Dunno if it was intentional or not, but I just found the most amusing misuse of the Italian language in an American comic book ever.
In the latest issue of Satellite Sam by Matt Fraction, an Italian prostitute is trying to get the attention of an American soldier after he has refused oral sex. So she offers him “ass” or “pussy” except that they used the literal Italian translations asino (which means ass as in donkey) and gattino (which means pussy as in small cat/kitten). Needless to say neither word has any sexual connotation whatsoever in Italian.
It was hilarious.
I have a student who’s really into comics, she was reading Shade the Changing Man between lessons the other day and she has cool Watchmen school stuff among other things.
Anyway, today she was basically cosplaying Death in my class, with black clothing and make-up and a beautiful ankh necklace. I asked her if it was just a coincidence or if her look was a reference to Sandman, and she said that she was definitely going for a Death look and was glad I noticed.
I was very very tempted to just tell her who fucking cares about Martin Luther let’s talk Season of Mists.
And right now Peter is “dead” and his body is inhabited by one of his greatest enemies, Carol had a brain lesion that made her forget her friends and Billy was on the verge of suicide - twice - to save his estranged boyfriend.
So, it’s either a-Marvel likes sorrow porn or b-I know how to pick ‘em.
We get Saga, The Wake, Young Avengers, Sex Criminals, FF, Fatale and Ultimate Spider-Man all on the same week, how are all the other weeks going to compete.
Whatever happened to Hawkeye and Mara though, feels like I haven’t read them in ages.
They will crush your soul
A few months ago after watching The Dark Knight Rises I was so high on my batmania that I started re-reading my favorite Batman arc ever, Cataclysm/No Man’s Land. But I was so busy, it was time-consuming and I had other things to read so I stopped.
Now I started again because I have more free time. I’m just past page 77 of the first trade and I already teared up three times.
- Once when Barbara finds the young cop crying outside the destroyed police hq and tells him to get his shit together
- then when Dick rescues the little kid and the kid calls him Batman and you can feel this shortest of pauses as Dick doesn’t contradict him, thinks of Bruce (he doesn’t know if Bruce’s ok) and then reassures the kid that he’s gonna save his mom
- and finally when Babs is being her awesome bosslady self in police hq pushing back thoughts of her dad and Bullock comes in and he’s all like, yeah Babs you do your thing but I’m gonna look for your dad, and there’s that gorgeous shadowed panel of Barbara saying “Thank God”.
This story is going to be the death of me.