swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
spoilers till TGW 4.04 )


Wonder Woman #13 )


Homestuck )

I'm not entirely sure what's going on with Jones' backstory in the most recent Gunnerkrigg Court story, but I do love all the pretty art.
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
So Wonder Woman #0 is pretty much the best thing ever. WONDER WOMAN #0 )

Batwoman #0 wasn't bad, except it tells us nothing new about Kate or her origin. It does assure us Renee existed in DCnU at some point, which I suppose is better than the fate of Steph or Cass or Helena Bertinelli. It did, however, make my heart hurt over the 'Elegy' arc all over again. Sometimes I think I want Alice to be Kate's Joker* just so Kate can suffer till eternity.

*insert Warehouse 13 crossover here
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+ 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.
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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)
Things I am doing:

1. Entertaining myself imagining all the ways in which Toph tormented Lin while in office, including making her (and/or poor Saikhan) do ALLLLL the paperwork while being insufferably smug and cracking numerous blind jokes.

2. Basking in the glory of the various cop/PI AUs fandom has been coming up with for Lin. GIVE ME FIC DAMMIT

3. Coveting Wonder Woman's coat.

(No, she's not giving us fashion advice, she's talking to the actual Hermes.)

(Also, Cliff Chiang, sir, welcome back, welcome back. You were missed. Your Diana is statuesque, and I never want anyone else drawing her again - unless it's JH Williams III.

Speaking of JH Williams III: I will be very upset if Kate doesn't hit on Diana at least once. Very upset. I've, uh, fallen really behind on Batwoman, not having read beyond #4, but I intend to catch up before Diana shows up. It's just, the absence of Renee Montoya depresses me so much.)

4. Considering watching more Xena. (Hyperion is evil and has greasy 80s hair. Keats would be so upset.)

Things I'm Not Doing:

1. Finishing this damn sentence and writing the next one. Oh god, WHY did I opt for higher education again? *wails*

True love

Jun. 22nd, 2012 08:47 pm
swatkat: (fringe: the olivia dunham show)
My bookmarks folder is getting too big. Also I'm procrastinating. So, some Korra/AtLA fanfic:

snip )


Cliff Chiang is a life-ruiner. He ruins lives. The fill-ins in Wonder Woman #10 were decent enough, but I can no longer be satisfied by anything less than his Diana. spoilers )


Right, I'll try and work now.
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
I owe people comments. I will get on that shortly - things have been... disorienting. Yesterday I traveled halfway across the city early in the morning just to cater to my paranoia (I did get a lift from a generous friend, but nonetheless). *facepalm* The heat, I think, is slowly melting my brain.


Thoughts on Lois Lane's place in the DCU, which then veers on to a fascinating discussion about Steve Trevor as well. The discussion continues here. I'm lacking in brain cells at the moment so I have nothing insightful to offer, but as a fan who is mostly apathetic towards Steve Trevor's presence in Diana's life, this is a great read:

In the 40s, in the middle of wartime, there would be scenes with General Darnell, Colonel Trevor and other high-ranking military officers standing around listening to Wonder Woman’s ideas. That in itself is amazing. What is even more amazing is when you stop to think that she is the girlfriend of one of these officers, and she is not being written off and he has no problem whatsoever with his girlfriend being better at his job than he is.

And that’s why we still need him in the narrative, because even today we have parts written out of movies because they feel an action heroine saving her husband emasculates him. With Steve we have a guy who is uniformly happy with being outmatched in the “manly ways” by not just a woman but a woman he’s involved with, and retains a traditionally masculine demeanor. This is pretty much the only character who plays this role to a heroine of iconic status, and it is a tragedy we never got to see him developed in the modern-story-telling line as we did Lois Lane.

I caught up on Wonder Woman after a couple of months separation, and spoilers ) It's a good thing the previews for the next issue are up because I cannot wait, Tony Akins art notwithstanding (GUESS WHO IS IN THE PREVIEW? ♥♥♥).


[personal profile] hibernate has a Myka/HG recs post that looks utterly fabulous. I haven't read all of them yet, but there's this one story I insist all W13 fans read at once:

Perhaps not to be by [profile] ladyshinkicker. Long post-S3 not-fix-it. In fact, it's so far from being a fix it that it will break your heart into tiny little pieces and then stomp all over them, grinding them into dust. It's also the best HG I've read.

For as long as Helena still exists, there is a chance that she will find the artefact, or perfect her time machine, or find some other way to save her daughter: knowing this is not hope. Knowing this is to count every passing second as another one in which Christina is in danger, waiting to be saved. Knowing this is to spend every moment without Christina cursing her failure as a parent, because Christina is still in danger, because at a point in time Helena believes she may still access, her daughter is dying, and Helena doesn’t know how to save her. And if there is the slightest chance, however remote, that she can change the rules of linear temporality itself, Helena will do so because there still exists a time in which her daughter is alive and that means she can still be saved.
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The other day I was bored at work, so I entertained myself by daydreaming about fan things (naturally). I've now come to the conclusion that ALL my fandoms need Detective Agency AUs - the more the merrier. Can't you just see it? "Cypher's Seekers: We Help the Hopeless" (Cara insists they were floundering before she showed up). Arthur and Morgana's detective agency, in which most of the actual detecting is done by Gwen (premonitions are hard, okay?). Dunham and Dunham - they will hunt down crime in every corner of the multiverse! Bering and Wells, time-traveling detective/crimefighting team of awesome. And so on.

