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Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Bit Rushed

I DID get my books yesturday, and am pleased with them, but I had to take some time today to take care of a little problem.  While at my beloved Comic Book Store, I opened my purse to pay for my purchases and noticed, to my consternation...that my driver's license was inexplicably missing.  I couldn't really remember the last time that I had seen it, but pawed through my purse, and my car, and various other locations, without finding it, which made me...sad.  Also a bit taken aback at how long I had been driving around without a license.  Although at least it wasn't an expired license!

So, this morning popped off to my local AAA location, and armed with my social security card, and birth certificate, which I actually FOUND...was able to replace it.  Time spent was oh...five minutes, as opposed to an hour or two (if I was lucky) at the local Department of Motor Vehicles.  So I am now in a much better mood.  And legal!  But if I hadn't been buying comics, who knows when I would have noticed? 

Well probably a day or so...but still! 

Anyway.

Lucifer #10

I do like this book.  A lot of it is because of  Lee Garbet's artwork which makes me nostalgic for Loki: Agent of Asgard, which I adored.  Also the writing by Holly Black is topnotch.  In this issue, Big Daddy is back, and crazier than ever.  And that's pretty crazy!  Also Lucifer makes up with Mazikeen, which is rather sweet in a completely horrifying way.  Fights his baby boy and doesn't kill him, which is also nice.  And Gabriel. I like Gabriel. 

Darn good stuff.

Patsy Walker/Hellcat #10

Oh that Hedy!  She manages to con both Buzz and Daimon, Patsy's exes out of spite, and out of spite Daimon sends to her Belial where she has to contend with visions and crap, because it is just too much for these boys to actually wait a second and TALK! 

While Patsy is dealing with old feelings and crap, her posse is busy looking out for her, which is awesome.  Eventually, she wins, Belial gets spanked, and Daimon and Buzz both hang their heads and sheepishly apologize for being douche canoes. 

God I love this book.

The Mighty Thor #11

SHIELD has discovered that Thor is actually Jane Foster and wants to arrest her!  What the charge is, or why this would be an arrestible offence is never uttered.  SHIELD has really been going to pot.  Roz is pretty cool though, since she is desperately trying to keep Agger from dropping his floating fortress on top of Manhattan.  SHIELD doesn't seem bothered by this in the least.  Thor in the meantime had been shot, and was in a bad way, so it was a good thing that Jane Foster showed up to help!

How can this be you ask?  SHIELD is flabberghasted.  I was taken aback, but figured out that...of course, it's Loki in disguise!  Well...it wasn't Loki in disguise at all!  Fortunately, Thor is healed, the fortress is turned into gold, but Thor saves Manhattan, with no help whatsoever from SHIELD, but Roz helps out and finds out that Thor actually IS Jane Foster, and it's all pretty epic really. 

Oh...it Mjolnir in disguise.  Whodathunk?

Archie #12

Well, Archie and Betty hugged and made up in the last issue, but were both witnessed doing so by Veronica and Sayid, who are confused and jealous.  Also Mr. Lodge loses the election and decides to leave Riverdale forever!  As is usual with Archie, his own clumsiness gets in the way of things, and it all goes to hell in a handbasket.  But still it is pretty fabulous.  I think that Jughead has the best reaction, which is to ignore all the drama and just eat hamburgers.

So...another small week, but a darned good week.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hey...Reviews!

Between some computer problems and total ennui, I haven't been posting much lately.  Not much in the way of books either, but the beginning of the month is always pretty slim for me.  But I have to say...what there was, was pretty darned good!

Green Lantern Corps #4

Yeah, I know that the title is Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but that's a bit of a mouthful to say AND type, and Hal is hardly in this even, except for when Soranik is slobbering over him. 

THIS issue is all Guy, baby!  And it's about TIME!  And not only Guy, but NEKKID Guy!  It is...as though Venditti was writing it just for me!  Not much in the way of butts, but I'll take what I can get. 

So...last issue, Hal was defeated, blah blah blah.  And John sent Guy out on a simple reconnaisance mission, because what could possibly go wrong?  Well, Guy runs into a cadre of Sinestro Corps members, and defeats five of them, before being finally captured, and hauled before Sinestro.  Sinestro is actually...expecting to see Hal, so that he can give him over to his main torturer, but Soranik got there first. 

Sinestro is...not all that thrilled with getting Guy instead.  Not that Guy is bothered by this, the snark is strong in this one.  Unfortunately, he uses up the last little bit of power in his ring...and loses his uniform again.  And Guy, I kinda agree with Sinestro, that you really ought to wear something underneath.  But Guy is giving Sinestro an unabashed eyeful, much to his glee, and Sinestro's horror. 

