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When John Byrne unexpectedly left "Avengers West Coast" with issue 57, he left several plot threads up in the air such as the Scarlet Witch going evil and Immortus up to some sort of game involving alternate timelines. The new creative team of Dann and Roy Thomas, aided by penciler Paul Ryan, had some major shoes to fill but did a good job with it. While the Bryne plots were wrapped up in "Darker Than Scarlet," this collection brings together the team's later run which helped reestablish the Whackos as just as good as their East Coast counterparts. First, a couple of fill-in issues by Fabian Niceza and Danny Fingeroth where the team tangles with an earthquake-causing foe and Hydo-Man. We pick up the follow-up to "Darker Than Scarlet" as issue 63 has the Human Torch revived to tangle with a new version of villain the Living Lightning. Issue 64 is filler as the Torch is manipulated into fighting Captain America. Things pick up with the four part "The Reaper and the Robot" as Wonder Man's brother, the Grim Reaper, is resurrected into an undead foe who has to absorb a life a day to survive. To make matters worse, Ultron is back with a plot to turn humanity into robots, doing it to several Avengers as the two inhuman enemies forge an alliance the team has to fight off. The finale of the Rose Bowl Parade may seem silly but still good showing the threat of Ultron. Then, a one-issue set-up has the team getting a new lineup as U.S. Agent learns the U.S. government no longer makes his presence mandatory, setting up the long-overdue Agent vs Hawkeye fight. Then we get to the "Pacific Overlords" storyline as Julia Carpenter (aka Spider-Woman) arrives seeking help to face a gang of enemies from the fire-wielding Pele to the magical tattoed Irezumi, all led by Dr. Demonicus. The formerly third-rate villain does a great job elevating himself with plans to create his own island nation and the team joining with some new members to try and stop him It's a great story with action extending from L.A. to Hawaii and Japan, showing the influence the Avengers have. The characters are great with Hawkeye leading, Iron Man trying to keep control, Scarlet Witch regaining both her powers and confidence and Wonder Man showcased dealing with his evil brother. It's interesting seeing Henry Pym as just the scientist, not a super-hero, which seems to suit him better. The finale is a good twist as well as the Avengers don't exactly save the day although they give it a great try. The final issue of the collection, #75, has the team and the Fantastic Four sent on an other-dimensional quest that pits old Marvel warrior characters Akron and Thundra on a collision course in more ways than one. The unique L.A. nature, a tad more laid-back and not as frentic as the regular "Avengers" title continues to put "AWC" apart and is why the book remains so loved. Plus, fans of Carpenter will enjoy the character brought to new prominence, all done to great art by Ryan and good writing as well. It's a great collection to remind you how good the AWC series was and deserving of a place on the shelf of any Avengers fan.
With a movie like this you wonder how all of the otherwise, main characters will work together and support the story. No problems here. While as might be expected, R. Downey Jr. comes across largely central, it is still a good mix and IMHO the best scenes in the movie involve the generated Hulk character. With that kind of successful melding of characters, Hollywood-scale egos and even computer generated characters; you have to give it up to the writers and director to make this the successful film that it is.
Empty nesters decide it’s time to sell the house and drive across country to their son’s wedding prior to their own divorce. Along the way, they stop and collect memories, meeting up with old friends, lovers, and a daughter who’s pregnant. She’s involved with a former NBA star who is not the father. Seems like everyone they’ve ever known is in a non-traditional relationship, which makes the would-be divorcees look pretty normal. I’m an admitted fan of Richard Dreyfuss (and it’s not just because I’ve been told I look a bit like him). The way this film was directed made it feel like an off-Broadway play. It was fun to watch. Don’t expect anything profound, just light entertainment.
After the events of avengers disassembled, the avengers are no more. This takes place awhile after that, with a breakout at a super prison in the middle of New York for some reason. For various reasons, some better than others, there are super heroes in or near the prison and these people become the titular new avengers.I rather liked this volume, the action is good and the writing works for the best part. It is a bendis book, so be prepared for all the self-interruptions and repeated lines that implies. The art is also nice, although it isn't my favorite David finch work. The male necks are all really thick, and his noses seem way too sharp almost. Those issues, combines with his really pronounced cheekbones make his captain America and Peter Parker look almost identical beside the hair color.
This story involves the formation of new avengers after a large-scale prison breakout at the raft prison facility. The first 3 issues set up the situation where the heroes are forced to fight the villains who escaped as soon as electro causes the security systems to malfunction. The remaining 3 issues is formation of this roster of heroes: Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Captain America, Iron Man and Wolverine.
I was really disappointed when this version of this book ended because it had all my favorite characters in it and hadn't happened before or after. Luke's team was a really good mix of characters with a lot of good stories to tell. Thing, Spidey, Wolverine and Carol Danvers on the same team was a nice break from the "Big Three" Avengers. Also, it was cool to see a "street level" version of Avengers. This is probably my favorite incarnation of The Avengers. Hopefully, after Secret Wars, we'll see a reasonable facsimile of this team again someday!
What did I like.....? The structure , the story. The meta back story, the art, the layout and the character growth. I've been reading Marvel since the early 1960s and always felt there was some kinship with the works offered, the zeitgeist of the Twighlight Zone and the best of Science Fiction of that decade. This takes all of that and everything that Marvel did after and marches it into a future along all fronts I took note of and probably many more with passion, craft, a quantum scope of style and depth of story that does the Old Masters proud from Kirby and Ditko, through Steranko, Heinlein, Asimov and Sturgeon. Maybe I read too much into Marvel Comics but I grew up in my pre teen years reading classical strains of European mythology. It informed the world views of those peoples. This is the mythology of our new age. Nuff Said.
New Avengers is an important title for the Marvel Universe, and it starts here. The premise: after the original Avengers disassembled, a new handful of heroes have gotten together to carry on the legacy. I don't want to ruin any of the surprises behind "Breakout" (which there are a couple) but merely comment on the importance of the book and the series itself. By this point, if you did not know that Brian Michael Bendis has taken almost complete control of every major Marvel Universe Event since Avengers Dissassembled, you are a little behind. He's an author that you either love or hate for his directions. While two main stories happened prior to the start of New Avengers (Disassembled and Secret War), this is really where the Marvel Universe begins to see its change. The story behind "Breakout" to put it simply is that there is, you guessed it, a breakout, and many, nearly 50 villains from a wide array of comic series escape. This event, which gathers the New Avengers initially, affects the Marvel Universe as a whole for a great while into Bendis' Marvel timeline.(Punisher War Journal which started about the time of the Civil War made numerous references to this breakout during its run, just to give you an idea) New Avengers does not do a BAD job on anything. The dialogue isnt terrible, the action is solid, and the art doesn't leave you wanting more. That said, New Avengers is not a continuously great title. I thoroughly enjoyed "Breakout" and would recommend it to anyone who likes comics. The series afterward i found to be very off and on good...one thing i give Bendis credit for is his overall consistancy (ultimate spiderman comes to mind in that same respect). The importance of the New Avengers (and later the Mighty Avengers) is mostly as a companion to the main events in the Marvel Universe, and the MU is certainly full of events that are worth having extra information for. Although Bendis takes too much advantage of this during Secret Invasion (which is almost completely unreadable without the Avengers titles), New Avengers is a solid read that doesn't always leave you wanting more, but leaves you satisfied enough to continue reading if you have the time
A graphic novel collection of issues 1 through 6. The Avengers broke up after the Scarlet Witch had a breakdown that resulted in the death of several Avengers. But fate brings together a new team when there is a breakout at the Raft, a prison of super powered criminals. They decide to stay together to try and recapture the criminals who got is is a new mix of heroes with a new mission. It is interesting to see a team with an actual mission beyond just catching the latest villain to pop out of the woodwork. The heroes have a good chemistry from the very beginning. Finally the artwork is very nice comic book artwork.
This is a great Avengers team. It features Netflix heros Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist. Spider-man, Wolverine, the Thing from the Fantastic Four, Ms Or as she's called today Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, And Hawkeyes ex wife Mokinbird. This book has a lot humor and action. I loved it.
This is what comics like the Avengers, X-men, Justice League etc. are supposed to be about. Cool action cool story. It's nice to see a comic finally get away from all of the political drama and conspiracy stories that in the end just dragged on and on. I am so tired of buying collections like all of the Siege books that had virtually no action and were more just tiring dialogue. When I want drama I will watch Smallville. When I pick up the Avengers this is what I expect to see, Luke Cage knocking something out, Spidey being in way over his head, Wolverine cutting crap up. The addition of the Thing was pretty cool s nice seeing the writers getting away from the older up-tight Avenger model teams from back in the 80's and putting some attitude into the team.
