I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
It is so, so much bigger and with so many more comics than I expected. Unboxing pictures will be taken in a minute or two, and I'm very, very careful about how much information I put out on the net that has to do with others.
Whether or not my Jewish santa in July - okay, fine, August - wants to be known is up to them. I'll post the unboxing pictures when I hear back from them about that, but man, when you know listening to NPR is a mistake and get weepy when doing that then come home to this? It makes me feel even more grateful for this massive show of generosity.
When Black Bolt is captured and interrogated by Medusa, he both questions her loyalty to Doom and also tells her there are towers that broadcast signals that force people to accept the world as it is, rather than see what it could be. Black Bolt isn't affected, and he tells Medusa that people are more willing to questions and less affected once they're made aware of the truth.
They also talk about why Black Bolt hasn't been through Terrigenesis, and he answers that it's a matter of control. Once you get your gifts, you're not allowed to choose where you want to go. Your powers dictate that, and that's where you are for the rest of your life. The example he uses is an artist who gets offensive abilities, and is put on the security team.
Transformers time. I didn't put it together, despite reading some about this in the Inhumans series by Jenkins and Lee. I think that's because it's a little bolder here: it's a huge point in this series, a huge motivator, and stated far more plainly as a form of Functionalism than in the previous series. In Transformers, the Decepticons were originally acting out against Functionalism, or the belief that what you turned into was your function. Like Jetfire was told that because he was a flier, he couldn't be a scientist. Fliers aren't scientists, they're made for battle. They, much like Black Bolt, wanted the freedom to be whatever they wanted. (Both Functionalism and Attilan had problems with racism of a sort: if you didn't turn into something good, or you didn't get top notch, or even good, gifts during Terrigenesis, you were outcasts. Ravage was always treated like an animal because of his panther form and in the Inhumans series - Jenkins and Lee again - there's a lot about that: a girl who's hands are deformed and is told that her best friend that they can no longer be friends, or Wuz, the boy who turns into an Alpha Primitive and is forced down into their literal underground society. They are the morlocks of Attilan, these Alpha Primitives.)
Anyway, loved this issue. The fact that Black Bolt is tortured is a plus, because I like seeing this in my favorite characters. I also hope for a hurt/comfort story, and I like seeing how much they can take, even if there's no real comfort in the end.
Things go badly for the resistance - named The Voice Unheard - and then they get worse. Still, they fight, because otherwise they bow to Doom, to his regents like Medusa, and they can't help the people they need to help. The Hulks, the people who need medicine, those are pitted against once another although they don't have to be.
Medusa shows herself to be more ruthless than I'd remembered, but she has no good choice: if she's deposed, who knows who Doom will put in her place and if he'll punish the innocents in her domain. He can easily use them to hold her hostage by implying or telling her outright that he'll put a Maximus - possibly a less sane one than we're used to - in her place should she fail him. (That would mean death, destruction, and terror for her people, a people that Medusa has always protected. Even when she was younger, in Once and Future Kings, she rails against another fascist in power, a man who abused his power. Doom might do that, but by keeping power as Regent, Medusa can mitigate the harm he does by taking on his threats and not allowing herself to fail and for her people to be devastated by Doom through her compliance.)
To get at Doom, she'd need a lot more power than she has, so I'm not sure what else she could have done. So many people deify Doom at this point, and he has multiple Thors - that's right, many Thors, including a Dazzler Thor who shows up in a later storyline in A-Force - that not many are willing to acknowledge his faults, much less rise up against him. She couldn't possibly stand up against him alone, nor gather the power she needs to fight off an army of Thors - and Doom to boot.
Black Bolt may not be a Regent, but he remains a leader in name and at heart. When his people, The Voice Unheard, are cornered, he sacrifices himself.
