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Review: Wildcats: Nemesis

Wildcats: Nemesis
Wildcats: Nemesis by Robbie Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started reading this series when it was originally launched, and enjoyed it tremendously when I was purchasing it serially. When I found this volume at my local library, and it covered a period after I had stopped reading the series I hoped to find something that took me back to that time, and give me a good story in the process. Sadly I found myself disappointed on multiple levels. In retrospect I find that one element that I found difficult to swallow, namely the treatment of the female characters in the series, both artistically as well as how they were written as characters, is really no different from how it was when I originally read the series. I have grown and matured, and now find this treatment extremely distasteful, and until had not looked back at some of my reading history to see how my impression may have changed over the years. Sadly, I had matured and grown and the story did not do so, thus leaving me very disappointed.

The second issue I had with this volume was really the writing as a whole. I had remembered the series having more of a deeply layered plot that encompassed multiple issues. With this volume, while I found a plot that was overarching, it was pretty shallow, merely proving an excuse for a seemingly unending series of action scenes that really didn’t seem to have any purpose other than giving the artists something to draw. I don’t remember the series being like this when it started, but looking back I think I started seeing this trend which may have contributed to my stopping reading the series originally.

The only real redeeming value in the book was the artwork. Sure, it was a non-stop series of battle and action scenes, but the artwork portraying those scenes was actually very well done. The lines were clean and clear, and the colors were bold and well handled. Then again, Wildstorm and Image were always really good at providing top notch artwork in their books.

As a whole the book was not exactly great, but it wasn’t a complete loss either. I would love to rate it higher, and years ago I probably would have rated it higher, but these days I seem to have different expectations with my reading material. Frankly, this book did not meet my expectations.

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Review: New X-Men, Vol. 7: Here Comes Tomorrow

New X-Men, Vol. 7: Here Comes Tomorrow
New X-Men, Vol. 7: Here Comes Tomorrow by Grant Morrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finally, a story worth actually spending time to read! This was an extremely well written story, if a bit jumbled on the whole timescale aspect. I don’t know what Morrison was doing in earlier volumes, but this one really came together quite well. And the artwork was fantastic! I have always enjoyed Marc Silvestri’s artwork from the first time I encountered it in Witchblade, and his style really gave this story the push over into remarkable. This book was well worth the read!

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Review: New X-Men, Vol. 5: Assault on Weapon Plus

New X-Men, Vol. 5: Assault on Weapon Plus
New X-Men, Vol. 5: Assault on Weapon Plus by Grant Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Still a lot of soap opera in the story, but at least this one had an actual plot or two outside of the soap opera. One was a murder mystery that was never truly solved, though I suppose that will come in a later volume. The second story was more of an action brawl, though there was a lot of the Scott Summers whining and moping going on at the beginning. All in all the stories were not that bad. What really sucked was the lousy artwork. I know that each artist feels a need to express some individuality, but that took things a bit far, to the point where some characters were only identifiable due to iconic elements in their outfits. Had the artwork been better I would have given it a full 4 stars. Yes, the artwork was that bad, and it cost a full star on the review.

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Review: New X-Men, Vol. 3: New Worlds

New X-Men, Vol. 3: New Worlds
New X-Men, Vol. 3: New Worlds by Grant Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am normally a big fan of X-Men stories, but this volume seemed a bit disjointed from where I remember the prior volume stopping. The writers seemed to go out of their way to turn this into more of a soap opera than a super hero book, and that made following the primary story thread rather difficult. Frankly, the primary underlying story thread was murky at the best of times and only loosely tied things together. When I finally got to the end of the volume it felt like it didn’t even belong to the story we had been following, and what was clearly meant as a high climax point seemed more of an afterthought since it never seemed to have a real connection to the underlying plot. I am really hoping that the writers don’t make the same mistake with the next volume.

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Review: JLA/WildC.A.T.s

JLA/WildC.A.T.s
JLA/WildC.A.T.s by Grant Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actually rather disappointed. Turns out the story is one I have already read, bundled up in some other collection, so this was a wasted read for me. The story itself is actually rather good, but I had thought that this was a new crossover story, and finding out otherwise was what drove it down a star for me.

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