Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: August 2009

Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!

Now with Guy Gardner's Seal of Approval!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Why Yes, I'll Jump onto the Bandwagon!

So. Disney is going to buy Marvel for a large sum of money. I find myself rather bemused by this information. It is similar, I suppose to when Time Warner bought DC. For the most part, it seems as though they have left the comic book division more or less to itself, and I wonder if Marvel can expect the same treatment from Disney?

My second thought, was what about Universal, and that nice little theme park, that they have down in Florida? Haven't a clue, as to what it going to be going on there.

Then of course, I had to go and read through some people's comments. So far, I think that Bully over at http://www.bullyscomics.blogspot.com is the funniest. I don't really know WHAT to think! I suppose that it gives Marvel some financial security, while giving Disney a product that will appeal to boys. Maybe it will encourage them to tone down all the rape and murder and stuff a bit. It would be nice to be able to read about HEROES for a change, I'm finding the All Villains...All The Time stories to be a bit tedious.

I suppose that there won't be more of those tawdry little statues,when Mary Jane will probably wind up looking like Ariel. We can match the Disney Princess to the Marvel character! Wouldn't that be fun?

Anyhoo. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. But it should definitely be...interesting.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


I can honestly say, that I don't even know what's going on here, or what this scan is from, but it HAS to be by the incomparable Sergio Aragones.

And it makes me giggle.


And sometimes that's enough.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Green Lantern #45

And Blackest Night continues. Hal really doesn't even show up in this issue, which is unnusual to say the least, but I can't say that I missed him at all, because Sinestro and Carol have one heck of a duel going on, over in Zamaron.

John does show up, briefly, but it is one HECK of an appearance!

John Stewart

Great Guardians! Xanshi has been created as a Black Lantern! Presumably, so that Mogo has something to do. I'd hate for Geoff to forget about Mogo. Does this mean that Ranxx will be showing up as an undead city? He was already evil, can he get eviler?

Anyhoo...The Sinestro Corps has come to Zamaron, to break out their imprisoned cohorts, namely Kryb, Karu Sil, and Kriazis. The Zamarons are putting up a pretty decent battle all things considered, but Carol Ferris, who has willingly put the ring on, is doing pretty damned good. At least Queen Aga'po seems to think so. And from his initial reaction, so does Sinestro!

The War of Light seems to be well underway, with battles ensuing on Ysmault, where Boodikka, Hannu, Tomar Tu and Graf Toren are trying to retrieve the body of Laira. Too bad Atrocitus shows up. But that's not the worst of it, the Black Rings show up and just happen to make Black Lanterns out of the rest of the Inversions, murdered coincidentally by Atrocitus. I'll bet THAT is going to be one heck of a reunion!

But back to Sinestro and Carol. He's having a fine old time taunting her, showing a yellow construct of Hal (which incidentally is his only appearance) and saying that he'll never love her or appreciate what she's doing for him, to which Carol replies rather dryly...that she knows that. She even thinks that someone as rigid and smug as Sinestro has a little bit of love in his heart, and lo and behold, she encases him in pink crystal! We get to see that he fell for Abin Sur's sister, Arin Sur! Sinestro! Who'd have thunk? Since there is also a scene of him cradling her body and crying out in anguish, we can assume that it doesn't end well.

This bit of self-revelation has the unfortunate result of REALLy pissing him off! He has Carol pretty much on the ropes, when who should show up,
but the former Sinestro Corps members...now Black Lanterns!


On Odym, Sayd and Ganthet are having one heck of a time fending off the
Greed constructs of Larfleeze. However, it may all become moot, as Larfleeze is confonted by some interesting apparitions himself!


Oh Larfleeze. You're so awful, and yet somehow so amusing.

So I guess that the Guardian's new rule, that it was ok to run around
executing people has backfired in the very worst way. Stupid Guardians.
I am also intrigued by the information revealed by Sinestro, was Arin Sur the mother of Soranik? Did she die? I thought that perhaps the Lost Star
Sapphire might turn out to be Soranik's mother, but now I'm not sure. All I do know for sure, is that Blackest Night is REALLY gettin' good!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's Thursday, so that means Reviews

Not a ton of books out this week, but gosh, such NICE books.

Batman & Robin #3. I'm so glad this came out, I was beginning to miss it. There is nothing quite like a Morrison/Quitely collaboration, and that was definitely the case with this book. Professor Pyg, as you all recall was wreaking havok in Gotham and had even managed to grab our sweet little Robin. Boy howdy, does THAT turn out to be a mistake on his part! Meanwhile, Batman is using his own "unique" methods of interrogation, so unique in fact, that even Commissioner Gordon is freaked out. Dick is really taking Alfred's advice of "Playing a Part" to heart.

There are a lot of pages of Professor Pyg being extremely weird, not to mention creepy, but it is all good violent fun.

