Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SuperQueeros! for December 28th, 2011

The last comics of 2011 are pretty rockin'! Though there aren't any superqueeros in it, I'd recommend checking out Sinister's views on nature vs. nurture in Uncanny X-Men. Also, I'd recommend these killer books:

Avengers: Children's Crusade#8
Almost the end! The solicits say someone dies... Is it Vision, so that Iron Lad can get his armor back? Or Speed, because he's boring? Or Wanda, because they're counting her as a Young Avenger and it looks like that's the way the story is turning? Or maybe it's Billy and then whoever currently has the reality warping powers that drove Wanda crazy will bring him back and then kick the bucket. Yeah, I'm going with that theory. Let's find out if I'm right!

Teen Titans #4
More Bunker, more Bunker, more Bunker! I'm excited! And Superboy and Wonder Girl get in a fight! No doubt they will be in <3s and Robin will be mopey until the awesomeness of the Spoiler comes along! And Bunker will be in the story and punch Superboy! #nice

Alpha Flight #7
Wolvie! The most famous member of Alpha Flight returns to knock some sense into the fascist Canadian government!

Justice League Dark #4
The team comes together! But also, the Enchantress is supes crazy... Will they rescue her from her madness, or lock her up and throw away the key?

Hack/Slash #11
The end of the Women's Prison Breakout story arc!!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

SuperQueeros! for December 21st, 2011

I'm on vacation next week, so here's a quick run-down of the superqueeros coming out on the 21st!

Wonder Woman#4

Daken: Dark Wolverine #18

X-Factor #229
This book is so crazy atm.

Hellblazer #286
Constantine finally gets his coat back!

New Mutants #35
Is Blink bi?

SuperQueeros! for December 14th, 2011

Batwoman #4
Firebird has taken to the streets, Kate's alienated everyone in her life, and the child-napping water-witch is still on the loose! Things are really not looking good for this book's heroine, but the book is still as good looking as ever! #buyit

Avengers Academy #23
As noted in the post below this title is (semi-)newly queer-tastic! Plus X-23 is joining this issue! Wouldn't it be weird if she were joining as staff? She's almost there, if you disregard the raging angst. Anyway! Julie Power and Striker! #Doublequeeros!

(Veronica #210 Veronica Presents) Kevin Keller #4
It's the last Kevin Keller! Well, the last one before his continuing series in February. But it's a momentous occasion: like Kurt on Glee, Kevin Keller is running for class president! Will Veronica's scheming echo the disastrous effects of Rachel's awkward efforts to elect her gbf, or will Kevin rise above adversity and claim the presidency? #plainfun

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9: Freefall #4
The new cast members start snooping in this issue (finally!). With Buffy in peril and the Scoobies ignoring her, hopefully the newbies will put the stash of stakes and the night-roaming together and come to the aid of their rogue slayer-roommate!

The New Avengers #19
Avengers vs. Dark Avengers!!! But whose side is Victoria Hand really on????

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SuperQueeros! Back Issue Alert!

What's this protein-rich substance on my face????!!??!

Oh, it's egg. Because I have egg on my face. Because I missed tracking one of the campiest bisexual superheroes to ever grace the pages of a Marvel magazine: Julie Power!!!! And for that I am TOTES sorry.

In case you don't know, Julie came out when she was running with a short-lived but critically acclaimed group of ex-heroes called "The Loners". And, in case you're counting, yes, every rainbow-trailing lady in oh-so-subtle 616 is a flag-waving superqueero. A fact which I forgot until one of Power's new teammates decided to jump on the out-and-proud bandwagon and Avengers Academy writer Christos Gage gave this interview.

Did you go read the interview? It's good. Way, way heavy, but good. I went through a lot of emotions reading the piece, but Gage echoed a lot of the worries that I've heard from ill-augering fans and he seemed up on his research. I'm hoping that means that this is going to be a crazy poignant, crazy complex story. Plus, a new gay means a new love interest possibility for Graymalkin!

