Review: Silk Vol 1 #1 by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee (penciler), Ian Herring (Colourists)

Silk Vol 1 #1Silk Vol 1 #1 by Robbie Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

4.5 stars

Very cool 1st issue!
Cindy Moon is introduced in the Amazing Spider-Man title, played a huge role in the Spider-verse event, and is now getting her very own title!

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Quick Backstory (probably missing stuff):
Cindy was bit by the same spider that chomped Peter, and has powers resembling Pete’s. She can also spin her own webs, and creates clothes out of her spider Silk. Soon after being bitten, she was found by a man called Sims, and then locked in a bunker (for 10 years) that shielded her presence from a spider-hunter called Morlun. She had the code to get out, but chose to stay, because (according to him) it was the only way to keep everyone else safe from the bad guy who was hunting her. He was rightish, because of the whole Spider-verse thing. Still, maybe not exactly a good guy. Since 10 years have passed, she’s lost touch with her family, and is now on a mission to find them. Plus, Cindy also has an eidetic memory (like Barbara Gordon!).
Oh, and she & Pete had a thing for about 10 seconds.

Ta-da!

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Ok, this one does a pretty good job making Cindy a likable new heroine, and giving her a distinct voice. The art is fun to look at, slick, and flows well with the dialogue. And the story itself was a great introduction to the kind of character she’s going to be in the future.
Well, hopefully.
She’s trying to juggle a job, superhero stuff, finding her family, and learning how to blend in after missing 10 years of pop culture references.
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Pete pops up a few times to let her know he’s there for her, but it’s pretty clear that she’s going to be a solo act. And while I’m sure there will be plenty of team-ups in the future, it’s nice to see her doing her own thing.

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This one ends with her getting her own Spider-lair, and trying to figure out the next move to track down her family. There’s a little ominous voice-over thrown in the last panel that made me sit up and take notice, as well. All in all, very nicely done.
Can’t wait to read the next one!

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Review: Wolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 6 by Jason Aaron

Wolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 6Wolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 6 by Jason Aaron
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Dog Logan is not a character I ever care to read about again. Woof!
This was such a disappointment in what has been an otherwise fun title, that I wish it could just be magically wiped from my memory.
sigh
The main story is that Logan takes a group of the students on a trip to the Savage Land to learn teamwork…Wolverine Style!

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Instead of it turning into one of those corporate Trust Retreats, Wolverine’s time-traveling half brother Dog shows up to ‘Learn Them Kids a Lesson’, and prove that he’s the better brother.
*vomits, wipes mouth, gets back up*

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Lots of ridiculous dialogue and a few flashbacks later, they load up and go home, after learning the most important lesson of all.
Friendship = Family
*vomits again, lies beside toilet for a few minutes*
Plus, it’s always fun to see what a pussy Logan was before his mutant powers manifested!

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The last issue is some weird Peek Into the Future, where Logan learns that just because you have access to time machines, doesn’t mean you should use them.

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There were a couple of (almost) interesting developments with Idie and the Hellfire Club that make this one useful, but the vast majority of this volume is garbage.

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Review: Avengers: Millennium by Mike Costa

Avengers: MillenniumAvengers: Millennium by Mike Costa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Time Traaaaaavel!
It was a cockamamie plot with no real point, but I’m sort of used to that by now, so it didn’t really faze me.

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But the characters were cool, the dialogue was funny, and the story didn’t seem to take itself very seriously. So. Yeah, I liked it well enough.

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Alrighty! Wanda and Pietro are on vacation together.
Because that’s what most normal grown brothers and sisters do.
They vacation together. Alone. Without anyone else.
Not creepy or weird…at all. *cough*

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Um…

But whatever. The point is, Wanda senses a disturbance in The Force, and sends Pietro scurrying back to the Avengers mansion to collect reinforcements.

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The Avengers wisely decide to step through a Hydra time portal, end up getting separated across the time stream, and hilarity ensues.
What follows is a nonsensical story about Hydra burying a dragon egg in the past, a burned out dystopian future, and Peter dressing up as a Geisha during of of the World Wars.
I forget which one. And, face it, it doesn’t really matter anyway.

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I still don’t know how they managed to fix it all, but that’s ok, because I don’t think they did either. Basically Cap, who is hanging out with Hawkeye and Quicksilver in the Days of Cavemen, (somehow) manages to freeze himself again…

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Tony, Peter, and Natasha find Capsicle in Japan…but leave him frozen so that Bruce and Wanda can find him someday in the farfarfar future.
And…*cough*…for some reason, this ends up helping them all get back to the past/future/present. Anyway, they all meet up again, and open up a can of whoop-ass on a poor man’s Godzilla monster called Kakaranatharaian.
I swear to God!

