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22 June 2007 @ 08:43 am

After so much negativity, Manstream thought it might be time to celebrate some of the positive aspects of MANSTREAM COMICS. Fortunately, a few previews have come down the blogosphere pike that provide a glimpse into what a happy, healthy mainstream comics industry would look like.

After DC's mishandling of the whole 'Lesbo Batwoman' character, it was nice to see Marvel tackle the lesbian superhero angle as well. No idea how Quasar's story will turn out, or whether she'll turn out to be just another 'WTF LESBIAN' casualty, but for now we'll just enjoy the sheer cuteness of her coupling with Moondragon:

Annihilation Conquest Prologue

Second up is Michael Turner's latest project, Kiani- a spinoff of his company's flagship book Fathom. Like almost every Michael Turner cover, this book features a scantily clad, well-buit female in scabrous armor. The difference is, this isn't drawn by Michael Turner. As a result, you have plausible anatomy, a powerful female looking out at the audience in a stance that's ready for action.

Contrast this with an actual Michael Turner-drawn cover, and you'll see what we mean:

The unnatural twist in the torso to show off her thong? The come-hither lookin in the face that says 'Check me out big boy' instead of 'I'm gonna beat the shit out of you if you dick with me, asshole'? The total reliance on his colorist to improve a rather static  portrait?

And finally....not official art, but wouldn't it be a hoot if it were.

Do you have any suggestions for future MANSTREAM APPROVAL? Found some mainstream pics that warm your cockles? Send them here! Leave them in the comments or send links to manstream (@) gmail.com.
Alainndgmtlcd on June 22nd, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
You call this progress? The only positive thing I could think of was how they finally got around to giving to theminions some assault weapons with a "bullpup" configuration.

You call that convincing armor? It's so sheer or "painted-on" you can see her navel, and let's not mention the fact that it doesn't cover her legs or that there's a gratuitous boob opening included.

I won't even comment on the Michael Turner clone.

Had great fun with Mr Wonderman. 19th century circus strongmen used to have costumes like that, minus the crown. We really should get to know who drew him up, one day.
artericwilliams on June 22nd, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
If it's any consolation, the comic takes place underwater. The armour's still brutally impractical, but at least we know why they're all dressed in bikinis and such.
Doodles: Bugsdoodlesthegreat on June 22nd, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase Groucho Marx
I never read a comic where the man's tits are bigger than the woman's.
tammy212tammy212 on June 23rd, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
I guess I'll get my butt kicked if I mention Fables. I know everyone's mad about Snow White and Bigby, but Snow's a lot more used to spells than we are, the women are fully dressed and often the stronger characters, and if the stories repeated are those in which women were victimized, Willingham is working off the European tales, and turning them on their ears.
(Anonymous) on July 2nd, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
Whoever did that Wonder Man missed an opportunity: