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Helen is the one who pays and consumes, while they are the ones who get paid and serve. Helen does not just use their bodies, but also their skills of sexual service to males:. I have a chance to take a long look at her from behind. I love her ass. A round piece of foam packed in clear plastic. Looks like a fortune cookie, only soft. And if we use normal tampons, the clients can feel them with their cocks. Tampons are too hard. We shove these sponges as far inside our pussies as we can and it holds the blood out of the way for a while.
The sponges are so soft no cock in the world is going to notice it touching its tip. It feels just like your cunt — even to a finger. You can try it. Because not every guy I fuck likes to dip into the red river. In those cases I could hide the blood the good old hooker way. Scenes like this are clearly written for their shock value.
They have nothing to do with Lesbianism or loving women. One of the brothels, though, immediately said it had a large selection of hookers open to women. The madam said it would be better if I came early in the evening as the male johns often got annoyed at female johns. Or do you call them johnettes? I was okay with that and now I go there often. I wanted to pick out the right hooker for me in the waiting room. She looked like a black version of me. By that I mean she was built like me.
Thin, small breasts, a wide, flat ass, but overall petite. And long, straight hair. But I think her hair was made out of plastic. I went over to her. I already knew she was willing to go with women. All those who service only men — maybe on religious grounds? I go over to her, as determined as possible. I feel very awkward in this brothel setting. No wonder men always have to get hopelessly drunk before they get up the nerve to go. In which case it would all have been for nothing.
So I go sober. I have too much respect for the women there and for the situation. Something to do with complementary colors, I think. Pussy-pink next to light-pink skin tone looks a lot more boring than pussy-pink next to darkbrown skin tone. Against dark brown the pussy-pink looks dark-lavender-blueish-red. Brown skin complements pussy-pink. There are no other black women in my world — not in my school, not in my neighborhood.
Prostitution is my only chance. I had a really bad experience with a white hooker. She had skin as pale as cheese and light-red hair. She was a little chubby and — totally unnecessarily — completely shaved. And I mean everything was bare. Not a single pubic hair anywhere.
Her crotch looked like a sculpture of a newborn baby made out of cheese. I had been looking forward to her tits. From beneath her shirt they had made a good impression. Big but still pointing upward. When she undressed and took off her bra, it was a big disappointment. She had big droopy breasts with flat nipples. In Wetlands , women of colour and working class women serve solely as staffage for a middle class self-improvement pseudo-feminism without any political value. Emulating male sociopathic values is not feminist and not politically effective, and yet, this is exactly what Charlotte Roche makes Helen do.
She uses barbecue tongs to remove lost tampons from her vagina, and puts them back without washing, delighting in the idea that other people use them p. She attempts to contaminate sterile dressing material with her period blood p. She offers a candy striper mineral water she has taken in her mouth and spat back several times p. In a somewhat forced scene she imagines to have sex with her father and when taking turns with him blowing up an inflatable hemorrhoid pillow, she deliberately leaves a lot of her spit on the valve for him to consume p.
She also sexually harrasses female massage therapists by involving them into sexualised conversations p. There is no solidarity, no genuine feeling of relation or common cause with other women in Helen. She is not one of them, not one of us. All female characters in Wetlands are evil and prudish or — at best — scatter-brained, while the male characters are easy-going and relaxed. Every single female nurse is malicious, incompetent, sadistic, unfuckable and underfucked p. Women are not really capable of true friendship, they are frenemies, always jealous, always bitching, always competitive.
The best Helen can do in terms of making friends — in this case with a female candy striper [xl] she initially hates and only later in some kind of lenient mood starts to tolerate — is to admire her make-up and sexualise her p. It is not so much Helen Memel who is the unreliable narrator of her life, but Charlotte Roche who is the unreliable narrator of the lives of girls under patriarchy.
Girls like Helen are not the predators. She makes Helen out to be disturbingly childish and child-like. As mentioned above, she looks underage to a degree she draws suspicion. Helen fits the pattern to a tee, enhancing the impression of her immaturity. Helen trying to force her parents back together is the main plotline.
Still, it never becomes clear just why her parents should reunite: Her father is completely absent through the first half of the book, and when he finally turns up, there is not the slightest explanation what he and his ex-wife have in common. It is absolutely not clear why Helen would want her mother back in her life. She idolises her father despite his very real shortcomings, but — as stated above — has nothing positive to say about her mother.
