Comic Reviews 01/18/2017

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Deadpool the Duck #2 (of 5)

What do you get when you take one cynical anthropomorphic duck (named Howard) and cross it with the smelliest (and most annoying) mercenary in the Marvel Universe? DEADPOOL THE DUCK! When Deadpool is sent on a mission from S.H.I.E.L.D. to capture a high-profile E.T. that is rampaging across the high plains, the snatch-and-grab turns out to be much more complicated than the Merc with a Mouth anticipated. One unfortunate wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time accident later leaves Deadpool and Howard fighting for control of the cutest mercenary the Marvel Universe has ever seen! Brought to you with words by Stuart Moore (CLOAK & DAGGER, THANOS: DEATH SENTENCE Novel) and art by Jacopo Camagni (DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS).

This series is weird.  Not bad weird, not yet, anyway, but it’s firmly in the weird category.  I’m mostly concerned about whether Deadpool is really going to make a cap out of Rocket Raccoon or not.  100% here for the Game of Thrones jokes.  We can add Game of Thrones jokes to anything at the moment considering my love-hate relationship with the series is currently set to hate.

 

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Star Wars Doctor Aphra #3

Aphra’s hunt for the Ordu Aspectu has led to the last place she wants to be…an Imperial encampment! The good doctor, her deadly droids and her Wookiee companion are in for trouble…

We need to take more time to acknowledge the WOC in the Star Wars expanded universe.  And by we, I mean LucasFilms.  And by acknowledge I mean they need to start showing up in the movies.  If I see one more post with Padme, Leia, Rey, and Jyn again tagged as the ladies of Star Wars as if they are the only women in the Star Wars universe, I might chuck a book at someone.  I don’t hold the graphics makers entirely responsible.  People shouldn’t have to be invested in the expanded universe just to get some WOC.  I hold LucasFilms entirely responsible.

Anyway, Doctor Aphra is amazing, and I love how its tying together so much using a comic exclusive character.  It’s really a thing of beauty, and the plot is quickly becoming more engrossing than the Poe Dameron series.  That I am still thinking about dropping after last week’s fiasco, so the bar was admittedly set kind of low on that one.

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Harley Quinn #12

“JOKER LOVES HARLEY” part two! Don’t ship Joker and Harley too hard! In this issue, the “reformed” Joker deceives Harley, and when that happens, she goes for his throat!

Let’s be real here, DC.  I don’t give a rat’s ass that the Joker loves Harley, and I certainly don’t ship it.  In fact, the only thing I want to see happening between the two of them is her finishing what she started in this one.  Honestly.  Give it a rest already.   I had to get the alternate cover for this one just because it didn’t say Joker loves Harley on it.

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda #3

DORA MILAJE NO MORE! T’Challa betrays all of Wakanda, forcing Ayo and Aneka to make the biggest decision of their lives…

Girlfriends on vacation is the best trend to ever come to comics.  It’s so wonderful, I’m not entirely sure anything else happened in this issue.  Yup.  Just girlfriends on vacation being happy together.  As a matter of fact, Harley Quinn should try this tactic again.  I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I would rather read one hundred issues of Harley and Ivy on vacation together instead of one more issue of Joker trying to win Harley back by being “reformed.”  Anyway, World of Wakanda has girlfriends on vacation.

Comic Reviews 01/11/2017

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Star Wars: Poe Dameron (2016-) #10

Poe and Threepio’s covert mission comes to an end! Can they escape with their informant intact? Or will Terex’s past come back to haunt them?

Poe Dameron was the reason why I started reading comics in the first place.  It was the reason why I sought out my local comic store so I could  read them on a monthly basis without the internet spoiling everything for me.  I was disappointed this week.  Consistent characterization must not be Soule’s strong suit.  Last issue, Poe was all for droids being valued members of society and all droids were his friends, and the rest of his squad is definitely his new family.  This month he’s threatening to give an uncooperative robot a robo-lobotomy and actually leaves one of his squad mates behind.  What the hell, Poe?  What happened to you from last month?  Does a stun blaster to the chest also cause personality disorder or is the writing just that bad?  There are no highlights to this month.  I want to purge this month’s issue from existence.

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Jessica Jones (2016-) #4

Jessica Jones latest case has revealed a new hidden evil in the Marvel Universe. An evil so terrifying she was willing to rip her family apart to save them from it. But was the sacrifice enough? Another all-new blistering chapter of Marvel’s premier detective.

I will admit that I fell in love with Jessica Jones after watching the show on Netflix.  I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I picked up the comic, but I quickly fell in love with the design of the covers.  And after the first four volumes, I can definitely say this is the Marvel comic I look forward to the most every month.  It started off slow, but things really started to pick up this time around.

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Wonder Woman (2016-) #14

“YEAR ONE” conclusion! With Steve Trevor by her side, Diana faces the God of War and embraces her destiny as Wonder Woman!

