snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
I've been reading comics fic relevant to my interests as I've stumbled across it. Alas, my tastes are kind of narrow, I guess? In any case, I don't find tons that is even focused on the characters/titles I want, much less stuff I like. But here's some.

No Crash Landings, by [archiveofourown.org profile] jouissant - Saga - The Stalk, The Will
This is exactly the Stalk backstory I needed. Spaceships, tentative friendship, eyebrow-raising asides about the coming-of-age rituals of the Stalk's race.

Speed Bumps, by [archiveofourown.org profile] Salmon_Pink - Young Avengers - David/Tommy
See, this is the kind of kink I expect out of a canon like Marvel, but rarely actually see. Tommy has this problem where, when he gets aroused, time doesn't operate properly for him. It's really a drag for all concerned, but they work it out eventually. Sexy and fun and with sneaky feelings, too.

so rip me up and set me loose by [archiveofourown.org profile] defcontwo - Winter Soldier comics - Natasha/Elektra
This is all sharp edges and teeth, as I'd expect from these two, set just after a major event in the Winter Soldier comic.

Lilac Perfume by [livejournal.com profile] redbrunja - Hawkeye - Clint/Kate
I don't ship this, precisely, but I don't not-ship it? And this is a delightful fic written for Porn Battle that really uses its primary prompt word - lilac - to full advantage.

Embiggen, by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings - Young Avengers, Ms. Marvel - Kamala Khan, America Chavez
Teen girl superheroes meet, bond, older shares wisdom with younger. THERE IS NO BAD HERE.
snickfic: (Marko plot)
Several people have made noises to me recently about being curious about comics but unsure where to start, and I realized I had never addressed precisely that question before. Here, then, is a list of suggestions as made by someone who's very enthused about comics but only been actively reading them for eight months.

These are all fairly recent comics, some of them still ongoing, which I personally have read and enjoyed and think would be approachable to someone with very little knowledge of comics continuity, either because they're standalone titles (the Image stuff) or because the writers kept away from the continuity tangles of the larger universe inhabited by the characters (the Marvel stuff). I also stuck to stuff that's available in trades, so that you have a hope of acquiring them through your local library. However, they are all also available via Comixology, the one-stop shop for digital comics by the big publishers.

onto the recommendations! )
snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
Marvel April solicits are out. My feelings:
* Gosh, I hate that cover art on X-Men. HATE. Jubilee's so shiny, her limbs are weirdly elongated, she has exactly the same body as every other Dodson cover woman ever (except for being slightly less busty than some, so we should give thanks for small favors), and there's no background. Ugh. Dodsons, Dodsons, go away.

* Speaking of art, we're onto yet another new artist for that title, Clay Mann this time. I wonder if the plan was originally to rotate in a new artist every three issues, or if Marvel has decided to turn a bug into a feature, or what. Mann will be the fifth artist in 13 issues.

* However, I am pleased that we're getting more story about Shogo's backstory.

* I don't know Moon Knight from a hole in the ground, but the covers, the interiors I've seen, and the silly overhype ("The best new comic of 2014," what) reeeally make me want to pick it up. And it's Warren Ellis, whom I frequently like quite a lot.

* ELEKTRA. Finally solicited, yay. Cannot wait to get my hands on that one. Cannot wait to just see some del Mundo interiors on that one.

* So you all know Nightcrawler has a new ongoing, yes? Written by Claremont, no less. I doubt I'll care much, but, you know, Nightcrawler.

* Gosh, the X-Force art is SO UGLY. If the writing turns out to be good, then fingers crossed that we'll switch artists out pretty fast.

* Aaand we're back to Greg Land on Mighty Avengers. Sigh.

* More Annie Wu (and therefore Kate) on Hawkeye. I haven't been excited about how Fraction's written Kate lately, but the fact that she's sharing the title with Clint these days still makes me happy, and I like Wu's work quite a lot.

