I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
So I'm loving Shawl's Everfair. It's a steampunk alternate history of Belgium's colonization of the Congo, and it's a period I know nothing about. It's also written by an African American women, which is nice: last year Readercon had a woman guest of honor and an African American woman who was a guest of honor.
This year, it's an African American woman and an American man of Chinese descent. (Liu was born in China, in fact, and immigrated at age eleven.)
I bring this up because it's nice to see diversity: Readercon has been fairly committed to diversifying it's guest and panelist pool, and so far I think these guests have been living up to that. (I've also met a diverse mix of authors in general, although I think we always have to keep vigilant and work at keeping that diversity. But it's nice to see it working a bit.)
Anyway, I've been staying away from most of Liu's stuff, because I feel like he's most well known for longer fantasies, which I'm usually not a fan of. Novik's stuff worked for me because of the wit and the fair amount of action.
So... have you read Liu? Liked it? And should I start with his Skywalker/Star Wars young adult collection? But, then again, I never liked Luke all that much, so I've been hesitating.
Anyone who's read him and has an opinion? I'd love to hear it. Or on Shawl's work, but I feel like she might be less well known. (And I'll probably continue to love Everfair, but, yeah, I'd like to hear from you guys!)
I really wanted the Sisterhood of Superwomen book, as well as Zodiac Starforce, Hopeless Savages, SLAM, and a couple others. Just worth it: $15 dollars, and all these amazing books!
No DRM either.
Complete reboot of Witchblade written and drawn by a woman.
It's compelling, because it's got the same feel while being new, too, and I'm loving the trend of novelists writing comics.
Beautiful art, and Alex Underwood, the former reporter with PTSD, is a fuller character than I'd expected. She also now works with victims in New York City, and advocates for them.
And she's got the Witchblade, although she doesn't want to acknowledge it yet. She thinks her 'hallucinations' are part of her PTSD.
We get a glimpse of her real power at the end of issue one. Probably going to keep getting this digitally at this point. I just don't have the room or money to keep adding paper books to my pull list :/
Wonder Woman and Batman get stuck in an alternate universe, fearful they won't get back at all because they can't without the man they set free. Another hero, but the time works differently in the two worlds and after a couple hours in the 'real' world, and ten years for Batman and Wonder Woman, well...
I'm very hopeful that this is going to be the end of the marriage, though...
He's rich, he has a butler, and he adores Bruce Wayne. It also gets progressively creepier as the story gets going, and is a standalone. Lovely art, lovely story, but this is my protest against DCs erasure of the LGBTQ community as they allow another straight marriage, but not gay marriage at all.
Batwoman was allowed to date girls by the higher ups at DC, but she wasn't allowed to do so to celebrate her engagement, since she wasn't allowed to get married.
Batman and Superman are nagged to talk about the upcoming wedding by Lois and Catwoman.
No one talks about why Batwoman wasn't allowed to get married to her girlfriend because it wasn't a straight wedding.
This story is exciting and had way more tension than the last, drawn out story. But hey, at least there's a straight marriage, while DC didn't allow Batwoman to get married to her girlfriend. So there's that, thanks DC.
And while the art is gorgeous and I'm actually liking this storyline better, I'm still mad on Batwoman's behalf.
Like this is what it was leading up to? Really?
I am gonna get mad, so spoilers behind the break.
I've read Vision. Multiple times. I know King is better than this, and I'm holding him to that high standard. Way, way too drawn out.
To be fair, I've read how this ends, and I don't really like the ending. This is just way too drawn out, especially for that weak payoff.
And I was absolutely shocked at how certain characters were being used; the setup was so perfect that I bought it, even though this storyline makes perfect sense. I did have a 'why is he here' sense, but I figured it was a bureaucratic mistake, that his power would end up being incredibly useful at the end, but not that Waller would so cynically use someone who wasn't a sociopath like this.
But, yeah, Waller being that much of an asshole makes way more sense.
The writer inserts a character who uses meta devices to take down usual comic book tropes, and to do so lovingly. It simply teases, without suggesting that this is wrong. Every genre has its tropes, like the HEA (Happily Ever After) in romances. I bring this up in particular to illustrated a point: romance readers want the HEA. Trope, expected, whatever you want to call it. It's a standard, the standard because people expect it. Even fans can point this out, even using satire, without actually complaining about it: it's what they wanted, but, well, you can poke a little fun at it!
I come for a lot of the tropes. And tropes don't mean conformity, not on all fronts. This comic book points out that comics as a whole use their own form of redshirts, and that action happens around the main characters - who are almost guaranteed to come out alive, or be revived. I come for that. I come for all of that! That doesn't mean that the way the characters interact, or the statements about the real world, all have to be exactly the same. If they were, I wouldn't keep coming back.
And so I'm not opposed to one comic book fan having a gentle tease about some of the tropes that I come for. Yeah, yeah, I know they're there. I know. And I laughed my ass off when it was pointed out in this way.
This is not a spoiler, as it is on the cover. Or if it is a spoiler, it's only as much a spoiler as the cover is.
And I'm not sure how I feel about this: Flag in love with Harley is way more messed up than the Suicide Squad has ever been, aka I don't buy it. That doesn't stop this from being an amazing story, so I'll let it go - for now.