dahlia_moon: (Jason Toddler from Tiny Titans!)
Oh look what's back. And to think, if only I was disciplined and did one each day, I'd probably be half-way done by now.

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from: Astonishing X-Men #50

This is only a two-page cameo by Natasha in this book, nothing big, but well I was quite surprised by it and it felt like a great little nod to Wolverine's past days as an Avenger and that Natasha Romanov is one BAMF.

Also it's a funny moment, with Warbird's outsider moment bringing in some relief from this wild goose chase the characters seem embroiled in. (And for me, it sort of brings down the utter...scariness of the character, for lack of a better word. Warbird is a warrior woman from an alien planet; she's a character who loves combat and is not afraid to slice off heads of her enemies. Yep...she really did that. But this moment sort of shows that she's just in a strange land and still getting used to it and that she's not always ragey and combative, sword at the ready. I dunno; despite not knowing her very well, I already like her.)
dahlia_moon: (Jason Toddler)

from: Astonishing X-Men #50
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I got nothing. They're just awesome boys, okay? (And Astonishing X-Men is actually an awesome book to acquire in terms of getting into the main X-men comic books. Why are there so many different X-men titles?)
dahlia_moon: (Sokka's ready for takeoff)

from: Justice League Dark #9
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I can say that the internet totally pressured me to buy this issue. IT WAS RECOMMENDED EVERYWHERE I TURNED. *peer pressure!* But it has awesome art that I can just look at forever and forever. I've only read this one issue and it's an introductory issue with a whole new team so I can't say much overall, but I like it. It's definitely exciting and though I don't know the majority of the characters (besides Zatanna and John), I'm starting to like them.
dahlia_moon: (maria)

from: issue #3 (collected in Fables: Legends in Exile)
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FABLES is a lot like Once Upon a Time the tv show but in comics format. People have commented on their similarities and they are similar but not by much? Like the only thing they have in common is that they are modern adaptations of the classic fairy tale stories and fables most of us grew up with, and the fact that Snow White is kinda the central character with different issues and arcs revolving around the other characters too but it all ultimately ties back into her character much like how Mary Margaret's character is tied into OUAT when the different scenes branch out to fully explore the other characters in OUAT.

(Fables also has a lot of other mini-series that branch out from the main titles like, recently there was a mini-series on Cinderella and her job of being a spy. YES, Cinderella is an awesome spy in this universe and is a very cool character. And there was a mini-series on Jack from the Beanstalk fame - the one featured here in this scene; and there is also another comic called FAIREST that takes place in this universe and focuses on the fairy tale women.)

In this scene, Snow White rushes to the Fabletown jail to try to help Bigby (the reformed big bad wolf from Red Riding Hood and a few other tales) after she realizes Bluebeard came to the jail to try to kill Jack because Jack and Snow's sister Rose Red, tried to swindle the murderous Bluebeard out of money. The reason why this is an awesome comic book moment is because one: Snow White and a big-ass sword (the vorpal blade from Jabberwocky - which is admittedly better seen in previous scans) and two: JUST LOOK AT BIGBY WHEN HE SAYS 'MY HERO'; seen from a Snow/Bigby 'shipper's view (i.e. my view), it's kinda adorable and squee-worthy.

It's a safe bet to say that Fables is my favorite non-superhero comic.
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from: X-Factor #207
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X-Factor the comic is a spin-off of the X-Men title featuring characters from the X-Men stories. (Just trying to list all the X-Men titles since the inception of the comic in the '60s is enough to make your head spin off [god that was an unintentional pun].)

I have a time hard describing X-Factor beyond that. I first jumped in with like issue #215 and then went back to only issue #200 to get caught up and random two digit issues since then. Another reason why it's difficult is the title changed so much since it was first published in 1986. The way to go about describing it, as I know it in its current formation, is that it's basically a mutant detective agency (that's the simplest answer).

Throughout its 20+ years of publication, the team roster has changed a lot. First it was comprised of the original five X-men - Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman; then these five went their separate ways then came back, then they were mutant-hunters who pretended to be normal people to hunt mutants only to secretly train them to be "normal" and reintegrate them back into society (we can guess how well that went with the mutant community). Then they turned into a government team with all-new members for the first eight years in the beginning of the '90s - with some of the members also in the current run of the series now, Multiple Man, Polaris, Havok, Wolfsbane and Strong Guy; they then changed members again; then they were a Mutant Civil Rights Task Force but that is confusing as all hell even though it was only a 4-issue limited miniseries and finally we come to its current manifestation as a detective agency led by Multiple Man called X-Factor Investigations. -deep breath- Yep, that was a brief summary from Wikipedia, god bless it.
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from: Batman: Gotham Knights #13
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Batman: Gotham Knights is not a title I'm really familiar with except for reading this issue because it was the issue where Commissioner Gordon retired and I love Commissioner Gordon so I read it. Also, Gotham Knights is written by Greg Rucka - who also wrote Batwoman: Elegy and I liked that so there was a pretty good chance I'd like this too (Greg Rucka is actually a name I swear I'm seeing everywhere. He writes for both Marvel and DC and it is glorious). Even if I can't get into the title properly yet, this issue gives me warm and fuzzy feelings and is one of the best instances showcasing the Batman's and Commissioner Gordon's friendship. ♥

The reason he quits in this title is, I suspect, convoluted and long. This iFanboy article has a summary of his character since the very beginning for newbies that is awesome and I'd recommend taking a look.
dahlia_moon: (SGA team awesome)

From: Smallville Season 11 (2012) #1
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I know this comic premiered digitally only in April, but the small crumbles we get of Chloe and Oliver are just too adorable to pass over. (Clark and Lois are adorable too and we can say now that there's one book at DCU that doesn't mind showing their happy lives together as a couple. Yes, I know DCU broke up their marriage with the reboot a while ago and I should be over it...and maybe I will be in a few years down the road.)