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In other news, I just realized that the Captain America and Black Widow series I was enthusing about the other day does not have its last two issue on MU, despite originally being released over a year ago. (Usually things go up on MU after six months.) I had already decided I needed a trade, but perhaps I will be getting it sooner rather than later. Grr.
snickfic: [Hawkeye] Kate looking over the top of her sunglasses (Kate)
It changes a person's perspective on the mainstream superhero comics to realize that most of them cost $1 more than an issue of Saga. Like, "This looks moderately interesting, but is it a whole dollar more interesting than Saga?" The answer will nearly always be no.

(And oddly, most of the ones for which the answer might conceivably be yes, like Hawkeye and FF and Young Avengers, are in Marvel's lower price bracket. WHO KNOWS.)
snickfic: (Marvel)
First, [personal profile] salinea has some much-needed tips on finding one's way in the X-Men universe. To be read and considered at length later.

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I read the first volume of the much-lauded new Hawkeye comic by Fraction, Aja, et all, and I loved it. Nearly unqualified success. Specifically:

* THE ART. David Aja's art in particular. I don't really have the vocabulary to properly describe all aspects of it, but: the line work is sort of thick and rough, which gives the comic a sort of old-timey feel and augments the humor as well as keeping things simple and focused, which really complements the simplicity of the storytelling. The blocking of everything is really interesting, ranging from fairly standard left-to-right, top-down organization to pages with up to 24 small panels working diagonally from upper right to lower left. The coloring is gorgeous. The second issue, for example, is nearly monochromatic, colored almost entirely in shades of purple. The third issue is mostly reds and pale yellows. (See here for scans of some pages from issue #2, to see what I mean.)

* This, this is the kind of superhero story I've been wanting: something that exists in a superhero universe with all the ridiculousness that entails, but which is about people living their lives. This comic has (so far) exactly three significant characters, and one of them is a dog. I hope to find more comics of this type: set in the big superhero universes, but telling more human stories.

* The humor. Clint Barton is one of the more hapless superheroes I've ever seen. The narrative voice Matt Fraction gives him is great; a lot of "This is bad. This is very, very bad. No, wait, this is definitely worse." And with the humor, the action, because although Clint isn't battling supervillains, the regular kind can give him a run for his money, too. Some of it has almost a James Bond flavor, which is fun.

Also you can tell the villains are villains because they call everyone "Bro." Many of them also wear track suits. For no apparent reason.

Also an entire issue is spent showcasing all Barton's ridiculous trick arrows.

* Kate Bishop. She's introduced this way:
"This is Kate Bishop. Kate took over for me as Hawkeye once upon a time when I was, well, dressing like a ninja, sort of, is the short version. She is without a doubt the finest and most gifted I've ever met but she's like nine years old and spoiled rotten.

She's pretty great."


So it's not only that Kate is very, very good at what she does and sassy while she does it, but Clint clearly adores her. I hadn't realized how rare it was to see unabashed admiration of a male character for a female character, especially one who is good at the same things he is, until I read this and found it so refreshing.

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The flies in the ointment are 1) that Aja switches off art duties, so the fourth and fifth issues in this volume are by Javier Pulido, who seems to be aiming for a similarly bare-bones style and does fine enough but still comes off poorly in contrast.

And 2) the issue from Young Avengers appended to the end of the volume, in which Clint and Kate meet for the first time. Fraction's still writing here, but the characters read totally differently, and I have trouble fanwanking the differences as being due solely to the change in POV and setting. Also Alan Davis's art is very standard-looking superhero art. This story has nothing of the charm that the rest of the volume is overflowing with, and I don't see myself needing to reread anytime soon.

In general, though, yes: LOVE. Total win. I'll definitely be reading more of this title.

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And now, fic! Frequently Asked Questions by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mad_Maudlin is a set of answers Kate Bishop writes to answer Clint's frequent questions after he loses his short-term memory. It is great fun.

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