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Pull list for October 29 2014

I work today. And the next few days after. So I have no idea when I’ll get my review post up. Idid go to the store before work, though.

I picked up: All-New X-Men #33, by Brian Bendis and Mahmud Asrar, and the 75th Anniversary comic, by a bunch of people.

I’ll also review: Axis Revolutions #1, written by Dennis Hopeless and Simon Spurrier, art by Ken Lashley and Tan Eng Huat; Death of Wolverine: Deadpool and Captain America #1, by Gerry Duggan and Scott Kolins; Logan Legacy #3, by Tim Seeley and Ariela Kristantina; Deathlok #1, by Nathan Edmondson and Mike Perkins; Wolverine and the X-Men #11, by Jason Latour and a bunch of artists.

So, two comic bought. Wow. And 6 reviews.

I was most looking forward to, uh, the only X-Men comic I’ll actually be buying. Man, it’s barely even worth leaving the house, just to get two comics. Oh well. ANXM was good. More of the X-Men in the Ultimate universe. It was lots of fun.

So I should talk about the January solicits. They came out last Tuesday, but my pull list post was on the Monday. My January 2015 pull list will be All-New X-Factor #19, Angela #2, Operation SIN #1 (maybe – I’m a little on the fence; I like Kathryn Immonen, but mini-series, meh), Rocket Raccoon #7, Storm #7, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (there’s a special two-page preview up and it’s amazing and I love it), Uncanny X-Men #30, X-Men #23, All-New Ghost Rider #10, All-New X-Men #37, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #4, Captain Marvel #11, Ms. Marvel #11, Silver Surfer #9, X-Force #14, All-New X-Factor #20, Deadpool’s Art of War #4, Loki #10, She-Hulk #12, Spider-Man 2099 #8 (maybe, depending on how the Spider-Verse tie-in goes), and Uncanny X-Men #31. So that’s 21 titles. That’s kind of a lot.

ANXF and She-Hulk both end that month. Which is sad. Especially She-Hulk – I’ve been loving Soule’s work on that book. Squirrel Girl looks adorable and fun and great. Filipe Andrade will do the art for Rocket Raccoon #7, and while it’s a shame to go an issue without Skottie Young’s art, I did like Andrade’s work on Captain Marvel, so I’m fine with him filling in. Johnny Blaze will still be in All-New Ghost Rider – bleh. I hope he leaves soon. Let Robbie be the star of the book. I don’t care about Blaze. He’s never interested me. Robbie’s a way more interesting character. Captain Marvel #11 is “a Christmas Carol.” Cute pun. And Kit! Yay! Woot! I love me some Kit! G. Willow Wilson on an arc of X-Men – I’m excited for that. It should be really good. X-Men’s sales are still pretty respectable, so it’s nice seeing a woman get a chance writing it. The cover for X-Force #14 suggests Forget-Me-Not is still alive, which is awesome.

Ms. Marvel will be in SHIELD #2. I probably won’t buy that issue. But still, I’m excited to see her getting used elsewhere. I’m guessing a lot of writers want to figure out a way to use her. She’s awesome and adorable and I’m pretty sure everyone at Marvel loves her. Thor #4 will have Thor vs. Thor. Should be fun. I notice that Inhumans #14 will have two women, one of them a woman of colour, and a man of colour. And that’s just on the cover. Nice to see that book finally get a little bit diversity. Spider-Man and the X-Men #2 looks like it’s going to continue the idiotic Jason Aaron idea of Sauron as a genius, which came out of absolutely frigging nowhere. Ugh.

There’s also Avengers #34.2, by Sam Humphries. I won’t be buying it. The issue focuses on Starbrand, with a bit of Nightmask. I really, really hope that the issue reveals Starbrand as gay. Hickman’s run ending without the LGBT Avenger being revealed would be such complete and utter bullshit.

I said last week that I’d talk about the new Uncanny Avengers line-up. Well, this may or may not come as a surprise, but I approve of it. The team will consist of Wanda, Rogue, Vision, Brother Voodoo, Quicksilver, Captain Sam, and – ugh – Sabretooth. So, out of a cast of 7, four belong to real-world minority groups (Sam and Voodoo are both black, Wanda and Quicksilver are both half-Jew/half-Gypsy). That’s not bad at all. There’s only one character who’s a white man, and a second who’s an android with green skin (and as a result, who I’d consider as not counting towards diversity). So that’s good. The team itself seems a little less inclined to fight amongst itself. Sabretooth is a monster, of course, so he’ll presumably be a source of conflict. Quicksilver’s always a dick. But the others are generally reasonable. It’ll be nice seeing some interactions between Wanda, Quicksilver and Vision. So I approve of the team, and I hope the book is less cynical than the recent volume was. There are few enough characters I have a particularly strong interest in, and I don’t like Remender’s writing style (or Acuna’s art style), so I won’t be buying the book. But still. This is much better.

I’d planned on talking about Benedict Cumberbatch probably being Dr. Strange. I was going to say they should’ve cast a Latino in the role, in order to add some diversity. But then yesterday the Internet exploded.

Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies have finally been announced. Black Panther will be the third movie in 2017, Captain Marvel will be the second movie in 2018. About damned time. Their 17th and 19th movies. Still, I’m happy the movies are confirmed. I’m also glad that it’s Captain Marvel. Not Ms. Marvel. Captain Marvel, bitches! So Marvel’s confirmed the two movies I’ve wanted them to confirm, which means I don’t have to boycott them at all. I can go watch Avengers 2, and Ant-Man, and probably Captain America 3, but maybe not Dr. Strange because I still don’t think I care enough. My friend actually texted me, as I wrote this paragraph, to ask if I’d go see Black Panther with her. I said sure, as long as she goes to see Captain Marvel with me. I’m looking forward to those movies. Especially Captain Marvel.

For one of the Goodreads groups this month, I read Hero, by Perry Moore. You can view my full review here. The short version? Meh. I gave it two stars. It’s about a gay teen, named Thom, who discovers he has superpowers and joins a trainee team for “the League.” Yeah, that’s the name of the major superhero team. And, of course, the “League” is just a cheap knock-off of the Justice League. And, naturally, they’re asshole versions of the Justice League. Because if there’s one thing more overdone than JL knock-offs, it’s asshole JL knock-offs. It’s a bit tiresome. I mean, come on, if you’re doing original superhero fiction, why not make at least some effort to actually be original? I’ve got my shitty superhero story, The Champions, which I’ve routinely called an X-Men knock-off. But the characters actually are different from the X-Men. I do have some Avengers knock-offs in there, but even then, I’ve made some effort, however slight, to not just do “Armoured Man” or “Lightning God” or whatever. And I didn’t just make them asshole caricatures, either, because again, that’s boring.

