So recently, I had to do jury duty. I had to go to 26th and California here in Chicago which is court and a jail. I did jury duty back about 5-6 years ago downtown in Chicago, but that was a civil case. This was a criminal case. A guy was accused of threatening a woman with a gun. ACTUALLY, the story was this woman’s daughter was living with the defendant and his wife and family. He kicked her out because she was “lazy and disrespectful”. The next day the daughter’s mother (the victim) came to the defendant’s home to retrieve the daughter’s belongings. There was an argument that escalated and supposedly a gun was drawn and that’s how we got to court.
Basically, the case came down to this…the defendant was a two time felon, and the there was a gun involved. We had to determine, not if he was screaming and waving a gun at the victim, but if he knew if the was a gun in the house. We, the jury, decided that even if he wasn’t as aggressive as the witness claimed , he more than likely knew that there was a gun on the premises and had access to it. Thus he was in violation of the law and the conditions of his probation. We found him guilty.
Later, the judge came into the jury room and told us about his prior convictions. Armed robbery and attempted rape. She also mentioned that the defendant’s wife had said to him, “You know it’s your gun, why don’t you just plead?” One of the jurors was relieved to hear this because he was really conflicted about our decision.
This is nothing important…but the lead prosecutor was a female, she had a THICK east coast accent. I was totally taken by her voice. Yeah, I’m weird.
My Job’s Muzak Is More Headbangin’ Than Your Job’s Muzak: I’ve mentioned this before, at my job they pipe in music throughout the hall. Most of it is pop and oldies, but occasionally some odd tune will find it’s way into the mix. This time is was You Shook Me by hard rock band AC/DC. Sing with me, ” Knockin’ me out with those American thighs..”
Random Grocery Store Thing: I was in the grocery store a few days ago and I was flipping through Rolling Stone. There was a paragraph about gays in mainstream comic books. They mentioned the Kevin character in Archie , the “all new” Batwoman, and the fact that The Midnighter and Apollo ( two male superhero characters) got married. My thing is where have these people been? Sure Kevin Keller is new, but Batwoman’s sexuality was a announced a few years ago and the Midnighter /Apollo thing happened SEVERAL years ago. It’s not even in current continuity anymore with the New 52. I don’t have a problem with the magazine reporting this trend, but it like ..c’mon, you’re supposed to be a pop culture leader! Get on the ball! Report stuff when it’s actually cutting edge, not years later.
Random Work Perk: I was at work, right? They gave us some new drink from McDonald’s. It was some kind of iced caramel mocha frappe coffee thing with whipped cream and bits of chocolate in it. I’m not the kind of person that normally orders pretentious coffee drinks, especially from Micky D’s, but um…it was GOOD! And by Good I mean DELICIOUS! I might have to start ordering speciality coffee drinks in the the next few months or whenever in becomes available.
Random Public Transportation Sighting: Over the last couple of months I’ve been seeing more and more people reading the novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I assume they are anticipating the American remake of the film that’s coming out this holiday season.
Random Overheard at The Comic Book Store: So, the cashier was talking to a girl and her boyfriend and Catwoman came up. The cashier brought up the fact that Frank Miller rewrote her origin to suggest that Selina was a former prostitute. The girl said something like, ” I think they’re glorifying the wrong thing!” Thing is, if you read Batman:Year One, the comic book, I don’t think prostitution is glorified at all. The lifestyle is depicted as seedy, dehumanizing, and un-fulfilling. Ultimately, Selina rejects the lifestyle after seeing Batman in action.
Yeah, what comics can I babble about? I’m a little behind, but I think I can find something…
s0 between that last sentence and this one I went to the liquor store to get some beer. this song was playing in the store…
voodoo #1: The story is by Ron Marz and the art is by Sami Basri. This is the reworking of an old Wildstorm character. To give it away, Voodoo is an alien disguised as a human who happens to be working at a strip club. A couple of government agents are spying on her. There’s been a lot of talk recently about sex and the depiction of women’s body types in mainstream comics. I don’t think that it’s any accident that although this issue is mainly set in a strip joint, it’s less controversial than Catwoman or the reboot characterization of Starfire. The women’s bodies although glamorized are still within “realistic” or at least reasonable proportions. There is a scene that depicts the working class aspects of sex work. The females talk about child care and college and the fact that they are selling a “slutty” fantasy. Whether or not the reader approves of this lifestyle, there is at least an attempt to humanize the women involved in this line of work. There’s another female govt agent who keeps her clothes on and is depicted as a “kick ass” ( literally) woman protagonist. As a comic book it’s not great, but ok. Issue #2 is out, I dunno maybe I’ll check it out around issue #3.
Aquaman #1: Ok, this has been out for awhile now. Lemme just say that I really, really, REALLY enjoy the art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. The art is detailed, dynamic, and EXPRESSIVE. It’s Jim Lee only a little bit better. I’m a Jim Lee fan, but Ivan is able to get across a broader range of emotion than Jim. The story is by Geoff John’s and I like it a little more than what he did in Justice league. I like the fact that he decided to take on Aquaman’s public perception head on. Downside? Aquaman is a big sourpuss throughout the issue. Not a lot happens, but it’s an ok re-introduction to the character that we’ve known for years.
Birds of Prey #2: Sexy women kicking ass! The story is by Duane Swieirczynski and art is by Jesus Saiz. Let’s start with the art. Basically I like it. We’re dealing with an artist that understands human anatomy, so while the females are idealized, no one seemed hyper-sexualized. I wouldn’t be embarassed to show this comic to any female young or old in my family. The story has something to do with the Birds trying to track down someone cuz somebody got killed or something and Katana joins the group. The thing I like is Katana talking to her blade because she thinks the soul of her dead husband is in it and because it’s a superhero comic, maybe she’s crazy OR maybe her husband IS in the blade. We the readers aren’t sure yet.
Stormwatch #2: Story by Paul Cornell and art by Miguel Sepulveda and Al Barrionuevo. I bought this issue first, then I went back and bought #1, and issue #3 should be on sale this week. This is kinda what I wish Justice League was more like. I like fact that we’re just thrown into this crazy quasi-sci-fi plot with multiple superhero characters and each of them seem to have their own agenda. Paul Cornell seems to trust us enuff as readers that we’ll be able to figure out what’s going on. The art for me is kinda meh, but the story is enuff to keep me interested for now.
Animal Man #2: I’m still digging it. The third issue should be out this week? I’m still on board.