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Prologue | Resounding Thunder

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 9:22pm -- RJSpindle

Glitter & Grease Volume 3 Issue

You tricked me. Waves of frustration sounded with the Septork’s voice in their minds. That day I helped you escape from the Corporation. You knew.

“I knew,” Mathilda nodded. “And I didn’t really trick you. Everything that happened was supposed to happen. I just stacked the deck a little by knowing a few things ahead of time. If I had explained any of my plans to you then, you might not have helped me.”

“You expect a lot of help with your plans, Mathilda Gorightly,” Teloris, the eldest Faete spoke. “And we expect much from you in the future.”

“That very future is why we are working so hard together to ensure it comes to pass,” Mathilda reminded Teloris with a glint in her eye. “You of all the Faetes know that well.”

“Then waste not a minute of our precious blood’s time discussing trivialities with those you have raked into your schemes.” The Faete turned and walked away from the basin. She disappeared down the path leading back to the clearing.

“She’s right, I’m afraid,” Mathilda’s eyebrows bunched together in worry. “The ritual connecting these two worlds in time and space will not last very long. You’ll have to pay close attention and explain to Gilda when she arrives. Laveenstun, where are you hiding Henri? He has to be healed.”

“The Faetes do not have healing powers,” said Tara Belle.

She does, Laveenstun pointed a tentacle at Mathilda.

“She can’t use them across the barrier,” Tye answered.

“That is why we have an Endoftimer,” Mathilda grinned at Tadalunda. “I need you to create a small rift in the barrier.”

“Why don’t I just come get you, or I’ll create a rift big enough for you to pass through yourself,” Tada began tapping at the device on his wrist.

“No,” Mathilda’s eyes were a warning. “I came here deliberately, and here is where I have to stay … at least until the danger has passed. I’ll explain once we have Henri awake. Create a small rift just over the basin, and I will pass a few things through.”

Tadalunda obeyed, and Mary-Suzanne watched over his shoulder as he entered commands into his device. A small, violet portal appeared over the basin. Mathilda quickly placed three vials down on the basin, then reached down to a cloth covered, wicker basket and balanced that on the edge. The portal closed as soon as she finished.

“Give Henri the potion in the yellow vial, now,” Mathilda ordered.

Laveenstun snatched the vial with one tentacle, he cradled Henri in a few others. Tilting Henri’s head back, Laveenstun carefully poured the contents of the yellow vial down Henri’s throat.

*!* READ THE FULL PROLOGUE HERE *!*

Winter Soldier: The Bitter March

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:01pm -- Joey

Winter Soldier: The Bitter March by Rick Remender

Issue 001

This issue reminded me of my favorite James Bond movie (not my favorite Bond, but my favorite plot) In Her Majesty's Secret Service.  It even had a snow-capped mountain chaise that didn't end well for many a minor villain. Nick Fury kicks some major ass, and it's nice to see him as an equal to another "super" rather than the unofficial leader.  He doesn't yell at Shen, but he does call him out when he is being stupid.  Of course, Shen doesn't listen, and they end up having more trouble than they would have if they just did things Fury's way.

I love that this is set in 1966 (this also lends to the whole Bond-vibe I am getting from this story).  I love the thick lines used in the artwork.  I love the danger that is involved right away in this story.  Shen is gonna bring this Winter Soldier DOWN, man!

The White Suits

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 6:38pm -- Joey

The White Suits by Frank J. Barbiere

Issue 001: Chapter 1: Old Wounds

This book was exactly what I was expecting it to be, and I mean that in all the right ways.  Dark, artful, tightly written, a touch cliché, but one-hundred percent awesome. Our narrator is a former Russian mobster, but he doesn't have any memories.  The file he was shown on the final page appears that he was also former military.  Military mobsters?  We shall see.

I cannot say enough about how much I love the artwork.  The limited pallet pulls me right into the story, and adds a layer of depth and continuity to the shifting narrative.  The combination of technique is also stunning.  

As to speaking to what might come next ... I'm not entirely sure.  I think it's safe to say our "hero" will find his memories ... at least part of them.  MAYBE a romantic interest in this lady who's been following him ... she's smells like the U. S. Government.  F.B.I., maybe? 

Daredevil (Iss 1-6)

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 11:26pm -- Joey

Daredevil 50th Anniversary

Issue 001

I don't know why I picked up this comic.  There was no real reason.  I liked the movie--the director's cut even more.  Yes, I mean the Ben Affleck one.  Not sure there was another one.  Most people I know were not fans.  Personally, I thought it was pretty cool.  I thought this was pretty cool as well.  Matt Murdock has moved to San Francisco. There are a few great stories that I love which take place in this glorious city.  I need to go there someday.  I imagine it to be a "refreshing" place to live ... except in the summer.  But that's most places, really. 

Seeing Daredevil off balance is pretty sweet.  It's an awesome challenge for him to have to overcome.  How does a blind man, who can sorta see by sounds, learn a new city?  Things only have geometrical shape to him.  Unless a sign has raised lettering, he's not going to see it.  Smells are probably really high up on the helpful list right about now.  He's just gotta figure out what they are.  Kristen McDuffie is a crackerjack I can't wait to get to know better.

