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review 2019-02-10 18:40
Another fantastic issue
Superior Spider-Man (2018-) #2 - Christos Gage,Mike Hawthorne,Travis Charest

I wasn't 100% sure about this series, but I liked the concept enough of having Doc Ock as the Spider-Man to subscribe to this series. 


Given what happened with him, and his girlfriend Anna, I understand why she wouldn't want to be involved with him, and why she's so unhappy with his new deception.   And so it might make sense to keep her out of this, but it's delicious to watch her struggle with the implications of having a new, cloned Otto Octavius - living under a new name - and her knowledge of who he is.   Is he going to prove that he wants to do good to her?   I think he already is, and this makes her secret knowledge that much more of a cross to bear. 


And yet, as sucky as it is for her, it's damn good drama.   It's handled deftly and I'm glad the author found a good way to bring her back into the fold. 


The art is pretty fabulous, but it's not different enough to be a favorite.   Phil Noto, Alex Maleev, and others have a painterly, or different style, that make them stand out as top tier favorites.   While this art is spectacular, it looks very same-y to many other comics. Gorgeous, and I can tell many artists apart from decades of reading comics, but I think this would blend into the general 'standard comic style' for novices.   (And yes, I've been told that all comic book art looks the same to novices, who struggle with the fact that details differentiate.)

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review 2019-01-18 00:50
Not perfect
Justice League/Power Rangers - Tom Taylor,Stephen Byrne,Carolin Hidalgo

Almost, but not quite perfect.  I'm not sure why, but as fun as this is, I wouldn't absolutely prioritize a sequel, so I'm giving it four stars.   And this is a lot of fun: almost everything is tied up nicely, except that way that they left open a sequel.   


I didn't realize this would be a Zedd/Braniac team-up, but that just made it all that much better.   So many robots!   So much love!


The characters were spot on, the reason for the crossover was more plausible than many comic book plots I've read, and I ended up simply loving this.   The interplay between the two teams made me laugh, and it balanced them teaming up with the action quite nicely. 


Two of my biggest issue were the stylization of the art which I wasn't crazy about, although I didn't think it was bad by any means.   It wasn't a technical issue; it was about me not getting along with the style.   


And of course, I'd jump on any sequel that included Red Tornado, and I found myself wondering why this crossover didn't use their robot member: the Power Rangers and evil doers had robots, so I thought it was a nice way to slip Tornado in there, and they didn't.   Missed chance.  


I'm not sure that's worth knocking down one star for anyone else, but it was for me.

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review 2019-01-12 04:27
Continues to be lovely
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018-) #4 - Seanan McGuire,Rosi Kampe,Bengal

I notice there's another writer on this, which makes sense.   I didn't check, but the writing did feel different. 


Still, a lovely take on the character. I refuse to indulge Marvel in their events, so I was a bit lost on the details, but still felt the rough patch Gwen was going through and was fed enough information to get the general idea. 


What she had to do in the end was so hard, and also so kind.   So much like her to take on that kindness when no one else thought of it. 


I love Spider-Gwen so, so much!

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review 2019-01-12 04:09
Batman '66 #64 - Jeff Parker,Jesse Hamm

I apparently am not a fan of Batman '66.   It mimics old time Batman, or maybe it's tied into the show? 


I was also baffled by the fact that only this issue was on Comixology Unlimited.   Why start with a storyline in the middle of the series, especially when Poison Ivy isn't starring in a movie or huge in a way that I'm aware of?


Regardless, I felt it was flat: no real depth, and I'm used to that in Batman comics.  I was unimpressed.   I probably won't delve more into this continuity as far as Batman goes.

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review 2019-01-12 03:58
Love, love, love
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two Vol. 1 - Tom Taylor,Bruno Redondo

I'd loved the first Injustice, and this was no different.   I loved it.


It was rather different in its take on this world since Superman had been imprisoned instead of running free, running, yes, a peaceful world that he held in thrall under his iron boot.   Those few who fought had to deal with the fact that they had no Superman, that many people still admired him despite his dark, authoritarian turn, and the fallout of his rampage and rule. 


Friends are dead, and the world seems irreparably broken. 


And yet it goes on.   It's a bunch of twisty turns and I hope volume two gets onto Comixology Unlimited. 

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