Sunday, September 30, 2007

Quick Takes Reviews: Bring on the Books!

In the last month, I have read five books. That pales in comparison to what I used to read back in the day, but I work long hours and workout daily, so I have been reading less. That being said, adding in my comic book consumption, I am probably reading as much as I used to, but in different forms.

Tonight, rather then doing comic book reviews, I would like to bring to your attention a couple of the books I did read and give a brief opinion. The goal is to not put you to sleep with long, droning reviews, but to give a general consensus on what struck me about the book.

The first book I read was “The Book of the Dead” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I grabbed it at the airport in Salt Lake City, Utah while waiting for my flight to Philadelphia. The cover caught my attention, as it portrayed ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics of two men fighting. I love novels that pull from history, so I was in immediately. Shallow, but true.

The good news is that once I got on the flight, I was completely engrossed. Agent Pendergast sits rotting in prison while his evil brother is up to no good in the civilian world. Tying into this is the New York Museum of Natural History, which has been plagued by robberies, murder, and generally bad press. How the brothers and their connection to the NY Museum fit together is something that slowly pieces together in a brilliantly obvious fashion.

“The Book of the Dead” is well written and compelling action/mystery. Until I was part way into the book, I didn’t realize that it was the final book of a trilogy concerning the brothers Pendergast. The book completely caught me in its web, keeping me entranced as it sped towards its harrowing conclusion. I spent the entirety of the five and ½ hour flight completely enmeshed in the saga, just finishing the book as the plane landed.

The gift of this book is that normally I can’t read on a plane, but I was so into it that I didn’t even feel a bit airsick the entire time. The writing is superb and the characterization is spot-on. I want to go find the first two books of the trilogy now so I can tie it all up with a neat bow. The gift of this was that I didn’t need to read those books but want to due to the enjoyment I received reading the final one. Grade: A.

You may not know it, but I am a fan of cooking shows. Iron Chef America is the gold standard for me, and I make a point of watching it every week. With this in mind, I read an excerpt from the book “The Year of Eating Dangerously” by Tom Parker Bowles on the flight from Philadelphia back to Salt Lake City. The passage that I read was so deftly written that I knew I would have to track down the book and read the rest of it.

Interestingly enough, I found out that Parker Bowles is the son of Camilla Parker Bowles, wife of Prince Charles and the once notorious “other woman” of the Diana/Charles love triangle. Parker Bowles doesn’t deny the connection, but makes passing reference to his mother and her excellent, simple cooking during his childhood. His comfort with his mother’s role makes the reader set it aside and focus on the author and his travails. One only ever realizes the privileged environment that Parker Bowles experienced when he refers to the hosts that he interacts with and his private school background.

“The Year of Eating Dangerously” is a fantastic book that will appeal to all readers. I really don’t think cooking has to be your forte to make the read a fascinating one. Parker Bowles has a dry wit that translates well on the page. His insight helps the reader experience the meal as if we are there with him. It is a wonderful journey, and the end result is that it made me want to try new things.

Parker Bowles is a food critic for The Mail on Sunday, Night and Day, and Tatler. If you get an opportunity to check out his work there, do so. Also, check out his book. You will learn about foods you may not be familiar with as well as being transported to the country of origin in question. I was transported, so I have to give it an “A” grade.

The last book I want to share with you is “My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith”. Some of you may have already been visitors to Smith’s blog of the same name so this is old hat. As someone who only periodically would check his site out, I really enjoyed getting inside his head.

The book covers his blog entries from March 20, 2005 to November 30, 2006. During this time period, Smith acts in the movie Catch and Release, directs Clerks II, and works on several projects that culminate with his appearance as Warlock in Die Hard 4. What is most interesting about the book is not so much his star-studded existence as his lack of it. The focus of the entries surround Smith’s family. His wife Jen, daughter Harley, and the family and friends around them star in his diary. Their effect on him and his daily life bring in a common thread for the reader to connect with.

As a fan of Smith’s movies, this book was a no-brainer purchase. Since I hadn’t read his blog on a regular basis, but was interested in his thoughts, this was a perfect read for me. Smith has a gift for humor and it translates well here. He is self-effacing and I appreciated his candor in dealing with his weight and his sense of self. Considering the amount of success Smith has achieved, he has kept it “real” and I appreciate that. This is a wonderful read. Grade: A.

These are the three books I enjoyed most this past month. I would recommend them to you as excellent entertainment value that doesn’t come in a monthly floppy. Having a bit of variety is good, so it never hurts to branch out a bit. It certainly cleansed my perennially comic book reading palate and gave me a new appreciation of the book format.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings Part Two

I shocked myself yesterday. I took the day off blogging. It was a weird day and I have a mean canker sore and a bad infection, so I was taking lots of good stuff. Between that and just generally being listless, I declined to post.

After reading random notes to myself from yesterday, I am very glad I did so. God knows what I did at work yesterday morning. I know I went to the Central Washington State Fair yesterday afternoon and had a very nice time with my dad, who was in town for a couple of days. I even walked up and down the fairgrounds multiple times. Then Dad left and I took Jim to dinner. We got home and I vegged the rest of the night. My biggest recollection of that was seeing Tom Selleck on Las Vegas and thinking how pleased Jim's mom would be as she is a big fan of the Magnum P.I. hottie.

So here I am today. I feel much improved after 14 hours of solid sleep and a mild workout this afternoon. I am going to spend tonight vegging again, and am planning to watch Metal Mania on VH-1 Classic until I fall asleep. Crazy, high-action gal I am, huh? I just have got to get rid of this damn canker sore. It is killing me. My dad did tell me it is genetic and that his mom used to get them. Then I called my sister and she said that both she and her son get them. I feel sad for my family now.

A couple of days ago, my friend Lisa at Sequentially Speaking had the suggestion of sharing horror stories, especially if they happened during the full moon, which we believe could be part of the phenomenon. I shared mine on Wednesday and Lisa had the customers from hell. Her post blew me away. Her customers were nightmares from hell to be sure.

In that spirit, either as a meme, or posting here, share your horror story. What better way to get something off your chest then to talk it out? I would happily lend a sympathetic ear.