Anyway, the story itself is weak, the writing style’s nothing special, and almost all the characters are unlikable. The women might actually get the worst of it – there’s exactly one woman in the entire story who isn’t an unlikable bitch. And she’s an old woman who smokes, drinks and makes off-colour jokes. There aren’t many likable male characters, either, though. The extent of the discrimination shown is also a problem. I know that there was even less acceptance of homosexuality in 2007 than there is today, but it’s not like we’re talking about the ’70s here. There was still a clear movement towards greater acceptance. And yet the old lady is the only character in the entire story who doesn’t seem to have any problem with the main character being gay. Everyone else is either uncomfortable or outright hateful towards homosexuality. It might’ve been nice to have a few more people expressing support of homosexuality, and not just in the last few pages. As it is, I have to imagine that some gay teens might have been even more nervous after reading this. “Well, shit, this guy’s his school’s star basketball player, and he gets kicked off the team just because a kid from a rival school made a comment about him? I’d better keep it a secret as long as I can!” Showing the struggles faced by gay people is fine, but I think it should be balanced out by showing that gay teens aren’t alone, that there are people who will accept them for who they are.

Still nothing more won, but I’ve still got two books sitting on my desk that I haven’t even started. It’s hard finding time to read while also reading comics and writing a shitty story and arguing on the Internet and all that stuff.

I picked up a few more My Little Pony figures. I got a duplicate of Royal Riff, and I got Sunny Rays, Junebug and, best of all, Trixie! Junebug and Trixie are both Rarity clones, Sunny Rays is a Fluttershy clone. Still, cool. I like Trixie. She’s a fun character. Yeah, she’s a bitch, but she’s an amusing one, so I like her.

My schedule for this week is 3-11 Wednesday, 3-11 Thursday, 6-10 Friday, 6:30-10:30 Saturday, 4-8:30 Sunday, 3-11 Monday. So, don’t expect any posts this week. I don’t know, maybe I’ll try to do one. See how I feel, I guess. But probably not.

That’s all I’ve got for this week.

New Mutants Annual #1 (1984, November)

Two New Mutants posts in a row! I work tomorrow, so no Wednesday reviews, but I’ll post my pull list instead. But for today, by Claremont and McLeod, “The Cosmic Cannonball Caper.”

The Cosmic Cannonball Caper

This might be one of my favourite covers ever. So damned good. A Sienkewicz cover, of course.

We start with a Danger Room exercise. Cannonball is trying to lift a ram as high as possible by launching against it. Xavier’s not impressed with how he’s doing, and Sam can tell, so he puts more effort into it. Then Xavier has Dani create a mental image of a Brood Queen to startle him. This causes Sam to stop blasting, and he falls. He gets mad, until Xavier explains to him the necessity of not losing concentration. Sam feels bad, but Xavier tells him every X-Man’s been in the same spot.

In new York City, an alien materializes, and sees a Lila Cheney poster.

Back at the school, Stevie’s putting Dani through a daily therapy session, stretching her legs. She gets a charlie horse, and Stevie massages it while saying it’s OK to cry when in pain. Dani asks how Stevie dealt with her broken knee, and Stevie says she screamed, cursed, cried and strained her friendships to their limits. Bobby busts in saying he got everyone tickets to the Lila Cheney concert.

So we skip ahead to Saturday, and the concert. The line’s long, but Bobby gets them inside quick. The tickets give access to the sound check. There are benefits to having a rich father. They watch the band setting up, then Lila takes to the stage for the soundcheck. Everyone’s impressed. One of the amps starts to fall, and Sam tackles Lila out of the way. Lila rewards him with a kiss. Right on the lips. She invites the group to a party after the show. After she gets back to the set-up, Warlock – disguised as a human – says the chain holding the amps was cut. Rahne changes to wolf form to check for scents, and finds something awful. An alien scent.

As the show starts, the Mutants – with Dani and Doug staying behind – are still exploring the place. They’re in the rafters above the stage. They find the alien from earlier. The Mutants attack him. He kicks their asses, easily. But before he can kill Lila, Sam knocks him aside, and Lila starts a guitar solo that seems to cause the alien, and Warlock, pain. The alien’s armour explodes. Then, Lila, her band, and Sam all vanish. Warlock explains what happened, but he’s got a dangerous amount of energy that he needs to discharge. He uses the energy, at Dani’s behest, to open the Stargate Lila used. They show up in space.

Meanwhile, Lila, Sam and the band are in a fancy room. It’s time for the After-Party. Sam wonders what Lila’s game is, and then notices he’s in a Dyson sphere. One that’s empty and abandoned. She flirts with him, and then sends him off for a change of clothes. Then she takes a call from an alien, the same race as the one who attacked her, who asks if  the auction can be skipped. She says her theft and sales of the Earth will proceed as scheduled.

Dani wakes up in a pod. Turns out she, and the other Mutants, are inside Warlock, who’s transformed into a ship to save them.

On the sphere, Sam’s led into Lila’s bedroom, dressed in punk clothes. Lila’s just wearing a bathing suit. They make out, while one of her bandmates calls the alien from before. He’s setting up a double-cross, selling out Lila and the Earth. The Mutants have arrived in the sphere. It apparently took them a day, and they’ve spent most of another day wandering around the city. The Mutants are attacked while crossing a bridge. Rahne and Dani fall off, and Warlock catches them, but they’re all caught by a net. Bobby’s jumped on a flying sled, but can’t control it. The three captured Mutants are thrown down beside Sam. Lila’s beside the head alien. The alien also kills the guy who betrayed Lila.

The alien explains the plan. Lila’s put a Stargate web around the planet Earth. Once a switch is thrown, the planet will be teleported to the Dyson sphere, the people in stasis shock, so they can be rounded up and sold as slaves. Before he can throw the switch, the room starts shaking. An earthquake is impossible on a Dyson sphere, which means – Magma! Illyana, too. She slices one of the aliens, which doesn’t hurt it, but does shock it long enough for Doug to tackle him. Illyana grabs his gun and shoots him, to Doug’s shock. He wonders if he belongs there, but he doesn’t run. The rest of the team is freed, and Sunspot busts in. Almost everyone comments on Sam’s outfit.

