Whenever you read Age of Sail related nonfiction mentions of this book will crop up. And no wonder, considering the prevalence of illiteracy in earlyWhenever you read Age of Sail related nonfiction mentions of this book will crop up. And no wonder, considering the prevalence of illiteracy in early nineteenth century Great Britain written first hand accounts of life on the lower decks on a ship of war are pretty rare. The memoirs of "Landsman Hay" are unique in that matter. Not only did the parents of Robert Hay save every penny to allow some of their children some schooling before Hay eventually ran away to go to sea, Hay also had the good fortune to come accross some officers who supported their boy servant's interest in reading and writing. One notable example being Edward Hawke Locker whom Hay was attached to during his tenure as Admiral Pellew's secretary in the East Indies. This allows Hay's prose not only to be adequate but actually readable, thoughtfully constructed, and peppered with literary references and stylistic means typical of the early 19th century.
In his memoirs Hay recollects the eight years from leaving home spending time in British naval and merchant vessels around the globe before returning to Sctoland again. While he does not put as much detail into his descriptions of the daily life of a seaman as most hobby naval scholars might have liked, his accounts of encounters with press gangs in the later years once he had enough of his sea-faring life in duty to king and country are most vivid. As Hay never served anyway near the major actions of the French wars battle descriptions are rare as well, apart from Pellew's action against the Dutch based at Batavia.
Still, its unique qualities ensure that no Age of Sail enthusiast should miss the Memoirs of Robert Hay. It's a first-hand account from first a volunteer and later a pressed man, and also a pleasantly quick read. And while all the information about life on the lower deck in the Age of Sail has again and again been used in more modern works of nonfiction about the period there is simply a special charm about being able to browse centuries old primary sources by yourself....more
So weit so gut. Der erste Band der Biographie begleitet Richelieu von seiner Jugend an bis zur endgültigen Verbannung Maria Medicis. Wirklich ausschweSo weit so gut. Der erste Band der Biographie begleitet Richelieu von seiner Jugend an bis zur endgültigen Verbannung Maria Medicis. Wirklich ausschweifend wird die Biographie natürlich ab dem Zeitpunkt, zu dem sich Richelieu als Staatsdiener einen Namen macht, zunächst als Berater der Königinmutter und später als Minister des Königs.
Der Fokus des Bandes liegt allerdings eindeutig auf der von Richelieu betriebenen Außenpolitik und jedem Kapitel geht ein weiteres voraus, bzw. wird diesem eins angeschlossen, in dem die politische Lage Frankreichs Nachbarstaaten und ihre Relevanz für diese Außenpolitik ausgeführt wird. Ebenso werden innere Strömungen wie die der Hugenotten und des frondierenden Hochadels beleuchtet. Die Biographie lohnt sich also gerade auch für Einsteiger in die Geschichte der Epoche....more
Yup, liked this one. It's so full of brilliant ideas on top of a solid narrative structure that goes one step further than most single volume fantasieYup, liked this one. It's so full of brilliant ideas on top of a solid narrative structure that goes one step further than most single volume fantasies by not stopping after the hero succeeds, but continuing to show his fall and redemption. It is a very complete and as such satisfying story that thankfully dedicates itself to each narrative moment in equal parts. The pacing is never rushed.
The plot itself makes for a pretty good fantasy adventure story, but it is probably obvious that the book would have less of an impact if there weren't also as many things to take away from the book as there magical places in Phantásien if is so inclined: With great power goes great responsibility as the saying goes. Imagination is part of being human. Spreading happiness to other people is the greatest gift.
It can be read as a sort of Bildungsroman, as Bastian's quest boils down to finding out what it is that he truly wants to do in life, and in the process sheds both selfishness and self-denial almost without noticing.
Let me just quote one of my favourite bits from near the end of the book:
"Bisher wollte er zwar immer ein anderer sein, als er war, aber er wollte sich nicht ändern."
