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Posted in Comics, Fantasy, Superhero with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by Cara Marie

Panel showing Kara looking distressed, while Tycho stands behind her, saying, ‘Our daughter? You mean Mom shot Dad?! And Dad was experimenting on you?! That is rough!’ ‘No,’ Kara says. ‘No, this can’t ... this can’t be true!’

Super-Girl #13, Michael Johnson + Sami Basri

In this issue, Kara has a confrontation with a villain from earlier in the series, as well as an epiphany about her past. Tycho is dispatched with rather easily, but the angst, I suspect, will remain.

The more exciting part of this issue was that Kara gets an awesome undersea fortress, and calls her girlfriend new BFF Siobhan when she gets lonely. I was worried we wouldn’t see Siobhan again after Kara’s little ‘I’m putting you in danger’ meltdown, so I was pleased to see her here.

The artist for this issue was Sami Basri. His style is quite different from Mahmud Asrar’s. It reminds me a bit of Jamie McKelvie with Matt Wilson on colours. I liked it. It’s maybe not quite as charming as the felt-tip look, but definitely has its own appeal.

The Mighty Thor #21, Matt Fraction + Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Javier Rodriguez

Over in The Mighty Thor, the finale of ’Everything Burns’ happened. I was underwhelmed. Which was a shame – it should have ended the arc with a bang. Instead it lacked the gut-punch of the previous issues, didn’t read smoothly, and, while I am not opposed to Leah and Loki having a snog, I felt Leah was way too nice in this issue.

I know it was a stressful situation, but she’s always been sharper before. I’m not sure if this is meant to be development, or if story!Leah is different in this way from handmaiden!Leah … it just felt a little off.

Oh well. Next for Loki: the final issue of Gillen’s run on Journey into Mystery. I’m preparing to have my heart ripped out.

Hawkeye #3, Matt Fraction + David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth

Hawkeye was also a bit confusing (also by Fraction!), because it jumped around in time some … but it’s so stylish I can’t hold such a small thing against it. I cannot even describe how much I love the art for this comic. I’ll just have to stick in a bunch of scans instead.

Panel showing Clint leaping out of bed in the nud! With a strategically placed Hawkeye-icon over the interesting bits.

 I enjoy Clint’s POV a lot too. He’s impossible not to like – a good guy, a little scattered in a very human way, a hero still with his enthusiasm intact. Also, he properly appreciates how awesome my girl Kate is. (So awesome. He’d be lost without her, natch.)

Panel showing Clint with a gun pointed at him – and Kate with an arrow pointed right back at the gunman.

I’m also intrigued by the redhead! Hopefully more will be revealed next issue …

Series of panels showing Clint talking to the redhead. ‘See?’ he says. ‘Look at how great you are. Why on earth would anybody want to kill you?’ She answers, ‘Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies. ‘Okay,’ Clint says, ‘now I want to kind of kill you a little bit.’

Thor, Journey into Mystery, and Wolverine and the X-Men

Posted in Comics, Fantasy, Middle fiction, Superhero with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2011 by Cara Marie

Thor: The World Eaters

Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry

This was rather underwhelming. If Asgard is now on earth, what is in Asgard’s place? I like the idea, and I can see what it was going for – but it didn’t have nearly the length to develop it. This is a seven-issue arc, and it really needs, oh, twice that. More time on the bit players and the exodus from the other realms. A greater sense of dread.

On the other hand, it does introduce kid!Loki, who is totally my fav.

Journey into Mystery c. #632

Kieron Gillen and various artists

I feel this is just getting into its stride. I’ve loved it from the start, but I feel like having to tie into Fear Itself – and having quite important character stuff appear offscreen, in The Mighty Thor – meant it didn’t sit together as well as it could.

But it seems to read smoother now, having found the right tone. And Gillen is happy to spend issues with characters other than Loki – Volstagg telling Thor’s death to his children I especially like (Gillen just writes awesome Volstagg in general).

This issue is a light one, though it is still replete with how much of an outsider Loki is. And his determined cheer in the face of that. He and Leah make a great team.

'Oh, such dainty words,' Leah says. 'I feel something move, deep within me.' She proceeds to knee Loki in the groin, saying 'Vomit or bile, I'd wager.'

From issue 625, pencils by Doug Braithwaite, colours by Ulises Arreola.

Okay, not always. I love how, when Loki first encounters Leah, he tries to charm her with flattery. After she tells him to shove it, he moves to insulting her delightedly.

'You are a wonderful woman, Leah,' Loki says, 'Weave your magic and, assuming survival, I'll commission statues in your honour. And I'll make sure the sculptor makes a flattering one, disguising that hideously distended chin.'

Issue 629, pencils by Whilce Portacio, inks by Allen Martinez, colours by Arif Prianto and Jessica Kholinne.

More recently he has decided they are to be BFFs. Which Leah is not so happy with. Being as she’s living in a ‘dirty great hole in the ground’. But also, how much do I love Loki’s priorities when he talks about outfitting it for her. All the important things, ‘rugs and bedding and food and books’. Anyway. I will be most excited to see this friendship resolve itself!

Artwise, it’s varied quite a bit … Whilce Portacio I don’t like, I don’t like the character’s faces or the scratchy inkwork that goes with it. It probably doesn’t help coming after Doug Braithwaite either, who I think is awesome.

The latest issue is Mitch Breitweiser, who I do like and would be happy to see stick around. Although he may just be for the one issue. His style reminds me of old children’s illustrations, which works really well for this Yuletide issue. Also just the characters look like themselves and the right age.

This is my favourite comic coming out at the moment, and I hope it sticks around a long time to come.

Wolverine and the X-Men

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo

I read the first two issues, but was not really pulled in. I find the art overly stylised and the layouts hard to follow. (I feel like I’m getting lazier when it comes to reading comics, by which I mean I expect the artists to do more of the work and actually think about how the eye is meant to move across the page, dammit.)

Reading a preview from issue four, I was sorry to read some of Idie’s dialogue, which just didn’t sound like the Idie I was reading in Generation Hope. Which makes me sad, because I liked Idie – I know a lot of people found her annoying – but it’s upsetting to see her moved into a new book, where she should have the chance to develop as a character (in a more positive environment) but instead she’s just changed into someone else. Someone easier. It’s like the writer read her dossier but didn’t look at her actual portrayal. So I don’t think I’ll bother keeping on with this.