logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: avengers-related
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-05-15 00:32
So, yay!
Avengers (2016-) #7 - Mark Waid,Phil Noto,Alex Ross

When the Infamous Iron Man - and by this I mean Victor Von Doom, who dons Iron Man armor all the while doing things like taking out brilliant scientist who are amoral, or just flat out evil - tells the Avengers he needs them to work for them, well, they're all skeptical.   Except, oddly enough, Nadia Pym, who has taken up the mantle of The Wasp, and and who has a messed up childhood in which her scientific acumen saved her from having to kill anyone in the red room.   She might not like Von Doom personally - although she does get chummy with him - although I believe this is partly her not fully understanding what he'd done and partly her optimism, which is, at times naive.   (Even Von Doom concedes that she's naive, and I imagine it would hard to be anything but given how sheltered she was in Russia; coerced into her actions, yes, but she didn't see much of the world.  I also believe this is what allows her to not fully comprehend who Dr. Doom is: she hasn't witnessed, or been affected, by his past actions in a concrete way.   Her childhood could leave her cynical and wary of everyone, or her optimism could remain intact, partly by a willful ignorance of things like what Doom's done.   And on one hand, I love her childlike belief that people will be good, or at least that the good people will prevail, but on the other hand... I think willful ignorance has to play into this in some part, due to what she's been through.   I end up landing at 'but this allows her to deal with her own trauma and to be a hero,' so I'm okay with that.   The girl's been through enough that I'm not going to lash out at her for dealing with things the way she needs to.)

 

Anyway, Doom explains he needs them to explore something somewhere he can't go.   But where would that be?   A girl's camp, of course.   It would cause panic.  I also feel like Doom might be scared of your more typical teenage girls, so also in the future?   If Doom turns evil again, just hide the people he's targeting amongst teen girls.   Him being afraid of them, though, is hilarious.   Although I suspect that he could have done this on his own, despite his reasonable objections.   He could have, and would have, told himself that it was for the greater good and gone in despite his list of reasons this was a bad idea.     And the brilliant thing about this is I bought them all, hook, line and sinker.   I got so engrossed I didn't second guess things, and playing this off with humor helped me let down my shields.    

 

Dr. Doom has an ulterior motive and one that I didn't come close to guessing.   It's also something that makes me think the the might truly be good - or at the very least not villainous.   (His tactics put him strictly as an anti-hero, at least, and while I might root for The Punisher, I don't think of him as a good man.   He's more a fleshed out revenge fantasy, really.   And hey, I love it enough to be following the current series and I followed others, but he's not purely a hero, nor in my list of good characters.)

 

I'm really enjoying this run of Waid's.   And while the art on the first six issues was excellent from a technical standpoint, I wasn't digging it as much as I had other artists takes on this team.   I'm preferring Noto, particularly his take on Vision.   I started reading Avengers for my eye candy - Vision - so not enjoying him as much visually in the first six issue did impact some of my readings and reviews.  (And I think my friends know I have no problem calling out subpar work; this was not that.   It was simply a personality clash, mostly because I'm super picky about Vision.)

 

I'm eager to pick up more of this series.   I also did some research: it looks like Phil Noto is filling in for two issues, and then Del Mundo takes up the art duties again.   I know artists can get to the point where they need breaks, and I know this bothers some people.   I actually understand, and even can enjoy these breaks.   While I'd been hoping Noto would stay on just because I objectively enjoy his art more, I can't emphasize enough how good Del Mundo is, and I can't say I'm upset that he'll be coming back.   (I did more research: the majority of reviews seem to enjoy the art much more than I do.   Which goes right back to this being a 'me' thing.)

 

Love, love, love.   This issue in particular balanced the humor and suspense, and I feel like it revealed a lot about The Wasp.   Even though I knew how good hearted she was, this showed me she was even more optimistic and idealistic than I suspected.   And even if there's that element of naivety to make her that way, I quickly ended up deciding that this made me love her all the more.   I'd enjoy seeing more of Nadia taking a larger role in the Avengers, especially after this issue. 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-05-13 00:52
Duggan's last issue
Uncanny Avengers (2015-) #23 - Gerry Duggan,Pepe Larraz,Ryan Stegman

Gerry Duggan is leaving this series, and Jim Zub is going to continue starting with issue 24.   This is bittersweet for me: I loved Zub's Glitterbomb, but Duggan has been one of the consistent must read authors for me in the Marvel stable of writers.   I fell in love with his Deadpool runs, and have suggested people start with them when reading Deadpool.   (Despite his long history, I can't emphasize how much Duggan managed to balance the political satire, outright zaniness, with emotionally fueled storylines that made me care about the character and what was happening to him.   Other writers tended to focus more on the first two, which was fun, but felt like it was treading water after a while; only Duggan made me want to stay on board with this character for the long haul because of his creating a family for Wade Wilson, and giving him a reason to really try to be better.   It hurt more when he failed on occasion, but I felt more.)

