I've been meaning to write up some proper tumblr recs for all the best Man from UNCLE slashfic I've been finding around the web since I fell for the show, starting with three of my all-time faves. It turns out, however, that I can't adequately explain how much I love the work of authors like Cord Smithee and Kellie Mathews without the post growing to much longer than is really appropriate for tumblr. So, once again, I've dumped the full post here, and posted a cut-down version to tumblr, minus most of my editorialising.
( Recs beneath the cut for various faves by Cord Smithee, Kellie Mathews, and KeelywolfeCollapse )
Cable & DeadpoolAt the wedding (or, née Cable and Deadpool)
Summary: Not everyone on the guest list is equally enthused about the impending nuptials of one Wade Wilson and one Nate Summers. What Scott doesn't know is quite how far in advance his reaction was anticipated.
Word Count: 2284
Notes: Sequel to Marital Commitments, nominally written in honour of the news about the new Split Second mini.
The Ugly Merman, chapter 0
Summary: You know the story - there's a handsome prince, an unfortunate shipwreck, and old sea-witch, and a lovesick mer-something (who may or may not deserve the moniker 'little'). The rest comes down to interpretation.
Word Count: 1690 (this part), 5790 (whole fic)
Man from U.N.C.L.E.Fatale
Summary: Napoleon’s weakness for femme fatales has never been one of the more ambiguous facets of his sexuality. (Or, a world in which Illya began his career on the wrong side of the law certainly isn’t one where Napoleon is any less likely to wind up in bed with him.)
Word Count: 6630
Notes: Napoleon/Illya, AU, BDSM, gunkink, likely to wind up as the first in a series
(Cross-posted from tumblr, but probably rather more readable here)
Sometime around September of last year, I happened upon a trailer for the recent The Man from UNCLE movie on youtube, and on a whim, decided to give the original 60's TV series a go. I knew very little about the show going in beyond the general notion it was one of those classic old slash fandoms from way back in the day – not that I was really looking for a new fandom at the time, just something lightweight and diverting to entertain myself with in between hacking out the last few chapters of that Teen Wolf fanfic epic I was still trying to finish. A little old, cheesy 60's TV sounded like just the thing.
This did not precisely go to plan. I still finished my WIP, but I also fell head over heals for The Man from UNCLE in a way I had never remotely counted on. The whole experience of discovering the show has been both so rewarding and so bizarre it's stirred up the need to dust off my old essay writing habits and soliloquise at length about my thoughts on the thing, chief among those being oh my god, I had no IDEA what I was getting into!
See, here's the problem: it's a damn hard series to explain in a couple of hundred words of blurb. Tell people it's basically the Napoleon-and-Illya show, and they're going to be a little thrown by how it takes most of season one to figure out that's what it wants to be, not to mention how much time it spends on ‘innocent’ guest characters. Fans (mostly) agree that the first season was the strongest, that the third went too far into farcical nonsense, and the fourth went a bit far back the other way – but that hardly even begins to cover just how widely the tone changes season to season, or even episode to episode. "It's about an American agent and a Russian agent and set during the Cold War," pretty much immediately has to be qualified with, "but they basically just ignore the fact Illya's Russian or that the Cold War's even a thing after S1, and tbh they hardly touch on it in S1 either." It's absolutely slashy and kinky as fuck, but most of the tropiest scenarios our heroes are thrown into (Brainwashing! Amnesia! Enemy impostors!) tend to sort of peter out on screen without taping into a fraction of the pathos that could have been. You've pretty much got to start reading up on the history and the behind-the-scenes developments to have any hope of even starting to get your head around it all.( Read more...Collapse )
( 1. The Basics (an attempt to explain just what you are, in fact, getting into)Collapse )
( 2. The Characters (and why people are still slashing them 50 years on)Collapse )
( 3. The Seasons (a.k.a. how no two people to work on this show ever agreed on exactly what it was supposed to be)Collapse )
(Originally written for tumblr, posted here after it got a bit lengthy for that, with a trimmed down version over on tumblr itself)
So, the first comic I’ve had any real interest in rushing out to buy new in the last couple of years is coming out on the 20th October [insert obligatory Deadpool & Cable: Split Second plug here] as a ‘digital first series in Marvel’s Infinite Comics format’. Given that all my past experience with ‘digital comics’ has generally begun with either an ebay listing or a bittorrent link, that’s a lot of terms I haven’t really seen outside the odd X-Axis review. Now, however, I’ve got a title I want to see do well, and that means both buying it the minute it hits the stands and convincing as many others as possible to do the same. Obviously, this was my cue it was time to take one for the team here and investigate exactly what ‘digital first Marvel Infinite’ means, in terms of what they’re selling us and how.
