Much like the first volume, this is a decent but uninspired adaptation of a book that I love. I still wish that either there had been just one artistMuch like the first volume, this is a decent but uninspired adaptation of a book that I love. I still wish that either there had been just one artist working on the book, or that the artists that did work on it had more varied styles. ...more
Well, this was really super pointless. It's an entire miniseries where literally nothing happens. It's just the X-Men sitting around Utopia waiting foWell, this was really super pointless. It's an entire miniseries where literally nothing happens. It's just the X-Men sitting around Utopia waiting for some unnamed threat (presumably the one from Schism) approaches the island. And they reflect. And that's about it. It's not like you get any new insights here, and I couldn't help but notice that Wolverine's internal monologue fails to bring in any of the tension that had already been defining his relationship with Cyclops. Skip it....more
Kind of meh overall. The idea for the story isn't bad, and the art is more than decent, but it goes on for too long. And I thought it was kind of straKind of meh overall. The idea for the story isn't bad, and the art is more than decent, but it goes on for too long. And I thought it was kind of strange that the middle part of the story hinges partly on tension between Wolverine and Rogue over the Carol Danvers thing. Something that is, at this point in their lives, ancient history. It felt forced to me. Both of the new mutant characters introduced will probably vanish into obscurity, because they're very overpowered. One of them can essentially Jedi mind trick anyone, into doing and believing anything she wants, in any size crowd. The other can bring memories to life strongly enough to give them actual physical form, apparent freedom of thought and action. Even omega level mutants should have limits....more
I get the impression that this is the sort of comic that you will either greatly dislike or love in spite of yourself. Oddly enough, I found myself inI get the impression that this is the sort of comic that you will either greatly dislike or love in spite of yourself. Oddly enough, I found myself in the latter camp.
It's the ultimate in gratuitous violence, an entire series created simply to revel in Deadpool's ability to unleash terrifying levels of gory violence. And also his tendency to be divorced from his reality, and to lean heavily on the fourth wall. In this case, he's seeing beyond the fourth wall entirely, and he's far more cracked and violent than he's ever been before.
And believe it or not, it's hugely entertaining. It isn't a Deadpool-style absurd laugh fest, but there are definitely funny moments. But mostly the appeal is the senseless violence, which is absurdly enjoyable to read....more
A sort of conclusion to Jessica Jones's story, or at least a sort of handing her over to the mainstream Marvel U. I have absolutely no complaints. JesA sort of conclusion to Jessica Jones's story, or at least a sort of handing her over to the mainstream Marvel U. I have absolutely no complaints. Jessica is a fantastic character, and she's in fine form here. And not just her. See, this was supposed to be a sort of press level look at Marvel, which sort of makes Ben Urich the co-star and the Daily Bugle a regular location. No complaints. Especially because, in my opinion, Bendis manages to give JJJ somewhat more nuance than I'm used to seeing from him, without losing any of his bombast.
The first major arc is essentially a murder mystery, starring the Green Goblin. Which means that Spidey plays a supporting role, and he's great here. His presence is natural, and he doesn't take over the book. And then there's the Secret War tie in. I've never read Secret War, so I had no idea what was going on. And for once, that actually sort of worked. Jessica has no idea what's going on, either, so I'm right with her. It's just as shocking to me as it is to her when Steve Rogers decks Nick Fury in a hospital room. Or when she runs across Wolverine in a dive bar and he is totally losing it. It did make me really curious as to what really was going on with Secret War, but now I'm kind of afraid that the reality won't live up to my vague ideas. And I kind of liked getting just the outsider perspective of a major (and majorly hushed up) event.
The last arc is much more personal. Jessica is having her baby, and deciding to marry Luke Cage. And Ben Urich is tracking down Z-list hero D-Man. They're much smaller stories, on a cosmic sense, and that can be really nice. Especially in contrast to what is obviously a very big story with the Secret War stuff. And it's a really nice way to wrap up the series. Unfortunately, I don't think that The Pulse ever quite lives up to its full potential. Sure, it's great, but given more time, I feel like it could have been really fantastic....more
Not exactly the easiest place for somebody fresh from the movie to start with Guardians of the Galaxy. There's a lot (a lot) of backstory required toNot exactly the easiest place for somebody fresh from the movie to start with Guardians of the Galaxy. There's a lot (a lot) of backstory required to understand who these people are, what they're doing, and what the hell is going on. I'm slightly ahead of the curve: I know who Adam Warlock is, and I know what the Kree and Skrull are. And a few other things. Apparently, this series drew heavily on the Annihilation event that preceded it, and that I haven't read. It would have been better if I had, I think.
