Comic Reviews 02/15/2017

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My Little Pony Friends Forever #37

Rarity is excited to work on Sapphire Shores’ next big concert! What should be a dream job could turn into a nightmare when Rarity discovers that she’ll need to work closely with a pony with a checkered past… Trixie!

For being the next to the last issue of the Friends Forever run, it wasn’t really that great.  The art wasn’t the worst that the series has offered, but it certainly wasn’t inspired either.  Not to mention the plot doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Sure, Trixie did some pretty crappy things, and I’m not sure where this takes place in relation To Where And Back Again, but we do know that by this point Starlight Glimmer practically lives with Twilight.  For Rarity to just completely dismiss Trixie out of hand doesn’t go with previous plot developments.  Not to mention Rarity saying she didn’t know to make the dress shorter and less flammable because she hadn’t listened to Trixie.  Trixie had said numerous times that she was working on fireworks for the show and Rarity even flippantly remarked on it.  Hopefully, the final one will be able to make up for this train wreck.

 

 

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Black Panther World of Wakanda #4

“DAWN OF THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS” CONTINUES! With their king shamed and their queen dead, Ayo and Aneka take justice into their own hands….Learn the secrets behind the events that led into the 2016 sales smash BLACK PANTHER #1!

I’m going to be sad to see these ladies go, but I suppose at some point we will run into the beginning of the 2016 series, which is likely going to be very soon.  My biggest issue with this series is the fact that we can never seem to have the lesbian couples be happy in comics.  Just let the wlw be happy for once, that’s all I ask.  Also, clearly we know that Aneka and Ayo don’t quite die yet since they’re still kicking in Black Panther.

 

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Poe Dameron #11

Things are heating up for Poe Dameron and super-spymaster C-3PO! The First Order is on their tail…and Terex’s evil cronies as well. Not to mention… Who’s feeding information to the First Order in the first place?

My hopes and dreams for Kare surviving this series have just circled down the toilet.  I would much rather have her alive and evil than dead, but there doesn’t seem to be much of another explanation for her absence from The Force Awakens.  Unless she was pregnant.  Let’s go back to the pregnant theory.  Unfortunately, Poe is still being a poor excuse for a Han Solo wannabe.

Also, I sense an FN-2187 cameo sometime in the near future.  Then again, I also believed Kare was the traitor in a blind hope that she was still alive.

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Harley Quinn (2016 -) #14

“RED MEAT”! Red Tool lives up to his name and Poison Ivy drops by as Harley investigates what is happening to New York’s disappearing homeless population!

Is this the official plot line for the entire arc, or what’s going on here?  I’ve had no Red Tool, no Poison Ivy, and the homeless are just starting to disappear.  In fact, my issue is all about a giant blue naked man coming out of the underworld who sets off on a quest to overtake Earth.  Like, is that the plot for the next story arc, because I’m pretty sure this one is called Nether Regions.  At least that bit with the Joker is finished.

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God Country #2

As Emmett Quinlan attempts to rebuild his family and his home after the devastating tornado that broke them, something otherworldly screams through the sky under a banner of WAR. The GODS have come to Texas—and they do not intend to leave it empty handed.

I love this series and am intrigued to know what else this magical sword can do for Emmett.  And what it’s going to ask of him in return for all it’s magical powers.

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“A FALLEN HOUSE” Maggie leads the survivors from the Hilltop to Alexandria…to see it overrun with the dead. ALSO, HOLY CRAP! THERE ARE TWO ISSUES OF THE WALKING DEAD THIS MONTH!

Rick and Neagan make the world’s worst power couple.  The panel with Andrea on the rearing horse gives me life.  It’s also intriguing to think about where the series could go should Rick come to an untimely demise.  Right now, it looks like they might be setting up for Carl to take over.  But I have a few, better suggestions for them: Andrea, Michonne, Jesus, Maggie.  And then in the aftermath Andrea and Maggie can hook up and become the world’s best power couple to make up for all the weird Neagan Rick stuff going on now.

 

11/09/16 Comic Pick of the Week – Special Election Edition

Pick of the Week

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Voltron: Legendary Defender #4(of 5)

 

Team Voltron’s quest to save Coran’s life gets extra-complicated when they have to face off against brain-sucking mushrooms, an ancient chess master, and a sphinx’s riddles. Can Pidge lead Voltron through these tests of brains and brawn in one piece?

