Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Cheesy Metal Goodness: Grim Reaper - See You in Hell

Holy Crap! This video is awesomely bad! As a metalhead of many years, this brings back many memories of when Grim Reaper was known for the guy with the cool metal pipes. The outfits clearly point to a period of time we may never see again but will fondly remember.

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

Very Cool: Rob Zombie Rules youtube on Halloween

Hey there Rob Zombie fans! Today is the day for lots of Zombie goodness on youtube. Head over there and take a look if you get a chance. Scary goodness!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Boo!! Tomorrow is Halloween!

Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Oh Man. Tomorrow is Halloween and I don't get to enjoy it. What a bummer. I have work stuff all day that doesn't allow for celebration or the customary dressing up. Maybe by tomorrow night, the spirit will hit me full force. Send good thoughts my way!!

In the meantime, let me leave you with this awesome image.

Happy Halloween a bit early!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

New Comics for October 31

Dynamo 5 #8
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Having new comics on Halloween just seems cool, you know? It is like a double celebration- getting good stuff to read and going out and having good stuff to eat. Unfortunately, I am going to be home that night, wondering if we will get any trick or treaters. Last year we had none!

This week's list is once again ugly. Nothing new there, and I am sucked into buying some of the Countdown crossovers which makes me mad at myself. I must repent... somehow.

Here is the list!

Action Comics #858
American Virgin #20
Batman #670
Countdown to Adventure #3 (of 8)
Countdown #26
Countdown to Mystery #2 (of 8)
DC Infinite Halloween Special #1
Death of the New Gods #2 (of 8)
JSA Classified #31
Justice Society of America #10
Trials of Shazam #9 (of 12)
Dynamo 5 #8 - pictured!
Necromancer Pilot Season #1
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter First Death #2 (of 2)
New X-Men #43

Hardly any Marvel this week, so it is once again a DC-centered bag. Jeez, I have got to get to the bottom of this.

Have a wonderful evening and I will see you here tomorrow!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

I had every intention of doing quick take reviews today but life got in the way. First Jim and I went and got him new jeans as all the pairs he owned had holes or rips in them. Then we bought hardcore tree trimmers because we have quite the project. We received a notice, as did most of our neighbors, that we needed to clean up the alley way behind our homes. It was quite the pisser as we had no idea that we needed to do that. We went and walked around behind our fence where for almost two hours we proceeded to prune like madmen. We didn't finish, but I am going to call the city and at least let them know we are trying.

Then we went to our friend Kerry's house and helped him repair his fence, which had fallen down. Jim also helped Kerry's wife plant a tree. That was another couple of hours, and we were happy to help as Kerry has helped us with our yard several times. As we left Kerry's house, the sun was setting. We still had grocery shopping and laundry to do.

This means it is 8:15 p.m. and I am just now sitting down. I haven't checked my e-mail and I haven't even begun to get my stuff ready for tomorrow. The weekend has gone way too fast, and I am dreading the week.

For Halloween I am going to be a white collar worker. Yep, after all my planning and thinking, I have got nothing. There are too many external things going on that are causing me to put one of my favorite holidays on the back burner. The good news is that next year being a leap year, Halloween will be on a Friday, so I can jump back into it with glee.

Jim and I also had a conversation about the first comics we ever bought. Today marks the 20th anniversary to the day of when he got his first comic book. That is incredible. Happy Anniversary of sorts, Honey!

Nothing really comic related to say. I will be back tomorrow with my weekly list. Have a wonderful week and a safe Halloween!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tired of Team Shots for Covers: Ultimate Fantastic Four #50

Ultimate Fantastic Four #50
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Wow. Ultimate Fantastic Four is going to hit issue 50 in January. That is absolutely amazing! Kudos to Marvel for that. I see they are celebrating with a team cover shot. Neat.

I have noticed that the trend on covers lately is to feature the team, either posing or getting ready to go into battle. While this is a cool approach, it has been overused to the point that I am thirsty for action driven covers like the Punisher War Journal #15 cover I referred to earlier. That being said, this cover by Marko Djurdjevic is off-putting to me.

I can't get over the fact that Sue looks quite manly. There, I said it. I also am very scared of Ben Grimm as he is baring his teeth like he is ready to eat the reader for breakfast. While I appreciate the cool color effects and quite like the fact that Reed is putting up his dukes, this cover underwhelms me.

On that note, I am curious to hear your opinions about what you think makes a great cover. Is it the action? Do you like the team pose? What appeals to you?

Another Cover I Love: Jack of Fables #19

Jack of Fables #19
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Brian Bolland is like the cover god of all cover gods to me. Along with Glenn Fabry and Adam Hughes, he is one of the few artists that can consistently present the reader with a gorgeous cover that conveys the feel of the story while remaining true to it. This image is no exception.

I absolutely love the fact that Jack and his cronies are hiding under Bo Peep's skirt while a crew of Keystone cops struggle to get to them. The expression on Jack's face alone sells the cover to me. The rich texturing of her gown and the voluminous hoop skirt add a beauty that makes the reader's eye wander to it. If I had this cover and the Fantastic Four cover to chooser between, I would pick this in a heartbeat. Bolland's amazing eye for detail and his sense of humor have saved the day many a time.

Though I have always preferred having the artist on a book illustrate the cover, having Bolland on hand to do so is a surefire way to sell a book. I can't deny that.

Covers I Love: Punisher War Journal #15

Punisher War Journal #15
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Since I posted a cover image I didn't care for yesterday, I thought I would post a few that really appealed to me. The first one is this cover for Punisher War Journal #15. I love this image by Ariel Ollivetti and think it would sell books.

