swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
+ Rec:
Mama Said Knock You Out by AbsoluteDestiny
, featuring everybody's favourite mother-and-daughter duo, Toph and Lin Beifong. Watch it, because it's glorious.

+ I'm all caught up on Warehouse 13, and spoilers till 4.04 ) One of the best things about Warehouse 13 is all the unusual love stories it tells, and its commitment to telling these stories and not pushing them to the sidelines in favour of yet another love story between the two heterosexual leads.

+ I read Wonder Woman #12, and can we discuss this please, guys? spoilers )

And that wasn't enough, we had a Batwoman and Wonder Woman team-up in Batwoman #12! Which is a three-issue arc! spoilers )

Batwoman also teamed up with Batgirl in Batgirl #12, spoilers )

Birds of Prey #12 was fun, although I'm not entirely sure where they're headed? Oh well. The #0 issues next month should be something to look forward to.
swatkat: (dcu: adorable babs)
This is serial-killer-making weather. Dear rain gods, please make this stop. Can it be October already?

1. Morning Glories is one of the most disturbing comic books I've ever read (not that I'm very well-versed in comics outside the Big Two), but also good and strangely addictive. I keep thinking Casey is Steph (damn you, Morrison, for giving us that glimpse of AWESOME *weeps*), but I like her even if she's not-Steph. Also, spoiler for a recent issue, I forget which )

2. Wonder Woman #11 )

3. I'm really enjoying the new BoP. I miss the old team so much it hurts, and I found the conclusion to the earlier arc rather lacklustre, but Duane Swierczynski gets a few things right, like team dynamics and character moments, and that's what make it work for me. Birds of Prey #11 )

I actually enjoy Barbara more in this book than in Batgirl. I mean, Batgirl #11 )

swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
I was re-reading Batgirl #24, and god, I hope someday I'm able to revisit this series without getting a little teary-eyed because this was, for about the course of the fifteen months or so when I followed the title every month, my #1 pick-me-up, the one thing that never failed to cheer me up. I do not know how Stephanie Brown replaced Barbara Gordon as the Batgirl of my heart, except that I now think of the DCnU and realise that Barbara's Robin is now Damian, and a part of my heart just shrivels up and dies.

It is a difficult time to be a Bat-fan, in some ways—Snyder's Batman might be on fire, but for those of us who had fallen in love with a particular set of characters and relationships in a status quo that was never going to last (I realise now, reboot or no), and who are, perhaps, less used to reboots/cancellations/resurrections the way long-term comics fans undoubtedly are, the Batverse doesn't feel like our Batverse anymore. Barbara's Robin is Damian and Damian's Batman is Bruce and Stephanie and Cassandra are god knows where, and that is very, very painful. Equally painful is the knowledge the Black Canary and Oracle, as I knew them, were probably never friends that way, or that Huntress, as I knew her, no longer exists. It's only the end if you want it to be notwithstanding, fandom is hard.

It's also a difficult time to be a Barbara fan, in some ways—because I am, Barbara's girl through and through, and even the loss of Oracle won't change that, even if I despair over how much they have erased along with it. Apart from Wonder Woman, Barbara is the only female character of the DCU to have any sort of legacy, and it isn't coincidental that both Diana and Barbara's legacy's have been severely affected in the DCnU—with the erasure of Donna Troy, with the seeming disappearance of Diana's supporting cast (even STRIFE—yes, I refer to her in ALLCAPS now—cannot make up for the loss of Phillipus or Artemis), with the erasure/benching of all the three women who wore the Batgirl suit after Barbara, with the re-writing of the history of the Birds of Prey (from what we've seen of it).

It was, therefore, a bit of a surprise when I finally picked up the new Birds of Prey and found myself enjoying it tremendously: spoilers till BoP #5 )

I will also admit to shamelessly shipping Dinah/Evelyn. The subtext is certainly there, and while I was earlier held back by my Babs/Dinah OTPness, I've now come to accept the fact that Barbara and Dinah as I knew them don't exist anymore. (This is not to say I won't ship Babs and Dinah once more once we get to know these characters a little better, note.)

