Locke and Key, Master Edition Book 2!!! I think it has been almost a year since I read Book 1, so I tried to catch up a bit before going into this oneLocke and Key, Master Edition Book 2!!! I think it has been almost a year since I read Book 1, so I tried to catch up a bit before going into this one. This volume covered the Crown of Shadows and Keys to the Kingdom arcs of this marvelous series. The Lady (?) of the Well has been more aggressive, regularly attacking the Locke siblings every weekend. Yet the search for the Omega Key proves to be more difficult now that the siblings are quite proficient with what keys that they have, and are ready for a fight anytime.
Outside the Keyhouse however, the Locke kids are trying to catch up with how much of their youth is left, after all the tragedies in their life. Tyler is trying to catch up with his studies, love life, and his hockey career; Kinsey is also having a bit of trouble, despite removing her fear and sadness from her head; And Bode is, well, being Bode. Though, he still keeps on finding keys around the house. Their mother is doing her best to handle all of these changes, but she keeps on relapsing back to alcohol and depression.
I can’t wait to see how it all ends for the Locke family in the last book of the series! A definitely awesome read! ...more
The Private Eye!!! Brian K. Vaughan is back, and on a new medium! This story was first published online by word of mouth, or should I say, binary. QuiThe Private Eye!!! Brian K. Vaughan is back, and on a new medium! This story was first published online by word of mouth, or should I say, binary. Quite ironic really, since the story is about a world without the internet. So quick background, starting 2011 the people started dumping all their data into The Cloud. Government records, public profiles, usernames, search histories, sexual preferences, opinions… All of it was stored in to The Cloud for easy access and sharing. Then a few years later, The Cloud burst and dumped everything back out for everyone to see. Reputations are ruined, identities were exposed, and war broke it. Then a great deluge wiped everything out for 40 days and 40 nights. Being paranoid of all social media and massive information dissemination, America then pointed all their focus and efforts into other advancements. Since everyone again began to pick up books America advanced, attaining floating car, clean energy, and other essential developments. However, people still crave some sort of release, an escape from their daily grind, so everyone wear masks in public to hide their identity and do crazy shit. In 2076, it is uncommon to see aliens, people with animal heads, or covered up faces everywhere, just to feel the security and privacy of interacting with other people behind a computer screen and username. Honestly, to me, this is a good future, though what if a crime happens? Everything is done old school and if the authorities are not fast enough, you hire a paparazzi. They deal with data and information much faster and secure than calling up people through landlines or public meetings. This story may have a futuristic feel to it, but it is a good old noir, and it hits all the right notes. A mysterious case, hidden agendas, and a beautiful dame, what more could you ask for? It really does keep you on your toes.
I hope Brian K. Vaughan comes up with another story as beautifully done as this. And no, I don’t wish this to go longer, or have a part 2. It’s already perfect as it is, and I really think it should be kept as is. I really hate something great to be dragged on too long. Just keep it as long as it is great.
Man, I’d really like to have a jacket/coat like that. Cool! ...more
Doctor Strange Vol.1: The Way of the Weird!!! I’ve been cooped up over the weekend so this is a very late post (What?! It’s a long weekend). First offDoctor Strange Vol.1: The Way of the Weird!!! I’ve been cooped up over the weekend so this is a very late post (What?! It’s a long weekend). First off, I gotta admit, this is my first time reading something about Doctor Strange. I’ve read Doctor Strange in other storylines before (Planet Hulk and Illuminati) (both books I’ve yet to acquire), but this is the first time for me to see him on his own story. For me, the whole time I’m reading this, I’m kinda reading it like Constantine. Yeah I know they’re very different, but I like how they treat magic. It’s not some run-off-the-mill magical story, wherein the guy grows some magic and poof goes the villain. No, the magic here is treated with some physics, 3rd law of motion actually. “For every action, there’s always and equal and inverse reaction.” The metaphor being used here is a punch. Yeah, you’re going to deal some damage, but you’ll feel the pain too. Stephen Strange is feeling that at the very beginning of the book, and takes its toll on him at inopportune moments. Like karma, good things also come with some bad. The good doctor may have gained some new powers to compensate his shaking hands, but also comes with it are responsibilities to rid the world of mystical anomalies (Well, maybe not the world, New York at the very least). Nevertheless, he’s been conjuring up a great deal of magic, and it’s starting to catch up with him. Just then, strange things came up around him (see what I did there?). Well, maybe be “stranger” considering what his “normal” day is. Anyway, a new adversary came up which is killing off all Sorcerer Supreme in every dimension they could find, and our dimensions is next on their list. One gripe I have with this volume is just that they ended it when Dr. Strange is fighting off the invaders, while slowly being eaten up by his magical remuneration. Marvel really does make it a point that you follow the whole series. Anyway, I really do have to buy the 2nd volume since it is a very good story with nice pacing. Wonder how the movie holds up?
