I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Ooooh! Angela. After a lawsuit, she will eventually be sold to Marvel, where I continue to adore her.
The amnesia trope seems to be one I like, particularly in my comics and graphic novels. So are broken characters, and ones who put down evil doers. Not put in jail when they can't be reformed, but put down.
Spawn has it all for me. It was one of the series that ushered in a little more darkness into comics, and I know some people pine for the days when it was all nice and clean. I do enjoy many of the lighter, cleaner comics that you can show the kids, but I also enjoy the darker universes.
Spawn has been a long-time thing for me, although I dropped Spawn for a long while. I'd like to use Comixology Unlimited and Hoopla to get through everything - all 13 volumes of Spawn origins and the more recent graphic novels - and maybe just start buying them on Comixology after I get through those. Because rereading them? I love it all over again.
I own volumes 1-3 via Humble Bundle - and in paper - but I want to read them on Comixology and those volumes are amiable there, so the pages are from the Comixology version.
I'm not going to post the image, because it's disturbing, but I'd forgotten what Spawn did to those who murder children, especially since his ex-wife has the child she'd always wanted now.
It's good to know Kincaid can't kill more kids, but... damn.
Then again, this is why I liked Spawn: the bad guys always got what was coming to them, usually in horrifically creative ways.
I'm burnt out on SD and on Hoopla's inferior comic book reader.
I understand that Comixology is a for-profit company, that isn't providing access for free, and thus has more funds for a superior comic book reader. It's one reason I'm so easy on Hoopla's reader: it's a great service, given that it's for free, and it offers more SD that I can't get on Comixology, even though their Unlimited service. Regardless, I can get burnout on Hoopla Some panels are fuzzy and hard to read and the cropping is not nearly as good on Comixology. Comixology also has smoother transitions.
I wholeheartedly believe in using both: why limit yourself to one service when you can have both? Hoopla doesn't give me the free digital copies when I buy Marvel comics, and Comixology does. I can buy things I want to keep on Comixology, or at least the license to those things.
That being said, Hoopla burnout is usually minimal. Then again, I'm not usually binging 500+ page graphic novels on Hoopla. I'm going to start on some more Spawn, as I'm in a huge Image kick right now.
I can't sleep, even though I'm trying, so I'm watching Frankie and Grace and reading.
I also found season one of SD on the internet archive. Sadly, no season two to be found, but I'm going to binge season one in a day or two. I need something funnier now, so Frankie and Grace. I also don't want to OD on SD.
The look on his face compared to the others makes me laugh. So far, I've been laughing all the time reading this. Much better than the last volume, even if they really fragged up the AU thing. This could work for now...
The priest gives last call on anyone who doesn't think the wedding should happen. The daughter of the bride:
So... my plan was to read four and then do homework, but stress just popped up, and I have literally zero pages to read for next week - and I've started on homework reading for the week after, actually.
This is riveting. Also, I can't stop laughing at this:
Every time I get to "...mustn't black... ..out!" the laughter bubbles up.
It's probably because a superpowered five year old punched him in the penis.
It goes away, it comes back, it goes away. I'm invested in the original world, and the characters and it's frustrating that we keep getting teased with them.
I'm getting frustrated, which is why I knocked off one star. The art is getting tighter, even when Larsen plays around with style. And he does. I read about how he does that, and then in this volume? I can really see him doing it, more so than in the past. It's new, it's exciting, partly because it's good. The way he combines more realistically drawn characters, right next to more cartoony characters, in the same issue/book/panel really emphasizes the story he's telling, so not only is he exploring artistically, he's doing so thoughtfully.
This series continues to pay homage to other books, while winking at the reader. Larsen knows what he's doing, and he makes that obvious. It's still a funny, action-packed soap opera on steroids. I mean, I finally feel like I know the feels of soap opera aficionados. I also wonder how many soaps Larsen has watched.
That being said, sometimes soap-like stories just get on my nerves; this one has really gotten under my skin. It's just... riveting. I may end up buying the handful of issues past archive nine, just to catch up, in fact. Loving, loving, loving this.
He just got sand dumped down his swimsuit by his young, adopted daughter. And that face is just perfect.
I can't stop giggling over this.
Every time I think the AU storyline is done, it's like, lol, no, twist, it's not done yet. Whyyyyy?
I want this to be over now.
Trying to finish up reading for my Moving Images Archives class, but, ugh. The reading is all 1.1.1, 1.1.2, and then onto 1.2.1, 1.2.2, and on and on. The problem is this breaks up really interesting information in ways that makes it harder for me to ingest and it makes me think of boring how-to manuals, so my mind's been fooled into thinking it'll be boring.
I'm having trouble so reverting to Dragon. Good news? I only have one thing to do for next week, and it's this reading. So there's that.
Ugh, I medicated for stress last week, too, and I got super, super focused. I was like yasss, this reading, it is everything.
I don't really want to overmedicate, but I think I'm going to on Friday to push through some reading that I find more boring.
So, so ready for this AU to be over. It's depressing and not as fun as the other universe. I've put energy and have emotional investment in the first universe, and not so much in this one. It's been dragged out for 369 pages, and it's enough.
I do have reason to believe the universe I know, or some form of it, will come back given events that come soon, but for now? Blaaaaah.
Dragon literally has a mostly naked harem that sleeps clutching onto him. I mean, given, they were slaves that he saved, and are living in an apocalyptic world, but the whole damsel in distress/big strong man that everyone falls over for while he saves the women thing is getting a little ridiculous.
Yeah, he's also slept with almost all the women cops he works with. The interoffice drama alone could be an angsty teenage drama, like seriously.
He calls all the women honey or sweetheart at some point or another, and sees it as his responsibility to take care of them. But as soon as he gets heartbroken, he jumps to another woman for comfort, and yet he also has this weird, deep emotional connection to, well, most of them. Even his partner - in the cop sense - Alex sleeps with him and they outwardly agree that it's a rebound/sex only thing and they'll stay friends.
Big shock: Alex is in love with him like 99% of the women in this series, and yes, he doesn't see it because it's inconvenient for him.
He also sleeps with a woman who goes on to marry another cop. When he sleeps with her, William, her future husband asks why Dragon would do such a thing knowing that William is in love with her. (This is waaaay earlier in the series.) There's a conversation in which Dragon blames William for not even asking her for coffee and then goes on about how it wasn't a thing-thing, it was just one night, or something or other. I thought William was going to punch Dragon in his face, because this is like a soap opera if it did a line of coke, but William was like 'no, no, you're right.'
Jesus fuck. Is there a woman in the police department that Dragon hasn't nailed yet? Why is there this weird gentlemanly/treat women like trash bags dichotomy?
Why the hell won't I lower my five star ratings, did you ask? Because, yeah, there is a lot wrong here. But I, oddly enough, think this mirrors reality in a lot of ways. I think it's subconscious, and I suspect the male author/artist doesn't think this is as sexist as it is. Which means that this is being portrayed as the sensitive dude, people are buying it, and acting like this thinking they're doing ladies a favor. But it's quite telling.
Secondly, and I am serious, I feel like this series is as addictive as a line of coke. Like really, why is it such a dumpster fire when it comes to woman, so soapy, and I still love it so damn much?
Did I find out that Hoopla has archive six through archive nine? I did. I borrowed them all. I have twenty one days to binge them all, too.
In production, but, damn, yes, I would watch this on the big screen!
Another one I'm looking forward to. Spawn's creator, Todd McFarlane, knows that the first movie was... not good. He's not going for the baby PG-13 rating and making it true to the original.