I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Loving this more the more I read this. It all got completely better between Laurence and Temeraire after a long period of them not really saying what was really bothering them. I'm so glad they're alright now!
Hanging out out with my mom, watching Grace and Frankie season three and having brunch. Gonna continue with Temeraire later today.
I can see how and why this might tie into Royals and Black Bolt, even. This has been a fabulous series, and this wrap up was as funny as I could have hoped, while tying up all the lose ends, some more seriously than others.
And somehow, this feels appropriate to end with Maximus the Mad. From the Inhumans to All-New Inhumans to Uncanny Inhumans: it started with and ends with Maximus.
Gorgeous, gorgeous run. This will mean nothing if you haven't read at least this series, and it will mean more if you read Inhumans and then All-New Inhumans and then Uncanny Inhumans in my opinion. They all add up to one much longer story arc - and I hope the people who pick up the reigns with royals, Black Bolt and Secret Warriors keep telling a much larger story that is just as well drawn as this one was.
We were promised they were working on landscape view so it would be easier to type on devices. Never happened. We were told a website was in the works, too. Not one peep about that, now.
I suspect they care less about me and the other comic readers than most, too. I'm finding things like Zombies vs. Robots: Undercity where some issues are on, some aren't, and the graphic novel itself is nowhere to be found. I sent them a massive list of comics I'd read to add, and they got to half or so two weeks later. (I'd been told it would be at least a week, so I knew that.)
I just sent them a long e-mail basically telling them if they didn't care, fine, but this was how other sites made it way, way easier and why I'd be using them instead. Because the real kicker is that Litsy does not allow you to add your own books, which I find incredibly frustrating combined with the fact that they don't pull from Amazon. (Amazon bought Comixology and Marvel uses Comixology's digital comic reader. I suspect this is why B&N doesn't carry single Marvel issues in paper or digital format. Pulling from B&N would be almost useless for me; by the time the graphic comes out, it's months later and I'm at least three issues past what they've used.)
They could fix this by letting us add our own books, but for some reason won't. Again, I have my suspicions that they're protecting their database. But if the database is useless to comic book readers - high volume, fast paced readers which would boost the use of their site dramatically for reviewers like me - then why bother with Litsy? I asked this question in my e-mail after pointing out that Booklikes allows me to add my own books for Infinite issues which are not on Amazon and also allows me to shelve directly from Amazon. Comic Book Database, which I'm also on, allows me to add my own books and even variant covers. Basically, Litsy would be a huge loss for me if they were my only option - but they aren't. I even said I suspected we weren't that important as we're such high volume, fast paced readers - and yet I've had nothing done to help me at all here. Their database is still a snarly mess for comics and I still can't add my own damn books.
Quite frankly, it's embarrassing to ask for help each week, as if I'm a child who couldn't do it my own damn self. I'm completely capable, thank you very much, and take care to hold up the integrity of the BL database by adding as complete information as possible. When I can't add from Amazon - which not only adds all the data itself, but is far quicker.
Litsy is coasting on what it has but it also made promises that it did not keep. And that database :/
So the thing is that I keep going 'eh' about this series, then loving it again. I'm not sure why; I love Duggan's writing in general. Not only that, this happened in Deadpool, but I understand why. Deadpool, as a character, can be overwhelming, not only to the audience, but, I suspect, to the writers as well. It explains why Way's run felt like it was treading water, and why Duggan's run could have been that - if he hadn't found the balance of the outrageousness, the social commentary allowed by breaking the fourth wall constantly, and the emotional aspect of Deadpool's new family.
So I ended up loving this series, a Deadpool-centric Avengers, but.... it felt like it was losing it's way again. And then it wasn't. Now it isn't.
It's got a strong emotionally resonant storyline with the Red Skull, and him fighting the X-Men and mutants once again. But especially the X-Men who were trained by Xavier. Even Deadpool is trying to save Rogue from killing the Red Skull.
But that ending was so... logical. Of course Rogue would do that instead. After all, if Xavier's power is living in his brain, perhaps she think Xavier lives there still? And even if not, simply having the Skull using Xavier's power itself was an insult to the man, a misuse of his power he would never have allowed if he were capable of fighting back at all.
Even if they can't literally save Xavier, they can save his power from the dreadful corruption it's been put through, and well, Xavier was a father to many of the unwanted and cast out mutant children whom he sheltered, taught, and, yes, even loved as if they were his own children. He is beloved - and of course the X-Men would never let this stand.
The question is will anyone find them - and if they do, will they help, hinder, or even consider what Rogue is doing immoral or illegal. Also, there's a question in my mind of if Cap will show up given that recent fuckery which makes me rage all over the place, because why, Marvel?
Still, I'm so super excited about this series again right now.
This is a series that I read mostly for the robots, although people tend to call them 'warbots.' And they are just that, meant to fight off the zombie invasion. I forgot that I was reading out of order, and that this was volume two, but the story was cohesive on it's own, although I'm sure I missed specific incidents they referred to: the editor's notes told me which issues I missed them in, after all!
