snick_backup: (Default)
Read
- catch up on East of West
- read the issues of New Mutants that are on MU
- continue on with Claremont Uncanny X-Men (I'm reading the Brood Saga right now)
- Whedon's Uncanny X-Men

Reread
- Storm
- Uncanny X-Force (Remender)

Hilariously, these make for a much shorter list than last time, even though I haven't read most of what was on the old list. I guess I just got pickier?

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I haven't tried to read comics there in forever, but now they have this shiny new reader that's very smooth but also cuts off a lot of the words at the margins if you use the smart view setting, and my laptop screen is just not big enough to read a full page at a time without squinting.

Woe.

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I said I was done with Marvel, but now there are tons of new titles coming out this fall, and I have to at least rubberneck.

* Spider-Woman - I have no Jess feeling, but the pregnancy plotline for a female character is just a leeetle overused, don't we think? More importantly, how is this the cover. How. This isn't even a challenging pose; she's just STANDING. With a BROKEN BACK.

* A-Force - I read an issue of this via Secret Wars (although apparently it's getting rebooted RIGHT AWAY, and seriously, how stupid is the reboot stuff yet? HAVE WE REACHED REBOOT STUPIDITY HORIZON). It was cute? IDK, team of entirely ladies to protect island entirely of ladies; hard to go completely wrong.

* All-New Wolverine - by which we mean X-23, it looks like. I'm a bit leery of this book because authors tend to go the angst porn route with X-23 in ways that make me uncomfortable. We'll see.

* ULTIMATES - aka Al Ewing's new book featuring much of his Mighty Avengers team, YAY. Unrelated to the Ultimate universe, afaik; there are, after all, only so many superlatives to go around. I just read all of his Captain America and the Might Avengers run this weekend, and it was utterly delightful. Can't wait for more. And as you see on the cover, MONICA RAMBEAU HAS HER DREADS BACK.

* Uncanny X-Men - so apparently Psylocke+Fantomex+some other baddies vs the world is just a long-term thing now. I mean, I'm not complaining. (Except, ugh, Land. WHY. WHY.) I still need to finish the rest of Spurrier's X-Force, now that it's all up on Marvel Unlimited.

* Old Man Logan - okay, this is just me being uninformed, but Wolverine is dead now, right? So who's Old Man Logan?

* Extraordinary X-Men - "Featuring adult Iceman, Storm, Colossus, Magik, Old Man Logan, teen Jean Grey and Nightcrawler." Okay, that could be a pretty great team, yeah? Fairly old school. Possibly lots of fun. And Jeff Lemire is writing, of whom I've heard good things? Although less for his team books.

* Ms. Marvel - still! \o/ Good job, Marvel.

* The Mighty Thor - Same Thor team, same Thor lady, All-New All-Different title! I got bored of the lady Thor book because it was like 80% fights, but it was really pretty. I might check it out in trade.

* Captain Marvel - Female writers + art by Kris Anka. I have basically given up on Carol; I didn't enjoy KSD's treatment of her at all. Maybe I'll like this better? The cover is great, at any rate.

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You'd think I would cease to be surprised by the general incompetence of every single aspect of Marvel's website, but no. On the one hand, the fact that their "manage print subscription" page is nonfunctional again is no real surprise - it's been broken more often than it's worked since I've been subscribing to Marvel.

On the other hand, this page supposedly advertising the special Battleworld-set Thors miniseries has the correct photo and "recent talent" that I assume is accurate (I know Aaron's writing it, anyway), but the copy is advertising THE FRACTION RUN, which was three volumes of Thor comics ago and last published in 2013. And they're advertising Coipel on art, when his last issue hit stands in 2011.

Seriously. Most incompetent online vending I have ever seen in my life.

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snick_backup: (x-men)
General things I like: psychological horror, existential horror, weird plants, creepy ruins, creepy weird landscapes, body horror, amnesia. Kink negotiation, body appreciation, touching and teasing, xeno kink, women in charge, watersports, enemas, stuffing/belly kink (those last three are my kink trifecta; feel free to consider any of them as prompts for any of these fandoms!). A/B/O, tentacles, wingfic, steampunk vibes, mpreg. (I really love mpreg.)

