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GLX

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Postby GLX » Tue May 19, 2015 8:52 pm

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A-Force #1

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Marvel's Mightiest Women finally get their own explosive series! In a secluded corner of the Battleworld, an island nation is fiercely protected by a team of Avengers the likes of which has only ever been glimpsed before. Fighting to protect the small sliver of their world that's left, the Amazing A-Force stands shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to take on the horde!


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Postby GLX » Tue May 19, 2015 8:53 pm

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160. Superman: World of New Krypton #1 - 6.68
161. Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - 6.41
162. Invincible #60 - 7.08
163. Muppet Show #1 - 6.66
164. Flash: Rebirth #1 - 6.93
165. Wolverine: Weapon X #1 - 6.52
166. The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft #1 - 7.82
167. Ghost Rider #34 - 8.82
168. Phonogram: The Singles Club #2 - 6.33
169. Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #1 - 7
170. Unwritten #1 - 8.53
171. The Boys: Herogasm #1 - 7.09
172. Last Days of Animal Man #1 - 6.23
173. Batman and Robin #1 - 8.01
174. Amazing Spider-Man #597 - 7.19
175. Transformers Spotlight: Cliffjumper - 7
176. Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia - 6.62
177. Justice League: Cry for Justice #1 - 6.71
178. Wednesday Comics #1 - 7.84
179. Blackest Night #1 - 8.87
180. Immortal Weapons #1 - 7.17
181. Mice Templar: Destiny #1 - 7.81
182. Doom Patrol #1 - 5.12
183. Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 - 7.14
184. Daredevil #500 - 8.62
185. Fantastic Four #570 - 6.9
186. Sweet Tooth #1 - 8.1
187. Dark Reign: The List - Avengers - 5.95
188. Beasts of Burden #1 - 8.73
189. Wolverine: Giant Size Old Man Logan - 7.95
190. Teen Titans #75 - 4.67
191. Haunt #1 - 6.6
192. Unwritten #6 - 7.41
193. Azrael #1 - 4.11
194. Dark Avengers: Ares #1 - 6.79
195. Deadpool Team-Up #899 - 5.24
196. Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #1 - 6.96
197. Punisher #11 - 7.39
198. Image United #1 - 3.53
199. Jonah Hex #50 - 9.23
200. Invincible Iron Man #21 - 7.45
201. Walt Disney Comics & Stories #701 - 5.85
202. Hellboy: The Bride of Hell - 7.32
203. Webcomics Week -
204. Siege #1 - 7.84
205. Amazing Spider-Man #617 - 8.39
206. Joe the Barbarian #1 - 7.97
207. Robocop #1 - 3.59
208. FREE4ALL -
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209. Tails of the Pet Avengers - 7.04
210. Supergirl #50 - 5.34
211. X-Men Forever #18 - 5.35
212. First Wave #1 - 6.98
213. Daytripper #4 - 7.19
214. Irredeemable #12 - 6.28
215. Amazing Spider-Man #626 - 5.18
216. Blackest Night #8 - 6.41
217. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 - 9.23
218. Kill Shakespeare #1 - 5.36
219. X-Men Forever Annual #1 - 6.41
220. Siege: Secret Warriors - 6.53
221. I, Zombie #1 - 8.22
222. Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1 - 7.25
223. Avengers #1 - 7.51
224. Gotham City Sirens #12 - 4.39
225. Red Hood: The Lost Days #1 - 6.71
226. S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 - 7.57
227. New Avengers #1 - 6.15
228. Bullet to the Head #1 - 4.5
229. Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War #2 - 4.2
230. Batman & Robin #13 - 6.24
231. Gorilla-Man #1 - 4.81
232. Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1 - 4.79
233. Justice League: Generation Lost #6 - 7.39
234. Baltimore: The Plague Ships #1 - 6.46
235. Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 - 6.21
236. Tiny Titans #31 - 5.17
236. New Avengers #3 - 4.88
237. Garrison #5 - 4.71
238. 1 Month 2 Live #1 - 6.02
239. Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #1 - 7.82
240. Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #3 - 7.73
241. Nemesis #3 - 5.17
242. Franken-Castle #21 - 6.14
243. Ultimate Comics Thor #1 - 5.88
244. Victorian Undead Special - 6.25
245. Kick Ass 2 #1 - 6.58
246. Incognito: Bad Influences #1 - 8.05
247. Superboy #1 - 6.81
248. American Vampire #8 - 8.17
249. Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil - 8.5
250. Batwoman #0 - 8.04
251. Daredevil #512 - 5.87
252. Booster Gold #32 - 7
253. Suicide Forest #1 - 8.16
254. Larfleeze Christmas Special - 4.89
255. Action Comics #896 - 6.92
256. Weird Worlds #1 - 2.02
257. Casanova: Gula #1 - 8.53
258. The Spirit #10 - 6.72
259. Fantastic Four #587 - 5.1
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264. Secret Warriors #25 - 6.61
265. Ultimate Spider-Man #155 - 6.68
266. Morning Glories #8 - 7.5
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268. Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker #1 - 7.09
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270. Uncanny X-Men #535 - 7.5
271. Thunderbolts #156 - 5.92
272. Walking Dead #84 - 7.3
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276. Iron Man 2.0 #5 - 5.57
276. Secret Avengers #13 - 4.49
277. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 - 5.67
278. Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1 - 5.48
279. Northlanders #41 - 6.83
280. All Nighter #1 - 6.36
281. THUNDER Agents #8 - 7.95
282. Jonah Hex #69 - 8.84
283. Red Wing #1 - 6.1
284. Daredevil #1 - 7.92
285. Amazing Spider-Man #666 - 6.15
286. Severed #1 - 8.26
287. Detective Comics #881 - 8.81
288. Damaged #1 - 7.31
289. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1 - 5.41
290. Uncanny X-Force #14 - 8.11
291. Static Shock #1 - 6
292. Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #4 - 6.5
293. Batman #1 - 6.98
