I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I'm mostly through volume three and forgot to post a review of this.
I have a migraine that I finally tamed, I'm stressed out again and I'm going to take a day for myself. Binge watching Savage Dragon and binge reading Spawn. The perfect day to be honest.
Not a long review, but I still love the darkness, I love Angela and medieval Spawn.
Resellers want over a hundred bucks for the hardcover of the Art of Todd McFarlane, which I've wanted for a while. Bought the paperback on Amazon because I am just waaaaay too stressed not to make a couple small purchases to keep me sane.
I'm so tired my eyes hurt. I'm too stressed, depressed, and disturbed to go to sleep. So I keep reading Spawn. I was wondering why issue 10 wasn't reprinted. Copyright issues with Cerebrus. I'n not a huge Dave Sim fan, so I was actually okay with that not being reprinted, to be honest.
I notice they did include issue 11 with Angela, as I mentioned before. I care far more about Angela than anything of Sims. (And Sims has a huge following, which I am not trying to put down. I just don't grok his stuff, especially not when compared to Angela/Gaiman. And issue 11 wasn't reprinted for a while because of other copyright issues with Angela and Gaiman. So I am not putting down Sim, or his fans, just stating that 11/Angela's hunt is way more important to me, especially given how she comes back later on whereas Cerebrus is a one-shot cameo. That being said, me enjoying Angela more is a different issue. I have huge respect for Sim as a creator because he's not untalented and carved out a huge space for himself in comics history, even if I'm not especially fond of his things. Sim had bouts of mental illness and then went on an anti-feminist tirade and was like 'women are inferior for the most part' so I don't respect that about him. But I can still respect his creation and the respect people have for it and what it accomplished without liking it. Did I mention how tired I am, which is why this has gone on this long...)
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.