Oh, and yeah, I’ve read some of the comments they had on the book from our dear old friend, reddit. I do agree that this version of the doctor seems younger and rougher than what they’ve known all these years, but I think it’s still entertaining all the same. I’d like to think that he’s just starting on the whole magical/Sorcerer supreme business and still trying to catch up. Also, it is a good starting off point for new readers. On the other hand, on the redditors point, Marvel is spewing out too much starting points, that a good percentage of which does not get quality writing, and is cancelled after a few issues. I’d rather they release just a handful of new titles, and bolster up what they have already running. The same goes for DC. That’s why I’m trying to focus on the other publishers since the past few months or year. ...more
Fatale Deluxe Edition Vol.2!!! The final arc of this horror/noir masterpiece from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. This covered the last 3 arcs of thisFatale Deluxe Edition Vol.2!!! The final arc of this horror/noir masterpiece from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. This covered the last 3 arcs of this mysterious tale. The first part is about the past women who were chosen by the deranged god and how they carried the burden in their own eras. The second arc is about Jo's brief entanglement with amnesia and a one-hit-wonder band, desperate to regain fame. And finally, Jo's final attempt to end this whole shenanigans about immortality, manipulations, and death. She showed that the truth is not the only truth out there. She found a hole in the loop, but they had to pay a huge price.
I really loved this and how they made the stereotypical noir damsel-in-distress character and made her a badass heroine, capable of the same suave and cool moves as other 50's style heroes. I must look for the other works by Brubaker. Hope he churns out more good ones!...more
Uncanny X-Men Vol.6: Storyville!!! The final volume of Bendis’ run on this epic series, which also includes Uncanny X-Men #600, the last issue on theUncanny X-Men Vol.6: Storyville!!! The final volume of Bendis’ run on this epic series, which also includes Uncanny X-Men #600, the last issue on the X-title. This is a collection of stories about the gang after Cyclops disbanded his mutant school. They went their separate ways. Emma Frost left to get back to the Hellfire Club, Magik went on to continue mutant recruiting with Shadow Cat, the kids went off to start the Hero Squad, and Cyclops took off with his brother to continue the mutant revolution. Times are changing fast and Cyclops needs to show the true meaning of the revolution to the world one last time. Tensions grow thicker with, a technically rogue, Cyclops once again addressing the discrimination and violence towards mutants. Something that we could learn from with our own society’s prejudices.
Mind Mgmt. Vol. 6: The Immortals!!! The final volume to Matt Kindt’s mental series (see what I did there?). The war has come between Meru and the ErasMind Mgmt. Vol. 6: The Immortals!!! The final volume to Matt Kindt’s mental series (see what I did there?). The war has come between Meru and the Eraser, with their respective side all set up. Meru made one last attempt at gathering other former Mind Mgmt agents then set out an all-out attack on the new Management building. Imagine a war with psychics and mentalists, and it is just as awesome, if not more. A fitting ending, with some emotional thugs, to a wonderful epic. Can’t wait for Matt Kindt’s next project!...more
The Fifth Beatle!!! Awesome writing by Vivek Tiwary, and gorgeous art by Andrew Robinson! The book is about Brian Epstein, the renowned manager of theThe Fifth Beatle!!! Awesome writing by Vivek Tiwary, and gorgeous art by Andrew Robinson! The book is about Brian Epstein, the renowned manager of the most famous band in the world. I know documentaries have been made that details the rise of the Beatles from bar room gigs to coliseums, but this showed what happened behind those events, when the Beatles are not in the spotlight. From Epstein watching his first Beatles gig, to convincing record companies, even through his health problems. You will see a guy, dedicated, and determined, to reach his goal of making this group of musicians be the best in the world (even bigger than Elvis). Epstein poured everything he had, based on sheer faith to these boys and their music. To me, it felt like he is similar to Tony Stark, where he believed that stars are not born, they're made, and he really did make it with the Beatles. Too bad that all those achievements he accomplished, within the short period of 6 years, took it's toll on his body, and he passed away at age 32. I bet he regretted nothing of it.
Awesome read for both comic book fans and music fans!...more
Absolute Green Arrow by Kevin Smith!!! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the one good thing that comes out of releasing new superhero moviesAbsolute Green Arrow by Kevin Smith!!! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the one good thing that comes out of releasing new superhero movies or TV series is the reprints of good old comic arcs (not that the new ones are bad) (well, most kinda are). This is one such specimen of the good old stuff! I’ve been looking for a hardcover copy of this since I’ve started collecting (heck, even the soft cover was hard to find back in 2010). I’ve been curious with Green Arrow since I’ve always thought of him as Iron Man’s counterpart in DC. Yeah yeah, Batman is the usual comparison point, but it’s the character flaws within Ollie Queen and Tony Stark that makes a good story. Anyway this book is not another origin story (Green Arrow Year One already took care of that). This is about Ollie’s resurrection and catching up to the world and the people he left behind. The thing is though, when he surfaced, he has amnesia and doesn’t realize that what he was thinking of as a week of absence was actually more than 10 years. So as Ollie tries to catch up with his life, he resumes his work as the hero of Star City. There are lots of guest characters in this series, and even included some of the not-so-well known DC heroes. All-in-all it’s a nice feel good story, much like watching a movie. Kevin Smith really said it best when he said that he made this book because it’s a story that he would want to read as a comic fan. It’s full of good action, fun talks, and cool cameos. Truly nice work by a fan, for the fans!
Etrigan for the win!!! Snoochy-boochies!!!! ...more