There is not just a moralising lesson about valuing others, but also some gentle words said about the value of self. As well as a concession that becoming a person one is able to respect and love is a difficult process.
But in whichever way you wish to interpret the book, it's probably in there. And it's going to be something positive, but it's likely something else on each reread, depending at what station of life you're finding yourself.
Another aspect I need to mention is that the story has Bastian enter not just any book, but imagination as a whole. The characters he encounters are no characters of one book, they represent something bigger, which is why Phantásien is discribed as being boundless. The never ending story is all stories. So if you're among those people who feel like stories, in any form, are an important part of what constitutes human nature, this is probably the book for you.
Of course the warning of what happens if one should lose oneself in fantasy is ever present. Or what happens when imagination is used not to delight by deceive and harm. But overall the book exudes a love of fantasy and story telling in general, which might explain the special place it holds for many a reader....more
My (re-)reading spree is almost at an end! This is one of the titles I hadn't read before this year and I've got to say: If you have to do an origin rMy (re-)reading spree is almost at an end! This is one of the titles I hadn't read before this year and I've got to say: If you have to do an origin retelling - if you really, really have to - this is the way to do it.
The reason why this one works for me so much better as an update on Strange's origin than, say, the JMS mini, is that it doesn't want as much. It doesn't try to tell a complete biography from the car crash to Sorcerer Supreme with all the timeskips and shortcuts. It's a simple story around a very relatable core: the reluctant hero finding it within himself to lose the "reluctant" part. A humbled man letting go of the past they have been hoping to recreate when realising they like the person they have accidentally become in the meantime better than the person shaped by the life they lost. By the end of "Season One" only a couple of months have passed. Strange is still an apprentice, barely able to cast any spells. And still the book managed to capture the core part of this character's origin as best as can be, better than the "Strange" mini that insisted on following Strange all the way to Sorcerer Supreme and the death of his mentor in 6 issues.
As to what it changed from the original story, well: I might not be a fan of this comparatively recent idea that you have to be "worthy" to call upon the powers of the Vishanti - especially as Strange has been calling on all kinds of magic patrons, including demons, regardless of their morality for ages without causing him to fall out of favour with the Trinity. But within the confines of this stand-alone graphic novel the concept works. It's a tired concept, one that I would have preferred the writer not to invoke if possible, but it works.
What else works for this book is definitely the art. I know Rios got some flak for her manga-esque art on Mark Waid's short-lived run on Doctor Strange, but I appreciated the occasionally sketchy quality of her pencils even then. And with "Doctor Strange: Season One" she surpasses herself. Her drawings in this book have a flighty lightness to them that almost recalls the look of ink on scrollwork on some parts and together with the bright, bright colouring creates a truly magical look - fitting for the beatiful way in which spirits and spells are rendered. However, on some pages I felt like the artwork felt cluttered. On occasion the busy, bright colours combined with the thickly outlined, high-contrast drawings is simply too much for the eye to take in. Over all the art in this book is still great, just not perfect.
I also enjoyed the updates to Strange's supporting cast. The Ancient One mostly sticks to the sidelines, but his cookieness makes his few scenes enjoyable and memorable. And putting Wong on a more equal footing with Strange and furnishing him some flaws not that different from Strange's own arrogance both allows for some entertaining banter and presents their relationship in a way we definitely haven't seen before. This book allows Wong a lot more agency than most other Strange titles do, and I would be lying if I were claiming I wouldn't wish this happened more often (Sadly the only hope I see for modern Wong at this point is if Strange ever gets another solo title that lasts longer than for half a year).
Sofia as a brand new sidekick might not be the most original character ever written, but she's likable enough, has some great lines, and works well as a mediator between Strange and Wong.
The least interesting part of this retelling however has to be villain. Mordo is still the same old: Impatient and hungry for power he betrays the Ancient One, enabling Strange to prove he has sliver of decency left within him and to take Mordo's place as disciple of the mystic arts.
