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It's been a slow reading week, but we've been a little busy at Lady Business HQ and I've been watching a lot of TV and film: Agents of SHIELD, Xena, Star Wars, and The Martian (which was great). I'm still hoping to make my goal of 100 books this year, so fingers crossed I can get back on track for next week!

cover of Young Avengers: Volume 1 Sidekicks

When Memory posted her My Year With Marvel: Exploring the Young Avengers essay, I decided to give the Young Avengers a shot. Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Sidekicks was really fun even if it did include time travel. Ana and I discussed this volume on Fangirl Happy Hour, and I revisited it recently as we prepare to move on to the second volume. I thought it held up well, although I like some of the art less.

In this collection, Jessica Jones is a reporter looking into the appearance of four young superheroes modeling themselves after the currently disbanded Avengers. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers appear as Grumpy Dads who bring Jessica into their investigation by waiting for her outside of her workplace. Except they do it by flying above the street while hugging each other so Steve can stay airborne. For obvious reasons I am Really Into This.

Iron Man hovering in the air holding Captain America against his side.

The four boys playing at Avengers attempt to foil a kidnapping plot at a wedding and we meet Kate Bishop, a member of the wedding party, who attempts to help them out. They don't do a great job and have to escape, and as Kate waits at the hospital to be checked out (and her dad is an entitled jerk), Kate meets Cassie Lang. The kids eventually meet up and there's some very teenage banter and lectures about sexism. Inevitably, Grumpy Dads + Jessica ruin their plans to become heroes as the kids, Eli especially, all sass Captain America about the decision the adults have made to shut them down.

This is the volume where I knew I was going to follow Kate Bishop through as many comics as possible because she's amazing. Her snappy chemistry with Eli is great, although the other het romance were like, "WTF writer????" Cassie's determination to learn more about her father's legacy and stay close through his personal belongings was heartbreaking. Also, Tony here was super surprising and sweet! I've spent too long with MCU Tony, I suppose. Dear MCU: I would love Cassie Lang in a few years!

All in all this is a great collection about optimistic teenagers and FRIENDSHIP with a great ending that features HIGH FASHION for teenage superheroes. :D

cover of Late Eclipses

Late Eclipses emotional destroyed me. More crap and certain death happens to Toby in this book than ever, and finally some of the things that have come up in previous books pays off here as there are Big Revelations about Toby's past.

Of all the series I have read, this one is the one that switches gears from "happiness" to "death and despair" to "sweet moment of joy" to "crushing hopelessness" faster than I can deal with reading straight through. Everything can be fine one moment and then the next moment, bam, Toby's being targeted by old enemies, losing friends, and worse, PETS!!! I screeched out loud in horror in this book several times.

These books are definitely shaping up in an October/Connor direction, which is a shame because so far I haven't found Connor that interesting. Tybalt is much more interesting! AND HE GAVE TOBY A JACKET, okay? I do appreciate that this series balances Toby's professional and personal life, gives her strong friendships not only based on favors and work she's done for people, and emphasizes that even if she's made mistakes she's still loved by people who value her as a person (even as she sometimes doesn't feel worthy of it). But in this book she has to navigate a tough political situation without certain alliances she's come to rely on, and has to face the reality that maybe they won't always be there for her to fall back on.

This is my new favorite book in the series even though it spends most of its time punching me in the solar plexus with a fistful of feelings. Seanan McGuire gives good emotional devastation.

Date: 2015-10-06 12:31 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (Sad Cassie is sad)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
Dear MCU: I would love Cassie Lang in a few years!

My thoughts exactly! (She was pretty much the only reason I watched Ant-Man, tbh.) /obligatory Cassie icon is obligatory

Also, isn't Kate amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing?
Edited Date: 2015-10-06 12:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-11-17 12:04 pm (UTC)
dhampyresa: (Sad Cassie is sad)
From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
They may not even need to age her up. She'll be the right age naturally by phase 5 or something.

Date: 2015-10-07 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would totally say something about Late Eclipses, only spoilers!!!! so yeah, I'll just hush now.

Date: 2015-11-16 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah yes.. things....


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