tellitslant: (batwoman - blood red)
December topics! More open spaces here.

Right, so [personal profile] chaila asked me to talk about times when Diana showed up in a book other than Wonder Woman and I liked how she was written. This is actually quite difficult for me – I don't tend to read a lot of the team books that Diana has been part of (ie Justice League) because I generally don't care about enough of the other heroes. *g* When she does show up in other books, I also rarely like how she's portrayed! So the confluence of events doesn't happen very often. Ahem. However, I have come up with a few examples – and I didn't even cheat by including JLA: League of One, which technically would totally count as it's a Justice League book. :D?

ANYWAY.

You should, of course, assume spoilers for all the listed books. I did these in the order I thought of them, so there is no preference suggested.

Action Comics 761 )

JLA 47-49 )

Secret Six 10-14 )

More spaces, if you want to make me talk about stuff! Click on the link up there.
tellitslant: Helen Magnus walking away from an explosion with a gun (sanctuary - helen - walk away from)
Tell me you want to play and I'll pick up to three of your fandoms. Then update your journal and answer the following questions:

[personal profile] such_heights gave me Sanctuary, DCU, and Stargate.

Sanctuary

What got you into this fandom in the first place?
Tumblr gifspams of Amanda Tapping kissing girls. No, shut up, really. Because [personal profile] sophia_gratia had been pushing it on me for a while, and I tried to watch the pilot and found it really boring, so I gave up. And then last November my Tumblr dash exploded with "Helen makes out with another woman in canon omg!!1!" posts, and I thought, hm, maybe I should watch this episode. So I did, and not only was there ladykissing, there was genre smartness and interesting gender politics and a badass heroine, and there we go.

Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
I am a total fandom butterfly and there is a possibility that the series won't be renewed for a fifth season, so while there are a lot of stories I'd like to tell I can't imagine I'll always be as invested in the fandom as I am currently. I can't see myself getting to a point where I don't like it any longer (unless I write too much on it academically), though.

Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
Ack! Well, the first one I watched, obviously, "Monsoon." Also "Haunted," (because John!), "The Five" (because Nikola!), "Pax Romana" (because Ranna!), "Fugue" (because singing!), and, last but not at all least, "Out of the Blue" (because AU Crazy McPaintsALot Cat Lady Magnus OH MY GOD!).

Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
Just a wee bit. :P I am particularly looking forward to participating in Sanctuary Bingo starting on Sunday!

Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
YES. I would particularly like some more vidders (yes I'm looking at you, you know who you are *cough*). Also, I just think more people should watch shows where the lady rescues herself. Plus it's quite smart about its genre-ness and self-aware and meta; it's not perfect, but if you can get past the dodgy CGI in places it's better than it seems.

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DCU

What got you into this fandom in the first place?
Hahahahaha. I don't know if I can answer that. You know, in the Serenity tie-in graphic novel, Nathan Fillion writes about going down to Whyte Avenue and poking through the longboxes in the Wee Book Inn and that's how he started reading comics, and... yeah. I don't actually remember when I started doing that. Age seven, eight, nine? The first DC Comic I remember buying new off the shelf was Wonder Woman vol.2 #72, when I was nine, but I'd been reading back-issues for a while before then.

Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
Comics are my forever fandom. It's true! I mean, seriously, they've been part of my life for a good twenty years now. I read stuff that's not DCU, sometimes, but I can't be arsed to catch up on the X-Men stuff now and the DCU, even the crazy post-52 DCnU, is where my heart is. (Even if I am a bit broken by Wonder Woman. Thank god I still have Batwoman and Batgirl right now.)

Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
I am just going to talk about favourite runs, because otherwise we could have a problem. Ask if you want more detail.
Wonder Woman - the Perez run, at least through issue 30 or so, still defines the character for me; Rucka's run is just goddamn amazing; Simone's run does some delightfully subversive things.
Gotham Central - possibly my favourite thing in comics in the last... fifteen years? Because RENEE.
Batwoman - my second-favourite thing? Because KATE, and a canonically queer woman wearing the bat-symbol!
Secret Six - because they are SO WRONG it's amazing.
Teen Titans - totally oldschool, but Wolfman's run back in the 80s on TT and NTT still define Starfire and Raven for me.

Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
Off and on. I do a bit more on tumblr and on twitter and in person. I write fic sometimes, when the need (or the ficathon) strikes. I hang out with the occasional author and write academic papers. You know, like usual.

Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
This is hard for me to answer, because the DCU is so vast and so many people might like only one aspect of it. I think more people should read Gotham Central and Batwoman, because they are amazing stories and beautifully written. I think everyone should read Secret Six, because it is so twisted. I hesitate to recommend Wonder Woman to anyone right now, because it's wonderfully written and gorgeously illustrated and doing horrible horrible things that hurt me deeply. But I do think that comics as a medium are underappreciated and more people should give them a try, and that there is likely to be something in the new DCU for almost anyone if they can find it.

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Stargate

What got you into this fandom in the first place?
Um. I ran out of Amanda Tapping in Sanctuary and [personal profile] sophia_gratia told me how awesome Sam Carter was. What, I'm totally shallow, I can't help it. I like to say that I'm not really a fan of Stargate so much as Stargate is my Amanda Tapping delivery vehicle.

Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
Well, there's a lot of Stargates still to watch, so I'm definitely around for a while. And all the Stargates have some Sam Carter, so I'll stick them out. How fannish I stay about it will probably depend on how many stories I see that exist offscreen, because let's be fair: it's a pretty bad show and I'm really just watching it so I can have deep thoughts about Sam. Well, and because I think there's a paper or two in there somewhere.

Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
I am only on the early part of the third season of SG-1, so I am relatively early on, but: "Hathor" (because it's hilariously awful and Janet says 'libidinous' and the ladies save the day), "A Matter of Time" (because Sam! being sciencey!), "Singularity" (because Cassie! and Sam having emotions!). I have not yet watched any of the episodes that feature multiple alternate-timeline Sams, but I foresee them being high on my list also, because of reasons.

Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
I write some fic. I hope to write more fic. I spend a lot of time reblogging pictures and having a lot of feelings in email. :P

Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
Again, tough one! It would be nice if more people were a little more active in it, but it is a rather old fandom. I might settle for getting pointers to all the hidden early-2000s fic archives that must be out there... ;)
tellitslant: (bop - babs/dinah - rescue me)
Aww, I am on the [community profile] femslash11 pinch-hit list. As I probably deserve, since I, um, forgot to post a Dear Writer letter - so if you've just grabbed my pinch hit, thaaaank you, and a brief commentary on Stuff I Like here )
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
I may do a separate review/pimping post/fangirl flail over here at some point (ie, not on a site that Gail Simone actually reads, haha), but in the interim, two reactions on tumblr to the end of Secret Six:

Thirteen of my favourite moments from the ongoing (1-35) and a brief review of the final issue (36). Spoilery, obviously.
tellitslant: (&heart;)


A Softer World meets Secret Six (and, in fact, the wider DCU, over there). Fuck yeah, everything Tumblr, basically.

(and now back to sending ALL THE EMAILS, bleh)
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Title: kisses in the fallout shelter
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: Secret Six
Pairing: Jeannette/Scandal Savage (Scandal/Knockout, Jeannette/Deadshot)
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 4300
Disclaimer: All hail Gail Simone. This is a transformative work with no infringement intended.
Notes: Set between "Unhinged" and "Double Date" (SS issues 7 and 8). Can be read as in the same universe as Begun in Wine, but reading that is not necessary to understand this. Thanks to [personal profile] bell for translation assistance!
Warnings: Consensual sexual violence (though not more than is canonical, I don't think)
Summary: Jeannette disapproves of Scandal's fixation on Knockout's death, and what sort of friend would she be if she didn't try to help Scandal work through her grief?