At any event, there's plentiful action, and the story is fairly easy to follow, even if many of the details escape me. There's some humor, though not quite as much as I'd expected after the movie. And there's Cosmo the space dog, who is kind of hilarious and kind of awesome. So there's that.
Obviously, this is being reprinted to take advantage of the movie, but I don't know if people who loved the movie are going to find what they're looking for here....more
Another volume of Saga, and it's fantastic again. Imaginative, visually stunning, and built around an emotionally effective family story. Is anybody sAnother volume of Saga, and it's fantastic again. Imaginative, visually stunning, and built around an emotionally effective family story. Is anybody surprised at this point? In this volume, some time has passed: Hazel is a toddler, walking (well, running) and talking. The family has tried to settle their tree on one planet, with Alana working as an actress in disguise and Marko as stay at home dad. And there's some definite strain in their relationship, which is sad to see. Naturally, the book ends in a cliffhanger, because I'm not sure Vaughan knows any other way of doing it. And now I have to wait again, curse him....more
Ugh. I haven't really liked the current iteration of Deadpool, and this sure wasn't going to change my mind. So, Deadpool is going to get married, toUgh. I haven't really liked the current iteration of Deadpool, and this sure wasn't going to change my mind. So, Deadpool is going to get married, to a character who as far as I can tell, never appeared anywhere before the issue where she marries Deadpool. And then there's the longest single issue of any comic I have ever read, with a bunch of bad, terrible, really bad, really terrible, and outright awful stories about Deadpool and women and ugh. And of course we need another retro Deadpool story, because that gimmick hasn't possibly worn thin by now! It took me two days to read this book, because it's just so mind-numbingly blah, page after page. The only thing that was remotely entertaining was the annual, which explains what was up with the white text boxes that used to be in Deadpool's head, and what happened to them. But even that was only entertaining when compared to the dreck that was the rest of the book.
But hey, Nightcrawler shows up, so it wasn't a total loss!...more
This is a really weird way to send out a character like Wolverine. It basically just reads as four random issues in the middle of a regular WolverineThis is a really weird way to send out a character like Wolverine. It basically just reads as four random issues in the middle of a regular Wolverine run, not like the major event that will send out one of Marvel's best-known characters. As a death event, it's kind of blah.
But the weird thing is that if you read the first three issues as just plain old Wolverine issues, they're actually quite good. Soule could have turned in a really nice Wolverine run, if given the chance. He's got Logan's personality, mannerisms, and speech down. And I loved the way he used internal monologue boxes to keep track of the sensations and especially scents that he experiences, with the absolute minimum required words. Logan doesn't think, "I smell blood," he thinks, "blood." Which just suits his character perfectly.
Probably the worst part is the incredibly silly way that poor Logan dies. (view spoiler)[He gets coated in liquid adamantium. (hide spoiler)] Seriously? It didn't even look cool, and I couldn't help but feel that he deserved better. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really liked the first volume of Miracleman. It was essentially everything I'd been promised for so very long. The second volume was, almost inevitaI really liked the first volume of Miracleman. It was essentially everything I'd been promised for so very long. The second volume was, almost inevitably, somewhat disappointing.
It's not that Moore has run out of ideas. There's still some very interesting things happening. But it just isn't as tightly written. I think this might be the mark of a younger and less experienced writer. He might write the same story today, but he would do it in a different way. And then there's the weirdness with Cream. These weird dreams where he's running through a jungle from, I think, Baron Samedi... What was that about? It isn't given any context at all, it's just a weird thing that takes up pages. There's no specific reason given for why Cream would be having voodoo-tinged dreams (and I was waiting for one), which raises the uncomfortable idea that Moore thought that Cream being black would be reason enough. And, um, it isn't, not really.
The art ranges from meh to bad. Yes, there's that infamously graphic birth scene, which was certainly bold. But it's kind of tarnished a bit by the awful facial expressions. And the baby... Yikes. It's like the artist was trying so hard not to draw a romanticized baby that he veered directly into troll territory instead.
There's certainly some compelling ideas here, and enough threads that I'm more than willing to stick around to see where this is going. But this was not the most inspired work that Moore has ever produced. ...more
Shockingly not terrible. Yes, I think we all know by now that Angela is, improbably enough, Thor's long-lost sister. Because... I don't know, I guessShockingly not terrible. Yes, I think we all know by now that Angela is, improbably enough, Thor's long-lost sister. Because... I don't know, I guess they needed something for her to do? Besides wear pants smaller than her belt, of course. I'm not at all sure why Marvel absolutely had to incorporate Angela into the mainstream Marvel universe at all, much less have her continue to her wear her terribly 90s wardrobe. Except maybe to piss off McFarlane, and that may or may not be a noble enough endeavor.