And it means that every little LGBTAllies comic book fan has some holiday reading to do: all 22 issues of Avengers Academy! (Or just start with #21 if you're only reading for Julie ;D )

Monday, December 5, 2011

SuperQueeros! for December 7th, 2011

X-Factor #228
DID YOU READ ISSUE #227?????? That was CRAZY, Y'ALL! As in, I kind of don't understand what happened? But a lot of prophecies came true? But.... I don't know how? Also, why? And there's two more issues in this story arc so... The answers we'll be getting this week will probably only lead to more questions. Hopefully, though, we'll get some dot-connecting, because Regenesis is only two issues away and right now I don't think time is moving linearly for our heroes!

Stormwatch #4
So last issue's date didn't go very well and now Midnighter will have to rescue his soon-to-be-beloved from the stomach of a world-munching moon-beastie. By himself.

I give the monster 4 pages until it's dead.

The other news, though, is that there's a roster change to the team? I'm guessing they're referring to how the swordsman-guy who is the spirit of lies is going to betray the Authority and become their first Big Bad, but that's just a guess. They could mean they're going to kill Jenny and bring her back. Or knock out Adam One in a bid to make this an arc about nihilism. But I'm pretty sure no one's dying this early on, just switching sides.

True Blood: The French Quarter #4
Possibly the best cover of a comic book ever, ever. Eric, Sookie, and Bill deal with STDs while Lafayette and, evidently, Pam, get crunk on TruBlood cocktails. #awesome

Hack/Slash #10 & the 2011 Annual!
What to write about these two issues? From the solicits the annual seems like an interesting supernatural adventure and issue #10... seems like a cartoon-ish-ly absurd straight male fantasy. So pick it up, bi boys (and allies)!

Monday, November 28, 2011

SuperQueeros! for November 30th, 2011

It's the fifth Wednesday of the month, and while a lot of X-titles are out this week, none of them have any 'queeros. Instead we have:

Herc #10
Baba Yaga?!?!?!?! Evidently the technically bi, currently de-powered Greek hero joins forces not only with Elektra this issue, but also with the witch of the chicken-footed house! So there may only be one superqueero this week, but he stars in a quality remix of multiple mythologies!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Scarlet Betch Episode 62: The Return of the Betch

Hey Betches!

We're back from an extended hiatus! We're so sorry for being gone for so long but compounded challenges of moving, crazy work schedules, and technical difficulties led us to where we are now. But we're so excited to be back recording and we've jam packed this episode with all the betchy news you've been waiting for! We grip about the changes and cancellations at Marvel, the inconsistency of Wonder Woman in the New 52, zoosexuality in Our Love is Real, and much much more!

Let us know what you think! Plus, any comics you think we missed in our coverage let us know! Send us a tweet @ScarletBetch or by email at scarletbetch@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Marvel: Heads Up Kiddo, We're on Rocky Turf

So have you heard? Marvel is canceling Daken: Dark Wolverine! As well as basically ALL its (good) comics. What's up Marvel? Where are you hemorrhaging money that you can't publish comics that are NOT your lowest selling books? I mean, I thought Disney buying you was going to be this great funding extravaganza that would let you explore new markets and NOT pull another slight to the queers everywhere on par with the extradition of Xavin from Runaways. But I guess it's the opposite.

WTF, Marvel? W? T? F?

Monday, November 21, 2011

SuperQueeros! for November 23rd, 2011

I give thanks this Thanksgiving for all the LGB boys and girl in comics this week!

Teen Titans #3
The WAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL! I am pretty sure I'm going to love this guy! While most of what I have seen from this comic is Robin's lust for Wonder Girl (Give it up, Cass, it's totes your name. [Also, Tim give it up. Your OTP is still out there {<3 <3 <3 Stephanie!}]), I think the internal conflict of a flaming 'mo from a traditionally macho culture has the potential to create a varied and interesting character. And how bad is it that I think his lack of boobs will mean that he'll be developed as both a person and as Robin's GBF? ... ... It's pretty bad.

Edit: Evidently Avengers: Children's Crusade #8 doesn't come out again until next month! Bi-monthly publishing schedules are the worst!

Daken: Dark Wolverine #17
KAROLIIINAAAAA! Yep, the only lady this week is the incomparable Karolina Dean, beating some sense into the drug-addled Daken. I have to say, I hate the drug-taking that Daken's been doing, but its effect on his healing factor has certainly upped the stakes! Now where's some Mutant Growth Hormone so he can self-medicate the side effects of Heat?

