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.