294. Aquaman #1 - 5.87
295. Animal Man #2 - 8.04
296. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 - 5.1
297. HP Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror #1 - 3.67
298. Wolverine and the X-Men #1 - 8.09
299. Six Guns #1 - 7.6
300. Unwritten #31 - 7.8
301. Avengers #19 - 5.5
302. Infinite #4 - 3.5
303. Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #1 - 5.58
304. Defenders #1 - 8.55
305. Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #526 - 4.19
306. Amazing Spider-Man #676 - 4.19
307. American Vampire #22 - 9
308. Fatale #1 - 7.8
309. Severed #6 - 8.5
310. Hellblazer #287 - 9
311. Secret Avengers #21.1 - 6.06
312. Winter Soldier #1 - 8.88
313. Batwoman #6 - 3.88
314. Daredevil #9 - 7.33
315. The Sixth Gun #19 - 8
316. Moon Knight #10 - 6.75
317. Hulk #49 - 7.5
318. The Shade #6 - 7.13
319. Amazing Spider-Man #682 - 7.13
320. Avengers vs. X-Men #0 - 5
321. Swamp Thing #8 - 7.88
322. America's Got Powers #1 - 5.5
323. Reset #1 - 8
324. The Goon #39 - 7
325. Dial H #1 - 4.45
326. Dan the Unharmable #1 - 7.5
327. Dancer #1 - 6.58
328. Batman Incorportated #1 - 7.14
328. Youngblood #71 - 4.17
329. Star Trek The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation #1 - 6.21
330. Insufferable Weeks 1-6 - 7.71
331. The Massive #1 - 6.92
332. Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar's Remedy #1 - 8.6
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334. Infernal Man-Thing #1 - 7.25
335. Punk Rock Jesus #1 - 6.38
336. Captain Marvel #1 - 4 (Only one review in)
336. Avengers vs. X-Men #8 - 7 (Only one review in)
337. Debris #1 - 5.5
338. X-Men #33 - 4.4
339. Gambit #1 - 7
340. Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 - 7.5
341. Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1 - 7.5
342. Uncanny X-Force #30 - 8.8
343. Action Comics #0 - 3.8
344. Batman #0 - 7.3
345. The Unwritten #41 - 8
346. Happy #1 - 7
346. Talon #0 - 7.5
347. Daredevil: End of Days #1 - 9
348. Uncanny Avengers #1 - 7.3
349. The Zaucer of Zilk #1 - 7.9
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351. Bedlam #1 - 7.8
352. Storm Dogs #1 - 6
353. Great Pacific #1 - 6.2
354. Uncanny X-Force #34 - 7.9
355. FF #1 - 6.5
356. Avengers #1 - 4.5
357. Avengers Arena #1 - 5.34
358. Wonder Woman #15 - 8.5
359. Week of 12/26/12 Free for All
360. New Avengers #1 - 4.6
361. Avengers Arena #3 - 0
362. Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #1 - 2.5
363. The Answer #1 - 8
364. Invincible #100 = 7.3
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366. Katana #1 - 4
367. Daredevil #23 - 9
367. Justice League of America #1 - 8
368. Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 - 6.6
369. Age of Ultron #1 - 3.43
370. The Manhattan Projects #10 - 8.53
371. Constantine #1 - 3.5
372. East of West #1 - 8
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374. Uncanny Avengers #6 - 7
375. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villain Microseries #1 (of 4): Krang - 9
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377. The Movement #1 - 2.2
377. Suicide Risk #1 - 7.2
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379. Dream Merchant #1 – 6
380. The Bounce #1 – 7.5
381. Wake #1 - 9
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383. Breath Of Bones A Tale Of The Golem #1 - 10
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386. Catalyst Comix #1 - 7
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388. Deadpool #13 - 7.3
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391. Trillium #1 - 8.98
392. Saga #13 - 8.2
393. Batman '66 #2 - 8
394. All Star Western Vol 3 #23 - 7
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397. Zero #1 - 9.5
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403. Sandman Overture #1 - 9.5
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405. Umbral #1 - 6
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410. Avengers #24 - 4.5
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413. Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two #1 - 10
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416. Ms. Marvel #1 - 7.5
416. X-Men #10.NOW - No reviews in.
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418. Daredevil #36 - 8.3
419. Mighty Avengers #7 - 7.5
420. Swamp Thing #29 - 8.75
421. Black Widow #4 - 8.2
421. The Walking Dead #123 - 8.3
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422. Batman '66 #9 - 7.25
423. All-New Ghost Rider #1 - 5.83
424. She Hulk #3 - 7.4
425. Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1 - 7.2
426. Hulk #1 - 6.5
427. Justice League United #0 - 4.5
428. Chew #41 - No reviews in.
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430. Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1 - 4.7
431. Batman '66 #11 - 7
431. MPH #1 - 7.5
432. Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1 - 5
433. Black Widow #7 - 6
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435. The Punisher #7 -5
436. Superman #32- 7.7
437. Legendary Star-Lord #1 - 5.3
438. Warlord of Mars #0 - 3.5
439. Teen Titans #1 - 8.25
440. Afterlife with Archie #6 - 8
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444. Secret Avengers #7 - 4.8
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446. The Names #1 - 5.3
447. Constantine: Future's End #1 - 6.3
448. Wonder Woman: Future's End #1 - 6.
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450. Men of Wrath #1 - 8.2
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466. Danger Club #6 - 7
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479. Convergence: Shazam! #1 - 9
480. Rocket Raccoon #11 - 8
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Postby senwolf » Thu May 21, 2015 4:35 am

