Book 2 includes Annihilation: Conquest Wraith, Nova 4-7 and the 6 issue main event Annihilation: Conquest. Wraith: I enjoyed this limited series. Like...moreBook 2 includes Annihilation: Conquest Wraith, Nova 4-7 and the 6 issue main event Annihilation: Conquest. Wraith: I enjoyed this limited series. Like all the Annihilation stuff (once again, this is Marvel Cosmic stuff), it's sci-fi, but with a tiny bit of dark fantasy western. Wraith is a gunslinger basically. Who rides around on a motorcycle type thing? Maybe? I kind of wish they would have played up the dark fantasy western more than they had. Turned it into a more "genuine" cross-genre title, then a sci-fi title with a sprinkle of an other genre(s). Nova: Nova is Green Lantern if Hal Jordan was the only Green Lantern left and the Guardians of the Universe (Universe..Galaxy..I know, they're very different from one another. BUT THE NAMES. Marvel and DC at a point were like "fuck it." with names.) packed inside his head instead of the Worldmind. Which would be uncomfortable for Hal Jordan. And probably consist of epic arcs that are just Hal Jordan arguing and defying the Guardians and th..off track. But yeah, I like Nova. I like Hal Jordan Green Lantern (and Kyle, but there isn't enough of it. Geoff Johns should have Hal Jordan go crazy again so he can write GL with Kyle as the main character. For me. Do it for me, Johns.) so it follows, easily, that I like Richard Rider and Nova. If you like Green Lantern, check out this ongoing (well, WAS ongoing) series. Annihilation: Conquest: I liked this more than Annihilation. I won't go into long details, because I don't really have any. Really, I can't think of anything (save for one thing) that makes it, like, stand out significantly from Annihilation. But there's one page toward the end of the last issue that was really well written and did what Johns was able to do in Infinite Crisis - everywhere you turn is devastation and crippling losses that will forever change things for the Kree. They experienced torture, deaths upon deaths upon deaths, and mental infestation that made them slaves and worked on breaking them down - utter humiliation and shame at actions done when you weren't in total control but you were there, witnessing yourself do them. Annihilation also had the whole death, etc, going on, but Conquest has one page where just by one character showing the impact the loss of one life had of them - perspective. You don't need more because that's it. You (I) feel the greater scope of the loss simply by one page and one person. That's what, in the end I guess, made me like Conquest more. (less)
So, of course after finishing Annihilation, I jumped right into the Conquest stuff. Which is presented in the same way as Annihilation, except instead...moreSo, of course after finishing Annihilation, I jumped right into the Conquest stuff. Which is presented in the same way as Annihilation, except instead of four four-issue series, there is only three because Nova got a continuing series, so the first 7 issues of his series (if I remember correctly) serve as the fourth precursor series. Anyway, this volume has Annihilation Prologue - a one shot. Annihilation Conquest: Quasar and Annihilation: Starlord. Prologue was good. Nice one shot that sets the stage. Quasar I liked. It was an interesting mix of genres. Sci-fi, mostly - unsurprisingly seeing as how this falls under the Marvel Cosmic stuff. But, (SPOILER) at one point someone does turn into a dragon. I like how Quasar (in this case, Quasar is now Phyla-Vell) and Moondragon/Heather's relationship is presented. It's not "OMG LESBIANS." It's "OMG TWO PEOPLE WHO LOVE EACH OTHER AND HAVE TO DEAL WITH SOME SERIOUS SHIT BUT RELY ON EACH OTHERS STRENGTH TO SURVIVE." (caps is necessary) At the point when Heather is transformed permanently into an incarnation of the actual Moondragon (only in form. Spoilers as to why this happened so you can read it if you're interested. Or google it. Or look her up on Comicvine.) and Moondragon tries to break off her relationship with Phylla feeling that in her dragon form, it would be unfair for Phylla were the relationship not ended (for obvious reasons. Donkeys can have sex with dragons (I watched Shrek) but humans? Fantasy inner-species erotica. Hot.) Phylla quickly reassures Moondragon that although her physical form has changed and aspects of their relationship are forever changed, the important aspects are exactly the same. And then there's some implication that they have mind-sex. (Moondragon is a highly talented telepath.) So, the relationship between these two characters is what makes Annihilation: Quasar good and worth reading. Annihilation: Starlord is modeled after .. a specific old Marvel war comic that I don't remember the name of .. but in a sci-fi setting (fuck, I don't even know if what it was modeled after WASN'T in a sci-fi setting. I've never read it.). Peter Quill is forced to take on his role as Starlord again - something he never wanted to go back and finds shame in - and is given command of a rag-tag group of (mostly) rational prisoners. They're tasked with getting behind enemy lines and finding a device that could enslave the world. I had high hopes for this series. The first issue introduces you to the cast of characters and starts to establish an atmosphere that .. those ... rag-tag group of soldiers going behind enemy lines against insurmountable odds to try and cripple the foe..films have. But then it kind of spirals into mediocrity. *shrugs* Can't win 'em all. (less)