I’ve been on the fence with Wonder Woman for a few weeks now.  Do I continue?  Do I drop it because I’m broke and I’m not entirely sure if the biweekly format is worth it?  Will things ever start to come together?  Am I going to go see the movie this summer even with D.C.’s horrible record?  The answer to most of these questions remains to be seen, but at least this issue is worth it.  Or at least the battle sequence involving Wonder Woman, the patrons, and Ares.  I’m still interested in seeing where this is going, and I have discovered a soft spot for the character.  So it hasn’t been dropped yet.

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God Country #1

SERIES PREMIERE. Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn’t just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He’s now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State…“So much fun to watch creators fi nd that next level. Go, Cates, go!”—BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

 I first heard about God Country a few weeks ago when the workers at the comic book shop were talking about it.  However, they failed to say anything about the plot or what made it so interesting so I was very much on the fence when this one came out.  The art was what really sold me.  It’s different from what I’m used to, but utterly gorgeous.  The fact that we’re dealing with an apocalyptic story of biblical proportions is an added bonus.

Royal Assassin Chapter 1 Siltbay Review

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The continuing adventures of Wolfboy and the Cinnamon Roll.

Speaking of dreaming, in the first official chapter, Wolfboy is dreaming that he’s King Spider.  King Spider, who actually is getting old, and actually has real complaints but still worries about his people more than his own health.  He also gets a glimpse into the King’s magic, and is forced to watch a raid on one of his shores.  Unfortunately for Wolfboy, it turns out Princess Unattainabelle is in that village while it’s being raided, and he sees her clearly in the wreckage.  The vision ends before he can see whether or not she is alive.

Having decided that perhaps his current predicament is not so bad as being old, Wolfboy decides to return to the castle with the Cinnamon Roll, desperate to learn the true fate of Princess Unattainabelle.

Royal Assassin – Prologue Review

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The continuing adventures of Wolfboy and the Cinnamon Roll.

We start out a few months after Prince Jackass attempted to murder Wolfboy and Cinnamon Roll and successfully murdered a few other people, all while trying to block his brother’s wedding to the Viking Queen in an effort to be King in Waiting himself.  Wolfboy and Cinnamon Roll are still recovering in the mountain kingdom, and Wolfboy is having a hard time of it.  He’s going through an existential crisis thinking nothing he can do nothing because he is a cripple now and that Prince Jackass has already won.   The Cinnamon Roll remains a cinnamon roll, but there is nothing he can do for Wolfboy.  Wolfboy insists that if he wants to continue to serve him, the only way he can do so is to go back to Buckkeep without him.

I have a feeling Wolfboy is dreaming if he thinks for a second that Cinnamon Roll is going to leave him behind.

11/30/16 Comic Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

 

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Wacky Raceland #6


At last, the Racers storm the high-tech facility known as the Butcher Shop and confront the all-powerful Announcer! Secrets from the past are revealed, bullets fly and engines roar as our heroes contend against the entity that has put them through their torturous paces for months. Will the Racers get the answers they seek, or die in the attempt? Maybe both!

Ah, yes, we finally get answers about the Announcer and what happened to put the world into such a total state of destruction.  I miss it already.  I need more, and I definitely would have preferred more Sergeant Blast.

Reasons to pick this one up:  It might not be over?  I hope it’s not, as this was one of the first series I picked up and still remains one of my favorites.

Reasons to avoid:  This may or may not be the last issue.  I think DC needs to fix that, or at least give me some closure.

Runner Up:

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Torchwood #3

Captain Jack, Gwen, and the crew of the scientific vessel Ice Maiden are plunged into a new world-threatening crisis, as Jack uncovers more about the ancient evil returning to devastate the globe! Outnumbered and outgunned, can this Torchwood World Tour still make a difference?

I’m a bit behind on my Torchwood lore, but so far I’m loving it.   I also finally snagged a cover with a photo of John Barrowman, thereby depriving it from whoever has snagged the last two.

Reasons to pick up:  Torchwood actually written by John Barrowman.

Reasons to avoid:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/23/16 Comic Pick of the Week – Special Thanksgiving Edition

Pick of the Week

 

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Harley Quinn #8

“LIFE’S A BEACH”! Harley owes Ivy a trip to the Bahamas…and delivers way more than either of them expected!

Mmmmm… Girlfriends.  Literally, the entire thing is girlfriends on vacation. Also, a nudist colony filled with old people, but it’s easy to overlook that.

Reasons to pick this one up:  Girlfriends.

Reasons to avoid:  Girlfriends not being happy together.

Runner Up:

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My Little Pony Friends Forever #34

Pinkie Pie and Cheese Sandwich get trapped in a magical house that loves to party! But will it ever let them leave?

