Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Blog Positivity Day: Vertigo Comics = High Quality Read

Y The Last Man 57
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
After asking everyone to contribute a post that focuses on the positive in the comic book industry, I didn't want to miss my opportunity today.

As an adult reader, I have been really happy with the consistently high quality of the Vertigo line of titles. I don't claim to read them all, but there are several that I pick up on a monthly basis. Here is my list:

100 Bullets
American Virgin
Jack of Fables
Y The Last Man

In the past I have picked up Preacher, Invisibles, Sandman, Witchcraft, and several other great titles. For the last decade, this DC imprint has consistently been the source of great enjoyment for me. I think it is partially because the source material is thought provoking and provocative so it appeals to my adult sensibilities. It is a fresh break from the super hero genre to be sure. Many of the books get multiple readings. For example, I have read the Preacher run at least a dozen times, and each time I am struck by the originality of it. When I read the Invisibles, I actually had dreams about it; that is how much it stuck with me.

My favorite title right now is 100 Bullets. I can't stress to you enough how good this book is. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso are bringing an original vision filled with compelling storylines. I prefer to read the book in trade format simply because there is so much going on and that is how I reccommend it to new readers. Let the story suck you in and see where it takes you. This book is pure excellence.

Y The Last Man has been another winner for me. Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra have a winner on their hands. The concept is a bit insane, but mostly it is genius. An unknown plague wipes out all the men on earth but one- what would the women do? The book goes there without blushing or stuttering. It transports the reader to that planet and takes us along for the journey. This is a book that is almost done (issue 60 is the final one) so trades would work well here also.

Without going into great detail about all the books listed, I just really want to send a big "high five" to the creators involved in making Vertigo one of the best reasons to read comics today. If you are an adult who hasn't read any Vertigo titles, go to your local retailer and pick up a trade to get a taste. You won't regret it.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Rock of Love Episode Three: The Chicks Get Restless!

It has been three weeks and I am still avidly following Rock of Love. Call me crazy, call me wacky, but I love this show. As a rocker chick of many years I can understand where the girls are coming from, and the 21 year old that I have locked up deep inside of me is cheering like mad, wishing she could come out and play. I don't let her, but when I watch the ladies vie for Poison lead singer Bret Michaels' affections, I get a bit competitive.

What can I say? My metal love runs deep.

At any rate, this week finds the ladies competing in a moto cross challenge to win a date with Bret. The final 12 women suit up and practice with two of the best riders in the world: Mercedes Gonzales and Charity Okerson. Both of these women are hardcore champions, and their presence insures that the girls take it seriously.

Dallas gets out early and rides erratically and dangerously. Lacey thinks she has it covered, while Mia seems to be a natural. Bret appears to want to cover his eyes a few times when the ladies ride around. He can't decide whether he is aroused or concerned. Typical Bret reaction.

The ladies split into three teams to see who will win the dates. Dallas the meat lover and Lacey the PETA poster girl are on the same team, and disaster strikes. Lacey falls on her first turn and the girls get behind. When it is Dallas' turn, she flat falls. At first Bret worries she is dead, while Lacey hopes for her demise. Dallas turns out to be okay except for a sore tailbone, so the competition continues.

The odd team of Rodeo, Brandi M., Magdelena, and Sam win. Bret decides to take out Mags and Sam first with Brandi and Rodeo getting their date the next day. On the way home, the ladies break out the booze, and Lacey and Dallas proceed to get into it. By the time they get home, both have points to prove. Lacey dons her PETA shirt while Dallas puts on every piece of fur and leather she can find. The two proceed to get into it, with Dallas pushing Lacey while she eggs her on. Finally, Rodeo can't take it anymore, so she grabs Lacey and manhandles her out of the way. Things calm down from there.

In the meantime, Sam and Mags get their date. They watch a movie about Bret's life and then talk about themselves. Sam and Bret have a great deal in common while Mags is from Poland, so she isn't too familiar with Bret's music. Bret finds both a turn on, so they retire to his room for alcohol and strawberries. Mags kisses Bret and then he turns to Sam for the same. She is nervous and really doesn't want to, but goes for it anyway. After the kiss is over she proclaims that she doesn' t want to orgasm in front of "everybody" so she backs off. Bret is strangely turned on by the word orgasm, but he uses self control and the date ends soon after.

The next day dawns, and Brandi and Rodeo (pictured) get their date. I laughed my ass off when Bret took them bikini shopping like it is every girl's fantasy. Personally, I would die of embarrassment, but then again, I am a bit overweight, while Rodeo has a killer body and Brandi has a cute one. I was a bit jealous of their cute figures at this point. The ladies then get to go break bread and Rodeo proceeds to talk Bret's ear off while Brandi sits quietly, bemused. Bret seems to like both women very much, and it is a relaxing, happy time. I have got to tell you, these two ladies are easily my favorites so far, so I was pleased to see the date went well.

When Bret gets back, he wants to talk to Kristia, as he hasn't gotten to know her too well. Unfortunately, the beautiful blond freezes up and Bret is underwhelmed. Then Bret has nice conversations with Sam and Brandi C, who pretty much solidify their presence there. To cap things off, Bret tries to mediate between Dallas and Lacey. He is turned on by Lacey's unpredicable demeanor, but underwhelmed by Dallas. The writing is on the wall.

At the elimination, all the ladies get a pass except for Lacey, Dallas, and Kristia. Bret tells Kristia he is sorry, but she has to go while Brandi C. cries. Her Barbie twin friend has to leave! Then Bret announces that Dallas has to go as well. She stalks out without so much as a thank you while Lacey gloats. It is a bit painful to watch, but also a bit entertaining.

Other grand moments: Jes appears to develop a personality while continuing to be gorgeous. The "slutty" girls draw caricatures of everyone that aren't very nice. Erin still looks chesty, but seems smarter and less painful to watch this episode. Brandi C. makes me feel like my brain cells are dying. Mia fades a bit into the background, which is a bad sign. Heather keeps the party going with her stripper moves and a sense of humor that is growing on me.

I can hardly wait until this Sunday! The 10 remaining ladies must compose a song and perform for Bret. From what I can tell, it looks extremely frightening, which should make for great TV.

Until next time, Rock on!

New Comics for August 1

Supergirl #20
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Wow. August is here on Wednesday. Summer is speeding by at a lightning pace and I can do nothing to stop it. The good news is that the temperatures have been pretty mild... so far. God knows what the next few weeks will bring.

It is another heavy week of books to no one's surprise. I am really on the fence on a few titles, but am picking some of them up because I ordered them on my Previews form. Hopefully I won't regret it.

Here is the list:

American Virgin #17
Black Canary #3 (of 4)
Countdown #39- yes, I am still getting it. For how long, I don't know.
Detective Comics #835
Justice Society of America #8
Nightwing #135- close to dropping this one
Supergirl #20- pictured! The new direction intrigues me.
Welcome to Tranquility #9
First Born #1 (of 3)
Fantastic Four #548
Ms. Marvel #18
New Warriors #3
Punisher #50
She-Hulk 2 #20
Spider-Man Red Sonja #1 (of 5)
Uncanny X-Men #489
World War Hulk #3 (of 5)
Snakewoman Vol 2 Tale of the Snake Charmer #2

That is the list! It should be an interesting week. Take care and have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Back Home!

I am finally back home! It was hellish traffic and a lot of crabby drivers, but here I am!

