The Week In Ink: August 6, 2008

You know, I think my biggest regret this week is that the double-page spread from Kyle Baker’s Special Forces #3 where Felony kicks a bunch of children in the face just doesn’t hold the same impact once it’s shrunk down to fit on the ISB.

But considering that Dr. Who Classics featured Shaolin monks fighting Sontarans this week, I guess everything works out okay.

 

 

Yes, you might be tired of face-kicking after the past week, but Lord knows I’m not, and the one above signals the return of the Internet’s Most Tooth-Loosening Comics Reviews! Here’s what I bought this week…

 

 

And here’s what I thought about ’em!

 


 

Comics

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #17: All right, folks: I realize that I normally try to keep it lighthearted around here and stay away from more serious issues, but at this point, I have to say something, because we’re getting to the point where if this goes any further, it’s going to be a national crisis.

The future-slang has got to stop, people.

I mean, it was fine when it was just “grife” and “sprock” in the pages of Legion of Super-Heroes, and even when Joss Whedon himself was replacing actual curses with Swearproximations™ on Firefly wasn’t terrible, as it allowed characters to express intense emotion without going through the hassle of network censorship. But between Jim Shooter’s attempt to make anything with four letters that is not actually a word into a 30th-century obscenity and Fray’s annoying hab of abbreving her words three times in every sent with a cadence that would be embarrassingly hokey in Back to the Future Part 2, my urge to punch the future in its cybernetic face is getting stronger than ever.

Let it never be said, however, that Chris Sims is a guy who criticizes without offering a solution, and if your question is “what do I make my characters say if I cut back on annoying future slang,” then I suggest that you do it… like this:

 

 

Clearly, I’m in my zone.

 

Comic Book Comics #2: This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but I’ve been eagerly anticipating the second issue of Comic Book Comics since the moment that I finished the first one. I mean, I like Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey a heck of a lot individually, but together, those two guys make some of the most informative and entertaining comic books I’ve ever read, resetting the standard for educational fun with their previous effort, Action Philosophers! Of course, it’s not much of a secret that I like that book a hell of a lot too–especially considering that I’m quoted on the back of AP! v.3–so my opinions on the matter might come off as a little biased.

With that in mind, I’d like to just offer you a list of things you can find in this issue of Comic Book Comics and let you decide for yourselves whether it’s really as awesome as I say it is, which it is: Veronica Lodge as a Cyborg Killing Machine. Jack Kirby threatening to kill Stan Lee. A handy guide to spotting Mr. Wrong. A comic book called Fetus Force. A harrowing and entirely accurate portrait of William Moulton Marston’s love life. And one of my favorite stories about Bill Gaines, done in two panels with a phrase you usually only hear from Kevin Church.

It’s truly fantastic, and if you’ve got any love for the medium, you should definitely be reading it.

 

Final Crisis #3: I’ve gotta say, from what we’ve seen of Final Crisis so far, this issue’s the one I like the least.

Wehn you get right down to it, I think you can trace a lot of that back to two things about it in particular, and one of them’s directly to the left. To be fair to J.G. Jones, a cover that portrays Supergirl as an uncomfortably oversexualized teenage strumpet is pretty consistent with the way she’s been characterized since her return a couple of years back, and since Benjamin Birdie–who wrote a pretty snazzy review of this issue himself over at CBR–claimed that he didn’t see anything wrong with the cover at all until I came along and ruined it with my filthy mind, I’m willing to entertain that there’s a slim, microscopic chance that it’s just me.

The other mitigating factor in my enjoyment is one that I’ve talked about before: Barry Allen, who proves that while death might not be able to run faster than the speed of light, nostalgia can sure as hell keep up. Because seriously, when it turns out that a character whose finest moment involved him sacrificing his life to save the universe didn’t actually sacrifice his life to save the universe and has just been running around for the past two decades, it makes it difficult to get around the fact that comics only present the illusion of change until someone comes along to make stuff just like it was when they were kids.

On the other hand, though, there’s an awful lot to like here, too–ateam-up with the Question and Frankenstein doesn’t happen every day, after all–but even the good stuff is starting to feel like it was cobbled together from leftover bits of other Morrison projects, whether it’s Marvel Boy’s Oubliette standing in for Mary Marvel, or the fact that–as Andrew pointed out–the whole end of the issue is essentially just Rock of Ages with Kyle Rayner the Parademon swapped out for Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Giganta as the Female Furies.

