I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Woman at work grabs my box of chocolate granola chunks from Trader Joes. I surpassed my instinct to grab them back protectively. Before she can finish asking 'can I try these,' her hand is in the box. Appalled, I tell her I don't like people doing that.
She insists she's clean because she's just washed her hands, and I haven't seen this in the break room. Sickened, I ask, 'in the public bathroom?'
We argue that we both have parents who are medical doctors, and excuse me lady, but hospital/public bathrooms are so gross doctors have to wash their hands before going in and leaving.
'Did you touch the door?'
She mumbles something that implies I'm crazy for not wanting to eat after someone who just touched the public room bathroom door stuck her potentially urine/feces covered hands into my fucking box of granola. In other words, she fails to convince me - and I still think public bathrooms are fucking disgusting and I tell her to keep the box of granola. She pleads feeling guilty and tries to give me money because of this, and I keep insisting that beyond the money, I am stressed out from school and I want to control who touches my food and when. Aka, I don't want to eat from the toilet, which since she can't guarantee I'm not because what if the person before her didn't wash their hands before leaving, and touching the door. All the while she's insisting that she's the 'cleanest person she knows,' which, no, she's not because I go out of my way not to touch public bathroom doors, using either paper products or my clothes - which I will, y'know, clean - instead of my hands. So clearly I'm cleaner than her because only Primus knows what's on those doors.
She huffed a little, I huffed a little, and then she left and I spat out the stuff in my mouth because I felt absolutely nauseous, drank and spat that out multiple times, and surpressed the urge to cry. And also trashed the box of granola which she didn't want, probably because it might have well been urinal-food now? But, yeah, I should go right on eating that potentially literal shit, I guess. Also, I will never fucking bring food to work again because people apparently think it's okay to use the public bathroom doors and then stuff their hands into boxes of my food, WTF, why? (And yes, Trader Joe's granola comes in boxes - at least some of it does.)
I ended up buying Our Final Invention for a school project and because I'll read this book again and again and four geeky moleskin notebooks for the price of one - yes, sale - before this happened. I was so distraught and in need of comfort, I also got an Oswald Cobblepot Gotham Funko, and a couple of gifts also on deep discount just for fun.
So here's what I really want for comfort: a comic in which robots take over the world and aren't eventually killed by people. Like I want a hostile fucking takeover because you need to understand it's not about money or food: it's about boundaries, which this lady didn't understand. She crossed a boundary, I'm feeling stressed and vulnerable, and I needed her to back the fuck off - or better yet, keep her gross pee hand off my food. Like do people really think this is okay?
I'm gonna go look at my adorable, vampire-haired Penguin and try to forget this horrible fucking day that started out with another work thing that also was someone just really not respecting my boundaries and that I told a manager about and he was like, yeah, no to this. (He was also in the break room when I came off and let out this big frustrated sigh and told him about the food thing and he was like, 'yeah, no, people shouldn't do that, and I'm laughing because the way you phrase things like I need to control who touches my food is hilarious to me.' Fair. But I just need to put this out there to tell everyone who shares workspace: just keep your hands off other people's food. Your line won't be theirs. So just fucking keep your hands out of their food.)
I was just getting used to the one-shots, too, which gave me the immediate gratification of having a story started and finished within twenty pages. The benefit of longer stories is the bigger payoff, and Cloonan has proven herself adapt at both the one-shot and the longer stories.
The Face comes back, and he's more sadistic and powerful than ever. And he's calling The Punisher out to a duel to the death in public. I'm eager to see where this goes.
When people are being pushed in front of trains, The Punisher tracks the culprit - and his shrine - to where the homeless live right near the train tracks. It's a homeless vet who shows Frank where the murderer hides out - and it's the vet who helps The Punisher stop the rash of murders.
Becky Cloonan manages to make The Punisher extremely dark, incredibly violent - and yet there are heartwarming, even charming, moments. Small moments, but she manages to balance all the darkness by leaving me with a real 'awww' moment.
Love, love, love. This may be the best run on The Punisher so far.
While figuring out Illa and Ego's issues, Lunella decides that it's best for her to leave Devil Dinosaur back on the moon: it's where he belongs, or so she decides. Except I think they belong together. A truly sad ending to this, and I hope Lunella figures out that she needs Devil soon.
I was afraid this meant the end of this series, but there's another one coming out next month so that makes me incredibly happy!
Illa, the girl-who-is-a-moon, and daughter of Ego the Living Planet wants one thing: not to be alone. She would, in fact, like to speak to her father, a father who doesn't seem to know what to say or do with her, other than watch her and watch over her.
But she's both a moon and child. She needs contact with somebody and in particular with her parents. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur try to figure out what's going on with Ego and to help them connect.
There's a new artist, and I like him a lot more - particularly how he draws Vision. It's also fun to see the Champions and Avengers team up, especially since with Mrs. Marvel leading the Champions and her working with her old team? There's a lot of tension and conflict when Falcon starts handing down orders to them all.
Love the conflict with Vision and Viv and how that's treated, not with delicacy but there's no time for that right now. I have no doubt it will be dealt with in the next Champions - the one that's going to continue this storyline - or in the follow ups. I'm looking forward to that.
And yeah, seeing Vision and Viv fight together is especially fun for me.
Somehow this perfect series gets better, more horrifying, and yet throughout that more heartwarming as well. Perfect ending!
I kinda not-so-secretly love it when they call Black Bolt The Midnight King. Now you all now and it's really not a secret.
Horrific storyline, with grotesque revelations, but this is hauntingly told, lushly illustrated, and just the perfect book, a book that Black Bolt deserves. Favorite character, author, illustrator, and book.
Love, love, love.
I love everything about this and wish I had time to write a longer review, but I can't. I want to read the next issue and catch up with comics since I only have one day a week that I really allow myself to read right now. I can only afford Friday's at this point, so it's going to have to be a very short review. This series is absolutely a fantastic place to start reading about the Inhumans: it explains what it needs to in story, without feeling like an info dump, and it's pretty much a stand alone story. A newbie to this fandom would do well starting with this series, in face.
The singularity storyline is almost wrapped up and I see the next issue is the finale; this makes sense. The alternate Cyborg is so bitter because of one traumatic instance, and while his turn-around seems a bit abrupt, I can see it since it's hinges on one person: a person Cyborg knows and can save with his alternate self's help.
There's enough with Blue, or the avatar of someone who looks like Blue, to make me wonder what's going to happen and want to read on, but I can also see a nice clean ending to this storyline in the works.
Fun alternate storyline that makes sense, and has enough conflict to keep this storyline interesting, enough new ideas to keep this fresh. Looking forward to the next issue.
Love what DC is doing with the mother boxes, the singularity, AI, and it's a breath of fresh air to see a doppleganger/hero gone bad without it being tied to nazis.
So much fun!
It's post SE, but mentions all of it directly and is direct aftermath so another one half star review.