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review 2018-01-11 04:53
The new and improved Doctor Doom
Infamous Iron Man Vol. 1 - Brian Michael Bendis,Alex Maleev

I knew that Marvel has decided to make Doctor Doom a good guy (for now, anyhow), but it wasn't until a couple of days ago that I learned that they had an entire series devoted to nuDoom.


So far it's a fun read premised on the concept of what would happen if the worst of the worst tried to become the best of the best. It's an interesting question on so many levels. Is redemption truly possible? How can people look past the man he was and accept him as the man he has become? And what does it take to right the scales on such a scope? Answers are still forthcoming, but so far Brian Michael Bendis is managing the feat of making Doom a good guy while still maintaining many of the core personality traits we have associated with the character.

Of course, all of this has been superseded by a more real-world question: what will happen now that Bendis is leaving for DC? I can't seem to find any reportage to answer the question, but while the series has been well received, it's difficult to imagine that a change like this to such an iconic villain will be permanent -- which is unfortunate considering the rich vein of possibilities the premise has opened up for Marvel.

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review 2017-08-13 20:28
Did I miss something?
Jessica Jones (2016-) #1 - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis

Jessica Jones, ex-superhero and current private investigator, is separated from her husband, or ex-husband, Luke Cage.   She's hiding their baby and this is a huge thing: Cage sends all his hero friends to ask about Danielle, and Jessica Jones tells them it'll be a Big Thing if they keep harassing her. 


Meanwhile she picks up a case: a husband wakes up, says he's not married to his wife, and is in fact married to another woman.   He has a child with this woman.   Meanwhile, the lady who hired Jones can't have kids, so this may be something personal, something the husband is doing to hurt her. 


Or maybe, she says, it's an alternate dimension or a super villain thing.  That happens in their world.   Maybe he's crazy.   But she wants Jessica to figure it out and tell her. 


The problem is that without knowing why Jones was in jail or how she hid the baby during that time, without knowing what happened between her and Luke, I'm too confused to be anything but frustrated.  You don't show confusion by making the reader confused. 


I didn't get enough answers for me to continue, although I might later on.  For now, I got this free as a Marvel Insider - I used my points to get some free comics - so I enjoyed getting to read this.  Think I'll wait for a sale to continue, though. 

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text 2017-07-26 12:28
More Graphic Novels
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 4: Original Sin - Brian Michael Bendis,Ed McGuinness,Valerio Schiti
The Green Woman. Written by Peter Straub & Michael Easton - Peter Straub,Michael Easton,John Bolton

One of my workmates was looking at ordering Monstress 2 and it reminded me I had planned to read the first book in the series because I had heard a lot of good things about it, so I went upstairs to the public library and found it and two others that caught my eye.


Well, I have a problem resisting Guardians of the Galaxy, it's a lot of fun and I like how the characters interact with each other.  The Green Woman looked interesting but then I started to read it and nope, bounced hard.


Monstress was lush and interesting and I wanted more, I suspect there are a lot of hidden little things in this story that I didn't see the first time and I may invest in a copy for myself to read.


Guardians of the Galaxy was interesting too, revelation of secrets and finding out more about Venom and the future of his role. Where the symbiote came from is also revealed.


Both Monstress and Guardians of the Galaxy left me wanting more but I couldn't nope out of Green Woman fast enough, the plot and the artwork left me cold.

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review 2017-06-24 21:17
Daredevil vol. 12: Decalogue by Bendis & Maleev
Daredevil, Vol. 12: Decalogue - Alex Maleev,Brian Michael Bendis

I liked this a lot better than most fans do. I think it might be lowered expectations, having already read it and there being quite a few years between then and now. I understand that the promise of learning what happened in the "missing year" was far too intriguing, and the actual payoff being something like the Doctor Who episode Love & Monsters was ultimately disappointing for most readers. But, for me, the result was a personal story, and a fairly bizarre one--one of the stranger one, actually, in Bendis' run. An enjoyable, standalone story that I like considerably more than most of fandom.

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review 2017-06-16 19:50
Daredevil vol. 13: The Murdock Papers by Bendis & Maleev
Daredevil, Vol. 13: The Murdock Papers - Alex Maleev,Brian Michael Bendis

An absolutely fantastic high note to end on, with a surprisingly inevitable conclusion that refuses to "comics" its way out of the hole that Matt has pretty much dug himself into. Anytime there's a ton of Elektra, I'm happy, and this run was good to Natasha, too (though I remember being hugely amused by the banter, and now it just makes me cringe. I never want to read the term 'ninja skank' again.)


This review took me a while to build to, and it wasn't because of the material, but because, the more and more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to write about hero worship. Though I'd read comics all throughout the 90's, specifically X-Men and anything else I could get my hands on from Marvel, it wasn't until the early 2000's that I found comics that really changed me.


The Marvel Knights imprint was a huge part of this. I actually own all of Ennis' Punisher, every volume, which, even when I was young and slightly spoiled by my parents, was an indulgence. But I've read them to death, and they had me convinced, for a long time, that Ennis could do no wrong. This is... obviously not true. The MAX extension of his run on Punisher taught me that, though that's still pretty exceptional, it began to miss his humor. And then I read Crossed and realized that his sense of humor had just become laughing at every and anyone who was offended and/or sick at the extreme ideas he keeps throwing at you.


Between Bendis' run on Daredevil and the Marvel Knights Elektra that he penned, I had the same sort of blind admiration for him. Of course, reading Daredevil now from the beginning, older and more mature, and not just infatuated with what he was doing I see the many cracks in the facade. But is that necessarily a bad thing. It doesn't dim my enjoyment of it, though I did get that WHAT WAS I THINKING? feeling an awful lot. It doesn't change the way it hit me back then, or what it meant to me, or even my desire to reread it. Being able to see it critically is actually a boon to the material.


And, hey! At least they're not Gail Simone, whose writing never let me down, but her fervent defense of Barbara regaining the ability to walk, and the way she interacted with disabled fans about it, turned me off of her personally, and that is much, much worse.

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