Meanwhile, on Wonder Woman #6 which I wish was drawn by Cliff Chiang )

ETA: On the subject of detective AUs: Santana Lopez as the Question! Or really, Santana Lopez as a detective in a fedora. ♥
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: scary batperson)
I still think the new default comment page is ugly and comes with a lot of user issues, which means I'm not going to consider renewing my paid account until I see a response from LJ's side. This however means that the comment page on my LJ, as of now, will be the new comment page, which, I'm told, has been triggering headaches for some people - something about the bright blue on white. I'm not turning off comments on LJ, but if you're perhaps in danger of getting a headache, you can comment on DW instead (the link is on the bottom of every LJ post, since I crosspost and will continue to do so).


Meanwhile, comics. spoilers for Batman: Leviathan Strikes and Wonder Woman #4; there is a gif under the cut among other images )

Nightwing #4 was rather unimpressive, despite Babs' presence: I don't know any 'Richard' Grayson, sorry, unless it's someone like Diana calling him Richard. I think I'm ready to pick up Birds of Prey now though - Babs is back and Dinah is still Dinah (even with a new girlfriend), and I've only been hearing good things about the book.


Dec. 19th, 2011 10:06 pm
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
+ This is Bridget Regan on Person of Interest. You're welcome. ([profile] favouriteyear pointed me to it - I haven't actually seen the episode, but I am tempted).

+ This is the preview for Batman: Leviathan Strikes. It... appears to be set in pre-Flashpoint DCU. But Steph is Spoiler. Wut?

This, meanwhile, is the preview for Wonder Woman #4. Strife is my very favourite. I want her to stay forever and ever and be the Loki to Diana's Thor. Seriously, her EXPRESSIONS, and Diana's responses - Cliff Chiang is a god amongst men (he's also clearly having fun with his rockstar!Diana headcanon): image under cut )


(It feels strange, being excited about a Wonder Woman issue. Strange, and awesome.)
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
Last night I dreamed that Kate Winslet had joined the cast of Sherlock Holmes 2 as a former naval officer turned privateer who is currently doing her best to lead a straight life while also bringing up her two children. There was a lot of swashbuckling action and explosions while RDJ flirted with Kate Winslet.

My subconscious is a strange place.


I'm not sure why I get into headbutts with people on the messageboards every time a new issue of Wonder Woman comes out. Last time it was the dude who insisted that Cliff Chiang had an 'anti-female' agenda in drawing Diana in an 'unfeminine' fashion (by not dwelling on her 'female 'figure', whatever that means) and Zola was 'unfeminine' because she's a skinny woman with short hair. I was forced to point out that it's downright offensive to suggest that any female body type other than the standard comic book stock 'hourglass figure and large breasts' type is somehow not feminine enough, and then garb that in the language of social justice. This time it was a female poster who found Zola 'indecent' because she happened to say that she enjoys sex with men and is unapologetic about having multiple partners. /0\

I continue to enjoy the new Wonder Woman, especially Cliff Chiang's art, although I don't understand why spoilers )

That smile

Oct. 17th, 2011 10:18 pm
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
+ The preview art for Wonder Woman #2 is out, and OMG, Diana, how are you so prettyyy. ♥__♥

PS: The article is crap ("she's Superman, but kinky", really? also, the clay origin is fantastic, if reviewers cannot grasp the concept of, say, Galatea coming to life, it's their problem and not Diana's or her creators'), but whatever, look at the preview art. I have hearts in my eyes.

+ A lovely HG/Myka ship manifesto by [personal profile] lysachan that is relevant to your interests.
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The Good Wife 3.03 )

[profile] sk56 pointed me to this site; it has a few interesting things on TGW, especially this: The Queerness of Kalinda Sharma.


I have fallen behind on the New 52 (still haven't read Batman or Nightwing or Birds of Prey), but my report card so far:

Action Comics #2: Horrendous art. Lois Lane is awesome.

Wonder Woman #1: A+ (with a potential -1 million for the new announcement; I do not like it and have already said what I had to say about it on Tumblr, but for completion's sake: copy/paste; spoiler, obviously )

Batgirl #2: A-. A definite step-up from #1, the plot got intriguing, the roomie awesome, and I for one support Barbara getting whumped by supervillains in the beginning. That said, the new Barbara voice is rather jarring at times; almost Steph-like in places. It will take some getting used to.

Batwoman #2: A-. Another step-up. OMG, everything I said about Kate/Maggie? I take it back, I LOVE IT. Oh Kate, you so smooth.

