Marvel December 2010 Solicitations. Valkyries, She-Hulks, Ozma and more!

September 22, 2010

Say what you want about the classic Valkyrie design; sure it's a little sexy, and really silly but at least it stays true to the classical Wagnerian perception of what a Valkyrie is supposed to look like. A Valkyrie could do much worse for herself as we'll see.

Comic Book Resources have posted Marvel Comics’ December 2010 solicitation list.  Head on over there to check out the full list but I’m going to talk about a couple items on it that I’m really looking forward to and a few that are bugging me to hell.

So without further ado here at the comics that I think look great, and those that look like they’re kind of fridgy (yay for making up new adjectives).

The Fridgey Comics

These are comics that I’m concerned about; in most cases it’s too early to stay if they’ll be good or not but red flags are popping up, either from the preview text or the cover. First up:

Thunderstrike #2

Written by TOM DEFALCO Pencils & Cover by RON FRENZ HOT FOR TEACHER! Determined to avoid the fate of the last Thunderstrike, the mace’s owner considers his options (ebay, anyone?!?) until he receives a visit from a beautiful Valkyrie who has been sent to teach him the proper way to use an Asgardian super-weapon-- knowledge that he field-tests when a mysterious collector sends a high tech strike-force to steal the mace. Featuring cameos by Steve Rogers and the Avengers. 32 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

Oh were to start? Well obviously the subtitle, “Hot for Teacher” doesn’t instill much confidence that this character is going to be treated with much respect at all. I don’t always assume a comic is going to be crapy just because the cover is subject to The Male Gaze, nor indeed sometimes if it’s prevalent throughout the book, but could this cover be any more stereotypically sexy? The one eye exposed come hither look presents a vulnarability that’s at odds with the ridiculously large sword she’s tying to use to cut off her left hand and head. And what is with the 60s scifi skirt and randomly open midriff? That’s less skin then a lot of comic women show, true, but we really don’t need any help finding where her chest is, it’s over-sized enough, thanks.

Widow Maker #1

Written by Jim McCann & duane swierczynski Penciled by David Lopez & manuel garcia Covers by JAE LEE Variant Covers by PAUL RENAUD Who is hunting Marvel’s super spies? Espionage agents around the world are being assassinated, their covers blown, and governments’ intelligence & security capabilities devastated! The person behind it: an all-new Ronin! The next two super-spies targeted for death: Black Widow and Mockingbird! The wildcard determined to unmask the killer: Hawkeye! Let the game begin as Marvel’s spy community collides with it’s superhuman agents! 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Emphasis added. Great so Black Widow (featured on the cover), and Mockingbird (pictured right), are being stalked by an assassin and it’s up to Hawkeye, a man and Mockingbird’s husband, to save them. Yay for Empowerment on that one, fellas. I’m pretty sure Widow could take Ronin all by herself.

Deadpool Max #3

Written by DAVE LAPHAM Pencils & Cover by KYLE BAKER “AN ALTERNATE HISTORY OF LOVE IN AMERICA” The history of the 20th Century is the history of great leaps toward the fulfillment of a promise – a promise made by these United States to be a land where and all are created equal. For Baron Helmut Emmerich Von Zemo, though, the 20th Century was an unmitigated disaster that must be combated by EXTREME steps. And what should happen when Deadpool is tasked to take down out this hood-wearing warrior of hate? Feel the freeing power of the gun and the sword! 32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

Okay this is one of 5 Deadpool comics coming out in December, I’m so sick of this guy. There was a time where I enjoyed Deadpool when he was merely quirky, rather then being 4chan personified. Out of the 5 Deadpool comics 3 of them have covers that look fridgy to me… That’s 60 percent! But this one is by the far the worst. A woman in an SS dominatrix costume? What is up with that? Actually I don’t want to know… I’d rather buy the one that has art by Rob Liefeld… That’s saying something.

