philippos42: zat's bunny (comedy)
OK, let's do a post about my recent comics purchases:

Shaft #1 (Dynamite): I'm getting these for the Cowan/Sienkiewicz covers, I admit. Wait, can I afford to do that? OK, a Cowan/Sienkiewicz cover caught my eye, and I decided to give it a shot. This is an OK first issue, with a bit of backstory about a young John Shaft choosing his self-respect over crooked fight promoters. The interior story won me over. Bilquis Evely's art is decent storytelling art, closer to M.D. Bright than to Denys Cowan, and that probably serves the story well. David F. Walker's script is decent enough.

I think the only thing I actually disliked in this issue was an ugly and kind of gory house ad for "Smiley the Psychotic Button." Apparently this is where the Chaos! characters are published now.

Let's see, the next four are from Marvel:

Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1: In which Bendis and Cho get back together, IN SPACE! Yeah, that's pretty much it. It's what I guess is the present GotG squad: Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, Groot, Flash Thompson in the Venom pants, and of course Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, who is as I recall the reason I'm even buying this (Bendis!) book.

Also, it has a nice Gamora-centric cover.

We get to see Rocket Raccoon drawn in a style not wholly unlike Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows funny animals, and vaguely Kirbyesque Skrulls, and a bunch of--look, should I cut for spoilers here? )

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1: I was not planning to get this series. But then I saw it on the stands, and I thought, "Hey, Spidey used to be a schoolteacher! Wouldn't it be cool if he were brought in as a chemistry teacher at the Jean Grey School!" Well, I flipped it open, and that's not what they're doing. Instead, he's some kind of "Special Class Guidance Counselor," brought in as a request of the dead Logan. I bought it anyway, though. It's trying to be funny, mostly. It gets in a jab at super-teams that sit around waiting to be attacked instead of trying to go out and help regular people, which I liked in a meta way.

And today's purchases:

Captain Marvel #10: OK, I wasn't too happy with the Flerken story, but this issue and the last are moving Carol's book into the position of my favorite comic book. This is somehow Carol's 100th solo issue, and it's a little oversized, with David Lopez splitting the book with Marcio Takara and Laura Braga. Parts of the book are narrated by different characters: Kit (Lt. Trouble), Jess (Spider-Woman), and Rhodey (Rhodey), giving natural breaks for artist switching. It says it's "part one of two" but it largely stands alone, even if there's a bit of tease at the end. Lila's still around, and it's pretty fun, even if the supervillain gambit was defeated quickly and implausibly.

Ms. Marvel #10: This is a third of four parts. Not an enormous amount happens outside of "trying to deal with the Inventor, and getting slammed by his machines," but what does happen moves the story forward. Kamala finds out why people are willingly joining the Inventor (it's sad) and Lockjaw gets kidnapped, and lots of fighting. Lots of fighting.
philippos42: placards (placard)
Here's the link: http://www.themarysue.com/wonder-woman-36/

I personally favor a more human and less goddess-like Wonder Woman, but I agree that this issue had a bit too much JLA and DCU, and an odd sudden teddy bear! I also found Finch's Amazons a bit weirdly divergent from usual.
philippos42: Miss Tyra funny face (what?)
So, there's a Nightcrawler series, and it's drawn by Nauck, who doesn't suck, and it's written by Claremont, and there are flashbacks to Kitty in her proper Shadowcat costume, and it's not like I'm boycotting Marvel the way I kind of am DC (I even bought a couple of issues of All-New Doop)--but I haven't been buying it and I don't plan to do so.

Why? Maybe because I'm afraid of it being part of a giant X-Men crossover (as Doop's series sort of was). Maybe because I was too big an X-Fan at one time and I just...I don't know. I had a sentence half an hour or so ago, but I have forgotten it.

I don't want to spend money on that nostalgia? I don't really like Nauck that much?

I might pick some up, but it's not on my pull list.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I looked at my way-overdue, no-fanworks-done-yet, amnesty-about-to-expire-in-a-month Trope Bingo card:

bets / wagers hurt / comfort au: historical matchmaker au: fantasy
sharing a bed genderswap wingfic snowed in huddle for warmth
au: fairy tale / myth mind control FREE

SPACE
au: alternate professions immortality / reincarnation
presumed dead unexpected friendship time travel road trip au: mundane
friends to lovers / friends with benefits fuck or die first time / last time kidfic trapped in a dream


Ugh, whatever. Lot of stuff there I couldn't make myself write, unless it were a few very sarcastic sentences.

