shinysylver: (avengers - hawkeye - shooting)
I managed to get my comics and read them in between all the packing for the trip to Las Vegas tomorrow! Go me! Anyway, here are my thoughts, I'd love to hear yours.

Iron Man #7 - *sigh* This issue was entertaining, but not for the reasons it should have been. Is it really too much to ask for this comic to actually be good, not just bad-good? Space gladiator Tony fighting aliens in hand-to-hand combat is not really what I signed up for. Also there was too much exposition with 451 and of course Land is still doing the art, which is never a good thing. Although, I do find the fact that Tony was deemed innocent of "hubris in the first degree" highly entertaining because if there was ever a crime Tony was guilty of, that is it.

A + X #5 - I picked this up for the Loki story by Gillen, but also because Iron Fist was on the cover and who can resist that? Anyway, the Iron Fist - Doop story made no sense to me, but I enjoyed the Loki one. Imagine if Doom had created a clone of Loki? That would be fun times for the Marvel U.

Red She-Hulk #63 - This is the best comic that I don't think anyone is actually reading. The characters are fun and there is a lovely wry humor to it all. Machine Man has fast become a character that I love and I am starting to seriously ship him with Betty. There is just something really perfect about his wry, robotic calm and her fiery Hulkness. They make a really excellent team. A few thoughts on this particular issue: I loved the talk show recapping all the known Hulks. I'm also glad that Bruce has been brought up now. So what are the chances that he figures out what's going on? I mean Maria was acting shady as hell trying to keep him from figuring out that Betty was SHIELD's current target. Then there are all the villain's I'm more used to seeing in the F4 coming out of the woodwork this week, including the Mole Man and the Mad Thinker. It should make for an interesting next issue.

All New X-Men #8 - This was a fabulous issue. We got a much closer look at Warren and how he is adjusting--or not--to this new time period. We also got a hilarious scene of Kitty and Bobby mocking Cap and Beast. So the Avengers now know what is going on, and young!Scott maturely confronted Cap and told him that he knows they've been disagreeing a lot (referring to old!Scott) but he is trying to change things. He got a "nicely done" from Wolverine out of it! The end of the book was scary though, with Warren having a well deserved freak out about who he eventually becomes and Jean just mind controlling him into happiness. It was horrifying to me at least, and probably to most of the characters who were staring at her jaws dropped on the last page. BTW, the time travel makes this comic confusing to discuss, duplicate characters and a mess of tenses make my tired head hurt.

Avengers #7 - This was mostly a set up issue and interesting enough for what it was. After having read Hickman's F4 run I know to expect a fair number of set up issues that seem out of place or confusing or even boring over the course of the first year or so of the title. After that he will start connecting so many dots my mind will be blown. I can be patient. :)

Age of Ultron #1 - This is the start of the Age of Ultron event and a very promising event it is. I like that we started in the middle of the action instead of having a lengthy build up, I'm sure we will pick up more details as we go. This issue focused mostly on Hawkeye and Spider-Man and I kinda love the way Hawkeye is clearly being a strong moral center in this issue, refusing to let the dystopic world stop him from being the hero that he is. He will save his friends even if the others deem it too dangerous. Speaking of the others, there is quite an eclectic group all living together that includes such unlikely allies as Tony and Emma Frost. I suppose dystopias create new status quos. The way the issue ended, with Tony expressing his faith in Cap, Hawkeye not so much agreeing, and Cap looking thoroughly broken down, definitely makes me want the next issue. For all you Hawkeye fans out there, this event is looking promising for his character.

So what do you all think? What else are you reading?
shinysylver: (Avengers - thor - tired)
Apparently all the comics ever came out this week and I read most of them. Lol. Without further ado here are my thoughts on all of them plus this week's Supernatural:

Hawkeye #8 - This was so good. I honestly can not get enough of this comic. The joke about Clint always getting mistaken for Danny Rand was hilarious and straight to the fans. Kate was amazing as usual because of course she wasn't going to be stupid like Clint. No prison for her. I lolled at Tony being concerned about the moral reputation of the Avengers...not because it wasn't accurate, but mostly cause it is ironic. lol. And my heart ached just a little when Hawkeye admitted to himself that he's being an idiot partially because he is scared of a serious relationship with Jessica and this is a way to end that. A bad way of course. I am interested to see how things work out with the Kingpin showing up.