So he's going to torture Guy instead of Hal, but he's NOT going to enjoy it as much.  Guy gets his bag, and Sinestro thinks that finally he's going to put some pants on, but instead, he guzzles a beer and crushes the can against his forehead, and does some more taunting. 

Meanwhile, back on Mogo, John finally figures out that something has gone wrong and that they are ALL going out to look for Guy.

I loved this to death.  Finally!  Guy being Guy!

Wonder Woman #6

I want to make Nicola Scott draw everything.  This is seriously seriously gorgeous. 

Diana has gone back with Steve, in the invisible plane which more or less disintegrates upon arrival. They are taken to the army base, and Steve is interrogated, Etta shows up which is great, and they don't have a clue what to do with poor Diana, and worse, they can't understand a word she says, so naturally they lock her up.  Steve goes off to commiserate with the wife of his dead buddy, while all the avatars of the Gods are showing up in Diana's cell, where they happily give her...gifts. 

Oh, and they bring in Doctor Minerva to translate her language, which is how we tie into the odd numbers of this book.  I happen to like the even numbers better, but they are all good! 

Sooooo good.

Doctor Strange #ll

Well, they defeated the Empirikul, but Earth is a mess, and there is hardly any magic left. No Chris Bachalo on the art which seems...odd, but Kevin Nowlan and Leonardo Romero do a bang up job in his place.  The art is almost like something Chris Samnee would do, very crisp and clean and yet emotive.  Nice job. 

So, Stephen is left picking the pieces, and having some flashbacks to the old days with Mordo and the Ancient One.  He's got fewer spells and a lot less finesse, but he does what he can with what he has.

As usual, pretty fabulous.

And finally, my beloved comic book store guy, Matt saved a Mark Shultz book for me with some absolutely gorgeous artwork, all pulpy and black and white and insanely fabulous. 

So...I see that they have extended Civil War Redux till December?  I have been avoiding it like the plague, except for when I can't help it, such as when I read Ms. Marvel or something.  Carol was never one of my favorites, but I liked her well enough.  She's a...real jerk in this.  And quite frankly, so are the Inhumans.  I don't quite know why they are getting away with the crap that they are getting away with, frankly. 

But hopefully soon it will all be over, and they will bring back Bruce and Rhodey.  They can kill off the Inhumans in their place. I know that would make ME happy.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Reviews

And what a lovely little Wednesday this was! 

Blue Beetle #1

Finally!  Nothing all that incredible happens, fights break out and stuff...but man, I have SO been looking forward to this, and now it's here!  Ted!  Jaime!  Milagro!  Ma and Pa Reyes!  Ted!  El Paso! 

*sniff*

I've...I've just missed these guys so much.  And now they're back, and IT'S ABOUT TIME, DC!

So, Jaime is on his way to school, and gets a call from a frenetic Ted Kord that there are Doings a'transpirin' at the old Sun Dollar coffee shop, (wink wink, nudge nudge) and that he should spring into action. He doesn't really want to, because he's late for class, but naturally he does it anyway.  The bad guys are a bit more resilient than he expected, and in the meantime, Ted is leaping about in the Bug, doing SCIENCE and having a ball, although he may be more into this sort of thing than Jaime is.  Oh, and La Dama shows up too.

I will just be sitting here, hugging this comic for a while.

Green Lantern Corps #3

I know the title is Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but that's a helluva lot to type, and seriously, if you don't know who Hal Jordan is by now, what the heck are you doing on this site?  Yeesh!  There is a tiny bit of info about the ACTUAL Corps, with John trying to fix stuff, and trying to get a hold of Guy, who is out beating people up, which is more or less what Guy lives for. 

Meanwhile, Hal is STILL fighting off the Sinestro Corps, but he's getting overwhelmed.  He yells a lot.  That's something. 

This is nice and all, but it needs less Hal and MORE Corps!


Lucifer #9

All these godly entities really have problems with dealing with personal relationships.  Egad!  Lucifer's son is fighting with Mazikeen, and naturally things are going to Hell in a Handbasket! 

Heh. 

As usual, the art is lovely, and there are wheels within wheels, and angels and...and some other stuff.  It's actually a little hard to come in and describe everything, so just go out and buy it. You'll like it. 


Wonder Woman #5

To be perfectly frank I prefer the even numbers of the issues, with Nicola Scott, but these stories with Diana fighting WITH Cheetah and trying to save Steve are also pretty darned good.  She is still having some trouble trying to reconcile her past, and is it actually her past, or are the Gods just messing with her head?  Greek Gods tend to be jerks sometime, so it is possible. 