It remains a complete mystery why Helen or anyone else would want this family back. By the name of it Maria Hilf , she is in a Catholic hospital, which means there is a crucifix in her room. Charlotte Roche herself refuses to even step into a church. And yet, she seems to be unable to imagine any other way of life than heterosexual pair-bonding and nuclear family in fiction and reality. Helen is pining for the very ideal of family the crucifix symbolises, thus undermines any secularist message that Wetlands may have been intended to have. Once more, Charlotte Roche completely fails to make the reader understand why on earth Helen would fancy Robin.
He is an utterly forgettable, pale character, and Helen before page which is about halfway through the book not once considers him attractive or shows interest. It is like a switch is being flipped, and all of a sudden Helen starts to fantasise about having sex with Robin p. She also is jealous when he interacts with a female collegue p. Sometimes it happens that quickly. It may be just me, but showing basic empathy does not make Robin a convincing romantic lover.
It just so makes him a human being. Later Helen comes clear to him about her plotting for her parents to get back together p. He strokes her greasy hair p. He is a nurse, hygiene is his core business! Robin does not seem to be in love at all. He is not the victim in this. Starting a sexual relationship with a vulnerable, quasi homeless, teenaged patient is not romantic. It is exploitative, and that Robin is manipulated into it does not absolve him from responsibility. She is a teenage girl under patriarchy. She has no actual power.
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She has no plan for autonomy or personal liberation, no passions or future. Manipulation is the last resort of the weak, and Helen is very weak. She has no other medium to express herself but her own body. Her body is the only thing she has a modicum of power over, even though Charlotte Roche seriously overestimates just how much power she could possibly have see: Her self-harming is an expression of this: In this, Helen as a character is believable. To use sex and manipulation to somehow get by has been utterly romanticised e. I learned a lot from him.
He wanted me to experience everything about male sexuality so that in the future no man could ever pull one over on me. Makes him come harder. So far I can certainly concur. Just do it and afterward pretent nothing was ever in there. This older boyfriend also showed me lots of porn films. He thought not only could men learn a lot from them, but women, too. It would be radical to question the sexualisation of girls, not to carry the trope forward that teenage girls somehow obtain power by having sex with men.
Sleeping With the Enemy: Charlotte Roche is not a feminist. She is not interested in the welfare of women. She is interested in making the lives of het-partnered, white, middle-class women as nice as possible, but nothing else. Her second novel Wrecked is testimony to it. In a way, Wrecked is taking on where Wetlands ends, making utterly clear Charlotte Roche does not believe in her own redemptive narrative. That she tried to pass this drivel off as feminist and has the chutzpah to give women tips how to get more equality is an insult to all actual feminists.
It is endlessly ironic that Charlotte Roche, who is exclusively interested in the self-serving navel-gazing of white middle-class women is being perceived as the properly sex-positive, intersectional feminist in this equation. Wetlands is racist and anti-feminist, and Alice Schwarzer is right. Wherever Wetlands ties into any kind of actual feminist analysis e.
Helen for example likes to have sex on her period p. I was even willing to view this normalisation of menstruation as one of the few things I liked about the book — until Charlotte Roche lets Helen think that only stupid girls who want to remain virgins use pads versus tampons and sponges that properly male-serving women ought to use, p. The root cause for all female misery is not patriarchal oppression along the lines of anatomy, but other women and magazines?! Sie hasst das Patchwork, in dem sie lebt.
Sie lieben ihre Frau und sagen: Sie reden sich den Mund fusselig, aber es bringt nichts. Und ich rede da nicht nur von mir selbst. Frauen laden alles ausgerechnet bei demjenigen ab, den sie am meisten lieben. Vielleicht kennen Sie die falschen Frauen? Bei uns zu Hause ist die Kacke am Dampfen, und ich mache meine Beziehung kaputt, obwohl ich das nicht will. Aber wieso tun sie das? Woher kommt der Druck? Von den vielen Bildern. Out of love for her husband she develops a submissive, almost pornographical kind of sexuality.
She hates the patchwork family she is part of. Actually she hates everything in her life, except her husband, whom she still lays into. Male readers could start to fear Elisabeth. I may sound woman-hating, but the women I know are neurotic and lay into their husbands. Men are much more at ease with themselves. They love their wives and say: They are talking until they are blue in the face, but it is pointless.
