Subatomic Party Girls by Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, and Erica Henderson is amazing, by the way. It’s about an all-girl rock band lost in space, and if that doesn’t appeal to you, I don’t understand you at all. The first issue gets moving really quickly, with treachery, space pirates, and an alien priest who worships… I’m not going to tell you what he worships, that would spoil it. Go read this comic! It’s delightful.
“Who are you- puny, insignificant human— girl— to dare lay a hand upon me?”
“My name is Darla Deering, and I got my first recording contract when I was fourteen. By the time I was eighteen I had seven number-one hits, two golds, and one platinum record. I won a Grammy at nineteen, and ever since I could drive, I took home every Video Music Award that MTV ever nominated me for. I have twenty-nine million yamblr followers. Sixty-seven million likes on facespace. More people watched me on newtoob last year than go to the movies. And Bentley-23 is my friend.”
A Liefeld cover I kind of don’t hate. I really want to make a joke about how Boom Boom is holding the world’s largest Bugle, in the corn chip-snack sense. But because a bugle is also a horn, which that thing is actually meant to be, I can’t figure out how to word the joke so it reads. I’m not very good at comedy.
Why Boom Boom ran away from home. I have to say this is one of those moments where it’s hard to see being a mutant as anything but a metaphor for being queer.
Always remember, this is where Boom Boom came from. In those later stories, where she’s being flippant and materialistic and acting like nothing matters except looking awesome and having fun, remember that she didn’t grow up a spoiled little rich girl. She was an abused child from a trailer park (the latter is established elsewhere) who clawed her way out of the gutter, found a home and a family for herself, and relishes every opportunity to enjoy the good life she was raised to believe she didn’t deserve.
Did you know that Boom Boom’s first appearance was in Secret Wars 2, in which she’s a mutant runaway who befriends the Beyonder? Also, Tabitha’s friends apparently nicknamed her “Boom Boom” before anyone even knew she had explodey powers. Seems a bit convenient, but superhero universes are like that.