Archive for January, 2011

In Case You Missed It: January 26, 2011

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The Scavenger understands.  One can’t read everything every week.  But when the discussion turns to comics at one’s next formal dinner party, no good host or hostess wants to appear foolish by being caught unawares at the mention of Damien Wayne’s adolescent explorations, or Emma Frost’s latest bon mot.  Each week, the Scavenger, yes, scavenges the comic book racks, sifting through countless pages to unearth the moments of which any self-respecting homosexual should be aware.
The Scavenger does his level best to avoid major spoilers, but some plot points may be revealed.  Please read responsibly.

Everyone ready?  Count us in, Dazzler….

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01 2011

Dazzlered & Confused Episode 2 – featuring Rogue!

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Dazzler and Rogue come together to talk about the old days in the outback. Rogue also discusses how her sex life has changed now that she has contorl over her powers. And let me tell you, the girl is whoring it up! (Voice Talent by the incomparable Evil Jeff & Nic Bean).

 

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01 2011

THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT!

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by Saro Spice

Gotham City Sirens #18

GIRL! That Talia Al Ghul is one bad Fatherfudger!

Shut your mouth, Saro!

I’m just talking about Ra’s Al Ghul’s Daughter!

We can dig it!   

DID YOU SEE?

T.T. somehow convinced Zatanna to mind-swipe Catwoman of knowing Batman’s secret I.D. in GOTHAM CITY SLUTS (You thought it. I wrote it). Why would Z. do that again after the angst of  IDENTITY CRISIS? Must be PMSing. Still, festering fish wounds that never heal, girl, don’t you know when you’re being played?

Because Zeebs doesn’t have “control” over a mind-swipe she can’t pinpoint “Forget Bruce Wayne”,so Selina begins to forget EVERYTHING about Batman: Secret Identity. Favorite Pizza Toppings. Cock size. I typed COCK SIZE. Are you still reading?

A walk thru kitty’s head just makes Zed sad. Someone’s got to love Bruce Wayne, right? If loving Batman is wrong, Z. doesn’t want to be right! Even daddy advises her to ditch the bitch and make the switch.

Talia doesn’t want anyone to know Bats as intimately as she does. After all, drugging a lug and daze-fucking him to get preggers is 9/10ths the law! Ask Maury Povich! We almost want her to succeed because of the results from the last DNA show: That scamp Damian!

NOW IF I WAS WRITING AT DC: I’d have the ole’ “Lazarus Pit” drug Penis Grayson next (he is BATMAN now!) so she can super shit out a baby girl we can name Levitra Al Ghul!

It’s what straight people do!

Meanwhile, Gotham City Sirens is everything Birds of Prey isn’t! (Sorry Gail!)

The Whole “Sirens & The City” series started over Poison Ivy wanting Selina to tell the girls who Batman is. Sellie instead told them who he.. might… not… be. Now that we’ve seen her galavanting the globe with The Bat in BATMAN INCORPORATED, maybe it’s time for the Cat to go good permanently. For love! And who could replace her in GCS?

THE NOTORIOUS T.A.G.!


When Miss Spice isn’t market testing dirty discos and glory-holes she contributes to ATDNSIN~ NORTHSTAR, the universe’s longest running GLBT APA Zine (www.atdnsin-northstar.com)!  She hopes to finish her own super hero comic by 2012!

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01 2011

In Case You Missed It: January 19, 2011

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“In Case You Missed It” is a wrap-up of the previous week’s comics, showcasing those titles or moments that may be of special interest to queer readers.  Major spoilers will be avoided, but some plot elements may be revealed.  Please read responsibly.

Avengers Academy #8

Does everyone out there remember New Avengers #35?  That’s way back when the Avengers were fighting the Hood… er, the first time.  As a way of demonstrating his power, the Hood attacked Tigra in her home, shot her, beat her, and threatened to do the same to Tigra’s mother should she stand in the way of his plans.  He also videotaped the whole thing, and somehow, that tape just hit the Interwebs.  In this issue, Tigra and her Avengers Academy students deal with the fallout of that bit of unwanted publicity, having all the while a very adult conversation about revenge vs. justice, and the feelings that such an attack can bestir.  Tigra makes the conversation not just about herself, but other victims:  “battered spouses, abused kids, rape survivors…”  She doesn’t explicitly name them, but certainly the gay-bashed or bullied qualify as well.  Ultimately, part of Tigra’s solution involves the creation of the “Always an Avenger” center, a charity for the disenfranchised.  This in the aftermath of co-teacher Hank Pym’s decision to open the Janet Van Dyne Center for [Battered] Women at the end of Ant-Man & Wasp #3.  While the Scavenger is delighted to see some heroes making a difference without beating some poor loon in a costume senseless, he wonders where superhero/policewoman/teacher/single-mother Tigra finds the time to run a charity.  And, cynically, he wonders if any of these charities will ever appear in print again.  He suspects not.

