“That’s why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal members of Congress, and let them know, under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions.”—
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), arguing against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inadvertently making a pro-choice argument. (via stillexperience)
I started reading Devin Grayson’s Inheritance and… I can’t deal with it. I have to get up and walk it off every few pages. Did the editors have a day off when she turned this in? I think she managed to have her fanfic published under DC logo by agreeing to take out the actual sex, but everything else is there. And it’s not even good fanfic!
I’m reading this right now, myself. I’m 100 pgs ahead of you and although there are still some not-at-all subtle playing on sexuality, it’s more established as being a self-referential inside joke amongst all heros. The heros themselves are aware of the public perception. It seems to me that Devin is acknowledging that and playing around with these perceptions in a way that would rarely be tackled in the comics. The characters joking around with one another and Devin with the reader.
Reviews I’ve read for this book seem pretty hung up on psuedo slashy references and don’t get to what is fantastic about this book. I learned all about Roy’s history - where he came from, how he came to be affiliated with Green Arrow, and the nature of their experience. Being in book form let us have tremendous access to his perceptions of life with Ollie, and we could get inside his head to understand what caused him to take the path that led to drug addiction. I really loved getting that perspective.
They swap mentors so Dick goes with Ollie and Arsenal goes with Bruce. Those interactions tell us even more about what it must have been like growing up such different mentors as Bruca and Ollie. Their different fighting styles say so much about their approach to superhero business, and people in general. And as Arsenal and Batman fly to get information from Cheshire (who is the baby-momma of Lian) we get all their history as a couple and get up in it, including flashbacks that take us directly into the headspace of the crazy dynamic of their relationship (LOVED that!). That was so interesting because, again, the book medium let’s us go into the dynamics for a more thorough understanding.
I often felt like the case they are all working on is just an excuse to get the gang back together, but I don’t even care. That’s what I’m most interested in seeing: the various dynamics between the superheros, and seeing them negotiate working together with their baggages of having once been sidekicks but now asserting themselves independently, and seeing them come together and readjusting to working as a team. Devin exposes us to their histories and relationships that have informed who they are today, and she does it in a prose form that is especially conducive to accomplishing that.
I’ve still got a bit to go but I’m enjoying learning more about characters whose back stories I only thought I knew. I wish the beginning of the book wasn’t so bogged down because once they start breaking off into teams and going off on their tasks, the story gets quite fun.
Locals gathered at Prospect Park in Brooklyn earlier this year for what’s being called “Hands Around the Lake” where they linked arms in a human chain around the lake to protest the city’s inhumane extermination of the park’s geese population.