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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I Have New Books!

I couldn't go to the Comic Book store last week because of the blizzard, so finally I wandered in today, and managed to get Hellcat, Thor, the Unworthy Thor, and Green Lantern Corps... and they were pretty darned good.

I really have been in a bit of a funk lately with my books, and I suppose it is high time that I shook myself off, and started paying attention.

I have been enjoying the heck out of Hellcat, because it is silly and funny, and just so... cute! So naturally I am devastated that it is ending after issue 17.

Dammit.

Oh, great Comics God, please don't take away Squirrel Girl or Ms Marvel!

In the Unworthy Thor we FINALLY find out what it was that the Watcher whispered to Thor on the moon that turned him unworthy. I have to say... really? He really can be SUCH a drama queen. Loki would have laughed his ads off.  But Odenton does save Old Asgard, pies off the Collector, and save Thor the Helhound. Oh, and Help shows up and winds up snagging Thanks. Eeww.

In Mighty Thor, she is still fighting with the Shi'ar gods, and boy howdy, are THEY a pair of complete assholes!  Their little godly competition is starting to get out of hand however, as the rest of the Aesir show up and beat up Gladiator and company. Oh, and speaking of Loki, he maaaay have had a little something to do with starting the whole thing, but I get the distinct impression he's not really all that happy with having to hang out with Malekith, so I am assuming he has a long game in hand.

And finally, the Green Lanterns who seem to have grabbed my interest again. Sinestromis dead... at least at the moment, and the remaining Yellow corps are supposedly teaming up with the Green Lanterns.   Not all of them are happy about this, so last issue Guy, went off and took on Arkillo...alone and sans his ring. And in typical Guy fashion, he cleaned his clock.

Oh Guy.

Meanwhile Kyle is back and so is Hal... as pompous as ever, and even Saint Walker. Ganthet and Said try to convince poor Kyle to bring back the dead, but even with Saint Walkers help, his white ring just turns back into the constituent colors, and whoa... Kyle doesn't care because he is now in his old costume... the asymmetrical one with all the black. Dang it, I LOVED that costume!

It is never really made particularly clear WHY Ganthet and Said thought bringing back the dead was a good idea, but they seem to be jiggy with it anyway.

Whew!

I... feel refreshed!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Woot!

I just got back from the bookstore with the new Neil Garman book on Norse Mythology, and I a as happy as a clam. I am also posting from my tablet instead of my regular computer which is doing its very best to die. Gah!

I have done some serious cutting back of comic books lately... just still feeling a bit lackadaisical. I must be getting jaded in my old age or something. But the new Green Lantern Corps books has lots and lots of Guy in it, who steals Space Cabbie's taxi and takes on Arkillo, so that's... actually... pretty fabulous. Champions and Nova are also pretty darned good, I really like Cosmo, the telepathic Russian space dog.

Is it me, or has Marvel been doing a bang up job of creating wonderful animal characters lately, from Pizza Dog, to Mew, and Squirrel Girl's squirrel, and now Cosmo? I always liked Lockheed too, but haven't seen him in ages. Lockjaw is okay, but I really can't stand the Inhumane, so there.

I finally saw Deadpool...or at least half of Deadpool on cable and boy howdy is it violent!  And hilarious!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Snowed In

Well...a genuine old-fashioned Nor'easter has been sweeping through New England, and they have more or less shut down practically the whole state.  I am sitting in front of a nice fire in the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate and new comic books on my hands... and feeling very nice indeed.  Because I am not shoveling or trying to drive!

And then we actually got Thunder Snow! Thunder in the middle of a blizzard, which naturally makes me think of Thor and Loki fighting, which would be pretty cool actually.

There are worse ways to spend a Thursday.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Meh

As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting much lately. Still in the doldrums and still trying to fight of a ferocious cold that I have had for almost two weeks... and it is just hanging on and on and on...!

Bleh.

In fact, I didn't even GO to the comic book store on Wednesday because there were only two books that I wanted, and it seemed like a bit of a chore.

It's not that I don't love my books... it's just that they... and I are seemingly in a bit of a rut.

Take my beloved Green Lanterns. Too much of Hal bloviating, and too little of Guy being awesome. It is nice to have Kyle, Ganthet and Sayd back, but this past issue was just an old bird-headed lady telling her grandchildren a bedtime story about how amaaaaazing all the Green Lanterns are.  Which is actually not a bad premise if she had a specific tale at hand as opposed to..." Oh Gad, they're just so fabulous!"

