These are actually last week’s again…I’m picking up a pattern here. (The pattern being that I am usually a week behind on things and that’s just the way it is.)
Adventure Time: The Flip Side #5-6: How will Finn and Jake stop the reverse curse?! By finally completing their reverse quest, of course. I love you, Adventure Time.
Batgirl #32-33: I’m so excited for the new creative team that I finally caught up on Batgirl—I’ll be sorry to see Gail Simone go, but some of Fernando Pasarin’s poses are a bit Hawkeye Project-y. (See above.)
Captain Marvel #5: Ooh…looks like we’re in for a pretty epic space battle in #6…
Legendary Star-Lord #1: Oh, Peter…I really want you and Kitty to be a thing, though if you just remain hologram friends, that’s good too.
Lumberjanes #3: ALL HAIL THE HOLY KITTEN!!!
Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man #1: GODDAMMIT TONY!!!
Rocket Raccoon #1: Please see above for three of the things I loved most about this comic.
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #5-6: *Sniff* I miss these guys already…
Thunderbolts #27: Zombies, explosions, and Deadpool saving the day. What’s not to love? (I was going to quit Thunderbolts again, but then I read this and now I want to read #28…)
Meet my new kitten, Maya. I’m trying to train her to attack stuffed toys instead of my feet, so here she is fighting the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Iron Man. Because she is an adorable murder princess.
I want to bring some positivity into the world today, because I REALLY want to move away from all this awfulness, so let me talk for a little while about MCU!Pepper Potts.
Pepper Potts is a woman whom I have absolutely nothing in common with. She is tall, graceful, and effortlessly feminine; I am a petite punk girl with a lot of tattoos. She enjoys expensive high heels; I spend a lot of time wearing tactical boots. I’m not her, and I don’t aspire to be her, and in the face of women like Natasha Romanoff and Peggy Carter, who are more obviously admirable for someone like me, it’s easy for her to get overlooked.
But I love Pepper Potts. To me, what stands out about her is the way she negotiates a path between love and necessity. She is a character who consistently offers real kindness to those around her, regardless of their flaws, and also while having to overcome her own impatience: to Tony at his most unbearable, to Maya as Maya betrays her, to “Natalie” after the two of them have been put at odds, to Happy when he’s being ridiculous. You get the sense that what she wants to offer to the world, always, is this kindness.
And I don’t think that kindness ever really abates— but it doesn’t prevent her from doing what needs to be done, even when that’s unpleasant.
Just in time for Ms. Marvel #6, here’s some Kamala fanart with my favorite quote from issue #5.
Once again, I forgot to post this last week! I actually read some of these over the 4th…anyway:
Avengers Undercover #5-6: I briefly caught up with this series, but now I’m hoarding issue #7. This is a series that I’d love to just sit down and read all at once, because every issue ends with a cliffhanger. (I hope Cammi and Chase are okay!!!)
Black Widow #8: Beautiful and entertaining as always, and it was nice to see the Winter Soldier—but what just happened to Isaac?!
Catwoman #31: This series can be really text heavy, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I like the mystery that Ann Nocenti has Selina in the middle of right now, and also, does the coroner pictured above remind anyone else of TV’s Frank?
Inhuman #2: I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with this series, but it’s been intriguing so far. The art is great, and Charles Soule has set up an interesting story here.
Original Sin #4: Please see the images above for some much-needed humor in this very serious murder mystery.
Original Sins #2: I feel like I’m only reading this for the Young Avengers stuff, which is delightfully snarky. (That Howard the Duck thing at the end sure was a downer though, huh?)
Saga #20: Alana and Marko both take a risk in this issue…though both had fun, so I guess for now, they’re okay. But this being Saga, we all know that’s not going to last long—especially given the plans of a certain kidnapper…
Wonder Woman #32: I was a little surprised that First Born didn’t straight up kill Strife in this issue, even if he does want to be remembered. (See image above.) I can’t wait for the next issue, and I’ll really miss this creative team after they wrap up their run on this series.