Huntress #1: A++++++++++++. Which is my way of saying I don't have a coherent review for this, I don't even know if it was particularly good because HUNTRESS OMG HUNTRESS. My brain kind of shut down on page 1 and remained at that place till the very end. HUNTRESS! \0/

PS: It seems the Morrison Wonder Woman project is indeed happening. OMG.
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Apologies for being repetitive, but allow me to reiterate: in the magenta!verse, Dunham and Dunham run a detective agency. They bicker a lot and fight crime. Peter Bishop is the resident ghost who haunts their mansion. The green!verse is actually the DCU, and Olivia "Deadshot" Dunham (© [profile] fivewhatfive) is a superhero. She may or may not have an evil(ish) twin who is in fact even a better shot than she is and wishes to claim the 'Deadshot' title for herself. Sometimes Olivia spars with Wonder Woman.
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Perhaps I'll regret being this excited tomorrow, but the previews of Wonder Woman #1 are up and OMG, it has been a while since an artist has got how TALL and IMPOSING and WONDERFUL and A LITTLE SCARY (ESPECIALLY IF YOU DISTURB HER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN SHE'S ASLEEP. AND NAKED) Diana is. Kramer's Diana was often lithe and of average height - to say nothing of the countless (hopeless!) fill-in artists - and I was so tired of it.

At least the book will look good? I'm trying not to get my hopes up here. I'm not really succeeding.
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I haven't read the end of Flashpoint and neither do I intend to - and anyway, judging by the spoilers, none of it makes any sense. My personal explanation is 'Flash ran really fast and rebooted the universe', and I'll stick to it. It's like the Superboy Punch, in a way.

Meanwhile, Justice Leauge #1 was a light, fast read, spoilers ) I wish it was Wonder Woman time already. Also Batwoman, eeee. And Blue Beetle. ♥

girl power

Aug. 30th, 2011 09:00 pm
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I spent a significant part of the day thinking about the parallels between Buffy|Utena and Nanami|Cordelia, which obviously lead my mind to the possibility of Nanami/Cordelia, and then my brain kind of broke. They would be absolutely glorious together, guys. Gloriously mean, that is to say. The trick would be to insult everybody else and not each other.

Faith would also make for a fabulous Black Rose Duelist.


[personal profile] hibernate picked five of my icons, so here they are: snip )


Aug. 29th, 2011 09:42 am
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
I cannot believe we have to wait till September 21 to get our hands on this (press ESC to stop the gif):

(courtesy sadieblodgett on Tumblr)

Wait, I'm supposed to be cynical and not at all optimistic about DCnU. *facepalm*
swatkat: wonder woman in the hiketeia (dcu: diana is always on top)
+ I watched the Utena movie, which I think makes perfect sense if you treat it as a direct sequel to the anime—as Utena's fever dream, which Anthy helps her rescue herself from. I have no idea why Juri hits on Miki in it, however, although I must say that if Juri ever were to consider dating boys Miki is the first person I'd ship her with. Also, a TRAGIC lack of Nanami in the movie—TRAGIC and UNPARDONABLE, because Nanami is the best and my favourite (well, apart from Utena herself. And Juri). Nanami is the Queen Cordy to Utena's Buffy, the comic mirror and the tragic foil, and the ONLY other character who gets an arc that long (even if some of them are filler episodes—but the Nanami filler episodes are the best, Cowbells of Happiness is probably my favourite episode in the entire show apart from the finale itself).

+ It occurs to me that a lot of the problems in the Merlinverse would be solved if someone introduced Morgana to Utena, who could tell her that her that she doesn't have to be either a Princess or a Witch.

+ In a recent Newsrama interview, Brian Azzarello said:

Azzarello: Of course not. I don’t care. It’s not important to the story. Listen, if it were my choice? She’d be wearing that skirt!

Nrama: Wait a minute. Is that a hint? Why the skirt?

Azzarello: Because it looks good! Like her original costume? I think that’s great.

This is a man after my own heart. Also, guh, have you SEEN Cliff Chiang's pages from Wonder Woman #2?

image under cut )

That flirty smile? That's the Diana we know and love, the one I dearly miss. I want her back now. *grabby hands*

I also approve of Diana gaining her own Gabrielle, since the Wonder Girls seem to be off-limits in the main Wonder Woman book for reasons incomprehensible to me.

+ The Ivy Crown by [personal profile] briar_pipe, Merlin, Gwen/Morgana, ~75,000 words, "Late one night, several prisoners escape from the dungeon, Arthur disappears, and fate takes a left turn. Morgana and Gwen are dragged along into a new world of intrigue, magic, and war." This is the kind of Gwen/Morgana I've always wanted to read - long and absorbing, with an absolutely fabulous warrior queen!Morgana.

Archimage by Jude, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Utena/Anthy, ~140,000 words, "What happened to Utena after the end of the series?". Epic post-anime story, featuring the entire cast and doing justice to ALL of them while weaving a twisty tale that would make the creators of the anime proud. PS: GROWN-UP POLICE OFFICER!JURI FTW!!!1!

Roses Grow by sharnii, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Utena/Anthy, novel length. Wonderful post-anime story featuring the entire cast, with romance, intrigue and surrealism. It also has a sequel in progress featuring a fantastic Anthy voice.


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