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starlord wrote:S.H.I.E.L.D. #2
Story - I don't know if I'm just stupid or what, but I was really bloomin' confused by this issue. I mean, I enjoyed it, but not really sure why, and I don't even really know what happened.
Leonid chats with Leonardo Da Vinci, who spews out a lot of nigh-incomprehensible buzzword speak, which sounded fucking cool and interesting, but I'm not even sure if it actually is. We had some weird backstory for Leonid, where he's with alien lizards, and a Light Man, and a Dark Man and something else.
The Dark Man fights Iron Man and Mister Fantastic's dads, stuff explodes, I assume something happened with alternate realities and some-such and he disappears.
Leonid and Leonardo chat some more, and for some reason there's a page with just their dialogue. Did Dustin Weaver forget to draw that page or was there some reasoning behind it? It seems that the current Shield hierarchy are not living up to Da Vinci's high standards and he wants to bring them back to the right way. The end.
I'm not going to say that this was a bad comic, as I said I enjoyed it, but it made little to no sense, almost every line of dialogue brought up a new massively significant high concept, and there was still very little character development of anyone, Leonid remains as dull as Hal Jordan here.
I mean, it's a lot of fun, and it seems very clever, but at this point to me, this book is all surface, all style, no substance. You've got all these out there proclamations about the Human Machine, and change, and the Forever Man and 'global projections of ideology', which all sound great... but I don't particularly care. Maybe I'm in the wrong frame of mind here, but something's missing which I can't quite put my finger on. I'm willing to stick around though, because this book is a fun ride, and I am truly hoping that by the time Hickman wraps this whole thing up, the gobbledegook that Da Vinci is mouthing off on will retroactively make sense. But at this point, I'm just looking at the thing, bemused, confused, and slightly scared. Yet I still had a good time. An odd one.
Art - Dustin Weaver is pretty great, aside from the random page of just dialogue, I love his work, and think this run will make him a star. Christina Strain's colours are also due some props, she really adds a lot to Weaver's pencils. Even if the story befuddled me, I can still look at the pretty pictures.
My Score: 6.5
I couldn't come up with anything that Punchy already hadn't said. And I'm getting ready for my vacation in Florida. So yes, I cheated this week. I just don't like this series. Sorry.
doombug wrote:You really are the george carlin of the outhouse. that's fucking hilarious.
doombug wrote:and yeah, Yoni called it.
guitarsmashley wrote:I reread my review of issue 1, I remember scoring it rather high but still had the idea that this book would have a lot of trouble finding it's way and they probably wouldn't translate to a good monthly reading. Which is why I said I would buy the trade. Well having read this issue it has completely turned me off. The art is still gorgeous and the page of dialogue was alright but it sure isn't going to connect with many people myself included, not because it didn't have more pretty pictures, but because it didn't make sense. Which is what the book is quickly approaching. The book made no sense and that's putting it lightly. As Punch put it so well this book is no substance it's all high fluff but no point to it. If this is going to Marvels Planetary they made a very wrong turn and put out a truly inferior product.
Spicy Dick wrote:Jude, you have to read this SHIELD #2 book, I really want to read your take on the jibberjabber at the beginning about "...global projection of ideology", "..homogenous liberal democracy...", "An outcropping of singular will with a communal outcome...Resulting in a fountain of forced serenity..."
I suspect, like LOST, we will both be rooting for the bad guy here.
Jude Terror wrote:Awesome.
Hopefully it will be waiting for me in my DCBS weekly shipment when I get back to Jersey.
Spicy Dick wrote:That is all from like the first 3 panels or something.
Man, I really hope I can find some computer time to write the review this book deserves.
Let me know if you have any secrets for buying cheap laptops. Unless I find a magically good deal I guess I'm just going to replace my damn Sony and swap out the HDs for about $600.
Jude Terror wrote:Online. Check out newegg.com
Jude Terror wrote:Dell has decent deals every week (they change from day to day). I like Newegg because the customers are techies so you can trust them to nitpick the reviews like we do comics here.But looking around, it looks like $400 is around the starting price for your basic laptops from premium places.
Of course, if you want cheaper, you can go ebay, but there's no guarantee on what you're getting there.
Spicy Dick wrote:Having been an eBay seller in good standing for several years now, I would never buy a computer there. Why do you think I am hesitant to buy on online in the first place?
Jude Terror wrote:Haha. Well, Newegg is reputable as a retailer, and Dell of course makes computers, buying from them online is no different than buying one of their computers in the store (but cheaper, and you can customize it a bit).
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