dewline: (SHIELD)
Six mini-episodes, adding up to a half-hour roughly. All available via ABC or Marvel Entertainment on YouTube for the moment.

It's an interesting little experiment centred on Elena Rodriguez AKA "Yo-Yo" AKA "Slingshot" and one last bit of vengeful clean-up from her days as a vigilante in Colombia as she signs aboard to the Sokovia Accords and status as a SHIELD "asset", rather than a full-on agent. I'd say the most expensive visual is the launch of the Zephyr done as a panorama shot.

Quick and fun. And I wonder about consequences...
dewline: (SHIELD)
There was a particular conversation involving new SHIELD Director Jeffrey Mace and newly-demoted-by-own-request-to-special field officer-in-charge Phil Coulson...and the metaphor they went with?

Some thoughts about that particular scene... )
dewline: (Books)

For Black Panther?

Wakanda's languages being built up, like we've seen with tlhIngan Hol in the Star Trek worlds.

Yes, I expect Wakanda has more than one locally-evolved language. Certainly, they've picked up words from other African languages over the centuries. And being a coalition of cultures that take pride in knowledge, many of even their most traditionalist tribes make certain to be fluent in multiple tongues. Yet it's been long-established that there is at least one language the Wakandans truly call their own. And reality in linguistics being what it is, history and logic suggest there should be more than the one.

For Agents of SHIELD and its collection of related titles?

A guide to the organization itself. Current writer Marc Guggenheim has Coulson recently claiming that he works for Washington, mere months after Mark Waid portrays him as insisting that the "H for Homeland" more accurately means "Homeworld". In Civil War II # 0, Brian Michael Bendis reminds us of the organization's United Nations connections.

Outside of their own series, we have at least one of their agents, Mockingbird headlining her own book. (About damn time!) Both Captains America titles, Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers, have ongoing relationships with the organization. Howling Commandos of SHIELD recently wrapped up some of the adventures of their supernatural interventions via the STAKE division. Black Widow has an on-again-off-again work relationship with SHIELD (currently "off", but don't expect that to last forever). The organization shares the Triskelion complex in New York Harbor with the current incarnation of the Ultimates...and on it goes.

(Don't get me started again on their Helicarriers and "Battlecarriers". Not right now. If you've seen my Pericles Project folder on Flickr, you know how much enthusiasm I can pour into that topic.)

We need a handbook to the organization itself. An "Agent Orientation Manual" if you will. No need to get into the minutiae of clauses of international treaties and internal regulations that should govern SHIELD, but something that nails down the current "broad strokes" of its history, current prominent personnel-characters, technology, operations, adversaries and methods.

For Alpha Flight, now pent up in the pages of Captain Marvel?

A better understanding of how what began as a government-run superhero team tied to my home country became an international planetary defence force. That seems to be slowly unfolding. I await developments with interest.

More as I mull it over.

dewline: (SHIELD)

I laughed when I saw this page. Laughed, because I empathized with Gabby's reaction.

Image under the cut )

It's her first Helicarrier, after all.
dewline: (edutainment)

So I'm not alone in noticing the obvious.

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/how-many-people-has-captain-america-killed-in-the-marve-1772944715

I don't count the Ultron bodies, though. Single artificial intelligence directing them all, right?

dewline: (Sketching)
So that issue came out this week...

Spoilers after the cut )

And there's some whiplash right there.  
dewline: (Sketching)
Yes, I saw the new Captain America: Civil War trailer. Was thrilled in all the right places. One quibble: the counts for those three MCU disaster events during Secretary Ross' briefing scene? The numbers for the Battle of the Triskelion in Washington, DC strike me as far too low. In dollars and lives.

About the comic book A-Force? The latest issue - # 3 - arrived this week, and I'm feeling a bit down here, as planned.

A bit of context about a spoiler )

More on other stuff later.
dewline: (Puzzlement 2)

Maybe this is something for Law and the Multiverse, the Legal Geeks and/or Bob Ingersoll. Or their Canadian counterparts, if such are willing to step up.

Is Laura "X-23" Kinney, the current Wolverine, legally entitled to Canadian citizenship?

dewline: (investigation)
It amuses me to keep playing with this. I learn things from this project. It won't earn me any money (unless someone with hiring power thinks this is evidence that I will be Useful), but learning from the work is fun and useful anyway. "Fan art" is good practice.

As ever, if Disney/Marvel wants me to take it down, I'm not exactly lacking in ways to be reached.

As for the rest of you, if you've any suggestions on stuff I should add/remove before locking this down, please do post in the comments.

Pericles-MSD-Prototype-4-S
dewline: (SHIELD)
I know that Marvel's comics division has launched Howling Commandos of SHIELD as a way of crossing military/espionage and action-adventure with "supernatural" topics and characters. It's an entertaining experiment to read, and not a direction I'd have ever expected them to take the likes of Dugan and Sitwell (the latter of whose comics version has traditionally been far more heroic than depicted in the recent movies).