Women are putting the biggest burden on those they love most. Probably you know the wrong kind of women? Women should be able to admit: But why are they doing that? Because they feel much more pressure than men. They should be beautiful, a great mother, work, everything should be so great, great, great. And I believe this pressure does not come from men. Where does the pressure come from?
From the many images. From the fucking magazines. Women may not have fat upper arms, no female thighs, they have to do this and that, and everything about them is wrong. In Wetlands , all female characters are evil, incompetent, not even good enough to fuck. It may be masked by her orgasms, but Helen is utterly aggressive towards her own female body. That Charlotte Roche wants the reader to believe she suffers no negative outcome of her self-victimising does not take away from the violence Helen inflicts on herself.
To get women to climax over their degradation is probably the most effective tactic of patriarchy, and Charlotte Roche fell for it, sound-proofing herself and Wetlands against any real politics. There is no patriarchy in Wetlands , no class consciousness, nobody who oppresses, nobody who is oppressed, just a pointlessly mean mommy, masochism dressed up as empowering and a male saviour.
Underneath the manufactured scandal there is nothing in Wetlands but the tired old lies patriarchy tells about women since millennia. There is no vision for freedom in the book. Emma is among the biggest and oldest feminist magazines in Europe and was founded by Alice Schwarzer see below. Wie hat die Feministin Roche die Kinderbetreuung in ihrem Hause organisiert? Man muss sich als Frau mit einem Feministen zusammentun. Mein Mann backt sogar wie eine Weltmeisterin.
In real life you are married and the mother of a five-year-old daughter. How did feminist Roche organise childcare in her own home? With a nanny and reasonable time management. People are asking themselves how to manage to be a feminist and still live with men. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book? Click here Would you like to report this content as inappropriate?
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There was a new, female Dr. Light Link , a new, female Wildcat Link … there even have been female Robins Link , from time to time. The gratuitous and casual killing off of good characters is infuriating. Both boys seemed likeable and full of potential… but also very much like the characters that get sidelined and forgotten Link once they fail to interest the mainly white readership.
A good supporting cast can really make or break a superhero. Batman could hardly exist without Alfred or Commissioner Gordon. There are a TON of Green Lantern supporting characters of course, and when they are well written, they become very important to the reader: Not only are there all of the myriad Lanterns, but all of the cool villains.
Where would Hal be without Sinestro? There are amazing characters around, and more of them than there are comic books to give them space to shine. For women, minorities, girlfriends and side characters, staying relevant is even harder. After Alex, the freelance photographer, was killed and stuffed into the fridge, Kyle dated Donna, a freelance photographer and hero, Link , who then was killed by an evil robot. First there was poor Alex. Then they killed Jade, then they killed his mother, then they killed practically anyone who had ever been in the same room with him.
I am really hoping that Soranik Natu, his current girlfriend, is the one to break the jinx. While Kyle started dating Donna, there was a whole generation of teenage heroes reaching their mid-twenties in the DC Universe: Dick Grayson, the former Robin, was now Nightwing Link. At the same time, their former sidekick roles were getting filled with new, more unconventional characters: In the late 90ies, DC Comics had became more multicultural and the authors worked hard to show us established hero concepts… with young, fresh faces: Kyle was part of this larger trend, and even today, he is the most popular and enduring of these characters.
I will be the first to admit that I am not much of a Donna Troy fan, though: I find her to be dull. Although I will admit that Kyle was a much better love interest for her than her late, unlamented husband, Terry Long [Link]. Terry Long was a middle-aged, divorced college professor, and Donna Troy was only 20 or 21 when she married him. To make things worse, Terry looked very much like Marv Wolfman Link , the author of that relationship and a long-time Donna Troy fan. She is one of the few people who actually have the Green Lantern power internalized… something that she inherited from her father, Alan Scott.
I was GLAD when she was killed…glad! I think the character of Jade was so annoying because Kyle basically had the very same story, with two different women: But in , a young author named Judd Winick Link took over and repeated many of the naive conflicts and stories that Marz had done before. Ironically, Ron Marz has also… said some of the smartest things about constructing characters that I have ever read Link , by drawing attention to a short sentence in an afterword Link by Stephen King: Instead, what had me invested in DC comics in the first place… was blogs like yours — that talk about the personalities and less about the always-the-same plot twists Link -, artists like Amanda Conner Link — that show the small, everyday moments between the heroes — and writers like Greg Rucka Link , who likes to write from the perspective of complicated, competent women Link.