Strangely, I have very little idea of what happened at San Diego Comicon other then the small things I have gleaned in conversation with the hubby or headlined on CBR or Newsarama. Here is what sinks in:

Grant Morrison is writing Final Crisis. Yay! Gives me hope.

Gail Simone is going to kick some ass on Wonder Woman.

Terry Moore is writing Runaways. Crap, now I have to go pick that book back up.

Warren Ellis and the detailed art guy on Wolverine are taking over Astonishing X-Men. Hmmm... could be good.

Mark Waid is the new EIC at Boom! Studios. Surprising, but could be interesting.

I can't think of anything else right off the top of my head. I want to say a hearty thank you to all of you for the wonderful comments! I am thrilled and awed. I promise to answer them tomorrow when the road rage wears off. Right now it isn't a good time. Heh heh. Also a shout out to the hubby for watering the lawn, mowing it, and putting up my posts while I was gone!

Have a wonderful week! See you soon!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Blog Positivity Day!

In the last several months, there has been a great deal of anger about the comic book industry and it's portrayal of women characters. There has also been a great deal of dissatisfaction with the "big two" and their dirth of crossovers and the mixed end results. Fans seem a bit burned out and irritated in general. I feel the same at times, and find myself grasping at straws trying to justify continuing in the hobby.

To help put a bit of a salve- a different twist on things, I am putting out a challenge to my fellow bloggers and site reporters and owners. Take one day next week from Sunday, July 29 to Saturday, August 4 and do a post that reflects on an event in the past year that is comic book related and has made you smile. Maybe it was one issue of a comic book you were happily surprised about. It could be a shared moment at a show meeting a creator or a fellow fan. It can be anything positive that can give your fellow fans something to think about on a positive tip. It is up to you.

Are you up for it? Let's band together and find some joy, even if it is for just a brief moment. It would make this fangirl a happy camper and spread some love to boot!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Grimm Fairy Tales: Return To Wonderland #1 E-Bas Cover

My first response to the cover of Grimm Fairy Tales: Return to Wonderland is this: Good God, the chick has a g-string and garter belt on- I hope it isn't drafty in Wonderland. She might catch a cold!

My second is to wonder when Alice got so chesty. Nice rack, Babe. Then I get even more disturbed wondering if Alice has the same underpants theme going on behind her!

Last thought: Is Jenna Jameson in this comic book too? Hmmmm....

I haven't read Grimm Fairy Tales as it isn't a book my retailer stocks. Do any of you read it and do you know what the basic premise is? Does it have a Fables vibe or is it more Lost Girls? I am really curious.

Here is the skinny straight from Zenescope Entertainment's website:

"Years have passed since Alice's first fell down the rabbit hole. Now an adult with a family, Alice's mind has drifted away from the safe shores of sanity into a silent world of madness. A madness that will not be denied and a madness her daughter Calie will soon discover for herself. Witness a bold new dark vision of Wonderland from the twisted minds of Raven Gregory and Zenescope Entertainment. This #1 issue features 4 different covers by premiere cover artists Al Rio and Eric Basadula!"

As a Raven Gregory fan, this book has me curious. E-Bas didn't hold back much on the basic naughtiness so I am assuming the inside is the same?

Can anybody help me here? More importantly, is this gratuitous?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Three Years of Blogging Goodness!

Today marks my blog's third year anniversary. I can hardly believe it has been that long. My blog has evolved so much since I started, and I have become comfortable with my space in the world. I love this place and I love the people I have met through it.

As a female blogger, I have watched the industry change and have kept a running opinion on it. There have been moments of great disgust mingled with the lure of new opportunity. I have watched the community of females with their own sites grow immeasurably. and have seen a diversification of opinions within the feminists I interact with. It is a mystery and a delight in which I am happy to be included. We aren't all made out of one cookie cutter, and I appreciate our diversity.

I started at 4 Color Review back in 2000, and when it changed and became Kung Fu Rodeo, I saw that it was time for me to step back and let Steve and the guys take their vision to a different place then I was going. Bless Steve for the opportunity he gave me- I will always treasure it. My reviews evolved and grew under his tutelage. I didn't even know what a blog was until he changed 4 Color's format, so I am in his debt.

Here I sit today wondering what the future will bring. It is full of great opportunity, and I can hardly wait to see what will happen. Thank you to all of you who have supported me unconditionally and have given me the courage to go on. James Schee, you gave me my first link. John Jakala, you took a chance on me as well! I will remember you guys for that!

Thank you to my friends and special thanks to my hubby for his encouragement and support. Without him I wouldn't have had the courage to get a booth at Emerald City Comicon two years in a row and promote my "silly" site. It has been fantastic!

Here is a toast to the next several years of fairplay! Thank you all so much!

Jenna Does Virgin...Comics!

Jenna Does Virgin
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
In pre-San Diego Comicon news, it was announced that Jenna Jameson has signed on with Virgin Comics to do a "Director's Cut" line of comic books with the company. Much like Guy Ritchie or John Woo, Jenna is taking an interest in the creative aspect of what is being produced in her likeness. Her series "Shadow Hunters" will be in comic shops and online stores in December 2007 and will be followed by a collection in May 2008. Said picture of Jenna as her comic book character is courtesy of Greg Horn.

This is interesting news, not so much for the person involved as for the direction being taken by an up and coming comic book company. Virgin is already known for thinking outside the box, and this move is no exception. Jenna Jameson is a proven commodity in the porn industry, and her product sells. She has her own site and with her ex-husband, she moved into the production aspect, taking a behind the scenes role as well as continuing to star in her own projects.

I have read Jenna's autobiography a couple of times, and while I don't agree with her lifestyle choices, I have an admiration for her moxie and business sense. I am sure this will get me in oodles of trouble with my feminist friends, but I can't argue with a woman who has made a success while using what she has to give. It isn't a road I would take, and it isn't one that I ever plan on taking, but it works for her. Jenna has made herself into a brand and that is a rare gift.

How will this translate into comic book sales? I think it hits a certain market segment and thus will do well. While I don't plan to buy this product, I am certain that others will. Hot pornographic movie star produces sexy comic book = dollars in the bank. Talk about thinking outside the box, huh?

I bet you thought this was my gratuitous segment at first- so did I! I have never seen a heroine removing her top in preparation for a sword fight, so this is a first.

What are your thoughts? Read here for the full press release.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

As I check several of the comic book related websites and blogs, one thing is crystal clear: many of you are gearing up for the San Diego Comicon. It is sure to be a huge media event, and it attracts so many fans that Saturday has already sold out. I can hardly imagine the breadth and scope of such a major event, and I will admit to being jealous that so many of you are going! It sounds like a good time!

Occasional Superheroine and The Beat will both be there covering events so I am sure their reports will be comprehensive. Mark from Comic Coverage is making a family trip out of it and I can hardly wait to hear about it! Head over to his site and see his survival tips- they are totally amazing and cool! Newsarama and Comic Book Resources are sure to pull out all the stops as well!

Where will I be in the midst of all this? I will be out of town with no internet access from Thursday until Sunday. This means that I will not be aware of any news until I get back into town. My beloved husband is staying at home, so he will be my eyes and ears so if any hot breaking news hits, he will let me know. I simply will not be able to post about it until I get back. Them is the breaks. I don't want to change my plans as they have been in place for a long time, so a bit of sensory deprivation won't be the end of the world.

That being said, I will have a few entries already done, and the hubby will post them. Otherwise, it will be blackout for a few. Crazy.

Tomorrow Wonder Woman #11 is coming out. After the poor resolution to the Diana-Hyppolyta confrontation in Amazons Attack, I am pretty much over this whole business. I am scared to read the issue as I don't want to be disappointed. Arrgghhh!

