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review 2017-05-12 01:10
Love, love, love, love so much!
Transformers: Lost Light #5 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

Well, isn't this a trip.   We finally figure out what Rung's purpose is, and although I've been taking incredibly wild stabs in the deepest dark, I've been incredibly... wrong.   Each and every time.   At some point, I would just guess ridiculous things because I knew they were wrong, but it's not like I was ever going to stumble upon the truth.   Much like what's going on with Bee in Robots in Disguise, I figured Rung's Purpose was just something I wouldn't be told forever.   (Although after James Roberts stringing us along with Brainstorm's briefcase, I should have known this would be revealed eventually.  And y'know, Bee was revealed eventually, too.)

 

And I was giddy for this reveal: Roberts does string his readers along, but successfully.   He gives us enough answers to sate us, at least temporarily, all the while planting new mysteries and questions, just as compelling, if not more compelling, than the last questions.   

 

I'm now waiting to see what will happen between Cyclonus, Tailgate, and Whirl.   And while it may not have the implications of Rung's Purpose, while it may be a small thing relatively, I care enough about the characters for this to have inflated importance.   (And let's not forget that Roberts is a master of balancing Big Deals with Small Moments; he makes us care about the small things just as much as the big things, because we care about all the characters and sometimes they care more about the small moments than the big ones.   Multiple reasons are given for this: they care about the people the small things are happening to more than anything in the universe, or the small things are happening to them and make them have huge feelings that the big moments don't make them feel.   I'd argue, though, that Roberts is telling us the small moments are at least as important as the big ones, and that the More Than Meets the Eye issue that states the theory that it's the journey to find the Knights of Cybertron that's the real purpose backs this up.   It's about the time you spend with the people you care about that's the real point of life.)

 

And while there's action, and near death situations, the way this is framed - starting with Skids worried about Rung and ending with the reveal about Rung - it makes it all about him.   Yeah, what he does is a Big Deal.   But we don't start with that; we start with a friend worried about Rung's mental state.   How he feels is just as important as his purpose in life.   No, more important.   And that's why it starts with that scene.   

 

I can't even fully parse this issue.  I never can with these issues, partly because I know Roberts seeds each issue with something further off, sometimes years in advance.   There's also so much crammed in here, it takes multiple rereads to fully appreciate everything in here.   Still, the first reads are always fun at the very least, and Roberts clever one-liners always make me giggle out loud, usually in public.   

 

And while the art is incredible, I have to be honest, the art isn't the 'why' I come to this.   (This has been proven by multiple artists on Roberts' series, and miniseries.   It doesn't matter who's doing the art; I will buy it if Roberts writes.)  While this is still my favorite Transformers series, along with it's predecessor, More Than Meets the Eye, it currently ties with Black Bolt.   (Which is unprecedented.   Also, MTMtE was also written by Roberts, but with a different artist.)  

 

I'm already anticipating the next issue. 

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review 2017-05-07 00:54
Still loving this series
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 15: Leatherhead - Dave Wachter,Mateus Santolouco,Tom Waltz,Kevin Eastman

I wanted to finish this because I love the storyline, and I love the art.   I am still loving the story, as the world develops, and changes, and the characters change along with everything.   They grow, they make decisions that others don't agree with, but they all stay true to themselves while doing this.   Navigating what others expect, and want, and what they're willing to give is toughest for Michealangelo right now.   

 

He's not willing to accept their father's position as The Master of the Foot Clan, and so has moved out.   He teams up with his brothers in this volume, but he's clearly still torn: it's not as if he wants to be out on his own, but he just can't stand to be with the Foot Clan. 

 

And this is the origin story of Leatherhead, an exploration of Krang's island, where he had started to terraform the Earth, and has a storyline about Kitsune and Apolex, including some intrusion by another of her immortal family members.   And there's implications about Shredder, although Splinter catches on too fast for Kitsune to allow her to take Shredder's remains. 

 

I'm looking forward to the next volume, although I think I'll continue to read these in digital formats and get them on sale.   I'd also be willing to reread this series should anyone care to buddy read.

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review 2017-05-03 20:05
Last review from yesterday's reading
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 14: Order From Chaos - Tom Waltz,Kevin B. Eastman

And I loved this, too.   My reviews are skewing higher because while a hate read might be fun once in a while, if only because laughing at bad grammar, I enjoy these kinds of reads more.   And I'm narrowing down what I like and don't and reading those.   (Royals is kind of a hate read, but mostly because I'm emotionally invested in the characters before Ewing got his hands on them.   I want to see what happens.   So, yes, that will continue.)

 

I have 100% books I'm looking forward to today, though, and only two that didn't have codes, but I want my Transformers in paper, and will probably pick them up later on deep discount on Comixology or Amazon.   I also know that Batman doesn't, and won't, come in digital, but at the three dollar price point, I'm willing to put up with it because I also want my Tom King collection in paper, so you won't get some rant about Ewing/Cap/the things Marvel are doing later today!   (Unless I stumble upon something else online, because, yeah, that could happen again.)

