Saturday, June 30, 2007

How This Blog Rates...

Well, I went over to Mingle2 to determine what my blog was rated, and here is the result:

Online Dating

Mingle2 - Online Dating

Darn. Here I thought I was G rated. Hee hee!

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

death (3x) ass (2x) pissed (1x)

Friday, June 29, 2007

is This Gratuitous?: The Ride: Die Valkyrie #2 Hamner Cover

Well after last week's cover, I know better then to pick on the devil's daughter. She is a little too subjective, and I totally get that.


For this week's cover, I have selected The Ride: Die Valkyrie #2 with cover by Cully Hamner. The thing that catches my eye that might be a bit gratuitous about it is, well, the crotch area. Girlfriend is doing one better then Paris and Britney by the sheer fact that she is wearing panties, so I give her that.


She is showing lots of thigh and crotch type interaction with the readers. Plus she is being a bit kinky and hugging a scarecrow.

Hmmmm... nice. What does she know that I don't?

So gentle reader, I am at your mercy on this one.

Is this gratuitous?

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Eight Questions of Blazing Death Courtesy of Vaklam!!

My lovely friend Vaklam from Noetic Concordance has tagged me on this interesting meme. Here is a repeat of his rules:

"Here are the rules:
- Each player starts with eight random facts about themselves.
- Those who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight facts and post these rules.
- At the end of the post, choose some people to get tagged and list their names."

Nicely done, Vaklam! Here is my list!

1. I am left handed, and the way I write always freaks people out. A lady at my office handed me some checks to sign and I turned them almost upside down to sign them. She looked at me oddly for a moment and said “Wow,that was different.”

2. I can name 90% of the videos on Metal Mania by the first five notes. I was single during most of my formative head banging years, so I watched Head Banger’s Ball on many a Saturday night. Now I can name most any song or video before the singer starts singing.

3. I met my husband in an AOL DC Comic book Wonder Woman chat room hosted by John Byrne. True story.

4. I can’t go to bed if there are dirty dishes in the sink. I have to wash them or I just can’t relax. Weird.

5. I can leg press 500 pounds and squat 270 pounds. I have freakishly strong legs, and I wish my upper body would catch up so I didn’t feel so disproportionate.

6. My favorite food is pizza. I can eat it any time. I especially love it with either shrimp or Canadian bacon and pineapple. A close second is steak. I am a definite carnivore.

7. I am not a morning person but have forced myself to become adjusted to it. If I don’t have to get up, I can sleep until noon.

8. Beer is my absolute favorite alcoholic beverage. It has a lot of calories so I don’t drink it very often, but there is nothing better then an ice cold beer on a hot day to make things festive!

So there ya go! Some strange but true random facts!

Redhead Fangirl, Lisa, Swinebread, Nick, Mark, and Eaglewing: If you get the chance, and you don't feel bombarded or haven't already been asked, I would love to see your responses! John, you are already very busy, so don't feel compelled, but I would like to see yours as well!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Pet Peeve of the Day! Comic Covers Versus Interiors

I may be in the minority on this, but I really hate it when I pick up a comic based on the cover and the interiors and the story look nothing like it. There were a couple of books today that I has special ordered from my retailer. When I sat down to look at them, they had very stylized covers. Then I opened the book and the interior was completely different. The art was more "sketchy" looking and had a ton of darker panels, while the cover was sunshine and light. It really threw me for a loop, and it made me not want to read the issue.

Once I get past this, I am usually alright. One of my small exceptions to the rule on this is Catwoman, which features Adam Hughes covers and David Lopez interiors. I think it is because I know what to expect, so it doesn't make me upset. I wouldn't mind though if Lopez did the covers, because I enjoy his work.

I sometimes also think that the interior artists should be allowed to get the cover dollars after doing a great job on the inside. It helps make a person a "star" and gets their work out there. My exception to the rule is on variant covers. I think that in this case, the interior artist should get one and a featured artist should get another. I am okay with that. Though I am not a big fan of variants, I at least would like to see the interior artist get a shot.

My other pet peeve is when the cover has nothing to do with the story. There are some silver age books that were especially bad, and though they make me laugh today, I remember buying comics on the newstand in a hurry because my mom was grocery shopping and then getting home and being disapointed. Those were the days. It doesn't happen as much now, since many covers are more "posed" then story driven, making it almost impossible to rely on the cover to tell the story.

Like I said, I am probably in the minority, but I really enjoy an issue that features the same art team from cover to cover. There are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part, it is what I prefer.

What do you like? Do you have a preference?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Almost Forgot About The Boys!

The Boys 8
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
I just realized that I missed two titles on my week's pull list. Firstly , I missed The Boys #8, shipping from Dynamite Entertainment. Then I missed Snakewoman: Tales of the Snake Charmer #1 from Virgin. I can't believe I did that! So as to not miss giving a shout out to two books I really enjoy, I wanted to give a heads up about those two titles shipping this week!

Thank you so much for the great participation in the linking poll! I am humbled and awed. It means a great deal to me to have such fantastic feedback as I prepare to make some changes to my sidebar.

That is it for tonight! I ran really late weight training, so I am just now home. It made for a long day!

Take care and Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Blogger Poll: How Do You Decide Who to Link?

I have been working on my sidebar the last couple of days, removing blogs that are not current, or that I just don't really check out anymore and adding new ones that I enjoy. I have been having a hard time with this because I like to go to so many blogs, but I don't want to have so many links that no one checks out any of them. It is a conundrum to be sure.