So. The entire and only point of this whole thing is to establish that Angela is Thor's sister. And as far as that goes, it really isn't that bad of an idea. I think that I would have more patience for the concept if Angela were a new character, and if she and her entire adopted home realm of Heven weren't such transparent bad girl fantasies. Yuck. It just feels so dated, and so out of step with a universe that has both Captain and Ms. Marvel.
But. It's written by Ewing, and sort of reads mostly like an extension of his Loki: Agent of Asgard. For me, an incredibly good thing. In fact, I'd venture to say that Loki is the real star of the show, not Angela or Thor. He is really committed to writing Loki as genderfluid- at one point, Odin refers to his three children as his son, his daughter, and his child who is both. It's kind of cool to see this sort of representation, especially because it's essentially effortless within the context of the story. And there is enough basis in myth for my inner mythology geek to be happy with that.
So while I'm not entirely sold on Angela, I was still able to enjoy this book, mostly because it isn't entirely about her....more
Better than I thought it would be! I was kind of wary of a team book with Deadpool. He so doesn't strike me as someone who works well with others. ButBetter than I thought it would be! I was kind of wary of a team book with Deadpool. He so doesn't strike me as someone who works well with others. But as it turns out, that was kind of the point. The majority of the characters in this team aren't exactly known for teamwork.
But man, I felt lost often. This is almost entirely because of my relative lack of Hulk knowledge. Sure, I sort of vaguely knew that General Ross became the Red Hulk. But I had no idea that anything had happened to the Leader, and I'm quite confident that I've never even heard of Mercy before. The Leader related stuff I was mostly apathetic to. Mercy at least seemed decidedly creepy, and I kind of liked that even though I had absolutely no clue who she was.
The actual story is nothing special, but the execution is good enough to keep me reading. And the characters are handled really well. Even though it's one of the strangest possible team combinations I can imagine, and even though I strongly suspect the characters were chosen for their red, black, and white costumes, they all bounced off each other better than I would have expected. Deadpool works really well when he has a true straight man to play off of (witness the issues of Cable and Deadpool that Cable was actually in) and the new Venom is kind of a cool character anyways.
In short, this is better than I'd thought it would be, but I'm still not sure I'm going to continue with it. I'm too far behind on Hulk stuff to really get into it. I don't know, maybe other volumes will be a bit less centered around the Hulk section of the Marvel U....more
Deadpool meets zombies. Inevitable, considering Deadpool's current status as Marvel's trendy, gimmicky character of the moment. I'm not saying that heDeadpool meets zombies. Inevitable, considering Deadpool's current status as Marvel's trendy, gimmicky character of the moment. I'm not saying that he isn't fun, but Deadpool is quickly becoming the new Wolverine, everywhere that Marvel can vaguely justify putting him. It's only because Bunn takes the concept seriously (as much as you can take any Deadpool concept seriously) that this book is actually worth reading. If it had been almost any other writer, I might have skipped this book, but Bunn earned a certain amount of goodwill from me by taking the equally gimmicky, equally senselessly violent Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe seriously as well.
What does it mean to take a "Quick! Cash in on the trend before it isn't trendy anymore!" concept like Deadpool versus zombies seriously? It means that Bunn fills the book with sometimes thoughtful, sometimes funny references to genre tropes. That there's a larger story somewhere in the background, one that Deadpool entirely misses but the reader can guess at. That the ending is bleak and unsettling. And that Bunn has actually put a new spin on zombies. These zombies retain a tiny sliver of consciousness. Not enough to stop them from trying to eat anyone they come across, which is actually worse. Imagine being attacked by a horde of somethings that are begging for forgiveness, telling you to run, expressing horror at themselves, asking for death... Now imagine being one of those things. For me, the scariest part of the zombie concept was always the idea that a small part of you might know what you'd become, without being able to do anything about it. See also Marvel Zombies for a slightly different take on the same concept.
But this is still Deadpool. Which means lots and lots and lots of violence, and then some more violence. And also lots of wisecracks with varying levels of funniness. I admit that my eyes sometimes glazed over during the hacking and slashing and shooting sections of the book. I mean, I've basically seen all that before. I'm not sure what Bunn could have done differently there to make it a more exciting experience, and obviously a zombie book has to have actual zombie combat, so I can't really complain much.
I'm very happy with the art, especially with the decision to leave everything black and white but Deadpool. It's kind of an odd choice, but it makes the book look more properly grim and horrific, while allowing Deadpool to pop. After awhile, the black and white starts to seem normal, and it allows for one of the great surprises of the book. Of course, the art is good enough on its own that it doesn't need a gimmick.
Night of the Living Deadpool does have a little more depth than I'd expected. Not much more, of course, but enough to make it worth reading....more