February 2007


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Black Panther #25 – OOh… in this issue Storm battles Clor, the clone of Thor (yes that is kind of a lame nickname). But really, this could be the closest we’ll get to Storm ever battling the real thing, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
Civil War: Frontline #11 – The war is over, and the tie-ins have almost dried up to. Hopefully in this issue we’ll get some resolution to the lingering story about war profiteering going on and if Iron Man is really motivated by dollar signs.
Dr. Strange: The Oath #5 – Here we are at the final issue of surprisingly fun and interesting mini-series. Great old-school-ish art, and an engaging story that just is what it is, and isn’t mired in sybmolism or continuity. If you haven’t read it yet, wait a month or two and definitely snag the trade paperback!
Eternals#7 – Last issue was so thrilling, plus an appearance by the Avengers. Hawt! Can’t wait to see the resolution of this story, and where the Eternals go from here!
Iron Man #15 – I’m not picking up Iron Man on the regular, now that the War is over, but I feel like this issue could have some interesting aftermath info, like what’s Tony gonna do now that he got his way, he’s the head of SHIELD, and he still seems like an asshole.
New Excalibur #17 – Well color me surprised. Claremont is back, and New Excalibur doesn’t suck anymore. Last issue was a touching & personal story for Claremont with Nocturne mysteriously having a stroke. Surprising, and so far, one of the best issues of the series yet.
Runaways #24 – This is it! The last issue with the original creative team before Joss Whedon and Michael Ryan take over next month. I can’t wait to see what happens with Chase, and if Gert is really going to be resurrected. And i’m nervous about Whedon coming on. If Runaways starts shipping as slowly as Astonishing X-Men, then I will be PISSED!
Wisdom #3 – This book is a fun and a little confusing. I’ll probably have to wait till I get the whole series and re-read it in one sitting and see if I can understand it more.
Wolverine #51 – Part two of Wolvie’s battle royal with Sabretooth. Last issue wasn’t as contrived as I thought it was going to be, and the art on the back-up story was gorgeous.
Wonder Man #3 – Cute little mino-series, nothing groundbreaking or out of this world, but cute. ANd appearances by Beast & Ms. Marvel never hurt!!
X-Factor #16 – Are you reading this book? You should be! This arc, Madrox is running around gathering up his stray dupes. This issue, he finds that one of his dupes has become a man of the cloth out in one of the square states. What to do!?
X-Men #196 – I wonder but their building toward with issue #200 merely 4 months away!! Last issue was a great story told backwards, and Rogue as team leader is one of the best moves in X-ville lately.

Only 307 days left to smoke in the bars in Baltimore. Enjoy it while you can.

MUSIC MEMEThe Rules
Put your iTunes on random. Post lyrics from the first songs that play. Post it on your blog & let everyone guess the song & artist. When a song is guessed correctly, strike out the lyrics & post the title in bold. Looking the lyrics up on any search engine is cheating!! So, if you know the song – leave your guess in a comment. If you’re right, I’ll post your name (or link). Enjoy!

1. “just your presence & I 2nd guess my sanity yes it’s a lesson it’s unfair you stole my vanity my tummy’s up in knots so when I see you I get so hot my common sense is out the door can’t seem to find the lock take on me you know inside you feel it right take me on I could just die up in your arms tonightSOS – Rihanna ***ShannonH

2. “everything in it’s right time everything in its right place I know I’ll settle down one day but ’til then I like it this way, it’s my way & I like it this way make your move if you want doesn’t mean I will or won’t I’m free to make my mind up you either got it or you don’tSingle – Natasha Bedingfield ***ShannonH

3. “destiny has a funny way when it comes and takes all your cares away I can’t think of a single thing other than what a beautiful state I’m inIn Your Eyes – Kylie Minogue ***ShannonH

4. “you can slide on my ice like the Escapade & itchy-gitchy-yaya with the marmalade who me? not you oh yes who’s he? I even dig yo’ man’s style but I love yo’ profile whisper in your ear and get you all shook up but don’t blush just keep this on the hushCrush On You (Remix) – Lil’ Kim   ***CrystalG

