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review 2017-07-03 14:18
Fantastic!
4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 - Fred Van Lente,Tomás Giorello

I'm really enjoying Valiant lately, and I don't know why I don't read more of it.   (It's edged out by my main companies, and I don't have the money, time or energy to read it all.   I will, however, be looking for Bloodshot Salvation when that comes out.)

 

War Mother is about people living in 4001, people on an Earth that is fully alive, savage, and brutal.   Everything is alive on Earth, and plastics, and mechanical items, are hard to find.   Each sect of people send out scavs - scavengers - to find what they need to live.   When parts of New Japan fall from the sky, the scavs are sent out so the rest of the population can live safely at home.   Ana is a War Mother - a scav for her people - and she lives by a couple rules: reboot the AI she's sent out with for each mission and come back with nothing living.   When she finds an imperious boy fallen from New Japan, however, she takes him back, and is told that he can't come in. 

 

Are her people worth saving if they won't save this boy?

 

Beautifully drawn, and with a keen sense of Ana and who she is and how she fits into the world, and interacts with it, this is just absolutely gorgeous.   The cover by David Mack is one of the things that prompted me to get this mystery bag, and this one comic was worth the price.   Lovely all around.   

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review 2017-06-23 01:03
Loved this!
Ivar, Timewalker Vol. 1: Making History - Fred Van Lente,Clayton Henry

A quick read, but mostly because I really wanted to know what happens.   Ivar, the Eternal Walker - or Timewalker - stops a Dr. Neela Seethi before she creates a time machine.   Why slowly starts to unravel in this first volume, and it's more personal than I expected.   And that's what I love about this: it doesn't shy away from paradoxes, and how to stop them, it doesn't take itself seriously, and at heart, it's about the connections people make and what they'll do to keep them. 

 

Fun, funny, with loads of action, character development, and slick, beautiful art.   

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review 2017-06-17 14:53
Valiant Book Review
The Valiant - Lesley Livingston

EHHH. Not a fan of this one. For the most part I was bored and didn't really get into the characters. I can see a lot of people enjoying this action packed adventure with a pretty bad ass female character. I just wasn't all that into the kidnapping/slavery storyline as well as the added romance. Not for me, but it might be for you. 

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review 2017-06-08 16:07
Wanted this to be a five star
Faith #1 Retailer Exclusive Cover by Stephanie Hans, Source Comics and Games - Jody Houser,Stephanie Hans

I'd heard great things about this series, or at least the mini-series before this, by the same author.  So, needless to say I was psyched to see it in my grab bag.   Except that Faith didn't work for me solo.   Oh, she did on a lot of levels: she's relentlessly cheery, as I've accused of being, so I think part of this was too much of me seeing me in her.   It turns out too much of me, too much of that relentless cheeriness, annoys me, too.   Go figure.  I'll try to be just a shade darker, immediate world, to balance that out and be less relentlessly annoying. 

 

I also didn't really care about Faith's life, gaming and even writing for a website.  I wanted to see more action.   Part of what was great about Faith in a team is that action was foisted upon her, and here not so much. 

 

On the other hand, it was a pretty cool storyline, Faith has a really good life - if not something I find incredibly compelling as reading material - and I got super interested in the twist at the end.   Which was twisted.  I also relate to Faith and her continuing fangirling, so it was nice to see someone nerdy in the same way I am in comics. 

 

I'd be willing to give this another issue, but if the focus is as intensely on Faith's person life as issue two, I'll probably drop this series.  I read comics for action, and so much like Cavalier and Klay - perfect book for me on first glance - I don't really want to read the behind the scenes, all the details about a personal life.  I want the soap opera dramatics, and super powered fights.   I want it all. 

 

Work the personal life around that, and I'm a happy camper.   I think Faith could easily find this balance, but this first issue makes me wonder if it will because I felt it was completely disproportionately skewed towards the personal life.

 

 

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review 2017-05-03 18:45
Fanservice! So much fanservice!
Valiant High #1 (of 4) - Derek Charm,Daniel Kibblesmith,David Lafuente

So.   Much.   

 

It's one of those 'we'll make that fandom high school students' fanfiction, except it's legit! Which means that unlike the main problem of the cafe/high school fanfics - not enough drama - this has plenty to spare, and seems to be fairly true to Valiant's main universe.   Not only that, I think I see seeds of some of the storylines in here, although they are tamped down a little.   (Also, Bloodshot coaching high school children.   So many giggles.  So many.)

 

I'm actually almost slightly embarrassed to admit how much I liked this.  It's not the regular Valiant universe, that's for sure, but it is fun!  It's nice to strip the Valiant universe of some of it's politics and real world-type angst - adult angst - and get a little lovesick, mooning teenage angst.   Because it's somewhat easier to slip in something fun, something a little lighter, especially with Faith, and I just really needed this yesterday.   Thank you, Valiant!

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