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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow WilsonMs. Marvel, Vol. 6: Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson
Published by Marvel on December 14, 2016
Genres: Comic
Pages: 136
Source: Borrowed: print book
Goodreads
five-stars

While CIVIL WAR II brews, the next generation of Avengers has bigger things to worry about - like a tri-state academic competition! As rival schools clash, Ms. Marvel's teammates Spider-Man and Nova are now her enemies! But when Kamala gets called to the real battle's front line, she faces a fight she can't embiggen her way out of. She's about to learn a valuable lesson: Never meet your idols! As war intensifies, tragedy strikes too close to home - and Ms. Marvel must choose between her heroes and her family. When friends become foes, Ms. Marvel struggles to put her life and Jersey City back together. Kamala will be forced to grow up fast and find her true place in the world. But will she be an international sensation...or a menace?

This volume was fantastic. I didn’t realize the superheroes were splintered. In this volume we have Kamala working for Carol Danvers and trying to train up Carol’s so called Cadets. Carol believes that she can stop crime from happening by using a system in which they can tell if people are going to commit a crime a beforehand. So pretty much everybody just think of the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report. And if you have seen that movie you know this isn’t going to work and this is totally flawed.

What really works is that we see Kamala start to be more vocal about not agreeing with Carol, even though she’s her idol. Carol is hell-bent on protecting the city from crimes and doesn’t seem to really care about the fact that other people could be hurt. When Kamala’s friend Bruno is hurt due to actions by the cadets Kamala switches sides and decides she’ll do whatever she can to bring down the cadets, even if it means taking down Carol.

In between all that the volume switches back and forth between Kamala’s parents in Karach, Pakistan and even shows Kamala going to Pakistan.

When Kamala and Bruno have a falling-out, Kamala is left twisting in the wind a little bit and trying to figure out where she belongs.

I did get a kick out of seeing this Ms. Marvel in traditional Pakistani garb. And I definitely loved her meeting another local superhero who maybe possibly could be a future love interest. I definitely liked the guy.

I think all in all though this volume was definitely about Kamala growing up and realizing that even though she admires and cares for Carol Danvers sometimes the hardest thing you can do with people that you admire and love is stand up to them. And then we have Tony Stark showing up by the way who totally kicks ass again in this volume by just being there for Kamala. I like to imagine him being a leader for all the younger superheroes because he’s definitely had some hard lessons.

I obviously love the artwork and the panels are really good and your heart breaks a little bit when you get this see how much Bruno means to Kamala. I was surprised to not see Mike though and I don’t see how they work with Bruno going to Wakandà.

The volume leaves Kamala on the outs with Carol. Though Carol does get rid of Basic Becky and her nasty self. Can’t wait til the next volume.

five-stars

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow WilsonMs. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson
Published by Marvel on July 12, 2016
Genres: Comic
Pages: 144
Source: Borrowed: print book
Goodreads
five-stars

She's your new favorite. She's everyone's new favorite. And now she's joining the big leagues. Look out world, Kamala Khan is officially an Avenger! But will being one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes be everything she imagined? Or is life as a celebrity harder than she thought? But while saving the world is important, Jersey City still needs its protector too. A development company that co-opted Ms. Marvel's face for its project might well have more in mind for gentrification than just real estate. Can Kamala take down the evil suits destroying her home without ruining her personal life? Speaking of which, who exactly is that with Bruno? Get back on board and cling on, Kamala Korps, the ride is about to get wilder than ever!

Awww. Seriously. This volume brings back all the things I love about this comic series. We have Kamala interacting with her family more and we get the explanation of Arabic words and meanings. The volume ends on a good note which I won’t complain about. And heck it even had me like Tony Stark (yeah still mad about Civil War).

It’s been eight months since the last volume. I’ll eventually go find the issues that had Kamala off with the Avengers but not right now. I’m trying to finish all my library borrows since they are all due this week. Kamala is part of the Avengers but feels overwhelmed by superheroing in Jersey City and elsewhere as well as keeping up with school and family events.

