Happy Halloween! And... that is the most exciting thing that happens in this post. It's the usual fifth Wednesday slump, which I guess means you have more cash for hurricane recovery! But if you do have some dollars on hand and an open comic book store nearby, there are two books that will probably not (but technically might) have a homo in them. But probably not.
EDIT: Justice League Dark Annual #1 and Karma in New Mutants #50!!!!!!
True Blood #6
Apropos for the season, it's the latest issue of the Alcide True Blood the comic! Speaking of Alcide, he has to help Sookie and the vampires save Bon Temps from a marauding werewolf pack! Given that these wolves are aiming to kill off most of the town in an event called the "Great Hunt" I'm guessing that they're led by Apocalypse. Or Harvest.
Ultimate Comics X-men #18
BAM! War on Nimrods. Storm, Kitty, Iceman, Rogue, and Bel Ami Wolverine. Stuffs going DOWN!
Plus, this is the last issue of the arc, so if we're going to get an eleventh hour Colossus, now's the issue!
It's m'birthday! And it looks like the comics industry knew exactly what I wanted!
OKAY. Everyone stay calm! It's here, it's happening, and it's $0.99: the first issue of the six-issue Husbands cross-time caper! Buy it at digital.darkhorse.com. The limited series starts with Cheeks, Brady, and Haley getting a mysterious wedding present that whisks them off to the first of six different parallel universes, Exiles-style. And since it's written by Jane Espenson and Brad Bell, you know it HAS to be awesome! #justwhatIalwayswanted!
X-treme X-men #5
The second half of the Howlett-centric adventure continues! At the end of last issue, Dazzler, Nightcrawler, BalloonXavier, BabyHowlett, and Mr. and Mrs. Howllet were holed up in a shack in the middle of the desert as evil, cowpoke versions of Cyke, Sabretooth, Colossus, and Danger charged toward them! And where's Howlett in all this you ask? Riding with the baddies! Since his adamantine skull protects him from psychic assault, how did EvilXavier get James to switch sides? And will he be able to find his way back so that the crew can off EvilXavier, save lil' Howlett, and scoot? (Also, did you see Greg Pak's awesome #SignsYoSonIsGay tweet? And the cover for issue #9???)
Astonishing X-men #55
Karma, Northstar, et al. continue their fight against Karma's evil half sister Hitachi. But is Iceman really dead, or was his untimely demise in a vat of molten metals simply a ruse by Northstar to rid his body of Hitachi's nanobots? And is Tiger Tyger for realsies going to let these X-n000bs take over her island??
National Comics: Xanadu #1
Finally, a new solo title for my fav Cassandra! Madame X is an all-seeing attorney in this re-imagining of the awesome, occasionally bisexual character. And while following her exploits here is a bit like following DCnU Constantine ("Well the character is explicitly queer in SOME universe."), I'm still going for it! Plus, I really like the concept of a shifting anthology that publishes one issue of each story every four months. #itsmyparty
Justice League Dark #13
The House of Secrets vs. the House of Mystery! That's all you need to say for me! I'm all in!
Teen Titans #13
Cassie continues to kill her armor-stealing ex. I wonder what bunker is up to?
This story APPEARS to be less "Class Comics" and more "thoughtful reversal of horror tropes", but I'll let you be the judge.
I'm gonna be an Andy Rooney this week: Solicits these days, oh my gosh! Change makes me grumpy!!
This era of teaser solicits is annoying for a pre-capper such as myself! "Batwoman and Wonder Woman team up to fight Medusa." While technically a complete sentence, what do I have leftover to fill this blog with??? Puns about turning "stone butch"? An ode to Kate's wigs? Softcore musings about Kate and Diana's post-battle warm-down rituals??? "Well, Kate, in Amazonian culture we do not fear intimacy between our fellow Woman." #yup #goingwiththat
So the solicit of this one is a little meatier. "Two characters... irrevocably altered... team almost halved." What I assume that means is this: we know Havok is leaving (Have you seen that indie title Uncanny Avengers? It's totes underground.), so it's reasonable to assume that his life is "irrevocably changing" and... Lorna is breaking up with him? So I guess Lorna is the other half of that set of two totes-chagned people? But what I'm worried about is that Madrox, Layla, Lorna, Pip, and Longshot are all on covers for the next 3 to 4 months and M is mentioned in the solicits. But where are my boys??? Rictor and Longshot are still on the team according to the preview, but it sure is taking them a looooong time to teleport home!