This trade contains two annuals and issues 31-34 of the Avengers. At the end of the collection, there is a three page letter from Bendis to the readers. In it, he informs us that he is ending his time on the Avengers to go and write the X-Men. I was surprised when I read it (I don't go to comic book stores anymore (all Amazon) and I don't keep up on comic news), but after thinking about it for a few minutes, it makes ndis wrote 232 Avengers comics -- a record. His 2004 to 2009 run was inspired. I'm a massive fan of Civil War and the Skrull Invasion. Bendis is a master at characterization and dialogue. Unfortunately, the last couple of years have been weak -- Fear Itself and the Avengers vs. X-Men storylines were forced, bulky and too heavy on is trade reads well and is a good book. I do recommend it. It's just not up to par with his other Avengers o problems: (1) Simon Williams attacks the Avengers in the Annuals that kick off the trade (something that Benids foreshadowed 2 years ago). He blames them for a variety of problems (Civil War, Scarlet Witch, Ultron) and says the Avengers should not exist. A few issues later, he returns and is semi-easily accepted back into the fold. Not cool (I'm still having a hard time accepting the Cap-Iron Man peace).(2) The Wasp is alive. She was killed during the Skrull Invasion, and then brought back 5 years later in this trade. It seemed like Bendis was bold when he took over the book and killed off Hawkeye, Antman (Scott Lang, not Pym), the Wasp, and a few other characters, but none of the iconic (or semi-iconic) characters remained dead. Ah, the problems with having to sell a comic forever (see Jason Todd).Bendis is great. I love his writing. He's my favorite author that works for the big 2, and it's not really close. That said, he made a good choice in leaving the Avengers when he did. It's time to move on.
I liked a lot of things about this collection, but there were some major elements I didn't like much, such as the way they reintroduced Hawkeye by having him take over the Ronin identity from Echo (not exactly a spoiler as it happens early on in this collection). The first issue here, which involves Hawkeye's journey back into the world, was very well done, however. I'd absolutely recommend this for fans of that character.We also get the New Avengers coming into conflict with the Hand, which would eventually lead directly into the Secret Invasion story. Overall some good stuff here, though the art wasn't my favorite. One thing I enjoyed about this team of established heroes coming together is when some characters are familiar with some things in the Marvel Universe and others are not, such as Spider-Man and Iron Man knowing Brother Voodoo when Wolverine and Ms. Marvel had no idea who he was. Bendis has always been good at that sort of thing.
The fifth volume of the otherwise great New Avengers series is just average. Essentially a collection of one shots, the volume touches base with most of the major New Avenger characters to get a feel for how they are reacting to the overall Civil War plotline. We get glimpses of characters like Luke Cage and Captain America dealing with the fallout and fracturing of the team. If you love Civil War or the New Avengers this is worth picking up to see the personal touches the main event has on the characters, but there isn't a New Avengers-specific storyline that connects each issue.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist Steve McNiven and the production team have fashioned a sharp, entertaining story around one of Marvel's more unusual characters, the Sentry. Advancing the larger New Avengers story arc, while at the same time including some wonderful character beats, this surprisingly moving storyline is an interesting take on the themes of mental illness, guilt, isolation and the importance of reaching out and asking for help.
I sometimes wonder if Bendis was given the task of writing this book while being told by the higher-ups at Marvel that it had to include certain characters like Wolverine and Spider-Man. That can be a tough task, but Bendis does a great job getting the individual personalities right and giving each character a role to play in the overall ough that is a highlight, the downside here is that there seem to be a few random things going on here (such as an apparent symbiote infestation?) that never really get explained but only show up to further some other purpose in the arc. Maybe they were events from other titles crossing over. I don't e main focus in the second half of this collection is decent, however, as the Hood makes his move with his assembled villains, though the only ones other than Hood who get much face time are the Wrecking Crew and, to a lesser extent, is is worth reading if you want the lead-up to Secret Invasion or if you want to complete the collection of this run. Not essential reading to the big picture though.
Be warned: This collection doesn't actually feature many Avengers for about half the book, new or otherwise. It is a good story though if you enjoyed the main Secret Invasion story and want a more complete background on how the Skrulls infiltrated Earth. It also has a great chapter in which we see the Skrulls' reaction to the House of M, which I thought was a great touch, since the main story revealed Skrulls had been here for a while, and it made sense to see them reacting to events we had already seen from a more straightforward at makes up about half of this collection. The rest are pieces best read alongside the main story, as they pick up in the middle of other scenes taking place in the main is was easily better than Book 1, simply because it at least told a continuous story for much of the volume. Definitely pick this up if you liked Secret Invasion.
The New Avengers can't catch a break. As if the Civil War wasn't enough. Or the fact that they're wanted criminals, and with their former teammates hunting them down. As if it's not enough that they've just faced off against Electra and her deadly group of ninja assassins, the Hand. Now the fit really hits the shan. In the last issue (see New Avengers Vol. 6: Revolution) it's revealed that Electra is actually a shape-shifting Skrull. This causes a big, big problem as these outlaw Avengers now suspect that a secret invasion is in the works. But how long have the Skrulls been skulking around? And how big the conspiracy, how deep the infiltration? Could the Skrulls have been somehow responsible for the Civil War? So, these renegade heroes now don't even know if they can trust each other ("Do you feel Skrully?" asks one Avenger to another). Paranoia sows its seed and quickly threatens to shatter the group. In fact, one member promptly skedaddles.On top of it all, a demon-ridden villain calling himself the Hood ('cause, y'know, he has a hood) is scheming to take over New York's criminal underworld. And he's making quick headway. The Hood is a thinking criminal, and he espouses organization and cooperation amongst New York's criminal element. It also strikes him that, with the Superhuman Registration Act lending ready access to the identities of many in the superhero community, one way to build up instant credibility is to make an example of a superhero. To quote the Hood: "One by one. We get them where they live. All of them. No one is safe. Not the icons, not the up-and-comers." His actions put him and his superpowered crime syndicate on a collision course with Luke Cage and his crumbling outlaw band. So far Dr. Strange's mystical dwelling had provided a foolproof sanctuary for these fugitive Avengers. But not anymore.Oh, and there's also some nonsense about all of New York City being transformed into symbiotes (like Venom). This might've been interesting except that amongst the infected are the New Avengers, so that's no fun. Plus, it was told in broad-stroked flashback by Luke Cage, one of the two who didn't get infected (him because of his invulnerable skin, Wolverine because of his healing factor). Apparently, this symbiote storyline is told in full in an issue of Mighty Avengers. But since I don't follow that series much ("bleccch!" to the Mighty Avengers), I guess I won't get the full lowdown on what is is THE NEW AVENGERS Vol. 7: THE TRUST and it collects issues #32-37 and The New Avengers Annual #2. I figure, as long as Brian Michael Bendis keeps churning out New Avengers stuff, I'll keep reading 'em. To be honest, though, I was getting pretty tired of the Hand story arc, so I'm glad Bendis has (for now) moved on. This new arc paves the way for the next big Marvel Comics event, Secret Invasion, which is an 8-issue limited series. In an IGN interview, Bendis let out that he'd been planning this thing for years and that there's been a hint of the Skrull invasion even as far back as New Avengers #1. Color me though the suspicions and hostility stemming from the Electra Skrull debacle continue to nag our team, the Hood proves to be a hell of a distraction. Yup, I've read Brian K. Vaughan's gritty limited series The Hood (New Avengers). I liked Parker Robbins as a fractured, small-time thug who kind of had the best intentions; I never thought he had it in him to become a formidable crime boss. Obviously the demon in the cloak is influencing the crap out of him. How tough is the Hood? Well, he busted Wolverine up pretty good. In fact, what he did to old Wolvie made me cringe a lot.I can't say much for the Hood's super-powered yoyos. They're mostly lower-tiered villains (Madame Masque, the Wizard, Chemistro, etc.), and I'm pretty sure even Howard the Duck could wipe the floor with them. The only respectable bunch in the Hood's group is the Wrecking Crew. Let's face it, it's pretty much the Hood's intelligence and planning (and a bit of that brimstone mojo) which make him a force to be reckoned a personal way, the splitting of the Avengers into two very different teams is a good thing. The Mighty Avengers took away the characters I didn't really care for (Iron Man, the Sentry), while the New Avengers stuck with the cool set (Luke Cage, Wolverine & Spidey). The New Avengers have recently welcomed Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, and a resurrected Clint Barton into their ranks, and two of 'em are still around by the end of this collection. It's disappointing, though, that Fist and Luke haven't interacted more in these pages. On the other hand, I'm definitely digging Luke's marital relationship with Jessica Jones. Luke and Jessica just feel like a real couple. Currently, their relationship is bordering on rocky, what with the fugitive status and that Skrull thingie. Come to think of it, the way the final issue here ends, it's guaranteed to tick the hell out of Luke ere's really nothing more to say about Brian Michael Bendis, except that the dude is gold. Leinil Yu provides the brunt of the artwork, which tends to come rough and rugged. Nevertheless, it definitely has its own energy and raw appeal. Meanwhile, Carlo Pagulayan's more polished looking stuff is showcased in The New Avengers Annual #2, the site of the no-holds-barred rumble between the New Avengers and the Hood & his supervillain crew. This collection guest-stars Tigra, the Night Nurse, Deathlok (kind of), and the government-sponsored Mighty Avengers (who might actually boast a conscience after all, underneath all that self-righteous bluster).Oh, and in issue #37, Spidey makes Wolverine laugh.
These stories are Avengers at their core, nothing new or different but just the base characters doing what you would expect. All solid stories throughout, it’s just not groundbreaking or innovative work.
