Review: Hawkeye: L.A. Woman

Hawkeye, Vol. 3: L.A. WomanHawkeye, Vol. 3: L.A. Woman by Matt Fraction

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not much this guy can add to the long list of positive reviews for this one. Sam pretty much hit the nail on the head for me. Right down to the Elliot Gould shout out. Before going into this one you should know that Clint is pretty much M.I.A. from the book. Don’t let deter you from checking this out, but I was a little disappointed not to see a bit more of him.

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Review: Fantastic Four Vol. 6 (Foundation) by Jonathan Hickman

Fantastic Four, Volume 6Fantastic Four, Volume 6 by Jonathan Hickman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think the best way to describe the final volume of this collection would be disjointed. It’s all over the place, trying to do way too many things at once, and none of the stories flow. It really is a bunch of individual issues tied together because they were all published in the same 6 months.

There’s good stories, boring ones, some interesting ideas, and some very touching ones.

Feels like this just got thrown together, or Hickman just had a bunch of ideas he wasn’t done with.

1)Reed and Nathaniel go forward in time to see what becomes of the FF, and it actually leads to a rather touching moment.

2)Parallel Universe Reed works for Hitler, who won WWII, ends up becoming all-powerful a-la Doom, and leads into the Council of Reeds…

3)Parallel Doom creates his own universe, and it isn’t quite what he bargained for; is saved by unlikely child.

4)FF performs brain surgery on Willy Lumpkin. (Marvel has now had 3 different instances of shrinking to do brain surgery in less than 2yrs: Hank Pym on Daredevil; Hank McCoy on Broo; Reed and FF on Willy…are they trying to suggest something?)

5) Tie-up of the parallel universe Reed saved being moved to the future or something so they never have to worry about not having somewhere to be…

All in all some interesting ideas but just so much going on…

I do like Hickman’s attempts to make things cosmic large, and I do like that each member becomes stronger as individual characters.

Not the place to start with FF though, and I do feel like Fraction’s Marvel Now stuff isn’t quite as good.

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Review: Fantastic Four Vol. 3 “DOOMED” by Matt Fraction

Fantastic Four, Vol. 3: DoomedFantastic Four, Vol. 3: Doomed by Matt Fraction
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This one hovered at about 1.5 stars for most of the reading. Yup. I can’t tell if I’m just not a FF person (I’m really thinking the proof is all over the place that I should just stop reading FF) or if this is as bad a book as I think it is.

First of all, this is the last volume of the series, which was rebooted AGAIN in April. Yes, again. Just to sum up how ridiculous and idiotic this is, here’s the Wikipedia article explaining ONLY the last 4 years of this title:

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Review: Fantastic Four Vol.2 “Road Trip”, by Matt Fraction

Fantastic Four, Vol. 2: Road TripFantastic Four, Vol. 2: Road Trip by Matt Fraction

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK, I’m still unconvinced that FF is the series for me. There’s some good stuff, some great stuff, but also some ridiculous stuff.

Fraction has the potential to be awesome (Hawkeye) but also way too ADD for me (Vol. 3 of this series). The best stuff is on the personal level. Ben has a day as his human form (this from the kids research to cure Ben during the Future Foundation days, I recall reading that one) and goes back to Yancy Street to stand up for the little guys, though I keep wondering if the FF forgot to watch Star Trek’s Prime Directive, for not interfering.

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Review: Uncanny X-Men: Nation X by Matt Fraction

Uncanny X-Men: Nation XUncanny X-Men: Nation X by Matt Fraction

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Magneto’s return has stunned the X-Men, but that’s not the only surprise they’re in for as a herd of Predator X’s come hungry for mutant tar tar.
The hits just keep coming, but can the X-Men, still nursing their wounds from UTOPIA, deal with this?
Collects Uncanny X-Men #515-522, Dark Reign: The List – X-Men and Nation X 1-4.
I must have missed out on whatever big battle/event that led the X-Men to start living on a giant floating rock in the sky. Also, I have no idea what happened previously to Namor for him to end up living with the mutants.

Either I’m reading all of these stories out of order, or I just need to play a huge game of catch-up…not sure.

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