The hardcover edition of this graphic novels also features a small concept/sketch art gallery (a feature that I greatly enjoy with books like this that feature art as gorgeous as this), and a re-print of the first issue of Fraction's run on The Defenders. To be honest I think they should have just included re-prints of some of Strange's early issues from the 60's instead. You'd think it would have been the more obvious choice what with this being the re-telling of an origin story. While I like Fraction's run on the Defenders I find that it only got really good with last 6 or 7 issues. The first couple issues didn't really do anything for me, so I think the advertising space spent on the first issues of the run is a bit wasted in this book. ...more
This was the very first Doctor Strange I ever read, back in 2011 (yes. I'm a newbie, but shh!) and I guess I liked it well enough. But now as I'm oldeThis was the very first Doctor Strange I ever read, back in 2011 (yes. I'm a newbie, but shh!) and I guess I liked it well enough. But now as I'm older and wiser and have read more of the character's canon I have to say, as retools go, this is one of the weaker ones. Sure, the book has its merits: The art is good and there's enough stuff going on to keep you hooked over the course of all six issues. While you'd assume that must be a sign of good pacing, unfortunately I have to say that the way story time is conveyed is one of my major gripes with this mini. Of all the super hero origins I think Doctor Strange's in particular is one that should not be rushed. In this mini it feels like Strange hardly spends any time training in the magic arts before he's installed as the big shot, Sorcerer Supreme, lone gatekeeper between the forces of darkness and the world of the waking.
It simply isn't a good way to tell the story. One thing that I like about the very early Strange stories is they begin in medias res. There Strange has already finished his occult studies before we meet him the first time. And even then he isn't Sorcerer Supreme yet. Yes, he's a particularly powerful and clever practioner of magic, but it's not actually until a while into his adventures that he takes up the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme. The title just is not something that modern authors should feel defines the character when attempting a re-write of his origin. The Season One graphic novel did a lovely retool of the early Strange that I would recommend over Beginnings and Endings any day! But by the end of that story Strange isn't even a proper sorcerer yet.
Yet somehow Beginnings and Endings felt the need to take us from the surgeon Dr Strange straight to Sorcerer Supreme in six issues. The animated movie from 2007 did this as well, and I just don't like it. It's unnecessary. What should be important about Strange's training with the Ancient One should be the gradual changes to his character, not his power level. This mini simply moves to quickly. It feels like there's barely any time passing between Stephen asking to be trained and Mordo betraying the group and getting the Ancient One killed.
That's another thing that works better in the main canon: There the Ancient One survives quite a while after Strange has finished his studies. When the character does die there is a lot of emotional payoff because he had been a supporting character for quite some time.
Another unnecessary retooling in this book happens to Clea. Turning the kind, but ulitmately extremely powerful extra-dimensional princess into a standard stand-offish action girl just doesn't inspire me to sing the author's praises. She's not a terrible character in this, but her characterisation is lacking a certain creative spark.
I'm also not sure what to think of the whole idea of the Sorcerer Supreme having to be so lonely. It might make sense in the context of this particular book, and the effects caused by Strange effectively being wiped from reality as far as his former friends and family are concerned does pull at your heart-string. But it just doesn't seem right for the character of Doctor Strange in comic history, who has again and again been shown to need someone around him, especially because his job is a pretty lonesome one. A lonely Doctor Strange usually ends up depressed and making things worse for everyone involved (especially for any reader tired of brooding heroes flirting with the Dark Side).
So while Beginnings and Endings works as a self-contained book with just a few hiccups (like the speeding pace), but if you know about the original Origin story and the way most of the characters are set up in the main continuity the mini comes accross as missing the mark on more than one occasion. One might even say its whole concept is flawed: I just don't think Strange's backstory was ever conceived to be fully told in sequence. The original comics and minis like The Oath work so much better because they rely on conveying the actually interesting bits from the Origin story via flashbacks, meaning there is no risk of running into these issues. ...more
A long review from me? After all this time? What is this sorcery?