Batwoman in Detective Comics. I'm rather enjoying this, and I wasn't really sure that I would. I do have to say...again...that J.H. Williams artwork is heartbreakingly pretty. I also like Kate's father, the Colonel. I feel a little bit of sympathy for Kate's long-suffering stepmother, but it has to be admitted that Kate does look nice in a tux. She even gets to waltz with Maggie Sawyer. Oh, and a werewolf shows up.

The Question, is having troubles of her own, getting captured, and thrown in the trunk of a car, which is subsequently pushed into a body of water. You do NOT want to cross Renee when she is wet and tired!

The Flash #4. Well gosharootie! All KINDS of interesting things are coming to light! I simply love Silver Age science! It turns out that Barry didn't just tap into the Speed Force when he gained his powers, he CREATED the Speed Force! Woohoo! And Professor Zoom has control of the Anti-Speed Force...or something. And Wally is incredibly brave. And Bart gets what he wanted. Just fabulous, all around.

Green Lantern #45. Don't bother looking for Hal. But seriously...you won't care.

Gotham City Sirens #3. This is my favorite issue of this mini yet. Selina and Ivy only show up for a little bit, the main story concerns my favorite Bat-villain, Edward Nigma, aka the Riddler. I just like him for some reason. He's a good bad guy. Or a bad good guy. Or something. The art isn't my favorite, but I can overlook it, since I enjoyed the story. Fun!

The Incredible Hercules...concerns the trials and tribulations of Amadeus Cho, the Seventh Smartest person, who is having one heck of a time on his own hero quest. A HECK of a time! Let's just say that some very strange and peculiar things are going on in Excello, Utah. Even more so than the USUAL strange and peculiar things that go on in Utah! A hoot as usual.

Justice Society of America #30. Well, things are finally beginning to pick up, with the new storyline. For some reason, the gang of villians that had been beating the crap our of our heroes are treating Courtney with kid gloves. She decides to take full advantage of this, when it's down to just her and Jay. Jay takes off, but not to worry, he's just bringing in some backup in the form of the new Doctor Fate, who turns the tables rather neatly, and humorously on the bad guys.

Back at the Brownstone, they discover the mostly...but not completely lifeless body of Mr. Terrific, and they begin to realize that they've been played for fools. Oh, an Magog makes a complete ass of himself. You just DON'T diss old people if you want to be on the Justice Society. It Is Not Done. He and Wildcat square off at the end, and I REALLY hope that Wildcat kicks his shiny obnoxious ass.

Wonder Woman #35. Well heck, this was good. Diana and Dinah, prowl Tokyo, and stumble upon some rather...interesting toys and action figures, not to mention noodles. They also continue to fight in the underground arena, while trying to rescue Director Steel. But Diana meets her match and more, when the Goddess Pele, daughter of Kane Milohai turns up, bent on revenge. Kane was the one who helped Diana out when she was looking for some Gods, and then Zeus, like the massive tool that he is, went and ripped his heart out, for some stupid reason. Diana has rejected her Gods, but that's not good enough for Pele, who is mad as heck.

Dinah is left alone to take on the rest of the bad guys in the arena, which she does...handily, while Diana and Pele come to an understanding of sorts. And Doctor Psycho is in big trouble. Oh, and Tom Tresser has some news for Diana. Gosh, I love this book.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I've managed to slowly begin restoring all the scans that I inadvertently wiped out, due to my little "organization" a short while ago. I understand the principal behind the addresses changing at photobucket. I even managed to get my icon back, but the life of me, I can't figure out how to restore my banner at the top of my blog. I have the picture itself, with its new photobucket address, but when I went to erase the old address and type in the new one, I was afraid that I'd blow up the whole shebang.

Is there a process for this? Can anyone explain in small words for a technology-deficient old lady?

I miss Hal's butt.

Hal Pictures

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


As I pointed out yesturday, Zinda not only knows Guy Gardner, she actually likes him. Granted, when they met, he had just acquired his Warrior powers, and therefore had most of his brains back...but still!

Diana likes Guy, they've been flirting mildly for years. I'm still depressed sometimes that Beau Smith's idea of putting the two together romantically scared the living wee out of DC. I don't know how long it would have lasted, but it could have been an awful lot of fun. She's probably too good for him, but hell, she's too good for ANYbody.

Arisia started out hating Guy, and then he took her in when she lost her ring and gave her a home and a job, and they ended up being practically like brother and sister. He did the same thing for Zinda. Dinah and he used to fight like cats and dogs back in the old JLI, and yet, she came right out and said that he was hot. Granted, it was actually his evil clone Joe, but SHE didn't know that.

Bea had the hots for him for years, secretly, and they did get together after Tora died, which has still been completely ignored by most writers. Tora of course is the great love of his life, but even Kari Bimbo preferred him to Hal...which I find hilarious.

And it's not just the women apparently.


I know just how he feels.

Monday, August 24, 2009

There's Just Something About a Hot Pilot

Pilots are cool, there's just no two ways about it. There is something admirable about being supremely confident and good at what you do, and I would think that being a pilot is one of those professions or hobbies, where you pretty much HAVE to be competent. If you aren't, you tend to get weeded out fairly quickly. Gravity IS a harsh mistress after all.

