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The X-Files: Conspiracy

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:47am -- Joey

The X-Files: Conspiracy

I usually go by issue number, but in this case, the numbering was so confusing, I'm just going to not part numbers ... since that is the only distinctive thing on the title page that tells you where it falls in the order of things ... in case you were wondering why the sudden change here.  Lol.

Part 1 of 6: The Lone Gunmen

At first, I was concerned that I was going to have a hard time understanding what was happening in these series, because I am not caught up on season 10, which this story is sort-of parallel to.  However, after reading this issue, it feels like this is going to be it's own, completely separate story. I am sure it connects with all of the main series that are part of it, but I don't think you need to read the main series in order to read this, or vice versa.  

I really enjoyed this issue.  The characters were all well written, they sounded like themselves without sounding like caricatures of themselves (which I have seen in past crossovers).  I was very happy to see Mulder and Scully more than fleetingly involved in this issue.  They've got the Lone Gunmen on the mission, or rather, the Gunmen are on the mission, and they are keeping Mulder and Scully posted. 

I'm loving the danger and the variety in this story already.  All of these universes coming into one is really special.  It's almost fanfiction.  See kids, keep telling those stories, people will listen and they will become cannon someday. 

Silver Surfer (Iss #01-06)

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:02pm -- Joey

Silver Surfer by Dan Slott

Issue 001

I picked this comic up, because I liked the old-school art on the cover.  I figured I have more of a classic story arc waiting for me inside.  That may have been an incorrect assumption.  If might be a new story waiting ... I'm not sure, but this first issue certainly pulled me in.  Knowing nothing about the Silver Surfer, I am interested by the fact that he used to be a villain ... or so it seems by that flashback the story begins with.

The story of the twin girls might be a little cliché, but not in a bad way.  It fits the unusualness in the other half of the story, and they will entwine in the next issue, I am sure.  I wonder how long this arc is going to last.  

I am not sure I am won over so far as that I'll survive reading more than one arc, but I'm willing to give this one a chance.  The characters seem fair, and the plot is solid enough.  So far, so good. 

Dexter Down Under

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:03pm -- Joey

Dexter Down Under | by Jeff Lindsay

Issue 001

Wow, has it been a while, or has it been a while since I've been in the universe of Dexter Morgan?  Haha.  Not that you would know.  That was my pre-commentary days.  I read the first book.  Watched the first few seasons of the show.  I want to eventually read more of the books, but I thought this would do just dandy right about now.  Boy was I ever right.

Dexter is as awkward, but likable as ever.  Not the man you would suspect of anything dark.  There is no hack/slash in this issue ... at least on Dexter's part.  We do see a few victims cut up by this series' villain. I wonder how long this series is planned to go.  I'm going to be doing a lot of that, I know I am.  Haha.  

The are is beautiful and sharp.  I almost didn't notice it.  It was like watching a well made film when everything falls away and there is just you and the story.  It's too early to speculate anything.  We've only met one possible killer, unless we have already met the killer and don't know it.  I doubt it's Aussie-Deb, haha.  I guess this is what reading comics is really like--waiting.  Reading comics is like waiting. 

*!* Edit: Added Issue 002 *!*

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 8:08pm -- Joey

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon

I cannot express how happy I am that the story is finally going to continue.  I haven't been a fan as long as many other have been, but I have felt the need for the further adventures of the Serenity crew.  After the way the movie ended, I doubted there would ever be more.  When you kill off so many principal players, it is usually an indication of finality.  I wonder if that is why Joss isn't heading up this one himself. 

It's a limited series, there will only be six issues.  I wonder if they will give us a satisfying conclusion ... or lead us into an ongoing series.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the latter.

*!* Edit: Added Issue 003 *!*

Legenderry

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:01pm -- Joey

Legenderry by Bill Willingham

This is my first real foray into steampunk.  What a perfect medium for it.  Oh, I guess you could call "Warehouse 13" kinda steampunk ... though it doesn't take place in the time, the technology of the show is steampunk.  I should commentate that show ... they should make a comic of that.  I digress.

So yeah, no real reason for reading this other than it looked pretty.  Let's give it a whirl, shall we?

 

*!* Edit: Added Issue 003 *!*

Deadly Class (Issues 1-6)

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 8:45pm -- Joey

Deadly Class​​

Issue 001

I can't rememeber the last time I was in 1987 ... literally, I was three years old.  If I did have memories of the 80s, they would be frightening for many people.  Personally, when I see fashion and hear music and see art that is from or inspired by the 80s, I get excited.  I was very excited to see this comic takes place in the 80s.  In fact, that and the interesting cover art is what got me to pick up the first two issues. 

The story is about a school for assassins.  I didn't quite catch the name of our protagonist, or the girl who vouches for him at the end of the comic.  I'm not sure they were given.  I like her (we're supposed to I think).  She seems badass, but totally interested in our protagonist as well ... I know I would be.