FF #4 - This is such a fun comic. I mean in one issue they managed to touch on a few super important things, but mostly it was just She-Hulk having a date. It was seriously soooo good, though. The confrontation between Scott Lang and Alex Powers was so perfect. I never read the Power Pack, but I really like Alex in this book as the 19 year old, experienced hero compared to the rest of the Foundation. He was right to tell Scott that he was letting his grief over Cassie unduly influence him into asking the kids to figure out how to kill Doom. I love that Alex also pointed out the Foundation is a bit questionable even at the best of times. The Moloids and Bentley trying to ruin Jen's date, but accidentally making it perfect instead was awesome. The confrontation between Old!Johnny and Darla was heartbreaking. He doesn't remember her because there have been so many girls. Ugh. Basically awesome comic is awesome.

Young Avengers #2 - Oh Loki, let me count the ways that I love you. I unapologetically love this comic because it's fun. It is very different than the prior run of the series, but that is what happens when writers change and the vision changes with them. I still love the characters and I like Gillen's style here (so much more than on Iron Man) so they have me for the long haul. Also, the box pages? Brilliant. My mom wants me to make copies of them for her (she always flips through my comics with an eye to the art because she has an art degree).

Guardians of the Galaxy #.1 - This issue is basically a retelling of Star Lord's origin for new readers and it is very well done for what it is. I have no prior experience with Peter Quill, but after reading this I feel connected to him emotionally and want to know more about him and the team. I'll definitely check out the actual first issue and not just because I am a Tony fan. :)

Uncanny X-Men #2 - I know it's not always the popular ship, but I freaking love Scott/Emma because of the way they communicate. I love when characters talk about things in open and honest ways. I mean they are so mature together. In this issue they even discuss the fact that they shouldn't get back together because too much has happened and Scott hates himself too much to be with anyone right now. And her telepathy is on the fritz so it really was them just talking openly and honestly. So freaking honestly and respectfully. It gave me so many feels. Other than that, I hate the new costumes--Emma should be wearing white not back!--and I am interested to see what happens when they face off with the Avengers next issue.

Uncanny Avengers #4 - This is my guilty pleasure book and I am still loving it ridiculous narration and all. This issue could basically be summarized without spoilers as: The one where Shiny has major Thor feels because Thor is the most perfect person ever. I mean other good things happened in the book. Rogue was funny, Havok was pretty cool, Wanda was badass, etc. but basically I came out of the issue with hearts in my eyes for Thor...not that that is a new phenomena for me. I scanned a page to show you all why.

spoilers for Uncanny Avengers #4 )

Journey Into Mystery #649 - I liked this issue a bit better than the previous ones, mostly because there were cameos by several different heroes, but I still don't really think this series is for me. I can't seem to find a place to emotionally connect with Sif which makes me sad considering how much I want to like her. Part of that is the arc they are writing, so I keep trying to stick with it until this arc is resolved, but it's getting harder care. I mean I shouldn't find Ock!Spidey and Namor the best parts of this issue. lol.

Deadpool Killustrated #2 - Basically this is for people that want to watch Deadpool go on a "metacide" rampage killing all the classical literature characters that inspire the comics. I find all the fourth wall breaking amusing and enjoy the way Deadpool sees the literary characters as the Marvel ones they inspired (Ahab as Thunderbolt Ross for example). It's just some nice, out of continuity, excessively violent, entertainment.

Supernatural - I liked this ep quite a lot. Overall I liked the way they did the Prometheus and Zeus bits although I kind of question the idea of making Artemis have romance motivations. That is pretty out of character. I did love that Sam knew what he was doing and I love the faith I am having in Sam these days. But, let's be honest, my favorite part of the episode was Dean praying to Cas at the end. It was so open and honest and just, when Dean has those monologues like that it kills me. The relationship between Cas and Dean is so complex and moving. When he looked around to see if Cas had appeared at the end? Well I was crying. lol. I'm very glad that even without actually being in the episode they managed to make Cas a presence.

So what did you all think about any of the above? What else have you been reading/watching? How many of you need a box of tissues after Batman Incorporated #8?

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