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Monday, February 21, 2011

X-23 #4 (Marvel)

"The first thing you learn is how to be alone."~Laura / X-23

Writer: Marjorie Liu
Artists: Will Conrad & Marco Checchetto
Colorist: John Rauch
Letterer: VC's Cory Petit
Designer: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Art: Leinil Francis Yu with Jason Keith
Variant Art Cover: Marko Djurdjevic
Assistant Editor: Jody Leheup
Editor: Jeanine Schaefer
Group Editor: Axel Alonso
Editor in Chief: Joe Quesada
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Executive Producer: Alan Fine

Comic Book Week: ':o ?

This week I decided to do something a little bit different & I am going to try to continue it kindof.........the comix I bought last week did not satisfy me so I went out to a normal magazine shop & bought an issue of Marvel's "X-23" that I have never read. Next week I will try to buy a new comic that I would not buy for myself but for now let us call this a flash back! ;)

& for the week of February 16th my fav book was Supergirl #61 if you are interested.

The teen age girl Laura is a clone of Wolverine with teased genes to make her a teen aged girl instead of a hairy short man. ;) She also goes by the name X-23. She also has claws on her hands & feet both.

As with most of Marvel's comix there is a plot summary on the 1st page that very much confused me but then did not seem to have any thing to do with the rest of the issue which shows Laura on the run from some police men. She meets a teen aged prostitute who tries and fails to recruit her & does something bad to her pimp & meets a dashing member of the Xmen out of thin air & keeps running & then gets caught by the police men & then we end with a really strange suggestive shot that just made me a little nauseous because of the ties to Mister Sinister.

Sorry for the way I wrote that but that is the way I read it. I just was not into this story. I did like Laura as a character and the art work was gorgeous but the story was just not there. & the art work was pretty but it was confusing! It started out well enough but started to jump around & cover up the lack of back grounds with flashing lights. I also have to point out that for all of the editors in the list up at the top there were far too many mistakes in this story. There was a misspelled word that jumped out at me & Laura changes clothes randomly 1/2 way through but the new clothes consist of the same belly tee with a different pattern, the identical jeans with out blood stains & a cute leather jacket with & without a leather collar.

Also I liked the cover.........the normal cover is the 1 shown above.

So sadly this week............

RATING: 4 leather jackets out of 10!

As a special bonus please read my guest blog post at Girls Read Comics Too! It is 1 of a series of Memorable Moments of Marvel Women. Mine is about the death of Jean Grey as the Dark Phoenix!

& while you are visiting be sure to read about the other moments & other great posts!

Later gators! *mwah!* ツ*

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Walking Dead Weekly #6 (Skybound/Image)

"It's not the same as killing the dead ones, Daddy."~Carl Grimes

Creator/Writer/Letterer: Robert Kirkman

Penciller/Inker: Tony Moore

Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn

Editor: Sina Grace

I have been sooooooo bad! I let my reviews slide for sooooooo long and just could not get back to doing them! Sorry, oops! But enough is enough. I just decided that this week I would pick an easy book to review & make it Kara's Comic for Comic Book Week February 9th, 2011........"The Walking Dead Weekly #6"!

If you are like me you may or may not have heard of The Walking Dead by the fabulous Robert Kirkman but ignored it until the incredible series on AMC. For that reason Kirkman is taking the original series and reprinting it in weekly format for those newbies that want to get back in on the bottom floor..........like me! ;)

I will admit to not being a big zombie fan..........I like horror but mostly vampires & my previous zombie experience has really only been with "Shaun of the Dead".......which I ♥love♥.......but The Walking Dead is different. It is more about the real people living in the world that now belongs to the zombies. Most movies are short so they are all about fighting the creatures until the end where they all somehow die or it looks like they will die. But in The Walking Dead the story does not appear to be ready to end any time soon so we get the few remaining living breathing people fighting zombies here and there but mostly just trying to learn to live in a world where they are really the ones that are always being hunted.

And the first difference I have noted in Kirkman's writing versus most other writers.......both here & on AMC.......is his pacing. While he does not rush the story in any way, plot points that you would expect to be held for a long time are resolved quite quickly & then new stories developed. It is quite strange & unusual actually in comics particularly where one sees stories that last for sometimes years where nothing ever seems to happen........like the New Avengers........or one sees big event after big event after big event......like the whole Identity Crisis through to Brightest Day thing. What identifies the comic versus the AMC series is Moore & Rathburn`s fabulous artwork! It is really a joy to behold in its gray toned glory! The characters are all unique & expressive, the zombies are terrifyingly beautiful, & the scenery is suitable to hang in an art gallery!

I do not want to give any story points away as it would give away both the television & comic book series, but this issue is where the two take the biggest divergence. The first 5 issues followed very closely the first 4 or 5 episodes but something very big happens at the end of this issue that shocked me! Someone dies that I had no expectation of dying & in Kirkman`s hands it made me gasp & cry.

This book is not perfect but it is a great read & so very pretty! & apparently season 2 of the show on AMC will not happen until fall of 2011 so whether you watched the 1st season or not I recommend grabbing the weekly fix from the printed version!

RATING: 7 undead zombies out of 10!

Thank you all so much for reading! Here is a preview of the second season of The Walking Dead on AMC: http://bit.ly/i2wVUV

Also I wrote a guest blog recently for Girls Read Comics Too! It has not been posted yet but please keep checking & hopefully it will be up soon.........& you will get to read some fabulous stuff by some other great women while waiting! ツ*