Well, first of all, I ... don't think this book is as good as people often claim itA long review from me? After all this time? What is this sorcery?
Well, first of all, I ... don't think this book is as good as people often claim it to be.
Now, before you come after me with pitchforks let me just say this: It is still a great mini and I adore it, and it has a spot of honour on my graphic novel shelf. It is impossible to pick out a single favourite scene, because almost every third or so page depicts a moment that leaves me awestruck and cheering.
But while this mini has great art, superb characterisation, tension-filled plotting, an extremely likable supporting cast, and thouroughly enjoyable diaglogue, there is a certain laziness to the main twists of the story. You know, there's a lot of plot convenience around. E.g. the moment you find out what the potion really does you just know how this story is going to end. There is no way humanity is going to be allowed to benefit from (view spoiler)[the panacea (hide spoiler)], therefore it's not going to survive the story. As such the supposed moral dilemma Doctor Strange faces at the end of the book rings a rather hollow note. Because from a simple story telling point of view there is not really any choice, because recreating the potion breaks the story world.
I am also not a big fan of the very specific limiations put on magic here. Not being able to create "what science has already achieved" is both extremely vague as to what that would actually entail, and again, a way too easy way out for the writer. It also doesn't fit into any type of canon for Doctor Strange we have previously seen. (Plus, both instances of these new rules being mentioned struck me as the writer over-thinking things. None of the impossible solutions proposed during the story would have occurred to me at the time anyway, because I was too caught up in the writing. So the fact that there's not really a pressing need for these limitations makes them even more annoying.)
But let's get back to the stuff this mini does right:
This is the way you re-introduce Doctor Strange to a modern audience. JMS, eat your heart out! The retelling of the backstory is all done in flashbacks and recaps that fit perfectly into the action. So we have the Origin Story, plus a compelling original story, plus references to the character's extensive mythology (including what looks to be a pretty complete rogue's gallery), plus it's reintroducing the main characters without having them appear noticeably out of character compared to the main continuity stories.
And at no time do we have to suffer time skips or incredibly short learning periods in an effort to fit Strange's entire, huge backstory into a five part mini series. Oh, and there's tentacles. Because it just wouldn't be Doctor Strange without there being any tentacles in some form (and because no detail of this book is mere flavour, they're part of an encounter that also provides the book with the opportunity to remind us of Strange's physical disabilty, which is one thing that gets interpreted differently from writer to writer. But in this case I really liked the extent of his injuries implied).
As an introduction to Doctor Strange I would call this mini near perfect.
What I enjoyed most about this mini, the heart of this story, so to say, was, in my opinion, this series chooses to depict the relationship between Strange and Wong. That's a relationship that may come accross very differently depending on what incarnation of the good Doctor you happen to be reading at any given time. The extent of Wong's given abilities and duties seemingly change from run to mini to run. In recent main continuity Brian Michael Bendis had Wong unfortunately be nothing much more but Strange's housekeeper. The retooling of Strange's canon in the mini series "Strange: Season One" saw Wong and the future Sorcerer Supreme on more equal footing.
In The Oath Wong is shown to be an equally competent valet and bodyguard, knowledgable in demonic lore, but, as the comic firmly established, also a person who means the world to Stephen Strange. Even though Wong himself appears not to share that opinion (which is the one thing that makes me wonder where this is supposed to fit with main continuity. Because that's a bit much self-effacing, even for Wong. But then, he (view spoiler)[only has a couple of weeks to live, due to his cancer (hide spoiler)] in this story. Something which he clearly has already come to terms with and now is trying to make it easy on Stephen. So that definitely would play into his perceived self-worth or lack thereof).
