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.

 

 

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.

Runner Up:

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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.

 

9/7/2016 Comic Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

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Kim & Kim 2

With fugitive Tom Quilt in tow, the Fighting Kims go off in search of the mysterious Lady Babylon, only to come up short. Turning to necromancy to help find her, things go about as badly as they possibly can.

I love these two girls.  I’ve been looking forward to the second issue of this one for months.  Picked the first up on a recommendation and have never regretted it.  If you aren’t reading this one yet, I highly recommend it.  Kim & Kim both stars a transwoman and was written by a transwoman.

Reasons to pick this one up:   The art is gorgeous and the costumes are amazing.  Kim and Kim are amazing besties who are friendship aspiration goals.  The team is composed of mostly women and puts women in the front and center.  There’s also sandworms, necromancy and bounty hunting.

Reasons to avoid: There are literally no reasons not to pick this one up.  The only thing I would change is have them come out a little more frequently.  The wait was interminable.

Runner Up:

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Poe Dameron #6

Poe and Agent Terex are in a race…to break out of jail! But with Black Squadron surrounded by deadly inmates…their only hope is BB-8?!?

In correction to my last post talking about this series, the blue murderbot actually belonged to Jessika Pava.  I thought it was Snap’s because I had matched the droids up with the colors on the helmets from an earlier issue, but, apparently, the droids were not color coded for mine or anyone else’s convenience.

This issue features droids, prisoners, and more spaceship battles.

Reasons to pick up:  I mean, who doesn’t love BB-8, especially when that little droid is saving the lives of everyone else in Black Squadron.  Kare is still alive, although I have good money on her being the mole.  Don’t let me down, Kare.  Don’t exist in this comic just to be Snap’s love interest.  (Side note: I actually ship Snap/Kare, but I dislike characters who exist only to be love interests.)

Reasons to avoid: Look, Snap got injured, and I don’t know if it was supposed to create dramatic tension or not, but it really didn’t since Snap is one of the people we know survives the end of the series.  Tiny little alien creature and maybe a crapton of prisoners die.

 

Honorable Mention

423826-_sx1280_ql80_ttd_“Ponies of Dark Water Part 3” Chaos reigns over Ponyville as normal ponies across town turn evil! It’ll be up to Spike and the Cutie Mark Crusaders, with the help of an unexpected ally, to save the day!

Um, evil ponies don’t really seem that evil.  I mean, evil Rainbow Dash seemed a little cocky, but there is some truth in what she was saying.  I don’t know if I would go as far to say that she was faster than all the Wonderbolts combined, but it’s a pretty safe bet to say that she is faster than all the other Wonderbolts.  Also, I love when Evil Twilight is a thing.  It’s one of my favorite parts about the third Equestria Girls movie.

 

397953-_sx1280_ql80_ttd_“DIE LAUGHING” part 3! In this concluding chapter, Coney Island threatens to collapse completely under a tidal wave of zombies! Harley’s got a lead on a cure-but what’s it going to take to administer it to a thousand flesh-hungry fiends? Here’s hoping Poison Ivy has an idea…

Unfortunately, the zombies are gone, but on the plus side, the teenage runaway alien is going to be okay after he gets fused back together by his parents.   Poison Ivy and Harley are back together again, and going to the Bahamas soon.

 

 

404779-_sx1280_ql80_ttd_“THE WHISPERER WAR” Part Two. The war rages on.

Zombies, zombies, zombies, and some guy’s  a dick.  I skipped about 150 volumes before I started reading, so I’m a little behind and am still not entirely sure who is who.