Day Seven: snickfic
asked for "Favorite comics you're reading right now and why"
I'm late with this answer partly because I went out of town yesterday, then drove home and fell straight to sleep (well that's the main reason I guess), but also I was a couple weeks behind in reading the comics I had bought so I wanted to catch up and remind myself what some of my favorites were. It turned out I couldn't come up with any particular titles that are head-and-shoulders above the others, but this is pretty much a good thing because it means there are a lot of good comics coming out. I'm not particularly fannish about comics the way I was five or six years ago, but I still read a fair number of them, and I like what comics add to my reading life -- the way they make me use my visual/spatial decoding skills and not just words all the time. (I think words are great, obviously! But comics as a medium mean a lot to me and when they're well done, I like the way they stretch my brain muscles.
That doesn't really answer the question of which
comics I'm fondest of right now, and I think I should answer this with categories more than specific titles. I am basically reading two different types of comics right now:
1. What I think of as 'fringe' Marvel titles. That is, I dropped off major Marvel 'events' two or three events ago, which essentially means I don't have much idea what's going on at the 'center' of the Marvel universe. However, I think Marvel is doing a pretty nice job with putting out books that don't require that much engagement with other books. The most obvious examples are Daredevil
(which win all the awards, for good reasons); but I'm also thinking of titles like FF
-- the most recent issue is amazing; Mike Allred's art looks like nothing else out there, and Lee Allred has taking over scripting duties from Matt Fraction but frankly you can't tell; X-Men Legacy
, written by Si Spurrier and just full of crazy ideas and (notice a patern here) completely unique art by Tang Eng Huat); Avengers Arena
, an impressively self-contained story that does great things with a bunch of different characters (this is known as the Hunger Games
in the Marvel Universe book, but that doesn't do it justice except to the extent that you think that premise sounds awesome) -- this title has actually ended but it's coming back with a new title I can't think of (Avengers Undercover
?) based on the status quo at the end of the book. And then there's the Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie Young Avengers
title which has two issues to go but which I'm already mourning. . .
2. The second category is basically 'creator-owned books by people who I first learned about through their Marvel or DC work.' Saga
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is the most obvious/popular example (almost too obvious to mention; who doesn't like Saga
? WRONG PEOPLE!) I'm also digging Greg Rucka and Michael Lark's series Lazarus
, which has an awesome female lead (obviously) a great sci-fi premise, and terrific layouts and execution by Lark. Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals
is well worth checking out, (despite the title, which has not only gotten them in marketing trouble -- but does the book a bit of an injustice, IMO, by making it sound more jokey and glib than it actually is) I mean, it's funny
, it's essentially a comedy book, but it's not just a bunch of gags; I mean, it's about a couple people with orgasm-based superpowers, yes, but it's much more of a tender slice-of-life book than you'd think from that description. A couple other new titles might work their way into the must read category -- Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's Velvet
is a period piece about a female spy; Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios's Pretty Deadly
is -- well frankly I'm not sure what's going on in this book yet but it is beautiful, and I'm trusting the story to come together.
It's possible that I have basically just listed all of the books that I'm buying (though if I forgot to list something it doesn't mean I don't like it, probably? And there could be a 3. on this list as I'm feeling like I'm going to get back into reading manga -- some piles of stuff I've checked out or bought but not read yet -- but I'm not quite there yet.
I hope that was somewhat useful for answering your question!Day Eight
asked, "I get the impression that you quite hated Phoenix: Endsong
and I'm curious about why"
You know, this is an X-Men comics mini that I read, six or seven years ago, and I know it really bugged me at the time, but I can't say that I retain really strong feelings about it. I suspect I had an issue with the portrayal of Scott and Emma's relationship and the way that they talked about Jean. That was at a time where I was pretty resentful about Scott and Emma being together and Jean being dead and since, in current canon, Scott and Emma are (I think? I'm not even sure?) broken up, and Jean is (sort of) back, it's hard for me to keep being indignant about how something was written almost a decade ago. I wish Grant Morrison hadn't screwed up Scott and Jean; I thought Joss Whedon did a better job of addressing the aftermath of that than Greg Pak did in Endsong
, but at this point I'm basically past it.