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Comics Review Pt. 1: Holy Crap, There’s a Lot of Marvel

I have a giant pile of comics and I’m going to try to get through them all and include a brief review.  Let’s go!

Star Wars #1:

I wasn’t sure about this one because I’m not a huge Star Wars fan and I don’t know all the backstory. I’ve seen the movies (the original trilogy multiple times) and that’s it. No secondary media for me, until now. It was actually pretty good. I didn’t feel lost and the artwork was fantastic. I hate it when I get a comic that’s an adaptation from a TV show or movie and I can’t recognize characters. Everyone was very clearly identifiable and felt familiar. It’s not made my pull list yet, but I’ll probably pick up #2 to continue evaluating and I see there will be a Leia specific book which intrigues me. Fun fact: the writer (Jason Aaron) is a Kansas City native!

Rocket Raccoon #5:

The artwork is great. The writing and cover art is done by Skottie Young (who will be at Planet Comicon this year!) and Jake Parker did the brilliant interior art. The story is a cute conceit–Rocket and Groot are telling stories around a campfire and it’s Groot’s turn. Which means that the dialogue for 17 pages is “I am Groot.” Um. I love Groot and all, but damn. So anyways, the story is still easy to follow thanks to the great art and it ends in a party. Who doesn’t love a party?

Axix: Hobgoblin #1 and #2, Marvel:

So…Funny. I laughed out loud at least once. I have no plans to continue with the series. I have no prior attachment to Hobgoblin and while the constant shilling was hilarious, it would get old fast.

Captain America: Peggy Carter, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Didn’t finish it. I love the MCU Peggy Carter and the beginning story was interesting. Unfortunately, we then went into comics past and the writing is sexist, the storyline is overwrought, and I just can’t get with the older artwork. Let’s just say I really appreciate the advances in printing which made better coloring more accessible.

Loki: Agent of Asgard #6 – #10 (Marvel):

Welp. I saw Loki as a unicorn, he was judged worthy to hold Mjölnir, ditched his BFF, visited Latveria and won a fight with Thor. Not all in the same issue or in that order. I’ve enjoyed watching Loki try to recreate himself, it’s been interesting. As a trickster, Loki is ever-changing and that always gives the writers room to move with him. I hope this series sticks around for a while longer. There was a crossover sequence or three in there which…eh. And then Thor–excuse me, now he’s Odinson–came in to apologize for being a dick. I was thrown off for a whole two pages until Odinson reverted to dick mode. All is well.

Thor #2 and #3:

More from Jason Aaron! A woman now has Mjölnir and is the Goddess of Thunder. There’s some enjoyable bits in here where she’s learning how to wield the hammer and I’m loving her internal dialogue. I’m looking forward to the next issue when the previous Thor (big burly blond dude who constantly makes bad decisions) tries to take Mjölnir back from the current Thor (badass Goddess of Thunder). I remember when it was announced that a new Thor was going to take up the hammer and it would be a woman. I was standing in the comic book shop that week, waiting in line to purchase my comics and had to listen to guys whine because Thor was going to become a woman. In front of me. A woman. The world of comics has a long way to go, but hopefully characters like Thor will help.

Ms. Marvel #9 and #10:

Fuck yeah, Kamala Khan! If there’s not a blog out there with that theme, I’ll be making one this weekend because hell yes. Favorite line: “Okay, explain this to me like I’m dumb.” Here, this has some preview pages so you can get a glimpse of why I love this series so very much. She’s an Inhuman, which ties in with what Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. is up to and the upcoming Inhumans movie. Considering that the Captain Marvel movie comes out July 6, 2018 and Inhumans is slated for 11/2/18, I’m hoping that Ms. Marvel will be introduced in the Captain Marvel movie and is then featured in Inhumans.

Captain Marvel #9 – #11:

Speaking of Captain Marvel, it’s time to check in on Carol Danvers! So…there was a rhyming issue. Next. Someone tries to take over NYC with rats and the tale is told in a series of letters. Cute, but rats are awesome. Make it cockroaches and I’ll be horrified, I promise. And then there was Santa? Oooook. All three issues were fairly kooky. Enjoyable, but definitely kooky.

She-Hulk #9 – #11:

I am going to miss Jennifer Walters so much when this series wraps up with the next issue. The art is amazing and I’ve really enjoyed the focus on her law career and how she’s been portrayed as a well-rounded person with principles who occasionally turns green and fights things. Bonus awesome points for the trial that was the focus of these issues–Jennifer defending Steve Rogers (Captain Marvel) in a civil case for wrongful death. Her opponent? Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil.

Black Widow #12 – #14:

Phil Noto’s artwork is so good I go back and stare at pages just to enjoy it. Things are starting to pick up. Isaiah’s been shot and I’ve learned enough about Natasha to know that’s not going to fly. She’s on the warpath now, in a way she wasn’t before. I was pleasantly surprised to see Clint Barton (Hawkeye) show up because he’s one of my favorites. Bonus points for Tony Stark being a dick in #12. I’m happy to note that Natasha has gone from indifference towards Liho at the beginning to making sure that someone grabs her so she can hide her in a safehouse. Pretty sure that means Natasha is officially owned by a cat.

Hawkeye vs Deadpool #2 – 4:

Human Disaster Clint Barton vs. Merc with the Mouth Wade Wilson. Snarky idiots being stupid together. What’s not to love?

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