I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Am I waaaay behind on reviews? Yup. I'm gonna catch up eventually.
I am reading the new Avengers mini-series solely for Rocket.
And there's this. And its a couple pages in, and beautiful.
I've been depressed, stressed, and dealing by not dealing with BL. I hope to be back soon. Until then, I've been squeezing in some comics when I can.
I think the Gwenpool/Kid Omega hookup has to be my favorite part of this. Quire has a heart? And it's fun to read about it!
It's pretty much Castle in prison, getting beat up and tortured, and meeting up with badass nuns who are also in prison.
Yeah, a nun. And for those who don't know, Castle almost became a priest at one point. That's right. Before he enlisted, way before he went to war, had a family, lost a family and the Punisher.
That being said, this is a lot of fun, the art is great, and I'm loving this series.
Look, I know my reviews are short lately, but there are days where it's a miracle I get out of bed. It's pretty much a miracle I got anything read and am posting, so there's that.
Also, why my package to Mallory hasn't been sent. (It's all packed up and I just didn't manage to make it on my busy Saturday; the plan is for it to go out tomorrow after work!)
They don't talk about Rocket. I haven't been able to figure out why yet.
But hey, here they're teasing us with Rocket's death.
Ask me if I'm happy, I dare you. Most Guardian titles get a five star, because I've found them to be charming, partly because of what an a-hole Rocket is. Now, between what the writer says and how they deal with this? Rocket may not be dead. But I didn't read Infinity Wars, which I found to be crap by the end of issue one - which I got for free.
That being said, I did read the wikia articles about each issue. And then I started searching for Rocket's name. Basically, I don't know what happened to him - but fandom would if he were dead. He's not, or there's been no solid confirmation of his death. I don't trust this tweet, because author's think they're teasing us, but I feel like it's lying to us to be mysterious. Except this time? The lie might work out in my favor.
Art is typical comic style done well. It's not that the writing is bad per se, but I feel like this team doesn't mesh, and won't as well as the original Guardians team did. So it's basically the author trying to jam legos into toys that are 100% not legos, and when they finally jam together and kinda stay there he's like 'ta-da, see it works!'
I mean, I guess, but not as well as you want me to think?
By the way, yes, I would have most likely found this one star more tolerable - at least - if Cates did an even semi-good Rocket that called everyone out on what d-holes they were. And build explosives that blew up moons. I mean, yeah, I kinda love him for that so hard!
And it's super adorable. They're fighting off Nightmare and Bad Dream and all those mystical folks who are disrupting everyone's sleep. As always, this is an all-ages fun title - and that includes folks who are older like me, and who like both lighter and darker fare, so long as it's done well.
This is light, fun, and done incredibly well, from the storytelling that finds ways to do these light, kid-friendly stories month after month without getting old, or the art that is, once again, very comic book style, but very well done. And I keep bringing this up: there is, in American comics at least, a very standard style. (Then again, Japan has manga. And there are differences between artists, but even they tend to stick with a standard style. And it's not really a bad thing. I admit my favorite artists tend to stray from he style, or try something new, because they stick out in my mind, but I have some favorites - Michael Turner, or Chris Bachalo, or Brendan Cahill* - who do don't do it either. What I'm trying to say is: standard style or not, I like it when the art is done well as it is in many of my favorite series.
*I own two Cahill originals, from Lost Light and Robots in Disguise, two Transformers series. They are the TF pieces that resonate the most with me, and he became a favorite when I saw the art in person. So, yeah, sometimes it's that...
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.)
The Duff Beer lady is getting it on with Carzilla. Hawt. Also, still gonna rate this book low unless there’s an explicit human/car or human/robot sex scene. But no, that will still be written like a text book most likely so I got excited but can’t really win...
I need to finish this tonight. (21-25.) It's unbearable not knowing what will happen next. Very tight plot, tight writing, and I keep managing not to see anything coming - and it's all just perfect.
Love the art, too. The colors are superb, and the stylistic pencils are just beautiful.
It's just a relief to catch up on my paper comics, too. Anyway, I am too dizzy to write a long review, but the revelations about Bee to Prime and about Shockwave to everyone are astounding. A shame this is getting so good as it's about to end...
More Paul Bettany as Vision? I may just pay for Disney Plus...
I'm trying to power through these when I have a little time, mostly to keep sane and happy.
I'm still loving the whole soap opera aspect. I finally get it, and consider me addicted. Anyway, so much happens, and so much that does happen is based on what happened earlier. This is not only in real time, but each storyline impacts the new storyline. Not a series I would suggest reading out of order!
I have my first class tomorrow, and I'm nervous, probably because of all the other stress I'm dealing with. I keep trying to read for next week, but, meh, gonna enjoy reading comics while I can!
This is dark and gritty, SD is funny, and I find I can bounce between them as my mood changes. I'm halfway through the next volumes of both of these two, and right now I'm totally into the darkness of Spawn.
I'm mostly through volume three and forgot to post a review of this.
I have a migraine that I finally tamed, I'm stressed out again and I'm going to take a day for myself. Binge watching Savage Dragon and binge reading Spawn. The perfect day to be honest.
Not a long review, but I still love the darkness, I love Angela and medieval Spawn.
Resellers want over a hundred bucks for the hardcover of the Art of Todd McFarlane, which I've wanted for a while. Bought the paperback on Amazon because I am just waaaaay too stressed not to make a couple small purchases to keep me sane.
I'm so tired my eyes hurt. I'm too stressed, depressed, and disturbed to go to sleep. So I keep reading Spawn. I was wondering why issue 10 wasn't reprinted. Copyright issues with Cerebrus. I'n not a huge Dave Sim fan, so I was actually okay with that not being reprinted, to be honest.
I notice they did include issue 11 with Angela, as I mentioned before. I care far more about Angela than anything of Sims. (And Sims has a huge following, which I am not trying to put down. I just don't grok his stuff, especially not when compared to Angela/Gaiman. And issue 11 wasn't reprinted for a while because of other copyright issues with Angela and Gaiman. So I am not putting down Sim, or his fans, just stating that 11/Angela's hunt is way more important to me, especially given how she comes back later on whereas Cerebrus is a one-shot cameo. That being said, me enjoying Angela more is a different issue. I have huge respect for Sim as a creator because he's not untalented and carved out a huge space for himself in comics history, even if I'm not especially fond of his things. Sim had bouts of mental illness and then went on an anti-feminist tirade and was like 'women are inferior for the most part' so I don't respect that about him. But I can still respect his creation and the respect people have for it and what it accomplished without liking it. Did I mention how tired I am, which is why this has gone on this long...)