Comic Reviews 47/52 (2015)

  • Star Wars no.12 (2015)
  • Star Wars: Vader Down no.1 (2015)
  • Justice League – The Darkseid War: Green Lantern no.1 (2015)
  • Mythic no.5 (2015)
  • Rasputin no.10 (2015)
  • The Vision no.1 (2015)
  • Chewbacca no.1 & .2 (2015)

Star Wars no.12 (2015)

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I heard this blog is lacking Star Wars, so lets start with the latest release in Marvels “reboot” comic series.
As you can see in the excerpt above, everyone is getting lightsabers and at the end of the issue Luke wakes up because Uncle Owen is already waiting for him to assist in the aquisition of new droids.
Nope, that would be to easy. But like the eleven issues that preceeded this issue, it was a joy to read. Action, action, action written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Stuart Immonen (please give him more money than Mark Millar so he won’t leave this title!).
Chewie and the gang are on their way to save Luke, but he already saved himself with a little help from the Empire. And R2D2 becomes a moving lightsaber dispenser.
Take my words with a spoonful of salt, i like this comic to much to be taken seriously.


Star Wars: Vader Down no.1 (2015)

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This issue kicks off the first Star Wars event comic centering about the trap laid in the pages of Darth Vader’s solo series. Luckily we don’t get to much exposure to the cast from that comic, because for everything Kieron Gillen does what i like, i get something that dies not klick with me. I should be indifferent to that comic then. Anyways….
Vader is on the way to get Luke, but stumbles into a training manuever of the Rebellion. The excersice escalates into a battle and surpise, Vader gets shot down and the Rebels try to seize the chance and mobilze every military asset at their disposal to rid themselves of the enemy. Can’t be that hard.
Or can it?
This issue is all set up. The players take the stage and the curtain is pulled up. Lots of action to establish that the titular character won’t give up without a fight and a surprising panel that shows the cost of winning the skirmish that brought Vader in this situation, something that at least this reviewer isn’t used to in Star Wars.
I’m looking forward to the next issue and wonder how the outcome of this event will affect the Star Wars comics universe. Because at some point there will be the Status Q of The Empire Strikes Back.


Justice League – The Darkseid War: Green Lantern no.1 (2015)

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I was not sure if i prefer the Shazam issue or this one. Forget the Superman and Batman ones, those two really play with the characters. Hal Jordan tries what probably every human being that is handed power over reality would do: fix everything. And the conclusion this issue comes to is bittersweet.
Batman fights his own body to remain in the Moebius Chair because he is fixated on it being the answer to the question how he can win his crusade against crime. Hal on the other hand knows better.
I anticipated Batman to be the breakout one-shot of this series, but Green Lantern surprisingly claimed that spot. Of course there are easy answers to the questions asked, but it feels more well rounded off than the other one-shots.
It has been a while since i enjoyed reading Green Lantern.


Mythic no.5 (2015)

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Mythic is a series that evokes the feelings from when infirst discovered Vertigo comics after taking a long break from the hobby in the late 90s.
The story about an agency dealing with spirits, ghosts and other paranormal incidents is one that unfolds slowly. Perhaps a bit to slow. What helps the comic is the designs and presentation. The subject matter is carefuy balanced between being taken very serious and portrayed with a sense of humour.
The backup story of Agent Watersons exploits back when further got a few laughs out of me.
I’d like this comic to get as much support as possible, but i can only recommend to read it in trades because it feels just to slow in single issues.


Rasputin no.10 (2015)

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That’s it folks, the last issue of a great series about the fictional life of the Mad Monk. The series goes out with a rather small bang but it opens the readers door as to what happened in the time between Rasputins alleged death and the moment we see him in present day.
Riley Rossmo’s artwork was great throughout the series and the pacing of the story, while appearing rather slow, works out perfectly at the end.
The second trade will be relaesed next year, and perhaps there will a complete volume which would be nice.
Highly recommended, but not for everybody. Like Mythic, it is a unique book with a unique pace that requires a certain reader and/or mood to work.


The Vision no.1 (2015)

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“Unexpected” is the best word to summarize this comic. Instead on focusing on how the Vision tries to become more human we see how far he has come on the journey, we observe the human condition through the lens of artificial intellignece. No matter if you are human or synthezoid, the struggles we face in our daily lives are almost the same. Well, there are the deciding factors that make this story fit to be a comicbook of course, but when the superheroics aren’t in progress, it is an interesting examination on how we deal with each other and destroy ourselves with the things we assume to benefit our lives.


Chewbacca no.1 & .2 (2015)

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This comic reminds me of an 80s action movie set in the Star Wars universe illustrated by Phil Noto, which gives it a dream-like quality.
The galaxies most famous Wookiee joins the fight against a mine owner. The daughter of one of the workers, Zarro, manages to escape the mines but instead of pursuing her life she enlists Chewie to help her free the workers.
There is a great thing about this story, it establishes the backstory of the titular character. The Wookiees were one of the species that the Empire striked hard upon and Chewbacca was one of their slaves, and during his time as a captive met and was rescued by Han Solo (in the legends continuity).
Of course the artwork is great, but i wish the title would have been illustrated by different artists with Phil Noto only drawing Chewbacca and the flashback sequences,
But that is bickering on a high level and should not be taken seriously.
Marvel comics is keeping the quality bar high for the Star Wars franchise, and this book also manages to jump over and not limbo underneath it.

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