Smallville as a show was about Superman's/Clark Kent's roots in high school up to college and getting a job at The Daily Planet and this season 11 comic takes place six months after the finale of the show. The art is something you have to get used to, unfortunately, as the artist tries sometimes to have the characters resemble their real-life actor counterparts and sometimes they don't succeed very well. The art might get better once the artist gets into the groove but as it is here in this first issue, I kinda wish they'd just draw the characters in their own style instead of imitating the characters.
dahlia_moon: (batgirl!steph)

from: Blue Beetle (2006) #25
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Blue Beetle is Jaime Reyes' taking on the mantle of the alien scarab. While the comic is rightly mostly about Jaime and his quest to be El Paso's superhero, the supporting characters are awesome too (I wish we could've gotten more scenes with Paco and Brenda and how they navigated their relationship; damn cancellations). I fell in love with Brenda from the very first issue. And Paco grows on you too. (He wants to start a *pantless society* how can I not love the guy?! Pants are evil.)

This scene is awesome because the bad alien guys are after Jaime and pretty much every one else associated with him and they're kinda fighting for their lives here and Paco just totally kisses her because he thought she was dead and that he might never tell her his true feelings. asfldfjldkfslfjdsf Their love is an awkward teenage love which I highly approve of because Paco and Brenda are awesome separately but coupled together, they're awesome quadrupled.

So Paco/Brenda ♥♥♥♥
dahlia_moon: (liz x max - snowing!)

From: Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9
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AND - because I feel you need this scene too-

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EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Seriously, that is all need be said.

(Also, this won't be the only time the Young Avengers appear on this list, so of course I will talk more about them later.)
dahlia_moon: (girl power)

From: Detective Comics #859 (collected in Batwoman: Elegy)

"Sir, all I've ever wanted since my mother and sister were murdered is to serve."

So Kate Kane's aka Batwoman's origin is pretty frickin' sad (when isn't an origin of a superhero sad, I guess?); her mother and twin sister are murdered when she's young and when she's a cadet, she's facing some "allegations" (basically she was charged with homosexual conduct) that would get her discharged from the military. (Kate's mother and father were both in the military and she looks up to both her parents very much.) She has a chance to say the allegations are false and it's a simple misunderstanding. Of course Kate could do that, but that would be lying about who she was. What she does here speaks VOLUMES about what kind of character Kate is - that faced with either lying or being true to herself, she picks being true to herself even if it gets her kicked out of the one place she felt she belonged and the one place she wanted to be in her whole life.

(The next few scenes with her father when she comes home after being discharged from the military are pretty heartwarming too and are one of my favorite father/daughter scenes.)
dahlia_moon: (Jason Toddler)

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

Saw [livejournal.com profile] lil_1337 and [livejournal.com profile] frith_in_thorns doing this on their 'journals and thought it looked like fun.

My theme/topic: 100 AWESOME COMIC BOOK MOMENTS (these will most likely entail 'shipping moments - because BILLY AND TEDDYY KISSSSSSSSS FINALLY LIKE AFTER 12-ISSUES AND TWO CROSSOVER EVENTS PLUS 9-ISSUES OF AVENGERS: CHILDREN'S CRUSADE - but there will also be character moments too and/or individual/group scenes from old and new comics. I don't really know right now; kinda am winging it at the moment.)


why, no this is not an excuse to talk about comics even more and all the time - well maybe it kinda is.


Speaking of comics (well kinda), Thor 2 movie news is apparently that a new villain will appear in the sequel. That's OMGGG YAY! Because I am finding myself sympathetic toward Loki the villain in the first movie and I kinda don't want him to be the evil EVERY TIME (like in The Avengers) ? OK? It's like Loki isn't inherently evil so much as he can be a bastard sometimes. But that's kind what sibling rivalry is about? Though with Thor and Loki it's kind taken to the extreme.

I have seen fan comments about how fans of Loki romantice his character and that comics!Loki is an evil bastard who shouldn't be liked. And maybe that's true? I am not familiar with comics!Loki except for that one Free Comic Book Day issue where Thor and Captain America (this is before they join Avengers because they don't seem to know each other) end up in Camelot and they find that Loki is masquerading as Merlin the magician and tricking King Arthur and the knights of the round table. But that's not so much evil as mischievous. And it was a really nice, awesome issue.

I just have a lot of Loki feelings, I guess. (And THE AVENGERS might change my mind about him once I actually see it.)


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