Comic Reviews 02/01/2017

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Harley Quinn (2016-) #13

“Joker Loves Harley” finale! Just how did a gentle, “reformed” Joker come to arrive at Harley’s doorstep when everyone believed him dead and gone? The answer’s in this issue-and it’ll shock you!

I was disappointed in this issue.  How many creepy stalkers does Harley Quinn need?  At least this leaves us with one less, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s getting stale.  Next week promises no more Joker for now.  We could keep the Joker away forever, and I would be completely okay with that.

 

 

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The Walking Dead #163

NEW STORY ARC “CONQUERED” In the aftermath of The Whisperer War: ALL IS LOST. ALSO, HOLY CRAP! THIS ISSUE IS 25¢ CENTS TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF IMAGE COMICS!

So much happening, especially since this is a longer issue.  Michonne and Jesus are doing something a little risky for my comfort.  On top of that, I spend every issue thinking that Andrea is going to die.  I feel like she has a giant target on her back every time she’s on the page given her current status.  Although, given the current situation, could be story arc be Rick’s final stand?  In that case, who do we follow from there?  Carl?  Andrea?  I would love reading the next 140 issues with Andrea at the center.

 

 

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #50

“Chaos Theory” Part 3 (of 3). Discord’s new form threatens to take over all of Equestria! When the Elements of Harmony prove ineffective, the final gambit rests in Starlight Glimmer’s hoofs!

Special 50th issue that is two dollars more than a normal issue!  Ridiculous!  It’s even more jarring when you realize that The Walking Dead was only 25 cents this week.  I guess it’s true what they say: there are two types of comic publishers in the world.  The one that makes things cheaper to celebrate and the one that jacks the price up.  I’m sure they justified it by including the second little story with Discord and Celestia at the end, but the art is so horrifying that it doesn’t really make it worth the price.  The story itself is cute, but the art in the added chapter made my eyes want to bleed.

The conclusion to Chaos Theory was decent, I suppose.  Was that a picture of Sunset Shimmer when Starlight Glimmer said something about being friends with a mirror’?  I don’t know, the highlights of the ending was Discord breaking as many fourth walls as he possibly could.  Still not sure it was worth the additional two dollars.

 

 

Comic Reviews 01/25/2017

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Black Panther (2016-) #10

RETURN OF THE QUEEN! Shuri is reborn anew… New powers, a new codename and a new target: the Midnight Angels. The newly independent Dora Milaje make their final accord with Tetu and The People…T’Challa takes an audience with the voice of dissent, Changamire. But will both men finally listen to reason?

I can’t believe this is ending.  All the comics I read are ending.  At least I still have The Walking Dead.  Kirkman’s ego is so huge that I’ll probably have The Walking Dead until he dies.  (Note: this is why I will not be surprised when I find out that The Walking Dead has a set end day on Wednesday.)  Ironically, I picked this up the same week as I picked up the second trade of Shuri being the Black Panther, having just been introduced to that arc through the half off table at Pittsburgh Comics.  Now I just need to pick up the first trade to finish that story arc.

In the meantime, I am going to pretend that this is not ending, as this was my first superhero comic, and eagerly await the movie.

 

 

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Grimm Vol. 2 #5

The race for the artifact is on and Juliette is charging head first at her real enemy, Adalind! This action-packed finale is filled with chases, fights, and maybe even a few explosions that need to be seen to be believed!

I’ll admit, I have not watched Grimm for a very long time.  Certain events that transpired, but more importantly how the events were handled in the aftermath, left a bad taste in my mouth and I haven’t watched a single episode since.   I hear its been cancelled.  Much as I once loved the show, I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go.

Grimm Vol 2 on the other hand highlighted everything I loved about Grimm in the first place.  Not only that, it focused entirely on the women of the show, who did get a lot of the short end of the stick during airtime.  It also covers the pivotal time period in which Juliette is just coming into her powers, which probably should have been covered on the show.  I guess that’s the beauty of these tie-in comics.  They can fix things that their respective shows/movies fail to address.  Also, yes, Juliette, punch that bitch!

