SIGNIFICANT MOTHER episode 5: Suffering & Succotash

Written by Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith Directed by Tripp Reed Well, I’ve already been enjoying this show, but tonight’s episode gave me an extra-special reason to watch: the legendary Linda Gray guest-starred tonight, playing Lydia’s mother. I’ve written before about how my all-time favorite TV show was the soap opera DALLAS, and in particular…

Walking While Black

So here’s a story from my youth. One Saturday afternoon when I was 16 or 17, I was walking to a local park. Halfway there I walked past this police car that was parked at the sidewalk. The police officer (who just so happened to be a White male) who was in the car got…

Sidecar SUCKS

PREVIOUSLY: UBER IS SUPER! THE GIFT LYFT In the past 4 months I have continued to make almost daily use (twice a day, Mon-Fri) of these alternative taxi services. I still primarily use UBER due to it being slightly cheaper, but I have also used LYFT occasionally (probably average about 5 times a month). I’ve…

The Louisiana Teacher/Student Threesome Sex Scandal…AGAIN

Shelley Dufresne (left) and Rachel Respess (right) mugshots First, for the newbies, let’s get caught up on this bizarre scandal, which I have been eagerly following since last October: FEMALE PEDOPHILES AND DOUBLE STANDARDS The Louisiana Teacher/Student Threesome Sex Scandal… The Louisiana Teacher/Student Threesome Sex Scandal: A Plea Bargain for One… Shelley Dufresne Celebrates (on…

Molly Shattuck: RAPIST

(Photo: Michael Yarish, AP) I first wrote about this case last November, then-47 year old Molly Shattuck, notably for at age 38 becoming the oldest woman ever hired as an NFL cheerleader when she was hired by the Baltimore Ravens. Admittedly gratuitous cheerleader pic. – You’re welcome. A recently divorced mother of three young children,…

The Movement #10

Written by Gail Simone Drawn by Freddie Williams II Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: THE MOVEMENT #9 And here we get the second half of the Batgirl/Movement crossover (although I guess technically it’s not a crossover, but a guest-appearance). Picking up from the last issue, the unconscious Batgirl has been taken to the Sweatshop. Virtue’s…

The Movement #9

Written by Gail Simone Drawn by Freddie Williams II Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: THE MOVEMENT #8 It’s crossover time! Batgirl has come to Coral City. And this is the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordan. It’s a natural crossover, due to the fact that Gail Simone was writing a solo Batgirl series at the time. The…

The Movement #8

Written by Gail Simone Drawn by Freddie Williams II Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: THE MOVEMENT #7 A lot of action in this issue. It opens with Burden, in full demon-mode, taking on the Graveyard Faction. Although badly injured, Vengeance Moth refused to give up and also continues to fight, but they’re still in danger…

The Movement #7

Written by Gail Simone Drawn by Freddie Williams II Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: THE MOVEMENT #6 Yeah, I’m super-late, both on updating this blog in general, and finishing this series in particular. Well, it’s time to try and get caught up this weekend. So here we go starting off with the second-half of this…

The Movement #6

THE GRAVEYARD FACTION part 2: HELL IN A HANDBASKET Things come to a head in this half-way mark of the series. And the crap hits the fan, as the team faces both internal and external threats. Internally, Tremor has set Officers Pena and Whittt free, leading Katharsis to label her a traitor and starting a…

The Movement #5

THE GRAVEYARD FACTION part 1: AN ALLIANCE OF SINEW After the events of the last issue, The Movement is spreading across the nation, with loosely affiliated groups in 10 cities. This is making a lot of powerful people nervous. While some people see The Movement as heroes, others see them as domestic terrorists who need…

The Movement #4

THE CONSCIENCE OF THE MASSES This turns out to be a crucial issue of this new series. Katharsis is being held captive by the Coral City police department, under the orders of wealthy businessman James Cannon, who is personally interrogating (ie “beating”) her, and Virtue has brought her team to rescue her. But she didn’t…

The Movement #3

CLASS WARFARE This is issue opens with the two dramatic cliffhangers from issue #2, Katharsis tried to attack wealthy (and crooked) developer James Cannon, only to be taken down by a squad of police, while the rest of the team when in search of the mysterious “weather witch”, who turns out to be Sarah RAINMAKER,…