Still, we’re less than halfway into it at this point, and at the very least, it’s well-written, well-drawn (Supergirl cover aside), and the scenes with Sonny Sumo, Mr. Miracle and the Super Young Team alone are snappy and intriguing enough to keep me looking forward to the moment that the disparate plotlines all tie in for the big showdown.

 

Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #2: As you’re probably already aware if you read guys like Mike Sterling, being a comics retailer comes with a whole different set of gripes than being a comics fan, although you don’t usually find one without the other. As a fan, for example, I can wail and gnash my teeth about Dwayne McDuffie leaving Fantastic Four because I really liked his run, but as a guy who sells the darn things, I can at least be glad that–at least for a while–we’ll be selling more copies of FF when Mark Millar comes on.

Every now and then, though the complaints line right up, and Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas is the perfect example. Chris the Fan doesn’t like to wait thirteen weeks to read a comic that was supposed to come out monthly, and Chris the Retailer thinks that it’d be awfully nice if the comic that has the strongest ties to the Iron Man movie–what with the fact that it’s written by the director and drawn by the guy who did design work for the costumes–would’ve come out in a manner that was timely enough to capitalize on the film’s incredible success. Instead, anybody who was interested has either migrated over to Matt Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man–which is awfully good–or moved on to, I don’t know, finally realizing that they ought to read that Watchmen thing that everyone’s been raving about for the past twenty years.

It’s pretty frustrating, but it’s something that I’m willing to completely overlook, because this is a comic where a hard-drinking Tony Stark teams up to fight a Goddamn dragon with the ISB’s favorite monster hunter, Elsa Bloodstone, and no matter what a delay might do to sales, that’s the kind of sentence that means Fan Chris wins automatically.

 

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle #4: In the time since I reviewed the last issue of the Dresden Files comic, I’ve managed to knock through the first two novels in their entirety and most of the third, and I’ve got to say… Those things are pretty damn awesome.

It’s the first one, I think–Storm Front–that had the greatest appeal for me, since it’s set up as though to answer the question of what would happen if Harry Potter grew up to be Philip Marlowe. And Dresden himself definitely starts out as a hero cast in the classic Chandler mold who down these mean streets must walk, complete with an attention to minor detail and an overwhelming compulsion to rescue damsels in distress. It’s a great hook, and by the time you get through the second book, he’s been smacked around, knocked out and tied up so much that I got the feeling he was going for the Spirit’s lifetime achievement record.

What really sells him as a character, though, is his pragmatism, and at least half the fun is watching Butcher contrast the sweeping aspects of high fantasy with Dresden’s dry, no-nonsense commentaries and response. This is, after all, a guy who describes the nature of time and distance in the Land of Faerie as, and I’m quoting here, “all fucked up.” And then there’s the comic book version, who in this issue manages to defeat a trio of ancient and horrible hags with the judicious application of a handgun and an angry gorilla, and come on, man, we all know that’s exactly what I want from my comic books.

So congratulations, Dabel Bros.: You have made me a fan. I mean heck, the only thing I’m not 100% wild about is Dresden’s girlfriend, who is one part smoky latina hotness to two parts Silver Age Lois Lane. And even that, I don’t mind too much.

 

ISB BEST OF THE WEEK

 

 

King-Size Spider-Man Summer Special: You should all buy this comic book.

Not just because it’s got a full-length lead story by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover where Mary Jane, Millie the Model, Hellcat, She-Hulk, Clea, Marvel Girl and the Scarlet Witch team up to fight Amora the Enchantress, although that’s a darn good reason, especially when you consider that it also features an appearance by Fandral the Dashing. Sadly, Fandral’s two pals don’t make an appearance, which would catapult this thing into Best of the Willennium status, but still: the Marvel Universe’s three greatest fashion models in action drawn by Colleen Coover is awesome enough to launch a series by itself.

And not just because of Tobin and Coover’s two-page backup strip wherein Spider-Man and MODOK–yes, COLLEEN COVER DRAWS MODOK–go shopping for a new rocket chair, although seeing Big M waddle around a furniture store is worth $4.99 itself before you even get to the new stories by Keith Giffen and a full-length Mini-Marvels reprint by Chris Giarrusso that makes this flat-out one of the most purely fun comic books ever printed.