General things I don’t like / DNW: sexual violence or threats thereof; gore for the sake of gore; death of the POV character; trauma to eyes, hands, or teeth. Larger person physically dominating smaller one, comeplay, non-con, D/s-type punishment. Infidelity, first-person POV, crossovers (exceptions noted).

Supernatural )

Hockey RPF )

Saga )

X-Men (Comicverse) )

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I haven't been bothering to keep up with Marvel news because this "Secret Wars" thing looked so profoundly stupid, but recently I stumbled across the June solicits, which are chock-full of just about the most bewildering, unappealing, commercially unviable new titles I've ever seen (in my vast experience of slightly less than 2 years in comics). This morning my fav retailer columnist, Brian Hibbs, went into a lot more detail about exactly what those titles are and what the general Marvel strategy seems to entail, which confirms all my fears. And finally here's a list of things that will for sure be canceled as part of the Secret Wars event, although some of them will get relaunched. (For example we already know the Captain Marvel book will, and there's a new book called Thors, except it doesn't have Russell Dauterman on it, which was that meandering, story-less book's saving grace.)

Just. Why. It all just looks like such a mess, and I don't in the least understand why anyone thinks that I as a consumer would be remotely interested in trying to keep track of it all. Does management really have so little idea of how unappealing and bewildering and off-putting it all is?

My decision earlier this year to drop Marvel for being just not worth it: confirmed so, so hard.

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snick_backup: (Natasha)
I've rather abruptly gone off Marvel, for the most part. It's been a combination of becoming disenchated with:
* the charms and (mostly) pitfalls of massive shared continuity, especially re: crossovers and events
* things I like getting canceled before their potential is realized and developed
* the hamfisted, po-faced earnestness of the things that DO get lots of issues. (If I never see a superhero attempt to talk about politics again, it will be TOO SOON.)
* the vulnerability of any given comic to editorial whims and artist availability

I talked about most of those things a little bit here, and it hasn't changed much, I guess.

So, the result is that right now this is what I'm reading with enthusiasm:
* Ms. Marvel (still my fav Marvel book)
* Gotham Academy (teen girls and basically zero dependence on outside continuity)
* Saga
* Copperhead
* The Wicked + The Divine (because Jamie McKelvie, basically)
* Ody-C
* Bitch Planet
* a bunch of new Image things I'm looking forward to soon

And these are books I'm reading until my Marvel subscription runs out:
* Black Widow (although I have to say I actually liked the interwoven story structure of #12 quite a lot, even though it was only a set-up issue)
* Storm (love the art, but the story doesn't seem to be going anywhere in particular)
* Loki: Agent of Asgard (I have no idea what's going on with Loki anymore, if I ever did, and the crossover mini that I didn't read just compounded the problem)
* Captain America and the Mighty Avengers (wow do I hate what Axis did to this book. I hate it SO MUCH. And somehow Luke Ross is bizarrely Greg Land-like with his faces? Is that just me? I feel like I still haven't escape Land-face.)

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snick_backup: (Yuletide)
I hope to read and write up another batch before reveals, but here's what I have so far. Also, FYI for comics people [livejournal.com profile] comicstore_news has a massive links post of ALL the comic fic this YT.

Marvel comics, Saga, Jurassic Park, Nevewhere, Hanna, Himalayan Mountain Climber RPF )

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snick_backup: (Storm)
I've been feeling just much more enthused about Image than Marvel lately. It isn't that Marvel isn't producing stuff that is at least in theory relevant to my interests; in March alone there's an all-female team book, 10 female superhero solo books, the Peggy Carter + Howard Stark team-up, and a Princess Leia solo. Compared to even a year ago, that's AMAZING.

The thing is, I've been reading Marvel for a year and a half and I'm already tired of falling in love with books only to have them canceled, tied up in crossover events half the time, or on the creative team merry-go-round. Then there are the ones that I can't fall in love with because they are so deeply mediocre; I don't know if that's better or worse. I am particularly sick of all the things I like getting canceled while all the things I find so mediocre go on for 30-40 issues. I covet that kind of length for the titles I love, so that writers can really dig in and take those characters places.