You know the Shakespeare quote : "Brevity is the soul of wit?" Just consider me witless and forgive the wall of text below :).
This comics starts out introducing us to the world of Arcadia. It is an idyllic paradise on an island hidden from the rest of Battleworld. During the introduction we see scenes with families shopping, a picturesque town with stylized buildings and few if any cars. Boats we see in the bay as the A Force flies by on patrol implying boat travel.
We are introduced to A Force, an all female group of heroes lead by She-Hulk, who is also the Baron of Arcadia. We get a crime report of a single break in from the night before and then She Hulk sends A Force on patrol. 5 heroes fly the coast line. The Patrol is attacked by a Megaladon that is mentioned by Captain Marvel has been extinct for millions of years. During the fight one of Doom's Law is broken by a character named Ms. America and She Hulk has to plead for her team mates life. She fails to sway Sheriff Strange and the Thors come to carry out the sentence of life serving on the Wall....er Shield. America is taken away. Nico her "sister" is sad and She Hulk is angry. She summons Namor, Namora, and Namorita, from the Sea (possibly another kingdom this isn't made clear) to find out where the Megaladon attack came from. The various Namors swim deep into the ocean and make a startling discovery that we are not shown. Meanwhile Nico is grieving the loss of her sister and sees a shooting star in the sky that for some reason she thinks is Ms. America. She runs to the impact crater and finds the unconscious form of Ms. Universe.

