21 October 2017

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All Dick wants is to be perfect for Bruce. No matter what.

Words: 197, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

 
 
21 October 2017

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AU--In which Bruce is a terrible wizard.

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21 October 2017

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Going on a date with Loki doesn't end exactly the way Victor thought it would.

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Series: Part 2 of Loki's Four Children

 
 

Posted by Marykate Jasper


The Legends of Tomorrow writers’ room recently tweeted the above reminder that Donald Trump is unfit for any office. While other industries are reeling and calling for action in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, the White House remains under the thumb of a man who once bragged about grabbing women without their consent, and who has been accused by a dozen women.

  • Actress Camila Mendes, who plays Veronica Lodge on Riverdale, will take part in an auction for Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization that helps people suffering with eating disorders pay for treatment. She spoke about what working with this charity means to her, given her own past struggles with an eating disorder. (via EW)
  • Stranger Things released this strange TV-based promo for Season 2. What’s up with those pumpkins? (Via MTV)

  • Bim Adewunmi published a thought-provoking look at how power and racism intersect in the Harvey Weinstein scandal over at Buzzfeed.
  • In this new clip from Thor: Ragnarok, Loki and Thor meet Hela for the first time, and she doesn’t buy that they’re Odin’s sons. (via Nerdist)

  • In this other new clip from Thor: Ragnarok, Loki and Thor meet Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, and Goldblum is just as awk-weird as I dreamed. (via ScreenRant)

That’s all I’ve got! What’d you see today, TMS readers?

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21 October 2017

We recently fixed MOBI downloads on Kindle, solved some miscellaneous bugs, and cleaned up some code around the site.

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Posted by Rich Johnston

The promo for the Marvel Legacy not-a-relaunch for Doctor Strange, now by Donny Cates and Gabriel Walta, has seen Loki, somehow become Sorceror Supreme of the Marvel Universe  with Doctor Strange #381. But how?

Apparently, that’s not the question we’re supposed to ask.

Promotion for the relaunch on Previewsworld has Donny Cates saying,

“there’s also the whole “Loki is the new Sorcerer Supreme and is living in Stephen’s house and wearing his clothes” thing…. The second issue of my run (Doctor Strange #382) has one of the craziest reveals in recent Marvel history… It’s something I pitched when I first got to Marvel, and I was convinced as I pitched it that they would never in a million years let me get away with it.”

While he told CBR that,

“everyone keeps asking me how Loki became the Sorcerer Supreme, but the question people should be asking is, “Why?” That’s the big question of the whole run.”

Well, that’s in Donny’s opinion. But what about that “how”? Well, I don’t have the specific details. But I understand that the position is something Loki won from Doctor Strange in some form of competition. A tournament. And Dr Strange handed over the deed to the role to Loki of his own free will. And returning to medical practice…

I do hope we won’t discover  Loki cheated.

DOCTOR STRANGE #381
DONNY CATES (W) • GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA (A)
Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO
LOKI: SORCERER SUPREME  Part 1
Look for it in the September Marvel PREVIEWS!
Evil is everywhere and the world needs the Sorcerer Supreme more than ever. But is the world ready for LOKI: SORCERER SUPREME?  He has the cloak, the spells — he’s even got Zelma Stanton as his assistant (and possibly more?) — but is this the chance he needed to become a hero, or is the god of lies dangerously close to unlimited power? And what happened to STEPHEN STRANGE?

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Posted by Joshua Davison

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy
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Writer: Gerry Duggan, Artist: Rod Reis, Letters: VC's Cory Petit, Logo & Design: Manny Mederos, Editor: Jordan D. White, Assistant Editors: Charles Beacham, Kathleen Wisneski, Cover by: Francesco Mattina, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Guardians of the Galaxy return to Earth in their search for the Infinity Stones. They have gone missing from the universe, and the team calls upon the expertise of Doctor Strange, Cable, Victor von Doom, Black Panther, and Man-Thing for aid in finding them.

The search comes up dry, but they do collect a couple of stowaways aboard their ship.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 cover by Francesco Mattina
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 cover by Francesco Mattina

So, the new Guardian joins up in this issue, and you likely already know who it is. I’m happy with the new addition, and I hope this person sticks around for a while.

How’s the plot overall? It’s alright. It’s a guest-star issue, with the aforementioned Doctor Strange, Cable, and Man-Thing showing up for a moment as well as freaking Deadpool because this character is impossible to escape.

Well, there is another guest star, but, for that, we’ll have to move into spoilers.

Loki is impersonating Cable in this issue, and that’s interesting. I do get that he and the Guardians are only where they’re at because of their popularity in the Marvel Studios films. But, I’ve not really seen Loki have a run-in with the Guardians of the Galaxy before, so it should at least be an interesting showdown whenever the time comes around for such things.

Deadpool’s cameo is insufferable, but he does come close to resembling an actual character, showing remorse for his allegiance with Steve Rogers during Secret Empire. He also avoids any awful meta-jokes, so that’s nice. However, he tries to justify his actions by “betting on Steve Rogers,” which does not hold water when you remember the naked fascism.

          (Spoilers again)

Ant-Man, the new member, shows similar remorse for his aiding of Steve Rogers. That is disappointing to me as someone who actually quite likes Scott Lang. I missed the part of SE where it was revealed that he was Hydra’s mole in the Underground. However, if Marvel is cool with forgetting that trainwreck of a crossover soon, I can as well.

The Infinity Stones/Gems disappearing is at least a new thing to do with those things, so I’m interested in seeing where Duggan goes with this angle.

All of that being said, this is a pretty meandering issue, and it does little-to-nothing to forward the plot. Ant-Man joining the team is the most significant thing to happen. Beyond that, it’s a very slow read which does nothing for the characters other than, again, Ant-Man.

It’s not an unpleasant read, mind you. The characters are still overall enjoyable, and it at least foreshadows some intrigue in the near future.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 art by Rod Reis
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 art by Rod Reis

Speaking of Secret Empire, Rod Reis takes over the art for this issue. I enjoyed his work in the Steve Rogers dream sequences in SE, but that was only an ethereal section of the comic, the rest of which would have a different artist. His work mostly holds together here. There are some odd moments and panels where the characters appear flat, but I did mostly like his work and coloring. If he stuck around, I wouldn’t complain.

Overall, All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12 was a decent read. The Guardians are a fun team, the new member has me excited, and the plot looks like it will be interesting. This issue doesn’t really have much of its own to stand on, but it’s still a fun enough experience. I can recommend this if you have an interest in the Guardians and the upcoming cosmic saga (whenever that will happen).

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

Today would have been Carrie Fisher’s 61st birthday, had she not passed away at the end of 2016. To celebrate her life, I thought I’d round up some of the amazing stories, speeches, anecdotes, and interviews we’ve published from and about her over the years. From her role as a Star Wars heroine to her mental health advocacy, from her fiery responses to sexism to her amazing writing, Carrie Fisher represented a whole lotta much-needed goodness to a whole lotta people. She provided a model of opinionated, complicated, imperfect, and uncompromising womanhood for a lot of us who needed to see that in the world – and given the state of things today, we miss her voice more than ever.

Please feel free to share your own favorite Carrie Fisher stories in the comments.

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Posted by Joshua Davison

Mech Cadet Yu #3
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Writer: Greg Pak, Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa, Color Artist: Triona Farrell, Letters: Simon Bowland, Editors: Cameron Chittock, Eric Harburn, Cover by: Takeshi Miyazawa and Triona Farrell, Publisher: BOOM! Studios, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Sharg appear to have returned, and Earth is on high alert. Mech Cadets are being sent out to stop them, but only the more experienced and trained cadets. This leaves Yu, Park, Sanchez, and Olivetti to stay back, train, and aid in the war effort.

Tensions between Yu and Park remain high, but Sanchez and Olivetti are finally warming up to the young cadet Yu.

However, training may yet be interrupted, as the Sharg threat looms close.

Mech Cadet Yu #3 cover by Takeshi Miyazawa and Triona Farrell
Mech Cadet Yu #3 cover by Takeshi Miyazawa and Triona Farrell

Mech Cadet Yu has proven itself a charming and greatly enjoyable read from its first two issues. Taking a little from Pacific Rim, Attack on Titan, Starship Troopers (the film, sans the cynicism), and numerous manga tropes, Yu has shown itself to be yet another home run by legendary writer Greg Pak.

This trend continues in #3, as everything about the young protagonist Yu is endearing. He’s headstrong, determined, and full of heart. He is akin to classic Shonen-type anime heroes such as Naruto, Luffy, and Goku.

This issue works to humanize Park and her mech by showing the effect Park’s general father and his treatment are having on the young woman and her partner. She doesn’t have a change of heart, mind you, but she is more than just the elitist bully in this issue.

The one flaw having a work that draws this heavily upon other, well-known works is that the plot beats are fairly predictable. That’s not to say that Mech Cadet Yu doesn’t have its own identity. It does, but you can still intuit where it’s future lies if you’ve read/watched any of the titles I listed above.

Mech Cadet Yu #3 art by Takeshi Miyazawa and Triona Farrell
Mech Cadet Yu #3 art by Takeshi Miyazawa and Triona Farrell

Takeshi Miyazawa’s artwork remains gorgeous with its mixture of western comic book and manga styles. The mechs looks great, the characters are expressive, and the world feels alive. Triona Farrell’s color work is bright and eye-catching as well. The comic has a powerful artistic team behind it all-around.

Mech Cadet Yu #3 is an easily recommendable comic. This series is still young and easy to jump onto. You should. It’s a fun read for all ages, and it’s the kind of comic I’m all about. Give it a read.

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

The Trump administration is trying to use court delays to force a young woman to either continue her pregnancy – or leave the United States.

A 17-year-old girl, who has chosen to go by the name Jane Doe (J.D.), fled her home country in Central America (also unidentified at her request) and crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas. She was undocumented, and is currently being held at a detention center in Brownsville, Texas in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Upon arriving in the United States, she discovered she was pregnant after a medical exam, and sought to procure an abortion.

She went through all the required steps, obtaining the judicial waiver that is mandated by Texas law, and acquiring a guardian ad litem who will transport her to the clinic and cover the cost of the procedure. However, the government will not release her to the clinic get her abortion, claiming that it has a policy of “refusing to facilitate” abortions for undocumented minors and “promot[ing] child birth and fetal life.”

HHS was willing, however, to drive Jane Doe to a religious counseling center which pressured her to continue her pregnancy.

On October 18, a court ordered HHS to immediately release Jane Doe to procure her abortion, but the government appealed to a Washington, D.C. court. Now, the latest ruling on that appeal has given the government yet another flimsy excuse to delay Jane Doe’s abortion. The appeals court declared that HHS has, as the ACLU summarized, “until October 31 to find a sponsor and release Jane Doe to that sponsor. If HHS cannot find a suitable sponsor in that time frame, the court’s order states that the lower court may re-enter its order requiring the government to release her for an abortion, but that order would be subject to appeals.”

