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We-view Wednesday – The Powers That Be!

Posted in We-view Wednesday with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.” ~Thomas Jefferson

Why is there a police department when there are superheroes to protect the population? That is a question answered in Volume 1, of Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl written by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

Enter Christian Walker, a chiseled-faced homicide detective in the local police department. His story is classic. He has been assigned a new and fairly inexperienced partner named Deena Pilgrim who has recently been transferred from the SWAT team.

As their story unfolds, we get an inside look at their relationship. And she could not have arrived at a better time because someone has murdered one of the world’s most respected superheroes, Retro Girl, who is found dead near an elementary school. Walker and Pilgrim are called up to track down her murderer. Their task is not an easy one because of the interference of numerous characters from the busy-buddy Detective Kutter (Walker’s former partner) who seeks glory at every turn to the press, as well as an impossible autopsy. After all; how do you do an autopsy on a superhero who is seemingly indestructible?

Trust, in the beginning, is the focus of the Walker-Pilgrim partnership. Type-A personalities with different investigative styles, the new team clash as outspoken, gung-ho Pilgrim and quiet, by-the-book Walker work together. At one point their relationship is tested when Pilgrim gets too nosey and looks into Walker’s personal life with Retro Girl, after a mysterious package arrives for him (props to Laura Petrie and the inflatable raft).

Bendis certainly has a gift for dialogue, which is pithy, tense, and highly entertaining. The back and forth banter flows with humour and intensity, making Retro Girl quite a fun reading experience. At times the art panels supersede the dialogue totally, creating dramatic visuals. Through the entire volume, I had difficulty navigating the pages, filled with word balloons and panels, some times needing to read across two pages but getting lost in the gutter. This does not, with my limited knowledge conform to other volumes/comic books that I have read, but I contribute my difficulties to this being a large book and not an individual comic book issue. The pages with the news casts were particularly troublesome for me as they moved from horizontal to vertical and then back again, but as the book progressed the rhythm became apparent and my difficulties lessened and then ceased altogether.

I think this is the first time a review of mine will not include a detail of the artwork, because the art work takes a backseat to the words with its simplicity. This book was much more entertaining because of the story itself which would make an ideal movie in my estimation

Powers is a very good read with well written characters who live in an exciting universe filled with superheroes and supervillians, and characters that are murky fun to encounter. Check this out and I can almost guarantee that Volume 1 will deliver!

I give this 5 PRADAs and I can’t wait to begin the next volume.



Fashion Friday – The (not so) Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Posted in Fashion Friday with tags , , , on February 27, 2009 by thegeekwearsprada

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” –Oscar Wilde

It is my 8th anniversary!

Yes, you are right! It has been eight months since I began playing City of Heroes. (applause, applause, applause)

I never thought I would enjoy this game as much as I do and I NEVER thought that is would permeate my pores and my life so much, that I seen and hear CoH in every day things. People walking down the street make me think of the streets of Independence Port as they run from villains. I hear a noise and it reminds me of the sound a glowy clue item makes. I hear or read a word and I am reminded how great that would be as the name of a toon. I am obsessed. When I can’t play, I think about my powers and costume items and the things I have up for auction at Wentworths, wondering if they sold or not. I have withdrawal symptoms.

You may be asking how this post about CoH relates to Fashion Friday. Well, since day one, I have been remarking and keeping mental notes about the other heroes I see within the game and more specifically their names and costume that they wear.

Not many people think of CoH as a great game for fashion designing but I can sit for hours, if allowed, dreaming up new costumes and names to go with that toon. The design I originally made up for Cyn-ful (my main toon) took a while to perfect, but as I received tokens for new tailoring sessions and additional slots, I have revised and revised again. After all a girl, even if she is a SuperHero, can never have too many clothes. In my last alteration I even bid on demonic wings. * cough * (300,000 influence) * cough * This metamorphosis seems to be my favourite of all.

Anyway, I am going to show you The (not so) Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in fashion within Paragon City.

Today I am concentrating on several male SuperHeroes that I have encountered.

DISCLOSURE: If these toons are yours, you have to understand that this is all “in my humble opinion” and you can rebut my analysis in the comment section if you would like.

Meet Edgar Allan Bow…(ignore the fairy behind him)

2009-02-26 22:26:36

I like the name because of it’s creativity and along with the cravat and the facial pallor it definitely reminds me of a Poe-esque character, but I seem to picture this toon fighting crime and battling Devouring Earth with a pen and not a bow. The pen is mightier than the bow. Isn’t that the expression? [Edit by HerGeek:  OK, this one made me laugh.  I would totally team up with Edgar Allen Bow.  I think we should come up with a literary super-team!]

Introducing Bear Cub….

2009-02-26 21:12:55

I wonder where his mother is because every one knows the mother bear is never far away and she is the strong defender. What is the little cub going to do agains the werewolves? And, I ask, what is with that tiny head?

Queue the music…..

2009-02-26 22:27:22

And here, dancing for your pleasure is Klint who appears to be Brokeback Mountain meets The Chippendale dancers. Cyn-ful expected him to either lasso her, grind and strip to a leather g-string, or give her a lap dance.

You may have the same sort of opinions on my toon and I welcome you to find Cyn-ful in City of Heroes and grab a screenshot of her fighting or flying and post about her as well…First Amendment rights apply, but think you will find her as colour coordinated and sinful as her name states.

Happy Fashion Friday!