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[personal profile] aeka2011-12-31 04:43 pm

My Last Post For 2011

Gotta say, compared to last year, this year has been good to me and am very much looking forward to 2012! :)

Among the positives of 2011...I guess rejoining this comm after my two year hiatus from it. I was originally a member of the LJ comm before it got flushed by the LJ Gods, and was mostly active there in 2007-2008 (around the time I actually got into mainstream comics). Admittedly I was reluctant to rejoin this comm at first since I noticed things were a bit...well *different* from the original LJ version, but after being here the last couple of months, I gotta say it's been worth it. :}

Comics-wise? Heh...honestly? I've only read three titles that were published this year prior to the relaunch: Power Girl, Gotham City Sirens, and Birds of Prey Vol. 2; all of them being girl-leading books. (You are all now free to tell me I've missed out on a lot. I've had one person tell me that already). :P

All three books were okay this year. Admittedly I felt Power Girl's book was better under the Jimmy Palmiotti/Amanda Conner team since they captured the character's wit and essence beautifully while bringing a sense of fun to the book. It was certainly a nice change of pace from the grim and gritty books I was accustomed to reading. Under Judd Winick...the book had its moments but didn't have the same flavour from the previous run. :(

So now I wrap up this post (and the last remaining hours of the year) with my favourite BOP scene of 2011!!!! :D

Is there booze? Oh yes. Epic fun? Most definitely. Naked beefcakey men? Haha, you'll have to click and see! ;) )

As the saying goes...HAPPY NEW YEAR PEEPS! ;)
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[personal profile] icon_uk2011-04-12 09:37 pm

Taking a theme a little TOO far; Hawk and Dove #23

I'll say from the start, as I've said before, that I love the Kesels' "Hawk and Dove" run, Hank and Dawn were great characters, the supporting cast was fun, they went to some interesting places and developed the concept of Hawk and Dove in ways the original series never managed.

I ALSO love themed villains, those whose obsession takes control of their lives and emerges in some warped form of criminality or lifestyle. The Riddler, the Serpent Society, hell, even the Death Throws (The Multiverse's only homicidal criminal team of... umm... jugglers)

Now even bearing both those facts in mind, I have to admit that sometimes things can be taken a little far, an amusing verbal tic becomes so irritating that you just want to scream at the people on the page to STOP IT!!

Case in point.... from 1991, Hawk and Dove



That's one heck of a melodramatic title isn't it? "Input: Action.... Output: DEATH!" (Dun-dun-DUNNNNNNN!)

Meet the Cyber Brats... )

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[personal profile] icon_uk2010-07-30 10:03 pm

One Perfect Moment - Detective "Sal" Arsala of the Washington SCU


"Who?" I hear you ask?

Detective Arsala was a recurring character in Karl and Barbara Kesel's exemplary Hawk and Dove series in the late 80's early 90's. A member of the Washington Special Crimes Unit (If Metropolis can have a Task Force devoted to metahuman crimes, it only makes sense that Washington DC have one too, no?)

He was a fun character, an excellent police officer if a little eccentric, notably in his taste for Hawaiian shirts so garish, they'd make your eyes bleed!

Here, from Hawk and Dove #13, he's on his first date with Dove (He even wearing a suit for about the first time ever), it's not exactly standard first date small talk... He can't as her about her day, as she has a secret identity, and he spent the day examining corpses in the morgue... so they end up talking shop...
It sounds so obvious when someone else says it... )
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[personal profile] terrykun2010-07-21 02:23 pm

Brightest Day 6 - The Ring Commands You To...

So, who else thought it was going to be a bad idea trying to raise Hawk II? Hm? Anyone else?

Well let's just see how that panned out.

Three pages below the cut )
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[personal profile] icon_uk2010-07-20 09:33 pm

New cryptic Brightest Day teaser image

In the grand tradition of such things, DC have issued a new cryptic teaser image for their... well, let's be charitable and call it "controversial"... Brightest Day series...



Full size image under the cut
Click for embiggened-ness )

Granny Goodness wants YOU - For the Female Fury Cadets....

The Karl and Barbara Kesel run on Hawk and Dove was one of my favourite titles back in the 1990's. They oversaw the introduction of Dawn Granger as the second Dove (Who was, to be honest, FAR more interesting than Don Hall had ever been) and created as good a superhero comic as one might hope to find as well.



The Kesels are amongst the few people who seems to "get" Jack Kirby characters and concept, Karl in particular used them a lot in things like this title (and Superboy), and in a way that was usually respectful, but expanded on them in ways that Kirby never did, usually because he was already moving on to his NEXT idea.

Take the Female Furies, Granny Goodness' elite warriors; Lashina, Stompa, Bernadeth and the marvellously named Mad Harriet. In some way these ladies are a lynchpin of the DCU, an equivalent perhaps to the MU's Wrecking Crew. They're powerful, versatile, each has an awesome visual design, and together form a team which is a good, but not unbeatable, challenge for a new hero team (or single hero if they're powerful enough) to test their mettle and resourcefulness. They also have the advantage of not needing much explanatory motivation "A mission from Darkseid/Granny Goodness" covers a multitude of plot points.

And at the same time, they had a static membership for a LOOOONG time. Prior to this story they had only ever added ONE member to the team when John Ostrander introduced the archer Artemiz and her cyber-pack (Technologically enhanced Apokaliptian wolves, NOT exactly cuddly puppies).

And then we had this story, from Hawk and Dove 21, with guest art from Steve Erwin, which presents us with a...