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Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Okay guys, before I get too far into thoughts today, I have a question to ask everyone – Considering I only have three posts that are done every week (the two Mini-Opinions and the Weekly Summary), is this getting tired and boring? I feel like I should come up with something else to do that might be more interesting, but I’m not entirely sure what to do just yet. I will have to think on it…

Swamp Thing #0

So I will be completely honest here – I was not expecting to like this issue much. I mean, I know I was reading it for class, but I didn’t think it would be anything I was all that interested in. But when we got a little further into the mythos of this series, the different teams and their conflict, I was intrigued. It seemed like an interesting premise. I actually am debating picking up a TPB for this, just to see if the series is as interesting. I shall have to think about that…

Final Opinion: Solid

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Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Captain Marvel #1-#8

So, I was only supposed to read #1-#7 for class (and I think she really meant #1-#6 since that was where the first story arc ended…) but I figured I would read everything that I had so that would have completed the series so far. Captain Marvel has been one of my favorite characters/series since I first picked up Issue #9. Even at that point, most people I was following said that it wasn’t worth going back and reading the beginning, that #9 was a good place to start and just to keep going from there. The story before was just too weird. I’m not entirely sure why they said that, now that I’ve actually read the first eight issues. Yes, these were more sci-fi stories than the down-to-earth stuff we have now, but it was still pretty interesting, and really, the time travel story was a fun primer for Carol’s origin. It was certainly a more interesting way of doing it than just showing it to us through some flashbacks. I enjoyed myself when I was reading them! And the robot story was just hilarious. I loved Carol and Monica going back and forth – they are a pretty funny combo.

Final Opinion: Must Read!

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Mini Opinions – Friday Edition

Strangers in Paradise: Pocket Edition #1

This was one of the many books I picked up for the Gender Through Comic Books class I’m currently taking, and I am really glad this one ended up on the list because I think I’m going to have to grab the next few editions and keep reading. There was a really good story here, which characters that I couldn’t help but enjoy – I really want to know where their story goes from here, so now I need to keep my eye out for the 2nd pocket edition!

Final Opinion: Must Read!

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Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

And we are onto a new,crazy week. I still feel like a huge pile of things to get through, and this week I won’t have quite as much time as before. We shall see how this goes!

Fantastic Four #4 and #5

Well…this is getting better. I wouldn’t say that it’s getting good, but we’re making steps in the right direction. I liked the background we got in issue #4, the running story of how Reed and Sue met and eventually married. It was a really cute story, especially when the exact opposite, the lack of trust from Reed, was going on in the main storyline. I think having those two side-by-side was pretty telling when it came to Reed, and I enjoyed what was going on and the cliffhanger we were left on (FINALLY! Something that kind of made you want the next issue…). #5 was a cute story with the kids and Ceasar that was, apparently, setting something up that I assume will be in FF (if the shot of the newspaper article had anything to do with it…). We also got some serious talk between Reed and Sue, and it’s finally starting to feel a like we’re seeing the tiniest slivers of a running storyline. I’m still not sold on this one, though.

I really don’t understand this though. I LOVE Fraction’s writing in Hawkeye and FF. We know that he can make a good running storyline (through FF) and a good episodic series (Hawkeye). I don’t understand why those two titles feel like they’re leaps and bounds ahead of this one when we have the same author. Because it isn’t the art that’s the problem here…there is very little happening in the story that makes you want to keep at it. And I just don’t understand how these opposite things can come from the same author!

