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review 2019-03-21 20:52
So I'm gonna share a person story on why I'm not crazy about this...
Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2018-) #1 - Saladin Ahmed,Javier Garron,Brian Stelfreeze

Before Black Bolt, the author, worried by something political that got an artists fired, said his comics wouldn't be political.   Sweet!   Especially since Christians and Jews were targeted by an artist, particularly Jews. 


The author is also palestinian.   Which makes me nervous because the standard lefty views - and yes, the immigration politics in this are lefty - is that Jews should not be allowed to raise their hands in self-defense, especially against palestinians.   Ignore everything, especially the open calls to murder all Jews, from the palestinian leaders, ignore the many murders commited by palestinian terrorists, don't defend yourself. And so I have no safe place: lefty politics in my comics may mean this subtle antisemitism creeping in, and so I refuse to continue with this series if it insists on being political.   I refuse to give money to someone who complains when Jews defend themselves, ignoring the violence against them by his own people. 


I found the storyline decent other than the anxiety provoking aspect of worrying about lefty palestinian politics creeping into Spider-Man, and the art was meh for me, so thus the low rating.  I got this for free as a Marvel Insider - you get points for things, and can get free digital comics with your points - otherwise I wouldn't have read this at all. 

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review 2019-03-21 20:25
Optimus Prime Annual 2018 - John Barber

Thundercracker finally gets to make a movie - although it's Starscream who hires TC to make a heroic epic out of the mess that is Starscream's past. 


And it's as wonderfully hilarious as you'd expect.   


This is going to be a reread, no doubt.

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review 2019-03-21 20:02
I'm all in for everything
West Coast Avengers (2018-) #8 - Kelly Thompson,Eduard Petrovich

At first it was 'meh'.   Then I wanted more humor.   Then I wanted more Gwenpool/Quire.   Now I just have it all: it's fun, it's funny, and the way it uses old villains in a new way?   Add it the mystery surrounding Kate Bishop's murder, and how much fun this has turned out to be and I'm not in it for one aspect; I'm 100% all in this series for everything. 


Great writing, great art, great everything.

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review 2019-03-21 20:00
Wonderful reboot!
Superior Spider-Man (2018-) #3 - Christos N. Gage,Travis Charest

I hadn't dared hoped for another Superior Spider-Man reboot; the first one was overly ambitious, and yet paid off so much.  Then again, it completely replaced Peter Parker with Otto Octavious and this was the overly part of the overly ambitious.   It condemned Parker to an ugly death and elevated Octavious to the one, true Spider-Man, declaring him not only that but superior.   And so this also doomed that series.  


Parker was beloved, and while people might have loved to hate Octavius, to see him attempting to be heroic wearing Parker's face?   It was galling.   And yet I adored Octavius and while I was merely amused by his antics at first, I saw just how much changing how the world treated him changed him.   How seeing the world from a hero's eyes changed him. 


And I fell in love. 


So imagine my delight when not only does Octavius - using a new name - as Spider-Man came back.   Now imagine how lovely it was to find this meet my expectations, even surpass them. 


This is a wonderful series that tries to tackle the implications of the lies Octavius had to tell to make in the world as Spider-Man, all the while being the hero he had hoped to be before.   And the wrinkles are just so much fun as he fights for the world.   I loved to hate him as a villain, and now I love to root him on a hero even more.   Doc Ock?  He really is my superior Spider-Man!

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review 2019-03-21 19:46
Continu to love McGuire's take on this character
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018-) #5 - Seanan McGuire,Bengal,Takeshi Miyazawa

Beautiful, beautiful work.   It's fun, it's full of awesome fight scenes, and doesn't skimp on character development.   Continues to be wonderful. 

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