The assigning of a sponsor would give HHS a way around the “refusing to facilitate” issue. If Jane Doe can be released from the detention center to a sponsor, then the government would no longer be arguably “facilitating” the abortion. However, the government has been unable to find a sponsor thus far, and it is unlikely they’ll find a new one in the next 11 days.

Jane Doe is already 15 weeks pregnant. Texas does not allow abortions after 20 weeks. Every delay brings her closer to that limit – a limit I’m sure the government intends to force her past.

While two of the three judges on the Washington, D.C. appeals court ruled for HHS, Judge Patricia Millett dissented strongly from the decision. I urge you to read her full dissent, but the below excerpt captures just how vile and outrageous the behavior of HHS is.

“The government does not dispute—in fact, it has knowingly and deliberately chosen not to challenge—J.D.’s constitutional right to an abortion,” reads her dissent. “The government instead says that it can have its contractor keep J.D. in what the government calls ‘close’ custody—that is, more restrictive conditions than the contractor imposes on the non-pregnant minors in its care—because of the agency’s own supervening judgment that it would be in J.D.’s best interests to carry the pregnancy to term. If she wants an abortion, the government continues, she must surrender all legal claims to remain in the United States and return to the country of her abuse. That is wrong and that is unconstitutional.” (Emphasis added by me.)

In addition, as The Washington Post reports, abortion is illegal in Jane Doe’s home country – so that “offer” isn’t even a legitimate one.

Judge Millett further pointed out that the government’s refusal to “facilitate” Jane Doe’s abortion is “an immovable barrier to J.D.’s exercise of her constitutional right that inflicts irreparable injury without any justification offered for why the government can force her to continue the pregnancy until near the cusp of viability.”

The ACLU is helping to represent Jane Doe. They have first and foremost argued for an emergency injunction which would allow her to go to the clinic for an abortion. This is the first priority. But their second, further-reaching argument is that this “refusing to facilitate” policy is, in fact, unconstitutional.

There are a million furious things I could write about this case. The government’s behavior is outrageous, illegal, and cruel. It denies a fundamental right to the most vulnerable as part of a stupid, vicious crusade against women’s autonomy. It exploits and dehumanizes a teenager specifically because she is undocumented, and specifically because she is a woman.

However, Jane Doe herself has explained things better than I could. She signed a declaration of her own, which includes the below numbered points. This list is heartbreaking in its repetition and bluntness, so I’d only read it if you’re in an okay place.

  1. I am hopeful to obtain an abortion as soon as possible. I understand the next counseling appointment should have been October 12, with the abortion appointment on October 13. However, because I keep being delayed, the only appointments available to me are on October 18 and 19, 2017.
  2. Defendants have forced me to obtain counseling from a religiously affiliated crisis pregnancy center where I was forced to look at the sonogram.
  3. Defendants have been talking to me about my pregnancy – I feel like they are trying to coerce me to carry my pregnancy to term.
  4. Defendants told my mother about my pregnancy and are trying to force me to tell her as well.
  5. I do not want to be forced to carry a pregnancy to term against my will.
  6. I do not want to proceed in court using my real name because I fear retaliation because I am seeking an abortion. I do not want my family to know that I am seeking an abortion.

Jane Doe deserves to have all that she asks for here and more. She deserves to be treated like the human being that she is – and any government that would deny her that deserves only our disgust and our outrage.

(Via NPR, The Washington Post, CNN, and the ACLU; image via Shutterstock)

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Posted by Jude Terror

Action Comics is adding another artist to its team, starting with November’s Action Comics #992. Though Will Conrad was announced as the artist of Action Comics #996 in DC’s January 2018 solicitations earlier this week, it looks like Conrad will be joining the title sooner, according to an Instagram post:

Steve Pugh is currently listed as the artist for Action Comics #992, with Brett Booth and Joe Prado listed as artists for Action Comics #993 – #995. It’s unclear whether Conrad will fill in for Pugh on Action Comics #922, or whether he will be contributing additional art to the book.

Conrad is still solicited for Cyborg #18 and #19 in November and December, with artist Cliff Richards set to take over that book in January with Cyborg #20.

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Rob Liefeld is publishing comics again. Or, at least he is trying to. He posted in frustration, publically to Facebook,

Diamond Comic Distributors is the sole distributor of Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, IDW and more publishers to comic stores in the USA, Canada and the UK. Every comic store selling new comics has to deal with them. And while that stymies attempts of other comic distributors to enter the market, they also have vast economies of scale which has made the simultaneous worldwide day-and-date release of a product designed to be stuffed in the back pocket, distributed as near mint collectibles, possible. It’s a staggering achievement. Most of the time.

When asked toelaborate,  Rob Liefeld continued,

Ah, drawing Deadpool comics as well has its privileges.

But apparently, they won’t even let him pick them up himself.

And to repeat,

Seriously, Rob how do you really feel?

Naturally, some people contacted me trying to draw some parallel between Rob Liefeld’s 2013 Kickstarter for Brigade, the promised rewards for which have been delayed for years, but it’s worth pointing out that a) this Diamond situation probably involves the final publication of Brigade, as two weeks ago Rob announced that the books will finally be going out in November b) more importantly, Rob has actually given out refunds to those who ask for them.

I understand that Diamond representatives at the highest levels are, however, looking into this situation…

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Posted by Dan Wickline

I like the X-Files. I used to watch them every Friday night when they aired on Fox. I saw the movie in the theater. I even went to an X-Files convention in an Blimp hanger in the middle of nowhere one weekend back in the late 1990’s. I wanted Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) to find his answers, I wanted Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) to finally believe and I wanted Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) to get more screen time. I watched and enjoyed the recent Fox miniseries. I like the X-Files. And when I was offered a chance to listen to and review the newest Audible Original story X-Files: Stolen Lives, I jumped at the chance.

X-Files

The story included the a bunch of the series original cast including Duchovny, Anderson, Pileggi, Willliam B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood. It is based on the IDW graphic novel written by Joe Harris. The synopsis for the series reads:

Out of the ashes of the Syndicate, a new, more powerful threat has emerged. Resurrected members of this fallen group – now shadows of their former selves – seemingly bend to the will of someone, or something, with unmatched abilities and an unknown purpose. As those believed to be enemies become unlikely allies and trusted friends turn into terrifying foes, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully become unknowing participants in a deadly game of deception and retribution, the stakes of which amount to the preservation of humankind.

Even though it was one audio story, it felt like I was listening to a new season of the series. it was broken into six individual episodes that didn’t necessarily tie together. The varied from a story of demonic possession, to a story featuring agents Doggit and Reyes, to a major story featuring Cigarette Smoking Man. And like most X-Files seasons, there somewhat funny/silly episode that involved Mulder being hit by a government created psychedelic drug and going on a bizarre trip that included a character that mashed together Scully and Cancer Man. The performances were a little weak at first, but as they recording went on, it really got to feel like the television series.

My only negative with the series is that I felt lost at times. Not because of the story itself, but there were some things like the final story that felt like it was apart of a bigger, on-going narrative and not one that necessarily tied into the live-action series. A character is introduced from Mulder’s past that has ties to the Syndicate and it felt like I should’ve known who it was, but I couldn’t remember him from the television series. It wasn’t until I sat down to do this review that I saw the part of the synopsis that reads: “Stolen Lives further explores the sonic landscape of Mulder and Scully’s paranormal investigations while continuing the epic storyline begun in Cold Cases.”

X-Files: Stolen Lives is a great listen for fans of the series, feels like the another season of the show and brings back a lot of the characters the audience loves. But I would definitely recommend listening to Cold Cases first.

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Posted by Dan Wickline

The New Jersey Comic Expo is coming up in less than a month and they’ve just sent out a new announcement adding three guests to the list. Scott Hanna, Rags Morales and Veronica Cosplays. Hanna is a penciller/inker/cover artist who has worked for both Marvel and DC. Morales is an artist who might be best known for his work on Identity Crisis. Veronica is a full-time internation cosplay artist. Nice editions to a growing guest list that already includes Jae Lee, Ethan Van Sciver, Colleen Doran, Meredith Finch, Joseph Michael Linsner and Scott Koblish.

New Jersey

But what stood out to me more was included in the email was something they called “How to Con: Cosplay Edition”. This included three examples of things to never say to a cosplayer. The examples are all things I’ve heard people say at cons and the reasoning why not to say them are really well said. Here are the examples:

1: “WOW! Did you ACTUALLY make that yourself?”

NEVER SAY THIS TO A COSPLAYER!

Saying this is throwing some serious shade the cosplayers way and equivalent to comparing their hard work to something you could buy at a Halloween store. Try instead telling them what you love about the costume and asking for more information on how they constructed it.

2: “YOU ARE SO HOT! Can I get a picture? By the way, what are you supposed to be anyway?”

NEVER SAY THIS TO A COSPLAYER!

Besides just being against general manners all together, its incredibly insulting! Prioritizing a picture of their body over their hard work and passion is NEVER okay. Ask who they are cosplaying, tell them how much you dig it and ask for a picture politely.

3: “You look SO MUCH better than the other [character name] I saw today!”

NEVER SAY THIS TO A COSPLAYER!

Through this compliment, you’re effectively saying that someone else did a horrible job. Not to mention that person getting this “compliment” doesn’t feel great, either; you’ve created competition where it doesn’t belong. There is room for everybody is cosplay! Instead, just let them know what a great job they did, and that you love their cosplay!

Cosplay is something that has grown naturally out of conventions. People have been dressing up as their favorite characters since the first time a kid wrapped a towel around his neck and pretended to fly. As the conventions became more prevalent, more people donned costumes and over the last decade it grew into a thriving art form. The problem is that a good number of attendees don’t understand it as an artform. That the cosplayers put hours and hours of work into their costumes. Allowing you to photograph them is a way for them to share their work… they deserved to be treated as artists and with respect. I think it’s great that the New Jersey Comic Expo is addressing this in such a straight forward manner.

For more information on the New Jersey Comic Expo, click here.

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

IGN has, to use their own descriptor, “one of the most active comments sections on the internet.” And so, fittingly, they had the highly animated Taika Waititi over to respond to some of their commenters. Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok hasn’t hit theaters yet, and while most viewers have yet to see the film, they’ve still got plenty of opinions for Waititi to respond to!

In characteristic fashion, Waititi mugs it up, puts on funny voices, and literally hoots at the camera at one point, before ending with a series of ridiculous faces. He responds to both negative comments – such as “This looks beyond stupid” or “Another movie to pull Norse mythology in the dirt” – and positive comments like “NEW ZEALAND REPRESENT” and “This is gonna be more of a acid trip then doctor strange and i’m gonna love it.” Whatever the spirit of the comment, he leans into the natural absurdity of reading anonymous, poorly punctuated internet hyperbole – you know, the sort of stuff you would not say to someone in person – aloud.

Numerous reports from the Thor: Ragnarok set mention improvisation and invention, and it’s easy to see why from this video. Improvisation is clearly part of Waititi’s signature style. Even just looking at the word “represent,” he goes off in a bunch of different directions, testing out new ways to turn it into a joke. I can’t wait to see what he and his cast did with the far more expansive absurdity of Asgard and the Marvel cosmos. Another!

