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December 11, 2019

Book Review:52, Book Two

52, Book 2 52, Book 2 by Geoff Johns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The exciting conclusion to the saga. It does its job really nicely as each plot takes a lot of turns towards a big conclusion in the final two issues. There are a couple, sinister gruesome turns, but mostly this books works great and the two volumes together make for a massive unforgettale saga,



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Published on December 11, 2019 23:29 Tags: 52, fifty-two

December 1, 2019

Book Review: The Man of Steel

The Man of Steel The Man of Steel by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Man of Steel isn't a bad book, but its a book that doesn't quite seem worth the title. It evokes images of John Byrne's classic mini-series which re-imagined Superman for the post-Crisis era. This book doesn't do that. Instead, Man of Steel is a prologue to Bendis' run on Superman and Action Comics, setting the stage for a new status quo.

Bendis' decision to have Krypton destroyed by a genocidal madman is the biggest innovation in the book and I don't think the book justified this big change Superman's origin 80 years in. The rest of the story sets up a less happy, more brooding Superman and changes the status quo in ways that seem to suit Bendis rather than serving to provide better stories. This is also a book where it could have been twenty pages shorter.

So overall, this is an obligatory read, but a somewhat mediocre one.



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Published on December 01, 2019 00:24 Tags: brian-michael-bendis, superman

November 29, 2019

Book Review: Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers

Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers (Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers (2009)) Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers (Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers by Chris Eliopoulos

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers has Lockjaw organizing a group of animals (sidekicks and supporting characters) to obtain the Infinity Gems and thwart Thanos.

This story isn't bad and has some cute moments, but doesn't really work for me. Part of it is just the scale of the mission...fighting the Infinity Gems and battlings Thanos. Given how hard both tasks are, it's ridiculously easy in this book. A better example of a story with animals could be found in a recent Super Sons Annual by Peter Tomasi where the goal was much more reasonable.

In addition, even if you did go with such an outsized goal, that could still work in the sense of Squirrel Girl battling Galactus, but that worked because they leaned in to the ridiculousness of the situation. Here, for some reason, Thanos is playing against the Pet Avengers on the easy setting for no good reason.

Overall, this is kind of a meh read, some fun moments, but ultimately doesn't seem to know what its doing.



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Published on November 29, 2019 22:42 Tags: lockjaw, pet-avengers

November 24, 2019

Book Review: The Flash, Vol. 10: Force Quest

The Flash, Vol. 10: Force Quest The Flash, Vol. 10: Force Quest by Joshua Williamson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


After years of Barry Allen's life stinking and the book trying to be edgy, I think Joshua Williamson is really settled into a direction as Barry goes on a Force Quest to find out the secrets of the new forces unleashed as a result of Barry's war with Wally West. While I'm still not convinced of the necessity of the new forces, the characters and situations are genuinely interesting and there's a nice bit of exploration of the relationship between Barry and Iris. Overall, one of the best volumes in Williamson's run.



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Published on November 24, 2019 00:05 Tags: force-quest, the-flash

November 22, 2019

Book Review: Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 3

Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 3 Crisis on Infinite Earths Companion Deluxe Edition Vol. 3 by Marv Wolfman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book is the final volume of Crisis tie-ins and the contents are a bit of a mixed bag.

The book starts out with obscure comics like Amethyst, the Omega Man, and Blue Devil and doesn't really provide enough information for a reader to actually connect with the comics. The same could be said for the Legion of Superheroes stories.

On the other hand, the final three issues of Wonder Woman are great and it's a very fitting ending for Pre-Crisis Wonder Woman that actually has some moving moments in it. The Superman and Supergirl stuff is all golden. We get to see the first appearance of Superboy prime and there are some fun team-ups. Overall, while flawed, it's still a fun read.



