Friday, July 30, 2010

Whom else for "Who Would Win"?

First I started with Thor vs. Green Lantern. Next was El Gato Negro vs. Nightwing. Now I would like to make this a regular feature, so I want to ask your suggestions as to whom I can pair up for a super battle.

The thing is, it doesn't have to be limited to those heroes in Marvel and DC comics. In fact, it might be kinda fun to see "Who Would Win?" in fights, for instance, like Mr. Incredible vs. The Thing. So let's open this up to you guys - and girls, to offer some suggestions.

Just try to make it a fair but interesting fight. No obvious blowouts, in other words. :-)

Have a great weekend, all!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New banner! Well, sort of...

Earlier in the week, I had told you all that I had two cool surprises coming up. One you saw on Tuesday. Today is the other one, and it is the new banner above!

Well, it's sort of new. It's the same backdrop from before, which is a pan shot from the old Cartoon Network show, Justice League Unlimited. That particular scene is from the episode Dark Heart, in which Wonder Woman had actually tucked the Atom into her bra to free up her hands to fight the evil robot monsters. This blog entry had a clip of that particular scene in question, but it seems that YouTube took it down for some alleged copyright violations or something. I'll check if it's available elsewhere.

Anyway, what the boss had done is switch me in the place of Wonder Woman. The artwork above is the second one of me as done by Chris Butler. Chris, by the way, is the same artist who did my current profile pic that appears both here and on my Facebook page. There is still one to go, and we are saving that for later.

I knew the boss had these artworks being done, but I didn't know what he had planned for one of them until he sent me the banner above earlier in the week. Had I known he was going to do that, I would have noted that in the blog entry above, I had detailed why it would not be possible to have little dudes riding in the bras of super strength women, so either he forgot or chose to have that artwork done anyway.

Still, I do like the artwork and the tongue-in-cheek humor. Just understand that I still feel the same way as before in regards to little dudes riding in super women's bras. I also like how it looks like it was me in that scene the whole time. I'm still sitting here admiring it, it's so cool. :-)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

El Gato Negro vs. Nightwing!

Hello, my little nerdlings!

I wanted to post this on Monday, but the boss wanted to whip up a graphic to commemorate what he hopes will be the first of others of discussions on who would win vs. whom.

This time around, we are going to discuss Richard Dominguez' El Gato Negro vs. DC Comics' Nightwing (Dick Grayson).

First thing to note is that they both are unpowered; that is, they are not superhumans like yours truly. All their superhero fighting skills are due to intense regular exercises and training in various martial arts. Both employ hand weapons such as the ones EGN is wielding in the graphic above, along with throwing weapons. Both also utilize various gadgets and gizmos, but Nightwing has more than EGN. Both lost their parents and both were raised by someone who eventually trained them in their superhero fighting skills. Both are about the same age and are roughly about the same height and build. In short, they have a lot of common.

So... in a fight between them, who would win? Because they are so evenly matched, here I must break down the circumstances in which they might fight. The first is an instance in which they are fully geared with their weapons and gadgets and gizmos and are battling each other just to see who is better at these skills. In this instance, the fight would go to Nightwing, simply because through Batman, he has access to more training in more fight skills along with access to a lot more weaponry. This doesn't mean that EGN wouldn't put up much of a fight, just that in the end, Nightwing would win out.

However, in instances in which it is all on the line, and one believes that the other has critical information and is holding it out on them, then the edge goes to EGN. In reading the issues of EGN that are currently available, EGN fights best when it's all on the line, that he either wins or all is lost. In such a circumstance, he'll fight until he's exhausted, then he'll fight on until he wears his opponent down.

This is certainly not to say that Nightwing won't be as equally determined in such circumstances, just that I believe that EGN would win out in the end. This is because if Nightwing should fail, then he has back-up he can call on; basically his "Bat family". However, if EGN should fail to get that critical information, then he has no back-up to call on, so if that info is lost from him, then it's lost for good. All the more reason that EGN will push himself to get it done NOW, even if getting that info leaves him in bad shape afterwards.

