I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
And all I could think was 'the kinky one about Ultra Magnus.'
To which I got, 'no, the whole quote.' Because, of course, my answer was pretty useless. In the issue titled Little Victories, Ultra Magnus is concerned that Rewind will make them all look ridiculous in his documentary about them all. How? Well, he could let him voice that kind of concern then show him doing something that, out of context, looks incredibly stupid.
Rodimus allows Magnus to edit the video and the next scene is removed by authority of the duly appointed enforcer of the Tyrest Accord. Proving him right.
How he let all this slip by is beyond me, then:
To be fair, Magnus cares about one thing: order. At least Minimus Ambus as Ultra Magnus. (There's a story behind that; the reason this is important though is that much like Iron Fist, there's a succession of bots who are load bearers and take up the mantle of Ultra Magnus. Load bearers are bots who are especially strong and can take on the load of something like, say, the Ultra Magnus armor, which is a story in itself. Tyrest at one point says that at some point, things got to be too much for Magnus, and it broke him. He's unable to deviate from order at all and any deviation is treated as equal, be it minor or major. This is unhealthy, why is he is disliked by those who are more free-spirited, and also explains so much about him. But what I mean is that Magnus the figurehead isn't necessarily like this; this incarnation of Magnus, at this point in time, is which has a great deal of bearing on this scene.)
So... this could be not kinky, but I'm racking my brain and not thinking of a way it's not. And what, pray tell, is worth than death and what would be not-kinky and lead to a fate worse than death?
So it still seems like Magnus would redact this completely - unless he were, say, so obvious to anything sexual at all - including, of course, innuendo - that he didn't even see that this could be kinky as hell. Which is what I think is the case, to be honest. Magnus creates ties: he's close to Rodimus, even if the captain's actions drive him up the wall sometimes - meaning most times. When they got avatars, he was the only one who choose his own avatar - and choose a young woman he knew on Earth to base his appearance on in that issue. And the truth is that despite his stiffness, Rodimus tries to get him to relax and have fun, and Whirl admits to admiring him on at least one occasion., and Thunderwing admires a paper he wrote on typefaces, I believe* He gets things done, and his spark's in the right place: he cares about order not for order's sake, but because he actually cares about other people. He's been willing to sacrifice his own life for the greater good enough times for everyone to know he's not just trying to make them all miserable, but in the end, that's where they end up anyway.
So, yes, to the person who asked - that quote on the bottom about his hobbies is one of my favorite quotes in MTMtE, but I could quote you near whole issues if you want all of my favorites. I may be swinging back into a Magnus phase which means you get Magnus kinkiness. And on top of that, I got to write this exploration of his character because of this quote so I like it even more now.
Apparently I'm getting something that made him think of me. I got to brag about getting into grad school, and since he's into comics, too*, I got to tell him I'm hoping to do something with comics post grad school.
And it's perfect since my b-day is coming up. I think I'm going to bring him something, too, when Readercon comes. Anyway, I was just feeling really down for no reason yesterday and even a little this morning. Anxious, more, and that pushed me into depressed. Between Jessica loving her box, everyone saying nice things about that, and this e-mail, I'm feeling better. I don't know how it happens, but sometimes something lovely like this happens when I need it the most. I didn't think this author would really remember me, but clearly he did, and I'm mostly about to cry happy tears because I'm touched that he remembered me despite the short time we spent talking together. It's not even that he's sending me anything, but the fact that he would think of it that really is making me feel all warm and fuzzy and good inside. ***
Thank you to everyone who said something nice today. Y'all didn't know it, but I needed it, and it made me feel a lot better. This e-mail is just icing on the cake, to be honest, but it was so out of the blue - we haven't spoken even on social media for a long, long time** - that it just made me pause.
*It's Scott Edelmen. He ran a podcast that I was on from Readercon, and gave out donuts to those on the podcast. He was absolutely sweet and showed up in a comics suit - it said 'pow!' and 'bang' and I had a picture that I'm too tired to look up now, but seriously, it's was the most amazing suit I've ever seen!
**It's because I don't stalk authors and I'll rarely ever initiate contact, especially when I've met them in real life. I figure if they want to talk to me online, they will, but I'm wary that they're even more likely to be stalked than I am as a reader. Or harassed. I'm especially careful about it after getting harassed myself. I'm shy about it, mostly because I don't want it to even have a whiff of stalking about it, and so I tend to leave authors alone.
***I've started Scott's book, but I'm pushing that up my TBR list now. I know he didn't do that for this, but it's happening anyway!
This has a lot to it, it's just wrapped up in the oddest trappings possible. I'm especially having a hard time grasping what's happening to Trainor, and I suspect the fact that I haven't read much Doom Patrol is a hindrance, as well. Still, what little I've read off the internet about the earlier series seems to indicate this, much like Shade the Changing Girl, is a departure from the original: it's meant to be a new take that stays true to the roots and general feel of the original series.