Wonder Woman, of course, has been an utter joy—despite my various misgivings, I've enjoyed the title thoroughly. spoilers for Wonder Woman #5 )


I'm not sure I'm going to finish reading the Huntress mini right now. I thought I was reading about my Huntress, and I wasn't—I feel a little cheated to be honest. This will, of course, change if the new book is good and I grow to like Helena Wayne, but right now I need some time to mourn the Huntress I loved.


[personal profile] netgirl_y2k has written fabulous DVD commentaries of Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle (Morgana/many female characters) and Walk Softly and Carry a Large Stick (Cara/Kahlan), with wonderful insights into the characters that you should run to read right now. Or read the stories first, if you haven't already.

High D'Haran Love Poetry by [personal profile] nike_ravus (Legend of the Seeker, Berdine/Raina): This is not a pairing I normally read, because I don't care about the bookverse and I don't know the characters at all, but the writer introduces them as 'their TV-show version incarnations. These are the girls who would hang out with our Cara and (sometimes) put up with her shit', which is really all I needed to know. At 20K words, it's a sharp, intriguing - and at times disconcerting - look at the world of the Mord'Sith, and a consideration of the eternal problem: "How do Mord'Sith fall in love? No really, how?" Read this right now, and go shower your love upon the author so that she writes more stories in this fandom.
swatkat: (dcu: adorable babs)
I am back, internet - I have been travelling (which was fun - if I ever end up editing the 500 million photos I took, I will share) - and mostly caught up on my flist, but in case there's anything you think I should see, please point me to it. ♥


Thoughts on comics:


2. When did Jaime get those abs?

3. Batgirl #23: My heart. ;_____; Good issue, if a little rushed - it's very clear that Miller was asked to wrap up what was going to be a longer storyline.

4. Birds of Prey #14: It might have been a fun adventure? Andreyko was fantastic in Manhunter, but the art was hideous, and anyway I am too heartbroken about Gail Simone not writing the book anymore after just having her back to care. There were a couple of nice moments with the ladies hanging out.

Speaking of which, who is Starling in the new BoP? Have we met her somewhere before? Is she a Wildstorm character?

5. The other day I was watching Batman Begins, and okay, possibly I am a philistine who does not get the magnificence of the Nolanverse, but it's easily the most boring Batman movie I have seen. So boring, in fact, that I would rather watch Batman and Robin, because silly or no, it has ridiculous cartoony villains and Robinwing and StephBabsgirl. This, meanwhile, has whiny emo Bruce who spends most of the movie being whiny, like the worst of ~manpain!Bruce, but without any of the emotional payoff that usually accompanies ~manpain!Bruce in comics. Morgan Freeman is wasted as Yoda!Lucius Fox, and I'm not sure why Liam Neeson is Ra'as al Ghul. Also, Bale's 'Batman voice' doesn't work for me at all.

There's one piece of casting I will keep, however, and that's Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon. Because I love ♥Jim Gordon♥ and want to draw hearts around him and Gary Oldman looks the part. In fact, I would pay good money to watch a Batman movie about him - Snyder's current 'Tec run, preferably, with DickBat and Babs and James Jr (Detective #879 highlights once again why Jim and Babs are my favourite father-daughter duo in comics ever. EVER). It has every element of a good Batman movie, without being bogged down by emo or an idea of a so-called 'serious' Batverse, where seriousness apparently means a lot of OTT manpain and everyone wearing grey.


