GeekMom: Comic Book Corner — October 17th, 2012

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Captain Marvel at New York Comic Con In reality, Judy Stephens, the social media manager for at the Women of Marvel panel. She said it took over 20 hours to sew this costume. Photo by Corrina Lawson

Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to another installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week.


I admit, I spent more on comic art than on actual comics last weekend at New York Comic Con. I am still kicking myself for not grabbing the half-price box set still shrink-wrapped hardcover special edition of Crisis on Infinite Earths. At $75, it was out of my budget even half-price.

However, I did grab a few comics, namely three issues of The Gathering anthology from my friends at Greyhaven Comics: iWestern, all-ages, and a love letter to the Silver Age of Superheroes.

The kids’ stories were cute, especially one with kids plotting to outwit schoolyard bullies to the swings, and if you grew up reading superheroes like me, the Silver Age issue will make you smile.

But it was the western tales that I loved the most. I’d forgotten how much I loved westerns in comic form and this issue was filled with great ones. I’m hoping Greyhaven does another collection.

Dakster Sullivan – Robyn Hood #1

Robyn Hood Issue #1  Image: Zenescope
Robyn Hood Issue #1 Image: Zenescope

I picked up Robyn Hood #1 (Zenescope) quite frankly because the title interested me. A little voice in my head told me not to purchase it and look for something else, but I decided to ignore it and read it anyway. I’m sorry to say I should have listened to that little voice. The story starts out with magical forces and eventually hardship for the main heroine. She appears to lack fear when it comes to doing what she wants and helping those she loves.

Meanwhile, in her home land, the people are suffering and desperately need a hero to rescue them. A sorceress agrees to help them and tells one of the villagers that their hero is not yet mature enough to handle what awaits her. She holds off on bringing her back home and waits for her grow up a little.

We flash back to where Robyn is growing up and now she’s in “rich-kids” high school and living with foster parents. After being angered by one of the schools upperclassman, she goes back to her no-fear roots and steals his car. After the car spins out of control and she is badly injured, the upperclassman decides he needs to teach her a lesson and sexually assaults her at the scene of the crash and in front of his buddies.

The next thing we see are people getting mad at her for stealing the car and placing her under arrest while at the hospital.

Hold the phone! I know the writers have every right to tell the story they want to tell, but are you telling me they couldn’t squeeze in one person (a nurse or doctor) who would have compassion for what she just went through? Instead, they show the assault (on a busy street and no one stops to help) then her in the hospital being yelled at by her foster parents.

It was explained to me that the writer probably chose this method of torture as a way to show an evil power driven character. My best guess is that the lack of help she received shows the fear of the people passing by of the character doing the horrible act.

I’m happy to say she gets out of the prison, only to see the sorceress brutally murdered in front of her.

I’m normally a very positive person when it comes to comic books. I just wish they could have chose another form of torture for Robyn other than sexual assault.

I might still pick up issue #2 in hopes that the sexual assault moments are over and they concentrate on Robyn’s strong personality instead. If they don’t, I guess I will have to purchase something else that week…maybe a nicer Marvel or DC Comics title.

Robyn Hood is a Zenescope title and is rated 17+ on Comixology.

Curious to know what comic books I’m pulling this week? Check out my pull list on Comixology.

Rebecca Angel – Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 2

Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 2 continues the story of Iku, one of the members of the Library Forces, keeping as many books as they can from being destroyed by a controlling government. In this issue there is suspicion over the newest director of the Kanto Library Base. And although the plot is pretty good, the new romance for Iku is what is truly entertaining. Iku and a new addition to the series (cute Tezuka) are invited to be part of an elite group, but Tezuka doesn’t think Iku is up to the task. He’s almost perfect, and in the heat of battle, Iku saves his ass, which prompts him to ask her out, which leads to some jealousy by their boss, which finally ends humorous and satisfying.

My kids and I like this series because the girl is not a typical manga heroine, being passionate, tall, and physically fit. Plus there is another main female character who is both beautiful and super smart. The plot continues to develop. And Kiiro Yumi the author and artist, uses fonts with perfect humor. The guy characters are distinct and have their own personal stories beyond just romantic fodder, and we love the image of protecting books with gun-slinging librarians! We’ll keep reading…
Looking for something else, readers? Check out this week’s listed books:

American Vampire Lord Of Nightmares #5 (Of 5)
Batwoman #13
Before Watchmen Minutemen #4 (Of 6)(CP)
Birds Of Prey #13
Blue Beetle #13
Catwoman #13
DC Universe Presents #13
Green Lantern Corps The Weaponer TP
Green Lantern New Guardians #13
Hellblazer #296
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #3 (Of 6)
Justice League #13
Legion Of Super-Heroes #13
Nightwing #13
Red Hood And The Outlaws #13
Saucer Country #8
Sgt Rock Archives Volume 4 HC
Supergirl #13
Supergirl Volume 1 Last Daughter Of Krypton TP
Sword Of Sorcery #1
Unwritten Volume 6 Tommy Taylor And The War Of Words TP
Wonder Woman #13
Young Justice #21
A-Babies Vs X-Babies #1
Avengers Assemble #8
Avenging Spider-Man My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends TP
AvX Consequences #2 (Of 5)
Captain Marvel #5 (Susan G. Komen Variant Cover)
Daredevil #19
Dark Avengers #182
Dark Tower The Gunslinger The Man In Black #5 (Of 5)
Disney Pixar Cars Magazine #9
Fear Itself Spider-Man TP
Gambit #2
Hawkeye #3
Infernal Man-Thing TP
Journey Into Mystery Volume 3 The Terrorism Myth TP
Marvel Firsts Before Marvel Now TP (was ‘Marvel Firsts ReEvolution’)
Marvel Now Point One #1
Marvel Super Heroes #4
Marvel Zombies Halloween #1
Mighty Thor #21
Mighty Thor #21 (Susan G. Komen Variant Cover)
New Avengers #31
PunisherMAX Homeless TP
Ultimate Comics Iron Man #1 (Of 4)
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16
Uncanny X-Men #20 (Susan G. Komen Variant Cover)(Final Issue)
Untold Tales Of The Punisher MAX #5 (Of 5)
Venom #26
Venom The Savage Six TP
X-Factor #245
Zombies Christmas Carol TP

Barack Obama The Comic Book Biography HC
Cape 1969 #4 (Of 4)
Classic Popeye #3
Dungeons And Dragons Forgotten Realms #4
Fishtown HC
G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #183
Godzilla Half-Century War #3 (Of 5)
Grimms Fairy Tales Volume 1 HC
Snake Eyes And Storm Shadow #18
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye Volume 2 TP
Transformers The IDW Collection Volume 7 HC
Womanthology Space #2
Zaucer Of Zilk #1 (Of 2)
B.P.R.D. 1948 #1 (Of 5)
Billy The Kid’s Old Timey Oddities And The Orm Of Loch Ness #1 (Of 4)
Ex Sanguine #1 (Of 5)
Joe Golem And The Drowning City An Illustrated Novel HC
Michael Avon Oeming’s The Victories #3 (Of 5)
Orchid #10
Star Wars Agent Of The Empire Hard Targets #1 (Of 5)

Acronym Key:  VC = Variant Cover  / HC = Hard Cover / TP = Trade Paperback  / CP = Combo Pack  / PE = Premier Edition

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