Review: The Legend of Luther Strode Vol. 2

The Legend of Luther StrodeThe Legend of Luther Strode by Justin Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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If you liked The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, you’re gonna love it’s follow up, “The Legend of Luther Strode”. Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore ramp up the ultraviolence in this one and it’s SICK. Hard to believe if you’ve read Vol. 1. (Which you definitely should prior to pickin’ this one up or reading this review.)

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Luther’s matured passed the Peter Parker or Dave Lizewski characterizations of the last collection in the five years since the end of the first book and is more a combination of Frank Castle and the Wolverine here. Luther also looks like he’s been hitting the Dbol hard between volumes. He’s a fuckin’ monster in this book. Boy’s gonna need it too, because he’s got his hands full in this one.

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As was noted in the first volume, Luther’s not the only one to have read “The Hercules Method” and the others that have are out to rein him in. He’s been a busy boy since the end of the first book and there’s some folks out there that are none too happy about it. As to who and why, Jordan starts to shed a little more light on what’s going on with that as well.

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My girl Petra’s back with some fresh ink and a new perspective. What her agenda is and whether or not she’s still wet for Luther remains to be seen. Petra remains the foul-mouthed, wise-ass I loved from the first book though. Appreciated that.

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Tradd Moore goes insane and illustrates the shit outta Jordan’s script. Tradd enthusiastically brings all the ridiculous carnage to life as Luther rampages from page to page. Felipe Sobreiro continues to pump the color into Moore’s kinetic bloodbath in this collection as well. Somebody get Felipe some more red ink, he’s gotta be runnin’ low.

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So if you loved vol. 1, what are you waiting for? If you thought The Strange Talent of Luther Strode was over the top, just keep on going. This one’s even crazier. And for me, that’s a good thing.
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Review: Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron , Russell Dauterman (Illustrator)

Thor, Vol. 1: Goddess of ThunderThor, Vol. 1: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been waiting quite a while to get my hands on all 5 of these issues, and Marvel Unlimited finally came through for me!

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Most of this story was worth the wait! Loved the new chick, loved the politics on Asgard, loved Maaal…Maleket…the badass dark elf’s part in everything, and loved how Thor reacted for the most part.

So, Thor lost his worthiness to wield Mjolnir at the end of Original Sins. And nobody knows what the hell Fury whispered in his ear that caused him to drop it, but Thor has been sobbing and cuddling with the hammer ever since, trying to win back its love.

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Mystery Thor shows up on the moon after everyone has left to go fight Frost Giants, and snatches it right up…no problem.

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So who is this new Thor?!
Well, don’t expect to get any answers out of this volume!
Yeah, yeah. Most of you already knew that. But I’d been purposely avoiding everything spoilery since this title started. Do you know how hard that’s been? Ugh. Anyway, I wanted to wait till I could read this volume for myself. So, when I got to the end of that last issue and I still didn’t know who Lady-Thor was? Fuck you, I’ll call her that if I want to! I felt a mighty disappointment. Because god knows when MU will release enough issues for me to read the next volume…
So. I did it. I went ahead and read the spoilers.
sigh
Hmmm. Ok.

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There were some great scenes in this one, and there were some not so great scenes in this one. But, overall, I thought Goddess of Thunder was a winner.
I was almost annoyed that old Thor insisted on fighting new Thor, but then it turned into a parody of the usual When-Two-Heroes-Meet-They-Gotta-Fight trope, so it won me over. Plus, since Thor thought his mother might be the one behind the mask, it had a funny ending…

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Not everything was quite as funny to me.
The idea that a female villain is going to just say:
Oh! I’m so impressed with the strides you’re making in feminism! I’m going to just give up, let you whack me in the head, and then haul me off to jail…simply because we both have a vag!

Re-donkulous.
First, she’s not the first or only female hero out there.
Second, this chick wouldn’t care even if she was!
Hello? Hardened criminal? She just wants to steal shit and move on, not make a statement about women in the workplace. But thanks for shoehorning that in there for all of us lady-readers…I guess?

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As long as I’m on a bitchy roll, I may as well get it all out.
So why does Thor give this new chick his name? Why can’t she just be the Jane Doe, Goddess of Thunder? I mean, it makes no sense!
What? All of the Avengers are going to have to stop calling him Thor and start calling him Odinson, now? That’s stupid!
If I lost the ability to drive my minivan (my equivalent to Mjolnir), and somebody else had to drive it, I wouldn’t start calling them Anne.
I’m still Anne. Just a minivanless Anne!
I’m all for more female superheros. We need them, we want them, and it’s long past time that comics started representing a huge part of their readership with a bit more respect.
But.
I think they can do that without renaming characters.
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However, this was so much fun to read that I overlooked most of the stuff that bugged me. It’s fun, and this new Goddess of Thunder kicked ass!
Oh! I also enjoyed Sif’s cameo. I would love to see more of her in something.
Anything! Maybe even a title of her own?
*big pleading eyes*

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Anyway, even if I didn’t agree with everything, I thought it was a great concept, and a blast to read!
Definitely Recommended.