The Movement #2

WITH NO HINT OF MALICE As per the events of the first issue, The Movement had not only rescued Burden, they’ve also conducted a “citizen’s arrest” of officers Pena and Whitt, all of whom are taken to The Movement’s secret underground base, known as The Sweatshop, which is part-superhero HQ, part-teen homeless shelter, and now…

The Movement #1

The Movement is a series created by writer Gail Simone and artist Freddie Williams II, which debuted in May 2013. From what little I’d read of it beforehand it sounded interested, with promotional imagery invoking the Occupy Wall Street movement Intriguing. But I avoided it because I just wasn’t interested in DC Comics as a…

The Hudlin Manifesto: 10 Things Black People Need To Do Now

Reginald Hudlin is a film and TV director, screenwriter, comic-book writer, and former President of Black Entertainment Television. He posted this on his website, and I thought it was worth linking to here: When I was a child, the poster listing the Black Panther’s 10-point program seemed to be everywhere. You may have disagreed with…

SUPREME BLUE ROSE

In January 2013, Erik Larsen’s brilliant but all-too-brief run on Rob Liefeld’s SUPREME came to an end with #68. Larsen left with the title with several dangling plot-threads, and I was curious to see whom Liefeld would enlist to follow-up on them. Tom Scioli publicly stated that he’d be pitching Rob Liefeld for the gig,…

SUPREME #68 by Erik Larsen

As I said in my reviews of the first 40 issues of SUPREME, the biggest problem the book suffered from was a lack of a consistent creative team to guide it. The book went through multiple writers and artist during this run, until Alan Moore took over, but he rewrote the old character. So I…

SUPREME #67 by Erik Larsen

The previous issue ended with the surprising appearance of Omni-Man. I assume this was done as a sort of wink towards Alan Moore’s run on this title. In Moore’s run, SUPREME was a comic-book artist in his secret identity, drawing the adventures of a fictional superhero called Omniman for Dazzle Comics. In one issue, Omniman…

SUPREME #66 by Erik Larsen

As I stated in the last issue, the timeline of these events, and when they are supposed to be taking place, is a little out of wack. It starts to be addressed here somewhat, as we see Ethan and Diana walking the street, where Ethan realizes that the latest revision must have occurred around them.…

SUPREME #65 by Erik Larsen

Picking right up from the previous issue we open with the last remaining survivors of The Supremacy: Sister Supreme (the Black woman), “Original Supreme” (from 1920), 50’s Supreme (who, for some reason, is still stuck with a Lion’s head), Squeak The Supremouse, and Alan Moore’s Supreme (hereafter to be referred to as Ethan Crane) .…

SUPREME #64 by Erik Larsen

I’m just going to start off with this here, because I don’t want to have to post this image in all my reviews. So be forewarned now, if you haven’t read Erik Larsen’s run on Supreme, just go ahead and do so now, because I’m going to be spoiling the frack out of it in…

SUPREME #63 by Alan Moore and Erik Larsen

When Awesome Comics closed shop in early 2000, one of the greatest tragedies was that it left Alan Moore’s Supreme incomplete. Although the final issue that saw print, SUPREME: THE RETURN #6, was satisfying enough, there were still some open plot threads in the series, specifically whatever Darius Dax was up to, which were still…

SUPREME SACRIFICE #1

This issue was released in September 2006 via Rob Liefeld’s latest imprint (co-founded with Jimmy Jay), Arcade Comics. This was meant to be the kickoff of a new storyline featuring Supreme, apparently in an attempt to reconcile and/or merge the original Supreme with the Alan Moore version of Supreme. It featured two stories, and was…

Brigade #1 (featuring KID SUPREME)

This issue was published in July 2000 by Rob Liefeld’s Awesome Comics. Written by Larry Stucker and drawn by Deitrich Smith, this is a new incarnation of the team, not connected to the original series. The story revolves around S.P.I.C.E. an artificially intelligent robot (built to look and act like a teenager girl) was programmed…

SUPREME by Alan Moore

Alan Moore, a man considered by many (including myself) to be The Greatest Comic-Book Writer Of All Time, was hired by Rob Liefeld to take over the SUPREME series, beginning with issue #41. That’s quite a coup for this series. As I’ve said in my previous reviews of this series, one of the biggest drawbacks…

KID SUPREME

Even before the Lady Supreme series there was this spin-off solo series of Kid Supreme, with Dan Fraga on art and plot, and Eric Stephenson on the script. I wrote before about the events of Supreme #36 where Kid Supreme fought a racist female supervillain named LATINA, which resulted in the death an innocent bystander,…