But after watching "Maveth", I'm wondering about the idea of mixing influences as diverse as Fleming, Steranko and Lovecraft on TV like this. Lovecraft in particular comes to mind after watching the closing tag scene.

And I think I will leave my commentary at that. You can take it further in the comments, of course, and I hope you do.
dewline: (comic books)
After reading new first issues for The Ultimates and Spider-Woman, I'm now sure of this: Marvel Comics is indeed severing the connection between Canada and the Alpha Flight brand. Whatever Marvel Editorial wants Alpha Flight to be now, they've got Carol "Captain Marvel" Danvers in charge of it.

Not happy about this, of course, for obvious reasons of atavistic, nationalistic, nostalgic sentiment.
dewline: (Sketching)
I'm voting after work tomorrow. Partly to get it done. Partly to avert the temptation to vote out of fear rather than hope.

Other notes...

Busted a filling again. It's one that has older work, so maybe it was time for the upgrade. But with the not-so-new-anymore-guy, it's still pricier than it used to be. I can manage the expense, but it still pains the wallet.

(Universal dental care at long last in Canada, anyone? Please?)

Comics reading this week: Captain Canuck # 4, We Stand on Guard # 4, Avengers # 0, All-New All-Different Marvel Point-One.

The third item on this list has me wondering: is Marvel Editorial seeking to sever the link between Canada and the Alpha Flight brand?
dewline: (SHIELD)
So.

Saw "Purpose in the Machine" on Agents of SHIELD tonight. An old frenemy is back, and they're putting together a new machine of their own. Meanwhile, someone else is rebuilding a very old machine in order to leverage an even older one. And someone else is all about rebuilding themselves, but not sure as to exactly how.

Yes, all of that's vague. Not apologizing for that, but the sense of theme did indeed come through in plotlines "A" through "E" without feeling forced.

I liked that.
dewline: (Sketching)
Still coughing, but less so than yesterday or last night. I still didn't get much sleep despite going to bed earlier than usual, though there were fewer interruptions last night. Maybe things will further improve tonight. Since I've promised to report for work in the morning, they'd better.

Meantime...I heard about Ta-Nehisi Coates writing a Black Panther story for Marvel. This should be Interesting. I've read his non-fiction stuff for The Atlantic, much of which has opened my eyes to many things. We'll come back to this later, I expect.

Odd note: Marvel's legal people seem to have decided "Registered Gifted" isn't a thing they want to protect anymore...? Like I said: it's odd. If you're building a cultural IP library the way Marvel's been doing for decades even before Disney's current role began, you don't take decisions like that as a rule.

About unemployment insurance in Canada: something I noticed today, for your reference. And on that note, I'll be turning on the TV to listen to Power and Politics. Rosemary Barton's taken the hosting reins from Evan Solomon rather well, thus far...
dewline: (comic books)
Now that Mark Waid's last issue for the foreseeable future as writer of the series is out of the way, I think that, as a reader I'm going to step away from the series as well. For the time being, anyway.

Why?

Spoilers after the cut )

I'll be telling my local comics dealer shortly. And then maybe I get back to federal election chatter. Or I mention something from Saskatchewan that annoyed me in the lettercolumn of We Stand on Guard # 3. Mind's not yet made up on that point.
dewline: (compliment)
We've seen it done before with The Dark Knight a few years back, and it seems that Marvel wants to try their hand at it now. This is the second instalment from "WHIH World News" with Leslie Bibb reprising her Christine Everhart character from the first two Iron Man instalments, and it looks interesting.



Yeah, I decided to play along with the conceit in the comments sections. Maybe it'll challenge them to run with some stuff a little further, maybe not. But as long as it lasts, it ought to be worth watching.

And maybe we get an actual debate on the post-Sokovia situation acted out?
dewline: (Sketching)
This may be subject to revision by the various TV series and/or movies. If it does get revised anywhere in the next five years, it'll be in the Black Panther movie set for 2018.

But if I've read the SHIELD Academy-issue periodic table from the Agents of SHIELD first-season episode "Seeds" correctly, Vibranium should be element 119. Period 8, Group 1.

Here's a reproduction of someone else's scan of that graphic. (Sorry that there isn't a better version available.)
dewline: (SHIELD)
However accidentally, it's proper that SHIELD's 50th should have crept up on us all unnoticed.

Now that it's here, though, Marvel's apparently decided to carpe the noctem where their in-house soldier-spies are concerned. There's a number of projects detailed in the article at the other end of the link, and some of them will be more to your liking than others.

Looking forward to finding out for myself which ones will be worth adding to the library...

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