I have loved all of the Squirrel Girl installments so far, but this really feels like a culmination of North & Henderson era of Squirrel Girl. TreI have loved all of the Squirrel Girl installments so far, but this really feels like a culmination of North & Henderson era of Squirrel Girl. Tremendously funny, extremely clever (the flow chart!!!), and a huge treat for fans of the Marvel Universe and for SG and her corner of the MCU. Highly recommended....more
Marvel has been doing great work with a lot of their recent series, but All-New Wolverine might just be my favorite post-Secret Wars title yet. HavingMarvel has been doing great work with a lot of their recent series, but All-New Wolverine might just be my favorite post-Secret Wars title yet. Having Laura (already a fantastic character) take up the mantle of Wolverine made a lot of sense as a progression of her overall story. I loved how Taylor made her confront her darker past directly, having her deal with clones of herself and trying to make the right choices to honor the legacy of Wolverine and herself. I also really enjoyed the guest spots from Angel, Doctor Strange, and the Wasp which immediately plugged the book into a larger Marvel universe. We all agree that Gabby is the breakout character of 2016, right? Highly recommended for X-fans, and killer art from David Lopez too! Dang!...more
A mixed, but highly enjoyable trip to hell with everyone's favorite kaiju. Five issues each sporting a different creative team follow Godzilla's tripA mixed, but highly enjoyable trip to hell with everyone's favorite kaiju. Five issues each sporting a different creative team follow Godzilla's trip deeper into the circles of hell, with some rematches with favorite foes including Anguirus, Rodan, Space Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and DESTOROYAH! For me the strongest installments were the opening by James Stokoe and the finale with Dave Wachter, which both provided the more atmospheric dread, and Surrealism. Also, just plan fun moments such as Godzilla taking down the Abandon All Hope sculpture with some atomic breath. Wachter's final installment hits that final, gloriously weird note of being ominous, surreal, and just plain awesome with SPOILER, millions of flying critters reassembling Godzilla's corpse to then unleash a final atomic wave, only to have Godzilla reborn!?!? Insane.
This aside, for the most part, I think this is too simple of a narrative to rate higher, but I did enjoy the concept and execution for the most part. Honorable mention goes to the great art on Buster Moody's issue 3 too, which also features the bizarre Mothra angels (don't ask). Overall, a hesitant recommendation for fans of Godzilla, and for lovers of the morbid surrealism. SKREEEEONNNNNK!...more
This is a tough read as a fan of Morrison and a fan of Wonder Woman since I think I understand what he was trying to reach for here in Earth One, butThis is a tough read as a fan of Morrison and a fan of Wonder Woman since I think I understand what he was trying to reach for here in Earth One, but failed on nearly every level for me. Basically Morrison creates a fusion of WW's creator William Moulton Marston's vision of the character along with updated futurist designs, a dollop of pacing weirdness, and more upfront sexuality.
What really sunk the book for me was Morrison and Paquette undermining the thematic cornerstones of the character, namely female empowerment, and Diana's role as an ambassador for peace. Instead we get a lot of body shaming (a point amplified by Paquette's generic beautiful amazon designs), a strange and violently xenophobic Hippolyta & Paradise Island population (the freaking GORGON attack!?), and the return of over the top bondage focus which I am not sure many fans were clamoring for. That and the gross implication that Diana's thirst to explore and interact with the outside world comes from her father, which just robs her of agency and identity. A point which I found infuriating.
This book skates by with 2 stars mainly due to Paquette's lush art, which despite the design quibbles I had, is really beautiful. I especially love the design of Paradise Island and the technology the amazons use. The armored kangaroos are great too!
I have found most of the Earth One books a disappointment, and this one is no exception. Do yourself a favor and read Jill Lepore's excellent The Secret History of Wonder Woman to get a sense of the classic era of the character and the background of Diana's creation. I hate that Wonder Woman continues to get such an uneven treatment from DC Comics....more