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The only reason I gave this book 4 instead of 5 stars is it stops on a major cliffhanger! Loving the characters. Loving the relationships between all the characters. Now, I've got to hope I can get a hold the next issue(s) so I can find out what happens next. Do your self a favor and get this series! Good stuff, Maynard.
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.
As she herself admits in the book, she's Laura, X-23, and Wolverine, and she's not trying to replace her father as much as keep his legacy alive, which is a good summary of this book to be honest.A very Wolverine-ish story about shadowy organizations (Alchemax, as they are slowly becoming the evil scientists of the world) playing with Wolverine's genes to create super soldiers. Laura, however, is not trying to fill Logan's shoes so much as follow what he taught her back when they were together, and she manages to tackle things in a less violent (as pointed out by a lot of people she comes across) and yet still very familiar way.Her first adventure manages to work in superscience (Pym style), magic (Strange style), and good old fashion claws vs private military action, as she tries to find a balance between what she was made to do and what she wants to be, and if you can't tell there's a lot of metaphors hidden in all the subtext of this book that make it a joy to pick through.If I do have to leverage complaints: this is going to seem like a fairly tame beginning for her story, as there's no costumed villains running around (save an appearance so short it's more of a cameo despite having a nice fight to go with it) and most of the X-23 clones aren't too interesting outside of a couple of good scenes. However the sincere moments where we see inside the mind of our new yellow-and-blue sniktbub are good enough to elevate it above "average" and it does set up for an interesting aftermath following the events of this book (at least with the new characters and how they're going to fit into Laura's life).The series does call back to some of X-23's history but besides for knowing what the stinger means (someone familiar shows up) and what the various pictures that are a little more vague that happen in a splash page flashback are, you don't really need to be too familiar with Laura to read this one and enjoy in the end it's not a must-have book, but it's not a terrible one either, and there's just enough in here to really dig into.
This book is a fun and easy read. Nothing really spectacular about it. If you're looking for simple superhero fun, then it's a good choice. I don't think it will top any best of lists though. I wish I could give it a 2 1/2 to be honest
Fantastic art, and an action packed story. The mantle has been passed from Logan to Laura, and i can't wait to see where the story goes next. If you like [email protected]#$% super heroines, give this book a read.
This was a fun new version of wolverine. I think that this new female version brought a fresh look to the tone of the ideas that are carried with who wolverine can be. But not only does X-23 with the wolverine suit show a fresh take it related to many of the aspects that I love when Logan was behind the mask.
Sure, it's a little pricy for 1/4 of another adaptation of the classic Star Wars, but it is different than most anything we have seen to this point. The manga art style is very well done, to a point where it puts the comics of this country to shame. Also there are a few surprises, such as a scene with Dewback mounted Stormtroopers and a certain Sandcrawler. If youre after something original story-wise this isnt it. However the almost word for word use of the script causes the John Williams score to play in the background of your thinking. Overall a beautifully illustrated volume. Worth it for all those fans who MUST have all things Star Wars.
I enjoyed the heck out of reading this, it stays mostly true to the original version of the movie, with a few added bits that really flesh out the characters in ways other media can't. If you like star wars and comics, give this a try.
I wasn't sure what to expect with the Star Wars: Manga series. I wasn't sure if it would just be a tired retread of familiar material done with big eyes, or if it would be the first really quality adaptation of the Star Wars films. Because lets face it, most Star Wars comics suck. The art is lacklustre, with artists often trying to make their character look too much like Harrison Ford or Mark Hamill. The dialogue is flimsy, with characters either spouting catchphrases from the movies or just dropping awkward speech balloons all over the place. No, Dark Horse has not done much with the coveted Star Wars franchise to crow about. Until now. I'm not one of those fans that preaches the unfailing superiority of Japanese manga. Nor do I decry the often exaggerated facial expressions and unfamiliar art style. I simply appreciate good comics, and this is good comics. This is the best graphic novel adaptation of Star Wars: A New Hope that anyone could ever ask for. The well-known script is adapted directly from George Lucas' original script, and so it includes the new scenes of the Special Edition releases from a few years back (Though Han does seem the shoot first in a highly satisfyingly violent scene). This is not merely a storyboard adaptation, but a true utilisation of what comics do best. Hisao Tamaki, who adapts and draws this story, uses plenty of panels just to establish mood and setting, most noticeable in the Mos Eisley Cantina scene. The characters, thankfully, are not modelled on their silver screen counter-parts, but rather have a life of their own. Action scenes are a beauty to behold, and Tamaki's kinetic style is really showcased. The lightsaber duel between Vader and Obi-Wan is infused with a distinctly Japanese aesthetic, giving the samurai-esque Kenobi a mobility that the honourable Sir Alec Guiness could simply never achieve. The destruction of Alderaan is handled far more dramatically than in the film, flashing panels of the people of that doomed world with the Death Star as it charges its cannon. The blast is one of those truly impressive sights that make your eyes widen in an attempt to take it all in. Perhaps the most appealing part of this series is the way Tamaki exploits the lighter moments to brilliant effect. The Jawa's incessant jabbering, the mugging of Luke and Han, and especially the frantic chases through the Death Star in the third volume all illicit great little moments. Once one becomes accustomed to Tamaki's visual language, including little teardrops and pulsing forehead veins, it's easy to follow the laughs. If there are any drawbacks to this story, they involve the inevitable problems in translating a Japanese work for an English market. Virtually all panels are mirrored to accommodate our left-to-right reading style. It seems that some action scenes devoid of dialogue were left in their original format, making the transition a bit jarring if your eye's sharp enough to spot the gaffes. I've read other reviews that disapproved of the sound effect lettering, arguing that it distracted from the art in certain scenes. I agree that the sound effects are occasionally overwhelming, but they are clearly an important part of the art style, and are used so effectively in certain scenes that I'm willing to forgive this minor sin. For any fans of the Star Wars films or comics series, this set is a valuable and highly entertaining addition that lets you appreciate the classic tale in a new medium. I look forward to reading the following Star Wars: Manga adaptations.
