effex: Five is Right Out (Five is Right Out)
I don't have a lot of time to play video games these days, but apparently I have time to watch other people playing video games (I can watch them on the bus!). My favorite group of people to watch is the Yogscast and, god. 8 months ago (holy shit, it's been 8 months) all I knew about the Yogscast was some of my favorite webcomics artists liked to draw them. And now I've watched... a lot. A lot of hours.

If you like Minecraft (modded Minecraft in this case), or banter, or hilarity, or listening to grown men giggling constantly, or have 35 minutes to kill, you should check this out. It's a good episode. Please note! Some people (ie my dad) have a hard time watching these - headaches, nausea, etc. If you've got trouble with rapid movements and jittery cameras, you might want to skip this.

effex: TV has the fun (TV has the fun)
In which I watch 15 seconds of a shitty Pacific Rim cam, on repeat, in slow-mo, for fandom science.

Newt and Hermann are first up, Raleigh and Mako should follow later this week.



...Or I'm dead. In which case, ha, I also win. Sort of. )




We do this... together. I'll go with you. )

Side notes x2: every time I watch this (which has been a lot) I can't help thinking god, I hope they went straight to medical after the movie ended. They're both had seizures (multiple for Newt), plus their blood pressure's elevated so high they've ruptured shit in their eyes and noses. That is bad.

Side note x3: Shitty cam is really shitty, guys. If you want to see the movie (and have access to it in theaters), go see it in theaters. I promise it's worth it.

effex: default (Happy Yorozuya Family)
I watched episodes 1 and 2 of Gintama at some point in my Mouretsu Pirates marathon. It was funny and I liked the characters and holy shit, was this scifi? How had I missed this was scifi? I made a note to watch more.

Then [personal profile] pseudo_tsuga linked me to a primer and an episode guide, because she knows an easy mark when she sees one. The primer says the first two episodes suck in comparison to the rest of the series, which I thought was strange - they were pretty good for a shonen show. So I watched another episode. And another, and - look, CrunchyRoll automatically loads the next episode, okay? If you're watching from the couch you have to get up to it stop and why do that when you could watch more Gintama instead?

Turns out the first two episodes do suck in comparison.



Gintama is magical. It's stupid and funny and gross and heartwarming and clever and meta and I love it to pieces. It's shot up as one of my favorite things and there are 200 more episodes to go (and counting!), can we maintain this kind of momentum?

There is no answer, only picspam. OR Why you should watch this show! )

Gintama's not perfect - there are lots of ladies, but it doesn't pass the Bechdel test very often (though it's been getting better!). There's stalking played as a running gag. There's a kinky character that's played for laughs. There's an episode about trans* and genderqueer people that aims for a positive portrayal and gets about 80% there (trans*/genderqueer people are strong and to be respected, but they can't be attractive). There are no PoC who aren't Japanese (yet. I've seen screencaps with black characters from later episodes, so I'll report back). And in practical terms, you'll miss a lot if you're not familiar with Japanese history and pop-culture.

But on the whole, it's an excellent show. All of the characters are fantastic, the women get to be cool/gross/violent as often as the men, everyone gets character development. There's just enough drama to keep the comedy from getting stale and the drama is really good. It's meta as hell. It pokes fun at its genre. It constantly breaks the fourth wall. It has a canon high school AU. It has amazing voice acting. It has an infinite amount of heart (and dick jokes).

In conclusion:






Whew. Now that's out of the way, I can start spamming you with episode reactions.

effex: The path that rocks (The path that rocks)
Dad: How're you doing?
Me: Fine. Frustrated. Still haven't heard back from that job, which probably means I didn't get it.
Dad: Or that they're still making a decision.
Me: Yeah, I guess. How about you, how're you doing?
Dad: I'm fine, but I'm supposed to be fine. You're the one who should be torn up by anxiety and angst.
Me: Yeah?
Dad: Yes. You're an artist, right? Tortured artist. Anxiety and angst is the way to go.
Me: I guess I'll dig down deep, see what I can pull out.
Dad: Good.


And that's why my dad is the best.

Meanwhile! I've been reading [personal profile] kaigou's posts on Mouretsu Pirates and then Okazu posted about it and then I got decent internet and, well. It was time to check things out.

Short version: Mouretsu Pirates is amazing and you should watch it.