Thank you again for all the kind birthday wishes! I feel so loved! :-) Tomorrow is another celebration for me as it is my three year blogoversary. There will be a post of sorts about that tomorrow. I can hardly believe it has been that long!

Not much more to tell. I had to lift weights for over two hours tonight because I won't be able to do so on Thursday. I am one sore woman. I dread how my body will feel tomorrow. Two ibuprofen, stat!

Have a wonderful night all!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Rock of Love: Two Reasons Erin will Never Drown!

Erin and her twins
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley

Good God. Doesn't it get painful having implants this large? How does Erin stand upright? I don't know whether to be impressed or scared for her. All I know is that in last night's episode, rocker Bret could not keep his eyes off her chest. I guess that is why she was NOT eliminated.

I am in pain just looking at her.

New Comics for July 25

Fallen Angel 18
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
After a nice birthday weekend, it seems very difficult to think of anything that can top it. I am a lucky woman. Work today went well as I was still floating on a kind of cloud from a nice couple of days!

This week's comics list is a long but distinguished one. I am really debating about dropping some more books so there will be more on that in the next few weeks. As of right now, Blue Beetle and Countdown are iffy, as is JSA Classified. It is time to cut back again for sure.

For the time being, here is my list for the week!

All Star Batman & Robin #6
Batman #666 - gotta love that number... hmmm...
Blue Beetle #17
Countdown #40
Deathblow #6
Green Arrow Year One #2 (of 6)
Green Lantern Corps #14
JSA Classified #28
Teen Titans #49
Wonder Woman #11
Invincible #44
Witchblade #109
Amazing Spider-Man #542
Black Panther #29
Immortal Iron Fist #7
Mighty Avengers #4
Wolverine #55
X-Men #201
Fallen Angel #18 - pictured!
Queen & Country #32
Red Sonja #24

Yikes! Cuts are in order! In the meantime, this week's books will tell the tale.

Have a great evening!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Birthday Fun!

What a weekend! First we went and experienced Harry Potter madness with the rest of the world and then we did yard work.

Yep. Yard Work.

Phase two of my birthday weekend was that my good friend Kerry came over and we pruned all our bushes and trees and took two loads to the dump. We ended up shoveling up all the leaf and needle debris as well. I am so pleased with how our yard looks now!

Yesterday afternoon after my workout, Jim and I went grocery shopping and I stayed up until after midnight reading Harry Potter. Got it done- loved it! I am waiting a good week or so before posting anything with spoilers so I will just say that I have a lot of mixed emotions about the last book, most of them positive. It is hard to say goodbye to such a beloved franchise, as I am more of a book fan then a movie one.

Last night at midnight Jim gave me my birthday present. It is pictured here. It is a custom pin-up by Darryl Banks of Wonder Woman bringing me a birthday cake. I cried like crazy when I saw it. It is amazing. How lucky am I?

Today is my birthday and it is kind of lowkey, which is just how I want it. We are going to go eat some late birthday lunch and then I am going to come home and talk to my parents and sis. It is a good day.

Many thanks to my wonderful friends Kirk and Pamela for the awesome metal presents! I am still a bit overwhelmed with them, as it is JUST what I wanted. They bought me the KIX- Blow My Fuse CD and the Dokken- Unchain the Night DVD which is my absolute FAVORITE metal video of all time. I love you guys!!

Thank you to everyone for all the nice birthday greetings as well. I feel very spoiled and loved for a 41 year old. Have a great day!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Operation Harry Potter in Full Effect

Jim and I just got home from the madhouse that is Borders with the final Harry Potter book. It was an interesting experience, mingling with old and new friends. The really good news is that everyone was very well behaved. The bad news is that I have to get up at 8 a.m. and I am going to be tired and bitchy.

On that note I am going to bed. No, I am not going to start reading the book yet. I have a self preservation instinct that tells me the book will still be there in the morning.

To preserve the mystery of the book, I will not be going to any other blog site but my own until I get the book read. I don't want it spoiled for me, so Jim will even check here first before I sign in. Anal retentive- yes. Does it mean I won't have the book ruined? Yes as well.

Have a great one! Lisa, I hope your book party went well! I will be back tomorrow night hopefully!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Harry Potter Countdown!

Countdown meter has been removed!!

I know that Harry Potter is not everyone's cup of tea, but I have to admit major excitement at the upcoming book. It is titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and it is the final book of the series. It comes out on July 21, and it will be available at midnight, so I am pretty stoked.

It is funny because when the series first came out, I made fun of it and thought it was childish. I just didn't understand it. Then I finally sat down and read the first one.

Holy crap!

I was hooked. J.K. Rowling is amazing. Her writing always transports me to the world of Harry Potter. Insanely enough I have actually had dreams about being involved in the book and having adventures with Hermione and Harry. I would love to play quidditch. All this and I am 40 years old, proving that the book transcends age. From my nephews to my mom, Harry Potter speaks to us in different ways.

At any rate, I am putting the official countdown on here, so I can keep track! I can hardly wait!! It will be at the top of my blog until July 21, so bear with me! Anyone else got the book reserved? Any Potter party plans? I would love to hear it, just don't tell me any spoilers! The last book got ruined for me on the internet so I am avoiding it at all costs with regard to this!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Battlestar Galactica #10 Raynor Cover

My first reaction to a brief glance at this cover was that it must be Witchblade. Then I looked agan.

Wow. It's not Sara Pezzini or the new bearer Dani, so it must be a different book, right? Yep.

It is Battlestar Galactica #10 with cover art by Nigel Raynor. It sure fooled me! What was confusing was that I first mistook her hair past her shoulders for the Witchblade outfit. Then I noticed all the wires coming out of her and knew something was different. Now I realize that she is naked other then the hair and shadows.

I must confess up front that I haven't watched the new Battlestar Galactica. The hubby prefers the classic Battlestar, and since he lets me watch a lot of reality television, something has to give. That being said, I have no idea who this person is on the cover or what the circumstances are, so it is hard for me to truly judge how gratuitous the cover is in relation to the story and in general.

Here is the solicitation for issue #10:

"Each and every month, DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT is your only source for the all-new adventures of the crew of the Battlestar Galactica! Read the stories that compliment the Peabody Award Winning TV Show! Have you come onboard yet?

As our first "season" of New Battlestar Galactica comics races towards its conclusion, Sharon delves deep into her human memories while back aboard the Galactica, the dedicated leader of the subversives is revealed to be not quite as he appears...

Featuring covers from Nigel Raynor, Joe Prado, Stephen Segovia and a New Battlestar Photo Cover!"

Here I sit, not sure what direction to go on this. Please help me with your comments! Tell me what I am seeing and if it is relevant to the back story or just plain eye candy.

Question of the day: Is this gratuitous?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Fond Farewell to Gail Simone on Birds of Prey

BOP 108
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Birds of Prey #108 is Gail Simone's final issue of the series after a 53 issue run on the book. It is a sad moment for me, and I am sure, for many readers that have really appreciated her work here.

I was pleasantly surprised at "Swan Song", which ended with a bit of a nod to the changing of the guard. There was a down and dirty brawl that was a long time coming, which was well executed by penciller Nicola Scott and inker Doug Hazlewood. Gleefully, there was also a great deal of laughter and tears, making for an emotional roller coaster run.