Lila says the Earth is doomed. When Amara melted the control panel, it triggered self-destruct circuits that will destroy the Earth. She has no idea how to stop it. Luckily, someone there reads alien-ese. He manages to figure it out just in time. Lila agrees to leave the Earth alone, and Doug asks how they’re going to get home. Lila teleports them to her London townhouse. She can do that on her own. The other Mutants head inside, while Sam talks to Lila. And then they kiss again. Bobby is shocked.

This is a really fun story. I kinda can’t help but wonder how much more epic it would’ve been with Sienkewicz on art, but McLeod does a really good job. Action is handled well, the characters look good. The aliens are a bit bland, but whatever, not a big deal. The writing is also good. Claremont does some good character work with Sam. Doug gets some nice stuff here, too, even getting to save the Earth. Dani, too, gets some nice moments all through, dealing with her injury, and acting as leader of the team. And, of course, Lila’s great. She’s fun. I’ve always liked Lila. Which is why I’m so psyched to see her in Captain Marvel next month. Woot Lila!

The Sam/Lila romance becomes a bit of a recurring element in New Mutants for a few years. They make an OK couple. Not a great one, but an OK couple. I’ve seen worse comic book couples. It does lead to a few cute moments here and there, at least.

But wait! There’s more! The New Mutants were also in Rom Annual #3, by Bill Mantlo and W.M. Johnson. There’s stuff that happens involving Rom and Starshine and Dire Wraiths and so on. Then the New Mutants are driving along an Appalachian highway when they come across a roadblock and a forest fire. Sam’s scared for his family. The team goes into action to help create a firebreak, and to rescue some firefighters caught inside the inferno. Amara blows out the fire with a bigger fire, and they all continue down the road, passing a church that wasn’t even singed by the fire. The Mutants arrive at Sam’s family’s place, where they’re all greeted warmly. Xavier wonders if any of Sam’s siblings will get powers. The answer? Oh hell yes. Sam’s mom mentions a new preacher in town, since the old one’s been ailing. The new preacher, as Rom and Starshine learn, is an old enemy named Hybrid, a mix of Wraith and human. Hybrid stops Rom, then decides to make Starshine his mate.

The next morning, Sam and Josh go hunting. Josh is a bit resentful towards Sam for getting out. Josh wants to get out, too, and wonders if he’s “different” like Sam. At the funeral for the old preacher, Xavier and Illyana both sense the evil of the new preacher. Back at the church, Hybrid gets Brandy out of the Starshine armour she’d been fused into. Then he drops the church into the ground. The Mutants, the next day, follow into the earth to find the church and deal with Hybrid. He causes a cave-in to trap them, and Sam freaks out a bit and starts blasting free, before his power cuts out. They find the church, and Hybrid exits, and they try to attack him, but lose. Illyana teleports away, but the others are all captured.

Illyana, in Limbo, finds and saves Rom, who mentions a past meeting with the X-Men. She then takes Rom back to Earth, and inside the church, which Hybrid’s changed. They get inside just in time to see Hybrid give Brandy a kiss. While Hybrid attacks Rom, Illyana stabs him in the back with her Soulsword. This weakens Hybrid’s control over Brandy, who shoots Hybrid with Rom’s Neutralizer.

It’s a meh story, as so many of Mantlo’s stories were. The Mutants get some OK use here. The whole forest fire scene felt a bit tacked-on, to show what the Mutants can do, and to give a quick look into their personalities. They felt like exaggerated versions of themselves, which, again, was Mantlo’s writing style – he was very prone to doing exaggerated versions of characters. The art was OK. Overall, I can’t say I particularly cared about this story. This is the first time we see Sam’s family, though, which is a bit odd.

Song of the day: Blow Your Mind by Haight Ashbury.

New Mutants #21 (1984, November)

Another exciting issue of New Mutants. By Claremont and Sienkewicz, it’s “Slumber Party!”

Slumber Party!

The corner box should give you a hint about the contents of this issue.

We start with a large group of shadowy figures approaching the school. They knock on the door, and are invited inside and upstairs, where the party’s already in full swing. They’re celebrating Dani’s release from the hospital, though she’s still confined to a wheelchair for a while. She wants to dance, and Illyana distracts her by asking about her folks, and their ranch.

Three of the girls are chatting about the school being weird. One, in particular, thinks there’s probably bodies buried in the basement. None of them notice Lockheed spying on them from the rafters. Up in space, Magneto’s on Asteroid M, and something smashes right through. It’s Warlock!

Back at the party, the girls are talking about cute boys. Tom Selleck, of course. Also Michael Jackson. Amara gets a little embarrassed at not knowing who he is, and in her frustration, starts an earthquake going. She calms herself down, and when some girls find out her earrings are real gold, they flock to her. Rahne sits off to the side, feeling torn between her desire to have fun and her strict upbringing. So the girls decide to give her a makeover.

Outside, Sam and Bobby are walking home after a baseball game that apparently lasted into 27 innings. That would be painful to watch. Sam is apparently a Yankees fan, which would make him a horrible person today, but apparently they weren’t doing too great back then. So he’s still OK. Bobby playfully bats a giant rock with a tree, and Sam smashes it. Bobby starts thinking about his dad, and the great relationship they used to have. Sam tries to cheer him up, and then they get back to the school. Sam knocks on the door, and a sexy redhead opens the door. Sam asks if any of the girls are around, and Rahne tells him off. And punches him in the gut. Illyana slams the door on the boys. Sam has no idea what he did wrong, because he’s kind of an idiot. Rahne complains to Dani that Sam didn’t even recognize her, and Dani says he just saw a pretty girl, which makes Rahne feel bad for punching him. Illyana’s leading a Ouija board game, while wearing Lockheed as a hat.

Back outside, Sam’s swimming while Bobby sits on the shore. They both feel homesick. But then a meteor grabs their attention. But since it lands, it’s actually a meteorite. Of course, it’s not actually either, given how sharp a turn it made before crashing. Sam blasts into the lake after it and brings it out. Bobby carries it to the lab, then asks Sam how he knows so much about meteors, and Sam mentions his love of sci-fi, especially Heinlein. Warlock wakes up, tired and hungry. He needs some energy, and he plugs himself into a power outlet. He ends up blacking out the house.

In the attic, Rahne feels bad about the Ouija board game. She knows it’s all in fun, but she’s actually seen demons. Dani uses her own power to summon an illusory spirit. Lockheed suddenly takes off, too. Downstairs, Warlock finds a plant, and absorbs its life energy. He pokes around a fridge, and Lockheed attacks him. Illyana runs up behind Warlock and slashes him with her Soulsword, but doesn’t harm him, since he’s not magical. So instead, she summons a demon. Which Warlock promptly drains. So she teleports away with Lockheed.