Thor: Ragnarok hits U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.

(Via io9 and IGN; image via screengrab)

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Penny Dreadful #2.6
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Lily and Ethan prepare to deal with the forces of Hell itself, and, to do so, they must find Dracula and make use of an ancient weapon which he alone possesses.

Meanwhile, Lucifer, possessing the body of Vanessa Ives, prepares to begin his quest for dominance by calling upon every vile instinct which humanity possesses. He also calls upon an old pact with Dorian Gray.

Sedna and Kaetenay are assaulted aboard a boat in the chaos.

Frankenstein and Jekyll prepare to resurrect Sir Malcolm, but Catriona is in touch with Malcolm’s spirit and knows a better way to seek his aid.

Penny Dreadful #2.6 cover by Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie
Penny Dreadful #2.6 cover by Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie

The show Penny Dreadful was fun but flawed. Using the Victorian/Gothic era horror to paint something of a shared universe (not too unlike League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is a fun idea. Timothy Dalton and Eva Green are great actors, and Josh Hartnett arguably put in the best performance of his career on the show.

Continuing that show to put together a Biblical apocalypse wherein Miss Ives turns out to be the Lilith of the Apocrypha seems like a logical extension of the series.

Unfortunately, the dialogue in this story is pretty bad and impossible to ignore. It uses clichés as much as it uses reference to Gothic horror.

Penny Dreadful #2.6 implies that Lucifer is trying to start World War I, which has become a bizarre fixture of stories taking place in the late 19th Century (see also Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows).

They make Dracula a part of Lucifer’s fall from grace. I get it; everyone likes to tack on their pre-Stoker origin story for Dracula. There’s been everything from Vlad the Impaler to Judas Iscariot, but this one feels like it’s trying a bit too hard.

Dorian Gray feels a bit out of character too. He is too submissive and is unhappy with his current existence, both of which feel very unlike him.

Penny Dreadful #2.6 art by Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie
Penny Dreadful #2.6 art by Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie

The art is pretty solid, with its washed-out and shadow-heavy style. It looks quite good, and the color work is appropriately grim. Jesus Hervas and Jason Wordie put in some admirable work in this comic.

Unfortunately, the clichés, the weak recreations of the characters, and the abysmal dialogue make Penny Dreadful #6 a pretty dire book. This one does not earn a recommendation. Give it a pass.

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The Corsair continues its course towards the Ravana star system and its prison space station. Tensions rise between the Alliance and Syndicate members, and their leaders must work out a way to succeed in this operation and prevent their crews from killing one another.

Meanwhile, the Syndicate assault of the planet Kane reaches its climax, as the occupants work out a plan to ward off their assailants.

The Lost Fleet Corsair #4 cover by Andre Siregar and Sebastian Cheng
The Lost Fleet Corsair #4 cover by Andre Siregar and Sebastian Cheng

The best word describe Lost Fleet Corsair #4 is technical. Every detail of the science, society, and warfare is concretely established by the comic. To the comic’s credit, this detail doesn’t turn into a monsoon of exposition and technical specs as one might suppose. This does make for an interesting universe that could be very absorbing.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing to said universe beyond the tabletop gaming-esque establishment of rules. The characters are quite bland and stock. The Alliance captain is altruistic, simple, and very by-the-book. The Syndicate CEO is cynical and scheming. The Syndicate troops want assurances. The Alliance troops want…beer.

Even the names “Alliance” and “Syndicate” are broad and bland. I’m not saying the names “Galactic Empire,” “Rebel Alliance,” or “Starfleet” are the height of creativity, but you can at least name the franchises I’m referencing with those.

The militaristic obsession with detail and battle plans do result in a couple of moments that feel a bit goofy in how they seem to lack common sense. Captain Geary is trying to understand his uncle Black Jack’s battle tactics and is shocked to realize they change with the battle, showing adaptability on Black Jack’s part. Adaptability seems like a fairly obvious concept to the captain of a warship.

There are also moments when the adherence to the rules kill the pacing, such as when the Corsair approaches the prison station and the comic throws out that it will be 41 hours before the ship arrives. This makes technical sense from the standpoint of the theoretical realities of lightspeed travel, but it also kills the tension. It is used as a segway for the Kane plot, but you don’t need an in-narrative reason to change plots. You just need an appropriate moment in the narrative flow to hop over and see what the other people are doing.

The Lost Fleet Corsair #4 art by Andre Siregar, Bambang Irawan, and Sebastian Cheng
The Lost Fleet Corsair #4 art by Andre Siregar, Bambang Irawan, and Sebastian Cheng

Andre Siregar’s artwork is stellar though. It’s a pseud-realistic style with a lot of depth of field and detail. It does have moments in the uncanny valley, especially with the bizarrely-placed mouths in some panels. However, it’s overall great work with some cosmic coloring provided by Sebastian Cheng.

Unfortunately, Lost Fleet Corsair #4 fails to deliver a compelling story. Its meticulous adherence to its own rules appeals to the sci-fi and tabletop geek in me, but its flat characters and narrative missteps turn me off from the story. This one doesn’t get a recommendation. Give it a pass.

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As the Harvey Weinstein allegations continue to reverberate in the entertainment industry, more than 200 women and gender non-conforming animators sent an open letter to the animation community at-large, in which they laid out their demands to address sexual harassment and assault in the industry. They ask for “clear and enforceable” sexual harassment policies at every studio, an update to the Animation Guild constitution which would allow the Guild to “censure, fine, suspend or expel” members, and a cultural change that “male colleagues start speaking up and standing up for us.”

“When sexual predators are caught at one workplace, they seem to easily find a job at another studio, sometimes even following their victims from job to job,” the letter reads. “We are tired of relying on whisper networks to know who isn’t safe to meet with alone. We want our supervisors to protect us from harassment and assault.”

As many commentators have pointed out, it’s important and often healing for women to share their stories and name their abusers. But it’s just as important for us to respond to those stories with concrete, system-wide changes which make it far more difficult for harassers to get away with their behavior. This letter calls for exactly that sort of change – so let’s hope the studios respond. Bento Box, Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon, OddBot, Paramount, Shadowmachine, Sony Pictures Animation, Stoopid Buddy, Titmouse, and Warner Brothers were all sent the letter.

The signatories of the letter include animators from dozens of shows, including Adventure Time and Bojack Horseman, as well as big-name creators like Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, Danger & Eggs creator Shadi Petosky, Bob’s Burgers producer/writer Wendy Molyneux, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic creator Lauren Faust.

Below is the full text of the letter. You can see the full list of signatories at Deadline.

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“An Open Letter to the Animation Community

We, the women and gender non-conforming people of the animation community, would like to address and highlight the pervasive problem of sexism and sexual harassment in our business. We write this letter with the hope that change is possible, and ask that you listen to our stories and then make every effort to bring a real and lasting change to the culture of animation studios.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, many of the women who work in animation have begun discussing more openly issues that we have dealt with quietly throughout our careers. As we came together to share our stories of sexism, sexual harassment and, in some cases, sexual assault, we were struck by the pervasiveness of the problem. Every one of us has a story to share, from tossed-off comments about our body parts that were framed as “jokes” to women being cornered in dark rooms by male colleagues to criminal assault.

Our business has always been male-dominated. Women make up only 23% of union employees, so it’s no surprise that problems with sexism and sexual harassment exist. Sexual harassment and assault are widespread issues that primarily affect women, with women of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups affected at an even greater rate.

As more women have entered the animation workforce, it seems that some men have not embraced this change. They still frequently make crass sexual remarks that make it clear women are not welcome on their crews. Some have pressed colleagues for romantic or sexual relationships, despite our clear disinterest. And some have seen the entrance of more women into the industry as an opportunity to exploit and victimize younger workers on their crews who are looking for mentorship. In addition, when sexual predators are caught at one workplace, they seem to easily find a job at another studio, sometimes even following their victims from job to job. We are tired of relying on whisper networks to know who isn’t safe to meet with alone. We want our supervisors to protect us from harassment and assault.

This abuse has got to stop.

The signatories of this letter demand that you take sexual harassment seriously. We ask that:

1. Every studio puts in place clear and enforceable sexual harassment policies and takes every report seriously. It must be clear to studio leadership, including producers, that, no matter who the abuser is, they must investigate every report or face consequences themselves.

2. The Animation Guild add language in our constitution that states that it can “censure, fine, suspend or expel any member of the guild who shall, in the opinion of the Executive Board, be found guilty of any act, omission, or conduct which is prejudicial to the welfare of the guild.” To craft and support the new language, we ask that an Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Committee be created to help educate and prevent future occurrences.

3. Our male colleagues start speaking up and standing up for us. When their co-workers make sexist remarks, or when they see sexual harassment happening, we expect them to say something. Stop making excuses for bad behavior in your friends and co-workers, and tell them what they are doing is wrong.

It has not been easy for us to share our stories with each other. Many of us were afraid because our victimizers are powerful or well-liked. Others were worried that if they came forward it would affect their careers. Some of us have come forward in the past, only to have our concerns brushed aside, or for our supervisors to tell us “he’s just from a different era.” All of us are saddened and disheartened to hear how widespread the problem of sexual harassment still is in the animation industry, and how many of our friends had been suffering in secret.

It is with this in mind that we resolve to do everything we can to prevent anyone else from being victimized. We are united in our mission to wipe out sexual harassment in the animation industry, and we will no longer be silent.”

(Via Buzzfeed News and Deadline; image via Cartoon Network)

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John Stanisci is a comic book artist having worked on Spider-ManBatmanConstantine, Justice League DarkJudge DreddX Files and many more in his career, including the bestseller  Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond, premiered at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels.

Stanisci has now launched an exclusive Kickstarter campaign to publish his original science fiction epic, LifeDeath, told in part from the perspective of a teenage female Jewish resistance fighter in the Second World War.

LifeDeath has added the Emmy-award winning producer Jared Safier as an Executive Producer, alongside veteran actor/producer Stelio Savante to help the graphic novel find a home as a series and to explore its development as a feature.

“Having a strong female character at this time is very important to where we are heading as a society” says three-time Emmy winner, Jared Safier. “Beyond that, the bravery of a 14 year Jewish freedom fighter during the Nazi regime really hits home with me personally. I grew up in Jewish family with many stories of oppression that my ancestors had to endure. It’s great to see a strong female Jewish character standing up to this oppression that past generations have had to do endure.”

In the year 2211, Dr. Emil Heydrich, a fugitive scientist on Mars, discovers that humans invented the afterlife long before man existed on Earth. The ‘afterlife matrix’ is an ancient computer program, an uploading device to preserve human consciousness. After many millennia, that matrix grew to sentience and now, like anything that lives, the afterlife matrix is dying.

Deke Renner, an elite Martian soldier, is slowly going insane. His mind is being torn apart by his memories of a past life where he was Lucet, a Jewish 14 year-old female resistance fighter in World War II. An ancient evil has entered Deke’s past life as Lucet, in hopes of corrupting his past life soul. If it succeeds, and Deke dies in his current life, he will be erased by the Lifedeath. The story takes place over two timelines: the future year of 2211, and the year 1944, during the Jewish uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto. Lifedeath is an action packed thrill ride where the spirit world collides with a future science spiraling out of control.

