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Stories #1-3:****Groot must confront the crazy tyrant Lord Rakzoon to be reunited with his friend Rocket after a traumatic ere's a tricksy element to this that I liked. Continues from the last Rocket & Groot collection I read, so I liked that ory #4: "The 'Hills of Thoron'"*****Rocket and Tony Stark have a difference of opinion when playing a role-playing game. Tony challenges Rocket to a game of Fantasy Football on another planet, where the rules are a bit more extreme than usual. But if Rocket and Groot win, Tony agrees to play the role-playing game by all Rocket's rules next time.Oh, so funny. Rocket and Tony are perfect to butt heads over silly stuff. And that's one epic game of fantasy ory #4:****Rocket and Groot get into a teensy bit of trouble for something they took for someone else. Groot is mistaken for the local god, but being a god can be ese two always have such interesting ory #5:*****Rocket and Groot are having a one-uping contest that starts with pool and eventually goes on to a battlefield where their competition singlehandedly solves a thousand years plus is was my favorite story in the bunch. It made me laugh out loud multiple times. One epic competition that's tes on content: No language issues (always replaced with symbols). No sexual content. Killing is mentioned but most injuries on page don't look very severe.
Young has lost some of the spark that made his previous Rocket Raccoon series so grand. The first 3 issues get really dark but it pays off in the third issue. The last 3 issues are all one note jokes with inferior, super busy artwork. The fantasy football issue made my eyes bleed and the viking issue wasn't much better.
Rocketeer is directed by Joe Johnston and co-written by Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo and William Dear. It is based on Dave Stevens' comic book The Rocketeer. It stars Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton and Paul Sorvino. Music is scored by James Horner and cinematography by Hiro Narita. It took eight years to get to the screen, with many rewrites, changes in personal, changes in setting and etc, the only thing consistent was Disney's inconsistency. Once out the film received generally positive reviews but posted only a small profit, in the wake of a Tim Burton inspired reinvention of the Super Hero genre, Rocketeer fell away into cultdom, sequels planned were shelved and its reputation remains to this day one of being a misfire. Unfair say I! Rocketeer is a lovingly crafted adventure film, nodding towards the serials of the 1930s, it's awash with period Hollywood delights, Art Deco imagery, has a damsel in distress, square jawed heroics, Nazi villains, wonderful effects and a blunderbuss Zeppelin finale. Backed by beautiful smooth tone photography and an evocative heart stirring music score, it's a family friendly blockbuster that ticks all the requisite boxes. The quality of the action sequences still hold up today, and Johnston, who wanted the job big time, directs with a knowing grasp of the setting, and crucially he never once loses a grip on tone and pacing. There's no self parody here, no deep Fruedian dissection of the main character, just a honest to goodness good against bad axis, with a romantic cause deftly wafted over proceedings. The role of Cliff Secord (Rocketeer) proved hard to cast, where Vincent D'Onofrio turned it down and "name" actors such as Dennis Quaid, Emilio Estevez, Kurt Russell and Bill Paxton auditioned for the part. Paxton, it's believed, was very close to getting it as well. Disney wanted an A list man, Johnny Depp and Kevin Costner were mooted, but Johnston had a feel for unknown Billy Campbell and managed to convince nervous Disney heads that he was perfect. Much of the scorn that has flown towards Rocketeer has landed at Campbell's door, again, this is unfair. It's hard to tell if one of those A list actors could have made the character work better, for it helps in this instance to not have a familiar face propelling the adventure. There's an innocence, an awkwardness to Campbell's portrayal that just sits right for a guy stumbling upon a rocket pack and finding himself submerged in a chase and harry battle against bad. He also has the looks, a handsome dude who creates a homespun based chemistry with the sensuous Connelly. It's Dalton's movie, though, he's having a devil of a time as the chief villain. Modeled on Errol Flynn and the spurious notion that he was once a Nazi spy, Dalton has the looks, the gusto, the moustache twirling shiftiness and a voice perfect for such material. A roll call of great character actors fill out the support slots, with Terry O'Quinn, Paul Sorvino and Ed Lauter particularly striking the right chords. A smashing piece of escapism, no pretensions or ideas above its station. The willingness to tap into the basic premise of a comic book actioner and entertain in grand Hollywood terms, to be applauded. And I do, and I do love it so. 8/10
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!
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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!
Man, is it good to have the “Injustice” comic back.Let me clarify that: man, is it good to have the “Injustice” comic back, written by Tom disrespect to Brian Buccellato, who did a serviceable enough job picking up where Taylor left off when the latter left halfway through “Injustice: Year Three,” but really–“Injustice” is totally Taylor’s baby, and it simply doesn’t feel the same when he isn’t writing these characters. If these first six issues are any indication, Mr. Taylor hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to delivering big spectacle, shocking deaths, legitimately surprising plot developments, and character arcs that feel fully thought through and completely rewarding to watch is sequel series takes place between the events of the first and second game, neither of which have I actually ever played. That’s the crazy thing about this series: the underlying characters and story are so compelling, that you don’t even have to have experience with the original source material to enjoy it. It’s a testament both to the people over at NetherRealm Studios and Tom Taylor–oh, and of course, Bruno Redondo and Mike S. Miller’s GORGEOUS art–that a series centered around a tyrannical Superman not only works as well as it does, but is also this much riously, DC: if you want to make a compelling cinematic universe in the mold of Marvel, just take a look at what these guys are doing over in “Injustice” for inspiration. Or even better, just adapt this series to film and let this be the bedrock for the DCEU. Trust me: this is the story you’re looking for.
