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I can't believe I haven't actually asked this, but:

I loved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but I get the impression that Bendis' run is thought of as more important for establishing the idea of the character than the details? Reading summaries does not super-impress me, especially the significant family deaths. Am I wrong and would people recommend Bendis' run? What about the Champions series?

(I know the solo title has recently been relaunched with Saladin Ahmed writing, which seems promising to me, but it's just started.)

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non-spoiler reaction )

where to see the cameos, how many post-credits scenes there are )

And now for the SPOILERS.

no second billing, 'cause you're a star now )


Finally, what comics do people like? I read all of Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel and related Avengers volumes, but that's it. If you liked the movie, I would recommend that with qualifications, mainly that I find the art of the 2012-2013 run actively off-putting (the first main artist, Dexter Soy, has a tendency to do more boobs-and-butts that I'd like, and the coloring is horrifically muddy; and then the second main artist, Filipe Andrade, is all Delirium pixie-deformed-waif?). And there were definitely times when I felt the weight of the backstory pressing, unlike either Unbeatable Squirrel Girl or Ms. Marvel (the latter of which I am not remotely caught up on). However, DeConnick gets specially name-checked in the credits for a reason (as does David Lopez, the artist on the second run), so if you can roll with the art and a little Googling, go ahead.

Comixology is having a sale, as it should, and the ones I've read are the first six collected volumes (plus Avengers Assemble: Science Bros): the 2012-2013 run, collected as In Pursuit of Flight and Down; Avengers: The Enemy Within, which picks up right after; and the 2014-2015 run, collected as Higher, Further, Faster, More; Stay Fly (which has a lot of stuff about the cat!); and Alis Volat Propriis.

So what else should I read, comics-reading friends? Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps sounded awfully tied-in to bigger-picture stuff, so even though it was co-written by DeConnick, I didn't read it. Obviously I'm not reading anything that's Civil War II, and neither should anyone else.(Really! I had to suffer through it via Ms. Marvel and nope nope nope.) But how's Margaret Stohl's run?

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This baby is refusing to be put down and I am very tired, so while I wait for a reasonable next-feeding time, some pop culture miscellany.

The AV Club had an interview with Mark Waid about various comics projects of his, which reminded me "oh yeah, he and John Rogers (Leverage) were working on this digital comics thing, I should take a look."

So far it has two titles up, an apparent one-shot about zombie roadkill which is not something I want to look at, and a serial called Insufferable which has the tagline, What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag? What on Earth could draw the two of you back together again?

Well, okay, I'll give that a try. The physical experience of reading is nice, but the story . . . in the first week, we learn that the crimefighter and sidekick are father and son. I'll give you three guesses whose death precipitates their final break from each other, and the first two don't count.

I don't remember what week of the comic that was—it was early, but our Internet is being grindingly slow right now so I can't check—but whichever it was, was when I closed the browser tab. Because, even if it's a soft launch, starting your "let's broaden readership!" project with another fridged woman does not impress.

(Speaking of which, the essay Natasha Walks Out of a Refrigerator may spoil the plot of Marjorie Liu's run on Black Widow, but it does so in a way that made me put the collection in my Amazon cart.)

Anyway. I was reminded of this by the first ten minutes of The Losers, which starts out as all banter-y action, silly but engaging and with an actual majority of non-white characters on the team, and then cut for brief description of violence that upset me )

At which point I carefully closed VLC and decided to write this, because seriously, fuck all of that sideways with a chainsaw.

Finally, in less egregious movie-dom, I half-watched The Incredible Hulk (the prior Marvel movie with the Hulk, the one with Edward Norton and Liv Tyler). I say "half" because I mostly skipped the smashing-things-up sequences and most of the General Ross stuff as boring.

spoilers, half-formed musings on disability and the Hulk )

I presume they're going to re-cast Betty Ross, since I just can't see Liv Tyler and Mark Ruffalo in the same movie (she looks a lot younger than him, just for one thing). Who do you all think they should cast as Betty?

kate_nepveu: line drawing of startled cat with vacuum nozzle held to back (cat-vacuuming)

This is not a book log entry, which is forthcoming. This is notes on the terminology, examples, and other practical stuff that I got out of a very fast read of Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, set down for easy reference here.

notes )

Book meme

May. 17th, 2005 11:45 pm
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As requested by [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel.

1. Total number of books I've owned:

Back-of-the-envelope suggests in the neighborhood of three thousand.

2. Last book I bought:

It was the school budget vote today, and they always have 50 cent paperbacks as a fundraiser. So I bought Suzanne Brockmann's The Defiant Hero, which is part of a contemporary romance series that I've been getting out of the library, and Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising, because I used to like it back when I read Dad's copy.

I think Red Storm Rising will make great bedtime reading this week, actually.

3. Last book I read:

Volume two of Lucifer, Children and Monsters. I was dealing with tech support so I wasn't in the best mood for it; when I realized I didn't actually understand immediately what was going on, I just skimmed very fast to the end, got explanations, and then went back and read normally. Despite the inauspicious circumstances, I liked it very much.

Last text-only would be Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:

Hey, I did most important books and favorite books already! Oh, all right: Freedom and Necessity, The Lord of the Rings, Possession, for the reasons stated previously. Here I find that "mean a lot" isn't congruent with "most important" or "favorite," flail, come up with Small Gods for philosophical reasons, and retire from the field in confusion.

5. Five people to take up the meme and answer in their own lj.

I can't keep track of who's already done this, and so invite anyone reading who would like to answer. (Leave a link in comments, please.)

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