Blerd History Month: Static Shock

Static Shock was one of first black heroes I was aware of. Back when I was in primary school Static Shock was one of many after school cartoons to choose from. I never chose it though. In my defense this was the era of Animanics and Freakazoid. A bit about Static Shock: Static Shock is a DC Comics character created by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon in 1993. Static’s alter ego, or real name, is Virgil Ovid Hawkins and he’s usually a good guy on a team of youths. He recently made his debut as a powered up character on

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52 Pick-Up Week #2 | Bedlam (Image)

comiXology had the first issue of Bedlam (Image) for the low, low price of free. I’m a fan of supernatural stuff, and mayhem, and the BBC America import Bedlam so however they meant “Bedlam” I was willing. I didn’t read the blurb before I read Bedlam and I’m glad for that because I jumped in head first and my mind was blown. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times

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52 Pick-Up Week #1 | Animal Man (DC Comics)

Animal Man never really intrigued me as a character so much as a strange thing I heard people talk about but didn’t get. I, like many of the NPCs in Animal Man comics, thought he could turn into random animals at will. He can’t. He can just absorb their “abilities.” The original run of Animal Man was 1988 to 1995 and written by THE Grant Morrison. That should sell the thing all by itself. It kind of did for me. Specifically, Jamilla over on Girl Gone Geek Blog going on about Grant Morrison had me intrigued. The second run of

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Super Green Green Arrow Secret Cosplay

The Green Arrow is one of my favorite heroes as of late.

I feel no shame in admitting that I discovered my love of The Green Arrow via The CW show Arrow. Arrow is closely tied to the DC Comics except in this day and age –even in the New 52—stupid hats are stupid and in the show no one is technically super powered.

I mean, that parkour shit Oli does on the regular and DAT BODY aren’t really of this world but that’s want makes TV more watchable than the news.

I’ve mentioned before that I like my heroes a bit anti and a bit reluctant and then I met Oliver Queen: part glamorous playboy, part angry avenger.

He’s always a bit thrown together even if it’s the most fashionable thrown together ever.

I’m neither bold enough nor have I the occasion to go out in full on cosplay of any kind. However that didn’t stop me from going out like a geek this New Year’s Eve in my secret Green Arrow cosplay.

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I’m doing the 52 pick-up Comic Book Challenge!

The HUAT?! Read one new comic a week for each of the 52 weeks of the year then post about it. I want to expand my horizons and try new things. I have a list of books to read, books I might want to read, and books other people recommend. Sure the PoP! team never actually challenged anyone else to read one new comic series a week and then post a review but I felt the pull this year. I finally tried Action Comics after meaning to for a long time and I wasn’t disappointed! I downloaded Green Arrow (New

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I Read It: Action Comics #1 [DC Comics]

I’ve heard wonderful things about the Action Comics reboot as part of DC Comics’ The New 52. So many wonderful things that even I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. If maybe Grant Morrison could give Superman the dimensionality I’ve felt he lacks.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge (or even minor really) Superman fan. I get the super-ness and the heroics but he’s still a condescending smug bastard (no offence on the orphan front) to me.

He’s an alien questing to save the pathetic humans from their pathetic cycle of being pathetic and human. His motivation is just to be better than everyone else because he can.

It’s not even a competitive “better” like Green Arrow or Hawkeye who have to train and, gasp, try.

No fight with Superman is a fair fight unless you play against his hubris.

Yes, Superman has two weaknesses: kryptonite and hubris.

That, to me, is the real draw of Superman stories: He can’t be bested by the technology or the danger, but the man behind the schemes. Superman isn’t super clever or super intelligent –he can’t be beaten physically but he can simply be outwitted.

In Action Comics #1, Superman is still just a vigilante Robin Hood-type. He’s a bit more malicious than I remember as he threatens to throw a man from a building unless he confesses to his crimes. But he’s still super confident and smug as can be.

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