LifeDeath will debut as a 140 page graphic novel, written and drawn entirely by Stanisci, and produced through LifeDeath Media LLC, a trademark co-owned with editor Joseph Navarra. The graphic novel is currently available exclusively on Kickstarter, with distribution to its supporters slotted for early 2018.

 

 

 

 

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Irony has taken many blows in the marketing for Lionsgate’s adaptation of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy about a society which transforms suffering and death into reality-show entertainment – but this one might be the death blow. Variety announced that Lionsgate has partnered with Dubai Parks and Resorts to open “The World of The Hunger Games” theme park.

The opening celebration for the park was held this Friday, October 20. “The World of The Hunger Games” will be the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the Middle East, with attractions like the Panem Aerial Tour hovercraft simulator, the Capitol Bullet Train rollercoaster, and the – I kid you not – Coal Miner’s Clash “festive, high-energy percussion show.” Guests can also shop at Peeta’s Bakery for food and Panem Supply Co. for merchandise.

Below is the promotional video for the park, shared by Dubai Parks and Resorts on YouTube. (And yes, it does look like Stanley Tucci got back into costume just to film this promo, but it may be the magic of CGI.)

Tim Palen, the chief brand officer at Lionsgate, said, “Dubai Parks and Resorts is a fantastic partner. Together we have created an interactive experience that allows fans from around the world a chance to immerse themselves in the world that Suzanne Collins created in an authentic, fun and exciting way.”

Honestly, we’re discussing a theme park which made a percussion show out of a rebellion that ends with the whole district getting firebombed, so there really isn’t much more for me to add. But it remains super-weird that The Hunger Games phenomenon has been adopted so straightforwardly, with no awareness or acknowledgement from the studios of how their marketing plays into exactly what the book’s critiquing.

It’s genuinely surreal – like, premise-of-an-SNL-skit surreal – to see them build a Hunger Games theme park in Dubai, a city which struggles deeply with income inequality, to promote a movie about how the rich make spectacles out of other people’s suffering. This is a book about dystopian child-murder, and we’re going to make it into a “fun and exciting” immersive theme park?

(And, yes, I suppose Star Wars is technically about anti-imperial warfare, and Harry Potter is about trying to stop a violent political movement built around “pure blood.” But those franchises aren’t also explicitly and scathingly critiquing the ways that fascism and late capitalism use media and spectacle to control people and cover over suffering – so their theme parks are definitely less absurd. Also, who in the world would want to live in Panem?)

The script for 2017 continues to keep things waaaay too on-the-nose.

(Via Variety and SYFY Wire; image via Lionsgate)

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Pat Shand & Ryan Fassett write…

Have you ever sat in the back of an Uber or Lyft, trying to keep calm as you wonder why your driver is taking you down an unfamiliar route? Have you ever read the comments on a YouTube video – or maybe even here at Bleeding Cool – and wondered if humanity is losing its empathy? Have you ever felt the creeping sensation that you’re not alone as you lie awake in bed?

Some fears are eternal, while others fade with time. We’re in a strange and divisive time now, and it seems that we’re on the precipice of a shift in culture. It’s not just the dawn of modern technology either – it goes deeper than that, and that is exactly what we want to explore in with our new graphic novel, Modern Dread.

Modern Dread is a horror anthology that turns today’s anxieties into seven terrifying tales. We’ve pitched it as “Black Mirror meets Are You Afraid of the Dark” but the truth is that it’s not about the horrors that new technology brings – instead, Modern Dread focuses on the quiet fears that we try to convince ourselves aren’t real. With a mixture of timeless fears and modern anxieties, these stories pay homage to the horror of the past while paving way for a new, terrifying path. Our topics include:

  • Infected tattoos
  • Designer drugs with horrific side effects
  • Online harassment
  • Deranged drivers
  • Losing a child
  • And that ever-present fear that bridges both young and old… the fear of death

These stories are linked by a group of high school girls watching a horror movie marathon, which leads them to share tales of what terrifies them in the modern era… but as the night goes on, this story too takes a turn for the horrific.

We’re currently Kickstarting Modern Dread, so we wanted to tell you a bit about our team. We’re Pat Shand and Ryan Fassett and, together and separately, we’ve worked on comics and novels such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Destiny NY, Vampire Emmy, Van Helsing, Wonderland, and more. We co-plotted and compiled this anthology and are writing a few of the stories. We also have screenwriter LaToya Morgan (Shameless, AMC’s Turn), comic book scribe Katy Rex (Jade Street Protection Services, Charmed), and horror writer Ryan Lynch (Tales of Terror) on board. These stories are illustrated by artists such as Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2), Chandra Free (God Machine), John Broglia, Olivia Pelaez, Thomas Boatwright, Fabio Ramacci, and more.

In addition to the book itself which features a frightening cover by Mike Capprotti, we have a beautiful variant by Romina Moranelli, prints, a pin, an original score, a trading card game exclusive to this campaign, and an opportunity to get drawn into the book and killed on the page – if that’s your thing.

You can check out the campaign and pledge to Modern Dread here.

And let us know… what do YOU dread?

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Steve Lafler writes,

When I moved to Oaxaca, Mexico in the Fall of 2007, I was looking for adventure. This remote highland city has it all. An art scene second only to Mexico City, late-night cafes, astounding ruins, and it’s own Oaxacan cuisine celebrated the world over.

I was also looking for a house. The wife, two kids and I had to live somewhere on our Mexican sojourn. Enter one Todd Spiehler, expat real estate agent. Mr. Spiehler, an amiable fellow, showed us a few houses around town. Within 15 minutes of meeting us, Todd queried me with an impish grin “So you’re a guitar player?”

Photo by Jeff Charles.

“Huh? I’m a cartoonist! Sure, I know a few chords, but…” Undaunted, Spiehler informed me that I’d be attending Thursday night jams out in San Pablo Etla, a village a few miles out of the city of Oaxaca. Turns out a rag-tag group of expats & Mexicanos known as the Bodega Boys get together to run through an assortment of bluegrass, blues and rock & roll tunes.

What’s more, the host, Tony Raab, is an expert mezcalero. He makes craft mezcal, the distilled agave spirit that is the heart & soul of Oaxaca. Mr. Raab’s mezcal still is conveniently located 60 meters from where the Bodega Boys play under the stars! Trouble ahead, trouble behind! And, and amazing amount of fun beckons.

To say I fell down the musical rabbit hole is an understatement. I played under the stars with the Bodega Boys week after week for years, and played in several bands with a variety of swashbuckling musicians, both expats and Mexicans.

Fast forward almost 10 years. By the time my family returns to the United States, not only am I the frontman of Radio Insecto, a local “Oaxacabilly” band, but I had my subject for my new graphic novel Death Plays a Mean Harmonica.

Currently, I’m running a Kickstarter to finance my Oaxaca graphic novel, a limited edition first printing with a screen printed cover. And yes, there is a special Bleeding Cool reward available.

 

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Posted by Rich Johnston

As ever there are always a few changes twixt solicitation and publication.

Royals #11 will now have art by Javier Rodriguez and Kevin Libranda, instead of just the previously solicited Javier Rodriguez.

America #9 will now have art by Flaviano Armentaro, instead of the previously solicited Joe Quinones.

And Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider #11 will have art by André Araú

jo, instead of the previously solicited Will Sliney.

 

ROYALS #11 LEG
(W) Al Ewing (A) Javier Rodriguez, Kevin Libranda (CA) Javier Rodriguez
FIRE FROM HEAVEN Part 3
•  The Royals come face to face with the Prima Materia – the original Terrigen!
•  But can they get it back to Earth? And will it save the Inhuman race – or doom it?
•  And finally: Of the seven who left Earth, only six will return. The Royals lose one of their own!
Rated T+

AMERICA #9 LEG
(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Flaviano Armentaro (CA) Joe Quinones
EXTERMINATRIX Part 2
•  Sotomayor University falls to Exterminatrix! Just what does the domineering dean have planned for America’s home base?
•  With America in lockup, it’s up to Prodigy to find out! But only if he can stay under Exterminatrix’s radar…
•  …which is gonna be pretty hard now that former ally and campus queen X’Andria is working for the enemy!
•  How is America gonna fight her way outta this one? LEGACY heats up as the Midas Corporation expands its empire!
Rated T+

BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #11 LEG
(W) Peter David (A) Andre Araujo (CA) Khary Randolph
THE SLINGERS RETURN Part 2
•  After disagreeing about how to deal with the resurrected Hornet, the Scarlet Spider and Ricochet square off!
•  With his reflexes, Spider-Sense and tech, Spidey’s got this guy beat, right?
Rated T+

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Posted by Heidi MacDonald

You’d think by now that everyone knows how to do themselves up as Harley Quinn,  but just in case you need a little inspo, Wholesale Halloween Costumes sent us this guide to making yourself up as Harley Quinn, but with an added comic book spin. The resulting effect is quite spooky and disorienting, as a […]
 
 
 
 

Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

The thriller starring Michael Fassbender as a person named Detective Harry Hole chasing a killer who loves making snowmen or something is getting scorchingly critical reviews.

A few of my fave pull-quotes regarding The Snowman from Rotten Tomatoes, where it’s currently at a cringe-inducing 11%:

“The Snowman” is like if aliens studied humanity and tried to make their own movie in an attempt to communicate with us. —The Arizona Republic

“The Snowman” is ugly and nasty, but that’s not the worst of it. The worst is that it’s boring and makes no sense. —The San Francisco Chronicle

Playground snowball fights have more suspense and intrigue than “The Snowman,” the most puzzlingly bad movie of the year. —Detroit News

Completely, atrociously, perhaps even impressively, stupid. —The Globe and Mail

I know this means we should stay away—and I’ve been flinching over the film’s annoying posters in the NYC subway for months (the AV Club calls it among “the worst movie advertising campaigns of all time”)—but sometimes, when a movie gets piled on like this, I’m almost curious enough to want to go to see why. Almost.

Anyway, people have been defacing the ridiculous Snowman posters in the subways. Here’s my favorite alteration that I snapped a few days ago:

(via Rotten Tomatoes, image: Universal, Kaila Hale-Stern)

  • “Amber Tamblyn on Charlyne Yi’s Accusations Against Her Husband David Cross: ‘I Believe Her'”. (via Jezebel) Also:

  • Daisy Ridley has joined a “comedic superhero” movie pitched by actor Josh Gad, that will also include Gad and his Beauty and the Beast co-star Luke Evans. So far everything about this already sounds amazing. (via Syfy)
  • Let’s break down those in-jokes on the Spider-Man: Homecoming deleted scenes. (via Collider)

So what’s on your mind this fine Friday?

This is Josh Gad voicing a snowman. Everything comes full circle.

