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Jan. 3rd, 2017 01:18 pm
snickfic: [A+X] Fantomex shooting across the snow (Fantomex)
So I've started reading comics again after Marvel + logistics bogged me down last year. *shakes fist at Secret Wars*

I have a few ground rules for myself now: Trades only, because I hate single issues. I hate reading them, I hate owning them. And almost no Big 2, although I just got the first volume of the new Black Widow and have a couple others on my list for when they come out.

Harrow County )

Paper Girls )

Lady Killer )

Black Widow )

Monstress )

Guys, I just want to marvel: That is five titles, all of them starring women, two of them with female creators, and I wasn't even trying. The diversity of stories available to read in mainstream comics has exploded even in the three or so years since I started reading them. It's incredible.
snickfic: by <user name=toreadabook site=livejournal.com> (mood horror)
Posted ON Wednesday, will wonders never cease.

Read
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. This was an ARC that someone thrust into my hands at a con last year, although it's now long since published. It's the story of how we find a giant robot hand buried in the earth, which leads to finding more giant robot parts, which leads to the question of what exactly humans dare do with a giant robot. This was low on science and speculation and high on... IDK, human interest? Which makes it sound like a Robert Charles Wilson novel, except it wasn't that good. It was told almost entirely as a series of interviews by a secretive, powerful gentleman with unclear official status, so that was fun, but by mid-book I was really hoping that we'd find out more about him and his ambiguous morality and status - he's such a central figure that I hoped the book would turn his sort-of neutrality on its head. In that, I was disappointed.

Reading
House of Leaves, by whatsisname. This book has crystallized for me for the first time that although I love weird creepy houses (in fact weird creepy architecture of all kinds), I just don't get them often because I'm completely disinterested in ghosts. Anyway, the textbook manuscript portion is fascinating and I already love it; the framing story with this idiot barhopper and his idiot bro friend is driving me crazy. (NO SPOILERS PLEASE.)

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Reread. Because it's that time of year.
snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (Storm)
Have I mentioned recently that I am really, really seasonal in terms of media I consume? To the point that when the weather takes a particular turn, I will immediately go "Oh hey, time to reread X / listen to Y again."

And summer is comics season.

Cyclops, No More Humans, Amazing X-Men, Dark Phoenix Saga )
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
Ms Marvel through #12 - I feel like I missed an issue in there? #10 maybe? This is as cute as ever, although the Loki issue was the definition of filler.

The Wicked + the Divine through #8 - I feel like I missed an issue here, too. Also, am I supposed to be doing outside research? Because I am getting more and more lost among the pantheon. I have no idea what happened in this issues, basically, and I'm not sure how much longer McKelvie's pencils and Wilson's colors are going to tide me over.

Black Widow through #14 - this is fine? This is fine. We're gearing up to a confrontation with Chaos, finally, thank goodness.

Ody-C through #2 - I have broken up with this comic. Yes, at issue 2. I was so excited for "genderswapped Odyssey" and Fraction killed that enthusiasm dead in one. fell. swoop.

Saga through #25 - EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. /o\ Except the dragon hunt; that's going pretty okay so far. (I'm side-eyeing that "swelled head" comment something fierce, though.)
snickfic: [Saga] Alana cradling Hazel and holding a cudgel (Alana)
Okay, I only got to read about a third of Saga #24 before it quit loading, and I have to go to work, so I don't have time to mess with it right now, but AHHHHHHHH. This is EVERYTHING I WANT IN THE WORLD. Well, for certain values of 'everything.' I want a lot of things in this book. And it'll probably all end tragically by the end of the issue. But meanwhile, AHHHHHHHH.

*seal claps*

UPDATE: I have now read the entire issue (fyi: this is really, really not a SFW issue, thank goodness there was no one else hanging out in the adjunct cubicles...), and it is EVEN MORE EVERYTHING I WANTED. YOU GUYS. YOU GUYS.

spoilers galore )
snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (x-men)
My last post for the day. Probably.

* I'm all caught up with Mighty Avengers just in time to find out that it's being relaunched soon as Captain American and the Mighty Avengers (because Sam Wilson is going to be the new Captain America, as you've probably heard). It's going to have the same writer, Al Ewing (YAY), and a new artist (YAY), and is going to keep building on what came before, just with more Sam Wilson. In general: YAY. This continues to be my favorite team book.

* I also caught up with X-Force. I still hate Kim's art, but this is a smart, clever book that really rewards careful reading. Spurrier has a lot going on in it, and things that are presented as facts early on are given the lie to later on. House to Astonish has a great review of the first arc. (I love that they review arcs instead of just individual issues. I wish more review outlets did.)

* Also caught up on: X-Men. Ugh what is even happening with this 50-50 split. This is so dumb. And yet I'm invested in Storm's daughter from the future, Kymera, and I want all the Storm-Kymera stuff. Also, am I supposed to take that Psylocke really actually was sleeping with the danger room guy? In summary: UGH.
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
First, in general comic book news, I discovered that there is a brand new comic shop that is literally on my way home from work and has friendly staff who don't skeeve me out and didn't bat an eye when I said I was looking for old Barbie comics. And they do pull lists, no minimum, so I may trend that way after some of my Marvel subscriptions run out. Yay.

New books:
Black Widow #6 )

Loki: Agent of Asgard #4 )

X-Force #4 )

Old books
Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe #1 )

Deadpool #19 )

Amazing X-Men #1 )
snickfic: (Saga)
Ventured out to find an LCS today. It wasn't terrible? It looked pretty well organized, but it felt not well lit enough, I was the only customer most of the time I was there, and the music was loud. I was not all that enthused. Next time I'll go find the other LCS, which I'm pretty sure is the one that had a table at GGC.

