Review: Richard Castle’s Unholy Storm: A Derrick Storm Mystery, by Cullen Bunn

Richard Castle's Unholy Storm: A Derrick Storm Mystery (Derrick Storm Graphic Novel, #4)Richard Castle’s Unholy Storm: A Derrick Storm Mystery by Cullen Bunn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another case of “well it’s new to the library, and it looks like a comic, so I shall therefore read it” (Anne, Jeff, you know what I’m talking about.)

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Review: Justice League, Vol. 5: Forever Heroes by Geoff Johns

Justice League, Vol. 5: Forever HeroesJustice League, Vol. 5: Forever Heroes by Geoff Johns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was hoping this would give me some insight into what was happening to the Justice League, you know, while they were trapped inside the Firestorm Matrix, but that’s not what this volume is about.
Nope.
But it is a cool peek at the backstories of the members of the Crime Syndicate.
You know, one of these days, I ‘m going to finally learn to read the blurb.

The Grid was looking for a way to feel something, so he started pawing through the files on all of his new team members.
In case you don’t remember, the Grid is Cyborg’s now self-aware tech, that separated itself from him in volume 4.
Through this, we learn where these guys came from, and how their bizarro-like existence shaped them into the opposites of our own Justice League.
Some of the stories were admittedly more interesting than others. And some of them, like Superwoman and the ‘man in the hood’, were missing altogether.
Owlman had (in my opinion) the most original and emotionally complicated story, and it was well worth reading. Ultraman, while still interesting, had your basic Opposite-of-Superman origin story. Power Ring (Hal Jordan’s counterpart), was only slightly worth it.
His superpower seemed to be that he was unbelievably whiny and annoying.
Which made it hard to believe that the Crime Syndicate tolerated him, much less let him live.
Hell, I wanted to kill him, and I’m not a super-villain.
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Review: Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan

Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. by Brian Posehn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

Buddy Read with Jeff.
I *glomp* you, pal!
Neither Jeff, nor I, have any idea what *glomp* means, but we noticed our young counterparts using it a lot, decided to try to work it into a review.
You know, to prove we’re down with the hip lingo…’n stuff.
If, by any chance, it means something horrifyingly embarrassing?
Oops.

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So, Angsty Deadpool isn’t totally gone in volume 4, and it kinda brings the high-octane energy of the title down a bit. For me, anyway.
I’m just not sure where the Posehn is heading with this.
Is he now looking for a deep and philosophical Deadpool?
Is he trying to find the character’s motivation?
Are we all going to ‘hug it out’ afterward?
What?
It’s Deapool.
He eats, farts, and kills stuff, while talking to any one of his multiple personalities and/or breaking the 4th wall.
I’m not sure I really want to delve much deeper than that, you know?

Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D was definitely quite a bit lighter than the last volume, Deadpool, Vol. 3: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but it still didn’t come close to Volume 2, in terms of pure fun.

Agent Gorman, who I already hated from his stint in the ultra sucky Elektra: Assassin, plays the assy S.H.I.E.L.D. traitor.
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I’m not sure how even made it into the agency with that the porn star mustache. The ‘stache is always a dead giveaway that someone is a smarmy character!
How did you not see this one coming Coulson?!
I’m sure after this little debacle they’ll be keeping a much closer eye on Tony Stark and Stephen Strange…
Although, the more I looked at Gorman, the more I was convinced that this may be Marvel’s attempt at a crossover with those other guys…
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Uncanny resemblance, no?

I know! Sometimes my deductive skills amaze even me!

Anyway, Gorman evidently has an LMD of Agent Preston, and he’s got it running around selling arms, pushing drugs, and raking lawns.
No, seriously. She’s got a side job doing yard work.
Why get an LMD of Preston?
No idea. But that’s what happened, and now they have to get it back in order to have some sort of vessel to put her consciousness into.
Oh. And Gorman owes Wade money.
That means he’s gotta die.

If the 70’sish issue in the front wasn’t so retarded, I might have rated this one a bit higher. Wakandian Vacation was a waste of time, though. Blech.

If I get a chance, I’ll keep reading this title, but my expectations are much lower at this point.

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