Woozy With Hunger and Comic Book Love

Hello, loyal readers! It’s Yom Kippur, and I am fasting. Thus, I ask that you excuse any typos or general loopiness. I haven’t eaten in 22 hours. However, the show must go on, and there are comic books to discuss!

I am extremely behind on my reading (and also my blogging), so you’ll all have to forgive me, I’m still reviewing the first issues of some of the DC new 52. But don’t worry, I’ll catch up soon enough! And no, I won’t review every issue of every comic I read.

Anyway, let’s start with Justice League International #1!  It definitely accomplished more as a first issue than Justice League #1 did, but there’s a balance between action and exposition that I’m not sure either Dan Jurgens or Geoff Johns struck particularly well.

I was much more impressed Nightwing #1, which I felt did a great deal in terms of kicking off Dick’s story without inundating us with information. Of course, Nightwing is written from Dick’s perspective, and his narration really helps set the scene. I can certainly understand how this isn’t an option for ensemble pieces like JL and JLI.

My only complaint was that some of Dick’s interior monologue was written a bit stiffly, but then, Dick’s always been a bit uptight.

He is, however, quite the looker.

Last but not least, a short discussion of Red Hood and the Outlaws #1. I’m going to be honest, I’m completely on the fence about this one. I may be alone in this, but I’m a huge fan of Jason Todd, especially as Red Hood, so I have high hopes for this series. It’s witty, appealing, engaging, and it struck that balance I mentioned earlier between action and exposition really well–partially because of the humor.

However, I am a woman (see comment on Dick Grayson above), and I found the portrayal of Starfire to be a little bit offensive. I mean, seriously. She shows up in the skimpiest of outfits looking completely emaciated, and her first line of dialogue reads, ‘Is there anything else I can do, Jason?’ Excuse me while I vomit.  It seems to me she’s liberated sexually, but that’s about it. I find it a bit questionable, especially in a woman who was sold into slavery back on her home world.

But hey, fan service is fan service.

Enjoy your weekends, and happy reading!


A Long Expected Party

Happy birthday to two of my favourite hobbits!


Yes, it’s 22nd September, the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. I hope you’re all celebrating with feasts, fireworks, and, of course, a wizard or two.


(Also, thanks to my dad for reminding me of the special occasion, and for making me fall in love with LOTR when I was five.)

A Very Space-y Birthday

Today marks the nine year anniversary of Joss Whedon’s Firefly! The series premiered 20th September 2002 (marking the best day of my whole shiny life), and though it only aired for a season, it remains–to my mind–one of the best and most influential sci-fi shows ever made.

Fittingly–and, I’m sure, on purpose–20th September is also the birthday of one Captain Mal Reynolds! So, happy birthday to our favourite show and our favourite outlaw. I suggest imbibing copious amounts of Blue Sun sake* to celebrate!**

*This blog post sponsored by Blue Sun.



Live life with Blue Sun!

**This blog does not condone underage drinking. Please enjoy your legal alcoholic beverages responsibly.

Am I Slow Or…? (A Justice League #1 Review)

Alright, here’s the deal: I was busy moving into college and coping with major family drama when Justice League #1 came out, so I didn’t buy it right away. I figured, “No big. I’ll get it from TFAW (my absolute favourite website) once things have calmed down and I’ve gotten my first paycheck.” And then it sold out.

“Why is this happening to me?” I asked, in real distress. Alright, I realize that selling 200,000 copies in a first printing isn’t exactly groundbreaking in the comic book ‘verse, but I wanted to read this fraking title! I called my comic book shop back home, and yes, they’d sold every copy of the first printing already (why didn’t I pre-order?!). I was in trouble.

Luckily, I found myself in downtown Ithaca waiting for a friend, with a little time on my hands and a five dollar bill in my pocket. So I poked my head into the local comic book shop, which has, in the past, been a bit of a disappointment–in knowledge if not in stock. And lo and behold: they had four copies of the first printing left! I was thrilled.