Ah, finally, book three, where the actual Annihilation series is. It was okay. It wasn't amazing and it wasn't terrible. It was like a mini-DC-crisis....moreAh, finally, book three, where the actual Annihilation series is. It was okay. It wasn't amazing and it wasn't terrible. It was like a mini-DC-crisis. Take Infinite Crisis and isolate it to a small sector of the Marvel Universe and there you have it. And although, Infinite Crisis had a lot of Prelude to Infinite Crisis (or whatever they were called) limited series and tie-ins, the people at DC (I think Dan DiDio was writing the editor column at the time) named four limited series, each containing four issues that were necessary reading for Infinite Crisis. Two of them really sucked, one I enjoyed and the other was okay. All of them had very little impact on Infinite Crisis. Maybe a page worth of panels that would make you go "ohh, I know why that is the way it is!" Anyway, back on subject, kind of, although the prelude to infinite crisis series weren't very good and it felt like communication between all primary creators for the Crisis wasn't .. top notch... Infinite Crisis itself was amazing. Now you have Annihilation. It also had four series that lead up to the main event. Those four series averaged out were okay. Nothing painful to read (unlike one particular prelude to Infinite Crisis series). All in all not a bad experience and didn't feel like I wasted any time. And what Annihilation really excelled in was everything fucking tied together. Four series each dealing with their own thing, but each ultimately connecting to the the main event in an important way. You can read Infinite Crisis without reading Rann–Thanagar War (Written by Dave Gibbons. Take a guess which series I hated reading and would have skipped had I known the significance it had was..insignificant.) or etc and not suffer. I think when someone read it after I advised them to skip the prelude series, I maybe pointed out one page/panel and explained something that happened. But one panel isn't enough - to me to make reading mostly unnecessary and boring or worse series. (I say this when after reading the preludes to Infinite Crisis and 52 (which I really liked 52. Read 52. I really just mentioned it because I wanted to say it's good and what ... well, what happens when four creators communicate and make something that feels like it was written by one person and four people. Like, it flows really well and you wouldn't know it was four writers if you 1. Didn't pay attention to the ..words. and 2. if you had never read the writers before. Otherwise, you have moments where you're like "Grant Morrison's hand is at work here." Soo yeah, 52 = good.) and at this time, DC was Crisis obsessed (haha "at this time" because they aren't anymore.) Like you had Identity Crisis which isn't a proper "Crisis" but set the foundation for Infinite Crisis which lead into 52 and already they were gearing up for the next crisis Final Crisis. And 52 wasn't billed as a precursor to Final Crisis, but it's about certain superheroes during the 52 weeks following Infinite Crisis. Final Crisis had a series that was written in the same weekly 52 issue format as 52 called Countdown to Final Crisis. I knew it had bad reviews and I knew that during the writing process something happened where it veered off course and wasn't really connected to Final Crisis anymore. YET I STILL READ IT JUST BECAUSE IT SAID COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS AND I HAD TO BE SURE I WAS BEING A THOROUGH. DO NOT READ IT. I AM OFF TRACK.) SUM UP: Annihilation itself is okay. Like the four series that come before it. I enjoy crossovers and hate them. I hate them if they're disorganized and I'm trying to find all the issues I need to read them (Avenging Spider-Man #6 I'm looking at you.) But Annihilation is a crossover done well. For all it's "Okay"ness, the organization and not letting anything (or much) be a waste of space is a huge plus. If I could give it two ratings, I would give it a 3 for the actual, you know, story. And a 4 for the work as a whole and the organization and communication that is obviously there between the creators.