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Wonder Woman (2016-) #15


“THE TRUTH” part one! Diana has finally seen the full scope of how her life and history have been transformed…unfortunately, the knowledge has driven her completely insane!

I love the character of Wonder Woman.  I really do.  But she’s not the only one being driven completely insane.  This whole every other issue story line is driving me absolutely batty!  It’s not a reader friendly format, and I’m still wondering if its worth buying them like this or if I should just save up my reward money and buy the trades as they’re released.

 

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Reborn #4

MILLAR & CAPULLO’s epic sci-fi fantasy story continues. Bonnie and Tom are chained and dragged to Black Wish Mountain, where they are confronted by a vengeful fi gure from the past. Will they escape to fi nd Harry, or be turned over to Lord Golgotha?

Again with the cat thing?  Seriously, are all cats like this or was it just this one dickish cat that happens to be like this.  I do like that for being a savior figure, Bonnie is not above mass murder.  Sure, they’re evil, but it does add a nice bit of moral ambiguity to the character.  Which is something that is sorely needed at this point.

I’m still standing by my earlier assertion that her husband is evil somewhere in the afterlife.  In fact, what are the chances that he’s going to be that horned evil dude?

Nice ending…. Not.  That was completely horrifying and I’m going to pretend that it never happened.

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Friends Forever #36

This is it!  This is what I’ve been waiting for!  I’ve waited years for this! (Years might be a slight exaggeration.)  Ever since I started reading the Friends Forever series, I wanted one with Soarin.  Rainbow Dash was my preferred partner, but I was willing to accept someone else.  Maybe Quibblepants.  That would have been amazing.  My checklist for a Soarin Friends Forever comic included:

  • Soarin rescuing someone, preferably Rainbow Dash if she was the other pony involved
  • Soarin’s Wonderbolt status being called into question
  • Soarin being an all around badass

Oh, look, I got all three of my wishes!

Soarin did rescue Rainbow Dash (finally!) in one of the most beautiful panels that I’ve ever seen.  I’ve been waiting a very long time for Soarin to be the one to do the rescuing.

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We also had Soarin questioning his own Wonderbolt status, thinking that he’s no longer good enough due to Spitfire trying to replace him during the Equestria games and an off screen show that landed him in a tailspin.   The whole incident leads to a scene with Rainbow Dash offering him encouragement where they’ve taken refugee inside a cave in a dialogue that’s sounds a lot like “You’re the best,” “No, you’re the best.”

It’s a great exchange, though, because the only pony we’ve seen go through Wonderbolt initiation is Rainbow Dash, and I don’t think there was ever a doubt in anyone’s mind that she was going to be a Wonderbolt.  She’s a great flyer, and it’s something that comes easy to her.  Which is great.  But Soarin’s story is a bit different.  Soarin’s story is of a pony who knew he wanted to be a Wonderbolt but he always had to push himself a littler harder if he wanted to be ranked among the best.  And that’s an amazing things for kids to learn.  That natural talent helps, but not everyone is going to pursue their dreams with little ease.  It’s okay if the path you take to get there is a little harder, if you have to work a little more, if you have to dedicate your time to it.    And that it doesn’t diminish your accomplishment.  I mean, Soarin’s the second in command, and Rainbow Dash even calls him the heart of the Wonderbolts.

As for bullet point number three, he was taking on all those dangerous deliveries and did that amazing dive to save Rainbow Dash.

No ships sank or sailed in this issue.  If anything, they decided to go the OT3 route.

Ah, yes, another series that is ending.  That seemed to be the theme of most of the stuff I picked up this week.

Next week is a very special discount issue of The Walking Dead!  I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts about it.

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.

2014 Resolutions Failed and Accomplished

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It’s that time of year again!  Time to look back at my resolutions of 2014 and figure out how much I accomplished and what I need to do differently in the upcoming year.  Expect to see a post with this year’s resolutions within the coming days

1. Deja vu! Remember these guys?  Kurogane and Fai from Tsubasa Reservoir chronicles?  If you read the update from 2013, you already know that Kurogane is still naked.   This will be year five that making his clothes has topped my resolutions.   Perhaps this will be the year that he will finally get the clothes he was always meant to have.