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Review: The Strange Talent of Luther Strode Vol. 1

The Strange Talent of Luther StrodeThe Strange Talent of Luther Strode by Justin Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I was worried about breaking my streak of quality books with The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode. Well, that ain’t happenin’. Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore’s blend of Spider-Man, Kick-Ass, with a dash of Highlander was just the right mix for me.

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I’m not saying that this is particularly original to start. As noted, the geek gone hero has been done. But repeated suggestions from my boys at the shop and all the good reviews wore me down. There’s a little bit of a twist to the story, just enough to change it up a smidgen. Jordan seems to be working towards something a bit more unique by the end of this one. Enough that I’m curious to see where the title’s headed. The violence is taken to another level as well. Gore doesn’t get to me, but if it bothers you, pass on this. A whole lotta blood. If Kick-Ass was an “R”, this one’s an “NC-17”.

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Luther and the rest of his crew eventually grew on me. I really liked Petra. She’s a lot like Mary Jane Watson with piercings and a potty mouth. Anal sex jokes and all. She won me over quick.

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Flipping through the book, Tradd Moore’s artwork didn’t excite me at first. Anyone that’s read any of my other reviews knows that I’m open minded to unique styles, but it didn’t grab me from the jump. Flash forward to the end of Vol 1. and I had a genuine appreciation for his stuff. It was glorious. He’s great at conveying motion. Add Felipe Sobreiro’s colors to the page and call me a fan.

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If you’re willing to get past the unoriginal premise and give this one a chance you might like it. I did. Already ordered Vol 2. If foul language and buckets of blood ain’t your bag, give this one a pass.

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Review: Son Of The Gun Vol. 1: Sinner

Son of the Gun: Sinner - Volume 1Son of the Gun: Sinner – Volume 1 by Alejandro Jodorowsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Uh, yeah. Eww. But it’s the kind of “eww” I couldn’t put down, twisted fuck that I am. And there were some moments I wanted to. Son of the Gun: Sinner is the cruelly bleak account of the life of Juan Solo. And let me tell you kids, this one is filled with some really hard to watch situations. Alexandro Jodorowsky pulls no punches when dishing out all manner of depravity. I mean he starts off with a newborn baby left to die in a South American dump, and while that might not mean a lot to some prom queens out there these days,  it’s pretty fucked up. And trust me when I tell you it just keeps going downhill from there. Listing all of appalling shit would just take away from the story and what I think Jodorowsky is hoping to convey. This one is not for the light hearted comic fan. It’s like a Greek tragedy addicted to meth, lingering in a subway restroom, ready to blow a filthy old man or slash his dick with a straight razor. Hate the term “hardcore”, but it applies.

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Georges Bess does a magnificent job of illustrating Jodorowsky’s distressing vision. This book would not have had the same impact without his beautifully disturbing illustrations.

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I have to think that Jodorowsky is trying to show the depths of horrific behavior that people are capable of in Sinner. He pretty much touches on just about every terrible thing a person could possibly do. Now whether or not he’ll be able to convince me that some people are capable of redemption in his next book, Saint, remains to be seen. One thing for sure, I’m gonna read it.

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And HELL YES, it’s a recommend. If you’ve got the stomach for it.

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Review: Grayson Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral

Grayson, Vol. 1: Agents of SpyralGrayson, Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral by Tim Seeley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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A D-List character buddy read with my Shallow Comic Reading pals!

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Ok, I’m really gonna try and not go wall to wall with “Dick” jokes in this one. I promise.

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FUUUNNN STUFF! With so many mixed reviews for this book, I had no clue where I would land on this one. Well I like Dick….Grayson….Nightwing…..Agent 37….Whatever. Following Forever Evil, Nightwing takes on a new role as Batman’s spy in the clandestine organization known as Spyral. I won’t get into how this all comes to pass, just in case you missed it, but it made some sense. I’m not really up to date on all the New 52 stuff (including the New 52 Nightwing series) and it really didn’t matter. The beginning of this volume brings you up to speed from the gate.

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This volume’s a pretty short and sweet “lay the foundation” kinda book. It introduces the key characters with a cool guest appearance by the Midnighter. Helena Bertinelli (previously the Huntress) takes on a new role in this series as well. So far I’m cool with it. Minimal Batman in this one if that’s a problem for you. Not for me. I prefer my Dick solo. Figuratively speaking. Saw some gripes about the fact that Grayson is using a gun and is a secret agent that doesn’t kill. I totally get it, but it really didn’t bother me. Got the impression they might be working that into the story a little later.