You see I've read the non-manga version of comics of the movies, honestly I was disappointed. The artwork was bad, they screwed things up, left parts out. but this, this is the proper star wars comic. I'm not really a fan of the japanese style of drawing but I think star wars wears it is book ends just when luke comes across his home set on fire. I was a little disappointed that they can't just put all the books into one longer one to save the reader money you know instead of buying 4 books for ten bucks each. that is really the only flaw I see with this series. As I was saying, although Han Solo is on the front cover he doesn't come into the series till the 2nd r all of you that are old fans looking for a comic that is actually fit to wear the star wars name, I think you will like this series and I did. There are 4 books in this series, there is also a manga version of Empire strikes back and return of the jedi, so if you get into this there are more.I feel this japanese art style worked so well with star wars is because of all the action in it. That was one of the big problems with the non-manga version was that they were unable to draw all the action in it. This does it all really well. Also a good thing about this is that the expressions on the characters tell volumes about they are feeling. Sometimes the artists over-do it a little bit, but its really not a , I'd say that this is for new fans, long-time fans, old fans, young fans everyone really. You won't be disappointed, really its good.
I used to love Star Wars more than anything. It was the end-all, be-all of sci-fi. Then I started to read sci-fi books and watch anime. My opinion of Star Wars went down considerably. And over the years I saw the movies so many times I thought I would never want to see them again. Well, I am once again VERY excited about Star Wars...What do I love about this Manga? Where do I start? First, this Manga is pretty much word-for-word exactly the same as the movie. Secondly, the art style is more than good. It's incredible. I never thought I could get into a comic book without color, but man this one changed my mind. Then there is the character me people might not like their favorite Star Wars characters remade into anime-style characters with big eyes, but personally I REALLY dig it. I never really liked Princess Leia inA New Hope, but man, get a load of what she looks like now! She just went from a character I didn't like to a fantasticly beautiful and deeply soulful character (well, that how I feel about it anyway).Lastly, I will say that the action in this Manga series is truly amazing. From the first time a light saber lights up you will be amazed. If you love Star Wars you need this Manga. If you used to like Star Wars and now like comic books, check it out anyway.
I absolutely loved this volume. This was the most fun I've had reading the Guardians since Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's run on the series. Though I didn't hate Brian Michael Bendis' run, it definitely dragged towards the end. A knew writer was a welcome change. The book this time is handled by Gerry Duggan, who's work I haven't much read but after this, I feel I've been missing out. The Guardians find themselves back in space after being grounded on Earth after Civil War II, and immediately find themselves in the middle of a dispute between two Elders of the Universe: The Collector and the Grandmaster. Along the way they cross paths with the new Nova Corps and The Fraternity of Raptors, the former protectors of the Shi-ar Empire. They'll also have to deal with how each of the characters has changed since the last series. And all the while in the background, the threat of the returned Infinity Stones loom. This book has the distinction of emulating the movies without forgetting its comic book roots. Duggan accomplishes this feat where so many others have failed, giving us the best of both versions of the characters. The art in this volume is also astounding. Aaron Kuder brings the vibrant world of the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe to life and it is absolutely wonderful. It looks both realistic and abstract in perfect harmony. There is one other artist in this volume as well, Marcus To taking over for an issue. It's good, but a lot more restrained than Kuder's work. Overall this was a fantastic start to this series and I can't wait to read the whole thing, even though it's already cancelled. If you like any version of the Guardians, you'll probably like this.
I was not a fan of the Bendis run of Guardians. In my opinion, he failed to understand what made the Guardians of the Galaxy run by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning such a fantastic series. I feel that Duggan does get it though. The book reads like 70s Jim Starlin Cosmic stories and that is a good thing to me. It has cosmic elders, aliens, explosions, and larger than life threats. It is fun to read and feels more like a space adventure than the Bendis Era did. I am glad to have read these stories and I look forward to the next one.
Wonderful start to the new series. A great combination of funny, serious, and witty, it's great for older fans of the guardians as well as new fans just coming into comics. The art works extremely well for the series with great proportions and color combinations. The story itself is very well written as well, and it keeps you asking questions to be answered as the series goes on. Definitely a series I'll continue reading and, next to the X men and in humans relaunches, as well as marvel legacy, this is on of the best new series of the year.
