The Goddess of Thunder

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Hello everyone this is Kay G, today I’ll be discussing Thor: “The Goddess of Thunder.” Thor is a wonderful read of Jane Foster as the role of Thor. Foster has gotten a lot of bad here say of how she portrays the role of Thor, mostly because other people don’t like that a woman is Thor. I believe that Jason Aaron does a beautiful job showing Jane’s transformation along with Odin’s (original Thor) struggle with what he’s lost.

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What I liked most about Jane’s portrayal is how heroic she is. She jumps into this role that she didn’t ask for and completely takes charge all while her health is talking a major toll on her body. Foster in lack of better words, “completely kicks-ass” in all ways of being Thor. Odin really struggles in this story, and how he loses his worth and title of his name. Upon meeting Jane her identity is a secret to him, although it is a woman he knows quite well. In battling with her, Odin realizes that Jane is more worthy than he could be and that Mjolnir chose her for a reason.

 

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Even in the battles Jane has a different control of Mjolnir than even Odin ever did.  Jane has to fight off the King of Ascgard, who wants her killed all because he thinks she stole the hammer along with a bunch of other nasty things. I think the people who complain about Jane don’t really know the full story. Odin gave her the permission of being Thor. When she didn’t know what to call herself, Odin named her that. He told her that she was the new Thor now, and that she deserved the title.

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As a woman, I like that we get to see strong woman in the world of super hero males.  Although she plays a strong woman, she struggles a lot with her personal life. Jane Foster doesn’t but up with anyone though and she can completely hold her own. Despite any haters of her, Jane Foster truly is the new Mighty Thor and definitely worth checking out. I look forward to reading more of her and what she can do.

The Belfry

“Hope ya don’t ALL change.”

Hey, this is D.C. here to throw down with my thoughts on Image Comics’ one-shot tale, The Belfry.

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The Belfry caught my eye when I first read its solicitations some months ago. It’s not too often you see any book heralded by one person. In this case, Gabriel Hardman was in control of delivering this one-shot in both art and story.

The question was…did Gabriel Hardman deliver?

Impressions

Simply put, The Belfry tells a tale of a flight crew and its passengers crashing landing in a forest, being hunted by creatures of the night. Basic enough.

Right away, I was captivated by Hardman’s art. The dark color tones and moody pencils fit in so well with the horror and suspense genre. Even the onomatopoeia used by Hardman are lettered in such a scratched and macabre way to give a sense of terror. The sounds in my head reverberated unpleasantly as I read the sounds, and I think that worked. With regards to art, I think The Belfry delivered very well.

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It is clear that Hardman is in his element when drawing this story.

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Story-wise, however, The Belfry was a severe disappointment.

In a one-shot, I expect a little more depth in a story to get to its point. Hardman’s writing is so scant here that I was left with far more questions than answers. By the end, it’s obvious what happens to most humans who are bit by these creatures, and how they repopulate. But as for everything else?

Who are the victims? Did they have some importance, or were they just cannon fodder? Couldn’t they have been both?

Who exactly are these creatures? Why do they capture and transmute humans? Is there a goal in mind, aside from simple repopulation? Why do those that don’t turn get blinded? What’s the significance there? More imporantly, why are those blinded enslaved?

Hardman simply wrote a horrid situation for the passengers of a crashed plane that may be just another week in the lives of the unnamed creatures. In this case, I can see that delving into the characters’ backgrounds isn’t key. Nonetheless, I felt that there was too little given on both ends to give the story satisfaction. Unfortunately, the art could not carry what was, in my opinion, a lackluster story.

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…Ouchie…

Recap

Gabriel Hardman can really bring the horror in The Belfry. His art is truly terrifying. Hardman excels at capturing horror-suspense in every corner of his art, right down to the sound effects. However, the story was far too short and left far too little information to understand anything about the monsters to deliver a satisfying one-shot. The Belfry might have worked better as an anthology of tales that would have given the readers some depth into the history and motivation of these creatures.

