**spoiler alert** The story was fine, though predictable. The art was great, no real qualms with the drawings. The dialogue (both internal and externa...more**spoiler alert** The story was fine, though predictable. The art was great, no real qualms with the drawings. The dialogue (both internal and external): stilted at best, kind of clichèd at worst.
This is not how people speak. For a story that doesn't happen in the UK, people say "phone me" a lot more than I'd expect. "Your toast has grown cold" is also a little weird, even coming from a guy that has been around since the 16th century. (I mean, there was no toast to speak of then, so you'd think he'd learn how to talk about it while it was coming into fashion.)
Her internal dialogue was hard to place. Is she telling us this story from sometime after it occurred, or is it running dialogue during the events? And the whole bath scene was strange, almost as if it were an excuse to draw a full frontal nude woman. Her internal monologue is talking about baths, how Tom had a bathtub, how she likes baths, how she only had a shower at home—and then she says "but I wasn't thinking of that." Well, that seems like a lie to me. And what she was thinking of, while getting dried off and being nude, had nothing to do with the advancement of the plot or the development of her character (which I suppose was the purpose of the whole thing).
Now please don't go calling me a prude that can't handle some nudity in a graphic novel, because I can. But it seems to me that it should have some semblance of purpose other than just being there. Right?
In general, I found Colette's character uninteresting. She was obviously angst-y and depressed, with dashed dreams and some daddy issues, but being depressed and having daddy issues while being angst-y just isn't.....I don't know......cool. It's been done.
Also, I'm not sure how my internal feminist likes this anyhow. A strong woman has her hopes dashed after college, can't make it without the support of her distant father (who takes her money without her doing anything about it), and falls in love with a guy that is the first to recognize her talent, even though he's mysterious and won't tell her everything (maybe....like her father?). She gives up on her other life to follow this guy. Sure, that's her choice and she can make it, but it doesn't smack of "strong female lead" to me.(less)
A great TPB that was just a gem to read. Fast paced, funny, well written, exciting. Good stuff.
Read this book if: you are saying "yeah, duh, it's Thor...moreA great TPB that was just a gem to read. Fast paced, funny, well written, exciting. Good stuff.
Read this book if: you are saying "yeah, duh, it's Thor. Of course I'll read it!", if you want a fun time with a great piece of Marvel candy, or you want to see the absolute best confrontation with Tony Stark wherein he finally gets told on what he did in the Civil War.
Really? This is what you give me for an Arthurian legend? You keep Cei from the sword in the stone, but you make him the funny, sunny foster brother?...moreReally? This is what you give me for an Arthurian legend? You keep Cei from the sword in the stone, but you make him the funny, sunny foster brother? Then there's all that stuff about Avalon and you've got good fairies (I'm not going to call them Fae or Faeries, I'm going to spell like we spell now!)...I just don't buy it.
Look, we've all had a lot of fun with Arthurian legend, but until you're ready to produce a full scale, really well put together cohesive legend,* (and by well put together, I include not having drawings in the middle of pages that look like they were the conceptual drawings for what would become the final drawings) don't go making up a brand new set of things that have whole back stories that we cannot possibly know about.
*Let's also not forget that this is a LEGEND. Arthurian legend is based on a 6th century leader, and while the whole thing has probably been blown WAY out of proportion, it is still based in some ancient stories. I'm not saying that we can only write Arthurian legends that are 100% historically accurate, but I do think that adding this much stuff is going a little far. This might as well have been the story of Fernando and the Axe in the Tree but for a few details that linked it to Arthur.(less)
(spoiler alert) This book only deserves 2 1/2 - 3 stars based on it's overstimulating illustration, difficult to follow narrative structure and having...more(spoiler alert) This book only deserves 2 1/2 - 3 stars based on it's overstimulating illustration, difficult to follow narrative structure and having WAY more characters than I am aware of (maybe not a problem for hardcore fans, but...). How did Loki fit into all this, and why did he do what he did at the end? These things were not explained and I was left scratching my head wondering what the devil was going on.
So, why does it get 4 stars? WHY? The fact that, and the manner in which, Wolverine makes a surprise appearance is part of the reason. As is Luke Cage's monologue on freedom and victory at the end. The montage of the history of the Avengers doesn't hurt, either. But what really did it was the page announcing the scrapping of the superhuman registration act. Having read the ENTIRE Marvel Civil War and witnessed the heartbreak that conflict caused, on both sides, made that moment of resolution so sweet that I almost started crying on the public transit bus I was riding when I read it. (Geek!) Maybe if I hadn't been along for that ride, it wouldn't have mattered so much to me. But I had, and it did.
