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April Sign Ups

So you want to rec in April? Sign up here!

Recers are chosen on a first come, first served basis. But please do sign up for your fandom, even if someone's beat you to it. We might need you as a pinch hit recer. As this is our first month back, we'll be taking whatever fandoms you guys want to rec, in addition to our four permanent fandoms.

We are seeking recers for Avengers, Batfamily, X-Men and Watchmen. We're also looking for two recers in medium size fandoms, and two more in small or obscure fandoms.

Pitch us your small fandom--we want to hear about it, and we want your recs!
dier, alli, kane

(no subject)


Title:Baltic
Author:arachnidism
Fandom:Young Avengers,
Characters/Pairings:Kate/Eli, Billy/Teddy
Length:4000, give or take a few hundred
Warnings:none
Spoilers:

noneWhy
this must be read/seen:
Normally, in a fandom where the slash pairing (and canon couple) is popular, the female characters tend to get overlooked. The YA fandom does confound that rule somewhat, and Kate Bishop is the reason why. As (arguably) the only genetically unaltered human on a metahuman team, she holds her own. She's smart, tough and commands loyalty amongst her team mates. This story shows why. In that her father finally gets a clue, realises the extent of her superheroing and sends her away to boarding school. Her teammmates decide to come to her boarding school and- ah, ah, that would be telling. The story is true to them, and I found myself laughing at various turns. Go read.

Baltic
dier, alli, kane

YA rec: A Good Man Is Hard To Find


Title:A Good Man is Hard to Find
Author: Oneangrykate
Fandom:Young Avengers, Marvel, Captain America
Characters/Pairings:canon pairings
Length:2000 words, give or take
Warnings:none
Spoilers:
Captain America's death post civil war
Why
this must be read/seen:
I don't know if you remember the atmosphere in the Marvelverse post Captain America's death. It was a dark place, and for a long time there, the superhero community seemed rudderless, the world a little colder. So the YA, with best intentions, decide to bring Captain America back to life. The intentions are grand, and the experiment works. Sorta. But as the YA realises, sometimes, you have to let certain situations be. This fic works as a touching 'What If', and somewhere in another alternate universe, Uatu is shaking his head

A Good Man is Hard to Find



I hope this link works, guys. Between my internet and LJ being wobbly, well.
dier, alli, kane

Fandom recs: YA fic


Title:Raise It Up
Author:damalur
Fandom:Young Avengers
Characters/Pairings:Kate Bishop, Jessica Jones, Daniel Cage
Length:1226
Warnings:none
Spoilers:
none
Why
this must be read/seen:
In short, it’s sisters doing it for themselves. It’s about finding and rejoicing in the bonds of sisterhood, as well as mentorship, and passing one kindness to the other over the span of generations. The story is short and punchy, and worth the fifteen minutes of reading on the phone, while taking the bus to work

Raise It Up
upside down, spiderwoman, jessica drew

YA rec: Grab A Blanket, Brother


Title:Grab A Blanket, Brother
Author:Traincat
Fandom:Young Avengers
Characters/Pairings:Tommy Shepherd, the cast of Young Avengers
Length:13000 words
Warnings:none
Spoilers:
None. Assumes basic canon knowledge of the characters, but the story is easy enough to get into
Why
this must be read/seen:
Unlike the other characters in Young Avengers, Tommy Shepherd is relatively undeveloped, in that we don’t know his family background, nor do we know his motivation for joining the Young Avengers. In this story, Traincat attempts to answer both by having Tommy stay over by Billy and his family for a time, with flashbacks to his own. It’s great to see the family dynamics through Tommy’s eyes, and how he and them get on. Then, it widens to him and the rest of the Young Avengers. They say family isn’t the one you’re born into, it’s the one that you create. Tommy seems to have his hands full, here. The great thing is, this story feels like Tommy Shepherd, and the Young Avengers. Very teenage, very brash

Grab A Blanket, Brother
dier, alli, kane

(no subject)


Title:Coming in From The Cold
Author:lilpocketninja
/>Fandom:Young Avengers
Characters/Pairings:Tommy centric, canon pairings
Length:3587
Warnings:none
Spoilers:
none

Why this must be read/seen:
Tommy Shepherd, although well liked by the fandom, doesn't seem to attract much fic as his own person. He's normally cast with Eli or Kate, but never given a chance for the focus to be on him alone. This fic corrects this oversight handily. As a late addition to the team, with an attitude of not giving a toss, Tommy doesn't really play well with others. It's his wary cynicism and distance from the team that causes the others to react as they do, and the atmosphere is tense. However, the YA being the YA, everyone tries, and at the end of the fic, you sense that Tommy might just be a little closer to understanding what this teamwork malarkey might mean.
Coming in From The Cold
X-Men: YOUR FUCKING EYES

Sign Ups: March

(Eeeeek, so sorry this post is late, everyone!)