No, you need to buy this thing because it has what is without question the single greatest origin recap in the history of comic books:

 

 

They do not make them better than that, folks. And that’s real.

 


 

Annnnnd that’s the week! As always, if you have any questions about something I read this week, if you want to talk about how great Special Forces is in the way that Kyle Baker effortlessly goes from the creepy to the absurd to the terrifying-because-it’s-real set against an action-movie background of explosions and hot girls, or if you’re still shell-shocked from Cary Bates’s return with True Believers last week, feel free to leave a comment below.

As for me, I’m going to go redub that musical episode of Buffy with Soulja Boy and Mike Jones. You can thank me later.

60 thoughts on “The Week In Ink: August 6, 2008

  1. Dammit! I forgot the Summer Special came out this week. Which given how heavy my pull list ended up being this week, was probably good for my budget. Of course not that good since I now have to go pick it up this week-end after I get paid again…

    As for Harry’s girlfriend, expect a major pitfall to their relationship in the third novel…

  2. ISB t-shirt has arrived and is being taken to Turkey on Monday. Expect pictures of me promoting the Internets Strongest Comic Blog Brand in a few weeks.

  3. Is it just me, or does She-Hulk’s boobs seem especially pointy on that cover, contrasted with the rest?

    Dresden Files isn’t on sale where I live. I have to wait for the trade I guess at the big bookstores (hopefully it gets a trade.

    Sims, you read Buffy, but do you read Angel: After The Fall (Season Six of the cancelled TV show)? I just read the first trade and there’s dragon fighting demons and T-Rex and shit. (Not to mention I was a rabid fan of anything Joss Whedon)

  4. House of Mystery is starting to get interesting. I’m a sucker for the whole short story – framing story setup, it just appeals to me. And the framing story is starting to get a bit more life to it. Plus, we find out this issue that when the permanent residents of the House get bored, they all get together and demolish a room.

  5. Re: Final Crisis #3 –

    I didn’t get the impression that Barry has been “running around for a few decades” at all, actually. My read on the issue is that he was dead and that he has actually run himself back to life. I don’t have the issue with me, but I could swear that there was a bit in there towards the end where he was telling Wally something along the lines of “I was dead – why did I even try to come back” or something along those lines when he’s lamenting his inability to stop Orion’s death.

    I’m not a big fan of Barry returning from the dead either (not because of any great angst about comic book resurrections but mostly because, well, he’s a boring character), but if you’re going to have him come back, being able to escape death because he can run faster than death itself is at least a moderately creative way to do it.

    (And you could have avoided the whole squicky Supergirl stuff by just getting the dog-faced Wonder Woman cover like I did. Dog-faced Wonder Woman opens up a whole new set of issues on its own though…)

  6. Are you sure that’s Giganta at the end of Final Crisis #3? Since the other three in the group are heroes I assumed the big one was Rita Farr.

  7. Seriously, what is wrong with the Supergirl cover to Final Crises? She’s standing there, looking befuddled, which seems enough in character for me.

  8. Umm… yeah, it is just you. There’s absolutely nothing sexualized about the Supergirl on the cover at all. Actually, she just looks like she is supposed to… a teenage girl. I’m actually a bit creeped out that you find something erotic about it in any way.

  9. Regarding Dresden Files… wait until the faeries show up in earnest. Then it gets REALLY entertaining.

  10. You aren’t the only one Chris, I couldn’t bring myself to buy the FC #3 with the Supergirl cover either. I don’t think that I had a problem with the art so much as I did with the character design itself. How am I supposed to read that thing on the subway without someone thinking that I am an old pervert who likes young girls? So, I did what any self-conscious fan of the medium would do: I picked up the latest issue of Tarot for my ride home. Sure, it might be T&A, but at least it is legal-aged T&A.

  11. Actually what he’s saying is that there were things he liked AND disliked about Final Crisis #3. Oh reading comprehension impared internet cyncis…

  12. My comic guy put Dresden Files #2 in my pull box for some strange reason (whenever I call him on the random comics he puts in my box, he always blinks innocently and insists I asked him for them, and only once did I demand he take it out and never befoul my pull list with its likes again, but that was for Angel: After the Fall and I have unresolved issues with Angel) and I must say, now I’m a major Dresden fan.

  13. See, now I’m wondering how many other superheroes/villains we could do an origin recap like that for.

    Superman: “Planet died. Sent here. Fight crime.”

