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review 2017-05-20 12:49
Freebie this week
Spider-Man (2016-) #12 - Brian Bendis,Sara Pichelli

Each week, Marvel gives away a free digital copy with your purchase, if you redeem the digital comics.   (It's the same across the board, so if you buy everything, you only get one additional comic.   Still, bonus in addition to the free digital copies, so I can't really find a reason to complain!)

 

I'd read the Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen crossover, and still found myself confused when this exactly happened: so much of the time switches from before to after made me feel like it was placed before, then I realized they were talking about it, so it had to happen after.  I'm not sure why this didn't work for me, but I suspect that it's because I felt like the time switches didn't really serve a purpose: there were some funny lines, but I knew Miles was close enough to Ganke to tell him about this, and the other kid in there I guess?   They didn't add anything the comic though, so what was the big deal?

 

That being said, I think I'm over Bendis.  I still find him hilarious and he tells a good story, a story that makes me feel, but they all feel the same.   I'm bored.   He's writing more and more Marvel, and that's making it feel like the same.   Action, some quips, bada bing, bada boom.  Others - Soule comes to mind, and quite frankly less so Ahmed if only because he's only writing one Marvel comic and only ever has - seem to be doing something different.   (Black Bolt is amazing, but it's hard to tell how Ahmed would write other characters and if his tack would be different without him having written them.  Soule?  I've read a lot of his work and it seems to feel different depending on which character he's writing.)  

 

And I obviously still enjoy Bendis.   I got this for free, read it, and enjoyed it, but I don't subscribe to Bendis' series, and I've stopped looking forward to him writing new series.   Anyway, this is basically a recap of Miles and Gwen finding Miles' father, but not really the whole story.   Just up to a certain point.   It was fun, but I knocked off one star for the ennui I've got going with Bendis.

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review 2017-05-15 00:48
Nope, not for me
Venom: Nights Of Vengeance (1994) #1 (of 4) - Howard Mackie,Ron Lim

I know I enjoyed non-Parker Venom, most recently in Guardians of the Galaxy.   This time, though, it's not Flash Thompson, it's Eddie Brock, whom I find boring, both when he's written as a villain, and as a hero.   Add to that some complex shit going on with this Ghost Rider - or maybe not really? - that I don't get, because I'm given no background and I got bored with this real quick. 

 

It was a chore to get through, and the typical artistic style didn't help.   If the art had been spectacular, maybe.   I did find the real villains of this story to be somewhat interesting, although the whole 'hunting the most dangerous game' has been done to death, even in Marvel comics.   (There were a couple twists - alien symbiotes, and how they blackmailed the two heroes into complying - but again nothing that made me want to read beyond this issue.)   

 

Will not be continuing.  I got this for free on Comixology, hoping to enjoy this story and I... did not.

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review 2017-05-05 00:45
Yes, please!
Spider-Gwen (2015-) #19 - Jason Latour,Robbi Rodriguez

Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil - or the Kingpin - comes to bear his power on Spider-Gwen.   He has the followers, the money, and the training as a lawyer to outpower and outwit her at every turn.   In addition, he has none of the moral compunctions that his counterpart we're all used to do does, although he has a charm that hides his snideness.   

 

And he has knowledge - about Gwen's powers, and her family life - that allows him to buy her to some degree.   If he can help her father, she can help him.   

 

And when the Osborn's get involved, it turns out that the solution to Harry's problem might lead Murdock into pressuring Gwen to do something that promises Venom.   Who?   According to Murdock - and the doctor he's brought on board - Venom was created from deconstructing the work Cindy Moon did to create the spider that bit Gwen.   That same work created the Lizard serum in the end, and that's what's wrong with Harry Osborne.   Because of this connection, it shouldn't be Harry and while it seems to be Gwen, they all swear it'll be a symbiotic relationship and one that, presumably, she can control.   

 

Not sure how this'll turn out...   but I really, really want to see now!

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review 2017-04-07 23:57
An ending to the Kang War story
Avengers (2016-) #6 - Mark Waid,Mike Del Mundo,Alex Ross

This felt a bit anticlimactic, in that it was too easy to fix given how big the problem was, and how long they'd been fighting for this.  However, it makes sense that Jen uses her lawyer brain to stave off Kang, and Hank Pym uses his scientist brain to fix things.   Basically, this was in character and gave me Vision.  I just like the Vision - and even the writing of Vision - more in Champions #7 which I just read, so I wasn't as enthusiastic about this issue as I would have been otherwise. 

 

Still, Waid's given me solid writing and he also wrote Champions #7.   I suspect it was the fact that Vision was showing some paternal caring for Viv that did it for me: I like that he has a family and takes care of his daughter, but it never comes up in Avengers.   (Which seems weird to me.   'Oh, I'm gonna go on this mission that may kill me and I won't even double check to be sure my daughter's okay.'   It seems super weird given that he does obviously care for her and insists she calls if she'll be late for dinner in Champions.   Even weirder is that the same writer is writing both series.)

 

Ah, well, I'll have Champions again next month!

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review 2017-04-07 23:21
The Freelancers vs. The Champions
Champions (2016-) #7 - Mark Waid,Humberto Ramos

The Freelancers are young, super powered, bored, and want money.   They are in it for themselves, and screw anyone who gets in their way - and thus they are the opposites of The Champions.   And when they try to drag the Champions' names through the mud, the young heroes have to stick up for themselves, without causing further harm to their name, and without betraying their own principles - the same principles that caused Nova, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel to split from the Avengers.   So when Vision offers to help, The Champions decide.   They refuse to fight dirty - and while this gets them out of one jam, it proves to get them in another, far stickier situation, too. 

 

Hopefully, they'll be able to fix things in the end, but until then?   Well, things aren't looking too bright for these heroes.  I love how they stick together, refuse help that feels dirty in any way to them, and get things done without breaking or even bending their owl morals.  

 

This is hopeful, and inspiring, and just what the world - worlds, both Marvel and real - need right now.   

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