Other than being fine as a stand alone, this was a lot of fun. The series doesn't take itself too seriously, for one thing, although it does focus on telling a fun story with solid characters while poking fun at itself in how ridiculous this whole thing gets.
The art is lush in its painterly scope, although not color wise: muted colors reflect the horror of the world that's been created, adding to the creepy sense of this whole thing, adding a sense of gravitas that was, on occasion, missing in the writing. Not to say that 'missing in the writing' was a bad thing; I liked how flippant this could get despite the desperate situations. Not only that, a more serious art style - like the toned down color scheme - and the outrageous elements in the writing ended up matching up perfectly, one keeping the other in check.
It felt neither too serious, nor too silly, but ended up a balance of both that simply appeals to me. I'm looking forward to catching up on volume one, since I ended up getting both on sale along with the Undercity volume and simply ended up reading out of order...
I wanted the Crystal cut from All-New Inhumans but was talked out of that and into a bobbed Willow cut from Buffy.
Will post a pic when I get over smarting how bad the other cut would have grown in and how badly I wanted an Inhuman themed cut!
"'Well, I should not be damned cheerful, and neither should anyone else who loved you, and some of them can knock down half of London Town if they should choose.'"
I love everyone in this series, but especially the dragons.
Too cold to get up just for comics so I'm reading this for twenty more minutes until I get up to shower.
Some military dude: We'll hang Laurence if you don't behave!
Jane: Nooooo! Wrong move!!!!!!
Temeraire after a warning growl: I'll take all the dragons following me and go to Napoleon and give him all the help I can if only they'll destroy you all. Your move. Go ahead and threaten him again...
Laurence: shuffles feet in silenced mortification.
Temeraire has been freaking me out all book, but never so much as now! And I'm loving it all.
Hello peeps. If you spend any time in the horror community, you might have run across a reviewer by the name of Frank Errington. He’s simply an all-around good dude in an all-around crappy situation. He needs a kidney. Currently he’s looking for a live donor. I asked him if I could boost the signal with my blog and he said sure, so below you will find an image of Frank and a phone number. You can call Frank direct and he’ll give you info on how to find out if you’d be a suitable donor. I tried, but the transplant people told me my prediabetes automatically disqualified me. Maybe you can help.
Take care of each other,
Guesstimating the percentage, but it's twenty or a little over. I was experimenting with how easy it was to get Humble Bundle books onto iBooks. Very easy. I happen to know the comics are bears to read in iBooks so I don't; I read those as PDFs on my computer. (Which I finally named. Vin and my iPad is Viv, and now some of you will get that. I also told my dad not to drop Viv because she was the survivor, and he just stared at me, to which I responded 'obscure naming of my iPad! And references!')
Anyway, this books is amazing. I tried to read it because I've been vaguely unsatisfied with everything I've sampled after the perfect Jae Lee Transformers book. (Whatever, that's what I think of it as, so there you go.) I figured since I had this on here, I'd try.
I love the touch screen combined with the scrolling option on iBooks. You can sorta mimic it on the Kindle app with the new view that shows you pages, but it's so much easier to read on the iPad!
I took today off from things, like cleaning. Today was a 'it's for Grimlock and what she wants to do day.' I played Juice Jam, went out to lunch and a concert featuring musicians who play in the Boston Symphony Orchestra with my parents and some family friends, and read.
It was amazing. I have my week planned, too. Monday: laundry/cleaning/purging and dinner out. Also, call doctor to see about getting stuff signed for school. (It was the immunization blood work, which I knew would clear and did.) Possibly go in and get that taken care of, too.
Tuesday: work and movie at friends house.
Wednesday: comics then hair cut with my sister.
Thursday: work, then watching TV with my friend.
Friday: cleaning and sneaking in some comic book reading.
Saturday: work and sleep it off.
Sunday: take another Grimlock day for sanity's sake.
Monday: More laundry and possibly some light cleaning. Then dinner. Then kinda rinse and repeat.
I'm going to try and relax as much as I can before my life gets crazy in the best way possible this fall!
This is set during World War Two and the problem is that Cybertronians have not been out in the open since then. The thing is this is an AU, and I've known that since far before buying this. It's not canon, but it's been called the best of this particular crossover - which, yes, has been done multiple times, all in comic book format.
That being said, I've wanted to get this before now - and to this. It's not in the library system, was out of print for a while, and back then the used copies were going for at least fifty dollars a pop. So when I saw this on sale for six dollars at Comixology, I grabbed it and ran. I mean, Jae Lee! Jae Lee draws the transformers! And not only that, every single source I'd read said that the story was excellent as well.
