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review 2017-07-03 14:03
I continue to love this series for how dark it gets
Spider-Gwen (2015-) #21 - Jason Latour,Robbi Rodriguez

Spider-Gwen is never afraid of shying away from darkness, from the creepy versions of Matt Murdock, Wolverine, and Kitty Pryde, to how S.H.I.E.L.D is run, to the situations it puts Gwen in: she has to compromise herself for the safety of others often enough that I wonder how she keeps it together, sometimes.   She makes deals with Murdock, who is the de-facto Kingpin for now, to save her father.   She almost sells her soul again for Harry Osborne, but instead runs away with him, only to be cornered by Logan and Kitty once again.   (And I thought Murdock was the creepiest, but nope, these two have him beat.)

 

Maybe it's just fun because I know there are alternate versions of them running around, versions that I like, who would be appalled by this.   And while it's never fully divulged how these characters became this way - the focus is Gwen after all - it's easy to piece together some of it from the universe they live in.   Without Xavier, under the not-so-gentle hand of this S.H.I.E.L.D, yeah, Logan could become totally soulless.   Even just without Xavier, he could be trained to be the monster he's become here.   

 

Murdock could have been persuaded by Fisk that this was best for him without any other guidance.   Lack of support, lack of role models after his father's death, could have twisted him around, too.    And even in 616, it's made clear that he idolized his father, who used his fists to make a living as a boxer, and would resort to fighting at school when he'd hit his limit.   (His father told him not to, and Matt got punished for it, but had the tendency, possibly just through watching his father in the ring.)   If someone decided to tease that into a purely sadistic tendency...

 

Frank Castle is dark even with his family alive, and to be honest, he's the one who I'd most like to see again, just to see why he still turned out to be a psychopathic vigilante.   But he's not in this.   

 

Regardless, that's part of the charm for this series for me, and it's used to full advantage with Murdock, Wolvie, and Kitty, and even with Harry who's becoming The Lizard once again.   Perhaps Gwen's guidance - telling him he can't steal when his literal reptilian is only focused on survival.   It's wrong, and more than that, it could show their hand to those tracking them, she points out.   His answer?   More for me. 

 

Still, it would be fascinating if I was proven right: if Gwen can reform someone with such a guiding hand, it might mean that all the people who are broken and creepy and dark are so because they didn't have that in this universe.   (Or maybe they're just utter bastards here.  Who knows at this point?   Either way, it's fun speculating and I'm enjoying reading this series.)

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review 2017-07-03 13:50
Still loving this series!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #20 - Brandon Montclare,Natacha Bustos

It's cute, it's charming, and Moon Girl continues to be full of heart as well as intelligence.   When she gets a call from a lonely girl - in the last issue - she races off into space, leaving a mechanical Lunaella to take her place.   (A whole line of them, in fact, that the Doombot head is watching over for the moment, 'cuz he's in charge.   For now.)

 

When it turns out the lonely, abandoned girl is a moon - and a spoilt, literal Moon Girl named Illa at that - Lunella has to figure out how to help Illa, and get home.   Except she ends up in the right place, in the wrong universe. 

 

New Lunella, new Devil Dinosaur - purple this time, and I kinda love him, too, just at first glance - and a new problem: how to get home, again, from a different universe.   Hopefully two Moon Girls are better than one this time...

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-20 05:23
Book Review : Him Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen

June 14- 16

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—

can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend...and a big one to learn about himself.

