Comic Reviews 02/22/2017

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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic #51

Twilight is startled to find that the most important history books in Equestria are going missing. Will she and her friends be able to uncover the identity of the mysterious new villain responsible?

I found Shiro!  He vanished into the parallel world of Equestria and managed to regrow back his right foreleg.  All joking aside, I’m really enjoying this new villain.  Book magic seems pretty unique in this world, and I’m interested in seeing where this is going.  Even more interested in seeing in how this is going to tie into Season 7.  Clearly Shadowlock is secretly Shiro and his attempts to erase Equestria’s history have something to do with getting him back to his own reality.  I will never let this joke die, so expect to see a lot of this in the next couple months.

 

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Deadpool the Duck #4 (of 5)


Things are getting out of control for Deadpool the Duck! Howard has finally escaped the Negative Zone to regain control of his shared body. But when Roxxon attacks, where are Deadpool’s mercenary skills when he needs them?

Oh no, how ever will they get back into their original bodies.  All is lost.  I’m just kidding.  This was a fun little side trip, but I’m not exactly sad to see it’s over.  My wallet is going to be very happy to get one less ongoing issue.

 

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Black Panther #11

The combined fury of T’Challa, Shuri, Manifold and the Hatut Zeraze rains down upon Tetu and Zenzi’s rebellion. But will there be anything left of Wakanda to rule? The critically acclaimed storyline comes to an end and leaves behind a startling new status quo…

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Wonder Woman #17

“THE TRUTH” part two! As Wonder Woman picks up the pieces of her shattered psyche, Barbara Ann Minerva walks into the devil’s lair to defend her…or is she being led into Godwatch’s trap?

Every time I think I’m done with Wonder Woman it sucks me right back in.

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.

 

11/23/16 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.

 

 

 

 

 

11/09/16 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.

10/19/16 Comic Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

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Wacky Raceland #5

A bad batch of mutated mushrooms sends our antiheroes on a white-knuckle trip down memory lane. Flashes of repressed recollections bubble to the surface of the Racers’ fevered brains, and these tantalizing tidbits suggest a single point of origin: a high-tech facility from hell known as the Butcher Shop! Against the advice of the omnipresent Announcer, the Racers roar towards the facility. But will they find answers…or death?

Why must this be ending?  This was the first series I picked up that wasn’t a spin-off or a character I had fallen in love with watching Captain America Civil War (*cough* Black Panther *cough*), and as such it will likely always hold a special place in my heart.  Especially considering it just decided to get really good.

Reasons to pick this one up:  All the drivers are tripping.  While the series has always been entertaining, it took a turn to really good in it’s cliffhanger ending.

Reasons to avoid: It’s a two parter.  If you don’t do well with waiting, I would wait for the final volume to come out.  I have come to the sad conclusion that we are never actually going to get Sergeant Blast backstory, which is a tragedy.

Runner Up:

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #47

Election Part 2: The election race between Filthy Rich and Mayor Mare is closer than expected! With disagreements between friends growing, will the town find a way to unify and chose the right candidate?

The official summary is misleading.  The election race is not close, it’s over and Filthy Rich is the new mayor.  A better summary is “Someone with no political experience gets elected and promises that were made quickly fall apart while life becomes almost unbearable in Ponyville.”  Not exactly subtle, but My Little Pony is well known for hitting the nail on the head.

Reasons to pick up:
Look, it’s the story of what happens when you elect someone into office that has no political experience.  The fallout is real.

Reasons to avoid: It’s like a crossover between Tremors and the 2016 Presidential Election.

 

 Honorable Mention:

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Tommy Greyling, a Pinkerton agent in London, is on the tail of a murderer, and out of his element. Lucky for him, Inspector Abberline of Scotland Yard is on hand to show him how things are done in London – with the help of Evie Frye and Henry Green!

I’ve made it my mission to collect all the covers featuring Evie Frye as she is my main reason for reading this.  Which means she needs to be in it more.  I don’t actually care about any of those other people.

 

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“EAT TO THIS BEAT” part two! Harley’s carving her way through the rock underground of New York City, looking for the brutal criminals who hurt someone she cared about…unfortunately for Harley, one of the crooks in question has fallen in mad love with her.

I do believe two weeks ago I said that I didn’t need the return of the Joker.  I stand by that assessment.  Although, the final panel of the “superhero and super-villain fetish club” was well worth the rest of it.

 

 

 

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Far away from Cardiff and the Hub, Captain Jack and Gwen dive deep to unravel the secrets of an ancient, extinct civilisation, whose colossal megaweapons are being primed to affect the Earth. Caught between human agencies, infiltrating aliens, a unknowing public and an uncertain future, can a Torchwood stripped of its resources and staff still save the day?!

As a patron of all things Torchwood, clearly I had to have the comic written by John Barrowman added to my collection.  Now if only Torchwood hadn’t killed off all my favorite characters, maybe I would be able to get into this more.