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I thought Tim Seeley and Tom King have Grayson’s “voice” down pretty good. He’s a playa and puts that acrobat’s body to good use almost right from the start. Ladies love Dick. The writers kept it lite for the most part with a couple of darker moments. True to form, Grayson bounced back from the grim stuff pretty quick. Loved the “Man-ty Raid” and the resulting cover that Minos (he’s Spyral’s Dr.Evil) comes up with for Grayson as a result. Minos is peaking my interest so far as well. Some potential there. I wasn’t as crazy about the Future’s End issue included at the ass end of this one, but it didn’t suck.

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Mikel Janin’s art simply rocks. Love it. Clean lines that I thought were similar to Frank Cho’s with less cheesecake. This one actually seems to be geared a little more towards the ladies with Grayson’s abs oozing out all over the place. The sexy bastard. The other artists that contributed were ok. Nothing special.

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I liked this new take on Dick and would recommend it to anybody that isn’t stuck on Grayson as Nightwing or enjoys a more light-hearted kinda hero book. If you’re not into new interpretations of old characters or prefer your spies be more of the “Bond” variety, you might wanna skip it. It’s a completely different direction for the character that I’m on board with for now.

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Chew, vol. 10: Blood Puddin’

Chew, Vol. 10: Blood Puddin'Chew, Vol. 10: Blood Puddin’ by John Layman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Received from Netgalley for review)

At this point, I’m thinking that the best part of this series is in the past. And that’s a shame, because parts of the series have been deeply imaginative, beautifully paced, and with engaging characters. But at this point, I’m kind of getting the feeling that Layman has less stories than he has issues remaining. He committed himself to going for 60 issues early on, but so much lately has been filler. Which is strange, because there’s a lot of unanswered questions still. Granted, this volume does finally deal with the Collector, but most of the volume isn’t about facing him at all. Instead, there’s a lot of dithering about not actually doing that.

But there are still moments. The Poyo in hell sequences are funny, and it’s a good send off to a character who’d been really fun at first but who was starting to get a little old. The means that Tony uses to fight the Collector make perfect narrative sense, and the confrontation is pretty awesome. There’s still some good left in this book, and with only two volumes left, I’m definitely going to tough it out. But Layman is kind of running out of time with the alien fruit/fire in the sky/EGG stuff and he should probably get on it.

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Review: 13 Coins

13 COINS13 COINS by Martin Brennan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Simon Bisley’s a master. I’m not sure what it is about his stuff that just jumps right out and grabs my….attention. Is it the vibrant colors, the amazing use of perspective, or the emotions he is able to convey through the faces of his characters? Hhmmmmm. I’m sure it’s a combination of all of those things. Anyway, it’s safe to say I’ve got a wicked hard-on for his unmistakable and highly stylized artwork. Bisley’s one of a short list of artists whose stuff I seek out regardless of how well written the story is (or isn’t).

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That said, 13 Coins is a pretty much a by the numbers Heaven vs Hell showdown where angels and demons have at it in modern day New York City with Glocks and katanas to see which side’s gonna end up top dog. I think this is the first chapter in what I imagine will be a longer tale. Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson’s (no relation to Tito) story is nothing too terribly original, but I still enjoyed it, predictable as it was. It definitely appealed to my appreciation for most things grindhouse. There’s a ton of action and none of the characters are very complex or especially unique. But, I am a shallow reader and the stereotypical archetypes entertain me. There’s the reluctant hero, the grizzled mentor, the perv politician, the sexy-but-tough chick, the scary old man, and another sexy-but-tough chick (can’t have too many of those).

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Of course, what REALLY sold the series to me was Bisley’s artwork. I been loving his shit since I first came across Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgement on Gotham waaaaay back in the day. Nobody draws muscle bound bad-asses or tatted up hotties quite like Simon. Just fuckin’ great.

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I’ll be pickin’ up the next volume. But, I’m pretty sure that this title won’t appeal to others with a more particular palate. Most people do have higher standards than I do. And while this book is not exceptionally well written, it’s packed to the tits with quality grindhouse action and ridiculously fabulous artwork.

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Review: Lobo Vol. 1: Targets, by Cullen Bunn

Lobo Vol. 1: Targets (The New 52)Lobo Vol. 1: Targets by Cullen Bunn
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

ARC from Netgalley in exchange for honest review/feedback.


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OK, my waiting has finally ended! I’m now allowed to reveal that…Lobo is the WORST New 52 book I’ve ever read.