Alpha Flight #6
How bummed are you that this isn't gonna be a continuing series? So bummed, right? I'm all sorts of put out... but this storyline is so boss that I can't complain too much. And if Alpha Flight became a series of miniseries, like The Autority was for a while and like Young Avengers is now, I'd be so down for it! Fingers crossed that Van Lente and Pak can tie our fav canooks into the next event storyline!

Justice League Dark #3
I'm just loving the slow slouch that this book has been bubbling along. And Madame Xanadu! So mysterious! What is she up to??? Does she want to help or hinder the Enchantress? And when are all the disparate pieces of this team going to converge? #soon #excited

Monday, November 14, 2011

SuperQueeros! for November 16th, 2011

EDIT: Did you catch what Clarice said at the end of New Mutants today? That she was "Tina's new girl"??? Is Blink gay now? Is Blink+ Karma a canon-able pairing that will bring my fav lesbrarian back into the superhero fold??? So many questions!!!

X-Factor #227
"In this issue a member of X-Factor dies."

And that's all she wrote. But for those of you who haven't read the preview I can say that the baddie they're battling eats souls, so all signs point to the death of the only soul-less character in the book. Though this is a Peter David book so that death might not be left-field enough... Either way, this Wednesday is THE WEDNESDAY!

Wonder Woman #3
It's time for the big paternity reveal! By now I'm sure you've heard that Wondy is not simply of clay born in the DCnU, but have you heard who her papa is? Because a lot of characters haven't, and it's about to shake up the Pantheon! But will Diana's new family relations welcome her with open arms or with openly armed Minotaurs?

Justice League #3
Wonder Woman makes her first JL appearance. So far we haven't seen Diana interact with much of the modern world in her own title, so it'll be very interesting to see how she interacts with the rest of the DCnu.

Monday, November 7, 2011

SuperQueeros! for November 9th, 2011

Batwoman #3
Betrayed by her father, training her cousin in heroics, dodging the unmasking efforts of her new girlfriend, unwittingly being hunted by a mysterious agent, and working to solve the supernatural kidnapping case in front of her, Batwoman is facing enemies from every angle, all while being haunted by the idea that her sister might still be alive. This issue marks the halfway point for this story arc, the last arc planned for the original Rucka/Williams run back in Detective Comics. It's sure to be good and it's sure to start getting ugly, so be sure pick up the hottest book on the stands* today!

(*That statistic is based only on the fact that both Jason and I love this book. Also because J. H. Williams III is AMAZING.)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9: Freefall #3
A boy slayer?!?!?!?! What is going on???? This book is getting crazy, what with the uncertain new status quo in a magic-less world, both in terms of mystical rules and the lives of our hapless Scoobies! How is Dawn and Xander's relationship progressing? What does Willow do all day? And how is the new guy slayer turning vamps back into the (dead) people they were before they turned?

New Avengers #18
V. Hand is sure to make an appearance as Normie Osborne gets the new Dark Avengers together. But will she be with him or against him? And with someone as embedded as thoroughly as she is, which side is she truly playing for? Does she even care???

Hack/Slash #10
This cover + the solicit has me thinking this issue is more Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose than Karolina Dean, Superqueero. But if you like ladies showin' some skin, this is probs a really good buy!

Monday, October 31, 2011

SuperQueeros! for November 2nd, 2011

This week is the Hack/Slashiest! First, issue #9 from last week is actually shipping this week (Sorry Hack/Slashers!), and then there's issue 4 of a Hack/Slash crossover event with "Eva" (don't ask me). And for the friends of Dorothy there's a relevant reimagining and the third issue of the new Stormwatch comic! Good times!

(EDIT: Breaking news! Karma IS in New Mutants #33!!!! So pick it up!)
(EDIT 2: Also, there's a new True Blood comic that's already on issue #3?! And has a basically-NSFW- cover?! [it's not actually NSFW, unless you think Greg Land is NSFW] This week is SUPER queero!)