Digital distribution channels have come a long way in the last few years, but can still be a little impenetrable to the newcomer – the release calendar on the Marvel website doesn’t even seem to cover digital-first releases, and that’s before you even get into comiXology versus the Marvel store or Marvel Infinite vs Marvel Unlimited versus a half-dozen other marginally different ways of selling you basically the same thing with a few different restrictions. What existing Internet guides I could find to this morass appear to consist largely of puff pieces or reviews of one particular service, frequently long out of date. Time to do some independent research.
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve signed up for no less than three different distribution services, picked up as many free titles as were available, and spent roughly $12 USD. Time and effort were by far the greater expenditure, and that much I can share for free. What follows is a quick overview of your options for (legally) getting hold of a digital copy of a Marvel comic. Some of this will also apply to buying digital comics from DC or any other distributor, but I haven’t looked that far into finding out how non-Marvel-related alternatives compare. They’re out there, but not covered here.
Let’s start out with a quick glossary of a few key nouns.
Marvel Unlimited: A library-like subscription-based service granting you unlimited access to a large back-catalogue of older comics for a flat $9.99 per month fee. Great for archive binges, not so great for access to new stuff. (more detail)
“Free” Digital Copies: Many Marvel print comics now come bundled with codes that will give you access to a complimentary digital copy for no extra charge. You’ll have to wait a couple of months to get hold of a digital-first issue this way, however.
Marvel Infinite: An imprint covering a subset of Marvel’s digital releases, specifically for comics written to take advantage of features that are only available in digital format. Unrelated to Marvel Unlimited, despite the names.
Guided View: Guided view is a reading option for digital comics which will take you panel-to-panel in a preset sequence, rather than just dumping the whole page on your screen at once. Nice when it works, just annoying when it doesn’t – fortunately, it’s usually possible to turn it off. Much of Marvel Infinite exists to make best use of these sorts of features.
( More detail on all of those under the cutCollapse )
What Happens on Providence
Summary: Wade has a very, very serious complaint to make about the management around these parts. Trouble is, Nate might just have a solution.
Word Count: 6889
CablePool: A Conjoined Situation
Summary: Nate really should have foreseen this becoming a problem.
Word Count: 1536
So I sat down and hammered out that summary of what the plot would have been after all. Both that and my long-orphaned side story under the cuts below.
( Everything that would have happened, in 4000 words or less.Collapse )
( That other bit I wroteCollapse )
I've recced fic before for all three of the fandoms I'm requesting, if you'd like some idea of what sort of fic has worked for me in the past (and even if not, we obviously have at least one under-loved fandom in common, so have some recs you might enjoy looking through sometime!) Stuff I've recced can be found here for Scream of the Shalka, and here for The Curse of Fatal Death.
A few general notes to begin with (possibly of questionable relevance to what's likely to come up for these fandoms, but what the hell).
( General likes/dislikesCollapse )
( Withnail and ICollapse )
( Doctor Who and The Curse of Fatal DeathCollapse )
( Doctor Who: Scream of the ShalkaCollapse )
- HOLY SHIT so much metal arm porn *_*
- HOLY SHIT so much amazing action porn O_O
- this movie was like two hours of solid action porn. Who even directed this thing? they are to direct ALL THE MOVIES henceforth
- Did Chris Evans get hotter or is it just that the haircut and the new suit really really work for him? (note to self: conduct further research).
- I did not expect Falcon to be in the movie for solidly logical plot reasons instead of entirely gratuitous comic-canon-fodder excuses. This was an entirely welcome surprise.
- On a more serious note, what you need to understand about me going into this movie is that I am intimately familiar with Brubaker's Winter Soldier arc from his Captain America run, and I love it like I love few other non-Deadpool-starring things Marvel has ever given me. I went into this movie with expectations. The movie I got did not deliver the Winter Soldier arc I loved so much in the comics; instead, it was a few iconic WS moments pasted onto an entirely different story (where, alas, they did not entirely fit). The comic-version implications that WS had been pulled out of the freezer specially to fuck with Steve's head - the loss of the whole sequence where Steve reads through the intelligence report that spells out exactly who he's up against, all the glorious angsty goodness to follow - are absences I feel on a very deep and personal level. The lack of more than a couple of passing mentions of the Russian/Soviet connections missing from the new plotline, only a little less so. The movie very nearly made up for these losses by a) being completely fucking awesome, and b) promising me a completely unexpected ENTIRE SECOND ACT to follow. Nonetheless, my biggest complaint about Captain America: Winter Soldier is that it did not contain nearly as much Winter Soldier as I had been led to expect.
- The scene where we thought we were getting a surprise!badass old lady and instead got Natasha in a clever disguise was unanimously voted the movie's Biggest Disappointment in our post-showing debrief. So, basically right with you there, tumblr. It was still awesome, but it could've been awesomer
- did I mention that metal arm thing? Because damn. I was not quite expecting how well that would work for me.
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