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I took a vacation day today. Mental health reasons, shopping reasons, family reasons, exercise reasons. Not going into the details of them, just making note that the reasons exist.

I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming last night. I had fun watching that for a lot of reasons. Sure, it's mildly annoying that this is the third version of the character to hit the movie theatres in the last decade. But since it firmly locks this version into the MCU, and for a lot of other reasons, I can be good with it.

In fact, I am very good with it. Some of those reasons for that mood?

Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag.

(Feeling sad that Dwayne McDuffie didn't live to see that.)

Seeing Midtown High reworked as a specialty high school dealing in science and tech.

(I still felt uncomfortable with some of the high school stuff being no different from my day in the real world. *sigh* )

Spider-Man being part of the fabric of the Borough of Queens.

The first big twist midway through the show.

The surprise ending. Was NOT expecting that.

(Not the Avengers angle. The thing after that. Come back after you've seen it yourself and we'll talk about that.)

This is not a complete list of the good stuff.
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You know how for years, people wanted Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill play out the dialogue of The Killing Joke, and eventually we got that direct-to-video movie out of that desire of the audience?

Well, there's the first ten(?) pages of Jessica Jones # 8 from Marvel this past month. Two characters, Jones herself and Maria Hill, in Jessica's bathroom. Spoiler-free as I can make it, it's a combination plot-infodump, airing of grievances, confessionals, and contract negotiations between the two characters.

I would like to see/hear Krysten Ritter and Cobie Smulders play out that scene in character.
dewline: (SHIELD)
"Our offices from Los Angeles to Denver all heard...stories. A motorcyclist with a skull on fire, wandering from town to town, over the decades. Corpses, and catatonic survivors left behind, and horrific crimes exposed to the light of day. The investigators and prosecutors were so busy focusing on what was exposed, they never went looking for whoever it was did the exposing. And the whispered stories in the bars of a dozen states..."

I don't expect the scriptwriters to lift what I wrote as a comment to one of my Facebook friendlisters about this, since - owing to television production realities - the episode introducing this iteration of the character is likely already "in the can" with CoSA likely doing the needed VFX as I typed these words.

But with Doctor Strange on its way to the cinema houses this fall, it doesn't surprise me to see Agents of SHIELD going to the supernatural places in parallel...
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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: (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.
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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: (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)

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.


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: (Sketching)
...and the suggestion I've read or heard about it being a palate-cleanser between Age of Ultron and Civil War is pretty much spot-on. For all the stakes being played for here, it's still a smaller story. Intentionally so, I think. That works for me.

For the record: no, not a member of the Edgar Wright cult. Haven't seen the guy's other stuff, so I can't speak to whether his staying on with this film would've been for good or ill.

More on this subject in a later post.
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.)


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