I’m a little sad that they felt the need to start up a new Guardians of the Galaxy, but if I’m being honest it’s mostly because I loved the artwork of the previous series. It always takes me a little while to adjust to an art change, and this time is no different. This series artwork reminds me a lot of the TV series (which I haven’t watched much of, as of yet, so I don’t have the fondness that comes with that). At first I was concerned that this indicated a change of tone for the series, but thankfully they’re still the Guardians I know and love. There are some subtle changes from the last series to this one. As mentioned above, the artwork does change; as well as the character designs. Their clothes look a bit more like what we’ve seen in the movies. Meanwhile Gamora’s character looks the most like the TV show (her coloring, especially around the eyes, is much more distinct and stylized than it had been). The Milano (from the movie) also makes its way into the series, though obviously its backstory is different. The characters themselves have changed a bit too – but that’s because of what they have gone through, not something dramatic and unexplained. Groot is a baby, a state that he doesn’t normally stay in long term, but the reason for that is shown later. Drax has become a pacifist, as he believes all actions have consequences, even small ones like knocking down walls. Gamora is hiding something (ok, that isn’t all that new…), Rocket is still Rocket, and Quill is, as per usual, confused, just a bit more than usual in this case. There were so many things I loved about this volume; I’m not even sure where to begin. Actually, that’s not true. The Raptors! Yes, I do mean the Fraternity of Raptors that come from the Shi’ar Empire. The ones we see go up against Darkhawk (here’s hoping that means he’s in for a comeback!). Bringing the Ratpors into the Guardians of the Galaxy’s story is a brilliant move on Gerry Duggan’s part. Talonar is an ideal nemesis for the lot of them, and if my memory serves me correctly, he could make a pretty interesting threat for them. I sincerely hope he makes another appearance (though I find it unlikely they’d introduce him and then drop him). The Baby Groot plot is pretty interesting as well. There’s an actual reason he’s growing so slowly, and I’m not going to lie, I freaked when that reason was revealed. I’m curious to see how much that’ll stunt him in the long run, and what other influences he’ll feel before it’s all said and done. There’s still quite a lot going on, outside of what I’ve mentioned. The Collector and his brother are involved, as are other Elders of the Universe. You know something big is happening when cosmic beings start to move about like that. I can’t wait to see where it all leads.
This volume collects the first six issues of the relaunched series, along with the Free Comic Book Day issue, which opens the series with the acquisition of the Milano (from the animated series, isn’t it?)Unfortunately, I haven’t read the final volume of the previous series to know whether the set-up for this volume is made there, or whether we are stating in the middle of something and they’ll fill it in rtunately, they do explain as we go along why they are doing what they are doing, apart from a couple of things, such as why Drax is suddenly a pacifist, why Gamora is secretly working for Thanos, what happened to Groot, where the all-new Nova Corps came from, and what Loki has got to do with any or all of e story here is a big heist caper, for one client, and then another, with all sorts of villains from previous series popping up, more Elders of the Universe than you can shake an Infinity Gauntlet at, and the secrets of the Infinity Stones revealed; not to mention some of the trade secrets of some of the Elders is is a well-scripted and plotted story, which takes the Guardians back into the Cosmic; unfortunately, I can’t abide the artwork – I don’t know why, I just don’t like the style. It is a self-contained story, per se, so you can read the volume and feel like you have achieved something, but there are unanswered questions to launch us into the net volume too, as all good comics used to : Now, I read the Panini edition of this volume, and I took them at their word that this was the first six issues of the series, whereas, having now read the second volume, it turns out that this one actually contains issues #1-2, 4, 6, 8, 10, with the ‘filler’ issues and #11-12 in the second. These interleaved issues fill in the missing plot elements and then continue the main/group adventure, so technically this is the first six issues of the ‘team’ story.I still don’t like the art in this volume, but the two-volume approach does work, and the art in the second is stunning.
This guide is absolutely amazing. I know the power of the pressure cooker in making food quick and easy. However, I have always assumed that the flavor is just mushy and tasteless. Well, that is what I felt until I tried the amazing recipes in this book. I love the fact that this book has pictures of the different recipes. Even the kids love the recipes from this book. They want to help prepare the meals because they are so easy. It has become a new family favorite activity around the pressure cooking making food together. This was an amazing book on multiple levels!
There aren't many healthy recipes. The Lean Turkey Lasagna has 20 grams of fat per serving!
This guide is absolutely amazing. I know the power of the pressure cooker in making food quick and easy. However, I have always assumed that the flavor is just mushy and tasteless. Well, that is what I felt until I tried the amazing recipes in this book. I love the fact that this book has pictures of the different recipes. Even the kids love the recipes from this book. They want to help prepare the meals because they are so easy. It has become a new family favorite activity around the pressure cooking making food together. This was an amazing book on multiple levels!
Entertaining - but not what I really expected. Also - the color was off and I can't find the volume covering the last years of the war. For people who want to learn about what Nam was really like - this will contribute to your overall understanding of the conflict (for example: the realities of communist terrorism in South Vietnam - a subject western media all but ignored because it occurred in the hinterlands - where cold beer and flush toilets weren't available - very few reporters bothered to go). I thought some of the back stories (kit carson scouts for example) were excellent and I really enjoyed the characters. I just want to see someone put together the last volume.
"The 'Nam" is simply one of the best pop-culture depictions of our troops' experience in Vietnam that there is. And easily the best for teaching young people about it.Written by a Vietnam vet and edited by another, each issue is a stand-alone story set in the early days of American involvement there. The dialogue can be a bit "comic booky" for me but hey, that's the medium. This is as real the war is likely to get in the pages of a comic is volume includes the first 10 issues, and that's really my only complaint: It should be collected in 12-issue clumps. Each story took place one month apart, showing the war in real time as the issues came out. And because a tour in Vietnam was 12 months, we see one character rotate in for Issue 1 and head "back to the block" come Issue summary, "The 'Nam" is a PG-appropriate version of the film "Hamburger Hill," and one that covered more ground as it wasn't limited by moving-picture runtime.
