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This is the second half of that monster batch of comics I read a little bit ago.

X-Factor #13 – David, Raimondi
This is the psychiatrist issue – the one where all the characters talk out their troubles. It feels like a bit of cheat to get told more about some of these characters – Monet and Rahne in particular – than I'd been shown in the first twelve issues. OTOH, I'm always a sucker for these kinds of one-offs when the characters talk about their feelings. (Honestly, it's hard to set up any kind of gimmicky issue or ep structure that I won't like.)

I was somewhat confused that we spent all that time deliberately obscuring the psychiatrist, only to find in the last pages that he is... some guy I've never seen before. The "previously" description in the next issue identifies him as Doc Samson, and I've never even heard of him. I thought surely if we spent so much time not looking at him, he must be a plot point, but apparently not? Feh.

The Immortal Iron Fist – Fraction, Aja
I 100% picked this up for the creator team. Three issues in, I have to say I am not enthused. It lacks the humor and unmistakable zaniness of Hawkeye, and I don't even like Aja's art here as much. I'm also confused as to why there are like five artists credited per issue. I dunno.

Meanwhile nothing about the story of Danny Rand has piqued my interest, especially since part of every issue is bogged down in flashbacks to other people I don't care about. I think this might be another case of "not enough women"; if this were instead about that female Iron Fist from the 13th century or whenever it was, I'd be all over it.

Secret Avengers #4 – Spencer, Ross
This continues to be the title I'm reading that hews closest to the MCU, but with more women, so for that reason alone I want to like it. However, every time I close the viewer I forget what's just happened in it. Maybe this is the problem with spy books? It's hard to keep track of the plot between issues.

Also, a general comment on character design: who on earth thought that it was a good idea for the two directors of SHIELD to be these two?

Honestly. Not that I don't love that haircut, but the only distinguishing characteristic is that Daisy is shorter than Maria? (Also, way to reuse your art, Ross. And there's at least one more almost identical panel below these two.)

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Nov. 17th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn't realize you were reading X-Factor!

Haha, that is an unfortunate resemblance. I actually had never seen the woman on the left before and I had a brief moment of assuming she was Maria's sister in which I was like, "Is there really someone called Daisy Hill at SHIELD?" :P
Nov. 17th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
HA HA. No, her name is Daisy Johnson. She's the interim director of SHIELD, and Maria is the... pending director? It's weird.

Yep, I am slowly but surely working through X-Factor. Have not fallen in love yet, but people keep assuring me it's wonderful.
Nov. 17th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about X-Factor, but it's SO LONG and I am intimidated by starting something with, like, 200+ issues.
Nov. 17th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Okay, so, there were numbering hijinks in the middle, and the entire run is actually only slightly more than 100 issues. For what that's worth.
Nov. 17th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhh that is reassuring.
Nov. 18th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
It's really funny that you're complaining about Daisy and Maria in Secret Avengers, because that title is the very first time I've ever been able to tell them apart on sight. I'm not sure about the height (I never noticed it before Secret Avengers), but Daisy's haircut? The way it's all asymmetrical and longer on the side? Yeah, that's brand new - previous to Secret Avengers, not only did they look practically identical, but they had the exact same hair. It was a nightmare, and I actually really love Secret Avengers for making them distinguishable at all.
Nov. 18th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, that's both terrible and hilarious. Why would you do that? Why?
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Nov. 18th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I did some googling and figured out where he'd come from, but was still confused why we'd hidden his identity in the issue until the very end, when in fact it was apparently irrelevant. Like, they all could have been talking to anyone, so there was no reason not to state up front who it was - all it did was make me think his identity was somehow important.
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