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review 2017-02-16 08:00
Letter 44: Vol. 1
Letter 44: Volume 1 - Charles Soule,Alberto Alburquerque,Guy Major,Dan Jackson

When newly elected President Blades entered office, he didn't think life would be easy. He didn't expect to learn about aliens, possibly/probably planning some kind of invasion, and a secret space mission to study the aliens.

This was surprisingly good. I was a bit skeptical, because lately I wasn't having to much luck with my comics, but this story really good capture my attention. It's part political intrigue and part space mission, and the latter was the most interesting one for me. The crew has been in space for several years and new problems have arisen. Not to mention the pregnancy of one of the crewmembers.

Maybe not the most original work out there, but I enjoyed myself a lot while reading it and I'm curious as to how this will continue.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-02-06 12:32
One of the only crossover events that shake up comics that I love
IvX (2016-2017) #3 (of 6) - Charles Soule,Jeff Lemire,Javier Garron,Leinil Yu

Soule and Lemiere are two of my favorite writers, though.   In addition, I was talking about it to another comic fan at work and he pointed out that this is so well thought out: it's Inhumans versus X-Men, and they did a lot with the matches.   They paired up people who's powers work against each other spectacularly.   

 

I had reservations at first, but the setup was slow.   Now that we're actually in the fight, this is just a lot tighter: it makes a beeline for where it wants to go, and I'm enjoying the ride. 

 

I was shocked at the last page, so much so that I do something I normally don't.   I took out the paper copy to make sure I could take in all the details.   I can't remember if two showed what the X-Men had done to Black Bolt, but I felt it was both familiar and shocking in it's full glory: brutally efficient. 

 

I hope someone comes, saves him, and kicks some X-Men ass for this. 

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review 2017-02-04 23:56
Another excellent entry!
Daredevil (2015-) #16 - Charles Soule,Goran Sudzuka,Dan Panosian

Daredevil has a good reason to want Bullseye after him: Bullseye has, or had, or has access to a serum that mimics DD's powers.   At first, I thought his guilt was so crippling he was trying to get Bullseye to take him out, and he toys with the idea that he might have been hoping for that outcome. 

 

But he fights to live, he fights for his life.   And I found myself holding my breather and hoping for this outcome.   See, if anyone has reason to be so depressed that they're suicidal, it's Matt Murdock.   All his life, it's been one tragedy after another.   My sister describes his life as 'like the Winchester's, just worse and more depressing.'   My list of his love life is 'dead, dead, crazy, dead.'   

 

He gave up everything when the Marvel universe rebooted.   And yet he still fights for others.  He's been my inspiration for so long, although I didn't realize just how much when he came into my life.  I was sixteen, had gotten my first pair of glasses, and was so convinced I was going blind, I started learning braille.   My friend goggled at me, and pointed out her glasses were ten times as thick as mine and she wasn't afraid of going blind.   I was still terrified.   If I could still read, though, it would be alright. 

 

And then Matt Murdock walked into my life.   I knew the idea was ridiculous, although it turned out I was wrong.   The truth is that no one may have quite the skill set that Murdock does, but this man has done amazing things with echolocation.   Still, doesn't it sound more like science fiction than real life?   I heard about Daredevil and got caught up with his stories, but believed that no blind person would be able to use any sort of echolocation effectively.   

 

He saved me.   I was despondent, sure that reading with braille would be too difficult for me, and I read Daredevil's and thought, 'okay, I can't do this but surely I can read and live if he can do this when he's blind.'   And it turns out it wasn't just him being a blind superhero.   No matter how much his life sucked, or people tried to pressure him into doing wrong things, he was too moral to do them.   He always followed his conscience, no matter what.   Or he might slip up, but he tried, he truly tried to do the right thing.   So all of this means that I would have been crushed to have him truly suicidal.  I have too deep a connection to him to continue on a series that takes him down that path. 

 

There's also a story with a priest who can kick ass, and what evil is, and why it exists and what it's purpose is in this world.   And while this was exciting and I adored it as well, it also has promised to reveal why no one else knows Murdock is Daredevil.   And with 'purple' in the title to the next story arc, well...