So here are my questions to all you bloggers and site owners out there:

1. How do you decide who to link to? Do you have specific criteria?

2. Does the other person need to link you as well?

3. How frequently do you check the blogs you link to?

4. Would you link to someone you don't personally care for if their content was interesting?

5. Any suggestions for new links for me?

Please, please! If you have a spare moment, please respond here as a comment or e-mail me at by Saturday, June 30. Thank you so much!

New Comics for June 27

Red Sonja #23 Segovia Cover
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
It is that time of the week again where Diamond publishes it's list of comics expected for that Wednesday. Since I don't expect my books in a timely manner right now, let's just say that these are the new books for the week, question mark!! Special thanks to Lisa though for all her help! Our retailer was eager to try the suggestions you gave, so we will keep you posted!

Here is my list for the week:

Amazons Attack #3 (of 6)
Blue Beetle #16
Countdown #44
Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1
JSA Classified #27- on the chopping block for me.
Teen TItans #48
Wonder Woman #10
Invincible #43
Wtichblade #107
Black Panther #42
Daredevil #98
Fantastic Four #547- check out the excellent Dwaine McDuffie scripting!
Immortal Iron Fist #6
She-Hulk 2 #19
Silent War #6 (of 6)
Thunderbolts #115
Ultimate X-Men #83
Wolverine Origins #15
X-Factor #20
X-Men #200
Fallen Angel #17
Red Sonja #23 - pictured!

That's the list. Lots of book starring women, which is pretty cool. Some are more bad girl then others, but all are unique in their appeal. I can't wait to do my reviews this weekend- I am hoping for an all ladies review fiesta!

Have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Still a Wonder Woman: Lynda Carter at 55!

Lynda Carter at 55!
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Well, I might as well fess up. I was over at the other day after following a link about a gossip story. Yep, it's true. That is the bad news.

The good news is that I stumbled upon this picture of Lynda Carter at lunch looking FANTASTIC. No way does she look 55. She is still incredibly gorgeous, and I bow to her. Wonder Woman was my hero back when the television show came out, and seeing how taking care of yourself can help later in life has never been shown better.

If the Wonder Woman movie ever gets made, here is our Hyppolyta.

I feel like I am 12 years old again.

Quick Take Reviews for June 24

Checkmate #15
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Here is a look at some of the books that came out this week. Some impressed me while others were lukewarm to cold. It is all in the eye of the beholder!

X-Men: Endangered Species One-Shot: This special by Mike Carey, Scot Eaton, and John Dell signals the next major change going for the mutant population of the Marvel universe. Gathered at a funeral and realizing that their population is decreasing towards extinction, the different sects of mutants react in their own way. There are sources out there that would be only too happy to have the mutants wiped off the face of the earth, and somehow the X-Men must stop this. With special guest appearances by the who’s-who of mutantdom, this is obviously setting up the next year of events. Interestingly, the chapters of this story will be back up stories in four Marvel titles- X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, and New X-Men so readers wanting to follow this tale will need to be purchasing all those titles. Marketing ploy or sheer genius? I guess we will know four months from now. I have mixed feelings about this book, but am willing to see what happens in the next few chapters before making up my mind. Grade: C.

Amazing Spider-Man #541: No offense, but I am really tired of J. Michael Stracsynski on this title. Never has a new book needed new blood so badly. I guess I am still a bit sour about finding out that Gwen Stacy was a bit slutty with Norman Osborne, but all I see is the pathos of the character. Can’t he ever have a bit of a better day, filled with those endearingly awkward moments that have made me love Peter Parker’s character so much? No, because he has outed himself in Civil War and some dickhead shot Aunt May. Now Spider-Man has to be badass. This issue follows in that vein as Spidey tries to get to the bottom of who has harmed his family. It kinda made me hope that he is really a skrull, you know? Grade: D.

Army@Love #4: This Vertigo book is growing on me. At first read of issue one, I was really unimpressed. Then I sat down and read issues 1, 2, and 3 at one sitting and it all clicked. Pathos, drama, action, sex, and thrills with a crazy dash of secrecy add up to make this a killer ride. Soldiers who sign up for the adrenaline rush? God knows it could happen. Rick Veitch and Gary Erskine are a cohesive unit, and their work here is excellent. Adult readers, give it a try! Grade: B+.

Captain America #27:
I don’t know when it happened but somehow I have fallen a bit in love with the Winter Soldier. Yep, I have a Bucky crush. Ed Brubaker and the insanely fantastic art team of Steve Epting, Mike Perkins, and Frank D’Armata have me under their spell. Captain America may have died, but the book lives on in the guise of Bucky, Sharon, and the Falcon. Their search for answers and the guilt that Cap’s death carries have created a dramatic atmosphere that Brubaker has deftly built on. I am glued to this book and have no intentions of going anywhere as long as this creative team stays put. Grade: A.

Checkmate #15: Another chapter of that crazy crossover with the Outsiders finds the Black Queen and Boomerang being tortured while secrets begin to leak all over the place. I have really come to love the “court system” of Kings, Queens, Bishops, and Knights and the complicated web of intrigue it weaves. I also never knew that Egg Fu could be so evil. I may have nightmares tonight. The last page of this book is one of those “holy crap” moments that I love. The crossover ends with Outsiders #49. Grade: B.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Random Thoughts and A Sense of Wonderment

Today was a gorgeous day at Casa Meeley so most of it was spent doing errands, being out and about, or just hitting the gym for some iron pumping. When I got home tonight, I checked out my "Is This Gratuitous" post and was really excited about the responses I got. Then I checked my links and found that two other sites had made comments based on it. Wow. I struck a nerve, and that is cool. I am totally fine with people not agreeing with me, as I am happy to enjoy the First Amendment to the fullest. If you want to go check out the other opinions, they are as follows:

The Fandementalist with "Satana: evil = big knockers"
Occasional Superheroine with "She's Satan's Daughter- She's Supposed to be Bad"

I was not familiar with The Fandementalist before today, so I don't know the story there, but I have admired Occasional Superheroine and her journey for awhile, so it was a bit surreal to be linked by her. Cheers!

