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Marvel books:
Thunderbolts #14-17 - Soule, Palo
I'm told that the first half of this run by Way is terrible, but I'd heard it got good when Soule picked it up. And lo, it is silly and a lot of fun! The premise is that General Ross and a band of ex-badguys work a mission for each member of the team (Elektra, Venom, Deadpool, Frank Castle) in turn. The point, though, is that there's a lot of snark and silliness, and the art is funky but fun, and this particular arc involves Deadpool hunting for pizza and being scrupulous with money, and those things alone make it worthwhile.

Definitely looking forward to more as it comes up on MU.

Young Avengers #11-15 - Gillen, McKelvie/others
Man, I don't know what the heck happens at the end of this comic. I don't really follow the plot, I don't get the Leah-is-Loki's-conscience thing at all, I don't see how anyone thought "America's entire women-only culture venerates Billy Kaplan who brought them into existence" was a good idea, I have NO idea what was happening between Kate and Noh-Varr in the last few issues. (She'd have respected his thing with Oubliette if she "thought he was in it for an extra pair of hands"? What? That doesn't even parse.) I can't even tell whether I'm supposed to understand what the deal is with not-Patriot or how that's connected to Tommy.

The McKelvie art is great all the way through to the end. I enjoyed some of the other artists in the party issues, too, especially Annie Wu. <3 That's really all I can say for these last few issues.

Image books:
Lazarus #1-4 - Rucka, Lark
I really enjoyed this. Forever Carlyle is a Lazarus, the genetically enhanced, loyalty-ensured chief of security of her Family in a dystopian, tumbledown US. I'm enjoying the Family politics between Forever's mostly despicable relatives, I really enjoyed everything with her and the Morray Lazarus Joachim, and I'm anxious to see what happens next.

I also really, really love Forever's character design, which is: big, tall, and built. I love that's she's taller than all her siblings, brothers included, and that when she's undressed what you notice is her muscle not her skin. Her posture, too, is all business - shoulders back, hands ready for anything. And she is never sexualized, even when in a state of undress.

Sex Criminals #1 - Fraction, Zdarsky
This was fine? I was definitely engaged by our lead's journey of sexual discovery, punctuated by mishaps that seemed as much an indictment of American culture's approach to female sexuality as an actual story. I confess, it feels a little skeevy having that journey described by a guy, even a guy like Fraction whose other work I've enjoyed and whose instincts on progressive issues generally seem sound.

IDK. This is not the book for me, I think.

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ladymercury_10
Apr. 21st, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, YA kind of lost me at the end. Tommy reappeared out of nowhere, I'm not sure what was up with the Patri-not or why kissing it was a good idea or why kissing it brought back Tommy.

I also feel like I would have to go back and read all of Gillen's JiM run to understand what was up with Leah, which is annoying.

I don't see how anyone thought "America's entire women-only culture venerates Billy Kaplan who brought them into existence"
That bothered me, too.

That hands line was confusing to me as well. As far as I could work it out, I think Kate meant that she would have respected Noh-Varr more for wanting to have a physical relationship with Oubliette than for saying she was his dream girl, I guess because Oubliette was crazy and wanted to kill them?
snickfic
Apr. 21st, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
I also feel like I would have to go back and read all of Gillen's JiM run to understand what was up with Leah, which is annoying.

Yeah, I kept wondering if that would have helped, and I agree that I should not have needed to read a whole other comic to make sense of a reveal at the end of this one.
ladymercury_10
Apr. 21st, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, like there's continuity, and then there's derailing a whole other series with the past plotlines of a not-very-related one.
notoriousreign
Apr. 21st, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Oh I read Lazarus and Sex Criminals too and really liked them. I do get you though about Fraction, but I like that he shows the main character a LOT of respect.
snickfic
Apr. 21st, 2014 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I agree - I don't think he's handling it badly.

But yes, Lazarus. <33
notoriousreign
Apr. 21st, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
Lazarus was so cool though oooh.
dhampyresa
Apr. 21st, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Having read all of JiM, the Leah-is-Loki's-conscience reveal didn't much sense either and the end of that comic was such a mess. The beginning wasn't much better, but at least then there was hope that it would all come together in the end.
snickfic
Apr. 21st, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Having read all of JiM, the Leah-is-Loki's-conscience reveal didn't much sense either

I can't decide whether this is a comfort or not. :P

I actually really enjoyed the first two-thirds of the comic, but he sure didn't stick the landing.
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