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review 2019-06-05 20:54
Alright, So Ruckley's winning me over
Transformers (2019-) #4 - Brian Ruckley

He's still not at Roberts level, or hasn't reached the heights of Barber or Scott at their best, but he's winning me over.   It's more tense, it's better, it's not all fucking Rubble - who still annoys the crap out of me*, and Barricade is alive again.  Took a while to get there, but I'm glad I stuck out the first couple issues which I, quite frankly, hated after the MTMtE and LL runs.   (And yes, RiD, OP, TAAO, and all the one shots and trilogies were pretty damn good too.)

 

Look, this hasn't reached five star level - not even at issue six, which I've read.   (I'm still a month behind on reviews!)    But it's getting better. 

 

*look, if I want to see through anyone's eyes, it's not a baby OC, okay?   

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review 2019-06-04 19:51
An All Around Likable Read (Spoilers Ahead)
Ship It - Britta Lundin

Going in, I knew I was either going to really enjoy this book or really dislike it. While it did get a three-star rating, it was on the higher end. The author did a great job of conveying the best sides of fandom and the worse sides of what fandom can bring out in people. Being in several fandoms myself, I could relate to several instances throughout the book. Such as seeing a lack of representation within series; that just merely hint or outright queerbait. Because it's something that continues to happen, and that is highly problematic. I could appreciate the author touching on this issue.
On the other hand, while likely intentional Claire, one of the main protagonists in the story took things way too far. Especially when it came to making sure her ship happened no matter what. It was seen as an overall duty to the fandom, so much so that she pushes her to be love interest out of the picture. Seeing her as a distraction. Which was very off-putting and made it hard to root for Claire when she became obsessed with her goal. She even goes so far at some point to write a fanfiction that involves the actor and his costar as themselves.

 

That in itself is a massive violation, in my opinion, and a breach of trust. Which all the issues that happened do get wrapped up and dealt with. From memory, I don't think there was anything that was left unresolved. There weren't any holes for the most part, which I was very impressed with the writer for drawing things to a close. As for Forest, the other main protagonist, he's an excellent example of someone who's clearly ignorant but doesn't choose to stay ignorant throughout the entire book. To be honest, I think watching him grow was my favorite part about the entire book. It was very satisfying to watch as someone whose closeminded to the situation around them slowly begins to get it. As for the romance in this book, it was cute, albeit, but there were times where I could have taken it or left it. Mainly because most of the book it's Claire is obsessed with making her ship canon. While equally trying to push her feelings for Tess away. I'm definitely not trying to invalidate how anyone feels about coming out.

 

I guess I just didn't understand why Claire was so freaked out about coming out. Considering her parents were very liberal and stated numerous times that they were okay with it. Plus it didn't seem like she was worried about the backlash from her peers. So I am honestly stumped by that one. Like I get not wanting to be loud and proud. But the fact that she was uneasy about even telling her parents; I guess I don't get it. My main issue was when Tess to get back at Claire for telling her friends that she liked fandom things was to take it upon herself to out Claire to her mother. Yes, she later apologizes for it, but that is not something you do at all. That is highly unsafe and frankly shitty whether the situation is dangerous or not. It's not a person's place to say anything, regardless of who they are and certainly not over something so petty as anger. That for the most had me feeling just meh at the relationship, despite the fact that Tess apologizes.

 

All that aside, I did enjoy this read even if I had issues with several points of the book. The fact that the matters were resolved and done so in a strong way made me enjoy this story. You could also see growth in Claire's character, and that was equally enjoyable to experience. I think many people can relate if they are in fandom, especially a fandom that may be guilty of queerbaiting on the regular. I would recommend this book for the sheer fact that it's a short, fun read, and the author clearly gets both sides of the fandom.

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review 2019-05-09 20:39
Done with this series
Optimus Prime #25 - John Barber

And only because this is the last issue.   Very sad.   At the same time, I'm happy that it didn't get dragged on so long that it became tedious or stale.   So again, mixed feelings, but mostly I want to cry revisiting that this was the final issue. 

 

Highly recommend this series, though. 

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review 2019-05-09 20:17
I'm torn
Optimus Prime #24 - Andrew Griffith,John Barber

This is coming to a close - but it's so good.   So how good it is makes me happy, while the fact that this series is coming to an end?   Makes me so sad I could curl up into a ball and weep.   

 

All.  Day.   Long.   

 

Anything I say about this, as far as plot and all, seems so wrapped up in previous issues and the Unicron mini-series that ends this all, so I'm not going to say.  I'm just going to say that I have mixed feelings about this all.   

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