But what about a third type of battle? This time, it's just them, mano-a-mano, no weapons or other gadgets, just them in a boxing ring just to see who is better in martial arts? I say that EGN will win if he does it fast by taking advantage of the fact that Nightwing might not be familiar with some of EGN's moves, specifically those related to Lucha libre. So because of that, EGN needs to take advantage of the element of surprise. Something else to consider is that because Nightwing is better geared with gadgets and gizmos, he is also that much more used to using them, so much so that in times when he doesn't have them, he may still reach for them out of reflex. EGN needs to take advantage of that as well.

If EGN doesn't take Nightwing down quickly, then it won't be long before he adapts to EGN's fighting style (and to the fact that he doesn't have his gadgets and gizmos handy for this fight) and can then turn the tables on EGN. In any case, it should still be a fun fight to watch, as well as a great test for both of them.

So that's my take. Do you folks agree/disagree?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Now @ the San Diego Comicon: Girls who read comics!

YEAAAAH, BABBBYY!!!! Girrlz Rool! We are making our presence known at the San Diego Comicon, and in your local comic shops! There is no escaping us! Bwahahahaha! It's great to see that we are at last being recognized. Progress, my friends, progress!

One day, I hope to go to the Nerd Nirvana that is the San Diego Comicon. Sigh...

Real life superhero: Meet boxer Robert Guerrero

Meet real life superheroes, Robert Guerrero and his wife Casey. I'll just let you read the story. It brought a tear to my eye!

Have a great weekend, my little nerdlings!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thor vs. Green Lantern: Who would win?

So who would win in a fight between Marvel Comics' Thor and DC Comics' Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)? Yesterday the USA Today asked that very question, and today you will hear my take on this battle of titans!

I say that it will be Thor. This is not to take away from GL, but in a battle of wills, I feel that Thor wins out simply because he is that much more experienced in battle than GL is. Thor can come so hard and fast on GL that he probably has very little time to react.

Yes, GL can do things like cut off the magic that makes him super strong, or could cause him to change into his alter ego, Donald Blake, or he could do something like teleport Thor into space where he would suffocate and be weakened to the point that GL could beat him (I can't see GL actually killing Thor, but only using the space strategem to weaken him).

However, I don't think GL would have any time to employ any sort of strategy, because GL has to summon up whatever energy he is going to be using, while Thor is already good to go. It will be a short, quick fight with the god of thunder left standing in triumph.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Real life superheroes: College students with a centrifuge!

It's been awhile since I did one of my "real life superhero" entries, so here's one today!

This article discusses two college students who converted a salad spinner into a centrifuge to help with blood diagnoses for anemia. The goal was to create a portable and inexpensive means of diagnosing anemia that didn't require electricity, so the students came up with their idea.

And my little nerdlings, they didn't have to apply for a ton in federal grants to do this. It's good to see that our country hasn't lost its sense of ingenuity to help their fellow man.

My thoughts of the upcoming Thor movie

Here is an article about the upcoming (that is, coming next year) movie on Thor. I'm trying to think about how I feel of a movie about a thunder god.

Portraying him in a comic book is one thing, but to try to translate that to the movies is another. Thor is more "Lord of the Rings" than he is "superhero". Think of the environment he lives in: Asgard. Then think about the kinds of creatures he fights: Elves, trolls, frost and fire giants, and the like. See? Isn't this more Lord of the Rings?

It seems to me that the Thor movie, at least the first one and maybe even a second, should work on exploring that kind of LOTR enviroment that he grew up in. Why not indulge in that sort of fantastic setting that made the LOTR movies so great? By the way, I LOVE all three LOTR movies, so I'm a tad biased toward making Thor in this way.

Anyway, I think the writers and the movie makers should start out Thor in this way and just have fun with Thor fighting trolls and giants in the sort of fantastic environment that made LOTR so much fun. Perhaps in a second movie, or even a third, THEN the writers can try to bring him into modern times. It might even be interesting to explore how he reacts to the changes in the world since the time he was brought up in.

This will also give us an idea of the kind of environment that he came from and what he's used to; that way, we can see where he's coming from and how puzzling and confusing the modern times are to him. From the eyes of an immortal, it must be shocking to see humanity to go from mud huts and horse drawn carriages to multi-story skyscrapers and Wi-Fi in a blink of their immortal eyes.

