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review 2016-06-28 00:40
Loving this series!
Timely Comics: New Avengers #1 (Timely Comics (2016)) - Al Ewing,Gerardo Sandoval

I didn't think I would, as it was the least interesting sounding Avengers series when I read about them all.   I was quickly won over: it's clever, and the banter between the characters just charmed me.  I ended up shipping Hulkling and Wiccan, and I very much want to read issue four now that I've seen what's happened to them, Hulkling in particular.  


I'm not one hundred percent sure what's up with Songbird - wasn't she evil at one point? - but I'm willing to roll with this for now.   If characters don't have the chance at redemption, there's just no point.   It's the possibility that someone might have a redeeming storyline that truly keeps me coming.   (Marvel has enough villains turned heroes, and even heroes turned villains, that this isn't really surprising so much as I didn't realize that Songbird had gone good.)


It's monied Avengers, Avengers with a lot of science behind it, and I'm not sure how I feel about the whole concept quite yet.   I mean, it still sounds boring to me as a concept, but it's a lot of fun put together, so I'm still wrapping my mind around the disconnect for me there.

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review 2016-06-25 01:48
This is more like it!
Timely Comics: Invincible Iron Man #1 (Timely Comics (2016)) - Brian Bendis,David Marquez

I didn't continue after the first issue a while ago because I just wasn't really feeling this.   Not sure why, but it wasn't.   This was another three issues for three dollars, and I'm thinking about buying all the ones where I don't have full runs and haven't bought these complications yet, which are only Carnage and Drax.   (I think.) 


This was a whole lot of fun!  I think I know what's going on with Madame Mask, but when I know, it's always too simple: something else is going on, and I'm absolutely fascinated by what's happening to her.  I want to see what's going to happen next!


There's also a really weird Dr. Doom storyline, and it's freaking Tony out.   Dr. Doom's being nice?   Well, that can't be good.   Can it?   Tony is grappling with the fact that Doom is helping him, and it's all very, very Strange.   (Oh, yeah, Dr. Strange also shows up, which is awesome.)


I feel like Strange wasn't written properly.   The author isn't doing as good a job as Aaron is in the main Dr. Strange series, certainly.   It wasn't a favorite series, not one of my five star series, but I'm more than willing to keep going. 

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review 2016-06-25 01:37
Just not doing it for me...
Timely Comics: The Totally Awesome Hulk #1 (Timely Comics (2016)) - Greg Pak,Frank Cho

There's a new Hulk, he's a teen, and you wouldn't like him when he's horny.   Or at least, I don't.   See, when Amadeus Cho turns into the Hulk, his teenage hormones go crazy and he hits on every single woman ever. 


I get they're trying to do something different with the Hulk, but the sexual harassment gets old reeeeeal quick.   (A woman tells him she's not available because boyfriend and he continues.)  Even Cho's sister, who tries to keep him in check, doesn't save this series, not completely.  


That being said: there's some clever banter, and some potential interesting things going on.   Like Cho worshiped Banner as The Hulk, but also insists he isn't like Banner.   The psychological disconnect could be fascinating.  The fact that he is actually sexually harassing these women could get interesting if Marvel chooses to address this, and I think they should.   They've been so good about being friendly to almost all their readers in general, and then this.  


Not sure I'll continue this series at this point, and I only started because I had credit on Amazon and this was the first three issues for three dollars.  (The Timely Comics imprint are cheap compilations of the beginnings of series, obviously in the hopes that people will continue.)

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text 2016-01-15 22:26
The Return of the Native
The Return of the Native - Thomas Hardy, Alan Rickman

Well, let's face it, going by my history with Thomas Hardy, this book is going to suck.


But it is narrated by Alan Rickman. If I was ever going to read the book - it would take nothing less than that.

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review 2013-12-07 21:18
A Timely Letter to Santa Claus
A Timely Letter to Santa Claus - Geoff Nolan

This is a rather sad letter to Santa from the perspective of a young girl, one where she shares what is going on in her life.  She doesn't understand what's going on, but when you read her words you see that it's not a really happy life like she thinks it is.  I had goose bumps the entire time reading it.  She talks about her brother and how she's sick and ... and I just wanted to hug her so bad.  Amazing story in only 5 pages.

For those of y'all interested, it is currently free on Amazon.

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