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If it can be said that there’s a silver lining about the election of the Trump administration, it’s that it has gotten people for whom politics was a mere afterthought to bring the state of our country and the world front and center in their minds. That’s certainly the effect Trump’s election seems to have had on comedian and host, Chelsea Handler.

Yesterday, Handler took to Twitter to release a statement about the future (or lack thereof) of Chelsea Lately. In short, she’s giving up her show to devote herself to political activism more full-time. Here’s what she wrote:

“Like so many across the country,” Handler says, “the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation.” She plans to not return to Netflix for a third season of her show, instead devoting her time to doing more learning and growing in the field of political activism.

Handler hopes to put her focus specifically on women, both in trying to get more women elected to political office, and fighting for gender equality.

This doesn’t mean that she’s severing ties with Netflix completely. As reported by The Huffington Post, “Handler said she plans to travel the country, speaking to people to gain ‘a better understanding of our political divide.’ That concept will form the basis of a documentary for Netflix, and she will retain a relationship with the streaming service. The current season of weekly hour-long Chelsea episodes will continue to stream until the end of 2017.”

This isn’t entirely a surprise, as she’s been increasingly vocal already, both through her show and on social media, about the goings-on in our country. I’ve gotta say, I love when people put their money where their mouths are, and I’m looking forward to seeing how she uses her platform to do more political good.

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Tsu and En take a trip from the Red Sector to the Pink Sector through a hidden entrance in the bypass tunnel. They go only with their clothes and a can of gasoline. Tsu knows more than she’ll let on to En, but En goes along anyway, needing some sort of freedom in the dying world.

This isn’t a high-octane or action-heavy read. Instead, it provides a lengthy conversation between two women who are in need of some sort of agency in a world that is ending and has completely forgotten them and their people.

Skin and Earth #4 cover by Lights
Skin and Earth #4 cover by Lights

There is a lot of humor to be had, despite the depressing setting. En is a charming and quirky character. Tsu is mysterious and headstrong. The two together make for a great pair.

The ending mystery is intriguing. I won’t spoil it here, but it makes you wonder a lot about what is true about the characters and what is manufactured.

The comic also feels very relevant.

Sorry, no, I won’t let this one go without some English-student analysis.

It has a lot of the feel of class and generational disparity about it. All the characters are young (or at least seem young), but some are allowed to live in a nice safe house and party with expensive drugs while the rest are dressed in rags and wandering through dilapidated streets. Nevertheless, both groups are living in an ending world where people are just trying to paper over the cracks.

Despite its status as an album tie-in, it really is a good read in its own right, and Lights does a lot of good work in the writing and the art.

Skin and Earth #4 art by Lights
Skin and Earth #4 art by Lights

Moving onto the art — it’s gorgeous. The characters and the world itself are very expressive. Despite everything seeming dark and decaying, there is a clear difference between the Pink and Red Sectors. Tsu and En look gaunt and starving as opposed to those in the Pink Sector who look all-around healthier. The small grove they find towards the end with a waterfall looks all the more beautiful in comparison to the decaying urban environments.

Skin and Earth is a great read. It has likable characters, beautiful art, and an intriguing story. I highly recommend this one. Give it a read.

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The parade of testimony against Hollywood predator Harvey Weinstein, sadly, doesn’t seem to have an end yet. This time, one of our favorite actresses around these parts, Lupita Nyong’o, has come forward in a personal essay for The New York Times, giving a harrowing and detailed account of an entire spectrum of abuses she received at the hands of the disgraced (and disgraceful) movie mogul.

In The New York Times, Nyong’o recounts how she first met Weinstein in Berlin in 2011 while she was still a drama student at Yale. She was attending an awards ceremony at which he was present, and when an intermediary introduced Nyong’o to him, it was emphasized that she should “keep Harvey in your corner,” because he was extremely powerful and could elevate her career, but that she should also “be careful around him. He can be a bully.”

Though he was a powerful presence in that first meeting, Nyong’o didn’t feel afraid of him or anything. Not yet.

Shortly after that first meeting, when back in the U.S, Weinstein invited Nyong’o to a private screening at his Connecticut home with him, his family, and some other industry folks. Since she was in CT at Yale, she agreed, glad for the opportunity to network with such a high-profile industry contact. When she got there, Weinstein took her out to lunch first, and that’s when things started getting really weird. Nyong’o writes:

“The driver and I met Harvey in the little town of Westport, where he informed me that we would be having lunch at a restaurant before getting to his home. I did not think much of this. It was a busy restaurant, and as soon as we sat down he ordered a vodka and diet soda for himself. I asked for a juice. Harvey was unimpressed with my choice and told the waiter to bring me a vodka and diet soda instead. I declined and said I wanted the juice. We went back and forth until finally he turned to the waiter and said, ‘Get her what I tell you to get her. I’m the one paying the bill.’ I smiled and remained silent. The waiter left and returned with a vodka and diet soda for me. He placed it on the table beside my water. I drank the water. Harvey told me that I needed to drink the vodka and diet soda. I informed him that I would not.

“‘Why not?’ I remember him asking. ‘Because I don’t like vodka, and I don’t like diet soda, and I don’t like them together,’ I said. ‘You are going to drink that,’ he insisted. I smiled again and said that I wouldn’t. He gave up and called me stubborn. I said, ‘I know.’ And the meal proceeded without much further ado. In this second encounter with Harvey, I found him to be pushy and idiosyncratic more than anything.”

Later, when at his home, after beginning the film everyone was there to be screened, Weinstein pulled Nyong’o out of the screening (leaving everyone else in a closed, soundproof room) to “show her something.” That something was his bedroom, where he asked to give her a massage. Thinking on her feet, she offered to give him one instead, so that she could maintain physical control as she figured out how to extricate herself from the situation. He agreed, and as she was massaging him, he said he wanted to get naked. She asked him not to. He got up to do that anyway, and she left.

In her piece, Nyong’o brings up the important point that hers is a profession built on intimacy. As she says, actors are “paid to do very intimate things in public.” She goes on, “That’s why someone can have the audacity to invite you to their home or hotel and you show up. Precisely because of this we must stay vigilant and ensure that the professional intimacy is not abused.”

It isn’t only actors that are asked for a certain level of professional intimacy that is expected. I, as a pop culture writer for this site and others, have attended many a press junket. All of them have been held in hotels. And I have interviewed both male and female subjects in hotel rooms, sometimes with a publicist in the room, other times not. Hotel rooms make a certain amount of sense in that, when you’re not expecting a predator, a hotel room provides comfort for what can otherwise be a stressful situation.

Giving interviews and revealing private details about yourself and your process is not exactly the most comfortable thing in the world. I get that. So, interviewing in a comfortable environment, like a hotel suite, as opposed to in a colder office environment, has its uses. Thankfully, everyone I’ve encountered in this capacity has been completely professional and kind. I have been lucky. Countless female journalists, like TV critic Maureen Ryan, have not been.

But yes, in an industry that trades in people’s most vulnerable moments and emotions, a certain level of intimacy is expected. That said, it should not be abused or taken advantage of. It’s not about “you shouldn’t have gone into that hotel room.” It’s about “I shouldn’t expect to be raped or molested when I get there.” That’s how all this should be framed.

Instead, you have men like Weinstein who trade on the fact that far too many people expect sexual abuse as “just the way it is.” Nyong’o writes:

“Afterward, as planned, his male assistant arranged for me to get to the Tribeca Grill, where Harvey would be joining us. I met a female assistant when I arrived there. I was expecting that it would be a group of us, as it had been for the reading, but she informed me it would just be Mr. Weinstein. She would sit with me until he arrived. She seemed on edge, but I could only imagine how stressful it was to work for a man who had so much going on.

Harvey arrived and the assistant immediately disappeared. We ordered drinks and starters. Again he was offended by my nonalcoholic beverage choice but he didn’t fight me on it as hard. Before the starters arrived, he announced: ‘Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.’ I was stunned. I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them.

I was silent for a while before I mustered up the courage to politely decline his offer. “You have no idea what you are passing up,” he said. ‘With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking, so I must pass.'”

His assistant felt scared enough for her well-being and her job to leave Nyong’o alone with him, and Weinstein felt free enough to say all this to Nyong’o’s face, because of the attitude “that’s just how it is.”

There’s a much longer pattern of behavior that Nyong’o describes in her piece, so you should definitely check it out. But if stories like this teach us anything, it’s that 1) there’s power in numbers, and hopefully people feel more comfortable coming forward now, knowing they’re not alone. And 2) at a certain point we have to see that things are so bad that we have to be willing to risk something in order to fix it.

Because yes, at a certain point it’s understandable to want to keep oneself safe, or protect one’s job. However, if you hear about abuses and continue to work with abusers? If you fail to stand in solidarity with the victims of abuse? If you remain silent about things you know that can allow harm to come to others? At a certain point, that’s on you.

Nyong’o recognized the fact that she was not alone, and she spoke up to contribute to a culture of accountability and change. Because yes, one does have to protect oneself, and a great way to do that is not only to ensure that the marginalized feel safe, but to ensure that abusers feel very, very unsafe.

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The Wicked and the Divine #32
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Writer: Kieron Gillen, Artist: Jaime McKelvie, Color Artist: Matthew Wilson, Letters: Clayton Cowles, Flats: Dee Cunniffe, Cover by: Jaime McKelvie and Matthew Wilson Publisher: Image Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Persephone is stuck with Sakhmet, the killer of Amaterasu. Sakhmet is a bit insane, as it turns out. So this arrangement isn’t ideal.

Meanwhile, Dionysus is challenging Woden, wanting to help everyone. This may not be enough, but Dio is going to try everything he can regardless.

The Wicked and the Divine #32 cover by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson
The Wicked and the Divine #32 cover by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

Full disclosure: I’d only read the first volume of The Wicked and the Divine prior to this. Needless to say, a lot has changed in the story since then. Thankfully, the first volume set up the scenario and the characters well enough that I was able to keep up and follow the new plot beats.

As such, this comic was still a very enjoyable. The world of The Wicked and the Divine oozes with personality and rings true. Laura/Persephone is a highly engaging protagonist, and watching her cope with ascended godhood is great.

Sakhmet is a delightful pseudo-antagonist, and Woden is just the right level of insufferable so that you do want to watch him, well, suffer. Dio is endearing as all hell, and Cass is easy to root for.

The plot is interesting and keeps surfacing new layers to dig through. You want to know how it all ends, but you don’t want to rush it so you can keep enjoying it.

The Wicked and the Divine #32 art by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson
The Wicked and the Divine #32 art by Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson

As always, Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson’s artwork makes for a gorgeous comic book. The world is detailed and clean. There is an ever-unnerving aspect to the sterility. It allows for a sense of realism that is cut with a hint of discomfort in the fact that it’s too clean.

The Wicked and the Divine remains a brilliant tale, though I can’t recommend just hopping in this late in the game (like I sort of have). Read the series, but you owe it to yourself to read the full story.

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During the second season of the hit HBO television show Insecure, there was a big discussion about condoms being depicted on-screen. Mainly, that they aren’t really. In the second season, the main character Issa, played by the talented Issa Rae, has just recently gone through a breakup and decides she is going to have a “ho phase” and a “ho-tation.” Which, you know, good for her. Turn up. The controversy came when viewers noticed that it seemed as though Issa’s partners were just “sliding into her DMs” with no pause for a glove.

