snick_backup: (mood horror)
Posted ON Wednesday, will wonders never cease.

Read
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. This was an ARC that someone thrust into my hands at a con last year, although it's now long since published. It's the story of how we find a giant robot hand buried in the earth, which leads to finding more giant robot parts, which leads to the question of what exactly humans dare do with a giant robot. This was low on science and speculation and high on... IDK, human interest? Which makes it sound like a Robert Charles Wilson novel, except it wasn't that good. It was told almost entirely as a series of interviews by a secretive, powerful gentleman with unclear official status, so that was fun, but by mid-book I was really hoping that we'd find out more about him and his ambiguous morality and status - he's such a central figure that I hoped the book would turn his sort-of neutrality on its head. In that, I was disappointed.

Reading
House of Leaves, by whatsisname. This book has crystallized for me for the first time that although I love weird creepy houses (in fact weird creepy architecture of all kinds), I just don't get them often because I'm completely disinterested in ghosts. Anyway, the textbook manuscript portion is fascinating and I already love it; the framing story with this idiot barhopper and his idiot bro friend is driving me crazy. (NO SPOILERS PLEASE.)

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman. Reread. Because it's that time of year.

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snick_backup: (Storm)
below the cut )

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snick_backup: (mood feminism)
Okay, when I said I was going to explain why I ragequit, I apparently meant - like, right away.

cut for worldbuilding spoilers through issue #2 )

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snick_backup: (Storm)
Thanks to Rachel and Miles (it's a great podcast, you should try it), I am now reading comics again after a mostly-hiatus of six months or so. So, current state of affairs:

alll my comics (grouped by publisher, no spoilers) )

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snick_backup: (Natasha)
Ms Marvel through #12 - I feel like I missed an issue in there? #10 maybe? This is as cute as ever, although the Loki issue was the definition of filler.

The Wicked + the Divine through #8 - I feel like I missed an issue here, too. Also, am I supposed to be doing outside research? Because I am getting more and more lost among the pantheon. I have no idea what happened in this issues, basically, and I'm not sure how much longer McKelvie's pencils and Wilson's colors are going to tide me over.

Black Widow through #14 - this is fine? This is fine. We're gearing up to a confrontation with Chaos, finally, thank goodness.

Ody-C through #2 - I have broken up with this comic. Yes, at issue 2. I was so excited for "genderswapped Odyssey" and Fraction killed that enthusiasm dead in one. fell. swoop.

Saga through #25 - EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. /o\ Except the dragon hunt; that's going pretty okay so far. (I'm side-eyeing that "swelled head" comment something fierce, though.)

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snick_backup: (Alana)
Okay, I only got to read about a third of Saga #24 before it quit loading, and I have to go to work, so I don't have time to mess with it right now, but AHHHHHHHH. This is EVERYTHING I WANT IN THE WORLD. Well, for certain values of 'everything.' I want a lot of things in this book. And it'll probably all end tragically by the end of the issue. But meanwhile, AHHHHHHHH.

*seal claps*

UPDATE: I have now read the entire issue (fyi: this is really, really not a SFW issue, thank goodness there was no one else hanging out in the adjunct cubicles...), and it is EVEN MORE EVERYTHING I WANTED. YOU GUYS. YOU GUYS.

spoilers galore )

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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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snick_backup: (Natasha)
First, in general comic book news, I discovered that there is a brand new comic shop that is literally on my way home from work and has friendly staff who don't skeeve me out and didn't bat an eye when I said I was looking for old Barbie comics. And they do pull lists, no minimum, so I may trend that way after some of my Marvel subscriptions run out. Yay.

New books:
Black Widow #6 )

Loki: Agent of Asgard #4 )

X-Force #4 )

Old books
Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe #1 )

Deadpool #19 )

Amazing X-Men #1 )

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snick_backup: (Saga)
Ventured out to find an LCS today. It wasn't terrible? It looked pretty well organized, but it felt not well lit enough, I was the only customer most of the time I was there, and the music was loud. I was not all that enthused. Next time I'll go find the other LCS, which I'm pretty sure is the one that had a table at GGC.

Saga #17-18 )

Ms. Marvel #3 )

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snick_backup: (Natasha)
I've been super excited about this book since I first started seeing art for it, and I was not disappointed.

Elektra #1 )

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snick_backup: (Default)
I'm just going to say this above the cut where everyone can see it: Al Ewing's Mighty Avengers is my favorite Marvel book on the stands right now, at least that I've read more than two issues of. (Other contenders: Ms Marvel and Loki, the latter of which coincidentally is also written by Ewing.) It's just fun, with the right mix of banter and heart, and it has the advantage of being about a bunch of characters who aren't appearing anywhere else right now and in many cases haven't in a while, which means Ewing can do whatever the heck he wants with them. If you're looking to support diversity in comics, this also happens to be Marvel's "minority team book" - analogous to the all-women X-Men, I guess? But with less fanfare and better writing.

Anyhoo.

New Marvel book:
Mighty Avengers #8 )

Old books from other companies:
Revival #1 )

Atomic Robo#1 )

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snick_backup: (Kate)
PSA: Comixology has all but the latest issue of Red Sonja on sale today.

--

Last night I dreamed that the new Elektra solo was out, but the entire first issue was about her wandering in the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic universe. Interacting with ponies. "Aha," I said to my dream self. "This is why we never got any real preview of the interior art."

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Moon Knight #1 )

Captain Marvel #1 )

Loki #2 )

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