What captures my attention is the action feel of the picture. Punisher is playing for keeps with Kraven the Hunter. I can literally feel the elbow crunching into Kraven's cheek. I appreciate the intent look on Frank's face as he fights for his life. The sheer power of the characters is shown through large, weightlifter arms and the ripples of muscle in Frank's back.

The water at the bottom of the cover adds a clever effect as does the sun shining through the top of the building. Everything about this is eye catching.

I would buy this comic off the shelf based on the visual imagery alone. What about you?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Is This Cover Lacking?: Fantastic Four #553

Fantastic Four #553
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
For quite awhile now I have been doing a featured called "is this gratuitous" in which I post a cover and ask for your opinions about whether you think it has crossed that line or not. I really enjoy reading the comments and appreciate the fact that we have a civilized discourse about whether a cover is or is not, in fact, gratuitous.

That being said, last night I was looking through Previews and saw the cover to Fantastic Four #553. I was horrified because at first glance, I thought Marvel had lost their minds and let Rob Liefeld do the cover. Looking closer, I realized that "superstar" Michael Turner had done the art. My response was to be very concerned.

When Witchblade debuted as a series, I thought Turner was a freaking genius. I loved how sexy he drew Ian and Jackie, giving the ladies equal time to check out the goods. His art struck me as bold and really set a new trend in comic books.

Now when I see his covers, I cringe. I respect Turner for his bravery and resolve in battling cancer. I met him once and he was very sweet. It makes me feel bad to have this reaction, but I just can't help it. What happened to the magic? Is Mike feeling okay?

As with the uproar over the Justice League "Power Girl booby" cover, I am seeing a pattern of "phoning it in" from Turner. I really swore this was a Liefeld image, especially when looking at Thing.

The problem is that I just don't feel like I can be objective here. I would love your input. Is it me or does the cover fall short of expectations?

Bonus Metal Video: Lita Ford - Hungry

Because I have been enjoying rocking out to my girl Lita Ford so much, I thought I would post a "Bonus" metal video to celebrate.

"Hungry" is one of those videos that cracks me up. The Alice in Wonderland theme mixed with a wet and wild Lita splashing and preening make for a good time. It takes me back to those fond memories of watching Headbangers Ball Saturday nights while sucking down brewskis and partying with friends.

Instead of Friday night fights, I present to you Friday night METAL!! Much love to Bahlactus for the borrow.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Hot Metal Video of the Week: Lita Ford - Falling In And Out Of Love

Once again I have to give a shout out to the ladies of metal, and this week it goes to Lita Ford. Most well known for her duet with Ozzy Osbourne and her rendition of "Kiss Me Deadly", Lita truly exudes the rock and roll spirit. Sexy, raunchy, and playful, Lita also captured many a man's heart.

Quick story: my friend got us kicked out of Starry Night Club in Portland when Lita played. He got hammered and couldn't resist running up to the stage and fondling her leg, on up to her thigh. God knows we were out there quicker then a shot. Drunk, horny guy at Lita Ford concert with front row capabilities equals a bad time!! LOL!!

Enjoy this video. It is one of my favorite Lita songs ever and always brings back fond memories. Lita can really rock- she is a guitar player, song writer, and a singer. Coming from the Runaways to solo success, Lita had my admiration.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Spider-Man "One More Day" and Green Lantern #25 Experience Delays

Spider-Man Teaser
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
I just read over at Newsarama that the Spider-Man "One More Day" saga is experiencing shipping delays. Marvel announced the following (with additional info from Newsarama):

"Marvel has released updated solicitation information for the final two parts of “One More Day” as well as a teaser for the second half of the arc. The publisher released no further text aside from the ordering information.
Pencils & 50/50 Cover by JOE QUESADA
Rated A …$3.99
FOC—11/08/07, On-Sale—11/28/07

[Newsarama Note: the issue’s original on-sale date was 10/31]

Pencils & 50/50 Cover by JOE QUESADA
Rated A …$3.99
FOC—12/06/07, On-Sale—12/27/07

[Newsarama Note: the issue’s original on-sale date was 11/28]

The publisher did not address the scheduling situation in regards to Amazing Spider-Man shipping three times a month, which was slated to begin with issue #546, which was originally scheduled to be in stores on December 5th, with #547 and #548 in stores on December 12th and 19th, respectively. "

I also saw that according to Geoff Johns, Green Lantern #25 is going to ship two weeks late.

My thoughts about this? I am not surprised about the Spider-Man delays. Joe Quesada has been more late then timely in his pencilling since taking over as EIC at Marvel. My quibble is not that he is an artist in an executive position. What bothers me is that there are many talented artists out there that can make deadlines that could have done the job but didn't get selected. Stick to EIC, Joe. Let a talented newcomer or a dependable old timer do the job.

Green Lantern being two weeks late is not a tragedy. It is just a bit of a pain because it is a landmark issue that is set to bring things together as the conclusion of the Sinestro Corps event. As we all wait for the "big bang" we now know we have two more weeks to tough it out.

I honestly don't know why I am not freaking out like a good fangirl. Maybe it is the exhaustion from two hours of weight lifting. Maybe I am desensitized. Hell, I don't know. All I know is that there is other stuff out there that is more timely, and if I even notice how late these books are, it will be a miracle. Hmmm...

Monday, October 22, 2007

New Comics for October 24

Authority Prime #1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Time is closing in on Halloween and I am still debating about a costume. As you know, I have been going back and forth about what to wear. Unfortunately, the kid's costumes won't fit and I don't feel like being a sexy referree. Arggghh!

I will figure it out sooner then later! Otherwise I will be going as a middle aged woman, and how damn boring is that!

