KPOP JLA 2: A REVIEW FROM COMICBOOK GENIUSGUY32

Having dedicated my life to the scholarly examination of the mixed genre art form known to the common dummy as “Comic Book,” I must say that I thought I had seen it all when it came to the Justice League of America: villains, failing time and again, to conquer the world, dying, coming back to life. trying and failing again. All the plot twists, the comings and goings of this hero or that. I had over the years found myself riven with exhilaration as I perused my complete, mint condition golden age collection, or plunged into despair as I suffered through the moribund Hannah Barbara-inflected 70s.

And yet, what could have prepared me for this? Four of the most virile masculine heroes of my youth, reduced to giggling Kpop Idols? Did I ever think I would see a montage of the Flash, trying on dozens of outfits in super speed, tossing them away in feminine despair as he moaned “I have nothing to wear?”

Did I imagine in my fevered dreams I would Green Arrow, angsty and neurotic, terrified that the boy he has a crush on might not like him?

Did I ponder the possibility that the day would come where Batman would agonize over the stress of fighting crime and its impact on his perfect, glowing skin?

Never onee. Not did I cogitate over the possibility that if these implausible scenarios should manifest themselves, that I might love it.

But I do. I don’t no just. I love KPOP JLA.

I am the purest of the purists, and at risk of raising the ire of my esteemed fellow aficionados, I will admit the latest issue of KPOP Justice League had me captivated as few comics have ever done.

The girls, who have already come to call themselves The J-Pack, must prepare for their first music video. If you are not familiar with the world of KPOP, and I wasn’t until this latest unforeseen development in our heroes’ lives forced me to do my research, such a video must include choreography. Lots of it, and so the boys spend hours training not only to dance, but to dance in those cruel devices of modern torture known as high-heels.

It is delightful to see them, struggling, totterting, stumbling and falling, all the while being berated by a cruel task-mistress. At one point, after spending 12 straight hours working on their dancing, Kaji says, “Again!” Exhausted, demoralized, with aching feet and calves, they drop to the floor. “No more,” Green Arrow begs. “No more!” Flash covers his face with his hands and cries. Batman and Superman hug each other. “You are weak!” Kaji shouts. “You are not Idol! You will never be Idol! You lack the courage!”

The girls look at each other. They have never been more demoralized, so close to the brink of giving up, accepting defeat. Superman summons all her will, forces herself to stand, positions herself in first position. “I am an Idol!” We see the same fearless determination to dance on Superman’s pretty face that we once saw when he sought to defeat Metallo in JLA 152.

Batman rises to her feet, and we see the same anger in Batman’s big, pretty eyes, that we have seen so many times when the Joker threatened harm the innocents of Gotham city. ‘I am an Idol!” He shouts, placing himself in first position. Green Arrow and Flash help each other stand, and they toss their hair defiantly. “I am an Idol!” They each shout!

Thus, we see that these are still the men we have come to admire, struggling now to overcome new obstacles and challenges! No, they don’t need to once again figure out how to stop Lex Luthor. They’ve done that. But they have to find the will to withstand the grueling training of a Kpop girlgroup, and this they have never done before!

More, they must learn to subjugate their masculine imperatives, as the must master the most feminine and alluring dance moves, moves meant to celebrate their femininity, to capture the gaze of men, and inspire their legions of female fans. It is this journey that serves as the spine of this issue, as the girls all make a journey from shame at their dancing, to embracing it, taking pride in it, and finding a new kind of power.

In the end, when Kaji informs them they have mastered the dances for their video, that they have proven themselves worthy to be called Idols, the girls hug, cry and celebrate their triumph, the bonds of their newly forming sisterhood growing stronger because they stuck together and never gave up.

Of course, there are other plot elements running through the issue. A rival girl group, The Cute Syndicate, tries to sabotage their shoot, and the girls must find a way to stop them. This allows Batman to show her skills as she helps track down the Cutes, and Green Arrow and Flash shine, standing together and saving each other during the vicious girl-fight that ensues when the two girl packs square off.

The girls also continue to discover who they are now as young women. Superman finds himself becoming a fashionista, Batman is all about leather, Green Arrow discovers she is obsessed with class and become the most prim and proper. And what of Flash? He’s the girl next door, the funny, fun one that keeps them all together.

