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review 2017-04-29 00:38
Still loving this series
Blue Beetle (2016-) #8 - J.M. DeMatteis,Keith Giffen,Jr., Romulo Fajardo,Scott Kolins

My friend's renter - a total jerk - tried to mansplain why I liked this when it's the 'only Rebirth title no one likes' including explaining where I first saw this character.   He's the reason women get scared off comics and I've avoided him since he tried to give me illegal copies of older Marvel and DC comics.

 

Naw, dude, I just dig this title.   It's the teen trying to cope with being a superhero and usually pretty lighthearted.  This gets fairly dark for the series, what with the powers if the beetle being stolen and used for evil.   Reyes has to decide how much he can fight without the scarab, and if he can risk remaining powerless and helpless, or if he should instead try to rebound with the scarab.   He makes up his mind after tips whole thing messes with his mom and friend.

 

Convincing Kord to let a powerless teenager get into some old armor and fight?  That's his first challenge.

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review 2017-04-29 00:19
Eeeeeeeh...
Royals (2017-) #2 - Al Ewing,Jonboy Meyers

This series is mediocre - at best.   Al Ewing is writing this, and the new Rocket series, and he made it easier for me to say no to the new Guardians of the Galaxy and the related titles.   I really think that he mischaracterizes a lot of the cast in this, and I'm not at all digging the last Inhuman subplot here.   I think Medusa in particular is getting written the worst, to be honest, but no one is great here.   Add to this that Soule was writing a fantastic series that not only did a lot with the characters, but also exciting stories that changed the Inhuman mythology and the course of their people without retconning or disrespecting what came before. 

 

The art is passable, although the stories aren't that exciting, and seem to possibly tie into the current clusterfuck of an event, and really?   Inhumans in space should be so much more exciting.   I do love the reveal at the end, especially since I'd heard about Black Bolt and wasn't sure how the writers would explain him being in both series given what was going to happen in Black Bolt.  

 

Eeeh.   Not super excited about most of this, but all the stars given are for the surprise guest, who I love to hate.   Hopefully Ewing doesn't fuck them up, too...

 

 

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review 2017-04-28 01:48
Yes, please, thank you DC!
Suicide Squad (2016-) #16 - Rob Williams,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Sandu Florea

Thank you for not turning Superman into a Nazi.   (Although Red Son, although that was very clearly an AU.   Thank you for not turning him into a Nazi in the regular verse, then telling us all how amazing this is, and trying to get real people to dress up as nazis.)   Thank you for offering a non-politicized option since apparently the only other options seem to be leaning far to the left or far to the right. 

 

Thank you for focusing on characters and exciting stories and well drawn comics.   (And as much as I love Jim Lee and his details, I find myself far more drawn to Daniel's work as a penciler: a little smoother and less busy and I love the way he portrays Harley Quinn.)   More than that, I love the writing: the reason that Waller is going to Lex Luthor, for one.   I was surprised not only at what she wanted from him, but also why she wanted it.   It should have seemed obvious, but the storyline was dropped for a while and I thought even Waller wouldn't do this, even though they were setting it up from last issue.  I thought someone would talk her out of it, a certain superhero would discourage her, something, but not this...

 

Things are going to get so, so interesting for the Squad.   And I plan to be there when they do.   This issue also seems to be the first one that isn't broken up into two parts - and while it worked when they were doing background, at least for me, a lot of fans complained.   I don't know if that's what stopped them because they continued breaking it up, which I found a distraction when it seemed like they were really trying to tell one story in two parts once they'd dropped the backstories.   The real problem was that the two halves didn't necessarily line up as neatly as the writer tried to make them, at least not for me.   But with one, clean story, Williams has upped his game, and I'm finding myself most excited for this series for now.   

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review 2017-04-28 00:29
Deadpool, and marriage
Deadpool (2015-) #29 - Gerry Duggan,Salvador Espin,Reilly Brown

I kinda knew it would implode.   If anything, I'm shocked that it lasted this long and that his wife didn't storm off, or try to kill him and then storm off, or storm off vowing to kill him.   I also think the whole Shiklah/Dracula idea was bullshit in the beginning, so I didn't like bringing him back.   

 

Overall, it was just funny, though, and I particularly enjoyed the banter between Deadpool and Spider-Man.  I wanted to write a longer review, but I very suddenly don't feel like writing that much about Marvel. 

 

Can I lose myself in Vision, in the days that weren't Secret Empire.

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review 2017-04-28 00:04
Dr. Strange versus Wong
Doctor Strange (2015-) #19 - Jason Aaron,Chris Bachalo,Kevin Nowlan

Well, Misery has taken over Wong and is fighting Dr. Strange.   Still, it's hard when Wong knows all of Dr. Strange's secrets.   Also, the way that Strange beats Misery is heartbreaking, and his attempt to make things up to Wong are sweet, even if he doesn't get all the details right!

 

Love, love, love this series.   I'm crushed that Jason Aaron is leaving after next issue, and I may or may not get the post-Aaron run.   So many people get him wrong, and while I like what the new writer has done - I'm not 100% sure he'll nail Doctor Strange!

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