5. “ooh baby girl too bad you so white 3 shades darker you coulda stayed the night hey ho little boy you don’t belong here run along to the back yeah you know where”

6. “what in this world keep us from tearing apart no matter where I go I hear the beating of your heart I think about you when the night is cold & dark no one can move me the way that you do nothing erases the feeling between me and youI Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper ***ShannonH

7. “well I’ve been afraid of changing cuz I’ve built my life around you but time makes you bolder children get older I’m getting older tooLandslide (Fleetwood Mac cover) – Tori Amos ***ShannonH

8. “she’s got the kind of look that defies gravity she’s the greatest cook & she’s fat free she’s been to private school & she speaks perfect French she’s got the perfect friends oh isn’t she coolDon’t Bother – Shakira   ***fliteboy

9. “I’m in front of you grab a friend see I can have fun with 2 or me & you put on a stage show & the mall kids that’s how to change low from them you heard wow it’s the same glow look at me I say yeah it’s the same dough we the same type you my air of life you have me sleepin in the same bed er’night go rock with me you deserve the best take a few shots let it burn in your chest we could ride down pumpin NERD in the deck funny how a few words turn into sex” Like I Love You – Justin Timberlake   ***ShannonH & CrystalG

10. “for every sin I’ll have to pay I’ve come to work I’ve come to play I think I’ll find another way it’s not my time to goDie Another Day – Madonna ***ShannonH

11. “I like chocolate and controversy he likes friday & bad company I like midnight it’s when I’m in the mood he likes the morning that’s when he’s rude just a bad case of opposite sex have to look to the stars all we need is a little respect cos men are from venus & girls are from marsBag It Up – Geri Halliwell ***ShannonH

12. “saw you ’round the other day shorty she was all the way looked like you were feeling me so I had to come & see girl he wasn’t tryin’ to hate but she had to demonstrate that she was the queen to be but she couldn’t fight the chemistry & I say I I I I can’t lose you no I I I no she was disco lights on a Friday night she moves across the floorBlowin Me Up (With Her Love) – JC Chasez   ***fliteboy

13. “if the lady’s in the songtitle I’ll freak you in the songtitle & dancing in the songtitle & shaking in the songtitle if you take me to the songtitle yeah I’m trying to party on out step to the disco can’t work it out let’s get go & this party started now parties and getting naughty is what I’m all about so many girlies in the house with slanging ass bodies & perty ass mouths”

14. “so you feel misunderstood baby have I got news for you on being used I could write a book you dont wanna hear about it I’ve been losing sleep you’ve been going cheap she aint worth half of me its true I’m telling youStrong Enough – Cher ***ShannonH

15. “but as the scenery grows I see in different lights the shades & shadows undulate in my perception my feelings swell & stretch I see from greater heights I understand what I am still too proud to mention – to you you’ll say you understand but you dont understand you’ll say you’d never give up seeing eye to eye”

More then a decade ago, Kylie burst out with one of her greatest singles — EVER. ‘Confide In Me’ strongly proclaimed a new direction for our darling pop diva, a new sound, and to this day one of the freshest sounding songs ever. Just looked at how many times I’ve ripped off this track’s intro for my sound designs for local theatrical productions — seriously, I put it in both ‘Bat Boy: The Musical’ & ‘Grease’.

And then there’s the video. Fresh, Vivid, Unique. Kylie appears like an ad for an adult phone hotline. Looking tarty, bookish, and dominating, among other guises; while surrounded by bright backgrounds — imagine how successfulo this hotline could really be… talking dirty to Kylie. I use to think there was nothing like it.

And then a friend sent me a link to this ca-ca:

I don’t know if it’s an homage, a tribute, or a blatant rip-off — assuming the the European kids of today would have no memory of a classic 90’s video.

You be the judge. I’ve decided that ‘Rollergirl’ can’t come anywhere near the realness the Kylie gave in 1994. Word!