In other news, I went and signed up for P.O.W.E.R. in Comics today. I am really excited about this, and am planning to spend some time there when I am done with my post here. Lisa, you are amazing to me! Your idea to start this is so fantastic!

Speaking of fantastic, I found out that Swinebread from Atomic Romance was on the Ramblin'
Rod show back in the day. Man, that is so incredible! Back in Portland growing up, that was the show all the kids wanted to be on, and Swinebread, being the guy he is was actually on for his birthday. Man, I am still jealous about that!

Devon from Seven Hells! contemplates a DC Comics Presents issue that I loved back in the day. Superman and eight "forgotten heroes" team up in a crazy issue. Go check out his post.

Not much more to tell other then that I am ruminating on a new feature for my blog that has nothing to do with covers to speak of, or industry gossip. More on that tomorrow.

Thank you for all the comments on this week's gratuitous feature. As a flashback, here is a look at the first time I did it! For the record, I still think the shot of Raven's ass is overdone!

Take care and have a wonderful Saturday night! I am off to watch Metal Mania and read the Planet Hulk back issues!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? - Legion Of Monsters: Satana #1

This week's candidate for gratuitous glory is the cover to Legion of Monsters: Satana #1. My first thought upon seeing this cover from Marvel is that Satana has obviously made a deal with dear old Dad and had several of her ribs removed, because I seldom see women with waists that small.

Since artist Greg Land is notorious for lightboxing, I am also wondering if this pose has been taken from a men's magazine, ala Maxim or Stuff. The pose looks vaguely familiar, but I can't quite place it.

Satana is sporting a come hither facial expression reminiscent of said magazines, but with a porn face edge. Most notably, her old school wickedly long eyebrows appear to be long gone. As a character trademark, it throws me off to not see her with them.

I will grant that Satana is a sexy character; after all she is the Devil's daughter. I am just a bit curious what you all think of this "updated" look.

It's your call, my friends. Is this gratuitous?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Random Thoughts and Rants

Today Jim got a phone call here at home from our local comic book retailer. They received in 2/3's of the books today. Jim took the bus downtown and picked up what he could. We are still missing Checkmate for me and Boneyard for him, but otherwise were able to pick up most of the books. That was a relief but the bad news is that we still need to make another trip downtown tomorrow. You see, if we don't pick up our books the first day, there is a large chance that our file will be pilfered and we will miss some of our stuff. When the staff pulls files, the books are all out on the front counter. If they don't get to ours right away, there is a good chance that some of our "special" stuff will be gone. I am not even going to go down that rant field because it makes me so frustrated!

In good news, my alma mater Oregon State is in the College World Series finals! Woo hoo! We are all hoping for a championship, so we can have back-to-back titles. You can pretty much guess where my attention will be this weekend!

When I was perusing blog@Newsarama, I stumbled upon a very cool post by Mark Engblom of Comic Coverage. It is titled "I Love(actually a heart sign) Opposite Numbers". I was really thrilled to see Mark there, and his post was excellent. Go check it out!

Lisa at Sequentially Speaking has an important post about the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and it's need for donations to help pay for Gordon Lee's unfortunate court battle. Check out the full post to learn more, and give some dinero if you can. Now is the time to pledge to battle censorship in it's most heinous form.

Jim and I had a strange but true conversation about the cover of Justice League of America #10. We both mentioned that Power Girl's breasts were remarkably toned down on the Turner cover from what we had seen on the internet. It was a laugh so you don't cry moment when we realized that we both noticed it for the same reason- because we had read so much about the cover on the internet. I guess we both officially need some kind of mental help. Yikes.

I looked at Flash and JLA so that I could quit avoiding spoilers. The next to last page of Flash made me choke back tears. Wow. What a moment that was. I was considerably more underwhelmed by the conclusion of the "Lightning Saga". It felt rushed and it was hard to stay in the moment. Maybe if I read it in one sitting it will resonate more. My conclusion to the whole thing was to "wait and see" what happens. Will there be a big payoff? There better be after the events in these two books.

That's it for tonight! I am off to read the books I did get and try not to be pissed about having to make another trip tomorrow. Arrgghh!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Totally Pissed Off: No Comics AGAIN!

Totally Pissed Off
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Well, I give up. Evidently we are never ever again going to know for sure if and when comics are going to show up. They were not there again today and won't be there until Friday. There was some kind of glitch and several customers didn't get shipped. Of course, Ron's was one of those customers.

After this week, I am never again going to drive to my retailer on a Wednesday expecting comics. Jim or I are going to call first. That way I don't waste my precious gas on a trip across town that wasn't worth making.

I also feel bad for my retailer. The manager was surrounded by fanboys and couldn't deliver the goods. It wasn't even her damn fault but she had to take crap and be polite. That wasn't fair to her at all.

So screw it. Diamond sucks. My comics are always going to be late. I am going to have to start my own company to make things right or I am just going to have to eat crap with a smile.

To top it off, I couldn't even read the Flash like all the rest of you lovely people. or even peruse JLA. I am an internet blogger without a story. I can't relate to the awesome reviews because I don't dare read them.