I have grown to love the characters in this book. Oracle is an absolute favorite of mine for her determination and brilliance. I also love how Gail has "cleaned up" Huntress and gave her more depth of personality. Helena Bertinelli is a character I have great compassion for. Then there is Zinda, Lady Blackhawk, who just slays me with her old fashioned grit. Simone's portrayal of Zinda makes me long for a solo mini-series.

The evolution of Black Canary has been wonderful to watch. Simone made her more independent and made her a force to be reckoned with. I really feel that Dinah's portrayal here set the stage for her to take over the chairperson role in the JLA.

Low point: ass shot on the cover, but I am keeping that on the back burner for now since I want to focus on expressing my gratitude to an incredible talent rather then make this a "is this gratuitous" feature.

Thank you Gail for giving me a book to grow with. While I look forward to your upcoming run on Wonder Woman I wish you could have stayed on Birds as well. I want my cake and the icing on it too!

Here's to many more years of great success! Gail, you rule!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Final Crisis: Wake Me When It's Over

Final Crisis Teaser
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Over at Newsarama is a just released teaser from DC. It has the catch phrase "Heroes Die. Legends Live Forever." and the title appears to be Final Crisis with a date of May 2008.

Pardon me for saying this, but it just feels like one big kick to the gut. After all the high drama of Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, 52, and now Countdown, I am all event-ed out. God forgive me, but it also feels very Marvel-esque in it's boast. Don't have change happen for change's sake- there is no progress in that.

Now, I know that change is good and all, but what strikes me about this is that DC is getting ready to reboot several major characters again. I am wondering why this time? Didn't we finally get it right? Does Superman have to go be single again? Does Wonder Woman have to go back to Paradise Island? Will there only be one Green Lantern? Is Barry Allen going to be the Flash? Who is that masked man- is it Carter Hall or Katar Hol? Is Batman going to be pissed off?
You get the drift.

As much of a DC fan as I am, I am really burned out on annual events again. I don't know if I am having a flashback to the yearly "big changes" event of every year for most of the '90s, but I just can't bear it! Hera help us. Heh.

Any one have a different take on things?

October's Must Read Book: The Brave and the Bold #7

Brave and the Bold 7
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
After being a bit behind the last few days, I finally sat down and looked at DC's October solicitations. My jaw dropped when I saw The Brave and the Bold #7. Wonder Woman and Power Girl together! Drawn by George Perez! Written by Mark Waid!


Perez is one of my favorite artists of all time and I have been dying to see a team-up between these two dynamic ladies. This is like a dream come true! With Waid and Perez at the helm, I feel comfortable that Wonder Woman and Power Girl will get the best possible treatment. The cover just completely whets my appetite for this.

Here are the specifications, courtesy of Comic Book Resources:

Written by Mark Waid
Art by George Pérez & Bob Wiacek
Cover by Pérez

Wonder Woman and Power Girl fight side-by-side against a foe who may be more powerful than both of them combined!
On sale October 17 o 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US"

It is like an early birthday and Christmas present wrapped into one!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Rock of Love Episode #1: Look What the Cat Dragged In!

As many of you know, I am a longtime metal fan, so I am sure it comes to no surprise to you that when Rock of Love premiered on VH-1 last night, I was there with my remote ready to crank up the volume and check things out.

The premise of the show is that rocker Bret Michaels, the lead singer of Poison, is looking for a lady to love, ala Flavor of Love, but with a metal twist rather then a hip hop one. After years of either one night stands or long term relationships, it is apparent that Bret is rusty at dating, but up to the challenge.

In this first episode, Bret pulls up to his rockin' pad on a custom hog. The girls cheer and ogle him while he makes an introductory speech. That being done, his head of security Big John comes out and looks the ladies over. He immediately picks out five that are not "up to standards" and kicks them out before they even get in the door of the house. While four of the ladies go pretty quietly, Tiffany is just not having it. As the chosen ladies head in the house, Tiffany decides to bang on the door and plead for one last shot.

Big John is a big softie, and lets Tiffany in. While this drama has gone on, the other ladies have, in true rock and roll style, broken into the booze and started partying. Kristia and Brandi C. bond immediately, and proclaim "when we put our boobs together we can think better". Oh lord, I smell a threesome in Bret's future! As the ladies continue to get things going, Tiffany decides she has to catch up and gets really hammered. It is a combination of pity and a feeling in my belly watching her. But things are just getting warmed up!
Bret comes out, dressed to the metal nines and proceeds to take pictures for the backstage passes that the ladies will be receiving later. Several ladies make out with Bret, and Heather even shows her boobs while making the metal horns. It was enough to make any rocker steam up the lens. A couple of the girls freeze up, making for a bad start for them. Poor Lauren looks like a deer caught in the headlights.
After the picture taking, Bret engages the women in conversation. Brandi M. wins my vote by telling Bret that as Scorpio, she is ruled by her genitals. You go girl! Brandi C. tries to get Bret's attention in a high pitched voice that is a tad annoying. More on her later! My favorite moment is when Bret tries to engage Tamara, a smoking hot babe, in conversation. Either she is drunk, nervous, or not super smart, as she fails to make any sense at all. Luckily for her, Bret is a rocker dude, and he is into her bod.
Other girls of note include Samantha, who has several tattoos and a master's degree. She and Bret hit it off, but she worries he will not be interested in her for long because she doesn't drink or party. My opinion is that she will make the cut, because she is smart and interesting. Bret also has a "moment" with Rodeo, an older, but hot lady with a cut bod. They bond over their kids, and she feels very close to him. I quite like Rodeo, and hope she stays around for the duration. She is a bit older, and has had a fascinating life. Other ladies Bret seems fascinated with are Lacey, who is a rocker with bright red hair, and Jes, a tough girl with a shock of pink runing through her blonde hair. I was surprised to see how beautiful Jes was under the "punk" look she was sporting, and imagine she and Lacey will be aroud for a bit.
During all this interaction, poor Tiffany is stealing the show by getting as drunk as humanly possible. As the cameras roll, she tries to get into a fight with Brandi M. and Dallas. Big John has to remind her that she is there by the skin of her teeth. To see her stumble over her words and try to make sense of it all is insane. It reminds me of my rocker days, so I feel her pain.
Two girls, Faith and Magdelena, take the more lady like route. Both are wearing demure summer dresses and are drinking wine or champagne with manners. Bret keeps both of these women around, probably for their stunning good looks and hard to get mannerisms. I am interested to see how things fare for these ladies as the competition proceeds.
Before Bret makes his cuts, Brandi C. comes out wearing a hot pink bikini that is at least two sizes too small. She sits on his lap and cuddles, which pretty much saves her ass and guarantees that she and Kristia will survive to see a possible threesome with Bret.
Other survivors are Brandi M. my wild child favorite, Rodeo, Dallas, Heather of the boob showing, Jes, Lacey, the very vacant Tamara, Mia, Samantha, and by the skin of her teeth, Tiffany. Bret tells her that he has had nights like that, getting completely hammered, and that he is making an exception for her. It made me appreciate Bret, despite the fact that he had a fixation for hot chicks with big hooters. There are several blondes left, and a few wild hairstyles. Bret has his work cut out for him, if previews of the season are any indication.
I quite enjoyed Rock of Love. It is my new guilty pleasure. As much as I secretly watched Flavor of Love, I am going right out there and saying it publicly: I am going to watch this show to the bitter end. I have got to know who hottie rocker Bret is going to pick!
Did any of you check this out or are you cringing in horror that I was so into it? Heh heh.