and those who stayed have gone to ground and talk is harsh and fleeting )
tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
SO TIRED, goddamn. Trying to catch up on sleep after like two weeks of busy-stress-ness. I was probably not actually awake enough to watch this week's tv, but I did anyways, and in brief: yay!

the good wife this week )

white collar returns! )


In other news, comics fandom is being so good to my queer little fangirl self! Okay it, SUCKS that Batwoman #1 has been pushed back to April. Sucks a LOT. But I guess I'd rather have a long wait for #1 than deal with long waits between issues. Still a little cranky about that, but could be worse. (Also, JH Williams says that they have two years of ideas/plans, so I like the sound of that.)

I am super thrilled that Anne Hathaway will be playing Selina Kyle in the third Batman. There are not a lot of people who could replace Michelle Pfeiffer in my Selina-loving heart, but Anne is awesome, we've seen in Get Smart that she's decent at action stuff, and I am holding out hope that this means there will be a female character who is not evil or dead by the end of the movie. I still haven't seen Inception so have no opinion on Tom Hardy, but I am pleased that Bane will be included because maybe some of the attention will trickle down to Secret Six...?

Also, stills from X-Men: First Class look promising, especially January Jones as Emma Frost. Little-known fact, Emma Frost was named after Emma Peel and had her original costume based on one from The Avengers, and so I have been particularly enjoying all the commentators saying that her outfits in this film are reminiscent of Diana Rigg. (No, I have not yet figured out a way to work this fact into my thesis.)

Last but not least, I was over at some friends to play the new DC Universe Online game the other night. LOVE.IT. My character design is based off Spider-Woman, which feels kind of silly (because she's a Marvel heroine) but is highly entertaining to watch. I am a villain entirely 100% solely because as a villain you can choose to be mentored by Circe, and Circe is voiced by Michelle Forbes. I'm pretty terrible, but it's fun times.

Aaaand now I have to go write. But this was fun while it lasted. ;)
tellitslant: (&heart;)
My very dear Yuletide Writer! Let me blather on at you about what I like!

I like awesome women being awesome. You may pick up on this based on my requests. *g* The canons I'm interested in here have done such amazing jobs giving us strong, flawed, interesting, multi-faceted women that I just want more of all of them.

I like dark fic and happy fic, sexy fic and gen fic, backstory and future-fic, as long as it is in character and in keeping with the feel of the canon. (I mean, you can do happy fic in Secret Six, but it's a very different kind of happy, you know?)

I have tried to give several varied suggestions of what I might want to see in each fandom; what I don't want is a fic that tried to cram them all together into one by flitting about from scenario to scenario. I would much rather see one idea developed than see someone try to pack everything into a thousand words!

I love stories that flesh out moments in canon, giving us a look at the background we knew was there. I like plot. I like getting to know more about characters who have fascinated me for some reason, and findint out why and how they fascinate other people. But mostly, I like that you're writing a story about one of these texts that I love, and that it's for me!

Fandoms: Batwoman, Hope Springs, Secret Six, The Good Wife )

Basically, thank you for writing for me! I will most enjoy something that you enjoy writing, so I hope you have fun with my requests. :)
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Why do I love Gail Simone? WELL, entirely aside from the fact that I laughed my ass off through half of her story in Wonder Woman #600 and then bawled my eyes out through the other half (reason #1 of the day!)...

Reason #2 I love Gail Simone:
Jeannette is definitely bisexual. Someday we’ll tell the story of her and Scandal in the gulag.
- source

Why does this make me happy? See: my Yuletide request; the Yuletide story I wrote; my Femslash10 request. Yessssssssssss. This is why it's good to have fangirls writing comics. *g*

Reason #3 I love Gail Simone:
Okay, I’ve told this story many times, but here goes. To me, it was no big revelation that Black Canary might be bisexual. I didn’t even think it was much in question. So I had a story where she faces Talia, I think (sorry, memory a little foggy here), and she was supposed to say, in a Dinah caption, something about how Talia’s wiles weren’t going to work on her like they were working on all the men around them, because she (Black Canary) was, “70% hetero.”
- source