Quite frankly, Winick has the ability to drive me absolutely nuts. He CAN be a good writer… when he wants to be. I get the impression that he thinks that superhero comics are a bit beneath him , and he writes them with a certain amount of contempt. His retcon [Link] is insulting, unnecessary and just plain bad [Link]. He CAN write men failry well…again, when he feels like it. He did a fairly decent job with Kyle back in the Green Lantern books. However, he also has this habit of writing about things such as drug use, or homosexuality, or whatever… and making a HUGE deal out of it.
There is a feeling that he has one eye on the award ceremony, and only one eye on his writing, because it is Just So Socially Relevant! Winick has also done some very good character stuff with Kyle… but having him answer to his real name while in costume or transforming into Green Lantern in the middle of a busy coffee shop? Since his powers were magic-based, he also still was very active with the Justice Society. But what changed for Guy and John? It is quite fabulous, and poor John Stewart has never been quite as interesting since.
He was still a jerk of course, but now he was a jerk on purpose. And with a heart of gold of course. John Stewart — and Donna Troy, of all people — joined an intergalactic team of super-powered peacekeepers, the Darkstars , Link. Their uniforms were gaudy, and they seemed to just try to be copying the Lanterns. John was in a wheelchair at the time, so Meryan cared for him. But that changed fairly quickly: He fell for Katma Tui, and she for him, and they got married during the Super Bowl, which was fun.
Also, he never bothered wearing a mask [Link]. All of this was badly plotted, joyless to read and gradually marginalized one of only five or six well-known black DC heroes. To this day, I do not understand John, as a character: He is stern and humourless, uses his ring for elaborate, technically accurate energy constructs… and has been a Marine sharp shooter before he worked as an architect.
Basically, John is probably the smartest of the four Earth Lanterns … although Guy is a whole lot smarter than people think that he is. Frankly, Hal and Kyle are pretty, but dumb. John is quietly competent, stoic, and steadfast. He is calm and he is efficient, but he is NOT particularly charismatic. It is as though between them, Hal, Kyle and Guy use up all the charisma, and John is left over. Nobody really seems to know quite what to do with him.
I like John, I really do…and yet I can understand why you have a hard time getting a clear picture of him. At the same time, an alien woman, Fatality Link came to earth and held John responsible for the destruction of her home planet Xanshi. Lately, they seem to be trying to redeem Fatality, making her join the Star Sapphires [Link]. But it will be interesting to see what they ultimately do with her.
But did it work? Is it worth reading? I have to admit that this was the low point of my interest in Hal: I was depressed enough that he went all crazy and became Parallax and killed his friends. It was nice that Hal was back… sort of. And it was interesting having him try and turn the Spectre into the Spirit of Redemption rather than the Spirit of Vengeance. There were some good stories that came out of it, though: When Hal went bonkers and the Corps was destroyed, it was awfully hard on a lot of GL fans. Yes, Hal was shallow, self-centered, egotistical and a little bit dumb… but dammit, he always added some excitement.
I even missed the stupid boxing glove construct he sometimes made with his ring [Link]! I really do love Geoff Johns as a writer. Johns loves to go dumpster-diving into DC continuity. It can be quite a treat to someone who is well-versed in that same continuity to see odd little facts and long-forgotten ideas pulled out, dusted off, and refurbished.
It was an okay explanation and a powerful retcon Link , and once Parallax was defeated, Hal had his body reconstructed and the Guardians decided to start a new, second Green Lantern Corps on Oa. The Powers That Be made it almost impossible for Hal to be rehabilitated… and yet… Geoff Johns managed to do just that, and in an extremely satisfying way. The Corps was a rich and valuable mythology back in the day… and we lost a LOT of story-telling potential when they killed Hal off, and only told stories with Kyle as the last Green Lantern.
Now it is all back, and better than it ever was, and I am eternally grateful. Geoff Johns has a gift for being able to go into the past, and mine obscure bits of continuity… and then reuse it to explain things that are happening now [Link]: You remember Cyborg Superman: The art [by Ethan van Sciver, Link ] was gorgeous, and it brought back Hal, as a hero… and Hal also lost those goddamned grey sideburns!
Man — I hated those! This is the way you sound on your blog most of the time, too: By god, this is the best current comic book out there! And that alone endears him to me! We even got Coast City back: And Sinestro [Link] came back as well. And this is a Very Good Thing. And that has been very very satisfying… to Sinestro. But no matter where you start: You have to read some pretty bad comics to understand what is going on. The older books still have a lot of relevance, yes. But it is fairly easy to find them, since DC has actually been reprinting a lot of their old material in handy dandy collected books [Link] … because who could afford to buy the extremely rare and valuable… not to mention impossible to find… originals from 50 or 70 years ago?