Anyone else get screwed by Diamond's horrible service today?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hey Girls- Comics! ... My Younger Self Ponders Life on the Internet

While perusing blog@Newsarama the other day, I happened upon a post entitled “Just Past the Horizon” in which Lisa Fortuner talks about the Misty Lee episode. It was thought provoking and on target, provoking several responses. Without going into great detail, let me just say that I read something in the one of comments that left me cold. Whether this person was being a smart ass or being serious, the following remarks were made:

“Reading this makes me long for the days when chicks didn’t read comics. Chalk me up as one who thinks this is fan entitlement gone crazy. At least I can tune y’all out by avoiding the internet. But lord, am I glad I don’t have to read the mail Marvel receives everyday. It must be whine after whine after whine, with an unhealthy dose of cheese-louise.

Also, I’ve been reading Spider-Man for twenty years (and now because he has brown hair like me…seriously, what a weird and superficial thing to identify with), and I’m a bit hard-pressed to recall when Mary Jane wasn’t being objectified. And freaking out about objectification that didn’t even occur in a comic book?

Maybe these ladies shouldn’t be reading comics. Maybe they’re taking them too seriously. If someone is going into a rage, or feels their self-identity is crumbling/under assault, because of a statue, or a cover illustration, then maybe it’s not comics they need, but therapy.”

Now, for all I know, this Ken person was just joking. My point is not to take him and single him out, but to use his comment to reflect a bit.

Here is my thought: if when I started reading comics in 1974 the internet would have been around wht would I have done? Would I have been turned off to comic books or would I have followed the same path I did back then that continues to this day? I guess I didn’t understand that comics were just for boys. I started with Wonder Woman, Batman, World’s Finest, and Brave and the Bold. I followed it up with Justice League of America, Flash, and Shazam!, without blinking an eye. There was nothing on the label saying it was gender specific, and no one around me gave me any crap about it.

But what if the internet had existed? What if I would have gotten online after reading comics for awhile and read through the posts around the news sites and blogs? Would I have run screaming for the hills? Maybe I would have taken up something more girly? God forbid. My older self wonders how my younger self would have been influenced by it all. How would my life be different today?

Reading comic books really helped expand my vocabulary. It also helped make me a spelling bee champion. I was always at the top of my class in English and creative writing. To this day I give comic books a great deal of credit for that. They made me want to read, and it helped me stair step into reading novels and historical periodicals. When I read Wonder Woman and “Mars” was the villain, I wanted to know about where he came from so I researched it. I am hard pressed to think of a negative influence comic books had on me then.

To this day I love to read comic books. They help me escape the stress of my daily life. Sometimes I can’t solve a problem by punching it, but watching Black Canary do it makes me feel a bit better. I can’t bench press 1000 pounds, but I admire the fact that She-Hulk does so with ease.


I can’t get that nagging thought out of the back of my head. Would the internet have turned me off comics back in the day? What does the internet mean to beginning readers who come into our world? What do they think of our opinions and arguments? Are we just background fodder to their true passion, or do we have more of an influence then we think?

I don’t claim to have all the answers to this, but my younger self is glad she was left alone and allowed to read the comic books she wanted to. That is why I am happy to see Lisa start P.O.W.E.R. in Comics and try and find ways to promote the industry. I am not saying we should lie down and play dead, but maybe we should spend more time considering what we can do to draw in new readers rather then spend so much time dissecting what is wrong with the industry.

Oh, and Ken, if you are out there, I don’t scare that easy. I have loved reading comics for 33 years and am not stopping anytime soon.

Monday, June 18, 2007

New Comics for June 20

Incredible Hulk #107
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
After working for about four hours yesterday, I haven't adjusted to the fact that today is Monday. My mind keeps trying to tell me it is Tuesday, so that means I will be off a day all week. Damn, I hate that.

I am happy that there are some great new books coming out this week. Hopefully it all shows up on time!

Here is this week's stuff!

Rex Mundi #6
Army @ Love #4
Brave and the Bold #4
Catwoman #68
Checkmate #15
Countdown #45
Ex Machina #29
Justice League of America #10
Shadowpact #14
Madame Mirage #1 - I am trying to get past the cover and see what is inside!!
Amazing Spider-Man #541
Captain America #27
Incredible Hulk #107- with splendid Gary Frank Cover!!
Ultimate Spider-Man #110

That's it for this week. I do wish I would have gotten the Incredible Hulk issues that dealt with the whole "Planet Hulk" arc now. It sounds like it was a great read that was "Civil War" free. Maybe I can find some back issues and try it out.

Have a wonderful evening! Thank you for the positive feedback this weekend!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

New Comic Book Previews of Interest

Wonder Woman Annual #1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
After checking out DC's advance solicitations for September, I am pretty eager for summer to be over, and it hasn't even officially started. Some of the things coming up make me a bit questioning, while others evoke an eagerness for the book to come out already!

