Pull List Review – Black Panther, Wicked+Divine, and More

Comics! Things are slowly getting back to normal, and better than normal, around here. I’m almost caught up on a huge backlog of comics and will be posting reviews again. Here’s a rundown of last week’s pull list and what I do and don’t recommend you spend your money and time on. Black Panther #1 Ta-Nahesi Coates (writer) and Brian Stelfreeze (artist) with Laura Martin (colorist) It is always exciting to get a comic in my hands that I have been waiting to read for months. There has been a lot of buzz about this comic and the first issue lives up to it. Black Panther #1 gives a strong… 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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Review: Darth Vader (2015) #1

Darth Vader (2015) #1 by Kieron Gillen My rating: 5 of 5 stars I kind of just want to fangirl at Kieron Gillen after reading the new Darth Vader (more than I already did). I mean, everyone’s had soooo many feelings about Disney buying Lucas Films, about Dark Horse losing the rights to publish Star Wars titles, but Marvel knows what the hell they’re doing, and they’re good at it. For one thing, they put the brilliant Kieron Gillen on the Darth Vader title. It starts out with the Emperor being super pissed at Vader after the Death Star blows up, busting him down and telling him to do whatever… 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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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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