Still, I think think this story is worth a pickup for anyone looking to delve into the horror genre. Give a go, and share your thoughts.

END THROWDOWN.

The Unstoppable Wasp

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Hello everyone, this is Kay G. Today I’ll be talking about The Unstoppable Wasp by Jeremy Whitley. I was a little bit uncertain to check out because I wasn’t sure how good it would be. I wasn’t familiar with character and the art work wasn’t the greatest in my opinion. After going back and forth I decided to pick up a copy and I wasn’t disappointed.

 

Synopsis:

The Unstoppable Wasp is about Nadia (Wasp), who spent the entire first half of her life as a captive of the Red Room, but now this teenage super-scientist is on her own for the first time. The daughter of Hank Pym (aka Ant-man and Giant-Man) has a lot of time to make up for and she’s determined to change the world. For those who don’t know about the Red Room: the Red Room is one of the K.G.B.’s espionage training programs. For decades the Red Room had been a Cold War facility to train female spies known as Black Widow.

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Verdict:

The first thing I noticed about Nadia was the way she spoke. She spoke so intellectually and almost child-like. Nadia was seeing and experiencing a lot life outside of captivation. We get so see how exciting even the simplest task and nuances are, such as a phone ringing or taste of a donut.  I loved the way Whitley wrote her character, it was very fitting for her experiences and her dialect really fit. The only problem I really had with it was the art; I did wish that the art could have been much better. To me the art seemed a bit cartoonish but the story definitely makes up for it.

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The one think I loved about The Unstoppable Wasp, was how inspiring it was. Nadia is highly intellectual just like her father and is also an inventor. Nadia makes it a point to be one of the smartest women on the list of smartest in the world. Not only does she want to make the list herself, she wants to find other women like her.

I think this story is very encouraging for young women who want to pursue these male-dominated careers. Nadia is trying to prove that no matter the age or sex of the person, anything is possible. This story is very female-driven, but not done in a way where it screams feminism. Even my partner D.C mentioned that it would be a great read for any young woman.

After I finished reading the first issue as a woman you feel uplifted and want to conquer the world as much as Nadia does (just a little less superheroic, ha). I highly recommend this story to all women and to anyone who just wants to read a good story.

Civil War II: The Oath

“Does this world look saved?”

Welcome, this is D.C. back for a throwdown on a book that really left an impression in spite of its preceding event: Marvel’s Civil War II: The Oath.

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The Oath?

The Oath picks up after the events of Civil War II–which, honestly, I didn’t finish because the story, for all its good art, just wasn’t satisfying in terms of story. I gave up on issue #5 because of the lack of logic in events, and how you really needed to read the various tie-ins just to understand why the other characters chose the faction they chose.

This story also picks up after some key events in the Captain America: Steve Rogers series. That, I’ll write a comprehensive review of later.

Impressions?

Writer Nick Spencer appears to get a lot of flack regarding the political undertones of his scripts, and for his recent takes on both Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers. However, in The Oath, Spencer pulls out the stops when he takes the reader on a monological tour of Steve Roger’s feelings and thoughts on recent events. One of the most powerful moments already started at the beginning, when Steve beside a comatose Tony Stark and says, simply: “What a waste.”

Those simple words already lets the reader know just how this Steve thinks of Tony. From there, Steve damns not only Tony  and Captain Marvel, but the superhero community in general. It is a sentiment felt by Ms. Marvel, the Champions, and Clint Barton, but Spencer lets Steve turn what appeared to be a story similar to Civil War: The Confession into a truly damning and, worse, mocking account by Steve.

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I was left disturbed throughout the story as Steve pointed out Tony’s hubris and failure as both a hero and a man. If you know anything about the rocky road between Iron Man and Captain America, reading Cap’s opinions of Tony aren’t necessarily new. But under Nick Spencer, the altered Steve is particularly scathing–almost violent, as if he is telling Tony, “Serves you right.”