...really, does this need actual exploration? Gail Simone: in ur comix, queerin ur wimmins. <3

Okay, Reason #4 I... you know the drill:
The interesting thing was that Devin Grayson, whom I adore and who I idolized somewhat, was writing Nightwing at the time. Devin is an out-and-proud bisexual, and heavily into role-playing. When she writes, she adapts, she kind of becomes the characters (she’s talked about this before, I’m not revealing secrets). And we were playing City of Heroes for a while, where she played a Nightwing character and I played Batgirl. She’s the kind who stays in character.
- source

There's a lot of talk lately about fanboys writing/playing Doctor Who, which, don't get me wrong, I think is really important with a character/show this iconic. But Gail's is one of the greatest stories of a fangirl becoming a creator. How amazing is it that the mind behind Women in Refrigerators has written for "Wonder Woman," created a gender-balanced anti-hero team in "Secret Six," and not only wrote the premiere Chicks Kicking Ass book "Birds of Prey" but got to bring it back after cancellation? I adore her no end and hope I can grown up to be half as awesome. Or to write half as awesome-ly.

I am going to end up getting a Tumblr just to follow Gail, aren't I. I am considering trying to interview her for my thesis... thank god it's easier to avoid fangirly flail via text mediums. (ONE DAY I will go back to Comic-Con and fangirl ALLL OVER her and Rucka and Jiminez again. That day is not this year, but it WILL come.)

Oh, and speaking of Wonder Woman, I strongly suspect I will be posting on Recent Developments, but I may do that as a way to restart my Real Name Blog.
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Yuletide reveal, part two!

This is where I get to go "Seriously? No one guessed?" *g*

I tried to pick this up as a pinch hit, failed, and decided to write it anyways because I had been dying to write some Secret Six. I'm really pleased with how it turned out; I think I managed to capture the creepy yet heartwarming feel of the comic, ha. So if you ever wondered how Scandal and Jeannette ended up total BFFs, this is one way... *g*

Title: Begun in Wine
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] bofoddity
Fandom: DCU: Secret Six
Disclaimer: All hail Gail Simone and Nicola Scott
Warnings: Violence and gore
Word Count: 2598
Rating: M
Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2009. Originally posted at Archive of Our Own.

Jeannette had already died once. She didn't want to do it again. )
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Yuletide reveal, part two!

This is where I get to go "Seriously? No one guessed?" *g*

I tried to pick this up as a pinch hit, failed, and decided to write it anyways because I had been dying to write some Secret Six. I'm really pleased with how it turned out; I think I managed to capture the creepy yet heartwarming feel of the comic, ha. So if you ever wondered how Scandal and Jeannette ended up total BFFs, this is one way... *g*

Title: Begun in Wine
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tellitslant
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] bofoddity
Fandom: DCU: Secret Six
Disclaimer: All hail Gail Simone and Nicola Scott
Word Count: 2598
Rating: M
Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide 2009. Originally posted at Archive of Our Own.

Jeannette had already died once. She didn't want to do it again. )
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Neeeeew comics daaaaaaay! :D

Um, so all I have for Secret Six is OMG Bane and OMG Scandal and OMG Artemis (a lot of that, in fact) and some OMG Diana. well, ok, some more coherent thoughts )

In conclusion, Gail Simone = AWESOME WITH A SIDE ORDER OF WTFAMAZING.


Hey, have I mentioned my love for Renee Montoya on here recently? I THINK NOT. Detective Comics Annual 11 )

Also, ohmygod the "Lil Gotham" bit of the annual was so incredibly cute I want to hug it.

And, um, discovered in the back of the issue - am I the only one who didn't know that as part of Blackest Night Greg Rucka is writing an issue of The Question with both Questions in it? dfkjfks AWESOME. Between this and his Wonder Woman issue I may have to start, you know, paying attention to Blackest Night.