Story:
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Overall the story was okay. This book is clearly a setup book and G.W.W. does a good job moving things along while pouring out exposition. The Megaladon attack happens by page 5 to keep things exciting. I got to see Captain Marvel punch the world's biggest shark, awesome :).
It was fun to see She Hulk doing her lawyer thing with Strange even though the word lawyer is never mentioned. We see a bit of infighting between She Hulk and Medusa which may come out later.
The biggest problem with the book was the amount of confusion or unexplained things. The first time through I thought this was a set up of an Amazon Isle similar to Themiscira. I only saw one male (Namor) in the entire book, all the heroes are female and I thought the A in A force might have been a bit of joke: Amazon Force. The relationship between Female Loki and America could have been interpreted as lovers which was my take on first read through.
Second time through it became more clear. They mention Brothers and Sisters in arms while describing the kingdom, despite no male heroes in the story (other than Namor at the end). They show Medusa leaving the bedside of a male (lover? son?), and they have a market scene with people of both genders, and different ages shopping. The relationship between Ms. America and Nico is one of sisters, which Niko calls her in Spanish in one panel, and Loki is Niko's and Ms. America's guardian. All of this blew my whole Amazon theory out but, also took a second read through to get. That could be solely my fault and not the authors. However there was also some character problems.
Stars: 3 out of 5

Characters:
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When it comes to the characters there is a lot more confusion for me. She Hulk and Captain Marvel, at least, have the appearance of the 616 versions of themselves but, virtually everyone else is a weird version. Ms. America who I assume is a female analog of Captain America, dresses in an outfit with stars on it but she can fly. She also picks up a monster that, I am pretty sure Cap couldn't even lift let alone throw, and tosses it several miles. This is the crime that gets her in to trouble. The creature damages the Shield and violates the border of another kingdom, both no-nos according to God-King Doom. So now I don't know if she is a female Cap or something totally different. What I am afraid is that she is just a female cap and G.W.W. just wrote her doing something beyond her strength level just for the sake of the story. I always hate that. That being said I have great respect for her writing and maybe she is just a super tank along the lines of She Hulk and Captain Marvel.
70's Dazzler appears to have all her normal powers including her groovy skates and a 70's neckline that plunges all the way to her belly button (ahh the 70s :)) But she flies throughout the book. The rest of the character's are pretty much just used as background but there is a picture where Dazzler is flying and Storm is walking. Maybe Storm was just trying to get in her 10,000 steps for the day :). I know there is going to be a lot of characters but I would like it better if the author is using the technique of expectation (such as Dazzler being Dazzler, or Ms. America being a Cap analog) that the powers matched those expectations or let me know in advance why they don't.
Stars 2.5 out of 5


Art:
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The art was adequate but ran into some problems during the Megaladon fight. There is a scene of Niko shooting the beast with a purple energy blast as it swims downward with Niko trapped in its teeth. The very next panel it is breaking the surface of the water and Dazzler turns in midflight to blast it. The way the art and lettering is done, it appears, she is converting the sound of the beast's roar into light and throwing laser beams back at the creature but instead some sort of (sonic?) boom goes off and this massive creature flies hundreds of feet from the blast and lands in the city. Another minor quibble, when the beast is thrown for miles by Ms. America the motion line shows one continuous throw but there is damage to the shield wall. The motion line should have shown a bounce, unless the damage was in fact not done by the beast and Ms. America is being set up. However with all the little detail flaws in this story I am guessing that is not the case.
Stars 3.0 out of 5