    Punisher: “Family murdered. Fight crime. With bullets.

    And so on.

    Also, Chris, you’re just getting started on the awesome that is the Dresden series – things don’t really get started until Book 3, in which Dresden begins a long and productive career of setting vampires on fire.

  14. I haven’t been overly blown away by Final Crisis. I think the problem is that it needs to be twelve issues long. And Heaven’s Ladder-sized. The last two episodes of Doctor Who showed how to do “We’re so FUCKED!!!!!” well, but I just feel that what we’re seeing is probably only a tenth of Morrison wants to write.

    Hold up…Shaolin monks versus Sontarans? Seriously?!?

  15. I think any claim of the JG Jones Supergirl cover is really hard for others to see, as compared to what we’ve had the last few years, it’s hyper tame (LSH non-withstanding). I can see the opening for criticism, though I don’t really focus on it.

  16. Hold up…Shaolin monks versus Sontarans? Seriously?!

    Yes. Mind-controlled Shaolin monks fighting Sontarans. And it’s awesome.

  17. As for Harry’s girlfriend, expect a major pitfall to their relationship in the third novel…

    Yeah, I’m about three quarters of the way through it so I think I’ve gotten to what you’re talking about, but that still seems to come as a direct result of her Silver Age Lois Lane tendencies, which amount to:

    Harry: You shouldn’t do this, as it is extremely dangerous and you will probably die.

    Susan: Probably die, eh? THAT’D MAKE A DYNAMITE STORY AND YOU CAN’T STOP ME!

    But heck, that’s okay. I like Silver Age Lois Lane.

    Sims, you read Buffy, but do you read Angel: After The Fall (Season Six of the cancelled TV show)?

    Nope. I own season one of Angel on DVD, but I’ve only actually watched one episode. Not because it was bad or anything, I just never had time to sit down and watch it over anything else I wanted to watch. As for the comic, it looks all right, but I don’t know enough about any of the characters to really get into it, and even with dinosaurs and T-Rexes fighting each other (#4, I think), it didn’t grab me.

    I’m not a big fan of Barry returning from the dead either (not because of any great angst about comic book resurrections but mostly because, well, he’s a boring character)

    Agreed, hence his death in COIE being his most interesting moment.

    Are you sure that’s Giganta at the end of Final Crisis #3? Since the other three in the group are heroes I assumed the big one was Rita Farr.

    Oh, good thought. That would seem to make more sense, but her costume–at least, the parts of her costume that don’t look like Stompa’s–looked more like Giganta’s to me than Elasti-Girl’s mini-dress and go-go boots. Of course, now that I’m looking at it again, it looks like it might have the white stripe down the center, but since everything’s shaded red in those panels, it’s hard to tell.

    It was the same way with Batwoman: Until I got Dr. K to look at it, I couldn’t figure out who she was because I couldn’t quite make out the insignia on her costume, even though once he pointed it out, it was obvious.

    I find your lack of Jonah Hex disturbing.

    You’re coming perilously close to violating the NSWR of 2005, but regardless, I explained a while back how I dropped Jonah Hex because I couldn’t stand to read a comic book with a rape in every other issue.

    Seriously, what is wrong with the Supergirl cover to Final Crises? / Umm… yeah, it is just you. There’s absolutely nothing sexualized about the Supergirl on the cover at all.

    Umm… yeah, it’s not. But opinions on it seem to be split pretty much down the middle; in a conversation with a bunch of pals yesterday, Dorian, Ken and Kevin (along with Birdie) thought it was innocuous, while Andrew, Dave, Dr. K and I found it to be more than a little suggestive, as did pal Tug and a couple of other folks I ran it past. I even thought it looked crazy before I knew it was the FC cover, back when it came out as a promo poster a couple of weeks ago, as did others.

    As to whether this makes me a creepy pervert, well is this really the clue that let you figure that one out? Not, say, the previous post? Or the one on Young Lusty Sluts? Or all the ones on Tarot? Or my runs of XXXenophile and Small Favors? Heck, at least here I was turned off by it.

    Wait, so Final Crisis 3 was bad, but it was still good? Oh, Morrison fanboys.

    One day, son, when you get older, you’ll understand that there can be multiple aspects of a work–even within one seventh of a work–and that they can be judged individually in addition to how they comprise the work entire.