Slightly longer version: Girls! Smart, clever, competent girls! And women! Awesome, badass women! Non-trope-y characterizations! Space pirates! Actual science, like what you'd get in medium-hard scifi! Which makes sense, seeing as the author of the original light novel is a Seiun Award winner. Mother-daughter bonding over firearms! Multiple femslash pairings! The Bechdel test being passed all over the place! No panty shots! SPACE PIRATES.

I'm on episode 6 out of the 8 episodes currently aired and it keeps getting better. It's on CrunchyRoll for free, for folks who can access it, or you can get the torrents here.

I've also started watching Gintama, thanks to [personal profile] pseudo_tsuga, and it is also amazing.

effex: Keep playing (Keep playing)
Interview, which was a phone interview, went really well! I know this because I just got an email inviting me to a real interview next Thursday. YAY. I really, really want this job (print work! cool industry! part-time/30 hours a week, but I'll make more then my last job!), so here's hoping.

Also, I went to a big networking event last night and did not have an anxiety attack (it was a close call). I stayed a full hour! I talked to people! It was amazing.

Unrelated, I've been feeling media starved - my internet's not fast enough for TV, we don't have an actual TV, and my laptop can only run the Adobe Creative Suite if all my games have been uninstalled. Fortunately my iPad, a hand-me-down from my Dad, has proven to hold untapped app depths. I have no idea what Dungeon 2 is, but by god I'm going to play it.

It also has Across Age, a short (it took me 9 hours - 9 hours over two weeks, but still - to beat), strange little RPG. The gameplay was decent: the puzzles challenging without being impossible, the monsters tough but no unbeatable, the maps complicated but not unnavigable (although I was using the walkthrough. Forum posts indicate others had a harder time), our female hero (Ceska, a mage) is actually the more useful character, the music quite good. The story and the character design on the other hand, ugh. Not horrible (except for the mage teacher - why the shoulder pads? Why are her boobs being held up by a collar? Where's the rest of her shirt?), but riddled with cliche (our male hero, Ales, is a pissy, silver-haired bishonen) and bad fashion choices. I'd write it off and move on but the game also, inexplicably, has three queer characters.

In which I think too much about a game no one has played. Uh, light spoilers? )

Speaking of video games, y'all should check out:

The Arkh Project: "An effort by some queer people of color to make a 3D RPG that runs off the beaten path." Check it out, maybe donate, because this is going to be amazing when it's finished.

Princess/Princess: A brand new project by Josh Lesnick, creator of Girly! Princesses! Who rescue each other! And fall in love! It's in the very early stages and I want it now, dammit.

Hatoful Boyfriend: A pigeon dating sim. You can download the game (for free!) here and an English language patch here (read the readme file). Magnificent and terrifying. Common reactions include 'what', 'what the fuck', and 'OH MY GOD'. You're welcome.
effex: Bloody genius (Bloody genius)
Making me the latest to the party ever but I can't even care because oh my god my babies. I only have room for love**.

Just, Aang. And his face, and his choices. And Sokka's smarts and love of shopping! And Suki's badassery and Katara's courage and strength and fussiness and Toph's everything. And Iroh's everything. And Zuku wasn't my favorite, exactly, but he was the one I kept talking to because oh, baby, no, what the fuck are you doing.

I've been holding off on the fic for years and now I'm not sure where to begin (aside from trawling the Ao3) - does anyone have favorites to rec (I don't have shipping/lack of shipping preferences)? I'm especially interested in Azula fixit fic, that girl got a raw deal.

* I'd never made it past the first season.

**The regret will come later. What was I thinking, putting this off?


effex: The path that rocks (The path that rocks)


My friend D emailed me this afternoon to say she had advance screening passes to Attack The Block, did I want to come? I'd seen the awesome poster for it at Comic Con so I said yes. Hell yes.

Folks, it was fucking fantastic. Our heroes are South London kids, estate kids, kids of color! The acting's amazing! The movie's gorgeous! It's all live action, no CGI! Which doesn't stop the aliens from being terrifying (good storytelling/cinematography beats fancy graphics, who knew)!

And along with the tight storytelling and great writing and scary monsters and weed jokes, we get commentary on being a poor kid in the estates. That no one's coming to help you, but that doesn't mean you have to lay down and die.

Attack the Block comes out Friday in the US, you should go see it!

(You can watch the trailer here, but someone decided to juxtapose 'the deadliest species in the galaxy' with a black kid's face. Which, no. It's better after the 0:10 mark.)
effex: TV has the fun (TV has the fun)
A couple of links:

* Al Jazeera's 'Disaster in Japan' live blog for March 15th (previous days linked in the post)

* On Good.is: Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan: How to Help

* Nuclear energy 101: Inside the "black box" of power plants. Also, Fukushima Nuclear Accident – a simple and accurate explanation.