Overall: 2.75 out of 5. Despite the score I did enjoy the comic and it set up arcadia for future issue. Hopefully we can hit the ground running for #2.
Fun Facts:
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1. My guess on the discovery by Namorita that we do not see is the 616 life pod.
2. Ms. Universe should be dead you know with the universe being all dead and stuff :). It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
3. I checked the Battleworld map and the island does not appear on it. Or I overlooked it :)
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Postby GLX » Thu May 21, 2015 6:41 am

senwolf wrote:You know the Shakespeare quote : "Brevity is the soul of wit?" Just consider me witless and forgive the wall of text below :).
This comics starts out introducing us to the world of Arcadia. It is an idyllic paradise on an island hidden from the rest of Battleworld. During the introduction we see scenes with families shopping, a picturesque town with stylized buildings and few if any cars. Boats we see in the bay as the A Force flies by on patrol implying boat travel.
We are introduced to A Force, an all female group of heroes lead by She-Hulk, who is also the Baron of Arcadia. We get a crime report of a single break in from the night before and then She Hulk sends A Force on patrol. 5 heroes fly the coast line. The Patrol is attacked by a Megaladon that is mentioned by Captain Marvel has been extinct for millions of years. During the fight one of Doom's Law is broken by a character named Ms. America and She Hulk has to plead for her team mates life. She fails to sway Sheriff Strange and the Thors come to carry out the sentence of life serving on the Wall....er Shield. America is taken away. Nico her "sister" is sad and She Hulk is angry. She summons Namor, Namora, and Namorita, from the Sea (possibly another kingdom this isn't made clear) to find out where the Megaladon attack came from. The various Namors swim deep into the ocean and make a startling discovery that we are not shown. Meanwhile Nico is grieving the loss of her sister and sees a shooting star in the sky that for some reason she thinks is Ms. America. She runs to the impact crater and finds the unconscious form of Ms. Universe.

Story:
[Reveal] Spoiler: Click to Expand
Overall the story was okay. This book is clearly a setup book and G.W.W. does a good job moving things along while pouring out exposition. The Megaladon attack happens by page 5 to keep things exciting. I got to see Captain Marvel punch the world's biggest shark, awesome :).
It was fun to see She Hulk doing her lawyer thing with Strange even though the word lawyer is never mentioned. We see a bit of infighting between She Hulk and Medusa which may come out later.
The biggest problem with the book was the amount of confusion or unexplained things. The first time through I thought this was a set up of an Amazon Isle similar to Themiscira. I only saw one male (Namor) in the entire book, all the heroes are female and I thought the A in A force might have been a bit of joke: Amazon Force. The relationship between Female Loki and America could have been interpreted as lovers which was my take on first read through.
Second time through it became more clear. They mention Brothers and Sisters in arms while describing the kingdom, despite no male heroes in the story (other than Namor at the end). They show Medusa leaving the bedside of a male (lover? son?), and they have a market scene with people of both genders, and different ages shopping. The relationship between Ms. America and Nico is one of sisters, which Niko calls her in Spanish in one panel, and Loki is Niko's and Ms. America's guardian. All of this blew my whole Amazon theory out but, also took a second read through to get. That could be solely my fault and not the authors. However there was also some character problems.
Stars: 3

Characters:
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When it comes to the characters there is a lot more confusion for me. She Hulk and Captain Marvel, at least, have the appearance of the 616 versions of themselves but, virtually everyone else is a weird version. Ms. America who I assume is a female analog of Captain America, dresses in an outfit with stars on it but she can fly. She also picks up a monster that, I am pretty sure Cap couldn't even lift let alone throw, and tosses it several miles. This is the crime that gets her in to trouble. The creature damages the Shield and violates the border of another kingdom, both no-nos according to God-King Doom. So now I don't know if she is a female Cap or something totally different. What I am afraid is that she is just a female cap and G.W.W. just wrote her doing something beyond her strength level just for the sake of the story. I always hate that. That being said I have great respect for her writing and maybe she is just a super tank along the lines of She Hulk and Captain Marvel.
70's Dazzler appears to have all her normal powers including her groovy skates and a 70's neckline that plunges all the way to her belly button (ahh the 70s :)) But she flies throughout the book. The rest of the character's are pretty much just used as background but there is a picture where Dazzler is flying and Storm is walking. Maybe Storm was just trying to get in her 10,000 steps for the day :). I know there is going to be a lot of characters but I would like it better if the author is using the technique of expectation (such as Dazzler being Dazzler, or Ms. America being a Cap analog) that the powers matched those expectations or let me know in advance why they don't.
Stars 2.5