Review : Ryan and Jamie have been friends since they were 13 but then an sexual incident caused Ryan to flee and stop talking to Jamie and years later they are both still playing hockey and they end up at the same hotel . Ryan decides he should apologize for ditching Jamie so he sends Jamie a care package kitten boxers they end up getting a drink and talking but that wasn't enough for Ryan he gets a job as coach at lake plasid where they first met and he ends up rooming with Jamie . Jamie is stuned to see Ryan at his room but they end up talking and Ryan tells Jamie he's gay Jamie wasn't mad about the blow job innocent he was more mad of being abandoned. I loved this book it was sexy and cute I love Ryan and Jamie there funny and adorable . One night Jamie and Ryan end up going to a bar and a guy ends up hitting on Ryan and they play pool and Jamie starts getting Jealous and Tells Ryan he's ready to go and they end up getting in a fight and Jamie kisses Ryan OMFG and Ryan is freaking out cause he loves Jamie and he's thinking Jamie only did it cause he was drinking but they get back to there room and they start fooling around . The next day Jamie ends up watching porn to figure out his sexuality and he figures out he's Bisexual . Ryan and Jamie decide to just hook up until they both have to leave . Jamie is trying to decide his career if he wants to play hockey or if he wants to coach and he ends up talking to coach patt and asks him to help him with a job in coaching . His former fuck buddy Holly visits him and he tells her that there is someone else and then Jamie and Ryan get into a fight . Then the part with the bigoted peice of shit parent who saw Jamie and Ryan kiss I wanted to punch him in yes fucking face . Jamie and Ryan end up having sex and wowza so hot . Ryan is going to be leaving for Canada and Jamie got a Job in Canada but Ryan tells him they can't be together and Jamie is very hurt. They part ways and Jamie contacts Ryan and tells him he loves him and Ryan can't let him go so they decide to hide there relationship I loved this book love the characters .
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Ah, hockey players. You really can’t take us anywhere.

little as my gaze locks onto a sandy-blond head. I only need the oblique view I’ve got to recognize the shape of his smile. Fuck me. Jamie Canning is staying at this hotel.

I’m staring at a pair of white boxers with bright orange kittens all over them, including an ill-placed tabby right at the crotch. When I hold them up by the waistband, another card flutters out. This one has one word on it. MEOW. And holy shit, I recognize the handwriting this time. Ryan Wesley.

Still pulling down your pants and flashing your junk for no conceivable reason?” His teammates erupt around us, their laughter thundering in my chest. “Shit, he was always like this?” somebody says. A grin tugs the corner of Wes's mouth. “I’ve never deprived the world of my God-given masculine beauty.

And I notice another flash of metal. His tongue is pierced. That’s new, too. Annnd now I’m thinking about his tongue. Jesus fuck

What are you waiting for, Ryan? Suck it already.” Surprise jolted through me. He only called me Ryan when he was taunting me. And right now he was taunting me about sucking his dick. Jesus.

Jesus Christ!” “I still go by Wes,” he says, pushing off the wall. “Or Ryan. Or jackass.”

You mean the bright red one with pink cocks all over it? Yeah, I remember. And fuck you very much,

Fuck, shit, cock, pussy—” “For the love of Christ!” a loud voice booms from behind us. “Do I need to wash your mouth out with soap, Canning?” I choke down my laughter as Pat appears. He shakes his head in disbelief as he stares at Jamie, then narrows his eyes and turns to me. “Actually, what am I saying? Canning wouldn’t even know those words if it weren’t for you, Wesley. Shame on you.” I flash Pat an innocent smile. “I’m pure as the driven snow, Coach. Canning was the one who corrupted me.”


Come over here,” I say. “Please.” “No fucking way,” he replies. “I can make you.” He laughs. “Did you smoke some pot while I was out, Canning?


I know I’m home. Because home is with him.

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review 2017-06-18 22:32
SE tie-in.
Uncanny Avengers (2015-) #24 - Jim Zub,Kim Jacinto,RB Silva

And there was no punching nazis.   Very disappointing, Marvel!

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review 2017-06-18 22:31
Nope, nope, nope!
Deadpool (2015-) #32 - Gerry Duggan,Matteo Lolli,David Lopez

So, Gerry Duggan might just be phoning it in - but he also is all for punching nazis.   Which I was on the fence about, mostly because I was afraid of disappointing someone, but it turns out their in favor of punching nazis, too. 

 

So, I basically feel like he's being forced to make Deadpool a nazi and is like 'fuuuuuck!!!!'   I like to imagine he is, anyone, and no one disillusion me about this.  I will glare at you via the internet, and I'm not even half joking.  I don't want to know if Duggan was pumped about this. 

 

Anyway, I promised to half star every single SE tie-in, and I am.   Here we are, Marvel.   

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