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J LHLS Archives: June 2004

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Buzzboy, The World's Most Upbeat Superhero!
Story & Art by John Gallagher & Tim Ogline (or Steve Hauk)
Publisher: Sky Dog Entertainment

Reviewed by Sarah Rasher

The satiric superhero has become his own subgenre. After a few generations of men called by fate to put on masks and save cities from supervillains, cynicism and self-awareness caught up with the superhero myth, and writers across media have considered what superpowers might be like for a real, flawed human being. Sometimes, as in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's classic Watchmen, the portrayal is melancholy. More often, as with The Tick and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there's a bittersweet levity.

In Buzzboy: Monsters, Dreams & Milkshakes, John Gallagher approaches the subject with madcap silliness. Buzzboy, the world's most upbeat superhero, is a sunny oaf with a taste for fast food -- the sort who, being chased by a dragon, exclaims, "I am sooooo busted!" His cast of sidekicks almost, but not quite, put a new spin on things: a busty, wisecracking cheerleader; a reformed ex-supervillain; and an absurdly competent African-American hero who doesn't just wink at tokenism but grins at it.

Posted by Sarah Rasher @ 11:25 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney's War Against the CountercultureThe Pirates and the Mouse:
Disney's War Against the Counterculture
Bob Levin
Fantagraphics Books, 270 pages, $24
ISBN: 156097530X

Reviewed by William Wentworth-Sheilds

If you only know Mickey as a 'Hello Kitty-esque' theme-park mascot, The Pirates and the Mouse is a startling and evocative book that recreates an earlier time, when Mickey Mouse was an important, potent avatar of American values.

Posted by William Wentworth Sheilds @ 02:43 PM PST [Link]

Monday, May 31, 2004

Star Trek: The Last Roundup

By Christie Golden
Published by Star Trek Books
326 pages, $6.99
ISBN: 074344910X

Reviewed By Laurel Sutton

Plot Summary: Kirk, Chekov, and Scotty go off to some new colony founded by Kirk's boneheaded nephews. Things are not as idyllic as they seem, and soon Our Gang (aided by Spock et al aboard a Klingon ship) have to save the galaxy from blowing up. They do, and everyone breathes a sigh of relief until the next book is published, thirty minutes later.

Review: I knew this was going to happen. We just start reviewing these Trek books, right? The first one I pick is Catalyst of Sorrows, which happens to be a really good book by an author I like. Yay! I am happy! I pick up the next one in the queue and what do I get? An implausible plot, characters doing the Stupid Dance, and a deus ex machina in the form of Azetbur, who wants to pay back a debt to Kirk for saving everyone's hash in STIV. [more]

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 11:00 PM PST [Link]

Y, The Last Man, Trades 1-3
Publisher: DC Comics

Reviewed by Ginger Mayerson

Y All the Misogyny in "Y, The Last Man"?

Before we get started, I wish to recommend my fellow reviewer, Kathy LaFollett's review, Itís the Women, Y, be read along with this one for another point of view on this work. GM July 10, 2004

After reading the first three trades of "Y, The Last Man", and learning that there is a film in the works, I must wonder why there is so much institutional support for such a negative vision of a world, for whatever reasons, dominated by women? Are women really that scary or are women just scary to the people who produce pop culture?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:24 PM PST [Link]

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