Tomorrow I will be back with comic book reviews, so I will see you then. Have a wonderful evening!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Is This Gratuitous: Shanna the She-Devil: Survival of the Fittest #3

Hey there! It is another week, so begins another journey into the possibly gratuitous. The latest selection was one I had to consider. The title is Shanna the She-Devil, and though she isn't a bad girl, she appears to be drawn that way. I have been wavering about whether to use this cover or not because of the outfit Shanna wears, but then my eyes were drawn to the crotch area.

What the hell is going on there? Is that a string or a leaf or what is the deal? Evidently my eyes are going bad, or the picture is supposed to make you draw your own conclusion. What am I missing here?

Otherwise, nice dive into the dinosaur's mouth. I give it a six for grace and skill.

Tell me this, and be sincere. What is it about chicks and prehistoric critters that seems to drive the fellas so crazy?

While we ponder that question, tell me this as well: Is this Gratuitous?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

I just got home from working out and needed to go to the grocery store. I had to get quite a few items and knew I just had to be patient and understand that it was going to take awhile. What I didn't anticipate was that it was going to take as long as it did. I got behind a lady who had quite a few things going on. Here is the breakdown:

She had bread, milk, and cheese that she used food stamps for, so that was one purchase. Next she had cigarettes, beer, chips, cookies, etc. that she paid for with a $100 dollar bill. I am thinking that she must be done, but then her mother has her bread and milk and used food stamps. Okay, they must be done, right? Nope, Mom has to get ciggie butts too. Then there was an incorrect charge on the wine she was getting. It was on sale. Clerk had to send bagger to go check, and she looked about 16, so that was interesting. And it went on.

Ten minutes later I get up to the front of the line and the clerk is crabby. She doesn't even look at me and scowls when I try and be polite. Then she is upset because I don't know the price of something. I can't win! I was pretty sure it was $1.99, but she calls a bagger and she runs and looks. Being honest is a dead art, as it ended up being $2.49.

At any rate, I made it home with groceries so I am relieved.

Other confusion today: I go to Taco Bell to get the #7 combo like normal. Because I have cash and just need my usual, I get in the drive thru. The lady in front of me has a list and orders at least ten combos. It takes fifteen minutes for her to get it ordered and get her food. My question here is why wouldn't she go in to take care of a large order? I certainly would. Maybe I just don't get it. Explain to me proper drive thru etiquette please.

The kicker is that I got my order and it was wrong. I ate it anyway because I was hungry, but you know what I mean. Eaglewing, you posted about that on your site and made very good points.

The good news is that my comic books came in correctly today. I got World War Hulk #4 and everything was normal. I feel for Lisa, who didn't get all her stuff. What a horror for a great retailer like Lisa and her husband. I am praying the rest comes in tomorrow, Lisa.

Here is crossing my fingers for a better rest of the week, and hoping for good karma. Have a great night!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

This Explains It: Why Authority #3 May Never Happen

Authority #2
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
While perusing Newsarama, I stumbled upon this article. It is Gene Ha talking about the future of he and writer Grant Morrison's Authority series by Wildstorm. Here is the skinny:

"Though it's been said to be on the Wildstorm table...somewhere by Jim Lee and others at DC, Authority artist Gene Ha said in his recent e-mailer, that he doesn't think his and Grant Morrison's collaboration on Wildstorm's premiere super team will continue - ever.

Ha wrote:

"First off, I don't think The Authority #3 by Grant Morrison and Gene Ha is ever coming out. Grant is busy redesigning the DC Universe and I've moved onto new projects. Most importantly, it seems that editor Scott Dunbier has been forced out of Wildstorm. There is no #3 script, there may never be a #3 script.

"(Hey Scott, contact me when you start contacting people again! We miss you! I want to read more stuff you edit too).

"I am currently working on my second poster for the Illinois Library Association. After that, I'll start on the Zander Cannon scripts and layouts for a new Top 10 series. The story is set in the same time period as the Smax miniseries. This means that Smax and Toybox won't show up during my four issue run. I actually did a lot of sketching and research coming up with an updated costume for Toybox. Obviously, I won't get to use those concepts. I'm a little disappointed about that but the scripts are good enough to make up for that.

"If you see Zander at a convention ask him if he'll show you the layouts. They've got dialog penciled in and everything!

"And that's all I have scheduled for sure. I've got a pitch at DC for a project but I don't know if they'll bite. Or if they'll bite two years from now. I'm considering making a pitch to a French publisher like Humanoids or Soleil. If I do a project for the French I'll try to maintain my American comics schedule, with the equivalent of one issue's work every 2-3 months. It would be an original story with an American writer so I don't know if they'll be interested either.

"If all of those ideas fall through expect me to seek some Marvel work and some DC Bill Willingham scripts. I love that man's writing."

For those looking to commemorate and own a piece of what was, when it was, Ha is selling pages from The Authority #2 at his webstore."

That explains why I haven't seen hide nor hair of the third issue. Knowing this, I will not worry that I am missing it. I am glad that Newsarama dug this up, so I can quit being distressed and remove the book from my pull list. I am a bit disappointed, but there are many other books out there that publish regularly, and it appears that both Morrison and Ha, men of considerable talent, will not starve from lack of work.


Monday, September 24, 2007

New Comics for September 26

It is already the last week of the month. The days are getting shorter way too quickly and Fall is here. What a bummer! The only good thing about it is that the temperatures here have been amazing. 72 degrees works well for me.

It is yet another heavy week for comics here at Comics Fairplay. To top it off, Previews is coming out and I will probably cry when I see how many crossovers and mini-series there are. At this moment, I am already trying to mentally prepare myself. As I recently commented, I am trying to focus on mini-series that feature Wonder Woman to keep my buying to a minimum. I don't know how well that will work, but I am going to comb through Previews and see where it takes me.

The highlight of the week has got to be Franklin Richards: Monster Mash. I just love the specials Marvel does that center around Sue and Reed's son. It is a book I can enjoy with my nephews, which is a bonus. Anyone else a Franklin fan?

Here is the week's bounty!