This is a collection of short stories. I love Geoff Johns' work with the DC Justice League and wanted to see what he would do with the Avengers. Overall it was boring and bland. I've read more exciting Avengers books. I'd pass if given the opportunity.
Johns starts his run on Avengers with a clear voice. Those who liked the clear, positive days of Busiek will experience a shock as Johns drifts toward the dark end of the e art is ever the story lines at times meander.
Geoff Johns snuck up on us at the time and rocked our world with these energizing and compelling Avengers om the Standoff to the Search for She-hulk,Johns stripped the existing team down to the bare bones in regards to action adventure and plotting while taking some bold creative risks and creating a tad of controversy along the way.His gift for characterization shone thru as he wasn't afraid to shake the team to its core,and this was pre-disassembled mind you.He is also responsible for my all time favorite Captain America moment as Cap smashes thru the window telling the Red Skull "Dont you DARE salute that flag!" Melodramatic? Definitely, but Johns could weave in melodrama,shock value and excellent dialogue like few before or after him.I hated to see his run end so abruptly but this collection is a true gem of any Avenger fans collection.Excellent piece of Marvel history and an awesome take on Earths Mightiest Heores.
Geoff Johns does a good job with the Avengers in this second volume. While nothing is necessarily ground breaking for most of the characters used in these stories they are still fantastic representations and moments. Jack of Hearts is the real exception to this and Johns does more in his time with the character than anyone before or since. All the art throughout is great stuff form top tier artists. This run likely isn’t at the top of anyone’s list of greatest Avenger’s stories due to them mostly being forgettable but still worth the time for people who enjoy solid storytelling and great superhero art.
Very enjoyable. Geoff Johns has worked his magic on one of my favorite franchises in only the way he knows how. He shed more light on how being a hulk would be like, and makes the characters feel human. Vision for example, sees something dramatizing, but he (even though is only an android) feels something, and Geoff Johns shows that beautifully. As always he has a great emotional and serious touch on whatever he can get his hands on. I am limited in my review, because I do not like giving out spoilers. But I can say, if you are a fan of Geoff Johns' work, or the avengers, then this will NOT disappoint. My money well spent. I hope you guys give this classic a chance :D
The first half of this volume deserves five stars. The second half deserves four. Johns faced enormous difficulty with marvel editorial, and his finale shows that. Unlike Busiek who ended his run upbeat, Johns writes a somewhat sad farewell. A lingering wish that he could have done more. The art is stellar, Marvel and Johns both have good lists of artists.What ultimately earns this collection three instead four stars is the absence of any additional material. No commentary from Johns. Nothing but a handful of character sketches from the artists. Marvel may as well have just duck tapped the trades together.
Comics are a graphic medium so to me, the quality of the art is just as important, (if not more so at times), than the quality of the writing. Good art can make a story shine, bad art can destroy it, regardless of how strong or mediocre the writing is. For me, this book is split right down the e first story features a solo Falcon, (Avengers #64). The story is kind of mediocre but the art by Ivan Reis (inked by Oclair Albert) is truly breathtaking in spots. There's several big money shots of the Falcon in flight that are really incredible. For that alone I find myself flipping back through this story a e next six, from Avengers #65-70, feature the Red Zone story arc. A poisonous, red, death cloud is unleashed over Mt Rushmore and the Avengers have to contain it and figure out who is responsible. This arc has plenty of action, crisp dialogue and the return of a classic villain. The art by Olivier Copiel, (inks by Andy Lanning) is top notch all the way through showing lots of detail and a great sense of drama.And then the decline starts. Avengers #71 is penciled by Steve Sadowski with inks by Andrew Currie. It features Yellowjacket and the Wasp in a solo story set in Vegas. Whirlwind shows up, the fight ensues and we close. There's some nice character development between Wasp and Yellowjacket as they reach an agreement about where the level of their relationship is going to continue at. The art is serviceable but noting to write home about. It's your basic fill-in issue. Sadowski returns for Avengers #76, the last story in the book. This features Ant-Man and Jack of Hearts and shows some major turning points for both characters. There's some good action but from more of a domestic angle. No supervillains here but you could easily argue the one involved is even more vile.Avengers #72-75 is the four part, "The Search For The She-Hulk." She-Hulk was severley damaged in the Red Zone arc so the Avengers now have to track her down. This story was the weakest of the book so the only thing that could save it was some really explosive art. Instead we get Scott Kollins which forces this mediocre tale to tank. Kollins seems to think he's illustrating a coloring book with wide linework and no shading causing it to look very flat without any sense of weight or drama. He relies heavily on the colorist to pull this thing together and unfortunately, that doesn't happen. On the other hand, you will get to see the She-Hulk with a lion's mane sized pile of hair on top of her head and the Scarlet Witch with a tightly wound perm so there is , this book is half great, half so-so. 50-50. I got this for less than it's original cover price so for me, the good stuff was worth the cost.
This story is before the 1991 crossover classic "The Infinity Gauntlet" where Thanos possesses the Infinity Gauntlet to control all time, space & reality. This story took place in the 1970s where the Avengers first encounter the mad titan. Thanos makes his debut in "Iron Man #55" where he goes up against the Invincible Iron Man & Drax the Destroyer. Then Captain Marvel tangles with Thanos in "Captain Marvel #25-30". Then Iron Man team up with The Thing in "Marvel Feature #12" against the Blood Brothers. Then, Daredevil & Black Widow joins forces with Moondragon & Captain Marvel in "Daredevil #105-107". Then Captain Marvel joins forces with the Avengers against Thanos in "Captain Marvel #31-32". Then, the Avengers continues the fight against Thanos in "Avengers #125". Then, Captain Marvel still tangles with Thanos in "Captain Marvel #33". Then, Adam Warlock & Gamora fight side by side with Thanos against his evil brother Magus in "Warlock #9-11 & 15". There was material from "Logan's Run #6" that features Thanos & Drax the Destroyer. Then, Adam Warlock joins forces with the Avengers against Thanos in "Avengers Annual #7". The story ends in "Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2" where Spider-Man & The Thing joins forces with the Avengers against Thanos where Thanos was defeated with the help from Adam is is a great story and the fact that Thanos will be the main villain in "Avengers: Infinity War" is fantastic! If you're a fan of the graphic novel "The Infinity Gauntlet", you should get this graphic novel too. This is a must-have collection for all die hard Avengers fan.
Wow! I'm surprised of how good this book was!!I'm paving my way to Infinity Gauntlet, so it was only logical to get several Jim Starling stories. To be honest, I bought this collection because of the price and length of the book. And I won!!The best part for me was to get to know more of characters I never read before such as Thanos, Adam Warlock, Moondragon, Drax the Destroyer, Captain Marvel, etc. This is a GREAT collection to start since many important events happen here. I could even call this book "Infinity Gems: Beta Testing Stage", since Thanos is already scheming to get the Infinity Gems to make his "girlfriend" might get bumped because this is not an Avengers book per se. Is more of a collection of different individuals (Captain Marve, Thanks, etc) in which Thanos is the main threat. I found the narrative of the book very linear. At no point I felt lost, so if you are a beginner, take the word of a beginner... you can enjoy this book just fine. But be aware, as good as this book is, I find it great because of the "what has happen before" value if you are going to keep reading more of these is is a list of what I've read and where I'm going with this:Avengers: Kree/Skrull WarAvengers vs. ThanosAvengers Epic Collection: The Final ThreatThe Korvac SagaThe Death of Captain MarvelThe Trial of YellowjacketAvengers: Absolute Vision Book 1Secret WarsSilver Surfer: Rebirth of ThanosInfinity GauntletI think is a short list that will pave your road well until Infinity Gauntlet. Good read, and, best of all, your going to be more in tune with characters you might have not read before.I'm extremely pleased with my purchase, so I recommend it to fans who wants to get a bit more cosmic with the Avengers, and want to know more of Thanos and his eers!!!
Way back in 1977, I saw ads for the second Marvel Two In One Annual. I glanced through it at the time and in later years read about what happened thanks mostly to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Sometimes I would look for that issue, but it was either too expensive or just not available. Then, a few weeks ago, coming back from lunch, I popped by a local comics shop on the last day of a sale and had one of those wonderful "right place/right time" moments. I was able to buy the issue at a great price and it was well worth the wait. Soon after, while looking on Amazon, I saw that there was a collection of the 1970's saga of the mad Titan Thanos, of which my above-mentioned comic was the conclusion. I now had a chance to read this classic storyline and what a story it is. Thanos seems inspired from DC's Darkseid but soon he took on a life of his own. I have reviewed a few graphic novels featuring Batman villain Poison Ivy and I see parallels between her and Thanos; both are destructive, but there is a twisted idealism behind their actions. Thanos really believes that galactic extermination is the truest path to cosmic tranquility, not to mention a great way to impress his would-be consort Death (which makes me wonder if DC and Marvel did a cross-over, what might happen if Thanos met the conception of Death from Sandman? That would be interesting to say the least). For me, the best part of this book was the way it took me back to the 1970's, when I first started collecting comic books. I was not really into cosmic sagas then, being more a Spider-Man type, but the web-slinger plays a big role at the climax, reminding us why he's such a special hero. I also enjoyed the stories of Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock and principle writer Jim Starlin's skill at grand yet thoughtful stories. A most worthwhile volume.