Hack/Slash/Eva #4
It's the last issue of the miniseries that pairs a nubile slasher-killing girl and her muscle-bound monster-man back-up with a time-displaced nubile monster-killing girl and her muscle-bound monster-man back-up! Find out if either of these final-girl leading ladies survives the greatest crossover since you looked in the mirror this morning, only at your local comic book store! (Note that for all my snide remarks this could actually be a good book: I haven't read it. But rest assured, this ain't no "Gert and Nico Raze the Patriarchy" so temper your expectations)

Stormwatch #3
What I gather from the solicit is that this issue has Apollo and Midnighter getting smashed and bashed while kicking the collective butt of the monster troops sent to invade Earth by a sentient Darwin-inspired, Apocalypse-esque Moon demon. But will they fall in love?????? #squee #buyit

Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #1

What's the land of Oz without the yellow brick road? Well, it's a lot more like the wilds of Kansas! And if there's anyone who knows the Kansas back country like the back of her hand, it's Dorothy Gale, cowgirl.

Monday, October 24, 2011

SuperQueeros! for October 26th, 2011

Have I ever mentioned how much I love making fictional characters bi? It opens them up for all sorts of storylines, so that they're not locked into being "the only gay in the village" and allows authors explore queer storylines with well-loved characters without changing canon. We've got a lot of ambi- boys and girls this week, and one awesome alien lesbian:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #16
Now that we know who the Claws Killer is and that he's got Donna Kiel we... well, we basically have a classic cliche: hero must save helpless blonde from maniacal homo. I mean sure, this maniacal homo is the ex of our hero, and all three of them are despicable killers, so we're not watching Steve Rogers punch Hitler or anything quite that well-tread, but this is a disappointing return to more archetypal comic book stories for Wolverine's son. Hopefully Karolina Dean and the Runaways will be able to set this situation queer! (Edit: I thought the Runaways were gonna show up at the end but... they didn't! But we WILL see them next issue!)

Hack/Slash #9
Bomb Queen (evil, hates clothes, loves implants), Dr. Weir (presumably also evil, but I've never heard of her. Her views on clothes and implants seem to be the same as Bomb Queen's), and April Fool (might actually like clothes) break out of inter-dimensional prison and attack NYC. Only Cassie Hack stands in their way, and it ain't lookin' like she's rockin' any full body armor this issue either. Oh, and she has to ask for help from Samhein. So... this is going to be one of those "empowering" comics, I guess. #bored

Justice League Dark #2
Madame Xanadu continues to assemble her motley crew to battle the insane Enchantress. Fingers crossed for more John this week!

Monday, October 17, 2011

SuperQueeros! for October 19th, 2011

Hellblazer #284
Posting this one first for obvo reasons. I love the conceit that Constantine is naked without his signature trenchcoat, and that the covers make the metaphor literal. It's totes filled with lols. Anyway, this issue continues the Gemma-has-Constantine's-coat story, but it turns out that I was very wrong about Gemma being his neice. That's some other wayward waif. And she's also in this issue. So it's brimming with awesome. #thingsIamsobuying

X-Factor #226
SOMEONE DIES!!!! For weeks we've been teased that one of the team kicks the bucket, and judging by the cover (I can't remember... that's what you ARE supposed to do, right?) it's gonna happen this month! My bet is on soul-less Guido or conundrum-wrapped-in-an-enigma Layla. Actually if it's Madrox there's the whole it-was-a-dupe dupe... And if it's 'Star there's the whole clone-thing that could bring him back... Banshee would just be funny in a sadistic way... Okay, I literally have no idea who's on their way out, because they all make SUCH GOOD VICTIMS (and are on the Regenesis cover). Oh, I guess it could be Pip too. #screwyoupip

Wonder Woman #2
Discord makes her entrance! I love that this comic is like spoiled-rich-kids-fighting (e.g., the CW), but with superpowers and mutilation (e.g., Spike)! #buyit!

Herc #9
Enter Elektra! This is a Greek mash-up of epic proportions!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SuperQueeros! for October 12th, 2011

Deluge! Five awesome titles this week!! I literally cannot believe how awesome your reading is going to be tomorrow!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2
Now that introductions are out of the way, Whedon starts in on the first arc. Buffy's gonna be a sorta private dick, a la Batman, and her buds are gonna be... chillin'? Schemin'? It's a little unclear from the solicit, but whatever it is I bet it won't last long!

Batwoman #2
Romance heating up (but not with Renee!!!!!), villains still at large (both Alice and this water witch) - this is the material mythologies are made of! Hop onto 2011's hottest comic before it leaves you behind! #whyisntDCpayingme?