52 Aftermath: the Four Horsemen #2 (of 4) - featuring Wonder Woman, of course.
All Star Batman and Robin #7
American Virgin #19
Batman #669
Blue Beetle #19
Countdown #31
Countdown to Adventure #2 (of 8)- I am planning to look through before deciding on my purchase on this one.
Deathblow #7
Green Arrow Year One #5 (of 6)
JSA Classified #30
Justice League of America #13
Teen Titans #51
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #1 (of 8)
Wonder Woman Annual #1- the conclusion of the Heinberg story arc. I will believe it when I see it!! Maybe things will make more sense after reading it.
Astounding Wolf-Man #3
Franklin Richards Monster Mash- pictured
Immortal Iron Fist #9
Punisher Max Annual #1
Ultimate Spider-Man #114
X-Men #203

That is the list for this week. It is an ugly one, but hopefully there is a lot of great work in there somewhere. I am trying to keep more optimistic at this point.

Have a great evening! Heroes season premiere at 9 p.m.!!! Woo hoo!

Awesome Video to Do Cardio To: Motorhead- Ace of Spades

Tonight when I got on the elliptical for an hour workout, Ace of Spades by Motorhead kicked things off. I played it over and over for about twenty minutes because it got my blood pumping and helped me really kick out the jams on my workout. Never before did I associate Lemmy and his band of metal maniacs with cardio. Now it will be a trademark.

Motorhead is that old school band that plays loud and fast with no apologies. You have to dig that.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

REVIEW: Green Arrow Black Canary- For Better or For Worse TP

I have been a fan of Black Canary and Green Arrow since the mid 1970’s. Their relationship and individual heroics captured me immediately and have held me hostage in both good times and bad. I have cried with Dinah when Ollie cheated, and hung my head in shame with the Emerald Archer as he lost everything, including his dignity. These are characters I have grown up with, and have continued to follow in our collective middle ages. When I first heard word of their impending nuptials, my initial reaction was “please, no.” In my mind, Ollie and Dinah had moved on, and needed to stay apart. Obviously, that was not to be. As I have followed the road to matrimony, my heart has continued to feel heavy, thinking this is a misstep, or just a plot device used to drive up poor sales and take the readers into Final Crisis. I still have not changed my opinion on that, but foolishly have purchased the wedding books in hope that the whole thing would not happen in the end. Damn.

In celebration of the wedding festivities, DC has released a trade paperback called “Green Arrow-Black Canary: For Better or For Worse”. Being the fan I am, I picked it up to have a fond trip down memory lane. For the most part, it was an interesting read, and I especially enjoyed the intermissions that filled readers in on what they missed, so that a person didn’t have to know the exposition of said characters to follow along. What I missed is precisely what is not included.

There were no stories from the period when both Dinah and Ollie had back up features in World’s Finest. I had sincerely hoped that there would be. Much to my dismay, there wasn’t much from the Mike Grell penned era of Green Arrow. The first issue of the Long Bow Hunters was included, as was issue #75 of the series. There was nothing in between, which surprised me. Ollie and Dinah went through a great deal of soul searching, and I felt that some of Ollie’s strongest material happened in that period.

None of Dinah’s adventures with Oracle were featured in here, which also surprised me. The individual growth of the character is integral to the joining of the partners later. I was hoping for even a few pages where Dinah and Barbara discussed some of her past choices. Unfortunately there was nothing.

The other missing piece of history I would have loved to see included were bits from Ray Palmer’s bachelor party in Justice League of America. Forgive my memory, it happened between issues #151 and 157 but I can’t remember specifically. Ollie forbids the ladies of the League entry into Ray’s party, and the dialogue between Ollie and Dinah during this period was telling. This period stands out in my mind as a growth period of the character’s relationship.

That being said, there were some very good issues featured here. I am glad that Justice League of America #75 was the first one, as it showcased the beginning of the relationship. I own said issue, and have read it many times. There were also a few issues of the Green Lantern-Green Arrow period that had an impact on me.

The flow of the book is generally good, with lots of exposition in between. The problem is that there aren’t a lot of full stories in here. Several are bits and pieces as it seemed to be the only way to keep a cohesive flow. The book is designed more for the reader that is new to comics rather then the “old school” fan like me. If you don’t know a great deal about the road to matrimony this book is a nice companion. Otherwise, I would recommend getting out the back issues you enjoyed and making your own.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ouch! That Looks Like it Hurt.

I was looking at DC's released previews of comic books set to ship this week when I stumbled on the first page of Countdown to Adventure #2. Holy crap that looks painful!

Talk about an action shot that grabs your attention. Based on this image alone, I want to check the book out. Such is the power of art.

Here are the specs on the upcoming issue:

Written by Adam Beechen and Justin Gray
Art by Eddy Barrows & Julio Ferrera and Fabrizio Fiorentino
Cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Meet Champ Hazard, the hero of Rann. But what happened to Adam Strange?
And in the backup story, Forerunner travels to Earth-10, the universe where the Nazis won World War II, to recruit superpowers for her master’s cause.
On sale September 26 • 2 of 8 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US "

Unfortunately, the book is expensive. The good news is that if the art holds up throughout and the story is excellent, it will be worth it. What may potentially stop me from buying the issue is my crossover burnout. I have ranted about it many times, and it still makes me feel irritated.

Are any of you going to pick this book up?

Hot New Video of the Week: Atreyu - Becoming the Bull

In my pursuit of finding all this metal excellence, I stumbled upon the single "Becoming the Bull" by Atreyu. Surprisingly, my local radio station has played it a few times and it has completely stuck in my head.

It's time to rock, so listen and enjoy! Let me know what you think.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Is This Gratuitous: Witchblade DVD Set Cover

Wtichblade DVD
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Up until now, I haven't explored the world of DVD's related to comic books or the world of manga in general in this particular segment, but my good bud Britt of Tripping the Life Fanatic hooked me up with a sweet link that took me to this cover.


Just going to the site about the DVD was enough to make me gasp, but checking out the cover of the DVD set brought it home. As a comic book reader who isn't very familiar with anime, my first question is this: does this image reflect the general feel of a anime portrayal of a female character? Seriously. I don't know.

