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Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: The Parker Luck
Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: The Parker Luck
by Dan Slott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.45

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading solicitations by Marvel, 12 Nov 2014
This review is about this collection, not about the story line itself. I would give the story three stars, but what annoys me is that Marvel cheated with the solicitations. Both Marvel and Amazon solicitations said "collecting Amazing Spider-Man #1-6". Now in the book you can read "collecting material from Amazing Spider-Man #1-6". So this book does not contain the back-up stories by Peter David and Chris Yost from #1 which were a strong motivation for me to order this collection, since Marvel lacked solicitating those back-up stories in the solicitation of #1 from the start. If you want those stories you have to buy other collections or buy the single issues. Sorry to be so pedantic, but I am really angry.


Young Avengers Volume 2: Alternative Cultures (Marvel Now)
Young Avengers Volume 2: Alternative Cultures (Marvel Now)
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars act two of a modern drama, 9 Feb 2014
Be sure to read Volume 1 before you read this one.
Comicbookressources has called Gillen's Young Avengers the Future of Super Hero Comics, and a bright one too. I am not sure whether this book is a super hero comic at all. Gillen has said in an interview that Young Avengers is all about being eighteen, and it is. It is about being together and about dumping each other. It is about cheating and tricking. It is about parents and about legacy. It is about breaking up and doubt.
This volume collects #6 to 10 of the 15 issues limited series. It is the middle act of this drama. And after the introduction of volume 1 this is the set up for the final act yet to come. The mysterious Mother still haunts the Young Avengers. A still more mysterious Patriot look-alike enters the fray, on the other hand Prodigy and Speed cross paths, and Leah from Journey into Mystery, hand-maiden of Hela, Goddess of death, makes her move. The end is a cliffhanger making it hard to wait two more months for volume 3.
McKelvie's art is splendid, innovative and accessible at the same time. Highly recommended!


I Love Trouble TP
I Love Trouble TP
by Kel Symons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.72

4.0 out of 5 stars queer super crook mobster parody drama, 31 Jan 2014
This review is from: I Love Trouble TP (Paperback)
Although Marvel and DC are still the big sellers on the market, it is maybe Image Comics that edits the most interesting comic books these days. One of those is “I Love Trouble”, a limited series of 6 issues by talented newcomers Kel Symons and Mark Robinson collected in this trade paperback.
You cannot really subsume this book to a genre. (Mild spoilers cannot be avoided.) 24 years old Felicia is a crook. A runaway at the age of sixteen that has done several minor jobs for the mob and has pissed off her former employer. When her plane explodes during flight she finds out that she is a teleporter. She pretends her death and returns to her lover, crook mate Johnny, who is a foul penny. Soon after she is contacted by one blind Thomas, mysterious agent of an international corporation with ambiguous ethics. They want to recruit her as an assassin.
The story is sophisticated, definitely of mature content as the cover says and - I have to admit - so complex, that I had to read it twice to get at least most of the finesses. The art is something else! Robinson is a stunning talent, his physiques are in a strange way disproportionate, but in a way that just fits esthetically. I just love it! By reasons unknown Robinson had to be replaced in issue six by Nathan Stockman although the last issue shipped months delayed.
This is one of the most stunning graphic novels of the last years. Highly recommended.


X-Men: Primer
X-Men: Primer
by Brian Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, ..., 31 Dec 2013
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This review is from: X-Men: Primer (Paperback)
There has been a lot of fuss about this book. I hesitated a long time to give it a try. Wood's first take on the X-Men (Vol. 3 #30-37) had not convinced me before, and I found it bold by Marvel to collect a three-issue arc with a fill-in issue and a reprint (that has only recently been reprinted in the "Wolverine & Jubilee" Trade) in a pricey volume. The book contains #1-4 of Brian Wood's new X-Men title (the adjective-less one) with art by Olivier Coipel (#1-3) and David Lopez (#4). It reprints Jubilee's first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #244 (Claremont/Silvestri).
I have to say that the first 3 issues are intriguing with the mystery of Jubilee's baby, a new villain and splendid art. The fill-in is not overwhelming, the bickering between Storm and Rachel maybe a little out of character. Jason Aaron in "Wolverine & the X-Men" does this better. Maybe I will give the book one more try when the Dodsons take over the art with #7 (#5-6 will be reprinted in "Battle of the Atom"), but all in all this one is hyped in my humble opinion. If I want to read a good all-female team book, I prefer the (alas! cancelled) Fearless Defenders, if I want fun X-Men I prefer Aaron's take on them. This one is just so so ok.