Oh yeah, 52 is actually pertinent (I think) to Final Crisis. Ironically. (less)
The highlight of this collection is probably the Silver Surfer limited series. But, probably just because I enjoyed learning about Galactus and his He...moreThe highlight of this collection is probably the Silver Surfer limited series. But, probably just because I enjoyed learning about Galactus and his Heralds. Things in the Marvel Universe I never really knew about. Like I knew who Galactus was and I know who the Silver Surfer one - at least by name - and I knew Galactus ate planets. But that was about it. So learning, yay!(less)
Like the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, this collection is really good. Abnett and Lanning shine with Guardians of the Galaxy. And then N...moreLike the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy series, this collection is really good. Abnett and Lanning shine with Guardians of the Galaxy. And then Nova. But GotG they use just the right amount of humor while maintaining dark story arcs. - this is basically my review of every issue of the short (26ish issues?) series and not just this TPB. (less)
Almost finished with this (finally, after reading the first two books years and years ago). I fucking love it. It won't be getting less than a 4, but...moreAlmost finished with this (finally, after reading the first two books years and years ago). I fucking love it. It won't be getting less than a 4, but I'm waiting till I finish it because it could easily be a 5 star. It's epic fantasy done really well. The first two books years ago made me think it was a cute, fun, fantasy graphic novel. I had no idea I had started reading LotR (and this comparison is borrowed from my friend) with the occasional Looney Tunes humour.
-------- Finished it a few days after writing that up there. I stays really good. And I would give it 5 stars, but I'm not 100% happy with the ending.(less)
<3<3<3 If you love comics, read The Unwritten series. If you love literature, read the Unwritten series. If you love, read the Unwritten seri...more<3<3<3 If you love comics, read The Unwritten series. If you love literature, read the Unwritten series. If you love, read the Unwritten series. (less)
I was sad when I finished the last page of this volume (the last Grant Morrison Animal Man volume). In three volumes, Grant Morrison crafted a story a...moreI was sad when I finished the last page of this volume (the last Grant Morrison Animal Man volume). In three volumes, Grant Morrison crafted a story about an obscure DCU superhero I had never heard of and reinvented the character, giving him, the characters surrounding him, the universe he exists in such wonderful depth that once you fall in (to the deep hole....depth?), you won't be able to get out but you won't mind, who would want to leave? I'm not a fan of Watchmen and I'm very open about it. It's just not my thing. But, at the same time I love it for its EFFECTS. Firstly, probably the most important thing it did was cause DC to go looking for more "edgy" British writers. Cause, you know. Alan Moore is from there and so that's where you'll find other good writers...I MOCK BUT THEY DID. So, Alan Moore's Watchman opened the corporate doors to seeking out more experimental, mature, and "edgy" writers which led them to Grant Morrison (and Neil Gaiman <3, who reinvented Sandman around the same time Morrison was reinventing Animal Man). The second reason why it's important is because, although I don't care for Moore, MY gods were heavily influenced by him and will always say something like "If it wasn't for Alan Moore, I probably wouldn't be doing this." So cheers for that! But Animal Man is sort of the antithesis of Watchmen. Kind of. It's dark and there are some mature, fucked up themes that are very real - similar to Watchmen in that respect, I guess. But the end-goal and style are quite quite different. By the end of Animal Man, what the reader has experienced his one of the greatest pieces of literary deconstruction AND ITS A COMIC TOO (PICTURES). But really, "literary deconstruction" is just the