Meanwhile, over at Image, we get the same creative team for dozens of issues, crossovers are vanishingly rare, and when things get canceled, at least we can chalk it up creator decision and not that of some marketing department somewhere. Plus, from Image I can get my space western AND my pulpy women's prison AND my cosmic SF myth retelling AND my space opera. And no prior knowledge required!

Basically I'm starting to believe that standalone comics with the breadth and artistry and creative control we see at Image are the wave of the future, and in fact the future might already be here.

Ahem. With that, on to the March solicits.

Image
* New title Descender, Dustin Nguyen (!!) does a sad child robot story. Just lookit this cover:
cover )

* Southern Cross - the actual premise doesn't do a lot for me, but come on, grungy SF + weird fiction + female protagonist + Becky Cloonan? I'll definitely give it a try, at least.

* Otherwise my comments this month are primarily "Yay! More issues of that comic I like!" Such comics include Bitch Planet, Ody-C, and SAGA (YAY MORE ADVENTURES OF [SPOILER] AND [SPOILER] :DDDD)

Marvel
* New Hawkeye. Very much doubt lightning strikes twice, but apparently it is still a book with two Hawkeyes, so I'm pleased to see that, at least. The cover art is intriguing; I wonder if this is anything like what we should expect from the interiors:
cover )

* Silk, Spider-Gwen, and Spider-Woman. Someone will have to tell me which if any of the spider-lady books to read.

* Judging by the Thor solicit, the identity of the lady Thor is STILL a mystery in MARCH. Erg. How are we supposed to get any kind of character development when the book won't even tell us who she is?!

* Again, someone will need to tell me if this Operation: S.I.N. book with Peggy Carter and Howard Stark is good. Likewise, if G. Willow Wilson manages to rescue X-Men from the mess it is, someone let me know. Apparently March's issue is big on Psylocke, and that is a plan I support heartily.

* Black Widow summary continues not to enthuse, but I think I quite like the cover design:
FLAAAMES )

* More Ms. Marvel, yay. More Storm, yay. Those are my two favorite things out of Marvel right now, I think.

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snick_backup: (Storm)
Snick's somewhat-monthly reaction post to solicits news returns!

Image
* SAGAAAAA. Saga is back, as is almost the entire cast! :DDDD

* This new #1 sounds intriguing: The Empty, by Jimmy Robinson: Tanoor lives in an empty apocalyptic world of poison and decay. Her village is all that remains of humanity as they struggle against mutant beasts and rotting bones.But Tanoor finds a chance to save her people when a stranger drifts into town. A stranger armed with the power to grow life from death. A stranger who could change the world—if Tanoor can keep them alive in the deadly world of The Empty.

* Likewise Postal by Hill/Hawkins and Goodhart: The townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming wake up to the first official murder the town has seen in 25 years. Their reaction to this isn’t normal, and there’s a reason for that. Eden operates as a haven for fugitive criminals who remain here while new identities, often including facial reconstruction, are created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal activity that might draw attention to the town and an “official murder” is the last thing they want. A single, tight-knit family runs Eden with the youngest oddball son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postal branch, the only means of shipping in or out of the city.

* Lots of next issues for series I'm enjoying, including East of West, The Wicked + the Divine, Lazarus (although I'm behind on that).

Marvel
* Elektra canceled. The art was so pretty, but the story was so cold. IDK. I wanted to love it.

* Lots of new female-led titles: Spider-Gwen, Silk (both Spider-man affiliated, kind of? Spider-Gwen is AU somehow), and by then we'll be three issues into Angela: Assassin of Asgard, which I must say is not a book that I'm filled with hope for, although I do like women are involved in both the writing and the arting.

* Jorge Molina is taking a shift (or taking over?) on Thor. Given the kind of style he had when he filled in on X-Force, I think he'll be a good fit, especially if they keep the same colorist. Solicit seems to imply that we still don't know new Thor's identity?!

