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Digest-sized awesome

Posted in Action/adventure, Comedy, Comics, Middle fiction, Superhero, Young adult with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2011 by Cara Marie

So I have been achieving very little outside of work lately. But I have managed to read a great deal of comics. Some of the ones I’ve enjoyed most have been the little digest-sized collections put out by Marvel: X-Men: First Class, Wolverine: First Class and Thor: The Mighty Avenger. They’re low on angst, high on adorability.

X-Men: First Class I find quite interesting because of the ways it deals with the limitations of its source. The series is pitched as untold stories from the original X-Men comics, which is Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel. The other character in every issue is Professor Xavier: so you’ve got one female character against five male ones.

And First Class is aware of this, and it finds ways to show f-f relationships anyway. Probably my favourite issue was one where Jean is trying to use her powers to fly: she’s been practicing in secret, and when the boys find out, things get frustrating. (This made me feel very fond of her, because I don’t like people seeing me trying new things either.)

So, Prof X is like, well, it must be tough for Jean, being stuck with all these annoying boys and no female mentors. Let’s send her to go hang out with Sue Storm!

Jean is pretty psyched about this, and she and Sue have some good bonding time, and some ass-kicking time, and the boys are convinced Jean’s going to leave them and go make it the Fantastic Five. It’s totally charming.

No, actually. They fight crime.There are also these little side-strips, illustrated by Colleen Coover. which they’ve reprinted at the end of the digests. Some of these are making fun of Magneto. Some of them are about the adventures of Marvel Girl and the Scarlet Witch. Together they solve crime!

Wanda, the Scarlet Witch, appears in some of the other issues, and immediately became my favourite. I sadly do not think I will find much else with her and Jean being buddies.

(No crime-fighting, but here is another one of the strips, with Jean and Xavier using their psychic powers for hilarity.)

I love school stories, so these are more satisfying to me than a lot of the other superhero comics I have been reading. Part of it’s the positivity: they are learning to be the most awesome people they can be! There is a story in Wolverine: First Class where Kitty and Logan are investigating a mutant presence: they end up being attacked by the townspeople. “Th-they’re not making any sense …” Kitty says, and Logan says, “Fear does that to people. Whatever mutant presence Charlie sent us to run down has scared the sense right out of ‘em.”

Kity looks at a photo of a mutant girl with white skin and hair, elven ears, and pupilless eyes, dressed up for prom and holding the arm of an ordinary-looking young man. The photo has been smashed, as has the next one we see Kitty holding: the girl with her football team. The narrative text reads: 'This girl--clearly a mutant--didn't look like she lived in a town filled with prejudice. In fact, it looked like this tiny town completely embraced her strangeness, in a way tiny towns sometimes do. So what happened? What changed? How could everything have gone so horribly wrong so horrible fast ... unless ...'But this is not a story about how it sucks to be a mutant (though obviously peoples’ fear of mutants forms a backdrop). Kitty ends up in the house of the girl they’ve come looking for. There, the evidence is clear that her community has not been driven mad by fear, and that something else is going on.

Which was quite nice after House of M.

Wolverine: First Class is basically all about Kitty saving the day. And also being a teenage girl. The second story has Kitty trying to convince Logan he wants to chauffuer her and her friends to see the amazing *Dazzler*. Begging and cajoling doesn’t work, so she throws him a special surprise party and arranges him a date with his lady friend Mariko. This rather gets spoiled when some guy from Logan’s past turns up. There’s some fighting, then said evil guy then tells Logan he has to choose between saving Kitty and saving Mariko. Hmm.

Logan chooses Mariko, because of course Kitty can get herself out of anything, but as it turns out, by the time the men have finished their scrapping, Kitty has already saved her. See, evil guy, maybe Logan will never transcend your skills in beating people up, but at least he has an awesome student.

After that Logan really has no choice but to play chauffuer.

Kitty is fantastic in this, and the part of me that loved her in the cartoon as a kid feels redeemed against all the other, blander versions of her I’ve seen. She feels realistically young, without being annoyingly so, and the teenage squabbles are countered by the adorableness. Despite Wolverine’s name in the title, Kitty’s the star of the show.

(I still don’t get her crush on Piotr though.)