Note: I'm not sure how the royal family works here. Medusa seems to not know Black Bolt at all, although they're first cousins. Karnak and Triton are both working for The Voice Unheard, but don't acknowledge if they're brothers or not. Gorgon is working for Medusa, further fracturing the family aspect. (They are all, in fact related.) I mention Maximus, but I can't remember if he or Crystal show up in this mini-series. I remember some details at the end, but not this. It would be confusing if they didn't, because Nur and Auran are lesser characters in Inhumans mythology and yet both are used. To great effect, but it shouldn't be hard for Soule to slip in the two remaining royals in my opinion, even in a less prominent role. Also, Maximus is just plain fun and having him be sane would be a super fun twist that I can't believe hasn't been touched upon yet. Huge missed opportunity.
A-Force #1/Medusa as team member
A-Force #6/Medusa as team member
The Accused #1/Ulysses is mentioned as central plot point to Civil War II
Agents of SHIELD #1/Quake is part of one of Coulson's teams
All-New Inhumans #1/Crystal, Gorgon and Swain are my favorites so far.
All-New Inhumans #2/Crystal, Gorgon, Swain and Naja are my favorites in this issue.
All-New Inhumans #3/Crystal, Gorgon and Swain are my favorites in this issue.
All-New Inhumans #4/Gorgon, Pan, Swain and Flint are my favorites in this issue. Also, there's the dropped storyline of The Living Dream and the leader of Sin-Cong that I wished had eventually gone somewhere.
All-New Inhumans #5/Gorgon, Pan and Naja are my favorite in this issue. Love the Spider-Man team-up, too!
All-New Inhumans #6/Gorgon, Flint, Grid and Ana are my favorites in this issue. Continuation of Spider-Man team up, and love that as well.
All-New Inhumans #7/Gorgon, Flint, and Ana are my favorites in this issue.
All-New Inhumans #8/Gorgon, Flint, Ana and Swain are my favorites in this issue.
All-New Inhumans #9/Gorgon, Flint, and Ana are my favorites in this issue.
All-New Inhumans #10/Gorgon, Flint and Ana are my favorites in this issue.
Attilan Rising #1/Medusa, Black Bolt and G-Man are my favorites in this issue.
Attilan Rising #2/Medusa, Black Bolt, Triton and Mrs. Marvel are my favorites in this issue.
Medusa sends Auran and Kamala Khan to infiltrate The Quiet Room. Black Bolt takes charge, putting an effective end to said infiltration - or so he believes.
I'm surprisingly not enjoying Matt Murdock - who goes by Murdoch in this - or Auran or Nur, all of whom I enjoy immensely in the regular Marvel universe. It's not the author, because Soule writes some of the best Daredevil in his new run. And he's written Auran and Nur in Uncanny Inhumans, where I originally fell in love with their characters. I just don't see why Murdoch is in this, and he feels like comedy that isn't really necessary. There's enough going on that he's not really necessary at this point, but it's such a minor point that I'm not even going to knock a star off. (It's more that once I stopped reading and thinking, 'hey, Murdoch isn't doing it for me,' it bugged me until I worked it out in my mind.)
Still, it's nice seeing these characters in new situations, because Kamala is Medusa's servant: she doesn't question Medusa and the Kamala Khan I know would immediately. Still, many characters are put in positions where they act differently than they usually do, at least at the beginning. Even Medusa acts differently, deferring to Doom completely, which she never would in the regular Marvel universe.
The fact that Doom is looked at as a savior, even by Captain America, and Tony Stark, all the Avengers even, is proof enough that the characters are all going to be slightly different. Medusa still acts as a queen, compassionate, although trying to save her people from a fate worse than death. (Being turned into a zombie would be that most likely of all fates, so there's that.) Kamala is still doing what she thinks is right, but again Doom is looked at as a savior rather than the fascist he is so the 'right' in this world can be warped.
The world, and the characters, are the same - and different. I love how playful this gets, even when it's not necessarily funny. Like this mini-series is about underground resistance and fascism and fighting that, and helping people who are worse off than you. (Sounds like something we need right now, huh?)
It's fun because it's so different, it skews what is normal in the regular Marvel universe, but it's also rather serious - or speaks to serious issues and gives them their proper gravitas - and I love this mix.