I bought the first five volumes of Injustice and really enjoyed them, mostly on the strength of Tom Taylor’s writing. It reminded me so much of Mark Waid’s series, Irredeemable. Irredeemable was fantastic but it should have been a twelve-issue mini-series instead of a continuing series and as such ran out of steam WAY before its conclusion. Likewise, I would say that Injustice was nearly out of gas even BEFORE Taylor left and once he left I bailed out so I missed out on whatever events happened between the end of Taylor’s run and now. The follow up video game to Injustice has been released so now we are getting Injustice 2 and Tom Taylor is back as the writer. So, is the series back to being awesome? Let’s e big problem for me is it doesn’t feel fresh at all. It just feels like I’ve stepped back into a world that should have had a conclusion. Superman: Red Sun is one of my favorite DC stories but I don’t think it would have worked as a continuing series. Injustice 2 exists because Injustice 2 the video game exists. In Injustice 2, Superman is now kept as a prisoner at Stryker’s Island, held in check by red sun rays, while Batman tries to put the world straight again. We have a new force causing problems, being gathered by a man in a Batman costume who’s fighting skills exceed even Bruce Wayne’s. Harley Quinn is, among others, recruited by the faux Batman and oh God, what is the obsession with Harley Quinn. I understand Quinn is a fan favorite but why do people want her on their team so desperately? She’s an unpredictable loose cannon with a big mouth and no super powers. She meets the leader of the new faction and headbutts him, knocking out several teeth. BUT, he’s gotta have her on the team because…. uh… anyone? And this was after she ALREADY spoiled one mission when she nailed teammate Deadshot in the head with her baseball bat. I don’t know if it was mandated to Taylor that he put emphasis on Quinn but he’s a better writer than this. Harley Quinn fans can send me their hate but I can’t stand m Taylor’s biggest talent is his incredibly clever dialogue and in that respect he is the best I’ve read besides Alan Moore. He’s also capable of creating those moments where you sit back and say, ‘daaaaaaamn’. Taylor’s even takes some hilarious pokes at some of the overused tropes of DC comics. I don’t think that the problem here is Taylor’s writing per se. The problem for me is that the concept of Injustice is just played out. To me it just feels like, ‘here we go again’. This may very well be my first and last volume of Injustice 2 as there is a lot of other stuff out there from DC that I would prefer to spend my time and money on. I will say this. This is probably the most well written series I ever gave up on. I wish they would give Taylor a new assignment because he is a top talent.
Injustice 2 Vol. 1 collects the first six issues of this sequel to the video game and superb comics’ series “Injustice: Gods Among Us”.Once more Tom Taylor is given the job of launching the series, and he has managed to produce another top-flight volume. When I read the original series, I was unfamiliar with Mr King’s work, but he managed to give us an Elseworlds’ Justice League that was far superior to the New 52 one. The Rebirthed Justice League however is a superior one to the New 52 one, but STILL he manages to make this one more interesting – by concentrating on the characters rather than on widescreen relentless action. This is more like a convoluted murder mystery with numerous sub-plots and red herrings scattered around, though I’m sure the big Hollywood action scenes will be along when they are called for – Mr King’s new Batman series has shown that he can do those if he really has to.Anyway, this time out, Superman is in jail, and Batman has to rebuild the slightly knocked-about planet. Unfortunately, the new villain of the piece has other ideas, and is recruiting people for a far darker mission…I haven’t read the bridging “Injustice – Ground Zero” series to know whether that has a bearing on what is going on here, and I haven’t played the various video games that these comics are inspired by to know just what influence or bearing they have on the story either, so I may be missing some nuances, but this is a superb story, with a great number of sub-plots to take us forward, while also spending time on excellent, but apparently unrelated for now, “back up” stories and flashbacks, which I am sure will come back to bite the villain at the appropriate time.Quality will out, as they say.