What I do know is that this appears to be quite suggestive. Following the advent of the original Witchblade lady Sara Pezzini, Masane Amaha has the same problem with ripped clothes. The site says this about the character and the DVD set up:

Masane Amaha is a woman on the fringe of society, but her strange destiny was written ages past. She has been chosen from the anonymous depths of history, a fresh host for the coveted artifact known as the Witchblade.
The raw power of conquering armies courses through her veins, the taste of death sweet on her lips – Naked aggression with brutal birth in the fires of eternal lust for battle. Struggling to build a life her daughter, with no memory of the past and no clue as to her future, Masane Amaha will be forever scarred by her salvation… And many will step forward to see it."

Good Lord. This character has been through hell and all I can think about is the fact that her tongue is licking her weapon. That seems a tad unconventional.

What can you tell me about this character and her portrayal? I have shied away from the Witchblade franchise as a candidate here as a rule, but this is fresh and different to me. Go check out the site and give this pic a gander.

What do you think? Is this gratuitous?

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Yes! Finally an Atom Eve Mini-Series!

Atom Eve 1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Via Comic Book Resources' Image Solicitations for December:


From the pages of INVINCIBLE! You know her, you love her, it’s the girl after Invincible’s heart: ATOM EVE! Find out how she got her powers, and what shaped her into the woman she is today. Robert Kirkman presents a tale of tragedy and triumph that will have lasting effects on the INVINCIBLE series.

DECEMBER 5 • 32 PAGES • FC • $2.99 "

It is about damn time!! I love the character and have been wanting to know her back story. This is the kind of book that makes me keep reading comic books.

Short but sweet, I am thrilled.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Another Week: Another Shortage

There is some good news here at Comics Fairplay. Comics were on time. I got the Black Canary/Green Arrow Wedding special and Captain America #30 like clockwork. Almost all my other comics were there too, except for World War Hulk #4.

My retailer was shorted seven copies of the book so she was three short for files, including mine. Jim got his copy, but I didn't get one as she was trying to spread them around. The Diamond invoice billed them for 22 copies, but they only got 15. This means I will not be reading World War Hulk #4 this week.

It isn't a major deal, but it is just another example of the "same old crap" that I have come to expect on a weekly basis.

The good news is that I got the Black Canary/Green Arrow "'Til Death Do Us Part" trade paperback and it looks excellent. That will help compensate for the WW Hulk shortage. I can expect my copy next week.

Interestingly, I have read the Wedding Special twice because I keep trying to figure out what it is I feel is missing. It just doesn't feel right to me. It seemed rushed and choppy. I give points to Amanda Conner for her art, but otherwise am underwhelmed. At this point in time, I am convinced that this whole wedding thing is just another plot device in DC's "countdown" to final crisis. The poster for Countdown and the way this played out are telling signs of this.

At any rate, I am going to go sit and relax now and enjoy the books I did get. I have my health and a pretty decent life, so if the worst thing that happened is not getting a comic book, I will be okay. The fangirl in me is a bit uppity, but I am going to medicate her with adult beverages this weekend.

Have a nice night!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Final Crisis- Theories About Repairing the Amazons

Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Tonight I get home and check out DC's Previews for December. In it, I see that in Green Arrow/Black Canary #3, "Black Canary and Green Arrow conclude their mission on Paradise Island and are stunned to find out what's really been going on there - and just who's been behind the kidnapping of their missing friend!"

For whatever reason, this made things start to click in my brain. I decided that rather then be irritated at Amazons Attack that I would do a Ralph Dibny and try and solve the mystery that lies therein. Surely this will be healthier for me than ranting, right?

At this point in time, the Amazons are captured and Hyppolyta appears to be the lone person on the island. In the meantime, Wonder Woman is off having her crush on Nemesis for the next few months until Gail Simone takes the book over and recharges the Amazing Amazon's batteries with a killer tale.

Over in Countdown, Holly from Catwoman and Harley Quinn are going to compete to go to Paradise Island. Does this mean that Granny Goodness has a nefarious scheme and that the Athena in the story isn't as she appears? Is this a plot to make a new army of furies that will help Granny take over? I am starting to wonder....

Where does Mary Marvel fit into this? Is she being recruited to join the furies? Or is Eclipso in her future. From the Countdown poster, it appears she will be teaming up with Granny and her girls. If the "new amazons" from Countdown are being brought in to repopulate the island, and super heroines are coming in, it makes me think that Granny wants to take over the world.

The piece of the puzzle that I don't know about is where Granny fits in with Desaad, Darkseid, and the Gods of New Genesis. That is evidently where "Death of the New Gods" fits in. Whatever Jim Starlin has in store is sure to help get this crew aimed into Countdown heading to the Final Crisis. With Grant Morrison writing FC, and with his take on the Fourth World characters in Seven Soldiers, this means a new paradigm to be sure.

Coming back to Black Canary, my main curiosity comes into who she is going to rescue. Any thoughts on that? I am not sure at this point, but am wondering if Mia will end up there. It is a thought.

The Amazons being held captive must somehow escape and get vengeance. I am thinking this will also happen in Final Crisis. Their Gods aren't just going to sit around and be held captive without a plan of some kind. That is where I am a bit lost as well. Will Diana work that angle in her book? That would be cool, since the first story arc by Simone is appearing to explore the night of her genesis. Where does the Fourth World fit into this? Do they even bother with Diana?

I got issue one of the Wonder Girl mini-series and see she is teaming up with Heracles there. Does that mean that Cassie and the demi-god will come into play in releasing the Amazons? It is a sound bet. How did Champion/Hercules/Heracles get freed up if there is chaos on Olympus? I am hoping that the mini-series will delve into this.

My theory is that the Amazons will work with Diana and the gods of Olympus towards a release and a vengeance. I would love to see Ares and Zeus clash with Darkseid and Desaad. I also think it is time for Athena and Artemis to kick some Granny ass. Since Hyppolyta is back, I am hoping to see a big comeback and redemption of the Amazon Queen. She has long been a favorite of mine, and I am anxious to see how she fits in.

Circe is the other character that comes into play. How will she scheme this time? It sounds like Simone will cover this as well. I can hardly wait!

What are your theories on this? I am enjoying trying to piece this together and I keep coming up with more questions and trying to figure out the angles.

Like Ralph, I like a good mystery. This should make this fun instead of frustrating while the game plays out!

Monday, September 17, 2007

New Comics for September 19

Penance: Relentless #1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Today was a busy day at work, but a good one. I don't mind keeping busy; in fact I prefer it. It makes the day go faster and keeps my mind sharp. The fact that the weather was gorgeous didn't hurt either. Hopefully you had a nice day as well!

