thelostmaximoff: (Scarecrow)
So for the past week or so, I have been devouring the entire Hunger Games trilogy and now I think it's time to put all these thoughts about it into a coherent review. If you haven't read this series but want to then you should probably not read this because there will be tons of spoilers.

Spoilers, analysis, and stuff behind this )
thelostmaximoff: (Scarecrow)
Alright, magical plot bunnies, I suppose you win. I'm adding an extra disclaimer to this. I haven't read the book yet so my only source of canon is the movie. Don't flay me alive if I screw this up. Oh and also, this is something of an early birthday present for a friend.

Title: Choke
Fandom: The Hunger Games (movie)
Rating: M
Genre: Tragedy/Angst
Pairings: Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, KatnissxPeeta
Warnings: spoilers for the end of the movie/book even though the fic is an alternate ending, also there is suicide
Summary: Katniss always knew she was going to choke when the pressure was on.

She figures she might as well just eat something and get it over with )
thelostmaximoff: (Default)
This is really random but I kinda have a confession to make. You see, I think I might be a Hunger Games fan. Don't be shocked if fics involving it happen to pop up on here.
thelostmaximoff: (Victor)
So apparently LJ might be down right now so I don't know how well this cross-post thing is going to work. Anyways, since most of my TV shows have shown their season finales, I thought it would be a good time to do a yearly rundown. Be warned, there are spoilers.

The List )
thelostmaximoff: (Victor)
What's that you say? I have to be at work in like five hours and I have only one hour of sleep? Well screw that because I'm probably just going to call in sick. So now you get my unadulterated, unedited thoughts on the Avengers movie. For starters, I thought it was pretty awesome. I admit I'm not a huge Joss Wheadon fan like pretty much everyone else my age is but he really brought his A-game with this one. The dialogue was great, the plot was fast-paced without losing the audience, and the action sequences were amazing. So now here comes the character-by-character breakdown.

Let's do a headcount )

Overall, this movie was pretty freakin' awesome. Yeah there are some nitpicks I've made but really it's a good movie and I think it was worth getting through all the individual ones just for this. I actually got chills a couple times when the whole team was assembled in the same shot and people actually clapped for the scene where they're all back-to-back and about to fight the aliens (you've probably seen it in the previews). This is a great summer action movie and I think it was a great way to kickoff the summer movie season. If you like the Avengers or Marvel Comics or just superheroes in general then you will love this movie. Oh and stay for the credits because there's a scene during them that tells you who the villain will be for Avengers 2. My mind was totally blown when I found out who it was.
thelostmaximoff: (Tim)
Usually I have a lot of time in between seasons of a show in case I want to write about stuff but this time I don't. I figured I better get this out while I can.

Title: Defrost
Fandom: Young Justice (cartoon)
Rating: K+
Genre: Romance/Angst
Pairings: Artemis Crock (Artemis), Wally West (Kid Flash), ArtemisxWally
Warnings: None
Summary: Last time Artemis checked, a tigress couldn't change her stripes. Right?

I think you're corrupting me )
thelostmaximoff: (Victor)
Given that the season finale aired a couple days ago, I decided to give my thoughts on Young Justice. For starters, I think it's great that we're just going straight into season two. Summer reruns are lame anyway.

Spoilers contained within )
thelostmaximoff: (Tim)
[ profile] shini02's birthday is on Friday so I finally got around to writing her present.

Title: Intellectual Freedom
Fandom: Batman (Arkham City)
Rating: T
Genre: Angst
Pairings: Edward Nygma (Riddler)
Warnings: None
Summary: Arkham City isn't as much of a prison as people think it is. Then again, nobody is smart enough to know that besides the Riddler.

Riddle me this if you dare )
thelostmaximoff: (Tim)
So now that we're almost finished with the first season, I can safely say that I like the Young Justice cartoon. Last week's episode was very Artemis-centric and I like Artemis so I decided to write something.

Title: One Step Forward
Fandom: Young Justice (cartoon)
Rating: T
Genre: Angst
Pairings: Artemis Crock (Artemis), Wally West (Kid Flash)
Warnings: Some minor spoilers for "Insecurity"
Summary: Artemis never thought of herself as the type to keep secrets anyway.

Please )

Meme Time

Feb. 23rd, 2012 01:16 pm
thelostmaximoff: (Victor)
1. Leave a comment to this post!
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

shini02 gave me a H )
thelostmaximoff: (Default)
So everybody is making a Dreamwidth account so here's mine in case you want to add me. I don't plan on using it much but it's a nice backup. So yeah, friend me if you so desire.
thelostmaximoff: (Jono)
[ profile] mlina now has a present and I am finished early for the year. Hope everybody has a merry Christmas or whatever you celebrate during this time of the year.

Title: Christmas Wishes
Fandom: X-Men Earth-626 (not as 626-y as I would've liked though)
Rating: T
Genre: Angst
Pairings: Cessily Kincaid
Warnings: None
Summary: She makes the same wish every Christmas but it never comes true.

