Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SuperQueeros! for August 1st, 2012

And just to match last week's week of beginnings (Shout out to the schoolies!), this week is a week of good-byes: to a great series that I was JUST getting into, to all the DCnU books, to the queerest Academy ever to grace the pages of comics, and to Strong Guy's "good guy" image. See for yourself:

i, Zombie #28
The final issue!!! (Great cover too!) I guess it's true what they say, you can't face an elder god without losing either your mind or your continuing series. That's what's happening with Gwen: The soul-sucking, Innsmouth-generating space-Cthulu (Xitalu for short) that's menacing the planet has arrived and started chowing down on Earthlings. Luckily, Gwen has a plan. Unluckily, it involves filling herself up with so many (living) souls that she is essentially a Giant Gulp of spirits (last Friday night), then feeding herself to the space monster so that it will take a nap (food coma!). Unfortunately for the plan, however, her friends and family's penchant for sticking together in times of trouble has landed all of them in Giant Gulp ground-zero. Is saving the world worth it if you have to kill everyone you love to do it? And, more importantly, will the were-terrier get the guy before it's too late to ride off into the sunset (of existence)???

Avengers Academy #34
Thanks to AvX the Academy is closing down and, for the next four months, the kids have to decide if they're going to follow Veil to Jeremy Briggs' rival academy or... do some... other thing? It's very unclear. Their only other choice appears to be homelessness. Anyway, pressing social issues aside, Briggs has promised the kids a release from their powers! Whoo! Hazmat and Mettle might get some happiness! But there's always a cost, and this time it might be paid with lives... 

(But it will probably just be paid with angst and weird deformities. #spoilers)

Stormwatch #12
All endings are beginnings too, especially with next month's issue zeroes for the DCnU books. This week Martian Manhunter breaks up with Stormwatch, ending the first era of the Stormwatch epoch. But, because he wears a cape, he has to do it the only way superheroes know how: with a knock-down, drag-out brawl! In space! 

Also, later this month Stormwatch guests in I, Vampire, the village bicycle of crossovers. #RelevanceThroughForcedInteraction

X-Factor #241
Strong Guy's been dumped. And, as we all learned in Teen Wolf this week, when you die and come back your a soul gets replaced by a hottie-cidal fury that makes you exact indiscriminate vengeance on every Tyler you come across! Using a Colton Haynes!!!! 

I mean, Strong Guy will probably use his fists and incredible intellect, but... I still have my fingers crossed for a Colton Haynes! #Kanima

Earth 2 #4
Bottom billing for killing minority characters. Boo! I just really hope Solomon Grundy or Rose/Thorn is Sam reincarnated... I want conflicted gay romance between equals!!! Like Catwoman!!! #AnneHathawayDreams

Monday, July 23, 2012

SuperQueeros! for July 25th, 2012

Two of my favorite queer characters showed up again last month!!!! Willow and Daken are rocking new books and, with only one back issue to pick-up, we should all go check them out!

Angel & Faith #12
Willow's teaming up with the Angel-verse (Faith, Angel, and Connor) to go to a hell (Quor-Toth) to try and bring back magic! Meanwhile, it looks like Giles' nieces are going to have to take care of some unwanted vampire thieves before they can get back to their TOWIE marathon.

Uncanny X-Force #28
Last issue the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants revealed itself: AoA Blob, Sabretooth, The Shadow King, Skinless Man (uhh... gross), the Omega Gang (Omega Red + buddies????), Genesis (but I wanted Good-pocalypse!), and... MYSTIQUE WITH DAKEN AS THE LEADER!!!!! OMG,  this book just got amazing-er!!!!!!!!!!! Except that they killed Gateway, which is the crap-est thing anyone has ever done. #racialprofiling

Astonishing X-Men #52 
The honeymoon has to be put on hold! Last month Kyle and Jean-Paul were the first gay superheroes to tie the knot (on page -- unless we ever saw Apollo and Midnighter's nuptials? In which case I NEED THAT ISSUE!), but this month it's time to get back to the crisis at hand and find out who's making Karma crazy so we can help her kick its butt! And maybe her kick-as leg will kick some as too! (Also, has anyone noticed how often Karma just disappears only to get her brain taken over by evil psychics? You would think people would have started wondering if she were okay when she wandered off, rather than waiting until she crash landed back into their X-lives. Or maybe they should use her like a plot trouble detector to find evil psychics...)

