booth, but decided to hold back until the Seattle show in two weeks. Randy and John will have their full assortment of stuff, and we can hardly wait.

Overall, I would definitely have to rate the Show an A. Meeting Pamela and Kirk, getting a little gossip, buying original art, and of course some awesome books made it a fabulous day.

The next show will be Sunday, March 5, 2006. Featured guests listed are: Gail Simone, Kirk Jarvinen, Gary Martin, Randy Emberlin, and Daniel Cooney with more to be announced. Mark your calendars!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Infinite Crisis is Here!

IC 1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Jim and I went to the comic book shop during lunch to pick up the weekly stash, and it felt like 1985 all over again, picking up the first issue of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Same excitement level, but with a bit more money in my pocket then back then- I was a poor college student when the original came out! Now at least my steady paycheck can handle it a bit better, even if I am paying at least twice as much!

I glanced through it, and Infinite Crisis #1 lives up to the hype. If you weren't going to pick this up, you may reconsider. If you aren't sure still, at least look at one. The art by Phil JImenez is killer, and Geoff Johns' words have the exact right vibe.

I cannot wait to go home tonight and read it again proper! Let me know what your thoughts are as well!

Have a great evening!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Portland Comic Book Show- Books I got!

Pictured is the Portland Show from the good seats! It was so much fun and such a great selection, that the day went way too quickly. I was fortunate to pick up some great stuff, and thoughtI would run down my list.

Avengers Vol. 1 #26 & 27: I had always wanted to read part two and had never found it, and I had read the first part in Marvel Triple Action, so picking this story up for $9 was a steal. Truly classic Avengers action.

Adventure Comics #383, 397, and 401: Old school Supergirl goodness. Also an interlude with the 1960's swingin' costume.

Last Kiss #2 and 3: John Lustig has a great idea going with this new spin on romance comics. Go to to see what I mean.

Kolchak Black, White, & Red; Tales of the Night Stalker #5 and 6: Drawn by the very talented Kirk Jarvinen. Awesome stuff.

Teen Titans Vol. 1 #4: First Speedy in teh Titans. I have wanted this issue for so long! To have it is an indescribable thrill.

I got a few other comics from the dollar bins, so I was pretty happy. Overall I would give my haul a grade of B.

Tomorrow I hope to have descriptions of sights and sounds and industry gossip. Have a wonderful evening and happy reading!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Portland Con Teaser Report

Jim and I are back from Portland Comicon today. We had an absolutely wonderful time, and the highlight had to be meeting the wonderful Pamela Jarvinen. She is the nicest, most classy lady around these parts, and it was a pleasure to meet her. If you get a chance, check out her topnotch blog Her husband Kirk is quite fabulous as well! His artistic skills are incredible, and he is very nice. He and Pamela are great, and we look forward to seeing them again. Pictured is Pamela and I posing for Jim's lens.

There is more to tell, but I am a bit tired from driving so much this weekend, so I am planning to tell my report in pieces as the week progresses. Strange moment of the con was realizing that we were standing in the arena where the Portland Winterhawks normally play hockey.

Thank you again to Pamela and Kirk for being so congenial and sweet!

More con report madness to follow!

New Comics for October 12

100 Bullets 65
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Holy Crap- Infinite Crisis is here! Time to see what DC is up to after all the build up! I also noticed a lot of other great titles coming out this week. Here is my list.

100 Bullets #65 (see pic at right)
Action Comics #832
Fables #42
Firestorm #18
Green Arrow #55
Hawkman #45
Infinite Crisis #1 (of 7)
JLA #120
Majestic #10
Nightwing #113
Villains United #6 (of 6)
WIldcats Nemesis #2 (of 9)
Y The Last Man #38
Necromancer #2
Cable Deadpool #21
Exiles #71
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1
Ghost Rider #2 (of 6)
House of M #7 (of 8)
Marvel Knights 4 #23
Mutopia #4 (of 5)
Ultimate X-Men #64
Wolverine #34
Fathom #4

Have a wonderful week! After I exhaust my Portland Con reporting this week I will be starting another list- my final one about the ladies. Stay tuned in for the madness!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Off to the Show!

Jim and I are attending the Portland Comicon this weekend, as I had mentioned earlier in the week. In order to make things even funner, we are going to spend some time with our nephews and help my family out on the farm. I also threw in a little work on the weekend, so I am meeting with one of my sales people to check in their inventory. Never a dull moment.