I had so much fun reading this with my kids and they loved getting to read about the children of Batman and Superman. The chemistry between the boys felt similar to what we’ve come to know between their fathers which made their relationship feel easier to buy into. My son loved all the “boys will be boys” kind of concepts particularly since he’s surrounded by girls so often between me and his sisters. There was so much humor entwined in the story we were laughing a lot while reading through the e dialogue was so wonderfully done between the guys it felt like you were listening to a real conversation taking place. He really managed to capture the linguistics and speech patterns of adolescent e action shots were great and believable for the age range and capabilities of the characters. Their motivations, emotions and choices they made felt realistic to the characters and settings. I felt like Tomasi did a good job of making the kids feel like kids instead of grown adults – kind of like when TV series get 20/30 somethings to play e artwork is rendered perfectly for the age range and story that is being told. I felt like Jorge Jimenez took care to capture the youthfulness of what Tomasi was writing which really helped keep us in the story. The kids definitely looked like kids and the way he illustrated them, even in action scenes, made my own kids love these stories even more.I just hope adults who read this remember what it was like to be a kid enjoying the fun comics is supposed to bring and can view it through that lens. Comics have become increasingly dark for such a long time now, getting to read something with light banter and youthful playfulness was like getting to have that perfect slice of cake after finishing your vegetables; cleansing and refreshing :-)
Such a fun story that you can easily get lost in and just enjoy. Super Sons follows Superman’s and Batman’s sons (no, not together sorry Superbat fans), Jonathan Kent and Damien Wayne. Together both get into all sorts of trouble as only super-powered children e storyline is very easy to follow, with it purely being what Damien convinces Jonathan to do whilst trying to avoid their fathers. Whilst this is predominantly what will occupy you thoughts, it does hint to underlying issues that I suspect that Jonathan and Damien will help each other overcome (either that or they will end up constantly fighting because they think that they are better than the other). We also get to see how they both are like their fathers, whether they like it, or even admit to it or not. I cannot wait to see how they both grow in the coming e art style is what you would expect from a comic entered on two super-powered children. Lots of bright colours that did not oversaturate the page with just a general fun tone. This art style really suited how Super Sons is supposed to come across, as more of an enjoyable light-hearted compared to the likes of Batman.If you want to get lost for a few hours then Super Sons Volume 1 is a great way to do so.
This book featured fluid and attractive art that flows from panel to panel, and branches out into an engaging area of the DC Comics world. I also appreciate the inclusion of younger protagonists to attract young readers. As with all DC titles, this book comes with my strong recommendation.I've been reading DC since I was a child and reading these books helped build my literacy life. I would use this book and others like it as a choice read in the classroom, and also enjoy them on my own time.
Story: I'm really happy that a book with a great base premise could be well written. Peter Tomasi is an industry veteran and he's probably overall the best writer that DC has right now. Being able to write two five star titles at the same time is really something you only see from Geoff Johns and Scott Snyder. This book goes to show that Tomasi really is a higher caliber writer than maybe the fans gave him credit for. I haven't read the New 52 Batman and Robin run he did with Patrick Gleason, but I'd like to after having read his Superman run as part of Rebirth. There's so much to love here!! One thing I know readers will like is that Damien and Jon actually act like the kids they are, not like adults who think they know everything. Getting the super sons together on their own little mission was a fantastic idea by DC, and this first volume goes to show that Damien and Jon have just as much chemistry together as Batman and Superman. Are they friends? Are they just allies? Is Superboy simply Damien's tool? Maybe they're all those things. But, I think readers will be pleasantly surprised in the end. These two go to LexCorp to investigate a break in, where Damien discovers that some kid did something to Amazo, and he stole some armor. This story makes a flashback to the New 52 Justice League: Injustice League volume involving the breakout of the Amazo virus. Turns out that many people got powers, but even after the cure was administered, some people kept their powers, and this family became superheroes saving Providence, RI from Titano, the Super Ape! But, apparently, one of the boys, Reggie, didn't care too much for his family and held them hostage for a little under a year while he killed robot duplicates of them over and over again. Talk about a child sociopath! Jon and Damien get embroiled in civilian rescues, woodland chases, and a big showdown between them, Kid Amazo (Reggie), and SuperLex, who wants his armor back! There's a bunch of cool action scenes, some fantastic dialogue, and I even laughed out loud several times. I don't find most comics funny, but this one was. The book is light hearted enough to give to kids to read, but it's also serious enough to buy the threat. By the end of it, I felt that it was a blast to read. Very much enjoyed it! I can't wait for volume 2!Art: Jorge Jimenez does a fantastic job. His style is very similar to Patrick Gleason, which is fine because Gleason also does a great job on the main Superman title. Jimenez has some interesting page layouts and composition, and he really knows how to craft an action scene! Some of the faces he draws, especially for Damien, are just so perfect for the moment. This is a guy that I want to see so much more of in the future. He's drawing pure gold on this title. The colors are really awesome too! This book really pops out, as it should for such a lighter toned book. Dustin Nguyen's variants at the back are super sweet and cool! It's so awesome he got to do that cover with Kid Amazo on it. Fans of his will instantly be reminded of his work on Descender.Overall: What a fun book! I honestly can't think of any complaints about it. It absolutely deserves its five star rating. I'm steadily becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Peter Tomasi due to his awesome storytelling. I gotta get volume 2 of this book!