My list of new books is once again ugly. I am trying to be better about my selections, so when I filled out November Previews, I was pretty choosy. Jim cut back as well, so we are trying not to be tied to buying every crossover tie-in. Hopefully this will help assuage feelings of anger at the industry in the future.

At any rate, here is my list of this week's books!

Army@Love #7
Birds of Prey #110
Catwoman #71
Checkmate #18
Countdown #32
Ex Machina #30
Flash #232
Green Arrow Black Canary Wedding Special #1
JLA Hitman #1 (of 2) - the book I am dying to read! Seriously.
Shadowpact #17
Tales of the Sinestro Corps Parallax #1
Cyblade Pilot Season #1
Dynamo 5 #7
Captain America #30
New X-Men #42
Penance Relentless #1 (of 5) - pictured
Spider-Man Red Sonja #2 (of 5)
Wolverine Origins #17
World War Hulk #4 (of 5)

That is the list! There are a few new things to try as well as some books getting a lookover to be booted.

I am off to watch Deal or No Deal's season premiere. I get as big of a kick watching my hubby's reactions as I do watching the show.

Have a great night!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Quick Take Reviews for September 16

New Avengers 34
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Because of the Labor day holiday weekend and traveling back East, I am really behind on reviews. To be honest, I haven’t read all of the last two week’s books. Part of them I just skimmed, and part of them I read because of curiosity or need. Because of this, I am trying to condense this group of reviews into the simplest form for me. There are things that need to be said, so I am going to be brief and talk about the good and the bad. Having said that, here we go…. It’s review time.

Black Canary Wedding Planner: In which Black Canary and some dude with red hair who could be Green Arrow prepare for marriage.

The good: the Takeshi’s Castle reference. It made me smile gleefully, as it reminded me of MXC, the show that used to air on Spike frequently.

The bad: the characters seemed, well, out of character. Canary would have had Barbara coordinate the whole thing most likely. They are best friends after all. Vixen and Diana seemed thrown in for the sake of the JLA connection. Where was Mia and Connor?

Summary: Cute. As someone who has been a bride, I wasn’t sold on it, but it had it’s moments.

Y The Last Man #58: I literally could not breathe after turning the last page of this book. 355 meets her fate as the book winds towards it’s conclusion with issue #60.

The good: The dialogue between 355 and Yorick. I also enjoyed the build up of tension that happened with the supporting characters. This book is definitely going out with a bang.

The bad: 355’s fate. I am a sad camper.

Summary: This is the quality I have been craving. Between Y and 100 Bullets, I am getting my faith back. Good stuff.

Infinity Inc. #1: Steel and Natasha form a team from the ashes of Luthor’s aforenamed unit.

The good: I like Steel and Natasha.

The bad: This book was jumbled. I couldn’t quite get a flow going. There was too much going on and the tone was not at all what I expected. I was disappointed.

Summary: Not a good start. I am going to pick up issue 2 and hope for improvements.

Amazing Spider-Man #544: One More Day starts here. Now is the time to find out if Mary Jane goes away and if Aunt May bites it. Evidently Marvel is taking Peter back to basics and I am not a happy camper.

The good: The Iron Man throwdown and Jarvis’s contribution.

The bad: The art was not Quesada’s best. The noses kept me cringing, and I repeatedly wondered why a man who already has a job couldn’t have hired someone who actually needed one to do the work. The art would have been much better to be sure.

Summary: The descent begins here. Madness or gladness? I don’t know.

Justice League of America Wedding Special: Wherein the Injustice League starts up with a bang and a few pages are devoted to stag night and a bachelorette party.

The good: Dwaine McDuffie’s excellent scripting. Mike McKone and Andy Lanning’s superb artwork. This book really made me happy in most respects.

The bad: there wasn’t much party in the issue, so I felt a bit misled.

Summary: The next JLA story arc is shaping up to be a great one. McDuffie is poised to bring a sweet tale to the masses, and I can’t wait!

Booster Gold #2: The title character must help Guy Gardner in an unexpected way.

The good: This is good old fashioned story telling I have been craving. Jurgens and Rapmund bring it all home with excellent art. I think Geoff Johns has been secretly dying to write Booster and just didn’t want to tell us all. I love this book.

The bad: I honesly don’t have any quibbles. I am in love.

Summary: A nice surprise from DC. This is a must read.

The New Avengers #34: The team must find out if any of them are Skrulls. Much divisiveness and clever dialogue ensues.

The good: Bendis made a believer out of me with this issue’s excellent story. He reminded me why he is considered such a great story teller. Jessica and Luke’s interaction sold it for me.

The bad: I am not a huge fan of Leinel Yu’s art.

Summary: One of the better issues since Civil War. Maybe this Skrull thing won’t make me too angry.

Suicide Squad: From the Ashes #1: Turn back the clock two years, folks. It is time to take a trip pre-Crisis to see how the Squad got to where it was today.

The good: Amanda Waller. I love that character, and her portrayal here is spot-on. I also got a bit misty when I saw Javier Pina and Robin Riggs’ art in this issue. It made me miss Manhunter and their fantastic work on that book. I am happy to see them back together here.

The bad: I wish I knew more Suicide Squad back story. I never read the book back in the day.

Summary: This is another excellent book from DC. Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, and the gang are back for one last tango.

That is it for now. I have a lot more reading to do!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Radar Magazine Names Blogging as Overrated

Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
As a subscriber to Radar Magazine since it's auspicious beginnings, I have had many a good chuckle and even felt a bit enlightened at times. The magazine is irreverent, no-B.S., and filled with interesting information. It has covered everything from Tom Cruise's odd behavior to a behind the scenes look at how the soldiers fare in Iraq.

When I received the new issue in the mail today I expected no less then an excellent read. The cover featuring Becks and Posh was a sure sign that "overrated" people and things were going to be taken to task. I thought it was pretty cool until I realized that Blogging was being taken to task as one of those things. The quote by Erica Jong is as follows:

"Blogging is vanity. Like loving the smell of your own farts. Like not only tasting your menstrual blood, but making bloody thumbprints and buying gold-leafed frames in which to display them. But the truth is, not everything you think is worth publishing. Not everyone's opinion matters. How to distinguish a "pundit" from a gasbag? Impossible! On television, they yell and posture. On blogs, they are equally puffed up with self-importance. Only blog if you can make others laugh. This includes laughing at yourself."

