Review: Thor #5

Thor #5 by Jason Aaron My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is my favorite issue in the new Thor series so far. Odin is out of his mind, the All Mother is still trying to protect her kingdom, and Odinson-formerly-known-as-Thor has become surprisingly chill about the whole thing and wants his crazy dad to drop the obsession with getting the hammer back. Thor herself is just trying to do the super hero thing, fighting crime in NYC and all that. There’s a fantastic dig against all the Lady Thor haters out there that had me cracking up. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you’re missing out. View… Read More

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Review: Captain Marvel #12

Captain Marvel #12 by Kelly Sue DeConnick My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the most intense issue the series has had in a while. Cat-napping, black hole TARDIS jokes that never end, and Carol doing very impulsive Carol things that don’t work out when punching things isn’t the solution, accent the tension of the very bad things that are happening. I’d say that this particular issue could be a great jumping-in point for anyone who isn’t currently reading the series but would like to. It has a little bit of everything, from showing off Kelly Sue Deconnick’s sense of humor to jumping right into a new serious arc.… Read More

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Review: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #3 by Kieron Gillen My rating: 5 of 5 stars This series is young at its third issue, and I have been waiting for that first issue to come through that finally bursts forth as something I can point to that says “This is what Angela: Asgard’s Assassin” is all about. She’s still being chased down by Thor, but it also turns out that she has a heart that has sacrificed for what she loves! Angela is a strange character, raised in a culture with some seriously screwed up values. It makes for good science fiction, but it takes some warming up to wrap one’s head around… Read More

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Comic Review: Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1 by Kieron Gillen My rating: 5 of 5 stars It feels like a good start to what I hope will be a strong series. There’s plenty in here for both fans of Asgard stories and general comic readers, though the dialogue as always is a bit thick for non-Thor readers. I think this issue effectively establishes some distance from her Original Sin origin story, which was basically the plot of the 80’s cartoon She-Ra pilot (though I admit I kind of loved that). The values she was raised are really screwed up and I like the weird gray area she exists in morally. This issue does… Read More

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Ben Templesmith’s The Squidder – a review

Behold the writhing, shuddering horror that is The Squidder, a nightmare made possible by Kickstarter and the darkness of Ben Templesmith‘s brain. From the horror artist that brought us 30 Days of Night, this graphic story is every post apocalyptic, tentacle-covered horror fantasy you have ever secretly had. It’s Mad Max versus Cthulhu! (Seriously, that’s how Templesmith describes it.) The story is twisted across the remnants of Earth long after a bloody alien invasion by the Squid that left the broken mess of human survivors as a few scattered lumps of terrified peasantry worshipping their overlords, no memory left of the old world or the war that cost everything.  But there are… Read More

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A Saturday well spent, and some comics reviews

I love Saturdays. We walked to the diner around the corner for pancakes this morning, and after that we rescued Reed’s vintage Star Wars toys from his parents’ attic (pictures of the diorama coming soon). We even went to the comic book store. I just burned through every single thing I picked up at Austin Books and Comics this afternoon. It was awesome. The Wicked+The Divine If you pick up a new series this month, make it The Wicket+The Divine. The writing is fantastic, the art drags you into Rock Star Fantasy London before you know it, and the scope of the story that’s being set up in this issue… Read More

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