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Marvel's Ladies Year, as previously discussed, is turning out seriously hit and miss. We've had a couple of posts for Heralds (and we know that stubbleupdate wasn't keen), but I don't think it's had enough love yet!

The book was a five-issue mini (written by Kathryn Immonen, this part pencilled by Tonji Zonjic) featuring Monica Rambeau, Valkyrie, Emma Frost, Agent Brand, She-Hulk, Hellcat, Sue Storm kind of, and a new character (who I'll be introducing later) teenaged waitress (redheaded! Hey Marvel!) Frances. It also brings back Frankie Raye: Nova, Herald of Galactus. Frankie's been dead, and she's a bit messed up and only partially present - a tiny fragment of her has been hidden in Frances since she was fourteen, and now the fragment has gotten out and found its way to ex-boyfriend Johnny Storm. Dreamscape possession time! In my opinion, this whole seven-page sequence from issue three is rad, but only three pages are included here.




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"No air.
How can we keep on like this when there's no air?
I've missed the smell of rain. Like the thought of missing you."

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Auhhh it's so AWESOME AND WEIRD AND SPOOKY! I really think this is great. It's so desolate in that fifties-sixties oppressive open plan futurism by-the-rules way. Johnny's burning nothing, Frankie's ironing nothing.. and burning it. The SYMBOLISM, man! Or rather, the symbolism, woman. This is such archetypal western "every-female" dismantled-dreams stuff that it's almost, but not quite, ridiculous. It's unabashed! I dig it!

Oh and, glass house = glass ceiling? y/n?


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I love how Hank Venture Johnny looks here. I also love how plain and impossible the argument is. How many times have you been called "crazy" when you're actually just "angry"? We've seen this argument play out on s_d and ns_d more than once. Powerless mental/emotional anguish leads to lashing out; people who don't get it say what the hell.. things escalate. Zonjic's art is just grand for the scene too, they both look so perfectly pinched and worn behind/in front of the polished and put together. And the colouring! The colouring is great! I think this is Nathan Fairbairn (what a neat surname, by the way).

They argue some more, and fire fills the pool and air.

Frankie lists the men who have disappointed and betrayed her - "I never meant to let you down", says Johnny..

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Great, right? I don't know if or when Heralds will be coming out in trade, but, cross your fingers or look out backissues, huh?

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