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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: 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: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
I have thirty-seven "to rec" links on Pinboard. I mean to slowly work my way through them in themed bunches. This is the comics bunch.

calm me down, get it out by [archiveofourown.org profile] defcontwo
Black Widow comics, Natasha/Yelena, 4.5k. This is hands down my favorite "pretending to be together" fic I have ever read. Because in this, they're pretending to be together for a spy mission, and instead of celibate pining we have angry UST and then angry very-much-RST. As in canon, Yelena is all tied up in Natasha, and as in canon, Natasha alternately laughs at and indulges that obsession. This is great stuff.

Hit by [archiveofourown.org profile] basset_voyager
Kate Bishop gen, 1k. I don't know what the canonical story is behind why Kate takes up archery (or if there even is one), but I really like this version: she practices as a form of taking control, fighting back against sleeze balls, taking ownership of the space she occupies. Does not depend on any particular YA or Hawkeye canon.

happy hour by [archiveofourown.org profile] jouissant
Saga, The Will + The Stalk gen, 1k. Mission completed, The Will and The Stalk take a breather, and The Will contemplates his occupation. Neat, low-key little character piece.

Red Pen by [archiveofourown.org profile] Hsifeng
Saga, Hazel + Izabel gen, 2.5k. THIS IS SO GOOD. This is the school report of one Hazel, having interviewed her friend Izabel for the purpose. Documents fic! Worldbuilding more cohesive and coherent than I think Vaughan and Staples have created (or aspire to create, for that matter). Just really neat at taking details of the Saga universe and weaving them into a proposed whole (although this was written after #8, so some of it, particularly stuff about the robots, has since been jossed). Very nifty.
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
And now for Fic Mountain reveals! I wrote Natasha for the third time this year, this time from Yelena's POV. Natasha+Yelena is a fascinating, complex canonical relationship that just doesn't take much to tip it over into shippiness. (Even though I barely got there in this fic.)

For the record, the title is an allusion to the trapdoor spider, for reasons which may or may not become clear over the course of the fic. It's not my best title choice, let's just say, but I was a little desperate.

Trapdoor (1138 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Widow (Comics), Marvel 616, Marvel (Comics)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Yelena Belova/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort
Summary:

They're in hostile territory, Natasha is badly injured, and there is only Yelena to keep her alive - if she chooses to.

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: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (x-men)
Author, thank you so much for writing a fic for me! As you can see, I am ALL ABOUT COMICS right now. I will thrilled to get fic for any of these fandoms. I know I wrote lots more for some of them than others, but that's because I'd already written up requests for some of them for other exchanges. Whichever fandom we matched on, I am excited about!

General Likes/Dislikes )

Saga )

Loki: Agent of Asgard )

Uncanny X-Force )

Black Widow (Comics) )

Lazarus (Comic) )
snickfic: close-up crop of Storm (drawn by Ibanez) (x-men)
Full solicitations listing here.

Thoughts:
- Oh look, yet another artist for X-Men. Matteo Buffagni, whom I'm not familiar with but whose work looks fine. That's six artists in 17 issues, unless I've missed one: Coipel, Lopez, Dodson, Anka, Mann, Buffagni. That seems excessive. I'd care more if the writing hadn't become such a complete train wreck.

- Rock He-Kim is back on X-Force; apparently the Jorge Molina issues were just fill-in. Feh.

- I know just enough about Runaways to be mad about the Avengers Undercover solicit.

- Meanwhile, the solicit for Black Widow:
BLACK WIDOW #8
NATHAN EDMONDSON (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C)
• On a snowy night in Prague, Natasha must fight her way out of disaster alongside the WINTER SOLDIER!

Given... events, I wonder if this is flashback issue, or...?

- The Moon Knight cover is sooooo pretty.

- IDC about Cyclops, but "Young Cyclops has space adventures with his space pirate father" is the kind of premise I can get behind. Also, Greg Rucka. I await reports.

- Has anyone read any of the new Wolverine & the X-Men? I got reeeally tired of the old one, but the new looks to be putting more emphasis on characters I care about while toning down the zaniness a lot.
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
So now that there a bunch of new books out, here are my unspoilery thoughts on the ones I've tried. Roughly in descending order of how much I like them.

Loki: Agent of Asgard - Al Ewing, Lee Garbett
Another Ewing book, which I picked up solely because I liked Mighty Avengers so much, and I have not been disappointed. This last issue involved a Marvelverse retelling of a Norse myth; the retelling featured a rocket launcher. Also a brand new character was introduced in the second issue who is both interesting in her own right and the perfect Loki foil, and I am super excited to see more of her. And have I mentioned the fanservice? *fans self*

Ms. Marvel - G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager living in Jersey who idolizes Carol Danvers and then acquires super powers. We're only two issues in, but this book is brimful of HEART.It's pretty much the most adorable thing ever. Alphona's art is a little bit whimsical and hits exactly the right note.

Moon Knight - Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey/Jordie Bellaire
So far this seems to be largely an experiment in form, but oh, what a gorgeous form it is. Ellis is dry and understated, and the Shalvey/Bellaire combo is pretty much my dream team, especially working on something a bit more fantastical like this. Every idea Ellis is throwing at them, they're knocking out of the park.

Black Widow - Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto
The art here is really gorgeous, especially if you like sort of a dreamy, painted look to your spy action. The story is a bit thin so far; I will likely never be enthralled by one-off spy plots, especially ones that offer so little characterization to compensate. Edmondson's penchant for metaphor-heavy, first-person narration does the book no favors either. However, the continuing plot is finally picking up now, and I like Noto's art even more than I did at first.

