comic reviews [31/2016]

Ms. Marvel no.9 (2016)

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A lot of Marvel titles are making Captain Marvel’s precog determined arrests a topic, and while i can see ex-SHIELD personel being on board because they have witnessed some shit over time and need more time to process, the kids in Ms. Marvel march to the drums because they get to use their powers to do good. And oftentimes they want to do their job a bit to good.
The people that get hurt here aren’t fortunate enough to have had their name on a cover in recent time, it’s the mostly regular janes and joes suffering for the greater good.


Lucky Luke Homage 1: Der Mann der Lucky Luke erschoß (2016)

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Not being able to read the french original i got the german translation. It captures the spirit of the classic comics, but Matthieu Bonhomme’s art, leaving out the Dalton brothers, injecting a drop of A Fistful Of Dollars as well as giving nostalgia a character lets the book feel modern despite the classic dressing of the cover.
I’ll ask my Dad if he could lend me his collection so i can give my memories a new coat of paint.


Giant Days no.17 (2016)

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This issue reminded me of the years spent hunting for a job that could “secure” my future for a while. No matter how legit people made things out to be, i was participating in dubious matters and my silence was bought rather than my work compensated.
Long way to say: i enjoy the book. Story and artwise its another great example of the John Allison brand of entertainment being a hyper realistic look into how we imagine the world to be.


Paper Girls no.8 (2016)

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I don’t know how Mr. Vaughn does it. “Nothing” is happening, but you’re looking forward to more.


Black Science no.23 (2016)

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Black Science stays as awesome as ever. Even if Grant’s monologues get on ones nerves, it makes the stress situation he’s in more authentic. He’s not better, his focus just shifted to trying to make everything right.


Superman no.4 (2016)

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So far except for Aquaman, Rebirth has been a disappointment. But this issue managed to get the Superman feeling going. Seeing Clark and his son work together is a joy to watch. Supes finally taking on the role that was his from the beginning is an actual progress.


Klaus no.7 (2016)

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The perfect comic to read with your loved ones once the holidays come around. I immensely enjoyed this title and am looking forward to see what Morisson does with the Easter Bunny.
But seriously, the Superman iconography in this issue make it a festive treat. Oh, and aliens are responsible for everything of course.


Aquaman no.4 (2016)

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My favourite Rebirth title. This issue might have gone a rather foreseeable way it feels like finally something is done with the character. And that is something that i miss with the relaunch. Not that nobody is trying, but here it feels like a path has been mapped out.


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comic reviews [30/2016]

I missed last weeks reviews and am late this week. But i did not have much time to either read or think about comics to much so i’m trying to catch up here. Not the most fresh things, but i was reminded this week that the weekly grind isn’t that important.

Without further ado, let’s start.

Dark Night: A True Batman Story (2016)

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Talking about this comic is hard. First of all, it is a very honest look into a very difficult period of Paul Dini’s life, and while other writers pack their life lessons into fictional stories, we get a certain part of the truth with this. Works such as this take me some time to read. With such a serious matter one has to be in the right frame of mind and create a save enough environment.
First of all, let me say that the artwork by Eduardo Risso feels uninspired. He never was my favourite artist, but what makes him stand-out is the sheer savagery and brutality in his work. He manages to portray the animals that we still are, and while it suits the part that becomes the catalyst of the story told, it doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the book[1].
The story….well, it is part of a therapeutic process. A very open part of the process, but different strokes for different folks. And i think this comic was not written with the intent of putting it’s author under a spotlight, but rather as a reminder that we are all existing in the same reality, and that it takes bravery, honesty and asking and accepting help to overcome obstacles.
And sometimes, we are our own obstacles.

[1] But if you ask me who might have been a better fit to illustrate the story the only name that comes up is Frank Quitely, either of the Ba/Moon twins or Darick Robertson.


Rumble no.12 (2016)

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We take a look back to when Rathraq paved the way for mankind and slew the Esu-King Asura, who is currently in possesion of his body while Bobby is haunted by nightmares.
i love this book. Even in a set up issue like this one it manages to be full of frenetic action and emotion.
Furthermore, after a rather black and white start, the border between good and bad guys becomes more and more diluted.


Aquaman no.3 (2016)

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It feels to me like all the wrong books in DC’s Rebirth continuity are becoming all the attention. Aquaman has a good comic and nobody seems to talks about it….seriously, this title could be the one to “end all superhero comics”. Yes, it might use themes and imagery seen in Man Of Steel, but i guess Dan Abnett will take it on a more thoughtful route.


