The comics industry was first shocked, then stunned and then just gobsmacked as news leaked out this week of the engagement of The Beat and writer Ben McCool, of Birmingham, UK.

“MacDonald’s constant posting about ‘DDGB’ always makes me chuckle,” said DC publisher Paul Levitz. “I hope that isn’t going to stop.”

“When The Beat runs all those beefcake pictures of Marvel movie stars, box office is guaranteed,” echoed Marvel e-i-c- Joe Quesada. “This could mean a real blow to our bottom line.”

Industry concerns over the removal of these and other popular Beat Fave Hotties regularly featured on the site were allayed somewhat when news of a prenup spread. “The Beat will not change,” a close friend of the couple revealed. “She will continue to post just as much silly crap as before.

“The only big change is that The Beat is now required by law to support Aston Villa,” the pal continued.

As for Beat regulars, Gerard Butler and Clive Owen, neither could be reached for comment.

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Friends of Butler, say the 300 star has been in seclusion. “He’s completely gutted and has been driven to take a role as a widowed father of 7 who must chase a kitten through a zoo in order to win the heart of Sarah Jessica Parker,” said one insider.

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Owen is said to be similarly distraught, and has vowed to devote his now-empty life to playing hard boiled tough guys who never smile or miss a shot.

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McCool’s only comment was “Go Villa!”

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  1. Wow. Congratulations! I want details! Who proposed? How did you meet?
    Poor Owen. He re-enters public life, and has to deal with this. I’m sure he’ll get over his heartbreak.

  2. WOW. Rock. On.
    Great news! One of the biggest, coolest things you can do!
    (But Aston Villla? Now the Beat will have to be biased in support of the “Villans.”)

    And I second the above concern as to The Beat’s possible relocation to Birmingham…

  3. Luckily enough, and due to being a rather stupendously nice bloke, I will not be requiring that The Beat relocates to Birmingham, or that she cease her untold passion for DDGB or sorry spawn of Coventry Clive Owen.

    I will, however, be inflicting Fox Soccer Channel upon her on a tragically frequent basis.

    See? Us Brits really do make the most spectacularly sinister bad guys.

  4. “I will, however, be inflicting Fox Soccer Channel upon her on a tragically frequent basis.

    See? Us Brits really do make the most spectacularly sinister bad guys. ”

    C’mon. Do the evil laugh. Us Colonists love the evil laugh.

  5. Fabulous–Congratulations! Will you now be Heidi MacDonald McCool, aka Heidi MacMc?

    And did Ben guarantee you a lifetime supply of those Brit chocolates you fancy?

    Jackie E

  6. Oh good lord, however will I be able to talk you out of marrying a smarmy Brit? And from Birmingham, yet!

    Congrats, Heidi and Ben. Robin and I are thrilled for you. If you ever need any pointers on binational wedded bliss, you know where to turn!

  7. Clive is SUCH a baby about these things. That’s why we ‘lose’ his invites to the family reunions – so we don’t have to hear all the whining. Really, he should have made his move while you two were in Venice that time. His loss is Ben’s gain.

    This Owen is very, very happy for you, Heidi!

  8. Well, this explain why GB was flippin’ off photogs in Miami.

    Massive congrats to you both, and wishing you oodles of conjoined bliss from me and G.

    Woo hoo!

  9. >> Does this mean more Man U and fewer UFC references?<< Not if my role as helper monkey gets me a vote on the matter. :>

    that said, I’m all for more futbol coverage here. Go Everton~!

  10. Great news !!

    On the one hand, I cannot imagine Heidi MacDonald acceding to patrimony and accepting her husband’s last name.

    But on the other hand, on a semi-conscious level I always expected she’d find SOME way to become — legally — “Heidi McCool.”

    Is this how she does it? I honestly never saw that coming!

    In any case, hooray hooray! Where are you guys registered ?

  11. Great news !!

    On the one hand, I cannot imagine Heidi MacDonald acceding to patrimony and accepting her husband’s last name.

    But on the other hand, on a semi-conscious level I always expected she’d find SOME way to become — legally — “Heidi McCool.”

    Is this how she does it? I honestly never saw that coming!

    In any case, hooray hooray! Where are you guys registered ?

  12. Puh leeeze please tell me there will be singing at the wedding! Maybe a Zepplin duet? Here is a refresher of the lovely singing voice that so enchanted her suitor!

    It sure beats the hell out of singing the Chicken Dance song

  13. That Villa business makes me feel so sad.
    Just as well the other part was much better news.

    Congratulations to you both.

    Withe all the love you’ve been dreaming of.

  14. Congrats to you both! I wish you many decades of geeky bliss! :D Hell, just having the last name “McCool” or “MacDonald-McCool” is worth celebrating on it’ own merits.

  15. Holy schnikes! Congratulations, Heidi. It couldn’t have happened to a better comics-lovin’ gal, and I wish you and your McCool the best. Keep that UFC-lovin’ coming, too, because I got hooked on the Ultimate Fighter show because of you.

  16. CONGRATULATIONS!!! God, I need to read the Beat more often (and really, who doesn’t?). Not only getting married, but getting into football?? That’s great. Besides comics, I’m a big fan of DC United (ok, it’s american soccer, and not the English Premiere League, but it’ll do!).

    Best of luck with the wedding preps and all. Congrats again.

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