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So now that there a bunch of new books out, here are my unspoilery thoughts on the ones I've tried. Roughly in descending order of how much I like them.

Loki: Agent of Asgard - Al Ewing, Lee Garbett
Another Ewing book, which I picked up solely because I liked Mighty Avengers so much, and I have not been disappointed. This last issue involved a Marvelverse retelling of a Norse myth; the retelling featured a rocket launcher. Also a brand new character was introduced in the second issue who is both interesting in her own right and the perfect Loki foil, and I am super excited to see more of her. And have I mentioned the fanservice? *fans self*

Ms. Marvel - G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona
Kamala Khan is a Pakistani-American teenager living in Jersey who idolizes Carol Danvers and then acquires super powers. We're only two issues in, but this book is brimful of HEART.It's pretty much the most adorable thing ever. Alphona's art is a little bit whimsical and hits exactly the right note.

Moon Knight - Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey/Jordie Bellaire
So far this seems to be largely an experiment in form, but oh, what a gorgeous form it is. Ellis is dry and understated, and the Shalvey/Bellaire combo is pretty much my dream team, especially working on something a bit more fantastical like this. Every idea Ellis is throwing at them, they're knocking out of the park.

Black Widow - Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto
The art here is really gorgeous, especially if you like sort of a dreamy, painted look to your spy action. The story is a bit thin so far; I will likely never be enthralled by one-off spy plots, especially ones that offer so little characterization to compensate. Edmondson's penchant for metaphor-heavy, first-person narration does the book no favors either. However, the continuing plot is finally picking up now, and I like Noto's art even more than I did at first.

Captain Marvel - Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez
Carol Danvers goes to space! I really love the art here, and I think Lopez is by far the best fit tonally for this book out of the many artists who've tried their hand at Captain Marvel in the past two years. However, I think I just don't like Carol Danvers that much. If you do, then you should definitely check this out.

X-Force - Simon Spurrier, He-Rock Kim
I wanted to like this because it has Psylocke and Fantomex in it, and Spurrier seemed like an interesting choice as he comes off his success with the zany fringe title X-Men: Legacy, but I hate the art here so much - SO MUCH - that I can't even tell how I feel about the rest of it. However, we're picking up Jorge Molina for a few issues here soon, and I like what I've seen of the previews for those issues, so maybe there's hope.

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Apr. 16th, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
I so want to read more of the Loki book. But I will just have to wait for the TPB.

As it is, I'm still working my way through the adventures of Kid!Loki, who I adore. Best rebooting of a comics character ever.
Apr. 16th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Man, if you lived in the states, I would so media mail you issues in batches, because somehow Marvel has me subscribed twice. (I am afraid to call and complain about it for fear I would stop getting any issues at all.)
Apr. 16th, 2014 01:21 pm (UTC)
It's all right. Don't worry. I can wait.

Also, it is quite nice to read the story in a TPB because usually you get some extras. I'm hoping the introductory LAoS story which ran through one of those Marvel Now omnibus books will feature in the TPB as well.

I do need a Kid!/Teen! Loki icon, though. Any idea where I can get one?

ETA: Further to your generous offer, have to say I find Marvel's digital reader very difficult to deal with anyway. I just can't get the hang of the zoom function and I can't read the comics without it. Not even with my reading glasses on.

Edited at 2014-04-16 01:26 pm (UTC)
Apr. 16th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
Did you use the guided view? That makes all the difference for me. Not that the Marvel digital reader isn't woeful in plenty of other ways, like its refusal to load anything the first time.

For icons, you might try avengersicons or comicbook-icons. I've had a hard time finding comics icons outside a few specific titles, though, and have ended up making some of my own. Fortunately, with comics all you need is a decent crop.
Apr. 16th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
Did you use the guided view?

No, I don't even know what that is. I daresay it's plain as plain on the webpage and I just missed it.

Thanks very much for the links. :)
Apr. 17th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Never mind, in the Marvel reader it's called "smart panels." It's listed under preferences in the top right corner. It makes the comics MUCH more readable.
Apr. 25th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
Belated thank you. :)
Apr. 16th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Have you read Captain Marvel #2? I hear Carol's cat was in it and I'm wondering if that is as adorable as it sounds.

I'm on the fence about Ms. Marvel right now. I really want it to do well, and the first issue was super cute, but it has felt kind of slow to me so far. (I haven't read the newest issue.)
Apr. 17th, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
I haven't read any more Captain Marvel. I think I'll wait until it's on MU, if I read it at all.

I've really loved the first two issues of Ms. Marvel. I think the pacing is just different; for me it's fine, in terms of serving the more personal focus of the story.
Apr. 18th, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
I read it. It *was* adorable and I liked it. (Also, Carol managed to shove a freaked out cat one handed into a cat carrier. That was worth at least three space battles in my book.)
Apr. 18th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
That is indeed an impressive display of cat-wrangling!
Apr. 16th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
Verity Willis is super interesting and I hope she becomes a staple of the greater Marvel comics universe.
Apr. 17th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
Right? She is SO WONDERFUL.
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