Comic Review: Guardians 3000 #1

‘The Original defenders of the Galaxy’ is at the bottom of the comic cover, so I am guessing this is in relation to Guardian’s of the Galaxy; who’s popularity has grown due to the rather popular movie that came out in the summer (2014).

I have never read anything in relation to Guardian’s of the Galaxy and so this was an all new experience to me.  It was confusing at first, but you need to read through the whole comic to understand it and it’s rather nicely done and makes for interesting reading, to the extent that I do want to pick up the next issue and see how it plays out.

The comic revolves mainly around a human called Geena Drake, a human who the Guardian’s are trying to protect because she is important, but she doesn’t know what makes her important and they don’t know why they are doing so.

The art is nicely done, it’s rather dark, but considering it’s space and it is a rather dark comic it does fit in with the tone, but it’s not dark enough that you can’t make out the details clearly.

The characters look interesting, the one you kind of get to know more, aside from Geena Drake – who does appear to be an interesting human; would be Charlie 27, he’s strong and fast, yet he also seems to connect more with Geena than any of the other characters, he sees her as a person; although the other’s might as well, but the interaction is limited between them in this issue.

The one issue I have is this quote: ‘The Hideaway Parliament, he repeats for emphasis.’

I think this is an error by the writer, the italics make the emphasis obvious, given that Charlie-27 is the one who is saying this, but he doesn’t speak like that at any other time during this issue, which could only be because of an error by the writer of the issue – and never picked up by anyone else.

One thing I would like is for Starkhawk to remain a woman instead of a man, because it was an all male team to start out with, not including Geena and it would be nice for another female member to be part of the team to give a bit more representation for women in the comic; but I might be asking a bit much.

Aside from this, it’s a good issue, again it has a nice twist at the end and I do want to read the next issue and see how this goes.

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Comic Review: Thor #1

After a while of ‘OMG a female Thor’, ‘Why isn’t she called Thoretta?’, ‘Why have they made Thor a woman?’ and now it’s here, issue 1 of the all new Thor comic.

It needs to be mentioned that Thor isn’t just a name, it’s not just Thor Odinson’s name; Thor is a title and is a hero’s name, Thor on Earth is known simply as Thor, not Thor Odinson – at least those close to him know his last name – so it makes sense for this new Thor to take the mantel and become Thor.  It should also be noted that this isn’t actually the first female Thor, Storm, Rogue and Jane have all been worthy of picking up the hammer.  This comic also deals with the issue of what is written on the side of the hammer ‘If he be worthy’, the writer had wanted to deal with that issue, considering in this day and age it should be addressed that men and women can – and indeed have – been worthy of the hammer.

So now I can talk about the comic in general.  It’s a great issue, there are some points that make it a bit iffy but over all? It’s really good as a set up for the new Thor.

The start with the Frost Giants was interesting, the appearance of Malekith the Accursed was a good way to make the enemies come with more depth instead of just being the Frost Giants.  Although we still don’t know what has made Thor Unworthy to hold his hammer – something we won’t likely learn until near the end of the run, at least that’s why I think.

The interaction between Odin and Freyja is interesting, Odin had been the All-Father of Asgard for so long that when he left and Freyja took his place, making Asgardia safe and secure; for him to come back it wasn’t so easy for her to let go of the power that she had.  There interaction was somewhat like that of a husband of wife that have undergone a separation, they argue and bicker and although Odin keeps trying to put her down, Freyja always gets back at him.

The negative side is that Odin come across as being very negative, he even goes out of his way to blame Loki for Thor not being able to life his hammer – blaming his adoptive son that he claimed to love in the last issue of Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm; it’s really easy to see why Loki doesn’t care much for him; or at least King Loki.

The reveal hasn’t happened as to who the new Thor is, aside from being a woman, although many spectualtions are making the round on the interwebs.  Most think it will be Roz, other’s think it could be Freyja – although many think it’s unlikely – or even Aunt May – this one is more of a jokey one, but that would be brilliant for a one-shot!

This could be new-comer friendly, because it does give a brief overview at the start of the comic; something Marvel does like to do in their comics from time to time when they think their reads might not remember certain things that happened in the last issue, or indeed to just round up certain issues into an easy chunk so that new readers don’t feel overwhelmed when entering the comic.

I will be picking up issue two for this, it’s going to be an interesting ride!

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Comic Review: Futures End: Wonder Woman #1

I will just admit this now, before I get into this review.  I have never read any Wonder Woman comics, like with Harley Quinn though, I do know about her through TV shows; Wonder Woman live action – from a few decades ago) and Justice League.  Of course for TV, they take the comic character and change it around to make it more family friendly.

So I don’t actually know much about Wonder Woman the comic book character and given that this is issue one, 5 years into the future, in relation to the Futures End, so it’s an alternative future and deviates from the main canon.

Issue 1 shows us Wonder Woman as a War God, however she is protective of the men who are fighting against Nemesis, however if you don’t know who Nemesis is; well you might get lost if you don’t follow Wonder Woman comics.

However I did find it a good read, I also found certain things, like the look of Hades, interesting and the end brings us to have to read Superman/Wonder Woman: Futures End #1.

Does this comic make me want to read the current comic of Wonder Woman?

Possibly.  The good thing is that the Futures End one-shots all mean that the arc that was currently ongoing in the main comic is at an end, which means that to begin reading the next arc of Wonder Woman will probably be confusing, but Google can help with that am sure, and since it’s a new arc it shouldn’t be that hard to follow.