If you are at the Portland Con, look for Jim and I. I will probably be wearing my black 4 Color Review t-shirt and Jim will have on his Green Lantern Kyle Rayner shirt. We will probably be bickering, and I will be complaining about how I need to sit down because of my health problems. Also, Kurt Busiek usually rolls his eyes and pretends not to see us, so that is a definer in itself. Face it, we are easy to spot!!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend! I am taking it off blogging, so I will see you again Monday for a new comic book list and Tuesday to regroup and start a new list.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

New Reviews up at Kung Fu Rodeo

Powers 13
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
If you get a chance, head over to 4 Color Review/Kung Fu Rodeo for a mess of new reviews. Site owner Steve covers JSA #78, Gotham Central #36, and Powers #13 while I have a different perspective on said book plus quick takes on several other titles.

It is all good fun over at 4 Color Review/Kung Fu Rodeo, so hop over and take a look!

Harsh! Hated Female Characters #1: Jade

Outsiders 16
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Don't start the egg throwing yet, gang. There are reasons I have never been a fan of Jade and I am going to explain them to you now.

From day one in Infinity Inc. Jade has rubbed me the wrong way. Pampered and conceited, Jade reminded me of the snobby girls in high school. As the daughter of Green Lantern Alan Scott, maybe my expectations were pretty high, but I was looking for a hero cut from the same cloth and that didn't happen here.

Jade's relationship with men has been extremely disfunctional. Dating Brain Wave Jr. was certainly not a step in the right direction. Between his problems and her preoccupation with immaturity, it was a match made in hell. Throw in Jade's wacko brother Todd AKA Obsidian, and it gets even uglier.

When Infinity Inc. ended, Jade became notorious for a nude spread in Bikini Magazine. From that moment on, her stock fell even further in my eyes. She coached the Blood Pack for a time and made the Hollywood social scene trying to be an actress and model. Any flicker of respect I had died then and there.

The low blow came when Jade dated Kyle Rayner. Now I am a fan of Kyle and the Green Lantern members in general, but to me Jade just never fit in. She and Kyle started their relationship the right way- as friends, but ended it when Kyle went to outer space and Jade stayed on earth and found a boyfriend in the meantime. Jade had a chance to tell Kyle that things were wrong but didn't. Then she started messing around with another fella, which culminated in Kyle catching them at his apartment together. Ugly stuff.

Jade is currently a member of the Outsiders team. I haven't been impressed there either. Taking a leadership role while calling Roy and Dick on the carpet hasn't set well with me. To me, Jade just hasn't found a niche.

I have never been happy with the way writers have handled Jade, and wish that they could take "Jen Hayden" and make her get past the baggage and turn over a new leaf. Her powers are awesome, and she is a legacy hero so I know there is potential there. I just don't feel it has ever been tapped. The writers need to get Jade away from the men and have her take a solo turn like she did in Green Lantern #109. To me, that has been the best example of what Jade can be.

I would also like to see Jade and Alan work together as a team up. Otherwise, it would be interesting to see Jade team up with Wonder Girl or Raven to get a new perspective.

Come on DC- take this character and give her some depth. Maybe then she can get the hell off my top hated female list and make the list of women with potential.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Harsh! Hated Female Characters #2: Maxima

Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Number two on my list of hated female characters is Maxima. Ruler of another world, Maxima came to Earth to mate with Superman, only to be rebuffed time and time again. She served in the Justice League for a time, and had a short ill-conceived fling with Captain Atom before heading back to the more villainous side of life.

Maxima just never resonated with me. She was written as unlikable and it worked. Unsympathetic and ruthlessly obsessed, Maxima could irritate the most pious nun. Her interactions with her fellow heroes while in the JLA was tepid at best. Maxima is a former ruler and could never get past her royal ego.

For a time, Dan Jurgens tried to play Maxima as misunderstood, but it never really did stick. There was too much rule breaking and mistreatment under the bridge. Maxima's best moment was insulting Guy Gardner's offer to "mate" with her. Beyond that, Maxima is quite simply, a pain.

I am interested to see if Maxima shows up again in DC continuity, or if her time is done. I hope not, but my gut tells me she is lingering around, soon to be seen again.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Harsh! Hated Female Characters #3: Jesse Quick

Jesse Quick
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Jesse Quick makes my list by virtue of the fact that she slept with her mother's boyfriend. Add the fact that she got extremely flaky and didn't seem to be trustworthy, and that is enough to propel Jesse to the number three spot on my list.

I started out really liking the Jesse Quick character. She is a legacy since her father was Johnny Quick and her mother is Liberty Belle. Jesse Chambers seemed like a great addition to the Flash family, and I was psyched to see a woman speedster. Jesse participated in several adventures with Wally, Jay, and Bart, even saving the day a time or two.

I admired the fact that Jesse ran her father's company after his untimely death. I also related to the fact that her mother was nit picky in respect to the way she lived her life. Jesse was the everyday girl who just happened to have access to the speed force.

