VFCast Season 3 Episode 20: Jedi Mind Tricks and More Slasher Movies

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Title: Hack/Slash: Volume 1: First Cut
Author: 
Tim Seeley Artist: Various 
Publisher: Image Comics (Previously Devil’s Due Publishing) 
Release Date: Various

Even after after podcasting and more thought about Hack/Slash I’m just not sure that one can identify as a feminist and enjoy this book as much as I do. Its just … exploitative. Perhaps it is problematic for models of female sexual awakening to be written and imagined by male authors, but I really don’t think that male authors have to constrain themselves to male protagonists.  but something about the sexy, sexy, girl in danger upsets me, in a sexy and dangerous way. Then again, perhaps that is just the rectification of the chattel norm as perpetuated by the heteronormative power structure I am so subconsciously comfortable with. Perhaps Seeley’s examination of violence, de-sexualized, for the most part, stands as a criticism of the “violence against is always rape” script of mainstream superhero comics. Perhaps it is just fun to watch pretty girls hit monsters with bats!

Being a feminist comic book fan is hard, ya all! If you care about feminism and comics, read this one and tell me what you think?

[For those of you who noticed that this podcast posted late, you can blame Alan Kunts, our errant Vestrymen blonde correspondent. Homey got married last weekend, I was in the wedding, whole think sort of murdered my productivity.-lwebb]

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Jack Ruby – “ Hit and Run”, The Humberts – “Charlene”, and Whore Paint – “This Body”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 19: Junk Science Follies of the Wu Tang Band

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So it has been a while since we podcasted. My tire blew out on the way to work last week and that kinda threw everything into chaos. Fortunately Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry are having a great year.

Archer and Armstrong’s art walks that line between cartoony, hyper realistic, and just plain fun better than a Dick Grayson fighting a polar bear on a tightrope. Perhaps there is a pit of lava under them, but that might be reaching too far.

Also we touch on this in the ‘cast above, but having a martial artist named Archer use a crossbow seems a little on the nose. His name is Archer, that doesn’t mean he has to be an archer. He could just be a badass with a name that makes him sound like another badass. He seems to prefer kicking people to shooting them. Krav Maga! [I’m pretty sure he uses his ‘signature’ crossbow exactly once in this volume. -L]

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature You Say Party! We Say Die! – “ Laura Palmer’s Prom”, and Steve Mackay – “The Prisoner”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 18: Ed Brubaker vs, Italian Cinema, Fight!

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Fatale might be more than Leland and I gave it credit for. Perhaps it is an examination of evil. It is just possible that in each chapter the kind of evil Brubaker is examining becomes more abstract, less driven by understandable human desires. By the last act we have an evil that totally sublimates human reasoning, replacing them with elemental evil.

I often think that when others like something more than we do that we are missing something, not catching a key part of the book. Perhaps we missed some subtle joke, some intense moment of character exposition, some dark sorcery driving the whole book from “good” to “great.”

Perhaps we are just bastards who hate fun. Who knows?

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Youth Avoiders – “ Run”, and Crown the Invisible – “The Spaniard that Blighted My Life”. Intro music is “Action Figure” used by permission from Masai.