Okay, so I’m super excited that this was a Pidge-centric one, because I love Pidge and this was a great look inside her mind.   The last three issues of Voltron got me shipping new pairings, so I came to this one prepared to pick up yet another Voltron ship.  I got nothing.  If anything, I got renewed Heith vibes.  I mean, Hunk says the answer to the Sphinx’s riddle is love, Lance says pretty much the same thing, and Keith gets all defensive, like, damn it, Hunk said it first, Lance.  Also, was that a tiny hint of Kallura I picked up at the beginning?  Maybe it was.  It’s one of the few Voltron ships I’m missing out on.

Oh, and how about that Shiro cover for the surprise volume 5 coming out next month?  Beautiful.

Reasons to pick this one up:  Much like we got a glance into the inner workings of Lance’s mind last month, we got to see how Pidge’s brain works this time.  Very analytically, not surprisingly.  Also, it’s good to see Pidge front and center, all things considered.

Reasons to avoid: None.  There are no reasons to avoid Voltron.  It’s amazing.  It’s definitely the distraction every one needs from time to time.

Runner Up:

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Star Wars: Poe Dameron #8

NEW STORY ARC STARTS HERE! Agent Terex has sworn vengeance against Poe Dameron! But how does he always seem to know what Black Squadron is doing? Could there truly be a traitor in their midst?

Poe, how many times do I have to tell you, Kare is the traitor?  I don’t like it, and I know you certainly won’t like it, but she is the only one not in the movie.  I for one would much rather have her as a traitor who splits at the end to rejoin with the First Order than have her killed.

On the other hand, Poe is kickboxing and I’m in love.

Reasons to pick up:  Poe kickboxing in that tank top.  I swear, the art is really starting to grow on me or something.  I found it really beautiful this week, maybe because I prefer it to The Force Awakens artwork.

Reasons to avoid:  Agent Terex backstory to this point is rather predictable.  Here’s hoping something comes along to really surprise me.  Like Poe being straight.  Just kidding, I would never want that, not even to break up the monotony.

 

 Honorable Mention:

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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #48
“Chaos Theory” Part 1 (of 3). The craziest, most epic MLP story yet! Multiple versions of ponies are springing up around town and strange new beasts stalk the land as an orb of energy grows larger in the sky. Twilight and the Princesses have no answers… but Discord might!

My heart breaks for Fluttershy when Discord turns into Accord, it really does.  Also, I can’t help but feel that in a way My Little Pony is still playing the political field when Accord tells the Princesses that they could not possibly have a happy, united kingdom when they had ponies with such different view points, as I have no doubt that individuality will play an important part in the resolution of this story arc.  Also, I’m terribly sad that I did not manage to snag the Princess Luna cover.

 

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“YOU DESERVED SO MUCH MORE, LITTLE FLOWER. YOU DESERVED A WAKANDA THAT CHERISHED YOU.” Writer ROXANE GAY (Bad Feminst, Hunger) spins a Wakandan love story — its tenderness matched only by its brutality. You know them now as The Midnight Angels, but in this story they are just Ayo and Aneka, young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown at all costs. What happens when your nation needs your hearts and minds, but you already gave them to each other? Illustrated by industry veteran ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Iron Man, Black Panther). And in a special backup story, acclaimed poet YONA HARVEY (Hemming the Water) explores the true origins of The People’s mysterious leader Zenzi. Black Panther thinks he knows who Zenzi is and how she got her powers, but he only knows part of the story… Illustrated by rising star AFUA RICHARDSON (Genius).

Midnight Angels backstory, Midnight Angels backstory!  I am so hyped for this!  It might have made the pick of the week had Voltron and Poe not come out the same week.
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Harley Quinn (2016-) #7

“EAT TO THIS BEAT” part 3! Harley’s punk-rock epic concludes with her and her bandmates in way too deep on their undercover mission to take down a brutal gang of thieves and murderers!

I love Harley Quinn, I really do, but I feel like this series started out strong than fizzled too quickly.  I’m inclined to blame the two week format.  Next issue is apparently the Bahamas issue I was promised, so it might be time for some redemption.