Fearless Defenders Volume 1: Doom Maidens (Marvel Now)
Fearless Defenders Volume 1: Doom Maidens (Marvel Now)
by Cullen Bunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All-female bravado, 20 Sep 2013
When DC published "Birds of Prey" at the end of the 90s, they were the first of the big companies to bring out an all-female team book. Meanwhile the all-female, nevertheless adjectiveless "X-Men" are one of the biggest sellers at Marvel and a critical success too. But the first all-female Marvel team book preceded X-Men by some months. The first 6 issues are collected here. Not included is the 4.AU Age of Ultron tie-in.
The book gets its charm by bringing together female c- and d-list characters from different worlds. The two main protagonists are Valkyrie Brunnhilde and bionic-fist-for-hire Misty Knight. Because of some messing up of all parts involved the Doom Maidens are revived, the predecessors of the Valkyrie, eventually corrupted and finally defeated by Odin. Now Brunnhilde and Misty get the task to clean up and for this purpose reform new Valkyrior. Some of the suspense lies in the question which women will be recruited. And always the two worlds, Asgard and Misty's street level world collide ("Why are you speaking like that?"), in-between archeologist Annabelle Riggs who has a crush on Valkyrie. There is an interesting new villain, Caroline le Fay, and a nice story ending with a cliff hanger. Do not look for too much depths here, but a lot of fun. The art of newcomer Will Sliney is promising; I am on board for the next issues. I would give the book 3 and a half stars, but since 3 is already considered mediocre here I am going to round up.


Young Avengers Style>Substance
Young Avengers Style>Substance
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!, 17 Sep 2013
Without question Kieron Gillen is one of the most talented comic book writers of the last decade. His voice is unique and his name stands for innovation and odd storytelling methods. For me personally the outcome was not always to my expectations. His "Journey into Mystery" run was outstanding (one of the best runs on any comic in the last years), his "SWORD" mini pure fun, his run on Thor solid, Uncanny X-Men unexpectedly conventional. So with "Young Avengers" I waited for the trade paperback, this also because the highly acclaimed Allan Heinberg run on this title did relatively little for me.
I am really surprised, and this to my pleasure. "Young Avengers" is "Phonogram" (Gillen's independent critics success) meets "Generation Hope" and it is intelligent storytelling and a lot of fun.
In an interview the author said that together with penciller McKelvie they wanted to tell a super hero story as no one had been told before and they really did it. The panel structure is nothing you have seen before, nevertheless the pages are clear and crisp and you have no problems following the story. The one scene in which one member frees another one by working on the panel frames is a piece of art. Gillen and McKelvie cooperate in a way where you cannot say where writing ends and penciling begins. The art has a silver age feeling in the character presentation and nevertheless is timelessly modern.
The choice of characters is very interesting. Outstanding for me are young Loki (the re-reformed one, worse than the reborn one from Journey into Mystery, but still more tricky and cunning than pure evil) and Miss America, a mysterious young Hispanic woman with little Marvel background until now. They are completed by the couple of Wiccan and Hulkling, Kate Bishop (substitute Hawkeye) and young Kree warrior Noh-Varr. Gillen has said that this book is about "being eighteen", and so the themes are related to building relationships and parent issues. And of course a lot of super heroing.
The book collects #1-5 and the preview from "Marvel NOW" and is highly recommended by me.


Young Avengers - Volume 1: Style > Substance (Marvel Now) (Young Avengers Graphic Novels)
Young Avengers - Volume 1: Style > Substance (Marvel Now) (Young Avengers Graphic Novels)
by Kieron Gillen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.26

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!, 17 Sep 2013
Without question Kieron Gillen is one of the most talented comic book writers of the last decade. His voice is unique and his name stands for innovation and odd storytelling methods. For me personally the outcome was not always to my expectations. His "Journey into Mystery" run was outstanding (one of the best runs on any comic in the last years), his "SWORD" mini pure fun, his run on Thor solid, Uncanny X-Men unexpectedly conventional. So with "Young Avengers" I waited for the trade paperback, this also because the highly acclaimed Allan Heinberg run on this title did relatively little for me.
I am really surprised, and this to my pleasure. "Young Avengers" is "Phonogram" (Gillen's independent critics success) meets "Generation Hope" and it is intelligent storytelling and a lot of fun.
In an interview the author said that together with penciller McKelvie they wanted to tell a super hero story as no one had been told before and they really did it. The panel structure is nothing you have seen before, nevertheless the pages are clear and crisp and you have no problems following the story. The one scene in which one member frees another one by working on the panel frames is a piece of art. Gillen and McKelvie cooperate in a way where you cannot say where writing ends and penciling begins. The art has a silver age feeling in the character presentation and nevertheless is timelessly modern.
The choice of characters is very interesting. Outstanding for me are young Loki (the re-reformed one, worse than the reborn one from Journey into Mystery, but still more tricky and cunning than pure evil) and Miss America, a mysterious young Hispanic woman with little Marvel background until now. They are completed by the couple of Wiccan and Hulkling, Kate Bishop (substitute Hawkeye) and young Kree warrior Noh-Varr. Gillen has said that this book is about "being eighteen", and so the themes are related to building relationships and parent issues. And of course a lot of super heroing.
The book collects #1-5 and the preview from "Marvel NOW" and is highly recommended by me.


