Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 3: War Of Kings Book 2 by Dan Abnett

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 3: War Of Kings Book 2Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 3: War Of Kings Book 2 by Dan Abnett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Oh. My. God!
Shit gets real in this volume!

In the last volume, Phyla made a deal with the Devil…or, more accurately, the Dragon of the Moon..in order to restore Heather to life. Since then, she’s taken up a new name, Martyr.
And, to go along with the new name, she also seems to have a bit of a new personality. A evil crazy one.
But Phyla isn’t the only one who makes some iffy deals…

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There is just so much cool packed into this volume, I don’t even know where to start! The Guardians are split into groups and sent in different directions in an attempt to stop the Shi’ar and Inhumans (now leading the Kree) from ripping the fabric of time with their War.
Star-Lord tries to talk sense into Medusa and Balck Bolt, while Adam Warlock takes on Emperor Vulcan.
*lots of crazy shit happens*
Time and space are coming apart, and half of the Guardians are sent into the future to figure out where it all started, and the other half are left to figure out how to stop it now that it’s begun.
*insert MORE crazy shit happening*

THAT ENDING!
Oh my God! I’d love to finish this review, but I need to find out what happened!

PS –
Since I read this as digital issues, I didn’t get to read Marvel Spotlight: War of Kings. So sad I missed out on it!

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Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Volume 1 by Tom Taylor

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Injustice


Introduction:

Alright, so I have read many superhero comics where we see the good guys going rogue and trying to do more damage to the world then they really need to. So, when I heard about this new comic book from DC Comics called “Injustice: Gods Among Us Volume One,” I will admit that I was a little hesitant about trying this comic out due to the premise being about superheroes fighting each other (again). But, I was quite surprised at how good this story actually turned out!


What is this story about?

The story starts off with Superman finding out that his wife Lois Lane is pregnant and he goes to tell Batman the good news. Unfortunately, the Joker ends up kidnapping Lois and then tricks Superman into murdering Lois by making Superman see Doomsday instead of Lois. This horrible incident causes Superman to decide that in order to prevent more tragedies like Lois’ death; he must rule the world with an iron fist and the Justice League start helping him take control of the world. The only member of the team who is against Superman’s plan is none other than Batman himself and he tries to stop the Man of Steel from ruling over the world before it is too late!


What I loved about this story:

Tom Taylor’s writing: Now, when I heard that this comic book was based off of the popular video game of the same name, I will admit that I was extremely surprised by this since I had never read a DC or Marvel comic book that was based off of a video game before. Tom Taylor has done a great job at adapting this story to comic book format as we learn more about why Superman had gone mad and what caused him to have a falling out with Batman. It was also interesting seeing the different viewpoints between Batman and Superman on how they should make the world a safer place for everyone and what that could cost for people if they let the power get to their heads in achieving those goals. I also loved the way that Tom Taylor brought out the personal drama between Batman and Superman as you can see them start out as best friends and then when Superman lost Lois Lane and started ruling the world with an iron fist, his friendship with Batman had shattered as Batman does not agree with Superman controlling the world while Superman believes this is the right thing to do to prevent more violence from happening in the world. I actually did felt so much intensity in the story as I was hoping that things would patch up between Batman and Superman (but seeing as this is just the beginning of the story, it probably will not happen for a while) and I really hope that Superman does not turn so evil that the Justice League would have to put him down permanently to stop his madness (but I guess we will see in future volumes of this story)!

Jheremy Raapack and Mike S. Miller’s artwork: Jheremy Raapack and Mike S. Miller’s artwork were spectacular in this volume as the characters look truly realistic and the facial expressions are so animated that I found myself actually experiencing the emotions that the characters are feeling. I also loved how the fight scenes are drawn, especially with the scenes of Superman and Batman fighting off their foes in a spectacular fashion.

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What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

The reason why I took off half a point from the rating is because while I think that the concept of this book was pretty interesting, I am currently at that point where I am getting sick and tired of seeing superheroes fight each other and this comic book was another attempt at having superheroes fighting each other. Also, if you have not played the game “Injustice: Gods Among Us” before, then chances are you might be a bit confused about what is really going on in this story or how it connects to the current DC universe.


Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Injustice: Gods Among Us Volume One” is a pretty interesting story about how a tragedy can affect a person’s life in a negative way and the moral grounds that are explored in making the world a better place for everyone. I am definitely checking out the second volume of this series!

I would like to thank my Goodreads friend, Anne for recommending me this book!