 Thanks to my boy JesseNewcomb for the Rollergirl tip-off.

a day late… but um… seeing about the events of the past week… the songs explain themselves. Enjoy!

Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around… Comes Around (Junkie XL Small Room Remix)
Great mix. Dancey… but unique… almost 80s-ish.

Amy Winehouse – Rehab (Hot Chip Radio Mix)
After stellar reviews from fourfour & ModFab, I checked this bitch out. She is off the chains!

I don’t condone the sentiment, however it is laughable. Check out this letter page excerpt from an old issue of ‘Lois Lane’ from back in the 50s (I think). I think I got this pic from Rachelle.

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Oh my!

Well… the day is finally here. The final issue of the Civil War mini-series is in stores now, and I am DYING to read it! The cover image has been seen as my blog header picture (it got bumped off today by Tori’s new album cover), but I’m adding it here for you all to enjoy!
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Amazing Spider-Man #538 – I’ll probably stop picking up Spidey on the regular after this one, since it’s the end of the Civil War tie-in… unless they do something to suck me into this whole return of the black costume.
Cable & Deadpool #37 – So I was all ready to give up on C&DP until last issue really surprised me. Instead of all the heavy and convoluted storylines I’ve been reading, we’re in the middle of a very light and entertaining arc in which Deadpool is trying to make a new name for himself. This issue he tries to bring the pain to Rhino. Fun!
Catwoman #64 – I was ready to drop Catwoman too… since I mostly got it since the ex was all into Catwoman… but now she’s hunting down an object from Lex Luthor and I’m hooked!
Civil War #7 No words… must read… brain will explode…
New Avengers: Illuminati #2 – I love a good re-writing of history. It’s worked in the Bible for years… so why not in Marvel comics as well!?
Silent War #2 – Not bad so far, I had to do some research to find out that this pretty much picks up where Son of M left off, but that the Civil War will happen during the run of Silent War. Sort of makes sense… I think?
Wonder Woman #4 – This book ships so unbelievably slow, but when the books show-up… the story is good. Too bad the big talent out there can’t get their shit together!
X-Men: First Class #6 – This mini has been a little blah… but the guest stars have been great fun. This issue – the Original 5 battle the Skrulls. OOooh!!

It is with extreme fanboy glee that I share with you the joyous news I learned this morning…

Tori Amos (my second muse in a close neck & neck competition with Kylie as my favorite artist) has revealed the title and cover of her 9th studio album. ‘American Doll Posse” is set to be released on Tuesday, May 1st 2007. This is great news, as with all the turbulance in my personal life, I can use some solid angry chick music. And this album is slowly being hyped as a return to a more powerful Tori, and less of the happy-hippie music she has been cranking on her last 2 albums. A European tour follows the album, from late May to early July, and hopefully, the US tour will follow soon after, with no nearby dates conflicting with my schedule of work on ‘Angels In America: Perestroika’.

The cover is a new iconic image of Tori, standing in front of an average suburban house, with the Holy Bible in one hand and the word ‘SHamE’ written on the other. She is wearing high heels with a strap broken and blood running down her leg, a sparkly reddish dress, and what appears to be a wig with severe bangs. (All of this is probably important) A new look for Tori, and hopefully a powerful sound. I am most definitely, thrilled. More news as I hear it!!

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MUSIC MEME

The Rules
Put your iTunes on random. Post lyrics from the first songs that play. Post it on your blog & let everyone guess the song & artist. When a song is guessed correctly, strike out the lyrics & post the title in bold. Looking the lyrics up on any search engine is cheating!! So, if you know the song – leave your guess in a comment. If you’re right, I’ll post your name (or link). Enjoy!

