Winter Sunlight

Comics and fandom stuff

I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I like the new Ales Kot/Marco Rudy Winter Soldier comic. I was kinda expecting to dislike it, or at least to be unhappy with the new direction of the character, and instead I love it and I'm really looking forward to the next issue. I think partly this is because it has a nice indy vibe -- the overall feel of the comic is much more like an indy sci-fi comic than a superhero comic; some of the reviews compared it to Heavy Metal which I think is also accurate -- but also, I was honestly expecting wall-to-wall angst, darkness and manpain, and instead it's entertaining and fun and even funny at times, with gorgeous (if confusing) art. I'm not familiar with Daisy Johnson as a character, but I like her a lot so far, and her dynamic with Bucky is a lot of fun.

Also, the comic pretty much had me when Bucky steals a sacred animal from the Syro planet because "it was alone, and looked scared". (Subsequently he's hiding it under his coat and feeding it off his plate in an alien restaurant. BUCKY YOU WONDERFUL DORK. ♥) There were a lot of neat little bits like that -- I'd have loved to have a few more pages of Bucky and Daisy on his satellite (!!!) or wandering around the Mars space station in lieu of the Bucky-Namor action sequence, but really, it's a much more quiet, interesting, and introspective comic than I was expecting.

I also really like that it's not just Bucky being a fish out of water in the outer-space setting. He actually seems to be adjusting really well; I guess he's always traveled the world for his job, and now he's traveling the universe, and he doesn't seem to be treating it that differently than going to, say, Hong Kong or Copenhagen in pursuit of spy shenanigans. I like that!

(Also, on a very shallow note, I like that Bucky's hair is long again.)

My only real complaint is that I wish the art wasn't so hard to follow -- although I love the actual look of it. And it's complex enough that you have to go back and reread pages to pick up details you missed the first time, which is always a plus for me.

But yeah, ever since this was announced I've been thinking it was going to be very much not my cup of tea, and instead it very much is, so I'm really happy about that. (And now I need to track down some of the other comics with Daisy in them. THE COMICS RABBIT HOLE, IT JUST KEEPS GOING DOWN.)

In completely other news, Tim DeKay was cast on Agents of SHIELD ... playing Grant Ward's brother. *cries* Among other things, it means that the TDK tag on Tumblr is now full of AoS stuff from the Grant Ward side of the fandom, which I had been doing so well at avoiding. Thanks a bunch, casting gods.

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My only real complaint is that I wish the art wasn't so hard to follow

Yeah, that was my problem with it. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did, because all the great things you mention are there! But I'm not a visual person, and while comics have become a little easier for me with practice, this one was almost impenetrable to me at times.

Maybe I'll get used to the style?
Or maybe the style will get less impenetrable as the artist settles in and gets into the swing of the comic? 'cause, yeah -- I really love the trippy, Heavy Metal-esque stylings of the art, but gawd, there are times when you have to look at a page five times to figure out what happened and STILL can't tell. Or there'll be things like the page where Daisy and Bucky are talking in the restaurant, where I had to read the page 3 times before I realized that the reason why there seemed to be a missing talk bubble or two was because Daisy and Bucky were flipped in mid-conversation and suddenly she's talking from the other side of the page.

I can definitely see being put off by it. I also kind of wish we could see the characters a bit better, because for one thing, Bucky's back to the long hair, but you can't actually SEE him!

Sigh.

On the other hand, the story is good, and I hadn't realized 'til reading it how much I'd expected to dislike it; I was pretty much expecting the comic to be entirely "Bucky is all alone, and has a lot of manpain", but it's actually kind of sweet and fun. STEALING THE SACRED REZNOR BECAUSE IT LOOKED LONELY. I will never get over that.
Or maybe the style will get less impenetrable as the artist settles in and gets into the swing of the comic?

That would be nice! I mean, it looks good, but if I can't figure out what's actually going on that's not really helping.

Also, I agree with you about the long hair, unsurprisingly. *g*

STEALING THE SACRED REZNOR BECAUSE IT LOOKED LONELY. I will never get over that.

It's so Bucky! ♥ ♥ ♥
Oh SHIELD. I am trying so hard to avoid all the Grand Ward stuff as well. In fact, I have seen the first episode of the season but I'm having a hard time finding motivation to watch the second because I am upset with Ward. Have you seen the new eps? I don't want to go into a long monologue on the why if you haven't.


Yeah, the Ward stuff is so miserably contentious (on both sides, honestly) that it makes the fandom miserable, and I'm not at all happy to have it invade my OTHER fandom too!

I haven't actually seen the new eps beyond watching the first few minutes of the premiere, because I wanted to see the Peggy scene! Otherwise I decided to wait and read spoilers, because I was really nervous about how they were going to handle some of the plotlines, and for this show I'd rather be spoiled than unpleasantly surprised. So I already know quite a bit of stuff; feel free to talk about it without worrying about spoiling me. :D
Yeah, I think I feel pretty much the same as you do. I have strong feelings on what I believe is believable with Ward and I have issues with all the contention in the fandom. I went into the premiere unspoiled and now I really wish I hadn't. I think waiting and listening to spoilers makes so much more sense.

I also don't want it to invade the White Collar fandom. Ugh. I really was thinking SHIELD would be my next fan obsession but now I'm not so sure. Even worse, I watch it with my husband and two friends so I feel obligated to keep going.
What. Tim DeKay as Ward's brother?! I mean, the idea of seeing him in something so different is fun, but. What.
I know! Normally I would be all excited about having an actor I like in another franchise I'm interested in, but my main reaction to this was "do not want!" with a side of "wtf?" because the actors are like 20 years apart in age ...

