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review 2017-05-27 22:03
Eh...
Optimus Prime #7 - John Barber,Priscilla Tramontano

Oh, Thundercracker!   You and Buster made this series for me, and you don't show up nearly enough.   Still, I'm intrigued by what's promised for Jazz next issue - and man, I need to read the collection where he kills some dude because that keeps coming up, particularly in this issue.   In fact, Optimus Prime is told that staying loyal to Jazz will hurt him politically and he proves that he's not a good politician by saying he doesn't care.   He's going to stand by Jazz, by all this friends, instead of dumping them as soon as the going gets rough.  

 

I think the woman he's talking to actually respects that.   She's also a black woman who's the President, and talks a lot about hard choices.   Her father was a peaceful activist during the Civil Rights movement, and he had to make a lot of hard choices, so I think she respects that Prime isn't going to shove his loyalties or principles under the bus just to make life easier for him, even after she tells him all the reasons it'd be a good idea to say 'Jazz doesn't represent us.'   And it's a long list, a lot of which focuses on the police officer Jazz killed.   (I really, really need to read that volume!)

 

I'm also interested in seeing what happens with Pyra Magna, since she's unhappy with the current Prime and interested in starting a coup against him.   

 

I'm just not quite as enchanted with this series as I am with Lost Light, but willing to keep reading for now.   I'm liking it more a couple issues in than I was at the beginning to be honest!

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review 2017-05-27 21:55
Loving this series
All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy (2017-) #2 - Gerry Duggan,Aaron Kuder

The Guardians first theft was a test for the second, more important, theft.  Then again, when someone wants you to steal from the collection of an immortal - a Celestial named the Collector - you know things might go sideways.   I mean, he named after himself after his hoarding obsession!   You know you're a hoarder when collecting isn't just the thing you do, it's so much a part of you, it's your name.   

 

And The Collector isn't your run-of-the-mill hoarder.   He only collects the good stuff.   The one-of-a-kind stuff.   And he's super serious about keeping that shit in his collection.   He doesn't just have a space-museum, oh, no.   The rooms can shift around.  He has robots and horrors as safety, as well as a buttload of mines.   And not just one kind of mine.   Some blow up if an organic being shows up nearby.   Some... I forget all the kinds, or even the others, because the organic-sensor mines stood out most.    But Rocket listed off a whole bunch of kinds. 

 

Drax still won't fight, which everyone figures he might have to.  In fact, when he kills someone, he screams at them that it's their own fault, he tried not to fight them, and he won't accept that guilt on his conscience, nope, not him. 

 

Gamora, however, is willing to murder everyone who gets close to her.  Robot, not a robot, whatever, all the same to her.   She also has a side deal with the buyer, as far as I can tell.   Rocket is pretty much the same, while Groot is tiny. And The Collector is... far huger than I remember, but hey, Celestial.   I'm willing to go with it, especially if the Guardians come out of this okay.   

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review 2017-05-27 21:45
Big mystical battle
Blue Beetle (2016-) #9 - J.M. DeMatteis,Keith Giffen,Jr., Romulo Fajardo,Scott Kolins

So, for some reason, this battle is feeling drawn out.   Maybe it's because it feels like a lot of the fighting takes place off page, or maybe it's because with Reyes depowered, I'm just not feeling this as much.  

 

I also am interested in Dr. Fate and his role in all this, but he's out of the picture for now, too.   

 

Maybe it was that in addition to all this, there are enough subplots for this to feel scattered.   I don't notice, or mind, as much when I'm fully engaged with the story, but I was clearly not.   Still, bits of humor even in the darkest of times, and I'm loving how everyone banded together to fight, no matter what their situation. 

 

I guess I'm just grumbling because, so far, I've loved this series as a whole.   This particular issue fell short for me, and that's frustrating.   I can't quite pinpoint it: the characters are in character, the plot is sensible given what's happening, and I'm still not happy.   Even my complaints - like the multiple subplots - are common in comics.  I'm just not quite happy with how this all came together, given the specifics of the plot right now.   I think I also enjoyed the lighter tone in the beginning; I need that, especially right now, and it's particularly disappointing that this is getting darker when I needed something lighter.

 

I'm still willing to give this an issue or two, at least, especially given the ending.  I'm particularly intrigued to see what will happen next!   And I love how easy DC is making the digital redemption: no scrolling through the comics given the placement in the back of the peel of sticker for the code, and no having to merge accounts as it assumes you have either an Amazon or Comixology account and adds it immediately depending on where you sign up.  (It's also on the DC app, and DC store, but I mostly read via Comixology because I have my Amazon, Marvel and now my DC account merged so it's absolutely perfect for me because I have all my comics in one place!)

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review 2017-05-27 21:31
So, this series
Gwenpool, The Unbelievable (2016-) #15 - Christopher Hastings,Myisha Haynes,Paulina Ganucheau

It had such promise.  I'm feeling like it's flailing and in doing so, just knocking things over.   Ghost Rider was more in character, but still felt off.   Not as much meta, not as much social commentary, and while I laughed out loud and had fun, it's just not as much fun as I used to have reading this.  The first issues were tight, and gently pocked fun at all things comics - including the fans - like Deadpool did.   

 

Not quite so much now, and I miss the relatively older Gwenpool.   

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review 2017-05-27 21:28
Love, love, love
Valerian & Laureline - Volume 1 - The City of Shifting Waters - Jean-Claude Mézières,Jean-Claude Mézières,Pierre Christin

I snapped this up for free on Comixology, because I'd seen the movie trailer at Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which my dad took me to recently.   (Or rather, I asked if he wanted to go and he did, as he'd enjoyed volume 1.) 

 

He wasn't crazy about the preview, but I thought it looked awesome, and it's directed by Luc Besson.  Sweet!   So I was excited to read this, and it was pretty awesome.   Some slight shade is thrown at Laureline, and I almost commented on it, but kept reading.  There's snark about letting women be time travel police and she jovially says it's because she can cook, and so on and so forth.   That seemed to be them just kidding around more than shade throwing, as I'd first thought.   (Still, it seems odd that Laureline is called out, as are women, without the opposite being true.   She was still on the defensive pretty much all the time, and even though she could take care of herself, I was still not happy with this line of questioning or the way that the genders were treated unevenly.)   Still, she seemed pretty strong and I appreciated that, at least.  I can't even be like 'oh, well, that was just the time period and realism' because Valerian and Laureline are from the fricking future.   Thus them being time police.  I mean, that's not what they're called in this, but when you boil it down to the basics that's what they are. 

 

I also wasn't crazy about this particular art.  The style usually works for me, but this was a little too wonky for me.   That being said, I'd say I took off half a star for the misogyny and half for the art.   Otherwise, though, I liked this.   Valerian is sent back to 1986 to stop a criminal from his time from changing the past in his favor.   

 

Laureline gets caught up in all the time-jumping antics, as they try to save their future, the future that they know so well.   There are robots, who are evil and stealing things, and that goes about as well as I'd expect for the 'bots.   (Sadness, but it makes sense narratively!)

 

 

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