Two and a half stars
Writer: Joshua Fialkov Artist: Joe Infurnari
Five poorly drawn friends (Three men – one’s fat, one wears glasses, one is neither fat or wears glasses. Two women – One wears glasses the other one doesn’t) want to bury a time capsule in the woods. When they start digging, they find a bomb shelter from the FUTURE (as you read that, make echo-y sounds in your head)! The lid to the shelter has four out of five of their names. Inside the bunker they find letters that they have written to themselves, warning that if they continue on their current paths, they’ll kill most of the people on Earth. This is where the mind games begin. Key information gets withheld. Letters are hidden. Moral ambiguity rears its nasty head. The story bounces back between the past, present and FUTURE (echo-y).
One of the moral set pieces is pretty interesting, but the whole mish mash will leave you with a shallow reader headache from trying to keep all of this straight. The art is sketchy. Literally.
Not recommended FUTURE (echo-y) reading for anyone.
Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Mahmud Asrar, et. al.
Three Gamma irradiated stars
Dr. Bruce Banner is really trying to give this scientist thing a go. He has a deal with S.H.I.E.LD. – they let him invent stuff that will benefit mankind and he will let them toss the Hulk into untenable situations. The problem is lately he’s one step behind all the other nerd boy scientists in the Marvel universe. Enter Tony Stark. Condescending, bullying asshat, Tony Stark. “Bruce you have 48 hours to build a device that will save the Earth, blah, blah, blah, but we’ll be back in 24.” Oh, and not to rub your nose in anything, Brucie, but your being out-smarted by Henry Pym (Mr. Viagra) and Reed Richards, as well.
24 hours later: “You built a bomb! Sorry, you can’t use it and we’re going to take it away from you. Na Na Na!!” What’s poor puny Dr. Banner to do? Turn into the Hulk and twist Tony Stark’s head off and use it for a paper weight.
This is a crossover to the Infinity mega-Marvel event and involves Hulk chewing gum, an anger eating monster, and Tony Stark and Bruce Banner teaming up again to fight a mad scientist, who’s turned himself into an island. Stark’s a lying, provoking asshat in this one too. *shakes head*
This title is starting to show wear and tear.
Young Avengers, Vol. 2: Alternative Culture by Kieron Gillen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Pretty cool, especially considering I walked into volume 2 without getting to read the first one.
Big Thank You! to whoever orders comics for my library…
So, somebody (something) named Mother has nefarious plans for this group of teenagers, and ends up leading them on a long wild goose chase throughout parallel universes. Wiccan and Hulkling were an interesting couple, as were Kate Bishop and Noh-Varr. I actually found Kate and Noh-Varr to be a bit cuter, since there didn’t seem to be as much drama surrounding their relationship.
Lots of angst, lots of action, and lots of selfies.
It was cute, and there was a nice bouncy feel to it, but somewhere along the line I just felt like some of it was trying a bit too hard to be young and hip.
Then again, what do I know?
I’m not exactly the target audience here, you know?
In fact, I’m not sure whether or not I’m even allowed to use the word hip anymore.
I’m definitely not as blown away as everyone else was, but that might be because I don’t have the whole story…yet.
But with the glowing reviews my friends Sesana & Sam gave this one, I’m more than willing to try to find out what the fuss is all about.
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Who is Jake Ellis? Volume 1 by Nathan Edmondson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
OK see, THIS, I like. I’m not sure what it’s in the vein of, but it’s kinda spy/thriller/Memento/Bourne.
Jon Moore is a CIA-op, Jake Ellis is his partner. However…Jake’s not really there…or is he? All Jon knows is that Jake can help get him out of just about any jam and has all kinds of senses before things happen (pretty handy in a wingman.)
Who is Jon really? Who is Jake really? Where/What is the Facility? Is this happening for real?
I don’t want to go much more into it than that, but Ya. Cool idea
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