Apparently I reviewed this as a graphic novel - but not as a single book, so hey, look review! This is a Warzones/Battleworld mini-series, a bunch of short series - usually four to six comics - that took place between Secret Wars* and the rebooting of the All-New Marvel universe. AKA Secret Wars was a chance to start with ones and try to bring people in from the movies without forcing them to reread seventy+ years of back issues, or making them feel it was necessary.
Battleworld and Warzones was a reason for Marvel to get funky. Doom, who ended up calling himself Lord God Doom, gathered together what he could save from the multiverses when they were imploding due to all those fun romps through space/time. Alternative universes and time travel were warping the basic matter of the world or something? But like I'll say later, horrible things happen to Rocket and then I bailed, so I never fully understood SW, or cared to quite frankly.
You have multiples of people - Tony Stark shows up in multitudes of Battleworld series, for examples, each from different parts of Battleworld. Each Battleworld is ruled by a regent - in this case Medusa. In the beginning of this, an insurrection is traced back to Medusa's domain of New Attilan. Lord God Doom is, unsurprisingly, not pleased with Medusa, and calls on her to stop these insurgents.
Which brings her to the G-Man, a spirit of ignition. Yeah, a Ghost Rider. This G-Man is helping those who would dare oppose Doom, and the G-Man is captured, giving Medusa only two words to help her during his interrogation: Quiet Room.
The Quiet Room was introduced in Uncanny Inhumans, I believe. Black Bolt sets it up as a place of peace: no fights at all allowed in, and seeing as he hosts supervillains, aliens, and other assorted super powers in the world who are frenemies or pure enemies of his other guests. Still, I had known this and was excited to see Black Bolt.
And then he spoke. And my jaw dropped. I remember the ending to this series, and I love how it all plays out and it has to do with the fact that Black Bolt can speak. Love the ending. I'm so excited that I get to read and review this mini series issue by issue!
*An event that killed The Punisher prematurely and shot Rocket in his adorable belly, murdering him as well. This was my breaking point and I said 'no more!' People pointed out that they were killing everyone, then bringing them back, but apparently shooting Rocket in his adorable little belly is my breaking point. Who knew?
I liked the first issue, but not enough to pay like four or five bucks for every issue. (And then I'd have to buy the Justice League tie-ins, too.) Also, I think said co-worker was right: this went downhill. It because a convoluted mess with an unsatisfactory ending.
Perhaps if they'd done some solid character work, but they didn't do that, either.
The art was pretty, though, and the Killer Croc fight against Aquaman was funny. I also didn't hate it. Most of this made sense up until it didn't, up until it became a sprawling mass of why is this happening?
Glad it's over!
I won't be doing this too often, but there are some panels on rereads that I'll want to share. Or quotes.
This gets me every time. Flint's response makes me laugh and Gorgon's admission gives me all the feels. Not only is he a paralyzed warrior who feels useless due to that fact, he's just pretty much told the lady who wants his seed/baby that he hates the hoofs that Terrigenesis gave him and that they weren't transcendent due to their transformation, but rather experiments into living weapons by a fascist, alien society. (Her argument is that they can touch transcendence, even accidentally. They also try to get more powerful Inhumans by a form of eugenics, believing the more powerful, the more perfect, the closer to transcendence that Inhuman gets. Gorgon is well known as a very powerful Inhuman from another Inhuman city/society, so gorgeous women are kinda all over having his attention. The one who tried to seduce him was just the most opportunist amongst them.)
Gorgon also feels like such a failure that he doesn't speak to his son, by the way. So y'know, that was a thing the lady who wanted his baby couldn't know, but also twisted the knife in a little more for him. So that makes his statement more tragic, and yet... I still laugh at Flint ending his statement with 'surprising?' That question mark makes it funny for me.
Like what do you say to Gorgon in that situation? Especially since Gorgon is now on trial for his wheelchair trying to kill said lady. (Inhumans, it should be noted, not only have very advanced technology, they've had it for years before humans did. Like they have flying cars, y'all. And teleporting dogs, so a little sci-fi, a little living weapons sci-fi.) He claims he can't control the chair, but it was still his responsibility so he went in peacefully and Flint was allowed to visit Gorgon in Utolan jail. (And I very keenly remember what happened with this storyline. I won't spoil it for anyone who chooses to read this series. This series, and Uncanny Inhumans, were both written by Soule and were both excellent. I suggest them both. Uncanny focused more on Black Bolt, and had less diplomacy and more action - and I tend to like less diplomatic more action based comics the most. So basically Uncanny was my favorite of the two, but only because it had character and action appeal. And there's plenty of action in All-New, just more diplomacy/less time-travel crazy comic book shenanigans that I prefer that are in Uncanny.)