I love Michael Golden's work! And I love war stories, so this was a great mix. I am too young to have gone to Vietnam, but my father did! I am lucky that he made it home, really lucky.... he was almost killed during his 11 month tour with the 1st division. He also took 200+ photos, which I now own and treasure. I mention this because some of the scenes rendered in this brilliant comic series, reflect the actual scenes from Vietnam in every detail. The research and attention to detail appears to be spot on. Based on the many stories my father told me, I am guessing the stories are pretty realistic too. The graphic novel is a much anticipated replacement to my dog-eared copies I kept all these years.
I purchased "The 'Nam" Volume 1 by Marvel for two reasons. The first is that I am a Vietnam Combat Veteran and was interested on how the subject would be presented; the second is because I enjoy graphic novels, and they bring back memories of reading comic books when I was e graphic novel follows the life of Ed Marks as he enters the U.S. Army in 1966 and goes through training and is sent to Vietnam. In Vietnam Pfc. Marks is assigned to the 4/23 Infantry, Mechanized. This is an actual unit that served with distinction in Vietnam with the 25 Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning) from 1966 until it left Vietnam in 1971. I served with the 4th Infantry Division, 2/8 Infantry Mechanized, Company A, 1st Squad from Oct 1968 till Jan r those interested 4/23 Infantry means 4th Battalion (Mechanized) 23rd Infantry chanized Infantry had the ability to close in on the enemy faster and with greater fire power. Cav (Calvary) units also had this mobility with Huey's and gunships. Once contact was made the infantry always dismounted, the APC's (Armored Personal Carriers) were death chanized infantry also walked a lot, and at times were sent in by chopper for an air nsidering the limitations placed on the publication of "The'Nam" by the Comic Code as expressed in the introduction by the editor, Larry Hama, I feel the people at Marvel have done a good job of trying to bring the Vietnam War to the attention of a readership that in all likelihood was not born during those ere are exceptions I take to parts of stories included in this first volume, but there are also some very realistic points made. For instance; no one ever built a fire at night while out on patrol (it would give your position away) and few companies went back to base camps, we stayed in the bush for months. Also to my knowledge no one flew into Vietnam as replacements under a hail of gunfire as depicted early in the issue. The exceptions to that are the Marines who flew into Khe Sanh between January and April in 1968 when it was under siege. These are minor issues, after all this is a graphic ever, the author Doug Murray has done a good job tying in the different scenario of combat in Vietnam. The illustrators Mike Golden and Wayne Vansant have done excellent work in their representations of the military equipment and scenery considering again the restraints placed on them in adhering to the Comic one will ever know the true horrors of war by reading a graphic novel or any novel of war. All the same, I recommend this graphic novel for those who would like to know a little of that forgotten war and at the same time enjoy a terrific read with great graphics. I look forward to reading Volume 2.
This is a good book for the Spider-Man fans. I wouldn't consider it great. The storytelling can get sloppy at times. I like the art but it's not my favorite style. The people tend to look kind of rubbery in the face. But the action shots work well. I like the fact that this storyline is trying to take Spidey back to the roots with the dynamics that Stan Lee started years ago. I'd like to see them tighten up the writing though.
Let's ignore the fact that I absolutely despise One More Day and everything it did to Spider-Man's progress as a character. Just for a moment. No, I can't, this automatically loses some points already.While a few of the story ideas in this volume are a bit cool, several explanations for how OMD did things like bringing Harry back are not explained soon enough. That or the explanations are really stupid, and could easily have happened without eve McNiven draws the first three issues, but for some reason, they are weaker than anything I've ever seen him do. It's messy and unnecessarily should be noted that the paperback edition includes the FCBD Swing Shift issue, and has the correct covers before each issue. For some godforsaken reason, the Kindle edition doesn't have the FCBD issue, and all the issues in the volume are preceded by the cover to issue 551, making it very difficult to keep track of your e one positive is Salvador Larocca draws the last three issues, so they are of course gorgeously done. And Jonah gets some comeuppance for being a cheapskate @#$%!&? all these years. If you buy this book, be ready for disappointment.
I'm sorry but One More Day and anything connected to it have been awful. Civil War really started a screwed up mess of things for Marvel, ESPECIALLY Spider-Man. What they did totally ruined any progress of Spider-Man as a character, the dynamic between MJ and his whole family of relatives (including Aunt May)... I feel like it's just disrupted everything. By the way, Aunt May has to be something like 100 years old already lol it would've made more sense to have her character pass away years ago in a real genuine, emotional way that drives the character and story. NOT because of something completely STUPID like Peter thinking "Hey! It'll be a great idea to unmask myself to the whole world and the NUMEROUS people who HATE ME!" I'm sorry but anything connected to this chain of events has just been piling more crap on to a big pile of crap.
If I could give it fewer stars, I would. It's been about a decade and the story doesn't age well and the consequences of this story have only worsened over the passing years. Can we please just mind wipe all of the stories by Slott and send them to the realm of bad fan fiction where they belong?
OK, I'll admit it: when I first heard of this book, the concept didn't sound very promising. The original five X-Men journeying from the past to our present? I honestly thought this was Marvel serving up another steaming pile of GIMMICK.I couldn't have been more l New X-Men is wonderful, and I'll tell you right now, if you're looking for a place to start reading modern-day X-Men comics, you've found your title. If you're new to the X-Men (or at least, new to X-Men comics), don't be afraid to jump right in. While there will be a few things on which you won't quite be up to speed, there's a short intro at the beginning of the book that tells newcomers what they need to know going into the this book, Brian Michael Bendis not only tells a story that is engaging, but he takes the X-Men franchise in a direction that brilliantly manages to be both innovative and a logical next step. While this book doesn't have loads of action, Bendis makes up for it with his excellent dialogue and characterization, and the action that does occur looks great thanks to the skillful, detailed, and colorful artwork of Stuart Immonen (as well as inker Wade Von Grawbadger and colorist Marte Gracia). The story takes its time, and that's not a bad thing. This first volume of All New X-Men left me excited for what's to come. There are so many marvelous places this story can go, and I can't wait to see what Bendis has in store for us. This is Marvel's new flagship X-Men title, and it's surely the beginning of what is to be a great and splendid story.