Don't read out of order, though, or else you will be super confused. Some series, I feel, could summarize and don't in order to get you read in order. I feel it's penalizing to those who jump on board later - and quite frankly a bad move as something coherent/summarizations would allow a broader readership if someone did manage to miss issue one. It feels like a money grab to me. Not summarizing Doom Patrol, or needing to read in order, doesn't feel like that in this one. (And, yes, I have the same complaint for Suicide Squad which I like as much; they could easily summarize and don't. Doom Patrol doesn't feel like a mad grab for money, while Suicide Squad feels more so like that. Suicide Squad penalizes those who don't buy regularly, because they could easily summarize and don't; Doom Patrol doesn't as it couldn't easily summarize. It's too bizarre to really grasp the whole thing in one page. The story itself makes that impossible, so I don't feel like needing to read this in order is just for the money: there's simply no other way to tell this story, and to explain what's happened before.)
Love, love, love!
Maybe it's just that I haven't read it for a while, but some of the charm rubbed off. I laughed a lot, but I didn't find the conceit quite as hilarious as I did the first two issues.
Also, I'm not sure how they're planning on keeping up this pace and wrapping it up within two issues, which frustrated me and took me out of the story, so I knocked off a star.
I shouldn't be so surprised, I just didn't think the storyline was working up to this so it felt like a huge shock to me. It could explain why Victor's mother is back - from the dead, by the way - perfectly, too, so I'm eager to see if that's the case.
This series gets more intense Victor fights his mother for Grimm's life.
Ben Grimm, his mother, SHIELD... He's trying to convince everyone he's changed, but some aren't convinced, nor do they think that means he shouldn't pay for what he's already done. I think they're right; he's done some really bad things he has to pay, and I don't think he should be the one to decide how. He has the brains and firepower to make that decision, however, and I suppose everyone should just be happy that he's not trying to overpower everyone...
Still finding this a fascinating look at a supervillain who's trying to redeem himself. Loving it in fact.
Not only is he stranded on Earth, he's now jailed and sent to a reservation of aliens - and one Inhuman that no one listens to when she says she isn't an alien.
Rocket decides this planet sucks, and he's going to get off, even if he has to put in a little effort of his own - and maybe, just maybe, he'll get to blow some shit up, too. That'll cheer him up!
I found this book to be a little more humorous and warm than the other three, so I enjoyed it a bit more. Still disappointed Groot hasn't shown up, though; even if the other Guardians are broken up with Rocket, I'd have expected Groot to stay with Rocket!
In comics, alternate universes tend to spawn other alternative universes. After all, once you've opened that box of what ifs, it's too intriguing, too fun, to play around with what might have been and what might yet still be. And in this case, it's a future in which Miles Morales and the Spider-Woman who is Gwen Stacy end up together. There's enough inside jokes about trouble with multiverses - the very thing that almost destroyed the whole Marvel universe - for this to feel truly playful with the whole idea. It's not quite meta, but it has that same cheeky flavor, and I like it.
Once again, this takes a good, hard look at this character - and in this case what might be. Even though we don't really see future Gwen, and really only see her children, and future Spider-Ham (who tells us about future Gwen), we get a feel for what she might be like. She's beloved as she is because she has a big heart, and she seems to have not changed one bit: still beloved because her heart is as big as ever. Some AUs are simply depressing, but this one is full of warmth and compassion, so it seems to fit Spider-Gwen's title very nicely.
I got a little hung up on that aspect. The story is as good as ever, but my two favorite aspects of this are Gwen herself and Matt Murdock, for the polar opposite reasons. Gwen is a young woman who's searching on how to best do the right thing, but she's always full of hope and compassion and love for her fellow man. Perhaps not all of them all the time, but in general. She's smart, and is willing to put her ass on the line, even without her powers when need be. And while she makes mistakes with horrible consequences, she tries to learn and always, always strives to do better when she makes those mistakes. She's fallible, as her dealings with Murdock in particular prove: he knows how to use her father, her weak point, against her. He's the only real family she has right now, and will do anything to protect him, even when she knows she's dirtying herself by allying herself with certain enemies - like Murdock.
I like Murdock because he's not only her counterpoint, but a Matt Murdock run amok: without those strong sense of morals, what might he have done? He'd have turned into this creepy bastard, most likely, and it's both chilling and thrilling to see him like this.
Love, love, loooove!
I despise both Rankin and Ceaser. Between that and the slow Ladin in Australia, I'm having trouble staying interested.
I'm starting this binge on Netflix.
And I will be watching Anson Mount especially carefully now that he's been cast as Black Bolt.
Migraine is making f it too hard to focus on paper books. Gonna read on Viv for a while; it's easier and I'll sleep off however worse it gets soon. Also going out to dinner in a bit.
I hope Ceaser eats Rankin and we get pages of gruesome, bloody detail. I was not crushed over that spoilery thing and it came back!
I just feel too tired to write them right now.
I'm going to head off to bed and try to catch up soon. Not sure when, though. I once again apologize - in advance this time - for the inevitable review flood to come soon.
"'Rights be damned; we will never hear an end of anyone crying for their rights.'"
Well, maybe if we all started treating everyone with dignity instead of trying to fuck everyone over they wouldn't have reading to scream for what is rightfully due to them.