 

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THE CREW STARTS NOW! With no one left to trust, T’Challa leans on his day ones: Luke Cage. Misty Knight. Storm. But Wakanda may be too far gone for this all-new, all different CREW.

Look, I love all the characters involved, but I don’t want this tying into whatever the Marvel Now thing is.  I’m very much one of those people who wants to stick with the series that I like and ignore all the rest.  I don’t want to have to read fifty other series just to continue to enjoy Black Panther.  My wallet can’t handle it.

9/28/2016 Comic Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

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Wacky Raceland (2016-) #4

Our heroes head to the radioactive remains of Las Vegas for a little R&R between races, hoping for a jackpot of ammunition to add to their dwindling supplies. Instead, they arouse the ire of the ganglord Neon Caesar, who’s got an ax to grind with Red. Meanwhile, Muttley and his vehicles are lost in the labyrinthine sewers beneath the streets when the gangs of Vegas unite to eradicate the Racers. Our heroes must go it alone against the combined might of the Caesars, the Pharaohs, the Clowns, and the terrifying Combovers, who have great weapons. Terrific weapons. Really, they have the best weapons.

With Kim & Kim and Wacky Raceland coming out the same day, I thought I was going to have a touch decision on my hands.  Turns out, I needn’t have worried.  Wacky Raceland has a Trump impression.  The best Trump impression.  Really, you should check it out.

Reasons to pick this one up:   The impassioned speech by the leader of the gang, the Combovers, makes this one a must read any day of the week.  Not to mention the fact that the cars are sentient actually became relevant this week.

Reasons to avoid: It’s ending, far too soon for my liking.  I could have read at least several dozen more volumes before I would have grown sick of it.

Runner Up:

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Kim & Kim #3

Interstellar-cowboy life just keeps getting worse for our badass besties. On the hunt for Lady Babylon, Kim & Kim get shot out the sky by an unknown enemy and end up stranded on the frozen world of Never-Look-Back. But what they find there might be the breakthrough they’ve been looking for.

There was no universe in which Kim & Kim would not be the runner up if it hadn’t made the pick of the week.  If you’re not reading this series, I don’t know what you’re waiting for.  Female bounty hunters.  Mechanical gorillas.  Alien life forms.  What’s not to love?

Reasons to pick up:  Squad goals!

Reasons to avoid: None.  None whatsoever.

Honorable Mention:

 My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #46
It’s election season in Ponyville and Mayor Mare looks to have the race in the bag. But when Filthy Rich throws his hat in the ring, all bets are off!

My Little Pony also decided to take on the 2016 presidential election with  business pony Filthy Rich running against career politician Mayor Mare because he thought politics would be better run by a business pony.  I’m glad the comic industry is getting so much mileage out of this.

 

 

Assassin’s Creed: Locus #1
Brand new story set in the stunning world of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate! Dive into the sordid underworld of Victorian London, and the memories of New Yorker, Tommy Greyling, as he teams up with Evie Frye and Henry Green to search for a Piece of Eden that has the potential to change the world!

Evie Fyre is my favorite assassin, and I think this is only supposed to be four volumes long ,so I figured it couldn’t hurt to check it out.

 

 

Wonder Woman (2016-) #7
“THE LIES” part 4! One god down-how many more to go? Diana takes another step closer to the truth, and Steve Trevor confronts his past!

Still like the art on this one better than Year One, but it looks like the two are going to start melding together soon.

9/21/2016 Comic Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

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My Little Pony: Friends Forever #32

The shiest pony who’s ever shied, Fluttershy, meets the most adventurous adventurer ever: Daring Do! When the two embark on a perilous journey together it may be up to Fluttershy to teach Daring Do the meaning of bravery!

This was a little late because I had a hard time making a decision this week.  I only picked up the two, and while neither one was necessarily bad, neither one wowed me either.  Ultimately, I went with My Little Pony because I’m a sucker for Daring Do and particularly the villains that come along with her.  I also feel a strong affinity with Fluttershy.

Reasons to pick this one up:   Daring Do stories generally don’t disappoint, even though this one is a little heavy handed with the meaning of bravery.

Reasons to avoid: It’s heavy handed with its morals, which is unsurprising given that subtlety was never the strong suit of the franchise.

Runner Up:

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Harley Quinn (2016-) #4

“108 MILLION WAYS TO DIE!” Even though she hates to leave Coney Island as it rebuilds after the zombie apocalypse, Harley must set out on a journey that will take her around the world-and into the clutches of a bizarre robotic enemy! Too bad her Mecha-Harley suit didn’t fit in the overhead bin…

Harley Quinn rarely disappoints, and her quest to shut down call centers struck close to him.  Especially since I have been getting that same IRS call at least four or five times a week for the past several months.  Shut them down, Harley.  Shut them down.

Reasons to pick up:  It’s Harley Quinn.  Also, the alternate cover with her and Poison Ivy is gorgeous.  I managed to snag alternate covers for both my picks this week.

Reasons to avoid: Eh, it’s not the best volume that’s come out of this particular series so far, but at least it’s not boring.