Is it one for new readers to go with? Not really, it’s a good read, but it is more directed to those fans who are current Wonder Woman fans and who follow the Futures End comic too.

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Comic Review: Future’s End: Harley Quinn #3

This is a comic that I never would have read, not saying that I have anything against Harley Quinn, I know who she is and I know a little bit about her character, but she wasn’t a character that I would go out of my way to read about.  However when I heard about this comic, I decided why not try it and see how I like the character of comic book Harley Quinn.

Due to this linking in with Future’s End, it is more focused of Harley’s future, from the last issue of her comic. This means that new readers will be able to delve into this issue without being bogged down with all the links to the previous issues of the comic. Which made my life easier.

This comic was interesting, Harley is a fun character, this is not a comic if you are wanting something that is more serious or with a full on plot. The plot is basic, Harley wants a holiday, but instead of going on the plane the normal way, she goes in cargo instead; but it is made difficult when the plane crashes and Harley ends up on the island where she finds herself fending for herself, until she is made into a goddess and meets up with someone she believed to be dead.

The comic is a fun one to read, there are moments when you kind of worry about Harley’s character though – this could just be me being a new reader to the comic and being used to comics with humour and not being based around humour in full.

There is of course action and Harley being classic Harley. It’s a good read for people who know of Harley Quinn but don’t know where to start, given that there is a lot you can read about her. This is a stepping stone into Harley’s unique world, so if readers enjoyed this issue, they can delve into the next issue of Harley Quinn in the general run.

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Comic Review: Future’s End Batgirl #1

Many people who dabble around comics will have heard of Batgril, many would have heard of Barbara Gordon – the reverse may also be true too – and this comic really brings the future of Batgirl to life, or Batgirl’s I should say.

The comic brings Barbara Gordon three years after the events of the last issue – issue 34 – and we see her getting married, the day is with friends yet it does end up being a tragic time for her, causing her to change herself.  Five years into the future there are three new Batgirl’s who are taking over Gotham city, 2 Batgirl’s should be familiar to anyone who has read the Batgirl comics before the New 52 run.

The story is obviously Barbara’s, although she has moved away from being who she used to and became someone so much more, someone who is a threat and yet she finds herself facing off against the one who made her so strong.

For anyone who wants to get into Batgirl, this is a good one to read, just remember that the artists and writers will be changing in the mainstream Batgirl, so although this gives you a glimpse into the future of Batgirl, the present is just as important and gives you more to go on character wise.

Having said that, I do hope that there will be more to this series and we learn about the other Batgirl’s and what their home lives are like.

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Comic Review: Loki Agent of Asgard #6

After the mini series Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm Loki Agent of Asgard is finally back and it goes straight back to where it had left off from issue 5.

This issue brings us back into the normal life that Loki had – granted us folk wouldn’t call his life normal by any means, but it’s his life – and he is back with a bang.

We first meet Victor von Doom, the classic villain from the Fantastic Four comics – Doom has had dealings with Loki in the past, but that isn’t what he’s here for – who has in effect turned a new leaf and is finding the future of earth something he wants to avoid at all costs.

He knows how to do that, but his enemy is Loki,though Doom knows Loki, he knows that this current Loki – many Loki fans have come to call him Nerdki, because he does enjoy referencing things from rather geeky backgrounds, like the Princess’ Bride, and also to stop confusion between King Loki, the future Loki.  It’s not as complicated as it sounds, trust me on that.

When we return back to Loki having a visit from Verity, a woman who can detect lies, regardless of how small she will see through them.  She’s a pretty awesome character and something rather different, being not only able to see through Loki’s lies but also she looks different from the other female characters that reside in comics.  Although she does look pretty – like all women in comics – she also wears glasses and has full tattoo sleeves on both arms, which makes her rather unique.

This issue is the start of bringing Loki and Verity closer together as friends; although Loki had warned her at the start of this issue that he isn’t sure how to be a good friend, although he is trying.

This says something about this Loki, Nerdki or teen Loki, which ever one you’d like to call him.  This Loki is one trying to make a difference, who is trying to be a good man and indeed a good god, although he will always be causing mischief it is who he is.

Since this series is still new, it is well worth reading the first four issues, just to get an idea of what you are in for, because although it seems straight forward and simple like any other comic, Loki has his future version to contend with and his future self does take centre stage in one issue, it might help to understand why teen Loki is trying so hard to be a good guy instead of just going as he was before he gained a young body again.

This issue though is the start of a new saga and it sounds like it will be another interesting ride for the readers, although it will be a challenging one for teen Loki.

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Comic Review: Thor: God of Thunder #25

I haven’t actually read any of the current Thor comics, but I have heard that this is meant to be a good one to read, plus it’s a bigger issue before the Goddess of Thunder takes her place as Thor.

In this issue Thor’s girls of Thunder – his grand-daughters – are in the library, having been instructed by Thor that they shouldn’t just work on fighting but also their minds.  So two of the daughters are eager to do just that, while one prefers to actually fight and have stories spoken about their adventures instead of reading about her grandfather’s.

So we readers get to see some stories about the God of Thunder and the past of the Dark Elf Malekith.  The final tale is that of the Goddess of Thunder, although it was lightly touched upon.

The issue was interesting, the art work in every tale was beautifully done and suited each of them.

This would be an issue that new fans could go into, the only part they would probably need to Google would be the future Thor and his grand daughters.

The new Goddess of Thunder will make interesting read and it will be one I shall add to my comic list.

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