Do you want to rec in March? Sign up here!

Recers are chosen on a first come, first served basis. But please do sign up for your fandom, even if someone's beat you to it. We might need you as a pinch hit recer. As this is our first month back, we'll be taking whatever fandoms you guys want to rec, in addition to our four permanent fandoms.

We are seeking recers for Avengers, Batfamily, X-Men and Watchmen. We're also looking for two recers in medium size fandoms, and two more in small or obscure fandoms.

Pitch us your small fandom--we want to hear about it, and we want your recs!
stark
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Heroes and Devils, Avengers 616

Title: Heroes and Devils
Author: marinarusalka
Rating: Teen
Fandom: Avengers 616/Echo Bazaar
Characters/Pairings: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Luke Cage/Jessica Jones, Jessica Drew, Peter Parker/Mary Jane Watson, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson, Wong
Length: 35k
Warnings: Some supporting character death.


I'll say upfront that while this is a crossover, you don't need to be familiar with Echo Bazaar to know what's going on. I'd never played the game before reading, and I found the world fascinating; the author does a great job of - not quite worldbuilding, I guess, as the world's pre-built, but of giving us the tour, showing us piece after piece so we build a picture of a strange fantasy New York. Don't let it put you off, or you'll miss out on something great!

marinarusalka's work is always great to read, but I love this one in particular because it's such a perfect crossover; if you didn't know it was a crossover, it would be a perfectly reasonable comic plot. Doctor Doom threw Manhattan into a weird hell dimension? Sounds legit. And the characters very much treat it like that - sure, it's a crisis but it's another in the long list of crises which is life in the Avengers. They adapt, they work, they solve. They fit themselves into the new way of living at the same time they're looking to undo it. The way the stress of their situation wears on them in different ways is also very well-done.

There's some delightfully creepy moments, and some very tender ones; the Steve/Tony relationship is understated but sweet, their long years of friendship moving naturally into a romance. They're both very well drawn, and I particularly like the depiction of Steve. He can often be written as too perfect, but here we see his flaws and quirks and the things about him that make his friends roll their eyes. Supporting characters have some delicious banter, and the plot is fun and intriguing.

Heroes and Devils
destiny mystique

X-Men rec: Carry That Weight by selenak

Although it's actually the 1st of March here, I had one more rec to squeeze in. Thanks for reading my recs this month and I hope you found new fic to enjoy.

Title: Carry That Weight
Author: selenak
Fandom: X-Men movieverse/Alias (comic)
Characters/Pairings: Jessica Jones, Mystique
Length: 4300
Warnings: mentions of rape
Spoilers: Alias, X1, X2


Carry That Weight by selenak


Jessica Jones is a foul-tempered, foul-mouthed private investigator, but one thing she hates is deception. Mystique, of course, operates on deception, so when Jessica Jones gets wind of something odd going on in Senator Robert Kelly's office, she investigates in her usual stubborn way.

This is a complicated and quite painful story, as Jessica ruthlessly insists on the right of Senator Kelly's wife to know who she's sleeping with, no matter the cost to Jessica or her tentative friendships in the mutant world. Jessica's own past influences the story heavily, but that same bullheaded drive for justice that lets her be close to fearless also means that she's trying not to be unfair to mutants either – if she goes public with her suspicions that Senator Kelly is a shapeshifting impersonator, the Mutant Registration Act will be passed and things will get dramatically worse for innocent people. Instead, Jessica has to assume the risk herself, and her aggressive approach leads to a confrontation with Mystique that goes to unexpected places.

A terrific, complex fic with no easy resolutions or forgiveness, only a ferocious drive for knowledge and fairness, and a cool-eyed examination of what the isolationist stance of mutants really means.