New Comics for July 18

Avengers Initiative #4
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
In exciting news here at Comics Fairplay, our friend installed a second ceiling fan so things can cool down better here at our home. On Saturday, he had put one in our bedroom and that was fantastic. Now we have one in the living room and it really helps circulate the air around. We have two more fans to put up in our second bedroom and dining room, which will make life even better.

It is another busy week in comics as there are several DC titles on my pull list. I wonder if I am starting to revert back to my DC heavy days of 10 years ago. Hmmm..

Here is my list for the week:

Samurai Heaven & Earth 1 #5 (of 5)
All Flash #1
Amazons Attack #4 (of 6)
Army @ Love #5
Birds of Prey #108
Black Canary #2 (of 4)
Brave and the Bold #5
Catwoman #69
Checkmate #16
Countdown #41
Justice League of America #11
Avengers Initiative #4 - pictured
Captain America #28
New X-Men #28
Ultimate Spider-Man #111
Wolverine Origins Annual #1
World War Hulk #2 (of 5)
World War Hulk X-Men #2 (of 3)
Lone Ranger #7

What a week! I am especially excited for Birds of Prey and Black Canary, to check in on my girls!

That is it for now, have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Showcase Presents: Batgirl Vol. 1: Absolute Perfection!

As a lifelong Batgirl fan, when I heard that there was a black and white collection of classic tales featuring the Dominoed Daredevil, I was there with a flash. Though I was pretty sure I had most of her classic tales in their original format, the chance to have them all together was irresistible. At $16.99, it is affordable and accessible to new readers.

The book features stories from 1967 to 1975 and includes her first appearance as well as noted guest appearances in Brave and the Bold and Superman Family. It gave me chills a few times as I was able to recall what I was doing when I first read a story, or what my life’s circumstances were. I truly grew up with Batgirl, even though her first appearances were when I was too young to actually get them on the newsstands.

Another treat about this book is the work done by talented writers and artists who are now legends. Listen to these names: Gardner Fox, Carmen Infantino, Gil Kane, Neil Adams, Cary Bates, Mike Friedrich, Bob Brown, Murphy Anderson, Irv Novick, Don Heck, Mike Sekowsky, Curt Swan, Vince Colletta, Frank Robbins, Denny O’Neil, Dick Giordano, and Sid Greene. It makes one thing crystal clear: many of the greats worked on Batgirl and it shows. The art is amazing, and the stories color the time period in which they are being told with perfection.

The downside? The book made me miss old school Batgirl. I love Barbara Gordon as Oracle, and think she has been handled by amazing creators today, but there is something about that classic Batgirl that makes me wistful. Barbara was completely human, trained to perfection, with guts to spare. Did I mention she was brilliant and beautiful as well? It is everything a young girl like me back in the day wanted to attain. Amazing.

The Showcase Presents: Batgirl collection is a perfect addition to any collection. If you catch it on your retailer’s shelf grab a copy. It is worth the price of admission to relive the glory days of one of the most daring heroines in DC’s annals.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Green Lantern Fans: Will the War Begin Anew?

With the advent of the Sinestro Corps special, and now Green Lantern #21, it is apparent that DC is planning to turn the men and women that wear the ring topsy turvy enroute to a new definition of “no fear”. While I am sure the ride will be interesting, I have a great deal of trepidation in my gut.


Because what is happening makes me worry that the bad days of HEAT versus Kyle fans will come back with a vengeance.

Did any of you live through the DC/AOL message board wars? I did. It was through my hubby and through my own experiences and perceptions that a great deal of my feelings about the Green Lantern character were built. Here’s the back story.

When I first started reading comic books in 1974, Hal Jordan was the Green Lantern of note. I would see Alan Scott during the JLA/JSA team ups, but it was mainly Hal that was featured in the books I read. John Stewart’s character was still in the process of evolution, so he didn’t register quite so much either.

My main perception of Hal was that he was a ladies man, and a bit of an egomaniac. I enjoyed his team ups with Green Arrow and Black Canary, but I was more enamored of them then Hal. When I would watch Hal interact with Carol, it irritated me, so as I continued my evolution into DC’s past, present, and future, he was never in the forefront.

Fast forward to the destruction of Coast City and the Emerald Twilight saga and once again Hal was pushed to the starring role. He was completely in shock with grief, and turned into Parallax. Under this guise, he decimated the corps and was declared bad guy number one. In the meantime, Kyle Rayner was given the ring and a new era began.

Interestingly, I had just started picking up the Green Lantern series with issue #45, so I was in the right place at the right time. It was 1994, and I was really heavy into DC books. Having a new Green Lantern in place gave me an opportunity to grow with the character. I was sad for Hal, but quite frankly, he wasn’t my favorite, so I didn’t experience the remorse that other fans did. I figured he would be back sooner or later, so it didn’t enter my mind that there would be a group that would rise from the ashes to be the most vocal fan group I have ever seen.

They were called HEAT, which stood originally for Hal’s Emerald Attack Team and was later changed to Hal’s Emerald Advancement Team, and they were not going to go away quietly.

I first went online in December 1996 and when I got there, I was shocked to see the amount of dissention between Hal and Kyle fans. The AOL DC Message boards were a hot bed of controversy, and sometimes the arguments would get so ugly that there was a definite sense of a gang fight rumbling under the surface. What fascinated me more then anything else was the fact that many of the Kyle fans were a bit like I was- they were either younger so they were not familiar with Hal, or they weren’t big fans back in the day. It wasn’t that the non-Heat guys hated Hal at first; in fact I think they just didn’t have an awareness of the impact of the rich history that the character carried.

The kicker that always bothered me was that the HEAT members did not or could not just leave the Kyle fans to their own devices. At one point, the Kyle fans fled to another message board, only to have the HEAT members show up and point out everything that was wrong with writer Ron Marz, Editor Kevin Dooley, and the character Kyle. It got to be such a mess that I actively began to feel a cold blooded hatred towards the Hal character that I haven’t fully recovered from.

I never had any personal rancor for the HEAT members despite the irritation they made me feel. I just didn’t understand why they couldn’t wait for the natural progression of the Green Lantern characters. As anyone who has read comic books for a long time knows, there is no bigger constant then change. As a big Wonder Woman fan, I had lived through a total reboot of her character, for God’s sake. Surely that was hard to deal with on its own merit! Steve Trevor was lost as her love interest, and DC treated her like she had never before existed, yet I managed to make it through the day! What was different about these fans? It was incredible to see them band together so tightly.

The biggest axe to grind that the HEAT members had was that Hal had been very unceremoniously turned into a villain. They felt that his history wasn’t treated with respect and that the wet-behind-the-ears Kyle Rayner could never begin to fill his boots. One noted HEAT member even called Ron Marz a misogynist. Marz and Dooley both received threats of bodily harm from some Hal Jordan fans, although none have ever been associated with a member of HEAT. It got really over the top to say the least.

The pinnacle of the HEAT attack was the full page ad they took in Wizard asking for Hal’s return. That was a proud day for the members, to be sure. Looking back on it, I have to give the members props. It was an idea ahead of it’s time. What I still don’t like about HEAT are the members who were extreme in their behavior. I would love to know what some of these fellas are up to now. Is all forgiven, or is the battle just over?

At any rate, when Hal returned to glory, it seems that HEAT went dormant. I am glad for them that they got their heart’s desire, as they really worked for it. I am greatly saddened that two members, Rich and Harry, never got to see their work come to fruition, and I hope that they are smiling in heaven now. This I mean sincerely.

