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J LHLS Archives: March 2005

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Ménage à Trois, Number 6
By Roger Wormburper
Publisher: Eros Comix

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Someday, in the future... if we live... some clever curator will collect all the lefty comics in one show, and thus show all the world how well we fought... and lost anyway.

Among the many, there will be TEX!, there will be The Bush Junta, and there will be "Ménage à Trois, Number 6," subtitled "Trapdoor Spiderwoman for President," an adult comic from Eros. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:03 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days
by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, Tom Feister
Published by Wildstorm/DC Comics

Review by Tom Good

Mitchell Hundred is an ex-superhero who gave up his costume to go into politics. Now the unmasked Mayor of New York City, he has to deal with an assassination attempt, a series of bombings, and even a controversial art installation involving Abraham Lincoln. The Mayor's superpower allows him to "talk" to machines and give them orders, so he has no fear of guns, because he can tell them to jam. But one adversary neatly bypasses Hundred's power by hitting him on the head with a club.

Hundred acquired his powers through the aftereffects of an explosion, one caused by a terrorist bomb. And speaking of terrorism, it seems that enough time has passed since 9/11 that comics can include that day as a piece of history, without having to try to explain it, or directly address the emotional fallout of those events. Without spoiling the plot, all I can say is that in Ex Machina's world the events of 9/11 unfolded in a slightly different way. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 07:33 PM PST [Link]

Family Reunion
A mini comic based on part of the novel "Perfect Circle" by Sean Stewart
Art by Steve Leiber

Review by Ginger Mayerson

It says on the back cover of the "Family Reunion" mini/promotional comic:

"Steve Leiber is a bum. A peanut-headed bum."

I must look more closely at Mr. Leiber's head next time I see him. I don't recall it being peanut-like in the least. He sure can draw, I'll tell you that much.

"Family Reunion" is a "San Diego Comic-Con Bootleg Edition based on the characters from the novel 'Perfect Circle.'" (Note: The comic comes free with any order or you can buy it for a buck.) Based on this comic, this novel looks worth reading. The comic and the novel concern a nice, but unsuccessful guy named William Kennedy who is pestered by his family's ghosts. Real ghosts, not all that stuff people scream at each other at holidays. In this mini, he's pestered by his uncle (?) Travis, who is long dead in Vietnam, but shows up at the family reunion picnic to read the newspaper and annoy William. At first William thinks Travis is annoyed at the current war news, but it turns out that Travis, who was a college baseball star before he was drafted, just wanted him to turn to the sports page for him. It has a happy ending with Travis reading the sports page and William eating potato salad with his uproarious family. Well, I thought it was happy.

(A version of this review originally appeared in the January 2005 issue of Sequential Tart.)

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:19 PM PST [Link]

By Anson Jew

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Anson Jew is a Noir wunderkind. He beautifully tells a weird and vivid story in black and white, three rectangles to a page, and twenty-three pages in the book and it just left me breathless. Bravo!

(A version of this review originally appeared in the January 2005 issue of Sequential Tart.)

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:06 PM PST [Link]

Story by Maki Kazumi
Art by Yukine Honami
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Yet again why older women should read yaoi manga.

This review contains information that could be considered spoilers. Please take this into consideration and continue at your own risk.

I like the art in "Desire," but the sex bothers me. It's the old, "your lips say no but your eyes say yes," or "your whole body, except your dick says no, but I'm only listening to dicks now" or "quiet! you came, now I get to fuck you" deal that bothers me. In two sex scenes, Toru repeatedly begs Ryoji to stop and is repeatedly ignored. Eventually Toru just gives up and let's Ryoji do what he wants with his body. It's all very well drawn and not offensive... until you think about it.

I've said this elsewhere, so I'll say it here: I think this kind of thing would confuse the hell out of a young woman (ages 14 18 to, oh, 30), which is the market yaoi is aimed at. I don't know what that says about our society or what the fall-out will be, if any. I also don't know any women in that age group, so if you read this stuff and still know that no, means no, please speak up. On the other hand, you might know that no, means no, but do the men in your lives respect that? I'm just asking because I was young once... and it was not a picnic. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:48 PM PST [Link]

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