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review 2017-04-20 01:20
I really loved this!
Daredevil/Punisher: Seventh Circle (Daredevil/Punisher: Seventh Circle Infinite Comic) - Szymon Kudranski,Charles Soule,Reilly Brown

Then again, I tend to love anything written by Soule, who is one of the best writers in Marvel's corner right now.   He revolves everything around the characters and carefully thinks through conflicts, both in how the characters would react and how they're paired up  - meaning that when someone is fighting, he knows not only how they would fight most effectively, but what powers should be pitted against one another.

 

I kind of love this series, because Frank Castle (The Punisher) and Matt Murdock (Daredevil) respect each other on some levels.   Well, Frank does talk shit about Murdock, even to Daredevil, but Castle doesn't know that Murdock and Daredevil are one and the same.   The alter egos, the superhero and anti-hero, respect each other on some level, though.   They're both doing all they can to help innocent people, but disagree on the methods.   Murdock is a lawyer and believes in due process; he, as Daredevil, sees his job as being to bring criminals to the authorities to be tried by the legal system.   Castle, however, believes in extremes, and that if the legal system won't cut down murders, rapists, and drug dealers, then by god, it's his mission to bring the death penalty straight tot hose scumbags.  This conflict is at the heart if this graphic novel, as Mirdock is transporting a criminal to the airport so he can be moved to, and tried in Texas.   When the Punisher intervenes, both Daredevil and his protege, Blindspot, show up to make sure that their man gets to his plane safely.   

 

It's never that easy with The Punisher, whose strength of will serves only one thing: his need to punish those who are naughty.   And the man Daredvil and Blindsspot is downright and pure evil.   Nothing will stand in Castle's way to see justice done, and the little given to us about the man he's tracking?  That makes me want Punisher to put this down as a win. And since Murdock is not only just as strong willed, but just as determined to see this man get a fair trial, it was bound to be a long struggle.   I loved how these characters played off each other and how they managed to hold each other off for eight issues.   I loved the art.   I'm hoping to see more of these two in more Infinite comics.

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review 2017-04-18 02:28
So, not sure how accessible this is
Carabosse - tome 1 - Le bal (French Edition) - Nicolas Pona,Stambecco

After all, it's in French and as far as I can see untranslated.   On the plus side, I wanted to nail my French reading, and I'm not really there. I need a lot more practice.   But I'm picking it back up fairly quickly and this really helped.   It was all about the witch Carabosee, but also a new take on her.     While reading this, I picked up a newspaper that mentioned the witch Carabosse in the Sleeping Beauty ballet.   

 

Ah, so this wasn't a new character.   I looked up here history here and found some interesting ways she's been used throughout history.   She was originally part of a fairy tale called The Princess Mayblossom, and then was used in Sleeping Beauty later on.   She's most well known as the witch in Sleeping Beauty - again from the ballet - but she was renamed Maleficent in the Disney movie.   Although, again, she was never really Sleeping Beauty's witch in the first place.  

 

Regardless, this witch is completely different: she reincarnates, with no memory of her past.   When the two men - a scientist and a rich patron of said scientist - find her, they try to explain her past and how she worked for a society that has been cast as criminals but were supposedly honorable.   Carabosse herself finds this hard to believe: that she's a witch at first, and not evil later on.   After all, the flashes of memory seem to indicate that she destroys everything she loves, everything she touches.   Despite one of her past lives bringing fore a memory that she doesn't want to kill - and her inability to kill a guard in her present life - she's surrounded by so much violence, and forced to defend herself, and she believes herself to be evil.  

 

There are plot twists galore as Carabosse and her companions try to get her magic wand, which is now a gun since it morphs to match the era in which she's reincarnated.   I found so many elements of this fascinating, although the history behind Carabosse was a bit convoluted.  It was explained by the end of this volume and I gladly went looking for tome deux.   Sadly, it doesn't exist!   Still, a worthwhile and fun read. 