My Rating?
4.5 pows

Release Day Review: Batman, Vol. 5: Zero Year – Dark City by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Illustrations)

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Origin of the Giant Penny!
Ok, maybe nobody else cared, but I thought it was cool of Snyder to give that massive Penny that Bruce keeps in the Batcave, a fresh start.
Dear Mr. Snyder,
Could you do the Dinosaur next?
Sincerely,
Anne

This is the second arc of Zero Year, which is Snyder’s New 52 origin story for Batman.
It’s not as dark as some of the previous origins, but it’s not exactly light and fluffy, either.
This is a younger version of the Dark Knight. He’s fallible, relatively inexperienced as Batman, and more mouthy than what we’re used to seeing.
He sort of reminds me of Dick Grayson, with the snappy comebacks during fight scenes, you know?
Did I just say Snappy?
Holy shit. I did.
Did you know, that every time someone uses snappy in a sentence…
Somewhere an angel gets his AARP card?
That’s deep, man. DEEP.

Anyhoo. Edward Nigma (last seen abandoning Wayne Industries) has returned as a full-fledged super villain.
The Riddler!
He’s planning on taking Gotham hostage, and cleansing the earth, so to speak.
Can Batman unravel the clues fast enough to stop him?
Surprisingly…not at first.
Butbutbutbutbut, you say. He’s the goddamn Batman!
Yeah, not so much. Or at least, not quite yet.
Butbutbutbutbut, you say. Batman is too well-prepared to be caught unawares!
Yeah, but nobody is born with Bruce Wayne’s level of paranoia. That sort of thing is learned.
I mean, unless you’re schizophrenic, of course.
So, I’m thinking that by showing Batman pull an epic fail, Snyder is giving us a solid reason for his wildly detailed contingency plans.
And also the Penny. Because, really, that was a highlight for me.

There were a couple of scenes I raised my eyebrow at, but, on the whole, this was another solid Snyder/Capullo team-up.
And if you’re not reading this title, then you need to turn in you Cool Kid card.
Seriously.

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Release Day Review: Earth 2, Vol. 4: The Dark Age by Tom Taylor

Earth 2, Vol. 4: The Dark AgeEarth 2, Vol. 4: The Dark Age by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

There are a lot of books that I like, but don’t love. And, usually, I’ll say something like, “I have hope that this title will get better.“…but I don’t really mean it.
Once a title starts on that downward slope, it takes a lot to get it back on track.
And Earth 2 was one of those titles.
I thought the first volume was pretty cool, but volume 2 started sliding down a bit, and then by volume 3?

Awww. Too bad. It coulda been a contender!

So when I got this sucker from NetGalley, I wasn’t all that thrilled to start reading it.
But wait! Is Tom Taylor writing this now?! I love Injustice…so maaaaaybeeee?
And guess what?
Earth 2 is one of those rare unicorn comics that actually managed to leap up from mediocrity, and make a stunning about-face!
This volume made for some damn fine reading!
Everything about the tone of the book changed, and by doing that, it pushed it back into Wow! territory.

In this world, the biggest and the baddest of Earth’s heroes died fighting Darkseid, and now the second-stringers are stepping up to the plate. We’ll call them, The Leftovers.
Some of these heroes peaked 40 years ago, and some of them are still around, but not widely known. And then you have characters like Mr. Terrific, who used to belong to our world, but got swapped out. Kind of like Power Girl and Huntress were thrown into our Earth via Boom Tube explosion?

But, apparently, not everyone originally thought dead on Earth 2…is dead.
This is the volume that answers the Who the hell is the new Batman? question.
I’m honestly up in the air about how I feel about the backstory on that one. I liked it, but something didn’t sit right with me.
Whatever. Guess we’ll see where that goes.
Red Tornado’s introduction was awesome, and so was Jimmy Olsen’s!
These characters are so totally warped from their original incarnations, that I was blown away by it!
And speaking of being blown away…
Aquawoman!
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Any of you who know me will not be surprised that I stood up and did an awkward fangirl shimmy, when this lovely lady was introduced!
*screaming like a tween at a [insert No-Talent-Boy-Band name here] concert*
I love you Arthur! I’ll have your merbabies!
*holds lighter in the air…sways*

I really don’t want to spoil any of the plot, so I’m not going to give any details out, but I will say that the twists and turns were spectacular.
If you’re a fan of Injustice: Gods Among Us, I’m not kidding, you’re going to want to get your hands one Earth 2 ASAP!
I would, however, recommend that you also go back and read volumes 1-3, since this is a continuation of those stories (albeit, a better on). It’s not like they’re some horribly crap books, so you shouldn’t have a problem getting through them.
And it would probably be very confusing to read this, without knowing what had already happened.

Highly Recommended!

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Review: Demon Knights, Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark by Paul Cornell

Demon Knights, Vol. 1: Seven Against the DarkDemon Knights, Vol. 1: Seven Against the Dark by Paul Cornell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

This was easily one of the best titles I’ve read this week!
And, just so you know, I’m not generally a fan of the Sword and Sorcery stuff, or any of that Medieval Times bullshit.
No. Just no.
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So what did this title have that held my interest?
Humor!
Well, humor and a distinct lack of that goofy Prince Valiant speech pattern.
Although, DAMN that pageboy haircut was frekin’ sexy!

