Comics for Chicks

Ok, I’ve been meaning to write about this for a while, but I’ve recently re-discovered the Amethyst comics, which were my all-time favorite as a kid.  I half expected them to be a disappointment, you know, when you hunt down something you loved from your childhood and then, after reading/watching it again, think “this kinda sucks”.  I am happy to say, however, that the comics still rock and I’m trying to hunt down all of them.

When I was a little girl, Sundays were special because my brother and I got to go to the general store (yes, we had one) and get a bag of swedish fish and one comic book.  I immediately went for Amethyst and Red Sonja because they had actual girl heros that were the actual main characters, and I was completely fed up with Wonder Woman at that point (being the one who always had to play her when the cousins came over and we played Superheros).

Now, even at the ripe age of 7 I realized that flying ponies and a heroine called Amethyst was kind of lame, compared with Batman and The Blue Devil and the like, but the stories were good, and the heroine kicked ass.

Now, of course, storywise Amethyst is no Sandman or Watchmen or Planetary, but if you’re looking for a good, fun, old-school superhero comic, you could do much, much worse.  And maybe Amethyst does appeal more to chicks, but she could hold her own against alot of the guy superheroes, and that’s what counts 🙂  If you manage to find a copy, give it a good unbiased go. I bet you’ll like it, even if you have to bury it behind your Hellblazer comics when your friends come over.

Ennis’s The Boys and Guacamole

So I picked up the first trade paperback of The Boys on a total whim. I wanted a new comic and this one looked fairly interesting. It ended up being the best impulse buy ever!  It’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s violent, and it has a point of view. Perfect!  The story centers around, well obviously, The Boys, which consists of Billy Butcher (who is out for revenge after a “supe” kills his wife), The Frenchman (who is a bomb sniffer and homicidal maniac), The Female (who lives to  rip peoples faces off), Mother’s Milk (a snob and brains of the group), and Wee Hughie (the new guy).  And these are the good guys.   Superheros, according to the story, were created due to government tests of “Compound V”, which then got into the gene pool and is now a relatively common phenomenon.  The Supes are egomaniacal, spandex wearing, self-interested megalomaniacs, and comic books are actual biographies of the current superheros.  They have merchandising and P.R agents, and absolutely no interest in humanity other than as a photo op.  The Boys have also taken the compound and are working under the CIA to police the Supes.  If you haven’t bought this, do it now (although if you have a weak stomach or are offended easily, this is probably not for you)!!!  Amazon is going to love me this month with all my comic book buys, but what the  hell. It’s autumn.

image from Amazon

And when you’re planning on buckling down for a day of beer and comics, you’ll need something to nosh:

The Only Guacamole Recipe You’ll Ever Need:

Take one large avocado, peel and de-stone. Mash in a bowl.

Squeeze a lime into it, add a bit of salt and pepper, mix.

Dice about 4 large cherry tomatos, half a large onion, and mince a large clove of garlic.  Add to avocado mix.

Then add chipotle Tabasco until it’s hot enough for you (jalapeno Tabasco is also really good here).

Now this is the most important part.  It will not taste right at first.  You need to let it sit for at least 30 minutes or you’re just wasting your time.  I know, it’s hard, but your life will be better for it, trust me!

Crack open beer, open bag of chips, get book, and enjoy!

The Authority

Well, I took time out from Fallout 3 to read the first trade paperback of Ellis’s The Authority, and liked it.  I loved Transmetropolitan and Planetary hard, so my hopes were high for this one!  Like I said, I liked it.  I think before I read the next one I’m going to go back and read all of Stormwatch, the end of which is where The Authority picks up, so hopefully that will give it some context.  Also, The Midnighter rules.   If you like full on superhero action and beautiful artwork with not a ton of character development, this is for you.

In other news, my stove broke yesterday, so that’s it for my jam-making operations, it seems. Sigh.