Q & A 32: What geekery are you looking forward to?

In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.

What geekery are you looking forward to?


I have to veer outside the comic book realm. My answer is something I have been looking forward to for a long time, longer than was originally intended: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In the world of Harry Potter fandom I love both the books and movies. I consider them to be separate universes so I might appreciate each without comparison issues. Half-Blood Prince is possibly my favorite book (the other possibility being Prisoner of Azkaban) so there is a good deal of apprehension mixed in with my anticipation but I am certainly looking forward to it.

And in a related shout out, though this is a longer ways off, I cannot WAIT to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! If I lived in Orlando…I’d probably work for Disney….but I would absolutely be auditioning to be a part of the Wizarding World. Geekery it may be, but I just KNOW I am not really a Muggle :)


I admit it. I’m the kind of fan who lives from anticipation to anticipation. At any given moment I’ll be counting down to some movie release or TV premiere or concert or big game. In fact, everything my fellow fangirls have listed is a thing I’m looking forward to.

But happily, there is an event I’ve been waiting on a long time which is happening next week. That is, Greg Rucka’s return to writing Detective Comics. Specifically, he’s going to be writing the comic with Batwoman as a lead character, and there will be a backup feature starring Renee Montoya as the Question. As DC has been unrolling their new line of Bat-titles, I’ve tried to politely respect other people’s enthusiasm for books like Batman & Robin because that’s their thing. But this one’s gonna be mine.



I’m going to give you three seconds to guess what I’m excited about. No, seriously. Three seconds. If you know my tastes at all, it should be obvious. And if you desperately need a hint, well, just open up Monday’s comics news articles. Ready? Three… two… one…

Yep, Steve Rogers, Captain America, is coming back from the dead.

And you could say I’m a little bit excited about that fact.

I know there’s been a bit of kerfuffle concerning the Monday release and its impact on fans, retailers, Marvel, the media, and the population at large. I understand that some bloggers have been busy analyzing those factors, and it’s spawned a fascinating discussion about comic book economics and marketing. But for me, the only fact of interest is that Steve Rogers, my favorite Marvel character — and possibly, at this point, my favorite fictional character of all time — will soon be appearing once again in current Marvel continuity.

I acknowledge there’s a chance that Reborn could turn out to be the worst miniseries ever written. (Though it’s doubtful, given the creative team.) But whatever the quality, I know I’ll be first in line to snatch it up and clutch it happily to my chest.


This year will mark my first time attending a major comics convention. I’ve been going to science-fiction and fantasy cons since 1992, but I’ve never made it to a big-name comics con. MicroCon and Fallcon are my two local comics conventions, both of which attract great talent. But I’m excited to be attending Baltimore Comic-Con this fall.

This will be (if all goes according to plan) the first time the Fantastic Fangirls all meet. \o/

So what about you? What geekery are you looking forward to?

  • I am looking forward to Heroes Con TOMORROW and seeing Jen and Caroline again. 😀

  • Dan

    @Anika I’m a movie behind, but I’ll second you on HPatHBP.

    @Jennifer STEVE!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m also pretty excited about TRANSFORMERS 2. This franchise sure isn’t how I would have handled Transformers movies, but it does have BIG ROBOTS BEATING THE CRAP OUT OF EACH OTHER. And, sometimes that’s all you need.

  • Anika

    @Dan OotP fixed everything I don’t like about the book but left out most everything I love best about the book so my feelings are mixed on it but for Luna alone it is worth not just watching but owning the DVD.

    And I hate to admit it but I am looking forward to Transformers 2 as well!

  • Sam

    @Anika – The HP movies were what got me into HP in the first place (I was incredulous about the books 😉 ) so I’ll definitely be there opening weekend.

    @Caroline – I’m definitely looking forward to Greg Rucka’s run with Batwoman, and I’ll read anything with Montoya in it. I’m a little nervous about the vampire-pale art, but I can’t wait for the story.

    I’ve been waiting for Batwoman to take the reigns foreeeeeeever, so that’s definitely my comic-geekery of the summer.

    I’m also waiting (impatiently) for the Super Mega Awesome Cut of the Watchmen movie, which I hope will happen despite the bad box office returns.

    Annnd in the non-comic front: BioShock2. It’s not until the fall, but still. I can NOT wait.

  • @Sam There is DEFINITELY a director’s cut of Watchmen coming. I think the underperformance at the box office (and it didn’t bomb; it just wasn’t a blockbuster) is going to motivate WB to try to milk even MORE out of DVD sales. If anything. The one thing I can’t figure out is whether there’s an edition that has both the director’s and the regular cut? (sort of like LOTR, which you can watch with the deleted scenes or without, I’m pretty sure?) Because I want to see the new stuff but I want to see the movie I saw in the theater too. Hurm.

    I’m definitely looking forward to ‘Half Blood Prince’, too. “Order of the Phoenix” was my favorite movie so far, because thanks to Daniel Radcliffe I really got the character of Harry in a way I never did from reading the books. I wouldn’t say I’ve forgotten the books, but they’re behind me and I’m interested in following Harry as I’ve gotten to know him in the films. And other characters, too — Hermione, Ginny, Luna and (of course) Snape.

  • Anika

    @Caroline OotP Harry was way more palatable in the movie than the book. Harry’s (entirely reasonable) anger and angst is much easier conveyed by a lovely performance by Daniel (who has grown into a wonderful actor) than by CAPSLOCK RAGE.

  • Miller being off FF, and Hickman/Eaglesham taking over.

  • Cash

    I’m waiting… STILL… like Vladimir and Estragon… for the fourth and final volume of Planetary.

    I mean, I’m a patient man. I outwaited Brian Bolland on the 12th issue of Camelot 3000, so I know I can outwait Ellis and Cassaday… but jeez, guys, let’s step it up!

  • Hmmm. I’m looking forward to what is going to happen to Bucky more than Steve coming back, as I’ve mentioned before I’m deeply disturbed by resurrections. But, something I’m really looking forward to in comics is what Clint Barton’s role will be come the end of Dark Reign, particularly hoping for a showdown with Bulls-hawkeye.

  • Spider-Woman: Agent of SHIELD (or whatever they are calling it)

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