this week

Hey all-

Decided to take a break this week.  I need a day with no expectations

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Marvel Comic Book reviews for comics released on 8/19/15

Welcome to this week’s reviews.  I have to admit that I’m not feeling much like writing this week.  Things have been pretty stressful all around and additional writing wasn’t my first choice for the week.

However, I still love my comic books and actually like sharing my thoughts about them, so I’m going to go ahead and continue writing.

1.  The Amazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows #004 continues the ongoing story of Peter Parker and his family as they try to escape Regent, a powerful villain who has stolen the powers of other mutants and super powered humans to become a god.

In the last issue we saw Parker’s family get captured by the Sinister Six.  In this issue we learn there is a twist to that plot line.

Spidey has a run in with Regent and the villain reveals that he has major plans that only Spider-Man could help him with by siphoning his powers. The plans:  you’ll have to read the comic book to find out.

The rest of the book focuses on Peter’s daughter who is struggling with hiding her powers.

The writing in this book was pretty good.  There were plenty of times where the book could have been hokey but it never went there.

This book also finally ties in to the Secret Wars story and gives us hints where the main plot is going.

The art is also very well done here.  This is a grade A book

2. When I started Guardians of Knowhere, I started it because I really like Guardians of the Galaxy.  But then I read the character Yotat and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to make of the series.  I guess I didn’t think issue 2 was that well written.  However, issue 003 was well written.

There is no doubt that Yotat was a bad ass. He beat the crud out of almost all of the guardians.  

The second half of the book focuses on Gamora being interrogated by Angela.  The local constabulary has some issue with Gamora leaving Knowhere and wants her captured.

If there is only one weakness to the Secret Wars event, it is the insistence that Doom needs to know where everyone is at all times.  Reasoning would state that if a god was not omnipotent that people would have seen through the claims that he is a god, yet everyone seems too easily willing to accept that Doom is God.

This is another chapter that seems to be leading to a massive showdown between Doom and everyone else

I enjoyed the story but I’m still a bit annoyed by the art.  I haven’t put my finger on it yet, but it doesn’t sit right with me.  Grade: B

3.  Whether or not the whole series for Loki was intended to be one philosophical discussion about “self” or not, that’s what it turned out to be.  The big problem with philosophical discussions is that is usually ends up meaning nothing.  Issue 017 is the pinnacle of nothing and the final issue.

Loki has a conversation with the gods of the gods telling them they only exist because people needed stories about them to justify their own existence.

Loki also meets up with all of his selves and has a conversation with all of them.

When this series started, I liked it.  Somewhere along the way it became less about being snarky and more about being too clever for its own good.

I wasn’t a huge fan of this comic but the art on one panel looked Incredible 

  

Shorter entry this week.  Next week will be more complete, I promise

Other books( a very brief entry)

If you get a chance to read Howard the Duck this week, it is his last comic before Secret Wars is over.  Johnathan Hickman will take up the reins in a month or two.  It’s a very funny book with plenty of laughs to go around

The Amazing Spider-man chronicled the complete fall of Yuri Watanabe.  It’ll be interesting to see where this character ends up.  Also a good book to read.

Lando #2 was also fun and I think it was more fun than the last book

Marvel Comic Book Reviews for comics released on 8/12/15

i don’t normally make it a point to start my blog at two in the morning but I just got home from karaoke and I thought I’d unwind a bit before I sleep for a number of hours.  

1.  I started this week reading Secret Wars 5 of 8.  And again it is an excellent book.  We have passed the halfway point of the series and it shows no sign of being disappointing.  In many ways I consider this book to be the tipping point.  Usually by this time we can tell if the rest of the series is going to end well or not.  So far so good.

Last month we got one hell of a bombshell with the death of Doctor Strange and that he was killed by Doom.   This entire issue is to stroke the fire that will definitely be a backlash for Doom.

This issue did a great job showing the power behind Doom and it chronicles how he got his power

The writing is still incredibly well done and I’m still interested in where this series is going.  In some ways, this is the series I’ve waited for because it has remained consistently good.  But it kinda has to.  If this event goes bad it’ll sour their who line of new books coming in September.  Grade: A

2.  I have to admit that when I started reading Secret Wars 2009 #004, I wasn’t loving the art.  Sliney is one of my favorite artist but I thought the art lacked definition.  It was there but it wasn’t spectacular.  The art grew on me as I continued reading.

This book has largely been about doing the right thing.  Whenever Captain America is involved( no matter what gender) you can expect that to happen.  

Where the book becomes especially different is how Alchemax works with the Avengers to keep them in line.  To say much more would give too much away.  The twist in this book is interesting.  

Peter David is a genius writer and I’ve read his comics for years.  This was another great comic.  However, this is just a bit less than a grade A book, but not by much…Grade: B+

3.  Secret Wars Planet Hulk #004 won the internet this week with its art.

   
 Planet Hulk has been a bit of a surprise for me.  I wasn’t expecting much when the first issue not having many, if any, hulks in it.  But, as I’ve been reading the series within the event, I’ve come to appreciate it even more.  

Not only is the art amazing, I think I’m going to be looking for more books where Mark Laming is the artist

Each issue of this series has been better than the last.  The end of this issue throws a whole new direction to the mini series.  I highly recommend checking this series out.  Grade: A

4.  I really wanted to like Secret Wars #004 more than I did.  I liked half of it.  There are two stories in this book with two very distinct art styles.  

The first story Galactus Vs. Silver Surfer might have been good but the art was too Manga-esque.  It looked very detailed but at the same time kind of corny.

The second story, however, was pretty cool.  The second story I’ve read by Peter David was Silver Surfer vs.  Maestro and not only the art but the writing was top notch.  Grade: B-

This concludes my Secret Wars reviews.  More Reviews coming.

Velvet #11 review

I fell in love with the concept of Velvet before I fell in love with the comic itself.  But who wouldn’t love a James Bond like comic book set in the 1970’s with a female lead that is as bad ass as 007 himself

Velvet Templeton has been through hell and back.  She has been framed for the murder of her husband and another agent.  She has gone through a lot to find out how framed her.

The letter section of the book counts this chapter of the series the beginning of the third act of the story.

Until I picked up this comic series, I had not read a comic book that read like a great spy novel.  As a result, this is easily one of the best comic books on the market.

The only beef I’ve ever had with this story is that because it’s an Image title, it’s not known for being a prompt arrival.  Other than that, it’s another fantastic issue.  Grade: A