This would also explain why Norse gods speak English with a Shakespearean dialect (as they once did in Marvel Comics): Because they first learned English in Shakespearean times, so that's the dialect that stuck with them throughout their immortal years. It could be funny to see Thor having to update his Shakespearean English dialect once he gets more involved into modern times.

I think these ideas will be a very good way to introduce Thor to the movie audience (especially those for whom the comic version of Thor is new), and to work on the transition from his LOTR upbringing into the modern age into a second or later movie. My fear, though, is that this movie is going to stink because they'll put in tons of battles and cheesy special effects simply because the movie makers feel that "that's what we want", and to also justify putting it in 3D.

I wish movie makers could really try to be bold and innovative with these kinds of movies, but unfortunately the possibility is virtually guaranteed that they'll stick to the usual predictable and formulaic storyline and scenes that I could write myself. In other words, I have low expectations of how this movie will turn out, because Hollywood is such a sad, pathetic, and predictable shell of its former self. It's one of the reasons that I don't like paying for the ridiculous prices when these movies first come out in the theaters.

As I recently said, Toy Story 3 was a nice and pleasant surprise, but I don't expect such a high level of a surprise from the Thor move. I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt I will be.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Note to Bristol Palin: It's a trap!

Today I'm beating everyone to the punch on a question that I KNOW I'll be asked this weekend: What do I think of Bristol Palin and her marrying Levi Johnston?

In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar (from the movie "Return of the Jedi", natcherly. If you didn't know that, then turn in your nerd card!): It's a trap!

If Bristol came to me asking for some big sisterly advice, I would tell her to be VERRRYY suspicious, and not to fall for the sad-eyed "I'm so sorry, baby! I love you and I miss you!" act. After all he did to sell out the Palins, I would not trust this guy any further than I can throw him! (Hmm. Maybe that's not a good analogy, since with my super strength, I can throw him several miles...)

Also consider that after his 15 minutes of fame - including posing nude for Playgirl - it has been probably long enough since then that the funds he earned from his betrayal are probably running dry. So what does he do? Try to get back in good with the Palins. I suspect that he is a plant for a tabloid such as the New York Times, who hired him out to get more "goods" on the Palins. They also knew that all he had to do is to give the weepy hunk face to Bristol, because he knew it would work on her. Us ladies can be so weak sometimes! It's so embarrassing!

Anyway, notice that they didn't announce their re-engagement to Sarah and Todd first; instead, they went to a magazine! See, this reeks of a set-up!

I hope I'm wrong about this, but I am probably right, and being right won't make me feel good, trust me.

Bleh. I need to gargle with some Listerine or something. This whole story is leaving a bad taste in my mouth!

You all have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review of Toy Story 3

Okay folks, in a rare instance of me seeing a movie while it was in the theater (gasp!), I ventured out to watch Toy Story 3 (TS3).

For those of you who may be new readers to my blog, there is something you should know about me in regards to movies. Seeing as how we pay so much nowadays to go to the movies (not to mention the price of the drinks and snacks!), I absolutely hate paying for a bad movie. Not just dislike it like most people, I HATE it!

I'm talking being mad about it a couple of days later! Mainly I hate the fact that the movie industry puts out worthless crap and charges so much for it, and since we keep going anyway, they will keep putting out formulaic, unimaginative, over-hyped and over-priced crap! I hate spending money on crappy movies so much that I still feel bad for the person who treats me to the movies because they know I hate paying for crappy movies! Even if someone treats me, the movie industry is still getting rewarded for putting out a crappy movie!

But I digress.... :-)

Before I continue, the usual disclaimer:

NOTE: The text below will contain spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie yet and don't want the surprise to be blown for you, STOP READING NOW! You have been warned!

I had to really be persuaded that I would really enjoy TS3, despite the higher ticket price because it was in 3D. I warned my friends that if this movie turns out to be crappy, be prepared for me to Hulk out! LOL Fortunately for them, not only did I enjoy the movie, I loved it!

I feel that it is a worthy successor to the first TS movies. I love how the story reflected that things change even for toys. Toys get sold in yard sales, thrown away, or donated to someone else. And I never imagined the hell that a toy goes through in a day care! I also love how the writers make you really feel the emotions behind the characters. Who knew that you could feel such emotion from a stuffed doll or a plastic action figure?