Teen Titans #11
Wonder Girl's armor puts its plans into action and attacks the "teens"! (Come on, none of these people act or look like teens.)

True Blood #3
Vampires and stuff and Lafayette!

Justice League Dark #11
Yeah, I read last month's issue and I still don't understand the solicit. Evidently "secrets" are "revealed"? Yeah, riiiiight. Only if this is the last issue in the series! Duh!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SuperQueeros! for July 18, 2012

Wonder Woman #11
New storyline pitting Wonder Woman against the villain-from-a-million-issues-ago, Apollo! Plus, Zola has her baby!!! And is Strife on Team Wondy now????

Batwoman #11
The last issue in this parallel-story-arcs, urban-legends-attack, jigsaw story! I'm excited to see what stops get pulled out!

Avengers Academy #33
Emma comes for Justin's Sentinel! (again...?)

X-Factor #240
The focus is on Layla this issue. I know nothing else.

Hellblazer #293
This new story is called "Curse of the Constantines". Awesome!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SuperQueeros! for July 11th, 2012

New Mutants #54
That Leg Better Shoot Bullets Now.
Karma's back! Well, grisly Karma from the future. With crazy Warlock armor? Oh, time travel... That robot leg better do something now though!

BtVS Season 9: Freefall #11
Summers looks good in a suit!I love that this book is basically the Summers girls and a rotating cast of the Buffy-verse's catalogue of queer characters. Kennedy takes her turn at the plate this storyline with a job offer for the Buff-ster: bodyguard!

Demon Knights #11
I have consistently forgotten that Madame Xanadu, bi seer-supreme, is in the book. Shame, shame, shame on me. :( This issue everyone is turned into a demon!

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #2 (of 6)
I am so excited for this book. It feels like there are 50 queer characters, all of them compelling and effed up, but none of them blown up on a train. Please pay attention, rest of the comic-verse.

Superboy #11
Superboy house-hunts while Bunker helps him wallop a Decepticon. Bunker, you are living my dream.

Earth 2's Sam: A Case of Heterosexism and Narrative Violence in Comic Books

For the past few weeks, the queer comic-verse has been spinning with news of Marvel and DC's competing LGBT announcements: '90s groundbreaking gay character Northstar's nuptials to boyfriend Kyle; and the introduction of a gay iteration of the iconic first Green Lantern Alan Scott. Here at Scarlet Betch, we were even more excited when previews for the introductory issue included the first appearance of Scott's boyfriend, Sam, a CEO from Hong Kong, and presumably a queer Asian character.

Earth 2 #2's cliffhanger proposal
Now, I'm not sure how many of you are aware of this, but queer Asian characters are hard to come by in comics. I think I can list them on my hand: Karma, Daken, Grace Choi, Satsu from BtVS... So, the possibility of a queer Asian character linked to a key iconic DC heavy-weight like Alan Scott was really exciting. Sam could be the Kyle to Alan Scott's Northstar. However, the outlook for Alan/Sam didn't look so great after last month's Earth 2 #2, where after an anemic screen time of a few pages as a couple, Alan and Sam are engulfed in an explosion on their train, just as Scott proposes marriage. The flash of green within the explosion at the end of the issue gave us a hint of hope that Sam might be spared the very "women in refrigerators"-like end he seemed to be set up for. Perhaps Scott would develop his powers in time to save his boyfriend and bring him back from the brink of death.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Reading Comics with Anthony: Teen Titans #10

How to Use Super Powers 101:
Reading Your Teammates


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Scarlet Betch Episode 67

Hey Betches!

We're back with another great episode. This week we discuss Earth 2's Green Lantern and his boyfriend (queer & Asian!) Sam and some misgivings and concerns regarding the disturbing trend in comics and queer characters of color. Also the SUPERB Superbia and its abundance of queer storylines.

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, July 3, 2012

SuperQueeros! for July 4th, 2012

Independence Day! Buy some indie comics AND Earth 2 #3!

Earth 2 #3

Stormwatch #11
The Engineer takes on the shadows! Are Apollo and Midnighter broken up???

X-Factor #239
It's field trip time! The crew has split up for a series of quests, and first up is Banshee against... a banshee?!??!

Hack/Slash #17
Vlad fights his family.