Pretty heavy stuff, huh? After my initial astonishment at reading the whole "menstrual blood" comment, I really had to consider what Ms. Jong said. Certainly she had to be referring to bloggers other then me, right? Hmmmm...

Probably not.

That being said, I know that there are a dirth of people who blog about comic books and the genre in general. What sets us apart from the general statement about blogging being made? Is it the fact that we are being more specific about our references? Is it that we are each fulfilling a need in ourselves by not staying silent? What is it that drives us?

I can only speak for myself, but I know exactly why I blog. I feel passionate about my "hobby". It is important to me to make my thoughts known, even if no one else will read them. Lately I have been finding myself blogging to find out what others think as well, and to foster discussion. I feel a sense of community with many of the people I interact with, and I feel blessed with their presence. I know that others don't always agree with me, but I have always stated the importance of the First Amendment right of free speech, even though it sometimes hurts.

So that is why I blog.

Either that, or I am a self-deluded sociopath. Heh.

I am going to go with reason "A".

That being said, the comment by Ms. Jong really got me thinking. What about you? What is your response to her words? Is Radar Magazine right? Is blogging overrated?

What do you think?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Cover to Superman/Batman #40

Superman/Batman #40
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
After a short hiatus from my "gratuitous" feature, I am back with a new candidate. It was actually a pretty easy selection as I am still surprised at what I see.

Superman/Batman is usually more action driven, and I am used to seeing covers that reflect that. What caught my attention after getting used to the provocative pose was the fact that the cover appears to be either a "fold over" like Mad Magazine used to have, or the artist used a mirror image on both sides to give symmetry. Either way, this cover has a shock value.

Normally I don't associate Batman with a hot and bothered look like this, so that makes it even more surprising. Dustin Nguyen is an artist that I have always appreciated for his flow. I didn't recognize this as his work at first. It just doesn't fit what I find to be his "norm". Maybe that could be a good thing? Maybe not??

I am fearful that my local retailer is going to hide this behind the counter when it comes out. The pose gives off a definite sexual vibe, and the weaponry just sends it home. I will let you know if my retailer does indeed hide it.

On that note, I am asking for your valuable opinion once again.

Is this gratuitous?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Emerald City Comicon Announcement

I know that convention season is winding down, and several of you may be experiencing a bit of burn out, but consider this if you will. Next year, the Emerald City Comicon will be held May 10 and 11, 2008 in fabulous Seattle, Washington. Jim and I would love to see you there, and it is still plenty early to start saving money and making plans. If you haven't been out West for awhile, or are just wanting to have a smaller con experience with all the flavor of a big show, this is the show for you.


Here is the official press release:

"The Emerald City ComiCon has officially announced its initial guest list for its Sixth Annual show taking place May 10th & 11th, 2008 in Seattle, Washington.

The line-up currently includes comics superstars such as J. Michael Straczynski (Thor), Ethan Van Sciver (Sinestro Corps), David Finch (New Avengers), Andy Runton (Owly), Humberto Ramos (Uncanny X-Men), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Phil Jimenez (Infinite Crisis), Jeffrey Brown (Be A Man), Jim Cheung (New Avengers: Illuminati), Jimmy Palmiotti (Countdown), Amanda Conner (The Pro), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Richard Starkings & Justin "Moritat" Norman (Elephantmen), Brom (The Devil’s Rose), Aaron Williams (Nodwick), Jamal Igle (Teen Titans), and Skottie Young (New X-Men).

"This list is just the tip of the iceberg," says Organizer Jim Demonakos. "The Emerald City ComiCon has become a favorite among fans and professionals alike and we are committed to bringing everyone the best comic book show we can. 2008 is shaping up to be our best show yet and coming off our immensely successful 2007 show, that’s saying a lot."

Additional guests and much more will be announced in the coming weeks and months. You can check the Emerald City ComiCon website ( for more information and updates, plus sign up for the free ECCC e-mail newsletter while you’re there.

The Sixth Annual Emerald City ComiCon takes place at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in beautiful downtown Seattle, Washington on May 10th & 11th, 2008."

Something to consider for next year, right? It is truly a great experience that I highly recommend.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

100 Bullets #85 Provides an Incredible Read

100 Bullets #85
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley

I just got done reading 100 Bullets #85 and it absolutely blew my mind. The story being told in it shocked me and pleased me at the same time. Writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso set the gold standard with a stand alone tale that every fan of the title will appreciate.

The fact that the story gave a female empowerment of sorts was icing on the cake for me. One of the most wicked characters in the book gets schooled and it is about damn time. The female in question was a character I didn't see ever coming back, and her presence thrilled me. I wanted to cheer when I was done reading the last page.

If you haven't been reading 100 Bullets, you are missing out on a quality read. It isn't just a thriller. It isn't just a drama. It is complex and action packed, with an air of mystery and story threads that are paced just right. This is the book I can't wait to read when I see it on the pull list. It is that good.

Issue #85 reminded me why I love comic books so much. Great story telling and fantastic sequential art like this make the medium appeal to me again and again.

So Mature readers out there, go start reading 100 Bullets, okay?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Going to a Wedding.. Our Trip to Delaware!

The site of the Wedding!
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
As you may know, Jim and I went to his brother's wedding last Saturday. Jim went out for a week and I followed the Thursday before. We had a very nice time seeing his family and it went all too quickly.

When I got there Thursday night, Jim and the bride and groom met me at the Philadelphia Airport. They took us to Jim's parent's house and left for the night as it was well past 11 p.m. Jim and I caught up a bit and went to sleep.

The next day my sorry butt slept in until after 11 a.m. East Coast time. I was a bit disoriented as that was 8 a.m. back home. As a consequence, Jim and I didn't eat very much until that evening. I had a wonderful afternoon catching up with Jim's folks. That night we met up with Jim's sister and her gorgeous daughter Carly who was a flower girl. We went to the rehearsal and the dinner. It was a nice night.