Although I suppose that can be said of just about ANY comic book! When I find a book that I like, I start to read it, and then I get interested, and start looking for back issues, and trade paperbacks so that I can figure out exactly WHAT is happening, and who those people ARE, and why are they acting the way that they do. I tend to get a little bit obsessive. When I began reading Green Lanterns, I hunted down back issues with absolute lust: I went to every comic book store I could find.
I had mail-order catalogues. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find thirty-year old French westerns? I actually think that it would be easier for a new reader to start with some of the Silver Age Green Lantern books [Link] , to find out who exactly Hal is. But if you really really like Green Lanterns… it is truly worth it. There is one reprint collection that I have found extremely helpful: He was a very competent, prideful and serious Green Lantern from the planet Korugar Link who realized that the planet was much more secure if he ruled it with an iron fist.
From there, it turned violent… and he began to be a menace to the Guardians. Really, Sinestro is a fabulous character: All heroes need a good villain, and Sinestro is one of the best [Link]. Sinestro got a little bit carried away [with his dictatorship] on Korugar, and the Guardians turned on him [ Link ]. They seem to have a bad habit of doing that sort of thing. Soranik was a surgeon on Korugar, and now she is a Green Lantern in her own right… but she thinks that Sinestro is a monster.
Geoff Johns has been working on Sinestro a lot in the past few years: I liked it even better than Rebirth! Has that been handled with any kind of political complexity in the old comics, too? Or is Sinestro just your run-of-the-mill despot? He would like to have a New World Order however. And he does seem to see himself as being the most competent person to run it. A black sense of humor, but still… he has a kind of dark wit. And his artwork is just so…fluid. It flows so effortlessly from panel to panel. And he draws Guy Gardner simply beautifully [Link]! The ring is a very powerful weapon, and the Guardians have decided that instead of one ringbearer per sector, there will be two, bringing the number of Green Lanterns up to Link … All of this could be cheesy, chaotic or boring… but fortunately, Tomasi has a great eye for details, a good ear for characters… and he likes to put these space cops through unnerving, morally complicated situations Link.
The only problem is… it is a big, complicated, long-term story with no good jumping-on points. Also, with only 20 pages of story material a month, most plotlines are years-old: I loved reading the whole saga this June, in just about two weeks Link. There ARE a fair amount of lose ends and dangling plot lines at the moment, yes. But Geoff Johns is notorious for taking a LONG view when it comes to writing his books… and he is very fond, and vey deft at planting clues and hints. You do have to be patient when reading Green Lantern. I like the serial nature of comic books… the monthly storyline… the cliff-hanger… the drama and the waiting… anticipation is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a comic book fan.
When finally after four weeks or so, your favorite book is right there in your trembling hands… and you get to see how the hero survived, or failed, or what happened, and oh God, it all starts over, because there is yet another cliff-hanger! I just hope that comic books stay popular and viable and profitable for another fifty years! Well… what do you think? Do you think there will still be 50 to 70 different DC books a month Link … ten years from now? Do I think that comics will still be around in ten years? I certainly hope so… although I am pretty sure that the digital market is probably going to be the wave of the future.
Still…there will be a lot of old farts like me, who like to hold the book in their hands, and actually have a physical copy of it. And I have to admit that I LOVE actually going to the Comic Book store on Wednesday , and talking in person with the other patrons about the new books, and complaining about whatever stupid thing the comic book companies have just done Link. It is a personal connection that I treasure. I love the internet, but sometimes, human contact is also very nice to have.
These are pretty durable characters, all things considered. Batman and Superman have been around for 70 some years now! And a lot of those kids grew up and were nostalgic for the beloved stories of their youth, and that spawned a whole new generation of fans, who may be older, but who continue to buy and read comics.
For an internship that summer, I had to take a 3-hour commute by train every day for three months, so I decided to buy some comics and read them on the train List of books that I read back then, Link. It was a magical, exciting summer I wrote personal essay about it here, Link … and places like your blog helped me understand what was going on. The funny thing is, though… I buy the books on Amazon. Can you explain what happened there? Why is the discourse on the internet SO different from the real-life demographics? I never picture comic book fans as predominantly white, straight and male because the people talking online are almost NEVER white, straight and male.
