It's a newsworthy summer in the comic book industry, and I though I'm not much of a fanboy myself, I'm sure that you are completely out of the loop on this stuff. Here's a quick rundown on the gay and straight highlights:
• Archie picks... Veronica! Not sure what Betty did to deserve this. They've always done their best to make the Veronica/Betty choice an impossible one for Archie. It's one of the only appealing aspects to an otherwise fairly humorless storyline. Archie's appeal was never obvious, but both girls were clearly crazy for him. What adolescent boy wouldn't go for that? Maybe, in the end, Archie went for the money. I won't be surprised if the publishers find a way for Arch to change his mind, or back out completely. Betty deserves better, anyway (Hey, I made my choice a long time ago). LINK
• Marvel Divas. Something for both straights (see above) and gays (read blow) here, GG. A new storyline pulls several b-list heroines together. Here's the promo copy:
What happens when you take four of the Marvel Universe's most fabulous single girls and throw them together, adding liberal amounts of suds and drama? You get the sassiest, sexiest, soapiest series to come out of the House of Ideas since Millie the Model! Romance, action, ex-boyfriends, and a last page that changes everything! Let your inner divas out with this one, fellas, you won't regret it! Parental Advisory.
• Still not convinced that comic books are targeting gay consumers? How about this plot device: Tim Gunn puts on the Iron Man suit to save Fashion Week. Yeah, you heard me.
After runway models Mary Jane (yes, Peter Parker's Mary Jane) and Patsy Walker (alias: Hellcat) team up to clear Millicent Collins (aka Millie the Model) of murdering a set designer, the fashion guru borrows Robert Downey Jr.'s shiny supersuit to save the day and guide the designer's ladies. LINK
Next up, Hulk's torn purple pants (the original manpris) are trashed on "What Not To Wear." But Hulk no like vertical stripes!