The most meaningful part of The Oath is it is hard to disagree with Steve’s sentiments. Spencer seems to take note of social media views of current Marvel and superheroes in general, as well as current social issues, and weaves it in such a way that makes Steve 100% right in his opinion. His solution to the problem, though? That is where cognitive dissonance happens.

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As if Steve’s damning and mocking of everyone he knows and how easily he rises to the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. with even more power than any director before weren’t enough, Steve ends his talk with Tony by sharing what he truly saw from Ulysses’ vision. What we see see if truly  a taste of things to come. I was simply mind-blown by Steve’s “future,” and how he saw this as a return to America’s greatness, America’s utopia. From the outside looking in, it rings too true of all horrors from history…or heroism, depending on where your loyalties lie. That is what Spencer hammers home.

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We are also left with a key comment by Steve: “I am not the man you think I am.” Is this metaphorical, or literal? Is this really a Steve Rogers whose history was altered by Kobik, or is this an alternate Steve Rogers inhabiting the 616-Steve’s body? How will Nick Spencer answer this? Rather, how well will Spencer answer this? Will this be a repeat of Captain America: Reborn, or will this be something with a little more spice?

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The beautiful pencils and vibrant colors rendered by Rod Reis (and many others) help to give this one-shot a very disturbing feel at times, while lending to the shifting flashbacks and feelings of Steve. You can’t have a disturbing voice without a disturbing face, and Spencer and work in perfect synergy to give us what Spencer has pushed since Steve Rogers #1: a subversive and conniving Rogers with the same moral fiber and convictions as the Cap everyone remembers, only twisted.

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Verdict

Civil War: The Oath contains possibly the best writing I’ve read from Nick Spencer thus far. He lays out a morally twisted Steve Rogers’ feelings and opinions bare for the reader to absorb, and what he leaves us with is dread cloaked in optimism. It was an engrossing and terrifying story made all the more disturbing by Rod Reis’ captivating art style. If Civil War II left a bad taste in your mouth, this story really turns that around in time for Marvel’s next event: Secret Empire.

HAIL HYDRA!

Mighty Captain Marvel

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Hello everyone this is Kay G, and today I thought I would discuss Captain Marvel’s new run. For a while Carol Danvers hasn’t been given a good wrap. I even didn’t find her very appealing. Since Civil War II she’s been known as a bitch for lack of better terms, and was starting wars that should have never happened. Danvers had death on her hands and a lot on her conscience. She was becoming to be one of the least liked characters in Marvel, and I blamed her lack of compassion combined with her crappy attitude for that. Captain Marvel has been re-released multiple times by Marvel comics; which I find unnecessary (a different rant for a different time) but I did find this series to start off very interesting and compelling.

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So introducing the new Marvel series “Mighty Captain Marvels”:

“Behold the mightiest, fightiest super hero there is! Captain Marvel returns to her helm as Alpha Flight commander with the world cheering her on. She’s the biggest hero in the world – but has Captain Marvel become someone Carol Danvers no longer recognizes?”

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Mighty Captain Marvel, is written by Margaret Stohl. Starting at issue #0, Danvers is seen in a new light. I was very skeptical about reading it. It was my partner on here who handed it to me and told me to give it a try. So I did, turned out I like it…a lot. In fact I rushed out and bought issue #1 when it came out and liked it just as much. I like the way Danvers is portrayed in this series. In others she was cocky and thought she could do whatever she wanted, consequences be damned.  In this series, she’s seen as vulnerable and learning to deal with the aftermath of what she’s done in the war. Danvers is struggling with her leadership in Alpha Flight and Ultimate’s. Plus she’s realizing how alone she really is and doing so seeks out her best friend Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman). Within Jessica forgiving her, she finds some peace and little more order in her life.

