Review: The Massive, by Brian Wood

The Massive, Vol. 1: Black PacificThe Massive, Vol. 1: Black Pacific by Brian Wood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a big Brian Wood fan. DMZ was a phenomenal series, and Northlanders was epic. So when I heard that his next non-supes venture was about dystopian/post-apocalyptic/environmental crusaders, I was VERY excited:


What always impresses me about Wood’s work is that it seems so very real, plausible in actuality. DMZ? Not that far-fetched. Northlanders? I don’t doubt it was like that.
Reading The Massive, I felt the actual fear of wondering what my own role would be after that sort of catastrophic enviromental event. When I can actually picture myself in a situation, it means I’ve been fully immersed, that the writer has me in their world. (Same thing with movies and books, I don’t think I’m the only one that feels that).

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Release Day Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley!

4.5 stars

I was understandably worried that this would suck…or at least not live up to my expectations.
I mean, Injustice has been the on a short list of Must-Read titles for me since I managed to get my grubby paws on the first one.
After the shocking ending of Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2, I’ve been wondering if this title could keep the momentum going.
The deaths of several major characters, plus that thing that happened to Batman at the end?
How the hell is Taylor going to top that?!
I had no idea.
Fortunately, Taylor did.

The last two volumes focused on the roles that Batman and Wonder Woman were playing in Superman’s decision making process. No, they certainly weren’t the entirety of the cast, but they were heavily featured.
Take them out of the equation, and what power players do you have left?
Well, with Wonder Woman out of commission for a while, the role of sympathetic partner in crime falls to Hal Jordan. He believes in the world that Clark is trying to create, even if he has some doubts about the way it’s being created. The end justifies the means.
And while you’re inside Jordan’s head, you can see where he’s coming from.
I know, right?! Taylor is gooooood.
Exhibit A:
The U.S. senate/congress is getting ready to pull one of their We-Can’t-Agree-On-Shit-So-We’ll-Shut-Down-The-Government things.
Supes says NO. That’s unacceptable to him, and he sends Hal and Flash in to sort it out.
Jordan has some reservations about telling the United States government how to run things, and tells Superman that he doesn’t think this is within his jurisdiction.
Superman replies that he has the entire space sector 2814 within his jurisdiction…and the United States falls within those bounds.
And you know what?
I was cheering Hal on as he shut those monkeys in, and told them to *Do Their Fucking Job.

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Review: The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

The WrenchiesThe Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Magical? Mind-expanding? Evocative. All that just from chapter one.

Or maybe it’s just distracted. Tangential. Unfocused.

I keep hearing Keith’s review (…) in my head, and it keeps haunting me with the promise of some mind-bending insanity. But the more I read, the faster I skim, as I get more and more impatient for something to surprise and delight (or at least unsettle) me.

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Review: Velvet: Before the Living End, by Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting

Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living EndVelvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s no secret I’m a Brubaker fan, and an even bigger fan of his non-Supes stuff. Add to the mix Steve Epting’s superb artwork, and you’ve got yet another strong entry into the Brubaker catalogue.

This time, it’s more of the noir spy-thriller from the dark 70s.

Velvet Templeton is the secretary to the director of ARC-7, a spy agency even more secret than the CIA and MI-6 put together. Leftover from WWII operatives, ARC is the Wolverine of spy agencies (The Best at what they do, and what they do isn’t very nice).

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Review: Forever Evil: Arkham War

Forever Evil: Arkham WarForever Evil: Arkham War by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This collection seemed like it had a shot at being something really fun. It definitely had some great ideas, but fell short in execution for me.

This book is set during the time that the Forever Evil storyline was playing out across the DC Universe. Batman is nowhere to be found and Bane has come back to Gotham in an attempt to rid the city of the Arkhamites (Bat’s rogues gallery) and rule the city once more. I’m a fan of Bane, so this got me seriously interested. Bane brings an army of venom equipped mercenaries along for the ride to lend a hand in taking out the trash. He also has a secret agenda that will ensure his total domination of Gotham and it’s freaks. Eventually Bane actually assumes the role of Batman by donning a cape and cowl and takes to the streets with a newly awoken Talon alongside him filling in for Robin. Sounds like it has potential, right?


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Review: Marvel Boy, by Grant Morrison

Marvel BoyMarvel Boy by Grant Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like Noh-Varr. I like his anti-establishment idea, I like that he’s a lone-wolf and that he goes after the guy (Midas) who killed his friends/mentors. I like the attack on Multi-National-Corporations from Grant Morrison. I liked Plex, the Green goo assistant/hive-mind of the Kree Empire that helped Noh-Varr on his mission.
Midas and his daughter were kinda stupid.

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Review: Iron Man (Vol. 2) – The Secret Origin of Tony Stark (Book 1), by Kieron Gillen

Iron Man, Vol. 2: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Book 1Iron Man, Vol. 2: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark, Book 1 by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Iron Man in Space! Except it’s like Star Wars/Trek…that sounds awesome right? Not so much.
Tony’s supposed to be so smart, yet he gets caught in traps that are just ridiculous.
Greg Land is still on the art…NOT good.

Tony’s about to get busy with an alien princess, (a la Kirk) but she sees his ‘stache and freaks out. This might have been the funniest part of the book.

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Review: White Death by Robbie Morrison and Charlie Adlard

White Death HcWhite Death Hc by Robbie Morrison

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m not a huge fan of Charlie Adlard’s work – I find his pencils on The Walking Dead almost as lazy as Kirkman’s phoning-it-in-from-the-beach writing.

Partly it’s because of his sloppy framing and weak portraiture – especially during action sequences – making it nearly impossible to understand who’s who or which direction we’re looking at through each frame. Makes a war comic pretty frustrating – like we’re supposed to genuflect at his feet and take the storytelling burden on ourselves in gratitude for his deigning to grace us with his scrawls.

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Review: Iron Man, Vol. 1 – Believe, by Kieron Gillen

Iron Man, Vol. 1: BelieveIron Man, Vol. 1: Believe by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK, so finally my library got this in, and Vol. 2! I was excited, as I am with all Marvel NOW! Books, versus DC New 52, where I have a feeling that sits somewhere between utter dread and ambivalence.

Good stuff: I actually liked the idea of Tony having to go around to shut down the people who’d bought Black-Market Extremis, sort of paying penance for his involvement.

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Review: Superman, Vol. 3: Fury at World’s End by Scott Lobdell, Kenneth Rocafort (Illustrations)

Superman, Vol. 3: Fury at World's EndSuperman, Vol. 3: Fury at World’s End by Scott Lobdell

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Who edited this shit?!

This is one of the worst jobs of pasting several titles together that I’ve ever seen.
HUGE chunks of important information are just…missing.
Why does Supergirl change her mind, and help the Justice League?
You don’t fuckin’ need to know!
Why does Kara hate Superboy?
You don’t fuckin’ need to know!
Why is Superboy suddenly wearing Superman’s suit?
You don’t fuckin’ need to know!
And the list goes on…
Luckily *snort*, I’ve read the VAST majority of this story in other volumes, so I knew the answers to those questions. But if you’ve decided to walk into this, without reading everything pertaining to the He’l on Earth storyline, you’re probably going to want to strangle someone.

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