I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
But I absolutely love it, and I'm eager to find out what's going to happen next. It's all scheming, betrayal, and something super weird going on between Devastator, Metrotitan and Starscream.
And of course the surprise guest at the end. Like that's the WTF just happened moment, and I am so, so eager to find out. I want to scream out what happened, but I have hopes that Jessica will eventually finish this up... so I won't spoil this, or letting her know what we find out about Primus.
Things feel like they're falling apart around me, and while my immediate go to comfort read would be new Lost Lights, I want to catch up on my comics - I have so many piled up! - and Lost Light? Well, Lost Light is over.
This is an excellent second go to, though, especially as this issue was a breathtaking character piece on Soundwave. (It also furthered the plot, including many other characters, but it was mostly a piece on Soundwave, who is one of my favorite characters in this series.)
A beautiful, breathtaking issue. Love, love, love this series. It's become just a highlight for me. Barber gets better and better with time, and I love seeing his evolution as a writer come to this. I'm hoping, trusting, that the rest of this series is just as good.
And yet, what an ending. Roberts leaves open the Whirl/Cyclonus/Tailgate threesome, forges ahead with new surprising bonds that make sense and leaves this tale open for so many more stories - stories that will never get told and that he never planned to tell.
But he certainly leaves it up to my mind to continue telling them. Fabulous!
And yet, I put off finishing this, I am desperately sad. No more Roberts MTMtE. No more Roberts Lost Light. No more of his Whirl, or Cyclonus, or Swerve. Or any of the others. And this, my friends, is a dark, dark day for me.
Does it help that Barber's going to continue on the IDW Transformers universe? A little, as he'll be involved in rebooting next year. But I'm being cautiously skeptical until I see what Hasbro included in 'must do' in their universe, and with what Barber comes up with. It certainly won't be the same without Roberts there.
Sighs. Now I'm just sad again :(
As this nears it end, I felt more and more torn: same fabulous storytelling, same fabulous art, but each issue read meant I had only limited issues left unread. One more, guys! One more! That broke my heart.
And yet it's so good, I just kept reading. Love, love, love this.
Funny, heartfelt, full of action and adventure. I absolutely loved this, as the secrets come out and we learn truths this series, and the previous one, had been building up to for years.
Bittersweet because I knew it would end soon, though.
Wasn't the worst comic I've read, but I had a hard time getting into this. I probably won't get the second issue, as I got this free from Comixology and wanted to try. Bullseye is usually a pretty brutal read, but this just didn't delve into that as much as I'd hoped.
This and the previous SW comics were freebies. It was okay, but Stine got a little too cheesy and the real interest was in Ted being a human trapped in Man-Thing's body and the horror that comes along with no one accepting him.
Had Stine focused more on that in a more nuanced way, I would have enjoyed this more.
The horror story in the back was okay, but a little too obvious: I saw where this was going from near the beginning.
Usually like this author, and I used to be a much bigger Star Wars fan than I am now.
Didn't really get into it, so, yeah, one star.
There were a couple good moments, so I bumped it up one star, but this is also a Chris Claremont tale - and I expected more. I got it through the Marvel Insider program: you get points for doing things, then can get things like digital comics. I was hoping that Claremont writing Magneto, my favorite X-Men villain, would be a win for me. It.... was not.
There was so much virtue signaling. Which, I mean, yeah, it's Magneto's whole schtick, but this was just written so badly - so much message overtaking the story - that I couldn't believe Claremont had written it. His usual subtlety was thrown right out the window, and I cringed many, many times.
Add to that the fact that I wasn't crazy about the art? Yup, just a hard pass on more of this. Looked it up, and looks like the 'Black' line is just bunch of one-shots, but after this I want no part in the rest of the line.
Also, the backstory was about one of my least favorite X-Men villains, Apocalypse, so I don't even care what happens with that. Oh, well, onto better reads!
The execution, the details, were interesting. I do think that Sean Murphy bent a little things: if Jack Napier were a truly good man, as he's presented here, and had to account for everything that the Joker did, then I think he'd be slightly more shellshocked. Now, I could buy the argument that he was so overwhelmed that he ended up placing all his hopes of forgiveness in Harley Quinn - but that's not how this is presented. It's presented as he feels bad, whoops, let's save Gotham now. (Although a lot of his redemption is all about Harleen, so that was kinda weird, too.) He was a little... off with Harleen, too? Maybe it was calling her Harley, which seemed weird since they were trying so hard to disassociate themselves from their former lives. But there was something else, where it was all too cut and dry: her accepting him, his complete devotion to her, and I found it too far off form The Joker to really be buyable.
Then again, some of this could be explained by the final reveal, although I don't want to go into details: this is well worth reading, and it's worth reading not knowing what's coming in my opinion, so I won't spoil that.
There's so much elegance in this story that it didn't seem more than a star off, and I think the story focuses enough on other things that I couldn't really say this flaw overtook everything. I also think when the love story between The Joker and Harleen doesn't take over? This story is a lot stronger.
And I'm not spoiling things when I say The Joker goes sane or Batman is in Arkham. The tagline on the back is The Joker goes sane, and the first page or so has Batman in Arkham. It's all about the small reveals leading up to the big one at the end. It's a slow burn that's dealt with perfectly for the most part.