Liam Sharp's artwork is also lovely, and Etta shows up and that's always a good thing.


Patsy Walker/Hellcat #9

Oh, Hedy is back to her usual tricks.  This time she's managed to con both Daimon Hellstrom and Buzz Baxter, both of whom of course are Patsy's exes, into thinking that Patsy is doing something nefarious, when naturally, it is HEDY who is the nefarious one!  Nefarious!

I can actually understand Buzz falling for this, because he's a bit of an idiot, but I would have thought Daimon to be a little smarter.  Oh well.  Also Jubilee has an adopted kid and is still a vampire, which rather surprises me. 

Good silly fun.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #001011

I cannot even begin to be able to explain just how much I love this book.  Doreen is trapped in a nightmare by...well, Nightmare naturally, but she doesn't let that bother her much, as she fights Doctor Octopus, Count Nefaria, AND Venom!  And she does it all with Computer Code!

I now know how to count in binary, which to be perfectly honest, was not something that I knew much about before I read this comic book.  And they say comics aren't educational!  There is also a tiny cameo by Kraven,which always makes my day.  Kraven is becoming one of my favorite characters, simply due to his portrayal in this book. 

Seriously, go out and read this book.  You won't be sorry.  You will be limp with laughter, but that's a good thing.


Archie #ll

I also love this book, which still continues to amaze me.  Betty is depressed, Riverdale is still reeling from Mister Lodge's machinations, and they decide to hold a talent contest. Archie has his band, with Veronica singing, but she can only sing well when she is actually looking at Archie. Otherwise she sounds like a cat with its tail being run over.  Betty is pissed so she forms her own band. 

Actually, Archie and Betty end up actually talking for once, and they mend a few fences, which is nice, but throws Veronica and Sayid into jealous snits.  Gosh, High School!

Not a clunker in the bunch. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Arrggh!

This actually has little or nothing to do with comics, but if I don't vent, then I will probably explode. Or else have a super villain origin story, I am not sure which would be more destructive.

We have Sirius XM on several of our vehicles. I don't really understand the point, but I am usually just listening to CD's anyway. But my Sweet Baboo loves it. Anyhow, they hit up my credit card for almost $1,000 without permission or warning for "renewal fees". Naturally I called to find out what the heck was going on, especially since one was for a vehicle we didn't even OWN!

Two hours and a whole lot of confusion, and it seems to have been straightened out, and the fees recredited, but...yeesh!  I can only assume this sort of thing may have driven all those Bat Villains into snapping and assuming a life of crime... or something

And it still beats having to deal with a Cable Company.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tiny Reviews

Well...two whole books! 

Black Widow #6

Things have been going to hell in a handbasket of course.  Elder destroyed the files that Natasha had to steal, but is killed, and she's in pretty bad shape.  The Weeping Lion has filled his threat of blackmail, and a whole lot of...unsavory stuff is spilled into the public.  Such as the fact that Yinsen was kidnapped by Natasha herself and turned over to Wong Chu...who of course just happened to be the guy who kidnapped Tony Stark and inadvertently created Iron Man.

Tony hears this.  Of course he does.  And he's not very happy.  She's out in the cold, and hurt and things aren't too good, when Iron Man shows up and takes her back to his Iron Lair, for a bit of a tongue lashing.  And not in the GOOD way! Of course this is exactly where Natasha actually wants to be. She's not quite as banged up as she looks, gives Tony the old Widow's Bite and steals some records, and she's off in the wind.

She just happens to find the Weeping Lion!  And she beats him up!  Except it isn't him, the big goon was actually his brother. The real Weeping Lion is a creepy skinny young telepath, with delusions of grandeur, who now thinks that he can control the Black Widow.

Oh, you silly sillly little boy.

This was great. The art is exquisite as always, and I love all the machinations and double-dealing and outright cleverness. 


The Mighty Thor #10

Things are going sideways very quickly.  Obliette and the new Silver Samurai are trying to kill Dario Agger, who in a fit of petulance has enacted his protocols, because if he can't have the earth, NOBODY can!  So There!  Roz is doing her best to stop things, as is Thor, but Agger created his own little bunch of mini-hulks, and she has her work cut out for her. 

In the meantime the seeds of rebellion are being sown on Alfheim, while SHIELD in their infinite stupidity is trying to arrest Thor, for being Jane Foster.  I didn't know that was illegal actually.  In the middle of the fight for New York, they actually show up and try to arrest her! 