But the most charming digest of them all is Thor: The Mighty Avenger. A lot of this is to do with the art, I feel – there’s something very appealing about the inking, and the simplicity of the style.Jane looks all concernedly at Thor, before saying, 'I ... I don't know if you want to hear this ... but this is my world, and I'm sort of ... fond of it. Thing is ... right now, this is your world too.' With amazing pictures!There are fights and things, people to be rescued (and sometimes it is Thor that needs to be rescued), but the heart of the comic is the relationship between Thor and Jane, and the ways in which Thor comes to love Earth.

There are two volumes of Thor: The Might Avenger – I’ve read the second one, and I’m waiting for the first. It’s just such a warm-hearted comic. Because it’s an AU from the rest of the Marvel universe, it’s easy to rec to people too; it might crossover with characters from other titles, but it’s still very self-contained.

A happy conclusion

Posted in Action/adventure, Comedy, TV with tags on January 25, 2011 by Cara Marie

The finale for season three of Chuck: so impressive! I’ve been very happy with the second half of this season: that they finally let Chuck and Sarah get together – and maybe Sarah’s mellowed a little, but she’s still the tough one. That Morgan actually got to have character development! Who would’ve thought that all he needed to grow up was to be in on the spy thing? And it was so satisfying to see Ellie finally find out – and god, her face when she’s driving after them? I have so much love for her.

It surprised me actually how pleased I was when they brought Shaw back. I wasn’t expecting it at all. And maybe a little of that pleasure was shallowness, but hey, when it lets the bad guys have even bigger plans, a more far-reaching conspiracy? When Shaw is such a delightfully smooth villain? They pulled that off well.

And at the end of the finale, when they brought up Chuck’s mother? I’m glad they got this third season. I’m glad they actually got to use their set-up, that they got to this point. Bring on season four!

Achievement: bad movies

Posted in Action/adventure, Comedy, Horror, Movies with tags , , , on November 23, 2010 by Cara Marie

It is a bad sign when you have a movie night and the most entertaining movie you see is called Frankenhooker. And after that we were really too drained by the awfulness of it all to go on. Too bad: I actually fancied seeing Calamari Wrestler and Yo-yo Girl Cop.

We first watched a Thai movie, Spirited Killer 2: Awakened Zombie Battles (actually about the fifth in a series). It’s a martial arts horror comedy … I think. Plot? Let me try and figure it out …

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service = A-OK

Posted in Comedy, Horror, Manga with tags , , on April 10, 2008 by Cara Marie

So, I got the first volume of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service today. And, my gosh, if it isn’t just as good as everyone said. I looked at it in the first place because I’m a sucker for a nicely presented comic, and when I found Graphics actually did have it in, I snatched it up today.

It had me from the first episode. Zombies! Creepy and hilarious! (Probably not the sort of thing you want to be reading around other people, because your facial expressions get interesting.) I have decided I must inflict it upon everyone and anyone who doesn’t run away fast enough.

Scott Pilgrim 1 – Bryan Lee O’Malley

Posted in Comedy, Comics with tags , on September 14, 2005 by Cara Marie

Scott Pilgrim is one of those comics I read multiple times very soon
after receiving it, as was Bryan Lee O’Malley’s earlier book Lost At
Sea
, and the majority of comics that have ever been my favourites..
They’re quite different stories, but they have in common the endearing
characters, the quick humour and the infinite quotability. When I first
read Lost At Sea, I knew I had to own it. And Scott Pilgrim’s Precious
Little Life
I snapped up on sight, read it on the way home from the
comic store, got home and settled into my bean bag to read it again.

Scott Pilgrim is just so much fun: the humour, the quirkiness, the very
reality of the characters despite their fantastical world. It’s mostly
normal and charming until you find out why Ramona Flowers, the love
interest, has been roller-skating through Scott’s dreams. That’s when
the video game elements get introduced. In order to date Ramona, Scott
must defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends. Why does she have seven evil
ex-boyfriends? We don’t know. But we’ll find out. The finale of the
first trade is a battle between Scott and the first evil ex-boyfriend
that interrupts his band’s gig, a cross between a video game, a musical
cartoon and … well, at the end of it, he gets coins. What else do you
need to know?

His band is called ‘The Sex Bob-omb’, and is ‘kind of crappy’, which
makes it cool and not pretensious. O’Malley even includes chords to the
band’s songs, so that you too can despair over losing your really cool
job in a nouveau-mexican restaurant. And if you can’t play the guitar,
there’s always the recipe for vegan shepard’s pie. Scott Pilgrim has
something for everyone – romance, scandals, music and fight scenes.
It’s awesome.