*happy sigh* Comics! So good. <3
tellitslant: (secret six - jeannette - rescue mission)
Neeeeew comics daaaaaaay! :D

Um, so all I have for Secret Six is OMG Bane and OMG Scandal and OMG Artemis (a lot of that, in fact) and some OMG Diana. well, ok, some more coherent thoughts )

In conclusion, Gail Simone = AWESOME WITH A SIDE ORDER OF WTFAMAZING.


Hey, have I mentioned my love for Renee Montoya on here recently? I THINK NOT. Detective Comics Annual 11 )

Also, ohmygod the "Lil Gotham" bit of the annual was so incredibly cute I want to hug it.

And, um, discovered in the back of the issue - am I the only one who didn't know that as part of Blackest Night Greg Rucka is writing an issue of The Question with both Questions in it? dfkjfks AWESOME. Between this and his Wonder Woman issue I may have to start, you know, paying attention to Blackest Night.

*happy sigh* Comics! So good. <3
tellitslant: (&heart;)
Why do I not yet have Secret Six icons? Must fix this.

Reasons why I love Secret Six, as demonstrated by issue 13:

1. Nicola Scott
I love Nicola's art: it's great for the book, and I think underrated. I'd love to see her do more stuff (but she should never leave SS). She's an equal opportunity cheesecake-er: she's given us naked Catman, naked Bane, naked Jeannette, and, of course, Scandal in polka-dot boxers. But my favourite thing about her art is her tendency for visual gags. This issue we get a flashback to baby!Scandal and her father, in one of his houses somewhere in Brazil (I assume). He's decorated it with all of the art he's collected over his immortal lifetime. What's one of the pieces?


You throw me the idol, I throw you the whip! Yes, Vandal Savage owns the Chachapoyan fertility idol from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I'm sure some of the other pieces were references I didn't get, but this? Made of win.

2. Gail Simone
So there's this new secondary character who has now, counting this issue, appeared in three of the thirteen issues this run. I was thrilled to see her back and find out that she's still at least sort of involved with one of the Sixers. "Gee," I thought, "I hope that relationship gets to go somewhere before the secondary female character gets refrigerated." And then I paused and went: waitaminute. If there's any comics writer I can count on not to create a character just to kill her off, it's Gail Simone, who coined the term 'women in refrigerators' before she even started writing comics. I don't always love Gail's work, but where I feel she sometimes falls down is in plotting: she does, however, write some of the best characters ever. And she treats them all with respect.

3. Ragdoll
I feel if you're reading the comic, this needs no explanation; if you're not, you should be. *g*
tellitslant: (&heart;)
Why do I not yet have Secret Six icons? Must fix this.

Reasons why I love Secret Six, as demonstrated by issue 13:

1. Nicola Scott
I love Nicola's art: it's great for the book, and I think underrated. I'd love to see her do more stuff (but she should never leave SS). She's an equal opportunity cheesecake-er: she's given us naked Catman, naked Bane, naked Jeannette, and, of course, Scandal in polka-dot boxers. But my favourite thing about her art is her tendency for visual gags. This issue we get a flashback to baby!Scandal and her father, in one of his houses somewhere in Brazil (I assume). He's decorated it with all of the art he's collected over his immortal lifetime. What's one of the pieces?


You throw me the idol, I throw you the whip! Yes, Vandal Savage owns the Chachapoyan fertility idol from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I'm sure some of the other pieces were references I didn't get, but this? Made of win.

2. Gail Simone
So there's this new secondary character who has now, counting this issue, appeared in three of the thirteen issues this run. I was thrilled to see her back and find out that she's still at least sort of involved with one of the Sixers. "Gee," I thought, "I hope that relationship gets to go somewhere before the secondary female character gets refrigerated." And then I paused and went: waitaminute. If there's any comics writer I can count on not to create a character just to kill her off, it's Gail Simone, who coined the term 'women in refrigerators' before she even started writing comics. I don't always love Gail's work, but where I feel she sometimes falls down is in plotting: she does, however, write some of the best characters ever. And she treats them all with respect.