Rahne finds Sam and Bobby, and conveys Sam’s story to Dani, who’s pissed at them. Sam feels like an idiot, and a failure. Amara joins the three, and they find Warlock. Amara blasts him with fire, to no effect. Sam blasts him out through a wall and onto the lawn. Warlock doesn’t want to hurt them, but he’s too weak to flee. Amara sinks him into the ground, and he grabs her, but Bobby snaps his arm. Inside, the music’s too loud for any of the girls to hear the battle, but Dani notices two of the girls missing. She climbs out of her chair to search for them. She slumps against a wall, and Warlock finds her. She scares him off with an illusion of the Magus.

Dani and Rahne talk about Warlock, and realize he’s scared, and probably doesn’t even recognize them as people. The missing girls show up, and think it’s cool that Dani has a pet wolf. They mention Elfquest – not the first time Claremont had mentioned it. He was clearly a big fan. The Pinis were a fan of Claremont, too. Anyway, Dani thinks they need to find a way to communicate with Warlock, and Sam thinks of Doug. Warlock accidentally activates the Danger Room, but is weak and kinda sad-looking. Doug’s brought in, and uses the Danger Room’s computer to communicate with Warlock. We learn about Warlock’s race – Technoorganic, babies created on an assembly line and then forced to fight their “fathers” to the death, Warlock fled, Magus followed. Rahne cries that they need to help him, to save his life. She reaches out to him, and he doesn’t drain her. Instead, he’s able to reach an outlet, and get enough energy to survive. And now, he has friends.

Xavier comes home to find the party over and the girls asleep. And the house a mess. Illyana shows up wearing a spacesuit, for some reason, and Xavier wants to know what the hell happened. The Mutants introduce him to Warlock. They want Warlock to stay. Xavier decides he trusts them.

Then some bios from Xavier’s files. Cannonball is the oldest and the one the others turn to for support, but his struggles with improving his power is hurting him. Magik is tough to teach because Xavier knows little about magic and her teleport circles are so unpredictable. Sunspot is charming, but also deeply troubled, and at risk of going down the same path as his father.

In the letters page, a fan mentions the book taking place at a school, and the response is that it’s possible one could flunk out, and what would happen then? Of course, that never ends up happening. At all. Another letter suggested getting rid of the kids, putting the ANAD team in New Mutants, and putting the original X-Men in UXM. The person also complains that Dani is too similar to Thunderbird.

This is a great issue. It’s got a lot of fun stuff going on, some great humour. But it also has some solid character work. Rahne gets some strong moments. Sam and Bobby have nice scenes together. It’s really good. Warlock is also really neat. He’s an interesting character, and his introduction is done well. We get to see him from both sides. Looking at him from the Mutants’ side, he’s really creepy. But we also get his side, so we know he’s not a bad guy, that he doesn’t want to hurt them, that he’s scared and weak. It’s easy to feel sad for him, especially when he collapses in the Danger Room, to weak to even try to rescue himself. We also get Doug added to the book, though he’s not really well-written here. He gets better.

Sienkewicz’s art remains fantastic. Spectacular stuff. The guy’s a master of mood all through the issue. It goes from light and fun to dark and creepy. Warlock keeps shifting and changing in interesting ways – I imagine he’s an artist’s dream, because they can really go free-form with him, more than with most characters.

The Claremont/Sienkewicz collaboration continues to shine, and continues to make New Mutants a must-read title. Sienkewicz brings an energy that it had been missing.

Song of the day: Blew My Mind by Dresses.

Uncanny X-Men #187 (1984, November)

Man, 1984 seems to just be taking forever to get through. I’ve still got 10 comics left, counting today’s. Speaking of which, today’s issue, by Claremont and JRJr, is “Wraithkill!”

Wraithkill!

Meh. This is a boring cover.

Storm’s walking away from Forge’s place, through heavy rains. She doesn’t notice a Dire Wraith appear in the lobby. It’s immediately destroyed by Forge’s automated defences. Some Dire Wraiths sneak in in human form. It deactivates the defences below Forge’s penthouse, so more Wraiths can head up in the elevator. Outside, Storm is attacked by a Wraith. She flees into the building, and grabs the gun off a dead guard. She shoots it, but it doesn’t die. Then its head is blown off by Naze. She tries to call Forge, but the Wraiths attack him before she can explain. She reloads the gun, and remembers Wolverine training her to fire a gun. Storm and Naze climb on top of the elevator, and a Hellhound attacks her, then gets blown apart by Naze. A cable wraps around her legs and starts dragging her towards the roof. She frees herself and laughs before letting go and grabbing a girder to haul herself up. Below, Naze wishes he was younger, so he could woo her. He uses his magic to help him sense Wraiths, so he can shoot them.

Above, Storm gets out of the elevator shaft, into a blizzard. A Wraiths snags her from behind with magic, but the cold weakens it, so it sends a Hellhound after her instead. She knocks it away, but the cold is killing her. She gets back inside. Then something weird happens, linking her to Forge, Naze, a Wraith, and something else.

In the penthouse, Forge is helpless, but hidden guns shoot the Wraiths moving towards him. Storm finds him, and there’s lots of tension, but then she senses some more Wraiths. During the fight, one of the Wraiths casts an illusion that makes it look like Storm while she looks like a Wraith. Forge uses his mystic senses to tell the difference.

Naze shows up, then Rogue and Colossus bust in. The five of them run up a flight of stairs, and into a whole assload more Wraiths. Naze heads to Forge’s Eagle’s Nest, and starts making use of the magic there. Down in the fight, Storm lets Rogue and Colossus know about her lost powers. Then Rom and Starshine show up. Holograms, meant to trick the Wraiths into dispelling their own illusions.

Then reality tears open and something else attacks.

This is OK. It’s an action issue, and those generally rise or fall based on the strength of the art, and I’ve never found JRJr’s art to be particularly strong. He doesn’t necessarily do a bad job, but neither does he blow me away, and for an issue like this, with so much action going on, I think there’s a real need for the art toe b blow-away good. And JRJr’s just not up to that. Claremont’s writing is pretty good, as usual, but even that isn’t as strong as usual.

