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...because I finally started reading Blue Beetle. (What else to do when you're snowed in??) And you're all right, it's awesome. I'm on #11 right now, and I have no doubt that I will finish the run by the end of the night.

Oh, yes, and Terry Moore fans? Echo #1 came out this week, and it's beautiful and action-packed. Fans of the intrigue in Strangers in Paradise will love it. I mean, I did, anyway. :D

And people waiting on betas? Um, I promise not to let Jaime Reyes delay me... too much...

ETA: (10:43pm) Finished. Is March 26th here yet?

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jij
Mar. 9th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Huzzah! I'm in the middle of the first TPB myself, and it really is one of the best things out there. I love Paco and Brenda and Jaime so much...
htbthomas
Mar. 9th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Yes, it's funny and dramatic and feels a lot like "The Greatest American Hero" to me. :)

And now I'm on #15. *lol*
trekkie6
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
Speaking of delays, just know that I know I have some things of yours (and Ashlyn's, lol) to read and I promise I'll get to them.
trekkie6
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
*slaps self for clicking 'post comment' when she wasn't done*

lol I meant to say that I add to finish some things first. *toasts you with Superman cup*
htbthomas
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Hee. Okay. I'll look forward to it!
candyflosskillr
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Blue Beetle = <3 Glad you're enjoying it!
htbthomas
Mar. 9th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Hee, the icon! I may just have to get one of those.

It really is an awesome series. It feels like a really fresh take on the superhero coming of age story. :)
candyflosskillr
Mar. 10th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Hehehe, I got that one from morgicons but darthphere does great Jamie and cast icons at exlusion_lair as well. Snag that one if you want... it's too cute!

I totally agree van_el who recommended Power Pack and Invincible, both are totally awesome!

Edited at 2008-03-10 12:57 am (UTC)
htbthomas
Mar. 10th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! I found some good icons there! Now to make room...
van_el
Mar. 10th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Mark Grayson Says...
van_el
Mar. 9th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
I seem to have this amazing knack for getting you into all-ages teen/kid superhero books, don't I?

Adventures of Evil & MaliceFirst there was the Adventures of Evil & Malice 3-issue mini, which sadly I haven't got to hand otherwise I'd scan it all for you. I only wish Image had given Jimmie Robinson more leeway with the book and it got more support - because then we'd continue to have more Evelyn, Malinda, The Black Eye and more… instead of Bomb Queen.


&apos;Marvel Age&apos; Power PackThen there were the rebooted, Marvel Age/Marvel Adventures Power Pack minis… which should damn well have its own ongoing! Having been a fan of Louise Simonson and Julie Bergman's creation of a comic's youngest FAMILY superteam, the reboot was something I was looking forward to a lot, and it seems I was rght to anticipate the further adventures of Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie!


&apos;Johnny DC&apos; Blue BeetleNow, I have completed my hatrick! You have one Image, one Marvel and now one [Johnny] DC: Blue Beetle. Jaime Reyes is the KID! So glad you're enjoying the book ^_^.

My work is done!

Leave it to ChanceInvincibleThough, I'm sure it wouldn't hurt for me to try and push you in the direction of two other books which you'll dive into back-issue brilliance over: (upcoming Superman writer) James Robinson's Leave it to Chance (formerly of Image Comics' Homage imprint) and Robert Kirkman's brilliant Invincible.

Should give you more to read while snowed in!
htbthomas
Mar. 9th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hehehe. I'm well on my way to reading all of those. I actually read the first issue of Chance, but I need to keep going on the title. And I promise to check out Invincible soon! :)
seacrystal
Mar. 9th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely proud of you. :p

What I like the most about Jaime is the fact that he has this absolutely fantastic supporting cast -- they're such a close-knit, warm and loyal bunch of people and I really love reading that kind of stuff.
htbthomas
Mar. 9th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I love comics with a huge supporting cast. That's probably why I completely got hooked on it right away. And Jaime is pretty awesome just on his own. I love that even though he lucked into the Scarab, he's proven to be stronger than it.
liliaeth
Mar. 17th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
I just love that all his supporting cast knows he's a superhero. It goes against the boring cliché of having to hide who he is from his friends and family.
seacrystal
Mar. 17th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
While it's a cliche, I don't think it's necessarily boring all the time though. :p As long as it's handled right, I can still definitely enjoy it.
liliaeth
Mar. 17th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
True, it doesn't have to be boring, but it's just so overused. And very often it just seems so hard to believe, especially when it's the girlfriend who doesn't know. I mean, I know myself, if my boyfriend kept standing me up for dates, with petty and stupid excuses for why he does so, I wouldn't stay with him after the second time he did it. It's one of the reasons I was so happy that they made it clear that MJ had always known in Spider-Man, because it made it much more believable that a girl as hot as her would stay with a guy like Peter who keeps running out on her for no good reason.
seacrystal
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:19 am (UTC)
Agreed with. But usually what frustrates me with the whole secret identity thing is when someone hides behind the "I'm protecting you" excuse. Now that one is just nonsense. The loved ones are actually in more danger if they don't know about the secret IMO.
liliaeth
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
Oh God yes, I hate that argument, for lots of things, including the secret identity.

It's one of many stupid things in BND, I mean, Peter's living with his aunt May, putting her in danger, but he doesn't tell her he's Spider-Man and that at any time now, cops could come in to arrest him? He's making his aunt an accessory to his 'crime' of being an unregistered superhero and he doesn't even have the decency to give her a choice in it.

That same excuse is what turned me against Buffy/Angel in Buffy. Angel leaving her for her protection, or giving up on his chance at being human to 'protect her' without giving her a say in it. It shows so little respect to the girlfriend in question.

(I loved how in Spider-Man 2 Peter tries to use that excuse of leaving her for her own protection and MJ pretty much says 'hell no, isn't it time for someone to save you for a change')
seacrystal
Mar. 17th, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
It shows so little respect to the girlfriend in question.

Exactly. If he doesn't want to tell her, I have no problems with it, that's his business. But no way I'd be okay with him still wanting to stay in the relationship and playing her like a fool. Can't have it both ways. Either you tell her or break it off yourself if you still want to play the protection card.

It's also the reason why I've enjoyed and detested the Lois/Oliver relationship in Smallville. It was fun, mature, healthy and has substance and yet Oliver's attitude had always wanted to make me punch his face. I have no sympathy for him when it comes to his relationship with Lois, he even had the gall to accuse her of not being understanding when she finally found out about his identity as Green Arrow.







liliaeth
Mar. 17th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
I've always felt that Blue Beetle is a lot like what originally made Amazing Spider-Man so great, and it's the very things that BND is missing. Not just a young hero, but a smart, intelligent capable hero, who isn't perfect, but who knows what he's doing and who's trying the best he can to help both his family and everyone else. And is damn good at it.
htbthomas
Mar. 17th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
I had been recommended Blue Beetle for just those reasons. And I do like it a lot.

What makes it even more fun for me is the overarching story of him trying to figure out just what is going on with the armor, and the idea that he may be more than just the boy who accidentally found it. (I do like the long-form story elements in a book).
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