Then Jesse joined the Titans and was made out to be a shrill, childish witch. To top it off, she did the whole sleeping with Mom's boyfriend/fiance' thing, which was so out of character that it blew my mind.

If a new creative team would come along and explain the whole thing as mind control, I would consider taking her off my list. Jesse needs a chance at redemption, but until she gets it, she will remain on my list. Sorry all!

Monday, October 03, 2005

New Comics for October 5

Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Can you believe it is already Monday evening? The week is once again going to go quickly, so be ready!

Here is a list of the goodies I am picking up this week and it is a long one!

Aquaman #25
DC Special The Return of Donna Troy #4 (of 4)
Detective Comics #812
JSA #78
Outsiders #29
Rann Thanagar War #6 (of 6)
Son of Vulcan #5 (of 6)
Swamp Thing #20
Wonder Woman #221
Freshmen #3 (of 6)
Witchblade #90
Incredible Hulk #87
New Thunderbolts #13
Powers #13
Punisher #26
Uncanny X-Men #465
Fathom: Cannon Hawke #1 (see pic at right)

Have a great week and keep checking back in as I get closer to number one on my list of most hated female characters!

Take care!

Harsh! Hated Female Characters #4: Icemaiden

Ice Maiden
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
No, I'm not talking about Tora AKA Ice. The Icemaiden I am referring to is Sigrid Nansen. She was Icemaiden in the Global Guardians before Tora but had many fears and doubts that crippled her and made her resign in shame.

When Tora died in action, Sigrid came on board to try and carry on Tora's legacy. Sigrid bonded with Fire and Nuklon in that incarnation of the league starting in Justice League America #98. She has since faded back in the wood work, but was last seen dating Olivia Reynolds, Hal Jordan's old flame, and was still in the hero business.

What I don't like about this incarnation of Icemaiden is the dreaded insecurities. Sigrid was so fraught with fear of failure that her character never had a chance to blossom. I was also disapointed that the crux of her storyline was put on her sexuality instead of her heroism. I have no problem with her orientation, and thought that if the focus had been put on carrying on for Tora instead of "is she or isn't she", she could have blossomed further.

Her insecurities and the long, weird talks Sigrid had with Fire got on my nerves as well. I'm a chick and it got way to flowery for me. I am still trying to figure out why writer Gerard Jones put such a focus on what was wrong with Sigrid and her failures instead of bringing her up to speed.

I also didn't like Icemaiden's costume. In my book, both she and Fire needed to put on more clothes. To regain her dignity, it would have helped to cover up a bit. Fire is more of a challenge since she actually turns to flame, but there is no reason why Icemaiden couldn't have gotten some special treatment.

My verdict is that Sigrid was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would be interested to see how she would do in a new or different team with more bravery and a new outlook on life.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Portland Con is on Sunday, October 9

Is anyone out there going to the Portland (Oregon) Comicon this upcoming Sunday? Jim and I will be there with bells on and were wondering if we would see anyone we knew there.

Guests include:
Michael Allred
Kurt Busiek
Dan Cooney
Randy Emberlin
Michael Eury
Phil Foglio
Aaron Lopresti
Anina Benett & Paul Guinan
John Lustig
Tom Orzechowski
Ron Randall

If we are lucky, we should also see Kirk Jarvinen, and maybe Matt Haley. I am greatly looking forward to it! Let Jim and I know if you will be attending, maybe we can say "Hi" if nothing else!

New Review up at 4CR

Ultimate Iron Man #4
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
If you get a chance, go over to Kung Fu Rodeo/4 Color Review and check out my quick takes review for the week. I covered Ultimate Iron Man, JLA, and Young Avengers to name a few.

Happy Sunday to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Harsh! Hated Female Characters #5: Spoiler

Robin #4
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Spoiler is a character that never resonated with me. When she first came around and started flirting with Robin, I thought it was kind of cute, but then her character was so all over the board that I gave up and lost interest.

Depending on who was writing Spoiler at the time, she was a pregnant teen who gave up her baby for adoption, an innocent flirt, Robin's devoted gal pal, or a lost child of a notorious super villain. Sometimes she was all of the above. It just depended on who was telling the story, or what niche needed filling. Once the new Batgirl came around, writers really lost a feel for the character that never rebounded.

Spoiler never really found her groove. To me, becoming Robin was going to be her redemption, but alas, she was set up to be killed instead. Now, unless she comes back from the dead, we will never know where she could have gone, but that isn't neccesarily a bad thing.

As Stephanie Brown, the daughter of the Cluemaster, Spoiler had a chance, but then she lost her way. RIP Spoiler, you're in a better place now.