 

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It’s the Resistance vs the First Order as the attack on Starkiller Base continues! Meanwhile, Rey must use a lightsaber for the first time in a battle against Kylo Ren! Will the Resistance finally find the mysterious location of the vanished Jedi Luke Skywalker? The saga continues!

It’s over!  It’s finally over! I can stop throwing money at this thing every month in the hopes that it will get better.  Spoiler alert: It didn’t.  I love The Force Awakens, but this was basically a play by play retelling of the movie without bringing anything to the table.  It seems rather pointless to have Chuck Wendig’s name as an author credit.  I kept through to the end mostly to see if they rewrote the kiss (both the original script and the book did not have a specified location), but they didn’t.  They kept it on the forehead.  They also appear to have added more Snap and taken out Poe running after Finn’s medcart at the end, provided that’s him up Jessica Pava’s butt towards the end.  For shame.

That is it for this week’s comic pick of the week!  Hopefully sometime in the near future I’ll be able to provide an update on the weeks I missed.

Comic Pick of the Week 09/14/2016

Pick of the Week

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Voltron: Legendary Defender #1 and #2 (of 4)

When Team Voltron takes on a dangerous training mission in deep space, Coran, Princess Allura’s majordomo, is captured by an ancient enemy. It will take teamwork, smarts, and, of course, Voltron, to save their friend’s life.

As Team Voltron searches for a treasure that can settle Coran’s debt and save his life, the beasts they have to fight keep getting bigger and nastier! When a mountain monster has Voltron on the ropes, Hunk realizes they’ll need more than brute strength to stop it.

Look, I know both of these are older, but I jumped on the Voltron bandwagon kind of late. Hunk and Keith need to totally date already.  Since they were my favorites from this week’s haul, they tied for my top pick of the week.  It’s written by the show writers so you don’t have to worry about any moments where the characters don’t feel like themselves.  I don’t know why this just wasn’t an episode, but I guess they make more money by releasing additional material as a comic.The first one is  a great start, but the second one is where this story really starts to shine.  (Which makes it a darn shame that it’s only going to be four volumes long.  I suggest a petition to continue this indefinitely while we’re waiting for season 2).  Benefits of the second issue definitely include the team deciding that maybe its better if they listen to Hunk, unlike the last time with the pirates.

Reasons to pick this one up:  Um, it’s Voltron, and I think we could all use a little more Voltron while waiting for the second season.  Also, Hunk gets to be in the spotlight, which is something that needs to happen more in general.  I vote to promote Hunk to the star of the show.

Reasons to avoid:  Keith, don’t be mean to Hunk.

Runner Up:

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Black Panther (2016-) #6

RISE OF THE DORA MILAJE! T’Challa’s failures as king are revealed to the UNITED NATIONS! Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels, are courted by Tetu and The People to raise Wakanda to glory, but at what price? The storyline that has critics raving and retailers selling out continues!

I picked up this series after falling in love with T’Challa watching Civil War.  If you aren’t reading this one yet, it’s definitely one to check out for the politics alone.

Reasons to pick up:  The Midnight Angels, who I hear are going to be getting their own series soon, continue to inspire me.  It’s amazing watching all the stories unwinding together, and I’ll probably end up rereading the first five soon.

Reasons to avoid:  You’ve had enough of politics on Facebook and don’t want to think about it during your comic reading time.

Honorable Mentions:

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WONDER WOMAN YEAR ONE” part 3!Diana brings Steve back home, but the reception is not what either of them expected. Amid suspicion and a looming threat, the Patrons pay a visit, and new friendships are forged.I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not as fond of Year One as I am of The Lies.  However, both series have had consistently gorgeous coverart.  Gods as woodland creatures is also a plus.

 

 

 

Something Else I Picked Up This Week:

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Rey, Finn, Han and Chewie have reached Maz Kanata’s castle…but the Force is calling Rey to Luke’s lightsaber! Meanwhile, our heroes have been discovered! The First Order strikes!

Honestly, I’m only still reading this because I’m halfway through and I feel committed now.  Although, there was a whole page dedicated to the one helluva pilot scene, and that pleases me.