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Danvers still has a major attitude problem that needs to be worked on. She still has a hard time excepting things that are not her way. Although despite some of her issues, I find that Carol Danvers is really trying; even if she doesn’t like the way it’s being handled. Especially in the way that she has to seek out endorsements to keep Alpha Flight funded. Despite how Captain Marvel may appear, she really doesn’t like being the center of attention. With all this said, I highly suggest this story. It will give you a new view on who Captain Marvel, it is well written and well executed, diffidently a great read.

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DC’s The Flintstones

“Yabba dabba doo.”

Hey, all, D.C. here, and I think it’s time to discuss a series after enough reads. Up today is DC Comics The Flintstones, by the creative team of Mark Russell and Steve Pugh.

When DC Comics decided to come out with an updated version of The Flintstones, the child in me couldn’t help but be intrigued. How would this be done? How would these iconic and classic characters be portrayed? What would the tone be?

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What is The Flintstones?

…If you don’t know what The Flintstones is…then you have missed something out of your childhood. It is one of the most iconic Hanna-Barbara brands ever, debuting in the ’60s and born in the same vein as the classic sitcom The Honeymooners. If you haven’t watched it…WATCH IT.

For the sake of time, I won’t address Steve Pugh’s art, which is very good. I will focus on Russell’s take.

Story?

Satire is the name of the game with The Flintstones.

Mark Russell takes a classic cartoon series and turns it on its head with an adequate modern adaptation. Written in an episodic fashion, Russell makes note of various things that are considered beneficial, yet also can breed foolishness, in our society today. Stabs are taken at innovation of technology–particularly of appliances–that can make our lives easier, yet make us more and more materialistic. Fred deals with the pressures of purchasing such costly and faulty items.

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Religion was touched on in a comedic and intriguing fashion, and again mirroring what happens now. People always want to belong somewhere, no matter how outrageous a religion or cult’s tenants appear.

Surprisingly, the Loyal Order of Water Buffalo is portrayed as a fraternity of war veterans, both of whom Fred and Barney share membership. It is a rough issue that touches on the lack of appreciation the society gives to those survivors who suffer.

At times, Russell’s satire is hilarious. Other times, it’s insight. Many times, however, it can be scathing, almost showing a disdain for our current society and its hypocrisy regarding religion, veteran care, news, elections, marriage, bullying, science, and simple human decency. There isn’t a moment this series isn’t provocative.

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Cast?

The cast is all there, which is always a good thing, and they are all portrayed very well. You can’t have The Flintstones without the big four–Fred, Wilma, Betty, and Barney–their children, Dino, and good ol’ Mr. Slate. Even the Great Gazoo shows up in issue #3, but how it comes about is very different and interesting.

One of the most commendable efforts I’d seen from Mark Russell is the background history in some of these characters that, in their own ways, answers lingering questions from the TV show itself, in addition to establishing this revisionist history.

Fred, simply put, is a shell of a man. He’s nothing like the boisterous caveman with anger issues seen from the cartoon show. Fred is neutered, but why? We see just why when the answer to his and Barney’s time as war veterans is addressed. It is reminiscent of how some vets return from war that is emotionally or physically traumatic, or any war they find themselves used as pawns in. It is in one of the meetings with war veterans that we see the origin and meaning of Fred’s catchphrase, “Yabba dabba doo.” It is nothing bombastic, but all very appropriate.

Still, Russell continually excels at showing that, despite his submissive personality, Fred is a righteous and courageous man at heart with a strong moral character in a crowd of selfish, complacent, and ignorant people.

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One of the better parts in the beginning of the series was Russell’s dabbing in Wilma’s background history and her life being the reasons behind her optimism and artistic choices. It’s something I never expected from Russell, but he made Wilma even more endearing to me. Conversely, next to nothing has been given of Wilma’s best friend, the equally vivacious Betty Rubble, but I hope that is something Russell will address in time.

