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07 Jun 2024 15:36 #342442 by Shellhead

DarthJoJo wrote: Finished it with a double feature of Tom King, his Vision and Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow limited series. The man has some of the best straight prose this side of Gaiman or Moore. You can see it in the contrast of these two books not just in the style but tone and voice. There is the bleak horror and doom of the narration in Vision alongside the stilted, precise speech of the synthezoid family. Ruthye is very formal and precise but in the way of someone trained to speak in a royal court rather than someone with merely impeccable grammar. Supergirl feels like that one panel of All-Star Superman, "You're much stronger than you think you are," blown up over eight issues. A woman of limitless power leaves her 21st birthday to accompany a girl on a mission of vengeance. Sometimes she punches her problems, sometimes she helps dig graves, sometimes she spoonfeeds an alien missing both arms. Along the way Kara takes red kryptonite pills to fight a space dragon and survives a day on a world with a green sun. Lots of good stuff.

I go back and forth on Vision. A horror story from the jump, it almost feels like character assassination (not that I've ever had an opinion on Ultron's creation, beside Paul Bettany's better than necessary performance). None of it is the sort of thing a hero should do. Maybe it would have been better with an original character, but then you lose the weight that decades of history and context provide without a ridiculous load of exposition and footnotes.


I read King's Vision run a few years ago, and the memory has lingered. Vision was one of my favorite heroes when I was a kid, because he was somewhat similar in personality to Mr. Spock. King played fair with Vision, retaining his personality and backstory while daring to push the boundaries of his potential. The scene where he battles the Avengers was impressive and did justice to Vision's full capabilities.

I just started reading Ms. Marvel, the modern version featuring a teenage Muslim-American girl in New Jersey. The art is good enough and the writing is good enough, and hopefully both will improve. Aside from that, I am currently reading the entire original run of Avengers via a free comic website that is plagued with pop-ups. Just getting through 22 pages of comics can require dismissing up to 50 pop-ups on my tablet, because the Amazon Silk browser is relatively lacking in anti-malware software. I just finished issue #140, which I originally read back in the mid-'70s. The next issue features the debut of artist George Perez. His early artwork was a little unpolished, but featured some very dynamic layouts.
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07 Jun 2024 18:52 - 07 Jun 2024 18:54 #342443 by DarthJoJo
Glad to hear it isn’t a hit piece on Vision. It’s absolutely a great, haunting story of good intentions falling apart in the worst way, but I worried Vision was forced into the story King wanted to tell rather than a story that fit him.

Which is a strange worry for a character I never think about, but there it is.

I read the first few volumes of Ms. Marvel back in the day, through the Wolverine guest appearance I think. Really enjoyed her as a teen learning the ropes of superheroism in the same way as the beginning of Miles Morales’ story.
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10 Jun 2024 12:33 #342454 by Shellhead
The King story was a completely reasonable extrapolation from Vision's lengthy past history. Early on, he was nearly obsessed with gaining humanity (long before a similar storyline with Data on Star Trek: Next Generation). He married Scarlet Witch, moved to a suburb in New Jersey, and started a family with the assist of Wanda's magic. Later, Vision was corrupted by an alien AI (ISAAC, of the moon Titan) and tried to create a utopia by taking over the world via computers. Later, a black ops team captured Vision, dismantled him, and wiped his memories. He eventually got back his memories but without the emotional context, bringing his relationship with Scarlet Witch to an end. In short, Vision was an idealist without a normal moral compass, so King's story of Vision's second attempt to start a family was a valid interpretation of the character.

Moreso than her Pakistani-American and Muslim heritage, I appreciate the way Ms. Marvel is very grounded in her community. Her character exists in the context of family, friends, classmates, and other community members, making her a rich character compared to the cardboard DC heroes of the silver age of comics. Even her hero deck in Marvel Champions reflects this, giving her three support characters who can only help her in alter ego form, encouraging her player to switch to alter-ego more often than with most other heroes.
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23 Jun 2024 22:43 #342537 by DarthJoJo
On a really great run of comics lately. Simon Spurrier and Charles Adlard’s Damn Them All is gender swapped Constantine but good gender swapped Constantine. Ellie Hawthorne is a demon-dealing magician in employ of the London mob. No one, including the devils, is as capable as they think they are. Everyone is kind of lame and has no respect for anything. Like Elle repeats “It’s not about who’s the better magician. It’s about who’s willing to be the bigger bastard.” Violence ensues.

Daniel Warren Johnson’s Murder Falcon had to walk for Do A Power Bomb! to fly. Rather than a young woman seeking closure in the death of her mother by entering a supernatural wrestling tournament, it’s young man facing mortality by fighting monsters with heavy metal. The music. Not like lead or something. Johnson faces the hard questions with his hobby loves with no shame. Murder Falcon is a celebration of music from the jump. It’s a little shaggy and too many characters are introduced to do their awesome thing in their first pages and then recede entirely into the background, but lesser Johnson is still another level.

The Ghost Fleet, by the dream team of Donny Cates and Johnson, is Transporter 2 or Fast and Furious in panels. It’s absolutely dumb, but the total indulgence in the stupidity and thrill of seeing a man run through tanks with a katana carries it. Cates and Johnson have been transcendent when they go for the heavy stuff, but this is just them having a blast and going balls to the wall for eight issues. Can’t believe David Leitch doesn’t have it in pre-production already.
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