Ghost Volume 1: In the Smoke and Din
Ghost Volume 1: In the Smoke and Din
by Alex Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.38

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising beginning, 25 Aug 2013
In the 90s "Ghost" was a Dark Horse feature for some time. It has been recently revived by the very same company in 3 issues of Dark Horse Presents (#13-15) and a limited series. This trade reprints issues 0 to 4 of this series (#0 reprinting the 3 story parts from DHP). Only weeks ago Kelly Su DeConnick confirmed that she would be writing at least the first arc of an upcoming ongoing.
The story: Two losers in the occult business have purchased an object of unknown function. Somehow they manage to bring on the ghost of an unknown lady with unexpected abilities. It turns out that this lady has a story and a lot of less well meaning people are after this mysterious object. The ex of one of the losers, investigative journalist, is the lover of the mayor who has an important role in all of this.
The story is well written, the art of Phil Noto is not lacking either. You get some origin story of the "ghost", you learn to know the two male protagonists and you get a story of something going on worldwide that might not be best for human welfare. There is mystery, there are shocking scenes, and there is humor too. If you like that sort of story you might try this out.


Scarlet Spider - Volume 2: Lone Star
Scarlet Spider - Volume 2: Lone Star
by Chris Yost
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Spider, 5 July 2013
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I have been a fan of Spider-Man for some time. That's why I am not reading this title any more. I have stopped reading Spider-Man some time before they gave his brain away to Dr. Octopus. It just did not work for me anymore.
Recently I stumbled upon the Scarlet Spider. The hero (or not?) who wears this name is one of the clones of Peter Parker from the 90s, Kaine by name. An experiment gone wrong, disfigured, later haunted and hunted, finally reconciled with Peter Parker. During the Grim Hunt and Spider-Island events he was evidently killed, mysteriously revived and eventually healed. He got a second chance involving some special bond to new Madam Web Julia Carpenter. And to his own astonishment he ended up playing the role of a hero in Houston.
This collection contains #7-9, 12.1, and 13-15 of the Scarlet Spider series. The story is interrupted by the Minimum Carnage crossover with Venom that is collected in a trade of that very name. You do not have to know what happened there to read this.
This story is about what it does mean to be a hero when you have led a miserable life before. It is about redemption, sacrifice and hope. In some way it uses elements of 90s and pre-Brand-New-Day Spider-Man, in tone it's similar to Daredevil in his darker days but not without humour. The crimes dealt with are dirty, trafficking and abuse, and in some way ask for a dirty hero. "All of the power, and none of the responsibility." There is a nice supporting cast including a gay couple of policemen. The art, mostly by Khoi Pham is not overwhelming but gets the job done.
All in all this made me curious for more.


Gambit - Volume 1: Once a Thief... (Marvel Now)
Gambit - Volume 1: Once a Thief... (Marvel Now)
by James Asmus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.49

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To catch a thief..., 1 July 2013
In the 90s Gambit was the most popular mutant next to Wolverine. It is a paradox that although the X-Men together with Spider-Man are the most popular franchise of Marvel Comics none other than Wolverine ever succeeded in a solo book. Gambit had 4 limited series that all failed, and while I am writing this Marvel has announced that this fifth incarnation will be cancelled with #17. What a shame! James Asmus, rising writing talent offers a fast paced mystery story that brings Remy LeBeau back to his roots as a thief. He throws in some Indiana Jones mystery elements, and what you get is a rather entertaining story that ends with a cliff hanger. The story falls into two parts, also recognizable by a change of artists. Four pencilers and half a dozen inkers have contributed to this paperback, nevertheless the art is less inconsistent than you might expect (maybe because of only colorist Rachelle Rosenberg). If you are a fan of Pete Wisdom and MI 13, do not look further, you find them here. This volume collects #1-7 of the latest Gambit series, two more volumes yet to come collecting #8-12 and #13-17. Pencils are by Clay Mann and Diogenes Neves as lead artists. What I would complain about a little is that in the Mann parts there is more nude female skin than really supports the story (in the jungle, mind you, and the woman has arachnophobia!). But all in all it is a fun book with intelligent writing, the two following volumes are in my personal pipeline. Recommendation.


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