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review 2017-06-11 18:39
So. Much. Fun!
Rocket and Groot: Keep on Truckin'! (Marvel Middle Grade Novel) - Tom Angleberger,Tom Angleberger

And this was dirty.  I don't know how intentional that was, but I ended up snickering throughout this thing. 

 

I can easily see a child reading this and not picking up on anything, but, boy, as an adult reading this...  Man, that was fun!   I did enjoy this on a level it was meant to be enjoyed: as an innocent kids book.   It was fun, and Rocket not wanting to be hugged, and just wanting to blow things up was credible.  

 

It was fun, and funny, although there's no way to do a child's book about Rocket in his current incarnation - as opposed to how he originally appeared - without bending the word, and the characters, a bit. 

 

Angleberger did an excellent job of mixing that super adult world, and making Rocket as in character as possible, while also making him kid-friendly.   (Although I wish Marvel would put out more adult novels for the adult characters, and leave the kiddie books to the child-friendly characters, to be honest.)

 

I was going to give this four stars, but, man, that layer of potentially unintentional adult humor pushed it up into five.   Short break so I don't get a huge migraine from too much sun exposure.  I came in to snack, to get some more water, and to write this review.  I'm going to stay inside long enough to read a comic or two, then probably back outside.   (See, with the beach I would have given up long ago.   The porch is nice because I have an awning that I'm considering using, and even if I don't, I step inside to all the comforts inside the house, then go out again when I want.  I'm going to porch it up as much as possible this summer!)

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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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review 2017-06-07 00:54
I am Groot charmed me
I Am Groot (2017-) #1 - Christopher Hastings,Flaviano,Marco D'Alfonso

I wasn't going to get into this, but someone mentioned it was amazing and I trust them.   (It was on Twitter; I usually just talk to people about comics, and not very often.)   I trust them because they run a podcast, and seem to really know what they're talking about, and yeah, I know it's dumb, but they've been nice to me, too.   So I was willing to take their word for it, and get this.  I'm likely to try their suggestions again: they've suggested Lemire's Thanos, and while I haven't picked it up because Thanos holds no interest for me as a character, I have enjoyed much of what Lemire writes, and in particular, I've found Lemire's take on Moon Knight not only a joy to read but also quite empowering. 

 

In other words, this looked like it would be good if he said so, and Newbury comics had 25% off all their comics, so ended up picking this up - and enjoying it even more than I expected.   Baby Groot is adorable, as is how frustrated he gets when the rest of the Guardians actually treat him like a baby.   (He seems to be more impulsive than usual, and Rocket says Groot's acting more like a child, or even an infant.)

 

I understand, though, because even if he has impulse issues, he also has the memories of fighting beside the Guardians, and being an adult.   It's adorable of him wanting to help, regardless, and it's equally as adorable how all the Guardians try to take care of him, and make him feel useful. 

 

Unfortunately, his lack of control separates him from his companions, and has to fend on his own, although he soon makes a new friend.   (Typical: Groot seems to make friends wherever he goes.)

 

The art is lush, a little more stylistic and even cartoony when focusing on the people, or not-raccoons, or Groots, but the colors are just so amazing I had to stop and stare more than once.   Lovely.   And somehow, this brightness seems to be so in tune with Groot himself that I can't help but adore how well this fits this character. 

 

 

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review 2017-06-02 01:56
Loved this!
Star-Lord (2016-2017) #6 - Chip Zdarsky,Kris Anka

I especially loved Star-Lord's interaction with Rocket, and his questioning of why no one ever took the guns away from the murderous space raccoon.   In fact, I've love to see Chip Zdarsky write a Rocket series.   (I'm also looking forward to Zdarsky's Spider-Man in the FCBD issue; I'm going to download the Secret Empire issue just for that, to be honest.)

 

Zdarsky takes everything from his short run, ties it up nicely, and makes it, somehow, funny despite the dark circumstances.   He also starts to set up Duggan's All-New Guardians of the Galaxy, a series I'm already loving. 

 

The art is crisp, the colors perfect, and it all adds up to the perfect end to a run that is perfection with one exception: it was far too short.   I also am really into the whole 'in space' thing: like with the Royals, and Black Bolt, it's unlikely that the Guardians will have to deal with Secret Empire, at least immediately.  

 

Be glad that you're being encouraged to leave Earth, Quill.   Trust me, it's for the best.   You want no part of Earth right now  At least not Marvel-Earth :/

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review 2017-05-27 21:55
Loving this series
All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy (2017-) #2 - Gerry Duggan,Aaron Kuder

The Guardians first theft was a test for the second, more important, theft.  Then again, when someone wants you to steal from the collection of an immortal - a Celestial named the Collector - you know things might go sideways.   I mean, he named after himself after his hoarding obsession!   You know you're a hoarder when collecting isn't just the thing you do, it's so much a part of you, it's your name.   

 

And The Collector isn't your run-of-the-mill hoarder.   He only collects the good stuff.   The one-of-a-kind stuff.   And he's super serious about keeping that shit in his collection.   He doesn't just have a space-museum, oh, no.   The rooms can shift around.  He has robots and horrors as safety, as well as a buttload of mines.   And not just one kind of mine.   Some blow up if an organic being shows up nearby.   Some... I forget all the kinds, or even the others, because the organic-sensor mines stood out most.    But Rocket listed off a whole bunch of kinds. 

 

Drax still won't fight, which everyone figures he might have to.  In fact, when he kills someone, he screams at them that it's their own fault, he tried not to fight them, and he won't accept that guilt on his conscience, nope, not him. 

 

Gamora, however, is willing to murder everyone who gets close to her.  Robot, not a robot, whatever, all the same to her.   She also has a side deal with the buyer, as far as I can tell.   Rocket is pretty much the same, while Groot is tiny. And The Collector is... far huger than I remember, but hey, Celestial.   I'm willing to go with it, especially if the Guardians come out of this okay.   

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