Always the sister, never the girlfriend )
thelostmaximoff: (Josh)
It is time once again to pass out the Christmas fics. [ profile] shini02 now has a present.

Title: Fallen
Fandom: X-Men
Rating: K+
Genre: Angst
Pairings: Josh Guthrie and others of the Guthrie clan
Warnings: None unless you really don't know how Josh's story ends
Summary: On that night, it was Josh's turn to be the special one in the Guthrie family.

Sing me a song )
thelostmaximoff: (Default)
So this is the official notice for Christmas presents. If you want to write me something then write me something. If you want me to write you something then let me know either in the comments or IM me. Prompts are welcome if you have something in mind. Have at it.
thelostmaximoff: (Victor)
So I think it's time for me to do my annual top ten comics list since we're closing in on the end of the year. As always, my standard disclaimer applies. I get my comics in trades so I might be behind on stuff and also this is the best out of what I read, not necessarily the best out of what's on the stands.

The List )
thelostmaximoff: (Robin)
I got my car back today. Turns out the water pump went bad and it had chewed up the timing belt. Robert replaced the belt and the pump and I drove it home without any problems. So yeah, good news there.

I went to the doctor today to talk about the results of the blood tests I took when I was there on vacation a couple weeks ago. It turns out that my cholesterol isn't that great and that my thyroid levels are a little lower than normal. It's not low enough that I need to take medication (like my mom does for hers) but the doctor said he wants to watch it and make sure there won't be any further problems. I had to talk to him about something else though.

You know how sometimes when you're sitting down and you get up really fast you get kind of a head rush? Well lately when that happens to me I end up getting really dizzy and I have to lay down for a couple minutes until it goes away. It doesn't happen all the time but it happens more often than I'm comfortable with. I had written this off as a number of things. Maybe I didn't eat enough at dinner, maybe I didn't get enough sleep, etc. Anyways, it happened twice last night, which is the most times in one day it's ever happened. So I decided (actually my parents decided) that it was time to talk to the doctor about it. He said that since my blood pressure was completely normal, it doesn't sound like I have any sort of disease or physical ailment that he's aware of. He drew some more blood just to run it through a general screen so he can check my blood sugar, my electrolyte level, all that stuff. He said he doesn't expect there to be anything abnormal during that screen and said it was probably just a case of anxiety with a little hyper-ventilation.

So yeah, I kinda have an anxiety problem, which I've sort of always known. Knowing what causes this is helpful though because now I can manage it better. At least I know it's nothing crazy serious like a blood clot in my brain or something so maybe now I can get some good sleep without worrying about dying or anything crazy like that. So yeah, that's my Thanksgiving. Hope everyone had a good one and didn't get killed by any of the crazy people during Black Friday.
thelostmaximoff: (Robin)
So yesterday on my way to my parents' house, my car broke down on the highway. It kicked itself out of cruise control and would not accelerate so I pulled it over. I thought perhaps it was a dead battery so I started walking the mile to the nearest exit to see if the people at the gas station would help. When I made it to the exit, this guy in a pickup pulled over and offered to help. At this point, I had also locked my keys in my car like a dumbass so I thought "Why the hell not? At this point it can't get worse". Greg (the guy in the pickup) was pretty cool. He took a coat-hanger and used it to get the lock open and then we checked out my car. It was worse than I thought. The timing belt jumped off the track somehow and that's why it wouldn't start. Fortunately, Greg had an uncle Robert who was a mechanic so he gave him a call and Robert came out to tow my car. It was about that time that my dad showed up so my dad talked with Robert and Greg. Since nothing is open today because it's Thanksgiving, Robert said he'd have to keep the car until Friday and hopefully he could get the belt replaced. So yeah, I entrusted my car (which is still technically my parents' car) to a complete stranger with a legit-looking tow truck who I had never met before in my entire life.

Oh yeah, did I mention that Greg was kind of a cocaine addict? Yeah, he may or may not have also been a pimp as well. At the very least he knew way more about prostitutes in this area than any normal person has a right to know. So yeah, happy Thanksgiving everyone. I will be very thankful to get my car back in one piece.
thelostmaximoff: (Victor)
I haven't actually read all 52 titles in DC's new 52, nor did I plan on doing so. I've actually read Red Lanterns, Teen Titans, and Suicide Squad. I thought all three were decent but they were mostly just there to set things up and introduce us to the new status quo of things. To get a little bit more in-depth on things.

Red Lanterns: This is my first foray into regular reading of a GL-related title. I think this was a good introduction to things. It's weird because some corners of the DCU got a really hard reboot while other corners didn't. This issue just deals with the fallout from War of the Green Lanterns but from the point of view of Atrocitus. It's going to be interesting to see how he keeps his corps under control considering that he has a potential coup on his hands. I'd like to see where this book goes so for now I'll keep reading.