This volume has Kamala coming to a realization about Bruno and they both finally (thank goodness) let each other go as love interests I think. Bruno rightfully decides to not wait for Kamala to not be too busy for him. Though Kamala responds jealously to Bruno moving on. Thank on the volume gets better when we move to Aamir deciding he is to marry an African American Muslim named Tyesha. Tyesha won me over with the Dune references. I love that Wilson also includes details on how some Pakistani Muslim would have certain prejudices against darker skin Muslims. I had no idea.

When the two families meet hilarity ensues but all parties agree to let the two marry. Due to this and Avengers missions Kamala is feeling run down and then after a mission multiple Kamala’s start to appear.

Honestly this volume is about Kamala trusting herself and also asking for help. I would have thought she got that out of her system before, but now since she is part of a team she is trying to prove herself all over again.

We get appearances from the Avengers and I cracked up at Tony Stark and Carol Danvers showing their mutual disdain for each other. What comes through though is that Tony cares for and loves Kamala though so I went awww a few times.

five-stars

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow WilsonMs. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson
Published by Marvel on December 1, 2015
Genres: Comic
Pages: 120
Source: Borrowed: print book
Goodreads
three-stars

From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she's been challenged. But nothing has prepared her for this: the last days of the Marvel Universe. Lucky she's got the help of Carol "Captain Marvel" Danvers! Between teaming up with her personal hero to rescue her brother and trying to keep her city from falling into an all-out frenzy, Kamala has barely had time to come to terms with the fact that the world is literally collapsing around her. But the truth will catch up to her, and soon. When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting? Kamala knows the answer. Let's do this, Jersey City.

I feel bad that I wasn’t feeling this one. There is a cool scene with Kamala and her mother know. But I’m kind of over Kamala weeping over a jerk (Kamran) and I want her best friend Bruno to just catch a clue though they have a nice scene together.

Since I tend to not bounce around crossovers I have no idea what’s going on with The Avengers (shhh don’t tell me) but a huge planet looks like it’s about to crash into Earth when we follow up with Kamala in this volume. Carol “Captain Marvin” Danvers pops up in this one and Kamala finally gets to see the idol she has worshipped from afar. I did laugh at Carol Dancers being sort of horrified by Kamala and her need to wrap herself around Carol.

Kamran is in this one focused on making sure that Kamala’s brother is turned into an Inhuman since he hypothesizes that he and Kamala have the same gene that will be affected by Terrigen Mist.

This volume felt so slow. It felt like it took forever for Kamala to confront Kamran. And I still don’t get why she even listens to the mess he spews. They are on different sides so I hope he ends up with an ax to the skull eventually (reason 1,020 why I can’t be a superhero, I’m all about the vengeance).

And Carol Danvers irks a bit too since she won’t reveal to Kamala what is going on that makes her (Kamala) and me think the end of the world is around the corner.

As I said above, the most moving moment was between Kamala and her mother in this one. And also Kamala gets to hear her brother Aamir defend her and finally realizes her brother is on her side.

The kids at Jersey City in the end dance and refuse to be cowed by what looks to be the end.

There’s some material from Spider-Man (2014) issue #7 and #8 that I shrugged my way through.

three-stars

All-New Wolverine (2015) #1 by Tom Taylor

All-New Wolverine (2015) #1 by Tom TaylorAll-New Wolverine #1 by Tom Taylor
Published by Marvel on November 11th 2015
Genres: Comic
Pages: 32
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
five-stars

LAURA KINNEY EMBRACES HER DESTINY. HERE! COMES! WOLVERINE! X-23 was created to be a weapon and for a time, that's all she was. But with the help of her mentor, LOGAN-the original WOLVERINE-she escaped that dark past. Tragically, Logan has fallen, but Laura will continue in his footsteps as a hero. Recent events have her doing everything in her power to keep those around her alive, as violent forces are hell-bent on mutual destruction. If anyone can stop them, it's Laura. She is the best there is at what she does. She is THE ALL-NEW WOLVERINE.