To start things out, the final installment of "Who is Wonder Woman" is coming out as Wonder Woman Annual #1. It's about damn time, but I will believe it when I see it. Here are the specs:

Written by Allan Heinberg
Art by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
and Gary Frank & Jonathan Sibal
Cover by Terry Dodson & Rachel Dodson
At long last, the climactic, extra-length chapter of “Who is Wonder Woman?”, the story that launched the WONDER WOMAN monthly! In this arc's conclusion, the combined forces of Wonder Woman's transformed rogues gallery declare an all-out war on the amazing Amazon, compelling Wonder Woman to mend fences and join forces with Donna Troy and Wonder Girl if she's going to survive to answer the question: “Who is Wonder Woman?”
And if the return of Allan Heinberg and Terry Dodson isn't enough, there's also an all-new backup by Heinberg and the upcoming art team of ACTION COMICS, Gary Frank & Jonathan Sibal, featuring the secret origins of Wonder Woman, Donna Troy, Wonder Girl, Sarge Steel and Nemesis! All questions will be answered, all secrets revealed!
On sale September 26 • 48 pg, FC, $3.99 US "

There is another book coming out that really intrigues me. It is a Countdown tie-in that involves the search for Ray Palmer, and stars Donna, Kyle, and Jason. A tour of the multiverses sounds incredibly cool.

Written by Ron Marz
Art by Paco Herrera
Cover by Arthur Adams
The Search for Ray Palmer truly kicks into high gear, as Kyle Rayner, Donna Troy and Jason Todd scour the Multiverse for the former Atom, who just might hold the key to saving reality from a crisis of unparalleled proportions. The trio's first stop: the Wildstorm Universe, where they come face-to-face with an entirely different -- and entirely more lethal -- brand of heroes. Wildstorm's finest are all here, including The Authority and Gen13, and they don't prepare a warm welcome for their visitors! The tour of the new DC Multiverse begins here!
On sale September 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US"

Suicide Squad is coming back and it has John Ostrander writing and the super hot art team from Manhunter, Javier Pina and Robin Riggs along for the ride. As long as we have been waiting for the inevitable return, seeing the creative team makes it even more thrilling.

Written by John Ostrander
Art by Javier Pina & Robin Riggs
Cover by John K. Snyder
When original Suicide Squad member Rick Flag Jr. returned from the dead in the pages of CHECKMATE, it blew open a brand-new espionage mystery for the DC Universe! In this eagerly awaited miniseries by legendary Squad writer John Ostrander (WORLD WAR III), it’s revealed how Flag survived a nuclear blast while battling terrorism in Qurac — as his hard path home takes him from Skartaris to Dubai and into the hands of dueling commanders Amanda Waller and General Wade Eiling. Their power struggle reveals surprising secrets from their pasts — even as a new Suicide Squad is created to play a key role in the DCU’s ever-evolving future!
On sale September 12 • 1 of 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US Edited by Joan Hilty"

In extremely disturbing news, it looks like Kyle Rayner is going to be put through the ringer again. The Sinestro Corps may be taking him to a place I don't want him to go. I am debating on panicking now or waiting until later. Here is what it says:

Written by Ron Marz
Art by Adriana Melo & Marlo Alquiza
Cover by Mike McKone & Andy Lanning
Get ready for a new series of specials focusing on members of the Sinestro Corps and tying into the “Sinestro Corps War” crossover! In this initial installment, the writer who introduced Kyle, Ron Marz, dissects what led Kyle to his downfall and explains the Parallax entity.
On sale September 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US"

Finally, the Teen Titans from the future are back, and it doesn't look like they are playing nice. This should be pretty fascinating to behold.

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Alé Garza & Marlo Alquiza
Cover by Alé Garza & Scott Williams
The Titans of Tomorrow are here today! The super-popular future Titans are arrive in our present time , and they’ve already taken out the Justice League. What crucial historical event are they here to stop — or contribute to?
On sale September 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US"

Head over to Newsarama for the full skinny on other books coming out. I am going to sit here and contemplate the fate of some of my favorite characters and start placing bets on if the Wonder Woman Annual actually ships.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Comic Convention News Frenzy

Well, it's official. Green Arrow and Black Canary are doing it. Well, they are doing THAT, but they are getting married as well. According to Newsarama, this new Previews will feature all the solicits for the blessed event, including a JLA Special, a wedding planning one shot and the actual event itself. While I am intrigued by this news, I am most interested to see how it all plays out. I wasn't at all wanting to have the couple get back together or get married, so wrapping my head around the impending nuptials is a tough one in itself. For the full scoop, head over to Newsarama.

In exciting news, Peter David is taking over She-Hulk after Dan Slott leaves. As a huge fan of his long run on Incredible Hulk, this is fantastic to hear. I also appreciate the way David takes on female characters, most notably his Fallen Angel series at IDW and his portrayal of the female members of X-Factor. Instead of being sad at Slott leaving now, I am happily looking forward to the future of the book. David knows Shulkie.

Dwayne McDuffie is taking over Justice League of America after Brad Meltzer leaves. This is another piece of good news. I am appreciating his work on Fantastic Four, and am looking forward to seeing his work on the JLA.

Cassandra Sandsmark AKA Wonder Girl is getting a six issue mini series. Written by J. Torres, this should be a great chance to see how the character has evolved without the weight of a team book taking her out of the spotlight. This is once again great news.

Encouraging news on Wonder Woman pencils:
"Who will be drawing Wonder Woman once Gail Simone takes over? DiDio: “I believe it will continue to be Drew Johnson and Terry/Rachel Dodson.” "

This is all pleasantly surprising to me. I can hardly wait for the next six months to see how this all works. I have a lot of mixed emotions on the Canary/Arrow union, so I am waiting for the powers to be to make me believe in it.

What news have you heard that you think is cool/sad/scary?

Friday, June 15, 2007

Kicking Up My Heels!

Excalibur 91
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Well, I had every intention of being a good blogger tonight, but I ended up running into some old friends and drinking a few beers, so my better judgement is telling me to keep it short! It is always a treat to see friends unexpectedly and be able to pick up where you left off, even if it has been a span of time. That was tonight for me.