For those who says this is but a gimmick, I say nay. White Men are over, and the future is female. So, too, must be the Justice League. My only question now has to do with the previously female members of the league. Where are Zantanna? Wonder Woman? And if they cross over to KPOP, will they be men?

Status Change Review!

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As many of you are likely aware, prolific TG video producer and director RDF James has been working on a new Black Mirror-esque series of TG videos, the first of which, Staus Change, has dropped.

It’s a short film, 21 minutes, and I don’t want to give away any plot points, but I will say the film features some fun, classic TG moments. The actress who plays the young woman who gets swapped invests fully in her dual roles , and as is always a bonus for me, she is really hot. As it is the first in a series, some time is spent establishing the world and setting up future episodes, so be patient for some exposition, but all in all this is a fun and entertaining first episode with lots of promising content.

I would have liked to see more scenes of the guy dealing with being a woman, but there is some nice stuff with that, and a nice ironic reversal “money scene” where we get a taste of what his life is like after the swap. I recommend,

As an added bonus, look for some cameos from performers you may recognize from previous RDF James productions!

Links below, and please consider supporting your TG content creator!

Status Change on Amazon

RDF Patreon Page

My Wife and I: Body Swap with Heart!

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Now FREE on Amazon Prime, a new body swap comedy with well-developed characters who delve deep into their relationship issues via a magical body swap. Now, to get right into the TG elements we all love so much– yes, the man in his wife’s body has to experience the things that women go through– make-up, heels, hosting a bachelorette party– and much of this is played as broad comedy. It is fun, and the actors do a great job embodying their roles!

Where the film goes deeper than most broad comedy body swap comedies is in the exploring of the relationships not only between the husband and wife, but their two teen-age children as well. The relationship between the married couple is terrible as the film starts and heading toward divorce, but it isn’t the same old same old. The wife, a successful executive, resents her husband for embracing what she sees as a career of mediocrity while also being the “fun” parent the kids like. She meanwhile is stuck being the major bread winner and the tough Mom. The father, meanwhile, questions whether his wife even loves him and, true to male type, is not a good listener. When they argue, which they do a LOT and LOUD, we see how it impacts their kids. and it is not good.

As they experience life in each other’s bodies, they start to learn about each other, coming to understand not just their partner, but they also learn things about themselves. All of this unfolds gradually and artfully throughout the movie. Again, super well-acted and very moving in certain scenes.

Oh, and back to the TG elements, we do get to see the guy gradually accepting a female role learning to do make-up, helping his daughter deal with feminine issues, and even, spoiler alert– deciding to see what it’s like in the sack! I won’t tell you how that turns out, but this is a good movie worth watching! Oh, and just a as bonus, once he starts getting used to dresses, heels and make-up, the guy is super hot!

Check it out!

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Legion: (Spoilers)

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So, I know a lot of us heard about the body swap element in the new FX show, Legion.  In fact, it served as a central element in one of the promos for the show. I haven’t been so excited for a show’s premiere in a long, long time and even raced home from a social engagement to make sure I got to watch it live.

The TG element of the first was promising, but not awesome.  I love the girl that he gets placed inside, and the whole thing was set up nicely because he is in love with her, and they have a relationship, and then he suddenly becomes her, and he is just kind of freaked out and wanders off into the city.

We get to see him check himself out in a mirror, touch his new boobs, but not much else. There is a trippy scene where he has all these flashbacks to being a boy, and his mom calling him her little boy, and it contrasts nicely with him now this pretty blonde woman, and sugggests ways in which the switch may be impacting his sense of self. However, before really having to deal with his new body and gender at all, her just suddenly pops back into his own body and goes on with his life.

As for the series, the body swapping character, Syd Barret, remains in the show, and the two of them continue to have a relationship.  It seems very likely there could be further explorations between the two, and that as she learns to control her power she may do swaps with other people.  As it is, she projects into his mind and influences his thoughts and memory, and we get a nice role-reversal where she comes and rescues him after he has been captured.

In addition, Aubrey Plaza plays a very butch character named Lenny who seems like she may have some gender issues of her own.

So, I think this show is going to have lots more to say about gender fluidity, and will have additional body swaps as well.  Best of all, it is a really interesting show in its own right, and is great to watch, so it isn’t like one of these TV shows or movies where you have to suffer between the TG moments.

It should be interesting, and I can’t wait for the fanfic to get going!