Thursday, March 31, 2011

Scarlet Betch Episode 40: I'm a Stupid Betch

Hey Betches!

We're back with part 2 of our podcast triad we recorded last week. We talk about our fake sponsors, e-stalking Marvel/DC employees, Adventure Comics (and Chemical Kid's weird costume), Birds of Prey (and its terrible artwork), Avengers: Children's Crusade: Young Avengers #1 (and Marvel's obsession with colons), Batman Inc. (and Batwomen cameo, both Kat Kane and Kathy Kane), Knight and Squire (and repping the queer characters).

Stay tuned for part three later this week!

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

SuperQueeros! for March 30th, 2011

It's Wednesday already?! When did this happen??? Sorry for the late update, but this week is just disappearing on me! So let's talk queers in comic books before our time evaporates completely:

Dollhouse Epitaphs
Did you know that Felica Day's character in Epitaphs One and Two was queer?! I didn't, but in this sure-to-be-awesome one-shot we find out that Mag's coming out did not get quite the reaction she was hoping for... But don't worry, any-character-portrayed-by-Felicia-Day, we still love you!!! Also, we get everyone else's origin story too! #mustbuy

True Blood: Tainted Love #2
Lafayette is on the cover! I haven't been picking up this series, but I might have to grab this issue just for the cover... The solicit says Jessica is poisoned and Sookie wants to save her. So the central conflict is that a redhead is in trouble... looks like we're developing a theme this week...

X-23 #8
WOLVIE FIGHT!!! It's X-23 vs Daken in the Wolverine-spin-off crossover-showdown event of the season! Wolverine's clone, with Gambit in tow, ventures onto the island nation that Daken now controls and her kin ain't havin' none of that sort of family familiarity! I don't know if these two have interacted in the comics yet, but it'll be interesting to see how X reacts to Daken's manipulative personality. Will she see through him or fall for his act? Only two things are guaranteed: Daken flirting with the ragin' Cajun and CLAWS!

Other comics of interest this week:
Caligula #1 looks to be more bloody than queer, but it's set in Ancient Rome so there are NO RULES; Wonder Woman #609 has Dr. Psycho "saving" Diana; Gotham City Sirens #21 sees Ivy and Selina busting Harley out of Arkham - but will they be able to bust her out of the clutches of the Joker?; JLA: The 99 #6 marks the end of this historic cultural crossover event; Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker #1 is the first issue of the over-hyped, and certainly explicitly-sexed, new Image series; the first issue of Age of X: Universe is out today, and who knows who's queer in this alternate reality; and finally, Jack of Fables #50 bows out the popular Fables spin-off series (and this blog post).

Friday, March 25, 2011

Scarlet Betch Episode 39: Mutants Galore

Hey Betches!

We're back this week bringing you the latest queer comic book news! Apologies for the three weeks of down time. So to make up for it, we're recording THREE episodes for you that we'll release throughout the week. So STAY TUNED!

There was a plethora of X-titles that were released since we last 'casted and so for part 1 of our conversation we talk about all the mutants you could ever want. Well... mostly speculate about Age of X because there's a whole lot of questions that need to be answered.

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SuperQueeros! for March 23rd, 2011

I think the only queer character in comics this week is Daken! Northstar might make a cameo in Uncanny X-men #534 or alongside Anole's unconscious form in New Mutants #23, but we have no way of knowing until Wednesday. ;-P

Daken: Dark Wolverine #7
Daken vs. X-23 starts here! With Lara traipsing around Daken's newly acquired kingdom in search of revenge, how will our eponymous sociopath react to the presence of his lady-dad??? Will they refer to each other as "sibling", or using technical terms like "clone of my hated father" and "estranged, villainous offspring of my genetic template"? These are the questions that MAY or MAY NOT be answered! And this is the only queer comic this week, so #GETIT.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wonder Woman Promo Pics Verify Oncoming Trainwreck

There isn't much to be said that hasn't already been said on the upcoming NBC Wonder Woman series scheduled to drop into our televisions (or tablets or computer screens) come Fall 2011. From the terribly confused plot synopsis to the unfortunate decision to give creative direction over to the creator of Ally MacBeal, everything points to Wonder Woman being a failure of epic proportions. And if NBC's The Cape was anything, it should be a cautionary warning.

A) Don't cast Summer Glau... she's talented but by now... after Firefly, Sarah Connors Chronicles, and The Cape... she's cursed. 

B) Don't give us shit wrapped in comic book wrapping paper.

And ladies and gentlemen, the latest promo pics of Wonder Woman's costume is exactly that. 

Nothing says cheap stripper like a lycra boustier and spandex pants. It's incredible how cheap this costume looks. As a costumer, I understand that these kinds of garments need to be stretchy to get the desired silhouette, but god almighty, there's no excuse for reflective spandex. None, whatsoever. 

One can only hope that the NBC producers get enough internet hate to tweak the design a bit before production. Oh, and fire your show lead. He's ruining everything.

Fan-Art Friday: Future Billy and Teddy

If you're a faithful reader than you'll know we're big fans of Chilean artist, Cris-art and her fabulous Billy/Teddy fan art. Cris_art put out a fantastic portrait inspired by this week's Avengers Children's Crusade: The Young Avengers #1. It's a little spoilery so I'll post it after the jump. But it's still faboo!

In other news, I'm going to shamelessly self-promote and squeel because a few weeks ago, Cris-art saw some fan-art I had done a while ago of a Final Fantasy versions of Billy and Teddy, and liked it so much she drew her own version:

Head to after the jump for Cris-art's fab portrait!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

SuperQueeros! for March 16th, 2011

Superqueeros! is a list of comics published this week that feature LGBTetc. characters. As always, let me know if I've missed anybody!

