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review 2018-11-09 21:39
Finding its legs
West Coast Avengers (2018-) #1 - Kelly Thompson,Stefano Caselli

Not sure how I feel about this series; seems to be a shaky first issue, but I love Gwenpool so I'll give it a couple more issues.

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review 2018-11-09 21:32
Deadpool didn't completely save this
Mr. and Mrs. X (2018-) #2 - Oscar Bazaldua,Kelly Thompson,Terry Dodson

I apparently just don't care about Rogue or Gambit.  Quickly paced, lovely art, funny as hell, but I just don't care about the two main characters.

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review 2017-10-06 18:16
Pink Ranger no more - and Kimberly's solo
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1 (of 6) - Brenden Fletcher,Kelly Thompson,Daniele Di Nicuolo

I'm not even sure what happened.   All I know is that she's one of my least favorite rangers - sorry?  Or I'm not? - but this had a color your own cover version, so, bam, snagged it. 


It's actually more fun, and made me care far more for the character; Kimberly, on her own, without her ranger powers, has to save her mother, father, and the town they're now living in - in France *swoon, yeah, that helped* - which has been apparently overrun by monsters. 


I found her less annoying on her own, and de-powered.   Also more down to Earth: she was taking care of herself, and doing her best not to worry about her friends, and former superhero partners, while also caring about what happened to everyone in this town. 


Fun, and I might just check out the rest of the series eventually.   When I have more time than I do now.

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review 2017-05-20 13:01
Good message, told in forced dialogues
Constance & Nano: Engineering Adventure #1 - Kelly Thompson,Nicoletta Baldari

So, I really kinda love this comic.   It's about Constance, a girl who lives in a town where flooding happens more and more often.   This flooding is a great cause for concern: her friend got hit by a car when the street he used to get to school was flooded, and Constance herself almost gets hit until she's saved by the local superhero, Nano.   When she asks her teacher why the street gets flooded, he sets up a meeting between the girl and his friend - a woman - who's an engineer.   Constance not only learns about what's happened, and what's being done to fix this problem, but she also learns about Nano's secret identity and figures out why her mom's garden is flooding.   She uses her newfound knowledge about engineering to fix the garden problem, because she can, and she knows the town is working on fixing the bridge.   This comic is put out by the Society of Women Engineers (or SWE) and it's a great message: women are engineers, and if we want more women engineers, we should foster that curiosity young.   (I'm also glad that this doesn't skew only to women engineers.   That is obviously the focus, but you see women and men working together when there are panels showing what the engineers are doing - like surveying - to start to tackle this problem.   It's subtle, but the message is there: men and women are working together to fix this.)


Everything, from Nano's identity to the big problem of the flooding of the town to the relatively smaller problem of the garden flooding are dealt with and wrapped up, as much as they can be in this short comic.   (Solutions are presented, but the changes don't happen immediately, because realistically it just won't be fixed with the snap of a finger.   Nano says she trusts Constance to keep her secret, which seems weird since they just met and Nano doesn't have any real basis for believing that a young child would have the necessary willpower to keep this secret.)


If only the dialogue didn't feel so stilted and forced.  I understand: the message was the points and it came on so strongly.   Which again is a great message, encouraging and empowering girls to learn about engineering.  But the message overtook any plot, any natural dialogue, and I kind of cringed at this fact.   Still, the importance of the message really overtook any reservations I had.     I'll take it, stilted dialogue and all.   


The art is bright, highly stylized and just excellent.  Adorable, very cartoonish, this fit the message, and the people this message was intended for, so very appropriate here.   Love, love, love the art.   

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review 2017-03-15 23:36
Love, love, love!
Hawkeye (2016-) #1 - Kelly Thompson,Leonardo Romero,Julian Tedesco

Kate Bishop, aka Hawkeye, wants to start up her own PI business.   She doesn't have the license yet, but she was once an Avenger.   Her sign might be a HAWK and a hand drawn eye under it - which makes people either looking for the "real" - read male - Hawkeye or an optometrist.   


She isn't going to let that stop her, either, so when someone with an actual case comes looking for her, well, Kate eagerly takes on the case.   A college student is being stalked, and her harasser's messages are getting more and more threatening.   She also suspects this big jerk-bag might know her, which is freaking her out, too.   


This is far more adorable than what I'd expected.  That being said, I also got this through Marvel Insider: it's a system in which you get points for things you do.   You can redeem these points for something like codes to digital comics, or subscriptions to MU+.  (The points do expire, after a year, I believe.   You need 750,000 points for the MU+, and you get 50 points for visiting Marvel, and 250-500 points for most everything else.  I gave up on the MU+, and will keep paying for it, if I decide to do that much longer.  I may not have the time soon...)


This was 20,000 points, and well worth it.   My points were going to start expiring soon, anyway, and I like having this in my library instead of something I don't own since I'm getting it for free anyway!

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