Cullen Bunn…2 “n”s together look like an “m” so it’s Bum, which is a synonym for “ass” and what comes out of an “ass”? “Shit”.

(Little known fact, Peter Milligan and Cullen Bunn are in fact, clones of Scott Lobdell and Ann Nocenti’s love child).

It’s been over a month, and I can’t recall much now, other than seething rage at how STUPID this was.

I was so fucking happy to get a NetGalley DC book, because they’re usually quite picky about who gets it…so of course, that should have had me worried when I got OK Green light approval…
That should have been more curious when I had a moratorium on comments or reviews until it was published. I tried to save you all…I think I might have prevented one or two reads…

Here’s the deal: Lobo we all “know” and “love” (Hardly do and barely acknowledge actually) the whole of his run, was actually an imposter. He’s decapitated and dispatched by the REAL, TRUE Lobo. Who’s actually quite an annoying shit to be perfectly honest. NO sense of humour at all. DC really cracked down on this. They literally sacrificed Lobo, the sense of humour character (similar to a Deadpool, but not as funny at all) in the opening pages. So DC kills humour. For real. It was like a terror cell showing you they aren’t kidding, no more humour in New 52 DC. Not unless it’s on OUR terms.

Once that apt metaphor is executed…like old Lobo…we get to watch the “real” Lobo go around and do some more killing, following around some idiots towards Earth, there’s some Superman appearance, yawn.

Then there’s some female Lobo-ette type girl, who’s seemingly a ripoff of Nebula from GotG? Or maybe she did exist before. Anyhow, she and Lobo are both apparently the appointed protectors of their planets, but Lobo killed his planetary leader for being evil/immoral/on the wrong path or some shit.
Lobo-ette, well she did the same thing to Lobo’s home planet’s twin planet. So they’re meant to be together? Or at war? Or something.

Honestly, I have such aching desire NOT to re-read this, even to save you all, that I’m just not going to bother trying.

The plot was hackneyed, stunted, idiotic, and chaos of the wrong kind. The character everyone wanted to see and thought they would see, was dead in the first few pages, DC editorial pretty much shitting all over the original creation of Lobo. He’s not a tweaked version, he’s literally a different character.

I didn’t know much about Lobo, but I wanted to know more, and this did NOT help. I’d like to go find old stuff now.

The best part? the moratorium on reviews until publish day (last week) helped my mind forget the pain and stupidity. I can’t pass it all on to you, my loyal reader(z)? and you’re much the happier for it.

DC?

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DO. NOT. READ. THIS. PIECE. OF. JUNK.


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Review: All-New Doop, by Peter Milligan

All-New DoopAll-New Doop by Peter Milligan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Read in conjunction with DD week…D for Doop. Dumb, Dimwitted, Dullard, De-tarded, dispicable, displaced, depressing, desperate, etc.


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Doop was a pleasant Lillie addition to the Wolverine and the X-Men book by Jason Aaron, comic relief and inside jokes, but not a focus very often.

I guess he was a hit, so they decided to make a book about him…oh that was a baaad idea.

He’s the summary: what rhymes with Doop? Poop. What’s a synonym for Poop? Shit. This book is what? Yup.

Art stinks, story is just a suggestion here, not and actual plot, and they make Doop into a creepy voyeur who obsesses over Kitty. He videotapes everything, and then slides through the margins (because he’s a MARGINAL character, get it?) to help? Or just manipulate events. He also has a terrible storyline where he discovers that his mother is actually an asexual hermaphrodite. Oh that’s so funny! Hahaha someone is different! Also, early on, they let Doop speak English, which kinda takes away any need to be clever at all. This is a big fat turd of a book.

Doop is Poop.


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Review: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man Vol.2: The Crime Of The Century

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Vol. 2: The Crime of the CenturyThe Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Vol. 2: The Crime of the Century by Nick Spencer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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I really struggled to finish this one. Just didn’t tickle me the way Vol. 1 did. A few moments here and there, but lacking overall. Nick Spenser had some help with the writing chores and that is probably why this one fell a little flat. Even Nick’s stuff in issues 8 and 9 didn’t quite measure up the shits and giggles of the last collection, and that stuff was the high point of the book. These were really the only issues that picked up where Vol. 1 left off. The rest was a resounding MEH. A bunch of less funny, individual short stories about the gang, a guy in a bear costume, and “The Looter”.

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Steve Lieber’s art was still pretty good and Siya Oum contributed a really nice looking 4 page Beetle story where Daredevil made a brief appearance. Couple of other folks also filled in a few pages here and there, but nothing “Superior”, just ok.

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Hardcore fans of the first volume might enjoy this one. I may come back again to see what happens to Boomrang and the rest of the Sinister Six (Five or Four or whatever) solely based on some pals reviews….or not.

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