Batgirl

Nov. 18th, 2016 04:59 pm
Today I was sleepily trying to put together my orders for January through my local comic book shop. This many years later, I was looking through Diamond Previews, saw a Batgirl solicitation, and briefly thought, "Oh, Cass?" :(

Now, several hours later, I remember that there is a version of Cass in the current run of Detective Comics, which I don't read. I think they call her Orphan.
Today I got my Scandinavia and the World calendar, printed with an assortment of holidays around the world, in the mail. It's all right.
http://satwcomic.com/your-2017-calendar

I noticed that there were some days where Humon didn't have a character for a given country and just put in the country's name. And there were some countries that had personifications in the comics that didn't get any days printed.

But it's rather good for a first attempt to print a calendar.
Um.

I do look at some of you on Dreamwidth once in a while, really.

:waves:
I bought Grant Morrison's Wonder Woman: Earth One in hopes of snarking about it online with bluefall, with whom I deludedly imagine I have some kind of fandom-based friendship.

Yeah. Well, it shows some research, but then so did Phil Jimenez's Wondy run, and we saw how that went. But I hadn't been real pleased with the first volume of Superman: Earth One, and my expectations were low. I was at first kind of pleased that someone had actually picked up on some of the Marston & Peter strangeness and pulled that out and interpreted as no one else has done.

Anyway, at some point I decided to read the second and third volumes of Superman: Earth One to compare. You know what? They're so much better. Oh, the villains are pretty stupid, but the supporting cast feel like people. There's some good work there.

By comparison Morrison's Earth One project is a muddled mess. Stilted dialogue and narration all out of order. It's visually somewhat slick, but I think it's a weaker piece.

That said, yes, jousting on kangaroos is in the source material, and fans who complained about that sounded hilarious to me.
philippos42: heather (vindicator)
It's been a month. Let's post something.

I don't know how many of the TV shows I was watching before the Xmas break I'm going to pick up again. I still haven't seen last week's Supergirl and maybe I'm OK with that. I have been watching the pile of dumb that is Quantico and will probably stick with it when new episodes start up again; but if they try to drag this out more than a season, then no. I don't think I'm really going to try Agent Carter this year any more than other years; something about that show leaves me cold. Of sitcoms, I think Undateable is the one I'm really clinging to; Whitney Cummings is on it now, and it's wacky.

The big comic book movie I most want to see this year is Suicide Squad--even though it will not be the team from my old comics, and it will be a dumb, and probably too much stupid Batman. Yes, Wondy is in that Lex Luthor movie or whatever it is. Yes, Fox is finally doing a Deadpool movie. If I still had a nerd friend in town who would drag me to movies and pay for those, or something, that would be fine. But I'm not personally interested in the same way.

I am so poor I am not really planning to get Netflix. I have been buying a fair number of comics, even though it would be cheaper to trade-wait, and I kind of need to cut back. I'm not feeling really enthused about Kate Leth's Patsy Walker now that it's a real thing in my hands. Al Ewing's New Avengers is going to go back into crossover mode soon, I guess, and I'll be gone. Squirrel Girl is going to cross over with Howard the Duck, and I'm poor enough to use that as an excuse to stop buying that too--instead of buying the crossover. I kind of want to switch to non-Marvel stuff, maybe buy Usagi Yojimbo again, and am trying to talk myself into cutting out my Marvel titles. I'm not getting the new Captain Marvel, I've decided that.

Um, what else?

I kept thinking I would get in touch with the local Democratic Party last month, and I didn't, and I haven't, and I'm probably just going to show up at the Presidential primary and vote hopelessly for Bernie Sanders. Yeah.

I don't know from new music, nothing to say there, really. I find stuff when I find stuff.
Another thing from my trip to the comic shop two days ago:

There was a young man (like 20?) there with an older woman. Maybe his mother or an aunt? She was saying she used to read Archie, and he seemed confused about Archie, and trying to connect it to DC(!!!). I pointed out the new-style Archie comics. He asked what comics I read.