There is one particularly serious problem with the issue, and that has to do with the weird moment where Storm merges minds with Forge, Naze, a Wraith and something else. It’s a subplot, so it doesn’t get explained here, of course, and that’s fine. But my problem is it doesn’t do a good enough job in terms of setting it up. Forge, when he sees Naze, wonders what caused the merge if it wasn’t Naze’s death. And at the risk of spoiling other issues that are nearly 30 years old, we do eventually find out that Naze did die. But we don’t really get any indication that it happened, beyond Forge’s idle thought. We see him bust into a room firing his shotgun, then he lets out a cry about prevailing against the odds. There should’ve been something in that scene, or in a later scene, to give readers a reason to expect his death. Something lurking behind him, or just him facing down several Wraiths at once. Something.

A few other notes: The blizzard is the result of events in Thor’s ongoing at the time. In Thor #349, the Casket of Ancient Winters is opened, which created blizzards around the world. A few books at the time had random blizzards as a result. Storm sensing the Wraiths in one panel was meant as a reference to her mystic potential. Apparently, the plan was to have her explore that, which would eventually lead to a crossover with Lady Daemon, an incredibly minor character who only appeared in a single story in Bizarre Adventures #25, which was a black-and-white anthology magazine. So, yeah, basically no one’s actually heard of her. Actually, at this point, I’m not sure Chris Claremont knows she exists, and he created her.

Song of the day: Wish In My Dish by Susy Blue.

X-Men comics (October 22 2014)

Agents of SHIELD was good last night. Bobbi Morse! Woot! I had no idea Adrianne Palicki was so big. She is an imposing woman. It’s . . . it’s kind of a turn-on. Anyway, on to today’s comics.

X-Force #11, by Simon Spurrier and Rock-He Kim. X-Force is kicking some ass, while Hope reflects on how easily things break. Specifically, how broken X-Force is. And her heart is also broken – by Fantomex, who dumped her. She’s not dealing with it well, and she hacks his brain in the middle of the big fight. She finds out how close to utter insanity he is. (It’s also mentioned that the other two parts of him are missing. So Cluster and Weapon XIII are still out there.) She digs a little deeper, and finds that Cable already knew how crazy Fantomex is. During the fight, the bad guy unfortunately gets away. And Hope learns that Fantomex knows exactly who she is. And he’s even closer to the edge than it looked. Spurrier is doing fantastic work on this book. It’s crazy and dark and often really funny. There’s a lot of excellent characterization, and a really cool story. Kim’s art is also fantastic. It looks like digital painting or something, and it looks great. He does action really well, but he also does some great settings, some solid character work, but where he really excels is with creepy stuff. This is an awesome series, and I strongly recommend it, because it’s definitely worth reading.

All-New X-Factor #15, by Peter David and Carmine Di Giandomenico. It starts with the president heading onto Air Force One in order to launch the nukes against Russia. The soldier carrying the Football stumbles and falls. On the plane, when the president opens it, it’s full of Conan comics. The president has the soldier arrested, then starts reading the comics. Gambit, of course, has the Football. Meanwhile, Polaris and Gambit are busy trying to keep DC in one piece. Lorna uses the reflecting pool to put out a fire in the Lincoln Memorial, and we also learn her middle name is Sally. Which makes her initials LSD. She figures that explains a lot. Gambit suddenly goes insane. Warlock rushes over to help, while Danger gets ready to beat up some soldiers. Cypher, Georgia and Luna stop a lynching. Luna almost gets shot by a couple cops, but Quicksilver saves her. Gambit is attacking Polaris, saying that after he kills her, he’s going to kill Quicksilver, then track down and kill Wanda. This is a pretty good issue. There’s a lot of action, so Di Giandomenico’s art isn’t as big a drawback as usual. He does action well enough. It’s expressions he’s no good at. PAD still manages to slip in plenty of clever dialogue, despite all the fighting and violence and stuff. So this is a solid issue. Good enough that I’ll pick up the next issue in the Axis tie-in.

Amazing X-Men #12, by Chris Yost and Kyle Craig, and Carlo Barberi. In the US, the Wendigos are loose. Northstar saves the little girl, but loses track of Aurora. In the Spirit Realm, Snowbird gets stepped on. Then Guardian gets eaten. Storm and Firestar are smacked to the ground, and Tanaraq is about to step on them, but Rockslide manages to save them for a few seconds. Outside the Realm, the X-Men are losing the fight. Nigthcrawler’s hurt, Sasquatch is losing control, and Wenderine stabs Colossus. Northstar and Aurora have both been bitten, and start to turn. In the Realm, Iceman frees Storm, Firestar and Rockslide. One of the Beasts tells Storm to free them, so they can stop Tanaraq, but Storm instead suggests he turn the X-Men into gods. Big time fight! Good finale, though I have to say, it does feel a bit rushed at some parts. One thing that I find a bit of a shame is that we don’t actually get confirmation that Talisman survived. I’m sure she did, it just would’ve been nice to get confirmation. We do know that everyone else survived. Guardian, Heather, Northstar and Aurora. Snowbird doesn’t get mentioned, either, but I’m sure she’s fine. With both Snowbird and Talisman, the vagueness means other writers can use them without explanation. Which is good. Overall, this arc was mostly OK. The first two issues were weak, the third and fourth were really cool, this one was in the middle. There was some humour in this issue, but it was toned down a bit, under the severity of the situation. Barberi’s art was good. A bit “house style” (not that Marvel really has a “house style” these days, but I’m sure you understand what I mean) but well-done.

Cyclops #6, by John Layman and Javier Garron. Corsair punches Scott and says he never should brought him onto his ship. Flashback to the start of the day. They’d finally reunited with the Starjammer. Good. I missed them. Anyway, they’re celebrating the reunion. Later, Scott tries to help Korvus with some routine maintenance, but has no idea what to do, so he damages the engine. Corsair grabs Scott to do some scavenging on an abandoned solar skimmer. Then it turns out they were waltzing right into an ambush, which they would’ve been able to avoid if Scott hadn’t screwed up again. They’re brought aboard the ambushing ship, and Corsair yells at Scott and attacks him, but not before giving him a quick wink. Good issue. We’ve got a new direction. Unfortunately, that direction once again involves getting rid of the Starjammers. Dammit. Layman’s writing is good, and Garron’s art is good.