While not all of the comics here included have aged that well, this is still a fun volume for fans and collectors that want to see the origins of the main Marvel baddie Thanos. This volume mostly focused on the major Captain Marvel led arc wherein Thanos gains the Cosmic Cube. It also includes the arc where Thanos and Warlock battle the latter's evil twin the Magus only for Thanos to gain the Soul Gem. While these stories aren't necessary to understand the main event (Infinity Gauntlet) they are still fun in their own right. Just what the hell was going on with Magus' whiteafro though?
Thanos is probably the single most enigmatic, most emotionally conflicted, and most feared villain in the Marvel Universe (MU) who was not only able to rock the MU to its basest core, but also paint a gray hue of what is a villain and what is not. Doctor Doom comes second best, in my opinion, but in the grand scheme of things only Thanos who is this Thanos, you might ask?He is the creation of maestro Jim Starlin in the Bronze Age of American comics (1970s). Thanos' name is derived from `Thanatos', the Greek God of Death. But in the MU, he is the embodiment of the nihilistic Titan who worships Death.He has appeared in numerous Marvel books and graphic novels spanning almost four decades. His most important role came in 1991 when he wielded the Infinity Gauntlet and killed one-half of all living beings in the universe with but a snap of his finger that led to his waging a cosmic war against the MU's Celestial Forces. After that debacle, his infamy grew into legend. And while precious few writers plainly understood what goes on in this character's mind and made him an intelligent and cunning force to be reckoned with, others portrayed him as a hulking travesty. Alas, as time went by his popularity dimmed and dwindled until Joss Whedon decided to give the devil his due. Thanos's 3 second silver screen cameo debut as an epilogue to the Marvel's The Avengers movie (2012) resurrected fans' interest to this one-of-a-kind the hands of Starlin Thanos becomes the Omega to the Marvel Heroes' Alpha. This is by far the best collection of classic Thanos reprint issues (of the 70's) any Marvel fan would want to own! Aside from Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart, Mike Friedrich, Steve Gerber, et al. contribute their fair share of storytelling talents in this book.And though it seems there is no linear narrative to the story as some of the individual comics in this collection were not written in sequential form, the story remains straightforward, cohesive, and enjoyable thanks in big part to the 'introductory texts' written between chapters that bridge the sit back, relax, and witness the Mad Titan as he musters his alien armada to wreak havoc across the universe; schemes to defeat fellow villain the Magus; and opposes the might of Iron Man, Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell of Kree), Adam Warlock, and the Avengers in his quest to obtain the Cosmic Cube and the Soul Gem for universal domination, become a Mad God, and, most of all, be noticed (in vain) by his one, true paramour: Mistress anos is here. Let the Heavens tremble.
A must have book for those who want to get on board the Thanos train of historical appearances. Most of the book is by the legendary Jim Starlin so its was worth the price of admission. Its a lengthy volume, full of good works, and great moments. The Cosmic Cube makes a memorable appearance as does the soul gem of Adam Warlock, not to mention a powerful lineup of Avengers and guest-stars.
This volume collects all of Thanos, since his debut on Iron Man 55, until his SPOILER.... ( death on Marvel Two In one annual 2). The volume is massive , with many pages, done mostly by Thanos creator Jim Starlin. The higlights of this volume are Thanos fight against Captain Marvel , which includes the first time Thanos attains godhood , via the cosmic cube, and the volume s final Story pitting Thanos against Warlock, Captain, Marvel , the Avengers, The Thing and Spiderman. That story includes the first appeareance of the infinity gems on the Marvel eat story , great artwork done mostly by Starlin. This in my opinion, is his best work involving Thanos. The volume has some minor color flaws, but is still excellent.
Are you a fan of the "Silver Surfer" comics? Well, before there was "The Illuminati" comics, there was Jim Starlin. I've heard rumors Thanos will be the newest villain in the next Avengers movie. As we know all too well, characterizations on the big screen differ from those in comics. This 70's collection features the origin of Thanos, along with his reasons for wanting to destroy the universe. I won't give those reasons in case the movie also uses that plot. Thanos is in the same power class as Darkseid, so you know the Avengers will have their hands full. Jim Starlin is a great writer/plotter/artist and does the heavy work that spans more than five different comic series including "Iron Man", "Captain Marvel", "Warlock" and "The Avengers". Captain Mar-Vell is the main focus. He is a warrior captain of the Kree, an alien race that lives for conquest. Mar-Vell goes through some major changes in order to challenge Thanos and save the universe. There is the customary "Avengers battle alien warriors" action near the end. SPOILER ALERT: There is an intermission in the storytelling as three "Daredevil" issues are inserted to introduce "Moondragon". If you've never read this series, you're in for a treat. If you've already read it, then you know, right? My only complaint is the book size is a little smaller in diameter than a normal Graphic Novel. Of course, my book might be the only one. In such a case I'll probably request a replacement. Investigate if that is a problem for you.
This massive volume is so far the most complete and cohesive way to read Jim Starlin's 70s Thanos sagas. Included are the contents from the old "The life of Captain Marvel" TP PLUS the Warlock vs. Magus saga (essential for fans of 1992's "Infinity War") and the conclusion to the Thanos/Warlock battle from Avengers Annual 8 and Marvel Two-in-one annual 2. The Daredevil issues featured halfway showcase the origin of Moondragon and add further cohesion to the book. If you don't take into account Thanos' "symbolic" appearance in "The Death of Captain Marvel", this book contains all of Thanos' appearances in the 70s, before his resurrection in "Silver Surfer: The Rebirth of Thanos." Apart from fun and well-written, Starlin's Thanos sagas are philosophically important- an insightful exploration of nihilism taken to its maximum potential and the proof of its impossiblity. This book provides a great introduction to one of Marvel's most fascinating epics.
The story kinda drags on, much to my surprise, it was a chore to read. I usually love space odysseys, but this one was just boring because the characters weren't that intriguing to me. One good thing about it is that it has some of Thanos' earliest appearances, and it covers most of his backstory. I would only pick this book up if you really like Thanos, otherwise, it is a pretty long and arduous read.
True to "Captain America," this is the modern (comic book) version of the All American movie. Good guys versus bad guys without a lot of ambiguity. _**NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT**_. This movie is pretty much perfection for the genre. Entertaining A to Z story with high-end Hollywood professional movie making throughout.
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Readers, I'm a breakfast person. But not breakfast for breakfast most of the time. I like breakfast all day! And I love trying recommended breakfast places when we travel. Like the San Diego place with the mammoth biscuits we couldn't even finish, or the food truck breakfast tacos we had on our last trip to Houston... It's always been this way for me: midnight trips to the local 24-hour diner in my college and post-college years were a heaven of fried eggs and gravy fries, Corned Beef Hash with Dill Hollandaise was kind of a life-changing discovery when we found our favorite brunch place after moving to Colorado, and the fabulous Cajun Benedict concoction I had for lunch on my last trip to Lafayette is the stuff of dreams! And I haven't even mentioned some of our other local favorites we take visitors to l that's to say that I think (or thought) America's Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast would be the absolute perfect cookbook for me. In their newest book Lee Brian Schrager and Adeena Sussman highlight some of the best breakfasts from around the country and provide readers with the recipes to make them in their very own kitchens. Yum!But there are two things I don't love about this book. First, the title and premise are a bit misleading. The authors don't highlight ALL of the states. In fact, they hop skip and jump straight from LA, San Francisco, and Portland over to Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Ohio with nothing in between. That's a whole lot of states not covered by even one highlighted breakfast spot! Now I don't know the reason for this and (most of you don't know this) considering I once wrote cookbooks that required places to agree to have their submitted recipes printed in a book, it could simply be that the authors intended to highlight ALL of the states and had issues getting recipes. I don't know. But there are sections highlighting places without recipes in the book as well, so that still doesn't explain why so many states aren't represented at second issue with this book is that in perusing the recipes I noticed a lot of them require quite a bit of prep for multiple components, some of which have to be made a day ahead of time. Now, like I said I'm not hellbent on breakfast for breakfast but when I went to make the "Caramelized Grapefruit with Basil Sugar," for example, I was not prepared to have to let the grapefruit chill for at least an hour before I could eat it. It's broiled grapefruit with sugar! And considering it's got olive oil on it, it was essentially cold, greasy grapefruit...Not all of the recipes were overly complicated or unappealing, though. The "Bacon, Egg, and Cheese 'Paco'" (a brilliant creation courtesy of the Food on a Roll Truck in Miama) is a breakfast wrapped in a pancake (why did I never think to do this?!). "Marlene Schrager's German Breakfast (For Dinner)" is a tasty and easy scramble as is the slightly more time consuming (only slightly) "Devil's Mess" from Richmond, VA's Millie's spite of my above issues, the variety and types of recipes is actually quite nice. There are omelets, crêpes, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and even pop tart recipes included. There are a number of regional and ethnic dishes as well - "Pozole" (from San Jalisco of San Francisco), "Koko Moco" with a homemade mushroom gravy (from Koko Head Cafe in Honolulu), "Pho Bo" (courtesy of Dông Phuong in New Orleans), Ingrid Hoffman's "Yuca Buns" and an Avena Breakfast Smoothie, and even a Scrapple recipe from DC's Birch & Barley.And while the "Morning Glory Muffins" (Panther Coffee and Cindy Kruse's Baked Goods in Miami) may have made me dirty every dish in my kitchen to make them and Lambert's (Austin) "Frito Pie" requires the forethought (and self control) of keeping extra brisket on hand after a BBQ meal, the argument could be made that there is enough variety and enough recipes like Versailles' (Miami) "Tortilla de Papas" and Miss Lily's (New York) "Coconut Pancakes" to appease even someone like me who doesn't want to think about breakfast a day ahead of time.I do still wish there had been more representation of the other states, though.