Before I begin my review, I want to say that I haven't read any issue of "Action Comics" or "Superman" from Rebirth. I mention this because I think Jonathan Kent a.k.a Superboy is introduced in the first volume of "Superman" or "Action Comics", maybe even during the "New 52" run? I don't know honestly. I mention this for the readers who might read the synopsis of this series and think "Wow, this looks awesome but I don't know who Superboy is. Will I understand what's going on?" All you need to know is that he is Superman's son and Robin is Damian Wayne, Batman's son.With that out of the way, let's go on to the ory: I think the story was perfect to put Robin and Superboy in the spotlight while still making sense and not using Superman or Batman to steal the show. Robin is 13 (I think) and Jon is 10, the story fits perfectly for 2 kids. It has mischief, comedy, action, and so much material for character development. Basically, it's Robin wanting to investigate a lead on something and getting Superboy to join him along for the llain: The villain was good in my opinion. I think his origin was mentioned in another story from "Superman" or the "Justice League", not really sure but if I find it, I'll read it. I believe that this villain could return in a later issue and I think he was a good test to try out this new duo. If you ask me if he will be memorable, I think it's too early to aracters: This is the first time I'm reading about Superboy but I can already say that I like him as a character. A small thing I can mention is that Jon is developing his powers and he can't fly yet but he can "leap very high". He worries about others but also respects the rules and will not use his powers if it means exposing himself to be something other than a normal schoolboy. Damian Wayne. His origin is not mentioned at all and if you're interested in learning where you can find about that, leave a comment and I'll help you if I can. Damian is smart, agile, strong and believes he is"the world's greatest superhero". His words, not mine. This fearless attitude coupled with Jon's respectful and lawful one, makes for fantastic interactions. This shines when they talk about superhero business or just regular stuff. At the end of the volume, we see how their partnership could move : I don't know about art. Period. All I can say is that Jorge Jimenez did a fantastic job for this volume and I'm excited to see more of his thoughts: I will definetely pick up "Superman" and "Action Comics" to learn more about Jon. I am excited to read more about "Supersons" and I will most definitely purchase the second volume.
My first thoughts going into this is that it would be rather juvenile what with two children (even superhero children) being the main characters and their relationship the main focus. I was surprised though that this turned out to be a very readable, even dark, plot which had the super sons up against another kid villain: Kid Amazo. They end up on Lexcorps property and Super-Lex shows up to save the day and blast the kids for being on his property. Alls well that ends well until they sneak back into Superboy's room to find Lois and Alfred waiting there to dish out the punishment. I'm not into any more kiddie adventures but I'll keep watch on this as long as the adults keep showing up; while Alfred had a bigger role, both Supes and Bats did have several pages throughout. This is one you can give to your kids though if you're not worried about a few mundane 'curse' words.
Comicbooks have increasingly been things that are written for adults rather than children, thanks to increasingly violent plotlines. Marvels been trying to fix this by filling it's ranks with quirky girl genius characters, to mixed results. From DC, have the super sons. Starring Damian Wayne, the current Robin, and Jonathan Kent, Superman's son, the two form an unlikely e story focuses mainly on Jon, a kid who tries to do the right thing but is generally to busy with school, chores, and being 10 to focus on being a hero. Damian, though, convinces to go follow up on a case concerning Lexcorp, and the two go on an adventure. The two definitely have a vitriolic friendship, and their banter is fun to read. But I feel that Damian's arrogance is annoying enough to prevent the book from having a full recommendation.
Super Sons, Volume 1: When I Grow Up by Peter J. TomasiMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThis book collects the first five issues of Super Sons featuring Robin (Damian Wayne) and Superboy (Jon Kent.) The book remains essentially a very fun adventure, nothing too special in terms of the plot. What ultimately makes this book a winner is the relationship between Damian and Jon. The two make a superb odd couple and their constant clashes are delight. Tomasi has captured the fun of kids with super powers and realized the concept brilliantly.Overall, just a very nice team up book for the young and young at heart.
This is just FUN. All of the charm and adventure of Superman (It's the same writer.) with the added bonus of two exceptional children learning to accept one another (while bickering nonstop). This one's a winner. Jorge Jimenez's art was made for this title. His frenetic style works wonderfully with children looking for adventure. Bring on volume 2!Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bobby Drake has always been a mutant within the fringes of the superhero game. He’s been a core X-Man since the beginning and has been through everything from Apocalypse to M-Day. He’s always been the jokester with heart who has shown signs of internal struggles and he’s never really been able to reach his potential as a mutant. Despite all of that, he’s never really gotten much of the spotlight, he’s never really been given the narrative space to grow as a is arc takes all of that into a blender and allows Bobby to develop by facing the demons he’s been running away from. At it’s core, it is a “coming of age” story for adults whom are still discovering new aspects of themselves, whilst also juggling the soap operatic and fast paced action that come with the X-Men. Sina Grace does a fantastic job cohesively tying all of that together. This story has a lot of emphasis on relationships and growth, specifically while coming out as gay later in life after years of confusion and denial. This is a very valuable story and Sina serves it with a lot of authenticity and heart; from the super awkward and pressing family dinners to the eventual confrontation between Bobby and his very homophobic family. The story isn’t all about coming out though; the Purifiers (an anti mutant hate group) are contrasted quite nicely with Bobby’s bigoted parents, they try to hunt down Bobby and end up holding his parents down as hostages! The book also showcases Bobby’s powers in full force and highlight how mental health can be correlated with superhero ability. Iceman ends up being a fun superhero book with quirky humour, slice of life drama and colourful action scenes, everything that ought to be in an Iceman solo. The dialogue is quirky and lighthearted for the most part but Sina does a great job making the more serious scenes have weight to them as well (especially issue 5, that one definitely made me emotional!). Anybody who has spent a long time being what everyone else wanted them to be and put themselves in the background will relate to the themes in this book, it’s also just good, classic X-Men fun!
