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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.’

Off in the DCU

Posted in Comics, Manga, Middle fiction, Superhero with tags , , , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by Cara Marie

I always feel like Supergirl is way shorter than any of the other comics I read. Even though I’ve counted and it’s not. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I am all for more panels showing less time, but it does make it rather frustrating to read issue by issue.

Last issue introduced Siobhan, whose super magic learning abilities meant she could actually talk to Kara … and thus that she immediately adopted her. It was adorable. I was rooting for bff-ery and epic hi-jinks, and would’ve been quite happy if that was all the issue had given us.

But then: reveal! Siobhan is actually heir to a magic power she doesn’t want, and her evil father has shown up and she has to fight them. Which was at the end of the last issue, which made me feel tired. It’s like back when I was reading Sailor Moon for the first time, and the senshi would just have defeated the big bad and I would be like, yay, time for hang-outs and Usagi getting some downtime!

Which would never actually happen – there would always be a new league of villains popping up to make life difficult for the senshi.

I suppose I did get nearly one entire issue that wasn’t plot-plot-plot, but I guess I was hoping for Siobhan to be a companion on Kara’s adventures, not a plot point.

But hey, maybe Siobhan will survive the next issue and not get overwritten by her own magic and Kara can have a friend.

I’m not very hopeful, though. That doesn’t sound like something that would provide Kara with much angst, and I suspect it’s the angst they’re going for.

I had a similar feeling of wanting the plot to slow down in the latest Flash. I don’t think giving your characters time to breath between enemies is going to stop people reading the next one! We don’t need a hook at the end of every issue!

Or maybe people do? It just feels too hectic, like they don’t have faith that we’ll want to keep reading next month if they don’t keep throwing plot! at us. (It’s not even like I’m not a narrative-driven reader.)

But I’ll forgive Flash because it’s so pretty. The splash pages especially are such a thing of joy, I’d probably buy it just for them. (It’s not that I don’t like the stories! Just that the rapid-fire of arcs is overwhelming.)

Many issues in quick succession

Posted in Comics, Fantasy, Superhero with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2012 by Cara Marie

The Flash

I find the speed force kind of bewildering. How does being able to go really fast result in all these different abilities?

Random bystander says, 'Thanks for thawing us out, Flash. How'd you ...?' 'Friction,' Flash says.

But, I find Barry kind of adorable and I really like the art. I never intended to read The Flash? But it was apparently my mother’s favourite when she was young, and the covers were pretty …

All the good characters are really decent people, which is a refreshing change. Particularly when some characters you don’t expect to have a nasty streak end up having one …

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman I have yet to get the latest issue. The first couple of issues were great but it’s rapidly gone meh for me. Also I expect Wonder Woman to be a superhero, not a Vertigo heroine. And I’m not opposed to Vertigo heroines, but Wonder Woman going to shows and smashing glasses into people’s hands (gods or no) and having an identity crisis is not really what I signed on for.

I’m just going to blame it on Brian Azzarello. It was his run I stopped reading Hellblazer the first time I was reading it. (Which I think is a pity now – because I was so close to Mike Carey’s run! Which I loved! But hey, the comics aren’t going anywhere.)

Demon Knights

Demon Knights is still fun. The dinosaurs are still wtf. I enjoy the tone of it, the mish-mash of high fantasy and all the things Paul Cornell thinks are awesome. I’d quite like to be consuming it in larger chunks.

Batwoman

Amy Reeder is good, but I feel a bit sorry for her, taking on Batwoman. Because she’s no JH Williams III. Some people might find the layouts easier to follow though! And Kate doesn’t look quite as anaemic.

Journey into Mystery

JiM is still charming. I like Hellstrom better here than anything else I’ve read him in.

'So,' Loki asks, 'Why the leather trousers and the lack of shirt?' And Leah says, 'I like the lack of shirt.' Me too, Leah.

Also, Leah has a lot of nice moments. Even the ones when she’s not there. ‘Even in a dream, Leah wouldn’t be nice!’ Loki says. Yup. Also, the bit where Thori’s  asking Hellstrom to be his master … it’s just great :D

Avengers Academy

I may be going off Avengers Academy. But then, I dislike time travel so it may just be this particular plotline. And Gage has a lot of characters to juggle now. (I just want my Finesse + Quicksilver bonding.) I’m not sure how well that’s going to work out? I would have preferred sticking to a smaller group. More time for character development. Less forgetting people exist (Sentinel boy).