Of course parts of it was going to be predictable and formulaic. After all, did we really expect the toys to perish in that junkyard incinerator? Still, the joining of their hands and the facing of their impending demise together with a brave face was really moving. I would imagine facing such a fiery death would be especially difficult for Woody, because he always figured out how to get out of trouble spots. But here he had no answers or last-minute escapes. When he saw that it was futile, he joined hands with them.

If you haven't seen the movie and are STILL reading this, then I'm going to make you watch the movie to see how they get out of that! Bwahahahaha!

My favorite character, though, was Chuckles the Clown! Here we have a doll that is all cute and brightly-colored like a clown doll should be, but with such a hardboiled and dour attitude! I loved the irony! He's my new hero! LOL

The ending to the movie actually brought a tear to my eye. Andy, the little boy who owns the toys, is now about to go off to college, and at the end, he gives all his toys to a little girl. When he finds that Woody unexpectedly is in the box, he hesitates for a moment before handing him to the little girl, but he ends up giving him to her. And then he plays with them (with the little girl) one more time before he heads off. What a fitting ending, I think.

On a scale of 1 to 10 in which 1 is a bomb and 10 is THE bomb, I give TS3 a 9. The only thing that I didn't like wasn't the movie itself, but the fact that it was in 3D. Being in 3D didn't really add anything to the story; so basically, it was just a pretty and unnecessary accessory.

TS3 is a movie that I'll purchase when it comes out in DVD. :-)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Check it out! My new profile pic!


It's my new profile pic, brought to you by the artist known as Chris Butler! Here is a link to his site. Chris, ol' buddy, you are now officially on my Cool Links sidebar! Take a bow!

Isn't this great? I love everything about it! Not only that, folks, the boss has commissioned Chris to do not one but TWO more artworks of me! I've seen the rough drafts of them and all I can say is, meesa likes! So stay tuned, my little nerdlings! More to come! :-D

Monday, July 12, 2010

EPIC FAIL, Switzerland! And the media, too!

Make no mistake, folks - justice wasn't done!

I am so royally pissed that Switzerland let that pervo sleazeball Roman Polanski go! And note that my link includes "pervo sleazeball!" That guy's ass (and the rest of him) deserves jail! And I am so sick and tired of people defending him! What part of "drugged and raped a 13 year-old" don't they understand?

What is also shocking is the absurd twists and turns of logic that his defenders come up with to explain this! For example, Whoopi Goldberg's classic "It wasn't 'rape-rape' ". What's more "rape-rape" than raping a drugged 13 year-old? How do these people live with themselves defending and justifying this sick pathetic excuse of a man? Folks, a person can be a "brilliant creative genius" without drugging and raping 13 year-olds!

I also put part of the blame on the accommodating media for not being outspoken enough on this issue. When it came to the priest scandal, the media literally drooled over covering the priests that were at the heart of this scandal and the inexcusable failure of the bishops who protected them and shuffled them around rather than deal with them like they should have. The bishops' abject failure of duty rightly should have been exposed by the press. So with that, why doesn't the press do that with the Roman Polanskis of the world?

I get why the pressed drooled over the priest scandal. They are, for the most part, anti-religious liberals; and the Catholic Church is one of the few institutions that has the courage to stand up on issues like abortion. So when the Church provides a ripe, juicy plum like the priest scandal, it was like throwing a naked swimsuit model to a pack of drunken frat boys.

How to decide to cover the Polanski issue should be a no-brainer even for the brainless anti-religious liberals that make up most of the press corps. Was it wrong for the pervo priests to rape and molest little boys (and some girls)? I hope you said yes! And is it just as wrong for the Roman Polanskis of the world to drug and rape little girls? I hope you said yes again!

And I would say that a priest raping a little boy is at least equally bad as Polanski raping that little girl, so with that, the coverage by the press should have been equally drooling. But it's not going to be because Polanski and the anti-religious liberals that make up most of the media belong to the same "open-minded and enlightened" group, and like any group of elitist boys' clubs, they defend their own.

Had the press really wanted to, they could help our society go a long way towards opening eyes, minds, and hearts to the tragedy of lax attitudes in our world towards child rape and prostitution by covering this issue with the same drooling zealotry that they did the priest scandal. That they don't is a scandal all its own, and it goes a long way in explaining why many of the major news outlets are losing their audiences and readers.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Odds, ends, etc...