This trade paperback follows Bobby (Iceman) as he juggles his life in the X-Men while trying to figure out his own. Some of the greatest moments in the series are when the two worlds collide, giving Bobby the perfect moment to quip while kicking #@$.Issue #5 in this trade paperback is without a doubt in my Top 10 comics of all-time. It is nothing short of profound the honesty that Sina Grace is able to employ and share with readers. I look forward to seeing what he does next with both Bobby and his own career.
New to comic books, found this both entertaining and inspirational. Bold and appreciate the inclusivity -- an important lesson all around for ared with friends who are comic book aficionados, and they thought it was fantastic. If this first-timer loves it, you will do. I highly recommend it.
Iceman is a great read. Sina Grace has a very clear voice that feels young, fresh, and relevant. Really appreciate that Marvel hired a gay creator to write a gay character. It's really wonderful to see in an Xmen story, which is supposed to be about diversity, that the creators are actually diverse.
This book follows the standard guidelines for current Marvel Books: eschew the fanbase, insert personal politics, and worst of all do it all with a sub par storyline and bad writing.I know most people look at Bobby's orientation switch as the big problem with Iceman, but that's not the case for me. Bobby ends up fighting sub par and forgettable villains in his run from a guy who looks like an umpire, to a Christian fundamentalist parodies, to a hackneyed sentinel robot. Iceman is a zero level mutant and could have been a real icon for the gay community. But it seems the writer does not know how to mesh a decent and compelling plot to bring Bobby to stead readers get Bobby meeting a new relationship at the funeral for Black Widow. There is no real introspective look at the loss of his friend or the fact that he now has a time displaced counterpart to mentor. All readers get are the clichéd tropes that come, with coming out. Bobby's parents are like the ignorant characters off of an ABC sitcom from 1996 and Bobby overreacts to their refusal to accept him. He uses his powers in grand display against them but against the actual "villains" in this story. Bobby's mutant powers. and the rest of his attributes are ancillary in this run. I understand he needs to "find himself" but this is done in a rushed and muddled fashion. I feel many people in this world embark on similar journeys and this storyline plays them off inadequately. Iceman loses his carefree and cocky attitude ala Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, to this man who essentially is having a middle aged crisis but not in the same degree.I would have like to have seen the writer do one or the other and not in this strange manner he chose. Making Bobby more of a father coming to terms with taking care of his younger, brasher, self and trying to come to terms with his sexuality WHILE dealing with super hero problems would have been better, than what seems to be the writer coming to terms with his personal issues. Bobby can stay the way he is here, and that's cool, maybe instead of a random fling that takes all of his emotional effort I would have liked to have seen him with someone like Hercules or terms of the actual medium, the art is lackluster and seems to forgoe the basics of dynamic and action oriented comic books. The dialogue is overloaded, inconsitent in tone, and takes up too many panels. Comics are a key medium for "show don't tell" and i think this writer needs to utilize his resources of iillustration and panels more.I hope this is just a speed bump and wish both Iceman and the writer of this run the best. Its not them I have issue with, but the lack of quality. I have not given up on you and look forward to both's next adventure. Just not this one
I really enjoyed this interpretation of the Bobby Drake and Iceman character we've known for so many decades. The writing by Sina Grace is fresh, witty and captures what we've always loved about the character. I bought each issue individually and then purchased the collection for a friend. Definitely worth a read!
I'll be honest, I was not at all happy with the way they outed Bobby in the X-Men books. Jean read his mind and then revealed it to everybody. It was really sad that Bobby wasn't able to come out in his own time. But this book fixes that. They put the narrative back into Bobby's hands. As someone who has been struggling about coming out about something to my friends and family, it's great to see a character I grew up with take charge and reveal the real him to e script by Sina Grace is great. Equal parts funny, heartfelt and action packed -- you're never left wanting something that isn't there. Bobby is endearingly annoying with all his dad jokes and the relationships between characters are spot e artwork by Allesandro Vitti & Edgar Salazar shine bringing the story to life. The way these artists find so many different ways to display Bobby's ice powers is e colors by Rachelle Rosenberg are amazing. It's hard to have a lot of definition on a page filled with a white character on a white snow and ice background, but she l around, this is a great book. I'm so glad to have it in my collection, so I can pull it down off the shelf and read it again.
I usually read Vertigo-type books, but when I saw the press Iceman was getting, my curiosity was e book is cool in that it starts as seemingly one-off superhero adventures (or, like bad guy of the week episodic formula), but the story coalesces in the end to build to some larger thematic stuff around Iceman recently coming out and having to talk to close friends and family about his identity. Sometimes it's a little heavy-handed, but as a whole, Iceman works.I like the odd number issues more than the even ones because of the cool artwork. For a book that is more focused on the emotional journey of its protagonist, there is no lack of double page spreads and action set pieces. At first, I thought Sina Grace was writing Bobby Drake kind of as a weak superhero, but the fight with juggernaut kind of reinforces a deeper meaning between this superhero's mental health and his grasp on using his l in all, it's a quirky little action comic that drops a lot of feels. I'll grab the second volume to see what happens next.