I also have read Wee Free Men, A Hatful of Sky and I Shall Wear Midnight in the last couple of weeks, and OMG, why did I not read these before? Possibly because I was stupidly prejudiced against the Feegles because I did not particularly have a good impression of Wee Mad Arthur in the Watch books, but that was just a silly misconception! I have now seen the error of my ways. The Feegles are ♥, Granny and Nanny and the rest of the witches are, as always, fabulous, and Tiffany Aching - following in the footsteps of Angua and Susan - is a Pratchett heroine of my heart. He just loves his sensible girls, doesn't he? I think I love I Shall Wear Midnight the best, and I squeed when Carrot and Angua showed up in their little cameo. Can Tiffany please hang out with Susan next? <33
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (avatar: crazyface azula)
+ While I still have many feelings about the rebootylicious DCnU (most of them involve Oracle; one of these days I'll put together all my comments everywhere on this topic), there's one thing that never fails to cheer me up: TIM HAS WINGS NOW. TIMMY WILL FLYYYYYYY, LIKE A BIRD IN THE SKY.

And then there's always the Steph as Oracle comic that I keep looking at every now and then.

+ I'm heartbroken about the Birds of Prey (whyy can't we have the real team and Renee along with it, why do Hawk and Dove have a book), I'll admit I like the September solicit:

Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
One is wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford – a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling – and together, as Gotham City’s covert ops team, they’re taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. But now they’ve attracted the attention of a grizzled newspaper reporter who wants to expose them, as well as a creepy, chameleon-like strike team that’s out to kill them.

It's intriguing. Who knows, maybe Barbara will show up soon, once things settle down in her book? And Huntress, obviously.

+ Glee S2 premieres here in a few days, so the channel airing it made this promo:

embed under cut )

I ♥ the mash-up.* The Bollywood comparison is apt, although I do think Glee would have to work a lot harder if it were ever to match up to the mainstream Hindi melodrama at its best, where the comics plotlines and serious plotlines don't feel like two different stories and where the songs are really that good.

* Yes, that's 'Character Dheela' from Ready. Which, BTW, I watch last weekend and dear god - watch it only if you're fluent in Priyadarshanese. And preferably after consuming a lot of alcohol.

+ random photographs )
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swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (avatar: crazyface azula)
+ I followed all your links to the Female Character Trope Fest (hosted by [personal profile] such_heights) and was about to leave a couple of prompts when I realised one of them was completely redundant: Birds of Prey is a buddy cop AU featuring Black Canary and Oracle (and then Huntress and Lady Blackhawk). It's kind of awesome. ♥

+ Something hilarious happened the other day. I visited Eddie Olmos' twitter on a whim (after [personal profile] roga mentioned it was LOLarious) and then asked to follow him, although I never log into to twitter or follow tweets (the last time I logged in was about three months ago. I think?). And then he followed me back. Which was funny, but I thought, how sweet of him, following people back like that. And then Gail Simone followed me on Tumblr! Which actually makes more sense, because I do gush about BoP and Batgirls and Robins and Wonder Woman very frequently on Tumblr, which makes it relevant to her interests. But then she left Tumblr (there were some... disagreements, it's probably for the best if she takes a little break), and IDK, guys. It's just weird. And hilarious.

+ I had to unfollow a number of Fringe blogs on Tumblr today. I'm generally not one to whine about spoilers on Tumblr, I know how impossible it is, but five minutes after the show has aired in the US, really? It was of course rather stupid of me to log into Tumblr in the first place, but ugh, so annoying. (I will go and watch the actual episode now, I've been saving it up.)

+ I'm not done with AtLA yet, but I probably shouldn't like Azula as much as I do. I don't even like villains in general, but Azula belongs to that certain type - competent, powerful, deeply committed to winning everything in the world (some people call it megalomania, they just call it perfectionism), secretly vulnerable and CRAAAAAZY (seriously, she has the best crazyeyes ever). It's precisely why I absolutely refuse to watch Camelot. Apart from the fact that it's a trashy Starz show, I know that I'll start rooting for Morgan to win within five minutes of watching, and that's not how the story ends. Morgan can't win.
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (house and cuddy)
+ Guys, you have to read what I got for [community profile] camelotsolstice: The Cupbearers, gen, The story of the Grail Quest is an old one, and mostly wrong. It's a gen fic featuring the OT4, Morgause and Elyan (that really made me squee - the Elyan voice here is a delight!), and the thing I love most about Merlin: family. ♥

