Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Woman Warrior Wednesdays #16 by Kate Krimson

Bruce Wayne: The Road Home-Batgirl –DC Comics - $2.99

Summary: Stephanie Brown aka Batgirl is defending Waynetech Research and Development from an intruder who shoots a “frickin’ laser beam” from his head (How often can you plug a Dr. Evil line). Barbara Gordon aka the Oracle, who gives Batgirl advice while she fights, thinks the bad guy may be Amazo, but for the meantime they decide to just call him, Casper, since he can make himself invisible like a ghost. Casper manages to get away.

Oracle thinks about calling in the Birds of Prey to take care of this and tells Batgirl to stay out of it for the time being. Of course, Batgirl is not the type that listens to any sort of advice. She does some investigating of her own while Proxy/Wendy Harris gives her the down low. While searching for clues, she gets surrounded by a gang of guys. She kicks their butts and then flees the scene. Via some more investigating, Batgirl finds out that Casper is Bruce Wayne, who is testing Batgirl’s skills. A Ms. Vicki Vale tells Oracle that knows who Batman is. After a heated discussion on the superhero gang, Vale walks away and Oracle takes out what looks like an iPhone and it says on the screen “Data clone complete.” Stephanie tells Bruce that she’s not giving up being Batgirl just because he’s back in the picture.

Bruce tells Alfred that both Stephanie and Wendy need looking after because they are both daughters of criminals. Alfred says Bruce didn’t need to test Stephanie to know that the Bat way of life is within her. Bruce says it was more like giving her the second chance that she deserved.

What I liked: Stephanie gets an A+ in Superhero 101 from Batman.

What I Hated: Not finding out who Ms. Vale is.

The Current Song in My Head – Well it’s more like three and there all from One-Eyed Doll’s album Break

“Murder Ballad”

“New Orleans”

“Redneck Love Song”

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rock N' Rol Hall of Fame 2011 Nominations by Kate Krimson

I hate the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. My two big reasons are they are constantly inducting non-rock-n’-roll icons and that they seem to keep passing over great women in rock.

Here are this year’s nominees:

Alice Cooper
Beastie Boys
Bon Jovi
Neil Diamond
Dr. John
J. Geils Band
LL Cool J
Darlene Love
Laura Nyro
Donna Summer
Joe Tex
Tom Waits
Chuck Willis

4 out of 15 of these nominees are either solo female artists or bands that have female members and not a single one of them is a woman of rock. Even with numbers like these, I still find it shocking every year that Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Heart, and The Runaways are not on the nominees list. Why are they not on the list? The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame probably doesn’t want to induct any real rockin’ women. They tend to induct women pop stars/divas, like Madonna, the girls from Abba, and Aretha Franklin. Mariah Carey will be in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame way before Wendy O ever is. A powerful and aggressive female scares the supposed rock experts, who claim to be defenders of rock n’ roll and who vote for the nominees. Even the people who represent the form of music that says “Screw you. I am going to be true to myself whether you like it or not,” are trying to keep women in that little box known as the feminine mystique.

Another problem is that Hall of Fame rarely inducts actual rock n’ roll artists. 3 out of the 15 above nominees classify as some sort of rock. If the Hall of Fame wants to keep Rock N’ Roll in their name, they may want to stick to inducting rock n’ roll artists. There are plenty of worthy nominees. There are the rockin’ women I listed above. Kiss has been nominated, but not inducted. In four years Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana will be eligible.

 Here are the Hall of Fame’s qualifications for nomination: an artist’s first record must be 25 years old and the artist must have made a significant impact in rock n’ roll. What do you think? Do you think they are skipping over some artists on purpose or not? Why do you think they are driving away from the genre they claim to represent? Just like the number of licks it takes to get to the center of Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.