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End of March roundup

What have I read this month? I actually finished a real book, instead of setting it down after 100 pages and wandering off to tumblr. Shut up, it's an accomplishment. (It was Life of Pi.)

I read Phonogram, Gillen and McKelvie's first(?) project together, and liked it more than I thought I was going to. I understood exactly none of the references, but the overarching metaphor was clear enough. I liked the first volume better than the second, at least in part because I like McKelvie's art a lot better in black and white. It does look "manga-like", and you can do a lot with screentone. I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they had that sort of deep relationship with music and...clubbing, I guess. I may write an actual review at some point.

Batwoman, Volume 2: Read more...Collapse )

Batman: Night of the Owls: was a terrifyingly huge trade. 15 issues! I'm just going to post the commentary I made on each issue.Read more...Collapse )

I also went to a screening of the documentary Wonder Women, which should air on PBS this month. It traced the history of Wonder Woman in the comics up through the 70s, then how her tv series and emergence into the popular consciousness inspired other warrior women, like Buffy and Sarah Connor. I found the whole thing really interesting, and well worth watching, though I would have liked more about Wonder Woman or other superheroines in modern comics.

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There are a lot of good reasons to complain about Red Hood and the Outlaws, but I am stating right here and now that I really enjoy it, and I liked Lobdell's entire run, especially this last issue. Oh how especially this last issue.

(I keep meaning to write up a lot of things, but I'm just sort of low on energy. What's up, everybody?)

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Captive Prince

A while back, I was desperately bored and wanted something id-ficcy to read. I didn't want fanfic. I was too broke for terrible m/m romance novels. I'd seen an original slash story called "Captive Prince" mentioned a few places, but I'd never read it because I don't like slavefic. Still, that night, I was desperate. I started reading.

I finally made myself stop at 3am. This was not just idfic. This was not just slavefic. This was a well-written, well-crafted fantasy novel, just as good or better than anything I'd pick up published. The gay romance was just a bonus - I was reading for the plot. I'd started right before she put up the end of book two, which was a very satisfying conclusion in itself. I'm eagerly awaiting the start of book three.

Right now, however, the author is publishing the first two books as both paperbacks and ebooks. (They're still available for free on her lj as well.) I'm definitely getting the ebooks, and I recommend that you give it a try if it seems appealing. I will provide spoilers/warnings if anyone needs them!

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January Reading Thoughts

Books? What are those? My reading consists entirely of superhero comics and fanfiction. (I am sadly not kidding.) Some highlights:

Batman, Incorporated and Batwing trades: Read more...Collapse )

A bunch of random Teen Titans volume 3 trades: The main thing I took away from this is that Gar and Vic should make out a lot. I assume they didn't have the sort of fanbase Tim/Kon did because they aren't as attractive. I'm sorry you're a furry, Gar. :/

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Spoiler-free reactions to comics:

Young Avengers #1: ...underwhelming. Still optimistic.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #16: Yawn. Also, when I haven't read it in a while I tend to forget how I don't like his writing.

Nightwing #16: This was probably the most effective DOTF issue yet, in terms of Joker psychological torture.


When it comes to older comics, I'm always torn between reading things I already read fanfic about so I can write my own fanfic about them, things I want to read so I'll want to write fanfic about them after I read them maybe, and things that I might actually enjoy but that I might not want fanfic about. And I mean, the current fandom for the things I want to write about is not really...extant anymore. Maybe I should just read faster so I can read everything.

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Three More Days

On a more positive comics note, I feel like if I get any more excited over the upcoming Young Avengers series I might have a stroke. Seriously, I am so stoked. Every single thing that Gillen says only increases my anticipation. He's been doing a series of character profiles on his tumblr (Marvel Boy, Hawkeye, Miss America, Wiccan) and I can't wait until he does Teddy, my precious baby. I mean. I try not to sound creepy, but I basically am in regards to my love for the Young Avengers.

I still haven't come to terms with the missing original members, really, but I'm excited for the new ones as well. Mysterious Miss America seems really awesome, and she probably has a tragic past that will make me love her. I still haven't finished JIM, but kid Loki will undoubtedly be entertaining. I'm not sure about Noh Varr, but I'm sure I'll find something to like there. (I am referring to his abs.)

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Why I'm a bad comic book fan

I don't like superhero comics. I don't know why I'm in superhero comics fandom. I mean, I can trace all the steps along the way, but it just seems like escalating bad decisions. (Note: I will be using "comics" as shorthand for "mainstream US superhero comics".)Read more...Collapse )

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Batman & Robin 16

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Bulletproof fictional kink right there. One character willing to let another kill them out of love = I'm swooning. Obviously this is not shippy, but familial love is even better oh my heart.

In other news, I'm writing a long entry on why I hate comic books. I'm sure this will win me lots of friends in my new fandom. >.>

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The Posterchildren

I'll signal boost this here too - today is the last day to get in on the ground floor of supporting The Posterchildren, a self-published YA novel about teenagers in a school for superheroes, with an emphasis on queer characters and characters of color. I really like the author's fanfic, and I have faith that her book won't just be an "issue" book, which I find incredibly boring, but will be really good.

The base funding goal has been met, so it's happening no matter what, but a donation now is like a pre-order. You'll be able to buy it after it comes out as well, of course. There's an excerpt linked on the project page, if you want to see if you're interested. (And yes, if you've read her fic, some of those characters are really familiar. That's totally okay with me!)

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