Is there another universe of well-written, thoughtful, intelligent and critical white, straight and male DC blogs that I have never found? That is one heck of a question, and it is one that I wonder about all of the time as well. I am so accustomed to going through my daily routine, reading all of my favorite blogs [Link, blog roll available on the right side] , writing something inane in my own blog, going through the various Message Boards and so on, that it seems as though the whole world is interested in Comic Books. But that of course, would be wrong. But yes, I am usually the only woman in my beloved local comic book store.
Not always, there are some other, usually younger women who are patrons, but not all that many. But with only a few exceptions, I have been extraordinarily fortunate, in that the other male patrons have accepted by presence without a murmer. There are some stores that it is practically taking your life or your virtue in your hands to even enter [a comic book store]. My store is not like that…thank goodness! I also always make sure to bring Matt in home-made cookies and brownies and such… and I end up with the best covers , and occasionally action figures and statues and other stuff!
DC admitted target age of the new DC reboot [Link] is aimed at men, from 18 to If you are trying to maintain, and increase your customer base, it seems foolish to go out of your way to ignore and annoy a rather large section of that base [Link]. There are the Trolls of course. There is a rather peculiar subgroup of male fans who see any complaint from women as being an ad hominem attack on THEIR hobby, and they react with unprecedented fury. Most women fans, like a lot of the same things that the guys do… I can appreciate a good solid kick to the head any day.
I love capes, and sound effects and ridiculous science, and so on. We just want the female heroes to be a competent as the male heroes … without arching their backs [Link] and wearing thongs. So… I think that there are a lot of women who find the internet a safer place to talk. Which sounds a bit odd considering how many trolls are out there.
There are PLENTY of men who are blogging, and writing articles and leaving huge essays on message boards… in fact I think that the majority of comic book blogs are still by men.
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But there are a lot more women coming into the fandom, from even a few years ago, and I think this is a good thing. There are also a lot more women attending the various conventions and doing the whole cosplay thing too. There are more women gamers. The Comic book companies have actually made some strides in opening things up and having characters that appeal to everyone… certainly more so than in the past. There is a lot more that they could do … and probably will need to do, if they want to remain relevant and solvent in the future.
It might have been a pretty smart move of DC to say that their comics are for grown-up men, though: Obviously, there are a lot of older, nostalgic men reading comics, too. Some of the October covers look even pulpier and trashier: It looks darker and more macho than ever. But it also looks dumber than ever. I think that 12 to 15 is an ideal age to get interested in comic books. But teens always find a kick to the head to be hilarious. Unfortunately the trend in comics for far more mature audience leaves out a LOT of paying customers, and I think that it is also a recipe for disaster sooner or later.
The inflation rate is much higher than it should be. I wonder why not? Kids AND adults love this book! Are there any other DC series that you would like to recommend? I simply adore Jonah Hex [Link]. The book is a million times better than the movie [Link] , by the way. I have never been much of a fan of the Teen Titans [Link] for some reason. Or the Legion of Super-Heroes [from the 31st century, Link ] for that matter. My feelings are mainly rooted in those old Silver Age books [ Link ] that show them getting bored every other week or so and staging fake try-outs for the poor wannabees [Link] and then mocking and humiliating them for their own pleasure.
Spoiled rotten Teenagers from the Future! Really really good [ Link]. I loved these weekly books that DC was doing: It was my only chance to read about some of my absolute favorite characters in the world, with Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Fire and Ice. Both women, Fire and Ice, were just written…very poorly. It had no bearing on the final conclusion of the story, and did nothing but enrage Ice fans [in-depth article, Link].
I was about to ask you about your least favorite moments: What scenes were horrid and bad? Well… we talked about the way that the Comic Book companies keep killing off perfectly good and viable characters for no more than a momentary thrill. By now, it has lost whatever shock value it ever had. Usually, the heroes end up coming back anyway…. Of course, there are a whole lot of Green Lanterns that have bit the dust, and it is a shame.
If you have gone to the trouble to create these wonderful characters, with a long and rich history, it is an awful shame to get rid of them just for a momentary cheap thrill. Also, it is possible to tell perfectly wonderful, exciting stories about married couples [cute Link] , such as Clark Kent and Lois Lane [Link] and not have it be boring. How many times can we destroy New York anyway [Link, published Sep. Heroes NEED good villains. Still, in the long run, there is more that I love about my comics than what I hate.
