I THREW A KID IN THE WELL
DONT ASK ME ILL NEVER TELL
I WILL REGRET THIS IN HELL
BUT HE WAS IN MY WAY
yes, i read every single ask
no, i dont answer to all of them. possible reasons are:
- i dont know how to answer
- i dont know what to say
- i dont feel like answer is necessary
- i have no fucking idea what you are talking about
- i am too shy to answer
- your ask is fucking dumb (really rarely)
- or i just simply forgot to answer (and when i remember that i have that ask it feels dumb to answer it because the answer is so late)
I’m a big fan of film scores, and every year or so I get a bee up my bonnet to share my favorite tracks from my collection. So! Here’s 2012’s list, handily categorized according to the mood you might want to evoke. Enjoy!
- WALL-E — Thomas Newman (WALL-E)
- Forbidden Friendship — John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon)
- Dead Already — Thomas Newman (American Beauty)
- Discombobulate — Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes)
- Possibility — Thomas Newman (Pay it Forward)
- First Date — Thomas Newman (WALL-E)
- To the Stars — Randy Edelman (Dragonheart)
- Juliette is Happy — Niall Byrne (Cairo Time)
- Your Hands are Cold — Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Pride & Prejudice)
- Latika’s Theme — AR Rahman/Suzanne D’Mello(Slumdog Millionaire)
- The Sacrifice — Michael Nyman (The Piano)
- Define Dancing — Thomas Newman (WALL-E)
- Lovers - Flower Garden — Kathleen Battle/Shigeru Umebayashi (House of Flying Daggers)
- Married Life — Michael Giacchino (Up)
- Together We Will Live Forever — Clint Mansell (The Fountain)
- Iguazu — Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel/Deadwood)
- Anne Dreams of Her Childhood — Trevor Morris (The Tudors)
- Justin Calls Iris — Jeff Beal (Carnivale)
- Ghosts — Thomas Newman (Road to Perdition)
- While Waiting — Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
- Song for Jesse — Nick Cave/Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
- Pruit Igoe & Prophecies — The Philip Glass Ensemble (Watchmen)
- Revenge — James Horner (Legends of the Fall)
- Life and Death — Michael Giacchino (Lost)
- Any Other Name — Thomas Newman (American Beauty)
- Tarr and Irina — Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
- Ashokan Farewell — Jay Ungar/cover by Doc and The Lady (Ken Burns’ Civil War)
- His Name was Michael — Jeff Beal (Carnivale)
- More Prays — Trevor Morris (The Tudors)
- Valley of the Shadow — Thomas Newman (Little Women)
- Elysium — Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard (Gladiator)
- Brooks Was Here — Thomas Newman (Shawshank Redemption)
- Syriana — Alexandre Desplat (Syriana)
- George Smiley — Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
- The Ludlows — James Horner (Legends of the Fall)
- Theme for the Diving Bell and the Butterfly — Paul Cantelon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
- Melville’s Grand Armada — Brian Keane (Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World)
- The Grey Havens — Howard Shore (Return of the King)
- We Don’t Have to Think Like That Anymore — Cliff Martinez (Solaris)
- The Artifact & The Living — Michael Andrews (Donnie Darko)
- Panoramic — Atticus Ross (The Book of Eli)
- Time — Hans Zimmer (Inception)
- Romani Holiday (Antonius Remix) — Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows)
- Chant — Hans Zimmer (Black Hawk Down)
- The Way of the Sword — Hans Zimmer (The Last Samurai)
- Agent of Chaos — Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard (The Dark Knight)
- Molossus — Hans Zimmer/James Newton Howard (Batman Begins)
- Mombasa — Hans Zimmer (Inception)
- WALL-E’s Pod Adventure — Thomas Newman (WALL-E)
- Those We Don’t Speak Of — James Newton Howard (The Village)
- Psychological Recovery … 6 Months  — Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes)
- The End of All Things — Howard Shore (The Return of the King)
- Roll Tide — Hans Zimmer (Crimson Tide)
- Isengard Unleashed — Howard Shore (The Two Towers)
- Kaneda’s Death, Pt. 2 — John Murphy (Sunshine/Kick Ass/The Walking Dead)
- Death is the Road to Awe — Clint Mansell (The Fountain)
- The Battle of Kerak — Harry Gregson-Williams (Kingdom of Heaven)
- Mind Heist — Zack Hemsey (Inception Trailer)
- Helm’s Deep — Howard Shore (The Two Towers)
… AND ROLL CREDITS
- So Was Red — Thomas Newman (Shawshank Redemption)
- That Next Place — Thomas Newman (Meet Joe Black)
- Under the Stars — Hans Zimmer (The Lion King)
- The Great Work Begins — Thomas Newman (Angels in America)
- Road to Perdition — Thomas Newman (Road to Perdition)
- The Battle is Not Over — Jeff Beal (Carnivale)
- Now We Are Free — Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard (Gladiator)
- The Return of the King — Howard Shore (The Return of the King)
- The Book of Kells — Bruno Coulais (Brendan and the Secret of Kells)
It’s a little hard.