 

 

 

This is a disappointingly less-than-progressive viewpoint on teenage sexuality from a schoolteacher in a bikini.

X-Men Legacy #244

Blindfold is the X-Men’s blind precog of the moment.  To clarify for those without a Nerd-Shorthand-to-English dictionary close at hand, young Ruth is a mutant whose whole superpower is the ability to see the future.  SHE CAN SENSE DANGER COMING BEFORE IT HAPPENS!  Apologies, gentle readers.  The Scavenger is sure you get it.  Somehow, though, the X-Men don’t.  Why are Blindfold’s cries of alarm always greeted with the same dismissive tone one usually reserves for small children?  “Oh, Ruth – there are no monsters under your bed!  Lovecraftian horrors from beyond the Veil?  Silly girl.”  This done-in-one issue works to recap for new readers what has come before, as well as to set the stage for one comes next.  Bling! – who is alternately described as either lesbian or bisexual – shows up for all of one panel, and the other queer standbys (Northstar, Anole, occasionally Graymalkin) are nowhere to be seen, making this a less-than-stellar showing for the Mutant Rainbow.
What makes this issue of interest to the Scavenger is that it serves as a lead-in for the upcoming Age of X crossover, the one set in an alternate reality where all the mutant dudes are hot and shirtless.  The Scavenger isn’t sure what chain of events leads to this state of affairs, but he’s hoping the X-Men can’t figure out how to fix it.

Is it the Scavenger’s imagination, or are the X-Men battling a lot of Japanese porn lately?

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01 2011

Sex & The Superhero is Here!

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CBQ is proud to announce that we’ll be serializing a sexy superhero comic by the creator who brought us So Super Duper! We’ll post a page of the comic every 2 weeks right here! You can purchase your own copy of this and other CBG comics at sosuperduper.com.

What do the super-studs of San Francisco do when they’re not fighting crime? They gather together to share their super-sexcapades!  (click on the images, you size queen!)

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01 2011

Merboy Mondays #2: On Selling A Galaxy (Far, Far Away…)

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Its Tuesday, an improvement, right? Don’t hate me, January in Britain is like television static. With ice. I’d hate to disappoint the one person that reads this.

I would like to add some geek points to my resumé please. I work in a Lego Store. It is a fantastic job and I have a lot of fun, as sad as I am about Batman Lego no longer existing.

The biggest and best selling theme we have is Star Wars. It practically saved Lego from the brink of financial ruin not so long ago. I wouldn’t call myself an intense Star Wars fan, but I’m a fan nonethless. Give me X-Men, and I can talk to you like they’re family. Things like Star Trek and Star Wars I can dip into here and there, but I never full-on got crazy over them.

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01 2011

In Case You Missed It: January 12, 2011

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“In Case You Missed It” is a queer-oriented recap of the past week’s comics, with an emphasis on highlighting the issues most relevant to GLBTQ readers.  The Scavenger promises to avoid major spoilers, and hide minor ones, but some basic plot details will be revealed in the reviewing.  Please read responsibly.

He’s Twice the Villain the Orphan-Maker Was

Widowmaker
#3
The third issue of Jim McCann’s Widowmaker hit the stands this week, the Marvel limited series that features Hawkeye, Mockingbird, the Black Widow, and, for positively no good reason, Dominic Fortune.  Widowmaker is scripted by Jim McCann, and he’s One Of Us, so homonerds have at least one good reason to pick this book up.  Clint Barton is at his dreamy best - even portrayed by David Lopez’s clunky pencils – and he manages to throw out a complicated show tunes reference (Hawkeye, that is; the Scavenger is unsure how familiar David Lopez is with Les Miserables).
Great for fans of: Russians; Geriatric Ninja Geishas
Only so-so if you’re into: Coherent storytelling

So Scandalous
Secret Six #29
Secret Six
#29
The second half of Catman & Company’s crossover with Action Comics, and the first issue since the *ahem* Skartaris issues.  Scandal Savage’s beyond-dysfunctional relationship with her father, supervillain/unfrozen caveman lawyer Vandal Savage, is developed more in this issue, and several defining moments from the younger Savage’s childhood are brought to light.  No big reveals about her first lesbian experience yet, but then, that is why fanfic was invented.  In addition to these new contributions to Scandal’s character, this issue also features a delightfully snarky one-liner from Deadshot.
Pros:  No Catman-as-Warlord; no Wild West Elseworlds
Cons:  No explanations for folks who aren’t reading Action Comics; no reason for the other Secret Five to be in this issue