Logan Legacy #2, by Tim Seeley and Ariela Kristantina. At the NXS, Laura is in the Danger Room. On the Ragnarok difficulty setting. She is not in a good mood. Warren wonders if he should talk to her. He pauses the Danger Room and tries to talk to her, saying he knows she’s hurt. She resumes it, and gets stabbed through the chest. Then she goes to pack. She doesn’t want to be comforted. She’s not sad. She’s angry. She feels betrayed by him. He said he’d always be there for her, but he turned out to be mortal, and he’s dead. She heads to Toronto, and a goth nightclub (The Perdition Room). A guy tries to offer her cash to go home with him. She declines, surprisingly politely. The club comes under attack, and Laura takes a bullet protecting the guy who tried to buy her. Then she pops her claws. She takes a lot of bullets, but stays up. Then a dance cage is dropped on her. Then another hero shows up. The Chinook, he calls himself. I actually had a long rant typed up for why it was stupid for a Toronto-based hero to name himself after an Alberta-based wind pattern, but it makes sense in a few more pages. Anyway, he kicks some ass, but then gets shot in the back. Laura almost kills the guy who did it, but Chinook stops her with a concussive air blast. Which he “hasn’t thought of a catchy name for” yet. He then asks her to leave with him. Seems the guys in the club, who call themselves the Happy Clams, are working for Pink Pearl. Old Alpha Flight villain! Woot! Not a major one, but still. Neat! Chinook describes her as “a fatter Canadian Kingpin” and “like Rob Ford in a muumuu.” I don’t think that one’s being fair. Rob Ford’s not a drug lord. He’s just a drunken crackhead who seems to have really poor impulse control. Also, turns out Chinook used to be the Alpha Flight member Windshear. He lost his powers on M-Day, and is now using fancy devices to fight crimes. Also, he has leukemia, and just came off chemo. He’s got a few months to live. He gives a speech about the bright colours meaning something, being more than he is. This is a really nice story. Seeley does a good job with Laura. He writes her well, and he writes Chinook really well. I’m always glad for some Canadian content, and for characters from Alpha Flight to show up. Even a Pink Pearl cameo! That was neat. Kristantina’s art is nice. It reminds me of Kris Anka’s style. It’s very pretty. Just a little bit of roughness to it that makes it just that little bit more pleasing. I’m hoping she gets more work at Marvel. She deserves it.

Axis #3, by Rick Remender and Leinel Yu. Deadpool is dragging Iron Man away from the fight, saying he’s not really “with” the bad guys. The bad guys, meanwhile, are making jokes as they get ready to fight the Skull. Doom and Loki engage in some fun little verbal sparring, and they, along with Magneto, destroy a Sentinel. Captain America shows up to challenge the Skull, but it’s just Mystique distracting him so the Enchantress can do her thing. That thing being making the Skull love her. But she gets distracted by a Sentinel being smashed, and he smacks her down. Meanwhile, Evan is helping Quire to protect the villains from the Skull’s telepathy. Unfortunately, Quire finally falls. This was another pretty good issue. The event hasn’t fallen apart yet. Things do get more tense at the end, and the “heroes split apart hating each other” portion of the story has begun. The thing that happens in every single team story Remender has written at Marvel. That also means the cynicism is seeping in more, which is disappointing. The Inversion happened in a fairly interesting way. Yu’s art is pretty good. The first third of the story is done, which means it’s all downhill from here. The rest of the event is going to be crap, if past events are any indication.

Deadpool #36, by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Mike Hawkthorne. Deadpool is dreaming about a nice dinner with Ellie, Ellie’s grandmother, and Preston and her family. He wakes up in the X-Men’s med-lab, after surgery, with Beast having taken some tissue to use to save Kim and the other Faux-Men. Evan is psychically projected to Deadpool, but Deadpool can’t hear him properly, so doesn’t know that Evan’s asking for help. He leaves the mansion, and sees rioting in the streets. He rescues a young mutant woman and takes her to Monster Town. He tells Shiklah he has to go check on Ellie, and she yells at him, and says that when he gets back, they’re going to have a serious talk. Michael the necromancer is protecting Ellie and Preston’s family from the hate wave, and Magneto comes to recruit him. This scene directly contradicts the one from Magneto’s solo comic a couple weeks ago. Eh, whatever. Then weird stuff happens. Another good issue, but not a great one. I still don’t like Hawthorne’s art, but it’s not as big a turn-off as usual. I may be getting used to it. Still, I really want a more conventional artist on this book. Ooh! Get Kristantina on it! That’d be awesome. This issue has some OK humour, an OK story, some OK drama. It’s OK, but not really anything outstanding. Meh.

That’s the X-titles. And I actually have no non-X-titles to review this week! Woot!

I do want to say “shame on you” for anyone not following All-New Ghost Rider. This series is awesome, and it just keeps getting better. Buy it! Buy it! It’s great!

Also, Kamala remains adorable in Amazing Spider-Man. She gets excited to do a slingshot move with Spider-Man. One that Captain Marvel did with him four times. I love Kamala.

I also want to say how fucking amazing The Wicked + The Divine is. If you haven’t been picking it up in floppies, then pick up the trade next month. It’s so damned good.

Dazzler: The Movie (1984, October)

Marvel’s January solicits are out. I’ll talk about them in my next pull list post. For today, though, we’ve got a big one. By Jim Shooter and Frank Springer, it’s “Dazzler: The Movie.”

Dazzler: The Movie

A very movie-poster cover. But kinda meh work from Sienkewicz.

We start at the health spa where Dazzler is leading an aerobics class. She gets carried away a bit, and starts to glow, until she overhears someone mentioning it. A husband and wife talk about her, with the wife saying every woman wants to look like her, and the husband saying every man wants to be with her. The wife says she understands. Anyway, all her students are exhausted, and Alison still looks great and energetic. Then she goes to lift weights, while one of the guys, Eric Beale, talks to her. He owns Beale Productions, and he wants to bang her. She says club employees can’t fraternize with members. While lifting weights, she talks to a guy named Freddie, then Eric Beale comes back in. He just bought the club. He says he’s gotten rid of the “no fraternizing” rule, is promoting her to assistant manager, and even offers to help her music career. She hands him her weight – 120lbs – and runs out with Freddie.

He drives her home, and she gives him a pep talk and a kiss. She goes in and turns on her radio and lets loose with some light, while wondering what sound feels like to normal people. It’s a neat line of thought she goes on, and explains why she loves music so much – it’s a pleasant physical sensation she gets from it. After a bath, she reads a newspaper and sees anti-mutant articles. She gets a call from Ororo, who’s laying on the couch at the mansion in a way that’s more appropriate for a teenage girl than for Storm. She mentions being worried for Alison. Then Alison gets ready for a small gig she’s got.

We go to Roman Nekoboh’s house. His latest floozie leaves, and Roman gets up and gets ready to meet the press. After Alison finishes her show, some reporters show up and ask her about Roman announcing that she’ll be his co-star in his new movie. She sneaks out, but because of all the reporters, she ends up having to walk home, where she finds Roman waiting for her. He starts forcing himself on her again, until they fall over, and she screams at him to leave.