Loving, loving this massive reread. I've read, lesse, 13 Inhuman related comics today.
Like for Inhumans, and any other movies/shows that I'm looking forward to in the future and starting now. (Anything with Harley Quinn, or The Suicide Squad, X-Men, Defenders, Daredevil, etc.)
I'm rereading them and adding them as new dates. So far I've blown through two A-Forces, The Accused, an Agents of Shield and four All-New Inhumans. In addition I've got a list saved as a draft in Booklikes, and I've made notes of how it involves Inhumans and in cases of Inhumans titles who's my favorite and possibly brief notes on stories - like the dropped one in number four of All-New Inhumans that I didn't realize would be dropped until the series was over.
That being said, I'll post it either later tonight or tomorrow morning. Hopefully later tonight. Hopefully I'll have made my way through at least All-New Inhumans. We'll see.
I'll probably end up reading this in alphabetical order. For now, this has been read. And it was fun, with Singularity still in Battleworld mode, trying to navigate a world that's forgotten her.
It's funny, and Singularity is so optimistic and bubbly and cheerful and friendly to everyone - who isn't attacking her and her friends - that I love her.
A-Force has Medusa, Queen of the Inhunmans - ex-queen now - as one of it's members, so this is completely Inhumans related. I think the next week I'll try to burn through most of Inhumans related things I own - I need to find a couple paper comics, though, or buy them if there's a sale - and some of the Transformers collections from the latest Humble Bundle :D
So Wilson writes this and there is so much yelling at the house, which makes me want to curl up in a ball and ignore the world.
I really needed this from Wilson:
Twitter has shown me how many nazis - like Adolf Hitler was the best, we should worship him nazis - and anti-semitis and white supremacists and misogynists there are. Twitter is horrible. I'm taking a break. Not sure if I'll go back soon or at all.
Max Danger loses one partner, and gains another - a woman who takes up the mantle of Jailbait. I'm loving the fact that he takes one look at the nazis, says fuck no, and proceeds to beat them badly and kill them.
That's the kind of nazis I like to see in my fiction: bloody, broken, and dead.
Still fun, still funny, still loving this series.
FML, more nazis. At least they're getting metaphorically punched in the dick, so I'm going to continue with this for now.
I believe Irredeemable came first. Both series are written by Mark Waid, and if one didn't come after the other, I believe they were both written at the same time.
Irredeemable is about a Superman-like superhero, The Plutonian, who becomes corrupted: he starts murdering, takes the world over in his own way, leaving death, and destruction in his wake. The stories were meant to parallel each other: one falls, one rises.
I own Irredeemable via Humble Bundle and never really made it a priority. I was more interested in Incorruptible, the story of Max Danger, a supervillain who gets his own redemptive arc. This is, in fact, the story of Max Danger trying to save the world from The Plutonian. I'm actually super into redemptive arcs. Stephen Strange's origin story is a redemptive arc: he wasn't a villain, but he was a giant jerkface. He was brought low to learn compassion - and the mystic arcs - and became a much, much better person. Somehow, starting him off that way wouldn't be the same. He had to learn humbleness and to value human life, and those lessons made him far humbler than if he'd simply started out that way. Having worked so hard to become so much better, he's less willing to let that slide.
Redemptive arcs can be amazing. Max Danger is no Doctor Strange. He's got a long way to go, but he was motivated to do this himself, and he's got less of a support system. So far he's doing fine, this is funny, this is entertaining, and it makes me think about what a supervillain would have to go through to make him change so drastically.
It's just the kind of fun I needed today.
That and Whirl orgies. So many Whirl orgies.
But I decided not to taint BL with that messed up thing I have for Whirl. Not that much.