It didn't disappoint. I'd been saving this for a rainy day, but when Char reviewed a Gunslinger graphic illustrated by Jae Lee, I was reminded why he was such a shining star in the graphic novel world. HIs illustrations are painterly, emotive, and just stunning. So, yeah, I really wanted to see what he would do with one of my favorite franchises. Despite reading all about this, I either didn't know, or forgot, that one of my very favorites - Grimlock - was in this. And he plays a rather significant role, which is saying something: much of the Transformers mythos is, sadly, not about Grimlock. He starred in a couple episodes of Animated, was in some G1 - but not as much as I'd have liked, and has a starring role in Robots in Disguise, the new TV show. He also has some clout in the IDW universe, as well as starring in the Transformers Beast Hunters comic tie-in to Transformers Prime. But really, not much overall. Even in IDW, he's mostly coming in for an issue or two, then leaves. Maximum Dinobots, the miniseries about the Dynobots, was one of his larger roles there, so I didn't really expect him in this. (Some of the G1 comics feature him and the Dinobots heavily, but again, not as many as I'd like and I find them inferior to IDW.) It was a pleasant surprise.
Grimlock is also in character:
He talks like Grimlock and he acts like Grimlock - for the most part. He's a little more friendly with the meat than I'd like, but my favorite Grimlock is IDW: he's mean, and he only cares about the Dynobots. (And once they go into actual dinosaur mode, they do call themselves the Dinobots, but I like Dynobots: it makes them feel less... meaty.) He's dumb, but smart enough that readers question whether or not he's just playing dumb so when people underestimate him, he can crush them. He's quick to anger and brutally ruthless - which is why the other Dynobots turn on him at one point. And I never found another Grimlock I found hotter. (Which worries me on some level, but... there you go! I also realize I like fictional bots that I would be... wary about in real life, so I'm allowing myself some fantasy wiggle room.)
Not only that, but if you look at Robots in Disguise, there are some continuities where Grimlock is more meat-friendly. G1 Grimlock got fairly close with Spike's son Daniel. And we're talking about fellow warriors here, so if anything, Grimlock would have respect for them. When they lead him to some Decepticons to smash, well, how can he not like them?
Proof that the Joes know what Grim wants.
Well, it didn't quite happen that way - but I wouldn't point that out to Grimlock if it keeps him thinking of the Joes as friends! Not only that, he listens, he learns, and he uses their logic against them at one point.
To which a Joe says this:
Predictably, the Joes and Autobots create real friendships, ground in the shared desire for peace and the brotherhood of combined experience in war. That binds them together. The Cobras and Decepticons snipe at each other, all while trying to undercut one another's power. Basically: this is all in character, at least for Transformers. I know almost nothing about the Joes continuity. I assume it's all good since such care was taken with the other side, though. The story basically is that Cobra uncovers the Decepticons and the Joes uncover the Autobots. From there, it's waging a world war, trying to incorporate those elements.
And it does it beautifully if you don't mind too much WWII aspect. (Which I don't; I'd prefer it that way. There are some hints like when a Joe hopes that people have been enslaved in Europe. When Optimus Prime becomes suspicious, and narrows his optics and asks 'you hope they've been enslaved?' the Joe answers that the other option is their all dead. There are hints of the horrors, but nothing that's concrete. The closest is Bruticus, a combination of human and Cybertonian technology, arguably a more concrete knock at Nazi science and 'medicine', but alternately simply there for the narrative.)
It's more about wartime and what happens to soldiers, and yes there are limitations in what human technology can do at this time. That seems less important than the bonds that are created, and the anger that is stoked, and the conflicts of peace versus power. It all read like a natural progression to me, as well.
I was happy to see Cobra Commander and Megatron in this battle for power. Anything else would have been a slap to Megatron's face, a misuse of his character. The Commander gains control of the Matrix early on and uses it to browbeat Megatron in submission; when Shockwave defers to Megatron, the Decepticon leader rebukes him, knowing what the Commander could do otherwise. This, I believe, led to Megatron not only allowing the Commander to use Shockwave so brutally - payback for that insubordination, as well as denying the Cobras further use of Shockwave's might - but in him allowing other abuses to regain his own station. Again, an absolute dick move, and just what Megatron would do: he doesn't believe it will hobble him in the fight against the Autobots, and he would absolutely lash out at someone who tried to control him as the Commander did.
Basically, yes a perfect crossover. Jae Lee, I should point out, illustrated this a while ago. While I find all his artwork lush and gorgeous, I prefer his later work. I also feel this is fair to say; his early work is better than what I could do on the best day of my life, but as he evolved, I think he strengthened his art. This is still some of the most lovely Transformers artwork I've seen, and the grittiness fits the period it's set in, too.
Two more comments.
Ravage looks brutally efficient and I love it:
Scarlett rides Bee at some point and noticing the awkwardness asks if anyone's driven before. He's pretty much silent and she's like 'aw, adorable.' Later on he says this:
Primus, there has to be porny fanfiction about this. Please, please, please let there be porny fanfiction about this. This makes it a new ship: Scarlett/Bee. Yes, please, yummy!