It’s been a while since I picked up an X-book. Sure, I’ve watched the movies, the Tv Shows, read the Claremont era comics, but around the time onslaught rolled out is the time I stopped reading the books. Needless to say, I have little Idea why Cyclops is now a rebel leader who murdered Professor X, or what’s going on in general. (you know, Avengers vs X-men, House of M, no new mutants being born, the phoenix force returning for the Nth time, jean dying for the Nth time, Scott being with Emma Frost... it’s really like jumping into a long running soap opera after staying away for six seasons.)This is probably what makes this book so great, it’s a perfect re-entry point for people like me who haven’t been keeping up with x-events post fatal ian Bendis writing is good, the gimmick doesn’t wear out its welcome, the dialog is natural, and both the character interaction and story are interesting. Scot needs to deal with an unfair amount of rage from his future Teammates, seriously, why he doesn’t just join apocalypse at this point is a great testament to his character. Jean gest hit full force with her until then dormant psychic powers (and the knowledge of dying. A lot.) Hank rises to the occasion and grows into a better beast than modern day beast. Angel is a whiner. Iceman is like that class clown everyone loved when they were in elementary school, but everybody wants to strangle in high school because he didn’t grow up. And that is a good : Stuart Imonen’s art style is also great, capturing both the more naive original x-men as the gritty modern day group’s moods perfectly enjoy ability: the pages look good on a 10 inch tablet pc, but you will need to use the zoom function on some pages to read the dialog. This happens on spread pages more than on normal pages.
In the first volume of his run on “All-New X-Men," Brian Bendis offers a unique take on Marvel’s premier team of mutants. Bendis is able to tie the classic X-Men characters of the early days with where the team has moved in recent years with conflict tearing the team apart. Bendis is able to blend new characters with old ones while offering an exciting plot. The art team led byStuart Immonen does a fine job in propelling this story along. It’s not a great jumping on point despite being the first volume in a series but newcomers should be alright here even if they will have to go online to get information on the characters and what has happened. A solid collection of comics. Highly recommended.
Do we really need another return to the original team of the X or another timeline bending to the Marvel 616 involving the X-men or even another plot-line involving the death of Professor X? All these strike me as not just gimmicks but tired gimmicks. Yet I agree, Bendis makes this delightful: the contrasting personalities, the changing of life goals, the knowledge of various futures. Bendis actually makes it feel fresh despite being the typical post-Claremont way to reset the various X-teams. Stuart Imonen's art is really great on this and keeps the contrast between classic, young X-men and their modern counterparts very clear. The dialogue is sound, the art is amazing, and the seemingly stale concepts really do produce something new.
Really an awesome start to a new series. I'm a long time comic book fan. Followed Marvel comics for over 25 years now, started reading them in elementary school. Followed Uncanny X-Men, since Junior high. I really liked how the original teen aged X-Men would react to the New Mutants of today. The story line follows after the events in A vs X: Aftermath, which was the immediate sequel to the A vs X 12 part series. Of the Mutant titles of Marvel Now, I like this the most, because of the mix of the old and new. The really neat twist here is "the new" are from an older era while "the older" characters are from the modern Marvel time. I also enjoyed the art. I thought the panel outlines were unique. Really enjoyed this comic.
Just read this for the second time and it's still amazing! When I first read it when it came out, I stopped after volume 1 and waited until the series finished so I could read it all the way through. I'm still blown away at how great Bendis' writing is. Over reading the X-Men on and off for the past 20 years this story really got me back into the universe. It's awesome to see the young X-Men meet their future selves and vice versa! One of the best things about this series is that it's great for long-time fans or newcomers.
There have been countless story arcs in both the Marvel and DC universes where heroes from the future come back to engage their counterparts in our time in either (1) correcting an issue in our present or (2) taking the current heroes into the future to fix a problem (sometimes with the heroes unborn children).Bendis takes a new slant on the timestream -- he has our heroes go back in time to bring characters from the past to our present. It's so compelling because we already have a prior relationship with those heroes, and it makes conversations and little comments so interesting (1960's Beast wondering what happened to present-Beast to make him so jaded and worn out).What's particularly interesting is for our Cyclops facing his past counterpart and realizing how far he has strayed from his dream and intent, and then plowing ahead anyway (although wracked with anger and guilt).The art is fine. The dialogue is very good.