Good Grief!

Luckily for Thor, Jane Foster shows up to help.

Oh My.  I Wonder Who That Could Be?

Also pretty fabulous.

So...not a lot this week, but two of my favorite books, so that is a good thing.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday's Reviews

Holy crap, I am actually more or less on time! Wonders never cease.  Another small week for me...but a pretty darned GOOD week.  That's a plus.  I did ask Matt, my beloved Comic Book Store owner if Civil War II was over yet, and he just...sighed. 

Green Lantern Corps #2

Yes, I know the title is Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but that's a bit of a mouthful, and who really cares all that much about Hal anyway?  He does end up fighting more of the Sinestro Corps, Sinestro and Soranik have a discussion about...stuff...and Sinestro discovers that Hal is still a burr under his saddle, so to speak.  The Corps doesn't have a whole lot to do yet, more or less in the..."What the heck are we going to do with only a few hundred members" mode, and John and Kilowog decide that sending Guy Gardner out to mosey around a bit, is the best that they can do. 

Finally!  Sending Guy out is the BEST thing that they can do!  So...I'm pretty happy.

Wonder Woman #4

I finally figured out that every other issue is actually a different story, with Cheetah in #l and #3, and Nicola Scott as artist in #2 and #4 with more or less the story of how Diana found Steve and became Wonder Woman.  It is...actually pretty fabulous.  I don't mind the Cheetah story, but I like the Nicola Scott art so very very much and the story of Diana, so that's my favorite so far. 

The Amazons find the men on their island, and are properly horrified and confused. There is a lot of discussion of what to do with them, cooler heads prevail, and there is a lot of soul searching and finally a competition for who is the lucky girl to go to Man's World. Guess who wins.  But the art is frankly gorgeous. The women look like individuals, not clones of each other with different colored hair, which is a delight.  I love Hippolyta's nose for example.  She and Diana resemble each other, but again, aren't clones of each other.

Pretty wonderful actually.


All-New All-Different Avengers #l

This is actually a bonus edition and consists of the "Fan-Fiction World of Ms. Marvel" Which I didn't realize at first when I picked it up, but it is my favorite Avengers book at the moment, and the cover looks like a regular issue.

Oh My God.

You MUST get this!  I was crying tears of laughter as I read this book.  My daughter came into the room to see what was the matter with me, because I was also shrieking.  With joy. 

So, Amala comes home and fires up the old computer, and then stumbles across some fan-fiction about...herself!  She loves to write it, but never really thought that other people would use her as a ship apparently.  There are five stories, each more fantastic than the other.  I completely lost it at the Spectacular Spider-Mole, not to mention Quack-O'-Lantern.  The Squirrel Girl one is just magnificent...hell, they are ALL magnificent!

Oh Marvel.  I've been a bit surly about Civil War lately, but with this...with this book you have redeemed yourself in my eyes.  Until next week anyway.

I think I'll go and read it again.  And the again.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Small and only Slightly Late Reviews

After last week, there wasn't a whole lot out there for me this past Wednesday.  But still...not bad.

Doctor Strange #10

This has been good.  Really really good.  And now we are drawing to the finale.  The thing in the basement that has taken all of Stephen's pain, turns out to be his last best hope against the Empirikul. Except that it hates him, with the white hot hate of a thousand blazing suns.  But hey, you work with what you have.

And they win!  Except...where is all the magic?

Fabulous.

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #9

This is an odd, and yet endearing little book.  I like Lunella...she has a lot of snark for such a little kid.  I can understand her frustration as well.  I also like Kid Kree, who is almost a snottier version of Noh Var!  It is nice that Ms. Marvel has to step in and save the neighborhood from the dueling toddlers. 

I also love the Dinosaur.  Good good stuff.


Vote Loki #3

This is one weird, and yet hilarious book.  I still don't like the art very much, but I understand that the insanely cartoony aspect of it, is appropriate to the style of the book.  Also, Loki in a western shirt at a country fair with a Meal On A Stick, will never not be a hoot. 

This is just...insane, but a whole lot of fun. 

And that's that!

My daughter and her boyfriend went to see Suicide Squad. I understand that the ratings have been on the poor side, but they enjoyed the heck out of it, because, it is...a supremely "Comic Booky" sort of movie.  In that what makes perfect sense in a comic book doesn't always translate well to the silver screen, but if you keep in mind that it IS a comic book...makes perfect sense.  Or something.  I did have to explain that the Enchantress is NOT the same one as in the Marvel books.