Fables: Camelot Vol 20 by Bill Willingham
Art: Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Russ Braun, Barry Kitson, Andrew Pepoy, and Gary Erskine
So Rose Red finally gets her hero’s story. Or her shabby phoned-in one. Instead of getting to learn more about herself and unite the people, Rose gets pushed around by Hope and given Arthur’s Camelot storyline. Where apparently, nothing can change, and Rose is destined to be pitted against Snow, her sister.
Of course, Brandish is still alive, and for some reason, this man is going to drive the sisters apart again. Seriously, fill that stupid hole up with concrete and leave him be.
Fairest (Vol 2): The Hidden Kingdom by Lauren Beukes and Bill Willingham
Art: Inaki Miranda and Barry Kitson
So I actually enjoyed the book more than the three stars. I thought Miranda’s art was beautiful and served great for both the futile Japan world and modern day Tokyo. He drew a large variety of characters and body types. Never once did I pause and shake my head. (This is kind of rare for me, and how I wish it was the other way around.) I enjoyed Beukes’ writing of Rapunzel. I was thrilled to have a woman writing Fables and the women characters. Especially considering Fairest Vol 1 turned into a kind of love triangle and then evil PMS story. (Oddly enough, I’d been wanting to read a book by Beukes and had her Zoo City on my wish list.) I liked how flawed, vulnerable, but also determined Rapunzel is. Also really excited for Tomoko and Rapunzel’s relationship because I don’t think we’ve had any gay Fables before, which is CRAZYPANTS.
Mulholland Black made her debut and died in Matt Fraction’s The Order. She was an angry, tight-lipped young woman who’d grown up on the streets after her famous rockstar parents died. Mulholland was a mutant who could turn emotions into energy bursts. She lost her powers on M-Day.
Like the other characters in The Order, Mulholland was given powers via a virus Hank Pym developed and funded by Tony Stark. The powers would only last for one year or whenever they were taken away by the Initiative. The Order was based in California, specifically Los Angeles where they were treated like celebrities. Mulholland signed up, not because she felt the need to do good, but because she missed not having powers. Continue reading “Queer Comic Book Character: Mulholland Black (Oct 14th)”