**spoiler alert** The Batman one is pretty good. Seeing the different iterations of Batman in the same circumstances is nice. I'm not sure how I feel...more**spoiler alert** The Batman one is pretty good. Seeing the different iterations of Batman in the same circumstances is nice. I'm not sure how I feel about Jakita flirting with him, though. On one hand, that would be an awesome pairing; on the other, this feels really OOC for her and I kind of resent her getting turned into a sex object just because it's a mainstream DC crossover.
The Authority crossover is silly and doesn't really hang together as a coherent narrative at all, which is sad because the Lovecraft joke had potential.
The JLA one is interesting as far as what an evil fascist Planetary would be like, and this Bruce is freaking AWESOME. He's a coherent whole mixture of Bruce and the Batman, all in one non-dissociative genius badass package. Diana suffers badly from Trinity Syndrome, though. And Clark is woefully underused. They claim Clark has special Kryptonian organs, which actually makes me curious. I don't remember any xenobiology canon other than the G-class star giving him powers. The rest was hand-waved.
Audiobook read by Scott Brick. I wish he'd done more to distinguish between the female characters and some of his pacing decisions seemed a little wei...moreAudiobook read by Scott Brick. I wish he'd done more to distinguish between the female characters and some of his pacing decisions seemed a little weird, but it was mostly fine.
I am probably going to have to reread this at least once to feel like I've gotten the story.
The thing I'm happiest about is the prevalence of female characters. They have their own agendas and skill sets and perspectives...although, as usual, men rule while women run things. Still, there's no assumption that soldiers, superheroes, programmers, starships or deities are gendered male and there's no patronizing surprise when they're women. That's completely refreshing.(less)
**spoiler alert** I really love these characters and I like the mystery of the myth-arc, although I wish there seemed to be a more cohesive plot inste...more**spoiler alert** I really love these characters and I like the mystery of the myth-arc, although I wish there seemed to be a more cohesive plot instead of such a strict monster of the week format. This was a great reminder of how much I love Cassaday's art, although I wish he'd given more attention to drawing the noses of the East Asian characters more proportionately. Points for universally good eye shape, but narrow bony noses are jarring. I'd also forgotten how much I enjoy Warren Ellis' world-building. I do really wish there were more female characters per page, but I can't say I'm surprised by the male::female ratio. Anyway, looking forward to the rest of the series. :)
Disability tag mostly for Axel Brass, who has withered legs and uses a walker. (And who goes picnicking with Elijah Snow and the UST is off the charts. Where is that FIC, I ask you?! <3)(less)
**spoiler alert** 4 1/2 stars for the first 3-issue arc with Monica Rambeau. That was AWESOME.
Unfortunately this is one of those trades where the seco...more**spoiler alert** 4 1/2 stars for the first 3-issue arc with Monica Rambeau. That was AWESOME.
Unfortunately this is one of those trades where the second arc cuts off in the middle -- I hate that -- so there's no resolution and the pacing is just weird. ALSO, the second story involves TERRIBLE VERY BAD HORRIBLE medical fake science, where because Carol's brain emits EMF waves, they can't put her in an MRI or CT scanner. So her doc invents a theory, out of thin air, of what might possibly be going on in Carol's brain and calls that neuroscience. (O.o) Why they did not just bring in a fucking Kree medical scanner from outer space is beyond me! I would have bought that! Easily! Whereas this SHIELD doctor's bullshit theories based on zero evidence whatsoever besides Carol having headaches and passing out? NO. Really not. Not when Carol's got friends in other galaxies.
So, yeah. Fake neurology is apparently a line my suspension of disbelief will not cross, whereas ALIEN OUTER SPACE neurology is totally fine. Who knew? *g*(less)
Very much (and consciously, I think) in the tradition of Sandman, if put in a blender with Deadwood. I'm really not a fan of Emma Ríos' art style, but...moreVery much (and consciously, I think) in the tradition of Sandman, if put in a blender with Deadwood. I'm really not a fan of Emma Ríos' art style, but I love DeConnick's writing. The mythos here feels completely epic and compelling, although it probably bears some rereading to get the full meaning out of it. Curious what vol 2 will be like.(less)
Parts of this, especially the beginning, are broad comedy, which seems a little odd except for how this one was apparently written as a stage play fir...moreParts of this, especially the beginning, are broad comedy, which seems a little odd except for how this one was apparently written as a stage play first and then adapted into a novel. I enjoyed it a lot, although I had a few moments of embarrassment squick and I had a great deal of impatience with the ingrained antisemitism and classism. Granted, the collapse of the aristocracy is part of what makes it interesting to read, but I'm democratic enough in my outlook that I cringe when they call Harriet Lady Peter. Fucking feudalism. Anyway, I liked that this one (again!) was as much a book about people as it was about a mystery. There's never a doubt as to where its heart is, so it succeeds even if the reader solves the puzzle fairly early on.
Gender politics tag because even though this was published in 1939, the women's rights issues are the same.
Disability tag in part because of how they all demean and patronize a female character who is exceptionally short, never mind that she has as much right to respect, happiness, and her own livelihood as anyone.(less)
**spoiler alert** Disability tag for unsympathetic minor characters' proselytizing eugenics -- extermination and/or forced sterilization of anyone les...more**spoiler alert** Disability tag for unsympathetic minor characters' proselytizing eugenics -- extermination and/or forced sterilization of anyone less than physically perfect. Germany is mentioned, where there is rather more killing, someone says as a way to shut someone else up. Given that WW2 hasn't happened yet but the killing of undesirables had begun, this is especially creepy and awful and sad.
Reunions are not my thing, and so it took a while for me to get into this one. I ended up enjoying it a great deal, even if parts make me very angry. I enjoyed it especially as an anti-romance, where in the end both Harriet and Peter celebrate the person Harriet's become in the last five years since her acquittal. That ALL the gender politics could still be set in 2014 makes me want to throw things, frankly.
I got angry about the Shrewsbury notion of justice mostly on the part of Newland, the girl who attempts to drown herself. It's a badly dropped thread, really, because there's no reason for Annie to send her 30+ hate letters while other students rarely got any. Newland was clearly bullied to the point of suicide, which was murder even in the 1930s, but all we get is that she's recovering well. This stifling fear of scandal? Nauseating. Appalling. Tragic for its victims.
I've become hyper-attuned to gendered arguments, advertising, description, etc., to the point that I'm sick to death of [insert universally applicable human character attribute] being applied/denied [gender]. Needless to say, the endless debate over gender roles became a slog.
Still, it's awesome to see Sayers back on her game and tossing the detective novel formula that wasn't working for her in favor of breaking the form into something better.
Silly space opera with weird pacing and 8 to 10 spare characters sitting around in the background holding up walls on any given page -- and Bendis is...moreSilly space opera with weird pacing and 8 to 10 spare characters sitting around in the background holding up walls on any given page -- and Bendis is usually better than that. But I liked that Natasha had a fair bit to do and did it well. Unfortunately, only she, Tony, Clint, and Rocket had any spark of life, but that's what happens when you do a mega team-up book and don't have enough pages to give everyone a line, much less an opinion. (less)