An Elseworlds Batman story is usually pretty good but this was particularly fun. Basically being a Hellboy type of tale with Bruce Wayne, and supportiAn Elseworlds Batman story is usually pretty good but this was particularly fun. Basically being a Hellboy type of tale with Bruce Wayne, and supporting cast, replacing the B.P.R.D. team.
Though Mike Mignola only co-wrote this story, and Troy Nixey did his bis best impression Mignola's art style, it still had that Lovecraftian feel of the Mignolaverse.
Set in the Gotham of 1928 Bruce and Co. must fight against a long time coming evil... I only wish it had been a 4 issue series. Still, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Mike Mignola's work, Elsworlds books [like Gotham by Gaslight] or would just enjoy seeing a different take on Batman....more
The Breakdown: Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Sidekicks - 4 Young Avengers, Volume 2: Family Matters - 3 Young Avengers Special (One-Shot) - 3 The Breakdown: Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Sidekicks - 4 ★★★★ Young Avengers, Volume 2: Family Matters - 3 ★★★ Young Avengers Special (One-Shot) - 3 ★★★...more
With what Aaron had to work with it was a decent story.
It's totally bat-guano crazy even for that weird side of Marvel in which Mephisto, Dormammu, BeWith what Aaron had to work with it was a decent story.
It's totally bat-guano crazy even for that weird side of Marvel in which Mephisto, Dormammu, Belasco or The Adversary exist, that Nightcrawler's father was some demon named Azazel (clearly Chuck Austen had lost his gawdamned mind after having only been on Uncanny for a year).
But using that as the springboard Jason Aaron tries to write a somewhat sensical story of Kurt (Nightcrawler) Wagner's resurrection with bored Angels, Pirate Demons and a lot of Bamfs in the mix. Oh and Firestar finally joins the X-Men... or, err... an X-Men... Team... Whatever... And since there are sooo many fans of Angelica Jones out there I'm sure that's an... wait, no?!
No one cares about Angelica? What about all those New Warrior fans out there?
I guess I'm the only one... wait no, I mean New Mutants. I'm a New Mutants fan... why would anyone admit to being an NW fan... oh, look it's the X-Men and Nightcrawler's back! Isn't that neat.
So let's just go with it, I'm sure now that he's back the stories will start to make some sense and we can all watch the fuzzy Elf do his thing and maybe find out what happened to Firestar since she left the Avengers and broke-up with Vance AKA Justice.
As for recommendations: Let's face it no one's going to listen, you'll avoid this book or read it despite the nonsense, because we all love that fuzzy blue Elf and his 'telltale puff of smoke and brimstone' too much to care if this is a good story or not, as long as Kurt's 'porting around the Marvel Universe again....more
The story was imaginative in a Claremont Era way and Carey has a pretty decent handle on the characters so their are some nice moments. But the-meh-
The story was imaginative in a Claremont Era way and Carey has a pretty decent handle on the characters so their are some nice moments. But the impermanence of the story, the feeling that nothing happening in this book matters to the over-all X-Men Universe, unlike with Carey's Age of X, is palpable.
While with most specialevent books you might normally read an embittered line or two from my review about how "they did all this for one or two adjustments to a character arc," when it comes to X-Men stories those character moments are what it's all about.
The story and the art do the job, and do it well, but mystery is so improbable and the villainy so tired (even with the excellent Magnus-Gets-Meta-Moment) that the reader cannot help but see it's zero-to-zero formula ending far in advance.
And while perhaps not every X-story should mean something to some or all of the team, if you're going to market No More Humans as the first Original Graphic Novel since X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills should have had some weight to it. (view spoiler)[I almost wish they all just went with the No More Humans gag and we got to see some TOP 10 world of mutants until Tempus, or Cable, or someone went back to rewrite the blah.blah.blah. But this was.... well, a tease. (hide spoiler)]
What really captures the imagination of an average X-Men reader isn't the powers or even the adventures of the team, it's how the ordeals effect the team. It's the team, or members of the team, who we follow as they try to live in a world that fe--well you know the drill. And it's how the team's story ripples out that can push greater character development. From the obvious: Jean Grey/Phoenix destroys the star D'Bari, Magneto destroying Muir Island in Uncanny X-Men #104, or Frenzy's living other life in Age of X. To the subtle: Wolverine in the bowels of the Hellfire Club(view spoiler)[leading to the creation of The Reavers (hide spoiler)], Scott traveling to Alaska to visit his grandparents (view spoiler)[where he would meet Madelyne Pryor (hide spoiler)], or Kitty Pryde traveling to Japan to help her father (view spoiler)[only to be turned into a remorseless assassin (hide spoiler)].
However, if you never read No More Humans you won't have missed a thing in the XMU. Had the book another 15-20 pages perhaps there would have been time to add some dimension to the book. They could have had something with Scott & Logan if they tried, but alas nothing much happens to anyone(view spoiler)[ except maybe Jean-from-the-past (GAWD.IS.THAT.STUPID) but will it really?! Because even if something lingers from her experiences won't it all be washed away when she returns to her proper place in the time stream (have I mentioned how stupid this time-stranded teen X-Men story is?!).
Unless of course Brian Michael Bendis decides to sell his soul to Mephisto and somehow ruins all of the MU in one colossal crossover à la Geoff Johns, just to keep his bat-guano idea of the-Original-X-Men-in-our-time around (hide spoiler)].
I'd recommend this book for only the most hardcore X-Men or Mike Carey fans, be warned it was no Age of X... also though, it wasn't the worst X-Men book either (*cough*Chuck Austen*cough*).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've been watching the series Endeavour and, though I've never watched Inspectors Morse or Lewis I thought I would pick up a Morse book and this was tI've been watching the series Endeavour and, though I've never watched Inspectors Morse or Lewis I thought I would pick up a Morse book and this was the only one available at my local library.
It was very much a book of it's time (1983) but the clue path wasn't bad despite what seemed like a Columbo like beginning. I didn't much like the characters the way I had hoped for but I did start at book six, so I might read another.
Recommended for anyone interested in a fun mystery with lots of puzzles....more