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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.

Friday, December 23, 2016

So So Reviews

I only got three books this week, and they were... okay, but nothing knocked my socks off. Unlike yesterday, today I actually AM baking and wrapping presents!

Doctor Strange

This was decent, although I can't help wondering if I missed something. Stephen is being driven around town by the evil Eye of the now dead Watcher, who is encouraging murder and mayhem for some reason. Wong is flying around in a biplane with whatshername, and Mordo is also looking for Strange... not to mention Dormammu.

It gets a bit hectic and even a tad disjointed, but the art as always is superb. It's a good issue... but not an amazing issue.


Hellcat

I am actually getting a bit bored with the spat between Patsy and Black Cat, mainly because I still just can't buy Felicia as a murderous Kingpin, especially when her plots are so... banal. She and her little gang of Bad Girls are really just messing with Patsy and her crew for the hell of it, as far s I can see.

The bit with them stuffed in the magic bag and Jubilee being really hungry was amusing, and again, it was a perfectly fine issue, but for me, there were no real laugh-out- loud moments. But still not bad.


Captain Marvel #1

So... after all the pain and idiocy of the never-ending :Civil War II, :Carol just considered to be a great hero. She is talking to a shrink, has bad dreams about Iron Man, and Spider Woman is still passed, but her own responsibility seems to have been swept under a rug by the powers that be, which is apparently... Alpha Flight?

I have been trying NOT to read as much of Civil War as possible, so I assume there are a lot of things that I (thankfully) don't know about... but still!  I don't really like Carol all that much anyway, so I doubt that I will continue with this book.

So...a very small and average week. But hey... it's almost Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Marvel Movies

Here it is, almost Christmas, and while I should be doing things like wrapping presents and making fudge, I am instead, obsessing about Marvel Movies.  I really really like most of the Marvel Movies.  I think that when it comes to casting actors to bring some of my favorite characters to life, they have done a simply superb job.  Seriously, Robert Downey Jr. IS Iron Man, Chris Evans is a perfect Captain America and may have the most glorious behind I have ever beheld. Chris Hemsworth is the perfect embodiment of Thor, and Tom Hiddleston is simply sublime as Loki.  In fact about the only actor I don't have much use for is Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch and that is mainly because I don't like the Character much...not because of the Actress. 

But anyway, the other evening I decided to go on a bit of a binge and watched Thor, Avengers and Thor II, or as I like to call it, the Loki Trilogy.  And I have come to the conclusion that Odin is a really big idiot. 

I love Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and there is very little that I enjoy more on this earth than to watch he and Hiddleston chew up the scenery together.  But...as a History major and Mythology buff, I have to say that Odin made a HUGE mistake in throwing Loki into a dungeon without a trial at the beginning of Thor, The Dark World. And even before that.  It shouldn't have been Loki that gave Odin the Heebie Jeebies, it should have been Thor!

Thor is the heir to the throne, no matter what Odin said about both of them being born to be Kings.  And where does the opposition to the throne's policies always align? Why with the camp of the next-in-line of course. Sif, and the Idiots Three weren't particularly loyal to Odin, they were loyal to Thor.  Heimdall was loyal to Thor.  They ran of with Thor to Jotunheim in direct disobedience to the edicts of their lawful King, without a care in the world, because Thor asked them to do it.  Heimdall let them take the Bifrost in direct disobedience to the King because...well, who really knows why, other than he suspected some shenanigans from Loki.  Loki by the way was the only one trying to NOT go to Jotunheim! 

Later when Thor has been banished to Midgard, it all blows up in Odin's face of course.  Loki was about the only one who WAS loyal to him!  Finding out he'd been lied to his whole life put a damper on that of course, and Odin should have known better, but as I said...he's a bit of an idiot.  Loki was loyal to Odin, and Odin should have used that loyalty as a way to keep a lid on Thor. 

It was even worse when Loki was hauled back from New York, and Odin had a temper tantrum and tossed him into jail without doing ANYTHING to find out exactly what happened to him during that time between falling off the Bifrost and showing up on Midgard.  Where the heck did he even get that army anyway?  Why did he give a rat's ass about Midgard?  Isn't anyone happy that he's actually alive instead of dead?  But no, Odin sends Thor, who is about as thick as a brick, and the first thing he does is grab his long-lost brother by the throat and throw him from a plane, and then threaten to beat him up, if he doesn't give Odin his toy Tesseract.  A "I'm glad you're not dead" would probably have been the nice thing to say.  Then Thor tries to kill both Captain America and Iron Man, and nobody thinks that anything is wrong with this?  And if Odin and Asgard couldn't see what happened to Loki after he fell, then how does Odin and Thor know about the Chitauri?  Plus the whole "He's adopted" line just makes me want to slap Thor. 

It was pretty obvious that Loki had been tortured into helping Thanos, and that his idea for subjugating Earth was absurd.  He practically waved a flag in front of Thor and the Avengers, that he didn't really want to succeed. He DID succeed in getting himself and the Tesseract back to Asgard and the Mind Gem out of the hands of Thanos.  But did Odin ask him about any of this?  No, he just tossed him in the dungeon.  And then when the Dark Elves attack in Thor II, Thor and his buddies betray him AGAIN!  If Thor asks them to, Sif and the Idiots Three will do anything, up to, and including committing treason. And hey, so does Heimdall! 

I am rather hoping that all of this will come out in the future movies, but I'm not holding my breath.  I had a crush on Thor from when I was about fifteen, and I started collecting comics, but there is no doubt that he can be a lummox, and that even in the Marvel Comics, Loki always got the short end of the stick. But Odin is  supposed to be smart...even though he doesn't seem to show much proof of that, and making it easier for your successor to undermine you is just bad bad politics.  He should have backed the son who was actually LOYAL to him instead of Thor. 

Well!  I got that off my chest!