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review 2017-10-06 23:02
Fun, touching, and a little sad
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015-) #22 - Natacha Bustos,Brandon Montclare

Illa, the girl-who-is-a-moon, and daughter of Ego the Living Planet wants one thing: not to be alone.   She would, in fact, like to speak to her father, a father who doesn't seem to know what to say or do with her, other than watch her and watch over her.   

 

But she's both a moon and child.  She needs contact with somebody and in particular with her parents.   Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur try to figure out what's going on with Ego and to help them connect. 

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review 2017-10-06 22:31
Love, love, love!
Black Bolt (2017-) #6 - Leonard Bacon;Joseph Parrish Thompson;Richard Salter Storrs;Henry Ward Beecher;Joshua Leavitt;Henry Chandler Bowen;Theodore Tilton;William Hayes Ward;Hamilton Holt;Harold de Wolf Fuller;Fabian Franklin;Christian Archibald Herter,Saladin Ahmed

Somehow this perfect series gets better, more horrifying, and yet throughout that more heartwarming as well.   Perfect ending!

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review 2017-10-06 21:43
Just lovely
Black Bolt (2017-) #5 - Saladin Ahmed,Christian Ward

Horrific storyline, with grotesque revelations, but this is hauntingly told, lushly illustrated, and just the perfect book, a book that Black Bolt deserves.   Favorite character, author, illustrator, and book. 

 

Love, love, love.  

 

I love everything about this and wish I had time to write a longer review, but I can't.  I want to read the next issue and catch up with comics since I only have one day a week that I really allow myself to read right now.   I can only afford Friday's at this point, so it's going to have to be a very short review.   This series is absolutely a fantastic place to start reading about the Inhumans: it explains what it needs to in story, without feeling like an info dump, and it's pretty much a stand alone story.   A newbie to this fandom would do well starting with this series, in face. 

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review 2017-09-22 19:44
Missing the humor
Transformers: Lost Light #9 - James Roberts,Priscilla Tramontano

And the real problem is that as serious, and mind-bending, and tragic, and thoughtful as this book gets, the humor is really what ties this all together.   It's not that Roberts can't wring a gut-wrenching story that I lapped up without the humor - but because I've seen how he handles it with humor, I know there's something missing. 

 

The real problem for me is within all this tension?   The humor broke it up.   And there just wasn't as much, and it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny for me, and I kinda ached for that. 

 

Still, the whole issue of selling grief is compelling, especially when the reality is shown to be different than the concept: it's eerie to know that even though we knew it was going to happen, we didn't know what it would look like in the end.   Then again, neither did anyone in the book. 

 

I'm sure this will be a continuing theme - and I want to see how it plays out.   Soon, I'm sure.   Soon.

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review 2017-08-13 01:44
Still loving this series
Transformers: Lost Light #8 - James Roberts,Jack Lawrence

Although I think a lot of it has a More Than Meets the Eye vibe, especially in this issue.   Not better than the previous issues, just different, even more familiar.  I loved the alternative universe, although it changed a lot of dynamics: how characters saw each other, how the action played out, some of the humor.   Revelations changed people.   Loses changed more dynamics.  

 

And perhaps losing Megatron skewed this back to feeling like the beginning of this series a bit, although arguably the addition of the femmes - Nautica, Anode, Lug, Velocity and so on - add something that MTMtE didn't have at the beginning. 

 

Then again, being in a familiar universe allows Roberts some freedom: to bring them to a planet where everything is sold and bought, even grief, and where they can have some old school, somewhat tangential adventures.   (Some are tied to finding the Knights of Cybertron and Cyberutopia.   Some of are not.   But some of the stories that were least tied to the grand finding Cyberutopia storyline were also the most fun.   I'm glad that this is not going to be non-tangential: Roberts has never been afraid of diverging from the larger plot, although he never does so without adding more to his mythos, his characterizations and doing a lot with the world and sub-plots.   Still, the AU story was fairly contained, less tangential, and this issue makes me realize how much I wanted an action/mystery based slightly tangential story, and how perfect this timing was.)

 

I love the way this series is evolving and I love what they're doing with Skids.   (And wondering if Arcee will get wind of this and do something for Sideswipe, although I think the might be a lost cause and she might accept it at this point in time.   She wouldn't have earlier, but she just might now.)

 

I'm afraid for Lotty, for Anode, for Lug, for Nautica.  I'm afraid for the rest of the crew, because things like this are never self-contained with Roberts: this will have consequences.  It might not be immediate, it might be years down the line, but it's going to happen, I won't be able to see it coming, and it's exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. 

 

And since I tweet these to him, and since he reads his reviews, I hope I don't embarrass him, but I can't think of a single author that excites me more.   It's not just the stories, it's the way I think about them, find new things in them when I reread them.  It's breathlessly waiting for the new issues.  I can't think of another author who consistently takes me on these roller coasters to the point that Roberts does.   And I think I look forward to these issues more than any other writing that comes out. 

 

Sadly, I didn't get to this issue as soon as I normally do.   Weird couple of weeks, but I did get it out before the next issue, and I read all my new comics backlog including this so I can hopefully get to issue nine immediately when it comes out!

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