More "Curse of the Constantines"! It's the big confrontation with John's Dexter-nephew. Will John be able to cure his nephew's homicidal tendencies? Or maybe find a way to channel his powers for demon-killin'?
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #4
I am totes excited to get more Watchmen, especially more Hooded Justice/Captain Metropolis stories! But there are just SO MANY Before Watchman books! So, I'm waiting two more months to buy 'em all. But whether you wait or whether you get it now, #getit.
Wonder Woman #13
So did people notice the New Gods in the last issue? I did not pick up on that, but the recent voids in the Greek pantheon seem to give them some roles to fill in this book. But that's all in the future! This Wednesday Diana deals with Ares! As we saw in last month's issue #0, Diana is Ares' star pupil who quit the Marsian Martial Arts Program when she had too much mercy to become the soulless killer he had hoped that she'd be. So what's in the cards now that she's an adult with a whole lot of enemies???
Justice League #13
The Cheetah appears! New 52 Cheetah is a wereleopard like she was for a short time in the... old 52? I hope she's an ex-Amazon like she was in that brief, brief old-52 Wondie re-boot.
So many good comics this week! It may not be a large batch, but it's got spirit (read: good stories)!!!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9: Freefall #14
It's Billy the Vampire Slayer!!! This month sci-fi superstars Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg bring us the first gay male slayer! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! Plus it's the beginning of the Zompire epidemic! Will Billy and his bff/Watcher survive their first adventure????
Morning Glories #22
Jun/Hisao is my favorite new superqueero! Morning Glories has all the mind-bending of Lost-style television, plus the hottest gay love scene I've seen in comics! (See issue #18 for that!) This month see if he can save his identical twin brother Hisao/Jun from ritual sacrifice! From the look of the cover I'm guessing that's a NOPE!
Kevin Keller #5
Kevin has a "new" car: its his dad's very old jeep! Luckily Dilton, the cute nerd, is there to help fix up Kevin's jalopy with the latest inventions! Well, maybe "luckily" was too strong a word... It doesn't look like Dilton has subjected all these gadgets to rigorous testing...
Demon Knights #13
Madame Xanadu et al. vs. Lucifer!!!! (Oh, and "The Demon" from Stormwatch last week was Etrigan. Why didn't they just call him Etrigan? Who here hasn't ever been bored by a story's inclusion of Etrigan?) #beingmean #teamxanadu
Last time we joined the future-flung Riverdale gang Kevin had decided to re-enlist, even though Clay had expressly requested that he not. But, in the midst of registering, word came from Riverdale: Clay had been shot when he tried to stop a robbery! Are we about to lose Clay, months after we met him? Is Kevin going to stay put now that his hubbie is in critical condition? And how will Riverdale react?
Remember in the 0 issue when they said that Stormwatch is the current version of Demon Knights? Well, evidently, that means that "The Demon" is joining Stormwatch now that the Martian Manhunter is gone. From the cover it looks like Apollo and Midnighter are bringing The Demon in, so why does the solicit say that they're AWOL?
Avengers Academy #38
Flag football tourney between the Academy and the Jean Grey School! I'm not sure when this takes place chronologically, but hopefully we'll get some character development for Striker and Lightspeed before they vanish from the book when Marvel NOW! starts.
Earth 2 #5
The New Trinity fights Grundy and (sort of) the Atom. Grundy fights the new Trinity and the Atom. The Green Lantern makes a world-changing choice? Hopefully it's to bring back his dead bf and not, "Hey, wanna hang at my clubhouse?" Otherwise this book is just... the most predictable set up of a superteam.
Uncanny X-Force #32
The last chapter of Final Exam! Will Daken and Mystique make it out alive? Will Evan?
How do we look? We're trying out Google Hangouts, and I think it works pretty well! This week we're talking about X-treme X-men's new betch, James Howlett, the current developments in Karma's mythology in Astonishing X-men, J.H. William's excellent re-telling of Batwoman's origin, the hotness that is Morning Glories and much more!
Let us know what you think about the Google Hangout format, comics, or our opinions! Plus, if there are any comics you think we missed in our coverage let us know! Send us a tweet @ScarletBetch or by email at email@example.com
Also, I just did some research on James' title. In the solicit he is referred to as "Captain Howlett", which is where I determined his title. But astute reader Jason Tseng picked up that Emmeline calls him "General Howlett" on page 3. However he is the "former governor general" of Canada, which in our universe grants the title of "The Right Honourable James Howlett". So... I'm just gonna call him James Howlett. ;D