Civil WarII: Chossing Sides no.2 (2016)

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It was good to see Misty Knight again. I juxt wish that one issue in which Danny and her had a kid and were happy would be canon. The rest of the book feels….i don’t know how to put it, but even though the outcome of Civil War II will set up the next few months of stores in the Marvel Universe, it doesn’t feel to have an impact on the day-to-day business of the Marvel Universe.


Lazarus no.23 (2016)

Lazarus no.23

This issue closes with a statement that sent a chill down my spine. The whole issue feels like a caged animal, sitting coiled up in the corner of its cage as it hears a keeper unlocking the door.


Scooby Apocalypse no.3 (2016)

Scooby Apocalypse no.3

Still doing new things. Disturbing things taking the material it is based on. The flashback was a downer at first, but working it into dialogue or another action sequence wouldn’t have worked given the state of the gang at the start of this issue.


Star Wars no.21 (2016)

Star Wars no.21

We get a look at what has been unleashed on our heroes, a fist carrying a scalpel. The empire strikes back indeed. But we also get the motivation behind the new Sarge of the squad, whom we know as the imperial double agent in Fabio-Jabba’s arena. Everything used to be black and white.


Future Quest no.3 (2016)

Future Quest no.3

I still like the series and was excited about Steve Rude on art, but with the rather long backstory that introduces us to the Herculiods, it feels like a plan b issue. Doesn’t matter, it was a fun read that still conveys the feeling of a Hanna Barbera cartoon, this time a Birdman solo one.


Jupiter’s Legacy vol.2 no.2 (2016)

Jupiter's Legacy vol.2 no.2

Like with the first issue, the art fells off. But i look at this panel and what i saw of Frank Quitely’s process in the What Do Artists Do All Day documentary about him and get a new appreciation.
The story, well, the rebellion is underway. Neat ideas and further revelations about the ruthlessness of Brandon and how little he thinks of his parents values.


Divinity II no.4 (2016)

Divinity II no.4

A little kindness goes a long way, in this case a long way for everybody. But it alao makes on ask if Abraham’s plan will backfire on him.
“Where will this lead?” is my main question. The series was great like the first one, but the ending and set up for the next Divinity series feels odd. Valiant has been careful with each of its releases and they have my trust that the end of Divinity III will make we look for my socks.


The Autumnslands: Tooth & Claw no.12 (2016)

The Autumnslands: Tooth & Claw no.12

With the current political discussions about the rights of an AI, this issue gets a whole new level of relevance. And while we live through the heartbreak and hope is kindled….let’s say that we speak comic and know what comes next.


East Of West no.28 (2016)

East Of West no.28

More set up for the end times and the fallout from lasst issue. But it’s just so enjoyable. This issue was worth the time and money for the humor in it alone.


Transformers: Titans Return (2016)

Transformers: Titans Return

It has been a while since i’ve read a Transformers comic, and i have not a clue what is going on here, but i like the humour and that Autobots and Decepticons are working together now. And it seems to set up Headmasters and the Revolution event which looks insane.

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comics [26/2016]

  Bird Boy vol.1: The Sword Of Mali Mani (2016)

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The first volume of Bird Boy was a surprisingly good read! Yeah, it’s fast and you have some story beats laid out in the first couple of pages, but the presentation, the details and the path that is taken to reach those story beats set it apart from similar works.
The masks the tribesmen are wearing are my favorite thing to look at. It is a sign of how vulnerable the people are that they have to transform themselves into beasts. When a bear attacks them, it looks like he is doing battle with a pack of wolves rather than humans. The fear of the woods, into which the ancient hero Mani Mali ventured to save the people, is also a great metaphor for how we lost part of our connection to nature, how we put on masks and make noise to intimidate it. Even the animals in the book are wearing masks and instead if blood, parts of the forrest they come from flows out of their bodies when it’s hurt.
This thing is magical and i wish i could read the second this afternoon.

  Batman: Ego and other stories by Darwyn Cooke (2016)

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Everybody who likes Darwyn Cooke’s work and Batman can grab this without any thought. Cooke’s Batman stories seem to use the characters portrayal from the animated series, which i believe he worked on. This collection also includes Selina’s Big Score, which is a neat story but would have worked better for me if it was not set in the DC Universe. It’s a good heist story, but Seline Kyle does not fit in for me.
It is sad that we lost a creator who deserved a run on Batman if he so decided. This collection gives a great and affordable overview of Cooke’s work as an artist and writer.

  Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw no.11 (2016)

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There was another panel i’d like to post, but this just encompases the “fuck yeah” nature of the issue. We get a few answers but a bag of new questions is being delivered too.
And i enjoy the coarse language to much….

  Rumble no.11 (2016)

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Do yourself a favour and get Rumble. It might be a power fantasy story, but it is seasoned with metaphors of real life issues and how we try and hold back progress. It is a story about growth, leaving save zones but not to conquer and poison oneself with further sins, but to grow ones hearts. And James Harren’s artwork, perfectly capturing the madness of the proceedings.