"Um, Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, a lot of Marvel." (Well, that's not a lot of Marvel, really. I've bought three issues of Captain America and one of Howard the Duck recently, and I liked the last Captain Marvel creative team, but I don't really read A LOT of Marvel.)

He started talking about Jonathan Hickman. I said I didn't like Hickman. He said he'd never met anyone who didn't like Hickman. He likes the "slow burn." I think it's too slowly paced. He talked about Snyder who writes Batman, and "Robin War," and had I picked up DKIII? (No, I haven't, but I refrained from saying that I at least mildly dislike the entire creative team individually.)

He likes the Flash. I said it's hard for me to get into because I really like Mark Waid's Flash back in the 1990's, and this is so different. I sound ancient.

I said I was more into Al Ewing. And I read Giant Days, though I didn't explain what that is. I didn't mention that I had just bought Starfire, and mostly favor books with female protagonists (which is probably only barely true anyway, but does make my comic purchases a bit differently weighted than the typical young male customer).

But yeah, we can both read Marvel, and be almost non-intersecting.

Interesting, though. When I see previews on scans_daily, I can gripe about Hickman and say that his stories are morbid and drag on too long--although, granted, I'm going by what's excerpted there--and I don't think I'm really the only one. But yeah, he has fans, and their idea of comics is a little different from mine.

And I'm way too negative in general, I guess.
philippos42: heather (red)
Only one comic book today. Starfire #7. And I just realized that some of the scenes are flashbacks, and that's why they don't make sense in sequence. I'm really stupid. I guess I should go back and re-read.
STARGATE: ATLANTIS Season Six Comic Books Kickstarter



Five days left. I'm probably not going to join this myself.

It looks like they have enough money now. I remember Greg LaRocque from Legion of Super-Heroes, but I don't know the writers.
philippos42: (no chance)
I bought comics.

Rocket Girl #7 finally showed up, and I think that's some months late. I haven't read it yet.

The last issue of the current Sensation Comics was on the stands, and I got that because it's the last issue and a Trina Robbins script. This concept seems to have run out of steam. Next month, they're starting some new Wonder Woman limited series, which I'm curious about, but not enough to buy.

Prez #6 was the first thing I read. It's OK, but I'm not happy with DC leaving it hanging here. When are they going to solicit the next issue?

And then I bought this thing that's been sitting on the stands for weeks. Secret Wars: The Official Guide to the Marvel Multiverse. I had briefly glanced at the inside once before, and gotten the mistaken impression it was actually a guide to the Marvel multiverse, with short entries for a wide range of different alternate realities. A-ha no. Not even a little bit what it says on the tin.

No, it's like a really arbitrary assortment of Handbook of the Marvel Universe entries. Some of the Future Foundation kids, some players in the two "Secret Wars" series Jim Shooter wrote back in the 1980's, a few other weirdos. It really does feel like a very bizarrely selected bunch of Who's Who entries. I'm calling this one "Five bucks down the drain."
philippos42: (Tegan)


The first time I heard this song, a friend had the album on shuffle, and I just noticed the weird final bit where "(thing)=(other thing)." I thought it was stupid and a giant step down (or two) from the sort of thing The Church had been doing on Starfish. Which is, honestly, objectively fair for a first impression. "Reptile" is still an amazing piece of songwriting work.

But eventually I got a copy of the album, priest=aura, myself, and listened to it properly, with the early verses, and I fell for it hard. It's a beautiful beginning to the album: a piece of absurd, surreal, and/or psychedelic poetry, with some well-designed atmospheric music. It became a favorite.

I just quoted it in a comment on someone's LJ post, and presumably sounded crazy. And maybe I am.
I need to buy fewer comics (for budget reasons), not more! Argleghagh!

I admit I ordered Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat because of Kate Leth. Which is funny, because I haven't even been reading her stuff for a couple of years. Maybe I only think I like Kate Leth because I've forgotten why I stopped following her blog. But I'd like to see a version of Patsy Walker that isn't grim and sad, after some of the crap her ex-husbands put her through. I liked her portrayal in Soule's She-Hulk.