So to keep it brief:

Woo hoo! I just read at Newsarama that Mark Waid is coming back to Flash. Yay!

Now I need to read Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. Terry Moore, my hero behind Strangers in Paradise is going to start on the book. It will be a must have!

It sounds like both Wizard World Philly and Heroes Con are great events. I am a bit jealous that I can't attend, so I will be eagerly scanning the news coming from both.

Tomorrow I will try and provide links and check my spelling. I will also reply on my comments. Even though I had very little to drink, it still makes me wonder how much it impairs my judgement.

Take care and have a wonderful evening! See you tomorrow!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Temperamental Musings

I just got done reading New Avengers #31. Arrggghhh! What kind of crap was that nonsense that this issue was a must have? That it would be on par with Captain America #25? What a bunch of over-exagerated hype.

I pretty much want a refund, but I don't want my retailer to pay the price.

In better news, I have been reading my Manhunter run the last few days and it holds up beautifully. Good stuff. All of you who haven't read Manhunter need to give it a try. Go grab a trade or pick up some back issues. We need to get some support going again to get the book back. I miss it terribly.

Countdown still hasn't gotten quite there yet for me. I am still waiting to see Kyle Rayner, and I am wondering why Donna Troy has been paired up with Jason Todd. The Mary Marvel and Jimmy Olsen storylines do interest me, and I hope to see them warm up sooner then later.

Otherwise I am pretty bummed. I read Strangers in Paradise #90 and loved it, but kept feeling sad because it was the end. How Terry Moore has held up so well during such a poignant and emotional time is beyond me, because it rips my guts up. I am hoping to read that series again this weekend and in the next few weeks.

Bottom line: pissed about New Avengers, sad about Strangers in Paradise, and hopeful that Manhunter will come back. Definitely undecided about Countdown.

To top it off, I am sore and irritable from working out so much this week. Hand me the ibuprofen!

What are your thoughts on this week's comics?

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?

Monday, June 11, 2007

New Comics for June 13

SIP vol. 3 #90
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Is it already mid-June? Where has the month gone? It has been crazy around here, and I can't keep up with time. My dad has always told me it goes faster as we get older, and I am really starting to believe him.

With that said, here is my list of comics for this week!

Countdown #46
Fables #62
Gen 13 #9
Green Arrow #75- the infamous proposal cover
Justice #12 (of 12)
Loveless #18
Stormwatch PHD #8
Trials of Shazam #7 (of 12)
Noble Causes #30
PVP #34
New Avengers #31
New X-Men #39
Punisher War Journal #8
Strangers In Paradise #90- the final issue. SOB!

That's it for the week. I am keeping it short and sweet as I am super hungry and dinner is cooking! Have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Quick Take Reviews for June 10

Birds Of Prey 107
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Birds of Prey #107: The finale to the Secret Six crossover happens here, and it is quite the kick in the butt. Between Lady Blackhawk’s reaction and the great dialogue, I really enjoyed the ride. It also made me very sad that Gail Simone is leaving the book. She really put her stamp on it and made it her own. I can comfort myself with the fact that artist Nicola Scott is staying put for the time being. Grade: B+.

The Punisher #48: The deeper this current storyline goes, the more I find myself sucked in completely. Five mafia widows go after the Punisher with surprising results, and writer Garth Ennis finds his soul in the mix. I can’t say enough about how good this book is. Grade: A.

Outsiders #48: I don’t know what is going to happen to the Outsiders as a result of this crossover with Checkmate, but I do know that it has made the characters more relevant to me now then they have been since “One Year Later”. A shake up is just what this team needs, and I am hoping for fresh writing blood on the book sooner then later. As for now, the title seems to be in a holding pattern. Best part: Matthew Clark and Ron Randall’s tag team art. Grade: C.

Detective Comics #833: In my mind, this has been the best Bat book of the past year. I have loved the one-shots and especially appreciate the creative team of Paul Dini, Don Kramer, and Wayne Faucher. The quality of these stories is high, and I get the sense of a work of art in each issue. This rare two-parter guest starring Zatanna is no exception. I love this book. Grade: A.

Uncanny X-Men #487: Part of the team is back from space, and things are off kilter in all respects. Ed Brubaker has really shook things up with the last year’s story line, and it shows here. Storm comes back for this storyline, and it is a welcome homecoming. I also enjoyed Salvador Larocca’s artwork. With the return of the Morlocks, things should heat up nicely. While this isn’t my favorite X-title, it is certainly a quality one. Grade: B.

Witchblade/The Punisher: This book felt really off to me from page one. With the recent events in Sara Pezzini’s book, it just didn’t work for me. I appreciated Adriana Melo’s artwork, but didn’t think it was one of Ron Marz’ better efforts. I think the man has too much on his plate. Save your money on this one and go get the regular Punisher or Witchblade title. Grade: D.

New Warriors #1: Surprise hit of the week for me. I picked this up mostly for curiosity purposes and was really pleased with what I saw. I never saw the characters coming, and I absolutely am awed by the excellent scripting done by Kevin Grevioux. I also loved Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco’s artwork. Overall, this book was my pick of the week for quality and unexpected excellence. Grade: A.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Wizard Magazine Announces New Hires: Nothing To Change!

Here is a press release via Newsarama on Wizard staffing adds and changes:

"Wizard Entertainment today announced several Wizard editorial promotions and the addition of a newly created West Coast office. Brian Cunningham has been promoted to the position of Executive Editor; Mike Cotton has been promoted to the position of Managing Editor; Sean Collins steps into the newly created position of Online Managing Editor and Savas Abadsidis has been hired to head up the Hollywood editorial office in the position of West Coast Editor.

