So...many...reviews. For some reason, I just never got around to it last week. Not that it really matters,because you all just read what you like anyway. So a truncated version perhaps. I may be rethinking this whole review business anyway.
Angela: Queen of Hel #7
This is the final issue, dammit. I LIKED this book! I can't say that Angela herself is a big favorite of mine, but man I do like Sera and Leah, and they did all kinds of cool Shakespearean things, and I love Shakespeare, and Christopher Marlow was a villain, and then they fought Hela and did cool stuff, and it was just odd and a little peculiar, and metaphysical, and fourth wall-ish.
It wasn't a typical comic book is what I am saying, and the art was amazing and the dialogue was fun, and I'm going to miss it a lot.
Faustia from an old plot shows up and is ready to destroy everything, but Leah makes a deal, and in the end it all works out, more or less, but I am still going to miss this book.
Black Widow #3
Natasha is being blackmailed into working for the Weeping Lion, who has her stealing stuff from SHIELD, and now she's back in Russia, and apparently stealing something else from her old training grounds, and there are a lot of flashbacks, and it's all pretty good actually. The art is gorgeous as usual, and it's getting interesting.
Oh, Elektra shows up. Just ducky. She's mad at DD, but still likes Matt? I could have sworn she knew his secret identity, but what the hell, I have never really been much of an Elektra fan anyway. So there is a lot of stabbing going on, that's for sure.
Okay, if you like a lot of rooftop stabbings.
Doctor Strange #7
The Empirikul is still trying to wipe out magic. We get a bit of backstory on him, which is interesting, and more Mages are in trouble, and Monako shows up and is simply amazing...too bad about what happens to him. Bachalo is still knocking it out of the park, artwise, and Aaron is still doing a fine job with the story and dialogue.
Pretty darn good.
This book is simply a hoot. A hoot and a half. And the art is fun, and Hedy is just an awful person, and Jen is awesome, and a certain Asgardian Amora-wanna-be gets her butt kicked seven ways from Sunday, and it is just a HELLUVA LOTTA FUN!
I am not interested in Civil War part II in the least, but oh Marvel, you are just making me so happy lately with your quirky books. (too bad about Angela though)
Howard the Duck #7
This may just be my favorite. It has Howard and Tara because it apparently takes place before the whole Nexus story, She-Hulk, Daredevil, Spider-Man AND old Captain America...and it is all drawn by Kevin Maguire!
Oh pleasepleaseplease make him the reguular artist!
Peter is at a party being a mogul, Jen is trying to figure out what happened to her client, Matt is there to take down her client, and Howard and Tara are there to do their faux detective stuff, and it all centers on the Savage Land, which apparently is now protected by the United Nations.
Incidentally, this is the best version of cranky old Steve Rogers that I have ever read.
Gary Stark (no relation to Tony) is a business man who comes up with a way to control Dinosaurs and sets up a dinosaur theme park, and things go awry...naturally...and god, but those are well-drawn dinosaurs! And nobody can override his talking mindcontrol helmet, except that Howard, being a Duck, is descended from Dinosaurs, and manages to get control, and they all hang out in the Savage Land for a little vacation...and oh, I am hyperventilating because this is just SO DAMN GOOD!
International Iron Man #2
I did not know that Tony was adopted. Apparently he's cranky about it and goes off to Japan chasing his old college girl friend, and stuff happens. It's nice art, but a whole lot of Bendisisms.
Okay, but not really floating my boat.
Invincible Iron Man #9
Is it me, or has it been a while since this was out? I got International Iron Man confused with this one, and couldn't figure out what was going on at first. In this one, we still have Tony being kidnapped apparently by Yukio and the Japanese underground Fight Club, and there are Ninjas, and Rhodey shows up and stuff also happens, and Doctor Doom is smarmy. The art again is pretty, but oh, the Bendisisms is starting to get to me.
And seriously, Marvel, what is with that stupid Luke Cage razor ad, that is stuck right in the middle of the regular story? The first time, I thought it was a part of the actual plot,and it was a second before I realized what was happening, which took me RIGHT out of the flow of the narrative...and who's brilliant idea was this? Really?
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6
This is growing on me. I like Lunella, she's a little scrapper, and a big red dinosaur with puppy dog eyes is just the best. I like that her parents are so worried and trying to help her, and that she's doing her very best, but that it just isn't quite good enough in the end...when the Terrigen mists show up.
I know that the Inhumans are the new big thing, although they aren't quite my thing...but again, seriously...doesn't anyone object to the idea of them letting lose these stupid Terrigen mists all the time? It's a health hazard if nothing else, and it can't possibly be something that the Government wouldn't notice.
Ms. Marvel #6
Poor Kamala loses control of just about everything, she's trying too hard to go to school, take care of Avenging, not to mention defending New Jersey, and have a private life, and it's just too much. The giant clone is rampaging, Captain Marvel shows up and she's not happy with Kamala, Iron Man shows up and he's not happy with Captain Marvel.
Oh, and Bruno, trying to get a handle on things, performs a mystical rite to summon Loki. And he actually shows up! He's not particularly happy either, although he does bring along his own bucket of popcorn. Bruno thinks that lighting candles will bring Norse gods to visit, but is disabused of that notion pretty quickly.
In the end, things work out more or less, and her brother gets married, and there is a happy ending. For now anyway.
Fabulous as usual.
Squirrel Girl #7
I love a book that has you laughing all the way through it. This is a take on one of those books that lets you chose which option you are going to take to get to the end, or role-playing or something, and it is just...so...damn CLEVER! And Fun!
Koi Boy and Darleen end up fighting none other than Swarm. Oh and Galactus is that narrator. And bees dont' like water.
This is tied with Howard the Duck as my favorite.
When it comes to more serious books, this is also one of my favorites. Gus fights the Will. And does pretty good! Hazel's teacher is trying to smuggle her out in a box! Marko shows up and rescues his little girl! Oh God! He's trying to rescue Klara too, but she likes it there, and decides to stay, but Petrichor decides she'd love to tag along. Alana is reunited with Hazel! And oh, she's pregnant again.
Really, they have things you can take for that.
Wow, that was a whole lot of really pretty fabulous books!