Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Is This Gratuitous: City Of Heroes #18


City Of Heroes #18
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
This week's cover comes courtesy of our friends at Top Cow. City of Heroes #18 is a "Ladies' Night" issue and evidently the cover is meant to convey that. The women pictured all appear to be having a good time at a club, and some seem more perky then others. I would have to add that the gal down in the corner right also seems to have a bit of a porn face going to match her insanely perfect breasts.

The cover was drawn by David Nakayama. I have enjoyed his artwork in the past, and particularly would like to note that he drew a story in the Free Comic Book Day Marvel Adventures title. I just am not thrilled by the cover here.

Yes, it is ladies' night, so there is a good time to be had, but I think that the impossible abs and perfect boobs tend to ruin the effect. I was happily surprised that the lead Cowgirl character seemed to be pretty covered up, so that confuses me a bit.

I keep going back and forth. It is no Witchblade cover to be sure, but it isn't exactly subtle. What do you all think?

Is this gratuitous?

10 comments:

Siskoid said...

Covered up, but the cowgirl theme recalls Sin City's stripper and dancing on the bar the decidedly unsubtle Coyote Ugly.

LurkerWithout said...

"Ladies Night" now means dancing on conviently placed stripper poles? I'm gonna say gratuitous. Also why would they be in costume to go out bar-hopping?

Swinebread said...

It's fake boobs night

binary said...

Why bar-hop in costume? Because in the City of Heroes, heroes are pretty much always in costume. The MMO doesn't acknowledge the need for a "secret identity" and the comics (at least the early ones that I read) gloss over it too. It's silly, but there you go.

Jeff Rients said...

Gratuitous.

Lisa said...

Well, they are all pretty well covered and I didn't see anything really bad here. They are in costume because it's City of Heroes - they are heroes in costume. And the costumes do resemble those that you'd see in-game.

Yes, there was the gal dancing on the bar, but who hasn't done that? Even I've done that - not in a cowboy hat, but I've gone out with the girls and danced on a bar or two back in the day.

Carl said...

Truthfully? Unless this was a giant poster or something like at a con, blown up to 10 feet high, I probably wouldn't notice it. Perhaps we need some real shockers for the uber-jaded among us...

Kirk Jarvinen said...

Not as gratuitous as the gorgeous MADAME MIRAGE cover is:)

Heidi Meeley said...

Thank you so much for your opinions here! My favorite part of this serial is the fact that I get such wonderful comments from a classy group of folks.

After reading your comments, I would have to say that the cover is mildly gratuitous, just not quite as fluffy as some of the "bad girl" covers I have seen.

I can see what Lisa means about going out with the girls- God knows the trouble I get into out with friends! (Right Kirk? :-) )

All in all, I would say that the cover does go a bit far, but it isn't in the big leagues of over emphasis!

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