Final Opinion: Iffy (2nd in a row)

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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

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This Can’t Be Good…(Superior Spider-Man #5)

Superior Spider-Man 5


Is this this the week of ominous endings or what? Feels like a lot of titles are going for character development that make you rather worried about at least one of your main characters. Or is this a pattern that only I am seeing? It wouldn’t be the first time 😛 Especially if I was wrong…

So this issue picks back up with Massacre just after the attack on the fast-food restaurant. There is really weird and slightly insane conversation between Massacre and the CEO of the fast food joint that was attacked (she can’t possibly take him up on his offer…right?…RIGHT?) Then we jump to Spider-Man and Uatu, who’s helping Spider-Man install facial recognition software in his spider-bots. Uatu isn’t entirely happy with this…it is a lot of power for one guy to have…but Spider-Ock waves him off and heads out. Not to find Massacre…but to the tutor that was introduced last issue! Where he gets fed…

Okay, I don’t know about you guys, but about here I was scratching my head. I mean, I know that Ock doesn’t really do the legwork that Peter did and usually prefers to leave things to his Spider-Bots and jumps in when they give him the information he’s looking for, but this one got to me. I mean…it’s a mass murderer, and you’re going to go eat dinner with a tutor, who’s services you don’t even need? I think I was firmly in camp Peter on this one…but what can you do? It’s true to the character…it’s just not likable.

Then we go to the big showdown at Grand Central. The biggest thing I walked away with is this: Under what circumstances can Peter actually influence Ock’s behavior? Because we saw Peter get Ock to save a kid, thereby revealing himself. We also saw in that first issue where Peter stopped him from killing another villan. But this time, Peter isn’t able to stop Ock from shooting Massacre. My assumption (and I think the assumption that we’re supposed to make, because they do use the word ‘neutralized’ to describe him after) is that Massacre is dead now. I might be wrong…but he was shot point-blank and J. Jonah Jameson seemed pretty happy about the whole situation, so that’s the theory I’m going to run with. But really, why could Ock do it this time, but not kill the new Sinister Six in the first issue? Why can he ignore Peter here, but not ignore saving a kid? I’m a little confused how this all works…and I wonder if we’re going to get an explanation, or if it’s going to continue to be random? Because it would SUCK if we don’t get a decent reason why it only works some of the time…

And then brings up the next head-scratcher. We jump back to Ms. CEO, who is happy her fast food joint is out of the news, only to be confronted by Spider Man about her involvement with Massacre and her turning a blind eye (apparently she did take that deal…). And Spider-Ock sends a bunch of spider-bots in there to, essentially, intimidate her into giving herself up…and it’s just a LITTLE creepy. Ock is starting to step over the line in terms of what he should and shouldn’t do, in my opinion at least. I’m a little worried about what Spider-Man is going to become at this point…

Overall, I liked this issue! I though it was interesting – it certainly gave us a few questions and thoughts to ponder. I’m not expecting much of an answer anytime soon, especially with the summary for the next issue…that just looks like more of a romp, and not really a bigger storyline. Oh well…hopefully we’ll get answers soon!

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Taking a Little Detour (Superior Spider-Man #4)

So I was going to do the last two issues of Avengers right about now…but I really wanted to (re)read something different, so I jumped over to the next couple of comics that I’ve got. I’ll head back to the Avengers after a bit. I think I just needed a break!

Superior Spider-Man 4

Okay, so I read enough review blogs and watch enough YouTube videos to know the explosion that most fans had at the end of this issue. And while I totally understand everyone else’s point of view on this one, for me, it fell a little flat. I mean, yes, I know enough to recognize the Green Goblin when I see him, but any reaction on my part was mild to compare to everyone else. We now have two villans running around the city, Massacre, and Green Goblin, and just based on what I’ve read so far, I don’t have any reason to think that his appearance is anything strange or out of the ordinary. Which is kind of sad…since so much of the rest of the fandom is so excited about it! I kind of wish I could be a part of it.

The rest of the comic was so-so. There were some funny moment (“Tastier Beverage?”) and the stakes certainly seem to be getting higher (Will Ock kill Massacre or wont he?) but this was all set-up filled with some odd comedic moments. I wasn’t a big fan of the Doc Ock must have a Doctorate Degree plot line that started here. It was funny…but not a whole lot else. I’m hoping that the next issue will be better…and maybe explain some things that those of us that haven’t been in the fandom long were missing from this issue!

