First of all, I don't usually make these kind of lists. In fact, it may be my first!
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Here at Cary's Comics Craze has a tradition for tackling more substantive issues in the comic book industry and superhero/film genres, such as:
- Definitive versions of my favorite superheroes and ensembles;
- ageism in comics;
- predicting how much impact the comic-book original might inspire the film version (most recently, the CIVIL WAR limited series vs. the "Captain America: Civil War" movie!);
- a series of reposted CCC op-eds to get prepared for blockbusters (CCC did it for "Star Wars" and my "Caphead Crazy" and "X-Marks the Spot" series -- the way I shamelessly plugged them on social media.)
- Daring to rank -- and trying make some sort of sense of the continuity of -- the entire (!) "X-Men" movie universe (Start here with part 1, since I count them down to No. 1.)
- retro-reviews of trade paperbacks and genre films;
- and breaking down trailers of upcoming potential blockbusters (Check out my thoughts on "Star Wars: Rogue One.")
|It's not unusual to see gender-bending cosplays|
at comic book conventions. Captain America and
Deadpool are current favorites, but this cutie just
rocked it as Robin at the 2016 Motor City Comic Con.
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But old habits die hard. First, a few words of explanation. And I promise to keep it short, you undersexed perverts!
It was going to be a top-10 list. And I was going to rank these lovely ladies. Impossible! I couldn't possibly put these hotties in a hierarchy -- and then I realized five female characters I had to have on this list.
Needless to say, there will be fanboys and fangirls who will be disappointed, if not downright ticked, that I left off seemingly obvious choices: Psylocke, Vampirella, Talia al Ghul (whose characterization IMHO has been screwed up ever since Grant Morrison's (mostly) stellar BATMAN run!), Black Widow, Batwoman and even Sue Richards (aka Invisible Woman).
Just remember: My blog, my list, my tastes!
(But don't worry, Batwoman and Black Widow fans; they will get their due. Keep an eye out for CCC's list of the three hottest redheads -- besides Batgirl -- in comics!)
BATGIRLAlphabetically, Barbara "Babs" Gordon is No. 1. And quite honestly, she's numero uno in my heart, too.
|Batgirl by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez|
BLACK CANARYFishnet stockings + Dinah Lance's insatiable sex drive + her martial arts skills = hot, hot hot!
Actress Katie Cassidy brought the brains to prosecutor Laurel Lance's braun on "Arrow." George Perez and Garcia-Lopez are the go-to BC artists.
CATWOMANHow can you not include this feisty brunette who caught the eye of Batman from the very first time they met?
Needless to say, Selina Kyle is the ultimate femme fatale, but I prefer when writers make her more flirtacious, dangerously playful and morally ambiguous than nasty and vengeful. Catwoman is at her best and most compelling when readers aren't quite sure she if she's being straight, playing it by ear or just pretending to be noble.
The best incarnations are when Catwoman isn't full-on, well, sex kitten. And for my tastes, skip the black jumpsuit with the zipper down the front; I still love Selina's costume from the Bronze Age (as seen above).
Irv Novick, Tim Sale, Frank McLaughlin and Aparo are the masters of drawing her at her sexiest. On film, take your pick: Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Michelle Pfeiffer or Anne Hathway. Mee-OW!
ELEKTRAThere's nothing like the original -- artistically or from a characterization POV: Frank Miller and Klaus Janson's. Actress Jennifer Garner is a stunner in Elektra's red ninja costume and we can see how she's plenty dangerous, but the 2005 "Elektra" film ultimately softens her edges too much.
Miller the writer nails what's appealing and deadly about Elektra -- she's a trained assassin with exotic, Greek looks (and don't forget those killer thighs and legs!).
But it's her deep love for Matt Murdock that she can't let go that makes her a compelling, setting her apart from simply being a sex symbol who kicks everyone's butts. Writers in the last twenty-plus years haven't quite gotten Elektra's personality correct because they have focused on her being an unredeemable, cut-throat killer instead of also exploring the less cold parts of the one-time member of The Hand. It's Elektra's complexity that makes her a badass -- and a smokin' hot one at that!
The reason we're so stunned when Bullseye stabs Elektra to death in DAREDEVIL No. 181 is because the love between Murdock and Elektra is complicated and feels so real and tangible. So it's no surprise that the emotional pain Murdock has over her murder gets us right *there.* Besides Talia al Ghul, Elektra might be the most conflicted Bronze Age character ever.
THE ENCHANTRESSHere's another femme fatale with a heart of gold, but like Catwoman, she'd never want anybody to know. Just as much as she messes with Marvel heroes' minds, the Enchantresses messes with our sex drive. When drawn by Alan Davis, it's no wonder Thor is tempted by her feminine wiles.
Check back for part two as Cary's Comics Craze lists the next five hottest hotties in the Marvel and DC universes!