beginning, cause it's much more. Deconstruction of actual human perception, perhaps existence. Examination at controversial ethical topics. Examination of the culture of violence. And fucking hope. Brilliantly written and executed, a story about so many things really is about one thing, to me: hope. But hope that isn't easy won and handed to us and the character in a nice box with nice wrapping. That hope would break easily. No, this is...well, you'll just have to read it to see. The only thing that prevents me from recommending this to everyone is that toward the last half of the three volumes, Morrison starts pulling from quite a lot of DCU concepts and history in order to tell part of his story - it's not actually ABOUT the characters. You could probably replace them with any number of other fictional characters. But, he was writing in the DCU and writing not too long after the Crisis on Infinite Earths (a major DC crossover event that redefined the DC universe), so he made appropriate choices and I'm just lucky to have been pretty informed about DCU history at the time I got around to reading this (takes a lot of work...). But, I'd say if Gaiman's The Sandman is number 1, then Animal Man is number 2..or 1.5..But, I haven't finished Morrison's Invisibles yet and it's a tight race!(less)
Volume 2 (issues...something through something...6-11?) of Grant Morrison's Batman & Robin continues the wonderful story of the new dynamic duo. M...moreVolume 2 (issues...something through something...6-11?) of Grant Morrison's Batman & Robin continues the wonderful story of the new dynamic duo. Morrison continues to pull out obscure characters and create new ones that are great and a breath of fresh air in the Batman universe. He also brings back Knight and Squire (who apparently he first began to use in 1998 in JLA) and incorporates Kate Kane/Batwoman into one of the arcs (I'm in love with Kate Kane. Go read Batwoman: Elegy now. Stop reading this until you've read it. Go.) But, I felt this to be weaker than the issues in the first volume. It seemed less connected. Morrison, who - in my opinion - is fairly consistent with his interpretation of DCU history and the motivations/beliefs of the characters he writes, seemingly decides to change a firmly held belief of Dick Grayson without any build up to this change - and although he has Grayson justify his actions, it feels shallow and rushed and ultimately confusing (RIP, Final Crisis, Invisibles, etc, have not confused me. This is Morrison's first "what??" for me). Besides that, the stories are good. I still wish all the Batman/Gotham comics were more firmly tied together though. *shrugs* The art is okay - still not my style, really. (less)
With each Grant Morrison comic series/graphic novel I read, the more I love him. Animal Man was part of the late 80s DC "Hey, that Watchmen was popular...moreWith each Grant Morrison comic series/graphic novel I read, the more I love him. Animal Man was part of the late 80s DC "Hey, that Watchmen was popular. Let's go to Britain and hire people there to reinvent characters and make us awesome" period. Grant Morrison was one of the people given a job and his first choice for what character/series to reinvent was Animal Man - an obscure character who could temporarily absorb the abilities of animals around him. Well, Grant Morrison took this d-list superhero and proceeded to write an amazing, unique, fun to read, pro-animal rights superhero comic. Honestly, I'm surprised it's one of Morrison's most well known and loved series because when I talk about the stuff he writes about in Animal Man a lot of people have no interest in listening and some people are offended (How dare people make them consider other things! Especially when they love the way meat taste! BAH! Animal rights activist and their liberal agenda! Probably gay too!) .. Anyway, Animal Man is brilliant. It's a well-written animal rights book AND while Alan Moore may have revolutionized the way superheroes were portrayed, Grant Morrison revolutionized the way comic stories could be told. But no spoilers from me! Go read this!(less)