Solomon's dialect. This is the only thing giving the book any sense of place. As no place is ever mentio...moreHm. Where to begin. let's start with the good.
Solomon's dialect. This is the only thing giving the book any sense of place. As no place is ever mentioned except the fictional Kahootney Islands, it was nice to have an anchor, even if it was only a gulf-coast/Louisiana accent that did it. Solomon's dialect also made him one of the more endearing characters, in my opinion. Also, the book is well drawn. While I find some of the transitions and juxtapositions gimmicky, it was overall good in that respect.
Speaking of drawing, all the characters are split into two groups, visually: the grotesques and the not-grotesques. Those in the second group basically amount to Chunky, his (androgynously drawn and named) friend Dandel, the bird Merle, and the long-dead dog Stomper. Every other character (i.e. every human character) is a grotesque. Solomon (the uneducated bumpkin with the "Jesus Saves" shirt) certainly is a stereotype as well as a grotesque, but his kindness and careful nature despite his damaging past make for the most shining moments in the book and the only ones that are actually even close to poignant, though many try.
Women are represented in interesting ways. It is noteworthy that the only women whose faces we see are the "Siamese twins," who are decidedly grotesque, the old senile wig-wearing landlady Estelle, and the face in a picture of a dead wife (for whom Chuck is still taking lamps?). The only other woman character is the cook. We never see her face and we know that though she obviously doesn't care about Chuck in any kind of real way but sleeps with him anyway.
The relationship between Chunky and Dandel is never given any depth except that they both say how deeply important their relationship is. Dandel writes letters all the time, but we don't really know why. While that isn't strictly necessary, as we are entering the story at the point of departure, a little more history would be nice.
Chunky is a perplexing character. Though he is the point around which the whole book revolves, he is, as the gamers say, a Non Player Character. the only choice he makes in the entire book is the choice to leave, and once that choice has been made one time he never chooses anything else. He doesn't reconsider leaving based on the fact of his present happiness, he doesn't question the fee to travel on boat, or that Chuck throws his records into the water, or the fact that though he has paid he also has to work, or ANYTHING else. Everything happens to him, he causes nothing to happen. And he is practically mute. In 125 pages Chunky says literally 164 words (avg. 1.312 wds./pg.) of which six are sounds (whee, sigh, heh, um, etc.) and four are statements of his own name. He is, essentially, no more than a McGuffin.
Everything Dandel says after Chunky leaves is hipster rambling (nice trike and scarf). One thing that, upon further reflection, played well on this character was the androgyny. It takes the focus of the relationship away from questions of amorous love and places it within the realm of all loves. Are they lovers? Are they friends? It shows that friendship can be as strong and as important other kinds of love. HOWEVER, that same ambiguity in the relationship also highlights the perceived sexual aloofness of hipsters.
On the whole, I didn't understand this book (unless it's existential...then I get it). And I wouldn't recommend it. (less)
I'm not super familiar with these characters, so it didn't do much for me. If you're going to read a Siege TPB, read the New Avengers. Though the...moreMeh.
I'm not super familiar with these characters, so it didn't do much for me. If you're going to read a Siege TPB, read the New Avengers. Though the art and the story line in that are harder to follow, there is a more compelling story with a much better payoff.(less)
I liked it. It didn't rock my world, but I think the series shows promise. I liked the tie-in with some other famous comics. The chapter "24 hours" wa...moreI liked it. It didn't rock my world, but I think the series shows promise. I liked the tie-in with some other famous comics. The chapter "24 hours" was a little intense and gruesome and cruel. Also, I can't help but notice a slight resemblance between the hero of the story and the Author of the story. I do look forward to seeing how the rest of the series plays out. (less)
Well four stars mean "I really liked it," and I did. Lots of fun things happening, plenty of excitement, introduction of cool characters. Possibility...moreWell four stars mean "I really liked it," and I did. Lots of fun things happening, plenty of excitement, introduction of cool characters. Possibility of Wolverine and Cyclops fighting for beers. What's not to like?
There were some great spreads in it that punctuated the story well and I like the art throughout.
More than anything else, it was fun to read. I know that to say comics books need to be funny is both passé and untrue, but the humor in this one really made the characters more likable and endearing. Then, what else do I expect from Joss Whedon......(less)