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Review: Saga #16

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Author: Jay-Rey (@jay_rey)

Lets keep this short. I like Saga, you get that. And save killing off a character I really like, they probably won’t loose me anytime soon. Issue 16 picks up somewhere close to where the last issue left off. We are still catching up to the end of Issue 12, but it looks like we are just about there by the end. Marko and Alana are trying to figure out what the next step is to find a normal life, Klara is slowly getting over the lose of her husband with the help of Dr. Heist (not creepy, I swear), and a dude with a TV for a head slowly approaches. On the other hand, The Will, Gwendolyn, Lying Cat, and Sophie are dealing with the immediate repercussions of the last issue.

As with many comics, this issue is all about putting your pieces in attack positions. And it very much feels like its gonna be a check mate, or a connect four, or trouble. Yeaaaa, trouble in deed. As if everyone wasn’t looking for Marko and Alana, this issue solidifies the need to find them that much more. We already know the Prince gets there, but will The Will and crew make it too? Its a great issue, and leaves you wanting more for sure.

Saga #16 is available now in comic book stores everywhere. Issue 17 will be out December 18. 

 

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Review: Hawkeye #14

(image via Marvel Wiki)

(image via Marvel Wiki)

It’s a side-story one-shot and it’s 100% about Kate Bishop. She goes to Cali to get some space, takes Lucky with her, and tries her hand as a girl detective/hero-for-hire. End of review.

No literally, that’s the issue in a nutshell. And on its own, that might be enough to have some of you “meh”ing and skipping this issue. Except that all of us acquainted with the creative team for this series (we’ve all agreed to call ourselves “Team Hawkguy”) know that a simple cut and dry two line premise for an issue, when handed over to this magical blend of people, is somehow transformed into a unique and refreshing reading experience. I’ve always been a fan of simple side-issues. I enjoy series that don’t take themselves too seriously. Sometimes when I sit down I just like to read a comic that’s entertaining, not heavy, and doesn’t require extensive google-time. This issue satisfies all three criteria. It’s hilarious, the one-liners are solid (and frequent!), and Annie Wu (the artist for this issue) manages to make panels that have you laughing without a single printed word. Fraction and Hollingsworth bring the same level of quality (as we know from previous issues) and Wu’s style blends well with Hawkeye’s established visual “style”. It’s nice to have the consistency of Hollingsworth on color for this issue, so the change in art style isn’t severe; we still feel this is definitely Hawkeye, while still granting Kate the opportunity to break-away and have her own artist representing her. On a fun note: I’ve been following Annie Wu for a while on Tumblr, and it completely slipped my mind that she was scheduled to do this issue! I first was introduced to her work, and her name, years ago through her Venture Brothers fanart (perhaps you’ve seen some of her awesome illustrations of various VB characters or our favorite Astrobase Go! duo). Since then she’s been doin’ work in the comics industry, and this is not her first appearance on Team Hawkguy! She was responsible for some of the fantastic mock-pulp romance novel covers in issue #8. Continue reading

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Review: Young Avengers #12

(image via Marvel Wiki)

(image via Marvel Wiki)

So last we left off, we were riding out the calm before the storm… the lull before the big showdown with MOTHER! It becomes firmly established right off the bat that the adults are out on this one, no matter what goes down it’s up to the younger generation to handle this one. While some might argue the plausibility that Mother is somehow powerful enough to completely bamboozle some of the greatest minds and wills in the universe into blissful unawareness, I appreciate this move on Gillen’s part.  I’ve come this far with the Young Avengers, last thing I want at this point is Cap to swoop in and clean everyone’s mess up. I want these kids to see it through to the end. And luckily there are able to amass one seriously badass looking group thanks to Prodigy. Continue reading

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Review: Uncanny Avengers #14

Written by Joe Naz (@Naz_islike)

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“Holy shit balls did you see that shit?!?” is what you’ll be saying after reading this issue, and for damn good reason.  I’m glad Marvel was able to keep this issue under wraps and not give away most of the details before it came out. Remender is one of my favorite writers currently and has been handling the Uncanny Avengers from the start. A lot of this series carries over from his previous gig on Uncanny X-Force (One of the best X-Men runs you’ll ever read). If you want to give this series more weight, I suggest going back and reading his run on Uncanny X-Force. Remender gives us a lot of amazing shots in this issue. We get to see what Kang has been up to (He must have some serious shit planned considering who is gathering together). There is an awesome double page spread with all the past Apoloypse, man was that was a tasty treat for the eyeballs. Remender’s writing also held a lot of emotion this issue. I always try to read comics in what I imagine the voice of the person would sound like, including how they are expressing their words. Half the time I give up and go back to regular internal-Naz voice, but with this issue there was no problem keeping these voices going. You could feel the words leak into your head. You could feel the emotional weight weigh you down and drag you along page by page. Remender is making sure no hero or villain is leaving this series without scars (visible or emotional). The way he leaves us hanging will have you itching for the next issue… like a meth addict itching for his next hit of crystal blue persuasion. Continue reading

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(Spoilers Ahead) Costume Continuity Problems in Uncanny Avengers #14

Written by Joe Naz (@Naz_islike)

So while reading Uncanny Avengers #14, I noticed some small mishaps when it came to the damage on the costumes of our heroes. While it didn’t ruin the issue for me, it did take me out of the moment for a bit. Enough to go back into the past pages I read to see If there was anymore. I do have a draft of the review for Uncanny Avengers #14 that will be released tomorrow. For now though, lets take a peak at some of these weird costume problems! Continue reading

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