Kurogane has pants!  I consider this resolution 50% accomplished!  He has pants and they’re beautiful!  He almost had a shirt as well, but I accidentally made it too small.  So, perhaps this year we will finally be able to take this entirely off the list.  After 5 years, Kurogane finally has pants.

2.  Get even more fit.  I have a gym membership I’ve been using regularly for the past six months.   I’ve started kickboxing (brutal!) and have incorporated a running program into my routine.   I’ve also signed up for my first 5k, a zombie run in a neighboring city.  I’m also contemplating running the Dirty Girl the following week.

My zombie run was very sadly cancelled.  I did, however, complete the Dirty Girl.  My sister and I have signed up for the Dirty Girl in 2015 already and I’m contemplating a few other runs as well.  I somehow managed, however, to end the year not any more fit than I was at the beginning of the year despite a great effort during the summer.

3.  Write even more.  I have so many book ideas floating around in my brain, it might be beneficial to get some of them down on paper.  To that end, I’m going to further my Italian knowledge.   I have a Ferrante biography that took me forever to track down I need to read, and these masterpieces in my head aren’t going to write themselves.

Ha!  Hahaha!  I completely blame my job for this one.  Working six days a week was far too much of a soul suck and for a while there I gave up writing entirely.  Never fear, however, as I have decided to make myself a priority instead of my job and this year I hope to do even better.

4. Continue on my quest to be financially stable.  Less bills, more security, a job I enjoy, the whole nine yards. Maybe I can sell a book in the process.  That would be amazing.

I’m not even going to touch this one.

 

So, that’s it, the recap of 2014!  Happy New Year everyone!  The 2015 resolutions will be posted in a few days!

Extra Life Dragon Age Inquistion

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Today I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in Extra Life 2014 by playing 24 hours of Dragon Age Inquisition and streaming it via Twitch.

For those of you who don’t know, Extra-Life.org is a non-profit that allows gamers to raise money for a Children’s Hospital of their choice.  The idea is to play games for 24 hours, usually straight through, but in my case I’m breaking it up into three eight hour segments.  The first will by Wednesday November 19 from 8am-4pm.  The next two will be from 12pm-8pm on Thursday November 20 and Saturday November 22.

Since it is Dragon Age Inquisition, however, and I can’t wait that long, I will officially begin livestreaming around 1 pm on Tuesday November 18th.  If you like Dragon Age or livestreams, you’re more than welcome to try it out.

Even if you don’t particularly care for watching people play games, you can still donate.  In fact, all my donors so far likely have no intention of watching me play, they just wanted to help.

My twitch stream can be found here.

Donate here!

Review: Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland

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Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland by CLAMP
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love manga and I love CLAMP, but I believe this is the first time I have reviewed either. Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland is a reread for me. I have fallen behind on my reading challenge for the year, and quite frankly, this manga is short, cute, and fun.

There are eight stories in all in this volume, and each of them involves heroine Miyuki falling into a different world. All she wants to do is be a normal high school student, but weird things keep happening to her. Each world involves a series of scantily clad women whose sole purpose is to attempt to rip Miyuki’s school uniform off of her. At the end, she always finds herself back where she started, only to get sucked into the alternate dimension all over again. Presumably because she didn’t learn the lesson she was supposed to. The art is beautiful, as is expected from CLAMP, and the final story involves Miyuki being sucked into the world of X, another CLAMP series. The fanservice is great as Miyuki gets thrown in the world of the women of one of her favorite manga.

Admittedly, the manga does present itself in a problematic fashion. In the interview with the authors in the end, they admit that Miyuki’s school uniform is supposed to represent the sexual oppression of women. Hence why the other women are constantly trying to take it off of her. The problem is, it presents itself in a very fanservicey manner, which they also admit, and comes off more like older lesbians picking on the innocent young girl. It might not be the message they were trying to convey, but it’s easy to see how people would get that interpretation.

Miyuki-Chan in Wonderland is a great addition to any CLAMP fan’s library.

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