And some more Yuletide, though I've haven't been reading much in the last few days: Warehouse 13, Calvin and Hobbes, Disney Princesses, Legend of the Seeker, Hellcats )

+ I watched a brilliant film today: Arekti Premer Golpo (Another Love Story - or should it be Just Another Love Story). Sometimes it's easy to forget that Bollywood is not the be all and end all of Indian cinema, so I've been taking some time to watch as many Bengali films as possible in the theatre. And, gah, it's hard to believe that we can make LGBT-themed films like this now (that seems to be doing fairly well, too *fingers crossed*). Although I kind of wish that there was less English dialogue in the non-flashback parts - it's not unrealistic in a contemporary setting, even more so given the protagonists, but some of the best dialogues would've been so much prettier if it weren't in English.

+ LOLDiana.

+ Speaking of comics, I was re-reading bits of No Man's Land the other day (dear [personal profile] roga, do you know how many hours of my life has been wasted ever since you said I should read Gotham Central and NML? *shakes tiny fist*), and god, Huntress really breaks me. There's a lot of ridiculously OTT Batdickery in NML - to the point where it doesn't make sense! - but. Huntress. dcwomenkickingass had a great post about her last stand before Joker today, which said (among other things):

She won’t let the Joker win and she will defend the people inside with the last breath in her body.

That’s a hero. That’s a warrior, that’s a soldier. Helena has been among despair, hopelessness and misery for months. She’s been treated like dirt by the other Gotham heroes and left with virtually no phsyical or emotional support. She has had little food, little rest and no creature comforts. She’s been living in hell and yet she hasn’t given up. Despite the pain and the beatings she’s received, she holds her ground. As far as she’s aware there is no backup - she is the last line of defence between the Joker, a deeply terrifying madman, and the civilians. Defiant and proud, her one concession to his presence is to state ‘Bite me’.

She’s not doing it for glory or recognition. She’s doing it because it’s the right thing to do.

THIS. SO MANY HEARTS. ♥♥♥ The entire post is worth a read, but especially this.
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (other: pander to me)
Wedding has been attended and done with (much fun was had), Fringe has been watched, brain has been broken, so until I'm capable of coherent Fringetalk, can we discuss CARA'S SECRET CHEERLEADER PAST instead?

image under cut )

I strongly feel that there should be an entire sub-genre of cheerleader AUs in this fandom. Such as, Legend of the Seeker: Bring It On. And Legend of the Seeker: Hellcats, where Kahlan is Marti, Cara is Alice (Richard and Darken Rahl can play too, we need a Lewis and Jake as well), there is no dull relationship drama and a lot of awesome.

I'm also deeply amused by the fact that Gail Simone reblogged my post about the cracky romance novel AU where spontaneous!Dinah is trying to convince emotionally-stunted!Babs to that they are meant2b!!1! and added, 'What? Gay subtext in a Gail Simone comic? RIDICULOUS!' Hee.
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (dcu: robin BAM)
+ I won't get to watch Fringe till the 4th afternoon/evening, because I have to go out of town to attend a wedding. WOE IS ME. If you're wondering why my comics spam on Tumblr has increased even more in the last few days, this is why. I'm drowning my sorrow by fangirling my other favourite superheroes. Nonetheless, I have some thoughts I must note down before the episode actually airs: some spoilers for 3.08, Entrada, based on the sneak peek that was making the rounds )

+ Gail Simone linked to two great posts on Huntress' early days in BoP, and added her own thoughts, which included this absolute gem:

To me, the fascinating thing about the three main birds is that they share a common perspective, but they don't REALIZE they all feel the same way. That is to say, each bird thinks that she is the protector of the other two. Helena feels she's watching out for Babs and Dinah, likewise, Dinah thinks she's got Helena and Babs "Under her wing," and Babs feels the same way, we've hinted at that several times. So they've each got that little bit of Big Sister feeling for the other two, and if you asked them their true feelings, they would all basically say the same thing.

