Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Madame Mirage #1 Rocafort cover

This week we have Madame Mirage #1 from Top Cow as our contendor for gratuitous glory. I have to admit to a lack of surprise at seeing that the issue was "Oversized" as the cover had pretty much given that away.

The real magic here is how her chest got so, well, hmmm..., busty. I have never seen a wonder bra that is that good, so I am assuming Madame Mirage used a spell? Also I am a bit curious where her nipples are. They have got to be ready to pop out at any moment, but it seems like the top part of her chest is disproportionate to the bottom part. I surely have never seen breasts like that nature.

Once I get past the chest, I kind of like the sassy veil and the tilt of her hat. It just is tough to get to that part as the main attraction is not the face. I am really surprised that Kenneth Rocofort's cover seems to top Greg Horn's in terms of bodaciousness.

As I sit here in shock at the incredible gravity defying nature of Madame Mirage's glory, I can only ask one question.

Is this gratuitous?

14 comments:

Eaglewing said...

Not gratuitous so much as just ignoring the laws of physics. So, having said that, I must carefully study every inch of this cover - in the name of science, of course.

I have no idea who Madame Mirage is, but maybe she knows Where in the World Carmen Sandiego is. She's a vamped up dead ringer. There's an odd '90s reference for ya...

Swinebread said...

Those are some big Boobs... Isn't she supposed to be patterned after a real person?.

Mark Engblom said...

Gratuitous.

MIght as well plaster a burst with the words "BOOBS!" on the cover.

They really do think we're all a bunch of mindless horndogs, don't they?

Jenny said...

Definitely gratuitous and perhaps a bit unfortunate... I was actually interested in this series when I saw the initial preview art (I love the hat and the noir-ish feel to it...) But I'd be a little embarrassed to purchase a comic with a cover featuring, erm, features that large and exposed.

Nothing against boobs, but those are a bit excessive.

Lisa said...

Well, how else will they get the average comic book buyer (male) to pick up a non-superhero comic? It doesn't matter what's on the inside, as long as it's got boobs on the cover. Meanwhile women like Jenny are being scared off by what is probably a good comic book.

All I know is that if your breasts become larger than your head (as picture) you should probably see a doctor for a reduction before you end up with a slipped disk or crushed vertibre.

Carl said...

Welp, at my shop, they put the poster on the free shelf by the door, since of course Marvel and DC are the only ones to go up. I snagged it since I didn't want to see it trashed and like Paul Dini a lot. Looking at the poster (which I just did) it's not really the size I would say, it's the high sheen and glow of "Das Bosoms", like someone took a buffer to them. I couldn't find a copy at my shop, so either I missed it or it sold out. And you know, the fact we are adults buying "children's" items, comics has a stigma according to some narrow-minded adults. I am not ashamed of buying anything, matter o'fact I love to point out the Tim Virgil books I buy with all the sexy women and devils carrying on. Shameless, yes, that is my middle name...

Heidi Meeley said...

I have to tell you that after a full day's reflection, I still can't get over the boobs. This is definitely gratuitous.

Eaglewing- I like your idea of further research. :-)

Swinebread- she is supposedly patterned after Misty Lee who is Paul Dini's wife and a magician in her own right.

Mark, you said it for real!

Heidi Meeley said...

Jenny and Lisa- you make excellent points. I have mixed emotions about walking up to the counter and buying that book without feeling a bit foolish. God forbid my fellow customers think I am buying it for the boobs! :-)

I was planning to pick it up because I am a fan of Paul Dini's writing, and I think the concept is great. It is sad that a cover designed to attract a certain demographic can also chase another away.

Heidi Meeley said...

Carl, this is why I love to hear from you, my friend. Your comment about the boobs being "buffed" and "shined" pretty much says it. Is that body glitter I detect?? :-)

Jeff Rients said...

Any time a cover pose seems contrived to simultaneously display a character's bust and behind I tend to see that cover as gratuitous.

Swinebread said...

Misty Lee and her magic Super Boobs...

That's why I still read 70s comics 'cause the women are sexy but have more realistic bodies. Give me a Buscema gal over this stuff.

Thats a great idea guy said...

Did you read the suprise ending.

Suprise, its really Mister Mirage!

Heidi Meeley said...

Yep, definitely gratuitous. It is becoming clearer with each glance!

redlib said...

Just got this at Wizard- met the nice but quiet artist Kenneth. Paul Dini's wife Misty Lee is a magician...she's like a real life Zatanna. I was surprised that the Greg Horn cover (also at the Top Cow table) was the more toned down version.

That said, I liked the vigilante/illusionist storyline.