Thus one of the themes of the book is Strange proving to both Wong and the reader that the man is far more than a servant - he's his closest friend. Oh, alright, and he's the guy who teaches Strange in the martial arts. This is another thing I was happy to see incorporated into the story. Usually I much prefer Doctor Strange defeating a villain with spells than with fisticuffs, but as it is done here, not only is there a good enough in-story reason for it. It also ties into the theme of showing off all the complexity that can be had with Doctor Strange + supporting cast.
Speaking of the supporting cast: Night Nurse was a great addition to the team. I enjoyed her assertiveness and being able to watch Doctor Strange interact with a companion who is on the same intellectual page as him (well, sort of. She's not a sorcerer, nor has she ever been a neuro surgeon, but you get my meaning?). Their banter is so extremely endearing that I wish these two would have been used together more in the regular comics.
The main antagonist made for an intersting foil for Doctor Strange as well. And shady pharmaceutical enterprises make for a believable villainous entity to be pulling the strings in the background. Only their thief-turned-assassin henchman did not leave that much of a lasting impression on me. While an unpleasant person he is clearly a tool for the real villains to be used and discarded. Well, at least he effectively served to show that while Doctor Strange is one of the good guys, he isn't exactly a very nice and forgiving person. Especially not when it comes to people who threaten his home or his friends.
Finally, on a very personal note: I just really, really love whenever writers bestow some form of sentience onto the Cloak of Leviation (even though the very early issues of Strange Tales explicitly state that it is not alive). In fact, in parts of this mini its behaviour is practically reminiscent of a pet and I enjoy this decision greatly. I never new a piece of cloth could be so adorable before I met the Cloak.
In summary: I will forever yearn for an ongoing Doctor Strange series from this creative team. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
As other reviews already pointed out, this volume is for the most part a rehash of a similar storyline done during Bendis' last run on the New AvengerAs other reviews already pointed out, this volume is for the most part a rehash of a similar storyline done during Bendis' last run on the New Avengers: Osborn creates a team of Dark Avengers. The Dark Avengers try to take down the real Avengers and make them come accross as total jerks, so Obsorn's team will be celebrated as the real heroes. Move along, nothing new to see here!
I did enjoy the team banter though, and the art was decent. So yeah, it's not a must have, but it's also not a complete waste of time. I just don't want to see the Dark Avengers ever again after this, okay? (I am also amused by the fact that once again a team of villains did not prepare for Doctor Strange. The Avengers + Strange are all living together openly in Avengers Mansion by this point! It's like there's no better memory wipe than plot convenience.)...more
Not a favourite. There are tie-ins to events that can hold their own as a story. This isn't one of them. In fact, this volume is a good example for whNot a favourite. There are tie-ins to events that can hold their own as a story. This isn't one of them. In fact, this volume is a good example for why I'm iffy about event comics. They tend to disrupt perfectly good storylines. While there are some interesting single issues in this (mainly the Illuminati issue - which is extra surprising, because I'm not really fond of the concept behind the team), this volume simply doesn't work out of the context of the AvsX main event. The biggest offender is issue #28 which is a textbook example of a shaggy doggy story. Nothing is achieved within that story. Absolutely nothing. ...more
I found the story a satisfying conclusion to Bendis' run on the New Avengers. The drama surrounding the Cages' relationship is wrapped up nicely withoI found the story a satisfying conclusion to Bendis' run on the New Avengers. The drama surrounding the Cages' relationship is wrapped up nicely without any lose ends, as is the Strange storyline that kept resurfacing throughout the run (view spoiler)[(although I'm not too happy that we lost both Brothers Drumm, and Victoria Hand, just so Doctor Strange could get his title back. At least Doctor Voodoo should not have stuck around. What a criminally underused character) (hide spoiler)].
