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review 2017-06-22 21:05
Man, that twist!
Action Man #4 - Paolo Villanelli,Chris Evenhuis,John Barber

This is getting far more interesting, but given the slow pacing leading up to this, I'm not likely to pick up more of this series unless it's at a library, a crossover with Transformers - because that crossover with Kup really worked for me - or it's in another Humble Bundle. 

 

For now, I'm happy for this to be over, and I'm happy Barber got some interesting things in the last issue of what IDW gave through Humble Bundle.

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review 2017-06-22 20:20
I feel like this was supposed to feel more clever than I thought it was
Cosmic Scoundrels #1 (of 5) - Andy Suriano,Matt Chapman,Andy Suriano

It's a parody of space opera romps, and there were a couple funny moments, but really nothing that made me think this was that original, or made me want to continue.   Glad this was included in the Humble Bundle: I was happy to try this, and I was hoping I'd enjoy this more than I did, but I did not. 

 

The art was also purposefully a little more rough, and that choice didn't really work for me in this case.   (Possibly because of the colors: bright, but too bright, and without counterpoints, or balance, like Christian Ward's superb use of neon colors in ODY-C.   It can be done, it just, again, didn't work for me here.)

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review 2017-06-22 01:21
Sublime indeed!
The Electric Sublime #1 (of 4) - W. Prince,Martin Morazzo

I always find naming something you create, or your band, or whatever 'Sublime' - or some aspect of that - a little bit gutsy.  Is it sublime?   Really?   Oh, well, I'll decide that, thank you very much.   Sublime, the band, makes music I like; I'm not sure I'd call it sublime, but I do like to rock out to Sublime. 

 

Still, I was, ah, a bit skeptical when it came to The Electric Sublime.   Would this hold up?   As a Humble Bundle title, I didn't know what to expect.  I like IDW in general, and liked enough of the titles to make this a steal even if I didn't like The Electric Sublime.   I quite frankly really wanted some of the D4VE issues, and The October Faction, and... well, let's just say I didn't really take a look at The Electric Sublime.   It was actually a cool title, and I thought it might have to do with something cyberpunk - especially with William Gibson's Archangel in the bunch, too - but even if not, well, I wanted the other things. 

 

It turns out I should have given The Electric Sublime a little more attention.   It's divinely surrealistic, a tale about dreampainters: those who paint and turn their paintings into reality.   When abnormal deaths occur, and the Mona Lisa starts winking, a pattern emerges.   Which means that Abigail Breslin, the director of the Beaurae of Artistic Integrity, gets involved.  She in turn gets Arthur Brut involved, although this type of dreampainting has destroyed his sanity already. 

 

There's more action than I expected, gorgeous art with a style that fits the bizarre, and intense, storyline, and I ended up loving these characters a lot more than I expected I would.   I have the third issue downloaded but the second issue is not downloading, and I want it, I want it right now. 

 

Okay, fine, I'll be patient and wait for it to download.   Can it be now, please?

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review 2017-06-21 22:36
Not as bad as Revolution...
First Strike #0 - Mairghread Scott,David Rodriguez,Max Dunbar

It's also not something I'm comfortable judging yet: a lot of this was talking about Cybertronians, but didn't feature them, and I read most IDW titles for  Transformers.   So I was bound to be upset.  

 

That being said, this wasn't as disappointing as Revolution, which felt like everything forced together for further crossovers.   I'm not sure how I feel about this, but one of my favorite writers is writing this, so...

 

It also felt very fair: after what Prime did, I'd expect human authorities to be very, very jumpy about Cybertronians.   Wanting to kill them all?   I understand that.   Very much so, even if I don't like that it's the conclusion they come to. 

 

This feels sort of like another forced crossover, but it was only a couple pages of First Strike, and then some of Revolution.   (I read that, to see if my feelings have change and they have not; I still don't really enjoy Revolution.)

 

I hope this is good, but if not, well, I'll have more just pure Transformers titles after First Strike concludes.

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review 2017-06-14 15:12
Police Action
Transformers Volume 6: Chaos: Police Action (Transformers (Idw)) - E.J. Su,Mike Costa,Brendan Cahill

Police mostly refers to Prowl, who acts, yes, as a police officer for the Autobots, but also is a police car.   (There are some moments with human police officers, and a bunch about spying and other governmental agencies meant to act in a protective manner, but they aren't really police forces.   The difference becomes clear when Prowl patrols, because he's given specific orders, that are dealt with on the street, as a police officer, and not as spy or agent of any sort of acronymed agency.)

 

There are a couple issues: the man stirring up anti-alien fear, specifically against the Cybertronians, as well as the fact that Spike might not be as trustworthy as the Autobots once believed.   

 

This was a far more compelling volume than I remember For All Mankind being, although I may go back and reread that before buying International Incident.   (Which I want to read because of how Spike kills a Decepticon; it's brutal and I'm not quite sure how it was accomplished, so, yeah, there's that.   I'll probably end up rereading this whole series in order at some point, too, and I own almost all the collections from sales.)

 

The spotlight with Prowl was especially poignant: he needed that hope, as much as everyone around him did.  I do think it's not completely in character for him, but I enjoyed it despite that because of the feels.

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