Friday, June 26, 2009

Cuz Friday Night Is For Sexin':
Hot & Heavy Comic Book News

You know comics have crossed over obtained marginal mainstream acceptance when Penthouse Magazine is profiling funnybook conventions. And with promising pull-quotes like "The big cons...all have VIP parties with open bars, which can lubricate the social interaction for sure. You’re not going to go home with Jessica Alba in her fuck-tastic Fantastic Four garb, but as Vic Holtreman of notes, “There’s a lot of hitting on people and flirting," you can expect a lot more sell-out crowds. (And a lot less Jessica Alba.)

In honor of Vampirella's 40th birthday, the classic cheesecake/horror comic is being re-launched and re-priced. Vampirella: The Second Coming is a four part monthly mini-series set to begin in September, with a ridiculously low price of only $1.99 per issue. When asked to comment, an unnamed bookstore blogger said, "Eff 'freakonomics,' this is freaky-deaky-onomics. Not only will the new series sell more, benefiting all of us in the book industry, but seemingly unrelated companies like Jurgens and Kleenex will also see a boost in their business." Eww...

Well, this is the week that DC did it. Detective Comics #854 -- normally the home of Batman -- saw the debut of a new Batwoman, and get this -- she's totally gay. I'll leave the tawdry details to J. Caleb Mozzocco: "It’s basically a cookie cutter sort of street-level, vigilante-style comic book scripting. In this particular story, Batwoman could just as easily be Batman or Daredevil, Catwoman or Nightwing. Which is actually kind of cool, given that she is a lesbian. This comic is literally about a superhero who just happens to be a lesbian, and you can’t ask for more from that in terms of diversity and quality in the DCU or DC’s line of books set there." Wait, what? This sounds tasteful...dignified...and dare I say it? Mature. Goddammit, this book doesn't belong in this post at all!

For more info on The Inkwell's pick for Comic Book of the Week, Detective Comics #854, click here and here. Both links feature great examples of the book's gorgeous art.