Pilots also have a tendancy to be dashing. I personally believe that Hal has a long silk scarf and leather helmet with goggles hidden away in his closet somewhere. But I'm not really talking about Hal today. No, I'm talking about my OTHER favorite pilot.

Birds of Prey

Why, none other than the ineffable Lady Blackhawk.

I happen to adore Zinda for some reason. For one thing, she IS dashing. And competent and brave and adorable. She's also spunky...not to mention resilient. She would have HAD to be one crackerjack of a pilot even to have been taken on as a Blackhawk back in WWII, where female flyers were not exactly in large numbers. Then she managed to handle being snatched into the future with considerable aplomb and humor. She marched right into Warrior's and charmed the heck out of everyone, and managed to end up with a job and a home, which would certainly have been a daunting task.

Do I think that she had a threesome with Helena and Hal? I can certainly see her jumping Hal, because he IS awfully pretty, and Zinda does have an appreciation for men. I can't really see her doing it with Helena however. I do think that she managed to drink Hal under the table, which, let's face it, couldn't have been too hard, and then she and Helena left him tied up in their hotel room, along with the brandy bottle and a note. Oh, and the bill. Then they went home and told Dinah and Babs all about it, laughing their asses off. Dinah, then gave an expurgated version to Ollie. THAT would be why Hal was so flustered when Ollie began giving him the old "nudge, nudge, wink,wink" treatment, because he's terrified that the REAL version of what went on, will get out. You'll notice that he certainly didn't correct Ollie's version.

And maybe, just maybe, one of these days, Zinda will head on over and REALLY give old Hal a good time.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

GL Uniforms

I have to admit it, I like Green Lantern uniforms. I call them a uniform rather than a costume, because that is what they are, the Lantern Corps is after all, a quasi-military, police force. There doesn't seem to be a lot of regulation, you can basically wear just about anything that you like, although there is a prototype, which is of course, Hal's suit. But basically, just so long as you are wearing your ring, and there is black and green in it, the Guardians are happy.

There are exceptions, I don't think that Jack T. Chance much bothered with wearing a proper uniform, and I don't believe that Leezel Pon CAN wear a uniform, considering that he's a sentient virus. But still, for the most part, they are a dapper-looking bunch, and the black and the green are famous throughout the universe.

I did like Geoff Johns interpretation of the uniform back in the beginning of the current series, as being generated by the ring rather than being actual cloth. The black portions of the suit are cold to the touch, while the green sections are hot,and apparently it helps to regulate their temperature while maneuvering through the vacumn of space. It is an interesting idea, and makes the Lanterns a little more "Other" worldly.

But I suspect that the change in Hal's uniform in particular may have had another thought behind it. In the old days, they had to use zippers...


...and there was that memorable episode in the Men's bathroom on Oa, that forever changed their approach to dealing with certain body functions.

And a tip of my hat to Scipio over at the Absorbascon for providing the scan!

Friday, August 21, 2009


I'm hot, I'm tired and I'm incredibly cranky. I also don't feel particularly well. Did I mention that it's hot?

Considering the mood that I'm in, Geoff Johns could walk up to me and kiss me on the lips, and I'd still be crabby.

Birds of Prey

Well...the sight of Zinda punching somebody out, always makes me feel better. A little tiny bit, anyway.


Thursday, August 20, 2009


In addition to having a fine old time, gossiping my brains out at the Comic Book Store yesturday, I ALSO managed to pick up my books, which is always a good thing.

Blackest Night: Superman #1....Sweet Merciful Crap! This was good. This was very good. And it certainly raises the stakes. Nice to see Connor, and really nice to see Clark and the various emotions portrayed. I rather like this aspect to the Black Lanterns, that they see the various emotional auras in the people that they are looking at. Poor Krypto! As for Ma Kent, well, Kal L may have just made a strategical error here, she's one tough old lady. Not to mention, that Lois is on her way, and she'll lay a smackdown on alternate Universe Superdooperman like nobody's business.

The Brave & the Bold #26...This was ok. Nothing terrible about it, nothing particularly fantastic either. I really just don't get that excited by the Spectre, unless it's Hal. I will say, that was one mean ghost.

Jack of Fables #37...was fun as usual. It concentrated mostly on Jack's son, Jack Frost, and his continuing quest to be a hero, which I thought was nice. Babe has a nice soliloquy.

Justice League of America #36...I have rather been enjoying this latest arc with the Royal Flush Gang. Apparently they are a franchise now. We get a bit of history about Amos Fortune that was interesting, and Wonder Woman shows up. Vixen is doing a pretty decent job of trying to lead this bunch, and Doctor Light continues to be supercilious towards the rest of them. Besides...it has Plastic Man, and how can you go wrong with Plastic Man? Again, not mindboggling, but a good decent read.

Outsiders #21...Our wayward heroes show up at the Batcave, and discover that it's closed due to the shenanigans going on elsewhere, which is a nice bit of continuity. Alfred has a nice talk with the gang, and they all have to go out and try and bring back the escaped baddies from Arkham. Owlman and Lightning are the lucky pair who get Doctor Freeze, who is just crazy enough to be performing brain surgery upon himself. This continues to be very good.