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Right. They beat both Hydra and Godzilla by…
You know what, they don’t even pretend to know, so I’m not going to even pretend to explain it.
Hawkeye just dribbled some Magic Dirt over what was left of the egg, and they electrocuted it with Time Syrup or something, and everything goes back to normal.

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The end!
And I know that sounds horrible, but this wasn’t all that bad. It was kinda of fun in a WhoTheFuckCares sort of way. Just silly comic book antics, you know?

Alright, because this was only 4 issues long, Marvel kindly thought to pad this one with some ancient issues from the days of yore. And in keeping with the theme, we get the best time travel stories from 1963!
Avengers # 56 & #71
I know, right?! Now settle down so I can tell you all about it.
The first one is about the gang going back in time because Cap wants to confirm that Bucky really died. He’s holding out hope that his little pal made it off that rocket before it exploded.

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Poor Steve…so delusional. Let it go, buddy. Bucky is gone, and he’s never coming back.

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Of course, this volume wouldn’t be complete without a story about Kang, now would it?
Lucky us, it’s complete!

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On the back TheLatestPull.com says, My god is it good.
Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far, but I would say, My god it could’ve been a whole helluva lot worse.

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Review: Manifest Destiny Vol. 1: Flora and Fauna

Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1: Flora & FaunaManifest Destiny, Vol. 1: Flora & Fauna by Chris Dingess
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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You know what I remember about U.S. History class? The shape of the girl’s ass that sat 2 seats in front of me and wore bike shorts (the 80’s answer to yoga pants) every…single…day…..and stealing the answers to the final exam out of the teacher’s desk to pass the class by the skin of my teeth. I guarantee that if History class had been more like Manifest Destiny this dip-shit would’ve gotten at least a “B” and probably had a lot fewer embarrassing erections.

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Manifest Destiny Vol.1: Flora and Fauna follows Captain Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lieutenant William Clark’s trek into the then unexplored North American frontier. This time these guys have more than just angry Native Americans to worry about. Dingess adds to the adventure by mixing healthy portions of the fantasy and horror genres into the action to create something a lot more interesting. To me anyway.

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This first volume spends a lot of time fleshing out Lewis and Clark’s personalities, their histories, and just what their stakes are in this venture. Lewis, being the scientist of the pair, is constantly cataloguing and scribbling away in his journal, which also acts as the narrator for portions of the story. Clark is the war-hardened veteran. A brave, stoic, and no bullshit kinda guy that hands out lashes for even the most minor infractions. Surround them with a crew comprised of seasoned soldiers and paranoid convicts and shit really gets interesting.

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Then, to sweeten the pot even more, throw in some mythical beasts, lethal plants, a few bloody battles, some creepy elements, hints of what might be a shady government conspiracy, and the most interesting take on Sacagawea that I’ve ever read and the hook is set. I’m all in.

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Matthew Roberts is pretty darn good artist. Here’s another Image illustrator that’s totally new to me that I’ll be looking out for down the road. His style reminded me a bit of Tony Moore (of Fear Agent and early Walking Dead fame). Owen Gieni also did a wonderful job coloring the book.

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There are a bunch of excellent books out there that have been blending genres really well. Hellboy, The Sixth Gun, and Copperhead being some good examples. I’d say Manifest Destiny falls into this category as well. Another shout out to Image Comics for yet another creator owned title that’s certainly worth checking out if anything you read in this review interests you.

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Review: Men of Wrath

Men of WrathMen of Wrath by Jason Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Men of Wrath is a short, but oh so sweet, piece of southern noir that I really fuckin’ dug. Jason Aaron continues to feed my jones for hardboiled crime fiction with this mean little ditty.

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No convoluted story here, just a straight gut-punch of a tale about the men of the Rath family and their legacy of violence passed from father to son with each new generation. Ira Rath’s brimming with the crazy maliciousness that seems to have corrupted all the men of the Rath family tree. He’s the definition of an ice cold sonofa’ bitch. This book narrowly focuses on Ira, the enmity between him and his son, a house fulla’ guns, and a bloody climax that kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end.

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This one is heavy on the cruelty and right to the point. 5 issues and done. Sometimes it should be like that. Plenty of violence and very little mercy to go around. Aaron’s doesn’t seem as long-winded in this one as in some of his other, more well-known books. I’m cool with that. Plus, he’s got Garney ridin’ shotgun with this book. Aaron seems comfortable to allow Ron to do his fair share in tellin’ the tale.

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Ron Garney really impressed me. I’ve been ambivalent towards most of his stuff in the past, but it’s usually of the capes and cowls variety. No web-shootin’ or claw poppin’ here, and he nailed it. Either his style or my tastes have changed, because I also went for the more recent Wolverine stuff he did with Aaron a little ways back. Here’s to hopin’ that these two boys hook up again for another book down the road.

