DC Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver sings WOLVERINE IS GAY.
Pfff, I wish.
My name is Billy. I'm a big fag and a recovering Mormon. I enjoy comic books, punk rock, whiskey and watching movies with no plot.
DC Comics artist Ethan Van Sciver sings WOLVERINE IS GAY.
Pfff, I wish.
an incredibly gay jpeg from an old Marvel Swimsuit Special, art by John Romita Jr
Getting to know you better during the apocalypse.
from Crossed #5, written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Jacen Burrows
Wow. Heather Hudson is a total homophobic bitch, seriously. Northstar get’s raped and manipulated and that’s your response?
From Robot 6:
I’d be lying if I said that, while following coverage this weekend of the Senate’s repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” I didn’t briefly wonder what this development would mean for Kate Kane, the new Batwoman.
After all, she’s the most notable (if not the only) comic-book superhero whose origin is tied to the law prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military: While a cadet at the United States Military Academy, Kate is discovered to be in a secret relationship with another female student. When confronted with the allegation, Kate chooses to resign from West Point rather than lie. The scene, depicted in Detective Comics #859 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, is a powerful one.
“Way back — waaaay back — when I knew I was going to be writing Kate, and I knew we’d be telling her origin story, I knew I would write this scene,” Rucka said in a well-timed post that appeared Sunday at DC Women Kicking Ass. “This was, in many ways, the first scene I wrote for Kate Kane, one I kept rewriting and rewriting in my mind until the time came to put it down on the page. I’d done a lot of research into West Point, and the Cadet’s Code of Honor had stuck with me, stuck with me all the more in the face of DADT. In my mind’s eye, even before ever seeing the Bat Symbol of encountering Batman, this was where Batwoman was born — in Kate’s need to serve something greater and to, at the same time, remain true to herself.”
Williams, who’s sharing writing and art duties on the new Batwoman series, commented this afternoon on the repeal, saying, “It’s just sad that this policy ever occurred in the first place. It was grotesque and shameful that we ever went there. And terrible that it took nearly two decades for the folly to be properly dealt with.”
“Now to figure out what this may mean for Kate Kane,” he continued, “we’ll need to acknowledge this in some way, but properly in the plot, much like the policy’s enforcement affected the plot for Batwoman’s origin. Like it informed her past, setting her on the path she now has, this new progress will have to inform her direction at some point in a significant way.”
As curious as I am about how Williams & Co. will address law’s repeal, I’m even more interested in how later writers — those a decade or more removed from the policy — will address the character’s past. The origins of Marvel’s character operate on a sliding scale, with someone like Tony Stark first being tied to the Korean War, then the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War and now (I think) the conflict in Afghanistan. But how will DC revise Batwoman’s history when “don’t ask, don’t tell” is just a relic of the shameful past?
I’m on a bit of a Moondragon kick lately. I forgot how much I love this character; every one of my ‘favorite things’ she has checked off. She’s kind of a huge bitch, but being that she’s WAY BETTER THAN EVERYONE, ACTUALLY, it’s always warranted. She can control your mind and kick your ass. She’s a genius, a lesbian (some would say bisexual, but I will totally fight that). And as this article points out, she’s also a prime example of sexism in comics. Overlooked for her mega-genius because of her awesome, fully displayed boobies.
from Prism Comics
“A recent study found that the reasons women were under-represented in the fields of math, science, and engineering dealt far less with intellectual ability and far more with priorities, priorities that suggest clearer thinking if you ask me. Which reminds me to the thing that bugs me most about female characters in comic books. While they rarely seem stupid, they also don’t appear to be especially smart.
For instance, in the Hulk books recently, there was a battle between the smartest heroes and smartest villains in the Marvel Universe. On the heroes side were Mr. Fantastic, the Black Panther, Hank Pym (as whatever he was calling himself at the time), Iron Man, the Beast, Bruce Banner, and Amadeus Cho. On the villains side were Dr. Doom, the Leader, the Mad Thinker, the Red Ghost, Egghead, the Wizard, and M.O.D.O.K. On no side was a single women. That’s the 14 smartest characters and not one a woman. There wasn’t even one that was smart in a sexist way, like a genius baker who uses her intellect to create deadly pies or a nag with the super-human talent pick the perfect insult to make you feel like shit.
Trying to find a significant female character whose power is braininess similar to the innumerable male characters like Iron Man, the Atom, Hank Pym, Brainiac 5, etc. etc. is virtually impossible. The closest I could come up with is Oracle, who is clearly very smart but doesn’t seem to have that ground breaking genius of the male characters who bend the laws of nature to their will and create contraptions that can do seemingly anything. Compared to them, Oracle seems less like a scientist and more like a highly efficient librarian or secretary.