Avengers: Unleashed Vol. 3 (Avengers & Champions) collects issues #672-674 of the “legacy” numbered main Avengers title (previously “Avengers Unleashed”), along with issues #13-15 of the Champions, the Avengers team that decided that they weren’t going to play in the Civil War II is volume is basically about the Vision and his daughter, though the High Evolutionary is also trying to destroy the Earth and possibly Counter-Earth too; it all gets a bit frenetic towards the ere is plenty of old fashioned world-wide Avengers action, as both teams have to team-up and deal with lots of stuff while demonstrating insensitivity to the junior team members, who are not juniors, but full-sized aracterisation is a bit wobbly – and while the Champions are still themselves, it is almost as if the Avengers are on hold as people; Thor is almost a blank, and the Falcon is a cardboard cut-out; only the Vision is really himself, and he did switch his emotion chip back on in the previous volume, and we finally get to see what his problem with his daughter is (if, like me, you can never remember what went on in recent volumes). The High Evolutionary is also a bit of a stereotype, though this might also tie back into his appearance in the Uncanny Avengers not so long e big winner in terms of plot is the Vision family, but I don’t want to spoil anything , while the action is a bit reasonable for a cobbled-together epic, and Mark Waid skilfully weaves a lot of continuity stuff together to make it all just about work, maybe there wasn’t enough room to flesh out the main Avengers characters (or Editorial wasn’t sure where they were going after Secret Empire and kept them blanded-out).
That was my reaction upon finishing the first issue of Thor: The Mighty Avenger and it still persists. Roger Landridge does a great job of making you like these characters from the get go. You understand Jane and her life in a few panels and that is just awesome. The book is fun, funny and extremely charming. Chris Samnee's art is wonderful and manages to convey so much emotion in just a few lines. The fights are interesting in that they actually tell part of the overall story. Thor is sweet and cute and just a bit of a lunkhead but in a good way. I would thoroughly recommend this book for anyone of any age.
Recently, I've been getting into Thor as a comic book character. I always liked the premise, characters, and fantastical focus of Thor, but never really read much of his stuff. So for the past few months I have embarked on a journey to become more acquainted with him. This was one of the most highly recommended Thor titles I knew of and so I bought it, expecting to be mildly entertained and generally happy. It is a big understatement to say my expectations were met and exceeded.When I finally got the book, I was blown away by the sheer quality of the work. Rodger Langridge and Chris Samnee's take on Thor's earlier days on earth has become one of my favorite comic book series in recent years. It's absolutely magical. Langridge's writing finds the perfect balance between deep characterization, humor, warm warmheartedness, love story, fun action, and a meditative poignancy that I have not found in many comic series. Samnee's work as an artist is completely reminiscent of the silver age of comic books, where Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko were the kings of the pen. It's more simple than most modern comic books and yet it seems way more expressive than most modern comics as well. It is amazing how much Samnee's inks adds to the charm and appeal to the collection. His artistic skills and focused cannot be ignored or understated. He is spectacular.Each comic is a standalone story, each fantastic on its own, that eventually add to a narrative whole. There are many guest stars featured in this volume, some more known and others very obscure. They're all quite delightful. In many ways, this collection really reminded me of the old Lee/Kirby comic books that I adore so much. I may be 21, but when I first got into comic books, it was by reading the Marvel Masterworks graphic novels, which were collections of the old 1960's classics. This fostered in me a love for the type of storytelling you find in the silver age of comic books: gallivanting heroics and campy fun. This collection has that, and yet, it also has the poignancy and depth that more modern comic books have as well. So for me, the great Thor runs are Simonson, Strazynski/Coipel, and now Langridge/Samnee. Hell, this volume is great when in the company of all comic book characters, not just among Thor stories.I cannot say enough how great this volume is. It saddens me deeply that this 12 issue series was cancelled prematurely. If there is any justice in this world, the amount of people buying this and volume 2 of the series will perhaps resurrect it from the dead, as it truly deserves recognition and praise. Langridge and Samnee deserve nothing but the highest reward for works like this. So please, you comic book fans out there, give this collection a shot. It is so very special. Buy it, [email protected]#$%!, adore it!
-----------------------------------------------------------------------"Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Vol. 1: The God Who Fell To Earth"Written by Roger LandridgeIllustrated by Chris Samnee(Marvel Comics, 2011)-----------------------------------------------------------------------In this great, kid-friendly reboot of Marvel's great Asgardian superhero, Thor is reimagined as a less stuffy, less pompous, less boring thunder god, a recently reincarnated deity who is a little confused about his role in the grand cosmic framework, and less prone to spouting absurd pseudo-Shakespearian thees and thous. In short, he's more modern, easier to identify with, and way more fun. Don't get me wrong -- I liked the old Thor as a kid and appreciate the inclusion of a few of the old, original stories in the back of this book, but ya gotta admit he is one of the classic superheroes who hasn't held up well over the years. The reboot is quite welcome. The stories are good, too: if you want a fast-paced, lighthearted, irony-free, old-fashioned super-book to share with your kids, this is a great e comic book industry needs more stories like this for younger readers to enjoy... And, sadly, Marvel already cancelled this one. Of course. But don't let that stop you from picking up these two digest collections, which gather all eight issues of this fab, though short-lived series. (Daddy Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)
A strange reboot of the Thor story. This time Jane Foster works in a museum. Thor is sent to Earth to learn humility but has lost part of his memories. He doesn't turn into Don Blake in this version. He fights Hyde, Giant Man (Ant Man) and the Wasp, and Captain Britain. It also includes the first two Thor stories that were in Journey into Mystery is version seemed watered down from the normal story. I am not sure if it was intended for a younger audience but it seemed to be. Both the artwork and the level of the story made it feel more like something you would read in a daily cartoon strip than a monthly comic wasn't that bad, but I have read better Thor comics. It just didn't live up to the standard I expected.
While I am sure Marvel produced this run to tie-in with the Thor movie and sell some copy off the movie's popularity, this story can stand on it's own with the best Marvel has ever printed. Thor is depicted as being quite young (for an Asgardian), and is not drawn sporting a beard, which betimes doth vex me greatly, but here it is fitting that he be clean shaven. Also, he doth not speak in the King James Version when he speaks English. That might bug some old-school Thor fans, and if the story were told any other way, it would have bothered me too. The art is retro-styled, but with a contemporary flair and finish that you just can't take your eyes off. When I finished this series I was sad that they abandoned it, the way the other hero characters (Iron Man, Wasp, Giant-Man, Odin, Heimdall)and villains (Loki,Hyde) were portrayed made me want to read more. More comics should look like this.
This is an incredible retelling of Thor's story, and his relationship with Jane Foster -- and I loved every minute of it. Watching the way Thor begins to change, and Jane's slow fall into love with him is perfect, and the ART! Ahh, the Art is just so expressive! Definitely pick up Thor: TMA as a great starter comic for all your friends.
l loved this series and [email protected]#$%! was still ongoing [see my review of volume 1.]l've read there was to have been an issue or two more in this first 's a shame Marvel couldn't have let it go at least that ough l miss the series l'm glad l got these two volumes. They're amongst my favorite comics.
I read this book in issues and was blown away. But it's even better when collected!!This book is literally for anyone (doesnt matter if you are young or old, male or female) It's technically an all ages book but it doesn't insult your intellegence or talk down to the reader at all. Instead, it is just a wonderfully told and BEAUTIFULLY illustrated tale of a man from another world being lost in, what is for him, a foriegn land: earth.I'll be honest here, I'm not a sucker for romance stories, but the relationship between Thor and Jane Foster (the woman who finds him and shows him earth) is incredibly heartwarming. This book definitely places its focus on the emotional core of the Thor story rather than the action---and, to my great surprise it works wonderfully!!That being said, there is still a lot of action (Avengers, robots, mad scientists, Asgardian gods of all sorts) and Thor is still the powerful, impulsive young man he was originally in the comics, but his rashness extends to the battlefield as well as he clearly has not yet mastered his power (which makes the character even more endearing) The story proves to be the tale of Thor finally finding something truly worth fighting for. And you'll be cheering for him all the way and having a blast while reading this fun book. And I can't stress this last point enough: you'll definitely be soaking in the gorgeous art by the master: Chris Samnee.Anyways, words can't do this book justice... buy it!!! It's perfect for any comic fan and would make a wonderful gift for new, young readers who are soon to be in love with the character (biiiig Thor movie coming out in summer 2011!)
