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: (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: Sif scowling while swinging sword (Sif)
Some newish things I have been reading. I'm saving the back issues reviews for another post.

Before I get to the books, though, sirdef on Tumblr has made a bunch of wonderful wallpapers from Journey into Mystery featuring Sif, and they happen to exactly fit the resolution on my laptop. I'm using the top one as my desktop right now. So pretty.

Pretty Deadly #1 )

Journey into Mystery vol. 2: Seeds of Destruction )

Fantomex MAX #2 )

Mighty Avengers #3 )

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