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Review: Justice Society of America, Vol. 1: The Next Age

Justice Society of America, Vol. 1: The Next Age
Justice Society of America, Vol. 1: The Next Age by Geoff Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story arc is what made me such a fan of the JSA series, and to this day I find myself returning and reading this story arc time and again, even more than I do my favorite Avengers stories under Busiek’s reign. The writing is really down to earth, and it puts a human face on the super heroes of the DC universe, doing so in a fashion that is very believable. This book made me a life-long fan of the series, constantly seeking out new stories in an effort to feed my addiction. If you haven’t already tried Justice Society I can’t encourage you enough to give it a try, and this is a great place to start.

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Review: Avengers Disassembled

Avengers Disassembled
Avengers Disassembled by Brian Michael Bendis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I will freely admit that my rating has nothing to do with the quality of the story, and everything to do with how much I liked the story. The story was actually very well crafted, and present a nicely complex story. I won’t go into the story itself since that is more than adequately covered in the book description on Goodreads.

For me the primary purpose of this volume was to fill in a few missing bits and pieces of back-story for books that I have already read that are further down the plot line. What I didn’t like was the story itself, and how horribly dark it seemed. Since this leads into a very dark period of the Avengers storyline I felt I needed to read it, even if I don’t like that dark part of their story.

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Review: Avengers: The Search for She-Hulk

Avengers: The Search for She-Hulk
Avengers: The Search for She-Hulk by Geoff Johns
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet again Geoff Johns delivers us a fantastically crafted tale of humanism and heroism. Much as it pains me to say it, Geoff Johns may actually craft a better story than Kurt Busiek, and I have been a die-hard fan of Busiek’s work for decades. This volume primarily focused on She-Hulk, as is evidenced by the title, but more surprising to me was the character growth of Ant Man and Jack of Hearts. In the end the story was more about them than She-Hulk, and I find that I am ok with that shift of focus. I wish I had the next volume ready at hand because I want to see where this story goes next.

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Review: Avengers Academy Volume 1: Permanent Record

Avengers Academy Volume 1: Permanent Record
Avengers Academy Volume 1: Permanent Record by Christos Gage
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I have serious problems with books where the author focuses so much on trying to make the characters human that it stops being a super hero story and is simply a soap opera with characters who have super powers. This is an unfortunate example of this problem. The writing itself is fine, for what it is, but my personal taste is not for this type of writing. The artwork is also rather well done, and while it spruces up the book it can’t make up for the problem I have with the writing being more soap opera than super hero story. The fact that the writing and the artwork were actually well done is the only reason the review gets two instead of one star in the ratings.

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Review: Avengers Assemble – Volume 2

Avengers Assemble - Volume 2
Avengers Assemble – Volume 2 by Kurt Busiek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kurt Busiek has long been one of my favorite writers, and his run on Avengers is a good example of his work. He excels at pulling out the humanity in the characters, hero, villain or supporting cast, and showing them as being real beings with flaws, ambitions, skills, and everything else that makes somebody a complete being. However, while he excels at bringing out the humanity in characters he doesn’t forget that the book is a super hero story, and as such need super heroics. Too many others focus on the humanity and forget the reason for the characters, and turn a perfectly good story into nothing more than a soap opera. Busiek finds the balance between the two, and the result is a rousing story that ropes you in on multiple levels, and before you know it you are emotionally invested in the story.

This volume was certainly no exception. I originally read the first few parts of the story in single issue format, but had been unable to complete the story. Finding this collection was fantastic, and provided me with the means to finally finish the story, and to read more of Busiek’s work. Unfortunately, that prior exposure to the early parts of the story almost caused me to set the volume aside. The story was too familiar, even after all the years since I last read what few parts I had of it, and I was afraid that the entire volume was going to be old news to me. I am glad that I persevered and continued because I quickly found new material and an engaging story. I now find myself eagerly anticipating getting my hands on the next volume, and I am none too patient in my waiting.

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