 

So, I was going to talk about last issue, especially as this issue referenced a big smooch that I didn't remember.  I'm not sure how - this never happens to me - but I managed to, um, not read last issue, which is why I didn't remember that.   It's fairly big as it wasn't between two characters I expected, so I'm eager to figure out what happened.  I'm also slightly embarrassed.  I never do this, dammit, and I'm anal about reading in order.  I must have put this in my 'read' comics pile and then forgot to double check.   This is the first time this has happened in years, so I don't usually have to double check myself.   On the other hand, this might be a good thing: I have another Uncanny Avengers that Duggan wrote, and hey, it's new to me!   (Which makes my anger at myself over this mistake more forgivable.   I'm actually stoked to read this and have been putting it off for a while, to be honest.   Duggan, if you've forgotten, is the comic book author who was absolutely fucking fine with punching a nazi in the face.   And my love for him, like, doubled when I saw these tweets.  So, yes, a last Uncanny Avengers written by him is a Big Thing for me, and kept me on board with Deadpool AND got me to buy the first Guardians of the Galaxy when Secret Empire was giving me reasons to look over my Marvel list and what I might cut down on buying.)

 

Between Rogue and Deadpool and Beast figuring out why Wonder Man is back, and Synapse trying to help Cable, and figuring out who Stryfe is, there's enough here to overcome my initial hesitancy when I realized I'd messed up early on.   I didn't really have the energy to search for issue #22, and plowed ahead.  I felt like I'd missed a little, but overall, this story stood up on it's own: there's Rogue's continued ability to fly - and the implication that she's still as strong as Wonder Man - and Cable's story that I ended up getting very quickly engrossed in this issue and forgetting that I needed to go back eventually. 

 

Lovely.   Even thought I felt this wasn't quite as much as a goodbye as some final issues were, I'm kind of glad: it made me feel that things would continue on as normal next month.   And hey, I have Duggan on Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy to look forward to in the future!

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-04-27 00:25
Oh, yes, please!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #18 - Amy Reeder,Brandon Montclare,Amy Reeder,Natacha Bustos

I'm still loving Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.   Lunella Lafayette, aka Moon Girl, is stumped when it comes to fighting off an invasion of Doombots, especially since she's used to fighting on her own - and more recently depending only on Devil Dinosaur.   Devil might be unintelligent enough to be a pain in the ass, but at the same time, Lunella knows he's well meaning and loyal enough to be considered a tried and true friend.   She might yell at him, or even tell him he's a big dum-dum, but underneath it all, they have a friendship that's based on mutual respect.   (Lunella yells at him and calls him a dum-dum for a couple reasons, ranging from the fact that he often times can get in the way to the fact that she's the smartest person on the planet and until very recently, no one would acknowledge this, or would help her find a way out of the boring hell hole of her school life.   She'd get frustrated, and take it out on him, but... she also praises him, and very obviously cares a great deal about him and his well being.  Honestly, her yelling at him bothers me, even though I realize that it's frustration from her home life, and that Devil doesn't seem to mind, or really even be aware of how wrong what she's saying is.)

 

Still, despite this minor complaint, I love both how Moon Girl figured out how to defeat the Doombots and the epiphany she had about what it said about her and how she interacts with the world around her.   It also makes me think that with this knowledge, and with her friends supporting her, she may stop treating Devil Dinosaur the way she does.   Maybe not, because learned habits can be hard to kick - but one can hope, especially since superheroes are supposed to be the best of us.   Which means, in this case, that I'm hoping she does better sooner rather than later.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2017-04-07 23:57
An ending to the Kang War story
Avengers (2016-) #6 - Mark Waid,Mike Del Mundo,Alex Ross

This felt a bit anticlimactic, in that it was too easy to fix given how big the problem was, and how long they'd been fighting for this.  However, it makes sense that Jen uses her lawyer brain to stave off Kang, and Hank Pym uses his scientist brain to fix things.   Basically, this was in character and gave me Vision.  I just like the Vision - and even the writing of Vision - more in Champions #7 which I just read, so I wasn't as enthusiastic about this issue as I would have been otherwise. 

 

Still, Waid's given me solid writing and he also wrote Champions #7.   I suspect it was the fact that Vision was showing some paternal caring for Viv that did it for me: I like that he has a family and takes care of his daughter, but it never comes up in Avengers.   (Which seems weird to me.   'Oh, I'm gonna go on this mission that may kill me and I won't even double check to be sure my daughter's okay.'   It seems super weird given that he does obviously care for her and insists she calls if she'll be late for dinner in Champions.   Even weirder is that the same writer is writing both series.)

 

Ah, well, I'll have Champions again next month!

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
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!

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?