Honestly, I’m probably going to forever bitter that Cheese Sandwich, who has been in exactly one episode, got featured in a Friends Forever issue before Soarin, who has been in the show from the third episode.  However, since all I asked for was a Soarin Friends Forever with whatever pony, and they decided to give me Soarin with Rainbow Dash, I’ve decided to let it slide.  Besides, this issue is adorable.

Reasons to pick up:
Um, Pinkie Pie is my favorite, and I have a feeling I’m not alone.  There’s also a really cute story about family.

Reasons to avoid: Cheese Sandwich beat Soarin to the comics.

 

 Honorable Mention:

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Wonder Woman #11

“THE LIES” part six! In the conclusion to this epic tale, the lie is revealed as Wonder Woman returns to Themyscira in the company of Steve Trevor to find that nothing has changed-and everything is wrong.

The art is still amazing, but that’s about the only thing it has going for it.  I’ll give it a few more issues, but this one might be dropped.

 

 

 

 

 

11/16/16 Comic Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

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Reborn #2

MILLAR and CAPULLO’s epic sci-fi fantasy story continues. After her death, Bonnie is reborn in Adystria and has a sword thrust into her hand. As the evils within the Dark Lands get stronger, she is Adystria’s only hope: their savior.

My biggest worry when a new series comes out is how quickly it will fizzle out.  Reborn has continued on strong in the second volume, with enough withheld on how this afterlife works to keep readers coming back for more.   Although, I feel like someone has something against cats, because dogs get to come back as giant armored friends to help you find your missing loved ones, but cats are evil cause you took their testicles.  I’m rather hoping this was just for that particular cat and dog and not all dogs end up in the happy reunion place while all cats turn out evil when they’re dead.

Also, I’m calling it now: her husband went to the bad place.  Don’t have any theories about the mother yet, but give me another issue or so.

Reasons to pick this one up:  It continues to explore an interesting alternative to the afterlife that I still want to sign up for.  I want more details into this universe and how it works and why people enter it at different ages, not necessarily the age they die at and likewise how aging works in this place.

Reasons to avoid:  The cat thing.  People take dog’s testicles too you know.  I mean, are we assuming Cujo got a free pass into the good place just because he was a dog?

Runner Up:

 

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Jessica Jones #2

There are so many mysteries to discover in the Marvel Universe and Jessica’s new case may be the most dangerous one. No spoilers, but some of the biggest questions about the new Marvel NOW! are about to be revealed in this very comic.

I had my doubts about this series because they’re pushing the Marvel NOW angle, saying that the greatest reveals of Marvel NOW are going to be in this comic, and I’m not all that interested in reading the entirety of Marvel NOW.  I just don’t have that kind of money, and I don’t know why I should have to suffer just because I happen to dig Jessica Jones.

Thankfully, the Marvel NOW does not seem to be intruding too much on the plot of Jessica Jones.  There’s enough mystery to keep me interested without asking me to read the other series (yet).  That and the beautiful covers push Jessica Jones into the runner up category this week.

Reasons to pick up:  The covers are gorgeous, and the plot is interesting enough to keep me hooked.

Reasons to avoid:  Why can’t Jessica stick the super hero landing?

 

 Honorable Mention:

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The streets of Victorian London are a much darker place than the avenues of new York… as Pinkerton agent Tommy Greyling is finding out! Hot on the tail of a murderer, it seems there’s more to this mystery than meets the eye. Luckily for Tommy, he’s in the hands of the Assassin Brotherhood!

I have continued with my streak of collecting the Evie centric covers and hope to get the last one as well.  However, there is not nearly enough Evie in the actual comics, and considering that was why I wanted them in the first place, they’re not really delivering the way I had hoped.

 

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When things have completely spiraled out of control, who can you call on to help set them right? Why the woman who is responsible for putting you in a coma, sleeping with your boyfriend, and turning you into a hexenbiest, of course! Juliette must fight her urges to get feral on Adalind in order to save innocent lives in the team-up we never expected to see.

One of the reasons I quit the show was because of the way the show responded to what Adalind did to Nick.  The fact that the comics are willing to call a spade a spade made me contemplate this as the pick of the week.  But, much as I love to see the women of Grimm coming front and center, I still don’t like Adalind all that much, so it got knocked down to the honorable mention section.

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VOYAGE INTO THE DJALIA T’Challa’s research and technology takes him to a place that not even THE CREW can follow: THE DJALIA, Wakanda’s collective memory. Just getting there was hard, but finding SHURI across their nation’s past, present and future might turn out to be impossible. Even so, the strain on his Soul-Stalker abilities might tear him apart before he gets very far…

That whole Marvel NOW thing didn’t last very long, so I’m glad I didn’t have to worry about that.  Marvel wants too much of my money, and I’m just not down with that.  Don’t they know I’m broke with student loans to pay?

In an attempt to keep this spoiler free, I will simply have to insist that you read this one.