CALL OF DUTY
@Hawk: Yeah, they do make it seem like she's totally a loner, but I wouldn't be surprised if we see some characters like Clint or Bucky show up down the road in the book for an issue or two. I think they just don't wanna focus too much on her connections to other characters yet, since they wanna make sure the focus is squarely on Tasha to start.
Of course, I'm saving the cookies for the sequel. And then they become weaponized in the finale to the most epic, cookie-filled trilogy ever! Yeah, that sounds totally over the top. Clint can be a funny character, but that doesn't make him a moron. He's actually really clever and has to be to survive as a non-powered hero. I kinda get the idea Fraction's playing off the general public opinion of Clint as kinda a useless Avenger that seems like it's gone around for a while, kinda like the old Aquaman jokes with the Justice League. I'd rather see the Clint that occasionally saves the day and steals the spotlight from his super-powered teammates, like in EMH.
Yeah, finding the right starting and ending point can be tricky. In the beginning, you have to get the reader into the story so they're not confused and help them get to know the characters quickly enough. And in the ending, you really gotta find the perfect way to tie it all together and end it real strongly. The end has to be good enough to be really memorable and to live up to the buildup of the rest of the story. Or else you get a Mass Effect 3 ending, right? haha, but I'm actually looking at writing a second and third book with the same story. I got lots of plans for those already that should be really cool. I do also got a couple ideas for more fantasy-type stories, though. One of them is about an academy for knights, and the other is that one I was talking about a while ago about a teenage magical prodigy and stuff. I might have to write a short story or two after I finish this one, though, to mix it up.
I don't think they'll kill her, which is good, but I'm worried they might have her siding with AIM (probably unwillingly though). Something still has to happen with Quake and Bucky, so maybe I'm wrong and they'll somehow factor into helping her escape. I think, at the very least, Bobbi's gonna be missing at the end of it, though. The new run of Secret Avengers might have Clint trying to find Bobbi or something then. So... basically I got no idea.
@Rogue - Maybe, though it still paints an incorrect picture of Natasha. They still coulda focused on her being a loner, doing dangerous spy missions alone without hammering the personal connections are a weakness bit. She doesn't gotta involve em in her spy affairs to still feel connected to em and Natasha's at a point in her life where she knows that it can be a strength.
So, a death star made out of cookies? But what kind of cookies is the question. Hey, now, let's not go comparing him to Aquaman! Haha, but I don't know. I haven't seen a ton of Fraction's stuff, but he does tend to go for more of a lighter approach than Brubaker or Hickman. It's not like his Fantastic Four was a big dramatic epic and he decided to write Clint in a comedy cause he thinks people think he's a joke. Iron has said that even with the Iron Man run, it was like 90% Tony and 10% of actual Iron Man heroics. Hopefully, Spencer will continue to write a fun Clint in Avengers World. It kinda looks like Kot might do more of Fraction's Clint in Secret Avengers judging by the preview pictures for the relaunch where Clint ends up naked with his hands up as if surrendering in front of Tasha and Jessica Drew, But Clint has been fine in the Maim storyline so far, hard to say whether that's Spencer's influence or the preview is misleading.
And you still have Mists sitting around, being sad and neglected, haha. You got plenty of ideas that should keep ya busy a while! I'm guessing they'd all have similar young adult tone and light heartedness ya do?
I'm starting to doubt if we will see Quake and Bucky, we haven't seen so much as a glimpse of em for a while now. A lot can happen in the next 32 pages though. We definitely know that Clint leaves the team, cause of the solicits for the relaunch, but is it cause he looks for Bobbi or he found out she was abandoned/Fury shot him. I'm leaning toward him discovering the extent of the memory wipes. That doesn't mean that Bobbi won't end up missing/evil, but I still kinda feel like she's been through so much hell already that seems like overkill. I wouldn't be surprised if Forson has one last nasty surprise left for her, but if they were gonna have her turn evil why have her respond so well toward Clint and the others and fight Yelena. I think it's too late in the story to do that particular trick, ya know? The logical choice to me would to end the story with her getting to some kind of safe point. Whether she quits the team cause she's mentally exhausted, rejoins up back as her old self, or leaves AIM island to rediscover herself, it doesn't seem right to end it on a question mark after having her survival in doubt for so long.
Hawk I saw it and it was another strong episode. They were very clever in how they shot the scene with Rick in the house. Just really giving us only what Rick sees was very cool and shocking. I also liked that Rick decided let's get the heck out of here instead of some dramatic confrontation. Those guys were bad news and better to avoid them than fight them unless you are forced to.