*cries into her tea*
Tim DeKay was cast on Agents of SHIELD ... playing Grant Ward's brother. *cries* Among other things, it means that the TDK tag on Tumblr is now full of AoS stuff from the Grant Ward side of the fandom, which I had been doing so well at avoiding. Thanks a bunch, casting gods.

IKR? I don't want to associate with the whole pro-Grant/anti-Grant thing, it's already ruined AoS fandom for me. Now it's spreading to other interests.
Yeah, it's SO miserably contentious; I've seen some nasty ship-warring in other fandoms, but this really takes the cake. And I like going on the Tim Dekay tag on Tumblr -- it's a quiet little tag and, aside from some occasional sniping at Tim/Peter from disgruntled fans unhappy with Peter's actions on the show, it's mostly just happy gifs and pictures. Now it's all AoS stuff from exactly the part of the fandom I've been trying to avoid. Do not waaaaant ...
I'm reading very selectively here because I don't want to be spoiled for the comics—or AoS. (I think I'm up to date, but I've been so busy this week I don't even know.) I still can't get issue 1 of The Death of Captain America, darn it! And I'm trying to read in order, so I've stopped reading the comics for the time being.

Tim DeKay was cast on Agents of SHIELD ... playing Grant Ward's brother. *cries*
I nearly had my fists up in the air going "Yay!" when I got past the ellipses. No. Noooo. I'm crying with you.

I think I've done well to avoid any fic or posts that so much as mention Ward, because I'm still relatively happy in my little SHIELD fan bubble, and I am staying here. I don't read a lot of the fic, but I look forward to the show every week. We've not even had very much Ward yet this season, although I was impressed with the actor when we did. (And then Brilliant Husband said, "He's doing Tom Cruise here. Totally." Um, ok. Tom Cruise is a really good actor! Right?)

Melinda May is still my SHIELD person, and I just wish she would always get more time and development. But I think they're doing really interesting things this season! And I hope you won't let scary fans scare you away from the fandom! Come, be a fan with me so that we can squee together over the good stuff and ignore the bad stuff! Like White Collar but more successfully shutting out the bad stuff! I still need to do a post on why more people should watch AoS. (But maybe first on my WC dream, which was really weird, especially because I haven't even read much fic in that fandom in a while now.)

I hope someday to catch up on Winter Soldier comic books, but I haven't even got through the Captain America books before Winter Soldier starts getting his own, so it could be a while. And you're the reasons I'm reading them at all, come to think of it—say, do you know where I can find a copy of The Death of Captain America vol 1? I have 2 and 3 so don't want to buy the omnibus at this point—I thought I was getting 1, but the supplier can't find it.
say, do you know where I can find a copy of The Death of Captain America vol 1? I have 2 and 3 so don't want to buy the omnibus at this point—I thought I was getting 1, but the supplier can't find it.

.... nggghhh, not really. If you can't find it on Amazon, Ebay might be another option, although comics on Ebay tend to be either overpriced or bundled with other comics you don't want ... but sometimes you can find good deals there. (Amazon also seems to have a lot of Marvel TPBs in Kindle editions now, so if you don't mind reading comics on your computer, you might try that.)

Welcome to the wide and wonderful world of collecting out-of-print comics. :P

I've been having good luck with Amazon on most of the Captain America stuff so far, though. The only one I couldn't get for a reasonable price was the first of the Winter Soldier TPBs -- but then they came out with an omnibus of that. Speaking of which, this means I now have the second and third Winter Soldier TPBs and they're completely redundant. I seem to recall you have the first one due to the comic shop mix-up ... would you like the second & third? I'll happily send them to you if you'd like them; I would like them to have a good home, and I have the omnibus now.
Yes, I have the first Winter Soldier tpb; if you don't mind sending them, by all means! I can cover shipping by PayPal if you let me know how much. (pm me if you don't have my address handy and to let me know where to send PayPal.)

Brilliant Husband somehow acquired either the second or third volume of The Death of Captain America at some point, so I ordered the two in the trilogy he didn't have from Amazon. I think they were from two different third-party vendors. I got vol. 3, but vol. 1 didn't come and didn't come, and finally Amazon canceled the order. I didn't stop them from canceling the order because meanwhile I'd put in an order at the local comics shop where they had some hope of obtaining it, and now we haven't heard back in . . . what month is this again? I hadn't thought of eBay and may end up trying there.

The Kindle version is an even better idea, though! And as soon as I figure out if we have one of the right Kindle devices, I may try it. I don't think they had that listed back when I originally ordered on Amazon, but they have vol. 1 listed now.

Oh, for crying out loud—I have a Kindle app on my Mac that within the last few months refused to read most of the older items I'd downloaded, so all the Vorkosigan novels I downloaded free won't run. Now I can't get the Kindle itself to run, or anything it used to run. I will try downloading a new version. Could be a while. Everything seems to be conspiring to stop me reading Captain America and Winter Soldier comic books.
IT'S A CONSPIRACY! /o\ I hope you can get the Kindle thing to work; it seems like the best solution to me.

And yes, I will happily send those to you! I'm happy they found a good home, because after buying the omnibus I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. I hadn't even read them, because I was having the exact same problem getting Winter Soldier #1 that you're having getting the first volume of the Death of Captain America arc -- my Amazon order kept getting delayed and delayed and finally cancelled, and then I couldn't find anywhere that had it for a reasonable price. So I'm glad to have found something to do with them.