Saturday dawned and we had the wedding to get ready for. Jim's brother Tom was coming over to get ready with his groomsmen, so we wanted to be awake and alert. Since Jim was an attendant, he got his tuxedo out so he could be ready. The boys went and got WaWa subs for everyone and it was soooo good! I am now a convert to their meatball subs for sure. After that it was time to get dressed up.

I left with Jim's parents and went over to Tom's house where the wedding was being held in the backyard. As you can see by the picture, it was a gorgeous scene. My only quibble is that it was 88 degrees and humid, so my west coast butt was sweating up a storm! We got there an hour early for pictures and then it was time to begin. At 4 p.m. the groom and his guys headed down the aisle and then it was the ladies turn. The bride looked lovely as she walked with her father. Our niece Carly was sweet and we gushed like crazy about her as well.

The ceremony was short but lovely and then the wedding party went off for pictures. I went with Jim's family to the reception in downtown Wilmington. There was a cocktail hour and then the bride, groom, and their attendants made a grand entrance. It was class all the way as we dined on prime rib and relaxed together.

After dinner, Jim came down and sat with me and we watched the dances begin. Tom and his bride Jen did a wonderful dance. Then it was time for the father-daughter and mother-son dances. It was awesome to behold.

Then came the incredible surprise hit of the night. Jim's dad Frank and his sister Eveline did an awe-inspiring dance to a Frank Sinatra tune. They showed why they used to win so many dance contests back in the 1950's. They really tore it up, and we watched with open mouthed amazement! Everyone was really blown away.

Before the reception was over, I was able to dance with my hubby a few times. Jim is a much better dancer then I am, so I followed his lead. We had a lot of fun and watched the cake cutting and bouquet and garter toss with glee. It made us happy to be off the market as we watched. We agreed that getting out of those events was one of the best perks of marriage, as I have bad memories of having to try and catch bouquets when I was single. Humiliating!

After the reception ended, we headed to a casino with Jim's sister and her fiance'. We gambled the slots and ate a late dinner. It was so much fun to go there dressed up and watch the other folks stare. We really enjoy hanging with them, so that made it even better.

After 1 a.m., we finally left and went back to their house. We fell into bed around 2 a.m. and woke up at 10:30 a.m. knowing we had to leave. Sunday was here.

Luckily, we were able to meet up with Jim's family for a lunch of sorts at IHOP. We tore into our food and enjoyed being together. It was with great sadness that we ended up back in Philly at the airport. We didn't want to leave.

We got back home late Sunday night and fell into bed without unpacking our suitcases. I ended up working a half day Monday so I didn't get laundry done until last night. I didn't feel too jet lagged until tonight and now I am dragging big time. Hopefully this means I will sleep well and get used to my own time zone again.

Thank you to Jim's family for their hospitality, and regards to all the great folks we chatted with at the wedding. It was a beautiful day filled with heart warming memories. We enjoyed our trip and our only regret is not being able to somehow fit the Baltimore Comicon into our schedule. Maybe next year?

Monday, September 10, 2007

New Comics for September 12

JLA Wedding Special
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
It feels really weird to be talking about comics set to hit shops in two days since I just picked up last week's stuff today. I haven't looked at any of it as I ended up working a half day (something I was happy to do) and had to do laundry and stuff. Hopefully something in there will make me smile or at least make me think. I am feeling good about it!

This week's haul is another big one. Here is the list.

100 Bullets #85
Black Adam the Dark Age #2 (of 6)
Booster Gold #2
Countdown #33
Fables #65
Gen 13 #12
Green Lantern #23
JLA Wedding Special #1: pictured! This is the cover that makes Superman look like the guest stripper slash party favor. Hmmm...
Justice Society of America #9
Stormwatch PHD #11
Suicide Squad Raise the Flag #1 (of 8)
Welcome to Tranquility #10
Wonder Girl #1 (of 6)
Age of Bronze #26
Noble Causes #31
Daredevil #100
New Avengers #34
Punisher War Journal #11
Ultimate Spider-Man #113
Ultimate X-Men #86
X-Factor #23
X-Men Emperor Vulcan #1 (of 5)
Fallen Angel #20
Lone Ranger #8

That is it for tonight. I hope to have a report of our trip for you tomorrow, but right now I am worried that my spelling and grammar are going to be worse then ever so I am keeping it short!

Have a wonderful evening!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Video of the Week: Dokken with Alone Again

As I get ready to head out for a few days and attend a wedding, I want to leave you with my all-time favorite metal power ballad. Alone Again is a tearjerker from the band Dokken. Back in the day, and for over five years, this was my favorite metal band, and this song always rocks my world!

Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

It is Wednesday already! The holiday makes the week go so damn fast! Tomorrow I hop a plane to the East Coast for Jim's brother's wedding. My good friend Kerry is going to watch our place so I will have peace of mind here.

I just have to figure out how to go to this very important wedding and also try and figure out how to make an appearance at the Baltimore Comicon....

In hindsight, Jim and I should have checked the con schedule before making plans, but it didn't even enter our minds. Being the total West Coast girl I am, it took me until today to put the pieces together and realize we could have worked something out. To be so close to the action and not go is painful! I am keeping in perspective how important this wedding is, and how that needs to be the focus..

But man, it would be fun!

In Wonder Woman news, I have had some friends with blogs give their takes on their favorite stories.

The wonderful Lisa at Sequentially Speaking relates a story that is dear to my heart as well. She recounts the "Eyes of the Gorgon" story with grace and skill. Go check it out!

Over at Atomic Romance, Swinebread makes me smile with his take on the Amazing Amazon. You have got to read this!!

Tomorrow is comic book day and I will not even be there to pick them up. They will have to wait until Monday. It is ironic to think that most of the time they rule my week and that this week it is like throwing caution to the wind. Not much I can do about it, so I am not going to get too stirred up over it. Big change of attitude from last week, huh?

Not much more to tell tonight. I am going to pack and get my ducks in a row so that when Kerry comes by tomorrow I am ready for him. Take care and please find me a teleportation beam so I can figure out how to go to the wedding and the show!

Question for My East Coast Friends

I have a question for my East Coast friends. As a preface, I am not very familiar with distances between cities on the Eastern side of this wonderful country. However, if you asked me how far it was between Seattle and Portland, I could be helpful.

