"Our long, national nightmare is over." - Gerald Ford, 8/9/1974 Of course, by using that quote, I could be referring to the story of Hydra taking over America using a leader that was once the paragon of American values. I could also be referring to a comics event that has been, from its inception, criticized for it's lack of taste in corrupting an iconic hero. As I begin typing these words, I still have no idea of where I am going with this review. Nevertheless, let's get started, and be warned, SPOILERS AHEAD.
I’m always a little wary when someone from outside the usual world decides to put out a comic. Sometimes you get Greg Rucka’s Whiteout, and sometimes you get Brad Meltzer’s Identity Crisis. From the first time I heard about No Angel, written by Eric and Adrienne Palicki, the later you might recognize from Agents of
Josie and the Pussycats is the fifth title in the New Riverdale series, provided you count the digital-only Kevin Keller series set a few years in the future. This series puts the girl group in matching cat-themed outfits into the more contemporary world Mark Waid has set the stage with, no pun intended. Without further ado, let's get to the review and see if the new series holds up under scrutiny.
In my first review for this new Minimum Wage series, I likened this new series to rediscovering an old friend. Now we are getting to the part where we watch our old friend make decisions that we know are bad for him, but we're helpless to stop him. Most of us know someone that has been in this situation, and in the best of cases, they come out of it learning a valuable lesson. In the worst, they find themselves back in a bad situation, afraid to move out of it again.
Lumberjanes won two Eisner awards at San Diego Comic-Con, which means that its way past time for us to do a proper review of an issue. This series has gotten a lot of positive word of mouth, but is more directed to teenage girls, so I might not be the target audience for it. However, I do appreciate good comics, so if it's as good as people say, my age and gender shouldn't matter.
[caption id="attachment_39805" align="alignright" width="195"] Rating: 5.5 out of 10[/caption] Let's talk about reviews, specifically comic book reviews here at Needless Essentials. First and foremost, I try to make certain that all of our reviews are professional and do not cross the line into the personal with attacks on people that have nothing to do with the work that we're reviewing. Now, I have been guilty of failing this test, but overall, I try to keep in mind that there are real people behind these comics, and it serves no one to go after a small publisher's bad comic just to write a negative review. I have written negative reviews but usually doing so served a purpose, and usually, they were issues that were receiving a lot of hype, Spider-Woman #1 and Princess Leia #1 come to mind. If you read those reviews, though, you'll find that I strove to find something good in them. I also have mentioned in reviews that a comic might best be enjoyed by a particular audience, acknowledging that as a fortysomething white male who's grown up with comics, I might not be the reader it is aimed at.
I've been reading the Last Will and Testament storyline in Uncanny X-Men from the beginning, and have found it running too long as Scott Summers attempts to recruit the most powerful mutant to ever exist, one that Charles Xavier kept suppressed for decades. I'm happy to see it end, but to say more would be getting impatient.
I was really just looking for something to review and decided to revisit Batgirl, despite Barbara Gordon not acting much like the Batgirl I've come to know. It looks like all of that was part of story, but to say more than that would be spoiling it.
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