It's really good! I'm not crazy about Rocket like everyone else seems to be, I didn't really like him back in the day either and I think he's a bit too mouthy rather than comedy relief but he's just getting started so I'm sure Bendis will mellow him out a bit once he's established.
Two words: Guardians of the Galaxy. Ok, maybe more than two words. But still...! Marvel crosses outer space with The Avengers with pirates and gives us one of the greatest stories you'll want to geek out on. I dare you: read this and try not to say, "I am Groot."
Cool to see the comic vs. the movie. Unfortunately while this novel has some interesting background information, I don't know if it has as much suspense or "attitude" as the movie does. Definitely worth reading if you're into the series, though. And Iron Man is in it!
There is a ton of information in this book. I am convinced the author is correct about his father being the killer. Lots of updated information and pictures. I read the book on my Kindle and there are a few typos, but still very readable and interesting.
Fascinating book...Told in stark, honest language. Perhaps with the facts supported in this book, we may be as close to solving the case as we will ever be. Told by the son of the alleged murderer, The Black Dahlia may have been one of many. We will never know, but this book makes a great read.
I have been interested in cold cases and criminology for years, and one of the most intriguing was the Black Dahlia case. Most of the books I read discussed what I already knew, but didn't bring to light anything damning, interesting, or new. One day in Barnes and Noble I stumbled across this book...read the first chapter...and I was hooked. I rushed home to purchase a used copy on Amazon (pay $26 for a book?PFFFFTTTT) and as soon as I got it, I read it...then re-read it...then read it again...The evidence is extremely compelling and can't be ignored. It's graphic and disturbing. If you want closure for yourself and the Black Dahlia, read this book.
A very detailed accounting of a crime backed up with other related crimes. I didn't give it five stars due to many spelling and over all english usage errors. I as well thought it repeated itself in too many places and some details at times to vague. But for you true crime lovers it is a good book to read. I found it to be interesting in most places and just to bad it wasn't better organized before it was published.
Steve Hodel is a much better detective than a writer, but in the latter half of the book, he includes responses to his investigation from the (then) current DA's office, based on their own preserved files on the murders. What came out when Steve presented his case to the authorities is most fascinating!
It's OK I guess. Wasn't really thrilled - I dunno, maybe like throwing a cookie to rabid fans wanting any more information for the currently upcoming Infinity War movie? Sure hope the films are more "adult" e.g. this read more like quick fan fiction to me than the gritty comic book I was expecting.*SPOILERS* below -1) It's short, about 20 pages on my Kindle? And the first few pages are walking through the end of Civil War - that part pretty much matches the films.2) So, OK, Cap has gotten Bucky outside of the Hydra facility - and this is where I started getting mildly annoyed. E.g. I wish the authors or publishers had gotten some of the better fan fiction authors on cause, Cap and Bucky run right into T'challa. That makes sense; assuming by then that T'challa had tied up Zemo someplace.Except T'Challa launches into a speech apologizing to Bucky and offering help. That SOUNDS nice, unless you know the Civil War movie. Both Cap and Bucky are pretty badly hurt, Bucky especially. Assuming also that Bucky's arm was also wired to his nervous system in some way, and it just got BLOWN OFF. Tony kicked him in the face. Bucky wasn't 100% mentally there in Civil War faced with two badly bleeding men, T'Challa launches into a speech; and Bucky comes back with a sort of overly-humble coherent response (sure, Bucky felt enormous guilt in the film but he wasn't grovelling about it, ever) and then Bucky grovels to Cap some more - while Cap has bundled HIS TERRIBLY WOUNDED BEST FRIEND onto the Quinjet, to head off to the Raft to rescue his friends?So, like, Bucky is just supposed to park himself for a while and clean the blood off with one hand while Cap kicks some butt. How Cap even knew where his friends were at that point? (must have been ESP). Or how his friends got to the Raft that fast? AND WHY IS CAP IN HIS UNIFORM WHEN IN THE MOVIE HE SHOWS UP AT THE RAFT IN STREET CLOTHES WITH NO WOUNDS ON HIS FACE?And then, apparently, Cap uses the Quinjet as a sort of taxi (I guess while Bucky is still cleaning himself up one-handed) and drops Hawkeye and Antman off with their families (not like anyone would be looking for these fugitives) and Wanda is dropped off with Vision (who now looks like a person; but that must have been ESP too or the Mind Stone, because last we see of Vision in Civil War he's fiddling with a chess piece and depressed. How Wanda and Vision communicated isn't explained at all.)Having a scene of Tony slowly pulling himself together and really getting a good look at the cryo chambers while he is waiting to be picked up might have been a nice foreshadowing of possibly forgiving Bucky, maybe, but THAT doesn't happen - basically Tony gets ignored for a while. Anyway back in Wakanda it's announced that in order for Shuri to fix Bucky, he has to get frozen at part is kind of OK. It kinda bothered me in that IMO it sort of negated Bucky sacrificing himself and made it more of a treatment plan - but the artwork is kinda nice. The little interchange with T'challa and Shuri is good. And Cap and friends doing what they can, to combat what is left of the Chitauri tech that is being sold on the black markets, is good. (At this point Black Widow has joined Cap with no explanation whatsoever.)Finally back to Tony who is whipping up a new suit and apparently isn't as mad at Cap anymore - there's no angst really; he just decides he needs to be preparing for these possible aliens alone. The art is kinda nice, but IMO that's pretty ess that's how I view this whole release - it's THIN. It doesn't match the movie in characters, tone, or narrative in a lot of places. Bucky and Tony respectively are too soft. T'challa actually tells a couple of badly wounded men "he'll catch up with them later" after delivering a speech - look, T'challa IMO is WAY too intelligent not to hustle Cap and Bucky onto the Quinjet while quickly offering Wakanda as a sanctuary, and telling Cap to get Bucky out of there. T'challa could have contacted his own people to meet Cap (with like, doctors) and get them behind Wakanda's security. Or, at least that's how I imagined things happening. Super soldiers or not, Cap and Bucky are wounded and emotionally hurt as well after the fight with cause then it would look like Cap took Bucky in the Quinjet and vanished, becoming a fugitive. And would leave T'challa in a position to bring Zemo in, assist Tony, and be able to move freely without looking like an accomplice. I don't think T'challa would just leave Tony, hope the BP and IW movies handle all this with more consistency and logic. OK, this is kind of a filler comic book, but these are great characters with great arcs and stories. There wasn't a need to be that sloppy about it. Or maybe this is directed at kids who aren't going to be so picky? So they aren't going to depict a half-sane Bucky or rage-filled boozing Tony grimly building his next suit.Hopefully after IW someone will do a rich graphic novel of the first MCU phases - this isn't it.
If there was some sort of expectation that viewers would both not be familiar with the history of the infinity stones in the MCU and buy a prelude comic book, then maybe this makes sense. Marvel should know by now that those willing to buy a comic prelude are very familiar with the movies, so this is just a bad $$ grab when it could have been a neat bonus for superfans with some non-essential but interesting backstory.
Let me start by saying this, I love harry potter. I read the books 2-3 times per year since I was a child. I've grown up with these books. These books are a part of me, I've named my children after characters in these books. I have 3 tattoos, all of which are harry potter. I'm a dedicated fan, entirely obsessed to be candid. I have waited for this book like the rest of you.I can handle the fact that it's written as a play, I was expecting this. I was fully prepared to accept this. I waited all night for this to be released to my kindle (it's 3 a.m and I've just finished). I sped through the cursed child and my final thought was, this was disappointing .I'm skeptical of how much jk rowling actually contributed to this. I get more of a harry potter vibe from the fantastic beasts trailer than this entire book. The plot was bad, almost everything was bad. It was like a poorly written sucks that I'm saying this because harry potter is a part of soul. I went into this thinking it was everything I'd ever hoped for.I'm not saying don't buy the book, by all means buy it. Read it. See for yourself. I'm not being cynical, rowling is the queen of my world. This is the first and likely only bad review I will give regarding her.Just be warned, this does not feel like harry potter. This was not intricate, well excuted, thought out, or clever. The characters were not true to themselves. I think the best way to go into reading this and saving yourself from despair is to read it as a fanfic and not the true works of rowling. It would be tolerable had her name not been involved, I expected so much more.And now I will try to purge this book from my memory and continue to live in her past works of art. I still have big hopes for fantastic beasts and that's enough for now.