1. “I looked into your face my heart was dancing all over the place I’d like to change my point of view if I could just forget about youBeautiful Stranger – Madonna ***ShannonH

2. “these are 21 things I want in a lover not necessarily needs but qualities that I prefer do you derive joy from diving in & seeing that loving someone can actually feel like freedom are you funny & la self-deprecating like adventure & have many formed opinions21 Things I Want In A Lover – Alanis Morissette ***Phillip

3. “hey we don’t know each other well so why I keep pickin’ up my cell memories just keep ringing bells oh oh oh oh oh hear voices I don’t want to understand my car keys are jingling in my hand my high heels are clicking towards your door oh oh oh oh oh1 Thing – Amerie ***CrystalG

4. “bag lady you gone hurt your back dragging all them bags like that I guess nobody ever told you all you must hold on to is you is you is you one day all them bags gone get in your way one day all them bags gone get in your wayBag Lady – Erykah Badu ***CrystalG

5. “I met him out for dinner on a Friday night he really got me working up an appetite he had tattoos up & down his arm there’s nothing more dangerous than a boy with charm he’s a one stop jive makes my panties dropCandyman – Christina Aguilera ***ShannonH

6. “i remember only for an hour move right through me can you feel the power i don’t know what’s going on it scares me but it won’t take long now he’s in control he is my lover nations stand against him he’s your brother been a long time, been a long time now i’ll get to you somehow”

7. “I dont want to be a distraction to you no no no so maybe I’ll just lay around play by myself while touching on my favorite fruit ooh ooh ooh ooh can’t stop thinking bout the things we do & how it feels making love to you I’m ready to get it baby if you got it to dish outJust A Little While – Janet Jackson ***ShannonH

8. “there’s a fever in my bones that I know so well I keep my head low low low to avoid the swell but it’ll be cold in hell it’ll be cold in hell before they put me in that chamber so I’m cleaning up as fast as I can I’m cleaning up as fast as I can cuz you can’t unbreak what you break you can’t unfake the very fake you cannot fuel without a tank no you can’t unbreak what you breakParty – Nelly Furtado ***ShannonH

9. “the way that you hold me whenever you hold me there’s some kind of magic inside you that keeps me from runnin but just keep it comin how’d you learn to do the things you do oh & nobody does it better makes me feel sad for the rest nobody does it half as good as youMobody Does It Better – Carly Simon ***Eric

10. “instinctively you give to me the love that I need I cherish the moments with you respectfully I say to thee I’m aware that you’re cheatin when no one makes me feel like you doUpside Down – Diana Ross ***ShannonH

11. “take a tour through the sewer don’t strain your brain paint a train you’ll be singin’ in the rain I said don’t stop do punk rock well now you see what you wanna be just have your party on TVRapture – Blondie ***ShannonH

12. “it’s after midnight and shes on you phone sayin come over cuz shes all alone I could tell it was your ex by your tone why is she callin now after so long now what is it that she wants tell me what is it that she needs did she hear about the brand new Benz that you just bought for me cuz yall didnt have no kids or share no mutual friends & you told me that she turned trick when yall broke up in 96Case of The Ex – Mya ***CrystalG

13. “you’ll just have to pray don’t think you’ll get away I will prove you wrong I’ll lead you all astray stay another song I’ll blow you all away hey it’s murder on the dancfloor but you better not kill the groove murder on the dancefloor but you better not steal the movesMurder On the Dancefloor – Sophie Ellis Bextor ***ShannonH

14. “you say that we’ve got nothing in common no common ground to start from & we’re falling apart you’ll say the world has come between us our lives have come between us but I know you just don’t careBreakfast At Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something ***ShannonH & CrystalG

15. “you hear the door slam & realize theres nowhere left to run you feel the cold hand & wonder if you’ll ever see the sun you close your eyes & hope that this is just imagination but all the while you hear the creature creepin up behind you’re out of timeThriller – Michael Jackson ***ShannonH

So, I’ve been pondering all sorts of things the past few days, so I’ll just throw it out on here, and move on past that, I imagine into my future.

Yesterday, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend of 2.5 years and I broke up. Sparing all the intimate details, I was tired of lying and disrespect among other things, and after months of troubles it came to an end. I guess if had been more sudden, I would be more depressed, but after so many months of fighting and confusion… I’m almost relieved at this point. Now, I just need to get him moved out so my life can move on. Sorry to not post on something more exciting or interesting, but that’s whats going on in my little bubble.

More on comics and music and such soon!

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