 

 

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review 2017-04-16 00:51
Love, love, love
Halo and Sprocket #5 - Kerry Callen

I wish there was more Halo and Sprocket.   Halo is an angel who's confounded by the world of humans.   Sprocket is a robot confounded by the human world in much the same ways.   They're both innocents, shocked by human pettiness, and rage.   For example, they want to show their human an astonishing thing, that one of them can turn their head around completely.   They're both utterly fascinated, and when they barge into the bathroom, they're both baffled by said human's hostility.  The fact that she is naked, and bathing - and using the toilet - don't seem to penetrate.   They just want to share this fascinating thing with her. 

 

The discussion of why a woman shaves her legs but not her arms is hilarious.   When it's explained it's to show off her shapely legs, they deduce that women don't care about showing off their shapely arms.   But they shave armpits, so they clearly want to show off their shapely armpits, right?   

 

It would be pedantic, except it's all adorable.   It's like a puppy or a child trying to poke at the world and figure out why it works.   Behind that, behind the small frustrations, Halo, Sprocket and the token human in this book all care for each other deeply.   So even while I'm laughing, I'm feeling the love.   It's a warm, cheerful book, and I need that sometimes.  I read this early yesterday which is probably one of the reasons I didn't completely lose it yesterday night or this morning.  

 

Love, love, love this series.   I particularly love Sprocket. 

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review 2017-04-10 16:27
I wanted to love this five stars worth
America (2017-) #1 - Gabby Rivera,Joe Quinones

Again, I like America.  I really, really loved her in Young Avengers, but that whole run was amazing.  And I keep reading great things about Gabby Rivera's novel; she is Latina, queer, and a writer who's book was lauded by Roxanne Gay.   So I went into this, figuring it probably would be five stars. 

 

I ended up liking this, loving some of the concepts, but not quite enough to give it five stars.   America wants to go to college to better herself, and her girlfriend, Lisa, has suddenly decided not to make the move with her.   America is angry, mostly because they'd spoken about this before and Lisa always seemed to be fine with this plan.   I want you to be happy, Lisa says, but I think this is your journey and not mine - and I only said I'd go so you'd be happy.   I actually like that Lisa realizes that she can't sacrifice her own happiness or journey for America's, and I think that's healthy.   I don't think America had the best reaction ever, although I understand why she lashed out like she did: she was blindsided, and truly cares for Lisa.   Losing her so suddenly must be crushing and it's not a huge shock that anger was her reaction. 

 

I kinda liked the college she goes to, because it's for superheroes, or ex-mutants who are geniuses, and it's got the whole Xavier vibe: holomatter, taking powers into account, etc.   It's Xavier's for college students.   And yet when the resident ex-mutant who is a genius - Prodigy - shows up, I wanted it to be more.   See, he's not going to be America's new relationship, but he knows her.   And while I enjoyed seeing him again, I also felt that I liked Lisa and America's interaction better: they didn't take shit from each other, but they clearly loved each other very much.   (Lisa isn't angry at America for saving the world, but if she doesn't get word for two hours at a restaurant, she'll take it upon herself to go home and get shit done instead of waiting around.)   Prodigy just fell flat compared to Lisa, so...

 

Also, the meta in going into an old comic book at the end didn't feel nearly as clever as Deadpool.  Which means that, yet again, I was comparing it to something within Marvel that I enjoyed more.   

 

And maybe, just maybe, how sore I am from that Pilates class is making me grumpy.  I'm still gonna go online and see if I have some Pilates I can do at home until I see about what I can do at Simmons.

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review 2017-04-07 13:00
Nope, nope, nope
X-Force (1991-2002) #1 - Fabian Nicieza,Rob Liefeld,Rob Liefeld

There's very little setting in this: I'm not sure when this happened in relation to the general Marvel world, and this gives me very little to go on.   Truthfully, being so insular wouldn't be so bad, but this gets convoluted, and bored the hell out of me.   Add to that fact that I didn't feel the art was spectacular enough to really grab me, and I'm not looking to read more of this series. 

 

Freebie.  Either free on Comixology or via the digital codes, and I won't be reading more of this series. 

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