Showrunner Prentice Penny spoke to Buzzfeed about this issue and said, “We’re not a documentary; we’re not a public service; we’re not a nonprofit. We’re a scripted television show, and so our thing is always about how do we tell the best story?” Penny went on to describe that they place condoms around the set in order to create that illusion, but as a fan of the show, I can say that when I watched Issa sleep with “Neighbour Bae,” there was no pause that indicated he could have wrapped up anything. However, Penny did not begrudge the fact the conversation was happening. “To me, this Twitter debate is kind of perfect for our show because we have so many discussions on our show that are uncomfortable.”

However, what I realized watching the show is that while we are often talking about depictions safe sex in the media, the reality is that we do not have shows that tackle the reality that people already have STIs and they still have sex.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “In 2016, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported.” Just today, multiple news outlets are reporting about the rise of throat-related cancers in men, with an estimated 1 in 9 men having oral HPV. Most people who have sex and have had more than four sexual partners will get some form HPV. Nevermind that no matter how much shows and movies may turn it into a punchline, herpes is the second most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. So why aren’t we talking about it?

Listen to anyone who is living with an STI, and they will tell you that the hardest part of having it is the stigma. Kelly Gluckman, who spoke with Bustle earlier this year about the need for more comprehensive sex-education, said that when she found out she contracted HIV, she assumed that it was a death sentence. “All I knew at that point was ‘You get HIV, you get AIDS, and you die.’ So, I was reading these papers and wondering when I would die.” Fortunately, in 2017, HIV is no longer the death sentence it was in the ’80s. Medicine is available and while it needs to be taken every day, it makes the condition chronic, but manageable and greatly reduces the risk of infection to other partners. Yet, the most stressful part for Gluckman is the stigma: “Other people’s misconceptions are more burdensome than the virus itself.”

A similar sentiment was shared by Ella Dawson in her excellent TEDx Talk about Herpes and STIs in general.

What Dawson makes very clear is the unfair taint we put on people who get STIs from their partner. That we assume they are dirty or irresponsible and that this is some type of “punishment” for having sex. STIs are not a punishment; they are inevitable if you have a lot of partners—or if your partner has had a lot of partners—and that’s no one’s fault. Despite what people have told you, there is no certain type of person who gets STIs. It can happen to anyone.

Not to mention many are asymptomatic, and you don’t know you have most of them unless you get tested. I say “most” of them because there is no test for HPV for men, and you don’t usually know you have it unless you get a wart (low-risk/non-cancer causing HPV) or if a woman gets a pap smear and there are abnormalities. As for Herpes, well, guess what: most places don’t test you for herpes unless you ask, because it does not have the same long-term negative side-effects as untreated gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia.

A consequence of us being unable to deal with that reality in a non-shaming way is part of why people are (a) reluctant to get tested and (b) simply do not talk about it.

That’s where the media comes into play.

I have a very vivid memory of watching the UPN show Girlfriends as a pre-teen, and an episode came on where Joan (played by black-ish‘s Tracee Ellis Ross) found out that her college friend, Reesie, contracted AIDS from someone they both dated. There is a scene where Reesie cuts her finger with a kitchen knife and everyone jumps away from her like a pariah, they throw away the kitchen knife even though the virus dies as soon as it touches the air. The look of sadness on Reesie’s face of being isolated by her friends was something I always have remembered, and I remember learning not to be afraid of people with HIV. I went to a Catholic School as a child, so I can tell you that if I hadn’t learned it from that show, I might not have learned it period.

While most shows relegate STI exposure to an “after-school special” of trauma or an episode-centric issue that will never be brought up again, the truth is that if we have shows that want to revel in the freedom of sex, then they have to learn to deal with STIs in a better way. Some have already got the ball rolling: Miranda dealt with it for one episode on Sex in the City, Illana got the last batch of her HPV vaccine on Broad City, at least Hannah knew about her HPV status on Girls, even if it never really came up again, and Oliver on How to Get Away with Murder has taught us more about prep than most sex-ed classes.

This is important because, as much as we want to think “it’ll never happen to me,” shit happens. Condoms break, sometimes you can get infected even with a condom, and sometimes you get caught up in the moment and you don’t use a condom. Sexually transmitted diseases aren’t going anywhere, and we are not going to stop having sex, so we have to figure out a way to the conversation without shaming people who get sick.

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DC Versus is back, and this week they put Barry Allen up against Wally West in a battle of the Flash vs. the Flash. Neither of them are the first person to wear the Mantle — that goes to Jay Garrick — and they are in a world wherein speedsters are rather plentiful. But the two are unique among their peers.

The creation of Barry Allen helped mark the shift from the Golden Age of Comics to the Silver Age with heroes defined by science. He is the symbol of hope in the DCU, more so than the S on Superman’s chest. The combination of a scientific mind and super speed made for a very special hero. But this may be one of the rare cases where the student surpasses the teacher.

Wally West first came on the scene as Barry’s fan and then sidekick. While he lacks Barry’s experience on scientific background, he makes up for it with his connection to the speed force. Barry uses it, but Wally almost becomes one with it. Wally has found new ways to tap into the force and is just flat-out faster than Barry.

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I could never see these two actually fighting each other, but to go along with the hypothetical, I think Barry has the heart of a hero. He’s likely one of the most powerful beings in the DCU, but Wally’s connection to the speed force just makes him better. He even has the ability to siphon off other people’s speed. If he could do that to Barry, It wouldn’t even be a contest.

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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

Star Wars is a franchise that’s no stranger to big twists. The Empire Strikes Back even pulled a little fake-out with Yoda before dropping one of the most famous movie twists of all time, and Return of the Jedi returned to that same well when it revealed that Luke and Leia were siblings. The Force Awakens, pulled a similar trick in the reveal of Kylo Ren’s true identity, and Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, is enjoying the fan anticipation of future surprises.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson was predictably evasive when answering a question about a popular fan theory—that it’s not a coincidence that Luke Skywalker’s looming presence on the movie’s poster mirrors that of past villains in the franchise. We’re only about two months away from the movie’s release, so we’re not likely to get any more big details before we finally see for ourselves, but Johnson did mention that he’s very much enjoying providing fans with plenty to theorize over, since he’s taken part in that himself:

“Having been a Star Wars fan myself for the past 40 years, having spent most of my life on the other side of the curtain, I know the anticipation and the guesswork and theorizing is all part of the fun and game of it. So I love it. I love seeing what people are thinking, seeing what they’re guessing, seeing what they’re anticipating.”

The latest trailer certainly played into that, with plenty of hints—whether straightforward or intentionally deceptive—that not all is as it seems in the next chapter of the saga. Luke Skywalker himself even comes out and explicitly says that at least he expects things to take a turn. Although maybe he just needs to heed the advice that he should keep his mind on where he is and what he’s doing, hmm? Or just have a little more faith?

Whatever the case, don’t expect the teases to stop anytime soon.

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  A confession: I’ve been struggling all week to know what to say about the Harvey Weinstein scandal. I mean, #metoo because #existingwhilefemale. I reistsed saying this, thought, maybe because my own experiences with sexual harassment are, to me anyway, so minor compared to the outrages and horrors that have been revealed in the wake […]
 
 

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Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1
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With Black Hammer and the rest of the heroes of the world gone, Lucy Weber — Black Hammer’s reporter daughter — sets out to find what happened to them. In doing so, she believes that finding the villainous rivals of the heroes is the best first step. First on the list of villains is Sherlock Frankenstein, the undead, possibly immortal genius nemesis of Black Hammer. This takes her to Spiral Asylum, where many of the old villains have been locked up.

Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1 cover by David Rubin
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1 cover by David Rubin

Admittedly, I’m not too familiar with the Black Hammer story, but this comic does a good job of making that not a problem. It’s set up in the aftermath of the great disaster that took this world’s heroes, and it’s all about Lucy. She is the focal point, and it’s not just about finding the heroes. It’s about a woman finding her dad and the dark places she may have to go to do that.

It’s also about how impure the heroes may be, with the retired Wingman and Concretestador (damn, that name) maybe not being the best people to run an asylum for insane, damaged, or reforming villains.

This is exemplified by the man-child Mectoplasm, who died as a child but was resurrected by Sherlock Frankenstein and placed into a giant mech suit. He is sympathetic to Lucy’s plight, and he could be put back into society (wherever you could fit a giant robot) given the chance. However, Concretestador (help me) is just as cruel and harsh on him as any other villain in the asylum.

Admittedly, some of the potential this comic has is just that: potential. Lucy isn’t that well fleshed out in this first issue, and it’s very possible her quest is futile and will just lead her down a dark path. That, of course, is the problem with a serialized medium like comics: some things do have to be taken on faith in reviewing them.

That being said, Jeff Lemire put a good foot forward with this opening issue. Sherlock Frankenstein is a delightfully quirky villain, and Lucy Weber is an interesting character. The pacing is pretty slow-moving though, so be prepared for a lot of exposition and dialogue.

Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1 art by David Rubin
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1 art by David Rubin

David Rubin’s art and colors give loads of personality to the odd yet dark world in which Sherlock Frankenstein takes place. It’s grainy, each character has a lot of visual quirks, and it’s an all-around visually appealing experience.

Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil is an interesting take on the superhero genre, particularly a new take on what happens when the age of heroes ends. Depressingly enough, not much changes, but that’s a fresh take on the premise, too. This one earns a recommendation; give it a try.

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The Hollywood mogul at the center of the widespread sexual harassment and assault allegations is reportedly falling asleep in therapy sessions, claiming conspiracies against him, and “barking” into a mobile phone he isn’t supposed to have.

I wish I could say I was surprised by the reports of Weinstein’s terrible behavior coming out of Page Six, but I’m so far from surprised that I have reached maximum velocity in the state of non-surprise. Page Six is a gossip site, sure, so take everything with a grain of salt—but they also have a long and storied history in gossip, and a lot of well-connected sources. And do you really think a serial harasser like Weinstein would suddenly do an about-face and make a genuine attempt at rehabilitation just because he was finally “caught”? Harvey Weinstein needs to be behind bars, but instead he’s passing his nights in comfort at a hotel and apparently idling away his days, hoping the media storm will pass. According to Page Six:

Weinstein was reported to be at an inpatient facility, but our source says he is actually being treated at an intensive outpatient facility, which allows him to spend nights at a hotel. The clinic offers one-on-one counseling and group therapy sessions, among other treatments.

The source told us, “In one group therapy session, Harvey arrived 15 minutes late. Then, when it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him.

The source added that as others at the clinic shared their personal stories, “Harvey fell asleep in his chair. He was only woken up by the ringing of his smuggled mobile phone [which is banned at the facility] . . . Harvey jolted awake, jumped up, immediately took the call and then ran out of the room.”