Here is my list of this week's comics.

Authority Prime #1 (pictured)
Blue Beetle #20
Countdown #27
Flash #233
Gen 13 #13- ooohhh, spooky!
Gotham Underground #1 (of 8)
Green Arrow Year One #6 (of 6)
Green Lantern Corps #17
Loveless #20
Tales of the Sinestro Corps Superman Prime #1
Teen Titans #52
Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters #2 (of 8)
Madame Mirage #3
PVP #35
Black Panther #31
Daredevil #101
She-Hulk 2 #22
Thunderbolts #117
Ultimate Spider-Man #115
X-Men #204

That is my list for the week. It is huge again!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Feeling Mixed Emotions: Catwoman #72

Catowman #72
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
If making a reader feel uncomfortable and upset is a writing feat, Will Pfeifer has scored a home run with me. Catwoman #72 broke my heart. After seeing Selina reach for the heights of goodness as a new mother to knowing that she is destined to go back to a life of crime, my emotions ran the gamut.

Adam Hughes' amazingly fitting cover and David Lopez' incredible interiors only served to heighten my already distraught feelings. Selina's feelings of helplessness and her ultimate decision put me on a roller coaster ride.

At the end of this issue, part of me was furious. How dare Pfeifer do this to Selina? After all she went through to become a mommy and the nostalgia of her feelings for the father, it flat hurt to watch her do what she did. How is Slam going to feel?

The writing is on the wall and on the "...and evil shall inherit the earth" poster. Selina is going to be a criminal again. It makes me sick and it disgusts me but I know I will continue to pick up the book to witness the journey. I care about the character and want the best for her, so knowing that she is going back to her old ways is sad.

Is it strictly plot license or is it a more permanent change? Only time will tell. This is one time that I am willing to sit back and buy a ticket for the ride.

Quick Take Reviews for October 21

Checkmate #19
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Red Sonja #26- The book slinks slowly towards the big battle with Kulan Gath as the readers take in a flashback of a woman crucial to Gath’s existence.

The Good: the really kick ass David Mack cover and the fact that the battle is finally, maybe here.

The Bad: I am getting really impatient with the book.

Grade: C.

Devi #14- Devi and Kratha beat the crap out of each other while “Horseman of the White Steed” enters the fray. Lots of ass kicking and trash talk ensue.

The good: I am enjoying the action here. The fight scenes are awesome.

The bad: I am not thrilled with the art.

Grade: C.

Snakewoman: Tales of the Snake Charmer #4- Easily my favorite Virgin Comics offering. In this issue, Jessica has awakened with the awareness that she has met Sari, the snake charmer and that Raj is the Cobra King, Jessica’s chosen mate. Thing get ugly real fast as the 68 are out to find the Snakewoman.

The Good: I really enjoyed the back-story of gem and was excited that new key players have fallen into place.

The Bad: The fact that Virgin rebooted this character’s book so soon. I would have been happy if the original title would have continued.

Grade: B.

The Sword #1- Dara wakes up to a normal day that goes quickly awry as a deadly secret is revealed. This is easily the best new offering I have read in a long time. The Luna Brothers have another hit on their hands.

The Good: Most first issues make the mistake of trying to pack too much into the book or being too evasive. This issue doesn’t make that mistake as we are introduced to characters that each have a role to play in taking the book to the next level. I appreciate the Luna Brothers’ tag team approach to creating, and it has worked well for them. The third time seems to be the charm here.

The Bad: Nothing bad to say at this time.

Grade: A.

Birds of Prey #111- Tony Bedard turns things around with a simple tale of what happens when the Calculator meets Oracle. This is the type of story Bedard excels at telling.

The good: As much as I missed Nicola Scott’s art, Jason Orfalas ably filled in here. I loved the story being told, period. The setting was great, and the fact that Oracle and Calculator broke bread together was genius.

The Bad: That the story had to end. I enjoyed it.

Grade: B.

Checkmate #19- This book continues to thrill me as the inevitable confrontation with Amanda Waller nears its climax. “The Wall” must resort to dirty tricks and blackmail, which are two things she excels at.

The Good: Waller is an exquisite piece of work, and writer Greg Rucka has really captured her. Watching Sasha undergo interrogation while the rest of the players take their places on the field was compelling. I can hardly wait to see how this ends.

The Bad: No bad comments on this one.

Grade: A.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Coolest Gift EVER: Justice League of America #126, page 9

Last night when I got home from working out, Jim was waiting for me with a huge surprise. He gave me a page of Justice League of America art by Dick Dillin.

I was stunned, thrilled, and surprised. I never thought I would be privileged enough to own a piece of art by my all-time favorite.

Now I do, and I am beyond pleased.

There is no better gift then one that you really wanted and never expected. Jim really scored the brownie points on this one.

The kicker is that it wasn't an anniversary, holiday, or even my birthday. Jim got it for me because I have been under a great deal of stress lately and he wanted to cheer me up.


I wanted to share this with you and give some love to my hubby for getting me this. I remember this page clearly and this issue as well. Dick Dillin is one of the all time greats in my eyes.

For a quick back story, this issue was published in January 1976. The title of the story is "The Evil Connection". The story was "men only" as neither Wonder Woman or Black Canary were featured in the issue. That is the only bummer. Otherwise this story stands in my eternal memory as a part of a well done run. Good stuff.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Is This Gratuitous: X-Men #204

X-Men #204
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
This week's cover once again shines the spotlight on the X-Men books. This is not on purpose. I didn't wake up this morning and decide to pick on them again. The cover art here by Michael Choi needed a second look and I just couldn't ignore the fact that it was also X-Men related.