I dug through Marvel’s Women of Marvel: Celebrating Seven Decades and found that when it comes to brains, there wasn’t much celebrating. Marvel uses a scale of 1-7 to rank attributes of their characters. A character like Reed Richards or Dr. Doom would have a 6 intelligence. Of the 89 women in the book (excluding goddesses) there is only one female character with a 6 intelligence, Valeria Richards, who isn’t quite a superhero. Only one with a 5, Monet St. Croix, a.k.a. M. Conversely, when looking at fighting prowess, there are nine ranked at 5 and a stunning thirteen at 6! Apparently, women in the Marvel Universe are really only good as ass-related things, like showing some or kicking some.
There is one character in particular who I think was shorted with her intelligence ranking of a mere 4, Moondragon! And I’m not just saying that because I’ve loved Moondragon even before she came out as Marvel’s baldest lesbian. I loved her back when she was Marvel’s bitchiest bitch. She appealed to the arrogant bitch in me and still does. There is a part of me that would like speak my mind like she does and be as confident. I know it’s wrong, but part of me likes her more for being a little (sometimes more than a little) unlikable.
Perhaps, it is because Moondragon had such a strong (i.e. overbearing) personality and telepathic powers that writers forgot that she was also a genius, but I’m here to argue for her place among the pantheon of Marvel’s top brains. To be fair, I’ll argue both sides.
Submitted: Moondragon is one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe!
Pro: Moondragon said in Daredevil #105, explaining her origin, growing up in the advanced alien culture of Titan, “I discovered the pure joy of learning. Unhampered by the lunacy you call ‘education’ – grades, exams, awards – my mind grew to full flower … I became Titan’s foremost woman athlete – and her most renowned geneticist, as well.” To be the most renowned geneticist in a society comprised of eternal beings with advanced biologies that is already far in advance of earth science suggests that Moondragon’s intellect was vastly superior to the normal human’s.
Con: Let’s ignore for a moment that Moondragon’s own egomania might delude her into thinking she was the most renowned geneticist in Titan and look at that outfit! What the hell was she thinking? A slinky one-piece bathing suit with a high collar and cape? It’s like the Dracula was competing for the Miss America crown.
Conclusion: Genius! The great minds of the Marvel Universe are known for the terrible fashion choices like the Banner’s purple pants, the Mad Thinker’s olive drab jumpsuits, and Doom’s decision to wear his mask straight from the furnace. Talk about a fashion victim.
Pro: Using advanced science, Moondragon created villainous servants with super powers when she first came to earth. She used sonic technology to create Angar the Screamer, genetic manipulation to create the divinely powerful Dark Messiah, and bionics to createRamrod. She also invented a sentient computer. If any male character had shown expertise in that many disciplines, he’d be considered one of Marvel’s top scientists.
Conclusion: Genius! Sure, Madame McEvil is a terrible name whose only sinister quality comes from reminding one of the horrifying McRib! (Seriously, what the hell is bone-shaped boneless meat? It terrifies me!) But super geniuses in comics frequently have terrible names. “Mr. Fantastic” sounds entirely too vain. “The Leader” is a loner with no followers. And “M.O.D.O.K.” is a meaningless word and therefore a poor acronym (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.) Shouldn’t a huge brain like M.O.D.O.K. be able to come up with an acronym with a little meaning or panache? Biological-Robotic Amalgamation Intended for Nihilism! Bionic Intellect Technologically Enhanced – Murderous Entity!
Pro: She fabulous!
Con: Shut up!
Clearly, Moondragon is one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe, not just because of what she did, but for what she didn’t do. She didn’t accidentally turn her friend into an orange monster or accidentally shrink herself into an anthill or accidentally irradiate herself with her own poorly secured gamma bomb or intentionally swallow her own genetic potion and turn herself into a blue furred freak. Moondragon shows that women have been getting a raw deal in the Marvel Universe. As in the real universe, women’s intellects have been underestimated, and that underestimation has hindered the respect that Moondragon is due.
No wonder she’s a bitch.”
Inter-galactic babe lesbians, protecting the universe.
from Annihilation Conquest Prologue, drawn by Mike Perkins
[pt 5] Remember when Wolverine got drunk off some g+t’s and danced to Glee remixes in the village alllll night long? NEITHER DOES HE OMG HE WAS SOOO DRUNK LOL
from Wolverine: The Best There Is #1, drawn by Juan Jose Ryp