Sadly the book does suffer from some less than stellar art on more than one occassion, which keeps me from enjoying it thouroughly. Also I'm beginning to think no one actually put enough thought into how promotion to Sorcerer Supreme actually works. It used to be a title simply denoting the most powerful magic user in a given dimension. Ethics had nothing to do with it. Ah, well. I'm sure there's a way to twist/retcon this so it fits. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
I just really, really dislike Hydra, the Red Skull and Marvel Nazis in general. I simply cannot take them serious at all. So, yeah, while I enjoyed thI just really, really dislike Hydra, the Red Skull and Marvel Nazis in general. I simply cannot take them serious at all. So, yeah, while I enjoyed the storyline taking place in the present, the plot involving Nick Fury's past simply bored me to tears. Also, some of the German in this volume must have been provided courtesy of Google translate....more
Okay, just a quick rundown: The art is nice, and I just really love the team dynamics, which is why can't bring myself to rate this any lower. Even thOkay, just a quick rundown: The art is nice, and I just really love the team dynamics, which is why can't bring myself to rate this any lower. Even though admittedly it doesn't make a lot of sense to have the Thing and Wolverine on this team as well, I want complain much, because Bendis doesn't write them too badly. I'm also a big magic lover and enjoy both Daimon Helltrom and Doctor Strange, so their inclusion was a definite plus for me. Also this ties nicely into one of the arcs of Bendis' previous New Avengers team.
However, I can't see myself forgiving this book for (view spoiler)[killing off Doctor Vodoo (hide spoiler)]. Especially since he has not been brought back since. Now that was an interesting character with an approach to magic that is/was fairly unique in the Marvel universe. So, yeah, his own series flopped, but that's no reason to murder a guy! Well, at least his ending was suitably epic: Doesn't get much cooler than killing a god of magic. About that though ... I thought the explanation for why Agomotto was after the amulet was a bit weak. Seeing how he's an entity who's been around the Marvel universe for decades it would have been nice to receive a more elaborate explanation for how and why he got kicked out by his colleagues. He used to be such an enjoyably otherworldy character in the old Strange stuff...["br"]>["br"]>...more
I remember considering picking up the singles when this came out. But having been fairly disappointed by Fear Itself and having dropped Matt Fraction'I remember considering picking up the singles when this came out. But having been fairly disappointed by Fear Itself and having dropped Matt Fraction's run on Mighty Thor rather quickly, I simply didn't feel like picking up anything by the author for a while, even though the team intrigued me.
Now I kinda regret not having picked up the singles. Who knows, maybe they were just missing my money to keep this series going for a while longer. Because this run was actually decent. Because, what do ya know, Matt Fraction wrote I book I actually like!
Now the first couple of issues are pretty boring, trite fare (so, yeah, even had I picked this up back then I guess I would have dropped it after the third issue). But then this series picks up. Suddenly all the silly fighting is over and we dive deep into the characters' minds, their fears, their wishes, as they search for an explanation to the magic machine that they so foolishly took with them.
And then it gets weird. The last couple of issues are so phenomenally different - and better - than the first few it's hard to believe they're part of the same story. If only their had been hints sooner of how truly special this story would get, perhaps the book would have survived to see another story arc. ...more
The conclusion to the story continues at a breakneck speed that might here and there leave some readers wondering what the hell just happened. To addThe conclusion to the story continues at a breakneck speed that might here and there leave some readers wondering what the hell just happened. To add to the confusion there is also time travel on top of that! Oh boy. Luckily the character were engaging enough both on their own and as a team to keep me invested enough in the story to keep up with the multiple plot threads finally intertwining. I thoroughly enjoyed all the weird, fantastic stuff in these issues. While these later issues again change to a different pace from some of the more character driven episodes in the first volume, this book still delivers some weighty emotional moments. Especially when it comes to the dark consequences of our heroes' actions.
