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review 2017-06-09 18:27
Love this
FCBD 2017: All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 (All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy (2017-)) - Aaron Kuder,David Marquez,Gerry Duggan,Brian Michael Bendis

Marvel may be completely tone deaf when it comes to, let's say, one particular event their running right now.   They also have a lot of series that look like they won't be touched by said event: the Guardians and the Royals are in space, so it looks like Guardians of the Galaxy, I Am Groot, Royals and Black Bolt are safe, at least for now.   Luckily, the Defenders looks like a safe bet, too, if only because it looks like it's based on the TV shows on Netflix, or at least an amalgamation of the shows and the comics.   


And Marvel's FCBD books tend to follow the same pattern: new stories that highlight new series, or events, that they hope are huge.   That event, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Defends are up this year; I already spoke about the other comic, and this year?   Guardians makes sense.   Written by the author who wrote Deadpool, and tying into the movies.  Defenders ties into the upcoming Defender series, based on the four series thy already have out: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist in that order.   (And I always hated the name Power Man; I'm glad Luke seems to be dropping that all around.   My friend asked me if I was serious and when I said 'yes,' he nailed why I hated that name: it's so generic.)


The Guardians is written by Duggan and is just hilarious.  I didn't think I'd be into the new Defenders - I've spoken about my Bendis fatigue, and yes, he writes Defenders.   However, I actually truly enjoyed this: it had some angst and a vicious circle of destroying ones enemies.  Looking forward to seeing where this series goes, although I'll most likely take it out of the library or buy it on sale later.

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text 2017-05-22 16:39
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 400 pages.
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 1 - Sara Pichelli,David Marquez,Chris Samnee,Brian Michael Bendis

I'm halfway tempted to do what I never do, and follow up a graphic novel with another graphic novel; this looks SO good! it's probably not going to happen--Disclaimer will likely prevail--but I am looking forward to Miles Morales as my gatekeeper to the Ultimates Universe, or whatever I'm supposed to be calling it. the added bonus: flipping through this, and reading the back cover, has revealed a Mysterio presence, AND a Prowler presence...two of my fave raves! so, soon, no doubt.

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review 2017-05-09 03:57
Civil War II
Civil War II - Brian Michael Bendis,David Marquez

When an Inhuman with the ability to see the future appears, Captain Marvel sees an opportunity to prevent problems before they happen. However, Iron Man sees this as a slippery slope and opposes what he sees as an abuse of power. Their disagreement causes the entire superhero community to pick sides and face off against one another.


This only got two stars because the art is absolutely gorgeous. I may have hated the plot, but I loved looking at it as it played out. If the art could have been paired up with a story I liked, I would have been thrilled.


To be fair to the book, its very premise put it at a disadvantage to having me like it. I hate superhero stories that feature heroes fighting heroes. There are exceptions that have managed to win me over, but for the most part, I spend this kind of story incredibly frustrated as the heroes behave like bratty children who resort to violence first and generally stop behaving like the heroes they typically are. And this was not one of those exceptions.


Characters just felt needlessly antagonistic to one another just to push the plot along as they all seemed to forget how to speak rationally with one another or act in logical ways. They just made ridiculous decisions simply to push the plot along rather than it being a rational way to act. Like when a vision shows Hulk going on a rampage, they’re solution is to have everyone go and surround Banner’s place and confront him even though he’s been Hulk-free for a year now. If Banner really could transform still, their actions seemed like a really good way of triggering that instead of talking to Banner in a calm and less intimidating way.

And then one of the heroes murders Banner in cold blood anyways and gets away with it.

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This was the point I knew I’d hate everyone on Captain Marvel’s side.


And her side just kept getting worse. They started arrested people and holding them for crimes that they hadn’t yet committed. I don’t understand how I’m supposed to see the sides as both having a point when one side is arresting people for nothing and holding them without a trial or anything. I really don’t get why so many heroes would join that side.


The whole conflict felt like it escalated so quickly and no one was willing to rationally discuss anything. I couldn’t understand why characters were acting the way they were and what their reasoning was for the side they chose. And I really don’t understand why so many of them were drawn into this conflict. It didn’t feel like the kind of dispute that would involve the entire superhero community.


The art really is the only thing I enjoyed here. This was a great example of why I hate stories about superheroes fighting one another. They usually end up making everyone look bad.

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review 2016-07-30 14:07
Another last issue on MU
Invincible Iron Man (2015-) #5 - David Marquez,Brian Michael Bendis

Yeah, I'm blowing through a bunch of series I wanted to catch up on, and at a pretty fast pace.  I love comics partly for this: I can read a whole bunch and feel way, way more productive reading wise than I really am.   


The Madame Masque storyline is wrapped up with the help of Doom and Strange.   That being said, Doom is also out of the way, MJ is on her way to being fully integrated into this series and right now it looks like the high tech ninjas will be dealt with next.   That would make sense, and so would bringing in War Machine.   After all, Rhodey could help, and the whole investigating something wrong in Stark Industries makes sense, too.   After all, there was a break in at his Tokyo offices, and a cover up where his head of security didn't put in a report for a couple days.   Oh, right, the break in was, apparently, by the high tech ninjas, so, yes, I think that's where this is going. 


That being said, this issue was amazing.  Dr. Strange was written properly.  



It doesn't matter how damaged people are.   I mean, Deadpool is way more damaged than Madame Masque, and Strange treats them both with respect and dignity.   I love Strange. 


But then this happens. 



That's right. 



Yes, yes it was.



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review 2016-07-30 13:39
So much fun!
Invincible Iron Man (2015-) #4 - David Marquez,Brian Michael Bendis

Tony has a lot on his plate: Doctor Doom, high-tech ninjas, Madame Masque, and a visit to a children's hospital.   It's a lot of fun to watch him navigate everything, even as he gets overwhelmed and has to prioritize.   He tries to cancel on the kids, and then the hologram from him three days ago reminds him that he's already done this three times and he can't do that again. 



All these storylines seem to be coming together, although a little more slowly than I'd expected to be honest.   I hope it moves along soon, because introducing MJ into Tony's life is going to be yet another upheaval and when there are too many upheavals, it means that one tends to get too little time and that always sucks.   One spinning plate has to stop so another can be given the proper time and energy to integrate it well into the comic and I'm feeling this might be at its saturation point right now. 


Still, I'm loving this series.    I'm kinda sad I only have one more issue on MU, in fact. 

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