Mixing the old X-Men with the new X-Men? You’d think that had been done before, and if memory serves, it has been done before. But never like Brian Michael Bendis is now doing it in All-New X-Men, which seems like a weird choice for comic books that feature the “old” X-Men.When I’d first heard about the concept, I thought it would be a flash in the pan. A one-off that might be fun, might be a nice trip down memory lane, but Bendis is going way beyond any expectations I had. The two groups matter and interact in ways that I hadn’t foreseen. Therefore, there is a LOT of surprises for readers in All-New e plot device that brings it all together is present-day Hank McCoy’s sickness, which is another evolution of his mutation, only this time it looks like it’s going to kill him. So, unable to figure things out on his own, he hops a Doctor Doom and Mr. Fantastic time cube and goes back in time to get a young Scott Summers to talk to his future self, who has gone off the deep end.I’d been away from X-Men for a while. The series became too much of a soap opera and there were too many characters that ended up crossing over into each other’s series (too many series to keep up with, all of them continued from month to month with no end in sight) that I couldn’t deal with it it turns out, present-day Scott (Cyclops) killed Professor X at some point (what?) and has turned vigilante. Okay. Deep breath. Because with all of that in play, things just get weirder. But somehow Bendis pulls it all off because I kept up with all the old history while he made new history with what I thought was e book is really not as confusing as that last sentence sounds. There’s a lot going on, but somehow it’s all digestible. And fun. And exciting. And purely addictive. While in their future, Scott can’t imagine how his future self turned out the way he has, and Jean Gray has to face the fact that she turned evil and ended up getting killed. A couple bby Drake (Iceman) is the only character that really adapts quickly, but that’s just how he’s always been, a roll-with-the-punches kind of guy. Angel seems lost and more innocent than he ever e Hank problem gets worked out, but Bendis takes advantage of the mental communication to zip readers through many of the Marvel Girl costumes that Jean wore in the past, and to touch on all the emotional things that made the original run on the X-Men so good.I don’t know how long Bendis can keep up this series because it seems like things would get old after a while, or the time continuum would get so screwed up that things will never be able to be put back to rights. I don’t know. Right now I’m still wowed by everything going on with these characters.
I purchased this for the Kindle and found it to be very enjoyable. In a nutshell, the story was very engaging with many great elements of science fiction and drama. I haven't read any X-men comics since the late 90's and found that though this story dealt with something dramatic that has happened to utterly change the X-men for the worse, the telling of the story was so well written that you didn't need to read or know about the events prior to starting off with this book. In other words, this book is a great place to "jump off" to start reading the e art is awesome with great colors and sci-fi details that really draws the reader in. The pages look phenomenal on the Kindle with the lighting effects drawn combined with the lighting of the Kindle itself. Also, present were small elements of comedy within dialogue that helped enhance the drama from a character's perspective. Lastly, if I had to note any criticism at all is that the number of pages seemed a little short compared with other graphic novel titles I buy. However, it is also my understanding that Marvel tends to publish all of its books with this number of pages in mind- so this wouldn't be any reflection of this All-New X-Men title itself.
This was a great intro volume to the xmen. This series is different in that it's not just adding/subtracting characters or out right rebooting the series, it's one of the 2 current factions of xmen bringing the original 5 xmen from the past to the present.
For my intial taste of Sandman, I think this one is probably my favorite of the first three that I bought and read over one night. I blame it solely on the chapter "24 Hours"(which is an extraneous chapter in the overall tale if you think about it) but I'll allow myself to attribute it, as well, to the overall haunting theme of life, death, and the in-between that is sleep. Some pretty good storytelling, and some interesting(and fear-inducing) art make this a worthy bundle of linear stories.But if you want an insight into the absolute vision Gaiman had, you should read the scripts in the back of the collection.
I have just recently got into comics but have always been interested in the graphic novel medium. I watched a YouTube review on the comic book and thought I give it a shot: I am so glad that I did. The storytelling and art pulls you into the world and doesn't let go, even in your dreams. I can trace several nightmares back to this novel as I was reading it but instead of stopping I just wanted more; so emotionally invested. I love this novel and I hope you will to!
I read into too much of the hype surrounding The sandman. As most 1rst volumes this is one is a bit weak compared to later readings but it is one of the larger ones. It is pretty entertaining after issue one When Dream has to take back both his life and power. But the Dr. Death Story was just weak. His trip in hell and meeting with john were both nice but trying to incorporate DC Heroes into the title was a mistake. I know it serves no purpose to critique ancient history but that's why I say got to your libraries. Its a popular title and you might find it there. Later volumes improve in both art and story so don't let the first volume keep ya away. Skip it and read a summary online if ya can. Sandman is at the very least an entertaining series so skip the purchase but not the read.
Better than I remember as a kid! Interesting story but for some reason I didn't remember the DC characters. It seemed kind of weird but it is explained in the forward or somewhere. The only bummer was some of the pages I had to screenshot and zoom in. The print was way too small on my 7 inch tablet.
The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes is the first volume of the graphic novel series of Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman. Preludes collects the first eight volumes written. These follow a quest by Dream, one of the immortal Endless, to recover his powers and his realm, The Dreaming, after escaping a lifetime imprisonment at the hands of an English occult society. Dream's journey brings him to many interesting locales and forces him to cross paths with other DC characters, such as Scarecrow and John Contantine.Positive:* Gaiman is skilled storyteller and each chapter works as a self-contained tale. He has the ability to quickly create characters we can empathize with and are interested in.* Comic book lore, pop culture, and mythology are woven together beautifully to create a world that is pleasantly gative:* Gaiman himself admits in the afterword that during this first volume he is struggling to find his voice. Subsequently, the stories oscillate between occult mystery, dark fantasy, horror, psychological studies, and superhero action. The quality of the writing wavers quite a bit as well.* While the individual chapters are engaging, the overall story arc is not. It is a cliché quest adventure in which Dream must overcame obstacles to recover three lost artifacts one by r Fans Of: modern mythology, urban fantasy, and dark fantasyBottom Line: While flawed, this volume shows great promise especially towards the end of the book. The chapters "24 Hours" and "The Sound of Her Wings" would be considered great writing in any format. Gaiman has set the stage for better things to come in future entries with an engaging character, Dream, and an interesting world. Though not consistently great writing, Preludes is a worthwhile read.
