Guardians Of The Galaxy · One-Shot

All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy: Free Comic Book Day 2017

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The Guardians story here? Meh.

But that’s not why I picked this issue up. Not at all. I picked it up for The Defenders preview that was tacked on unceremoniously.

The Defenders teaser? Awesome. I cannot wait for this series to hit. Just in these ten or so pages there was a lot to get excited about. Familiar characters from the Daredevi/Jessica Jones/Luke Cage/Iron Fist worlds. I think this will be one to really keep an eye on.

#1 · Old Man Logan

Old Man Logan #21

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Part one of “Past Lives”… I don’t know. It’s not bad or anything. It’s kind of fun in a way. Logan is time-traveling and basically reliving past experiences. In that sense it almost feels like this mini-series will serve as a bit of a primer. A Wolverine’s Greatest Hits kind of thing if you will. But… is it even necessary? I’m not so sure it is. I don’t know that this is really adding anything to the story. Y’know? It’s just kind of going through motions.

I’ll give #22 a shot because I actually already have that one as well, though.

The Flash

The Flash #21

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Alright well, “The Button” part two… there’s some interesting stuff going on for sure. The Flash and Batman time-traveling… now lost in time. And Batman’s dad is involved in a very intriguing way.

But I do have a complaint. One I guarantee will be controversial to most readers: I want more Watchmen stuff here. This was teased as a Watchmen crossover but so far, two issues in, there’s been much less than I’d hoped.

Oh well. We’ll see how it ties together anyway.

#1 · Jean Grey

Jean Grey #1

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Okay, so I’m thrilled that Jean has her own solo comic now. Always been a fan. And it’s actually a pretty good start. Good writing. Good action. But… I’m not totally sure how I feel about rehashing Phoenix stuff. So we’ll see how it goes.

I will stick with it though. That’s for sure. I’m just a big enough fan of the character that I need to see how it goes. And I like that it makes a good companion to X-Men: Blue. I won’t be reading much of the Ressurexion stuff, but this, Blue and Generation-X all look up my alley.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Free Comic Book Day 2017

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So this issues serves as a prelude to the “Back To Dimension X” event that’s coming in August. I THINK that it’ll be its own mini-series, but also overlap with the main series. Anyway, this issue serves as a pretty nice little catch-me-up on some of the stuff that’s happened in the series. Mostly by outlining various enemies and some events. And it sets up a reason WHY the Turtles will have to go back to Dimension X. Though ultimately – like most “#0” issues, it isn’t entirely necessary.

It is however a nice treat for fans. And who can really be upset with a free comic, am I right? I will say that the art work was top notch here. So yeah, good stuff but just not really something you exactly need to read.

Deadpool · The Punisher

Deadpool Versus The Punisher #2

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Second issue was pretty good. Not as good as the first, though. Actually it felt a little confusing. The plot kind of did some jumping around. Punisher now has Wade helping him, because Deadpool seems to not remember what happened in the last issue. There was a big (super violent) gun fight and some decent laughs. There was also an appearance by Kingpin. So there’s definitely some promise. But this issue just felt a bit too all over the place for me.

#1 · Youngblood

Youngblood #1

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A new Youngblood series hitting the shelves in 2017 was very exciting for me. Comic fans of the 90’s are sure to have a soft spot for Liefield and Image Comics. At least I know I sure do.

What’s great here is how organic it feels. It is certainly a throwback, sure. Its artwork is definitely fitting of the Youngblood name. But thank goodness it’s not just a hollow rehash. Instead it takes place now with new faces along old. There’s a new guard who wants to fill the shoes filled by the (mostly) forgotten Youngblood of old.

So yeah – it feels 90’s. But it’s also about a team of millenials who cut their teeth fighting crime via an app called Help! where users can call for a superhero the same way you can call for an Uber.

By the end of the issue we’ll see some old familiar characters meeting up with this new team, and I’m very excited to see where all this goes. Highly recommended!

Hawkeye

Hawkeye #6

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And this finishes up the first TPB of Hawkeye. And y’know what? I loved it. I loved every issue. I especially loved reading Kate and Jessica Jones together these past couple of issues. In fact – and I hate to say this – but I’ve preferred Jessica here than in her own book.

This issue tied up some loose ends quite nicely. That dragon that I wasn’t so sure about in the last issue? Turns out that it was actually a really awesome plot twist. And we’ve been introduced to a new Inhuman.

I don’t want to get too into the plot of this issue, but I’ll just say that it tied a nice little bow on the the first story arc and I’m just damn impressed. I will absolutely continue this series.

X-Men

X-Men Blue #2

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Oh my goodness. Yes! I KNEW I’d really enjoy this new X-Men book. I just knew it. And even early on, it’s delivering.

Issue #2 finds Jean Grey having convinced the team to work with Magneto so that mutants may live among the humans in peace. It sounds crazy of course. But he let her read his mind and she believes that he is telling the truth.

But there are some sinister things going on here. Whatever is going on with Beast, I’m not sure I like it. But what is hinted at with Magneto at the end of the story – spoilers incoming – involves the original X-Men heading back to their original time. Ooh, I’m excited.

G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe #2

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Finally picked up issue #2. I guess I feel about the same as the first issue. It seems pretty cool, but I’m not super attached. I’ll probably continue reading, but it’ll be a lower priority pick up for me.

In this issue the Joe’s had to Mongolia for a mission to get after the Dreadnoks. And there’s some decent fight scenes there. Meanwhile a couple of Joe’s are also in Greece investigating the possibility that Cobra is possibly reassembling. It still feels like a lot of story build-up right now.

I still don’t love the artwork. I find its anime influence a little jarring, and I don’t like how often faces in the (somewhat) background are blank. Though I will say that the coloring is really pleasing to the eye.