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Bored of my thrilling tale? I’ll get right down to the review. First off aesthetics. I was seduced by the smell of the pages alone. And, not surprisingly, the art was brilliant. I’m a sucker for Lee’s style, and was thoroughly impressed with Williams. Lee goes for a very angular look, I think–a little bit edgier (literally) than some of the other artists I tend to favour–and that works really well for the straightforward, nitty-gritty story Johns sets up.

Which brings me to the writing. I loved Green Lantern. He was funny, cocky, and talked about himself in the third person. Perfect! The story line itself was a bit dry, which is surprising given how action-heavy it is. I would have liked something with a little more depth to begin with, but the characterization was spot on, and isn’t that really what this “renumbering” is all about? (Okay, maybe that’s just me.)

I’ll end with a non-rhetorical question for anyone who’s read issue #1. Am I slow, or is there a bit of dialogue about halfway through that just doesn’t make sense? Lantern’s being a douche and Batman says, “Quiet” and points. Lantern replies, “What?! What are you–?!” then sees Batman pointing at Darkseid’s suicide bomber and continues, “I, uh, sorry. I thought you were looking for a–”

Um…what? Is this a joke that I’m just not getting? I’ve read the whole comic through twice and I’m still confused. Someone help!


Things I Am Excited For

Hello, reader! It’s been a while. Have you come for a bit of entertainment? I think I can oblige. How would you like it if I read your mind?

I know. You’re thinking, “I’ve said no. Why’s she still talking?” Now you’re thinking, “Fair enough. Maybe she really can read minds.” I can. And now you’re thinking, “Is this what she’s been doing for the past month? Working on her telepathy?”

That would be a good excuse for my blog post deficit, but sadly, that is not the case. Honestly, though, would you rather a month’s dry spell from P0serge3k or five consecutive posts about Harry Potter and how it shouldn’t be over and how the books are just as brilliant now as they were the day I first read them?

That’s what I thought.

So, moving on! A week from tonight, Doctor Who returns from its mid-series break with premeditated murder, the third reich, and continuing epic-ness from one Rory Williams. (See below.)

Speaking of perfect human beings (which Rory technically isn’t [trust the plastic!]), Joss Whedon is working his magic on The Avengers even as we speak, and I couldn’t be more excited. Recent footage shows general awesomeness, also available below:

And my final tidbit for the evening: season 7 of Supernatural. The new season premiers 23rd September, and sports a mini Buffy/Angel reunion in episode 5, “Shut Up, Dr. Phil,” which will guest star both James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter. As a couple. Be excited–I know I am!

Post-Potter Depression

Oh please, like you lot didn’t see this one coming a mile away.

Yes, my friends, it’s over. I’ve seen the film twice. I’ve suited up (a Hogwarts uniform counts, right?) for the midnight premier. I’ve begun re-reading The Philosopher’s Stone. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and it really has changed my life.

I’ve expressed all these conflicting emotions in my tumblr post here–hang on, I haven’t told you about my tumblr yet?! Oh, well, it’s very much like this blog, except the url reads “thenewsarahjane” instead of “p0serge3k” and there are rather more GIFs floating about and I rant less. Feel free to check it out.

Or just enjoy this lovely visual of my post-Potter depression:

It hurts so good!

Also, you should all know that RG is quite possibly my soul mate, as evidenced by this little tidbit:

The director of “The Prisoner of Azkaban” gave Daniel, Emma and Rupert homework. They had to write an essay on their character. Daniel wrote 10 pages, Emma submitted a well written and beautifully detailed 60 pages, and Rupert didn’t hand in anything. When confronted he just said, “I’m doing what Ron would do”.

A Study in Caped Crusaders

Hey. Been a while. How are the kids? Me? Oh, I’m fine. Writing. Reading some comics. What’s that? I haven’t blogged in a while? I guess that’s true. Why don’t I tide you over with a little something to make you smile?

How’d I do? You loved it? Great! Glad to hear it!