This is, for all intents and purposes, Neil Gaiman's first real piece of work. Granted, he'd been a journalist, and he'd written a couple of other graphic novels, but nothing on this scale, nothing with this distribution, and nothing as significant.And frankly, it ere are some faults that Neil Gaiman suffers from that most of his fans are willing to forgive, and all are in evidence here. He relies heavily on preexisting characters (though in this case, it's not only mythological characters, but also a couple of moderately obscure stock DC Comics characters), but provides little exposition as to who these people are. His general style is somewhat detached and off-putting. If you don't like Gaiman for whatever reason, this book won't make you like him any l that said, this is still a decent story in its own right, and a necessary step toward getting the best out of the rest of the Sandman cycle (which gets better very quickly). While the first story or two happen to be awkward and clunky, by the time the book gets to the last chapter Gaiman is firmly in control of his subject matter, though he's still feeling his way around. In particular, the last story of the collection is a favorite for most, being the introduction of perhaps Gaiman's most popular (and one of his few original) an isolated story arc, the first seven stories are roughly on par with most average comic books. Nothing to write home about, but interesting treatments all the same. I'm personally not nearly as blown away by 24 Hours as the majority of the reading public (though it does have one of the greatest humor panels of the entire series), but it's still solid. Most of the material that you encounter here will become critical in later story lines as well, so skipping it isn't the greatest short, you're probably not going to get the internal references to the hosts of the old DC horror series (Eve, Cain, Abel, and Destiny all appeared in that aspect, and were salvaged from those stories), you may not recognize the primary DC villain, but you can probably still appreciate the story for what it is, and it sets you up for much better things to come.
I am by no means a graphic novel aficionado. I was guided gently to the genre through Alan Moore's "The Watchman" and I loved it (the movie was great too!). After soliciting suggestions for further readings from friends they all recommended Gaiman's Sandman series and I'm grateful. This book chronicles the pursuit of the anthropomorphic hero Dream to recapture 3 objects of power which were stolen from him after a "summoning gone wrong". After the first chapter I assumed that the rest of the book would plod through an unassuming, routine treasure hunt, but I was an idiot. Preludes and Nocturnes is hideously creative and quickly spirals into what I'm told is typical Gaiman: riveting, chaotic, and at times disgusting entertainment. Gaiman is very good at creating those suspenseful junctures in stories that force the reader to ask "What the hell could possibly happen next!?" in a fit of nail biting anxiety. The artwork (Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III) is equally short: Buy the book. Make a pot of coffee. Enjoy the madness. (Then buy the rest of the series!)
Marvel Team-Up was Marvel Comic's answer to the DC's Brave and the Bold, a book dedicated to Batman team ups. Marvel Team-Up would have Spider-Man anchoring the book. This title has had mixed reviews over the years. Some criticize it for being a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing while others praise it as being a well written and well drawn way to be introduced to the Marvel universe without being burdened with too much continuity. Both views have a certain amount of truth to them.I've never been writer Gerry Conway's biggest fan but I have to admit I was rather impressed with his efforts here. He skillfully has Spider-Man, over the same story arc, teaming up with multiple heroes as they pass the guest star baton. A story that starts with the Vision ends up with the Thing. Another story begins with Iron Man, picks up the Human Torch, and ends up with the Inhumans. And to his credit there are nice touches of characterization along the way. I really enjoyed the scene where a bemused Thor chides Peter Parker for self pity. His plots weren't the greatest but quite serviceable; only the team up with the Cat seemed be really egregiously e art was a revolving door but at least a talented one with Ross Andru, Gil Kane, and Jim Mooney. Fortunately, their styles (along with even more inkers) did not clash too is book reprints the first eleven issues. It will be interesting to see how quickly (or even if) we get a follow up. This is an easy book to pass up due to the low impact on Marvel continuity. It's a must have for Spider-Man fans but I recommend others to give it a try as well. Extras are a little thin - two pages of original art. Recommended.
Marvel Team-Up was originally conceived as Marvel's answer to World's Finest, with Spider-Man and The Human Torch standing in for Superman and Batman. They soon realized that it was difficult to maintain continuity between Marvel Team-Up, Amazing Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four when all three titles were written by different people. So, Marvel Team-Up was changed it Marvel's answer to The Brave and The Bold, with Spider-Man standing in for Batman and teaming with a different hero every month. When I was a kid, I loved Marvel Team-Up because I got two superheroes for the price of one. Now that I'm an adult, I realize that this wasn't the best comic book that Marvel every published, but it's still a lot of fun.