    Hold up…Shaolin monks versus Sontarans? Seriously?!?

    Would I lie to you about something this important?

  18. My only critique with FC# 3 is the following….

    …Never leave a woman in charged to defend the planet. Or else she will get pwned. Poor Diana….Supes and Bats are out of the picture and she gets the short end of the stick.

    Wait! I almost forgot…Thanks Morrison for making Mary Marvel a foul mouth killer. Kudos on your great work.

  19. Next step for Mary Marvel? Marrying Superboyman-Prime. I’m tempted to do a riff on Countdown for Sims’ year-end contest, and I’d be smacking Mary around. Verbally, I mean.

    Chris…it’s just a weird idea for monks to throw down with a bunch of military nuts like the Sontarans. And I wouldn’t think monks would do much good, unless they can plant a foot in the probic vents.

  20. Chris, you did not mention how Criminal#4 had the BEST NEXT-ISSUE SOLICIT EVER:

    “And be back next month to find out how the hell Jacob is going to get out of the mess his dick just got him into.”

    Awesome!

  21. Dresden intrigues me for one reason only. Dresden – German reference. Storm Front- name of a NeoNazi movement. I am wondering if it’s a subliminal Nazi thing. Having never read it and since I am not likely to I imagine this is all just boredom-induced rambling opinion. One someone else’s blog comments no less.

    Back to work for me.

  22. I am reasonably certain Jim Butcher is not advancing the goals of the Reich. I mean, I don’t know, but I’d think that would be something Richelle and Caitlin might’ve mentioned when I asked if he was good people.

  23. Gotta agree with you on both not buying the Boys as well as the Final Crisis cover. Just something about it seemed squicky even though it’s probably one of the tamest cover out there. I’m glad they had the Orc Wonder Woman cover available.

    Also got to agree about bringing back Barry. And while I’m on the subject of agreeing, I also agree that it should be 12 issues long. We’re almost to the half-way point and while I certainly think each issue is getting better (first left me confused as all hell, second was okay, third I was able to follow without problem), it feels like this is going to be over and done with before anything REALLY happens. While I thought Infinite Crisis managed to do a good job of juggling several plotlines and whatnot, Final Crisis seems to be doing a lot of set-up for many characters but I don’t think they’ll be able to follow through with all of them.

  24. it feels like this is going to be over and done with before anything REALLY happens.

    I think there’s lots of room to criticize Final Crisis, but probably not for that. A lot has happened. Morrison and Jones are, however, making much of it happen off the page.

  25. “A lot has happened. Morrison and Jones are, however, making much of it happen off the page.”

    You say this like it’s a good thing.

    You know what would’ve made ‘Star Wars’ better? If they’d not shown the big Death Star fight, but just had people talk about it after the fact.

  26. Chris, what do you think of the new Authority comic?

    I realise it’s just issue one so there’s probably not much going on yet, but I’m a frothing Authority fangirl of the worst kind and I’m dying to know what it’s like.

    Was JLA. Governments attack. Invade US.

  27. Oh! And anyone who doesn’t think there’s anything suggestive about a blonde in a lycra miniskirt and cropped top holding a finger to her lips seriously needs to take another look.

    There’s not a lot that’s *not* suggestive about that cover, we’re just easily numbed to the whole affair because we read comics.

  28. I explained a while back how I dropped Jonah Hex because I couldn’t stand to read a comic book with a rape in every other issue.

    Sound reasoning, thanks

  29. Supergirl: “You want me to do what?”

    Yeah, that cover is completely suggestive guys. COMPLETELY.

  30. “You say this like it’s a good thing.”

    I’d argue that it is. Instead of giving us an action blockbuster Morrison is trying to give us something more thoughtful.

    But, of course, your mileage will vary. I quite like it, but it’s clear that not everyone does.

  31. On scans_daily, there’s a contingent of people who think that the intro page with “Got Bit. Uncle died. Fight crime.” was a great big heaping of “FUCK YOU FANS!!!”

    As for the whole “making things like when they were kids,” that’s what a lot of folks seem to want. You can’t click on anything related to comics without someone saying that Quesada, Bendis, and the whipping boy du jour are on a personal crusade to destroy comics like the Nazis were out to kill all Jews, and that if only things could be awesome again . . . and “awesome” invariably becomes synonymous with comics published when the poster in question was kid (well, not really – they want things to be “good” but they don’t want them to be like they actually were. no one wants a jive-talking Falcon anymore, but they want it like when Kirby was doing things so much better than all of the “swipers” do it these days).