The art is wicked awesome.  I love the muted tones.  It gives it that classic 80s, slightly decayed, television rerun feel.  I like it a lot.  Oh, and the art was not without its bits of gore.  Nothing too graphic, but there was a lot of blood on one page in particular.  I hope I don't die via falling idjit ... damn the office of the president for releasing fictional crazies (and real ones). 

I expect the next issue is going to be the first few lessons at school.  I saw on the author's twitter that they have years of ideas for this comic.  I can't wait to see where they go with it ... and I wonder how pop culture will continue to influence the story.  There was a sports joke on the first page I didn't get, but I am sure many did.  Alright, enough notes.  Time for the next issue. 

*!* Edit: Added Issue 003 *!*

Alex + Ada

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 7:48pm -- Joey

Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sara Vaughn

Issue 001

I went into this issue knowing nothing about the story other than people were liking it, and it was scifi.  Now that I am finished the first issue, I understand the cover artwork on this first issue.  Ada is an android.  Alex is having a birthday, he's broken up with his girlfriend 8 months prior, but is still hung up on her.  He can't even have fun at the surprise party his friends threw him.  

He has something implanted in his brain that transmits his thoughts to his electronic devices.  I thought that was cool, if a little scary.  His grandmother is pretty awesome, and very liberal minded. Haha.  She has an android boyfriend.  It's weird, but she's cool at the same time.  She's a cutting edge grandma of the future.  Sex toys, that's what all technology is eventually used for in the end. *badum-kss*

The artwork in this book is amazing.  I love how each panel is drawn with a camera-like focus.  It pulls me into the story even more.  That being said, I can't wait to dive into the next issue ... so I'm not going it.

*!* Edit: Added Issue 005 *!*

Thor: God of Thunder: The Last Days of Midgard

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:57pm -- Joey

Thor: God of Thunder: The Last Days of Midgard by Jason Aaron

Issue 019: The Last Days of Midgard Part One

Ah, so now we get into the political/social commentary part of comic books.  The present day Thor's story is totally reflective of what it going on in today's society with big corporations and such.  I love Thor's timing with the ice.  I'm glad he was able to shut that arse down.  What a jerk.

The other side to this story picks up where we mysteriously left off at the end of the second story, with King Thor on a ruined Midgard/Earth. We still don't know how exactly it came to be destroyed, and why Thor feels guilty about it.  I assume we'll find out. I am glad to see his granddaughters with him.  They were one of my favorite parts of the past arks.  They are definitely characters I want to know more about.

I am trying to speculate on what might come, but I am not sure there is much room for speculation yet.  We'll have to wait and see what happens in the next issue. 

*!* Edit: Added Issue 020 *!*

Ms. Marvel: All Mankind

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:58pm -- Joey

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Issue 001

... *sigh* I want to cry right now.  Most of that comic was fucking brilliant.  I loved the fact that our superhero was Pakistani Muslim.  I loved that she didn't fit into her world because of her religion.  I can't claim to know what it's like to be either Pakistani or Muslim, but I don't fit in because of my religious beliefs.  When I was younger it was how fervently I did believe ... now my faith in religion is gone, but I don't fit in because of how mystical I still find the universe ... and how often I contemplate things that most people take for granted.  

I say most of this comic was brilliant.  That is, until the final three panels.  I was completely on board until these images met my eye.  Why is she blonde after the transformation?  Why turn her into a stereotypical figure of beauty?  Why make her look like everyone else?  It is NOT what she really wanted.  And if that is the reason why they made her look like this, then that story is WAY too over told for me to be interested.  It doesn't seem like that is the direction they are going.  I'm kinda disgusted right now.  If she continues to look like a blonde stereotype, I'm going to have to discontinue reading this. 

It's so sad.  Every other page of this comic was so well done.  I loved the conflict.  I loved the relationships she has with her friends.  I loved the hint of romance in the future.  I loved the potential the story has for meeting other superheroes in the Marvel universe.  I loved everything except for those last panels ... and they may have ruined everything that came before.  I won't know for sure until the next issue (or two) comes out.  I really hope there's a good reason for this transformation. Blargy.

*!* Edit: Added Issue 002 *!*

Magneto (Iss #01-06)

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:17pm -- Joey

Magneto Iss 1-6

Issue 001

Ohh, Magneto.  Dark anti-hero, how ... yummy they have made you. Yes, yummy.  This is certainly no Ian McKellen Magneto.  A bit younger, a lot more spry, and ... well, a chaotic good character, really.  I mean, his solution for stopping the boy who was turned into a killing machine against his will was to rip him apart and kill him.  Had this been a hero, they would have tried to find a way to save him first.

I expect this series to be chalk full of moral dilemma, and tons of action.  I wonder how much of the X-Men we'll get to see in this series ... and how much we'll learn about a great villain.  I don't know much about him outside of the movies, but he's always seemed like he was on the right side of the fight, but his methods were counter productive.  

I am very interested in seeing where this story goes. 

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