“Because now I am proud of you.”
Hey, hey. This is D.C. here. I’m up to my ears in comics (preorders are good, but costly in time-management), but I had a hankerin’ to throw down on Marvel’s Infamous Iron Man.
With all the divisiveness over Riri Williams taking on the role of Ironheart and the erroneous belief that she is Iron Man, we have one Victor Von Doom, a new man from his experiences in Secret Wars, looking to make himself a better man by being Iron Man. With the kind of baggage and history Doom’s had, you can imagine he’s got his work cut out for him.
The first few issues of Infamous Iron Man had me intrigued. There’s something interesting about a reformation story, especially one involving a man like Doctor Doom. How will he succeed? How will he fail? Brian Michael Bendis took Von Doom on a very interesting, yet low-key, start to his journey. Alex Maleev’s art adds a dark, gothic feel to the armored sorcerer.
At least in the beginning.
Throughout the first issues, I was stil unclear as to why exactly Doom is targeting the other scientific villains, many of whom he felt a kinship to, as men who have squandered their talents. I doubt he killed any of them since–as always–a death unseen in comics is a death undone. Is Doom merely capturing them? Who can say? With Bendis’ lack of depth and introspection of Doom, it is hard to tell where he goes.
In Infamous Iron Man #5, Bendis adds a major kink in Doom’s path by reintroducing Cynthia Von Doom, Victor’s not-so dead mother. Why such a big thing is introduced in the middle of a vague redemption story isn’t entirely clear. Kay read this as well, and she felt that Bendis is throwing in too many different elements at once–Doom’s nascent heroism, the circumstances of Cynthia Von Doom’s return, why the events of Doctor Strange don’t seem to affect either Von Doom’s access to magic, the Maker, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s intentions with the conflict in Latveria, Amara Perera’s roles. I fear all this will muddy the overall storyline if too few things are brought in and unresolved.
While Maleev’s art still excels, one thing threw me off during the reunion fight between Doom and his mother: Why are Cynthia’s spells written with Greek letters and hiragana? Did they think that no one would catch that? Looking below on the top panel, and the hiragana don’t seem to mean anything; nor did the Greek letters. Maleev would’ve been better off making up his own glyphs for magical spells…
(However, if anyone can read Japanese, feel free to prove me wrong. Please.)
The big reveal of the Maker (the villainous Reed Richards of Earth-1610) at the end of the issue adds even more questions than perhaps was needed in this series, least of all is his relation to Cynthia Von Doom and his plans against the new Iron Man.
With Infamous Iron Man, I have the same problem I’ve had with Bendis’ other series, Invincible Iron Man. Bendis’ writing is much too sparse when writing Doom. Are we to assume that a man, a thinker, a genius like Victor Von Doom, doesn’t have a million thoughts of his path? That he doesn’t wrestle with his darker impulses, the desires he’s acted upon for some 50 years? Is he supposed to be the relatively quiet type, and we’re supposed to just go along for the ride as if that is sufficient?
I would appreciate knowing more about what’s going on in Doom’s head, especially how he sees himself and those who damn his attempts at heroism at every turn. And while Alex Maleev’s art is superb, it doesn’t suffice when words are lacking. Action can only carry a book so far. Bendis really needs to work on this in the issues to come, or I can’t see myself staying along for Doom’s rise…or his fall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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?
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.
It is clear that Hardman is in his element when drawing this story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.