The next day, as she’s walking, Roman drives up beside her and offers her a ride, and continually refuses to leave her alone. She blasts his tire and he spins out of control and slams into a wall. She’s briefly concerned, until she hears him talking about himself more. He chases her on foot, and fakes a heart attack to get her to stop. She finally concedes to a cup of coffee. He convinces her to be in his movie.

Now, I’m going to editorialize for a moment here. It’s on a topic I’ve discussed before in regards to Dazzler’s comic. The short version is: No fucking means no! Seriously, when a woman says she’s not interested, you respect her wishes. The whole “I won’t stop until you realize you love me” crap is reprehensible behaviour. When it comes to pursuing a woman, persistence is not a good trait. Respect what she says. But for some reason, in fiction, behaviour like Roman’s is treated as a positive thing. Roman is an arrogant, conceited asshole who doesn’t give two shits what women say, and doesn’t even care about something as basic as consent. He is not a character who should be portrayed in a positive manner, ever! And yet, characters like this do get portrayed in a positive manner, quite regularly. Dazzler already had a similar situation with Angel, who she started to have feelings for. And the same fucking thing happens here. She’s going to end up falling in love with Roman, even though she should’ve beat the shit out of him for his disgusting lack of respect for her. Part of the problem may have been the standards of the times. But I think another factor was the lack of women involved in this project. It was written by a man, drawn by a man, and had two men as editors. The only woman who worked on this book was the colourist. And I’m betting she probably wasn’t all that comfortable telling the Editor-In-Chief of Marvel Comics that she thought the story had some serious problems, and some really uncomfortable undertones that seemed to encourage not respecting a woman’s wishes. “Hey, guys! It doesn’t matter if a girl says no to you! If you’re a Nice Guy, then never give up! Just keep pursuing her, and eventually, she’ll see what a Nice Guy you really are, and she’ll fall in love with you!” It’s stupid, and it’s wrong, and it’s disgusting.

Anyway. Enough of that. For now. I may have to rant again later.

Roman takes Alison shopping. New clothes, new house, and more. Roman has trouble finding backers for his movie. Because Alison’s been seen in the past with the X-Men, backers are scared. A few days later, when looking at publicity photos, Alison kisses Roman. Argh! Rarflarghearghraaaaaaaah! Eric Beale decides to produce the movie. Roman throws a party to celebrate, and Alison sexes him up, because of course she does, he made jokes while trying to force himself on her so why the hell wouldn’t she fall in love with him aaaaaaaaarrrrrrgggghhh! But he’s “redeemed” because he doesn’t mind that she’s a mutant, so hey, he’s not a bad guy, even though he tried to force himself on her and refused to obey her when she told him “no” a thousand times before.

The next few weeks, Alison gets caught up in all the glamour. She starts becoming more and more like Roman’s public persona – partying, drinking, making stupid jokes. She even starts smoking. She sees herself in a mirror, and is shocked. She looks at herself naked in a mirror, and Roman bursts in and makes her aware that a newspaper has an article about her being a mutant. He leaked it to the press, as a publicity stunt. He tells her that when the movie hits it big, it’ll make mutants more acceptable, and also lets her know about a press conference where she’s going to display her powers.

The next evening, at an airport, the press conference is held. A couple planes start up their jet engines, and Alison absorbs the noise. She absorbs every bit of sound being made, making the whole area dead silent. She glows bright enough to be visible from space. And for her nipples to be visible through her bathing suit. When the engines are finally cut off, she feels different inside, and the crowd freaks out and runs away. At a nightclub, Alison and Roman are attacked by some thugs, with Alison chasing them off. Turns out she can store energy now.

The next day, she starts getting herself back in shape. Soon after, filming starts, with her doing an action scene, where she destroys some rocks to save a car. A news report has a guy criticizing mutants. The next scene we’re shown has her taking on a volcanic eruption. The protests get more severe, and Alison’s house is ransacked. Soon after that, Ali and Roman go for a private early screening of the movie, and they think it’s great. They’re attacked there, too. They escape, and Alison sends Roman away. He calls while she’s arguing with the theatre’s owner, and he gets her to go to Beale Productions.

Beale tells her that he’s pulling the plug on the movie. He also tells Alison that he’s been controlling Roman all along, including getting Roman to find out for sure if Alison was a mutant. Then he says he has the last surviving copy of the movie, and offers to release it, if she signs a contract with him. He wants to own her, though it’s no longer for sex, now it’s just business. She signs the contract. But she signs it, “Go suck an egg!” Then she decks Beale and incinerates the movie. She walks out of the office feeling pretty good, and even has some fun scaring the secretary with a quick “Boo!”

She and Roman head back to his house, and she tells him she’s leaving him. She doesn’t want to weigh him down, and she doesn’t want to succeed by riding on his coattails.

This is a major comic for Dazzler. It’s longer than usual, for one thing. But this has major repercussions on her solo comic, and changes the direction quite a bit. Not for the better, unfortunately, but that’s something to be talked about later. It also changes a little bit the way her power works. She can now store energy for later, which makes her a lot more powerful.

So it’s a major issue. Is it a good one? Not really. It’s of the same quality, more or less, as a normal Dazzler story. And that’s not a high quality. Shooter’s writing was pretty weak. It was too over-the-top, and it got annoying pretty fast. The script tried way too hard to be clever, and it came across as desperate and annoying, and even obnoxious. There was also the whole stupid crap with Dazzler falling in love with an obnoxious asshole who refused to take “no” for an answer. Seriously, Shooter, what the shit? I can give you a pass on Bruce Banner almost being raped by gay men in a YMCA. I can give you a pass on Pym slapping Janet. Even Avengers #200, I don’t hold against you (I hold it against the writers of the issue, and the editor in charge of it). But Roman’s behaviour, and the fact that it actually worked? Dude, no! Just no! No no no! That shit should not be put forward as the least bit acceptable. Refusing to leave a woman alone when she tells you to is not acceptable behaviour, and it shouldn’t be treated as though it is. The fact that Dazzler fell in love with him after the way he acted hurts her character. Argh!

Springer’s art is also weak. I’ve never found him to have been a particularly strong artist. It’s not that he was bad. It’s that he was very much a “house style” artist. There was nothing that really set it apart. He was competent, but unexceptional. This book’s no different, really. It’s maybe a bit more polished than usual, but not that much, and it’s still distinctly bland linework. The colours are maybe a bit glossier than usual. But that’s about it.