In making the announcement Wizard Editor-In-Chief Scott Gramling said, “The promotion of three of the key editorial minds behind Wizard is a credit to their extensive body of work with the brand. The addition of a West Coast office was a logical step forward for a brand that serves fans of entertainment and pop culture.”

Brian Cunningham has been with Wizard Entertainment since 1991, becoming a full-time staffer in 1993. Cunningham has contributed to more than 150 issues and is spearheading the creation of the magazine’s special 200th issue due out the early part of 2008.

Mike Cotton started at Wizard as a staff writer in the fall of 1999. He has conducted several of the high-profile celebrity interviews for which Wizard has become known, including recent features on Tobey Maguire, Transformers Director Michael Bay, Samuel L Jackson and writer/director Kevin Smith.

Sean Collins joined Wizard in 2004 as a managing editor. He will be shifting his focus from print to the rapidly growing, which in the past 12 months has increased its total audience by 600%.

Savas Abadsidis gives Wizard a significant editorial presence on the West Coast. He is an accomplished editor with an extensive background in entertainment and publishing, having recently served as executive editor of men’s lifestyle magazine Complex.

Gramling continued, “These moves bolster our ability to continue to produce the most relevant magazine and Website for 18-to-34-year-old male fans of comics, pop culture and entertainment. It also allows us to start focusing on several huge future projects, including our milestone 200th issue, which is now less than a year away.”

So basically, this means that nothing is going to change. Yes, the banner of pop culture rather then comic books is being waved, but keeping the same guys around and promoting them is not going to lead to a significant step forward to diversity or new interests. It means that I can expect the same kind of articles that cater to the "oh look, boobies!" mentality that have put this magazine out of my subscription list. As a reader of Maxim and a former reader of Wizard, I can tell the difference between "manly fun" and ignorance, and I am fearful this means that things are not going to change.

Forgive my disapointment, but I was really hoping for lots of new blood to be injected here. Having met Mike Cotton and thinking he was a good guy, it is hard for me to criticise, but I just can't help but think this is not the step forward that readers were hoping for.

Does anyone know a female staffer at Wizard I could e-mail? I am curious about the experiences of women working for Wizard. Ten years ago, I thought it was one of the coolest places to work at possible. Now I just don't know.


Friday, June 08, 2007

Taking the Night Off!

Heidi flex
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
For the first time in a long time, I don't have much to say. I guess I will blame the long workday and the long workout that followed.

Speaking of workouts, I finally got my "Get In Shape" portraits back. Pictured is the one of me solo. It is a tad bit vain, but I worked really, really hard for those arms. My team dressed in a biker theme, and our name was "Team Mayhem" hence the black gear and biker mama pose.

Special thanks to Gary Delp, the photographer that took the pictures. He did a fantastic job! If you get a chance, I have two other pics on my flickr gallery- one of my team and one of my workout partner Kerry and I.

Have a wonderful evening!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Alien Pig Farm 3000 #2

Alien Pig Farm #2
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Until my hubby found this cover, I had never heard of Alien Pig Farm 3000. Once I did, I headed over to their killer website to experience the madness. Published by Image Comics, and brought to you by the folks at RAW Studios, the blurb for issue #2 reads as follows:

"Put yer head between yer knees and kiss yer sister goodbye! Them green-skinned sumbitches is hungry fer pig innards and horny fer farmgirls. But don't nobody fondle the cousins while eatin bacon cept Johnny Ray and Elvis! Consider the can of whoopass open!"

So I have to figure this book is aimed more at adults, right? At least the cover and the blurb believe me to think so.

Oh yeah, the cover gives me a clue as well. Drawn by Mark Shultz, this sexy babe is plumb bursting out of her top, and she is losing her shorts trying to escape the bad things. Yikes!

Tell me, is it marketing genius, a bit gratuitous, or both? It's yer call!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

Happy Wednesday! It was a good day at the local comic book shop, as all the books arrived in a timely fashion. Fanboys and Fangirls alike rejoiced and high-fived, calling the day a success. Heh.

I haven't link-blogged for over a week, and I wanted to recognize some of my fellow bloggers for their incredible insights. I love to go visit other sites and see what is going on, and I usually learn a thing or two.

Lisa at Sequentially Speaking has come up with an amazing concept called POWER in Comics. Head over there and take a look. I am really impressed and hope to be able to help in some way.

Mark at Comic Coverage has another chapter of "All I Need to Know I Learned From Comic Books". It is good stuff. I continue to enjoy Mark's wicked sense of humor and sharp wit.

Over at Ye Olde Comick Book Blog, you have got to see it to believe it. Spoiler alert: do not check it out if you are at work. The boys have taken a Marvel cover and, well, altered it a bit. I will reserve comment and let you form your own opinion!

A belated congratulations to Redhead Fangirl on her blogoversary! I am crossing my fingers for many more great years to come! Go check out one of my favorite female bloggers!

I got a good chuckle out of "Weird-ass Cover Wednesday" over at Noetic Concordance. I appreciate you, Vaklam!

Last but not least, my hubby takes a look at weddings gone wrong in his "wedding bell blues" week cover featurette.

That's it for me tonight. I bought the new Anita Blake novel "The Harlequin" by Laurell K. Hamilton last night and am eager to finish reading it. I read about half of it last night and had to force myself to go to bed instead of reading too late!