I am so glad I picked up this comic.  I had no expectations, and I feel like I am getting a special treat.  Speaking of special treats ... the next issue is (apparently) out of continuity.  It's a special 50 years of Daredevil issue.  I wonder if this will bring us back to Hells Kitchen.  Hrm.  We shall see.  Oh wait a second, I wanted to mention ... did Murdock say something about him being outed as a superhero?  I do believe the mayor of San Francisco recognized him.  That's kinda neat ... no true secret identity.  I am intrigued. 

Moon Knight (Iss 1-6)

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 6:13pm -- Joey

Moon Knight by Warren Ellis

Issue 001: Slasher

An antihero, ooooo.  I haven't come across as many of these as I thought I would.  So far I have Loki (new to the scene as an antihero), Black Widow, and Deadpool.  Moon Knight is a welcome addition to that list.  I think it is clear, I am definitely on the Marvel side of the whole DC/Marvel question.  At least for the time being.  This book has done nothing to change my mind on that.

Spector is an interesting fellow.  He has a past that heavily influences him.  I don't know that he's ever officially taken on the mantle of villain, but he's definitely done his share of bad things.  He's a brooding man, whose died once and was brought back (apparently) by an Egyptian god.  In this issue he fights a man in the bowels of Manhattan.  He claims to be someone fucked over by the same system that created many of the superheroes we know and love.

He also officially finds out he is not suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder.  This seems like it is going to be a MORE than interesting comic.  Can't I just get a job reading these instead of what I do now?  Pretty please?  I promise I'll be honest and nice and all that junk?  No?  Fine, it's not what I really want to do anyway.  What I REALLY want to do is start WRITING them.  Ah, dreams.  Oh, how many of them I have. 

Clockwork Angels

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 2:49pm -- Joey

Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart

Issue 001

I picked up this comic, like so many others, because the cover image and title appealed to my tastes.  Come to find out it is in part based on a RUSH album, which was translated into an epic tour, which was translated into a novel.  I have the album playing now.  I started it when I finished this first issue.  I am not sure I "hear" the connections yet ... but we're only one issue in, and I've only heard one tune. Oh, I just heard the lyric "I can't stop thinking big."  Yes, that was a very big part of this issue.  

I am a sucker for this kind of fantasy story.  The hero wants more--even though they have a life others might envy.  They don't yet realize their perfect life isn't so perfect.  In this case, Owen lives in a clockwork society where everything--including the weather--is on a schedule.  It sounds awwwwwwwwful to me.  Of course, a schedule can be a very good thing.  Breaking that schedule can also be very good. 

When Owen asks his intended wife for a romantic rendezvous and she stands him up, he takes a chance, and hops the train out of town.  Now he is far away from home, and adventure is all around him.  I wonder when the next issue comes out so we can find out more!  I love the hint of steampunk/steamrock this story has as well.  I might have to check out this novel...

Ash and the Army of Darkness (Issues 1-6)

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 1:42pm -- Joey

Ash and the Army of Darkness by Steve Niles

I am pretty sure I've seen all of these movies at least once.  I can't say that I remember them very well.  I know I laughed, but I was at a party with friends ... I had a lot of punch ... a lot. Haha.  I could explain, but it would only incriminate me more.  In any case, this seems to take place AFTER all of that ... and maybe even after other Army of Darkness comic series ... I'm not sure.  I'm gonna jump on here though.  I'll eventually get around to watching and commenting on the movies as well.  One of these day's I'll need a theatrical gore-fest.

*!* EDIT: Added Issues 005 and 006 *!* 

Captain Marvel (Iss. 1-6)

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:20pm -- Joey

Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Issue 001: Higher, Further, Faster, More Part One

I just squeed so hard over this comic.  Wow, that was good.  I've had a rash of "meh" comics, so this one was a dandy to behold.  Punchy story, beautiful artwork, tons of comedy, interesting characters ... I loved that Tony Stark was part of the story, and he was perfect.  Lt. Trouble is my official, number one, favorite character in all of the Marvel universe right now.  Not only is she adorable, she is talented.  That last page with her little comic was genius.

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) lives in the Statue of Liberty ... I'd say "queue suspended disbelief," but we're reading superhero comics here ... if my disbelief isn't yet suspended, we may have bigger problems. She's decided she wants to spend some time in space, to find herself.  I really liked what DeConnick did with the potential relationship.  He doesn't hold her back, and she is not made to feel guilty about wanting to pursue her own betterment.  Love, love, love.

This looks like it will be a great series.  I can't wait to see where this is going.

*!* EDIT: Added Issue 002 *!*

The Twilight Zone: The Way Out

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 4:31pm -- Joey

The Twilight Zone by J. Michael Straczynski

The Way Out

Issue 001

What would you do if your (original) identity was stolen by the very place you paid to give you a new identity?  As in--completely stolen.  You essentially have a new face, and they have given your face to someone else.  At least, that is the way that it seems.  For a story that takes place in The Twilight Zone, this first issue seemed almost normal.  If anything, I was horrified by the white collar crime.

The weirdest thing was the whole deal with that pill and some plastic surgery to give Trevor a completely new identity.  Then everything was hunky-dory ... until he saw his own face on television.  It is interesting seeing the stories in color.  I didn't realize how much I would miss the black and white.  I think I would even be able to handle the modern stories in black and white as well.  I don't know.  Other than that, the artwork is beautiful.

I'm rather drawn into the story more due to my interest in seeing how this is going to fit the classic Twilight Zone mind-fuck.  Sometimes it's a happy ending.  Many times it's a very UNhappy ending.  I wonder what we're in for in this first story of the series. 

*!* EDIT: Added issue 004*!*

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