Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Continuing with the mini-opinions, which will hopefully be scheduled for Friday and Monday from now on. Plenty of new issues this week, plus a few new series I picked up and others that have been waiting for me to find some time. I’m hoping to get through as many as I can!!

Nova #2

I enjoyed this issue! It was a bit of a filler issue in that we really didn’t meet anyone new (unless you count the very end…) but we did establish that Sam has figured out the helmet and suit and kind of knows how to operate it. We also establish that something went rather wrong with whatever his father was doing, which is why he now has the helmet, and why Rocket Raccoon and Gamora came to him in the first place. I’m kind of curious about the panel with the mother looking out the window…think she knows more than she’s letting on? I wish we had run a little more with the story, but I still liked it overall.

Final Opinion: Solid

Captain Marvel #11

I’ve been enjoying Captain Marvel since I started reading the series. Its a woman who feels real, who has flaws (and here I’m speaking to the mass in her brain as well as her unending stubbornness) and still does everything she can to do good and help people. Her internal conflicts feel real and organic, her life is interesting because of all of the other characters that we have met that are just her neighbors or people she interacts with on a normal basis. They really make this story. This was still something of a filler, and an introduction for what can only be a much longer storyline, but it was still interesting. The artwork is also growing on me. I always end up liking quirkier artwork, and this certainly qualifies. Its starting to fit the story, in a way, and I hope we don’t change artists anytime soon. I sincerely hope this series continues as it is going, because I will become huge fan as long as it keeps up this momentum!

Final Opinion: Solid

New Avengers #4

I feel like I have the same reaction every time I read a New Avengers issue: What the %($* just happened? New Avengers is consistently the most complicated and confusing storyline that I read. I always come out of it with more questions than answers. This time, it’s should be easy enough – who are the two monster-guy-things that appear on the second world. One of them is destroying the world. The other is trying to destroy him (I think?) I think the one destroying the world is called Galactus, but I have absolutely no idea who the other guy is…I also am not entirely sure why he attacked the group at the very end. I’m insanely curious to know why, though! I was a little worried about this one…for a moment, I thought it might end up similar to the last issue, but they turned it around in the end.

Final Opinion: Solid

Indestructible Hulk #5

Oh dear sweet Hulk…I keep holding out hope for you, but you keep disappointing me. I was glad we got to see more Banner than Hulk in this issue. I always enjoy seeing Banner as Mark Waid writes him…but in the end, we end up going back to the same formula of him becoming Hulk, almost dying, only to come back when “least” expected and defeat the big baddie. I’m also not a huge fan of the episodic nature of this story – it really needs a running story arc. Otherwise, we end up with formulaic stories. At least for this series…there are other series that are more episodic that I love, but this one doesn’t hold that well. It makes me sad…

Final Opinion: Iffy

Superior Spider-Man #6

Well, the cat is starting to leave the bag, right? It looks like people are finally starting to catch on that this Spider-Man isn’t your typical Peter Parker. This was a rather amusing little issue. Between the social media jabs that accompany Jester and Screwball and their antics, it was a pretty funny read (who wouldn’t want to pants Jameson?) Though Otto obviously takes it a little far…I wasn’t a fan of him and Peter in this issue. It seemed a little like they were trying to play the same game as issue #3, where we run back into Otto’s past to see why he’s doing something in the present, but it didn’t really come off as well this time around. Either we didn’t spend enough time in his past…or his general attitude this issue just made me not care. Not one of my favorites, but it looks like we’re leading to something, so hopefully next issue will be interesting

Final Opinion: Iffy

All New X-Men #9

Now THIS is what I’m taking about! This is a filler issue, really. The only thing that happens to advance the story-line is Mystique breaking out Lady Mastermind, which takes all of four pages. The rest…is all about these characters. And they are FASCINATING characters. People out of time, one doing things she shouldn’t be able to do yet, and how they are coping and learning to work together and separately. It’s always enough to keep me enthralled. This is the type of mix that I always talk about, between plot and character building. You have to do one or the other in an issue, but the best do both, and they do both in a ratio that works for each specific issue. This one was heavy on the character building, but it needed to be. We have two outside story-lines (Mystique and Scott…though that one was really from Uncanny X-Men…) going on, that don’t take up a whole lot of room, but this was a great way to fill that space, giving our characters just a little more richness. I can’t ever praise this series enough!

Final Opinion: Must Read!

Avengers #8

So we have apparently come full circle with this issue. Now at least those first three issues, which had always seemed a little disconnected from the rest of the story, might end up meaning something! But anyway, this is another episode with more information to weave into the giant tapestry that is Jonathan Hickman’s master plan (or something like that…) This story seems to get more complicated and intricate with every page that I read. I enjoy it, but I also keep wondering when we’re going to get to the point of all this! We’re building up and building up and building up…and I’m worried the payoff isn’t going to be enough to justify all of this build up! I just hope I end up being wrong!