I Don’t Recall Seeing You in that Two-Page Photo Spread

I Am an Avenger #5
I Am an Avenger is a the comic-book equivalent of a mixtape (Oh, how embarrasing, to reveal one’s age; the Scavenger meant to say ‘playlist’ or iSomething, he is sure), a collection of various stories of varying quality, all featuring one or more members of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  The very last of these stories is written and drawn by the estimable Alan Davis, and stars the Young Avengers.  Nary a nod at Hulkling and Wiccan’s orientation to be found here, unfortunately.  Mr. Davis depicts the boyfriends standing at opposite ends of every panel.  Also, they are on their way to play baseball.  Certainly they’re having less fun here than they were (about to) in The Children’s Crusade.  The Scavenger doesn’t mean to suggest that gay characters must wear their orientation on their sleeves, but he appreciates the casual affection this particular couple demonstrates for one another in nearly every other appearance they’ve ever made.  Ever.  Perhaps this issue was a Secret Invasion flashback.
Good for:  Completists
But not good for:  Anyone else

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01 2011

The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Wonder Woman

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When the Wonder Woman movie was exiled back to the limbo of development hell (praise Hera! the last thing we needed was Diana parroting the same glib, teenage female voice that Joss Whedon has so mercilessly beat into the ground since the early 90s), the interwebs gave us hope that we might yet see some poor actress forced into a red, white and blue bathing suit in the near future. Unfortunately, 2011 brought us yet another setback in DC Comics’ attempts to capitalize on one of its most famous properties. Last week news broke that all the major networks had passed on David Kelly’s treatment for a TV series starring the amazing Amazon, with reasons ranging from the high cost of licensing the character to ABC’s connection, as a subsidiary of Disney, to Marvel Comics. Although many of us lacked faith in Kelly’s ability to bring Wonder Woman to the small screen, particularly given the difficulty of capturing Diana’s very particular sensibility, the apparent impossibility of producing a live action Wonder Women project is disheartening in the extreme. How is it possible that Warner Brothers can’t get a project starring the premiere female in comics off the ground? Read the rest of this entry →

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01 2011

Merboy Mondays! – #1: First Crisis

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Yes, its a Wednesday. I just didn’t want to be any later.

Its taken me well over a week to try and write something. Its taken at least a month to get Merboy Mondays off the ground. Why the writer’s block? See, I thought it was a case of being lazy. After much thought, perhaps I am less undisciplined than I should be, but it isn’t that at all.

I tried to write. About how I read a couple of issues of JSA and kind of liked them, after someone recommended I should read them on the last blog post I did. It began to be a tiresome task, and that’s something writing has never been.

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12

01 2011

We Need Hayao Miyazaki!

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By Jane Salvador

We really do. As a young girl, I never wanted to be the “princess” whenever I played pretend with other kids. I wanted to be the tough guy wielding the sword, or a mighty magician of some sort. Unfortunately, the other kids would say that I’m a girl and wasn’t allowed to play the roles of the male characters. What frustrated me was that the girls in many movies targeted at kids my age at that time (the early 90s) were still princesses that needed saving by a prince of some sort. I wanted to be able to pretend to be a female character with some power. The only available characters at that time were the pink and yellow ranger from “The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.” Guess which one I was typecast as? The yellow one, of course!

My first experience with any of Miyazaki’s works was my childhood friend’s VHS tape of “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” At the age of ten, I wasn’t used to the Japanese style of animation and thought everything just looked “a little weird.” I eventually got used to it, and as I watched, I was surprised to see a young, female character making her way alone as a witch. My mother was performing her motherly duties around the house as my friend and I watched. She then teased us by saying “she’s all by herself in the big city! Do you think you guys would be able to do that?” My friend and I looked at each other…as if there were any doubt! Of course we could leave home at the age of 13 and make it. Ah, the naïveté, of youth.

I digress. The theme of independence in “Kiki’s Delivery Service” is a strong one, especially for young girls. This movie showed me a strong, young female protagonist. She wasn’t dainty or waif-like (though she did wear a simple, dark-colored dress). Tombo, the only resemblance to a male lead in the movie is nothing more than a supporting role. I was excited to see  a female save  the male character. This was the first time I’ve seen this in any sort of animated feature film. It showed me that I didn’t need to settle as the female that needed to be saved from some dragon-guarded tower. I could fight that dragon myself and be very much triumphant.

When Jane Salvador isn’t reading, watching television, or hanging out in places where one can buy alcoholic beverages, she ekes out a miserable existence as a tutor and substitute teacher. All-American lass with Filipino heritage. Booyah!

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01 2011