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It is hard to believe, but Fred’s boss Mr. Slate is even more reprehensible under Russell’s penmanship. Slate is as selfish and flippant as they come in The Flintstones. Frustratingly, Russell writes minute moments where we see hints of Slate’s loneliness or some sort of humility in his actions; those moments are quickly dashed with a word by Slate. It makes me want to hate Slate even more, and for that, I commend Russell’s handling of the character.

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The series is still young, and I am still waiting for Russell to develop the teenage Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, as well as Betty, Dino and the Great Gazoo. The possibility of an extended cast beyond the originals would add a little more spice to this series.

Verdict?

If you haven’t dabbled in DC’s The Flintstones yet, please do. Mark Russell does an incredible job revitalizing the classic characters while addressing a plethora of topics pertinent to our social climate. Whether you think them controversial, progressive, scathing, or biased, you cannot ignore that they are both provocative and thought-provoking, and worthy of discourse after you finish each issue.

END THROWDOWN.

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Monstress

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Hello everyone this is Kay, today I’ll be discussing the beautiful comic I just read called Monstress.  The one thing that intrigued me more than anything about this comic is that it was written by a woman along with the artist. I have a habit of judging women harsher in this line of work because it’s such a big competition. So it’s amazing to see when women can hold their own in the industry and more than that, they’re great at it. The writer is Marjorie Liu; the artist is Sana Takeda and is released by Image Comics.

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The comic has incredible art; each page is filled with luscious paintings that are very vivid and detailed. Monstress reads like a novel, nothing seems to be left out. The history of the people and background is completely laid out for the reader to follow.

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Synopsis:

The series is set in a matriarchal, riven by war between the Arcanics, magical creatures who sometimes can pass for human, and the Cumea, an order of sorceresses who consume Arcanics to fuel their power. The main character, Maika Halfwolf, is an Arcanic who is set on learning more about, and avenging, her dead mother. This story follows Maika, while she faces ghost of the past, battles, and inner demons that are more than just in the inside. This story is about friendship, hardship and facing the truth of what is. Monstress, has a lot of woman empowerment within the relationships together and events that take place.

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Pros/Cons:

What I love most about this story is the beautiful world that has been created. This story is meant for any true Fantasy fan, if the art doesn’t convince you the writing will. Maika, the main character is someone I love to hate.  I’ve never read a story where I dislike the main character, which was something I found extremely interesting. Maika is an absolute bitch down to the very chore. Her childhood and upbringing made her bitter and into a warrior. This story is her journey in discovering more about that and who her mother was. Along this journey, Maika is introduced to many characters one’s you’ll love and maybe some not so much. Overall this continuous story is hands down my top 10 favorite of all comics. I love Fantasy & Adventure stories, it’s one of my favorite genres and reading this story just reminds me of why that is. I’m excited to see where Monstress goes next and hope it ends as well as it began.

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Invincible Iron Man #2

“This is life-or-death stuff you’re training for…and I’m not messing around.”

Well, into this new year, and the fictional world is still erupting in craziness. Real life, too, but that’s neither here nor there. It’s time to throw down!

First off, picking up from Kay’s praise of the first issue, is Marvel’s Invincible Iron Man #2.

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Highlights

This issue continues the saga of Riri Williams, the newest contender (or pretender, depending on who you talk to) to the legacy of Tony Stark. What Brian Michael Bendis excels at here is telling a simple story. Simply put: Riri undergoes rigorous training with her Tony Stark-based A.I. system.

I was charmed to see a hero who is both intelligent, but understandably incompetent. Riri has no idea how to think on her feet in the heat of battle, but she manages a victory by the seat of her pants. She was inelegant, clumsy, and hardly what one would see as a “badass heroine,” but she got the work done the only way she knew how. Riri obviously has much to her learn,but her potential was made very clear in a very good way.