Power Girl #4...Now this is just fun. Karen and Terra go to a movie, she fights a big monster, rehabilitates a quasi-villain, and tries to run her company, while looking for an apartment. The artwork of course, has a great deal to do with my enjoyment of this book. Amanda Conner is delightful.

Batman: Streets of Gotham #3...I am still astonished that I am not only picking up a Bat book, but that I'm enjoying it. I was originally just in this for the Manhunter story at the end, but goshdarnit, I actually liked the main story. Hush (I think?) is masquerading as Bruce Wayne and handing out millions, as Gotham's newest sugar Daddy. There isn't a whole lot that Dick and Damian and Alfred can do to stop him, so Tommy Elliot thinks that he has them in the palm of his hand. While handing out millions, what are a couple of million bucks here and there to buy back some of his own holdings? Fortunately, Dick and Alfred put together a special committee of Wayne Enterprises exectives. Tommy scoffs at the idea of the board wanting to shut him down, until he discovers exactly who these "special executives" actually are.


Oh, and the Black Mask continues to be a dick. I'm actually rooting for the Penguin, in all of this.

Manhunter was brutal, but effective. She beat the bad lady with no skin, without her suit or stuff, and with just little bit of help from Huntress. Always nice to see Kate.

Wednesday Comics continues to enthrall. I have to say that my favorite this week was the Supergirl story, with Amanda Conner on the artwork. I LOVE her Aquaman.

Did you all enjoy YOUR comics?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

There's a Girl in the Clubhouse revisited

So...I went to my beloved local Comical Book store today to pick up my new books...and had a deLIGHTful time. I mean, I always have a nice time, in that I am picking up books that I want to read, and I get to pat the head of the lifesize Spider-Man statue in the corner. But today was especially nice.

Matt, the proprietor wasn't there today, but his trusty cohort Andy, was, so we were chatting in a desultory fashion, when another gentleman, whom I had not seen before, but whom Andy knew, joined in, and the next thing you know, we were in a Nerd Frenzy. We talked about Batman, we talked about Superman, we discussed Blackest Night, Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, the price of artist's work on e-bay, the possible spoilers, and practically anything else. Various other customers were attracted and joined in, and it...it was just fun, talking about a topic that I am so fond of, with other people.

I mean, I get to talk about comics every day, when I log on the computer, and I do love it, but somehow, it is a little more immediate when you are doing it face-to-face, which is not something that I get to do too often.

And the nicest part, the VERY nicest part, is that I, a middle-aged Woman, was accepted without reservation. There wasn't any one-upmanship going on, or sideways looks, or "What's a GIRL doing in here!" which i have run into before upon occasion. Not often, thankfully, but sometimes.

So, I'm happy. Hot still, but happy, and content, and I'm going to sit down with a cold drink and read my books.

Guy pictures

Incidentally, none of the guys could understand why I was upset with Kyle for lying to Soranik.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Don't Hate Superman

But man, once upon a time, I really didn't like him very much. Not as much as I dislike Batman, but really, for quite a while when he was in the Justice League, he was a real jerk. And when I speak of the justice League, I mean the later part of the old JLI. Bats had mostly bowed out, and Superman was reluctantly filling in for him. He treated Guy like crap, and surprisingly enough, he wasn't particularly nice to anybody else either, I remember that Blue Beetle wasn't very happy with his treatment either. Then Ice went and had that silly little crush on him, which made Guy all sad and surly.

Still, I have to admit that this panel does make me smile.


This was the issue where the two of them were actually off to rescue Hal. Neither Hal nor Superman are particularly delighted to have Guy along, but phooey on them. Without him, they would have been in deep trouble...so pooh.

But now, I have this incredible urge to go and eat some Spam.


Monday, August 17, 2009

I've been Drawing Again

Hot. Hot and bored. But mostly just hot.

So...I've been drawing again.

My Drawings

Extra points if you know what book it's from.

Stay Cool!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Well THIS sounds familiar

Browsing through the new Scans Daily a while back, I stumbled across a lot of postings from when Hal and Guy had teamed up and saved the lost Lanterns, and blown up Biot...along with Hank Henshaw. At the time, I didn't think too much of it, but looking back now...

Green Lanterns

Crap! That seems pretty significant to me now!

I also have noticed that old Hank is conspicuously missing from the current shenanigans, and I can't help wondering what he's up to. He was quite pleased to be killed when Guy and John pulled Warworld down and blew it up, and was seriously displeased to be rescued and revived by his own Manhunters. Well, that last one is his own fault. But I can't help thinking that he and Black Hand would see eye-to-eye about a LOT of things.