But not that hard! And also it’s totally worth it. Every character you love from the movies or cartoons has a rich history in the comics, including tons more that I promise you’ll completely fall for.
1 - HERE’S SOME HISTORY:
X-Men launched in 1963, drawn by the legendary Jack Kirby and written by both Kirby and Stan Lee. It starred five mutants (Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey)) led by Professor Xavier. No Wolverine! No Rogue! No Gambit! Just five teens who happen to have some crazy powers. They went on a ton of amazing adventures, fighting the forces of evil. And, to be completely honest, the series didn’t really sell that well. It was even cancelled at some point!
But eventually, a writer named Chris Claremont picked up the familiar characters, and created one of the most diverse, inclusive teams in all of comic books. The X-Men featured African, Russian, Canadian, Irish, Native American, and Japanese characters! The idea of “mutants,” people who develop amazing powers late in adolescence, became an amazing metaphor for puberty. In addition, the X-Men were outcast; because they’re mutants, the general population hates and fears them.
Even so, the X-Men defend the world. They fight to protect the world, the only home they’ve ever known, even when the world does not want them. Anyone can be a mutant; anyone who has been cast aside, or felt out of place, or isn’t accepted because of sexuality or minority or views or just being who you are, this is your story.
2 - SO WHERE DO I START
That’s a good question!
I’m going to make a big, bold statement right now: YOU DON’T NEED TO READ EVERYTHING. There’s so much crazy stuff in X-Men history that I haven’t read even half of it. And that’s completely okay! Marvel and its writers do their best job to make stories accessible to everyone, so there’s a practically infinite number of jumping-on points.
Where to start really depends on what you like, and what you already know.
- I KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE X-MEN, I JUST WANT TO READ WHAT IS GOING ON NOW: This is simple enough. Start at Uncanny X-Men #500, and read up to the current issue, which I believe is #538. Come, freak out about Utopia and how great Emma Frost is with me!
- I HAVE SEEN THE MOVIES AND CARTOONS BUT HAVEN’T READ THE COMICS: Also pretty easy! My advice would be introducing yourself to how the X-Men work in comics by picking up Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men, a classic. Astonishing is mostly a standalone story that doesn’t need a lot of prior knowledge, and has GORGEOUS art by John Cassaday. An excellent, excellent read. Once you read those 25 issues (and have thoroughly fallen in love with Kitty Pryde like the rest of the world), I would suggest reading House of M, a story that tells you the current situation with mutants across the world, and the lead-up to the events of X-Men currently.
- I JUST WANT TO READ THE CLASSIC X-MEN STORIES: Then you’re in luck, because that’s some great material! Look up “DAYS OF FUTURE PAST”, “THE PHOENIX SAGA”, “AGE OF APOCALYPSE”, “GOD LOVES MAN KILLS”, “GIFTED”, “HERE COMES TOMORROW” and countless others.
- I JUST REALLY LIKE (INSERT FAVORITE CHARACTER HERE): That’s completely fine! No use reading a whole ton of comics about characters you aren’t interested in (even though they’re great comics)! This does require some research on your part though. My suggestion would be looking up your favorite character on Wikipedia, finding a storyline you really like, and checking that out! Everything should be pretty easy to jump into, especially if it’s the start of an arc. And there’s a high chance your favorite character will have his or her own miniseries which sheds a lot of light on their background, motivations, and interactions with everyone else.
3 - OKAY WHAT ELSE?
There’s so much amazing content in the X-Universe to explore. The main comic, Uncanny X-Men, is going to tell you more or less everything you would need to know to start reading, but there’s so much more! In particular I’d like to point some great titles out:
- X-FACTOR by Peter David. A bunch of mutants (including Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man) form a detective agency in New York. Easily one of the best written series in years, it’s quick and hilarious and fun and more than a little sexy. Not to mention the art is goddamned gorgeous.
- X-MEN: FIRST CLASS by Jeff Parker. Be warned, it’s nothing like the recent movie - it’s more or less the REAL founding class of the X-Men. The original five mutants having crazy silver-age adventures, fighting bad guys, and growing up together. Comics as a force for fun, distilled in an amazing limited series.
- X-FORCE by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. If you like Wolverine and ultraviolence and blood and sex mixed together, you’ll dig X-Force. The best way I can describe it is if X-Men was re-imagined by Quentin Tarantino.
- S.W.O.R.D. by Kieron Gillen. More or less a spinoff of Astonishing X-Men, these quick six-issues were absolutely amazing space adventures featuring Beast and Agent Brand. Very interesting stuff, by a man who would eventually become writer of the main title Uncanny X-Men.
Hope this helps! If you ever have any questions, you should be able to find answers with a simple Google search or check the Wikipedia entry. Enjoy the children of the atom, those sworn to protect those who hate and fear them: The X-Men.
Four general links, four smut-specific links, and personal tips (that I stole like a good writer should).