Alpha Flight #5
Alpha Flight is facing of against the brain-washed dark dopplegangers! This is my favourite type of story, and with Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday I think we can all thank the Canada for giving us such bad-as superheroes duking it out north of the border!

Daken: Dark Wolverine #15
We find out who the Claws Killer is! Wouldn't it be weird if it were Moon Knight all along? Or that blonde detective girl!!! She is super obsessed with Daken, and he sorta needs an arch-nemesis who's NOT related to him or involved in his rearing... #onewaytofindout

Veronica #209 (Veronica Presents Kevin Keller #3)
...And finally the next chapter in the Kevin Keller epic sees Kevin dealing with his stage fright. A queer who doesn't like to be on stage?! What the hoo-hey Dan Parent?!!!?! #smashingstereotypes

Monday, October 3, 2011

Superqueeros! for October 5th, 2011

Just one new comic with superqueeros this week, but you can buy it online, so your carbon footprint need get no wider!

Stormwatch #2
Apollo and Midnighter are teaming up on a super-date! At least I hope they are. Of course, given that Paul Cornell (famed scribe of many genres and this book) was slated to pen scripts for a never-realized Queer As Folk spin-off (see his Wikipedia page), that hope may be close to realization! Plus this issue promises Martian Manhunter back story and the moon, newly sentient and homicidal, starts transforming into Unicron! a trans-morphic, planet-destroying super-entity! Unicron!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SuperQueeros! for September 28th, 2011

It's bi week! Cassie Hack, John Constantine, and Herc! (also, possibly, Madame Xanadu... I'm not sure what GLAAD nominated her book for...)

Hack/Slash #8
I haven't been following this story too closely, but it's the final chapter! Cassie and Vlad are separated and in peril (of course). Can they kick the butt of the baddie bumping off the big-wigs? Or will the ghoul who gored Gaga get our girl too? #alliteration

Justice League Dark #1
John Constantine AND Madame Xanadu in THE SAME BOOK?!?! I am SO FRIGGIN' EXCITED FOR THIS TITLE!!!!

Herc #8
More Spidey Island stuff... But Herc fights the X-men in this issue so... awesome-times?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Scarlet Betch Episode 61: DragonCon 2011 Edition

Hey Betches!

We're back this week for a special in-real-life edition. We're recording live from Dragon*Con 2011 and go over the awesome nerdiness we were made witness to at the convention in addition to updating you all on what's been coming out in the world of comic books. We chat about DCnU and our resoundingly unenthusiastic response, the end of Wonder Woman: Odyssey, Daken: Dark Wolverine and Moon Knight's ever confusing inclusion in the book, Astonishing X-men (and lingering questions on whether or not Hisako is now a Super Sentai), Uncanny X-Factor (and its absurd release schedule), and a review of Dragon*Con cosplayers!

Oh, and check out my original origin of Wonder comic that inspired my friend's cosplay!

Let us know what you think! Plus, any comics you think we missed in our coverage let us know! Send us a tweet @ScarletBetch or by email at scarletbetch@gmail.com

SuperQueeros! for September 21st, 2011

Did you know that Rictor was my first X-crush? I got this trading card of him hulked out and blasting the earth, creating a fissure and just looking... awesome. I thought he was the coolest guy. And this week is all Rictor, all the time! He's just gotten his powers back in Children's Crusade, and he's just started using them again in X-Factor! Plus Wondy #1 and a new Hellblazer!

Avengers: Children's Crusade #7
It's the X-Men vs. the Young Avengers vs. the Avengers vs. X-Factor vs. Magneto vs. the Scarlet Witch!! This book is crazy, y'all! Crazy good that is! Wanda's got her powers and her memories, and she wants to go on a pilgrimage to, if not undo the damage she's cause to the Marvel U, at least restore the powers to some of the mutants whose lives she's ruined. And did I mention that she started with Rictor? W000000t!!!! And, also, swooooon!

The solicit says something about a recently deceased teammate returning to kick the team's collective butt? however the only deceased teammate I can think of is a dead dupe, Guido, or Darwin. But he didn't really die, he just became a death god for a little bit... Still, Darwin's omni-power would explain the kick-butt armor and grudge against Layla that he's wielding on the cover of issue 227...