I'm still buying Ms. Marvel. Takeshi Miyazawa doing some issues helps that decision.

I'm not sure I'll keep going with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Maybe.

I'm on the fence about Captain Marvel's new series. No Kelly Sue and no David Lopez gives me pause. But I'm not following Lopez to Wolverine, so...we'll see.

I might buy Sam Wilson: Captain America, which impressed me more than I expected. A lot of that is the stylish art, but I like the characters (D-Man is back!) and themes in the first issue.

And maybe I'll buy whatever the Avengers series is called with Roberto DaCosta, mad scientists, and Squirrel Girl--but that's very dependent on the fun elements overwhelming the stock eeevil supervillainy.

I'm impressed that Marvel has this many books that seem like they're designed to appeal to me.

Face brain

Oct. 23rd, 2015 09:41 pm
philippos42: zat's bunny (pet)
Wow, Hawaii Five-0 is an irritating show. Or I've developed an over-sensitivity to expository dialogue and television goofiness. Like having a bunch of stunt motorcyclists on the show so they can play a gang of stunt motorcyclists who are also into highway robbery. And then having Chi McBride and Alex O'Loughlin be all frowny granddads at those "dangerous" motorcyclists. Arghh.

Anyway, I haven't watched in a while, but at the beginning of this episode, I decided to watch it because Kono (Grace Park) is actually in it. Which she is, kinda. Is there a reason they don't have her work with the other three main guys? She was partnered with Chi's character here, and not in a lot of it.

And then Victoria Pratt was a guest star, but sadly not also a superhero. When her character's husband was being murdered, I really wanted (and ridiculously half-expected) her to tackle the bad guy with mutant powers. But nope, not even Sarge's unarmed combat tactics.

But my brain insisted that Shalimar's catlike powers saving the day was what was supposed to happen next. I think I may be ill, if not in the early stages of some kind of mental disorder, because of what my waking brain is doing to me.

I was reading recently where someone was talking about actors who look similar.

It occurred to me while I was watching it that Victoria Pratt and Carrie Underwood (who I saw on what I think was a Tonight Show rerun this week) have some near-parallels in their appearance. Huh.

Then again, I was also trying to figure out whom Grace Park reminded me of. And I realized I've been watching SHIELD again. Is she kind of the Korean Adrianne Palicki? OK, that's not as close. But that seemed to be whom I was thinking of.
philippos42: Paul Rudd (pretty)
So, the latest Starfire. (That's #5.)

Kory, canonically, from like her first appearance, has the ability to learn a language by kissing (because Marv Wolfman was a perv wacky like that).

So in the latest issue, the writers remember that, and instead of just ignoring it in embarrassment, decide to use it. She kisses a porpoise dolphin and learns to speak dolphin. There is actually a cutaway to two observers:
Junior aquarium staffer: Oh my God! She's making out with Beth!
Senior aquarium staffer: Stop that this very minute! It's against the laws of nature!
So now Kory can talk to the dolphins, and she has a new job at the aquarium.

I started picking up Starfire because Atlee (aka Terra) was in it, and I'm glad I am. It has some pretty fun little moments. I hope they keep up the fun little touches like this, more than the big ongoing subplot with the superpowered multiple murderer (?) lurking in the background, which is supposed to be resolved in #7.
philippos42: heather (superhero)
So, apparently Mars just got married five days ago. Unless there's another Mars Getsoian.

Also, apparently, she is the only person I have in circles on Google+, which is exceedingly strange. I did not find out that she got married on Google+. I never use Google+, and I don't remember finding her name there before and adding her, but clearly I did.

I just did a garden-variety search for her name, and was surprised to see a result from the last week. Also I am surprised to see that 'Mars Getsoian' is the name she's still using.

Well, congratulations.
Also there was a question on "Why be moral?" (here) and a short discussion to which I sort of tried to contribute.

I'm copying my own answer to remember it, even if I'm not thrilled with it:
Socrates said that the question of why one should be good was as silly as the question of why one should be healthy.

Goodness is part of wisdom: understanding the world outside one's own mind, understanding consequences, and understanding that you giving a damn can make others' lives better even after your life inevitably decays away. Your morality is part of society's health.

