I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I mean, it's fairly decent for four pages: gives a brief 'how they got together' and a vague 'many members over the years who answer to Avengers Assemble' but it would be far more affective if it were longer.
Then again, it's meant to be free, the art is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous, and I overall enjoyed this for what it was.
I think this is for the video game, and so it's not the usual origin story, or not exactly what I'm used to anyway. Still, it's fairly solid, despite the whole 'knowledge could get a young girl into trouble,' aspect.
And yeah, being Batgirl could get her into trouble, but it could get a younger Bruce Wayne into trouble. So if it's okay for him, why isn't it for her?
Which is why I definitely think this could have been much better.
All of these are dealt with on a team level of some sort: what does Vision do with his newfound longevity? He's gone to the future, found out how long he does - or at least can - live, and he's trying to figure out what it means for the relationships he has with the people in his life - like his teammates. Wasp and Spider-Man don't get along, and Spider-Man wants to know why. Falcon thinks maybe now that he isn't Captain America, Thor should lead the team.
All of these talks expose characters weaknesses, or strengths, and sometimes something that is a little bit of both. Two of the talks were heartwarming, and hopeful, while Falcon's wallowing - and his realization that he doesn't have to be Cap - just reminds me of nazi-Cap. I mean, I wanted to shake him and ask why he wanted to be like a dude who was a nazi.
Nazi-cap annoys me enough that I knocked down a star.
Still not my favorite art. This is one of the less sexy versions of Vision and yeah, I like the art style enough - I guess it's grown on me - that I won't knock off stars. Technically, it's great art, but I wish I had a sexier Vision!
Talk about dark. Someone gets decapitated in this. As in the head is torn off and brought out as a 'hey, look what happened, and lose all hope,' type thing. (I think it's clear that it's not the Rangers tearing off heads...)
When Tommy and Billy escape their enemies, they end up in a terrifying future in which Rita rules the Earth. What's happened and can they make their way back to their timeline? Can they change things so that Rita doesn't conquer the Earth?
This is far darker than anything in the show, and it allows the writer, and artist, to explore a more complex world: solutions aren't so easy that they can be fixed in a short episode. Things aren't merely fixed because people realize they're wrong. Even with Tommy changing sides - he's given power by Rita Repulsa and later joins the Rangers - the show had a fairly cardboard good and evil dynamic: when you were evil, or a bully, you just were. When you were good, you might make mistakes, but you tended to always have good intentions, and an apology would fix all.
Not so here. Tommy's more conflicted about his Power Ranger origin, and sees the other as good and himself as less good, even when there's fairly solid proof this isn't true. No amounts of apologies will fix a decapitation. (And even when Rita does evil, she tends to do so in ways that don't kill, or even maim in ways that do permanent damage. But the ways that people rally, or don't, after such blows is a deeper, complex part of human nature; allowing Rita and her crew to go around ripping off heads allows the Rangers to rally - or not - in the face of such barbarism. It was something they never had to face, or even think about, because it would never happen in a kids show.
Of course, violence doesn't automatically equate to complexity. It can be for shock value or simply not show consequences that are realistic, or complex. This comic doesn't stay true to much of the TV show: it's more violent, but it does stay true to much. The value of friendship, of sticking together, how good can overcome evil, about doing good, and the diverse cast of characters. The changes, like the more violent nature of this comic, aren't added in place of what it keeps the same, nor are they gratuitously added. They're added to build on that, but to place greater challenges in the way of the Rangers and showing that no matte what, they will continue to fight. It's added to explore these characters more deeply in the face of these challenges.
The cheese is gone, replaced by more character development than I would have expected.
And I'm loving it all.
And not in a bad way. I needed a me day: I exercised, I went to the MFA - Simmons students get in for free, and we have member status so I got to preview the Rothko exhibit. I watched some Gotham and read some comics.
I can afford it time wise and I'd fall apart without it, so...
But then my mom called and I called back figuring she needed me. She'd butt dialed me, but the phone was over the car's bluetooth so I told my parents they would want to see the Summer of Love exhibit at the MFA.
Except they were coming back from the MFA and had seen those two exhibits, the one I was most excited about. They'd wanted to see some that were temporary and going away soon, Summer Of Love being one of them.
It turns out we were at the MFA at about the same exact time. All the places serving dinner were either closed for dinner on Friday's at campus or I couldn't find them, so I ended up splurging on Boloco. I haven't been there in a while and I got a Nutella milkshake and a salad. (I also tried out the exercise machines and swamp six laps, although I've only ever done like two before. So I pushed myself a lot this morning, and I feel better for it. Just don't look at the godawful high heels I have on, kay? Gorgeous works of art, but they're hell on my toes.)
Going to chill out and read for like twenty more minutes before the science-fiction/fantasy group starts and then SPECTRA, the LGBTQ friendly group has a movie at eight so I'm going to that.
And if I can afford it, and if I need it, Fridays will be my more exercise/MFA/reading/me days.
But in a 'Rita has a really twisted plan' kind of way, not so much angst. (There is some of that with Trini's unbearable shyness combined with her crush on Jason, though. It's not unbearably angst-filled, though.)
