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Review Group Week 181 - MICE TEMPLAR: DESTINY #1

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:40 am

according to my invoice, Marvels Project ships this week

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Postby Mr_Batman » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:01 pm

Then you could've picked that

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:11 pm

Mr_Batman wrote:Then you could've picked that

I don't want to and it's not on Midtown's list. It is possible it was shipped in error and we aren't allowed to sell it till next week (which would suck cause it is a sizeable chunk of this invoice).

FYI - we get our books on Tuesdays and our shipment can vary somewhat from what everyone else gets as a result. That is why I always wait until Friday, at the earliest, to check my invoice so I have a good idea of whether or not we are getting what I want to review.

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Postby Mr_Batman » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:15 pm

thefourthman wrote:I don't want to and it's not on Midtown's list. It is possible it was shipped in error and we aren't allowed to sell it till next week (which would suck cause it is a sizeable chunk of this invoice).

FYI - we get our books on Tuesdays and our shipment can vary somewhat from what everyone else gets as a result. That is why I always wait until Friday, at the earliest, to check my invoice so I have a good idea of whether or not we are getting what I want to review.

I wasn't planning on getting it anyways. Unless it was picked

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:16 pm

Mr_Batman wrote:I wasn't planning on getting it anyways. Unless it was picked

force Puncy's hand why don't you? ;)

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Postby ****** » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:29 pm

thefourthman wrote:I don't want to


:?

Did you see your poll options?

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:32 pm

amlah6 wrote::?

Did you see your poll options?

:smt011

a. it wasn't on Midtown's list and still isn't.
b. you could have thrown your precious Bru into the mix, that's clearly what the other option is for.

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Postby ****** » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:34 pm

Punchy wrote:The Mice Templar Volume II: Destiny #1 - Untitled - Glass, Oeming, Santos and Gandini

Story - OK, this definitely will be a short one, because I really don't have much to say. This was a fine comic, solidy plotted, and there's a lot of attention payed to a what seems like a fascinating back-story and world that Glass and Oeming have created but... since I have not read the first mini-series I was pretty much totally lost. This is like jumping into the Two Towers without reading the Fellowship of the Ring, like the Empire Strikes Back without Star Wars, I'm not getting the full story and as such my appreciation of this book is a lot smaller than it probably should be. If I was a better comics fan, nay, a better person, I would have read the first series, and like this a lot more, but alas... It's only OK. Perhaps I should blame the book for not having enough exposition for a new reader, but really, there was plenty, we learn about Karic's family, his fake mentor Pilot, and his new one, and the overall plot of the puppet Mouse King. I just didn't feel like it affected me, it just seemed like standard hero's quest stuff, shades of Star Wars really. It's my own fault, not Glass'

The idea of Mice and other forest creatures in a Fantasy/Medieval setting is nothing new, there's some of it in Narnia, I used to love the Redwall novels of Brian Jacques when I was a kid, and in a bit of a Bug's Life/Antz situation, David Peterson's Mouse Guard has recently enjoyed a lot of success, but I think Mice Templar is different from these, because of the violence, this isn't cutesy animals having fun adventures, this is brutal Conan-esque stuff, but just with Mice. It was refreshing to see, and very unexpected, the opening flashback fightscene and the Owl splashpage were particularly hardcore.

So in the end, I don't know if I can feel comfortable giving this a score, I am reviewing pretty much blind. I will say that it did make me interested in checking out the first series in trade, but if you aren't familiar with the world of Mice Templar, best to start at the beginning.

Art - I'm a big fan of Mike Oeming, his Powers work is exceptional, and his opening 8 pages here are pretty great too. He's a bit of a chameleon, and here he eschews his Bruce Timm/Alex Toth style and gives us angular mice hacking the shit out eachother, it's impressive. Victor Santos does the rest of the art, and to be honest, I didn't really notice much of a transition, he does a capable job of emulating the tone Oeming sets.

Best Line - When the Owls come swooping down '... To send us your aid as you promised!'

I score this a 6/10 but if I get round to the first mini, that will probably go up, the low score doesn't reflect the book, but me.


Congrats on posting your 150th review for the Review Group! 8)

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Postby Punchy » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:35 pm

amlah6 wrote:Congrats on posting your 150th review for the Review Group! 8)


Fuck yeah, I am the King.

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Postby ****** » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:39 pm

thefourthman wrote:a. it wasn't on Midtown's list and still isn't.
b. you could have thrown your precious Bru into the mix, that's clearly what the other option is for.


Well, it's apparently only shipping to your alternate reality LCS so how would I have even known it to be an option?

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Postby thefourthman » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:40 pm

So the deal with Marvels is it does not come out until next week, we received them this week so we would have them for the big 70th Anniversary Party next Tuesday Night!!!!
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Postby ****** » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:40 pm

Punchy wrote:Fuck yeah, I am the King.


<------ has posted 181. :P

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Postby ****** » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:43 pm

thefourthman wrote:So the deal with Marvels is it does not come out until next week, we received them this week so we would have them for the big 70th Anniversary Party next Tuesday Night!!!!


So 8/11 was when the first Timely comic was released? I don't really get the 70th Anniversary fuzzy math thing going on here.

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Postby Punchy » Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:44 pm

Wait a minute, 150th review... no way did I miss 31 weeks.

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