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If you like happy endings, sensitive characters, and lots of profound dialogue look elsewhere. If you’re cool with mean folks, doing horrible things, with lots of bullets and blood, this one’s worth a look-see.

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Review: The Ghost Fleet Vol.1: Deadhead

Ghost Fleet Volume 1 DeadheadGhost Fleet Volume 1 Deadhead by Donnie Cates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another indie book that rocked. Marvel and DC had better watch their asses. Lately it’s been Image that’s been hookin’ it up for me. Nice to see Dark Horse comin’ out with something that’s exactly my bag. Being an action guy, this book hooked me quick. Not that I don’t appreciate the occasional thought provoking page turner, but for a quick fix, a little violence makes for an easy sell to me.

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Deadhead is a short introduction to the origins of the Ghost Fleet and a couple of characters I assume will be at the central to the storyline. In the spirit of continuing to provide short, spoiler free reviews, I’ll sum it up like this. The Ghost Fleet is a secret organization that has specialized in the secure transportation of secret cargo with no questions asked for the right price. The story focuses mainly on a pair of guys that act as security for the cargo. Of course, when you deal in what amounts to high profile smuggling and the cash and cargo that goes with it, something’s gonna go wrong. And it does. Really wrong.

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This book also focuses on the relationship between Trace and Ward. Their essentially a pair of couriers or armed escorts that are assigned to accompany one of the shipments the Ghost Fleet’s haulin’. They obviously have a history too. Donny Cates is taking his time getting to exactly what that is, but he did start pulling the curtain back just a bit in this book. I’m certainly curious to see more. There was also a weird, sorta supernatural thing goin’ on throughout and especially towards the end. Not sure where Donny intends to go with this, but I’m interested. Just not 100% sold I’m gonna ultimately dig it. We’ll see.

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As with most “origin” stories, it does suffer a bit from having to take the time to establish the framework necessary to support the rest of the ongoing tale. And this collection’s a bit short. I would have preferred a 6 or 8 issue volume versus the 4 issues collected here. I’m greedy like that.

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As far as the art, I liked it. Not familiar with Daniel Johnson, but I though he did a good job with the layouts, character designs, and most importantly, the action. He reminded me a bit of another artist that I was recently turned on to named Scott Godlewski. Scott’s currently drawing Image’s Copperhead. Another good book.

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If you’re a fan of mindless 80’s action movies with a bit of mystery/thriller mixed in, you might wanna give this one a try. It’s not required reading yet, but it definitely was a fun way for me to kill time. So I’ll be back to find out what happens down the road with the Ghost Fleet.

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Review: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson , Adrian Alphona (Artist), Jacob Wyatt (Artist)

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation WhyMs. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Please don’t hate me, but…
I didn’t love this as much as everyone else.

The first part with Wolverine was a lot of fun, and, at the same time, sort of touching and sweet. The art was pretty ugly in spots, but I’m learning to suck it up and move past that sort of thing. Kinda.

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Warning: Some Spoilers Ahead!

I also enjoyed Lockjaw showing up to be her pet, but the whole ‘he couldn’t come inside because he was unclean’ thing sort of threw me. I guess this is part of her religion, but I wish it had been explained better. Then again, a lot of people don’t allow animals in their house for one reason or another.
I have to say, between the clothing restrictions, dietary restrictions, drinking restrictions, sex restrictions, and now pet restrictions, I’m certain I’d never be able to hack it as a Muslim.
Heh. Who am I kidding? I’d never be able to hack it with any religion!
Anyway, back to the point, I liked Lockjaw & Kamala.

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Ok, Kamala finally finds out that she’s not a mutant, but an Inhuman. That was an alright storyline with some cute moments. I didn’t love it or hate it. It was just…there.

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Then we move on to the Grand Finale with the Inventor!
Uuuuuuugh.
By the time I got done with the whole Kamala’s Nemesis Showdown, my eyes were rolling out of my head.
First off, he’s a bird.

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But I could have given that a pass, because lots of villains are kinda stupid.
Professor Pyg, anyone?
The thing that really made me sigh and moan was getting beat over the head with the Moral of the Story.

Our generation isn’t lazy and whiny. We have lots to offer the world!

And that is true about some kids.
Also, Kamala’s face in the panel below me just begs me to punch her. That’s the face every annoying kid makes when they’re wah-wah-wahing about how undervalued and underrespected they are.
*strangle, strangle*
Ugh. You have no idea, you little shit!

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But after the millionth time Kamala gave that speech, I was over it.
Yeah, yeah, I get it. Shut the fuck up, and punch something already.
And I totally realize that I’m a crotchety old fart for feeling that way, but I just can’t help it. It was annoying and ham-fisted.
Plus, the resolution was a
We Can Do It If We Work Together!
cliche.

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Sorry. That just wasn’t my cuppa.
Now get off my lawn!

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