Suicide Squad: I think Harley Quinn turns into a much better character without the Joker around and she's perfect for this book. Unfortunately, this book is written by someone not named Gail Simone. Harley and Deadshot are the only characters that interest me. I didn't even really know who most of the others were aside from King Shark and Black Spider. Probably not going to follow this book unless something amazing happens.

Teen Titans: Scott Lobdell's signature is all over this book and it's in big, red ink. I'm going to assume that the Kid Flash in this is Bart Allen but if that's true then where does that leave Wally? Regardless, I liked the characterization of both Kid Flash and Red Robin in this issue. It's weird seeing Cassie behaving so differently but I'm willing to give it a go. If Lobdell starts writing this like he wrote Generation X then expect lots of interactions and drama between the team members once the team gets formed. Also expect tons of quirkiness if he decides to go the GenX route. I'm on board for the moment but I'm waiting to see how this goes.

Aside from those three books, the rest of what I've heard about the 52 is from other people. So far, Green Lantern seems to be the best of the books. Like I said, the Lantern corner of the DCU didn't really get a reboot at all and this issue seems to pick up right where the previous one left off. The Batverse is another corner of the DCU that got kinda softballed with the reboot. They definitely changed some stuff around like Barbara being Batgirl again but it doesn't really feel like a reboot for them aside from a couple major changes. I heard Detective Comics and Nightwing were both good (I think it was Detective Comics, it was whichever one crosses over with the Nightwing issue) so that's nice. I took a pass on Red Hood and the Outlaws but I've heard lots of stuff about it (mostly about Starfire and mostly negative). I admit that it's nice to see Roy back to his old self again. The bionic arm and all that crap just didn't do anything good for him. I might pick up Aquaman and give it a try since I have a friend who's a huge Aquaman fan. Honestly though, I don't see myself reading much of these new DC books. Part of that is due to my disinterest in the whole thing and part of it is because I have a feeling some of these books won't be around by this time next year.

So yeah, there was all this big hype for the new 52 but I haven't heard anything beyond that. For one month, DC outsold Marvel by a wide margin. Was it worth it? Only time will tell but I don't think it was. I don't think it was worth screwing up your whole universe's continuity just so you could get an article in USA Today and all the crazy press coverage that this gimmick got. Yes, it was a gimmick. Let's be honest with ourselves and realize that. DC came up with a gimmick that they thought would help them sell more comics and it worked . . . for a month. Now the true test is whether or not they can keep that momentum going for the next month and the month after that and so on and so forth. Frankly, with the current crop of titles I can't really see that working and there are still lots of wrinkles in the continuity that they need to address. For example, I'm not pleased that there are characters who have existed for the past 10+ years that now probably don't exist. So for me, the jury is still out on this whole grand experiment. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.


Oct. 17th, 2011 09:08 pm
thelostmaximoff: (Victor)
Some interesting (to me) Marvel-related info coming out of NYCC.

Christos Gage is the new writer for X-Men: Legacy and he's adding Cannonball, Husk, and Iceman to the roster that was already previewed during the Regenesis teasers. I am definitely picking up this book now.

The Scarlet Spider is back but it's not going to be Ben Reilly. We'll have to see what Chris Yost comes up with for this new character whose identity hasn't been revealed yet. This could be good. I didn't read Spider Island and I haven't cared about the Spider-verse in a while but I might pick up this book if the character is solid and interesting.

The Runaways will be in a couple upcoming issues of Avengers Academy which makes me very happy. Also, X-23 will be a full-time member of Avengers Academy starting I believe at the beginning of the new year. Seriously, if you are reading a current teen superhero book and it is not Avengers Academy then you are depriving yourself of something awesome.

It's Coming and I think the only mystery here is whether or not "it" will actually be who we all think/hope "she" is. Ugh, how many times have you teased us with this bullshit, Marvel? Do I think Jean Grey is an awesome character? No but I think she's better than Emma Frost and definitely better than Hope and her messiah nonsense. Time will tell if this works or not.

Other things of note. Storm will be joining the Avengers. Rick Remender will be writing Secret Avengers at some point in the future. The Thunderbolts are still bouncing around time and will face off against the original Thunderbolt team. Lots of interesting things going on with Marvel. I will do a post later about the DC stuff that will tie-in to my thoughts on the new 52.
thelostmaximoff: (Josh)
I decided to write this a couple days ago after all the post-Schism stuff was revealed. I think it's important to show some spotlight on the generation that the X-Men seemed to have forgotten.

Title: AWOL
Fandom: X-Men, specifically New X-Men
Rating: T
Genre: Angst
Pairings: None
Warnings: Spoilers for Schism stuff and stuff about the NXM kids you may not know.
Summary: Because when parents fight, it's always the kids who are caught in the crossfire.

Should we stay or should we go? )
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