I read comics because I enjoy them. So… read the books that you like. On the one hand, Johns is very good in creating an atmosphere of importance and urgency: On the other hand, all the characters explain and rectify complex backstory through dialogue: Johns uses so much retroactive continuity, explanations, remarks and throwbacks to the past…that the dialogue seems very artificial, lifeless, stilted and weird. I think I was the most impatient man in the world. Reading Geoff Johns feels like working… or learning… from a teacher who is constantly lying about the history book.
I have no problems with retcons. You made a good point when you brought up Hal and Barry talking, and referencing moments from their past, that have been reconstructed. Geoff Johns feels that he sometimes has to explain Every Little Thing about a character. And he does have a tendency to get a little heavy-handed sometimes. But this is a minor flaw to me, most of the time: Hal does not like to wear his power ring when he is piloting a plane, so he could not free himself.
But at the same time… he is friends with the whole super-hero community AND the Corps. Superman did not hear his heartbeats or his cries, with his super-hearing? And then all of a sudden, something like this happens: Hal Jordan, tortured and forgotten in Chechnya. And I actually find Cowgirl to be a bit of a bore, too: That seems to be the sum of her character [Link]. However, she apparently puts out, and that seems to be the sum of her attraction for Hal. Carol Ferris is a much more rounded character. She ran a business, and that was something of an achievement in the Silver Age days [Link].
Heck, they were even kids together [Link]. In 5 years of comics, Hammond only sat around and looked unhappy and bizarre Link …. Hector is quite possessive of Carol — but in a weird sort of way, he has a crush on HAL too! The meteor rock that gave him his powers also makes him grotesque and unable to move, so all he can do is experience things vicariously, through Hal and Carol. You really do have to feel a little bit sorry for Hammond: Did you enjoy the movie? And I was actually quite surprised when Blaise decided to go and see it with me. But we ended up going to a matinee, and having a really good time.
I was surprised a bit that he DID like it so much because usually, his eyes start to roll when I start talking about my comics. He was able to follow the plot pretty well , and enjoyed it enough to come with me and see it AGAIN… this time with two of my sons. Who enjoyed it as well. The audience seemed to like it. Everyone stayed and enjoyed it.
I think that it would have been better with one villain… not two [Parallax and Hector Hammond? Or does Sinestro get evil, too?
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The visuals for Oa and the Guardians and the Corps was simply spectacular… and we were left wanting more. Oh, and putting Guy, John Stewart and Kyle into the sequel would be very nice! Your husband is named Blaise? A few smart people realize the connection…and yes, his parents DID name him after the original.
He IS very good at math, less prone to philosophy and sexy as hell. I really like Adam Strange [Link] , a ies picture-story-[Link! Sometimes, other space heroes drop by. What a wasted opportunity…. Back in the old days, the books were pretty much being written as entirely self-contained.
Lobo did show up occasionally, though: And Lobo and Boodikka actually had a little fling, which I thought was an interesting characterization. Usually, the other Cosmic groups would only show up in books like Green Lantern Quarterly, and the New Gods and Apokolips always seemed to be off on their own. Again, you see Green Lanterns showing up on some of the more notable planets nowadays — which is only sensible. The politics did not make sense, heroes were running around like headless chicken, the pictures were pretty — but no-one understood what these Amazons wanted, anyways misogynist Link.
One ring even wanted to pick Batman. Man, that was pretty bad, all things considered: But yes, the Sinestro Corps War was a breath of fresh air! You had the four Earth Lanterns, running around doing their Four Musketeers impression , which was fun. Poor Kyle was having a rather rough time, getting Parallaxed himself [Link] , but it was chilling to see how sweet little Kyle could be so…evil. You had the Lost Lanterns [Link] running around being snooty to Hal, Hal trying to laugh it off, John being pissy, and Guy as usual… having all the best lines.
I can remember blogging about it… with the utmost enthusiasm. There is nothing quite like being with other people who love something just as much as you do. Thank god for the Internet! And yes, I do think that this is the event that really propelled Hal to being an A-Lister. In the finale, Hal got to show how much he really does love his brother [Link] and what is left of his family, and then he and Kyle get to fight Sinestro… hand to hand, without rings!
