One of the best ways to address “difficult” characters, or characters you struggle to understand, is to use one of my favorite prompts, the Best Day Ever Prompt.
This is a really nice exercise.
Today on medievalpoc we brainstormed historically accurate Asian women as Robin Hood in Medieval England, with possible Trotula the Medieval gynecologist as a Merry Woman, touched on 30 ways to become An Immortal from a non-Western perspective (including eating mermaid meat!), revisited the accurately diverse demographics of the Caribbean and possibilities thereof (including LGBT pirates), saw some average peasants of color from the Renaissance doing their peasant thing, learned about the legendary beauty of an enslaved man named Paul in Pre-Revolutionary France, attempted to clarify the sociopolitical nuances of terminology, religion and race in 16th century Spain and Portugal, and called out Gilgamesh for being a raging tryhard.
^ In one day. Which is kinda the point here-and why I can be pretty critical of how we see the same things over and over and over in Medieval style fantasy media.
No writer or creator is limited by history or “historical accuracy”.
Anything you can possibly imagine has a historical precedent.
I find that prospect absolutely thrilling, and I hope you do, too.
This morning’s scholarly journal perusing threw up a gem.
Man, I have never seen someone stand in a glass house and throw rocks THAT HARD.
This morning I sang to my cats as Jareth from Labyrinth - “Everything I’ve done, I’ve done for youuu - I fill a bowl for no-one.” - but then I filled their bowls with food, so the whole thing was bloody pointless.
I… may have sung a little song about cleaning out the litter tray this morning. I can’t decide if it’s better or worse that I can’t remember what the tune was.
We gotta get these bitches out of here.
#i feel like this is also an important showcase of the different tones of insult women face! #natasha is scary and strong and she takes down the bitches comment #because someone as unwilling to play the game as her would see it a lot #(like scarlet herself does whenever she speaks out about her bullshit treatment) #but pepper is someone who lives and breathes those powerplays#so she gets ”honey” she gets the sweet ones #we’re all on the same side here honey there’s no need to make that call #be sweet and soft and quiet know your place honey #and they’re both awful and sickening #and bad and unokay and you never doubt that! #the threat of violence is something natasha takes down easily #but pepper not bowing to a #air quotes #friendly piece of advice from a friend in the business #is just as amazing and strong #unimpressed ginger coalition more like do you see how easy it is to have two female characters #do you see how easy it is to have them interact #wow it’s like women are people and not a delightful array of barbies with slightly different dresses on
So with Winter Soldier out now, I know you’re all dying to read more about Bucky and Natasha, whether as a couple or individually! So, since I haven’t seen one of these with download links yet, I’ve put together a reading order + downloads.
This is a combination of solo stories and team-ups with each other. It isn’t every appearance of theirs together, but they’re the ones that I consider important. (If you have any suggestions, however, I’m totally up for editing.)
I tried to break it up by ROUGH chronology, both by keeping important events together because I really don’t like hopping from series to series, but also breaking them up after significant chunks to avoid getting worn out on one arc (hence the Deadly Origin between Cap v4 and Reborn).
Here are the specific download links. Message me if any of them are broken:
(Note: Bucky joins the New Avengers around Secret Invasion. I wouldn’t consider it necessary reading, because it’s a team book and not individual, but I have his issues here. Issue 47 of NA comes out concurrently with issue 44 of Cap v5 I believe)
Widowmaker (see note in folder; prequel is in the big folder)
Fear Itself 3-4, 7.1 (the rest of it isn’t worth it. I promise. it just. isn’t.)
Bucky is currently in two ongoings (All-New Invaders and another run of Winter Soldier that I actually think might be a limited series) and Natasha is in one (Black Widow), which you should check out. I don’t have downloads for those, but they’re not very far, so you can probably grab them at the comic shop or on comixology.
As always, if you like the comics, buy them!
YOU ARE A GIFT OH MY GOD
For those who were interested in moar Nat and Bucky comics
I’m just going to leave this here