Knight and Squire #6 (of 6)
For a series in love with Birtish culture and word play, this series is getting very dark in its last two issues! Jarvis Poker, the British (and gay and non-murdering) Joker, is terminally ill. Last issue Knight and Squire, the British arm of the Bat Family, decided that it would be sporting to convince the world that Poker's not more of a joke than a Joker and help him pull off one final, grand crime spree by giving chase (and therefore legitimacy) to his watered down crimes. But with celebrity comes company, and when The (American) Joker takes notice he decides that what Jarvis needs is a lesson in homicide, whether the British buffoon wants it or not! The first victim is Squire's new boyfriend (come out of the fridge, ladies!), and the stakes are sure to get higher before this issue, and this limited series, is over! #pickoftheweek

X-Factor #217
Felicia Hardy: Blackcat and bodyguard to New York's mayor, J. Jonah Jameson. Balistique: formerly brainwashed killer, gathering associates and gunning for the head of JJJ ever since her brainwashing was unraveled by X-Factor's resident telepath. X-Factor and guest star Spider-man: caught in the middle! Peter David is sure to deliver, and Shatterstar is sure to make a cameo, as all sides convene in what will surely be the Mexican stand-off of cross-over comics!

Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1
So we all remember the last page of the most recent issue of Children's Crusade, right? Well it's time to see the making of that dramatic reveal! In this one shot we get: the origin of the Young Avengers, the impetus of Iron Lad, and a possible future of our favorite amateur Avengers! With Heinberg writing this is gonna be good (or at least as legitimately canon as possible)! Also: why is Wiccan missing from the Future Young Avengers????

Adventure Comics #524
I am in love with this comic: Gravity Kid (teh hottness) and his (subtly purple) boyfriend Power Boy are the hottest couple in comics, and Legion Academy teacher Night Girl has always been the campest superhero ever created! AND Phil Jimenez, out artist extraordinaire, is on pencils! This book literally could be more awesome! #getit

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

PREVIEW: Batwoman #1 and J. H. Williams' Art!

If you've been following our coverage of queer comic book news, it will come of no shock to learn that we, here at Scarlet Betch, are HUGE fans of Batwoman and J. H. Williams' iconic artwork that has accompanied her much lauded stint on Detective Comics in Batman's absence. We have been eagerly awaiting Batwoman's return in her very own series. We got a prelude to the series with Batwoman #0, but Newsarama has our very first glimpses of Batwoman #1, which was delayed from February of this year to April.

While we still have to wait until April for the sweet return of the "Dark Red Angel of the Night," check out the 5 page preview! The art is, no shock, amazing. [newsarama]

Monday, March 7, 2011

SuperQueeros! for March 9th, 2011

Superqueeros! is a list of comics published this week that feature LGBTetc. characters. As always, let me know if I've missed anybody!

But first a note: evidently, Veronica #205 is shipping this week, not last week. Kevin Keller!

X-Men: Legacy #246
Age of X Karma (who looks like a silver version of Ruby Rose) is back as she and her fellow killers, the New Mutants Moonstar, Warlock, Sunspot, Magma, and Dust, work to track down Legacy a.k.a. Reaper a.k.a. Rogue. Hopefully we'll get some epic battling on her part, given that this version of Karma evidently has no ethical qualms with unleashing her abilities. Also, Anole appears as an unconscious body on page two so... yay?

Wonder Woman #608
Wonder Woman takes on Cheetah and Silver Swan! Jason and I have talked about how much we LOVE this reimagining of the WW rogues gallery, and Silver Swan seems like she would make an AWESOME addition, but she wasn't one of the three recreated villains from two issues ago. Still, the solicit says she'll be in the book fighting Wonder Woman, so it looks like were getting Silver Swan's origin this issue too!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Scarlet Betch Episode 38

Hey Betches!

We're back this week bringing you the latest queer comic book news! This week we talk about the neew Daken: Dark Wolverine, X-Factor (and Shatterstar's increasingly nuanced sexuality), House of Mysteries, Astonishing X-men, No Ordinary Family (and it's BSG reunion), and much more!

Plus you lucky betches get Anthony in a tank top. Damn Floridians and your 70 degree weather in March. #notjealous

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dr. Who's Matt Smith to Play Gay in UK TV Movie

Evidently this is old new, but it's new news to me. Matt Smith, star of the iconic British Sci-Fi television series Doctor Who, is slated to star in a titillating new docu-drama focusing on the life of British author, Christopher Isherwood; titled Christopher and His Kind. writes:

Doctor Who star Matt Smith is set to play gay author Christopher Isherwood in a television adaptation of the writer’s autobiography, Christopher And His Kind. Written by playwright Kevin Elyot and directed by Geoffrey Sax, the one-off drama chronicles the formative years of Isherwood and also stars Lindsay Duncan, Imogen Poots, Toby Jones and Burberry model Douglas Booth. 
The drama tells the story of Isherwood’s escape from repressive 1930s England and his suffocating relationship with his mother to the decadent world of Berlin, and his struggles to save his companion, a German man named Heinz, from the Nazis.  It is due to be screened on BBC 2 within the next few months.

I can't wait to see Matt Smith stretch in theatrical muscles and play for our team for a bit. His asexual depiction of the Doctor is a refreshing change from Tennant's frequently (hetero)sexualized version, but I am hankering to see Smith get his twink on!

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