The ending does feel rushed, yes. And I was pretty unhappy to find the series had been cancelled. But at least it's an ending. While I would have loved to see some of the aspects revealed in these issues to be explored further (I especially enjoyed the emotional journey of Strange coming to terms with his own loneliness), at least there are no big plot threads left dangling. (The only issue I'm left to wonder about is the inclusion of Black Cat. She mainly served the purpose to introduce our team to the last survivor of the first team of heroes that messed with the concordance machine. And wouldn't she still have been sent to find the machine hidden in the tiny African state even without our team's interference? Ah, better not think too hard about it...)...more
I wanted to like this book much more than I did. The Tiger in the Smoke is often said to be Allingham's best novel and I can see how people come to thI wanted to like this book much more than I did. The Tiger in the Smoke is often said to be Allingham's best novel and I can see how people come to that conclusion. The descriptions of the city in fog are atmospheric. The mystery - no, actually there are at least three of them, the investigation of one of them leading to the next - the mysteries are interesting without being either too obscure or two easy to figure out. But the true strength of the book are its characters. The boo does not focus on one single character, certainly not on a detective out to solve a riddle. Each of them, no matter how small their role, comes a life through their psychology. The strongest chapter for me turned out to be one in which nothing much happens expect that the killer and a priest have a conversation.
Allingham appears as observant of people as Jane Austen is often said to be. Each of the characters sports a distinct, convincing personality.
Yet, for some reason I found it hard to lose myself in the book. Perhaps I'll have to come back to it some day....more
Ist es nicht ausreichend, wenn ich einfach "lol nope!" schreibe?
(view spoiler)[Mir ist nicht ganz klar, was der Zweck hinter diesem Crossover sein so
Ist es nicht ausreichend, wenn ich einfach "lol nope!" schreibe?
(view spoiler)[Mir ist nicht ganz klar, was der Zweck hinter diesem Crossover sein sollte, aber wenn es die Absicht verfolgte Nick Fury zu einem noch größeren Arschloch zu machen, dann ist Original Sin ein voller Erfolg. Es gibt zwar in den einzelnen Heften durchaus die ein oder andere lesenwerte Szene (und ein paar ... sehr ungewöhnliche bis kreative Team-ups mit ganz eigenen, durchaus interessanten Dynamiken), aber alles nette was ich über die Reihe sagen könnte wird ziemlich prompt ruiniert durch die große Enthüllung über das, was Nick Fury so im Weltall treibt, wenn keiner hinsieht.
Allein das Konzept des einsamen Rächers ist überflüssig. Er ist der Mann, der all das macht, was die anderen Superhelden nicht können. Vor allem wenn es um Welten bedrohendes Ungeziefer aus den Winkeln hinter unserer Realität geht. Jaaa ne ist klar. Ist Adam Warlock grad wieder tot? Und die Infinity Watch? Vielleicht könnte Marvel auch einfach Strange erlauben seinen eigentlichen Job wieder zu machen statt mit den Illuminati zu spielen, dann sollte den Autoren vielleicht auch auffallen, dass sich da einiges überschneidet und die Arbeitsbeschaffungsmaßnahme für Fury etwas spät kommt.
Das ganze wirkt einfach so künstlich aufgeblasen und auf episch getrimmt, dass es weh tut. Was hier dem Marvelkosmos hinzugefügt werden soll, sind tatsächlich nur bereits ausgetretene Pfade, und es wundert mich, dass das während der Planung dieses Comics niemandem aufgefallen ist. Kein Wunder, dass Uatu so selbstmörderisch drauf war. Wenn ich nichts anderes tun könnte, als mir über Jahrhunderte immer dieselben Wiedergekäuten Geschichten auf Earth 616 anzusehen, würd ich auch nicht mehr wollen.
