A while ago, a robot created a family. And all was good. For a while. Then came the murders. The lies. The betrayals. The battles fought. The battles lost. The family lost. And now, at the end, Vision stands alone. He must decide how he will go on, if he will go on, if he can go on. And that decision will shape the Marvel Universe for quite a while. The epic, stunning conclusion to the most highly praised series of the year. Simply put, this is the issue everyone will be talking about.
The trend of great books ending continues, as does the trend of Marvel slapping random “#1″ banners on books that aren’t “#1″. Also Damian Wayne is an adorable little asshole.
Ms Marvel #12
Can we talk about the art in this one? I don’t think Mirka Andolfo worked on this book before, and I really love what she’s doing here. It’s not a drastic shift in style, but there’s great poses and great expressiveness here, which suits this book perfectly. Of course, Ian Herring’s colors are also amazing and do so much to give this book its visual identity, but that’s something we all already know.
As for story, again, it’s great, again, we already knew that. Ms Marvel has been one of the best books in all of Marvel ever since Kamala first appeared, and this provides interesting new directions once more. I kind of expected this to be an arc, but it is a one-shot (maybe that’s what the random “#1″ on the cover means? Will the next issue, as the start of the new arc, also get a “#1″ label?). I still love it. It’s mostly a piece heavy on internal monologue as Kamala ponders her life now that the Civil War II tie-in (which was, ultimately, the best of all Civil War II tie-ins I read) is over. And that would be enough, but then it also adds interesting new characters and great action. There’s nothing not to love here.
Ms Marvel #12 Red Widow Tie-In
Except for this tie-in, I guess. I tried to find an interesting image but there was none. Okay, I don’t want to be too harsh. I didn’t expect to get this, I don’t think I paid more for it (I’d have to check), it’s just short surprise comic of average quality that was tacked onto an excellent one. No harm, no foul, right?
That said, I mean, Marvel could maybe aim a little higher than that. The best part about this is how the coloring matches what the Black Widow book is doing. It’s not really bad, but it tells a story that isn’t interesting, using characters I didn’t know before and who are dead at the end, and which ultimately doesn’t lead to any fascinating place.
It tells us the main character, Red Widow, wants revenge on a guy who was mentioned in half a sentence. Okay, I guess, have fun and call me when you’re done. It also tells us the story of how she got her powers, but forgets to first establish that she has powers or what they are, which is all sorts of confusing. Almost as confusing as the flashback itself, which features two identically-drawn red-haired women and asks me to tell them apart (I finally realized that the trick is in the sleeves).
There’s nothing interesting here. The last unexpected unnecessary Red Widow backup story I read (in the Mockingbird 50th Anniversary of Shield Special that was the unofficial #1 for the recent ongoing) was a great deal better.
What is this feeling? Is it… hope? Did this end on a hopeful note after all? I think it did, yes. Wow, I did not see that coming.
This issue is not so much a finish as a coda; not about how it ends but about how it goes on. It is tragic, as we all knew it was going to be. But it is also beautiful in its own way, profound, and while it never pretends to find meaning in what happened, it finds meaning in every single character and all of their choices. And while I will be sad to see it go, it does end when it was meant to here, with its story fully told. It was a great book and it will be missed.
Teen Titans #2
This is nice. This is clearly not the best book out today, challenging the status quo of what comics can be, but it’s still solid overall. I guess there’s only so much it can do when it’s really all just setup, but it gives each character a moment to shine, and it nicely establishes Damian Wayne as an asshole, but with enough personality and underlying insecurity to balance that out. I’m looking forward to what this will do when the plot sets in.
And here’s the entire keyframe. Another #whatif moment I illustrated for #CaptainAmericaCivilWar @robertdowneyjr @paulbettany #elizabetholsen #AnthonyMackie #doncheadle #keyframe #conceptart #illustration #design #marvel #ironman #vision #scarletwitch #falcon #warmachine #marvelstudios #avengers #divided
Okay - I think we can all agree the ending of The Vision was great until the last page, right? That was just like an after credits scene as a sequel hook, but we won’t get a sequel for years what with King’s exclusivity contract. So, I propose we all collectively agree to ignore it - Mark Waid, feel free to retcon that very specific part out, it’s fine - and I can go on pretending like my fave isn’t gonna turn evil, although that could be easy bc I’m 80% sure the rest of Marvel will ignore the events of this series that aren’t Viv’s creation and won’t reference any of it ever again.
