Comics!

Apr. 16th, 2010 05:13 pm
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I went home last weekend to visit the family, and as usual, I tried to clean up a little of the driftwood of my young life that remains in the house, so that eventually it will stop looking like a teenager with no social skills lives in their house. (Now she lives in New York, where no one even notices social skills because they're too busy avoiding being hit by cars. Upgrade!)

There are some really telling things in that house, some of which indicate I had taste (a silk kimono owned by my great-grandmother) and some of which indicate I had, well, questionable taste. (Uh, no comment.)

The thing I took back from this trip was my box of comics.

When I was, oh, 11-ish, I got into the X-Men in a major way. I read up on Uncanny, I devoured X-Men, and my passion for them lasted until one of those impossible crossovers a few years later where I was trying to get hold of 15 books a week just to find out who won the Shi'ar gladiatorial games when some mutants were kidnapped and something something Savage Land something and Genosha whatever and five THOUSAND people got involved. I was young, and I had no money. Eventually you just cannot cross over one more time, you know? EVEN IF ROGUE IS INVOLVED. (Sorry, Rogue. Nobody loved you more than me, I promise!)

To be fair, though, my comic-book habit was greatly aided and abetted by my dad, who tended to swing by the comic shop on a regular basis and bring home a comic for me. (At the time I assumed it was because of my grades, but looking back on my childhood I think he just wanted to prevent me from going outside and hurting myself, which is also good parenting, so, well done Dad!)

He knew X-Men was my book, and he knew I loved Rogue, so he was always on the lookout for her. Unfortunately, he never quite grokked what exactly Rogue looked like (the ever-changing costumes probably did not help), so my white storage box is about 70% X-Men comics and other random comics featuring Rogue, and about 30% old X-Men reprints that featured Kitty Pryde, in whom I had no interest, but about whom I ended up knowing quite a bit, just by accident! (Brunette X-Men Unite, I guess!)

I had forgotten the Kitty Pryde books, but when I got home there they were, filed quietly in the back of the box, bearing the evidence of one read before they were taped back in their sleeves and hidden away. I saved them even then, because I thought my dad was pretty cool for supporting my comic book habit, and when I opened the box, it was confirmed.

Uh, in other news, I will be carving out time this weekend to slap some Roxette on the tape player, shove my hair into a scrunchie, and read some comics.
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I did a brief roundup of comic book movie news for Tor.com, and for real: if you're looking for a movie about Wonder Woman, or Zatanna, or Psylocke - you're so cute with all your optimism. You get Gwyneth Paltrow in a corset, or Megan Fox in a corset. Take your pick!

(Note: There is no news about Megan Fox in the roundup, because she doesn't deserve any.)

This title was too long for the post, so I'll use it here: Studios Lobbing Comic-Book Movies Around Like Meatballs in a Food Fight; Lady Crimefighters Shafted As Per Usual.
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So, Marvel is releasing a four-woman superhero miniseries...about their love lives. It's called "Marvel Divas." I have some opinions on that over at Tor.com.

I got into X-Men when I was about 11, specifically for Rogue, who I thought had a great arc - announced as a villain, asks to join the X-Men as a rehab stunt, ends up being a vital part of the team. I'm in!

She and Wolverine got along because she offered to help save his fiancée, and they were both sort of prickly loners, and it was cool. Still in!

I loved when she lost her powers in the fight with what I remember as the Zombie Miss Marvel, and Magneto picked which one of them to save basically because it was more political to save the current team member. Then they had some tension in the Savage Land and it was awesome, because when she went back to the X-Men and they faced off against Magneto next, she had a moment of trying to talk him out of it and he wavered because he respected her/had a crush on her or whatever. I'm in!

Then Gambit showed up.

And after that...well. )

ETA: Okay, I was looking for an example of the mid-90s overboobed Rogue and found this instead, and now I seriously don't even have a comment. Wow.

Comic Con!

Feb. 7th, 2009 11:53 pm
glvalentine: (nerd alert)
...later. Right now there is a David Duchovny/Lili Taylor movie on Lifetime that is not going to mock itself.

(...my FEET are KILLING me.)
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So at Tor.com today I'm talking about the new Watchmen portraits and what these might mean in terms of the adaptation from page to screen. The answer is mostly, "It looks good! TOO GOOD. Also, Laurie, go put on some pants. What are you, nine?"

However, anyone who has read an X-Men comic knows that Laurie got off easy. You know whose costume really sucked? Casablanca-records-sponsored mutant Dazzler! Who I hate. Let me show you why!



That's not even why. That's just how the poor thing looks.

Disclaimer: I am not well-versed on this; in a conversation about comics, I'm out-comic'ed in about two minutes. All I know is what I read as a thirteen-year-old, instead of leaving my room ever. That was mostly X-Men.

But seriously, Dazzler sucks.

She had her own miniseries back in the day, inexplicably called "Beauty and the Beast," where she flipped out because of the pressures of fame and couldn't control her power and had to go to Heartbreak Hotel (actual name) and attempt some mutant rehab. Meanwhile, Beast is all, "How about we go to the State Fair on Tuesday? I have my dad's car for the weekend," and she's all, "I can't believe that you, who are ugly, have more control than I, the beautiful one!"

You can start reading the synopsis of the series here, but I got acid flashbacks and had to stop.

The thing I most remember is her talking to the young girl who lives/works there, and finds out her mutant power is that she can change the color of a flower. Seeing this, Dazzler thinks, and I quote, "Hmm…makes sense that nature would have scattered a few lesser powers among all us big-time mutants," which is pretty big talk for a woman whose power is basically to channel garage bands into the Fiesta Texas nightly laser show.

She sucks, is what I'm saying.

And what I'm really saying is, it never hurts to have good-looking costumes in your movie, but I have a sneaking hope that even in awesome latex costumes, everyone is still as lame as they should be. Right, Dazzler? (Oh yeah, I went there.)

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