Evidently Rogue has absorbed the powers of a contortionist, because her pose on the cover of X-Men #204 shows a great deal of flexibility. It also appears that Gambit hasn't lost his desire to get some loving as his hand is enroute to grabbing Rogue's hiney.

Because of the nature of the upward thrust of the boobs and the prominence of her aerobized butt, I have got to call on you to have a discussion about this.

Is this gratuitous?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Food for Thought: This Season's Top Halloween Costumes!

Pirate Man
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley

Once again I went online and perused costumes. I went to, a popular internet Halloween site and looked around for a bit. What struck me was the fact that Halloween Mart is tracking it's top selling items for men, women, and children. Hopefully with no hardship from them, I would like to share those lists.

1. Referee
2. Jail Bait
3. Gothic Black Fairy
4. Lacy Pirate
5. Strip Search Sally
6. Bohemian Go Go Girl
7. Shimmer Witch
8. Gangster Moll
9. Geisha
10. Vixen Pirate Wench

1. Police Officer
2. Pirate Man
3. Tavern Man
4. Ghostly Gentleman
5. Chick Magnet
6. Evil Jester
7. Gun Slinger
8. Heart On
9. Shackles the Clown
10. Sinister Minister

1. Power Rangers
2. Candy Clown
3. Petite Pirate
4. Wayward Clown
5. Superman Returns
6. Headless Horseman
7. Regal Princess
8. GoGo Girl Yellow
9. Dr. Toxic
10. Sumo Inflatable Child

Interesting, huh? What I noticed is that most of the women's choices leaned towards the sexy while the men's outfits were more "tough guy" or "cool guy". The kid's outfits sounded really fun to me, so I was a bit sad to have outgrown that size.

Thanks to your thoughts and much searching I am narrowing it down. I definitely know I will not be going as a "strip search sally" or a "jailbait. I wonder if I could get the guy's gun slinger outfit and modify it? I certainly wouldn't fit the bill of "chick magnet". LOL!!

Whew! Decisions, decisions. I just want to be a princess, dammit!!!

Have a great one!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Holy Halloween Costume, Batman!

Hero Cutie Adult
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Does Robin know that a hot chick took his costume and cut it up for use on Halloween? Better put out the bat signal, stat.

While looking for a costume for Halloween, I stumbled on this gem and all I could think is that Robin must be very cold right now. This lady must have stole his outfit while he slept and made a slinky Halloween mini dress!

Now if I could only find the matching version for my man, we would be set! Twin Robins, oh wait "hero cutie adults".

Does everyone else have their outfits picked out or is it just me who is flailing helplessly with no plans?

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Another Murder Mystery!

While checking out Newsarama for the January solicitations, I noticed that in Green Arrow/ Black Canary #4 there is apparently a new death on the DCU hit list. Noting this, I figured why wait to see who it is when I can guess now!! Murder mysteries are alwasy compelling that way, even if the end result is a bit of a downer.

Firstly, is it a guy or a girl?

In looking at the outline of the picture, the arms are a bit beefy, so my first thought is that it must be a man. Then I look at the outline of the head and think that it must be a woman. This confuses me already so I will have to put on my thinking cap.

Could it be Black Canary? My odds say no. In an interview with Judd Winick, it appears that she has dodged the bullet for now. My guess would be that if it is a woman, it could be Mia (Speedy). The only hole in that theory is that I always thought that Mia would LIVE with HIV, so she would be around for awhile. This takes her out of the forefront for me, because plotwise it doesn't fit.

Maybe it is an Amazon? They wouldn't have killed Hyppolyta so quickly after bringing her back, and I can't imagine that if it was an Amazon that Wonder Woman would stay in the background while Ollie mourned. It must be someone closer to Ollie then to Diana.

If it is a guy, who would it be? I see Connor in the background of the picture, so he is off the hook as far as I can tell. I don't think it would be Roy Harper either as he has just been established as a Justice League member and there are rumblings of a rebooted Titans that feature him on the team.

If it isn't someone in the "Arrow" family, who could it be?

This leads me back to Black Canary, even though I think it would be too obvious.

All this thinking has just confused me again. I am asking for your help on this. Who do you think it laying there? I am missing someone obvious to be sure. Help my poor, tired brain solve this murder mystery.

Anyone care to take a guess?

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Comics for October 17

The Boys #11
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Holy Crap, another month is half over. I can't believe it. If I don't hustle, Halloween will be here and I won't have a costume. I better put on my thinking cap soon.

This week there are several great titles coming out, including The Boys from Dynamite Entertainment. This week also brings Powers #26 which I had almost given up hope of seeing.

Here is my list for the week:

Army @ Love #8
Birds of Prey #111
Brave & the Bold #7
Catwoman #72
Checkmate #19
Countdown #28
Ex Machina #31
Fables #66
Justice League of America #14
Shadowpact #18
Sword #1
Witchblade #110
Captain America #31
Mighty Avengers #5
Penance Relentless #2 (of 5)
Powers #26
Ultimate X-Men #87
Wolverine Origins #18
X-Men Emperor Vulcan #2 (of 5)
Boys #11
Devi #14
Jungle Girl #2
Red Sonja #26
Snakewoman Vol. 2 #4

Whew! I know I sound like a broken record, but it is another big week for me. Hopefully there will be more good then bad.

Have a wonderful evening! See you here tomorrow!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Quick Take Reviews for October 14

Wonder Girl #2 of 6
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
This week’s comics felt like a breath of fresh air for the most part, followed by a bit of staleness that I tried hard to shake. As mentioned earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised by Green Arrow/ Black Canary #1 and Wonder Woman #13. Both books have my attention and I am eagerly waiting next month.