"Marvel Masterworks: Marvel Team-Up - Volume 1"(Marvel Comics). . .I went back and forth on this one for months. Part of me was like, Yeah! those old MTU adventures are good, simple fun from a bygone era -- it'd be cool to read them again, and another part of me was all, Are you kidding? You read those things as a kid and you know how crappy they are... Don't do it! Spend your money more wisely! Well, finally, I found this book at the right price and gave in, ready to delve again into the comics I collected and read to tatters as a kid, and maybe pass along to my kid if they stood up after all these years."Marvel Team-Up" was one of the first books Marvel published in the early 1970s when it emerged from a restrictive distribution deal that kept the company from publishing more than a dozen or so titles at any given time, and its success unleashed a flood of new books. It was also the second title devoted to Spider-Man, although this new book featured Spidey being paired up with another Marvel hero (just like DC's "Brave And The Bold" did with Batman...) Initially it was conceived of as a buddy-book with just Spidey and the Human Torch, but that combo got old quick, and starting with issue #4, other heroes were paired up with good old deed, that issue -- MTU#4 (dated September, 1972) -- featured none other than the Uncanny X-Men, whose own book had been cancelled, and it was the popularity of this appearance (and similar X-Men cameos in other books) that led to the X-Men revival a few years later. I loved "Marvel Team Up" #4, and read it more times maybe than any other comicbook I owned -- it had Spidey, a creepy villain (the vampire Morbius), and of course the mysterious X-Men who were for some reason dressed in civilian street clothes rather than spandex uniforms, which just made them seem even more mysterious and distinctive. Above all, it had some excellent, angular artwork by veteran illustrator Gil Kane, work that proved to be the best in the MTU series, at least until John Byrne took over the book four years later.And this brings us to the heart of the matter, the very reason that "Marvel Team Up," like many comics of the era is simultaneously terrible and terrific: the stories and artwork were generally pretty dumb and pretty bad. Deliciously so. This was a time when superhero comics really were for kids, they were juvenile and slapdash, and kind of dopey and fun, in a kitschy kind of way. Years earlier, readers had been dazzled by the intense creative burst of the 1960s, when hippies, college kids and science nerds embraced the groundbreaking Lee-Ditko-Kirby-Romita masterpieces and comicbooks were finally recognized as an artform worthy of serious consideration (much as the Beatles had legitimized rock'n'roll...) But as the 1970s dawned, Marvel Comics had largely lost its creative mojo, as a new generation of writers and illustrators took over, and delivered the rather sloppy, garish, just plain stupid stories that become known as Marvel's "Bronze Age" ere are a lot of 'Seventies comic creators -- illustrators, in particular -- whose work I didn't like, even as a kid, and some of them are featured here. Ross Andru, who became "the" Spider-Man artist for much of the decade, started his run drawing Spidey right here with issue #1 of MTU, working with a variety of inkers. By the mid'70s, I came to loathe his artwork, along with that of Herb Trimpe (who did the Hulk) and to a lesser extent Sal Buscema, who did just about every other Marvel comic at the e funny thing is, though, reading this stuff again, now -- as a sophisticated, urbane, all-grown-up-but-still-reading-comics-as-an-adult total dork -- I still find myself charmed by them, and entertained at about the same, I-know-this-is-trashy, but-I-like-it-anyway level as I did back then. Writer Gerry Conway (who I learned from the introductory essay was just a college-age kid when he wrote this stuff) was one of those writers who banged out silly, quick-and-dirty sock-'em-up Bronze Age superhero stories, and like many other writers of the era tried to create dramatic tension by having characters, in this case the good guys, argue over everything. The kvetchy, crabby tone not just of Spidey but also most of his co-stars ("Hey, watch it web-head!! Do you know who you're messing with here?!?") is a weird affectation, and part of the goofy charm of these old stories. I also found myself surprised at how much I was able to appreciate Ross Andru's art for its good points, rather than frown on it for its weaknesses. Sure, it's ugly, but it's also effective: now I notice efficiently Andru was able to guide the reader's eye to follow the line of action, in a semi-Kirbyesque way... This isn't stylish work, but it is dynamic and draws you in. Of course, it makes a big difference who's inking his work. I actually like Jim Mooney's work as both inker and penciller, but there is one issue, inked by some guy named Frank Bolle, that is one of the ugliest mainstream comicbooks you're ever likely to read.Anyway, to sum up, these Spidey stories from 1972-73 are not great art, but they are kind of fun, and are certainly emblematic of the style of the time. It seems doubtful that I'll re-read them so much that the cover will fall off like I did with the original issues, but I think I'll be able to hand them to my kid and say, "Hey, look at the dumb stuff Daddy read as a kid... It's fun, right?" (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain kids' lit book reviews)
I've been waiting for this one like a kid waiting for Christmas! At last...AT LAST! They've finally released Marvel's greatest , classic continuing horror series in E-format ! I have the entire run of TOD in its original issues, along with the black and white magazines, plus I have all the TOD Omnibi in their beautifully produced hard cover excellence, but I've been waiting, and waiting and waiting some more (!) for these treasured stories to finally come out for my Kindle, so that when I have to go to the doctors office or somesuch thing, I don't have to haul 30 pounds of books along with me! For those of you who haven't yet experienced this incredible series, I envy you for the enjoyment and wonderment ahead of you ! For the producers of this beautiful digital collection, I offer my heartfelt thanks - and a few wooden stakes and cloves of garlic!
I glad they are releasing this series in color finely. I own the black in white versions of these stories, but it’s better in color. I read this book and recent release of Tomb of Dracula complete collection around Halloween last year, it great way to enjoy the holiday by reading these classics. Jack Russel was a great character and I enjoyed his adventures. We also get a bonus team up with Spider-Man and great battle between the Werewolf and Dracula.
Maybe it was because of the political setting of the first three volumes... but this was more linear and I found this one just way easier to follow. The idea of the Orisha going missing is especially interesting and I hope that there is. Volume 5 released in the future. Definitely recommended!
I would have given this 5 stars, but when it was printed, it appears that two pages were printed out of sync from the first chapter. I remember having all of Mr. Simonson's Thor issues when I was younger, and his run on Thor was the most enjoyable during that time period. I would even rank it above Frank Miller's stint on Daredevil (and that was epic!!!). If you love great storytelling along with some pretty impressive art, then this compilation is definitely for you!!! I will be ordering Volume 2 shortly!!!!