It blows my mind that it took fifty-four years for Marvel to get around to a solo book for one of the founding members of the X-Men, Bobby Drake (aka Iceman). Keeping that in mind, throw in the recent revelation of Bobby's sexuality, and the pressure to deliver for this book had to be massive! Thankfully Marvel picked the perfect writer for the job, Sina Grace. An indie writer known for Image's Lil' Depressed Boy and his own wild & wonderful semi-autobiographic novels Not My Bag, Self-Obsessed and Nothing Lasts Forever, Grace brings a fresh energy and perspective to Iceman and Bobby as he deals with coming out -- to his friends, former girlfriends, his parents -- and oh by the way, saving the world against the baddest of the bad, too! It's easy to label this book as an important/essential read in the history of the big two (Marvel/DC) because of the honest and authentic way it deals with sexuality and the difficulties a superhero struggles with not only within himself but with his loved ones (SPOILER ALERT - Bobby coming out to his parents in issue #5 is devastating), but at its core the book is what it should be... what is MUST be: a great superhero ride! Exciting action with real human (and mutant) consequences, great art, Bobby's trademark smart-alec quips (Grace brings his own icy-sharp wit to the table beautifully)... it's all here! Can't recommend Iceman: Thawing Out enough, and can't wait for the next volume to see what comes next!!
I actually kind of loved this book I was not expexting to pick it up. Yes it focuses a lot on being gay foremost, but the good outweighs the e author really packed a lot of story and some actually enjoyable moments into each issue. Almost self contained. It also is very much sentiment driven. I think this is all what I miss in Modern Marvel.
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.
It's a good first effort for Jeff Lemire but he has some tremendous shoes to fill with his writing. Initially, I disliked the story, but as time passed and I poured over some of the older material, I began to realize just how creative the plot actually is and how well it suits the identity of the character. It's a mystery with a twist. This is not an action filled story and newcomers may need a little bit of back story to fully understand and appreciate all that is offered here.
what a amazing start of this new MK volume which hopefully sales can stay strong so it can't get canceled again... MK is a fascinating character and it's time he deserves the spotlight. the art of this series by Greg Smallwood is breathtaking. this and Warren Ellis run are the best yet!
Great story on Black bolt and Crusher Creel. I'm sure this is not the last time will see him. I would have liked a little more on the number of villains house there and exactly how this any movies able to pull those enemies into that prison but wonderful read again
Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans, wakes up in jail. Obviously an en-medias-res opening like this leads to a lot of tantalizing questions, such as who the hell is Black Bolt, what are the Inhumans, and why should I care? But Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward have plucked the character our of obscurity and polished it to a mirror Bolt is a difficult character for a number of reasons, most prominent of which is that he is such a strange character himself. Originally a Fantastic Four villain, He was the King of a hidden civilization in which a superhero royal family which ruled over a powerless underclass. His powerful voice could kill anyone who heard it, which made him effectively mute. In his appearances since, he is always paired with another character who talks for him on the page. As you can imagine, this would make a solo book difficult, but the creators have done a fantastic job with the e first thing we see is Black Bolt returning to himself as he is imprisoned and tortured. Over the first five pages, we see him struggle and finally rise up. Ahmed’s writing is lyrical and affecting. The script reminds me of “Lone Wolf and Cub,” The narration boxes that accompany Black Bolt as he wanders through his cyclopean prison aren’t spare, but they are perfectly worded and paced to evoke that feeling. But Ward’s art is the real star e labyrinth Black Bolt wanders through is huge, and it dwarfs the character. It is filled with odd angles and strange bits. The security cameras are disembodied red eyeballs. Blackagar wanders through arched cathedrals and Escher-esque staircase towers, with images of his past and family painted on the walls. The color palate is likewise perfect, with moody blues and blacks offset by searing pinks, the only light on the page the white highlights on the prisoner’s black Bolt is a brilliant piece of graphic storytelling. In a market of serialized slug-fests and paper-thin fables, this feels like something important.
Equal parts prison break and character study, Ahmed and Ward's take on Black Bolt is one of the best comics to come out in 2017. Trapped in an inescapable prison, Black Bolt finds himself teaming up with an unlikely group to fight for their freedom. In the process, he not only builds a camaraderie with his fellow prisoners, but he is stripped down from monolithic, silent ruler to something more human, relatable. It's about the ways that oppressive systems break people down, yes; but it's also about recognizing recognizing the value in yourself and others even when worn down. It's a fantastic, moving comic with breathtaking, psychedelic, expressive art. It's very much worth reading.
Spectacular! Saladin Ahmed's Black Bolt is the best incarnation I've ever read. Absolutely phenomenal: politically and socially relevant, deeply philosophical, beautiful writing and art. BE WARNED: the Kindle version of Volume One is actually only number one (the first comic, not the entire collected first volume).
