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review 2017-05-22 04:37
Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak
Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak (Rebirth... Justice League Vol. 2: Outbreak (Rebirth) - Bryan Hitch

This volume starts off in the middle of a battle between the Justice League and some kind of being that spreads fear. After the team seemingly defeats it, they all split off only to get hit again with the fear causing everyone to lash out in different ways. Aquaman and Wonder Woman decide to conquer the world together to save everyone. Superman decides he must kill Batman. Cyborg and Baz lash out at those around them during a friendly football game between friends out of fear of being rejected for being different. While on a date together, Flash starts acting like a jerk to everyone and Jessica locks herself in the restaurant freezer to shut out the world. After some painful dialogue from everyone as they fight off the fear, Jessica decides to quit the Justice League because she feels she isn't ready for this. And that's the only consequence we see from this little arc in the rest of the book. Nothing is mentioned about Aquaman and Wonder Woman's declaring of war. No damage control for any of the public breakdowns some of the heroes had. I just have to wonder what the point of it all was.

 

It just feels like the book is going for emotional payoffs that it hasn't put any effort into building toward. Jessica suddenly asking Flash out wasn't the result of a building relationship between the two. Her choice to quit the team due to feelings of inadequacy felt abrupt. This is supposed to be a team book, but there's not any focus on how they are as a team. The fear arc feels like it should come after work has been put into establishing everyone much better as characters and team mates. An arc exposing the cracks in the team doesn't pack much of a punch if I haven't really gotten a good idea of what the team is like together. And it especially doesn't pack a punch if all consequences of the arc are then ignored. The end of the book even lessened the impact of Jessica quitting by having her join in the big battle of the next arc and saying she'll always be there to help. So she'll fight with the team still, but just won't say she's on the team.

 

The second arc in this volume started off with a premise that I found hard to buy. Apparently the giant world-wide crisis of the previous volume that they had such a difficult time with only had a single casualty. I don't understand how only a single person died from all of that. And then we get a computer virus so great it can hack into anything including Cyborg and Baz's ring. I'll admit the Lantern Corps is an area I'm not as familiar with, but I really didn't think their rings could be infected with a computer virus. Is that something I just completely missed? Because it just seems really ridiculous. I don't like it.

And the whole virus ends up being an accident by a girl who just wanted to make a better search engine and ended up with an app that could take on the Justice League without even trying for that. And they needed her help the take care of the problem in the end.

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There were just too many elements of the story I was questioning for me to enjoy it. And it didn't have any good character moments to make up for things.

 

This Justice League run is not impressing me. The first volume was boring. This one was just painful.

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review 2017-05-20 03:58
All-New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters
All-New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters - Tom Taylor,David López

Laura Kinney (X-23) taking on the mantle of Wolverine after Logan’s death is a premise I feel conflicted about. On one hand, who better to be Wolverine than his clone? On the other hand, it feels like a step back for her because she is his clone. Part of Laura’s journey has been establishing herself as her own person separate from her creators’ intended purpose of her being Wolverine’s replacement. Which is why Laura taking on the mantle of Wolverine feels like a step back on being her own person.

 

That being said, this was a fun book for Laura and I loved seeing her being a hero. Laura gets to deal with some clones of her own. Her dynamic with them was excellent. One of the clones, Gabby, was particularly adorable. I can’t wait to see more of Laura and Gabby together.

 

Laura’s new story is a great showing for her overall, even if I am a bit worried about her losing her own identity by taking on the mantle of the man she was cloned from. I definitely plan on enjoying her time as the Wolverine, but I’ll also be waiting for her to step back out of Logan’s shadow and claim her own identity. She deserves that.

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text 2017-05-13 13:56
The Emperor and I - still reading, still enjoying

I love this bit from chapter 13.5 (speech bubbles are read from right to left):

 

 

Kosuke, the guy in the picture, has a crush on Kaho, the series' main character. But all of Kaho's time, energy, and attention is focused on Emperor. This is somehow made even better by the fact that Emperor continues to not be very loving or cuddly. He does seem to have preferences, but they boil down to "everyone but Kosuke" "not Kosuke." Kaho loves Emperor without needing any signs that Emperor loves her in return.

 

Although I did hate the timing of this interlude. Emperor was maybe in danger! I needed to know that he'd be okay! (Don't worry, everything turned out fine. Although I have so many questions about Emperor's existence. Some penguin rules apply to him, but several key things do not.)

 

Oh, and here's a screenshot of Kaho's bird-loving friend lecturing Kosuke on the difference between emperor and king penguins. He had just made the mistake of giving Kaho a toy penguin of the wrong sort! Gasp! (This is from Chapter 16.5.)

 

 

If you can't tell, I recommend this series. :-)

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text 2017-05-12 12:59
The Emperor and I by mato, Chapters 1-6

This is totally going to be my lunchtime reading today. It's strangely soothing.

 

Some notes:

 

- I love that Emperor is just sort of there, this hulking bird that has decided to live with them.

 

- I love Dad. He comes in at Chapter 5, I think, and is initially stunned at the appearance of a penguin in his home while he was away on a business trip. He adjusts quickly.

 

- Chapter 6 has a cat! And mato is just as good at drawing cats as penguins.

 

- I wish tapping on the left side of the screen turned the page (I'm reading on my phone). It looks like only swiping works, though.

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photo 2017-05-12 01:50

I feel like this needs a third component -- maybe a personality quirk column, for example: Evil Butler, Addicted to Pokemon.

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