I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
So this is going to end. I mean 34 is going to be the last issue, and this is 31. 33 is out. It's going to end in a month or so, and that saddens me.
However, I'm loving it while it lasts. This wraps up the AU Gwen Stacy storyline - with Gwen giving Spider-Gwen's first name as Stacy. There's a 'that's me, Stacy Stacy' line that had me laughing out loud.
It's fun, it's clever, and it's getting us to the end.
FML, warrior-priests. And they're gonna end up coming back, I just know it. It didn't get weird enough for me to dislike this or give up on this series, but ugh.
Shit is gonna get weirder by the time we're done, too, I just know it...
Marvel and christian mythology as part of it's narratives/superhero elements always, always gets weirder.
Look, I hate when Marvel introduces religion too heavily into its comics. They can explore bigotry against a religion, have religious characters, but when they start getting into heaven/hell and incorporate it into their storylines? It gets weird. Not in a 'way to go, that's freaky and mind-blowing way.'
In a 'welp, that was awkward, Marvel' way. Not enough to get me as mad as the gas lighting about Hydra, but...
Oh, right, so Matt's priest gets weird. See, him being Catholic and going to a priest causes narrative tension because he was raised Catholic and is a superhero and that shit gets dirty real quick.
Having Matt's priest do exorcisms gets weird. I know because I've read the next issue. Which makes me wonder: why, Marvel, why?
Blindspot has to deal with his own demons, even as Matt is thrust into a role of power just in time to stem some of the damage from the Hand.
Once again, a taut entry into this series: it will take a long time for the fallout to end, and that's after the Hand finishes their work in NYC.
Eager to see where this goes, past issue 604.
At the same time, the Hand starts infiltrate the city. How does DD fix anything from a prison cell, especially since he's gotten the heroes he knows thrown into a cell as well? How does he stop a corrupt mayor from making things worse?
So much fallout from 600, from Fisk's decisions, and from Matt being too overeager to take the Kingpin down.
I was so psyched about getting caught up and loving this storyline so much that I ended up not wanting to stop reading these, not even to review them!
Even the extra story - which I felt was only mediocre, and not something that shed any light on Foggy's relationship with Matt/Daredevil - didn't knock off a star. This continues to be a fascinating look at how Daredevil and Matt Murdock work under Mayor Fisk.
And yet... that's Daredevil, a comic book which spawned a TV showed that my sister called 'like Supernatural just more depressing because at least good stuff happens in Supernatural sometimes.'
Womp, womp, DD, you loose out to the Winchester brothers as their lives are slightly less depressing than yours. Things spiraling out of control should just about be his comfort zone now.
And yet, he always, always picks himself up and tries to do the right thing.
Muse is back - and it's just as brutal a storyline as I'd expect, with Mayor Wilson Fisk - aka the Kingpin of Crime - taking full advantage of this opening.
Daredevil has to protect himself, Matt Murdock has to infiltrate Fisk's operation as his Deputy Mayor and they both have to try to keep the city safe from Muse. It's not too much to ask, is it? It just might be as DD finds that he can't separate his civilian life from his superhero life, especially as Fisk's name is on everyone's minds and tongues.
Tense, and a beautifully paced storyline.
Nur. And he brings along news of a villain who's escaped, slaughtering his way out of a deep, dark hole in an Attilan prison to wreak havoc on New York City once again. And it's Daredevil and his allies who will have to deal with this along with the Inhumans. While they might not be working directly together, they are keeping DD out of jail given that the police have a huge reward out for his capture. They are depending on him to call them if he finds Muse again.
Given what an evil fucker Muse is, DD agrees.
And of course, he warns Sam, once his protege. Blindspot had his eyes ripped away by Muse and Matt says that Muse broke Sam's mind as well. (I do think I prefer Matt on his own so in retrospect, I think moving Blindspot out of the way was a good move. They did kinda fringe him: if someone wants to get sympathy from Matt, they blind a character, especially a younger one. Allies, children he's fighting a legal battle, whatever.)
Still, this promises to be a brutal storyline - and Matt's brutal storylines can be excellent. This is Soule writing so I trust him to do this properly. Or yay!
And yeah, I'm taking a day or two and knocking out some of my comixology comics. They say I'm in the middle of over a thousand and that number just has to go down :/ I'm also at least a month behind on all my comics.
Nur to DD: I didn't want to call Murdock to talk to you because I figured you were on the outs. I figured him working for the guy working against you...
DD: ... We're fine. Just call him next time.
I can't image how that reads to someone who doesn't know who Matt really is, so I'm just sitting here giggling.
And has the same problem the previous issue did: far, far too heavy handed. I still love how optimistic and cheerful and helpful this group is, without losing sight of the fact that they have to question what's good and bad and who's good and bad and be willing to change along with their understanding of the world.
Very left leaning, very liberal, but my thing. So long as they don't shit on Israel like so-called progressives like to do, I'm good with left leaning liberalism.
And I'm not sure I really buy any of this. And yet, I love the character interaction and I continue to love Viv.
In Canada, the Master of the World may be trying to save the world. Y'know, so he can rule it in the future. How good is he? How bad? And is working with him wroth fixing climate change? Can the Champions pass off the responsibility to the future - like a couple hundred years in the future?
Also, his defense systems injured Nova and then he saved Nova. And yet he might be hiding another girl in his factory. Furthermore, the locals don't want him building there. Do they have a right to land and to decide what to do with it - or does the Master of the World's good intentions cancel out anyone's rights?
The Champions are struggling with all these questions - and maybe they'll continue after they finish fighting Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight who just showed up. (Alpha Flight is a Canadian super hero team although from what I remember from some Captain Marvel, Alpha Flight has been in space for a while/)
I love this series so far. Deadpool has a weapon that can stop a Celestial on Earth. But he'll only help if the Avengers hire him, which they won't.
The real question is why are they cool with him not remembering everything after he literally made them barf all over NYC.
Funny, lighter than the last series, and I'm enjoying this new direction!
This takes advantage of the movies and pairs up Deadpool with Negasonic Teenage Warhead. She manages his clients, and he takes care of business. It works out well, although him calling everything Negasonic Teenage blankety-blank is going to get old soon. Oh, Primus, I hope she wails on him for that instead of playing on her phone...
Deadpool has contracts with loopholes. Like if you don't say that someone's a mutant, god, or Inhuman, you get fined. If you don't pay the fine, he takes your bike. Because he's Deadpool and he doesn't care.
Also, he's mind wiped himself to protect everyone he loves, so he's back to being the annoying, mouthy ass that he was when I first fell for his character. Or in other words: this should be fun. There are different kinds of Deadpool fun and this is going to be the weirdest, goriest, grossest kind along with more of his brand of humor. It won't be the serious ones that made me think as much as Ellie's storylines tended to, but that's okay. If things got too static, I started getting bored.
So far this looks like a great reboot. Here's to hoping it doesn't get cancelled and rebooted in a year, LOL. No, seriously, Marvel, quit doing that...
They went all out, setting up the next series perfectly. This Deadpool - and those before - ended up getting bogged down by a lot of baggage. It was harder to balance the emotional aspect with the off-the-walls manic humor and social statements, and so they found a way out.
I'm sure this will come back later, but for now...
I say perfect. But I'd think that there would be a way to Google things, but I suspect someone will take care of that, or it will be explained later on?
So much vomit. Content warning for y'all. Usually I stop reading at vomit, but it got funnier and funnier, and just yes.
ETA: Cap played a huge part in this and I'm still one-half starring everything with Cap in it until Marvel apologizes for the gas lighting about Hydra never being nazis and reverses the decision on that.