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review 2017-04-21 16:48
Review of Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1
Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1 - Salvador Larocca,Kieron Gillen

This graphic novel tells the story of Darth Vader following the destruction of the first Death Star. I thought the story was fantastic, and it fills in a few holes in the gap between the Episode IV and Episode V movies. The art was great, and the story was true to Vader's personality. Looking forward to the next one.

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review 2017-04-14 05:01
Young Avengers, Volume 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen
Young Avengers - Volume 1: Style > Substance (Marvel Now) (Young Avengers Graphic Novels) - 'Jamie McKelvie','Kieron Gillen'

The way I stumbled upon this comic is interesting. I first heard about it on BookTube. I heard that it was a great comic so I always kept my eyes open for it. I saw it at the library the other day and decided to bring it home. Then, earlier today, I saw a post about Young Avengers on Tumblr and it piqued my interest. I decided to pick it up and read it. And I did. And I absolutely LOVE everything about this manga.

 

The story follows America, Loki, Wiccan, Hulkling, Hawkeye, and Noh-Varr in trying to set time and space right. I know that doesn't make much sense but I literally can't tell you anything about the story without giving away major plot points. I can say that the story starts off with Wiccan trying to help his boyfriend, Hulkling, feel at ease with their current situation and Loki trying to prevent the worst from happening. It's such an engaging story! I read it a lot faster than I normally read comics because I just HAD to find out what was going on!

 

The artwork is beautiful! I have no complaints about it whatsoever. The colors are vibrant, the character designs are amazing, and the backgroud is breathtaking! I love the art so much!

 

The characters are incredible! This is the first time I've read anything that had America Chavez in it and she is one of my newest favorite hero. She's badass and sassy. I still don't know much about her but I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about her. Loki is so precious. He's a bit of a butt but I love him anyway. He's the perfect blend of hero and villain that I can't help but be drawn to him. Hawkeye and Noh-Varr are not in this much, but what we do get to see of them is good. They are in a relationship and it's a happy and healthy one and that's always a plus in my book!

 

Speaking of characters being in a happy and healthy relationship, Wiccan and Hulkling are just absolutely lovely. This volume focused on their relationship quite a bit and I loved that it's a positive portrayal of a homosexual relationship. I felt the entire story was done respectfully towards them. They are two people in love trying to help each other out when the world is crashing before them. I adore how loving, caring, and supportive they are to each other. It's such a good relationship that my feels just cannot handle! Ah~ 

 

In fact, I love this comic a lot for its diversity. As I've said, there's a positive homosexual relationship and America is a queer Latina who kicks ass! Reading about her in this comic has me quite excited for the current run of America that's being written by Gabby Rivera. I have the first two issues and I cannot wait to read them next! I need more badass queer ladies in my life!

 

Another thing I want to mention before I wrap up this review/gush-fest is how mental illness is portrayed. Billy, (a.k.a. Wiccan) suffers from anxiety and depression. Within the comic, we see a bit of that being touched on. I know from that post on Tumblr that it's something he has struggled with for a long time. I don't know how it's going to be handle in later issues, but in this one, I feel that they handled it well. Obviously, there needs to be more conversations on the topic of mental health, but as an introduction to who Billy is and what he is going through, I think the writers did a good job.

 

In all, I love this comic. It's engaging, fun, interesting, inclusive, diverse, positive, and informative. It's bringing positive awareness for the Queer community and for anyone suffering from a mental illness. I really like what this comic is doing for its characters and audience. I also love that they are adding an extra layer to who Loki is as a character (people are so hard on him). The love between Wiccan and Hulkling is adorable. And America Chavez is awesome. Seriously, if you love Marvel comics then you should definitely pick this one up! It's a great read! However, this does come with a slight trigger warning for attempted suicide. Please keep that in mind before picking this up.

 

Other than that, I hope you end up enjoying this comic. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series the moment I get the chance to!

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review 2017-03-17 22:14
Lovely, bittersweet tale about Logan after Origin
Origin II #1 (of 5) - Kieron Gillen,Adam Kubert

I've never read Origin II; I wasn't that crazy about Origin.   Part of the mystique, part of the wounded duck aspect, that I enjoyed with Wolverine was about him having a past shrouded in amnesia. 

 

Which kind of makes me feel awful, but there was so much to mine there!   Origin didn't do it for me, but this did.  What's better than a hole in Logan's past?   Such a well told tale.   At one point, Logan is living amongst wolves, and in fact is accepted by them - especially the cubs.   Not sure how realistic this is, but it was nice to see Logan fit in so well: he truly cared for the wolves, and they, in their own way, cared for him.   There's no dialogue, although this follows Logan along with his own inner monologue.   The wolves howl, the animals make noises, but Logan never ever talks to them, not in any human language.  

 

It's... nice.   It feels quiet in a way that matches the natural setting this takes place in, and it's just perfect for the dynamic Gillen sets up here. 

 

Another freebie on Comixology.   

 

 

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review 2017-03-15 23:50
Bought this in a buy one, get one free sale
Iron Man Fatal Frontier #1 - Al Ewing,Kieron Gillen

And it was well worth it.  Not sure if I'll get the rest, just because I'm not a massive Al Ewing fan, and I want to get through more of my Comixology backlist first - and boy, is the iPad ever helping with that task.   This was fun, very much an Iron Man story: a woman he's courting, a technological problem worthy of him, and his AI by his side.   

 

When he's quite literally targeted, his Q.U.I.L.L. system doesn't kick in until it's just about too late.   Since it should catch anything extraterrestrial, he believes this is an on-world threat.   Although he still calls in on the Avengers because this is big enough that he almost kills himself trying to stop the two bombs: one directed at his house, one that he has to leave the comfort of his own home to stop. 

 

Rhodes is the first on scene, still too late to really help, and almost too late to really save Tony.   It's fun, it makes me wondering who's targeting him, and I would like to finish this up eventually.    As always, the Infinite comics are worth getting in digital format: they do a lot of fun, exciting things with the panels and it's still new enough, and rarely enough used, that I still find this incredibly fun.   Furthermore, I'm simply not interested enough in, say, the Thanos Infinite to buy it, but I am very interested in owning some Deadpool and Strange/Punisher series.   (I was catching up on those two, actually, which is why I needed this one to round out the BOGO sale.)

 

I'm out of Infinite for now - but glad to see Marvel is still actively putting out these series.  

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review 2016-12-24 16:28
Review: Darth Vader vol. 4: End of Games
Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 4: End of Games - Kieron Gillen,Salvador Larroca

Outstanding. This title is constantly surprising me. Considering that this was the last I picked up, and that my interest level hovered somewhere between five and zero, the fact that it's pulled out ahead as my favorite of the new Marvel SW titles is as shocking as it is pleasing! Presenting an Anakin who is within himself introspective and damaged, and effortlessly and emotionally bridging the gap between the original trilogy and the prequels. And this! This not only provided an extremely satisfying conclusion to this story arc, but included some of the best Star wars writing I've read. When Vader's life support gets shut off? Yeah, that was some strong stuff. Loved it!

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