Things do seem to be heating up quite messily, don't they? Mongul ran off from Daxam with his tail tucked between his legs, but then no sooner were Soranik and Iolande gone, than he moved in and took over Korugar. You'll notice that he waited UNTIL they were gone. Mongul is just a bully. I know that Sinestro is supposed to fight the Star Sapphires, he should really get home and do something about his home planet, not to mention kicking Mongul's ass VERY thoroughly. I have to admit that I'd be rooting for Sinestro if that scenario actually takes place.

Meanwhile the Guardians are incommunicado, thanks to Scar. I also wonder when the remaining LIVE Lanterns notice that they are fighting this battle alone...again. When push comes to shove, those little blue munchkins are pretty damned useless.

I haven't had this much fun speculating since the Sinestro Corps War.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #39

Man oh man, I just loved this...even more than Blackest Night, and I loved that too. A LOT!

Green Lanterns

Hell of a cover.

Hell of an interior.

Green Lanterns

In my opinion, Tomasi and Gleason are just knocking these out of the ballpark.

For some reason, I always enjoy the scenes of Guy and Kyle flying through space, possibly because Guy has such panache...usually on his back with his arms folded behind his head...but eating donuts and reading is also quite his style. I also think that in taking Tora on a picnic to Wrigley Field, he has upped the Dating Ante...it's a hell of an improvement over a porn theatre or a cock fight. Look! Wine glasses! Guy's got culture!

Our heroes continue to banter back and forth, and Kyle lets it slip that when he looked into Miri's crystal, he actually lied...he didn't see Soranik, he saw Jade. But he TOLD Soranik that he saw her, and later they did the horizontal mambo. I have to admit here, that I am quite dissapointed in young Kyle. That's much more of a Hal sort of thing to do. And Jade? Blurgggh. I really can't stand Jade. I could see Alex being his one true love a whole lot more than Jade, who managed to cheat on him and displayed numerous other personality flaws.

Guy has the good sense to say that Jade is dead, and Soranik is alive, and to stop trying to mess things up. Guy is smart and it would behoove Kyle to listen to him.

The boys do meet up with both Soranik and Iolande flying to Oa from Korugar, where they have been dealing with the problems caused by the cancellation of Sinestro's execution. For some reason, they haven't heard a peep on their rings about all the crap going down on Oa. Like Guy, Iolande has a certain style when she flies, she's all esconced on a nice little chaise. If you are travelling the distances that they routinely travel, why not do so in comfort? They are, needless to say, quite shocked by the sight of Oa, without the Battery Shell around it. But they don't have much time to discuss it, because unknown power rings are about to hit the fan.

Green Lanterns

Cool eh? I love how they are going right through Iolande's cape, not to mention the black shadow that they seem to be bringing with them.

Meanwhile on Daxam, Arisia is perfectly willing to help the newly empowered Daxamites rebuild after their battle with Mongul and the Sinestro Corps, but Sodam Yat's miserable wretch of a father insults and then manhandles her, so she leaves, and who can blame her? Man, I really can't stand those Daxamites. What a bunch of tools. Especially Yat Senior. C'mon Sodam, turn the sun red again!

We also have a few interesting moments with Kryb...oh, and Mongul has moved on from Daxam and has invaded Korugar! He's been a busy little tyrant! This won't end well, since Sinestro is on the loose and I don't imagine he'll be all that happy about what is happening to his home planet. Sinestro may be a megalomaniac, but he's always cared deeply about Korugar. Can't you see him saving it from Mongul and being hailed as a hero?

Kyle, Guy, Soranik and Iolande are trying to hold back the Black Rings, and not having much luck, as they break through the barrier, and into Oa itself. They ignore the Lanterns, and focus on the Lantern Crypt, which is being guarded by Morro. He does his best to defend the Crypt, but can't hold back the rings, as one by one, the dead Green Lanterns are taken.

And all hell breaks loose.

Interestingly, the Black Lanterns can see the emotions expressed by their foes, usually, wrapped in the appropriate color aura. For example, back on earth, J'onn saw Hal as green for Willpower, while Barry was all blue for Hope. Here, B'zzd sees Kilowog and Kyle in green, but Guy in red for Rage. That sounds ominous.

Oh...and Jade shows up. For some reason, Kyle isn't as happy as he could be.

This...this is sooooooo good.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blackest Night #2

Good Gravy, we're learning all SORTS of interesting things, as Blackest Night continues to rock my world. First of all, that's one gorgeous cover, by Ivan Reis, not to mention all the art on the inside of the book.

We begin with a rather forlorn Atom, still at the other end of the telephone from the newly transformed Hawkman, who cunningly tells poor Ray to..."Come on over, Ray. Let's talk". DON'T DO IT Atom!

In Gotham City, Barbara and Jim Gordon are talking atop the building, while the Bat signal still lights up the sky. Well, until Hal manages to fall right into it!

Oh Hal.

At the same time in Amnesty Bay, Garth and Mera are contemplating Arthur Curry's grave. Garth wants to move his body to Atlantis, as is befitting their King, while Mera wants it to stay on land. What would Arthur want to do? Why don't we ask him? Yes indeedy, Aquaman is back, and man is he pissed!