In line with what Case said above, a lot of "right" and "wrong" is pragmatically socially constructed. What we call right and wrong is partly what society has come up with that works. It's pro-social, and not entirely arbitrary. (There is more to it than that. There is morality beyond social convention, and persons can disagree on morality without being amoral.)

Now, someone can be a free rider, so long as they get away with it.
philippos42: (yotsuba)
From Fandom!Secrets: "If I wanted to get into comic books..."
Where should I start? I'm aware of superheroes and horror as genres, and I'm generally open to both of those. I just don't want to jump in the middle of a storyline and be all confused. Googling did not help me decide. Help.
I got in late, but agreed with the generic answer of more self-contained graphic novels. My post was just a bunch of recommendations:
_

Nightschool by Svetlana Chmakova is supernatural action-adventure in an urban fantasy/horror world. Some people might be annoyed by the ending, and it has a lot of less developed characters which may make it hard on some readers, but there's some clever stuff.

Human Target: Chance Meetings by Peter Milligan and Edvin Biuković (Sorry for the Amazon link; I am not recommending you buy from Amazon.) I just reread this last night. It's too British in places; some of the characters are parodies of Americans rather than Americans, if that makes sense. There are some bad-but-minor plot holes in the third chapter; one because someone chose to cut and transition to another scene at a striking moment instead of showing the embarrassing seconds afterward. So, it's more of a mess than I remembered. But Edvin Biuković did a pretty solid job on the art, and it both has some trippy psychological stuff and manages to untie it and get to a surprisingly unambiguous ending. (I think.)
There are more Milligan Human Target stories, but I haven't read them. Here's a review: http://www.shinyshelf.com/2011/03/22/peter-milligan-human-target/

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: Not superheroes, not horror, just a memoir of an Iranian girl in the time of the rise of the Islamic Republic.

Of the superheroes, I like Captain Marvel, the current one, "Carol" to her fans. In the last few years, they've changed the artists, they've restarted the numbering a few times, and there's one issue that's just part of an X-Men crossover. So...you should probably get the trades (that is, trade paperback collections), anyway: I started with the issues collected as "Higher, Further, Faster, More," which is the most recent "volume one" until the next "volume one." Honestly, their packaging is terrible. But these issues aren't terribly crossover-heavy, thankfully, and Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez are really cool. (And...I think they're off the book as of this November and the fourth #1 in three years.)

[Note: If you follow Carol, know that "Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps" is...really weird. I think it's still coming out in floppy form, so I don't know what it's going to be collected as. But it's part of the "There is only Secret Wars" hot mess that Marvel got into this year, and so...it's particularly surreal for a Carol story.]

And then, and then, Rocket Girl by Brandon Montclare & Amy Reeder is an Image Comics series with time travel and stuff, and I like it, but I think the creators are having a really hard time financially. I'm supposed to have a trade of it by now, and I don't know what happened.
_

Oh, also Yotsuba&!. Always.
philippos42: "Dark Vengeance!" (misfit)
Not long ago, I had a conversation about how comic book artists draw women.

More precisely, yesterday an acquaintance made a crack about superheroine bust sizes. And I said some variation on what I often say, that's just an artist's shorthand, whatever. Also some artists are kind of silly. I usually take it in stride.

Today, I was looking at these scans from Legendary Star-Lord. I am suddenly bugged by Kitty's bust size in this issue. Has Medina been drawing her that way along and I just now noticed because of the outfit? Is she sticking out her chest?

I got weirdly angry about it.

So, I looked at some other scans. Yes, Medina draws her that way. The concept art for the new GotG doesn't so much, I think. It's a stupid minor thing.

Her chest is not badly drawn. It's realistic enough. It's roughly in line with other artists. It just suddenly seemed "off" to me. I dug out some All-New Doop issues. Yeah, OK, not that different; I guess I was remembering wrong.

So, a smart remark about cartoon breasts in general somehow led me to get bothered on an artist who's actually drawing them well?

Argh.

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