Yeah, the mix of trying to write to trope and actually writing fanfic is just not for me. Well, at least being ineligible for the next one isn't losing anything I could use.
philippos42: (despair)
I probably should make notes of when I bought particular comics, if only for my own reference.

I went to the comic shop today to drop off an order from Diamond Previews.

I looked around the racks. Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 is out, but I am avoiding SIXIS, so nope. (Yes, I know it's meant to be AXIS.)

But I said to the propietor, "I may regret this, but I want to see what the new beginnings have done to my star-spangled characters." Here's why:

I got All-New Captain America #1, after thumbing through it and wondering who Nomad was. I wish I'd just read the introductory first page, which explains it--and it's not Jack Monroe, it's Ian Rogers, I think. And I would have noticed that Remender wrote this. I hate giving him money.

I got a LEGO-cover Wonder Woman #36--first issue of the Meredith Finch/David Finch run. And it'll most likely be the last of that run I get. It's not just that it's not how I would do it, it's wildly at variance with what I think it should be. The visibly decaying Amazon crone was a weird, tropey touch.

However, I did get Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #4, which continues the Gilbert Hernandez story from previously; pretty fun. It also has a vaguely Bronze-Age-Earth-1-like story with the Bronze-Age Hawks and Byth, drawn by Tom Lyle, which is OK. And a who-even-knows-what-continuity story with a vaguely Golden Age Wondy and Etta fighting Ra's al Ghul, helped by Deadman; drawn by Dean Haspiel; Etta is HUGE.

So, yeah, Sensation is staying on the pull list. The others, I think not.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I bought comics again. I am not yet actually ordering comics to get what I want, which'd be smart.

I got a Black Widow with whaddayacaller, X-23, and a Sensation. I haven't read them yet.

Oh, and I finally watched an actual episode of Constantine. I missed the first one, this must be second. It was actually...kind of charming and less cynical and bleak than one might expect. I mean, yeah, cynical and bleak enough for a show about John Constantine on NBC Friday nights at 10/9Cen, but the ghosts were actually kind of understandable if being manipulated, and the various bad guys (who were each others' enemies) all got their comeuppance. It could have been darker, really.
philippos42: zat on stage (water)
So what it was, was that I didn't see any new issues of the comics I have been buying (Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, sometimes Guardians of the Galaxy) except Captain Marvel. And it was the second half of the story where the cat really is a flerken. And we see what a flerken can do. So now Carol has a crabby space-warping alien cat as opposed to Karen's crabby regular alley cat.

Aaand I just noticed that not only are Carol and Peege both blonde flying bricks with crabby housecats, but they're named Carol and Kara/Karen. Which I had not noticed because of calling Karen Peege all the time. Good grief! At some point you have to figure this is somehow intentional.

continued

Oct. 21st, 2014 04:48 pm
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
Well, I did buy a Captain Marvel when I was there.

. . .

Well, that's one way to differentiate her from Power Girl.
philippos42: (Tegan)
So the last time I went to the comic shop, I found out that a) the owner wasn't buying non-pre-ordered She-Hulk because it "wasn't selling on the stands." Which was how I'd been buying it. And the series was about to end anyway.

Argh. Well, I may be done with print comics for a while again.
philippos42: (green)
A couple of days ago I decided I'd been sitting around the house too much, and I walked downtown and bought a stack of comics:

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1: Wow, I was not real happy with this. I don't like Ethan van Sciver's art in general, and the lead story was illustrated by him. I wasn't really that impressed with either script, either. Lots of weird fight scenes, not a lot of coherent story story, to me. Of course, I may have been in a bad mood because I read it right after three issues of...

Captain Marvel #5-#7: Three issues of this, mostly OK, and I like Tic. But I may have to give up on it. The cat really was a Flerken? That means the raccoon was right? That really changes the whole interaction we saw earlier, and I don't like it. I may be slightly angry about it. I guess that is one way to subvert the Power Girl parallels (blonde flying brick with energy projection and a surly cat).

Ms. Marvel #7-#8: Not bad. I like Kamala in her glasses for reading online, and the way she embraces Lockjaw apparently without knowing who he is. I just wish that the stories were a little denser or more complete somehow.