The rest of the books I got came with a wide range of emotions. Here is the skinny.

Wonder Girl #2 (of 6): I am really vibing on J. Torres’ scripting. He has a good feel for Cassie, and has done his research. The exchanges between Hercules and Cassie were very well done. The art grew on me as I read the issue, and I think Sanford Greene and Nathan Massengill have a unique style. I can’t wait to see more. Grade: B.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24: This storyline has no soul or heart. It feels so contrived that it leaves me cold. “One More Day” may have good intentions, but it just isn’t working for me. I also wish Joe Quesada would have put someone else on art chores. Grade: D.

Stormwatch PHD #12: The final issue of a series I really enjoyed. It figures. Christos Gage did an excellent job fleshing out the characters in this book and I am sorely disappointed to see this end. Ably assisted by Andy Smith on pencils, this was a book I always looked forward to. I am really bummed. Grade: A.

The Punisher Max #51: Holy Crap. This book rules! I love the fact that Barracuda has become such a fitting villain for Frank. Writer Garth Ennis has given the Punisher the fight of his life, and has never let him off the hook easy. I doubt Frank would want it any other way. How he gets out of this one is beyond me though. Artist Goran Parlov brings the darkness and it works well. This book is one of my “must reads” every month. Grade: A.

First Born #2 (of 3): Though very late, First Born is a book I have been eagerly awaiting as it is supposed to redefine the Top Cow universe as we know it. Because of my lack of interest in the Darkness video game, I have mostly been unaware of Jackie Estacado’s place herein for quite sometime. It was great to see him back in action. Yes, I am a sucker for the Top Cow characters. Seeing them done well is always a bit of a high for me. I have to subtract points for severe lateness and am reserving a high grade for the finale. Grade: C.

Black Adam #3 (of 6): This is the kind of book that pushes the envelope in all the right ways. Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke have given Black Adam the horror edge that he has always so desperately needed. It works well here. I am completely hooked on this title for the quality work and fresh feel it brings to the DC Universe. It hasn’t taken away from continuity nor done a character reboot to work. It uses what is available and brings an edge to a villain that has always had to play it a bit safe. Grade: A.

Spider-Man Red Sonja #3 (of 5): Mike Oeming has done a nice job of bringing Red Sonja to the readers in his Dynamite Entertainment reboot. Artist Mel Rubi comes along with him to tell the tale of Spider-Man’s team up with the She-Devil with a Sword. Interestingly, I keep thinking back to the old school team up and seeing similarities. It is part flattery and part homage, I think, so I am going to treat it that way. All in all, this book is a fun read that takes my mind off what is happening in current continuity with Peter and Mary Jane. Grade: B-.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Metal Video I Love: Vinnie Vincent Invasion (Feat Mark Slaughter) - Love Kills

I was talking to my friend earlier this week and we chatted about one of our favorite things: metal. We both agree that Vinne Vincent Invasion had some great tunes. I always adored "Love Kills" for the gorgeous vocals by Mark Slaughter and incredible hooks written by Vincent. This song gives me chills every time, even twenty years later.

Long Live Metal!

YouTube Clip of Interview with Jes of Rock of Love

Here is a clip of Jes, the winner of VH1's Rock of Love on the Stylz and Roman show in Chicago. It sheds a lot of light on what Jes is up to now and the television show itself. Happy viewing!

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Last Cover: Y The Last Man #60

Y The Last Man #60
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
While perusing Newsarama, I stumbled upon the last cover for Y The Last Man, which is ending at issue #60. Seeing the cover filled me with great sadness as I have really enjoyed reading this series and have grown quite fond of the characters.

Seeing this makes me think that Yorick may die, even though his legacy will live on. Either that or he is captured and put to use as a "stud" that will help repopulate the earth. Seeing the toy monkey and the child makes me wonder if maybe Ampersand might not make it and if Yorick's children will inherit the earth.

It could be any of these things, or maybe, as my hubby suggests, the whole thing has just been a dream. Yorick has gone insane and is living inside himself. This entire run may have been very Dallas-like in how it has played out.

Hmmmm. Very fascinating.

Y fans out there- what do you think?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Is This Gratuitous: Sorrow #2 Cover

Sorrow #2 Cover
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
In wandering the internet looking at next week's books, we stumbled upon the cover for the Image Comics book Sorrrow. A four issue mini-series, the book is "a modern take on the classic ghost story". The town of Sorrow, Nevada reads population zero, but the locals know better. Four "young travelers" are stranded in Sorrow and soon find out that the town is not as quiet as it should be.

At any rate, the cover caught my eye because the chick on the front's shirt is wide open and she is about ready to take a shot of what appears to be whiskey. If I didn't know better I would say it looks like she is trying to entice the bad guys rather then hide from them. The girl also has an oddly come hither look for a scary comic book. These things make me think that the cover is a bit gratuitous.

Since this is not the attire I would pick if I would stranded in a ghost town, I have no choice but to make this cover my candidate.

Here is the skinny on the issue:


32 PAGES, BW, $2.99

Things get worse as Danni is introduced to the residents of Sorrow, and Nevada and Dalton come face-to-face with the unspeakable evil responsible for Mike's recent transformation. Meanwhile, the sheriff continues his relentless pursuit of the escaped girls with the help of the monster known as Black Dog."

The book actually sounds pretty cool, but I am a bit distracted by the cover at this point.

What do you think?