  32. On scans_daily, there’s a contingent of people who think that the intro page with “Got Bit. Uncle died. Fight crime.” was a great big heaping of “FUCK YOU FANS!!!”

    There are a lot of people on Scans_Daily that think a lot of things, and they’re usually wrong.

  33. Also, Chris, you’re just getting started on the awesome that is the Dresden series – things don’t really get started until Book 3, in which Dresden begins a long and productive career of setting vampires on fire.

    naw, book seven. when he rides a T-Rex around Chicago.

  34. “Actually theres ONE person on Scans_Daily who thinks that…”

    And somehow, I knew EXACTLY who it was before I found the post in question.

    Damn, LJ doesn’t seem to have an “ignore list”. Or if they do they hide it extremely well.

  35. Chris, your Buffy photomanips will never, ever stop being funny. Rapping Willow is Love. Thanks for the laughs; I needed that this week.

    Also, I am one of the few folks I know who thought Angel shaped up to be a much stronger series than Buffy (or at least a more cohesive series), save for slightly uneven first and last seasons. Well worth watching if you’ve got the time, especially for Seasons 2 and 3. You’re not missing much by way of the Angel comics, however, other than “ZOMGDemonT-Rex” and various bits of random crack.

    There are a lot of people on Scans_DailyThe Internet that think a lot of things, and they’re usually wrong.

    Edited for fairness.

    Damn, LJ doesn’t seem to have an “ignore list”. Or if they do they hide it extremely well.

    Yeah. It’s often frustrating. I usually just cultivate selective blindness when reading Scans_Daily but if you really want the ability to edit out the worst of the trolls, go here. Funnily enough, somebody brought the LJ-ignore idea up in response to my criticisms. Apparently, telling someone on Scans_Daily that dropping a book based on a single panel’s single line of dialogue is just a little bit crazy and excessive makes YOU the nutcase. Because logic is banworthy, up is down, and bad is good.

  36. One thing that always bothers me about the Dresden Files:

    How does Harry Dresden, a guy who grew up under difficult circumstances (vague for spoilers) and who cannot get close to technology without it screwing up, get so familiar with pop culture, especially movies and TV shows?

    In a recent book, he even references the Internet Evil Overlord List. How can he be familiar with an internet meme?

    Is there any explanation for this that is not horribly depressing?

  37. Jim Butcher is good people.Definitely no advancement of the Reich.As for the pop culture references, that’s from his friends-vague to avoid spoilers.

  38. That’s still rather depressing, though, isn’t it? Some guy who saves the world every other month has to sit down with his pals and have them pour over printouts of internet memes (“So there’s this guy, and he lip-syncs to a song called Zuma Zuma..,” says Billy.) and recent TV shows.

    There’s some real tragedy in those Dresden Books if you think about it.

  39. So, wait. Not to talk crap about the deceased, but, all the Turner depictions of Kara were innocuous? No one says diddly about the redic depictions of completely porno-ized Supergirl in her own title, but, J.G. Jones’ version is sexualized? I just do not see it, and I still think it’s telling that others do.

  40. I’m a bit surprised anyone found the FC3 cover cringe-worthy.. I was actually thinking it was fairly tastefully done. She’s drawn with the body of a real teenager, it’s a lovely bit of naturalistic body language, and JG Jones actually goes out of his way to obscure her breasts.

  41. For the record, I actually do think the FC3 cover is creepy as hell. Sims got a bit mixed up, but that’s because he’s a sexy man with a lot on his mind.

  42. Oh, come on. Fray future-slang is not nearly as ridiculous as a Suicide Girls comic. (Though rapping Willow is pretty awesome)

  43. zack: It didn’t strike me as ultra-sexualized, but it really looks more like a coy pinup pose rather than genuine fear or uncertainty on Supergirl’s part.

  44. 99% of Supergirl covers look like porn. It makes me kind of sick. I mean sure I’d like it if she was like the DCAU Supergirl or Kim Possible or something, you know, a comic I could give one of my little cousins to read, but its about a teen girl like a lot of creepy anime is about a teen girl.

    It’s not even REALISTIC inappropriateness most of the time.