Hellblazer #283
John continues to be the bi babe that he sooo is and we get the start of a new storyline. Natural and supernatural events alike are incited by Constantine's neice auctioning off of his prize trench coat. Will Gemma survive the bad karma she's brought down on herself? Will John get used to being basically naked? Will he be basically naked?

Wonder Woman #1
The new Wonder Woman starts here!!!! So excited for this book, even if I'm worried that Diana will catch a chill in those shorts. From what I've seen of the other #1s, expect a character-defining issue that's light on set up for the first story arc. Also expect amazing art. #soexcited!!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

SuperQueeros! for September 14th, 2011

Oh. My. Gaga. This week is DEFINITELY happening FOR REALSIES. Batwoman and Buffy are BACK!!!! Plus favs like Alpha Flight and Daken! And the bi kids are representing with Herc and Hack/Slash! The only way this week could get better is if Young Avengers came out this week. But I guess we have to save SOMETHING for next week!

Batwoman #1
KATE KANE IS BAAAAAAAACK!!!!! I haven't waited this long for beautiful art set to butt-kicking action since... Well since I was born and started waiting for her Detective Comics run to be written! Seriously, this is one of the only relaunch titles that I'm buying in hard copy because something this awesome NEEDS to be tangible! I think some ghosts and stuff are happening in the actual story, but basically it's Kate drawn by J.H. Williams III so it's PERFECT.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9: Freefall #1
("Freefall". I like this whole subtitle thing... It makes it seem more like episodes, or miniseries!) Buffy's back!!!!!!!!!!!! And Willow!!!!!!!!!!!! And Andrew, though I still have trouble telling who he is in-panel... (I just had a thought: maybe, like SMG, Tom Lenk didn't give permission for the use of his visage in the comics... Time to dig up some trivia!) Anyway, the preview looks good, so #buyit.

Alpha Flight #4
Northstar beats up people in order to save his boyfriend. HOT.

Daken: Dark Wolverine #14
Moon Knight continues to think he is Wolverine. Daken continues to be played. Kinky.

Hack/Slash #8
The Fame Monster/Justin Bieber continues to kill Lady Gagas. Save the Gagas, Cassie!!!

Herc #7
Hercules gets powers again!!! But it's only Spider-man powers...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

SuperQueeros! for September 7th, 2011

How was your Dragon*Con? With all the storms did you get back from Dragon*Con okay? Have you gone on your new friends' Facebook profiles and looked at all the pics of awesome costumes?? Gosh, I love Dragon*Con...

NEW COMICS THIS THURSDAY WEDNESDAY (EDIT: Evidently long weekends don't affect shipping anymore?):
Stormwatch #1 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Midnighter and Apollo are back!!! With the Martian Manhunter and the rest of the dysfunctional Stormwatch family! I'm so excited for this book! After Batwoman this is my most anticipated title for the DCnU, and it's here this week! Yay for husbands!!!!!

X-Factor #224.1
So X-factor is getting a "point-one" issue. I'm very excited that they're getting the Marvel point-one treatment, but I have no idea what to expect! The solicit says that the team journeys to Madrox's hometown for... some... reason... and while there... stuff takes place and readers are (as in every point-one) introduced to the main cast and central themes of this book. Which are... Actually this "point-one" issue is going to be great! Because even hardcore fans who've read every issue could really use a refresher!

House of Mystery #41
More Fig/Lotus fighting/mind-effing. Will we see Tursig? Who knows!

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Scarlet Betches! #59 and #60!

Ack, I forgot to post these episodes!!!

Jason has been busy being a refugee in his own city (thanks Irene!), so I've been recording our episodes and posting them to Youtube. But I forgot to post them here! So it's time for a double-wide catch-up post!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

SuperQueeros! for August 24th, 2011

Slim pickings this week, and a lot of the books are good-byes before the relaunch. So it's tears today, but next week is Justice League #1!!!

Daken: Dark Wolverine #13
Moon Knight guests in this issue on a mission from Wolverine and the Avengers! Meanwhile, Daken continues to make his bid for control of L.A., but given how well his last plan went, and that there's now an Avenger in town, how will Daken's plan change to accommodate his new obstacles? Given that Moon Knight's pilot was/is gay (where is he these days anyway?) it'd be cool if they could work a homo angle. But if they don't at least we'll get some awesome and twist-y psychology-followed-by-action!