* Al Jazeera's spotlight on Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt, and Algeria.

~*~

There's more - sweet baby bunnies, there's more - but I'm not in a good headspace for going over it right now. Let's talk about TV instead.

I've been faithfully watching Wandering Son (Hourou Musuko) since Crunchy Roll started airing it and folks, let me tell you, this show is amazing. Amazing. You should click on that link and watch it (it's free!).

Wandering Son's a lovely, slow, slice of life story about trans kids in Japan - growing up, struggling with identity, and love, and family, and friendship, and puberty. It's gorgeous, beautifully animated and acted and full of sympathetic characters and, just [flails].



Let's move on to something I can talk about coherently, shall we? My roommate D and I spent Saturday afternoon burning through both seasons of The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers and, well. Never have I seen that much Awesome and that much Fail packed into the same space.

The basics: LXD (for short) is a webseries that runs on Hulu. It's about dancers! There's a nominal plot, but mostly it's about showing off the work of some incredible artists.

The awesome: The vast majority of the characters are people of color - something like 13 out of 19 of the reoccuring characters (in the first season). Ditto for the background dancers (though I didn't go back and count, heh). Every single one of them is a fucking amazing dancer. We've got b-boying, we've got ballet, tricking, krumping, hip-hop, roboting, popping, tap... all integrated into the environment and the (again, nominal) plot. There's no special effect or wire work, everything's shot on location, the cinematography is beautiful. Also, there is Harry Shum, Jr.

The fail: The show is really, really, really bad with woman. Only 3 of the aforementioned repeating characters are female, only two of them are dancers (there are more in the background, but not many). All three are love interests/plot devices and, ugh. In the 7th episode of season 1 (S1Ep7), one of them literally has control of her body stolen by a dude in a sequence that should come with a trigger warning. The only all-female dance routine (S2Ep5) is all about how women seduce and kill men, good times. There's also some messed up race stuff (especially the Eaters in S2Ep3 - black demons, really?) and ablism (the psychiatric hospital scenes, especially in S2Ep8). There's also a weird weaponization of dance/art that I'm iffy about.

The neutral: The writing is terrible - they basically threw a bunch of Cool Stuff (chi chakra Ra! Secret organizations! Boarding schools! The occult! Love triangles! Etc!) at a wall to see what would stick. The end of season 2 is so hilariously bad it comes out into awesome. The acting's not great either, but most of these guys are dancers, not actors.

So. If you want to watch a bunch of amazing, often adorable and/or attractive dudes dance and can ignore the fail (and the plot), LXD's worth a look. If nothing else, you should catch Harry Shum, Jr's intro chapter (he shows up at 1:08, dancing starts at 2:20):



Why is there no fanfic for this, fandom? I am disappoint.


effex: Gratuitous Alec/Eliot icon (Gratuitous Alec/Eliot icon)
Back to School our busiest and most stressful period at work and this year is particularly bad - we're understaffed, multiple inventory shipments are delayed, we just had a major management change, the weather is out of whack and the AC is on the fritz. Today has been especially shit.

I really want a long, actiony, slightly schmoopy Losers fic. Or long, actiony, slightly schmoopy Sanctuary (where is my epic Henry/Bigfoot at Comic Con fic?) or Femslash Of Any Fandom fic.

Alas, I do not have any of these though I could probably find the first and third if I looked hard enough.... But that's okay, I've got favorites to fall back on. Let me tell you about them (also, making lists is soothing).

Diplomatic Relations (Naruto, Lee/Gaara) by [livejournal.com profile] maldoror_gw: The one where Lee is a terrible diplomat but a good (boy)friend.

Twice Shy (Star Trek Reboot, Bones/Kirk) by [livejournal.com profile] sarkasticfics: The one where Bones is a werewolf and Jim is his mate. Werewolves IN SPACE.

The first eight don't count (The Losers, Cougar/Jensen) by [livejournal.com profile] storm_petrel: The one where Jensen is a were(house)cat.

The Doctor and Mr. Jones (Torchwood, Jack/Ianto) by [personal profile] copperbadge: The one (no, the other one) where Ianto is a Time Lord.

Juggling Act (due South, RayK/Frasier) by [profile] cesperenza: The one where they go undercover at the circus.

Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption (The Avengers, Steve/Tony) by [personal profile] elspethdixon and [personal profile] seanchai: The one where Steve is brought back to life and (almost) everything goes to shit all at once.

Moving On (Smallville+DCU, Clark/Lex) by [personal profile] astolat: The one where Lex conquers the galaxy in style.

Near Miss (The Dresden Files, Harry/John) by binz and shiplizard: The one where Marcone is a mechanic.

Man I Used to Be (Leverage, Alec/Eliot) by [livejournal.com profile] jendavis: The one where Eliot gets kidnapped. (links to epilogue)

Skipping a couple SG:A, Merlin, Smallville, Sentinel, AI RPS and Harry Potter fics because I am lazy and there are already an awful lot of white dudes on this list.

How about you? What are your favorite long, actiony, slightly schmoopy fics?

HEY LOSERS

Jul. 30th, 2010 05:34 pm
effex: The path that rocks (The path that rocks)
I keep going on about The Losers over on Twitter because, while Inception fandom is fun and all, Losers has eaten my brain. And then last night (while I was, heh. Rewatching the movie) [personal profile] bookshop told me I should give in and make a rec post. So I did!

You'll probably want the light version.

Technically it's more of a picspam. )

So there you have it! The Losers is a fun movie with a great, diverse cast and good (if unoriginal) storytelling. The downsides are the violence, the sexualized violence, the US-centricism (is that a word?) and how incredibly, casually racist the villain is. If action movies are your bag, I highly recommend giving it a shot.
effex: :D :D (:D :D)
This weekend, I:

Bought and watched 'The Losers' (vague spoilers) )

Saw 'Inception' (vague spoilers) )

Fic recs for 'The Losers' and 'Inception' )

* Read 'Soulless' by Gail Carriger, which I disliked intensely. I had planned a rant for this space but, honestly, it's not worth the effort. Suffice to say I found it clunky, cliched and stereotyped past offensiveness (Lord Akeldama and his prancing droney-poos, oh my god). Also, the steampunk was pasted on.

* Started setting up my workspace! We were using my personal/freelance PC to run the TV, but I've borrowed my sister's old tower off from parents to use instead and moved mine over to the desk (also borrowed). Tonight I'll unpack my many, many art supplies onto the nearby shelves and set up the peripherals (printer, scanner, data storage). Hurray for having a creative space again!

* Played Dragon Age: Origins. I'm only just past Lothering (heading into the Circle Tower) and holy cow, I love this game. Not gonna lie, I started playing to see the hot elf-on-man action, but then it turned out to be good. And full of Alistair, whom I adore (why can't my dude bag him instead? Do want!).
effex: default (Likes books and long walks on the beach)
Sunday was fun - my family's not particularly patriotic so we use the 4th as an excuse to grill (we/they grill every weekend, it's not like they *need* a reason), rewatch Independence Day, and go outside to watch all the neighbors send up fireworks (rural Texas = firework shacks every two miles and fireworks going up *everywhere.* It's very different from Southern California, where You Do Not Do That Shit, and it still makes me uneasy). I ate a lot, it was fantastic.

Other awesome things:

* I was talking about this with [personal profile] zanzando on Twitter - Torchwood and Dresden Files fans, is Jack Harkness/Thomas Raith the best idea ever or the very best idea ever? The only thing wrong with it is, were I to plot it out, I would have to acknowledge COE's existence.

* New shoes! They are actual walking shoes and will hopefully not wear out as quickly as my last two pairs of Sketchers (six months for the last pair. That is not right).

* [livejournal.com profile] gallo_de_pelea's experiments in chemical free living - I've tried the grapeseed oil scrub recipe and it worked nicely, yay!

Also, you should check out her comic.

* In the same vein - I ran out of Cetaphil and have been looking for something to replace it with. Cruising the bath/body section at Central Market (a little like Whole Foods) netted me Burt's Bees Garden Tomato Complexion Soap, which has been amazing. I've had it just over week and my skin is much clearer, my skin tone's more even and everything's stopped being so oily. Online reviews say it doesn't work for everybody but it's sure as hell working for me.

* I'm going to pick up one of these mechanical washing machines after my next pay check - my complex's laundry room has become the bane of my existence and we don't have hookup in the apartment. Crossing my fingers that it'll be a workable between-Epic-Laundry-Days solution.

Webcomics (not on my sidebar. yet.) that I've been reading:

* Oglaf (SO NOT WORK SAFE)

* Love Me Nice

* Manly Guys Doing Manly Things

* The Meek

LET'S FIVE!