Growr!

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Alright, here’s my (veryveryvery) uneducated theory on why writers should just skip trotting out the Thee’s and Thou’s, when dealing with this time period.
First (and foremost), it’s annoying.
I don’t see that you need another reason, but I’m going to give one anyway.
Second, it’s annoying.
Kidding!
Third, I’ve always been under the impression that most of the little serfs and whatnot, were all basically uneducated, untraveled, and unhygienic. I’m thinking most of the villages and towns were filled to the brim with people who hadn’t ever been more than 20 miles away from the spot they were born in. So you’re going to have big fat language barriers everywhere you go, due to local colloquialisms.
Even today, the meanings for words in English, mean different things in different countries. Can you imagine how diverse things were back then?
I honestly think you’d need a better translator than the King James Bible, if you went back in time.
So.
Skip the bullshit, and just let the characters talk, ok?
If it makes you feel better, you can always pretend that it’s got one of those
<>Translated From Kryptonian<> things on the top of each page.
And for those of you who enjoy that tooty-fruity stuff…you’ve still got Etrigan!

Blessedly, Demon Knights did just let the characters speak in normal voices.
It let them make jokes! Real jokes!
Not those stupid, ‘Thou art the hind end of a horse!’ jokes.
Those aren’t funny.
And I apologize to any of my D&D playing friends who think that they are.
You guys are awesome! Rock on little nerds!

This was a fun story, filled up with cool characters, and set in a surprisingly interesting (for me, anyway) world.
There’s enough backstory on most of the characters that I didn’t get that Ha-Ha-You’re-A-Newbie-And-Nobody-Cares-That-You-Don’t-Have-A-Fucking-Clue feeling while I was reading.
And that was a fear of mine, since I’d never heard of most of these guys.

Good stuff!
Not everybody liked this one, so check out some of the other reviews if you’re on the fence about this title.
Here’s what a few of my friends had to say:
Mike’s review, Sam’s review, and Gavin’s review.

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Review: Deadpool, Vol. 2: Soul Hunter by Brian Posehn

Deadpool, Vol. 2: Soul HunterDeadpool, Vol. 2: Soul Hunter by Brian Posehn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars


Liquor? I hardly know her!

That’s the title of one of the issues, by the way…
Deadpool is on a mission (from Hell) to get Tony Stark to take a drink, so get your mind outta the gutter.
Kidding! This is Deadpool, after all. Might as well leave your mind where it is for a little while longer.

I’ll admit I was a little pissed when I read the thing in the front that said they were printing an old issue of Deapool.
I mean, I just finished Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 7: Monstrous, and they had re-printed a Fin Fang Foom origin story in the back.
Needless to say, it totally sucked ass.
Then I realized I was reading Deapool, and they lied.
LIARS!

I blame lack of sleep, due to a small child and a nightmare, for not catching on to the joke sooner.
The bags under my eyes right now are almost touching my chin.
Mommy isn’t a robot. Mommy needs sleep.
Why the hell can’t you wake up your father for once!

Anyway, this magical old inventory issue they ‘found’ was hilarious. Possibly my favorite part of the entire volume.

Long story short, Wade needs to get the sassy S.H.I.E.L.D agent (from Dead Presidents) out of his head, and back into a body.
He also needs to save the necromancer (also from Dead Presidents), Michael, from the demon he made a deal with to get his powers.
Except he’s gotta kill a lot of other people in order to save Michael’s soul. And since Michael is the best shot they have at getting Agent Preston out of his head, those other suckers gotta die!

Superior Spider-Man, Dardevil, Iron Man, and Peter Parker all make guest appearances in this one. And (bonus!) none of the cameos are wasted!

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Even the letters to Deadpool made me giggle.
The entire thing was funny, and this time around it had an actual plot worth following.
‘Cause to be honest, I wasn’t that big a fan of the first volume.

Unfortunately, my library likes to screw with me.
So, I’ll be reading volume 4 next…while I wait on them to order volume 3.
Oh well, some things are worth reading out of order. Deadpool is one of them.

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

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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: Suicide Squad, Vol. 4: Discipline and Punish by Ales Kot, Patrick Zircher (Illustrations)

Suicide Squad, Vol. 4: Discipline and PunishSuicide Squad, Vol. 4: Discipline and Punish by Ales Kot

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Fanfuckingtastic!

This is by far the best volume of Suicide Squad that I’ve read.
I loathed volume 1, was only slightly more impressed with volume 2, and grudgingly gave volume 3 a less than enthusiastic passing grade.
In fact, I almost let this one go back to the library unread.
But…Shiny new cover! Must Read!

Discipline and Punish is the volume that finally highlights Harley Quinn in the right way, because she shines like a whacked-out glow stick. And let’s face it, when she’s on top of her game, nobody in the DCU is more fascinating to watch go BOOM!

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