The good guys won, the bad guys lost, and we were all quite happy for some time. It felt like once all their series had found their tone, Peter Tomasi tried to create one really emotional, honest moment every issue. Yes, the scene with Guy kissing Tora in the aftermath of the war is one of my favorites. So I agree with you that Peter Tomasi is an excellent writer, and I love his stuff to death. He and Geoff Johns have seemed to forge a really excellent working relationship together , and his portrayals of Guy and Kyle in particular seem to me to be absolutely spot on.
Kyle is embarrassed, John is horrified, Batman is stoic, Superman is quite surprised, and Wonder Woman… looks intrigued. A wonderful piece of art! All of this sounds so lame! The rings search the galaxy for people with the ability to overcome great fear. In most cases, such people are rebels, free thinkers, people with a death wish etc.
These are the people that the Guardians expect to come to Oa, ask no questions and serve in a militaristic Corps. Clashes about free will and leadership. Dysfunctional teams in existential, nightmarish conflicts… a dark, bizarrely violent tone… and still: The Guardians get their tiny blue asses saved over and over and over again. But do they express gratitude? No… they do not. Countless species throughout the cosmos have been able to wield their willpower in the name of the Corps.
But the Guardians themselves have been riddled with fear… ever since Hal came back, and the Corps was re-established. They keep making the same stupid mistakes, and they keep failing to trust in their own people. Back in the day, they used to be a lot more dignified. A bit remote perhaps, but at least you had the feeling that they had the best interests of the Universe AND the Corps at heart.
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Now, they are a bunch of terrified bratty children. What has made the Guardians so afraid? Sinestro uses fear to fuel his rings. The Star Sapphires [Link] were able to harness love and turn it into a dangerous, repressing weapon [Link]. Gradually, Hal learned about the existence of four additional, different-colored Corps: Considering how many secondary and teriary characters keep getting killed off in the various cross-overs, you need to replenish those ranks , simply through attrition. Or Miri, who is the most adorable Star Sapphire ever [Link]?
Hate and Love may be opposites… but they are also a heck of a lot alike when it comes to the depth of their feelings. And Batman was chosen by a Yellow Ring [Link]! The Indigo Tribe of Compassion is probably the most mysterious one: You would think that Compassion would be a GOOD emotion, but we have seen them perform what seem to be mercy killings … or were they? Also, Indigo-1 [Link] is quite a different person when the ring is off of her finger. Recently when John Stewart had an Indigo ring on this finger, he decided that he had to kill a… certain member of the Green Lantern Corps [Link] instead of taking an extra minute to try and find another possibility.
Really, the Blue Corps of Hope seems to be the most benevolent. A new artist, Philip Tan Link was doing his best… but for a while, Hal just seemed to fly around the cosmos to meet random new colors and get infected by their energy for five minutes Link 1 , Link 2 , Link 3 , Link 4. Atrocitus is an interesting character , though: Someone you would think would be completely unlikeable… until you realize that as nasty as he is, he did have a huge injustice done to him and his people: It took about a year to introduce and explain all seven Corps.
I have read the complete thing Link … and hey: Geoff Johns does like Big Events. This has led to some excellent storytelling along the way. But sometimes, it can also lead to Big Event Fatigue [Link]. If Johns has a weakness, it is a weakness that I think most good comic book writers share… you sometimes have to have a little bit of down-time. Let everyone catch their breath, and relax for a little bit, before they get thrown back into the thick of things.
Hal — and the recently resurrected Barry Allen Link — had to fight another, secret Corps that was attacking the hero community: The Black Lantern Corps Link , whose rings could only be worn by dead bodies. Friends, children, rivals, parents… whoever had died around a hero — the rings created an evil, powerful and zombie-like replica of their dead bodies to attack the heroes… and feast of their emotions: Black Lanterns look like zombies.
But they act like emotion-eating vampires. It was genuinely exciting to see the heroes form alliances, deal with their private demons and, over the course of one night, come up with desperate strategies to defeat the Black Lanterns, their leader Nekron Link and Black Hand Link , his human ally Link. Nearly 20 different authors, telling ONE story in parallel, monthly comic books titles: It must have been a big organizational challenge.
But it really paid off. The most diverse and emotionally rich planet in all the universe. As for Barry getting the spotlight… I think that Geoff Johns has a habit of playing with some of his characters as if they are new toys. Now he and Ollie can fight over Hal again! Having the Rings wear the bodies of the dead heroes… instead of the other way around was brilliant.
Loved that costume [Link]! And Carol Ferris had become Queen of the Star Sapphires… in an outfit that had many feminist readers disappointed Link.