Friday, November 19, 2010

NaNoWriMo 2010, Day 18 - Also Comic Books and Dogs

25088 / 50000 words. 50% done!

Woohoo, halfway point! And I'm only, oh, three days behind. Whoops, after midnight, make that four days behind.

I could cite a lot of reasons why I'm having trouble keeping up... but honestly, I've been more productive this month than I have been in the last year. And I'm pretty sure I'm writing good stuff, too, at least for a first draft. Granted, I'll have a ton of rewriting (and likely rethinking) to do once December gets here. But that's December. November is crazy-writey time.

One delay I will discuss came from New Comic Book Day, and what a day it was! The new Batman: Incorporated series looks and reads fantastic. Batman's teamed up with Catwoman in Japan, and finds himself facing off against Mighty Lord Death Man (no joke) while also trying to set up a new Batman of Japan. The art is great: Catwoman looks effortlessly sexy in every scene, and Lord Death Man actually poses like a Japanese horror villain.

Dead Avengers is a limited series featuring, well, dead Avengers, including Captain Marvel and the original Vision. The barriers between life and death have broken down, and six fallen heroes have to stop the forces of an evil god from murdering their still-living teammates. This is an excellent book for anyone who likes older Avengers stories.

Green Lantern #59 reveals a few secrets of the Indigo Tribe, as well as what happened to Black Hand after the undead nightmare of Blackest Night. Again, not a good jumping on point, but a great series to read.

The Avengers #7 sees a depowered supervillain named The Hood go on a hunt for the Infinity Gems, six jewels that can control every aspect of the universe. Honestly, I was hoping The Hood would get a rest for awhile, especially after he played such a huge role in Norman Osborn's takeover of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and how is he out of jail anyway?)... but I'm glad to finally see the Infinity Gems back in action, and Red Hulk working with the Avengers ought to be a lot of fun.

X-Men #5 is the penultimate chapter in the X-Men vs. Vampires storyline, and the action's starting to really heat up. Wolverine and Dracula both get some great bad-ass moments, and I'm looking forward to the next issue.

Finally, Brightest Day #14 delves into the history of Deadman, a ghostly superhero who has found himself alive again against his will. The guy was, frankly, a jerk in his first life, and seeing him come to terms with that was a blast. Also, the last panel will give anyone following Justice League: Generation Lost a well-deserved thrill.

And, just because it made me laugh my ass off: Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving. Enjoy.

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