I like the Sergeant and his group, the smart guy was hilarious, when he responded to the Sergeant asking him how he killed the truck, "Amped up on fear and a complete ignorance of automatic weapons", lol. Lots of great plot points out there and what is Sanctuary, is it good, is it bad and do they really have an idea on how to stop the zombie plague, lots of great things going on.
Yeah, I like that were just kinda facelsss threats and Rick was able to sneak away with only the one confrontation. We don't need a long drawn out conflict when its still in a bit of a transition mode after the prison got messed up. I like the focus is largely on survival now that their safety has been stripped away and pointing everyone in the direction of Terminus. It feels like like we won't really get to see Terminus till the very end of the season and that storyline will largely be saved for next season.
Good news, everyone! I got the latest Secret Avengers and Bobbi is safe and relatively well! Honestly, I thought it was a weaker issue than the previous one though. It has some nice emotional beats, but I was left with some questions. I'll put those behind a spoiler warning though so I don't spoil anything if you guys don't want details.
So, it starts off right after the Avengers have left and Forson is scrambling to counter attack before they can escape to safety. Bobbi pops up, revealing she's alive and used the image inducer on Yelena. Forson tries to do the smooth talking routine again, trying to convince Bobbi she's "Barbara" and tries using the trigger word on her again, but because Bobbi's mind is already conflicted it doesn't have an effect on her. She does say that the two halves of her found common ground in wanting to kick Forson's ass, which Bobbi effectively does. It's a pretty brutal beat down, during which Forson apologizes between bloody punches to the face. Bobbi lays one last good punch into him then she gets another head and briefly forgets where she is, which gives Forson time to get out a knife and stab her in the hip. Bobbi pulls the knife out and they grapple over it, with Bobbi managing to cut Forson's face. Forson starts choking Bobbi and tries to dig his thumbs into her eyes, but she flips him off the catwalk they were fighting on. Bobbi then slowly stands up and staggers away as she bleeds from the knife wound.
Then the next page shifts to Taskmaster's body in the morgue suddenly gasping for breath and as voice over from Mentallo explains that Taskmaster is alive and that Bobbi shot him in a way as to miss all the vital bits. It's not said, but I think the healing bullets from the first issue might've been used since it's said Taskmaster was in a vegetative state for a bit. Mentallo then transfers his being into the nanobots which go swim off into the ocean for reason I'm not sure I get, haha. But the good news is that this points toward the flashbacks Bobbi had as faked. They don't really spell it out, but Forson apologizing doesn't seem like something he'd do if the memories were real, cause what would there be to apologize for? And "Barbara" shooting Taskmaster as to try not to kill him and both sides of Bobbi wanting to beat up Forson seems to suggest that there's not big of a divide between the Bobbi we know and Barbara. I think Forson had just tried to brainwash her to join AIM cause he either he had the hots for her or admired her intelligence, but her mind was too strong and it didn't take. Which is awesome news cause I don't think anyone wanted an evil cultist Bobbi, haha.
Anyway, as for the rest of the issue we get another scene with Maria and Modok. Maria still doesn't trust him and thinks he has some agenda which Modok replies that he's just trying to survive. He knows that he lost and believes the smartest option is to give in to SHIELD. Then it skips to a different scene with Clint and co just returning to SHIELD. Clint flatly quits and Maria understands why he's quitting around what happened with Bobbi and says they will find her. Rhodey also quits because of the lack of oversight. Maria is fine with this since they need to radically change the operation, but right before they leave she reluctantly wipes their memories again.
And finally we see a bunch of neo-nazis beat up and handcuffed to various things outside a restaurant. We see Bobbi, who looks pretty cheery, walk into what remains of the restaurant where Quake and Bucky are sitting together, eating pie. Bobbi says she's sorry for being late but she got stabbed, her head is still not entirely right, and her bike broke down. They kinda have idle chatter about the woman that works at the restaurant and how Bucky and Quake are gonna give the nice lady the money the thugs had so she can take a vacation to Hawaii. Then Bobbi suggests they go along to Hawaii too since they're free agents now.
