Why Siege isn’t for me — Reviews Siege Prologue

Siege: PrologueErica gives this comic one star.Siege Prologue by Brian Michael Bendis

Yawn. This isn’t event fatigue; this is not having any investment in the story of Asgard. Of course, I’ve always been a TV over film person, so it makes sense that these big blockbuster comics don’t intrigue me.

What’s worse is that I don’t believe for one moment that Norman didn’t already know everything Loki told him. Obviously, only a bunch of exposition to help out the reader. But it was just kind of boring exposition with gutless posturing.

Side pet peeve: When did Loki become a man again? I really liked Loki as a woman. (Slott was the first writer I noticed using a male Loki.) Plus, all the character profiles in the back were of men. Yes, that means only men are considered the major players in the Siege. Which makes me even less interested than I was before.

Reviews Queen & Country (Vol 2) “Operation: Morningstar”

Queen & Country Vol 2 Operation: MorningstarErica gives this comic five starsQueen & Country (Vol 2) “Operation: Morningstar” by Greg Rucka

I love that this is a pre-9/11 story about Afghanistan. I love Tara being so pissed off that she can’t kick some Taliban ass. I love how Rucka just tips the scale to show the horror and terror without getting too detailed and keeping the book an international spy thriller.

I remember reading about the Taliban and doing reports on them pre-9/11. I remember thinking, why isn’t anyone doing anything, especially for these poor women. I remember being like Tara and wanting to change things. (Only instead of being a grounded spy, I was in high school/the year I took off in-between high school and college.) I didn’t bond much with Tara in the first volume, but here we were both on the same page. Continue reading “Reviews Queen & Country (Vol 2) “Operation: Morningstar””

Reviews Kevin Smith’s Quiver

This post is by guest blogger, Steve Stone. Steve never minces words, and that’s why he’s been my friend for some time now. He’s opinionated, loves Batman, and wears an awesome BeDazzled tie. Steve’s spent a few Friday nights on my couch, educating Jason and I about the Justice League via the animated television show. And don’t even get him started on The Watchmen. This is Steve’s first attempt to open up his opinions to a wider audience than those who sit next to him on Seattle public transportation.

Quiver by Kevin Smith with art by Phil Hester
by Steve Stone

Quiver

For a period of time, I was a Kevin Smith sycophant. It started with Dogma, progressed backwards to Clerks and led until Jersey Girl. At this point, my boyish ideals led on to the names of Nolan, Boyle, and Scorsese. The one area that Smith still has a leg up on all is his writing and this is none the more evident than in Quiver. The resurrection (literally in this case) of Oliver Queen could not have done with more text and character development. From the jabs of Batman (dickhead form of course, the best Bruce Wayne) to the screaming head of Spectre coming off of Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern form, only Smith could have mixed the grace and pure assery of the dirty, liberal Oliver. Continue reading “Reviews Kevin Smith’s Quiver”