Is this gratuitous?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

Black Canary by Alex Ross
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DC must have done a good job of making me curious at the end of the Green Arrow/ Black Canary Wedding Special because I couldn't wait to get home to page the first issue of the new series. To my surprise, I had pretty much guessed correctly what was going on. I really enjoyed the art on the issue, and had a decent first impression. That being said, I am going to read it more thoroughly tonight and see if my gut reaction holds true. Overall, the first issue of Green Arrow and Black Canary made me want to come back for more, if for no other reason then to see the mystery unfold and see Dinah kick some ass.

Wonder Woman #13 was very much a set up for the upcoming Gail Simone run. I was pleased to see loose ends tied up and a more cohesive feel to the scripting. J. Torres really outdid himself. The art by Julian Lopez and Bit was pleasant and I enjoyed seeing a more muscled Diana. After a great deal of apprehension, this issue really put me at ease. Now it is time to bring on the dawn of a new day courtesy of the woman who guided the Birds of Prey through one topnotch story after another.

Since I got home late tonight I really haven't looked at much, but I wanted to share my initial reactions. This week is shaping up to be potentially one of the best ones I have had comic book wise in a while.

On that note, I just want to wish you all a lovely evening! Let me know what you think about GA/BC and Wonder Woman!

Rock of Love 2 Starring Bret Michaels!!

Bret Michaels
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It is official. VH1 has announced that Bret Michaels will return for season two of Rock of Love. After failing to find love with winner Jes, the Poison frontman is set to give it another go.

Ladies, bring your insulin and your alcohol. It is time to rock again!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Rock Of Love: The Final Word

I know some of you will be very happy to know that Rock of Love is officially done now. The reunion show was shown on VH-1 Sunday night and unfortunately no one rode off into the sunset.

The bad news is that it is over for now.

The good news is that there appears to be a Rock of Love 2 in the works. Well, it's good news for me!

Here are some highlights and my thoughts about the reunion.

Surprising no one, Jes, the winner, came out and gave Bret the cold shoulder, letting him know that she thought he should have picked Heather. Rather then being annoyed, I actually applaud her for being upfront that she has moved on and doesn't want to be with him. It sounds like there was little to no communication for the last six months because Bret was on the road and Jes went back to her life. As much as I like Jes, and admire her maturity and spirit, I am glad to see that she and Bret are not going to end up a couple. It wouldn't be fair to her at this point in her life, and Bret is always going to be a road dog. I think he would be better off with a more kindred spirit.

What surprised me was how shocked Bret seemed to be when Jes told him her thoughts. I think he was ready to have a relationship and was caught a bit off guard when she was blunt about it not working. I don't think Bret is used to being dumped, you know?

Heather, the runner up, was still very hurt by losing. I think she really loves Bret and wanted an explanation. She and Bret seem to have great chemistry, so I think it boils down to Bret being very attracted to Jes, but also being scared of how serious things could get with Heather. It was nice to see Heather and Bret come to terms with things. I also appreciated that Heather and Lacey made up.

Speaking of Lacey, there was no one else on the show who got as much time as she did. She had a confrontation with Dallas about their big fight and gave him a mean spirited t-shirt. Brandi M. came up and told the audience that she wanted off the show when she found out that Bret had slept with Lacey. This wasn't refuted by Lacey, so obviously there was lots of the naughty going on there.

Lacey ended her spot with a performance of a song called "Shallow". Her band Nocturne sounded pretty good, but I was unimpressed by Lacey's vocals. I have also heard that the supposed song she wrote about the show is actually on youTube and is seen in a performance from 5/12/05. Nice try, Lacey.

Kristia and Brandi C. gave the audience an eye-full with a Romy and Michelle themed matching outfit presentation. Both are as goofy as ever, and seemed ready to date Bret again. Evidently they are now roommates, so God knows that is a VH-1 show in the making!

My favorite cast member Rodeo came out and told Bret she wanted a second chance. Bret seemed to waver a bit, but in extra clips on VH-1, he asked her to dinner. Hopefully the two can at least be friends. Rodeo is a good egg.

I enjoyed the reunion show but thought it was way to short for what was covered. I am hoping to see an extended version either on iTunes or on the inevitable DVD. I would also like to see a "where are they now" segment a year from now to catch up.

Rock of Love captured my imagination and gave me a fun show to watch when I needed to de-stress. I enjoyed getting caught up in the drama and rooting for the ladies while booing Lacey.

It would be funny to see Lacey and her dad do a "I Love New York" type of show, so I am anxious to see if that happens. I am also curious to see if Bret comes back for Rock of Love 2 or if there is a new rocker ready to find love. One thing I know for sure is that I really had a good time watching the show and losing myself in the drama rather then being a part of it myself!

Monday, October 08, 2007

New Comics for October 10

Spider-Man/Red Sonja #3
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
What a day it has been! On my way to work this morning, it was dark, which always bums me out. On the way home tonight, after exercising, the darkness added some rain, reminding me that it is definitely fall. The good news is that I had a pleasant Monday, and had a great workout. Hopefully I can get some more like that one in before the end of the week.

In comic book news, it looks like a big stack for me this week. I am happy to see both Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl on the list and am anxious to see the fall out from the Green Arrow/Black Canary wedding in the first issue of that new series. Hopefully this is a good omen that there is tons of great reading ahead of me!

Here is the list!

Black Adam The Dark Age #3 (of 6)
Booster Gold #3
Green Arrow Black Canary #1
Green Lantern #24
Stormwatch PHD #12
Sucide Squad: Raise the Flag #2 (of 8) - which reminds me to e-mail Elayne!
Wonder Girl #2 (of 6)
Wonder Woman #13
First Born #2 (of 3)
Fantastic Four #550
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24
New Avengers #35
New Warriors #5
Punisher Max #51
Punisher War Journal #12
Spider-Man Red Sonja #3 (of 5) - pictured
Wolverine #58
X-Factor #24

Whew. Lot's of books this week! I may get a bit nit picky at the the store and not get all these, depending on how I feel. Financially, I trimmed quite a bit out of December's Previews so I feel great about that.