 

I'm thinking this: 

 

 

Remember, guys, the Purple Man - who is never named thus, or actually purple in the Jessica Jones Netflix series - first appeared in Daredevil and is a traditional DD villain.   It's quite likely he's involved in this, although I didn't think he was able to do something on this level.   

 

I guess I'll find out in another month.  

 

*I want to point out that if you buy newer print issues of Marvel comics, you don't get the digital versions.   Which I think sucks.   I'm hoping to get more DDs on sale in the future, but I'll be buying the print issues first.  I like having them in print, and while many people are making statements by no longer buying Marvel comics, it would hurt me more than them.  I buy the comics for the stories, not just for the digital freebies, and I tend to prefer them in paper format.   Which is why I'll be buying Lost Light in print and OP in digital: I don't care as much about OP. 

 

Marvel is my main source of inspiration, strength and it's mostly what keeps me sane.   So, yes, I'll continue to buy them in print.   I do want to support the company, although I think it was a mistake to accustomed the fans to the freebies, then take them away.   I've decided we're not entitled to the bundle, but we feel entitled to it, and therein lies the mistake, since the comics still cost the same price. 

 

However, having come to this decision, I'm okay with what Marvel did.   I'm disappointed, but I'm okay enough to keep buying the comics.   I mean, how many paper comics do I have from pre-digital comics that I'd have to pay for again if I want them that way?   Yup, I wasn't entitled to them free then, and I'm not entitled to them now.   

 

So I'm going to warn people, but not be angry about it anymore.

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review 2017-01-21 21:17
Maximus pulls at everyone's strings...
Uncanny Inhumans (2015-) #18 - Charles Soule,Kim Jacinto,Frazer Irving

And it works.   He makes them dance just like he wants them too, and the consequences of this will be enormous.   I think this ties into The Royals and what happens post IvX, but everything is about that nowadays at Marvel.   Almost everything. 

 

Maximus is a manipulative dick - and a lot of fun!   I'm just glad he's back in play because he's the dude you love to hate.   And he's not a cardboard cutout villain: he's been driven insane by his parents death - and his brother's part in that, which apparently actually affected him physically.   He's also been shown to care about his brother at times, and try to destroy him at others.   (I think he's fluid in his alliances because he's just fluid: he likes chaos, mostly, and will help Black Bolt if it causes chaos.   He's willing to do whatever it takes to get in his way and even revels in his murderous way, but he doesn't set out to cause massacres.   When he does cause them, it seems to be all in the name of his goals, not one of his goals themselves.   Unless he's framing someone, or...)

 

The point is, he's got complex family ties and conflicting emotions about his family.   He's flippant, but that only covers up his manipulations.   He's overconfident, and that tends to be his downfall. 

 

He's utterly charming, even when he's being a total bastard.   He's absolutely fascinating and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in the near future. 

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review 2017-01-18 20:08
I was waiting for this kind of reaction
Daredevil (2015-) #15 - Charles Soule,Goran Sudzuka,Dan Panosian
 
Daredevil is wracked with guilt as he’s gotten his protege, Blindspot, quite literally blinded.   He knows what it’s like to be blinded at a young age, to have been sighted, and then suddenly not to have that sight.   He also knows what it’s like to be blinded in a traumatic incident. 
 
The similarities are overwhelming, and it would be very, very easy to get melodramatic, or over the top with this.   It would be easy to make it a connection to Matt, and to have Blindspot immediately either get angry and hate DD and have that guilt Matt feels build up - or to turn it into a session on forgiveness so sappy that it made me roll my eyes. 
 
It doesn’t do any of this.   It gets heart wrenching as Matt Murdock puts out a hit on himself, and gets disappointed when the hard hitters don’t come.  I spent much of the issue unsure if he felt so disgusted with himself he wanted to commit suicide by superhero fight, or if he was so angry at himself, and at The Muse, that he just needs to beat the crap out of the heavy hitters before he sends them to the local police station.

 

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