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Red Sonja #1-4 - Simone, Geovanni
I said I wasn't going to read this as long as the metal bikini was a thing, but I lied. And somewhat to my surprise, I'm really enjoying this so far. Red Sonja is like half a Sif - the brawling, warrior half. In general she's a lot of fun, and not without her more vulnerable moments.

I do wish our antagonist wasn't a lesbian killing machine "gone mad"; if she is in fact just hallucinating the dead who speak to her (as opposed to somehow being cursed to see them or some other plotty thing), then I'd think she deserved a lot more pity than the narrative is granting her. But perhaps she will get further development that will make me happier with her treatment.

In general, I appreciate that this comic requires no backstory knowledge whatsoever, which is a novelty after swimming around in the Marvel universe for weeks. And Gail Simone is a good storyteller, with nice pacing and strong character notes. She captures the heroic flavor of the setting without overdoing it, which is a pretty good trick all by itself. I will definitely be reading more of this.

FYI, back issues of this are on Comixology for $2 a piece.

Heralds #1-5 - Immonen, Zonjic
She-Hulk, Hellcat, Emma Frost, Monica Rambeau, Abigail Brand, and Valkyrie plan a girls' night out in Vegas and instead have to clean up a mess involving dinosaurs, Einsteins, and eventually a Herald of Galactus. Also they pick up Sue Storm along the way.

Another read on my female creators binge. This is possibly the most straightforward thing of Immonen's that I've read, although that judgment is hampered some by the story's dependence on a bunch of backstory I'd never heard of before regarding one-time Herald Frankie Raye. I found the girls' night out set-up a bit forced, if only because I'd never seen (or imagined) most of these characters interacting with each other before. Scott's birthday party scheme wasn't enough to sell the set-up to me. Also there were a few too many of them for the story to go anywhere in terms of individual character beats.

Eh. Probably most interesting for people invested in the Frankie Raye backstory.

Fearless Defenders #4 - Bunn, Sliney
I think I'm going to drop this one until the whole run is up on MU and I can read it all in one go. I can't keep track of what's going on with the characters from issue to issue. I do really like Dani Moonstar as a Valkyrie, though.

I'm confused about our main Valkyrie - is this new backstory that Bunn is making up on the spot? Because that's some pretty serious character stuff going on there, what with the "you used to be a Doom Maiden" reveal and all.

Wolverine & the X-Men #28-29 - Aaron, Perez
This book continues to have too much zany plot and not enough genuine character moments to suit me. Apparently we've now added time travel shenanigans, and Dog Logan apparently is an ongoing plot point, and just, yuck. Idie and Broo continue to break my heart, though, for radically different reasons, and I'll keep reading for them, to the bitter end. (Which isn't too far off, since I think February is the last issue of this.)

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ladymercury_10
Nov. 21st, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
Red Sonja is like half a Sif - the brawling, warrior half. In general she's a lot of fun, and not without her more vulnerable moments.
I read the first issue of Gail Simone's Red Sonja when it came out, but I was bored by it and it's kind of expensive. But I love warrior ladies and what I've seen of the other issues does look interesting.

She-Hulk, Hellcat, Emma Frost, Monica Rambeau, Abigail Brand, and Valkyrie plan a girls' night out in Vegas and instead have to clean up a mess involving dinosaurs, Einsteins, and eventually a Herald of Galactus. Also they pick up Sue Storm along the way.
Oh man, that sounds hilarious. I might read that.

I believe the "you were a Doom Maiden" thing is new, but I had never read anything else with Valkyrie in it when I started on Fearless Defenders, and it's my understanding that her origin is a bit confusing.

What is "Dog Logan" and is it as distressing as it sounds?
snickfic
Nov. 21st, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the new issues of Red Sonja are more than I would have splurged on yesterday, but the Comixology back issues are cheap. :D

"Dog Logan" is not as bad as it probably sounds. I only vaguely understand Logan's backstory, but apparently he had a step brother who went by the name Dog (because Logan is a last name, not a first name). And now he's time traveled to the present, and his bitter about... stuff. Daddy issues stuff. Cue Logan family drama that NO ONE CARES ABOUT.
ladymercury_10
Nov. 21st, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ahh. That is indeed less terrible than it sounds, but it does seem like it would be annoying/boring.
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