* MS MARVEL VERSUS LOKI. ALL MY DREAMS ARE COME TRUE. I mean, just look at this cover. (Sad we don't have Jake Wyatt back, though - artist this issue is Takeshi Miyazawa, whom I'm not familiar with.)

* I will be interested to read the rest of X-Force once it finally comes to MU. This Fantomex-as-antagonist thing seems designed to make me unhappy, but Spurrier is a clever and complex writer. IDK.

* Storm #8 - Phil Briones arting this issue. I recall quite liking his work on Humphries' UXF, although not as well as I've liked Ibanez.

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snick_backup: (Saga)
This is kind of a gimme topic, because I am always happy to tell you about what comics I am excited about, but it's what [livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa asked for, so. Here are the comics I'm most excited to read each month:

comics below! )

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snick_backup: (Storm)
Over at CBR, Brian Cronin has a pair of reviews for Copperhead #1 and #2. He praises the art, which I also adore, and the worldbuilding happening in the background. I've quite liked the first two issues of this book and am looking forward to more, so I'm really pleased to see someone else giving it some attention.

Meanwhile, Rachel Edidin of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men reviews Storm #4. I agree that the plotty aspect of #4 is weak and disappointing, but also that the character work in the first half is great, and that Ibanez' art continues to be fantastic. Specifically (emphasis author's):

There’s a tendency in comics–superhero comics in particular–for artists to make female characters pretty instead of interesting. That’s not to say a character can’t be both–but there are serious limits to what you can do with facial expressions and body language if you’re not willing to let women look anything other than model-perfect; on top of which the adherence to specific and narrow cultural standards for beauty have contributed to the significant problem of whitewashing in superhero books.

Ibañez’s Storm is beautiful, but above that, she’s expressive. Distinctive. Her face–and this is a tremendous and frustrating rarity for Storm–isn’t anglicized. Her anger and anguish and joy are raw and believable. Her face and body are narrative. Ibañez is a strong if not particularly standout artist in other areas–layouts, action–but his character art? This is our Storm.


Edidin includes screencaps that illustrates what she means; you should definitely take a gander and read the whole review.

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snick_backup: (Storm)
Somehow I lucked out and got six things for this exchange, and they are all lovely, and you should all definitely check them out if they're remotely relevant to your interests.

When I See You - BtVS, Buffy, Dru
It's her own reflection she sees in the mirror, but it's Dru's voice. Tricky, in a good way, to tell with this one where the character study ends and the horror begins.

Fancy Meeting You Here - BtVS, Buffy/Faith, crossdressing.
Drabble. Buffy in a bowler hat, basically. :DDDD

sunshine and showers - Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot.
Art. Baby Groot gets watered. It's so cute!

Root and Branch - Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora/Groot.
The Gamora/Groot tentacle porn I have been pining for ever since I walked out of the theater.

That Time Ororo Knocked Up Logan - X-Men comics, Ororo/Logan
SOMEONE WROTE ME ORORO/LOGAN MPREG. This is very silly. It's only like 700 words long, and even so there are like five lines that are my favorite funny lines.

At the Centre - Hockey RPF, Sid, Geno
I had trouble coming up with hockey horror prompts, but man, this is everything I could have wanted and more. This starts out creepy and builds up to-- well, you'll have to read it yourself.

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In which I look at some August direct market sales figures of books I’m reading, and I fret and stew a bit. This is a long ramble that is informed mostly by me reading a lot of discussion and articles at Comic Book Resources, so, I am no expert. Corrections welcome!

an image and a lot of rambling )



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Aug. 19th, 2014 08:06 am
snick_backup: (x-men)
It is that time of the month again.

Image
* YAY, Odyc, finally. This is Matt Fraction's new genderswapped Odyssey in spaaace, in case you missed it. Art by Christian Ward, so we know it'll be a total trip.

* I have no idea what this Madman thing is about, but it involves the Allreds and also a lot of other good people.

* I really have to look into Copperhead, space western with female lead.