May. 5th, 2010 03:54 pm
effex: Gratuitous Hikaru/Akira icon (Gratuitous Hikaru/Akira icon)


Today is 5/5, which has long been declared Hikaru no Go Day to much rejoicing. And [personal profile] bookshop has her annual wonderful massive meme/joy post up which I've yet to participate in because, uh. It's been a long time since I read the manga. And I don't remember everything.

OBVIOUSLY THIS WILL NOT DO. So! I am proud to announce:


~*THE TOTALLY EPIC HIKAGO (RE)READ!*~



Plans are still being hashed out, but I'm thinking we'll do a volume a week with a corresponding discussion post hosted here at my DW journal. Day/time for maximum participation to be decided (by, like, tonight. I'm still at work! Photos need editing!).

Also, [personal profile] bookshop has suggested also doing an anime rewatch with an accompanying live Campfire chats, which sounds totally rad.

Details to come! Stay tuned! And in the meantime, you can cruise the doujinshi posts I did for last year's HikaGo Day.

EDIT FOR DEETS: Okay! Discussion posts will be hosted here on [personal profile] effex every Wednesday, going up as close to Noon (US Central time) as I can get 'em. First post, for volume 1, will be a week from today!

You can read Hikaru no Go online at OneManga or download it via your torrent site of choice (look for scanslations by Toriyama's World for the early volumes. Ah, memories). If you enjoy the manga, I strongly recommend you buy the books - they're lovely in person. And lacking in pixelization.

And by books I mean the Japanese version; I can't recommend the English translation by Viz. I take this back - some of the earlier volumes have underage smoking censored out (%^&$ censorship) and folks use names a little too familiarly (Hikaru calling Akira by his personal name, etc), but otherwise the translation and reproduction is quite good. And they're easier to read in bed, so.

And that's it! SEE YOU ALL NEXT WEEK!
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One of my favorite manga is Hayate x Blade (はやて×ブレード, occasionally read as 'Hayate Cross Blade') by Hayashiya Shizuru (not mentioned in the wiki article - she's also done a lot of doujinshi under the circle name Jesus Drug). It's a shonen action/comedy with shojo-ai under(and over, and all over)tones that started serialization in Dengeki Daioh (2003-2008) and now runs in Ultra Jump, there are currently 12 volumes and 3 drama cds released in Japan (6 volumes in the US), yadda yadda boring details whatever.

The thing is, Hayate x Blade is 100% GRADE A AWESOME. And sadly, tragically obscure in English-speaking fandom.

I'd like to fix that. (Image heavy) )

ETA 12/2/12: Here's the series page on Ao3 (with 5 whole fanworks, woo! Yes, including one by me) and FFN (21 fanworks!).

(Format=light version here)

In short, if you're looking for a fun, silly, smart, hilarious action/comedy that's female centric and has oodles of homoerotic subtext plus actual queer characters, give Hayate X Blade a try.
effex: The path that rocks (The path that rocks)
I found out the other day that [personal profile] bookshop has only just started reading Kate Beaton's history comics. Shock! Horror! And then I had a conversation with [personal profile] cimorene where I tried to push Gunnerkrigg Court and Templar, Arizona on her and I started thinking, what else don't people know about? Clearly it is time for a rec post.

Therefore, I am happy to present for your consideration:

Webcomics I read on a regular basis/subscribe to/devour/etc )

Webcomics I check every once in a while/wait to read in chunks )

Webcomics I keep meaning to read )

Artist pages/Links/other cool things )

Edit: So, what are you folks reading?
effex: Gratuitous Karolina/Xavin icon (Gratuitous Karolina/Xavin icon)
Next round!


Also, y'all should check out [livejournal.com profile] bookshop's post - The Most Influntial YA of the Decade? + Girls, yay! - for more woman and femslash awesomeness. Also books. Mmmm, books.

ETA: And [personal profile] resonant put out a call for YA books which has resulted in a lot of female-centric/friendly recommendations in the comments.

Comics/Manga/Etc Series )


Other Things )

How about you folks? What are your favorite slashy comics, books, and video games?
effex: Crazy badass lesbians (Crazy badass lesbians)
As you might have noticed, there's been a fresh round of 'Why ignore the women, fandom?' making it's way through LJ/DW/Etc. I agree with the sentiment - we do need to write more women and more femslash - but I don't really have anything to add to the discussion. So! Instead, I present to you 16 8 movies and tv shows that are full of girls, women, and slash potential. And also awesome.

