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* In the department of most tenuous relationship to comics, [personal profile] beer_good_foamy has an excellent rant about ambition and expectations in TV re: Agents of SHIELD. (Disclaimer: my dislike for that show and pleasure in people complaining about it may be disproportionate to its actual failings.)

* Elektra has switched writers (from Zeb Wells to Haden Blackman, whom I've never heard of) and been moved back to April, says Marvel EIC Axel Alonso. There's also concept art at that link from Mike del Mundo, although no interiors, alas.

* The previews for Black Widow #1 and also #2 are so gorgeous I don't even know what to do with myself. God bless Phil Noto. Such a good decision I made, subscribing sight unseen. There's also art from the All New Marvel Now anthology opener and Noto covers for #1, #2, #3 (alligators! or possibly crocodiles!), and #4. *drool*

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Dec. 14th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
W. Haden Blackman is one of the guys who was writing Batwoman until DC's recent editorial meddling fiasco. But he was co-writing with J.H. Williams III, and I've never read anything he's written solo.

I love Phil Noto, ahh, the covers for #2 and #3 are esp. pretty.
Dec. 14th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
OH. Suddenly you put the 'W' in front of his name, and I recognize him. *facepalm* I haven't been reading Batwoman, though, so I'm not sure how to judge the quality. That's a bit of a coup for Marvel, though, isn't it? Nabbing a critically-acclaimed author after said author walked off their DC project in frustration.
Dec. 14th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
Well, I imagine he was pretty enormously frustrated with DC after what happened. He and Williams were already going to leave Batwoman, but after they announced it DC cut them three issues early, when they were finishing a story arc that had been building, like, forever.

I like Batwoman, but it's really really slow. They had been doing some interesting character work, though.
Dec. 14th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
Interesting character work + nifty art is really all I ask. I'm really looking forward to this Elektra book. Fingers crossed. :)
Dec. 14th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
I really liked that Agents of SHIELD rant. I've seen the "people should lower their expectations!" argument everywhere, and I keep thinking, why should I? There's better TV out there. I don't expect every show to be The Wire, but I do expect them to at least be an Orphan Black or Battlestar Galactica. I'm not here for a show that seems to revel in being mediocre filler between better written movies. I don't want to settle for "passable" and I get pissed off when people tell me I should.

Every preview or cover I've seen of the Black Widow series gets me more and more excited. The art is spectacular, and I like the brief glimpse at the writing style.
Dec. 14th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
You are welcome! "Your standards are too high" seems like a really weird criticism to begin with, although I wonder if it's partly a pre-emptive defense against supposedly over-critical comics fans? IDEK; it's not like hardly any 616 characters appear in the show. There do seem to be a lot of people hatewatching it, though, and I've seen fans of the show complaining that they have a hard time finding any positive discussion, so the "lower your expectations!" thing may be backlash against that.

The art is SO GORGEOUS. I don't feel I have enough writing yet to judge, but I am cautiously hopeful.
Dec. 15th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
I think it's definitely a reaction against all the hate watching, which I understand even if it means the fandom is particularly obnoxious and refuse to accept even the most minor of legit criticism. Personally I don't get the hate watching, because who has time to watch something they don't enjoy?

I'm cautiously optimistic about the Black Widow comic. One things for certain, the art will be exceptional.
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