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review 2017-08-20 01:06
Companion, and I believe 'sequel' to Irredeemable
Incorruptible Vol. 1 - Mark Waid,Jean Diaz

I believe Irredeemable came first.   Both series are written by Mark Waid, and if one didn't come after the other, I believe they were both written at the same time. 

 

Irredeemable is about a Superman-like superhero, The Plutonian, who becomes corrupted: he starts murdering, takes the world over in his own way, leaving death, and destruction in his wake.    The stories were meant to parallel each other: one falls, one rises.   

 

I own Irredeemable via Humble Bundle and never really made it a priority.   I was more interested in Incorruptible, the story of Max Danger, a supervillain who gets his own redemptive arc.   This is, in fact, the story of Max Danger trying to save the world from The Plutonian.   I'm actually super into redemptive arcs.   Stephen Strange's origin story is a redemptive arc: he wasn't a villain, but he was a giant jerkface.   He was brought low to learn compassion - and the mystic arcs - and became a much, much better person.   Somehow, starting him off that way wouldn't be the same.   He had to learn humbleness and to value human life, and those lessons made him far humbler than if he'd simply started out that way.   Having worked so hard to become so much better, he's less willing to let that slide.   

 

Redemptive arcs can be amazing.   Max Danger is no Doctor Strange.  He's got a long way to go, but he was motivated to do this himself, and he's got less of a support system.   So far he's doing fine, this is funny, this is entertaining, and it makes me think about what a supervillain would have to go through to make him change so drastically. 

 

It's just the kind of fun I needed today.   

 

That and Whirl orgies.   So many Whirl orgies.   

 

But I decided not to taint BL with that messed up thing I have for Whirl.   Not that much.   

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review 2017-08-20 00:52
Scarecrow
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #4 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

Another of my favorite Batman villains.   Then again, he gets such good villains!  

 

Still not my absolute favorite, but I'm still enjoying this.  It's weird fan service, and I'm into that in general. 

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review 2017-08-20 00:21
Poison Ivy!
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #3 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

I do miss her relationship with Harley, which was, true, more explicit in the comics than the TV show.   (This was on sale on Comixology recently, under their all-age sale, and I don't regret the buck I spent on each issue.   Gotta admit: I'm more excited about a possible Inhumans sale for the IMAX movie and later the TV show premiere at the end of September.)

 

Anyway, I love what they did with Poison Ivy and how everyone worked together to send her back to Arkham.   

 

Still not crazy about the art, and still not finding this the very best crossover, or even media tie-in, that IDW has produced.   (The Ghostbusters/TMNT and Edward Scissorhands ones were WAY better.)

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review 2017-08-20 00:07
So, not my favorite issue
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #2 (of 6) - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

Even with Joker and Harley, I'm becoming less impressed with the art as this goes on.   Then again, I do enjoy how weird it is, how much it makes sense given the weird concept, and how in character everyone is. 

 

It's cute, but it's not IDW's best crossover by far. 

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review 2017-08-14 16:36
One Trick Pony - Nathan Hale 
One Trick Pony - Nathan Hale

I enjoyed this enormously: I liked the juxtaposition of multiple different cultures and societies. The premise was intriguing, the kids are resourceful, the parents believable, the robots were funny. Good set up and good payoff. I would thing this would be insanely popular since it's like to appeal to fans of fantasy and science fiction, to horse people and 

Western people, everyone really, except aliens.

 

My only problem with the book is a technical detail: I had tremendous trouble reading the speech sometimes. Yes, I'm old and the eyes go and dim lighting isn't sufficient anymore et cetera, et cetera, but none of that troubles me when reading anything else. I'm not confident I know what the difficulty was: whether the book pages were too small (for me), or the font size too small (for me), or the contrast not sharp enough (for me). I can't say with any certainty. But it made for an uncomfortable experience. I'm a motivated reader, so I stuck with it, but I can imagine that not everyone would. YMMV

 

Library copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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