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Building on the highlight of this issue was Bendis’ continued intersection of Riri’s background with her present activities. After the events of last issue, we learn the emotional hardships death has had in both Riri’s and her mother’s lives. I was almost disturbed by Riri’s questioning the doctor regarding both her stepfather and her friend’s deaths, but in a good way. It shows that Riri has depths of her personality we have yet to experience…depths that, at her age, could easily lead her to one side or the other of heroism. Near the flashback’s end, we get a simple television clip that shows Riri’s inspiration. We see what has happened in her past and her present, but Bendis is clearly building the in-between, and just how she comes to her first appearance.

Well done, Bendis.

 

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Artist Stefano Caselli and colorist Marte Garcia continue to work their magic to make a commendable issue on a fledgling hero. The times we see Riri’s face is where Caselli excels at emoting our protagonist. She is both stoic, confused and pained, all at once in the flashback. It works so well.

Lowlights

I have a strong personal opinion that captions can enhance a story in many ways. It may be seen as an archaic and dying practice, but captions can aid in the reader understanding who the character is more than just what we see them do.

I feel that the absence of captions in Bendis’ work was a true detriment this time around. While I enjoyed this issue, I feel that there was a missed opportunity to truly understand Riri when it mattered most: during her training and to intersect her thoughts now with the flashback. We see much of Riri’s actions, but what about her feelings, her thoughts, her rage? For a character no one really knows about, I think she could’ve been cared about even more if Bendis were to dig into his character, to throw out those emotions to the reader.

Like I said, i think it was truly a missed opportunity to elevate an otherwise good story.

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Recap

Invincible Iron Man #2 continues to pump up Riri at a good pace. Bendis wrote a great and sufficient tale of Riri’s struggles as a hero, only made better by the art by Caselli and Garcia. I do believe that Bendis really dropped the ball at the chance to provide greater depth to Riri, but the story still served to set up both the protagonist’s capabilities and the potential rogues gallery to come. I look forward to what comes next, and what improvements Bendis may bring. And I hope you do, too.

END THROWDOWN!

A year in the life…”Gilmore Girls”

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A year in the life of “Gilmore Girls” what can I say, it’s just a wonderful and witty as it used to be. It was a show I fell in love with years ago. So once I heard about the revival I was excitingly anticipating its arrival. When it premiered woke up super early coffee in hand (because as you know coffee and the Gilmore Girls goes hand in hand), and I stayed up super late the following night. The revival is broken into four parts; winter, spring, summer and fall. When finally clicking the start button on my Netflix, I became nervous and excited as to what was to come. It started with voice-overs of the past episodes that relived the whole series.

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It begins with winter; Star Hallows looks like we never left it, festive and full of snow. The girls are at their true nature, fast paste talking and their own secret language that only they understand. In between all the season’s we see the struggle the girls are going through. Mostly we see Rory lost, and wondering where her life is going after school and conquering what she set off to do. All the women seem to be going through change in their life. Despite all this there is still laughter and fun times. Luke and Lorelei are together (like they always should’ve been) and Rory with some random guy she can barely remember the name to. Yet, that’s not all who she’s been seeing. Back and forth to London, we see that she is “back” with Logan at least in a secret manner. Messing up not only her life with work, but also it looks like her love life. Logan was the one I never liked when she freed herself of him I thought it was the best decision. He wasn’t good for her life, her career or her future. To me this showed that there was a part of Rory that hadn’t grown up yet. Then there’s Emily, the loss of Richard is hard not only on the all the Gilmore girls, but the audience as well. Emily is struggling to find herself and just being Emily, and not Mrs. Richard Gilmore. This part of her story was rough and saddening to watch, but you see how much she grows as a person and it was great.

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We get to see all these wonderful characters show back up today, like Sookie, Paris, Zack, Lane, Jessie, Dean, Michelle, and so many more.  It was great to see them all again, it was almost like the show was never gone. There were a lot beautiful moments in this show, and I was so close to not crying at all then fall came and it all came out. The writing to this show was extraordinary, but despite how much I loved this it did have some things I wish that weren’t in it as well. Then there were the whole four words that blew my mind. Still not even sure what I feel about it.