Plots to Find in Older Comics:

  • Scarlet Witch Depowering Mutants, War Against Phoenix Force – High Priority. This was mentioned in Hulk #1, but became much bigger when it came to All New X-Men. I’m going to need to find this info sometime soon! **House of M series (Thanks SM!!) and Avengers Vs. X-Men series**
  • What’s up with the numbered Colins of A.I.M? – Medium Priority. They seem to be spanning a few different series…
  • Who is this new Nick Fury? – Medium Priority. If he’s going to be a major character in Secret Avengers, I kind of want to know who he is… **Can be found in the Battle Scars series** Thanks thegothamrogue!
  • Previous Team for Hawkeye and Black Widow – Medium Priority. I think it might be the last series of Secret Avengers, and I wonder if something that happened there will be the reason they joined here.
  • What happened to Green Goblin that made people so surprised to see him again? – Low Priority – fully out of curiosity.
  • A.I.M.’s history – Low Priority – who they are, where they came from, etc.
  • Jean Grey’s history – Low Priority – This is something I should just Wikipedia, so I know what some of these random panels are referencing.
  • What happened to the original Nick Fury? – Low Priority. Just curious.
  • Incident where Kate took over for Hawkeye while he was a ninja – Low Priority. It would be fun to know, but certainly not necessary!
  • Shield Command Structure – Low Priority. We probably don’t need this for most of the stories, but it would be nice to know.
  • Who Else was in the Sinister Six? – Low Priority. Mentioned in Spiderman #1 and #3, but not necessary to know. Like always, just curious..
  • Hawkeye’s Past – Low Priority. This is totally out of my own curiosity. You don’t need to know this to understand what’s going in in Hawkeye. It’s mentioned briefly, but it’s really not expanded on much.
  • Tony’s first experience with Extremis – Low Priority. It’s not something that it that integral to the plot, so it’s more of a curiosity than anything else **Fourth Volume of Iron Man by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov (Thanks thegothamrogue!)**
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What’s My Name? (Superior Spider-Man #1, #2, and #3)

So on that second day of comic book shopping that involved the overly-large pile of comics being bought, one of the titles I was looking for was Superior Spider-Man. According to SM, it was a really good series, and it wasn’t easy to get hold of the first issue anymore. I’m assuming she meant getting your hands on a first printing of the first issue, because I found plenty of second printings up for sale when I got to my shop (keep in mind, of course, that by this point, I’d only just learned what “Second Printing” and “Variant” even meant…). I was excited – I’d been given a stack of promotional stuff on my first day of buying comic books, and one of them contained a couple of pages of Superior Spider-Man that looked pretty good.

I should also mention, I knew nothing about the Doctor Octopus taking ove Peter Parker’s body thing until I brought this home and SM explained it to me. Apparently it is quite the controversy…but having never read any other Spider-Man comics, I really don’t have a frame of reference for comparison. I guess I could go out and pick up the last few Amazing Spider-Man issues, but I did mention my OCD-like tendency to want a complete story, right? Somehow I don’t think I’m going to track down 700 issues…assuming they can all be tracked down! So I start from here instead.

Superior Spider-Man 1

Superior Spider-Man #1. Again, going back to the fact that I don’t have a frame of reference to compare these to, I did really like this issue. The artwork was good, and it also just ‘felt’ right. I know that’s kind of a cop out, but I can’t think of a better way to say it. The story and the art felt like they matched. There wasn’t anything jarring or out of place. I really enjoyed it. I did find the “mad scientist” look that Otto has while at work a little strange…is that was Peter typically looked like at work? It seems a little wierd from what little I know about the character…you would think his colleagues would figure out something was off. But whatever – not my story to write, in the end. I think the mad scientist look works perfectly for Otto.