Spoilers!!Huge Harry Potter fan-- 16 years of reading!! So I was incredibly excited for the new one. I keep wondering if there's a therapy group where all the disgruntled fans can congragate and weep together. I'm also refusing to consider in cannon as it was not JKR herself who penned. What they did to the INTEGRITY of these characters. I'm sick over it. The entire 7 book series was about friendship, love and loyalty, and Harry knew that; and most importantly, knew that's what made him different from V. You're telling me, he, Ron and Herm didn't continue to live and instil those values in their children? Rose was a bully, who was prejudice against someone without knowing them first. Harry would never said he wished his kid wasn't his, or sacrificed his kid's only friendship over gosip. Harry wouldn't have choosen work over time with his family, which after all he'd been through WAS ALL HE EVER WANTED.If someone were to ask me, what is your favorite thing about Harry Potter?, I would hands down reply: Harry Potter's moral integrity, that is the heart of the series. It's his choosing to sacrifice himself for what is good. It's choosing friendship over suspicion. It's a defiant effort to turn towards the pain of loving and losing, then choosing not to love at all. It's choosing to do what right, and best for others even when it hurts, is inconvenient, or scary. It's fighting for truth and justice, even when you're the only one doing it. And when you move away from those central themes, the integrity of who we know Harry (and friends) to have PROVEN himself to be, you destroy Harry Potter and all that he stood for for 7 books. This new book is the worst kind of trash, the one that destroys the soul of our so, what they did to calm, measured, quirky, wise Dumbledore, making him a weepy, rude mess, who spoke in cliches, issuing a completely unnecessary "apology" to why Harry was at the Dursleys, when Dumbledore had already apologized profusely for that in HP5 AND severely told off the Dursleys in HP6 for their abusive behavior! It was just phony emotional porn! And Ron's a proper idiot who got drunk during his wedding?! He would have never disrespected Hermione like that. Hermione was neither clever, nor charming; she didn't come up with hardly any solutions. And what a weak, floppy mess Harry was during the fight scene?! His 16 year old self could have fought better. It's like they sucked the soul out of the books, like a dementor wrote it!! This is not even pointing out the horrible plot holes! No, I refuse this book is real. It's a bloody mess!
I want to start this by saying that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I grew up with Harry, I went to midnight premiers of the books and movies. I was so excited for this play. I wanted to like it. I really really did. If you are a fan I would say read it and form your own opinion. Here is what I thought:- Where was George?- Where was Teddy? Because he was in the station in th epilogue.- Where was Hugo? You know the other child Ron and Hermione have.- Lily and James Potter… MIA for most of the play. Like James? Was he even in it?- Why was Ron running the joke shop? He is an Auror. WHAT HAPPENED TO GEORGE? WHY WASN’T HE RUNNING THE SHOP?!- Let’s talk about Ron. Why was he so non-Ron like? His character, all jokes no supporting and listening to Harry and Hermione. Also he is hardly in the play.- Harry’s relationship with Albus. Everything about this is upsetting.o In the last book when they are dropping off the children at the Hogwarts express, the kids are genuinely confused as to why everyone is looking at them and Ron makes a joke saying “I’m famous”. It is deduced that the kids do not know the extent of everything their parents went through to save the world. Yet Albus feel the weight of his dad’s legacy. Huh.o Then we have Harry SEPARATING Albus and Scorpious. Let’s go back to that epilogue where they all see Draco with his family and a joke gets made about not playing with his son. Which then Hermione corrects and Ron says to beat him on test but not to get too cozy and marry him. Again, making it seem that everything in the past is in the past. Then there is Harry’s history of friends at Hogwarts. He knows. He would not separate his son from his ONLY friend.- Albus choosing Slytherin for a friend? Awesome.- The rumors of Voldemort having a child and that not being stopped by the ministry? Stupid. The ministry would have stopped panic about an heir being possible. Also Voldemort was conceived without love. He never cared about having an heir because he wanted to be in power. An heir would have been competition for him.- More on that point. Bellatrix pregnant. She would have loved to mother the Dark Lords child; there would have been no greater honor. But. This does not work with the original time line. Bella is never pregnant, she fights at the battle. And then the gang goes to Malfoy manor there is no baby in sight. And if. IF. Voldemort would have wanted an heir; wouldn’t he have made it a horcrux and offered it more protection?- Sexual tension between Scorpious and Albus. Yet Albus has a crush on Delphi and Scorpious on Lily. I feel as though either they should have been opened about their romantic feels towards each other or this should have not been included.- The flashbacks/dreams Harry has. When Dudley is mentioned (yay!) and you find out petunia is dead. I know she was horrible but I do think Harry would have deep feelings about his mother’s sister passing. I liked the blanket part.- Bellatrix husband somehow got out of Azkaban and raised Delphi. How did he escape Azkaban? Because there is no way he got pardoned. So how did he escape? And after escaping how was there no alarm over him escaping. Sirius Black escapes and the freaking muggle minister is alerted! Then there is a massive breakout and it is all over the daily prophet. But hey, this guy who tortured the Longbottoms into insanity he escapes and it’s cool. Yeah, sounds legit.- The new prophecy. First of all: how did it happen with no one knowing about it except Delphi. Who made it? It’s sounding more and more as if this witch convinced herself that she is the heir of the dark lord.- Cedric. Cedric a character who was noble and good and died oh so tragically. This character who was loyal and kind and helped Harry turns DARK SIDE?!?! BECAUSE HE LOSES THE CUP. WHAT?!?! CEDRIC A DEAD EATER HAHAHAHA NOPE NOT FUNNY. Thank you for turning a good character and completely changing him for the worse. Thank goodness you did not include Sirius Black in your play.- On that same characters changing note. The trolley lady…. Hm. I will just leave it at that.- Polyjuice potion. That s*** takes a month to make. I read the chamber of secrets. Many times. It takes an effing month. And you need a piece of the person you are changing into. But wait not, here I got some polyjuice potion here in my back pocket and I just happen to carry my dad and his best friends hairs at all times. So let’s change into them and break into the ministry.- Btw that potion is not necessary because you can transfigure a HUMAN. Seven books and that never came out. Must be very dark magic.- On the dark magic note. Harry duels Delphi (a eighteen year old) and she is stronger? Um. Do we not recall Harry being a teenager and he beat Voldemort. His wand is the s***. So yeah how does this even make sense?- The no sugar diet. WHAT. Sounds like something movie Ginny would do, not book Ginny.
First and foremost, I was well aware that this was a play, not a novel; but even by those standards this is a disgrace. If it was possible I would give 0 stars. I am horrifically obsessed with these books, for the past 19 years (tattoos, pet names, my adult apartment covered in maps and memorabilia - you get the point). Every Christmas and July 31st I have my own HP marathon - movies, and books, respectively. After re-reading the entire series just a day before reading this I was almost in a HP PTSD shock. I have read awful, poorly written, fanfiction that was lightyears better than this tragedy of a story (even calling it that seems overly kind).The characters you love and adore to abhore are completely missing - just their names remain, and tiny fragments of what seems to be a stolen history of their lives. I sighed, scowled, and groaned mercilessly while reading, and eventually completely gave up trying to understand even a semblance of what was going on in this is is NOT cannon, nor something I can physically or mentally endure sitting on my bookshelves next to what was the light of my childhood (and early adulthood if I'm honest). I will rightly say that I had a massive nerd freak-out, and actually tore the book to pieces to prevent myself from re-reading it, as I knew I would as a sadistic form of torture - and it was cathartic as hell.If you only watched the movies, you may be able to endure this story; but the Potterheads who live and die for these books are just testing their patience, never-questioning love of all things HP, and the sainthood of Rowling by reading this story. (I am aware it is not her writing, and that with the play coming out she was in bind to publish, but that does not excuse this abortion of a story. Even as a play the plot alone is only a modicum of what anyone truly in love with these characters and world would be expecting.)**SPOILER WARNING** So many issues: the timeturner now apparently having the ability to go back decades, and create butterfly effect implications; Hermione's visage as a cold, cruel, DADA professor; Harry's Hermione-like myopic focus on his work, above his family; Ron - as a whole; too many others to list without losing my cool once ter waiting 9 years for another story, this is truly heartbreaking, and worthy of tears!**And yes, that's my cat, Albus, looking on approvingly of the tattered remains of my sanity that night.