Have a wonderful evening!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A Serious Musing on the Female Body

Jamie Eason
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
With all the discussions of late about the Mary Jane statue and the Heroes for Hire cover, I have been thinking a great deal about body types and what is attainable. I have also been pondering what a healthy woman would look like, and what it would take to maintain that.

This weekend I was able to have some interesting discussions with both women and men about realistic expectations and the portrayal of female bodies in comic books. One lady I spoke to felt strongly that a strong woman isn't afraid to dress sexier and more provocative. She also felt that the woman in question would dress more to please herself then to send a message of seduction to the men that might see her. It was an interesting point, and one that would naturally merit both immediate opposition and insight a great deal of thought. That discussion isn't the point here, but it really made me think.

As a woman who has battled her weight my entire adult life, I have always tried to dress modestly. Ideally, I want to look strong and healthy. I want to be able to wear a tank top or sleeveless shirt on a warm day. I like to wear shorts and skirts, and I like them to be above the knee. I don't particularly like lowcut blouses, but I like some breathing room in the neck. If I looked like the lovely Jamie Eason (pictured), an Oxygen cover model, I would most likely wear a two piece swimsuit to the beach without regret, and you know what? I would do it for myself. Hmm...

It really made me ponder how attainable a healthy, attractive body is to attain. As someone who works out six days a week, and lifts weights as well as doing cardio, I know it is quite difficult. I have been battling the "last 15 pounds" for the last month and a half, and it is driving me nuts. Several of my friends this weekend said that they find themselves in that position as well. That is why when I see Selina Kyle struggling into her Catwoman outfit after giving birth to her daughter, I really appreciate the realism of it all.

I loved Digital Femme's post about what a female super hero would look like if she were a real woman. Cheryl Lynn found pictures of fit women and made them into heroes. It was an eye opener. It also made me really respect Cheryl Lynn's point of view. She reads Oxygen like I do, and has a healthy appreciation for the amount of effort put into being so toned.

I would say that my point is this: I want to see female super heroes at least look healthy. As much as they work out and have to depend on excellent physical health to fight crime, they would have similar bodies to those I see in the fitness magazines I read, or the ladies I see at the gym. This means that the arms are toned and strong, and that the legs have powerful and toned thighs that have a muscular edge. As Cheryl Lynn points out, the waist wouldn't be so thin, but more cut and defined as well.

There will always be a market that showcases women as victims. Those are not books I am interested in reading. I want to read about Wonder Woman kicking ass. I love it when Power Girl and Black Canary stand toe to toe with the guys. The fact that these ladies are chairwomen of their respective teams makes me insanely gleeful. I am not always thrilled with the outfits the ladies wear, but I usually focus more on the overall fitness and general appearance. I have no doubt that the Huntress or Black Canary could kick my ass, and I know they have worked hard to do so.

Bottom line: I want my female heroes to look strong and healthy. While I don't necessarily know if I will ever attain my personal goal of having a fit body like the models in Oxygen or Flex, I know I have a hell of a lot better chance of looking that way then I do of looking like Mary Jane, who is a super model. I will never be 5'10 and stick thin, but I can be in good shape and have a long, healthy life. That is what matters in the end.

Monday, June 04, 2007

New Comics for June 6- Back from Seattle!

Jim and I made it back from Seattle today where we had a fantastic time at the Seattle Comicard Show. We stayed up way too late and had entirely too much fun, but it was well worth it! It felt a bit sad to pull into our driveway knowing that the fun was over.

At least I got to try some more Seattle style beers and eat excellent barbeque at Floyd's. Life is good!

Thank you to Quenton at QEW Publishing, Ben Hansen, Shon, Jason, Brian, Michelle, John, Shawn, Steve Miner, and several more that I am inevitably forgetting. We had a wonderful time!

In other news, here is the list of my new comics for the week!

Birds of Prey #107
Countdown #47
Detective Comics #833
Nightwing #133
Outsiders #48
Supergirl #18
Welcome to Tranquility #7
Dynamo 5 #4
Invincible #42
Witchblade Punisher #1 -pictured!
Ms. Marvel #15
Punisher #48
Uncanny X-Men #487
Lone Ranger #6

That's it! I am off to write some e-mails and get caught up on housework. Awww, the glamorous life for me!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Seattle ComiCard Convention Tomorrow!

If you are in the Seattle area tomorrow, head over to Seattle Center by the Space Needle and attend the Comicard Show! The hubby and I are both going to be there, and are quite excited to see friends and new acquaintances.

There are always nice people and great deals at this show. It is a smaller show, but it also allows for a lot more opportunity to talk shop and look for books.

QEW Publishing will be there, as will several guests, including the very talented Ben Hansen. Check out his amazing work.

Today we swelter in the heat. Tomorrow we head over to one of the funnest shows around! Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Danger Girl: Body Shots #3

Danger Girl: Body Shots #3
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Well this sure made me stop and pause. A picture of a hot chick wearing only her panties luxuriating on a bed of bullets? I also note she is holding a large gun and has a passionate expression on her face. Does that mean that using her gun gets her hot? Also, is this Abbie Chase, the lead character of Danger Girl? I can't really tell because other then her lack of clothes, there is really nothing to distinguish her from some other hot blonde.

I do note that Danger Girls is a bit of a tease of a book. That gives the creative team license to use lots of double entendres while sending the ladies running around in skimpy outfits while saving the world. I anticipate that the interior could be a bit sketchy.

It is the cover I am a bit concerned with. God knows it could send a 12 year old boy into puberty by just it's mere presence.

Passionate expression. Check.
Mostly naked. Check.
Suggestive pose. Check.

Hey gang, it looks like this could be gratuitous! What do you think?