If you haven’t watched the movie Logan yet, look away!

The character we follow in this All New Wolverine issue is Laura. We get to see her as she steps up to be the new Wolverine, while still being mentored by our Logan (who is now gone).

In this first issue, we see that Laura has doubts about who she is and what she is doing. She feels like a monster and just a killing machine. When she gets knocked out, she apparently gets some sense knocked back into her.

We get to see Laura in action and also I had to laugh at a couple of scenes between her and Angel. We know that Laura wants some affection from him, but is not down with the whole embracing/hug thing. It appears that Angel has some feelings for her and him freaking out when he thinks she is in danger was really well done. But apparently Angel doesn’t get how good our girl is when her back is against the wall.

We get to see some other Marvel characters in this one. It does appear though at the end that we have Laura having to track down someone who apparently has made clones of her who are without feeling.

The art for this one is really well done! I am so happy that I could see the writing and the colors really popped. I love the Jessica Jones series, but the water color affect and the colors they choose make them seem drab compared to this issue.

I did get this issue for free due to buying a ticket to Logan on Fandago. I am going to call crap though since they promised a free comic bundle and guess what Fandago? One issue is not a bundle! At least it had me go into my comiXology account and realize how many comics I have to finish (eep!)

five-stars

Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Volume 3: The Last Ronin (Old Man Logan #3) by Jeff Lemire

Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Volume 3: The Last Ronin (Old Man Logan #3) by Jeff LemireOld Man Logan, Volume 3: The Last Ronin by Jeff Lemire
Published by Marvel on January 26th 2017
Genres: Comic
Pages: 112
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
three-stars

Logan is an Old Man on a mission! Given a second chance, he's determined to put right what went wrong in the reality he knew: the night the villains joined forces and overcame the world's heroes, changing his life forever. Logan lost his friends, his purpose, and all that was left was the Wasteland. Now he's back in the past, and perhaps the Villain Uprising can be prevented. But his bid to defy destiny is about to land him in trouble - deep trouble. Logan wakes up at the bottom of a well, and every time he tries to scale its walls, a mysterious figure from his future appears and riddles him with arrows. Can Logan escape his prison -and spare the world from a fate worse than death?

Volume 3 combines Old Man Logan #9-13. For once I am a bit miffed by the money I spent. This was not worth $9.99.

Well this was a bit of a letdown from the previous volumes. I feel like I grew up reading about Wolverine’s adventures in Japan. It would have been nice if it was a new location and/or the X-Men or Avengers came along for the ride. So after volume 2 I thought Logan would adjust to the fact that the Fall of New York and other things were not going to come to pass. That he would work on getting to know his former comrades and maybe figure out what thing or person sent him back to an alternate future. Instead Logan is out to get Deathstrike due to her attacking the town and endangering Logan’s future wife.

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So I was a bit surprised to even see the book starting off with Logan coming back to Japan undercover trying to track down Deathstrike.

Logan still has a case of the not very smarts in this one. I don’t know. I get that he is supposed to have this incredibly case of reserves and will fight to the death, or past what normal men could deal with. But for once, I want him to be a strategic thinker and not just think his claws will win the day.

We get some new people who want Logan killed, and I felt a bit grossed out by how we come across Lady Deathstrike again. And per usual though, these two (Logan and Deathstrike) have the weirdest love/hate relationship ever. I just want them to go off and have a lot of hate sex and get everything out of their system. Drink some champagne and just say bygones and be done with it.

The panels are done just as well as the previous volumes. I do like the color scheme. And alternate past Logan with Maureen does look a bit different than current day Old Man Logan. We also get to see how Logan ended up in the Wastelands later on.

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I am going to say that this volume did not need to be as long as previous ones. I feel like this whole track down Deatstrike and come across people from his previous future/past thing could have maybe at best been two issues before skipping ahead to something else. It just dragged. I was more interested in the previous future/past panels with Logan and Maureen. And at least we now see why Logan went all will not ever kill again from the previous volume. Though I just pretty much rolled my eyes about it.