Not to mention Zinda, who, while deferring to Barbara as the leader, also tends to look at them in a sort of 'aww, children' way, and pretty much 'adopted' Dinah and Helena -- I quote Dinah in BoP #1 - when Babs was moping in Gotham. This, this is why I enjoy this book so much -- it's about the team and how much they love each other, even if they're idiots about it sometimes.

Today I was also being rather spammy about Huntress and her giant woobtasticness (she's practically the Cara of the Batverse; post-Richard&Kahlan Cara, that is, whereas Lady Shiva is the Cara who never teamed up with Richard or Kahlan, but ran into Kahlan when their sensei died and developed a strange... affection for her, in her own fashion. it makes a lot of sense in my head, okay?), and [profile] favouriteyear said:

I’m a big fan of Babs/Dinah…BUT…I’m just as big a fan of the friendship between Dinah and Helena. They remind me a lot of Steph and Cass (beyond just the obvious)

Dinah is one who’s really been in Helena’s corner. I can’t remember the issue, but she and Helena hang out on Gotham’s rooftops and discuss Gargoyles, and she makes Helena laugh with her Batman impressions…and later when Bruce accepts Helena’s work with the mobs in Gotham and calls it outstanding, she’s totally rooting for him to acknowledge how awesome Helena is.

They’re one of my favourite friendships in the DCU.

To which I replied (conversations are so awkward in Tumblr, I heart LJ):

Oh, mine too. Barbara’s way of reaching out to Helena, at that point, was to send her on those missions, knowing they’ll act as a kind of therapy (and it’s really insane, how much time she spends thinking up this stuff, finding parallels and the exact matches for the situation) — and when Helena figured it out, it backfired. Dinah, meanwhile, reached out to her by just being her wonderful self — talking to her, cracking jokes and secretly telling off Batman. They all watch out for each other, but the ways they do it is very different, and characteristic of them. Dinah is the heart of the team — her way of reaching out to people she cares about it is a lot more immediate and accessible, whereas Babs plots and organises and fixes things.

tl;dr I really love them, why isn't the next one out yet.

PS: cracky romance novel AU FTW )
swatkat: knight - er, morgana - in shining underwear (other: crow blacker than ever)
+ I need to get back into the habit of posting on LJ. I have photos to share (but coding is hard), I have fandoms to talk about (but typing is hard), I have books and movies I'd like to talk about (but formulating coherent sentences is hard), I have things to discuss re. LJ/Tumblr (but talking about things is hard). WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME

I'm also avoiding work. On a Sunday morning. Yesss. Deadlines suck (although I should not have put it off for so long so the fault is really mine).

+ The Young Justice cartoon is weird. It has Dick!Robin (who is a hacker, WTF), Wally!Kid Flash... and Kon. I may not be Tim Drake's biggest fan, but man, YJ is Tim and Kon and Bart, why are Tim and Bart not on this show? Aqualad looks cool, but I hope Miss Martian and Arrowette and Wonder Girl (once they get past legal hurdles; also, if it's Dick!Robin, then will it be Donna!Wonder Girl and not Cassie!Wonder Girl? will they ship Dick/Donna? will they ship Donna/Kon???) show up soon. The DCAU is weird. Great fun, but weird, and you have to keep reminding yourself that this is an alternate universe where Bruce/Babs is canon.

Bruce/Babs is actually interesting (yes, he's Dick's daddy, yes, he's like a crazy older brother to her and her father's friend and 'partner', that aside), because the little I have seen of Batman Beyond has a Babs who is only slightly less broken than old!Bruce, and Babs in canon is in some ways most like Bruce than any of the other Batpeople (thankfully, because they share some of the worst qualities: paranoia, control, lack of trust, obsessive need to know everything and push people they love away, freaking plans for EVERYTHING). But DCU Babs is also not Bruce-lite, because unlike Bruce, she won't let herself be broken the way Bruce has - Bruce needed about 80 issues of NML to figure out that he shouldn't have pushed his family away and another bazillion issues of Morrison's run, a blast of Darkseid's Omega beams, a trip across time and space and momentary death to figure out that he was never alone, he's always had help; Babs usually manages to figure the same thing out after some moping, and a hug from Dinah or her father. Nonetheless, Beyond!Babs is interesting because she's a might have been, and if I cared more about the Beyond!verse or Terry I'd watch more of the show.