Saga continues to actually BE fabulous, and consistently continues to break my heart. Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel and Hellcat are probably my favorite Fun books, and Thor is great, but needs more Loki. Champions is a hoot, and I am getting very invested in Nova, which is not a thing I ever thought I would say.

So... what books are grabbing YOU?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Armageddon

I was thinking about putting up my reviews, and lamenting the fact that I forgot to pick up Patsy Walker: Hellcat for some odd reason, but it is Inauguration day and I am just too damned depressed.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Finally...Some Reviews

I can't really explain why I am doing two weeks worth of reviews at once, other than I am really really lazy.

Green Lantern Corps#12

Well, this is a bundle of green and yellow and orange fun!  The Green Lanterns and the Sinestro Corps fight against Larfleeze and Brainiac, and are joined by none other than Hal and Kyle and Ganthet and Sayd.  It is drawn by Van Sciver, who does his usual rather epic job,and it is all fairly standard Super Hero/Green Lantern stuff...but dammit, I enjoyed it.  John actually does leadership stuff, Guy hits things, Soranik is smart, Hal hits things, and Kyle is useful. 

It's...nice in a comforting old-school sort of way.

Wonder Woman #14

Well, Ares shows up, and he's apparently behind the terrorists, but Diana does her awesome thing, and the art is just senSATional, and Steve is very very pretty.  It's fabulous as usual.

The Champions #4

Gosh, I do love these crazy kids.  They are still getting used to one another, and end up crashing over the ocean, but their mad skills save them, but they are kidnapped by some Atlanteans, and they all use their brains as well as their brawn to get out of it, and...oh, I do love this book.  I still miss the Young Avengers, but this is a worthwhile successor.

Hawkeye #2

Kate, as usual is a little over her head, and leaps before she looks, but that's her style. Mikka has been kidnapped, and the stalkers are being...influenced, and there is a mass meeting of mean frat boys or something, and I am pretty sure that Madame Masque has something to do with it, but the art is great, and it's the usual good stuff from Kelly Thompson

Ms. Marvel #14

Kamala participates in some sort of on-line role-playing group.  As an old person, I freely admit that I know NOTHING about this, except what I have heard from my kids and picked up here and there.  One of the avatars (is that the correct word?) knows something he or she shouldn't, and Kamala does a little on-line investigating but someone has been hacked and someone has been attacked, and it is all the usual Ms. Marvel goodness.

I am so glad that there is actually some fallout from what happened with Civil War. Is that over yet?  Carol is gone and Bruno is gone, and she misses them.  Usually someone dies or leaves in a storyline and nobody ever mentions them again, until they are resurrected by the next writer.  So...again, kudos.

Nova #2

I have never ever read Nova before, considering it a pale copy of the Green Lantern Corps, but hey, this is...pretty good!  I like Sam from the Champions and the Avengers before that, and I loved his family party. It is almost like having Jaime Reyes back, except it is Marvel and not DC. But THIS was how Jaime/Blue Beetle should have been written!

I don't know a lot about Rich, but I like him too.  And, frankly, Cosmo the Soviet Space Dog is an AWESOME character!  Nice to see them back at Knowhere, and the heartfelt reception they get is also nice.

This is a really good book.


Squirrel Girl #16

It's Doreen's 20th Birthday, and she's having a party!  With Iron Man, and Thor and Loki and all her buddies, and we learn about her history, and her first birthday party and first fight, and oh...it is lovely. 

Loki's present is the best of course. 

The Mighty Thor #15

Well, for some reason, Gladiator of the Shiar shows up on Asgard, beats up Heimdall and kidnaps Thor.  We don't really know why, but I am sure that there is a reason.  Cul is a jerk as usual.  Odin doesn't show up, and why should he?  No Loki either, which is always a shame.  He was probably at Doreen's Birthday party. 

Frankly, I don't really like the jerks from Shiar all that much.  Is Lilandra even around any more?   Guess we'll find out.

The Unworthy Thor #3

And speaking of jerks,Not- Thor is still having behavioral problems.  He's still imprisoned by the Collector, and trying to pick up the other-worldly version of his hammer. Beta Ray Bill is there, and tries to help, but Not-Thor beats him up a bit. A lot of the problem is that Gorr is still in Not-Thor's head, and messing with him.

You know who does show up? Thori, Loki's little Hel-Hound, all grown up, and still as cranky as ever!  I love Thori!  Maybe I just have a thing for talking dogs or something.  Marvel seems to have a thing for dog sidekicks lately, and that is a trend that I can definitely get behind.  Also Toothgnasher, one of Not-Thor's goats is here too.  With a Hel Hound and a giant Goat on your side, how can you lose? 