Boston Brand is having one heck of a bad time, he's drawn irresitably to his body, but he doesn't WANT to bea part of it...it physically and mentally is causing him great pain. Other bodies are also rising, although one, rather interestingly does not...

Green Lanterns

Well! Isn't THAT interesting! Presumably if you died relatively at peace, you are resistant to being raised and turned into a Black Lantern! This is potentially a good thing.

Back in the water, Aquaman is busy lusting after Mera, while Tulla and Dolphin show up and start bossing Garth around. Ummm...and some dead sharks eat those Atlantean Red Shirts, which is cool, if disgusting. Mera proves to be much more of a badass than Tempest, who ends up being killed and Black Lanternized, while Mera manages to get the heck out of Dodge.

Zatanna, Blue Devil, the Phantom Stranger and the Spectre all have their problems as well. Oh, and the Spectre wants to have Hal back. We ALL feel that way Spectre!

And where is Hal? Probably picking glass out of his round firm buttocks.

Hal Pictures

Barry shows up finally, trying to keep this thoughts moving too fast for J'onn to read. He's also got a few goodies, such as Carbon Disulfide, Hexane and Methanol, whereupon, Hal drops his borrowed police car on top of them all...and BOOM! One heck of a fireball! Hoohah! They used fire against J'onn! A pretty good idea, all things considered. Too bad it doesn't really work...J'onn is there, and man, has he got some friends along with him.

Dammit, this is fun!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday Reviews

Well blow me down, but it was a great Wednesday. Blackest Night, Green Lantern Corps AND Booster Gold, all in one week. Be still my heart.

I actually went out and bought a Batman book...more specifically, Blackest Night: Batman and dagnabit, it was GOOD! That could possibly be because Peter Tomasi wrote it, and he is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. Deadman shows up, and all sorts of interesting things are revealed. And really, Damian, punching someone who is driving a car going 80 miles an hour is a monumentally STUPID thing to do.

Two thumbs up!

Blackest Night #2. Oh God, I have missed Ivan Reis, and that's one pretty pretty cover. Well, Hal is pretty, all the revenant heroes are pretty disgusting...but still in a beautifully drawn sort of way. Revenant, by the way, is what Scipio is calling the Black Lanterns, and I think that it's a great word AND description. I'll get around to reviewing this in more depth later on, but boy howdy!

Twelve thumbs up!

Booster Gold #23. Heh. Love the cover. I WANT one of those t-shirts. The Black Beetle is trying to change the future, Rip and Booster are trying to stop him, with a certain lack of success so far. Man, that Black Beetle is just a PAIN! In the new time-line, Kyle Rayner never became a Green Lantern, and the JLA and the Teen Titans are all dead, so Trigon...yes, Raven's daddy...has managed to conquer earth. This should be interesting.

As for Jaime, in the Blue Beetle backup, more shenanigans are occuring. That crazy robot guy has been sprung from jail by his daughter, whom it turns out, is really just a robot with feelings. Brenda pours out her feelings, so Paco is feeling pretty puffed up, and Jaime manages to pull out a few wires. Then the Black Beetle shows up and rains on their parade. Man, I really dislike that guy. The scarab continues to be unnusually bloodthirsty, which I am finding to be a bit off-putting. I rather miss the OLD scarab, who may have been a little nuts, but at least had a certain wit and humor. But still, a lot of fun.

Fables #87 is good as usual. The Crossover is over, which is just as well, but still Fabletown is in a shambles, Bufkin and Frankenstein's head are trapped in the old office, and the Dark Guy is lurking. Frau Totenkinder has been gently told that perhaps it is time for her to step aside for someone a little younger, and the North Wind's grandchildren fill him in on their latest babysitting experience with Jack. Good stuff.

Final Crisis Aftermath: Escape #4. I will freely admit that I haven't the foggiest idea of what is going on, but hey, there is a whole lot of Fire burning stuff up,and good gosharootie, I do love that. I miss Fire.

Green Lantern Corps #39. Every month, I gasp with awe and wonder, and think to myself, how...HOW can Tomasi and Gleason possibly top themselves? Well, every month, they go ahead and do it. More on this later as well...once I've had a chance to read it twelve more times.

Thirteen thumbs up!

The Incredible Hercules #132. Man I do get a chuckle out of this book. Hercules' comments on Thor's "origin" at the very beginning are quite the hoot. His relationship with a newly reborn Zeus is also wonderful. Zeus may only be a kid, but he's still a jerk. He even hits on his own daughter! Oh those wacky Greeks. When Herc is recruited by "Balder" to pretend to be Thor in order to fight some trolls or elves or whatever, he asks whay Thor did in order to be tossed out of Asgard. When informed that he killed his own grandfather in battle, his reply is a shrug, and a grin. "THAT'S all? Ah, you Norsemen, getting worked up over nothing. Why the heads of OUR Pantheon are almost ALWAYS slain by their sons"

He has a point.