I have no real interest or investment in Jean Grey as a character so normally wouldn't have bothered with this, but I picked it up on the recommendation of a friend, and was pleasantly surprised to find it was one of the better series Marvel has out right now. The story explores the character of Jean Grey (the young one) to a new level of depth by following her as she attempts to deal with her seemingly inevitable fate as the future host of the Phoenix Force. The series' writing is strong, and does an especially good job at humanizing Jean Grey by portraying the frustration and emotional stress that she has had to deal with since being brought to our present timeline. The art in issue 1-4 & 6 by Ibanez, Tolibao, and Davidson is all well done, and even more importantly similar in style to each other so it doesn't disrupt the tone of the story. The only issue in the collection which breaks from this is issue #5 which is subpar compared to the rest of the issues in regard to both its art, which is overly simplistic and breaks from the general style of the 4 previous issues, and its story which fails to give Jean sufficient conflict. Otherwise, I was fairly impressed by this series and think I'll probably be preordering the next volume.
Marvel has an interesting concept on their hands with the first issues of “Jean Grey” collected in “Nightmare Fuel.” Writer Dennis Hopeless does an excellent job of creating unease as Jean has to worry about the Phoenix force returning and shows how it impacts the rest of the Marvel universe. However, Jean is often overshadowed in her own book as the likes of Thor, Namor, Psylocke, Dr. Strange and others guest star. There are some interesting battle scenes and nice character development moments. The art teams led by Victor Ibanez and David Yardin do a solid job. Recommended.
Hopeless does a good job of reviving the teenage Jean Gray, but every issue series of crossovers with the only consistent thread being fear of becoming the Phoenix becomes tiresome. Thor, Psylock, Dr. Strange... The crossovers don't always seem to add much to the title. Enjoyable but still a bit slight. It is clear, however, that Marvel is aiming it's X-men comics and their one-off titles at younger teens and moving anyway from the hyper-convoluted mutant soap opera that X-men were in 90s and early aughts.
Spinning off from X-men Blue in her first ever series, Jean Grey goes into the solo stuff with said character. Time Displaced Jean Grey has dealt with what her future will bring and her internal dialogue shows her conflictions with coming to terms. From her future love story with Scott which will bring some tragedy in their lives in the form of dying multiple times, to being the host to one of the universe's prime cosmic force, it's a lot to take in.While taking a breather in Japan, Jean suddenly is involved with trying to stop the Wrecking Crew who have decided that New York is too crowded with heroes and by chance Jean is there. You'd expect her to take them down fast but she is still young and learning so seeing what she can and can't do is nice to see as she wouldn't be OP (over powered) from the start and win all the at is until a vision hits her like a bag of bricks as the Phoenix calls for her. As the comic winds down she is soon with her friends after being knocked out and states the Phoenix is coming for her.If you know your continuity than you all know that the Phoenix and the X-men are linked (with some others either being possessed by it or seeing from the outside what it does to them). The story has a nice pace and good dialogue. For her first comic series I'd say give it a try.
This volume collects the first six issues of this new solo-series, running alongside the new X-Men Blue team’s ng Jean (as opposed to Dead Jean) is hearing voices, which, as an Omega-level telepath, is only to be expected; however, this is the voice of the Phoenix, so she takes it seriously, unlike everyone else (2xHank McCoy’s and a Captain Marvel and a Professor K, for example).She therefore heads off to talk to the people who have hosted the Phoenix force in the past – and are still alive to talk about it. If you have red X-Men Blue, then you’ll quickly realise why Pickles was not available over ter a few adventures, Jean decides that she needs training in becoming a warrior/fighter, and seeks assistance from the Odinson and Psylocke, for a few more adventures, before ending up at Dr Strange’s for a psychic/mystic examination, which reveals…This was an entertaining book, with good artwork – despite there being 5 artists involved. The large cast of characters are all in-character and all have something to bring to the story, and this really is going somewhere, as I just discovered when checking Amazon listings for “Jean Grey”. Marvel really are taking that “ResurXion” business seriously…
Jean Grey issue #1 quickly establishes the overarching theme of the limited run 10 issue series, teenage Jean Grey is desperate to avoid becoming Dark Phoenix. So, she seeks the help of a wide range of Marvel characters to help her from doing just that. This is an excellent introduction to Marvel and Jean for new fans and a treat for longtime fans. The series tenth episode ties in directly to Phoenix Resurrection, a five issue event series. An 11th issue of Jean Grey was issued after the release of the fifth and final issue of Phoenix Resurrection was released that ties up loose ends.
Goofball teen bro antics are contrasted by occasional glimpses at the horrifying power lurking beneath. Amadeus Cho winks at you and tells you he has it all under control and you just can't wait to see how he loses it. The artwork is beautiful, the jokes are gloriously lame, and the hulk smash. Also duck burger, kim bap, and noodles are now officially a part of the marvel comic universe.