3. Ragdoll
I feel if you're reading the comic, this needs no explanation; if you're not, you should be. *g*
tellitslant: (batwoman - shadow of the bat)
GUYS GUYS OMG GUYS

Every time that I pick up a new issue of "Detective Comics," it is 100% pure awesome, and yet the next issue manages to be even better. I was going to do a post next week when the first Batwoman storyarc came to an end, but I hit supersonic squee mode with this week's issue and so I had to share.

large image of spoilery spoilingness behind the cut from Tec 856 )

LET ME COUNT THE WAYS THIS IS AWESOME:

1. The art, oh my. I have some issues with the way faces, particularly cheekbones, are being done (unintentionally creepy smiles = bad), and the poses here are unusually stiff, but the layouts through the series so far are just stunning and this is one of my favourites. When Kate is Batwoman the panels are freeform and dynamic, and when she's Kate they're structured and rigid, so the change in this spread from boring to special and back to boring after the dance ends... is pretty amazing visual shorthand. Also, using the insides of the musical notes as pullout panels: love. it. This is far from the most astonishing visual JH Williams III has given us in the three issues so far, but it is so nuanced and so innovative compared to a lot of the 'traditional' nine-panel pages out there.

2. cut for identity of Kate's dance partner ) Seriously, I keep turning back to this page and making heart eyes at it. I had no idea I wanted this pairing to exist until canon gave me it, how often do you get to say that? I'm pretty sure they're doing some major retconning (age, for one thing) and I'm not sure I'm totally down with the characterization here, but... I don't think I actually care, because AWESOME. I'm thrilled that the next issue is next week, because I don't want to wait much longer than that to see if this is taken further!

3. In an industry that brings us "Gotham City Sirens" and "Marvel Divas" and Catwoman climbing rooftops in three-inch heels and statues of Mary Jane doing Spidey's laundry and tentacle rape selling covers... how have we possibly gotten so lucky with queer women in comics? Isn't it amazing that I can go out and pick up one of DC's current best mainstream titles, which is regularly selling out all around the world and is written by one of comics' biggest current names, and get a stunning two-page spread of two women in tuxedos dancing together? With a backup story headlined by one of the women's ex (or 'ex,' who knows)?

How awesome is it that 'Tec isn't the only book with kickass dykes in it - that "Secret Six" is all about a team of completely dysfunctional anti-heroes, and yet not only is Scandal's queerness not part of her dysfunction, it's actually more normal than most of the rest of the team? (I know - with Ragdoll and Jeannette and Deadpool on the team, and, previously, Hatter, that's not saying much, but STILL.)

Renee and Kate and Scandal are all strong, flawed, wonderfully rounded, beautifully written, totally different, women of various ethnic origins, with multiple motivations, who happen to be queer and whose queernesses are all treated so well without being too overtly political or apolitical. Seriously? This is possible? Do you have any idea how thrilled these books make me? My inner teenage fangirl is even giddier than my external present-day fangirl, which is an impressive feat. It is an embarrassment of riches and I could not be happier with DC. It's like they're getting it.

Comics are my forever fandom, and right now they are awesome. <3
tellitslant: (batwoman - shadow of the bat)
GUYS GUYS OMG GUYS

Every time that I pick up a new issue of "Detective Comics," it is 100% pure awesome, and yet the next issue manages to be even better. I was going to do a post next week when the first Batwoman storyarc came to an end, but I hit supersonic squee mode with this week's issue and so I had to share.

large image of spoilery spoilingness behind the cut from Tec 856 )

LET ME COUNT THE WAYS THIS IS AWESOME:

1. The art, oh my. I have some issues with the way faces, particularly cheekbones, are being done (unintentionally creepy smiles = bad), and the poses here are unusually stiff, but the layouts through the series so far are just stunning and this is one of my favourites. When Kate is Batwoman the panels are freeform and dynamic, and when she's Kate they're structured and rigid, so the change in this spread from boring to special and back to boring after the dance ends... is pretty amazing visual shorthand. Also, using the insides of the musical notes as pullout panels: love. it. This is far from the most astonishing visual JH Williams III has given us in the three issues so far, but it is so nuanced and so innovative compared to a lot of the 'traditional' nine-panel pages out there.

