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review 2017-05-23 15:41
My forty-seventh podcast is up!
The Civil War Diary of Rev. James Sheeran, C.Ss.R.: Confederate Chaplain and Redemptorist - Patrick J. Hayes

My latest podcast is up! In it I interview Patrick J. Hayes about his edited edition of the diaries of Patrick Sheehan, a Catholic priest who served as a chaplain for the Confederate army during the Civil War. Enjoy!

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review 2017-05-18 21:58
Review: Ms. Marvel Vol 6
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II - G. Willow Wilson,Takeshi Miyazawa,Adrian Alphona

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Kelly Sue Deconnick isn't writing Captain Marvel any more? Her appearance in this installment of Ms. Marvel is a complete stranger to me. Maybe I'd have enjoyed it more if I didn't find the difference so jarring.

 

There's some great stuff that happens around the Minority Report riff that makes up most of this volume. (Also, delighted that a character references that movie at one point, because, yeah.) There is also some stuff I'm struggling with. In Vol. 5, Kamala's the cause of her own problems because she's trying to do too many things, and be too many people. In this volume, she lets her hero worship for her namesake override everything else. It's a far less interesting, less appealing arc saved only by not pressing a specific reset button at the end. 

 

I loved the last issue in this. I hope she keeps up with her new friend. And I hope there's minimal contact with Captain Marvel from here on out. 

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review 2017-05-09 18:48
Powerful historical fiction
March - Geraldine Brooks

Historical fiction with a powerful grounding in both the fictive world of Louisa May Alcott ("Little Women") as well as the real history of the American Civil War. A pitiable and complicated main character (March) leaves his family to fight in the war as a committed abolitionist. As the father of Jo and Beth and Amy from Little Women, we get to hear his side of what was happening in this critical period in U.S. history.

I found the premise more intriguing than the execution, but I liked the way in which his life and decisions had complicated outcomes, not predictable ones that were clearly heroic. The story reflects the complications and horror of the Civil War itself, and capably demonstrates the terrible life of slavery and its affects on human beings in that period.

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review 2017-05-09 07:16
Ms Marvel, Volume 6
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II - G. Willow Wilson,Takeshi Miyazawa,Adrian Alphona

I'm torn on how I feel about this volume. I still love the story and the characters, but I feel like parts of this one were really tied into another series (one I don't read) and it felt confusing at times. I mean,

Rhodey's dead, Captain Marvel's really upset about it but Tony Stark seems unaffected?

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What's all that about? I have no idea.

 

Kamala's origin arc seems to be over, and I'm excited to see where the series goes from here. I just hope the next volume is lighter on the crossovers.

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review 2017-05-09 03:57
Civil War II
Civil War II - Brian Michael Bendis,Davi... Civil War II - Brian Michael Bendis,David Marquez

When an Inhuman with the ability to see the future appears, Captain Marvel sees an opportunity to prevent problems before they happen. However, Iron Man sees this as a slippery slope and opposes what he sees as an abuse of power. Their disagreement causes the entire superhero community to pick sides and face off against one another.

 

This only got two stars because the art is absolutely gorgeous. I may have hated the plot, but I loved looking at it as it played out. If the art could have been paired up with a story I liked, I would have been thrilled.

 

To be fair to the book, its very premise put it at a disadvantage to having me like it. I hate superhero stories that feature heroes fighting heroes. There are exceptions that have managed to win me over, but for the most part, I spend this kind of story incredibly frustrated as the heroes behave like bratty children who resort to violence first and generally stop behaving like the heroes they typically are. And this was not one of those exceptions.

 

Characters just felt needlessly antagonistic to one another just to push the plot along as they all seemed to forget how to speak rationally with one another or act in logical ways. They just made ridiculous decisions simply to push the plot along rather than it being a rational way to act. Like when a vision shows Hulk going on a rampage, they’re solution is to have everyone go and surround Banner’s place and confront him even though he’s been Hulk-free for a year now. If Banner really could transform still, their actions seemed like a really good way of triggering that instead of talking to Banner in a calm and less intimidating way.

And then one of the heroes murders Banner in cold blood anyways and gets away with it.

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This was the point I knew I’d hate everyone on Captain Marvel’s side.

 

And her side just kept getting worse. They started arrested people and holding them for crimes that they hadn’t yet committed. I don’t understand how I’m supposed to see the sides as both having a point when one side is arresting people for nothing and holding them without a trial or anything. I really don’t get why so many heroes would join that side.

 

The whole conflict felt like it escalated so quickly and no one was willing to rationally discuss anything. I couldn’t understand why characters were acting the way they were and what their reasoning was for the side they chose. And I really don’t understand why so many of them were drawn into this conflict. It didn’t feel like the kind of dispute that would involve the entire superhero community.

 

The art really is the only thing I enjoyed here. This was a great example of why I hate stories about superheroes fighting one another. They usually end up making everyone look bad.

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