Art:
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The art was adequate but ran into some problems during the Megaladon fight. There is a scene of Niko shooting the beast with a purple energy blast as it swims downward with Niko trapped in its teeth. The very next panel it is breaking the surface of the water and Dazzler turns in midflight to blast it. The way the art and lettering is done, it appears, she is converting the sound of the beast's roar into light and throwing laser beams back at the creature but instead some sort of (sonic?) boom goes off and this massive creature flies hundreds of feet from the blast and lands in the city. Another minor quibble, when the beast is thrown for miles by Ms. America the motion line shows one continuous throw but there is damage to the shield wall. The motion line should have shown a bounce, unless the damage was in fact not done by the beast and Ms. America is being set up. However with all the little detail flaws in this story I am guessing that is not the case.
Stars 3.0

Overall: 2.75
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1. My guess on the discovery by Namorita that we do not see is the 616 life pod.
2. Ms. Universe should be dead you know with the universe being all dead and stuff :). It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
3. I checked the Battleworld map and the island does not appear on it. Or I overlooked it :)


Is the score out of 10 or out of 5?
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senwolf

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Postby senwolf » Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 am

GLX wrote:
Is the score out of 10 or out of 5?


Out of 5. I updated my post to reflect that.
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat May 23, 2015 7:26 am

Next week's pick should be.....?

http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/week ... 2015&pl=19
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Sat May 23, 2015 2:43 pm

GLX wrote:Next week's pick should be.....?

http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/week ... 2015&pl=19


Where Monsters Dwell #1?
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Stephen Day

Wrasslin' Fan

Postby Stephen Day » Sat May 23, 2015 2:44 pm

And apologies, but my LCS was sold out of their copies of A-Force by the time I got there today. :-(
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Sun May 24, 2015 9:27 am

I'm back, been bust (work) for the last month.

A-Force #1

Olivier Coipel became one of my favorite artists way back in his Legion Lost days, and so, despite my apprehension for Secret Wars, I grabbed this one to see his magic more so than the story. The art was really good - but I expected 'great' from him. So I went back the credit splash page to see who inked it and discovered it wasn't even Coipel I was looking at.

Well, whoever Jorge Molina is, I'm glad he decided to ape Coipel rather than Liefeld.

As for the story, I gave up on Hickman's Avengers a while back. I've seen the threads where the typical Hickfans praised it, but I never really saw any converts so I figured I made the right decision. I knew the premise of Battleword but based on this story, I'm guessing you need to read the main mini to understand it. The Thors? The Deadlands? Doc Doom is God? :roll:

Anyways, back to this story...

Arcadia is run by only female heroes. An ancient shark appears and the heroes kill it and female Captain America throws it over a wall that she's not supposed to. So Doc Strange orders this Amerigal to exile over the wall (I guess he can breach the wall without getting trouble cause he's da Sheriff). Some of the other girl heroes cry and then a Nebula girl falls from the sky.

The writing is okay, most of the known characters sound like who they should be, but apart from some emotion thrown in during and post exile, there isn't much to this story at all. The whole issue can be summed up as "Don't throw sharks over the wall". I was hoping this would be more like Kurt Busiek's Avengers in Camelot, instead it just read like a mediocre issue of "What If the Avengers were all Ladies"

Knowing that a Marvel style reboot is coming I just don't feel the need to get the next issue - despite some impressive art.

Story - 5
Art - 8
Overall 6.5
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Amoebas

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Postby Amoebas » Sun May 24, 2015 9:32 am

GLX wrote:Next week's pick should be.....?

http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/week ... 2015&pl=19


Fight Club 2 #1
Convergence #8
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Garofani Spruzzo

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Postby Garofani Spruzzo » Sun May 24, 2015 9:53 am

[quote=Amoebas]The whole issue can be summed up as "Don't throw sharks over the wall".[/quote]

:lol:
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Mon May 25, 2015 1:24 pm

This thread has more activity than recent review threads, but has far less views than last week's thread. :?
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Garofani Spruzzo

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Postby Garofani Spruzzo » Mon May 25, 2015 4:25 pm

I just wish for more reviews to read.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Mon May 25, 2015 5:42 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:I just wish for more reviews to read.


Arkanian, Demarcoa, gavincantdraw, Kravis and senwolf are all saying this was the Comic of the Week.

announces/comic-the-week-t108174.html

They should have to back it up with a review! :-D
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Postby GLX » Tue May 26, 2015 7:12 pm

Amoebas wrote:
Fight Club 2 #1
Convergence #8


Fight Club gets the nod.

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