Story-wise, this was solid. Again, it’s introductions and learning about what really is a brand new character. I thought there was a nice blend of character building and action that kept me interested the entire way through the comic. I liked the little comparisons that you got from others that showed when Otto was acting out of the typical “Peter Parker” character that he’s supposed to be portreying – it’s a nice little nod to older fans, and it lets us newer fans know how the two characters differ. And the end….oh man, the end! I nearly screamed! But I’m glad for it, and I’m sure there are people who have been part of the fandom for a while that are even more glad for it!

I kind of want to find out who the Sinister Six were originally, though. If this little rag-tag group was supposed to be their replacement, I’d like to know who they were supposedly replacing.

I will mention, the scene with Otto and Mary Jane…that was just creepy…which only served to make the next issue worse…

Superior Spider-Man 2

Okay…creep factor when up ten-fold with this issue. I don’t know why this weirds me out so much, but the idea Doc Ock in Peter’s body trying to (at the very least) date Mary Jane – it just feels so wrong! Not that it wasn’t told well – I liked the little jumps in time where we saw a panel or two or each date so we know how it went. I like Ock’s little spider-bot invention, which really is a good idea. I just really didn’t like Ock’s and MJ’s interactions (personally…again, it was all done well) until the very end. His decision in the end was really mature…and very much not super-villain like. Which would be the whole point, I guess.

I really don’t have much to say about this one. still loving the art. Not a huge fan of the story. It was alright, but it wasn’t amazing. I did like the fact that Charlie is on to him…or at least has an inkling that something is very wrong. She obviously has all of the pieces (I guess she was there during or after Doc Ock and Peter switched bodies? I’m not quite sure) but hasn’t quite put them together yet. I’m interested to see where that ends up going.

One little nit-picky note – Why is it that, any other time Peter’s ghost/spirit/whatever shows up, its dressed the same as Ock (i.e., if he’s in civilian clothes, then so is Peter, and if he’s dressed as Spiderman, then so is Peter), but the very first time we see Peter in this issue, that isn’t the case (Peter is in street clothes, but Ock is in Spiderman clothes)? I just found that odd…

Superior Spider-Man 3

Issue #3 is by far my favorite issue so far. A good mix of humor, storytelling, and character building for everyone, and blended together in such a way that you had to keep reading. Bravo to Dan Slott for this one, because this specific issue ranks pretty high on my (very short) list of all the issues of any series I’ve read so far.

The beginning was amazing…and probably a not-so-subtle dig at DC and Batman. Jameson creates a “Bat Signal” which Ock promptly destroys. Obviously any enemy who saw that signal would know exactly where Spiderman was going and only an idiot would create one *cough* *cough*. We go right into some more character building for Charlie and another hint that she knows more than she’s letting on.

And oh, hey, part of a mystery solved! Apparently Ock and The Vulture were originally part of the Sinister Six…well that would make Ock’s reaction in the first book make more sense! Now I just wonder who else was in it – and if they are going to be making an appearance.

And then comes my favorite part of the entire thing – a trip through Doc Ock’s memories for Peter! This was an amazing idea, to interweave Ocks past in with the present. All we’ve really seen of Ock is that he’s some sort of mad scientist that likes to hit on women and rather enjoys the limelight that he’s getting while being Spider-Man – this was an amazing change of pace and a great chance to get to know Ock a little better. Having Ock snap at the end because of one of the memories we’ve seen was scary, but still so well done. Really, I have nothing bad to say about this one at all. Thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end!

Plots to Find in Older Comics:

  • Who Else was in the Sinister Six? – Low Priority. Mentioned in Spiderman #1 and #3, but not necessary to know. Like always, just curious.
  • War Against Phoenix Force – Low Priority. This was mentioned in Hulk #1, but not integral. Just curious.
  • Hawkeye’s Past – Low Priority. This is totally out of my own curiosity. You don’t need to know this to understand what’s going in in Hawkeye. It’s mentioned briefly, but it’s really not expanded on much.
  • Tony’s first experience with Extremis – Low Priority. It’s not something that it that integral to the plot, so it’s more of a curiosity than anything else
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