Captain Marvel - Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez
Carol Danvers goes to space! I really love the art here, and I think Lopez is by far the best fit tonally for this book out of the many artists who've tried their hand at Captain Marvel in the past two years. However, I think I just don't like Carol Danvers that much. If you do, then you should definitely check this out.

X-Force - Simon Spurrier, He-Rock Kim
I wanted to like this because it has Psylocke and Fantomex in it, and Spurrier seemed like an interesting choice as he comes off his success with the zany fringe title X-Men: Legacy, but I hate the art here so much - SO MUCH - that I can't even tell how I feel about the rest of it. However, we're picking up Jorge Molina for a few issues here soon, and I like what I've seen of the previews for those issues, so maybe there's hope.
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
So it turned out I wrote two stories for Beyond Panels.

Open Road, Captain America comics, Natasha+Bucky
A post-apocalyptic road trip amnesiafic? Because why not? I had much bigger aspirations for this fic, but this is what I ended up with. It's, shall we say, largely a mood experiment. Or something.

Safe House, Black Widow comics, Natasha+Ana
This is very much a slice-of-life, between-the-scenes kind of fic for the new Edmondson/Noto volume of Black Widow. That book is 90% of Natasha on the job in foreign locales and 10% of her at home in a large, bare apartment in Little Ukraine, NYC. This fic flips those percentages. I ended up being pretty happy with it in terms of capturing Natasha's perspective in the canon, and also because I got to write female friendship in it, which makes me happy.

I think by and large these two fics demonstrate that I'm just ever so much happier if I'm working within or pushing against the confines of some specific canon, especially when I first start writing a new canon. It's only later when I become more comfortable with my own interpretation that I can relax my attention to canon detail and start exploring with big AUs and things.
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)
* In the department of most tenuous relationship to comics, [personal profile] beer_good_foamy has an excellent rant about ambition and expectations in TV re: Agents of SHIELD. (Disclaimer: my dislike for that show and pleasure in people complaining about it may be disproportionate to its actual failings.)

* Elektra has switched writers (from Zeb Wells to Haden Blackman, whom I've never heard of) and been moved back to April, says Marvel EIC Axel Alonso. There's also concept art at that link from Mike del Mundo, although no interiors, alas.

* The previews for Black Widow #1 and also #2 are so gorgeous I don't even know what to do with myself. God bless Phil Noto. Such a good decision I made, subscribing sight unseen. There's also art from the All New Marvel Now anthology opener and Noto covers for #1, #2, #3 (alligators! or possibly crocodiles!), and #4. *drool*
snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
If I do not fall in love with at least one of the new lady-centric solos, I will be deeply disappointed. (I'd give any two of them to get the Immonen/Schiti Sif book back, but possibly that's a bird in the hand/bush problem.)

New series announced:

She-Hulk
Author: Charles Soule. Good news is that he's an attorney and will be writing about Jen Walters being an attorney. Bad news is that he's been on Thunderbolts for a while now, which I hear is terrible.
Artist: Javier Pulido. He's the back-up artist on Hawkeye, so in my head he's the poor man's David Aja, but I suspect I will quite like him when he's doing his own thing and I'm not continually tempted to compare him to other people.

Black Widow
Author: Nathan Edmondson. I hear he writes a lot of espionage stuff. That's all I got.
Artist: PHIL NOTO. Phil Noto is wonderful, including/especially at women. There is no bad here. Just look at this cover.
Additional Notes: FINALLY. That's all, really.

Elektra
Author: Zeb Wells. The CBR fanboys like him. I know nothing.
Artist: Mike del Mundo. I only know him from that Kitty+Tony short in A+X, which I enjoyed the art for once I got used to it. There's definitely a 'getting used to it' factor involved; his art in that was very stylized, with extremely long and flexible limbs, and so on. Based on that, though, I expect this will be gorgeous.
Additional Notes: I only know Elektra from the Jennifer Garner movie (which was 2/3 bad and 1/3 awesome) and I'm not familiar with the Daredevil 'verse at all.

Captain Marvel "relaunch"
Author: Kelly Sue DeConnick. AKA the same author who is already writing it. I expect you'll continue to like the writing about as well as you've been liking it already.
Artist: David Lopez. He's been filling in on X-Men, and I can't say I'm hugely enthused, but it's possible I'm still just mourning Olivier Coipel's departure. He's more mainstream than Captain Marvel's artists have been lately, which I suspect will be good for the book.
Additional notes: "Relaunch," indeed. Given that this book by this same author was switching out artists every four issues or so anyway, why on earth it would need relaunching is a question only the marketing office can answer.

Silver Surfer
Author: Dan Slott. Again, the CBR fanboys like him. I only know him from Superior Foes of Spider-man, which I didn't care for, but I'm willing to chalk that up to the character selection.
Artist: Mike Allred. Because he's off FF, which I'd much rather have instead, but oh well.
Additional Notes: I have only slightly greater than zero interest in and knowledge of the Silver Surfer, but I'm a firm Allred fan at this point, and the cover of #1 is awfully fun. In general, 'fun' seems to be the keyword for this book, and I'm for that.

There were bunches of other announcements, including, for example, a new X-Factor by Peter David and a new Loki solo written by Mighty Avengers author Al Ewing. Surely someone has a full list by now, but you can get an overview from write-ups of the X-Men panel, the Avengers panel, the Inhumanity/cosmic Marvel panel, and the Spider-man + everything else panel.

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