JSA vs Kobra #3 This is pretty good. Not spectacular, but pretty decent. And look, Sandy shows up and even DOES something for a change! Woohoo! And they end up going to Opal City, and I always like Opal. I still think that the Justice Society should be wiping the floor with these losers, but I suppose that they are trying to build up the suspense.

So, an incredibly enjoyable week. I've run out of thumbs.


Monday, August 10, 2009

Well, I'm an Idiot

As I was merrily organizing and moving pictures around to new albums and such, I had no idea that I was also erasing everything from my blog. So please bear with me for a few days, as I go back and try to figure out how to restore everything. It's all THERE, I just did...something to it.

My Kingdom for a Teenager with mad computre skillz!

This is why they won't allow me to operate the digital camera and things. So anyway, my blog postings are probably going to be few and far between for a short while, while the "Techinical Difficulties" are ironed out.

And maybe this time I've learned my lesson. As fascinating as all those buttons on the computer may be...LEAVE THEM ALONE!

Sunday, August 09, 2009


Now I've gone and done it. I spent quite some time yesturday, trying to organize all of my scans on Photobucket, and created all these nice new albums, so that I could organize my Hal pictures and my Guy pictures and my Kyle pictures...and so on and so forth.

Now, I log on, and see that my banner is missing, and also my icon! Gah! What the hell did I do? I moved them into the Hal album, which apparently erased them from storage...or something? I guess it's time to grab a teenager and try to repair the damage. This is why I'm not usually allowed to do things with the computer by myself. Somehow, I always manage to screw it up.

I'm going to go and sob in the corner now.


Saturday, August 08, 2009

And Speaking of Blackest Night...

...if it is half as good a Zombie story as THIS one was, we're in for a treat.


Zombie Night at the Gotham Aquarium!

Ok, I do know that Blackest Night does not actually feature Zombies. The Dead have risen,but they aren't shambling, mindless, brain-eating monsters, their personalities are intact, and they are capable of malice and thought. Which, to my mind is even scarier.

But I was going through all of my photobucket scans, and trying to organize them in such a fashion that I can actually call up a particular picture without having to go through some 60 pages of stuff, and I stumbled upon some doozies. Yes, I'm reaching, but dammit, that's what I DO for you!

Marching tonight in my first Volunteer Fireman's parade with the Fife and Drum Corps, carrying a flag in the color guard, and filling in for my youngest who has to work. It...should be interesting.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Out, Damned Spot!

So, I'm sitting at my desk at work today, minding my own business, AND the company's when it feels as though my nose is starting to run, which I found rather peculiar. I grabbed a tissue, and it turns out that I have one hell of a bloody nose! Dripped all over my blouse, but fortunately, not on the papers on my desk. So, I'm mopping things up, and pinching my nose and tilting my head back, and while all this is going on, my boss is chatting away right behind me...completely oblivious.



Now I know how she feels.

Nothing too witty about comics today. I'm feeling fragile.

Thursday, August 06, 2009


It seemed as though it took forever, but I did indeed get Blackest Night, Tales of the Corps #3, which I liked very much, and have already reviewed. Moving on...!

Doom Patrol #1...This is one quirky bunch. Too bad about whatshername. I have to admit that I REALLY loved the backup story with the Metal Men, and Maguire on the art and Giffen and DeMatteis as the writers. Reminds me of the old JLI hi-jinks.


Final Crisis: Run! #4...I still find this book to be hilarious. Warped, but hilarious. Too bad about Mister Polka Dot and the Condiment King however. I really do hope that the Human Flame gets his WELL-deserved comeuppance, but in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy his flaming nipples.

Jonah Hex #46...continues the Six-Gun War story, but takes a bit of a breather, as Jonah shows up at the last minute (naturally) to rescue Bat Lash and Tallulah Black. Then Jonah and Tallulah share a romantic interlude, while he is reminded of what the circumstances were that lead Turnbull to such hatred. I'm sorry, I know that the whole Fort Charlotte thing is canon and all, but seriously, turning yourself into a POW camp, just because you've had a change of heart about why you are fighting? That's just NUTS! Those places were hellholes, wouldn't it have been a lot more sensible, to just light out for points west, and stay OUT of prison?

Oh well. Still a good book.

Justice League: Cry For Justice #2. I'm sorry, but I'm actually enjoying this a ton. I know that there has been something of an outcry about how terrible it all is...and yes, it IS pretty nonsensical...but I don't care. The art is pretty, and Hal and Ollie get to make jackasses of themselves, while Congorilla fights and then bonds with Mikaal. Shazaam and the Atom show up, along with Supergirl. I DO hope they remember that she was crushing so hard on Hal back in the Brave & the Bold, because I think that would be a hoot. Then, to make it perfect, Batwoman is supposed to show up, so Hal will probably be chasing HER, while being pursued by Supergirl and possibly Mikaal, and they end up forgetting the whole "JUSTICE!" premise, and just start making out. Which, you know, that Hal would do, since he has something of a short attention span. And Ollie would be cheering him on from the sidelines.

However, I don't really expect that's how it will pan out. But still...!

