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stubbleupdate ([personal profile] stubbleupdate) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-09-04 05:50 pm


This month, I have been mostly reading The Luna Brother's Ultra. It's a title that picked up a sample for through Comixology's Android app (there's SO MUCH good free stuff out there). The book has recently been released as a hardcover, and has a live action trailer to advertise it. (the trailer isn't that great, actually).

The story is about a professional superheroine, Ultra aka Pearl Penalosa. She's nominally Hispanic, or at least from an Hispanic family. The story is more about her life after hours than any sort of crime-fighting escapades. The book has been described as like a superhero Sex and the City, with Pearl's love life being one of the main threads that carries through the 8 issues of the book, along with her relationships with her fellow heroines.

It's not a book without problems. There's a lot of bitches, skanks and sluts being bandied around. Sometimes they're coming from asshole characters to insult our heroines. Sometimes they're being used by our heroines as terms of affection for each other. Sometimes they're just used as synonyms for woman. That's one massive thing that I had a problem with.

The sexual politics of Ultra are clearly going to be one of its main topics and I'll write about that in a few days. Just now, I only want to contribute the covers for the single issues, all of which are modelled after established magazines.

Issue 1 - Time Magazine

Issue 2 - Maxim

Issue 3 - Wired

Issue 4 - Rolling Stone

Issue 5 -National Enquirer

Issue 6 - Cosmo?

Issue 7 - ?

Issue 8 - A Silver Age comic book
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[personal profile] halloweenjack 2011-09-06 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
Quite honestly, if you've already read Astro City or Powers (at least the early arcs) to any degree, you've probably covered a lot of the same superhero-as-celebrity ground.