Comic Reviews 02/08/2017

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Deadpool the Duck #3 of 5

Rocket Raccoon? Roxxon? Where are Wade Wilson and Howard the Duck? On a mission to get their own bodies back, of course! Deadpool the Duck is in over his head (tail feathers?) in this out-of-world adventure!

I enjoy this much more than the last Deadpool series I started.  In fact, the last one I stopped after about three issues and don’t intend to keep those if I could sell them.  Deadpool the Duck, however, I’ll probably keep on through the end, especially since there’s only two more.

Their constant bickering makes the comic entertaining, if nothing else, and there’s always the question of what’s going to happen to Rocket Raccoon.  If they don’t manage to cure him of the rabies, will Wade Wilson make him into a rug?  A fancy Davy Crocket hat?  Perhaps we’ll never know.  Mostly because I don’t think they would actually kill off Rocket Raccoon in a Deadpool comic.

 

 

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Star Wars Doctor Aphra #4

Aphra’s father has led her straight into danger – of course. Her business on Yavin 4 concluded, Aphra journeys off…in search of one of the most powerful weapons imaginable!

I love Doctor Aphra so much, I almost want to investigate the Darth Vader comics.  Almost, but not quite.  Perhaps it has something to do with my desire to see Star Wars leading ladies that are not white brunettes, but unfortunately, it looks like that’s what we’re stuck with in the movies for the foreseeable.  And people wonder why I’m starting to like the expanded universe more than the actual movies.  Here’s a few reasons: Doctor Aphra, Sinjir, Shara Bey, Kare Kun, Poe Dameron (who admittedly is in the movies, but even some fans don’t think he’s that important to the overall plot).

Doctor Aphra and her murderbots are causing mass chaos on Yavin 4, just the way it should be.  You know who else has murderbots?  Snap, Jessika Pava, Cassian Andor.  I love murderbots almost as much as they do.

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Torchwood 2.1

Gwen Cooper has been pulled away from her domestic bliss by the reappearance of Captain Jack Harkness, and his companions, the crew of the alien tech-filled ship the Ice Maiden. No sooner has Gwen rejoined the team, than they has to contend with jetski-riding ninjas, a mystery involoving an alien race known as the Navigators, the return of the roguish Captain John Hart, and the revelation that the current Lady of Torchwood House, Karina is far from what she seems. As we rejoin events in the midst of a stand-off, things are more than a little tense…

I really love Torchwood, okay?  Some people seemed surprised by that fact, and I don’t understand why.  Torchwood is amazing.  Also, a lot of the comics I read have a common element, so cookies to anyone who can figure out what that is.  Most of them.  There are a few outliers that don’t fit the pattern, but mostly they have the one major thing in common.  Oh, and since I love Torchwood so much, I would continue to but this one even if it sucked.  Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.  Although I have discovered that there are Torchwood books that I am missing, and I aim to fix that as soon as possible.

Oh, it bears mentioning that this is Torchwood back when it was good, not when they decided to screw everything up.  We love that they specifically tell you what trade you’re buying from.  I wish all comics would do that instead of having me guess all the time.  Is it four, is it six, is it five, seven?  No one knows.

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Wonder Woman (2016-) #16

“GODWATCH” part one! Since the moment Wonder Woman arrived in our world, Godwatch has been waiting. But who are they, and what do they want? Diana’s journey to the truth continues with the origin of what may prove to be her greatest enemies.

I love Wonder Woman, but I’ve almost had about enough of this.  I’m lost now.  I figured that it would get easier to follow the further into the storyline we got, but instead it just got more confusing.  This is the opposite of progress.  But at this point it’s like, I’m sixteen volumes in, do I really want to quit now?

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Jessica Jones #5

Jessica made some tough choices to save her husband and child from the clutches of the latest hateful madness that has hit the Marvel Universe. But was it enough? Another all-new chapter from Jessica’s original creators. The new adventures of Jessica Jones that you’ll only find right here.

Ah yess, I knew Jessica Jones wouldn’t let me down!  I was a little hesitant about this series at first for a number of reasons.  One, my experience with the character was limited to the Netflix show.  Two, they kept saying about how this was an integral part of the Marvel Now universe and I wanted nothing to do with that.  I just wanted to read a comic about Jessica Jones, not break my wallet.