I honestly thing this volume would have worked better if at least Jubilee came along. I want some dang adventures between these two already. I am still waiting with bated breath on the next volume to be completed though. It seems like we may have a new X-Man joining up with that group.

three-stars

Jessica Jones (2016-) #4 by Brian Michael Bendis

Jessica Jones (2016-) #4 by Brian Michael BendisJessica Jones (2016-) #4 by Brian Michael Bendis
Published by Marvel on January 11th 2017
Genres: Comic
Pages: 20
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
four-stars

Jessica Jones latest case has revealed a new hidden evil in the Marvel Universe. An evil so terrifying she was willing to rip her family apart to save them from it. But was the sacrifice enough? Another all-new blistering chapter of Marvel's premier detective.

Finally! We finally find out what the heck is going on. What caused the rift between Jessica. Why did she go to jail? Why is Misty acting like a stalking fool and talking crap about Jessica? Okay that last one we don’t get an answer to, but I was so over Misty that I am hoping Iron Fist shows up and is all so baby, are we not a thing anymore?  I have no idea what she is doing besides acting like Jessica cannot and will not beat her butt for trying to steal her husband. Okay where was I?

Please do not continue reading if you have not read the first three issues. 

We readers finally find out that Carol Danvers and Jessica Jones are working together to find out who is behind a plot to take out the world’s superheroes. Jessica really has not turned her back on her friends (like she ever would) and instead went to jail and pretended to have a break with her old life. I have no idea why Carol picked Jessica for this. And why Luke wasn’t told. I feel like we are dancing towards some soap opera levels of stupidity with some of this, but we at least know that Jessica is still a good guy. So yeah to that. But, we do realize that Carol realizes who the woman is behind this. And she doesn’t exactly deny working her over. So what the heck Avengers? Is Carol going rogue? Or was this okayed by someone? Also though, I have to wonder why they are so worked up about this woman. She has a henchman and all. But I am not seeing an elite amount of villains running around that should have the Avengers worried.

Carol goes on about them having to protect the younger kids like Kamala (yeah! Ms. Marvel shoutout) from this evil organization. And color me stupid, but I don’t think Hyda is involved.

We do have Luke having a run-in with a police detective who seems to think that Luke is up to no good. Weirdly he is protective of Jessica against Luke and Luke maybe finally realizes that someone is out to hurt his wife and is going to do what he can to find her and keep her safe. Aww Luke.

Though the whole thing with the detective thinking that Luke could hurt Jessica was not a good sub-plot. I hope that doesn’t pop up again. The optics of a strong black man hitting a strong white woman…..no. Let’s hope Bendis doesn’t have an issue with Luke being mistakenly arrested for domestic violence or anything.

So yeah to reveal finally being revealed. But boo to the reasons behind it. I just thought it strained all credibility. And, Jessica being so hell-bent on talking to her client’s husband and investigating cases to feel normal just needs to stop. I want to get back to who is behind this organization and what their plans are exactly. I want Jessica reunited with Luke. These issues are so small I may want to the volume releases in the future.

four-stars

Jessica Jones (2016-) #3 by Brian Michael Bendis

Jessica Jones (2016-) #3 by Brian Michael BendisJessica Jones (2016-) #3 by Brian Michael Bendis
Published by Marvel on December 14th 2016
Genres: Comic
Pages: 20
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
four-stars

Jessica Jones' new secrets start to unfold. How far did Jessica go to uncover a deadly secret in the Marvel Universe? From the original creators comes an all new chapter in the world-famous private eye's ongoing adventures.

Well at least we finally get to see who has captured Jessica and what they are up to. We still don’t know about the great rift that no one is giving any details about. But I still had issues with thinking that somehow Jessica has hit up the dark side or whatever was going on through issues #1 through now.