This is...pretty good actually.

Not a clunker in the bunch!  That's how I like my comics!

Friday, December 30, 2016

End of the Month Reviews

Not a bad week, I usually get a few more books at the end of the month for some reason.

Green Lantern Corps #11

Well, Kyle with the help of Ganthet and Sayd has successfully brought back Hal from Green Lantern Heaven.  Hal tries to tell them about all the happy dead Lanterns, but Ganthet just scoffs at him.  I am sure that somehow this will come back to haunt him.  Hal may be an idiot, but he usually doesn't just make stuff up. 

But they are all in a dither about the location of the rest of the Corps, when they figure out that...hey, Mogo is back, and all is great!  So off they go to visit Mogo, and find out that the Corps is still missing.  The reason they are missing is that they are in a Kandorish glass bottle, being held by...Larfleeze!  Or as they refer to him several times, "Lar-Friggin-Fleeze" which I found to be amusing.

Yes, the Green and Fear Corps are all bottled up together, and with use of a cunning plan by John...and Soranik, they all start fighting amongst themselves, which leads Larfleeze to panic about their collectability, and mint condition. They do manage to bust themselves out of course, and Hal and company are glad to realize that they have re-appeared.

It...it was actually a pretty fun story.  Needed more Guy of course, but not bad at all.

Lucifer #13

The Christmas episode!  Lucifer and Mazikeen are back together and whooping it up at Lux...or not.  A couple of demons make a present for them, and then they all get into Secret Santa, and it all just goes downhill from there.  A rather ridiculous and yet...great issue.  Actually two stories, with one with an enchanted coin and a store robbery in the beginning that was also pretty darned good.  I do like this book.  Different art, but hey, even artists deserve a holiday.


Black Widow #9

Well, who should show up but the Winter Soldier!  Recluse, aka Natasha's old nemesis, the daughter of the woman who ran the Red Room is still hell-bent on revenge and takes out Natasha's old buddy, and is beating up on Bucky. 

Also, the Weeping Lion, for all that he seems to be working for Natasha has an agenda of his own.  Gorgeous art by Chris Samnee as usual.  A little bit of a breather with this issue I thought, things are happening, but it is all building up to a rip-roaring conclusion, I am sure.  Excellent as always.


The Mighty Thor #14

Oh, that Malekith is SUCH a scoundrel.  He has stripped Alfheim of most of its assets, and is about to blow it all up, so that he and his evil horde can move on.  He has Loki...rather reluctantly at his side, while Sif and the rest of the heroes and Thor, run about madly fighting, but not really able to accomplish much.  Oh, and Malekith rather brutally decides to "divorce" the Queen. 

Loki tosses her over the balcony of the tower, but not before he looks around to see if there are any hero types around who can rescue her, and naturally, Thor manages to do just that.  I am actually rather enjoying Agent Soloman, she has such enthusiasm. 

Again, some different artwork this month, but still good.  Another good issue as well.


Saga #41

Oh, things are going to hell in a handbasket, as usual.  They are apparently all about to be sucked into a Timesuck, and Petrichor is frantic, and nobody is taking her seriously. Prince Robot is all full of lust and shame as usual, and is trying to commit suicide, and Marko walks in and gets blasted, and March, the two-in-one baddie shows up and is out to get the bounty for Hazel. 

Alana is clever enough to stall them, and make some offers of her own,  Meanwhile, the Will shows up to see Sophie and Gwen, and gives them a bit of a story which Lying Cat naturally sees right through.  He hopes that Lying Cat will join up with him again, but she prefers to stay with Sophie, although she is sad about it. 

*sniff*

Then a hail of bullets back with the hostage situation, and boy howdy, Marko comes through again.  Poor boy, all he wants is to live in peace and he has to keep killing things, and he hates it but damn, is he good at it.

Fabulous.  Just fabulous.

So...not a bad way to go out for 2016.

2016 has been an utterly horrible year for all the wonderful people that we have lost, not to mention...other things.  Comicbook wise, it has been pretty decent all things considered.  I know that Civil War II is still slithering around...the Crossover that Just Won't Die, and I have to admit that I don't have a clue what is going on, and am perfectly happy about that.  DC seems to be getting its collective mind back, and bringing back some of its beloved characters, which is a GOOD thing.  I just wish that they would do a slightly better job of handling those beloved characters, but hey...out of limbo is still better than not.  Marvel has been on a roll, although Civil War still sticks in my craw.  There are a ton of really fabulous Indie books out there as well.

So...Happy New Year.  And for the love of God, please make it a better one than 2016...although I am nervous.  So...very nervous.