I’m so glad I decided to stick with this one, because at volume five, towards the end of the first trade, things really start to get good.  The woman’s husband that she was hired to track in the first volume has killed his wife, and his reasoning might just destroy the fabric of the universe.  At least for Jessica.  Of course, her friends in the Avengers already started taking care of that on their own, but the real question is, how far down the rabbit hole are we going to go?

That’s it for this week!  Tune in next week for more My Little Pony, some more Walking Dead with maybe some death this time, and the answer to our most burning question, will Poe Dameron ever return or are we going to be stuck with this Han Solo knock off til someone finally pulls the plug?

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/05/16 Comic Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

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Voltron: Legendary Defender #3 (of 4)

A beautiful princess in the clutches of a vicious space dragon? Seems like a job for Lance! Voltron’s (over)confident Blue Lion pilot swings into action but pretty soon learns that this monster is not at all what it seems.

Look, these Voltron comics are amazing, and if you’ve watched the new Netflix series and you aren’t reading these, you should go out and find them.  This month takes us onto an incredible journey into Lance’s mind, and it’s just like you might expect it to be.  There’s a lot of him chasing after princesses and nearly getting choked in return, and small amounts of Lance being in love with Hunk.  No, seriously.  At the beginning Lance is so dismissive of everyone else to the point where Shiro is his right hand man, too serious but over all a good guy, Pidge is a mathematical genius, Keith is “the other guy,” but Hunk, man does he have a lot to say about Hunk.

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I’m also very disappointed in the fact that no one seems to be talking about the fact that apparently Hunk is a good singer.  Did we already know this and I just missed it or do people just not care?  Because I feel like we definitely need to incorporate this into more fanworks.

Now, listen, I’m totally a Heith shipper through and through, and would like to point out to everyone that Heith week starts tomorrow and you should all go enjoy the Toasted Marshmallow™ goodness.  But, this comic has me shipping Hance like nobody’s business.  Look at how Lance waxes poetic about him.  He’s got more good things to say about Hunk than he does about the princesses they encounter.  This comic makes a very good Hance argument that I don’t feel like fighting against.

 

Reasons to pick this one up:  There is literally nothing about this comic that is not pure Voltron gold.  From Lance thinking the universe revolves around him to the princess dumping him in favor of fawning over Pidge instead, everything about this issue is amazing.  Not to mention Lance being really salty about Keith, and the artwork, and the fact that they never seem to stand in one place for more than one panel.  It’s quite fantastic really.  You would think that they would be able to stand still for at least the duration of a conversation.

Reasons to avoid: You’re still in denial about the season 2 trailer and  don’t want to be reminded of Voltron at the moment.  We’re all here for you.

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Jessica Jones (2016-) #1

She is back after a decade! A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe and there are still many secrets hiding in the shadows. Secrets only a special woman like Jessica Jones can hope to uncover. Discover the haunting secrets from Jessica’s past in this blistering new series. Alias Investigations is open for business.

I don’t know much about the Marvel NOW thing they have going on, but this has enough intrigue on it’s own to keep me interested. Spoiler alert:  And I guess I now know the fate of Misty’s arm on Luke Cage. 

Reasons to pick up:  The cover art is gorgeous and I love a good mystery.

Reasons to avoid: It’s mostly just set up at this point and I’m holding onto a slim hope that it lives up to it’s promise.  I already dropped Deadpool and the Mercs for Money for not keeping my interest enough.

 

 Honorable Mention:

 

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“EAT TO THIS BEAT” part one! There’s been a string of brutal robberies and slayings up and down the East Coast, and the assailants are…knights on horseback?! Harley’s got a lead on the men behind the iron masks, but to find them she’s going to have to go undercover in the strangest place of all…New York’s punk scene!

It’s Harley Quinn, so it’s hard to go wrong with this one, although I could deal without the hinted return of the Joker.  Hate that guy.

 

 

 

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“THE WHISPERER WAR,” Part Three. The war rages on.

More zombies.  More people dying.  Oh, and Negan lost his one true love.  Such a shame.