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review 2017-12-24 22:14
Barber keeps getting better and better
Optimus Prime #11 - John Barber,Kei Zama

Love, love, love this book!   One of my favorite artists, from Till All Are One, takes the reigns on this little tale.   It's about what others do while Prime is on Cybertron, trying to make peace with the humans.    When there's an explosion and no one can hear anything from Cybertron - including Soundwave - then Aileron has to lead those left on Earth to find Jazz, even as they wonder why they wouldn't try to get the Cybertronian weapons away from humans as a first priority.   

 

It's deep, it's amazing character development, and I'm just absolutely loving this series.   

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review 2017-12-22 01:24
Dark but ultimately uplifting
Doctor Strange (2015-) #26 - Jakub Rebelka,Niko Henrichon,John Barber

This is about ghosts in a building that's under Queens - but shouldn't be.   Doctor Strange, and his apprentice Zelma, have to go, find what it is, and how to stop it, all without getting themselves killed. 

 

I love the banter between Zelma and Strange, and I love how they manage to wrap things up, and how Zelma encourages Strange to go on more adventures. 

 

But, agreed Strange - you deserve a nap. 

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review 2017-12-22 00:43
Doctor Strange has to remember something he's told himself to forget
Doctor Strange (2015-) #25 - Juan Frigeri,John Barber,Kevin Nowlan

See, when magic died his spell died, the spell that allowed him to forget something to keep this great, and terrible, power at bay. 

 

Not sure I really buy the ending, but overall, this was a creepy story that forced him to rethink how he treats the people he's helping.   The fact that he's willing to listen and think about it though?   That's so very him.   

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review 2017-12-16 16:25
Astounding ending
Rom vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #5 - Alex Milne,Christos Gage,John Barber

This is an ending.   In fact, it says so at the end: many times comics have a 'the end' panel, and this one does.   When they want to tease a possible sequel it's 'the end?'   This one is just 'the end'.   (That doesn't mean that there never will be a sequel, just that one isn't planned, even in a hinting, teasing phase, right now.  As far as I understand things anyway!)

 

Stardrive is disillusioned with both the Cybertronians and the Space Knights.   She's starting to discover who she really is, and that includes scraps with the Space Knights and realizing that Rom could have done more to stand up for her in the first place. 

 

I think the ending is perfect: Stardrive needs time alone, and the Autobots and Space Knights need to really think about what they do, how, and who they trust.   The Decepticons and the Dire Wraiths, though?  Those two are made for each other, if only they wouldn't beat each other into a bloody or oily puddle vying for power...

 

Love, love, love.   But I'm enjoying reading more than writing reviews now, so...

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review 2017-12-16 16:17
Yes!
Rom vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #4 - Alex Milne,Christos Gage,John Barber

I thought this was going to be a four part mini-series, and then I got part five.  Um, yes!   This gets back to down-and-dirty, furthering the Space Knights and the Autobots, and then bringing them close together. 

 

Will Ultra Magnus sacrifice himself?   And if so, will the Space Knights honor that sacrifice, or will they destroy half a planet?   

 

All to be revealed in issue five. 

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