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review 2017-03-12 03:53
Just an Okay Volume of Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days - Marvel Comics

I feel bad that I wasn't feeling this one. There is a cool scene with Kamala and her mother know. But I'm kind of over Kamala weeping over a jerk (Kamran) and I want her best friend Bruno to just catch a clue though they have a nice scene together.

 

Since I tend to not bounce around crossovers I have no idea what's going on with The Avengers (shhh don't tell me) but a huge planet looks like it's about to crash into Earth when we follow up with Kamala in this volume. Carol "Captain Marvin" Danvers pops up in this one and Kamala finally gets to see the idol she has worshipped from afar. I did laugh at Carol Dancers being sort of horrified by Kamala and her need to wrap herself around Carol.

 

Kamran is in this one focused on making sure that Kamala's brother is turned into an Inhuman since he hypothesizes that he and Kamala have the same gene that will be affected by Terrigen Mist.

 

This volume felt so slow. It felt like it took forever for Kamala to confront Kamran. And I still don't get why she even listens to the mess he spews. They are on different sides so I hope he ends up with an ax to the skull eventually (reason 1,020 why I can't be a superhero, I'm all about the vengeance).

 

And Carol Danvers irks a bit too since she won't reveal to Kamala what is going on that makes her (Kamala) and me think the end of the world is around the corner.

 

As I said above, the most moving moment was between Kamala and her mother in this one. And also Kamala gets to hear her brother Aamir defend her and finally realizes her brother is on her side.

 

The kids at Jersey City in the end dance and refuse to be cowed by what looks to be the end.

 

There's some material from Spider-Man (2014) issue #7 and #8 that I shrugged my way through. 

 

 

 

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review 2017-03-07 21:19
An Enjoyable Adventure in Space and Time
Guardians of the Galaxy: Guardians of Infinity - Dan Abnett,Jason Latour,Carlo Barberi,Jim Cheung

I think I better be careful as I might end up reading more graphic novels that I originally intended to, but then again considering the price of some of these books (and the number of books on my TBR shelf), that is something that I probably don't need to stress all that much about. Actually, I have discovered that our local public libraries have quite a few graphic novels on their shelves, though due to budget constraints I suspect that they aren't the latest editions (and even then the selection available doesn't seem to be all that great). The other problem with graphic novels (or should I call them comics because for some reason I can't really see Marvel Superhero comic books are being anywhere near books like Tintin) is that they tend to be serialised, and even if you do only get the books as opposed to the individual comics, you can still get a little lost.

 

So, as you can tell from the title, this is one of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, though we only have Groot, Rocket Raccoon, and Drax in this story (I'm not really all that sure what happened to Star Lord and Gamora, but I suspect they are taking it easy after a rather hectic adventure the week, or month, before). Anyway, they stumble upon this massive spaceship and decide to go on board and investigate only to encounter the Guardians of the Galaxy (one of them carrying Captain America's iconic shield), and after a brief battle decide to team up and, well, encounter The Guardians of the Galaxy. It turns out that the teams that they have met have come from the past, and the future, and the ship that they happen to be on has gates into these various time streams (and I have also learnt that the original Guardians are actually the team from the year 3000).

 

Anyway, to cut a long story short, which doesn't take all that much effort because many of these stories tend to run along a similar plotline anyway, the Guardians encounter a big bad guy that is trying to take over the universe – or all of reality as the case may be because his massive spaceship happens to sit outside of the time stream – and the Guardians of the Galaxy, after getting locked up in his prison and Rocket Raccoon having the unfortunate experience of having some other guy placed into his body, escape, beat the bad guy, say farewell to everybody, and go on their merry ways. Yep, basically your typical Hollywood plot with no real twists, and a bunch of superheroes being, well, a bunch of superheroes. Okay, we also have a bunch of space fighters flying around doing what space fighters tend to do, but that is it.

 

So, I guess the question comes down to why I gave this comic book the rating I did (I was going to say seven, until I realised that Goodreads, which is the other site I post these reviews on, only lets you rate out of five, and you can't do half ratings either, which is something Booklikes allows you to do), and I have to admit that I don't really know. Okay, there are people out there that have some really sophisticated ways of actually determining what rating they are going to give a book, and I suspect that they might even go as far as creating some proprietary algorithm to assist them, and then you have me – I basically pick a random number (usually between one and ten namely because a rating out of five doesn't give me the flexibility of being able to say whether a book is any good or not) and leave it at that. Okay, if I enjoyed the book I am hardly going to give it a one, and if I hated the book I am hardly going to give it a ten (or a five as the case may be), but as for this story, well, it was entertaining, and falls into the science-fiction genre, oh and also had pretty pictures and a psychotic raccoon, so I guess I enjoyed it, but I wouldn't be looking for some deep, post-modernist meaning, in the text.

 

Oh, one other thing, it would be interesting reading this one in German because the person who takes over Rocket Raccoon's body has a German accent and I would love to see how the Germans do a character with a German accent when the entire comic is in German. I make mention of that because when I was in Germany I bought an edition of Guardians of the Galaxy that was in German, if only to practice my German, and then promptly gave it to a friend because I don't like marvel superhero comics cluttering up my house (though I believe he does speak a bit of German).

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1933078821
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review 2017-01-22 17:14
Review of Kanan: The Last Padawan by Greg Weisman
Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan Vol. 1 - Marvel Comics

This is officially the first graphic novel I have ever read. It is basically a collection of the first six comic books that tell the Star Wars story of the character Kanan from Star Wars Rebels. It was really quick to read, and I enjoyed finding out a bit of the back story of Kanan. The artwork was impressive and I had to keep reminding myself to slow down and enjoy it while reading. I also like that it will be something I can share with my kids.

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review 2017-01-10 02:48
THOR: THE GODDESS OF THUNDER by Jason Aaron
Thor Vol. 1: The Goddess of Thunder - Jason Aaron,Russell Dauterman,Jorge Molina
 

Seems like Thor has become unworthy to wield the hammer. A new Thor claims the hammer and is female. No one knows anything about her. She's not sure why the hammer has claimed her and she's off to fight the bad guys.


This is not a genre I read much. I felt like I dropped into the middle of the story although this is the first volume of Thor: The Goddess of Thunder. I know nothing of her past nor Asgard. It was confusing. This is not a stand alone. Read the early books for better understanding of what is happening. Without the understanding I was lost as to why Thor: The God of Thunder lost his worthiness. The ending is a cliffhanger.

The story is well told. The illustrations enhance the story. If you are into Thor you will enjoy it. It isn't my type of story so I'm not sure if I will finish the series or not.

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text 2016-12-12 20:46
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It's True - Marvel Comics

EAT NUTS KICK BUTTS. Also: NANCY!!!! *heart eyes emoji* (These are my notes for this one verbatim, because I really don’t have anything else to say except that Squirrel Girl continues to be a delight, but also surprisingly complex and thoughtful for a comic series about a girl who’s also a squirrel.)

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