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We see that someone is out to get the Avengers and actually any superhero out there. A woman reveals to Jessica that she plans on using Jessica to find out the secrets of all of her friends and use that to take them out one at a time. We also see a hint that this character is holding a big old grudge towards Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) who she blames for taking her away and torturing her because Carol thought she was working for Hydra.

I did have to do a bit of a head shake at this moment. Cause I can’t see any of the Avengers being down for a thing like that. Or at least I can’t see Captain America being okay with anyone doing anything like that. I haven’t been following the new comics much besides Ms. Marvel, so I have no idea who is a good guy or bad guy at his point in this universe.

Once again the colors are so freaking muted at times I could barely see anything it felt like. I am glad though that the zoom and pinch was working on this via my Kindle Fire so I could at least enlarge the text and study the scenes a bit better.

We have Jessica eventually being released with this mysterious woman thinking she can eventually turn Jessica since all of her friends and her husband have turned on her. And she even shows Jessica a photo  of Luke looking way too cozy with Misty Knight. Also can I say, I don’t care for comic book Misty at all. She is a bit too pressed about Luke. Girl, he is married with a kid, keep it moving.

I read issue #4 directly after this though, so can I say that finally secrets are revealed. Too long enough. I think that Bendis could have combined issues #1-3 honestly into one issue. The drag to find out what happened and why Jessica went to jail is the first mystery I wanted to figure out. And everyone talking circles around it was not very realistic.

four-stars

Jessica Jones (2016) #2 by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos (Illustrator), David W. Mack (Illustrator)

Jessica Jones (2016) #2 by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos (Illustrator), David W. Mack (Illustrator)Jessica Jones (2016) #2 by Brian Michael Bendis
Published by Marvel on November 16th 2016
Genres: Comic
Pages: 22
Source: Purchased: ebook
Goodreads
three-half-stars

There are so many mysteries to discover in the Marvel Universe and Jessica's new case may be the most dangerous one. No spoilers, but some of the biggest questions about the new Marvel NOW! are about to be revealed in this very comic.

I think I may just wait after I finish the third comic for a full volume to be put together. There are still too many unanswered questions for me to be able to even figure out why there is a schism between Jessica Jones, the Avengers, and Luke Cage. This comic focuses more on Jessica and Luke though which I appreciated. We get some flashbacks to Jessica giving birth, and then going back to the present with Luke being angry that Jessica “has ruined everything.” So honestly, this just felt like more of what we saw in issue #1 with everything related to why Jessica went to jail as a big old question mark.

Things that I liked:

I loved seeing Jessica and Luke happy in love while she was giving birth. We get to see the Jessica I think of who is more in line with the television series. She swears, she is loud, and she doesn’t back down when she thinks she is in the right.

Jessica is trying to get her private investigation business back up and running. Her work quality is kind of crappy right now. Not that I blame her.

After reading Wires and Nerve after this, I am so happy that this comic actually had colors in it. Every character looked distinct from each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things I didn’t like:

Readers still have no idea what happened to cause such a rift between Jessica and most of the world.

Luke treats Jessica terribly, but then again she has their daughter in hiding, so maybe this is one of those, I am on no one’s team.

We see Carol Danvers who doesn’t even look Jessica’s way, and based on how they are writing her in the Ms. Marvel comics now, I may have to pass on reading anymore about her.

Jessica’s mother shows up with Jessica’s kid and is in the dark about what is going on. Is everyone at this point?

The dialogue between Jessica and Luke was raw. And her inner dialogue being angry at herself put me back to the television series a lot. I do have to say though that I really wish some of the other Avengers would show up and at least try to talk to Jessica. Did they all just go Team Luke and ignore things. I can’t see Cap doing that. He seems to like to make sure he has everyone’s side before coming to decisions.

The flow was okay right up until the end. We (Jessica) gets another wrench thrown her way by some mysterious figure and I literally said out loud, oh come on. I want to know about the big rift thank you very much. I am really not in the mood for randoms to be showing up that Jessica has to deal with solo. Also where the heck is Patsy in all of this?

Here’s hoping that issue #3 finally clears some stuff up.

three-half-stars

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