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review 2017-09-04 22:00
Lando is my man.
Star Wars: Lando - Charles Soule,Alex Maleev

 I love Star Wars, I do, even though in the films the world building lacks the depth of Star Trek. My favorite character was always Leia, but Lando was a close second. I always wanted them to get together. I mean, do you think Lando would turn out like Han did?

Anyway, this is Lando's adventures after losing the Falcon and before he gets Cloud City. In fact, it seems to be the push for Lando to get Cloud City and to take care of the people there (like Leia, he lost his home). 

It's a fun read, if not particularly deep in some areas. Nice use of women. I also quite frankly like the reversal of the black man who scarfices himself so the white hero can learn something. That was cool.

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review 2017-09-03 23:04
Better than Vol 1
Star Wars: Poe Dameron Vol. 2: The Gathering Storm (Star Wars (Marvel)) - Charles Soule,Phil Noto

This is a little better than vol 1.  The baddy gets a good back story which was fun.  I like the development of everyone's favorite golden droid.

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review 2017-09-03 23:01
Better than Force Awakens
Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Vol. 1: Black Squadron - Charles Soule,Phil Noto

Poe Dameron was the only thing I liked about Force Awakens, outside of Leia. BB8 was nice, but (he's R2, right? Finn was interesting but confusing, and Rey was a Mary Sue (not surprising since Luke was a Marty). But Poe was fun.

There is not much back story about Poe, and there are some actions that make me question certain plot points. Look, I know all the myth points about SW, but honesty, there are so many plot holes in the movies that you ride a dragon carrying a train though them. And yes, I love SW, but I also can't turn off English lit brain. Sorry.

It's a fun series, not deep, but entertaining enough. Nice addition of two women in Squadron which made me happy.


Poe's sexuality isn't discussed here.  I understand the need for representation, but considering Quinn was crushing on Rey during the movie, I'm not entirely sure it's a love match for Poe and Quinn.  


Personally, I think Poe is husband to his droid.

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review 2017-08-31 13:29
The X-Men and the Inhumans start a war
Death Of X (2016) #2 (of 4) - Jeff Lemire,Charles Soule,Aaron Kuder

They don't actually fight here: even when Crystal has Dusaike take down the X-Men, it's more that he can't save everyone from a riot, and violence, without doing so.   Crystal assures him that she'll take responsibility and Storm will understand, since the Inhumans had just tried to help save mutants from the Terrigent Mist cloud.   (That is grammatically correct: Terrigen Mist is what it's called, and it's also a free ranging cloud at the moment.   Before it was contained.)


Cyclops, who believes that the Inhumans lied about the Mist being safe, warns the world, a world that had been accepting of the Inhumans, making them mistrust Crystal, Medusa and the rest.   


Medusa doesn't want to start a war, but knowing what she does?   She knows one is likely to come, and perhaps inevitable.   If it comes to the mutants or her people, she's choosing her people and wants to plan to win a war that she doesn't want to take part in at all. 


The tension, the misunderstandings, the paranoia?   I understand it.   Each side has been used, manipulated, chased out of their homes.   Someone has tried to kill both Inhumans and mutants at many points, and so I understand, and sympathize with both sides.   Still, it's making me want to make things better because I feel so much for both sides - and I want to clear up the misunderstandings, try to help them both. 


I know how this is going to end, though, and it's going to get a lot uglier before anything good can happen.

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review 2017-08-27 18:54
FCBD 2015: Avengers #1 - Mark Waid,Charles Soule,Mahmud Asrar,Brandon Peterson,Jerome Opena,Nick Bradshaw

Ah, the FCBDs before the Nu!SE.   How I miss them!


This one is two stories: one about the All-New, All-Different Avengers, and one a tie-in to Uncanny Inhumans/All-New Inhumans.   The first story has Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan who is an Inhuman, and the second has Medusa who is queen of the Inhumans.  And yeah, I'm reading my entire backlog of Inhuman related comics this week, if I can manage it!   So far, so good. 


I loved the first story, about how the new Avengers - Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales as Spider-Man and teen-Nova - will fit in with the older guard.   It's just absolutely perfect. 


I like the concept of the second: Medusa saves some NuHumans from Hydra, and vows to protect all her people.  It's poignant, seeing how people react to the change, especially those who have a lot to lose and don't cope well, but it's ruined by the Medusa/Human Torch relationship because there is just no chemistry there, so why did Marvel even do that?

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