 

Anyway, this book.   Fun times.  I forgot about The Foot being under Splinter's control, and I'm liking that it splinters the family.   Because of all of them, I see Michelangelo being the one to be like: no, this is wrong.   He walks away to protest and the other brothers stay.  It's also nice to see comics doing this in a way that isn't Civil War: IDW.  There's no gaslighting, shaming, or coercion.   Raphael remembers what it was like to be alone on the streets and goes to Mikey, to ask him if he's sure he's made the right decision.   When he emphatically says yes, Raph lets him know he'll always have a home.   Old Hob and his crew try to make a home for him, too.   Old Hob wants to swell his ranks, while others, like Slash, are genuinely friendly with him. And Pete, Sally, and the others get along with him as well.  Mikey is touched by their making him a cake, and by their acceptance, too.   If only Old Hob hadn't made one certain other  friend...

 

Meanwhile, Casey and April are going through a rough patch, and The Foot is trying to keep a lid on Kitsune, who is their prisoner.   (Or, as some argue, simply playing the prisoner.)   There's enough in this to appeal to a whole range of wants, but I personally found Mikey's story most interesting - and luckily for me, it was heavy on that.   (And I found what was going on with Casey and April, and Kitsune, interesting enough.   Not to mention the attempted coup within The Foot Clan.)

 

Eager to get to the next volume, which was the last I bought from the Comixology sale.   But for now?   More of my single issues.  I picked up a Swamp Thing somewhere, and have some old Spawns, that I want to read as well.   Maybe tomorrow I'll be up to reading on Viv again.

 

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review 2017-05-02 00:58
Goofy fun
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters - Erik Burnham,Dan Schoening,Tom Waltz

I thought this would be goofy, and just okay.   The art was highly stylized, to be goofy in a fun, animated type style, so that probably helped that assumption right along.   This was true to both franchises, but played with a situation where teleportation led to travel through dimensions.   

 

It's a fun concept, and not an original one.   One of my favorite Star Trek episodes is Mirror, Mirror which deals with this issue.  One of my favorite Transformers issues is my Timeline: Shattered Glass issue, partly because I bought two before I realized how rare they were and feel lucky to have gotten one much less two.   And partly because I love how extreme the world is, how brutal the Autobots are, and how good the Decepticons are.   

 

This was clearly just a mishap to have these two groups meet, and the author is well aware that it's just a plot device.   He wisely ignores too much about this, and while the science geeks geek out over how the turtles crossed over into another dimension, how to get back, and then focus on that, the others don't.   It's all in character, and the others simply fret about the evil god, Chi-You, that the Turtles have brought with them - and how to stop it using Ghostbuster methods, and means.    (Casey, their friend, has been possessed by Chi-You, which means that they're even less likely to stay.)

 

The non-science geek turtles don't ant to stay around, even though they know they have to leave - even though they know the way back is degrading.   The science geeks will take care of it - or they won't - and what use is them staying around when people are in danger?   It's their responsibility, and even if it hadn't been, they can't sit around when someone might get hurt.   

 

Mostly these two groups just riff on each other - and it is goofy.   And adorable.   And harmless fun.   And Janine and April O'Neill?   Get along more than I'd expect them to, and that?   That is also adorable.  Just what I needed yesterday night and this morning.  I actually need something like this again to cheer me up some more.

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review 2017-04-26 22:34
Eeeeh
Optimus Prime #6 - John Barber,Kei Zama

So this all comes together nicely, the main character has an epiphany, and... if it weren't pitted against the, in my mind, far superior* Lost Light this would fare far better.   This isn't as funny, as insightful, or as subtle as Lost Light, however, and I find the colors off-putting somewhat.  I started picking this up again after seeing Thundercracker, Marissa Fairborne, and Buster.   It started to add that humor that I was most drawn to in Barber's previous series, Robots in Disguise - which went through a couple name changes by the end - and I was hoping it would come through in this series, too. 

 

Then there was the revelation at the end of the last issue, which I thought was far more creative than the epiphany here.  (And I'm not sure how Prime expects to pull this off; he claims he will, but not how, reminding me of another leader in the press right now.   However, Prime has a long history of pulling off the impossible and getting shit done, so I'm sure he will in the end, or he'll gather together competent people who'll help him out in the end.   So that's a pretty large difference despite the similarities.)

 

Basically, last issue set up this one to be just as good and I thought it was far less exciting or funny than the last issue.   I was going to five up after a couple issues, and fate kind of conspired to keep me going - and now I'm wondering if I'll pick up the next issue of this.  I may or may not at this point.   I guess it depends on how I feel next month. 

 

*Then again, James Roberts.  I realize that I consider him to be impossible to match, so it's almost unfair to compare his series, Lost Light, and any other Transformers being published at the same time.   And yet, here we are: Roberts is up against Barber, and I happen to enjoy one series more than the other.

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