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Pros:

First of Lorelei and Luke are together, so of course that’s the best part of the show. Despite the parts that made me cry these were some of the best moments in the show. In fall is when it all the crying came crashing down. Lorelei left to do “Walk,” like the book she wanted to go hiking out in the wilderness in order to go find herself. Things with Luke and her weren’t going the way she planned. They weren’t married yet, they were lying to each other and even her relationship with Rory was on the rocks. So she left, packed her big back and was already to go on the adventure to figuring out her life. Then right when she was about to go, she couldn’t find her permit, they wouldn’t allow her to go. So frustrated she went out for coffee and nothing was open but she found this beautiful view were all her clarity came to her. Lorelei called Emily and told her what her favorite memory of her father was, and reconciled any problems she had with her mother. This was the first of some crying, but it really stared when she got back home.

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Luke was standing there listening to her talk and before she could finish he started it. Luke talks about how they were meant to be, how hard it was when they weren’t together and seeing her with other people. That he would do anything to be with her, he’d change he do whatever she asked because he loved her and refused to have his life without her. It was a beautiful speech, one I’m not sure I could ever replicate. Lorelei looks at him, and tells him that she wasn’t ever trying to leave him, that she booked a date and made plans and that a wedding was going to happen and it was already taken care of. The wedding was beautiful; they sneaked off the night before the date and got married. It was perfect for them and way over do.

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Another great moment was with Dean, Rory runs into him at the market. He looks handsome as ever. Rory tells him she’s going to write a book (advice she took from Jess) and ask if it was ok if he was in it. She told him that she would was going to write that he was the best first boyfriend a girl could hope for, the he made her feel safe and comfortable and so many more amazing things. It was a perfect moment for them. Then last but not the very least, when Jess looks at her. Luke asks him if he’s over her, and Jessie’s response is were just friends, but as he’s leaving he looks at her, it’s the way Luke use to look at Lorelei, with love and longing. It build up hope that maybe one day, the relationship that should have always happen may just have its chance. To me Jess was always the best person for Lorelei.

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Cons:

To me there were a few issues with the revival. First off there was so many scene’s that didn’t make sense or just far too long. The play was one of them. They showed far too much of it. I felt like the idea of it was made present enough in the beginning and at the last number that convinced Lorelei that things needed to change with her life. The rest of it was all extra time that could have been spent on the characters; that’s really what the audience wanted to see. There were also some slow scenes that seemed to drag on, that points just weren’t being made. Yes, Rory was struggling to come to terms of who she was, but I felt like it was just more than it should have been. Plus the story with her and Logan didn’t make sense, it didn’t make sense back in older episodes and didn’t now.

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Even as sweet as it was when Logan came to get here with the life and death brigade, I even felt she was too old for it. It was sweet gesture and the scene ended very well, but I also didn’t find it necessary. Other than that some of the chemistry didn’t seem all there with the characters, but after so many years that was to seem expected.

Conclusion:

Overall this revival was beautiful and worth checking out even the second time around. Even though the ending was left with shock in awe, it took me time to accept it. They always had to come around full circle. Jess is Luke and Logan is Christopher. Rory’s life will be as her mother’s was. Besides with that last look Jess gives Rory in the end, you know that there will always be hope.Image result for pictures from gilmore girl revival rory and jess

Because it always had to end, just like it began. It will make you laugh and make you cry. I felt like I was back in high school and grown up all at the same time while watching this. If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, I defiantly recommended that all of you grab your coffee and snacks and check it out. This is Kay G. thanks for reading.

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Superman: Super Monster

“And sometimes one is simply one.”

Hej hej, all. This is D.C. back from a long hiatus (read: My day job kept me extremely swamped).

