“For the first time in my life,
I have no idea what
I’m supposed to do.”
– Thor, Thor (2011)
Yep, welcome to being human dude..
Yep, welcome to being human dude..
Last week I wrote about my struggle with reading comic books, so I’m particularly delighted whenever I find a novelization of a superhero character, especially a really interesting one like Margaret Stohl’s Black Widow: Forever Red.
When I first read the jacket copy of the book I was a little skeptical – the plot seemed like a bait and switch. Yes, Black Widow is a character, but the protagonist is someone named Ava Orlova. And it’s true that Natasha remains a secondary character – however, the shared history between Natasha and Ava is what binds the whole story together and provides insight into Black Widow’s twisted childhood and adolescence in a fresh way.
This felt like a novelized superhero comic story – fast paced, lots of action, lots of plot twists, and it was a very enjoyable ride. I do wish that the characters would have been a little more developed, and I did find the initial setup of Ava being on her own and yet somehow a competitive fencer a smidge on the unbelievable side, but overall I thought it was a strong, enjoyable book with two powerful dynamic females at the helm.
There’s also a sequel on the way – and I hope this bodes well for more novelized versions of both Marvel and DC characters.
Just a little exercise to see if I could be succinct for once 🙂 This list is based on nothing but my own, “Hey, I think he/she is pretty awesome” criteria.
Hmmm….what to talk about this weekend…..
Oh yeah. How about this?
I heard this movie has already broken records, and rightly so. It’s a terrific superhero movie. From a writing standpoint, I especially appreciated the way that the story of the new “Avenger” – Black Panther – was cleanly inserted into the larger action/adventure plot. Proof that you don’t have to sacrifice characterization for plot.
The other great thing about this movie in terms of characterization and plot working together is that the conflict between Iron Man & Captain America, at least for most of the movie, is a legitimate one, and no matter who you’re siding with (I made my loyalties clear in this post) you can at least understand the perspective of each character.
Other things are fun: the appearances of Spider Man and Ant Man, Hawkeye’s attitude, and the quick bursts of humor. Even when beating the crap out of each other The Avengers know how to be funny.
The only thing I really didn’t like about this movie? It makes me more annoyed about what Superman vs. Batman could have been and wasn’t. Speaking of the DC universe…
OTA for those of you who don’t know is an acronym in the Arrow fandom that stands for “Original Team Arrow,” the combination of Oliver Queen, John Diggle, and Felicity Smoak that I, along with other fans, think is one of the main reasons to watch this show.
This week it was on full display with Oliver & Felicity going to an underground casino (again) and then coming to Digg’s rescue just in the nick of time. The show needs more of this and less of the convoluted, over-populated plot lines it sometimes favors.
I watch just two shows on your network – and you’re about to give one of them away. You claim it’s too expensive, and yet the effects are inferior to the lower cost shows on the CW? How does that work? I hope if you don’t renew it CW takes it and makes a fortune. Sincerely,
A Supergirl Fan
Seriously? Cap and Hawkeye on the same side? The Boy Scout and the Archer? It’s pretty clear where my loyalties are going to lie. With apologies to Black Widow, I kinda hope Tony’s going down (not dead, mind you, let’s just knock a little off the ego).
And while we’re on the subject, shouldn’t this really be called Avengers: Civil War?