Lovely story. I'm definitely going to look into reading more by this writer/artist.
Damn, that panel of Jack Napier with one green eye and one purple eye is haunting. I know it might not sound it, but it's the build up to this moment and the context that makes it this way. *shivers*
I've been the waitlist for awhile, and wow, this is just a gorgeous concept with excellent execution. When the Batman starts going off the rails, he ends up holding The Joker down. While The Joker was taunting Batman about if he were cured, he could save Gotham as Jack Napier, I should add.
Batman pours an uncounted amount - but way too much - of a pill that no one knows anything about down The Joker's throat. Batman holds his hand over The Joker's mouth and nose until he stops breathing, and the GCPD watches on - which is all caught on tape.
It throws the GCPD into the crossfire of the barely old corruption accusations, and makes many wonder if Batman is a hero, or an out of control vigilante.
Meanwhile, the pills work: Jack Napier is cured, feels remorse, and wants to help Gotham - by putting Batman away. And all this ties into a new case where Napier needs Batman's help, if he'll agree once he's let out of Arkham Asylum.
The thing is, this could be totally botched. It could be a brilliant idea, and the way it was done could totally turn me off. I'd heard it was done well and I'm a sucker for a Shattered Glass universe. (Hey, SG is my go-to and the Mirror Universe of Transformers.) It's not quite SG, or MU: these people started out on the 'normal' side with Batman good and The Joker bad. But part of what's fascinating is watching it get turned into such a skewed universe. The fact is that everything falls into place with precision: why Batman's losing it, how The Joker becomes Jack Napier again, even the great bit with Harley so far? All makes absolute sense.
Usually we're thrust into an AU, and it's just like 'oh, that's the way it is!' What makes this feel so unusual is not only the top-notch execution with attention to details, but also the fact that we get to see how this started, and changed, and warped.
Beautiful, beautiful stuff. I should mention that Sean Murphy is the writer and artist, and his art is just lush, with Matt Hollingsworth pulling his weight as the colorist. The art style is not only beautiful, but fits this storyline perfectly, and the colors manage to balance lush, although not too bright ever, and a muted tone, depending on what mood the storyline is going for. Again, just a perfect combination. I'm enthralled, although I think you can all tell. I just picked it up an hour or so ago while I dropped off books on the verge of being late.
I'm going to go back to his and hopefully be able to return it tomorrow before looking into buying myself my very own copy.
They're giving away the Art of Top Cow, the Art of Witchblade, the Art of the Darkness, and another art book - for fifteen dollars. I think I'll end up buying this. I love art of comic art books.
Get it here.
Marvel either needed to get more brutal, or less. (And to be honest, given the rest of this series? More brutal would have been the most appropriate!) That being said, this felt... off. The mixture of brutal and hopeful at the ending was gut wrenching - but didn't seem to fit the premise of this series, nor the promise held in the title. I know I like a good brutal story about characters I love, although I'm not sure why, so I felt a little let down - and relieved at the same time.
So I'm not sure: I just wanted a little more oomph from this ending. It feels like the mini-series wasn't sure where to go while doing something in particular - allowing certain characters to make it if you want to get particular - and then this. I know comics are more well planned out. Marvel cancelled Chelsea Cain's Vision series because it conflicted with plans for Viv in the Champions. That is: Marvel wouldn't let Donny Coates do whatever he wanted. I'm not sure if his vision for this conflicted with what Marvel wanted, or if this was a carefully crafted ending that just didn't work for me, but it didn't. Overall, though, it's a five star series: even with the choppy ending, there was enough here for me to highly suggest this, from the lovely art to the plot twists that won't stop, plus the philosophical thoughts that were dropped in here. (Yeah, it wants you to think about mortality and what you'd do in the most extreme situations.) And the ending wasn't a complete mood killer, or even bad: I was just expecting more given the pace.
And I think that might be what be wrong. This barrels along at high speed - and the stop is sudden and disorienting and that's making me cranky-pants and nitpick about the ending.
I think I'll be more okay with it when I reread this - and this is good enough to reread.
And they do here. I've been wondering when they're going to kill people off with something called "Death of the Inhumans." I mean, there was the huge death count in one, but very few of the royal family? Esepcaily with them on all the covers.
Arguably the royals are the Inhumans franchise as they've always been central to that. Is Marvel killing of other Inhumans? The franchise? Both?
And then they managed to bring some of the royals back. So what's going on? But I'm starting to think this might be more of a spiritual death: their hope is being killed off, and that's far, far more brutal than merely killing off the royals. Just look at what they've done to Black Bolt for an example of something far more brutal than killing him off. I'm still hoping for hurt/comfort there, but I think it's going to be hurt and then more hurt, and then me curled up into a ball at the end of issue five, the final issue in this mini-series.
But until I get there? I'm loving this!
I didn't mean to, but someone was talking about it on Twitter. Oops. Regardless, it took my breath away, because it's huge, and it makes sense to me on multiple levels, none of which I can talk about without spoiling a couple people I got started on this - and that I'm still hoping will finish this.
I laughed so hard a couple times during a break in my class. Everyone ignored me because I was hoping up a Transformers comic, but they don't know what they're missing out on here!
Love, love, love this so damn much. I can't believe I only have three more issues and then no more James Roberts writing Transformers! It just can't be true, and it is at the same time.