Well folks, this week got unexpectedly busy! LOL X-D

And yet I don't want to leave you guys with just one blog post this week! :-O

So even though this blog post will be a mess, I'm just going to hit a few topics just to get caught up somewhat and to also provide possible future blog posts. So let's have at it, shall we? :-)

Lindsay Lohan
Send her ass to jail and keep it there until she shapes up!

Toy Story 3
I saw it earlier this week - while it was still in the theater! And it was great! Review coming next week.

Current Hulk storyline
How I feel about this current Hulk storyline will completely depend on the upcoming issue of Hulk #611. Here's the upcoming cover. Sorry for the bad language that I'm about to use, but if #611 sucks, then I'm going to be pissed. Marvel has let us down before with these huge storylines only to fall flat at the end. Remember Civil War? Man, was I so disappointed at the end. Such a fantastic buid-up only to fall into the utter predictability of "Why can't we all just get along?" ending. So don't fail me with #611, Marvel, or I may not Make Mine Marvel ever again!

Green Lantern "Blackest Night" and "Brightest Day" storylines.
Although I enjoyed the main Blackest Night series, DC went overkill on all the related issues connected to the main storyline. It basically became an excuse to exhume virtually all of the old characters. After awhile, I stopped buying the extra issues and just stuck with the main series. As for Brightest Day, I wish they would go ahead and start answering some questions already as to why "those 12 people" were resurrected by the White Lantern creature. I'm already beyond tired of the stupid "what the hell's happening to me?" expressions on the faces of "the twelve" whenever they do something unexpected. Maybe DC should have held out starting this series until next year.

Lucky Shot bio and stats
is still coming up. Like I said, I got unexpectedly busy this week.

Should I get an iPad?
Do any of you have an iPad? What do you think of them? I was considering getting one. Is it worth not having a camera feature as well as something so basic as a USB port? What the heck's up with that, anyway?

Boob questions
For some reason, I've gotten quite a few boob questions in the past couple of weeks. Maybe it's the summer heat. Since most of them aren't worth a blog entry to themselves, let me go ahead and hit them here.

Do I really keep my cellphone in my bra?
Yes, I do. Not all the time, but most of the time. It keeps my phone handy, and it doesn't fall out.

Is that a real tattoo on your boob?
No, it's a fake one. Due to my super healing, real tattoos don't stick on me. I tried to get a rose on my ankle once, but the tattoo dude went through a ton of ink only for it fade out completely in a matter of hours. It is also because of my super healing that I wear only clip-on earrings. Even when needles can penetrate my earlobes, the holes still completely close up in a couple of hours.

What brand of bra do you wear?
All my bras are custom made by the Dept. of Superhuman Studies' own tailor, who is code-named Alloy. Alloy's power is to combine two otherwise unlike materials into a new material that retains the properties of the old materials. For example, he combines the standard cotton materials of all my clothing with stuff like Kevlar to make the new material soft as cotton, but with the durability of Kevlar. Basically, all my clothing and undergarments are virtually untearable. It's because he is the only known super with this ability that he charges outrageous prices for those who hire out his services. And yes, this means that your taxes paid to ensure that I don't have any "wardrobe malfunctions" while on the job. :-)

What's your bra size?
That's classified. They're big, okay?

Yes, I still love Sarah Palin. The more that the not-liberal media ridicules her, and the more the entertainment industry ridicules her, the more convinced I get about just how afraid they are of her. NOT because they feel that she is incompetent, but because they know that she appeals because she is genuine, unlike the phonies that most of them are. And when they start making up (bad language again, sorry!) bullshit like "did she have a boob job?" then I know that they are getting desperate. Seriously folks, they are getting unhinged over her!

No, I have not joined the local Tea Party. I'm still waiting them out to see how they turn out.

Yes, I wonder when they are going to cap that damn hole in the Gulf of Mexico. All the more reason we should be drilling closer to shore rather than the middle of the freakin' ocean. We are still going to need oil for the foreseeable future, and since we still need jobs to help "stimulate the economy", then let's "drill, baby, drill". But absolutely make sure that the environment is protected. I just don't see the point of importing our oil when we have enough for ourselves here. And yes, work on cleaner alternative fuel sources, but we still seem to be decades away from making anything viable yet that doesn't involve turning a food source like corn into gas for our cars.