Have a wonderful evening! I will be back tomorrow!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Random Thoughts and Musings

I really should have read my new comics rather then browsing them. I am sitting here today with no good concept for quick take reviews. It is just me and my shame, all alone in the room. Heh.

That being said, I haven't taken a cruise around the blogosphere for awhile, so I thought I would take a look at what the other fine folks around these parts have been saying.

Those crazy folks at Ye Olde Comick Book Blogge explain why Thor should have a beard and show the different types of facial hair available. Good stuff.

Lisa at Sequentially Speaking had Steve Rude at her store. I am all kinds of jealous about this! It sounds like a great time was had by all.

Over at Noetic Concordance, Vaklam takes a stroll down memory lane with his "awesome cover Friday". This week it is all about Nightmask. You rock, Vaklam!

Nick at Comic Overload toes a fantastic round up of reviews of last week's stuff. I always enjoy his take on the new stuff as he is blunt but entertaining at the same time. Check it out!

Mark Engblom has taken his Comic Book Life Lessons one step further and it really works. Mark gives us some examples from horror comics to fit the Halloween month theme. I laughed so hard that I scared myself. Get it? Heh.

Swinebread went to the Stumptown Comics Fest. His report is so well done that it made me feel like I was there. Honestly, I really wish I would have been. It sounds like a great time! Go to Atomic Romance for the nitty gritty.

Whew! What a great round of reading that was! I am so thankful to my fellow bloggers and their daily insights.

On that note, I am off to do laundry and get ready for the Rock of Love reunion show. From what I have heard, it should be off the chain. I am a bit sad though as this is the last show. Rumor on the street is that Rock of Love 2 will be coming, so I might not have to wait too long.

Have a wonderful evening and a pleasant week!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Tears of Aphrodite!!: Naughty Wonder Woman by H.G. Peter

As long as I live, I never thought I would see a nude rendition of Wonder Woman by original artist H.G. Peter. The guy is a legend, having drawn the Amazing Amazon for years, and defining her look. Surely he would keep her drawers on?

I was wrong.

An interesting new book titled "Clean Cartoonists' Dirty Drawings" by Craig Yoe is available now and will be in stores mid-October. Here is the description of the book from the main site.

"By day their cartoon creations included Mickey Mouse, Superman, Beetle Bailey, Betty and Veronica, Wonder Woman, Batman, Nancy, Betty Boop, Krazy Kat, and Blondie. But when night fell, they abandoned their pursuit of heroic deeds and good clean fun to draw the risque—slinging ink to make kink.

Collected for the first time in this volume are scores of rare, previously suppressed, underground sketches by mainstream cartoonists: Carl "Donald Duck" Barks, Steve "Spider-Man" Ditko, Otto "The New Yorker" Soglow, Chuck "Bugs Bunny" Jones—69 scintillating artists all together! These cartoons will shock and amuse you with their sexy strays from the straight and narrow! A thick 160 color and black and white pages in the regular edition; 16 additional rare and titillating pages in the Limited Edition.

Foreward by underground comics legend R. Crumb. Shipping now, in stores mid-October.
Press or general inquiries: yoecomix(at)hotmail(dot)com"

I am sitting here in shock. I was very surprised to see this particular image featured on page 20 of November's issue of Playboy. (To see the unedited version, check or the magazine itself.) Author Yoe has a unique vision to be sure. I would never have thought to do a book like this, yet I see it has some historical value, and may give some insight into the creators featured therein. My question is this- are there any unclad male heroes or is it just the ladies?

Has anyone seen this book yet? I am curious to hear more about it and find out Yoe's school of thought.

UPDATE: Yoe's website is a insanely brilliant- very pop art. Go check it out here.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Hot Metal Video: Doro Pesch - Unholy Love

For years Doro Pesch has reigned as queen of metal. After Lita Ford retired to have a family, Vixen broke up, and Femme Fatale quietely faded away, Doro has been out there making metal music for the masses.

Though I love all the aforementioned ladies and their bands, I have to give Doro mad respect for standing her ground and continuing to rock hard. First fronting Warlock, and now as a solo artist, Doro pushes the boundaries with her incredible voice.

Check it out!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Is This Gratuitous: Uncanny X-Men #491

Uncanny X-Men #491
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
After much thought, I present to you my candidate for discussion in the gratuitous theme. I almost didn't use this cover but it struck me that the first place my eyes kept going was Storm's butt and that seems a bit unhealthy. Granted she does look quite toned and fit, but I can't help but wonder if they would pose Cyclops or Iceman like that?

Knowing that Storm wears a more revealing costume, the choice to focus on her curves is a bit unfortunate. The good news is that her boobs are not the focus. The bad news is that her hiney is in full display. Because of the focus here, I have to pose the question. This is a very tricky one for me because I appreciate Salvador Larroca's art.

Help me on this one.

Is this gratuitous?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Thoughts on Wonder Woman Annual AKA Final Chapter of Heinberg Story

Wonder Woman Annual #1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
After many months of waiting, last Wednesday brought the final chapter of "Who Is Wonder Woman". Yep, the story that started in August 2006 (of technically June 2006) is finally finished. While this was no means the worst Wonder Woman story I have ever read, it also failed to take it's place in my personal hall of fame.

There are several reasons for that.