This was a very fun and interesting read. You get a lot of Amadeus's charm and quips while getting a look at the struggle that comes with being the Hulk and how he is dealing with them. The story was very engaging, only stopping to read because it was late at night. I highly recommend getting this.
I was really ready to hate this comic because let's be honest, it's just more of Marvel's pandering and trying to be racially ever this, was actually enjoyable. It has good fight scenes, the artwork is good, the plot is interesting, the characters have actual motivation and it's actually also shows what happened to Bruce Banner and that was l in all it's not terrible and I am glad I read it. Check it out!
I read the first The Totally Awesome Hulk trade and it was totally... just okay. The art by Frank Cho is beautiful, as you would expect. I applaud them trying something new, but the new Hulk just doesn't grab me. Maybe he'll grow on me. Marvel
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.
Collecting: Astonishing X-Men (2017) #1-6Writer Charles Soule's storytelling is on point as he crafts layered stories within stories for what amounts to one of the most exciting and interesting X-tales in years. The narrative frame centers on Psylocke who finds herself under attack from astral plane when the Shadow King makes a bid to free himself from his incorporeal prison. She assembles a motley crew of whatever superheroes happened to be nearby in order to save the earth's psychics who are being picked off as the Shadow King makes good on his plans to e team Psylocke assembles includes Gambit and Rogue, Fantomex, Angel, Bishop, Old Man Logan, and a few surprises! AS the X-Men enter the astral plane, Soule writes stories within stories as the Shadow King attempts to defeat the heroes on a plane made of dreams, fantasies, and nightmares. Each hero faces their hearts desires and temptations. I particularly loved the nod to Shakespeare with the play within the play (which inevitably leads to a battle royal).As their minds give in to the Shadow King, the situation gets increasingly desperate. Soule builds to a blistering pace as the puzzle pieces begin to fall into place. It was an absolute white-knuckled is book is a must-read for X-fans. I found this book more compelling than either the of the other ongoing X-series: X-Men Gold or X-Men Blue . But if the fantastic storytelling and artwork aren't enough to convince you to buy this book, the big reveal at the end of the book looks poised to reshape every x-book from this point forward.I was glued to this book from the first page to last. I'll be checking my mailbox for Astonishing X-Men by Charles Soule Vol. 2
I only read this title for Psylocke and I have to say while it's not bad it's not great. It just feels like filler, other than the return of a major X-character, nothing really happens llen Bunn's previous Uncanny run is seemingly completely ignored as Angel is still dealing with keeping his evil alter ego in check, albeit the fact that Bunn wrote it to where previously Psylocke cured Angel of his control issues. Oh well, that's Marvel editors for you. The fans know more about what goes on in the MU than their own editors, who hires these people?The art isn't bad. There are some big names drawing individual issues, this isn't one artist assigned to the arc. It's six issues with six different artists. Cheung does a great job with the first issue, he doesn't draw the X-Men enough. The rest of the issues aren't bad but could've been better, you can tell some of these artists didn't bring their is arc focuses heavily on Old Man Logan out of the entire team, so you'll like this book if you're a fan of his. The others have good amount of panel time but it all seems equal and low-key, it's obvious these characters were picked for e second arc is in mid-progress, it's not much better than this, it's just consistently not-terrible but this series definitely will not have any sort of classic impact on the franchise's history.
I wasn't going to read this one, but again Jacob insisted. I guess I should trust his judgement, because he clearly knows me well! Once I started these, I read them all pretty quickly. The very first issue is full of action and a slight overload of information. There are so many things happening all at once, and I absolutely loved it!I've always been intrigued by Psylocke, so it was interesting to see how she would be portrayed in this comic. As expected, she kicks (a no-no word)*. Overall, it's an odd but awesome group of X-Men. I enjoy the banter between Rogue and Gambit (which is why I'm also reading their comic), and I don't often see Mystique and Fantomex. Bishop was new for me, too. I've seen him in one of the X-Men movies, but never in a comic. He is a very complex character. If I'm not mistaken, he's from the future and has the ability to jump through time. This knowledge allows him to scan events as they happen and cross reference them against future outcomes. He doesn't just see how it can effect the current reality, but every potential reality. Oh, and he can absorb energy and project it from his body. It's for this series, it's a literal (a no-no word)* (because they go to the Astral Plane). I never knew what was actually happening to the characters, and it gets pretty trippy. At the end of the seventh issue, something really shady happens, and now I don't know whether or not to believe it's real. It could be an illusion, or someone pretending to be something their not, and I'm not entirely sure where the story will go from tomex! I cannot believe he willingly makes a certain decision, but I was enjoying his time spent with Mystique. They would be an unusual couple, and I think it'd make a wonderful comic! Raven needs a little love in her life.*A "no-no word" is my personal substitution for words and phrases that Amazon finds offensive.Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on Sunday, February 11, 2018.
This is not one of those really heavy books, where folks are miserable and the fate of the world rests on their actions. This is yet another of those slice of life books marvel seems to love putting their female heroes into. In this volume patsy gets a new apartment, is issued a new gay best friend by the cliche foundation, and opens a new business. It's all very adorable, the art style is very colorful and relaxing.