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review 2017-05-05 01:14
Nice addition this week.
All-New Wolverine (2015-) #13 - Tom Taylor,Nicole Virella,David Lopez

Along with the codes for the digital issues, we get one free comic a week.  I suspect I'll have some, but not others.   (I'm also hoping I might end up getting some of the codes that I didn't get earlier during the 'no codes' months now.  Maybe in a while?)

 

That being said, this was fun.   Laura might seem paranoid when she gets her trigger scent - which is explained in this comic - sent to her house, but for those aware of her history?   She doesn't really seem that paranoid at all.   Afraid, she piles her sister. their dog, and their statue of a pelican into the car.   (Because Gabby won't leave without the statue, even if it's intimate.   And I love that Laura understands Gabby enough to know she'll need this. and instead of putting up a fight, just gives in and agrees that no man, even an intimate pelican man, gets left behind.)

 

When the cabin in the woods - the start of a horror movie with a zombie apocalypse. Gabby points out - that Logan owned and has apparently left to Laura loses power, Laura goes into town to see if she can get candles if the power is out there. too.   It is.   Phones, even cell phones, aren't working either.   What's a girl to do when the power is out and the pumps won't give you gas - and your trigger scent is rained down on you?

 

Guess she'll just have to have a blackout berserker rage that puts Logan's to shame after her physical and mental conditioning.   

 

I'm not one hundred percent she did the things everyone thinks at the end of this, just because it seems obvious. and whoever's setting this up has power and money.   And all the knowledge about her.   I'm wondering if someone else will be found at fault. and I'm almost tempted to buy the next issue.   I think I'll wait for a sale, though, since Marvel is still dicking me around.   

 

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review 2017-04-07 23:21
The Freelancers vs. The Champions
Champions (2016-) #7 - Mark Waid,Humberto Ramos

The Freelancers are young, super powered, bored, and want money.   They are in it for themselves, and screw anyone who gets in their way - and thus they are the opposites of The Champions.   And when they try to drag the Champions' names through the mud, the young heroes have to stick up for themselves, without causing further harm to their name, and without betraying their own principles - the same principles that caused Nova, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel to split from the Avengers.   So when Vision offers to help, The Champions decide.   They refuse to fight dirty - and while this gets them out of one jam, it proves to get them in another, far stickier situation, too. 

 

Hopefully, they'll be able to fix things in the end, but until then?   Well, things aren't looking too bright for these heroes.  I love how they stick together, refuse help that feels dirty in any way to them, and get things done without breaking or even bending their owl morals.  

 

This is hopeful, and inspiring, and just what the world - worlds, both Marvel and real - need right now.   

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review 2017-04-07 13:34
So this series is getting cancelled - maybe
Ghost Rider (2016-2017) #5 - Felipe Smith,Felipe Smith,Danilo Beyruth

I keep holding out hope that it will get back to the community and things that made the first series interesting, like Robbie's attempts to balance his work life, taking care of Gabe, and his crush on this girl.   Or even just the sweet, brotherly relationship that Robbie and Gabe have, where Robbie knows that Gabe is really dependent on him, and since their parents skipped out on them, he's all Gabe has.   To be fair, this issue does dig into what kind of relationship Robbie has with Eli, who gives him the powers of the Ghost Rider, but it's not nearly enough. 

 

It's stuffed with guest stars, most of whom I like, but it's still not enough because what I wanted wasn't here: the basic storytelling that told us more about who Robbie was by showing us how he related to Gabe and the general community around him. 

 

I'm not sorry to see this go.   Loved the original run, and I was hoping it would be more like that - not in a copycat, telling the same exact story way, but just the general feel of the thing. 

 

PS - I am caught up with reviews, yay!

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review 2017-04-07 13:00
Nope, nope, nope
X-Force (1991-2002) #1 - Fabian Nicieza,Rob Liefeld,Rob Liefeld

There's very little setting in this: I'm not sure when this happened in relation to the general Marvel world, and this gives me very little to go on.   Truthfully, being so insular wouldn't be so bad, but this gets convoluted, and bored the hell out of me.   Add to that fact that I didn't feel the art was spectacular enough to really grab me, and I'm not looking to read more of this series. 

 

Freebie.  Either free on Comixology or via the digital codes, and I won't be reading more of this series. 

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review 2017-03-23 00:46
Loving this again!
Uncanny Avengers (2015-) #21 - Gerry Duggan,Kevin Libranda,Adam Kubert

So the thing is that I keep going 'eh' about this series, then loving it again.   I'm not sure why; I love Duggan's writing in general.   Not only that, this happened in Deadpool, but I understand why.  Deadpool, as a character, can be overwhelming, not only to the audience, but, I suspect, to the writers as well.   It explains why Way's run felt like it was treading water, and why Duggan's run could have been that - if he hadn't found the balance of the outrageousness, the social commentary allowed by breaking the fourth wall constantly, and the emotional aspect of Deadpool's new family. 

 

So I ended up loving this series, a Deadpool-centric Avengers, but.... it felt like it was losing it's way again.   And then it wasn't.  Now it isn't.  

 

It's got a strong emotionally resonant storyline with the Red Skull, and him fighting the X-Men and mutants once again.  But especially the X-Men who were trained by Xavier.   Even Deadpool is trying to save Rogue from killing the Red Skull. 

 

But that ending was so... logical.   Of course Rogue would do that instead.   After all, if Xavier's power is living in his brain, perhaps she think Xavier lives there still?   And even if not, simply having the Skull using Xavier's power itself was an insult to the man, a misuse of his power he would never have allowed if he were capable of fighting back at all. 

 

Even if they can't literally save Xavier, they can save his power from the dreadful corruption it's been put through, and well, Xavier was a father to many of the unwanted and cast out mutant children whom he sheltered, taught, and, yes, even loved as if they were his own children.   He is beloved - and of course the X-Men would never let this stand. 

 

The question is will anyone find them - and if they do, will they help, hinder, or even consider what Rogue is doing immoral or illegal.   Also, there's a question in my mind of if Cap will show up given that recent fuckery which makes me rage all over the place, because why, Marvel?

 

Still, I'm so super excited about this series again right now.

 

 

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