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Pull list for May 13 2015

May 12, 2015

I work tomorrow, so reviews may be Thursday.

I’ll go to the store for: Angela Asgard’s Assassin #6, by Kieron Gillen, Phil Jimenez, Marguerite Bennett and Stephanie Hans; Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #8, by Al Ewing and Luke Ross; Captain Marvel #15, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez; Ms. Marvel #15, by G. Willow Wilson and Takeshia Miyazawa; My Little Pony Friends Forever #16, by Jeremy Whitley and Jenn Blake; Silk #4, by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee; Spider-Man 2099 #12, by Peter David and Will Sliney.

I’ll also review: Howard the Duck #3, by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones; Magneto #18, by Cullen Bunn and Paul Davidson; Secret Wars #2, by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic; Storm #11, by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez; Wolverines #18, by Charles Soule and Ario Anindito.

So that’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and 7 reviews. A pretty heavy week. Man, that’s a lot of comics.

I’m most excited for the Marvels. Of course I am. I’ve loved KSD’s work on Captain Marvel. This issue finally brings her back to Earth! Just in time for Secret Wars! Yay? I’m assuming her amazing supporting cast will appear, so that’ll be a definite yay. And Ms. Marvel is Ms. Marvel. It’s one of Marvel’s best titles. It’s what superhero comics should aspire to be. Fun, optimistic, heartfelt, and just great. Everyone should be buying it. I’m always excited for Angela – Stephanie Hans, guys. Stephanie gorram Hans. So amazingly talented. And of course Jimenez’s art is always great, and Gillen and Bennett are great writers. But Hans! Silk should be fun, with her going on a date with Johnny Storm. That should be amusingly awkward.

So, I read Greg Pak’s new kids book, with art by Takeshi Miyazawa (the artist on the current arc of Ms. Marvel). It’s delightful. It’s called The Princess Who Saved Herself, and it’s about a young girl who’s sweet, and kind, and awesome. She’s a friend to all animals, and she plays an electric guitar. And there’s an evil witch who also plays guitar. And it’s great. This is definitely a fantastic book to read with young children. It is for very young kids – I’d say around 4-6. It’s written in very simple rhymes (and was actually inspired by a song of the same name by Jonathan Coulton). The art is adorable. The princess is non-white, which is a nice touch. Always nice to see. If you have young kids, or plan on having kids, then it’s definitely worth picking up. You’ll probably enjoy it as much as they do.

Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter have both been renewed. Good for them. It’s cool we’re getting another season of Agent Carter. We need kick-ass female leads, and it’s a very well-done period piece, as well.

I didn’t make a post yesterday, because I woke up late, and then went earlier than I expected to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was good. Fun movie. Some cheesy bits here and there, but mostly good. Hawkeye having a wife and kids was nice, because I always thought the Hawkeye/Black Widow relationship was more interesting as platonic life partners. Anyway, I enjoyed the movie. I also enjoyed the Ant-Man trailer. That should be a fun movie, too.

I finished reading Things Grak Hates, by Peter Story. Here’s my review from Goodreads:

This is a really good book. It reminds me of Animal Farm, in a sense, as an exploration of how dictatorships form, and how good intentions lead to despotism. It starts off amusing, with Grak a lovably misanthropic protagonist. As the story goes on, it becomes less and less funny, and Grak becomes less and less likable. There’s always a degree of sympathy for him, but it’s a reluctant sympathy, as he does become a truly awful person, as any dictator inevitably must in order to hold onto power. The story also explores the formation of religions, and the inevitable fanatical branches of any religion.

The writing is excellent. It’s a third-person limited present-tense narrative. We get Grak’s feelings on events as they happen. The present-tense style ensures we’re getting his immediate feelings, not his feelings filtered by time. It lets the reader know more fully exactly why Grak does the things he does. This allows him to be both more and less sympathetic. More important, it lets us see the extent of his self-delusions.

On a very minor side note, there is a lesbian couple in the book. Always nice to see that sort of thing show up.

And finally, I do agree with Grak: Olives are terrible.

I enjoyed the book. It’s worth reading. It’s a slow book, for the most part. It doesn’t force you to rush through to see what happens next. You can take your time with it. But it’s also not really a book that forces you to read it slowly. It’s very much a “read-at-your-own-pace” novel. And it’s really good.

My schedule for the week is: 3:30-11:30 tomorrow, 5:30-10 Friday, 5-10:30 Saturday, 1-5 Sunday, 7:30-3:30 Tuesday. So Monday might be my only post this week. Which kinda sucks. Oh well.

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