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Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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  1. Russ Rogers says:

    "Rhodes was gay, wasn't he?"What is Sable trying to say with this line? What is the implication? He doesn't say, "Rhodes founded DeBeers," "Rhodes founded Rhodesia," not even, "L. Ron Hubbard claimed he was the reincarnation of Cecil Rhodes!" All of those lines would be equal non-sequitors to "Rhodes was gay." "You don't act like a Rhodes Scholar," might have made a bit more sense here.What's the point of Sable making idle speculation about Rhodes sexuality? Is Sable trying to imply that the villain's grandfather might have been a gay lover of Rhodes and that the taint of that might have stayed with the family for generations? Is Sable that homophobic? Is he trying to bait the villain into doing something rash and stupid?The line is out of context. It makes no sense. The villain ignores it. Should the reader ignore it too?

    • Sean Meiers says:

      I think he was just trying to bait the villain. Grey, one of Jon's good friends, is gay and Jon is certainly nor homophobic. It makes sense given Jon and his backgriund.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Sean's pretty much nailed it. It was intended to bait Prinsloo.

  2. Steve C. says:

    Nice twist. I was starting to feel like the story wasn't really going anywhere. It's good to be proven wrong.

  3. russ carreiro says:

    Im liking this Sable story. One of the better ones Ive read. Great artwork too. Its nice to see a great comic without any uniforms or zombies.

  4. Anonymous says:

    > What is Sable trying to say with this line? What is the implication?Sable is insulting the guy's father, to piss him off. Specifically, Sable is insinuating that the guy's father was gay. (I sense you find this politically incorrect, but most heterosexual men are offended if you call them homosexuals.)In other words, Sable is saying "Your mama!"

    • Russ Rogers says:

      > most heterosexual men are offended if you call them homosexuals.But Sable wasn't calling this guy a homosexual. He wasn't even insulting the villain's father. Sable was implying that the villain's GRANDFATHER had hung out with a rumored homosexual. I just don't see how that type of "Your Mama" insult trickles down through two generations and across a friendship. It's like playing six degrees of separation with your insults. It ends up a complete non sequitor! Maybe I will be proved wrong in some later chapter, but this line is out of context with the rest of the story and just makes very little sense. Look at the page again; read it and completely ignore Sable's GAY line. Pretend it isn't there. The page still makes perfect sense, maybe more sense. Nobody (except me) reacts to the line. Why is the line there?The only dramatic function I can see for the line is that Grell has Sable in the background of the panel, during the villain's rambling monologue. Mr. Grell may have felt that Sable needed to interject something in there just to break up the monotonous drone of the villain and to remind the readers that, yes, our hero was still in this scene.