Weinstein’s no doubt hugely expensive “treatment” is based in Arizona, but it’s unclear to me what any amount of therapy is going to do for someone so vehemently in denial and so obsessed with conspiracies of persecution. He’s apparently moved away from group therapy—what newfound sensitivity, falling asleep while others share their stories—and is now “undergoing individual treatment, and is accompanied at all times by a therapist.”

If I were his therapist, Weinstein’s sense of denial, persecution, and disdain for others would be the first things I’d address. But it strikes me as patently ridiculous that Weinstein, confronted with what’s now more than 40 women on the record accusing him of acts that range from exposure to groping to rape, gets to trot off to “sex rehab” for good optics, as though his problem were on par with other Hollywood figures entering facilities for substance abuse.

Even if Weinstein could be classified as a sex addict—and that’s debatable—the first step in any recovery method is recognizing that one has a problem. Per another source that spoke to Page Six, “He insists he never raped or assaulted anyone, and that all the encounters were consensual. He realizes he has acted like an a–hole, but he still insists he’s not a rapist.” So Harvey Weinstein has gained the self-awareness to classify his actions at “a-hole” level, but is obviously unwilling to take any responsibility for the dozens of claims made that the encounters were anything but consensual. In fact, he’s chalking those allegations up to a big ‘ol conspiracy against him.

That source continued, “He does have his phone, but when he is in therapy, he has to give it to someone else.” Wow, progress is really being made here, when you voluntarily give up your phone during your private therapy sessions. “The characterization of what he said and what happened at the group session isn’t true,” the source finished, but this is also the person relaying Weinstein’s assurance that he never raped or assaulted anyone, so let’s just assume their take on how Weinstein behaved in group therapy is already on shaky ground.

Money and influence don’t disappear even when a figure falls from a position of power, and it’s likely that we’ll see Weinstein lounging around in rehabs for a while. The only people I’m feeling bad for here are his many, many victims, who continue to have their experiences questioned and disparaged by the man who harmed them, and for Weinstein’s therapists, somewhere in Arizona.

(via Page Six, image: Shutterstock)

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Welcome to The Week in Reproductive Justice, a weekly recap of all news related to the hot-button issue of what lawmakers are allowing women to do with their bodies!

So, let’s see—the past month has seen the president of the United States repeal a policy that ensured millions of women’s access to free or affordable birth control, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement actively deny an undocumented minor access to abortion, and of course, thousands of people take to the internet to share heartbreaking tales of sexual abuse.

In a word, it’s been a horrifying time to be a woman. But events of this week in reproductive justice tell a sort of different story—one of women, activists, and courts fighting back, and research and academia fighting to make their voices on the abortion debate heard.

Here’s what you may have missed:

Federal courts in conflict over whether undocumented minor has human rights

Last week, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement’s hand in barring a pregnant, undocumented minor from leaving a detainment center in Texas to have an abortion was shocking, even for an administration that claims its goal is to protect “life beginning from conception.” On Wednesday, a federal judge ordered the Department of Justice to allow the minor to have the procedure.

However briefly, the order offered some hope that the 15-weeks pregnant teenager who says government agencies “forced [her] to obtain counseling from a religiously affiliated crisis pregnancy center where I was forced to look at the sonogram,” would have access to the procedure, but the very next day, an appeals court put a hold on the order.

The gist of the Health and Human Service Department and Texas officials’ staunch refusal to recognize the minor’s right to an abortion is that she isn’t a citizen, and therefore, lack of paperwork somehow equates to her having no human rights whatsoever. But ultimately, what’s going on here remains pretty transparently connected to the Trump administration’s obsession with controlling women and dictating their bodily decisions and dehumanizing immigrants—imagine being both.

In an America plagued with a range of restrictions on abortion big and small, some women are more affected than others: minors can be blocked by judges and parents from having the procedure, and detained, undocumented women clearly have no rights whatsoever.

The case will return to court Friday morning, according to NPR.

Democratic lawmakers introduce bill to fight Trump contraceptive rollback

A couple of weeks after the Trump administration announced that it would allow employers and insurers everywhere to stop providing birth control coverage to people for quite literally any reason, 19 Democratic senators got behind and this week introduced a bill to fight back.

The Obama-era contraceptive mandate saved women about $1.4 billion annually, improved women’s health across the board, and served as perhaps one of the most effective mechanisms to protect equal opportunity in the country, only to become conditional based on whether or not employers respect women. (And, as new revelations of predatory men in positions of power reveal, many do not.)

According to The Hill, four Democrats in the House plan to unveil similar legislation, but the chances of either bills making it to the floor are dubious. Many of Trump’s actions are controversial even within his own party, but believe it or not, many predominantly white, male, Christian Republicans in Congress either don’t know or care about uses of birth control unrelated to pregnancy, and staunchly oppose women of reproductive age engaging in casual sex—shocking, I know. To most self-identified freedom lovers, freedom of religion means one thing and that is the freedom to punish women and gay people—that’s how it is, and that’s how it’s always been, really.

Anyway, where opposition to Trump’s actions will likely face failure in Republican-dominated Congress, lawsuits that will in all likelihood be met with success have already been launched, and individual states are already fighting back.

Wisconsin bill aims to bar UW residents from receiving abortion training

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin senate oversaw a contentious health committee hearing over a bill that would make it illegal for University of Wisconsin residents to receive training to perform abortions. The bill was first proposed in July, justified by the fact that state law prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion.

But there’s a thousand reasons why this bill and the logic behind it simply don’t make any sense. However much conservative lawmakers may wish this weren’t so, abortion is legal and there’s no reason why medical professionals and OB-GYNS shouldn’t be allowed to learn how to provide it. Further, the Council for Graduate Medical Education states that OB-GYN training must “provide training or access to training the provision of abortions, and this must be part of the planned curriculum.”

Of course, the conservative war on reproductive health specifically in education—i.e. the rise of abstinence-only sex ed in rural states, aka that region with the highest rates of teen pregnancy—is nothing new. But this case is particularly dangerous, as it seems to ignore that abortions can be necessary to save women’s lives. A new generation of doctors without these skills will inevitably equate to a new generation of endangered women, an alarming path forward for a country that already presently boasts the highest maternal mortality rates in the industrialized world, according to the most recent data.

In the state of Wisconsin, there are only two abortion clinics remaining as of 2016, and we all know how quickly these numbers can change for the worst.

But according to the Wisconsin State Journal, health experts aren’t taking this hit lying down: The Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and 12 other similar groups have already registered against the bill.

New data shows the abortion rate has steadily declined—but this could all change

Fresh research published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday reveals that between 2008 and 2014, the nation’s abortion rate fell 25 percent.

You might think that, considering 2008 and 2014 saw sporadic funding cuts to women’s health organizations and the rise of TRAP laws (targeted regulation of abortion clinics), perhaps this was because women simply didn’t have access to abortion. But according to the study’s researchers, the primary factor behind this decline was simple: more contraceptive use.

Prior research has shown that restrictions on abortion don’t affect the abortion rate, because women who need the procedure will find other—usually less safe—ways to have it, shouldering immense burden and even potentially endangering themselves in the process. Bottomline: Restrictions don’t work, but birth control does. What does work? Contraceptive access and sex ed. So, in summation, in dedicating their careers to barring both contraception and abortion access, conservatives aren’t even achieving their goals—they’re just ruining women’s lives.

Unsurprisingly, according to some experts, this decline in abortion rates could halt and reverse—a trend neither the right nor the left wants to see—and we’ll have “freedom of religion” to thank for that.

Tune in next week to see what lawmakers will try next in their never-ending mission to derail reproductive justice!

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Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Artist: Chad Lewis, Color Artist: Dee Cunniffe, Letters: Ed Dukeshire, Cover: Jeremy Wilson, Publisher: Boom Studios, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $7.99

An expedition reaches Skull Island, looking for an uninhabited place to “civilize” and resources to mine and profit from. It’s led by a man named James Copland, who discovered the island months earlier when his plane went down.

They find people who worship a god named Kong, and they run into trouble when they realize that they aren’t grateful savages — but instead a thriving civilization which already had everything they needed for the life they lived.

Copland becomes more erratic. Much of the crew just wants to go home. However, Copland wants to carve out his legacy in Skull Island.

Kong: Gods of Skull Island #1 cover by Jeremy Wilson
Kong: Gods of Skull Island #1 cover by Jeremy Wilson

This comic delves into a lot of the questions that the film Kong: Skull Island did its best to dodge around in its focus on big action and fun.

Imperialism and race are themes that are interwoven throughout the earlier iterations of King Kong. The island-dwellers are savages forgotten by time and completely alien from the expedition. Kong himself is a metaphor standing in place of whatever minority you like (given the “’twas beauty that killed the beast” line and early 1900s obsession with black men chasing after white women, it is a more compatible stand-in for a black man).

To say that older iterations of King Kong are racist, Peter Jackson’s three-hour beast included, isn’t even a deep reading. It’s on the surface and pretty obvious. Lindsay Ellis did a really good dive into the various incarnations of King Kong over the years and explains it better than I ever could.

That’s why I was a little worried in starting Kong: Gods of Skull Island. It hit a lot of the beats as many other Kong incarnations. The imperialist aspect was a bit more front and center, but I was ready for Copland and the burly Hodge to be the well-meaning yet misled heroes and Mary to be the more mothering version of imperialist kindness that the “savages” of Skull Island deserve, with Hodge protecting her from the wilderness.

However, the comic does take a turn from this. In many ways, it does fall in line with Kong: Skull Island in that King Kong is the protector of the people whom share the island with him. However, instead of turning into Apocalypse Now with Samuel L. Jackson as Colonel Kurtz, it shows how the imperialist idea of sharing civilization was wrong all along,

That’s not to say it avoids all the hang-ups of a story of this kind, but also gets some things right, which even more well-meaning critiques of the imperialist narrative often don’t. For example, the natives of the Skull Island aren’t naively innocent. They quickly learn what Copland’s expedition is all about, and they simply use them for their resources and leave them out in the cold to die. That does paint the natives as a cruel, but it doesn’t treat them simply as a prop with which to critique the white man. They’re smart, and they know how to survive in this environment. They are smarter than the white people when it comes to Skull Island, and that’s all that matters here.

Mary and Hodge are painted as more morally correct, but that doesn’t really matter when things start falling apart for Copland’s crew. Mary is still ignorant of the nature of Skull Island, and all of Hodge’s weapons training and burliness don’t amount to much in the face of massive bird creatures, killer reptiles, and a big frigging gorilla.

Copland is a great figure on which to hang the albatross of imperialism. He sees how it’s been done, but he thinks he can get it “right.” He only wants to “help” the natives, but he is more interested in his own legacy. He learns of their religion based around Kong, but he denies its existence, even when the evidence continues to pile up. He must have the correct vision of how the world works, and they can’t be correct. It takes him seeing King Kong himself for his beliefs to change.

Kong: God of Skull Island credit page and back cover by Chad Lewis
Kong: God of Skull Island credit page and back cover by Chad Lewis

Character analysis and imperialist critique aside, the action in this comic does take a while to get going. However, when it starts, it amps up quickly. Kong gets to put the smack down on a variety of megafauna, and it’s great. There is the necessary giant lizard and jaw-ripping scene.

