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review 2017-03-23 23:04
Fabulous ending!
Uncanny Inhumans (2015-) #20 - Charles Soule,Ario Anindito,Frazer Irving,Scott Wilson,Lee Garbett

I can see how and why this might tie into Royals and Black Bolt, even.   This has been a fabulous series, and this wrap up was as funny as I could have hoped, while tying up all the lose ends, some more seriously than others. 

 

And somehow, this feels appropriate to end with Maximus the Mad.   From the Inhumans to All-New Inhumans to Uncanny Inhumans: it started with and ends with Maximus. 

 

Gorgeous, gorgeous run.   This will mean nothing if you haven't read at least this series, and it will mean more if you read Inhumans and then All-New Inhumans and then Uncanny Inhumans in my opinion.   They all add up to one much longer story arc - and I hope the people who pick up the reigns with royals, Black Bolt and Secret Warriors keep telling a much larger story that is just as well drawn as this one was.   

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review 2017-03-19 02:26
Last Black Bolt issue
Squadron Supreme (2015-2017) #8 - James Robinson,Leonard Kirk,Paul Neary,Paolo Villanelli,Alex Garner

And I probably won't bother to fill in what happens in between what I read in this, or continue.  I didn't care about Warrior Woman or Power Princess or whatever he name was, and I didn't care about the nighthawks.  I didn't care about the betrayals of the team.  

 

Only one storyline caught my eye, and that was Doctor Spectrum and Black Bolt. 

 

Spectrum gets her answers, and while they weren't what she wanted, I don't know what she expected.   The possibility that her power source comes from her version of the Kree and thus called to Black Bolt, connected them, is intriguing and I hope it's followed through at some point. 

 

The other possibility - that he saved her because he could and because he needed to save someone because he'd been the cause of too much death, seen too much death, is far less interesting on a narrative level.   However, it says a lot about Black Bolt himself and I'm glad we're left with him saying he's not quite sure why he saved her.   There's no definite answer, no real conclusion, but it feels real: sometimes life doesn't hand us easy answers like that, no matter how much we want them.   Furthermore, it allows for Marvel to play with both the idea of the Kree connection and Black Bolt's own sense of guilt.  HIs need to save someone. 

 

Here's hoping he shows up again in Squadron Supreme.   Otherwise, I feel like me and this series might be done with.  I got so much enjoyment from the Black Bolt storyline - which was the biggest part of these three issues - that I'd gladly come back if he does.   

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review 2017-03-19 02:21
More Black Bolt
Squadron Supreme (2015-2017) #7 - James Robinson,Leonard Kirk

Continuation of subplots with Nighthawks, but I'm in this for Black Bolt.  He offers to give answers to Doctor Spectrum, although first he has to speak to those who stole the Inhuman cocoons.   

 

Toro tells Doctor Spectrum that Black Bolt will give her the answers she's looking for in Attilan and she's trying to figure out how she feels about the man who destroyed her world and saved her life.   It's said over and over again in the three issues that feature Black Bolt, and I understand: it's hard to process and she can't imagine what she'll do when she sees him, and then when she does?   When she finds out he'll tell her what happened?   She doesn't know how she'll feel then, or what she'll do. 

 

I'm not sure she can even really appreciate she doesn't know what he'll say.   Still, I was more than eager to find out what would happen.   

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review 2017-03-19 02:16
Black Bolt!
Squadron Supreme (2015-2017) #6 - James Robinson,Paolo Villanelli,Alex Garner

So, I wasn't crazy about this series but caught up on this issue because Black Bolt!  And it was worth it; even though he doesn't really show up much, there is a lot of Doctor Spectrum thinking about him and why he saved her, even as he destroyed her world.   And I liked seeing how she tried to process those two thoughts. 

 

Her meeting up with Toro is interesting, since he's a friend of Namor and she helped kill Namor.   Also, they're both going after the Myriad for two different reasons, which makes them meeting up logical. 

 

 

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review 2017-03-17 21:30
Love!
Invincible Iron Man (2015-2016) #12 - Brian Bendis,Mike Deodato

I may be wrong, but I believe this may be the first appearance of Riri Williams.   That being said, I felt she wasn't hyper sexualized - one of the controversies, at least one other being a 15 year old black girl took the name Ironheart, which is already a name for a porn parody Iron Man :/

 

I really enjoyed her, and felt that she was true to the later issues I read with her in them, so that continuity was nice.   (I think those were written by Bendis, too, though so no real surprise on the continuity in characterization there.)

 

There was more tangible Civil War II issues here, as Iron Man is in the middle of it all, and being attacked by the Inhumans for his part in everything.  And while Riri becomes part of everything through this, a lot of time is spent talking about Civil War II related things. 

 

It didn't feel like a Civil War II book, though.   It felt more like a tangential to that, and Riri helped with that feeling.   Loved!

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