2. cut for identity of Kate's dance partner ) Seriously, I keep turning back to this page and making heart eyes at it. I had no idea I wanted this pairing to exist until canon gave me it, how often do you get to say that? I'm pretty sure they're doing some major retconning (age, for one thing) and I'm not sure I'm totally down with the characterization here, but... I don't think I actually care, because AWESOME. I'm thrilled that the next issue is next week, because I don't want to wait much longer than that to see if this is taken further!

3. In an industry that brings us "Gotham City Sirens" and "Marvel Divas" and Catwoman climbing rooftops in three-inch heels and statues of Mary Jane doing Spidey's laundry and tentacle rape selling covers... how have we possibly gotten so lucky with queer women in comics? Isn't it amazing that I can go out and pick up one of DC's current best mainstream titles, which is regularly selling out all around the world and is written by one of comics' biggest current names, and get a stunning two-page spread of two women in tuxedos dancing together? With a backup story headlined by one of the women's ex (or 'ex,' who knows)?

How awesome is it that 'Tec isn't the only book with kickass dykes in it - that "Secret Six" is all about a team of completely dysfunctional anti-heroes, and yet not only is Scandal's queerness not part of her dysfunction, it's actually more normal than most of the rest of the team? (I know - with Ragdoll and Jeannette and Deadpool on the team, and, previously, Hatter, that's not saying much, but STILL.)

Renee and Kate and Scandal are all strong, flawed, wonderfully rounded, beautifully written, totally different, women of various ethnic origins, with multiple motivations, who happen to be queer and whose queernesses are all treated so well without being too overtly political or apolitical. Seriously? This is possible? Do you have any idea how thrilled these books make me? My inner teenage fangirl is even giddier than my external present-day fangirl, which is an impressive feat. It is an embarrassment of riches and I could not be happier with DC. It's like they're getting it.

Comics are my forever fandom, and right now they are awesome. <3
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
August solicit for Secret Six OMGWTFFLAIL:



SECRET SIX #12
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott & Doug Hazlewood
Cover by Daniel Lu Visi
A crisis of conscience splits the Secret Six right down the middle and puts them on opposite sides of a horrific war involving Amazons led by a deluded Artemis! But that's just the opening bout for the main event: Jeannette vs. Wonder Woman!
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Um, guys. If you are at all comic book fans and you are not reading "Secret Six," you are missing out. It is amazing. It's written by Gail Simone and the current run is drawn by Nicola Scott, which should be enough to draw anyone in just off the bat, I mean come on. If that's not enough:

It's a villain team. Sort of. Well, it's got Catman, and briefly the Mad Hatter, and Vandal Savage's daughter Scandal Savage (I know, I cringe too, but she's seriously awesome). And a literally insane, disturbingly adorable amoral weirdo named Ragdoll. You may have seen them already in "Birds of Prey" (where they were also, predictably, awesome), but they also had a few series of their own, specifically a 2006 six-issue mini and an ongoing series now (issue 8 next month, I believe).

They recruit the Mad Hatter to take on Doctor Psycho! There are roadtrips! There's Cheetah! Artemis shows up in a couple of months! There are awesome queer characters! And an original character who's a cross between a brothel mistress and, well, a French brothel mistress with deadly martial-arts skills!

The art and the writing are both extremely smart. I read the 06 mini and the current series so far this evening and I laughed until I cried, I am not even joking. i just need to catch up with their original intro as "Villains United," and then I'll be good.

Anyways. I have to go re-read now. Maybe tomorrow I will post some scans and see if I can pimp any of you further (though if you weren't pimped just by Gail Simone, you may be hopeless).

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