That being said, can you tell me how far it is from Wilmington, Delaware to Baltimore, Maryland?

Secondly, is the Baltimore Comicon being held on Saturday AND Sunday?

Thank you for your help!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

New Comics for September 6

It is another wonderful week here at Comics Fairplay. We made it through a Tuesday after a major holiday at work with minimum of troubles. In fact, it was a nice day, with cooler temperatures and it made things more pleasant in general.

Since comics are out on Thursday, I am running a day late. This week's list is pretty large but not as bad as next week's list will be. I am dreading that one. I looked at our Previews and was shocked at how much we ordered. This next one we are turning in will be much smaller.

At any rate, here is my list of this week's stuff!

Black Canary Wedding Planner
Countdown #34
Detective Comics #836
Infinity Inc. #1
Nightwing #136
Outsiders #50
Supergirl #21
Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 5
Y The Last Man #58
Lions Tigers & Bears Vol 2 #4 (of 4)- pictured. By our friend the incomparable Mike Bullock!
Madame Mirage #2
Amazing Spider-Man #544
Incredible Hulk #110
New Warriors #4
She-Hulk 2 #21
Uncanny X-Men #490
Wolverine #57
Boys #10
Snakewoman Vol. 2 Tales of the Snake Charmer #3

That is it for this week. I am going to try really hard to have a better attitude and be true to myself, so wish me luck!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Labor Day- Getting Ready for a Wedding

Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
As you may have noticed on my "twitter" updates, I have sent Jim on a trip to see his family. His brother is getting married next Saturday and he is a groomsman. I am really glad that he gets to spend a whole week there with his parents and siblings, as I think it will be relaxing and fun.

In the meantime, I stayed home because I am working. Today I have worked in my yard and cleaned a bit. Otherwise, I am pondering having a beer and watching either Sex and the City or Heroes on DVD. Tomorrow is work as usual, so I may as well take the last few hours and relax.

Have a wonderful day, and I will be back tomorrow with my comic book list!

Bonus Favorite Story: Wonder Woman #170

Wonder Woman 170
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Wonder Woman has long had a friendly rivalry of sorts with Lois Lane for Superman's affections, so I have always found issue #170 of the second volume of the Wonder Woman series to be quite fascinating. Caught in the aftermath of the Amazon civil war, with Diana seeking to continue her mission in man's world, she finds herself spending "a day in the life" with said woman reporter.

Written by Joe Kelly and Phil Jimenez, with astounding art by Jimenez, the tale never ceases to amaze me. Lois is suspicious by nature, and her portrayal here is dead on. What makes her such a great reporter also makes her a tad ruthless when it comes to Diana. On the other hand, Diana is trying to wade past recent events to establish a place for herself. With the abolition of the monarchy on Paradise Island, she is no longer a princess, and the lack of tiara makes Lois' reporter radar go off like crazy.

What makes this issue stand out so much is the range of humanity shown. Lois tries to decide which cards to play while finding that Diana is more "human" then she ever could have considered. The discussions that the women have and the spot-on narration by Lois make this more then just a stand-alone issue.

If you get a chance, give this a read. It is a treat for any Wonder Woman fan.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

My Favorite Wonder Woman Story Arc: The Justice League Trials

Wonder Woman 216
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
When I first started reading Wonder Woman back in 1974, the first issue I picked up was #214. Green Lantern Hal Jordan was the "host" of the issue as the Justice League member monitoring the mission. Even cooler, there were several back issue reprints in the book. I read the comic at least 50 times until the cover finally came groaning off. That is serious comic book love.

The point to this is that I still find that the "Justice League" trials are my favorite story arc. As many of you know, Wonder Woman gave up her powers and got a bunch of groovy mini dress and Emma Peel style catsuits to fight crime in. She and mentor I-Ching traveled the world and Steve Trevor was murdered. A-list fan Gloria Steinem protested the change in the first issue of "Ms. Magazine" and Diana was restored to full power quickly and somewhat fuzzily.

The Justice League was ready to welcome back Diana with open arms, but she wanted to prove herself. She asked the JLA to monitor her activities to make sure she was still worthy of her position on the team. Much like Heracles centuries earlier, Wonder Woman wanted to win her place.

What followed in issues #213 to #222 was a very unique experience. Each issue, a member of the JLA would secretly monitor Wonder Woman's crime fighting to make sure she was worthy. I loved the individual narration, and the unique take each character had. With editor Julius Schwartz begrudgingly onboard, the book took on an entirely new tone of confidence.

It was a breath of fresh air. I see that now.

Prior to the trials, Wonder Woman had lost her way. She had been through so much and it was time to make her the star she should have been. Back at full fighting strength, Diana took her life back and in the process gained the admiration of her fellow leaguers. I especially loved the mission that Black Canary monitored, in issue #216. In my mind it was an early glimpse of the ultimate feminine potential. Both women were at their finest, and men were put on notice. The dialogue of that book really gets me to this day.

I would love DC to put out a trade paperback of this story arc. It holds up today as a masterpiece of sorts. There is a definite sense of watching history being made here, and as many moments in time, it didn't stay the same very long. Soon after Diana had many doubts resurface and went through another turn of life events. She lost her title and became and astronaut, but that is a story for another time...

Wonder Woman has been through a lot. She will always be my favorite superheroine. She has stood the test of time. Though I might not always like her current state, I know she will always be there.

In the meantime, Hola! and good day!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Challenge: Name Your Favorite Wonder Woman Story

Wonder Woman Vol#1 #212
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Okay, I have been watching the internet the last few days and am really shocked and disappointed that everyone seems to think they are the only one with a correct opinion about the Amazons Attack storyline. It has gone beyond the ridiculous and I want to throw down a gauntlet of peace.

In the interest of a more communal feeling, I want to hear what your favorite Wonder Woman story of all time has been and hear a bit of back story about it. If you want to make it a meme and take it to your "place of business" that is great. If you want to post a comment, that works as well.

How about instead of dwelling on the things we are awaiting closure on, we take a look back on what has made us love the Amazing Amazon.

Show me yours and I will show you mine. I am getting Jim ready for a trip tonight, so tomorrow I will be back with my favorite.

In the meantime, let the fond memories rule the day!