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Published on November 22, 2019 22:09 Tags: crisis-on-infinite-earths, wonder-woman

November 13, 2019

Book Review: Essential Avengers, Volume 3

Essential Avengers, Vol. 3 Essential Avengers, Vol. 3 by Roy Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 47-68 and Annual #2 of the Avengers as well as Marvel Superheroes #18 and X-Men #45. For the most part, this book has little of the biggest name Avengers. Iron Man guest stars in a couple issues. The book actually kicks off with Captain America quitting, although he returns briefly just before the Annual to set up a time travel adventure in that issue.

The core of the team in this book is Giant Man/Yellowjacket, the Wasp, Black Panther, and Hawkeye/Goliath, with Hercules departing early on and Vision joining the team later. The characters do develop and are fairly interesting, even though the presence of Hank Pym and Clint Barton on the same day means a lot of ego.

The stories themselves are fine. For the most part, they are standard villain of the month fare but do get quite interesting in plot lines involving Vison and Ultron, as well as the coming of Yellowjacket.

Overall, this is a pretty good volume of Avengers comics that fans of Silver Age Marvel will enjoy.



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Published on November 13, 2019 06:10 Tags: avengers, silver-age

November 7, 2019

Book Review: 52, Book One

52 Book 1 52 Book 1 by Geoff Johns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


During the 52 weeks after Infinite Crisis, DC Comics' three greatest characters were absent. This is the story of what happened during the first 26 of those weeks, featuring lesser-known characters from the DC Universe.

The characters' stories are interlinked, though we see little spillover in this first volume. The writing team is very good and they seem to feed off each other and mitigate each other's excesses for the most part. The art isn't spectacular but is all competently done.



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Published on November 07, 2019 23:25

November 5, 2019

Book Review: Superb, Volume 1

Superb Vol. 1 (Catalyst Prime: Superb) Superb Vol. 1 by David F. Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Out of the pages of the Catalyst Prime universe, we get Superb which focuses on Jonah, a down syndrome boy who acquired powers and becomes a hero and Kayla who is a far more cynical and nervous. Both are drawn in as the Foresight Corporation is taking superpowered kids off the streets of Youngstown for their own purposes.

This one is actually pretty good. I love the main character and am drawn into the story. Annoying, do the 4-issue nature of these collections the story is just really getting interesting when the book ends, but I think I'll definitely be back for more.



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Published on November 05, 2019 00:03 Tags: catalyst-prime, superb

October 26, 2019

Book Review: She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection, Volume 1

She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 She-Hulk by Dan Slott: The Complete Collection, Volume 1 by Dan Slott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book collects the entire twelve-issue 2004 series and the first five issues of the 2005 series.

This book really feels like something I should like: It's going for a light fun feel, it's got She-hulk in it and the art is decent, but I found myself mostly non-plussed. However, most of the storylines are pedestrian and the only guest character that is better than so-so is Andy the Mad Thinker's who writes on a slate. It's not bad, there are some interesting Sci Fi ideas, but nothing that really grabs me. Jokes are hit and miss, and She-hulk isn't particularly likable.

Overall, it just didn't connect for me and seemed like a bit of a missed opportunity.



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Published on October 26, 2019 23:32 Tags: dan-slott, she-hulk

October 20, 2019

Book Review: Amazing Spider-man: Spiderverse

Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 3: Spider-Verse Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 3: Spider-Verse by Dan Slott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was fun. While the storyline itself was pretty dark, it had a lot of fun working in Spiderpeople from across the multiverse, and there were plenty of surprises including the Japanese TV Spider-man showing up.

If you're a fan of Spider-man despite all the dark and scary stuff, this is a book that'll bring a smile to your face. The one thing I really didn't like is that this book kept referring to the tie-ins and events from the tie-ins came into the min story in such a way that you felt like you missed something if you don't get the tie-in. Again, that's pretty annoying IMHO.

Still, what does cinch this as a pretty good book is that the Epilogue Issue did actually have some interesting and some good plot twists rather than being (as many epilogue issues are) bog standard exposition.

The movie was better, but this is not bad at all.



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Published on October 20, 2019 23:51 Tags: spider-man, spider-verse

Christians and Superheroes

Adam Graham
I'm a Christian who writes superhero fiction (some parody and some serious.)

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