Firstly, I couldn't specifically remember the tale being told. Later on I will read te story from start to finish, but certainly I felt I was at a disadvantage reading from a foggy memory.

It also really bothered me that the story was a bit disjointed. Wonder Woman fights a lot. Her female super hero friends, plus a few of the fellas join in the mayhem to fight a "who's who" of Wonder Woman villains. The art by Terry and Rachel Dodson is flashy, but that is the extent of the emotion I felt.

Donna Troy wears the red costume that I thought she had given to Cassie. I thought that was odd. Maybe it was a "back to basics" type of shout out to the reader, but all it really did was confuse me. Why is Donna wearing her black starfield costume in current books? I am wondering how that all came about.

Heracles reverts back to type, becoming the dickhead that he is sometimes portrayed as. I am glad Diana kicked his ass, but I wasn't happy with his sexually predatory nature.

I don't like the fact that supposedly Diana loses her powers and is "human" out of costume. That is just irritating. She has shown no signs of this in current issues. What should I make of this? I personally prefer Diana to be powerful in any guise, and have always appreciated the fact that she is gifted by the gods.

Lastly, I am not a fan of the Nemesis relationship. The Amazons Attack story nailed the coffin for me on it, but I see the seeds here that already bother me. I think Diana is acting out of character in her new relationship with Nemesis, and it feels contrived at this point in time. I enjoyed her relationships with Trevor Barnes and classic Steve Trevor and felt there was a spark there. Here I don't feel it at all.

While I have many quibbles with the story itself, I do appreciate the art stylings of the Dodsons. I also feel Allan Heinberg is a talented writer. His intentions were good, but the follow up never gelled into the greatness I had so hoped for. The "Who is Wonder Woman" story was just alright for me.

That being said, I am very eager to see what Gail Simone will do on the book. I am already missing her desperately on Birds of Prey, and think that it will be hard for anyone to follow her there. Simone is extremely gifted with characterization, and from interviews I have read, she is ready to focus on Wonder Woman as a hero to be reckoned with. I am ready for a solid creative team to bring the book back into focus and give Wonder Woman a cohesiveness she has been lacking since Greg Rucka wrote the title.

What did you think?

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Rock of Love: The Decision is Made

As you know, I have been glued to my television set throughout the duration of the season of Rock of Love. As an '80's metal chick, it has been fascinating for me to watch Poison frontman Bret Michaels look for love in a reality dating show. If you would have told me 20 years ago that this was going to happen, I know I would have never believed it.

Fast forward 20 years and here we are. Nice.

After a flurry of dating activity, Bret narrowed the field down to Heather, a fun loving entertainer from Vegas, and Jes, the down to earth Chicago girl who is just 23 years old. These two ladies are night and day in every way possible. Heather is 32 and has been there, done that. She wants to be with Bret and that is it, end of story. Jes is more quiet and reserved in her feelings. It is obvious that she likes Bret, but she has not been as open about the bottom line. To see the showdown here was an eye opener.

Bret took the women to Cabo San Lucas for a final date with each. In both situations, his diabetic condition came up. While dune buggying with Heather, she was shown to be unsympathetic to his health. When it was Jes' turn, she looked a bit frightened. It made me really wonder if this was ultimately a test.

Both dates got hot and heavy and only God knows what happened after the cameras left. I know that Heather professed her love while Jes tried to let her guard down. At the end of the dates, it looked pretty obvious that Jes would win.

And she did.

Bret asked the girls if they would share him and Heather said yes while Jes said no. In Heather's mySpace, she comments that this is untrue and that the scene was altered, but we may never know for sure. It seems to come down to this because Bret sends Heather packing and brings a crying Jes forward for some serious make out action. Meanwhile, Heather is clearly unhappy, and speaks her mind. Check out Heather's full entry on her page for the skinny there.

In the end Jes is the winner and it looks like happy ever after.... except for the fact that in a VH-1 blog interview, Jes states that she has only seen Bret once since the finale. This is not a good sign.

The Flavor of Love blogspot has expanded to cover Rock of Love, and upon some investigation stumbled upon a strange thing. It appears Jes could be pretty chummy with a fella in Chitown. Heather has also altered her mySpace and Bret is now pretty much nowhere to be found. The fall out isn't going to be pretty.

The reunion is the Sunday at 8 p.m. Regular viewers, note the time is different then when the show would usually air. My prediction is that Bret is going to walk away single and that the ladies will continue with their lives, full of reality celebrity fame. I have read that the second season of Rock of Love is casting, so it is anyone's guess what will happen next.

Stay tuned for next week's reactions to the reunion. With Lacey, Tiffany, Brandy C., Brandi M, and the rest of the party animals coming back, it is sure to get ugly. I am just praying there were no physical altercations!

Opinions, anyone? Or are you just relieved it is over? Heh.

Monday, October 01, 2007

New Comics for October 3

JLA Hitman #2
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley
Happy October to all of you! It is time to start thinking about Halloween costumes, carving pumpkins, and trick or treating. As a big lover of all things Halloween, I am looking forward to trying to find the perfect costume.

Speaking of costumes, I have a decent sized stack of comics this week. Here is the skinny!

Countdown #30
Countdown: The Search for Ray Palmer- Crime Society #1
Detective Comics #837
Green Lantern Corps #16
JLA Hitman #2 (of 2) - pictured
Nightwing #137
Supergirl #22
Welcome to Tranquility #11
Bomb Queen IV #2 (of 4)
Ms Marvel #20
Uncanny X-Men #491

That is the damage this week, folks. I may pick up the Wolverine Annual on the fly, but I am not sure yet.

What are you getting this week?