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review 2018-03-15 01:05
Enjoyed this
Powers (2000-2004) #1 - Michael Avon Oeming,Brian Michael Bendis

Jinxworld is part of DC now, and to celebrate, Bendis gave away a whole slew of #1s.  I grabbed them. 

 

This was among one of my favorites: it's a murder-mystery in which the world is well aware of super powers.   When Retro Girl is killed - albeit at the end of the issue - it's going to be about figuring out who killed her via good, old detective work. 

 

I know, because I've heard about this series, and Retro Girl's murder isn't a spoiler - in my opinion - since this arc is called 'Who Killed Retro Girl?"  It's not about knowing if it happens, it's about the journey to figure out who, although this comic is mostly set up.   Good set up - but it also doesn't answer a whole bunch of questions that I felt like I knew about, having seen the series. 

 

So my knowledge about this series killed a little bit of the enjoyment for me, which is why this is four stars instead of five.

 

 

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review 2017-05-25 00:34
Marvel shows the dark side of humanity without making the villains seem unsympathetic
Kingpin (2003-2004) #1 - Bruce Jones,Sean Phillips,Esad Ribic

It's kind of ironic that I feel more sympathy for The Kingpin, who's painted as a monster, than Hawkeye, who's trying to do good, but is so casually oblivious about his assholeness that I wanted someone to fucking stab him at... a lot of points. 

 

The Kingpin, who is Wilson Fisk, is a man who rules with a tight fist, that he has no hesitation about using as a weapon if someone fails him, or ignores him, or disrespects him.   He is also willing and able to pit people against each other in order to take out those who stand in his way, not even batting an eye at demoting or sacrificing his loyal people to get what he wants.   He sees the world as Trump does, in that there are winners or losers.   You are strode upon, or you stride upon the backs of others.   In fact, both men cower to overbearing fathers as children, although Fisk has it beaten into him - at least in some backstories - that this is the way the world works.   (And just to clarify: I don't know what happened to Trump as a child, but I have heard quotes from The Art of the Deal that were watered down versions of what he told the author - and it seems to me that Trump's father was overbearing.)

 

The difference, for me, between Trump and Fisk is that Fisk is not overtly misogynistic and racist.   He keeps his calm and while he won't brook disrespect, because he believes it will leave him open to further attacks, he doesn't take it as personally as Trump does.   He certainly has the self control to allow the wound to fester in private until the appropriate time to react comes.   He is patient and thoughtful and only strikes when it's the optimum time to do so.   But all of this - his patience, and his ability to judge people personally rather than if they're women or people of color - come from one of his differences.   He wasn't born rich.   He had to fight for what he got, and no expectations that others would bend to his will.   He knew that needling and threatening did more than publicly decrying people in a way that made him look worse than those he was attacking. 

 

It's why later in his life, Fisk will treat his wife, Vanessa, respectfully.   Not only would he not dare to objectify her, he wouldn't allow anyone else to do so without killing them.    Then again, he didn't just want a nice piece of ass; he fell in love with her for her brains, as well as her body.  

 

So this got weird.   Let's just say this does a fantastic job of mining our darker instincts without being so offensive I wanted to punch anyone.   Lovely. 

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text 2017-05-25 00:01
So remember that time when Marvel let its heroes be misogynistic douchebags?
Hawkeye (2003-2004) #1 - Fabian Nicieza,Stefano Raffaele,Werner Maresta,Paolo Rivera

What's funny is right before I read this, I was talking to my dad.   About guys, particularly white guys.   (And just so I don't generalize too much - yeah, rich orange guys, too.)   And about how it's hard for guys today: they used to be able to get away with all this bullshit and it was swept under the rug, laughter, moving on.   Now women speak up when men say and do things that demean them.   So do people of color.   

 

We were analyzing why, and I said I thought it was partly just that they were used to getting away  with everything.   He agreed. 

 

And then fucking Hawkeye telling a woman that her name and her huge watermelons - that she's lugging around, and I just cannot even get around that phrasing - means she's a stripper.   Or maybe she just has naturally humongous boobs.   And yeah, sure, maybe her parents named her Peppermint.  

 

The other thing that gets to me is that a man wouldn't be offended if you called his penis huge: that's not something that's looked down on.   They are men, have lives, and potentially huge penises.   It doesn't box them in if they do, it just means that they're, supposedly, super studs.   So not only do men want to fling this shit everywhere, but they don't want to get called out for the same thing they call other people out for.   Nope, not rewarding that  behavior. 

 

I literally... that one fucking line is what remains burned into my memory of this book.   Because it was pointless: he's trying to help her, and insults her based on her female qualities.   Which does not get her to trust him. 

 

I'm glad Clint got over his shitty behavior phase and turned into someone awesome later on, though.

 

 

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review 2017-03-17 23:46
Beautiful set up!
Wolverine/Punisher (2004) #1 (of 5) - Peter Milligan,Lee Weeks,Mike Deodato,Hermes Tadeo

This is all set up: The Punisher is tracking criminals, and will eventually get suckered into going up against Wolverine.   How?   They have him tracking down someone Wolverine is sent to track down as well.

 

Gorgeous.   Even though a lot of this is setting up Castle tracking down these criminals, it shows his will, his dedication to his methods, his patience, and his cunning.   It shows just how far he'll go to get to one man. 

 

And I'm hoping it will be explained that Wolverine is just as deadly, but to be honest, this was mostly Punisher-centric.   It was all about Castle slowly taking out cells in one man's empire, how that man escaped, where he went to, and how someone in that encampment set up Wolverine and Punisher going at each other.   

 

The settlement, Erwhone, is full of escaped criminals, and they all want to kill the Punisher for driving them into hiding away from society.   They've living in the jungle, and not quite in the style they're used to. 

 

So when Harvey Long is driven towards Erwhone, with the Punisher on his tail, everyone is excited.   Except how to keep The Punisher alive, how to drive him further to Erwhone, how to make sure he doesn't just kill Long and leave?   Make sure that those who want Long alive to testify against his former employees hire someone to make sure he stays alive.   Someone like Wolverine. 

 

Well, things are about to get interesting.  I'm going to track down and read the rest of this at some point!

 

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review 2017-03-17 22:24
Fairly good
Rogue (2004-2005) #1 - Robert Rodi,Rodolfo Migliari,Cliff Richards,Norm Rapmund

But the thing is that this kind of throws us into the middle of things.   Being number one, I expected at least Gambit's blindness to be explained, but nothing.  I was grasping at straws trying to figure out some things, and that dimmed some enjoyment as much of my attention was divided between the story and trying to piece things together. 

 

Furthermore, Rogue was incredibly depressed, didn't act well as she risked a girl's life to feel family herself, and was all 'I can't touch people so I guess I'll just think it isn't worth living.'  I guess I'm angry because I can't do a lot of the things she can - for different reasons - and yet I'm still struggling to find reasons to hope.  I probably hate her for this gloomy disposition as a reaction for hating myself even more when I fall prey to it. 

 

Or maybe it was just a sloppy first issue, without enough information for me to enjoy this although there was just enough for me to muddle through.   I'm unconvinced that Rogue can control the situation she claims she can: a child can get freaked out for many reasons, and I'm not sure she can just keep her calm because she says so after knowing her for five minutes. 

 

Basically, I felt like most of this was lackluster.  I was fooled by the beautiful cover and it was free on Comixology, but I was still disappointed. 

 

It was trying to set up a new team and did.   It seeded a lot for later, or so I suspect, but I'm not sure I'm interested enough to check the res of this out...

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