What I worry about in the future is what happens now that Kyle has been infected with the Parralax entity. Does this mean that the Hal fans will come back to rub it in, or will they be gracious? Will Kyle fans take up the banner where HEAT left off and form their own organization? Will it be a replay of the hell that was HEAT versus KEWL? Am I going to have to declare a permanent embargo on visiting message boards? I am scared to even go to the DC boards today for fear of reprisals.

Kyle fans out there: where are your heads at? Do you think it is temporary? What would you do if Kyle died? Would you start your own organization?

Hal fans: what is your take on things? Do you feel like life has come full circle? Do you feel vindicated? What is the pulse?

Green Lantern fans in general: What is your take on the Sinestro Corps storyline? Who is your favorite GL and why?

After living through the original flame wars, I am curious if they are going to come back or if things will be different now. I went to the old HEAT website, and could only find the application page. Are members still active? I really am curious.

In interests of not starting a flame war here, let me just state that I am more curious to know “where are you now” and how you feel rather then starting a fight. If a fight starts, I am just going to delete the post, so I want to be upfront about this. I care about both sides and want to know how you feel, so don’t come in guns blazing!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Totally Relaxed Beyond Recognition

Tonight after work I had an incredibly good massage and then did some cardio, so I feel about as relaxed as I have been in a long time. It is great for me, but it also means that I am way too calm to rant about anything. Yay! I am sure the hubby is good with that.

We are both sick of the hot weather, and have heard that it will start cooling down Sunday, so we are really pleased. Between this good news and the massage, it is definitely a happy Friday. To top it off, I am cooking a nice meal.

In the interests of sharing good cheer, I would like to wish you all a fabulous evening, filled with love and laughter. I will be back tomorrow to make comments and possible delve into ancient history! Should be a kick!

Have a wonderful night!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Consumed #1 Cover

Consumed #1 Cover
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
This week's candidate for gratuitous consideration is Consumed #1 from Image. The reason for it's nomination is not neccesarily the booty in the foreground of the pic, so much as it is the dude's eyes and where they are glancing. There are several variables here. At this point, I am really torn. As a big fan of Linsner's art, I appreciate the asthetic value, but from a strictly neutral point of view, I see where there could be problems.

Here are the specs on the issue:

"Written by Asa Shumskas-Tait, art by Dennis Budd and Joe Caramanga, colors by Stu Chaifetz, cover by Joseph Michael Linsner.

When nerdy Oliver falls in love with beautiful Casey, he has no idea that she's been marked by her ex-boyfriend Gavin to be possessed by Kavaleth, Lord of Kaos. A supernatural drama about the consumption of love, desire and power plays out in this demonic love triangle!"

Did anyone purchase this book? How did the cover match the story? What did you think?

Is this gratuitous?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Jealousy Strikes Hard! Exclusive Ross book in San Diego

Via Newsarama:

"For the first time ever, artist Alex Ross will have sketchbooks for sale at the AlexRossArt.com booth (#2419) at the San Diego Comic-Con. This sketchbook will feature never-before-seen artwork from throughout his career, as well as a brand-new front and back cover.

This will be limited to a print run of 500 copies each signed by Alex Ross himself. These will only be available at the San Diego Comic-Con July 25-29th. They will be offered on a first come-first served basis directly from the AlexRossArt.com booth only at a price of $40 each."

Wow. I am really jealous of all of you who are going to San Diego that will have a shot at this book. I love the front cover of Red Sonja. She looks powerful and graceful rather then naughty and semi-naked. The pose is pure warrior. I would love to have a print of that on my wall. Knowing how much this would sell for on eBay, I know I will never have a chance at it, but it is nice to dream.

Are any of you planning to try and pick this up in San Diego?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Meeting Lou Ferrigno

Heidi and Lou
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
I was reading the lovely Mark Engblom's site Comic Coverage last week, basking in the joy that is "Eight Mindblowing Facts". As I enjoyed the post, I came upon fact #7 in which Mark met Lou Ferrigno. Not only did it inspire me, but it reminded me that I had also been fortunate and met the man as well.

Tonight I was regaling my workout partner Kerry with the tale and he thought that I should share my picture. Even though it isn't quite as awesome as Mark's, it is still pretty cool to have.

The funny thing is that my hubby and our good friend Brant had really wanted me to flex along with Lou because they thought I had pretty good guns. I was thinking about it pretty seriously until I saw Lou's and then I just absolutely deflated. No way in hell could I compare to that man.

Now I wish I would have done it. Sigh.

Maybe I will see Lou again some time and be brave enough to flex alongside him. It is a new goal! Thank you for the inspiration, Mark!

Any cool celeb stories to tell? I would love to hear 'em!

Monday, July 09, 2007

New Comics for July 11

Countdown #42
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
I am officially giddy- my favorite title 100 Bullets is coming out this week! If you are a mature reader and haven't been reading this title, you have got to check it out. My advice is to pick up the first trade and role that way rather then single issues.

Here is my lovely list of comics this week!

100 Bullets #84
Countdown #42
Fables #63
Gen 13 #10
Green Arrow Year One #1 (of 6)
Green Lantern #21 ??? (If Kyle is in it!)
Justice Society of America #7
Shadowpact #15
Stormwatch PHD #9
Witchblade #108
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: First Death #1 (of 2)
Deadpool GLI Summer Fun Spectacular
New Avengers #32- if for no other reason then to find out who else is a skrull... hmmm.
Punisher War Journal #9
Ultimate X-Men #84
X-Factor #21

That is it for the week- pretty much all mainstream and pretty standard. Hopefully the books will come in on time!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Anniversary Today

It is finally here- Jim and I have been married 7 years. Man, time has gone so fast, it doesn't feel like it! I took him to dinner last night and lunch today, so we were pretty low key.

Yay for comics, they are what brought us together, and continue to keep up having stuff to talk about. Hee hee! Jim and I lived through the hell that was Kyle versus Hal back in the day, so that is a pretty major achievement. I don't know how many times message board arguments with members of HEAT (Hal's Emerald Advancement/ Attack Team) versus the KEWL (Kyle's Enemies Will Lose) guys made me tense as hell and want to never read about Green Lantern again. The flame wars there were legendary!

But I digress.

It has been seven years filled with a lot of emotions and we are still here to tell the story.

I love you Honey.

Bloggers Poll on Linking: The Results!

Recently, I asked for feedback in my entry, Blogger Poll: How do you decide to link? I am in the process of updating my links and wanted to check with my fellow bloggers to see how they made their linking decision. Lucky for me, 17 respondents gave me great advice and pertinent information. I asked the following questions:

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?

I received exceptional answers that ranged from the humorous and sarcastic to the heartfelt genuine. I like that there was a selection, and am thankful to all of you who answered the questions. I know it was time out of your day, so it is very valuable.

Question one was the mundane: “How do you decide to link to? Do you have specific criteria?” Answers were varied, and some examples include:

“It’s a bit idiosyncratic: sometimes my browsing brings me to a page that I have never seen before and I like, and I link to it. Other times if someone has linked to me, tracking back leads me to discover a page I might not have known about before, and that I’ll subsequently link to.”

“I don’t have any hard and fast rules. If I find myself checking someone’s blog frequently I will put them on my sidebar. I list other blogs that I think people who are into my site will also enjoy.”

“I list the ones I read and they’re usually the ones that update with some form of regularity.”

There were several other great comments that went along the same lines. We all want to link a site that we enjoy and visit with some frequency.