Secret Six #12...Whoa! Oh Jeannette, you are my favorite. I'm still not quite sure exactly why the six of them are having this brawl, but I am hoping it all works out in the end, because I really do like this particular bunch of characters. I'm not quite sure what bug crawled up Blakes' rear end, but I wish that he'd stop acting like a moron.

Wonder Woman was great, and I'm rather glad that Artemis isn't actually dead. I also enjoyed Scandal runnign around in her polka dot underwear. Good good stuff.

Superman: World of New Krypton #6...I wasn't too sure about this whole idea, but every month, I'm liking it more and more. An interesting premise, and nice art.

Wednesday Comics continue to delight and enteretain. I still can't get over how exquisite the artwork is on Kamandi. Hal is acting like an utter jerk in Green Lantern, but hey, that's how Hal rolls. I'm liking Batman and Superman, and loving Metamorpho, Strange Adventures and Supergirl. Metal Men is a hoot, Sgt. Rock is gorgeous, and the Flash is intriguing and beautiful. I like the Demon and I even like Hawkman! About the only ones I'm not completely enamoured of, are the Teen Titans and Wonder Woman, which is just a little too dense for me. But still, these are tons of fun, and I'm happy beyond belief to be able to pick them up every week.

I hope you all enjoyed YOUR comics.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #3


Good grief, that's one ridiculous cover! Geez Carol, you really should put those things away before you put somebody's eye out.

Anyhoo, as I have managed to pick up from the other reviews, there are two stories, the first with Kilowog as a rookie, and the second with Arisia, and how she came from a long line of Lanterns, and finally, the pencils of Ivan Reis's Blackest Night, along with commentary from Geoff Johns and the editors. There's been a fair amount of whining, which I don't really understand.

I LIKED this. I love little slice-of-life stories about my favorite characters. That's one of the reasons that I always adored Green Lantern Quarterly and Justice League Quarterly, and some of the other anthology books that would tell short stories, that didn't necessarily fit into the main books. So it doesn't have much to do with Blackest Night? Who cares? Besides, there is the distinct possibility that these stories may turn out to be important later on.

And just because Guy shows up in both, and Hal doesn't...has NO bearing on my feelings.


The Kilowog story was rather nice. I always like stories about Kilowog. The Arisia story was certainly beautifully drawn and colored. REALLy pretty. I was a little bit confused at seeing Guy in the cafeteria scene since I thought that Arisia's membership predated his. Oh well. I also did not know that Tomar Re was an author.

So I'm happy, and it was worth waiting for. Maybe I'll go and read it again.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

All Romance comic's heroes look like Hal...Again

It's true you know. I don't know if it is just that adorable little curl on his forehead, or his big brown eyes, but an astonishing number of the "heroes" in old Romance books look like Hal. I am equally flabberghasted to realize that there are actually quite a number that look like Guy. Not quite so many that look like Kyle which does surprise me, as black hair was easier to color than brown in the old 4-color process. Alas, practically none that look like John.


It's my theory, that there are a hell of a lot of Hal's women who may be showing up in the Star Sapphire Corps, OR wearing a red ring. Is revenge an emotion?

There's the lovely Julie for example.

Hal Pictures

She may not have been able to remember his name, but now, she can't get him out of her mind.

Then there was Dorine.
Hal Pictures

I'm not sure exactly what they are up to here,but it DOES look...interesting. You do have to hand it to Hal, he may be a narcissist, but at least he's good at what he does.

Hey, that's not ACTUALLY Carol Ferris, but gadzooks, she does look pretty classy in her little hat, so I'm pretending. Heck, she's ALREADY a Star Sapphire!


And this could be Arisia, if she had pointy ears. Or Eve Doremus, or hell, one of a million women that Hal has had.

And they all want to team up and either teach him a lesson, or save him. Which, oh which will it be?

I really don't think that Blackest Night is going to go in this direction, but wouldn't it be amusing if it did? Hal would think that it would be perfectly natural, since...as usual...it's all about HIM!

Oh Hal.

Monday, August 03, 2009

The Good Old JSA

Unlike the Justice League, which has this habit of forming, reforming, disbanding and then reforming again, you can pretty much count upon the Justice Society to BE there for you. At least once they got past that whole fighting in Limbo thing.

But the JSA, unlike the JLA, are all just a bunch of pals. Here they are, all sitting around, and apparently telling ghost stories.


Personally, I think that Doctor Mid-Nite and Jay are a little TOO friendly here. but what the heck.

They are also incredibly civic minded. Here they all are apparently visiting a poor sick kid in the hospital.


You won't catch Batman doing stuff like that. He's more likely to give them heart attacks.

And sometimes...well, the JSA knows that sometimes doing nothing is perfectly fine.


So...so relaxing.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Falling Back on the Tried and True

I'm still sulking over not having Blackest Night:Tales of the Corps, so I don't really have anything witty or insightful to say today. Therefore, I'm falling back on my old tried and tested formula.

Oh yeah.

Hal Pictures

Hal getting smacked around. It never fails to put a smile on MY face anyway.