This comic was hyped a bit as changing things for mutants. It actually says, on the title page, “What happens next will affect every living mutant . . . forever. So, did it? Nope! Not really. This story does get referenced a few times, but not much actually changes in the X-Men comics. The anti-mutant hysteria doesn’t really become a notable focus for a little while yet, and it was something that Claremont had long since been building, so it doesn’t seem like this comic made much of an impact. So this graphic novel was distinctly meh all around.

Song of the day: Love Love by Amy MacDonald.

Pull list for October 22 2014

I’m off again Wednesday. Yay! So reviews will be up that day.

I’ll be going to the store for: All-New Ghost Rider #8, by Felipe Smith and Damion Scott; All-New X-Factor #15, by Peter David and Carmine Di Giandomenico; My Little Pony: Friends Forever #10, by Christine Rice and Agnes Garbowski; New Warriors #11, by Chris Yost and Marcus To; She-Hulk #9, by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido; The Wicked + The Divine #5, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie; X-Force #11, by Simon Spurrier and Rock-He Kim.

I’ll also review: Amazing X-Men #12, by Chris Yost, Kyle Craig and Carlo Barberi; Axis #3, by Rick Remender and Mike Deodato; Cyclops #6, by John Layman and Javi Garron; Deadpool #36, by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Mike Hawthorne; Logan Legacy #2, by Tim Seeley and Ariela Kristantina.

So that’s 7 comics I’m picking up physically, and 7 reviews total.

I’m most looking forward to She-Hulk and TW+TD. She-Hulk has been fun from the start, and I’m digging the current story of her representing Steve Rogers in court against Daredevil. I’m eager to see how that goes, and to get more of the story of why Steve’s being sued. As for TW+TD, well, it’s the end of the first arc, and it’s been amazing so far, so how could the finale be anything less than awesome?

I do want to mention how hopeful I am that Avengers #37, with Captain Marvel on the cover, has her in a major role in the issue itself. She actually hasn’t done much under Hickman. I’d like to see him give her something big. I’m kinda doubting it, though.

In other comic news: A few days ago, the new cast for the relaunched Uncanny Avengers was revealed. Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Quicksilver, Vision, Brother Voodoo, Captain Falcon, and Sabretooth. Obviously, I’ve been pretty critical of Remender all along his UA run (and even before it started). So it may be surprising that I say I approve of this team. Out of 7 characters, four belong to real-world minorities (Falcon and Voodoo are both black, Wanda and Quicksilver are both half-Jew/half-Gypsy). Sabretooth’s a bastard, but other than that, most of the characters are largely reasonable, and the team doesn’t seem designed to hate each other. I’m hoping this means Remender’s going to do a different type of team story. A story that isn’t about the team hating each other and splitting apart, causing problems they’re forced to resolve by slowly coming back together. Maybe he could do a story about a team that actually does work together. If he does, it will be literally his first Marvel team book that does have a team actually working together. I’d like it if it had a more optimistic tone, too, moving away from the often oppressively miserable feel his work usually has. Include some more humour, some more stuff of characters hanging out and having fun together. That sort of thing. I hope so.

I read Seconds, by Bryan Lee O’Malley, last week. I loved it. It’s a weird, funny, creepy, sweet, clever book. There’s a lot of humour from Katie, the protagonist, arguing with the narration. There’s other types of humour, too, of course. There’s a nice romantic plot, and a wonderful story of her becoming friends with another girl. There’s some interesting mystical stuff with “the spirit of the house.” And there’s some surprisingly dark stuff. O’Malley’s not generally known for being dark, but he gets a great horror vibe at times here. His art style is adorable, a bit of a chibi-anime-type style. It works for comedy, of course. He’s always made it work for drama. Here, he makes it work for horror, too. Awesome book. I loved it, and I very highly recommend it.

In personal news: I work Thursday6:30-11, Friday 5-9, Saturday 6:30-11. So no posts those three days. I actually have little going on in my life, unfortunately, so I have not much really to talk about. No Goodreads wins this week. I’m getting first aid training next month, so that’s cool.

I did apply for a job at Yukon College. In Whitehorse. For American readers, the Yukon Territory is beside Alaska. So it’s very far north, and gets pretty cold. I’m not a big fan of the cold, so it’s possible I’d be kinda miserable in Whitehorse. But for $50 000 a year, I’d be glad to be miserable. I don’t mind the boredom – I’m bored in Cornwall, too. It’s the cold that would get to me. But I’d be working in a library, and that matters to me. That would make me happy. It’s what I want to do. And Yukon College is as good a place as any to do it, really. And actually, I think it would probably be pretty cool moving up there. It’d be an adventure. I’ve never been one for adventures, so it’d be a really rewarding experience getting to go on one. And even the cold wouldn’t be that big a deal, frankly. I mean, it’s cold here, too. I’d have to be very, very careful, because it gets colder up there than it does here, but “be outside less” isn’t exactly a burden.

I was reading up on Whitehorse while typing this. And you know what? I think I actually would like to try living in Whitehorse. It’s the city with the least air pollution in the world. It’s apparently a little bit milder than other northern cities, because it’s in a valley. That far north, I’d be able to see the Northern Lights, and man, I figure it’d take some time for that to stop being amazing. So I feel like I actually might kinda like the city. Maybe I’d hate it. Won’t know until I’ve been there. And I might end up loving it. And, again $50 000 a year. I’d be making at least $29 an hour, and I’d be working 75 hours bi-weekly. That’s great pay, for a job that I am absolutely qualified for. No doubt in my mind that I could do it, and that I’d love doing it. And since it’s in Whitehorse, I can’t imagine too many people applying for it. I mean, how many people want to live in the Arctic? I’m hoping that does lead to less competition for the position. If I can get the job, it would be an amazing opportunity for me.

Other news: My friend wants me to put together a Christmas list. In October. Halloween’s not even over. She wants it early because she’s paranoid about things taking forever in the mail. Anyway, I’m putting together my list. Just books. I figure I’ll list a half-dozen books, and let her decide which to get me. The books I’m probably going to ask her for are: Drawn To Marvel (poetry about superheroes), Dungeons and Drag-Queens (a fantasy novel about drag queens, which is a book that exists and how awesome is that?), Ages of the X-Men, The Law of Superheroes, Steampunk World by Sarah Hans, and In Real Life by Cory Doctorow. Those are the half-dozen I’m thinking of suggesting. I may change my mind on some of them. There’s plenty of other books I could suggest. I’ll figure it out in a few days.

Other than that, I’ve nothing new to talk about. So I’ll leave off here.

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