Wonder Woman #614
The last Wonder Woman before the re-launch! It'll be interesting to see what kind of meta discussion will go on in this issue. Wonder Woman isn't disappearing, but she's changing again. This story has been all about change, though, so it's thematically on point to talk about it. The last few issues have all been about what essential characteristics makes Diana Wonder Woman; the conclusions drawn in this issue will probably show the direction for next month's number one! #excited

Gotham City Sirens #26
Of all the titles ending because of the re-launch, this one has a unique situation: all three of its protagonists are continuing on as prominent characters in three different titles. And with the re-launch affecting the Bat-verse so spottily, where will this issue take the team and the characters themselves? The cover shows us that the past two years has changed each woman for good (if not for the better [Sorry, I couldn't help it!]), but the big question, as usual, is will these character changes carry into September? #greatseries #greatcover

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scarlet Betch Episode 58: Super Nannies and their Friends Edition

Hey Betches!

We're back this week discussing the latest and greatest in gay comic book news. We chat about the latest Alpha Flight (featuring as ever our favorite Canadian gay trailblazer Northstar; also major points to Aurora for her United States of Tara moment!), X-men: Legacy or the Continued misadventures of Legion, Batgirl (and the end of Stephanie Brown's tenure on the mantle), Secret Six (and lesbian polygamous marriages), Fear Itself: New Avengers (and SQUIRREL GIRL!!!!!!!!!), and much much more!

Let us know what you think! Plus, any comics you think we missed in our coverage let us know! Send us a tweet @ScarletBetch or by email at scarletbetch@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Scarlet Betch Episode 57: Sexy Furries!

Hey Betches!

We're back this week discussing the latest and greatest in gay comic book news. We get down and dirty with all the sexy furries out in the nerdverse recently. We chat about the new Thundercats reboot, the latest furry adventures of Wolfsbane and "The Pack" (also, Guido and Monet, sitting in a tree!), questionable advertisements in comics (marvel sleepwear with... no sleepwear in the ad...), How the Ultimates are really big douchebags, The Atom is Asian again, and much much more!

Let us know what you think! Plus, any comics you think we missed in our coverage let us know! Send us a tweet @ScarletBetch or by email at scarletbetch@gmail.com

Monday, August 15, 2011

SuperQueeros! for August 17th

Yeah, so... Kevin Keller #2. Where the frak is it????? (EDIT: if nothing else you can buy a digital version today!!!) I feel like the back of a milk carton over here...

But anyway, let's get back to our regularly scheduled 'queeros:

JLA #60
Ta-dah, it's the end! The JLA's farewell issue before the re-launch is here and it's mission is to tie-up loose ends (i.e., solve Jesse Quick's moody-powers storyline) and, as we saw from the end of issue #59, find some natural way to explain why this team has decided to disband after just totally saving the Earth from Moon-based disaster! Fingers-crossed that Mikaal gets to make out with a new bf! (Actually, how hilariously sensible would it be if the JLA were like, "Yeah, we should really splits-ville this team so we can all work on our personal relationships..."? So hilarious, right? #right)

X-Factor #224
Ummm... Who is THE PACK? Because its not on Wikipedia, which means that THE PACK has to be a Peter David idea that is so new it hasn't made it up onto the wiki page yet. So that hot new werewolf boy from last issue is part of THE PACK, I guess? Gosh, this sounds like a bad idea... Any time you put something in all caps it sounds like a bad idea... Unless it's the start of a spin-off werewolf soap comic, in which case BRING ON THE PACK! (Oh, and something about a demon baby is in this issue too... whatevs.)

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman - The '90s #1
I love these issues! I'm excited to see what the quintessential Wonder Woman comic from the '90s looks like, and it'll be interesting to see if/how the new story interacts with that old status quo. And Wondy can fly in the 90s right? That whole invisible-plane-dependence from the 70s and 80s was such a misstep!