Final Opinion: Solid

Uncanny Avengers #1

Decided to pick this issue up just because…I hadn’t heard much about the series so I thought I’d give it a try. This one obviously takes place earlier than any of the other series I’m reading…directly after AvX. I like how the stories wove together, even though we were seeing three or four different stories taking place. The flow from one to the next was good. I was glad to see Rogue as well…she was one of the few character I knew but hadn’t seen in any series I’ve read so far. Its a good set-up. I didn’t know who the main villan was who appeared at the end, but I get the feeling you were supposed to know…oh well. It’s a good start, and worth seeing if it goes anywhere interesting.

Final Opinion: Solid

FF #4

I typically read FF and Fantastic Four together, but I haven’t managed to get my hands on Fantastic Four #4 (it didn’t come with the order that my comic store made for today), and I figure the two series are separate enough at the moment that it wont matter if I read them out of order.

This was such an adorable story!! I really don’t know what to say beyond that. I was laughing myself silly watching Bentley and the Moloids try and thwart Jen’s (not-a)Date, and how they just kept making it worse and worse. You could just see the kid logic running from attempt to attempt. It was adorable. Mind you, now I am really confused. What is Medusa doing? I don’t know if I’m missing something or if this is something that is surprising everyone. The ending certainly surprised me. Hopefully they explain come the next issue!!

Final Opinion: Must Read!

Fearless Defenders #2

Arg…I know I’m probably overly critical of all or mostly female teams, but that’s because they are typically written (as far as I can tell) with an eye to being “female-friendly” or to show a willingness to create strong female characters. And that is what I want! So when a title promises this and then falls horribly short, I just get frustrated. You have women with attitude, sure, but then you have them in these ridiculous poses that are completely impossible. Did anyone see the second page that Moonstar is on? At the very bottom, where she is pointing a bow, her torso is straight up…except for her butt, which is at a 90 degree angle from the rest of her body. Is that even physically possible?? Or did the artist decide to turn her into some sort of Centaur hybrid? The only reason you would have to do that is to actually be able to show off her butt. There’s no other good reason.

I will say this over and over and over – if you want a good, strong, female character, then create a good, strong character, just like any other character.Get that set up…and then make her female. I feel like this title is failing to do that…they want to emphasize the fact that these characters are females and are sacrificing the characters strength and legitimacy in order to do it. And it makes me sad. I’m don’t think I’m going to pick up this series again…

Final Opinion: Drop

Katana #2

I just can’t seem to get into this series…its such a slow pace and it drags. I have to force myself to get through the entire thing and I’m not happy I did in the end. There is a mystery underneath this story, but I just don’t really care about it. More sadness. I think I’m going to have to drop this one as well. It’s just not worth continuing to me.

Final Opinion: Drop

Wolverine #1

We’ve got an interesting premise here….a gun that can possess people has somehow managed to possess a kid. And said gun can do some really crazy damage. The artwork was fun, a little grittier than some of the other series I’ve been reading, and I think that matches the story pretty well. I’m not sure how sold I am on this series yet. We only got a tiny sliver of a story here, and having a kid as a serial killer (even if it’s against his will) is a little disturbing. I will probably give the next one a try, just to see where this goes…

Final Opinion: Iffy

More to come on Monday! Have a good weekend everyone!

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4 thoughts on “Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

  1. thepuremood says:

    Wow! You are reading a TON of comics! I’m very impressed, and these were great reviews!
    As for NEW AVENGERS…that fella that showed up at the end was Terrax, and why the characters all started fighting was…well, it’s sort of symbolic as to why superheroes do what they do. After performing memory lobotomy on Captain America, these guys are all feeling kinda weird about who they are as heroes. So in the end of this issue, when they see Galaktus preparing to eat an alternate version of Earth, they wonder if they should stop him, seeing as how he’s sort of doing their job for him. Terrax tries to persuade them to let the planet-eater do his thing, but the Illuminati decide they have to be heroes. So, that’s kinda what’s going on.
    I love FEARLESS DEFENDERS, but it was really interesting to hear your criticism’s on it.
    Your blogs a lot of fun, I hope to see you post more!

    • cr8zygurl says:

      Thanks so much! And thanks for the info on New Avengers – I swear, that one always has me confused!!

      As for Fearless Defenders, I know a lot of people enjoy it. I think if I could get past the fact that these women are drawn in ridiculous ways, I might actually be interested in the story. And then a panel comes up with a ridiculous pose, and I’m done. I just think it’s too objectified…and that always bugs me.

      I will definitely be posting more! There will always be a post on Friday and Monday (the mini-reviews) and Wednesday (the Summary post). And sometimes I’ll throw in a random post in between 🙂

  2. FF #4 was so good and that Medusa turn was unexpected though she did make her debut as a villain in the Frightful Four group led by Bentley-23’s “father” the Wizard. Issue #5 promises to deliver some answers and I can hardly wait!

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