Rita brings more putties Earth to fight the Power Rangers, but I'm not sure what her plan is with the human-looking girl who's looking for the Power Rangers, not given her connection to the putties, nor with what her purpose is there on Earth.
I'm sure it'll be devilishly malicious, though, and I'm looking forward to reading about what the plan is in the end. For now, I'm just having fun being taken along on this journey!
That ending, guys. That ending. I'm super in love with how devious Rita is, although I'm still distracted by her Madonna-bra done times a million. For some reason, this looks more ridiculous in comics than in real life to me? Well, yeah, but other than that, this is perfect.
It's dark, it's gorgeously written and drawn, and I keep looking forward to seeing what will happen next.
This is a lot of fun - and one of the books that I got in my fandom box. Yay! It's a lot deeper than the original show: it has more character development, and more of a plotline in some ways. It doesn't quite get into the social elements - like helping kids with their science projects - but it more than makes up for that aspect with how much fun this is when you strip it down to it's core - space robots that look like dinosaurs with super power teenagers in charge of them - and then give it better dialogue, and more complicated machinations. Rita is smarter about how she goes about getting what she wants - and she's more ruthless about it, too.
This makes sense: it's something they couldn't show on a kid's TV show, but as a comic for adults? They can draw whatever they want - like going to the moon - without having to worry about a shooting budget, and since they're writing for adults? Well, they can go for the throat.
Looking forward to more of this series!
A little history, a little politics, and a compelling story from Alpha Trion that ties to what's happening on Earth now. I wonder if Arcee and Galvatron are the same or different, because if the same, it doesn't track with what we know about the Arcee in this universe, I don't think.
Galvatron a little more, but...
Still, lovely art, lovely story and looking forward to more.
Although since Buster is with Marissa, I wonder if Thundercracker will show up more in the future. And yes please!
And the real problem is that as serious, and mind-bending, and tragic, and thoughtful as this book gets, the humor is really what ties this all together. It's not that Roberts can't wring a gut-wrenching story that I lapped up without the humor - but because I've seen how he handles it with humor, I know there's something missing.
The real problem for me is within all this tension? The humor broke it up. And there just wasn't as much, and it wasn't laugh-out-loud funny for me, and I kinda ached for that.
Still, the whole issue of selling grief is compelling, especially when the reality is shown to be different than the concept: it's eerie to know that even though we knew it was going to happen, we didn't know what it would look like in the end. Then again, neither did anyone in the book.
I'm sure this will be a continuing theme - and I want to see how it plays out. Soon, I'm sure. Soon.
I'm just not a huge fan of these events, mostly because they seem to be...shallow. Like I don't see what larger purpose this will serve in the Marvel universe, nor what the ones before this served, and it makes me cynical.
It's fun seeing Rocket as a Venom, and Robbie Reyes as a Ghost Rider, and there's a twist I really enjoyed in the middle of this, thus the three-star rating.
It was fun and slick.
But it certainly wasn't great, something I know this author can do well. It didn't make me feel for the characters, even at points where I normally would have. Most of the emotional aspects felt like it was trying to manipulate me, or just fell flat, thus the lack of four or five stars.
Still, I probably inflated this rating. It's the first time I've been able to read and review in a while - and man, I missed both of those things!
Aliens in Halloween bingo.
1. Classic Horror:
2. Chilling Children:
Saban's Go Go Power Rangers #1
Saban's Go Go Power Rangers #2
Lost Light #9
Optimus Prime #10
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Volume 2
5. Magical Realism
7. Genre: Horror
9. Terror in a Small Town
10. In the Dark, Dark Woods
13. Free Space
14. Modern of Masters Horror
15. Darkest London
17. American Horror Story
18. Haunted Houses
19. Terrifying Women
20. 80's Horror
21. Serial Killer Spree:
22. Classic Noir
23. The Dead Will Walk
24. Diverse Voices
I also have read virtually nothing for fun lately. Boo.
That being said, the logical side of me is screaming 'B' at least. (My intro, no-points assignment - aka, let's make sure you can use the Moodle dropbox - was well received, and that was for this class. My lab which was pretty much a guaranteed 'A' so long as I put in the work - and I did - was an A.) And yet the anxiety monster that lives within wants to stress eat all the cake and ice cream and donuts ever. (So, yeah, I've been watching Legends of Tomorrow, Rory's my favorite and that dude always has a donut in hand if possible, even when things are about to literally explode around him. Not helping. I want so many donuts right now :/)
I think I might read the crap out of things tomorrow and then take a day off on Friday and just read the shit out of comics.
Aaaand they're pushing more Nazi Captain America on me with a free issue of Nazi Captain's comic book. Yay! <-- the most sarcasm ever.
Fuuuck. At least Go, Go Power Rangers issues two and three were out today!
They found out my schedule is going to be working 10-6 on both Saturdays and Sundays from now on, and they were both appalled.
"Both days?" my dad asked, concerned.
"Yup," I answered.
"Are you sure you'll have time to do homework?" my mom prodded.
Basically they've continued to tell me to cut hours at work if I need to and that they'd prefer I work - they think it'll be better for me psychologically to have a little income and to be social and active, and I agree - that I should most definitely quit if I can't handle work and homework and they won't accept me cutting down the hours.
Because they are two of the most amazing people I know.