I just am not into the M.A.S.K franchise. Then again, humans trying to take down Cybertronians? Yeah, I don't side with the humans, so y'know, I was bound to not like M.A.S.K.
Not only that, I didn't find this issue to really be revelatory, or like this background added anything to this event, at least for me. I didn't care one bit about the characters, partly because trying to fight my boys, and partly because they weren't well developed enough for me to care about them.
Still, the storyline makes sense, especially in the context of the Revolution event. The art was awesome, and it was more readable than I suspected when I got this in my grab bag. I wasn't crazy about it, but it was more than passable, so three stars.
When using the original story of The Three Little Pigs, I would use it for second to sixth graders to complete a fairytale study. For this particular study with this book I would have my students read different versions of this story, then compare and contrast each of the different versions. I would then probably have the students write a small report on which version they preferred and why which I would have them share. If I did have to use it with kindergarten or first, I would use it in a readers' theater center, because even if the students can not read the story, odds are they know the story enough to act it out.
Hellcat is the story of a plucky young woman who struggles to make a living and help her friends while overcoming minor problems such as unemployment, homelessness, having died and escaped from Hell, and having the story of her teenage years published without her permission in an embarrassing comic book.
Hellcat has one of the most confusing backstories of any Marvel character, and that is saying a lot. Back when Marvel published other types of comics than superheroes, they published a teenage romance comic called Patsy Walker; imagine Archie comics if Archie was a girl. In the 1970's Marvel made three attempts to introduce a Catwoman knock-off: Tigra, Hellcat, and Black Cat, in that order. In a bizarre plot twist it was revealed that Hellcat was actually Patsy Walker, whose mother had made a deal with the Devil to send her daughter to Hell in her place. Patsy fought her way out of Hell, emerged with superpowers, and became a C list superhero.
Kate Leth's story depicts Patsy as a never-give-up optimist who keeps working as hard as she can despite living in a storage closet in the building of the company that just fired her. Brittney L. Williams' art is manga influenced and very cute without going full chibi, although Natasha Allegri's fill-in issue is full-on chibi.
Hellcat is an example of a recent trend at Marvel of throwing everything at the wall in hopes that something sticks. Out of 20 or 25 relaunched comics a year there are always a couple that are really good. In the last round it was Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel. In this round it is Hellcat and Vision. The problem with these high quality but limited appeal boutique comics is that the creators quickly move on to other projects. I hope Hellcat can survive in this environment, but I am not as optimistic as Patsy Walker would be.
This was a very fun story! The author does a great job telling the story from Madison's point of view, and I love the look even deeper into her thoughts as she writes her blog/diary posts. She's a suprising down to earth, yet crazy character that just has tons of personality.
Her whirlwind beginning of finding out who her family really is, was written very nicely. I love a good melt down scene when the circumstances call for it. And these definitely did - and one was very nicely provided. It helps keep the character real by showing that even she can become overwhelmed.
There are a lot of typical teen problems in the story - boys, looks, fashion, gossip, friends - but because they are typical I believed them. I did figure out the bug mystery before Madison did, but I think that was mostly a lucky guess. I'm very curious to see what is in store next for her.