Question two: Does the other person need to link you as well? Eleven of the respondents said no that they don’t. The rest didn’t have a distinct opinion about this that was expressed. A great sentiment expressed was this:

“For a long time, there was a feeling, an unwritten rule if you will, that if someone linked you, then linking back was done as a common courtesy, if nothing else. However, I have found that there are many out there who don’t share this opinion.”

To put my two cents in, initially I always linked to whoever would link me. Then I would check back and notice that they haven’t updated for a long time, so I would want to drop them, but feel too bad to do so. Now I am faced with a blogroll that has inactive sites. I finally got brave and deleted a few, but have a few more I have held onto for sentimental reasons. The hardest was the first blogger that linked me. He didn’t blog for months, and then he re-did his blog. When it was updated I wasn’t on there anymore, so I finally felt it was okay to delete him back. Yikes. It is almost political at times.

Question 3: How frequently do you check the blogs you link to?

The answers here ranged from daily to periodically. I was astounded at the variation. It seems we all have our own schedules and adhere to them in a timely fashion of our own making.
One thing that is nagging me is this: there are about 15 blogs I check daily. The rest I check on weekends while I am playing catch up. Does this mean I should have a super blog section and a regular section? It is hard to determine this one.

Question 4: Would you link to someone you don’t personally care for if their content was interesting?

This was a humdinger. Here are some answers:

“Yes. For example, I don’t always agree with what you have to say, but you are a solid writer and, as the question alludes to, your content is interesting” (thank you, btw)

“No, because if I didn’t care for them, chances are I wouldn’t think their content was all that compelling either. It’s a real “nothing to see here” effect.”

“No. A blogger’s online personality and their content are nearly inseparable to me.”

“Yes. An interesting opinion is interesting none the less.”

“Yeah, there’s someone I don’t agree with 90% of the time but I keep them there because still find their points interesting.”

“I’ve yanked links because I no longer support the content or personality of the blogger.”

The answers to that question really made me think. I have linked and continue to link to a few people I don’t frequently agree with. The distinction I make is that I don’t have any personal feelings of ill will towards those people- we just don’t see eye-to-eye. Their content is interesting, and they make me think, so I continue to link them.

HOWEVER, there are two bloggers I will never link to for the strict reason that I find them to be distinctly unlikable human beings. It is embarrassing for me to admit this, but since I have a policy of full candor here, I figure I might as well fess up. One is a woman whose attitude is so self-serving and snarky that I would rather not have any links then link her. What is interesting about this is that when I check other people’s blogrolls, I find that if she is linked, 95% of the time I am not linked and vice versa, so evidently the feeling is mutual. Heh.

The other is a guy that is so sadistic about making mean spirited fun of other people that whenever I see any reference to him on another blog, I won’t go any further because I want nothing to do with his negativity or hating. If I ever met the person, I would have a hard time not giving him hell for his idiocy. He knows what he did, and I am sure he loves the fact that it pisses me off. I can do without that kind of hater.

That being said, I can find something positive in almost everything and everyone, so it pains me to admit that a few people have gotten my goat. It is true though. I am human and they angered me to the point of no return. Yikes. Also, sorry- didn't mean to rant!

The last question asked for suggestions for new links. Here is a list compiled from the answers of places to go check out:


It was also suggested for me to go check out the respondent’s side bars for new links, which I think is a fantastic idea. I really hope to find some new places to go, and I am very thankful for the input. If you think of anymore sites, let me know!

Thank you again for responding to my poll and all your help. For the responses in their entirety (that weren’t e-mailed to me) head over to my original link. So many of you had answers that made me think and helped me set my mind right. I appreciate it.
Now watch this page for updated links!

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Dust #1 Variant Cover

Dust #1 Variant Cover
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
In looking for this weeks' gratuitous candidate, my hubby stumbled upon this interesting cover. I find that we are once again exploring the joys of hot chicks with guns, which is a popular theme in comics with an action slant.

The first thing I notice when looking at this cover is the expression on said woman's face as she lovingly toys with her weapon. Secondly, I am drawn to her impressive rack, which is quite perky and large at the same time. Then I notice the selling point of all selling points: nipples. Kids, Farrah Fawcett's 1970's poster didn't sell out for nothing!

This is a new book from Image Comics, and here is the information about it:

"FC JULY 5 * $3.99 It's THE DIRTY DOZEN versus robots, zombies and more! Jump into battle as the Allies and the Sino-Soviet Union join forces to fight the evil Axis; a powerful group (Germany, Japan and Africa) whose plans to dominate the world are bolstered by their amazing weapons - built using alien technology taken from a crashed space ship. Paolo Parente and mink have created a seamless blend of historical events and cutting edge Sci-Fi to bring you DUST - a groundbreaking World War II adventure! Writer mink is a feature film and MTV music video director who has worked with Snoop Dogg, Slum Village, Sheryl Crow and many more. Parente's art style was molded in the fashion world as Versace's lead illustrator, before turning his skills towards graphic novel covers, World of Warcraft art, Magic the Gathering trading cards & toy design. MTV VIDEO DIRECTOR, mink LOOKS TO CONQUER COMICS WITH THIS SURREALISTIC SCI-FI MASTERPIECE! This book will ship with a 1-for-10 variant cover by Paolo Parente. RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES"

Wow. Quite a resume this guy has! Are any of you planning to pick this book up? What have you heard about it?

Last but not least, is this gratuitous?

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

Good intentions have not given my ideas fruition this week. Between my neighbors shooting off fireworks half the night last night and (not bad) developments in my life, I am way behind on what I wanted to do here.

First off, a rant: in my city, fireworks are illegal without a specified permit. Does that stop anyone? Nope. My damn neighbors were out shooting off fireworks until after 2 a.m. this morning. Assholes!!! I have to get up before 6 a.m. to go to work. Jim tried to find out who was doing it so we could ask them to stop, but without success. As a result, I am flat worn out. I went and lifted weights for over two hours tonight and then had to go to the grocery store, so as a consequence, I have to delay the blogger poll results until Saturday.

Because of not bad reasons, I am going to be out of town tomorrow night and will get back Saturday afternoon. Regular scheduled blogging should resume then. There isn't an emergency- in fact it is an opportunity, so no biggie. It just means I have to leave the hubby home alone. (Sad face).

The topper is that it is in the triple digits temperature wise and all we have to keep us cool is a window air conditioner and a portable swamp cooler. As a result, it is WARM in the house. The weatherman says it isn't going to get cooler anytime soon, so we might as well get used to it.

In excellent news, the lovely Lisa at Sequentially Speaking, is putting her P.O.W.E.R. to good use. Go check out her blog for a fantastic list of "independent" books done by women creators. It is wonderful! I am deferring to her on this one as I couldn't do it better. Also, if you haven't joined P.O.W.E.R. in Comics, head over and do so! It is a great idea and Lisa is making things happen.

In good news, our comics were here on time! Yay! The bad news is that I haven't even looked at them and probably won't have a chance until I get back. Since Sunday is Jim and my 7th wedding anniversary, we will probably try and do something nice. Time flies!

Lastly, my "is this gratuitous" feature will happen, but it is delayed a few days as well. Thank you for humoring me, and take care! If you are experiencing the heatwave along with me, you have my sympathy!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Fourth of July!

All-Star Squadron #31
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Hopefully today is a nice day for all of you, and there has been time to spend it with your loved ones. Here at Comics Fairplay we enjoyed the luxury of sleeping in and relaxing. We did do some work, but not a lot.

This afternoon we are hoping to go see Live Free or Die Hard, so hopefully that will be a go. I am pretty sure that Transformers will be the movie to see, so maybe we can slip under the radar there. We are going to wait to go see it until next week at the earliest.

