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New books:
Moon Knight #2 - Ellis, Shalvey/Bellaire
I said I'd be happy if this book had no dialogue at all, and lo! The layout of the opening pages is a bit gimmicky, and yet it works so well. It made me sorry I was reading it in guided view on my laptop, because you really need the whole page at once to appreciate what's going on. And then after that we get bunches of pages of just gorgeous, uncommentated action.

Pretty Deadly #5 - DeConnick, Rios
So, that happened. That was a lot of build up to a really predictable climax. Beauty is freed, Sissy rules the underworld, Ginny's sent among the living (the best development, IMO), Johnny dies, I'm not real clear what happened to Alice.

Most of my prior complaints about the female characters not having agency are allayed here, most especially with Beauty knifing Death in the back. So there's that.

Mostly I just found this comic a bit too abstract, in both words and pictures, to really follow or figure out what I was supposed to be feeling. The big double-page spreads in this issue are pretty but would be even harder to follow in person than with the guided view. There was probably some interesting worldbuilding under here, but there was too much going on and the storytelling was too murky to appreciate the underlying mythological framework I think DeConnick was going for.

So I think I'm done with this one. Alas.

Old books:
Deadpool #16-17 - Posehn/Duggan, Shalvey/Bellaire
I'll say it again: I just really, really love the style and the coloring of this book. Shalvey and Bellaire can art all of my comic books forever, thanks. And while a team of Deadpool, Cap, and Wolverine would not be at the top of my desired team-up list, I actually enjoy them a lot here - helped mightily along by how, hmm, unembellished an approached Shalvey takes with them. There is no glamor to this Wolverine: he is short, muscley, grumpy, and very yellow.

Also, Emily Preston in Deadpool's head is pretty great.

FF #12 - Fraction/Allred, Allred/Allred (no, seriously
I have read ALL the FF! Yay! And also woe, for there is no more. This was adorable, though. SCOTT/DARLA PAJAMA HUG. Luna and Impossible Adolph bonding over anime! Turg attempting to tattle! Jen/Darla sparring (which is totally misrepresented by the cover and which stills my sneaking Jen/Darla feelings NOT AT ALL)! I still don't really follow what's going on with Doom, but then I don't really care, so.

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Apr. 5th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
I remember that! It was so cute.

Hahaha I'm not sure I ever know what's going on with Dr. Doom.
Apr. 5th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
I was never in that book for the plot anyway, except so far as it enabled FEELINGS. Feelings of JOY.
Apr. 5th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
Indeed. It's just so ADORABLE. :D
Apr. 6th, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
The role of Doctor Doom in that issue was played by a Doombot programmed in the sixties. I wasn't a big fan of how violent Scott got, because that's not exatly heroic behaviour.

Did you notice they left the door open for Cassie coming back?
Apr. 6th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Well, the issue I just read was #12, in the middle of the run, because it just got put on Marvel Unlimited.

I found the final issue quite a letdown. I missed the part where that Doctor Doom was a robot, though? I agree with your complaint about the violence, but mostly I was just disgusted with how TALKY it was. It was just not well written and not written in keeping with how the rest of the book had gone up to that point.
Apr. 7th, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
I have no idea how I missed that, I feel so stupid. Sorry. At least I didn't spoil you?

Afaik, he's not actually a robot, but his characterisation is so at odds with the one he's had lately, that it's the only I can make it work in my head.

Well, Fraction did have to explain how SCott was able to go godmode without any prior foreshadowing so infodump, then more infodump in the deus ex machina finale. I did like the barbecue on the Moon, though.
Apr. 7th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Gotcha. I don't know anything about Doom outside this comic, so I didn't notice anything amiss.

I also liked the BBQ! Basically I liked everything that wasn't Scott and Doom talking at each other. Which was most of the issue, unfortunately.
Apr. 7th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
I quite like Doctor Doom, mostly because he's a nuanced character in the right hands. Fraction's a clearly not the right hand. (Also, I'd like to point out that there was one time he took over the world, but then let himself be defeated by the Avengers because he was bored, so I'm not sure where the whole 'power for power's sake' thing came from.)

Pretty much, yup. On both counts even.
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