I'm just so disappointed. I'm finding it difficult to find the words.Obligatory remarks: I have loved Harry Potter for 20 years. I'm reading the books to my daughter, I have read the 7 books more times than I can count, I have led my students in countless discussions and debates about the books over the last 15 years. I also read more Harry Potter fan fiction than is normal or healthy. I've read every possible scenario of what happens to these characters after the canon books.I was so excited about the Cursed Child that I could barely sleep this week. I knew it was a script, I knew Jo didn't write it. But I was excited. Now, I'm bummed.******I WILL NOW BE SUPER SPOILERY:SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERSThings I liked:-Albus is a Slytherin! Yay!! This was my one wish for this book, along with hoping Scorpius wasn't the antagonist.-Scorpius. I'm a huge fan of all things Malfoy. Seriously, Draco Malfoy is my favorite character. I'm pleased with how Scorpius was written in the play. The rumor that he is Voldy's son? Brilliant.-There were times when I could really see the original Ron and Ginny in their characters here. Not often, but occasionally.-Who wouldn't like to see Snape again?-I'm glad to see that Harry is struggling with his experiences. Let's face it, with all he's been through, he would definitely have PTSD. The epilogue in Deathly Hallows always struck me as a little too "shiny happy."The disappointments:-Time moves too quickly, and we get almost superficial glimpses of why both Albus and Scorpius are struggling in school. I would have much preferred for the story to focus more on their experiences at Hogwarts. With Rose as the antagonist with a Malfoy prejudice? That would have been great. Truly great. And unexpected.-Slytherin. On a deep, gut level, I've needed Albus to be a Slytherin. I've always been troubled by the portrayal of Slytherin House in both the books and the movies. They are the Evil House. Why, WHY would Hogwarts condone the sorting of a quarter of the school into Death Eater training grounds? If Salazar Slytherin was so evil and essentially a racist, why does Hogwarts still have a Slytherin House? And what is the message to the students who are sorted into Slytherin? "You're evil, kid. Enjoy being a Death Eater!"Wasn't the takeaway in Books 1-7 that we shouldn't judge Slytherins unfairly? Draco actually saved Harry by not "recognizing" him at the Manor. Narcissa saved Harry by being brave enough to lie to Voldemort. Snape is by far the bravest, most extraordinary character in the series. And let's not forget Regulus Black, who knowingly sacrificed his life at a young age in order to destroy ONE Horcux and give others a chance to finish the job. Slytherin more than redeemed itself in the series. And the epilogue reinforces this when Harry tells Albus that it's okay to be in Slytherin. I knew in 2007 that Albus HAD to be a Slytherin. Surely the House system has changed by the time he goes to school? Surely Hogwarts is sorting students on their qualities and recognizing that all four Houses are valid and none are evil? Surely Hogwarts would rather abandon the House system than continue to train dark wizards in Slytherin?Yes, in The Cursed Child, my dream came true and Albus was sorted into Slytherin. And he became best of friends with Scorpius, just like I had hoped. But there is no redemption for Slytherin to be found. The Slytherin kids continue to be [email protected]#$%!&, even to "their own." They bully Albus and Scorpius. We are never for a second shown that Albus possesses Slytherin qualities, nor are we shown that many people can possess the Slytherin traits (cunning, shrewdness, leadership skills) and still be a good person. This play just reinforces the same old Slytherin prejudices. There was an opportunity to redeem Slytherin, and it was lost. Spectacularly.-Everyone else has said it and I will say it, too: Time-Turners. No. Just...no. There was plenty of material possible without having to revisit the "greatest hits" dates of the original series. How convenient that the play ends on October 31, 1981. It's Back to the Future. And not in a good way. I actually groaned when I saw the date. And again, not in a good way. Not to mention that Time-Turners have always been self-fulfilling; they are a closed loop, if you will. We've never seen them change anything. Going back in time always happened. Essentially, when you go back in time, you're only doing what you've ALREADY done. In Azkaban, Harry and Hermione always were there- they didn't change anything. They didn't change time. They just repeated what they had already done. We also have never seen anyone "go back" with a Time-Turner. They just catch up with the e you telling me that there are no other stories to tell? There are- fanfic is full of better ideas that don't involve traveling through time (and don't get me started on the fact that a canon Time-Turner can't travel that far back.) I was hoping this would be a Hogwarts fic, maybe interspersed with Harry dealing with his issues. Maybe even Snape wasn't dead. In canon, we never see a body after the fact, not a grave, or a funeral. A search for Snape would have made my heart so happy. But maybe I read too much fanfic. There are logical ways to make that happen, too. Draught of Living Death, always carrying Nagini's antivenin with him, etc. Or, barring that, what if Snape's portrait was included instead? Albus befriending the portrait at Hogwarts? Portrait Snape as Albus's mentor and advisor? Sign me up.-Cedric. Where do I start with Cedric? I'll start here: how convoluted is it to imagine that Cedric living would have resulted in Harry's death and Voldy's success? There is no chance that this is where Delphi would have started, prophecy or no. No chance. If I had the ability to travel through time, and I wanted Voldemort to win, I would not start with Cedric Diggory. I would have started with convincing V not to attempt to kill Harry. (I know she gets there eventually, but it's a Plan B.) I would have traveled to another time and killed Harry. Or prevented the destruction of a Horcrux. Or talked V into changing a Horcrux into something less obvious. Or talked him out of taking Nagini to the final battle. Or corrupted Harry into joining V instead. The possibilities are endless. But saving Cedric is not on that list. It's not. It can't be defended. It's a HUGE coincidence that saving Cedric would cause him to become a Death Eater. And logically, Delphi would have not known this or even considered the possibility. The "prophecy" was a ridiculous, clearly last-minute addition in order to lend some credibility to going back to the Triwizard Tournament. But we know Cedric. There's not a chance that he would become a Death Eater. He's the most loyal, fair-minded character in the entire series. It's not even slightly believable.-There's a second Time-Turner? What?? It's like the second launch device in Contact. I know I'm mentioning too much fanfic, but seriously, there are better amateur stories. And better HP time travel stories out there. JK destroyed all the Time-Turners for a reason during Order of the Phoenix. So they wouldn't ex machina the entire story. Are there really no other ideas?? Here's one: Harry being the Master of Death creates some interesting possibilities. I know he destroys the Elder Wand, but maybe he still is the Master of Death as the last owner of the Hallows? Wouldn't that be a better story? Harry discovering he can't die? Or maybe gifted with special powers from Death?-We come to the worst of all. Voldemort has a child. Voldemort. Has. A. Child. It's hard to write that, because that's ridiculous. It's dumber than what most 12-year-old fanfic authors would come up with. It's rehashing the same old tired storylines, a problem that plagues most sequels. "But this time, Voldy's a hot chick!" Not to mention, the logistics of her birth are impossible to believe. This means that Bellatrix was heavily pregnant at Easter, when she tortured Hermione at the Manor. Also, who would have returned to the Manor after the final battle to find a baby? Well, logically, the Malfoys would have. So Draco should know, at the very least. If we insist on this storyline of V's baby, I would have preferred (by a LOT) that Scorpius really was Voldemort's kid. We all knew from the beginning that he wasn't, because we all just knew the story wouldn't have gone that way. What an awesome shock it might be to have Draco produce the second Time-Turner and explain that the rumors are true! And how does Scorpius deal with that? How would his friendship with Albus have progressed? How would Harry feel about his son in any kind of relationship with Voldy's kid? See? It's a more intriguing story than what we were given.-Lack of complexity. Books 1-7 were brilliantly constructed, with hints of what was to come almost from the beginning. The Cursed Child is not complex. There is no challenge. I love reading to my 7-year-old and exploring those complexities in the first 7 books. It's work for her, but ultimately worth it. TCC is formulaic and lacking the depth and cleverness of the originals. Hermione puts simple riddles on her bookshelf to hide the Time-Turner? Really? That's only one example!-I know that this next point is the ultimate fanfic reader hang-up. Let's face it: everyone's gay in fanfic. But I believe I know why, or at least why I enjoy it. Fanfic is the best chance to see how little changes might affect a well-known story and well-known characters. What if Harry were sorted into Slytherin? What if Voldemort didn't bring Nagini to the final battle? What if Lily died but James didn't? What if Sirius didn't go after Peter in '81 and had the chance to raise Harry? These sorts of hypothetical situations are the cornerstone of good fanfic. And they are why fanfic exists, to be honest- to see the ripples in the pond that little changes can make. I think this is why everyone is gay in fanfic. It brings up some interesting ideas: If Harry had a crush on Draco, how would that have affected Sixth Year? Or if Harry had been in a relationship with Cedric, how would that have changed the Triwizard Tournament? Would he have personally tried to save Cedric after the fact? Love and relationships are the big, pivotal plot points in most stories on the planet. Changing relationships up helps us see different possibilities in a well-worn story. It's a fun exercise!I say the above because I want you all to be aware that I am not some fanfic-crazy woman who wants all the characters to be gay. I just like the mental exercise of imagining how little changes affect the entire story. When I heard that the Cursed Child would be about Albus, and then I saw the pictures of Scorpius, I pretty instantly hoped first that they would be friends, and then I wondered how them being more than friends could affect the characters (Harry and Draco can handle being civil, but could they be in-laws?) And I almost got my wish. Scorpius seemed to have deeper feelings. It is expressly written that he has issues with Albus flirting with Delphi. That he was jealous. I know Dumbledore is gay. But come on- they can't be afraid to insinuate that at least a few people in the wizarding world are gay. Statistically, many of them should be. At least leave it ambiguous, like with Dumbledore. Instead, they have to include at the very end that Scorpius likes Rose. Rose, the least interesting character in the whole damn play. And that's saying Thoughts:I suspect that the play itself is spectacular. The acting, the costumes, the sets, the special effects, all of them are most likely breathtaking and divert from the plot issues. But reading just the script exposes all the issues. We have no opportunity to be distracted by the spectacle. That's why I think releasing this was a huge mistake.I'm worried that this has tainted the first books for me. I don't want to read Goblet of Fire and picture Albus and Scorpius (and Scorpius 2) there during all three tasks. Ultimately, this story adds nothing, only subtracts. There must be literally thousands of stories in the wizarding world to tell. I'm so disappointed that JK signed off on a story that included Time-Turners, events from Books 1-7, and Voldemort 2. It's poorly-constructed fanfic that we now are forced to accept as canon.I wish this all hadn't happened. I was enjoying picturing what the whole gang was doing now. Now that I know, I wish I didn't know. I'm going to go back to better stories. I'm going to eat my feelings and pretend it didn't end like this.