Marvel
* Really not liking the spoilers for Luke Cage (see the Mighty Avengers solicit). I know it's all to do with the Axis event somehow, but I am Not Pleased.

* Really like everything else about the Mighty Avengers solicits, though, basically because they exist. New art! Still Al Ewing!

*Dang it, I'm going to have read Spider-Woman even though it's got Greg Land on it. How am I reading two Land-arted books in a row? How? And I don't actually know enough about Jessica Drew to care about, but OTOH it looks like this book is primed to give me the girl team-up book I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED. DANG IT. (Those covers, though. Those covers are amazing. OTOH, the one page of interior is pretty cool!

* I have no particular commentary on the Storm or Ms. Marvel solicits, just, yay. I can't wait to get Storm #2 tomorrow.

* Dang it, X-Force still looks interesting. I have to re-up that subscription after all, despite the art.

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snick_backup: (x-men)
I think I've mentioned before that I have a hard time writing fic for characters without placing in the context of some particular events in their universe. Like, I tried to write several variations of Natasha+Bucky for Beyond Panels, and it was like pulling teeth, especially with Natasha, because she's had so much variation in the way she's written and in her backstory. I can't just extract an ur-Natasha from all the 616 Natashas and say, yes, this is the character I am writing. I can't pick and choose that way.

Instead, what I can do is write a character with a particular run of comics in mind. So I wrote Edmondson!Natasha, all isolated and driven, and then I wrote early!00s!Natasha with Yelena, where she cares about Yelena and views her from the perspective of a wealth of spy experience, and also she has kind of a sense of humor about Yelena. Those are basically different Natashas, though, as far as I am concerned. I *could* fanwank the differences, but in order to do that I'd really want some kind of coherent narrative thread in the comics that take us at least in the general direction from one to the other, and AFAIK there isn't one (although to be fair I haven't read most of the team stuff Natasha's been in).

In any case, point is: I can write for specific runs or sets of runs (Betsy and Fantomex in UXF vol.1, UXF vol.2, and XF vol.3 come to mind as a related set of runs that are relatively unified). And that works fine as long as there's enough in the run to write a character. OTOH, I'd have a really hard time writing for, say, Wood's X-Men, because none of the characters get enough time or arc stand alone as characters in that book.

But what I figured out today was, I actually don't enjoy reading outside of specific runs, either. I'm a little slow, but it finally occurred to me to look for X-men fic on ff.net, which actually is pretty fantastic, because they have fic split into comics and movies. However, again, I don't actually want to read most of it, because it doesn't seem to be set in any particular portion of canon, so I can't place it. I don't know what the fic is responding to. It's even worse than trying to read fic for a particular book that I don't know; at least there, I can see where the holes are.

tl;dr superheroe comics fic is hard.

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snick_backup: (Natasha)
Look at me, reading comics and then blogging about them immediately after! Go, me!

Ms. Marvel #6 )

X-Men #16 )

Black Widow #7-8 )

Elektra #3-4 )

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snick_backup: (x-men)
My last post for the day. Probably.

* I'm all caught up with Mighty Avengers just in time to find out that it's being relaunched soon as Captain American and the Mighty Avengers (because Sam Wilson is going to be the new Captain America, as you've probably heard). It's going to have the same writer, Al Ewing (YAY), and a new artist (YAY), and is going to keep building on what came before, just with more Sam Wilson. In general: YAY. This continues to be my favorite team book.

* I also caught up with X-Force. I still hate Kim's art, but this is a smart, clever book that really rewards careful reading. Spurrier has a lot going on in it, and things that are presented as facts early on are given the lie to later on. House to Astonish has a great review of the first arc. (I love that they review arcs instead of just individual issues. I wish more review outlets did.)

* Also caught up on: X-Men. Ugh what is even happening with this 50-50 split. This is so dumb. And yet I'm invested in Storm's daughter from the future, Kymera, and I want all the Storm-Kymera stuff. Also, am I supposed to take that Psylocke really actually was sleeping with the danger room guy? In summary: UGH.

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