LADY SUPREME

Before I get to the Alan Moore run of Supreme, here is a little side project that Extreme Studios launched, originally published by Image Comics. At the conclusion of Supreme #40, Lady Supreme decided to remain on that other Earth in deep space, while Supreme returned home, so this title was a spin-off to show…

SUPREME #0, #32-40

Along with variant covers and swimsuit editions, a new trend in the comic-book industry that picked up in the 1990’s was “zero issues”. Publishers would release issues of certain series as #0, usually to be part of some special storyline or tell a significant story. In August 1995 Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios line at Image…

SUPREME in BRIGADE #17-21

Brigade began as a spin-off title of Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood, featuring new original superheroes of his. In February 1995 there was a radical revamp of the series, launching in the aftermath of Liefeld’s EXTREME SACRIFICE crossover, with issue #17. Now it would be a team made up of not just some of Liefeld’s characters, but…

SUPREME #24-31

At some point in recent issues it must have been decided that the original concept of SUPREME just wasn’t working. I’m unable to find sales charts for the month of November 1992, when SUPREME #1 came out, but I’m willing to bet that like most of the early Image titles, and particular those published by…

SUPREME #19-23

This next batch of issues that I’m reviewing continues the revolving door of creative teams. Rob Liefeld is credited with “story” on issues #20, 22–23, with Kurt Hathaway scripting #19–21, and then Gary Carlson takes over as scripter for #22-23. Artists on the ensuing issues include Marat Mychaels, Cedric Nocon, Joe Bennett, and Mark Pajarillo.…

Keith Giffen’s SUPREME

Writer/artist Keith Giffen joined Image Comics in 1993, with his creator-owned series TRENCHER, which, according to Wikipedia featured “a zombie-like anti-hero named Gideon Trencher, as he endeavors to complete his mission of exterminating souls that had been “wrongfully reincarnated”. It’s Gideon’s job to hunt down these beings, with the assistance of a voice in his…

SUPREME MADNESS

SUPREME MADNESS is a 6-part story, the first full Supreme-centric crossover, which ran from SUPREME #13-18 and firmly established Supreme within the broader Image Comics Universe at the time, as opposed to simply just Rob Liefeld’s Extreme Studios corner of Image. This arc benefited from a coherent, if simple, storyline. Rob Liefeld is credited with…

Supreme: Glory Days

Written by Rob Liefeld, Robert Napton, Karl Altsaetter Drawn by David Williams Inked by Gary Martin Published by Image Comics This two-issue miniseries debuted in October 1994 It co-stars GLORY, who is Rob Liefeld’s analog of Wonder Woman. The first issue opens in Berlin in 1945, the last days of World War II, with a…

Why Are They Making a Remake of “ROOTS”?!?

One of the biggest TV events of all time is being reimagined for new audiences. “Roots,” the epic miniseries about an African-American slave and his descendants, had a staggering audience of over 100 million viewers back in 1977. Now A&E networks are remaking the miniseries, to air in 2016. A&E, Lifetime and History (formerly the…

Tricky Dick Morris

Dick Morris is a political analyst/pundit, whose biggest claim to fame is that he helped President Bill Clinton in 1994, after the GOP retook the Congress for the first time in over 40 years, and helped President Clinton regain his relevancy and coast to an easy re-election 2 years later. That’s pretty much it. That’s…

Sherri Shepherd Ruled Legal Mother of Baby Born via Surrogate

After months of battling her ex-husband in court over financial responsibility for their baby born via surrogate last August, Sherri Shepherd is now officially listed as the mother of the 8-month-old. “It’s bittersweet,” Lamar Sally told PEOPLE outside the courtroom on Tuesday. “I’m glad it’s over, but I feel sad what it had to come…

Judging Movies By Their Trailers

I let myself get into a brief but stupid argument with someone on Facebook the other night (I need to learn to stop feeding the trolls), some folks were criticizing an upcoming movie and this fellow was claiming “You can’t judge a movie based on a trailer!” Well, I disagree. Of course you can. That’s…

Headlines

Yeah, I’m a little bit stumped on things to write about, so I’m just gonna talk about some stuff in the news recently. Horny Mom Threw Teen Daughter a Naked Twister Sex Party, AA Sponsor Says Rachel Lynn Lehnardt, 35, of Evans An Evans mother was arrested Monday accused of hosting a party with drugs…

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