  Transformers vs. G.I. Joe no.13 (2016)

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One of the most innovative comics of the last few years has come to an end. And what an end it is.
While tying up everything, Tom Scioli and John Barber leave behind a sandbox that has more than enough stories left to explore.
This comic made me stop talking to certain people because their never ending complaints about this comic. Yeah, the art might be a deal breaker, but i always saw it as an homage to the design of the toys, evoking the stories we played out with them as kids.

  Jupiter’s Legacy vol.2 no.1 (2016)

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It’s back! Took me a while until the series grew on me, but Mark Millar is someone who’s work gets tainted by the hand that wields the quill.
But it did not have the impact i anticipated. There is the great bit at the beginning about how Hutch got his power-rod from his father, which showcases Millar’s strength: no unnecessary weight. A father who realizes this is probably the last moment of quality time he has left with his son leaves him a legacy before opening the door to face his fate.
The rest of the issue is set-up for the things to come.
This is complaining about high standards, but Quitely’s art seems rushed and devoid of backgrounds. But rushed art by one of the greatest is still great art, and if the rest of the run comes out on time, i’ll take it.

  Black Panther no.3 (2016)

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As a white, middle european male i don’t feel
Like having a right to talk about this book.
It is a great take on not only T’Challa, seeming lost between his life as king and superhero but how he lost sight on what is going on in Wakanda. And while he is searching for clarity, new powers are forming, trying to regulate their circumstances.

|quick reviews|

  Rai no.14 (2016)
Great issue, Father seems to have enough of trying to get the humans on new japan in line through guidance, and starts the first approach.

  Dark Knight III – The Master Race no.5 (2016)
Drawn out and not entirely necessary continuation of the Dark Knight Returns? To a degree, but there are some moments in this series, two in this issue in particular, that make the reader utter a “fuck yeah”.

  Power Man and Iron Fist no.5 (2016)
The Heroes For Hire are back! Great fun story coupled with Sanford Greene’s energetic and fluid artwork.

  Wonder Woman no.1 (2016)
I’ll wait for the first trade before i say something stupid. (It feels like the people working on the title are also clueless about what to do with Wonder Woman, but i’m sure Greg Rucka has a mastertape.)

  Ultimates no.8 (2016)
This title….this team should be the Avengers and everybody else should wear the dark/secret/all-new/now-with-25%-more-deadpool Avengers designation.

  Teen Titans no.21 (2016)
Monsiour Mallah and the Brain seem to have been shipped (that’s what the young people say these days, right?).

  Uncanny Avengers no.10 (2016)
I should have reserved my happiness about Hank Pym’s return because what happens here was telegraphed a few issues ago, i just did not want to believe it.

  Aquaman no.1 (2016)
Good start, but like with Wonder Woman, i’ll wait a few issues until i make my last call because again, feels like it’s burned all the creative juice in the first few pages.

  Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur no.8 (2016)
Freaky Friday with Dinosaurs. I wonder how this might enrich the relationship between the titular characters. Also, Marvel Boy is a creep.

  Doctor Strange no.9 (2016)
As much as i like the series and how this arc came to it’s end, i wonder how it will continue once the movie release date is around the corner.
But for now, the good Doctor has to not only solve the problem with the Inquisition but also some nasty business he kept locked up in his basement.

  Mighty Thor no.8 (2016)
While i dig the mortality aspect of the book and how it is a ticking time bomb, i’m not sure if Jane Foster is aware of the situation. But then, i guess it’s the same thing with the Flash, he’s only as fast as the story demands.

  Civil War: Choosing Sides no.1 (2016)
The Damage Control story was fun. The rest….SHIELD should be abandoned or given back to Steranko and Hickman for an overhaul.

  Web-Warriors no.8 (2016)
Heard this series will be cancelled later this year. Which is sad because it is a fun read.

  Jem and the Holograms no.16 (2016)
The Dark Jem arc is over, and so is Sophie Cambell’s tenure as artist on the title. It feels oddly like a built in jumping off point, bit i’m looking forward to what is in store now that the cards have been shuffled. This book is like watching a more contemporary saturday morning cartoon.

  Nighthawk no.2 (2016)
Again, a title i don’t feel like i should have an opinion about. But i like how it is asking questions and portrays the motivations some people have in real life.

  Captain America – Steve Rogers no.2 (2016)
So, the explanation for the Hail Hydra! moment is here. And it is solid, at least for me. I must admit that i was a bit offended by it, but i speak comics, there is probably a plan behind it.
Cap will make sure there will be some cracked Skulls as retaliation.