Die Erklärung, dass es diesen Job braucht, und Fury das alles getan haben, damit die übrigen Superhelden, unschuldig, also strahlende Helden bleiben können ist so lächerlich, dass ich es kaum in Worte fassen kann. In jedem zweiten Event-Comic fließt doch haufenweise Blut über die der Helden. Schon klar, man brauchte einen Grund für den etwas reißerischen "Original Sin" Titel und strapaziert dafür eben die biblische Metapher von Wissen als Sünde ein wenig. Nur leider schmeckt das ziemlich schal, wenn man sich mal bedenkt, was die so genannten Superhelden in aktuelleren Events gerade so treiben um ihre Realität zu retten. Und das sind teilweise dieselben Charaktere wie die, denen Fury hier vorwirft, sie würden sich die Hände nicht schmutzig machen! Und der einsame Rächer ist da seltsamerweise abwesend.
Und immer dran denken: Dafür wurde ein Charakter umgebracht, der seit etwa immer das Marveluniversum bewohnt hat.
Ich halte es da mit Rocket Raccoon: Es widert mich an!
Nun ja, jetzt hat Fury erstmal den Job des Watchers (und der arme Bucky hat den überflüssigsten Posten der Galaxis übernommen). Ich bin mal gespannt wie lange das halten wird, und wann wir anfangen können zu vergessen, dass das alles hier jemals passiert ist.
Und die Nebenhandlung um Doctor Midas fällt mir überhaupt jetzt erst wieder ein, als ich das Review beenden möchte. Ich denke daraus kann man schließen, dass diese B-story eher vergessenswert ist. (hide spoiler)]
Gute Zeichnungen (aufgrund derer ich nicht weniger als zwei Sterne vergeben kann, trotz meines Ärgers), die Story leider nur so attraktiv wie ein Zugunglück.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is by far my favourite graphic novel featuring the character. Apparently this is not a common opinion on goodreads, and yes, I accept the complaiThis is by far my favourite graphic novel featuring the character. Apparently this is not a common opinion on goodreads, and yes, I accept the complaints about the plot suffering in favour of style, but I still can't bring myself to lose a bad word about it. It's just so imaginative! The art is simply gorgeous. There isn't a single panel that doesn't look exactly as is should. Expressions, dynamic poses, creative arrangement of text boxes that lead the eye just right... this thing looks fantastic. And there's that fantastic fairy tale flair to the whole affair. Not even the "love at first sight" trope can ruin my fun. And even while I do concede that maybe the story is a bit linear and over too quick once we finally find out what it's all about (because until then there is a lot of "ooh pretty!" sightseeing going on, I admit) I still refuse to call this a bad story. Sometimes the hero loses. Sometimes the hero is ineffectual. And sometimes the hero is nothing the cause for tipping the balance towards catastrophe. The way I read it this is just one of these story's. There just wasn't more to be done than was than and I enjoyed that. It's a very simple story, but that doesn't mean it has to be bad. ...more
I remember picking this up right when it came out. I was reading the Thor ongoing + the Journey into Mystery Spin-Off and was just beginning to dip myI remember picking this up right when it came out. I was reading the Thor ongoing + the Journey into Mystery Spin-Off and was just beginning to dip my toes into Thor's impressive back catalogue of issues. It can't have been easy to have to pick up where JMS left off without so much as a note. Well, I for one really like where the new team took this story. Whereas the JMS Omnibus whetted my appetite, it was this book that really hooked me. A big part of that were the villains. I'm usually more a shining hero fan, but the continuing interaction of Loki and Doctor Doom was just so much fun, I simply didn't want it to end. They're both such interesting, intersting characters and remain my top favourite Marvel super villains. I'm also a sucker for villains having to support the heros against an even greater evil, and this book delivers nicely. Complete with some delicious thoughts on redemption. That's drama to my liking! And while that is going on there is a mean spin on immortal/human romance which is also something that is almost always highly relevant to my interests. And even though this got hijacked by Siege (as happens with event comics), the bits and pieced of the event we're presented here do come together to make a whole. It's still a coherent narrative, and not just that, it's a dramatic, interesting narrative. I enjoyed the focus on Loki. As I said, the villain is one of my favourites. ...more