I think I'm getting a lot more judgemental about print comics than about webcomics. Hmmm.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I have no idea whether this will work or just be a boondoggle like solar roadways, but it's a neat idea:

https://fund.theoceancleanup.com/?gclid=CJLzycvpzMACFQGqaQod6y0AmA

Some links

Aug. 28th, 2014 11:05 pm
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
I mostly enjoyed and was amused by this fic based on the Highlander mythos and Dwayne Johnson's eyebrow.

Cracked has a surprisingly well-researched and convincing treatment of police brutality in Saint Louis County here, interspersed with people farting. I think one comment called them out on confusing the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County, but the amount of sheer damning evidence they have for a department full of extremely bad cops is amazing.
philippos42: heather (superhero)
I am the worst Captain America fan. I'm one of the least flag-wavy people you are likely to meet, and thus not automatically a fan of the kind of trademark Captain America is, and I don't generally buy the book.

But I get really angry if you dis Cap the character. (This is in fact where my hatred of Mark Millar came from, and I know it's an overreaction, but it made sense to me in context.)

I know this is really strange.

At one point when I was a kid, I kind of wanted to grow up to be the Falcon. I liked Bernie, and Jack Monroe, and OK, I kind of wanted to be Nomad, too.

This is why "The Winter Soldier" (comics version) pissed me off. They killed off Nomad to bring back James Buchanan Barnes. Sales-driven shock schlock meets anti-legacy retro erasure crap.

...I just looked on marvel.wikia.com to find out what happened to Jack's baby companion "Bucky"--and man, I was really out of touch with Marvel for a while and didn't realize how much the comics had messed up Jack even before. Now I'm sad and angry.


Wait, you say, isn't Wonder Woman also a flag-waving USA superhero? A-ha no. Wondy is a foreigner who cynically strategically adopted a costume that Americans would read as "patriotic superhero," but it's all just vaguely similar motifs. It's almost like Russian or Romanian heraldry, too.

Cap is a big old heart-on-his-sleeve New Deal patriot, and I'm a lot more cynical about my country than he is. Wait, let me rephrase that. Cap believes in the dream, and fights against the perversion of the dream while embracing the heraldry of the dream. I tend to associate the heraldry with jingoism and racism, and I decline the heraldry for myself, while respecting Cap's dream as a worthy dream. Something like that, anyway.

(I also tend to like other "national superheroes" from other countries. And that's one of the fun things you can do with Captain America: have him team up with Le Peregrine, and stuff.)


I'm wondering if I'll buy Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers series when it's renamed Captain America and the Mighty Avengers.

Good points:
Greg Land will be off the book. (Hey, remember liking Greg Land, when he was basically swiping from Immonen and Jason Pearson instead of tracing whatever he's tracing now? Well, actually some of the recent stuff on Mighty has been good. Forcing him to draw men and babies and stuff helps?)

Bad points:
I'm already kind of buying Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk, and not real keen on adding more books to my budget.
I kind of don't want the Falcon to be Captain America. It's weird to me. And it's not the same as when John Walker was. I hope they can make it work. Maybe they can sell me on it.
philippos42: (child)
That thing about how I don't write? A few days ago, I was gonna.

I could see snippets of this story I wanted to script (and even of a sequel that may be too ridiculous). But I don't seem to have any actual writing time scheduled in my life. And it's big, and may require some research into Santeria, and then I wouldn't post it publicly anyway,

and never mind.

(Tom DeFalco driving a cab. Possibly eldritch lightning. Crowd scene with lots of real-world likenesses. Yes, a comic script that will never get drawn. Too bad I don't write.)

Oh, there have been other things I thought about, besides that one. But they're not getting written either, are they? Nope, looks like they aren't.
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
At least I'm stopping myself from leaving comments on scans_daily that amount to "meh" or "(deep sigh)."
philippos42: Sarigar (Default)
So, apparently making joking references to a twenty-year-old Titans story doesn't really work in a current thread on Spider-Man.

Not everyone gets my jokes.

As for why I am annoyed by JMS, I don't know, maybe he's a punk who can't finish a story properly.

"Can we...come with you?" Ugh, ugh, gugh.
philippos42: Sarigar (sarigar)
I think I've read two Pratchett novels and change in my life, and that was a long time ago.
But the narrative voice in this fic (several years old now) seems reasonably Pterryesque to me:

Mister Vimes'd Go Spare

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