Video and images behind the cuts.

Animated Series )



Live Action Series )


This unexpectedly turned into a two-part post [could you feel me loosing steam there at the end? I sure could] - look for the next bit (manga/comics/books/video games/RPF) tomorrow! In the meantime, anyone want to add to the list? What are your favorite neglected fandoms and femslash pairings?
effex: Letter to your mama (Letter to your mama)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Firstly - Hi! Hello! It's so fantastic to. Well, to write to you - I'm really excited about Yuletide this year, thank you so much for participating! And for writing me a story <3 <3.

Secondly - If you've already started, or settled on an idea, or none of this tickles your fancy, please ignore the following. I'll be happiest with a story you were happy to write, so feel free to go where ever inspiration takes you.

So! I like stories with: adventure, happy endings, explosions, crossovers, genderbending, first times, mad science, banter, strong women (please, please, please), strong men, cats, shenanigans, goggles, magic, libraries, detailed (and accurate) settings, tea, swearing, first time sex that *doesn't* involve penetration (or heals or Makes Everything Better), frottage, superpowers, plots that make me think, or cry, or laugh, or (best of all) all three.

I don't like stories with: sad/dark/depressing endings, mpreg, soul-bonds/destined lovers, female bashing, petnames not taken from canon, romance without proper development, sex without preparation/protection, 'perfect' sex, kinks involving bodily fluids, excessive use of the words 'giggle,' 'smirk,' and 'weep' (and all variations thereof), and the word 'cum,' *ever* (unless someone's reading email spam or something).

I'm very much a slash fan but I've deliberately chosen fandoms where slash, gen, or het would make me equally happy so, please, have at. I'm also comfortable with any level of sexual explicitness and most kinks.

For the comics - I am totally up on Blue Beetle and Runaways canon, don't worry about spoiling me on anything. Ditto for the DC and Marvel universes as a whole - even if I'm not following a given title, chances are pretty good I'll know who the characters are.

If you really want to know more about me and my tastes/preferences, you can read my about me post, browse my delicious tags (♥ fanfiction here), or watch me ramble on twitter.

[dusts off hands] Right! On to the fandoms:

1. Un Lun Dun )

2. Night at the Museum )

3. Runaways )

4. Blue Beetle )

Thank you for reading this and thank you again for being my author, and just generally for being your awesome self. Woohoo, Yuletide!
effex: default (Sinestro kitten)
But mostly comics! :D :D

So, I went down to ye local comic book shop today and picked up the new Detective Comics and also Runaways 11. And then got it signed (Detective Comics, not Runaways) by Greg Rucka. Who was there! Signing things! HELL YEAH.

I was the only female in the shop aside from the lady behind the counter, who told me 'way to shake the genders up a bit.' Yay? Normally there are more women in the shop, I was kinda surprised.

Greg was there kinda sorta for Pride Weekend - Zeus Comics is an award-winning queer friendly shop and is the owner is gay himself (In Dallas! I <3 my comic shop) - and Detective Comics #854 features not one but *two* awesome lesbian ladies: Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, who's taking over the LEAD ROLE FROM BATMAN who is missing or in a coma or dead, idk (I stopped following that part of DC continuity when the Battle for the Cowl started, yeesh. All I know is that Dick's taken up the batmantle), and RENEE MONTOYA, aka The Question (v2), aka MY FANGIRLING, LET ME SHOW IT TO YOU. And Rucka is the author and notably queer friendly.

Also, he usually writes stories about women that do not suck! Detective Comics, in fact, is so low on the sucking that some might mistake it for awesome. The art is *amazing,* Kate is well characterized, and the writing is great. Renee's not in the same story arc here (and the art is different but also really good) - she's got her own minicomic tacked on to the end of Detective Comics (ala Booster Gold and Blue Beetle, aka at least DC's not totally ignoring these beloved characters, the fuckers). It means less screen time (only eight pages!), but what was there was a very good start.

In fact, gimmie a minute, I'm going to go back and read it again.

**

Back! Now, as for Runaways... )

**

Okay, the original purpose of this post was to talk about two *other* comic book series (well, okay, one comic title and one manga) - Blue Beetle and Hayate Cross Blade. Two of my favorite things *ever,* y'all need to get in on this.

**

Blue Beetle )

It's past midnight and I have Pride shenanigans to get up to tomorrow - will convey unto you the fantasticness that is Hayate Cross Blade at a later date. Night, folks!

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