Have a glorious day today. Reflect on the men and women that made this country what it is. Enjoy the freedoms we have gained. Say a prayer for our servicemen and women, as well.

Happy 4th of July to all of you Americans, and Happy Wednesday to the rest of you all! Hopefully it is a good one!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Liberty and Justice... For None? The DC Teaser!

DC Evil teaser
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley

Over at Newsarama, the latest teaser for Countdown has been posted. Evidently now it is evil's turn to take center stage. With meticulously drawn art by Ethan Van Sciver, the picture has so much detail that it is hard to take it all in.

The first thing that catches my eye is the Kingdom Come Superman. What is that on his hand? Is it the symbol of the Atom? Is it Captain Atom's insignia? I am not sure.

I was also fascinated to see the Martian Manhunter and Catwoman in this picture. Having Joker whispering in her ear, it really makes me wonder what could happen to see him at her side.

What is Luthor so upset about? Is it because there are more Supermen then there are Luthors in the frame? Is it because someone ate his eggo? What do you think?

It is pretty official that Mary Marvel has gone bad. She is surrounded by Granny and has an ominous expression on her face. The last piece of the puzzle is Trickster, Penguin, and Desaad looking a bit amused and confused.

Lastly, what about the scraps around the ground and the Darkseid looking statue? It must mean that there is a hell of a fight in the works.

Now if it will only get here. Enough build up already. I am ready for a cohesive, fascinating story to come out of all this bland branding!

What is your take?

Monday, July 02, 2007

Forgot to Mention... Blogger Poll

Due to last weekend's hectic nature, I am extending my blogger poll by two more days! Please comment or send me an e-mail before Wednesday afternoon, and I will have the results then.

Check out my original post: Blogger Poll: How Do you Decide Who to Link? and help me out!

Thank you!!

New Comics for July 5

Punisher 49
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Happy July! It is time for hot weather and lots of celebration at the Meeley house. Jim and I have our anniversary on Sunday, then his brother's birthday, several of my cousins and my aunt have birthdays, and then it is my birthday. Whew! We blow our budget on cards and gifts this month to be sure.

We are gearing up for July 4. More then likely we will bypass fireworks so we can go see either Transformers of Live Free or Die Hard. We will have to see how the lines look. Yummy- popcorn!

Comics-wise it is another hefty week. I don't know what my wallet is going to do, other then scream in pain. Bear with me as I try and list it all!

All Star Superman #8
American Virgin #16
Black Canary #1 (of 4)
Countdown #43
Detective Comics #834
Nightwing #134
Outsiders #49
Supergirl #19
Welcome to Tranquility #8
Y The Last Man #57
Dynamo 5 #5
Ms Marvel #17
New Warriors #2
Punisher #49- pictured
Punisher Presents Barracuda Max #5 (0f 5)
Uncanny X-Men #488
Devi #12

To add to the mix, the "Women of the DCU" Batgirl bust is coming out this week. I am fearful I ordered it and don't know what to do! Also, "Girls and Goddesses Pin Up Art of Joseph Michael Linsner" hits stores. Crap, what am I going to do?

At least I can be in denial for a couple of days and celebrate the 4th in style!

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Quick Take Reviews for July 1: The Females in Charge Edition

Wonder Woman 10
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
This week it is my distinct pleasure to present a group of quick take revews that are devoted to comics starring a female character. I tried to be as forthright as possible, and unfortunately, that has led to some not-very-flattering reviews along with some thumbs-up reviews. I wanted to be fair, so as I reviewed each book I tried to find both the negative and positive. I start out with my favorite character and end with a new star.

Let's get started, shall we?

Wonder Woman #10: I haven’t commented much on Jodi Picoult’s run on Wonder Woman because I wanted to wait until it was all in the can to make a decision. As a fan of Picoult’s books, I sit here today sorely disappointed with her work here. I can hardly stand it! Picoult is an amazing writer of depth and knowledge. To see her resort to buzzwords and contrived dialogue here kills me. Maybe part of the problem is the “Amazons Attack” aspect of things. If left to her plot devices, and not made to throw Diana into battle, maybe things would have been different. As it stands now, the book just didn’t work for me. As much as I had been anticipating Diana’s big moment with her mother, I just can’t get the over the bitter taste left in my mouth. The reason this book isn’t getting an “F” is because of the decent art. Grade: D.

Amazons Attack #3 (of 6): I am not too thrilled with Amazons Attack either. As the main book involved, it feels more cohesive, and I appreciate Will Pfeifer and Pete Wood’s synergy, but the story itself is so damn contrived. There’s that word again. Why is this event happening now and what is the big payoff? That is the question I am waiting to have answered. In for a penny, in for a pound, I will pick up the next issue and see where it takes me. Grade: C.

Teen Titans #48: Wonder Girl and Supergirl are pissed off super teen chicks with an axe to grind. Oh God, I can’t stand it! Cassie wants to get her mom out of a prison camp and Supergirl is along for the ride. Fighting fiercely against the Titans and the army, things get really out of hand. This leads to an ill fated meeting with Hyppolyta that doesn’t bode well for mankind. I am sure things are going to get much worse before they get better, and I am going to take this trip to see where it goes. I am still up in the air about writer Adam Beechen, but liked artist Al Barronuevo and inker Bit’s work. Grade: C.

Witchblade #107: After trying to absorb the entire Amazons Attack story, Witchblade felt like cool lemonade on a hot day. Part two of a two part story finds new bearer Dani taking the gauntlet in a more hostile, more precise direction. She is more aggressive and less thoughtful then Sara Pezzini, and that gives a fascinating twist to the weapon she wields. Also, a question that has been plaguing me is answered, setting things up nicely for the First Born saga. I appreciated Ron Marz’ story and artist Stjepan Sejic’s work very much. Grade: B.

She-Hulk Vol. 2 #19: Jen is back for some interaction with her law office, and it is about time. Making for a nice interlude in the World War Hulk saga, Jen finds herself running up against Mallory and having a sweet reunion with a friend. The fact that the Leader is in the mix just adds to the hijinks. I really enjoyed this issue, and am going to miss Dan Slott on the book. The only reason I am not inconsolable is because Peter David is taking over. Grade: B+.

Legion of Monsters: Satana #1: after putting the cover up in the “Is this gratuitous” section of my blog, I felt it only fair to check out the book underneath. As is typical of a cover like this, the art inside was completely different. Satana was still evil but she didn’t look like a Pam Anderson clone anymore, so I was appreciative of that. I quite enjoyed the story, which had a clever, evil twist. It was a nice surprise after not being too thrilled with her lack of ribcage on the cover. Grade: C+.

Fallen Angel #17: This was a book I usually love, but the flip book aspect of it turned me off. I am a fan of both Shi and Fallen Angel so I figured it would be awesome. Instead it was a bit confusing. I am really hoping that after all the set up here that next issue will be full of action and ass kicking. I trust ya, Peter. Grade: B-.

Snakewoman: Tales of the Snake Charmer #1: I am not quite sure why Snakewoman has been retitled and started over at number one, but at this point I am not going to question it. Snakewoman remains my favorite Virgin title, and I am mesmerized by the turn of events here. Jessica Peterson is in hiding, and as she races away from destiny, it catches up with her again. Also, a compelling new storyline and character are introduced, and I am eager to see where it takes her. I am really enjoying this book. Grade: A.

That's it for today. Do you agree? Any suggestions?