Kay and I had spent the last month reading and collecting comics and films. While our eyes viewed many, few stuck out that garnered an extensive review. That has changed in the last couple of weeks, so the first of many throwdowns will be the two-part storyline in Superman, Super Monster.

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Is this YOUR Superman?

For many, yes. This may be DC Comics’ New 52/Rebirth era, but this appears to be the pre-Flashpoint era Kal-El, here to fill the void left by the New 52 Superman’s death. With wife Lois Lane and son Jonathan (Superboy), Superman continues to find his place in this unfamiliar world, complicated by the ominous presence of Mr. Oz.

Superman’s saga continues in Superman #12-13, which covered the Super Monster arc, with the review focused on issue #13.

Highlights

Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason (who’ve worked together on Green Lantern Corps) write a fast-paced tale that has just about everything: a seemingly-ordinary  day for Lois Lane; a fun and satisfying scuffle between Superman and S.H.A.D.E. agent Frankenstein; and an appropriate resolution to a short arc. Even Lois got a small spotlight taking a shot at the arc’s antagonist. Tomasi and Gleason’s inclusion of both Frankenstein and his Bride and their emotional baggage in this arc worked out very well without overstaying their welcome.

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The strongest dialogue by Tomasi and Gleason here was rooted in the poetic exchanges between Frankenstein and the Bride, which oozed animosity, love lost, and even a bittersweet and pained longing that is apparent in both characters. It’s complicated and very relatable. The most impactful line was near the end of issue #13, where the dead Frankenstein confesses his very human feelings to his former Bride. Her response and his reaction cuts hard and deep.

Doug Mahnke’s art, aided by bright and vibrant colors (why so many colorists for one issue?), works well for the most part. The emotive responses related to each character went well with the script, even the nuances etched in the dull, dead faces of Frankenstein and the Bride.

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I hadn’t been very pleased with this Superman series–particularly with regards to Jonathan and the depiction of the Eradicator–but Super Monster was a very good arc.

Some issues I had, though…

Lowlights

Tomasi and Gleason seemed to be confused with regard to the fugitive warlord Kroog. There were repeated alternations between identifying Kroog as male or female. Why? There’s no indication that Kroog is a shapeshifter of nebulous gender. I’m not sure if Tomasi and Gleason were trying to imply the fluid gender, or were confused themselves in the depiction of Kroog.

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Getting a little touchy there, Supes…

The Bride’s exchange with Lois was a bit off when it came to explaining the death of hers and Frankenstein’s son. The Bride explicitly stated, with regards to her son:

“We tracked him down in Europe, where he was wreaking death and destruction.”

Yet two panels later, the Bride says:

“…And I killed him before he could kill others.”

Perhaps I’m being a bit pedantic, but…how does one stop one from killing, if he was already wreaking DEATH and destruction already? It’s a small thing, but it was, to me, no less inconsistent.

While the dialogue between Frankenstein and the Bride was emotional and potent, I do feel that Tomasi and Gleason missed a golden opportunity to bring that dialogue back into the the thoughts and actions of Superman and his feelings towards both Lois and Jonathan. There was no introspection on Superman’s part, no thoughts on the meaning of his allies’ relationship, and how fragile and easily breakable his own family is. Without that introspection, even in caption form, the last several panels lack any real impact to me, other than hammering the point that this version of Superman and his family is “perfect” for DC’s Rebirth initiative.

Hammering “perfection” isn’t moving, and really did diminish the full effect I desired.

Recap

The Super Monster arc in Superman was a quick, isolated team-up tale that was both effective and exciting. While it didn’t serve a specific “goal” towards the overall events of Rebirth, it was a good filler that reacquainted Superman with more characters.

There was some blips in Tomasi and Gleason’s writing, particularly with regard to antagonist Kroog and the full emotional takeaway of the arc, but it was a satisfying read.

END THROWDOWN.