This comic has a unique spin on it, and it’s great. Artist Chad Lewis and color artist Dee Cunniffe put together a gorgeous Skull Island with bizarre and wonderful creatures and a menacing Kong. The natives also have armor made from wood and bones, which look great.

The comic is a bit of a slow burn, and it would be easy for some to struggle in getting through the setup. As such, the pacing isn’t perfect, but it isn’t awfully bad either.

There is also the young native named Kupak. He seems to be an example of how Skull Island isn’t a place just anyone can inhabit, even someone who was born on the island. However, he does turn into a punching bag for all of Copland’s cruelty. He doesn’t get the opportunity to develop or be fleshed out beyond that.

The other problem is the eight-dollar price tag. That’s a bit much to ask, even at roughly 40 pages of story. If that barrier is too much for you, then I cannot blame you.

However, for its few faults, Kong: Gods of Skull Island is an excellent take on the story of King Kong. Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson put together an excellent story here. It has interesting characters and a fresh take on the source material. The art is great, and the action is exciting once it gets started. I highly recommend it, though the $7.99 price tag is still pretty rough.

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Next weekend sees MCM London Expo, Britain’s largest comic convention by quite a way. The organisation has been running shows, including MCM London, for 15 years. There are two MCM London shows each year and other MCM shows across the UK and now into Europe, giving us MCM shows in London, Birmingham, the Midlands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Manchester, Scotland, Liverpool, Stockholm, Malmö, Copenhagen, Belgium and Hannover. It is one of the largest comic con chains in the world.

But with Wizard making moves into Europe, and more and more shows kicking off around Britain and Europe, changes are afoot. Bleeding Cool has previously reported on rumours regarding the future of the London Super Comic Con and its relation MCM or the Showmasters shows. But this rumour, from senior industry sources, is that Reed POP has struck a deal with MCM Comic Con. “Acquired”, “partnered”, “allied”, I am sure there will be some approved language.

ReedPOP is part of the massive Reed Expo business in the USA that runs conventions nationally. Reed POP owns and runs New York Comic Con, C2E2, ECCC, PAX East, Book Expo, BookCon, Keystone Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, Star Trek: Mission New York, PAX Dev, PAX West, Complex Con and TwitchCon in the US but also has shows around the world, Oz Comic-Con: Sydney, Shanghai Comic Con, Hyderabad Comic Con, Comic Con Paris, PAX Australia, Indonesia Comic Con, Mumbai Comic Con, VIECC Vienna Comic Con, Bengaluru Comic Con, Delhi Comic Con,  Oz Comic-Con: Adelaide, Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Con, Beijing Comic Con, Oz Comic-Con: Melbourne, Oz Comic-Con: Brisbane, Pune Comic Con, Comic Con Seoul, Oz Comic Con: Perth and GC Play.

Just the kind of portfolio to welcome MCM London, MCM Birmingham, MCM Midlands, MCM Ireland, MCM Northern Ireland, MCM Belfast, MCM Manchester, MCM Scotland, MCM Liverpool, MCM Stockholm, MCM Malmö, MCM Copenhagen, MCM Belgium and MCM Hannover.

Let’s see if we get that announcement on Monday, shall we?

E-mails to Reed POP and MCM Expo asking for comment were not returned.

Developing…

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Valiant is publishing Quantum And Woody! #0.0001½ – a special, digital-first and entirely free introduction to the new ongoing Q&W series by Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and artist Kano (Daredevil)

Available to read right now as a PDF on ValiantEntertainment.com and the official Valiant Entertainment mobile app for iOS!

It sees Joe Eisma introducing a preview of Quantum & Woody #1 with super-powered brothers Eric and Woody Henderson leading a personally guided overview of the 20-year history of the world’s worst superhero team – featuring guest (re)appearances by original series creators Christopher Priest and M.D. Bright, alongside James Asmus, Tom Fowler, and a glossy 8×11” headshot of Daniel Kibblesmith himself.

You know their checkered reputations…and you’ve probably heard a thing or two about their goat. Now find out the truth behind Washington, D.C.’s hardest-hitting, least-insured heroes – and get an extended look inside their all-new monthly series coming this winter from red-hot creators Daniel Kibblesmithand Kano – with this one-of-kind (and, hey, let’s be frank: mostly blank) digital-first release, available only on the interwebs right here!

On the heels of X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1, SECRET WEAPONS #1, BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1, and NINJA-K #1, Valiant’s “ICONS” initiative throws the comic book industry’s sense of propriety straight into the wood chipper for the most heartfelt, most eye-popping, and most punching-est superhero-action-family-drama- buddy-comedy throwdown of the year on December 20th when QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) comes roaring into comic shops everywhere!

Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your trouble-making adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you $@&%ing awesome super-powers. As a result of their accident, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. See, Eric has been keeping a pretty big secret: He knows who Woody’s birth father really is…and where he’s been hiding all these years.

On December 20th, the Valiant Universe gets the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves, only in QUANTUM AND WOODY (2017) #1 – featuring covers by Julian Totino Tedesco (Hawkeye), Geoff Shaw (God Country), Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects), comics legend Neal Adams (Green Lantern/Green Arrow), and Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) alongside every single gimmick known to man!

Also, it’s not too late to place orders for your the Quantum & Woody Pre-Order Edition Bundle, available only as a pre-order set to fans who reserve the first four issues.

Released monthly from December 20th through March 2018, each Pre-Order Edition comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind–the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus an exclusive cover by renowned artist Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects) that can’t be found anywhere else. No more orders of this can be taken after October 26th…

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Cover A (Standard) by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (OCT171904)
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171905)
Pre-Order Edition by NICK PITARRA (OCT171909)
Extreme Ultra-Foil Chase Variant by GEOFF SHAW (OCT171906)
Q&W Icon Variant by NEAL ADAMS (OCT171907)
The Most Variant Cover of All Time! by CLAYTON HENRY, SPECIAL GUESTS & EVERY GIMMICK KNOWN TO MAN! (OCT171908)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (FOC–11/27/17)

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by KANO
Covers by NICK PITARRA (OCT171909)
$15.96 [4 issues] | 40 pgs, issues #1-4 | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 20th (IOD – 10/26/17)

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Before New York Comic Con, Marvel Comics holds a writers retreat where traditionally, Marvel exclusive-signed writers and editorial staff sit around the place pitching ideas, developing concepts, finding some common ground — then dividing and conquering. In such an environment, stories like Civil War sprung into existence. It’s a way for creators to bash up against other creators and the pragmatism of the commercial publishing realities to find inspiration for the company’s trajectory.

I’ve received a number of reports from those at this year’s meeting, or from other pros who have talked to those at the meeting — some contradictory, and possibly suffering from a game of telephone. This is an attempt to make some sense of the conversation at the publisher between editorial and creator, in reaction to media and social media. This is not about discussions over upcoming projects — that may need another post. This is what it means to be a high-profile comic book writer working for Marvel Comics today.

I understand there was a lot of conversation about how one conducts oneself on social media, how to deal with critics, and whether to be accessible online at all. But, to be fair, that is nothing new.

However, the night before the summit, one creator called on other creators to speak out against harassment against one other. This became a topic of discussion not at the meeting, but in the off times and later hours. Nearly everyone was in agreement that such a statement would be a bad idea and draw attention to essentially a non-issue, as seems to have been proven by a lack of outrage expressed by fans at New York Comic Con. There was a small handful of creators who thought such a response was appropriate, but not passionately.

But make no mistake: this year, Marvel has suffered. There is a belief amongst Marvel executives that while changing characters is necessary to keep the brands fresh and exciting, too much happened too soon in too many books. The editorial response is that changes to Marvel characters were never top down; they were mostly generated from the creators as to where they want to take each comic. And such was the zeitgeist that a number of those changes involved changing the lead character, often casting a new lead of a different gender or demographic, where the majority of Marvel books were white, male, and straight. In fact, they still are — just slightly less so.

And so we had Jane Foster Thor, Amadeus Cho Hulk, Sam Wilson Captain America, Riri Williams Iron Man, Miles Morales Spider-Man, Laura Wolverine, Nadia Wasp — and while few would have had much of a problem with individual changes, collectively it alienated too many long-term fans. This was not, as some fans believe, the result of editorial direction given by Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso or Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort, but mostly emerged organically from the creators on the books. “Steam engine” time as some people put it. So it was more of a cosmic alignment than any grand plan.

However, those supposed to be overseeing all editorial creative content somehow did not see this effect of all this coming at once. And with storylines needing to be finished rather than abandoned, they were suddenly caught in a situation, the peak of which was the Marvel Retailer Summit earlier this year. The Marvel Retailer Meeting at New York Comic Con was, too, to some extent.

Of course, this was always the way. But maybe over the decades, Marvel fans had become used to, even appreciated, stagnation in their comic book stories. And then suddenly had to deal with big changes to all their favourite characters all at once. The frog needed to have been boiled slower — over a longer period rather than to have been left in tepid water for so long and simply thrown into the bubbling melting pot — to keep everyone on side.

The belief is that what fans are really reacting to is too much change all at once in all their books. Change can be scary to some, but scary can be entertaining and done strategically it works, but all at once can shock the system. The knee-jerk reaction then becomes to look for reasons and the change in race and gender for lead characters could be seized upon to justify why they were feeling the way they did.

It was pointed out DC Comics suffered from this very same thing back in the late ’90s and early 2000s, when Superman got a mullet, died and was replaced by pretenders, then went electric blue. Batman had his back broken and was replaced by Azrael. Hal Jordan became a genocidal psychopath and was replaced by Kyle Rayner. So many of the core characters were no longer the core characters. In DC’s case, it happened over a longer period of time, with less demographic changes, but it also coincided with falling sales in the years to come. Marvel’s greater changes to more characters over a shorter period of time have just exacerbated that feeling.

And the reaction to this reaction, from creators and editorial, has often been antagonistic, which has entrenched rather than won over opinion. Social media has now given far more fans direct access to far more creators. There is also the feeling expressed is that this is influencing creators far more than it should. Creators were reminded that for the most part, they don’t know who they are really talking to, and there is evidence that some people use multiple identities.

And that there is a difference between online reaction and customer reaction — the books that are heavily supported by social media often fail in print, while those mocked and condemned by the same often succeed. Creators were also reminded that sales have dropped industrywide, they are still higher than they were, say, seven years ago. And if Marvel’s sales are down from their height right now, that’s because everyone’s sales are down from that height — even DC Comics.

The advice most accepted was that the more creators fight online with those who are angry with them, the more attention gets given to the aggressor. Editorial and management have been trying to convey to creators that fighting against people who remain contrarian no matter what, whatever the political affiliation or sympathy, was a waste of time. They may find themselves baited into saying something they would regret. Tweets can be deleted — screencaps less so.

I am told that, after considerable debate, some of the more vociferous voices may have taken this to heart, maybe toning it down. The proof, of course, will be in the posting.

Now, how about bringing back Death’s Head… Ralph Steadman?

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