Comics I’m Unsure Of

Women of Marvel #2

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Written by Dame Darcy, Mary HK Choi, Jim McCann, & Audrey Loeb Penciled by Robin Ha, Nuno Alves, Mike Ryan, & Emily Warren Cover by GREG LAND
Jungle queens, invisible princesses and beautiful banshees, oh my! Marvel’s magnificent Amazons take it up a notch in this smoldering selection of shorts by talent to watch out for! Shanna the She-Devil battles pilgrims and pterodactyls, Sue Storm forges a fairy tale ending for the Invisible Woman, and Songbird faces the music of her past when she meets…Screaming Mimi?! And little Lyra needs a prom dress…which brings the smallest She-Hulk against an all new foe: THE MALL!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

This one has the potential to be okay… but sounds very, very cliche. Marvel has been doing a year long salute to the women of both the universe and the industry, the results have been a mixed bag. How will this final “Girl Power” issue of the year fair? I’m not filled with confidence but I’m willing to be surprised.

What’s Looking Great

She Hulks #2

Written by HARRY WILCOX Penciled by RYAN STEGMAN Cover by ED McGUINNESS The ALL OUT SHE-HULK ACTION continues as JEN and LYRA hunt for the remaining members of THE INTELLIGENCIA! This time, their mission takes them to the heart of Russia, where they face the deadly RED GHOST and his SUPER-APES! Can the two Gamma-gals defeat their simian foes? Will Jen rekindle an old romance? And will Lyra survive gym class? Find out in ISSUE #2 of SHE-HULKS! 32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

Okay like Women of Marvel I’m not sure this one is going to be good but it’s definitely looking up. I really hope Jennifer Walter’s Physique matches what’s shown on the cover; she looks really buff and while her breasts are still pretty big they’re very normal by comic book standards, compare this to the image on the side from Jen’s most recent stand alone series where she has more of a bicyclist’s physique then a hulking one, and that’s one of the better examples. She-Hulk, the original, in a lot of ways has been like Marvel’s version of Powergirl: both are extremely powerful women in battle who lead successful lives as professionals outside of it, both are extremely smart and witty, both are cousins of the strongest heroes around (Hulk and an alternate universe Superman respectively) and both have been subjugated to the most extreme sexualization outside of an adult targeted imprint. She’s had to do everything from jump rope naked to cover up with a poster of the Comics Code Authority label to give readers a cheap thrill. But it looks like they’re taking her seriously here, so I’m going to give the series a try.

Ozma of Oz #2

Written by ERIC SHANOWER Pencils & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG Introducing Tik-tok, the amazing clockwork man constructed completely of copper. He can walk, talk, think, and do everything but actually live. Dorothy frees Tik-tok from his stone prison. In return, Tik-tok battles the menacing Wheelers to save Dorothy and her talking chicken Billina. And who is the mysterious Nome King and why has he enslaved the Royal Family of Ev? 32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

Out of all the comics on my list this is the only one I’m 100% sure is going to be profeminist all the way. Eric and Skottie’s adaptations of the Oz books have been gold so far, and, for me at least, Ozma of Oz is where the series really hit it’s stride. Princess Ozma, Dorothy and Bellina are all really strong characters who are going to show their bravery and cunning over the course of the story. You can’t go wrong picking this up. Also those wheelers are creepy! Nice, I like ’em.

Warriors Three #2-3

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM Penciled by NEIL EDWARDS Cover by AMANDA CONNER with LAURA MARTIN With Fenris, God of the Wolves, loosed from his imprisonment in Hel, the Warriors Three have their work cut out for them… and even with all of Asgard hoping to tame the monster, Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun have a particularly personal score to settle with him. Unfortunately, there’s this lovely A.I.M. agent who seems to be distracting Fandral. But he’s a professional, he’ll keep his head in the game… right? From the writer of the bestselling Fables Bill Willingham and the Fantastic Four’s fantastic Neil Edwards, this is one series that you can’t afford to miss! With covers by Amanda Conner (The Pro)!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

After Ozma of Oz this one looks the most promising to me purely from a feminist point of view. I love Bill Willingham’s Fables series which has a ton of really strong female characters who are often given center stage and allowed to shine, and I’m really intrigued what’s going to happen with this AIM agent. A love story involving the Warriors Three would be great, they’re such awesome characters, and I love this girl’s AIM armor… nothing revealing there. Looking good.

There’s some other good looking Marvel comics coming out but these are the ones that stand out for the purposes of these blogs, and the only other title I might pick up is Fantastic Four to see how things go as we approach the death of one of the members.

That’s it for now, tomorrow I’ll update with what I thought of the new comics coming off the shelf today… (or possibly today if we’re very lucky).


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