And that's how it ends. So, like I said, it hits the emotional beats with Bobbi getting revenge, Bobbi out of danger and on the way to recovery, Taskmaster being alive, Clint quitting because of what happened with Bobbi and her being missing, and Maria Hill ending the mind wiping. But I'm left wondering how and why Bobbi ended up with Quake and Bucky. She said she still has some missing spots in her memory, but why didn't she tell Clint and Natasha she survived? Why did Mentallo transfer his brain into the nanobots? And we still never found out what Coulson said to get Clint and Natasha to join in the first place. The part with Bobbi and Forson was pretty satisfying though and I liked the bit with Clint quitting, even though it's a little sad that Maria mindwipes em. I woulda liked to see a bit more consequences instead of Maria erasing it all, maybe it'll be brought up in the relaunch. On a whole though, I really loved this volume. I was skeptical at first, what with the memory implants, but it's been a really fun and entertaining ride and Bobbi got a pretty cool story outta it. Hopefully Kot's relaunch will be just as good!
@Hawk: Yeah, they do go a little over the top with her lonerness (that's a word now). I'm glad they're not as far off the mark as they are with Clint in his book, though. I'm pretty sure we'll see those personal connections play a bigger role for Tasha over the course of the story, so that probably won't be much of an issue down the road.
It would obviously be Peanut Butter Cookies. They would threaten people with peanut allergies all over the galaxy! There's plenty of ways Fraction could've written a funny Hawkeye book without making Clint into the joke, though. Clint could just be his usual self, and it'd be pretty funny, you know? I guess I keep thinking about how the book has been pushed as the Hawkeye book for people who never liked Hawkeye before, which isn't a good thing for people who do like the character. Hopefully, Kot doesn't write him too much like that, since I thought Spencer did a really good job with Clint.
Haha, of course it is. Antoine and Ruby are secretly plotting to wipe my computer and steal my backup files so I can't continue the story I'm writing now. But, yeah, I'm definitely planning to write them like that since it's kinda my natural writing style anyway. Writing totally serious stories never works for me, since I just end up making jokes in totally inappropriate places. Though after writing this story with a teenage narrator for the whole thing, I might switch it up and do something more like Mists where I switch the perspective I'm using sometimes. That's kinda fun to do sometimes.
SECRET AVENGERS SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!
Wow, that's pretty crazy stuff! I haven't gotten my issue yet, but I had to read to see what happens! I'm glad to see Bobbi gets to take down Forson, that's for sure. And it looks like Bobbi's not a psychic cultist, so that's definitely good. I wonder what's up with her, Bucky, and Quake, though. That's now how I expected them to show up again. It sounds like Bobbi still remembered them, so her head couldn't have been totally messed up. Maybe it'll be easier for me to tell what's going on with all that when I actually read it myself, but it sounds like they'll be up to something cool in the next volume.
I've definitely liked this run of Secret Avengers, though. It started a little slow, but it really got going when they went to AIM Island and was a lot of fun. I've only read a few different comics over the last few years, but this has been one of my favorites. I guess that shows because I didn't jump ship after like 3 issues with this one like I did with some of the others, though! haha
@Rogue - Hopefully! I don't need to see constant guest stars, but it'd be cool to see Clint or Cap or Bucky pop in. As I've said before, I don't think Fraction has a decent handle on Clint. I think it's the style and the story he's telling that fail to click with me, ya know? It's better than getting the Clint from the movies.
You dastardly villain! But unfortunately for you, I love peanut butter cookies! Well, on the bright side it's gotten plenty of new people into Clint and maybe get em interested in seeking out the Gruenwald limited series or McCann's work or some of his classic moments fighting the Collector, tricking Death, etc. If Fraction is the gateway drug into Clint's awesomeness that's pretty cool, even if I don't personally love the series. And what would also be great is if the popularity of the series encourages Marvel to give Clint more screen time in the movies and a personality more like the smartass we know he should be.
So, I guess cracking a joke in the middle of a funeral home with everyone crying is kinda looked down upon. I'll need to make a note of that...You mean writing a teenager all the time can get tiring, haha.
I'm guessing they'll do their own spy stuff outside of SHIELD, even though Bobbi already was doing that in McCann's books. Yeah, I think it's clear she knows em and her head is doing a bit better since she seems cheery instead of groggy like we've been seeing her but, I just don't get when and how they contacted her. Cause I don't think she'd contact them outta the blue. She has no reason to. I hope they return for the next volume, it'd suck if they got dropped out of the book. I know she sometimes pops up into Clint's solo book, but she's always surrounded by Natasha and Jessica. Aint the same as being in a team book.
Yeah, it's been slow at times because of so many moving pieces going on, but it's been pretty fun and the Maim story was tense and exciting. It's probably been the book I most looked forward to the last year. It's too bad the sales weren't as good as Marvel was probably hoping, but its great that they rode out the book to finish up the memory wipe stuff and Bobbi's story.