Monday, August 8, 2011

SuperQueeros! for August 10th, 2011

Not a lot this week, but my sources (the same ones that mislead me last week...) say that Kevin Keller #2 ships on Wednesday! Fingers crossed!!! Aside from that the we get two of Marvel's most beloved superqueeros:

Daken: Dark Wolverine #12
It's the end of the bank-heist storyline! With a hot cop on his heels, Heat in his system, and Taskmaster standing in the way between the Dark Wolverine and his cash, Daken seems to be in a bit of a tight spot. Of course, if there's one thing this book has taught me in the past year it's that when things get tough, Daken gets scary. This book is gonna rock!

Alpha Flight #3
Alpha Flight goes rogue this issue, and the Canadian government reveals their dastardly back-up plan! Who knows what sort of deathtrap (Arctic-sharks-with-lasers?) the PM has Kyle suspended over, but fingers crossed that Northstar can come up with a plan to save his beau before Jean-Paul becomes the Mikaal Tomas of the Marvel U!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Scarlet Betch Episode 56: Spectacles Edition!

Hey Betches!

We're back this week discussing the latest and greatest in gay comic book news. Anthony and Jason decide to rock out with the spectacles out and expose you all to the lovely glare of our computer screens. We chat about Wonder Woman #612 (and the best hat in comics this week! Eat your heart out Hela!), Scorpina vs. Goldar, Uncanny X-force and it's rapid descent into poor writing and skeptical comic book science, X-men Legacy (hooray hot Legion! boo boring big bads!), the premier of Thundercats (HO!) and how undeniably awesome it is!

Let us know what you think! Plus, any comics you think we missed in our coverage let us know! Send us a tweet @ScarletBetch or by email at scarletbetch@gmail.com

Monday, August 1, 2011

SuperQueeros! for August 3rd, 2011

Welcome to August, the month of saying good-bye to our favorite DC titles! The DCnU relaunch is right around the corner, and our superqueeros are coming out in force this week to bid adieu!

Adventure Comics #529
It's the kids versus Evil-Cosmic-Boy (I think his name is Cosmic King)! From what I've seen of the new Universe Legion, Dragonwing and Chemical Kid are going to kick butt and be deputized into the Legion, but the jury is still out on whether Power Boy and/or Gravity Kid are going to get a similar promotion. As far as powers & personalities go theirs have always struck me as a little boring, but I'd love to have a cute gay couple to squee over every month. I'll definitely be getting this issue, if only to find out the fate of these two 'queeros. EDIT: Iread it, and it don't look good, kiddos.

Secret Six #36
It's the last Secret Six! And while Deadshot is going to be joining Harley and King Shark in Suicide Squad it looks like the other five members of this fan fav team are M.I.A. in the DCnU! Which means this is probably the last comic book to feature Scandal Savage for at least six months! NOOOOOO!!!!!

Veronica #208: Veronica Presents Kevin Keller #2
EDIT: I have no idea if this comic actually came out today. My guy didn't have it, and it's vanished from comixology so... Did you find it??? More Kevin Keller! As we noted in our video-cast, the last issue was a little heavy handed regarding Kevin's SUPER BIG WISH to be in the military because GAYS CAN DO THAT. And while that message is both topical and quintessentially conservative, like the Archie comics themselves, it'd be nice to see a more mellowed, less political story like we got in Kevin's first two appearances. From the solicits it looks like that's what we'll be getting, though I have heard that Kevin's military-themed relationship with his family is going to be a topic in future issues.

X-Factor #223
More Baby Mama Drama! Rahne continues her made dash to escape the powers converging on her uterus and we get one issue closer to Rictor having his powers again! Plus, there's a cute boy werewolf being all flirty with Rahne in this issue. I love cute boy werewolves! Team Jacob! Team Turn-Jackson-Into-A-Werewolf-and-Have-Him-Date-Derek-Hale! Team This Book!!

House of Mystery #40
The second to last issue of the Lotus Blossum story! This arc has been pretty good with the Tursig inclusion, but the solicits are hinting at a new new status quo in the coming months. hopefully this won't be to Tursig what the DCnU is to Scandal, but until then we've got two more issues for him to find a cute troll boy! #fingerscrossed EDIT: No dice on the Tursig front!

DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman - The 80's #1
I loved the WW in the 70's reprinted issue, so I'm really looking forward to picking up an issue that's over 20 years old! Also, hopefully the new story makes sense this time...

Herc #6
More Fear Itself stuff... Get a sidekick for ambiguous Greek tension, Herc!