In regards to Arizona's law on immigration, if the Feds would only enforce their own immigration laws, then this wouldn't even be an issue. I say kudos to AZ's governor Jan Brewer for having the balls to tough it out to force others to see how inept a job that the Feds have done on border enforcement. Our immigration laws aren't even as tough as Mexico's own immigration laws, and yet we STILL can't enforce them without worrying about any hurt feelings! If Mexico doesn't worry about the hurt feelings of foreigners in its borders, then why should we?

One commissioned art down, another still to come. You all loved the most recent commissined artwork, and I think you'll love the artwork still to come. :-) Stay tuned!

That's probably it for the week, folks. Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, July 5, 2010

My belated 4th of July commentary: The Immigration "debate"

This article inspired me to finally answer a common question regarding the immigration "debate". Why do I put debate in quotation marks? Because I hope you will see by the end of this blog entry that if you truly care about those that come to this country illegally, then there really is no debate.

Q: What is your take on the immigration debate?

A: The first thing to clarify is that in my mind, there is **no** debate in regards to LEGAL immigration. If a given person wants to be a citizen of the US and goes through the formal process of becoming a citizen, then I am totally, 100% in favor of that – even gung-ho about it! It is how out nation was built, after all!

However, it’s a whole ‘nother matter when such a person comes here illegally, and for the record, that is anyone from another country, and not just Mexico. I like the analogy made to a burglar who breaks into your house and then wants to become a member of your family.

And for the record, I totally and fully understand why Mexican nationals would try to come to this country: Because their own country lacks in good paying jobs and is now currently dealing with drug cartels. They go through a lot of hardship just to get here, and all to support their families, which in itself is noble. But why come here through illegal means? That’s what I don’t get.

I’ve heard the horror stories of when these folks will try to get here through “coyotes”, which are basically people who are hired to smuggle them into the U.S. I’ve heard how these coyotes will charge a lot and then abandon them once they’ve got their money, and again it makes me ask, why go through that?

So when I’m asked if I am opposed to immigration even if they don’t always come through legal means, I respond by asking, “Why would I be in favor of people going through the risks of hiring out the services of a ‘coyote’ when coyotes not only rob them of the large sums of money they paid, but whom also would abandon them at the first sign of trouble?”

I then add, “And why would I be in favor of illegal immigrants being hired by an American company that not only knows that they are in the country illegally, but also takes advantage of it? American companies can underpay them and not provide basic benefits that we take for granted, such as overtime and health insurance. If the workers complain, then they are only a phone call away to the Immigration Dept. from being deported.”

So with that, why would I favor these people putting themselves through unnecessary risks, when they can greatly benefit from going through the correct process of becoming an American citizen? It’s like being in favor of people jumping over lava pits when they can just take the bridge over the lava pit. In this analogy, who would favor others leaping over lava pits when they don’t have to?

And by going through this the right way, they stand to benefit from all that our great country offers. So I ask you, why would favor the path that is fraught with danger to life and limb, and the virtual guarantee of being exploited by an American company even if they did make it across? To me this is a no-brainer issue.

By going through the proper channels, then the immigration debate ceases to be a debate. The only ones who would favor keeping these immigrants in peril and being exploited are those who benefit from their being put in danger and being exploited. I won’t name the party who would favor the current ways of doing things, but I bet that you can figure it out.

That party simply wants their votes, and you can bet that if the illegal immigrants that are at the center of this "debate" voted for the opposite party, then the first party would be the ones building fences and advocating deportations. So with that, ask yourself if that party deserves your vote this coming November.

And a Happy Belated 4th of July to you all!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Wonder Woman costume! Yuccckk!!!

The monstrosity to the right is supposed to be Wonder Woman's new costume! Geez, where to begin??

Nope, sorry Diana, the pants do not work! It's so 70's! And the jacket? Back to the 90's where it belongs! The bodice and the arm bracers might work, but a starry short skirt or the classic starry hotpants are what this needs to save it, and the sooner, the better. I do have to ask though, is how those bracers are supposed to stop bullets?

This, friends, is an example of an epic fail in superhero woman's fashion!