Saga #17-18 )

Ms. Marvel #3 )
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
I've been super excited about this book since I first started seeing art for it, and I was not disappointed.

Elektra #1 )
snickfic: (Default)
I'm just going to say this above the cut where everyone can see it: Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers is my favorite Marvel book on the stands right now, at least that I've read more than two issues of. (Other contenders: Ms Marvel and Loki, the latter of which coincidentally is also written by Ewing.) It's just fun, with the right mix of banter and heart, and it has the advantage of being about a bunch of characters who aren't appearing anywhere else right now and in many cases haven't in a while, which means Ewing can do whatever the heck he wants with them. If you're looking to support diversity in comics, this also happens to be Marvel's "minority team book" - analogous to the all-women X-Men, I guess? But with less fanfare and better writing.

Anyhoo.

New Marvel book:
Mighty Avengers #8 )

Old books from other companies:
Revival #1 )

Atomic Robo#1 )
snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
PSA: Comixology has all but the latest issue of Red Sonja on sale today.

--

Last night I dreamed that the new Elektra solo was out, but the entire first issue was about her wandering in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe. Interacting with ponies. "Aha," I said to my dream self. "This is why we never got any real preview of the interior art."

--

Moon Knight #1 )

Captain Marvel #1 )

Loki #2 )
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
Last week's subscription issues are filtering in one by one. Sometimes I get them all the same day, but not this week. So, here are some of the new issues, and also some old issues.

New books:
Ms Marvel #1 )

X-Men #10 )

Old books:
Captain America and Bucky #620-624 )

Winter Soldier: Winter Kills #1 )

Enter the Heroic Age #1 )
snickfic: (Willow magic)
I just read the latest issue of Pretty Deadly, and it had enough revelations that I went back and read the first three issues to try and get my bearings. I have a bunch of discussion below the cut, but before I get there, I want to say that finally, finally I am getting a sense of what kind of story this is. It's a story with a much grander scope that those first couple of issues seemed to suggest, which I like. I think the confusion of the basic character motivations and relationships in the first couple of issues obscured the scale of the thing, but suffice to say that it's big, and there's a lot of worldbuilding going on here.

Also, I think Emma Rios with #4 is finally coming into her own on this book. Each issue has been getting better in terms of clarity of what's being represented, helped a lot by lighter inking, but this issue I actively enjoyed the artwork (as opposed to a lot of squinting as I tried to make out what I was looking at all). Her reliance on inset boxes is working better for me now, although that may be partly because I read today's issue on Comixology with its handy comics reader, which is really helpful in guiding the eye and keeping things from feeling too busy.

All that sounds like I'm damning with faint praise, but I really did enjoy this issue, and now I'm excited to see where they're going.

anyway, on to the specifics )
snickfic: [comic] Clint Barton shooting arrows from window of car (Clint action)
Captain American and the Black Widow (#636-640 here) is the most delightful thing. The MOST delightful. Art is classic Francavilla pulp, the external plot has reveals I am actually interested in (this never happens), the antagonist is nifty, and right now giant bug robots are shooting lasers at us.

:DDD
snickfic: [comic] Clint Barton shooting arrows from window of car (Clint action)
Yesterday I started on a Black Widow binge, partly because I've been meaning to read Name of the Rose for months and partly because yesterday basically the only fandoms I could offer for the Beyond Panels comics exchange were the ones I nominated myself, so I thought I would try to expand to a couple more possibilities. Hence: Black Widow. I referred to this invaluable list of essential and non-essential but interesting Black Widow comics.

discussion of a bunch of Black Widow comics, including spoilers )

unspoilery conclusions )
snickfic: (monica rambeau)
I just caught up on reading stuff from the last three weeks or so.

First, above the cut: I subscribed to Loki: Agent of Asgard almost solely because of how impressed I've been with Al Ewing's work on Mighty Avengers. Frankly, Mighty Avengers seems to have most everything against it: it's got Greg Land on art and a relative unknown writing, its first three issues were tied up in a crossover that no one I know paid any attention to, and I, personally, have very little interest in the Avengers side of the Marvel universe. And yet Ewing keeps me consistently entertained while introducing and juggling a cast of characters I have almost no familiarity in. Even the Infinity tie-in arc felt self-contained enough to be comprehensible.

(Not that this is so much down to Ewing, but I also, it must be said, enjoy the fact of characters of color not only being the majority, but also walking on and off panel in cameos, completely unremarked upon. It's easy for me to forget how many such Marvel characters there are, because so often there's only one or two of them to a team.)

I totally understand if you just can't take the Land art on this book, but at the very least EVERYONE should pick up the three issues Valerio Schiti is arting, starting in February. And also everyone who's even marginally interested in the Loki comic should give it a closer look, because I expect Ewing to do good things on it.

Now, onto vaguely spoilery things.

Mighty Avengers #4 )

FF #15 )

X-Men #9 )

Uncanny X-Force #15 )

Rocket Girl #3 )

Pretty Deadly #3 )
snickfic: [comic] Clint Barton shooting arrows from window of car (Clint action)
I saw scans of this issue on Tumblr and knew immediately that I had to check it out. It turns out it's a one-shot from just after the Avengers Disassembled arc, IIRC. I looked it up, and if I understand the background properly, then this issue has some squicky aspects that I won't bore you with because the story is totally unnecessary for appreciating the artwork, which is by Alex Maleev, from New Avengers #26.

Because look. This is Clint Barton, having just woken up in the snow in (I think?) Central Park:

all the leaves are brown / and the sky is gray )

And now we have this scene between Clint and Wanda Maximoff some of the most sumptuous art I have ever seen:

and if I didn't tell her / I could leave today )

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