I swear I’m actually angry because it was going so well and it was uplifting and hopeful and then King just ruins things for future writers because he wants to be edgy and ~meaningful~ or whatever like fuck off Tom go back to being aggressively mediocre on Batman
A/n: I went with a Nightmare on Elm Street-fusion for this one. I figured Wanda would be a good match for Freddy Krueger…yes?
“Wanda, you simply
have to fight him there.”
Vision’s voice echoed in her head as she walked silently
through the dreamscape. Nightmare-scape
was a more fitting label.
She knew she was the only one who could combat this infamous
villain on his home turf, but that didn’t make it any easier. She wished for company. For Vision’s hand in hers. For his fortitude and strength. Wanda wasn’t feeling particularly like she
had much of her own right then.
A warm feeling flooded her body, despite the persistent chill
of the dreamscape that went down deep in her bones. She knew she wasn’t alone. Vision was there beside her. Pietro too.
Bruce was manning the contraption that had sent her here. She wasn’t alone. She was never alone.
Feeling sufficiently bolstered, she called into the vastness
ahead of her. “KRUEGER! Enough
games! Come out and face me!”
She wasn’t even shaken by the answer she received.
Blind people gesture (and why that’s kind of a big deal)
People who are blind from birth will gesture when they speak. I always like pointing out this fact when I teach classes on gesture, because it gives us an an interesting perspective on how we learn and use gestures. Until now I’ve mostly cited a 1998 paper from Jana Iverson and Susan Goldin-Meadow that analysed the gestures and speech of young blind people. Not only do blind people gesture, but the frequency and types of gestures they use does not appear to differ greatly from how sighted people gesture. If people learn gesture without ever seeing a gesture (and, most likely, never being shown), then there must be something about learning a language that means you get gestures as a bonus.
Blind people will even gesture when talking to other blind people, and sighted people will gesture when speaking on the phone - so we know that people don’t only gesture when they speak to someone who can see their gestures.
Earlier this year a new paper came out that adds to this story. Şeyda Özçalışkan, Ché Lucero and Susan Goldin-Meadow looked at the gestures of blind speakers of Turkish and English, to see if the *way* they gestured was different to sighted speakers of those languages. Some of the sighted speakers were blindfolded and others left able to see their conversation partner.
Turkish and English were chosen, because it has already been established that speakers of those languages consistently gesture differently when talking about videos of items moving. English speakers will be more likely to show the manner (e.g. ‘rolling’ or bouncing’) and trajectory (e.g. ‘left to right’, ‘downwards’) together in one gesture, and Turkish speakers will show these features as two separate gestures. This reflects the fact that English ‘roll down’ is one verbal clause, while in Turkish the equivalent would be yuvarlanarak iniyor, which translates as two verbs ‘rolling descending’.
Since we know that blind people do gesture, Özçalışkan’s team wanted to figure out if they gestured like other speakers of their language. Did the blind Turkish speakers separate the manner and trajectory of their gestures like their verbs? Did English speakers combine them? Of course, the standard methodology of showing videos wouldn’t work with blind participants, so the researchers built three dimensional models of events for people to feel before they discussed them.
The results showed that blind Turkish speakers gesture like their sighted counterparts, and the same for English speakers. All Turkish speakers gestured significantly differently from all English speakers, regardless of sightedness. This means that these particular gestural patterns are something that’s deeply linked to the grammatical properties of a language, and not something that we learn from looking at other speakers.
Jana M. Iverson & Susan Goldin-Meadow. 1998. Why people gesture when they speak. Nature, 396(6708), 228-228.
Şeyda Özçalışkan, Ché Lucero and Susan Goldin-Meadow. 2016. Is Seeing Gesture Necessary to Gesture
Like a Native Speaker?
Asli Ozyurek & Sotaro Kita. 1999. Expressing manner and path in English and Turkish:
Differences in speech, gesture, and conceptualization. In Twenty-first Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 507-512). Erlbaum.
Steve Rogers was born with the shield. The serum just added wings to him.
Vision and his long-lost puppy.
Avengers and Pokemon drawings. I had a lot of fun.
As I found that Cubone lost his mother and was traumatized by the experience like Tony, I add this comment. I didn’t know the story of Cubone when I drew it since I primarily used visual cues and/or abilities of the Pokemons for the match. Maybe someone who wears a helmet has a past that makes him wear it with which he can have power to move forward. Tony would take good care of Cubone as he knows what kind of feeling the event gives.