Supergirl

I am a sucker for felt-tip colours at the moment. Still quite enjoying this, ignoring how on earth Kara managed to survive this issue (other than the power of love). There are some rather touching moments, where you see how young and on-the-verge-of-living Kara is.

Also, I have always been biased towards Supergirl :D

Reading DC for a change

Posted in Comics, Fantasy, Horror, Superhero with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by Cara Marie

So, I have read some of the new DC 52. Mostly because this digital comic thing makes it so easy. (Whereas during the first month, only one title actually made it through till Saturday at the comic store and I am not actually interested in Batman and Robin so that did me no good.)

Animal Man 1

Written by Jeff Lemire, pencils by Travel Foreman, inks by Travel Foreman and Dan Green, colours by Lovern Kindzierski

I had heard really good things about this one, and reading it was a disappointment. The art was a turn off for me, with an amateurish feel to it. And it wasn’t till the end that I actually felt intrigued by the story. I might check it out in trade, but I don’t immediately feel it’s a character I want to spend time with, and there’s not enough attractive in it to sweep me up.

I feel a bit harsh, judging something on a single issue. But! Then I read:

Demon Knights 1–2

Written by Paul Cornell, pencils by Diogenes Neves, inks by Oclair Albert, colours by Marcelo Maiolo

And I was immediately keen on this one. The little we’ve seen of the characters, I want to know more about them – the situation is almost tangential to that enjoyment. (And it’s not that I like fantasy more than horror, because I read and love my fair share of horror.)

Plus, at the start of the second issue, there’s this panel:

'Excellent,' he says, 'I haven't eaten one of these in centuries!'

Yup, that’s a guy all excited at the prospect of eating dinosaur. It’s pretty much awesome.

Justice League Dark 1

Written by Peter Milligan, art by Mikel Janin, colours by Ulises Arreola

I’m not sold on this yet … there’s just so much packed into this issue, so many introductions, that it all seems to go by in a rush, with nothing to hold onto. But I think once we’re past the set-up, I could enjoy it. It’s not like I’m going to miss a chance to see Constantine and Zatanna together.

And I’m quite keen to read more with Madame Xanadu – I find her interesting as a character, but was a bit ambivalent about what I read of her series (ie, it doesn’t make me think ‘epic romance/rivalry’ to have the Phantom Stranger in each story, it makes me think, what, her story’s not worth telling without him? She’s lived this incredible life, but only telling the parts he’s in makes it seem small.)

Maybe that’s why I liked Demon Knights so quickly, and not Justice League Dark – we don’t see our team interact in JLD, just the forces pulling them together. Whereas in Demon Knights we get just enough interaction to think, yeah, I’m interested in reading about these people’s wacky adventures. As opposed to being interested in theory, which is why I bought JLD.

But I’m willing to give it a chance, as long as Milligan keeps away from the sadism that put me off Shade.

Wonder Woman 1–2

Written by Brian Azzarello, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matthew Wilson

Because surely it makes me a bad feminist comics reader to have never read any Wonder Woman. The mythology did throw me a bit, because I’ve been reading The Incredible Hercules and the different interpretations get mixed up in my brain. But I quite like the art, and I’m intrigued by the set-up thus far.

Also, I like the conversation where Hermes asks Zola what Zeus came to her as.

'A truck driver,' Zola says. 'Or a pool hustler. He coulda been in a band … I hope he was that guy …' 'Apparently, Zeus didn't have to change his form too exotically to curry your favor,' Hermes says. And Zola looks at him and says, 'I like men, Hermes. And I'm not gonna apologize for that.'

And Hermes says, ‘As you shouldn’t. But on this island, you might want to keep the story to yourself.’ (They’re on the island of the Amazons.)

Which was a nice scene to read, after all the Starfire stuff.

Plus, you know, not a swan. Any human form Zeus seduces someone in is a step up from the other options.

I also really like Strife, just making things more difficult for Diana. So I’ll probably keep reading this, because I am a sucker for mythology in comics.

Supergirl 1–2

Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson, pencils and inks by Mahmud Asrar, inks by Dad Green, colours by Dave McCraig

I don’t have much to say about this – it’s paced quite differently from everything else, more like manga. Not much happens in a single issue, but it doesn’t happen slowly. I think it’s probably better suited to read in trade than as a serial.

I used to really love Supergirl the movie when I was little – because she had the same name as me! That’s pretty much all I remember.

I don’t really get a sense of what Kara is like from these two issues – other than very confused – nor of the direction it’s likely to go in. Fingers crossed for teenage hijinx.