Also I want to read a storyline that takes this seriously: 'Someday you're going to go mad with power, Oracle. Won't that just irk Batman to no end?' Batman vs. Oracle, scariest thing in the world.

+ PS, [profile] applesred: Phil Hester has been talking about taking over the reigns from JMS here. He comes across as pretty well-versed in things, from Perez to Simone, especially here,

To me, WW represents righteousness. Not sanctimony or piety, but an innate drive to find the right, just course and follow it whether it leads to mercy or violence.

That's what I love about Rucka's Diana, I have to say (among many other things that is).

+ I still need to do something about how much I miss my sparkly Seeker show. I mean, just look at this gif, under cut )

+ I'm going for HP 7 today! \0/
swatkat: (dcu: scary batperson)
I already mentioned this on Tumblr, but I'll repeat myself, because this bears repeating: I want to watch a Gotham Central live-action show. Preferably now. It's incredibly written, incredibly plotted, has brilliant characters and a vast wealth of storylines apart from the 40 issues - flashbacks to NML, Officer Down, or, ooh, even earlier, with the early days of Gordon, and flashforwards to Batman Beyond and that weird AU future in #700 with Batman!Damian and Commissioner!Babs, and so on - and surprise!Batman and Robin. It has RENEE MONTOYA, being awesome and broken and tragic, what more could you possibly want? ♥

Someone mentioned that they might be apprehensive about lending out Batcharacters to television after the Birds of Prey show, which makes sense (THEY RUINED BLACK CANARY OMG), but I want this so much.


other random comics things that made me laugh; images under cut )

Also, I don't watch Chuck, but I agree that Yvonne Strzechowski looks like Black Canary here: just put her in fishnets )
swatkat: Batgirl! (dcu: smiley batgirl babs)
+ Gail Simone wrote an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold featuring Huntress and Black Canary, so of course I had to check it out. It was ridiculous fun, and even though Batman shouldn't have been able to out-punch Canary like that, I'm not really complaining. The best part?

I haven't been able to stop singing 'No one does it better than the Birds of Prey' ever since I heard it. I have NO IDEA how they got away with that much innuendo, ahaha. Aquaman has a tiny little fish! Flash finishes too fast! Batman has a shiny utility belt!

After watching the episode, I realised that this is the DCAU and Babs is still Batgirl, but in my secret BoP head-canon, this totally happened and Babs laughed and laughed, until Huntress threatened to shoot her with her crossbow.

ETA: A couple of hilarious screencaps:

the one and only birds of prey! )

+ I caught last week's Nikita afterwards, and okay, I really liked this episode.Nikita 1.03 )
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For the pretty.

Images are courtesy [community profile] ontd_football (here, image heavy; check it out for some bonus Maradona hilarity) and various news websites. Not hotlinked.

images under cut )


Birds of Prey #2 )


Apr. 27th, 2010 11:50 am
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BOP #21. Yes, yes, this is EXACTLY how we all greet our 'best friend in the whole world' after meeting them face to face for the first time (and saving their life).

Kind of sold on Bruce/Dick - that is to say, Nightwing!Dick, not Robin!Dick - but I may have to read more of Bruce Wayne: Fugitive to be really convinced. Bruce/Babs - Oracle!Babs that is - is also... interesting.


The Raavan OST is quite lovely, especially Beera. I should have perhaps expected something better from a Rahman/Mani Ratnam combo, but seriously after the duds Rahman has been churning out for the past year or so, my expectations have been suitably lowered.


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