1. Spiral is my new winner of the Most Horrifying Backstory Ever award. I've been reading her wiki entry
, and apparently she starts out as Longshot's perfectly normal human girlfriend ('Rita Wayword,' heh), who in the course of the comic is kidnapped and enslaved, given non-con body modifications, traumatized so badly her hair turned white, and then 'driven insane' (what even) to the point of villainy, after which she merrily maims and kills for next ~25 years of comics.
Like. WHAT EVEN. That's your villain
? I am now so much more excited that Sam Humphries is working in Uncanny X-Force
to make her sympathetic again (even though there is NO EXCUSE for her ever being non-sympathetic in the first place).
2. FYI, Marvel Unlimited has a bunch of old Avengers comics
available to read for free this month, on account of it's the Avengers 50th anniversary. They seem to have a selection spanning all the decades. No special plug-in or anything required.
3. Somehow I seem to have fallen in love with comics while continuing to be mostly indifferent to the movies based on them. Like, Avengers was fine entertainment for an afternoon, and I recall liking X2 okay (mostly, let's face it, because of Hugh Jackson, although I also quite liked Nightcrawler), but the movies persist in being about people I don't care about.
4. That said, I'm pretty excited for the new Captain America movie next spring. Chris Evans is nice to look at (even if not my usual type), I'm looking forward to Steve navigating the modern world, and apparently there's lots of Steve and Natasha being bros against the world, which I am ALL FOR. In interviews, Chris has been saying that he sees the Steve+Natasha relationship as the heart of the movie, to which I am all ♥.♥