Friday, November 21, 2014

#CBR6 Review #29: Hawkeye, vol. 3 – L.A. Woman by Matt Fraction

I adore Matt Fraction’s depictions of Hawkeye. He comes across as so dry and hilarious, while still having a huge heart and caring for those around him. This volume of the Hawkeye series, however, focuses on his young, female Hawkeye friend, Kate Bishop, who is sometimes just as ridiculous as Clint Barton when she gets herself into trouble. It’s funny, too, because I had just finished reading this book the other day when my friend text me to ask if I wanted to go to the archery range as she needed to de-stress from her studies (neither of us practice archery but we went anyways and it was a good time), and I noticed that I was wearing a lot of purple, just like Kate does. Coincidence? Probably. Also I realize that that was a bad story... Aaaaanyways:

In “L.A. Woman”, Kate buggers off across the country to Los Angeles for some time alone, only to end up in a huge mess of a situation basically from the moment she gets there. And who is to blame for everything? Kate’s foe, Madame Masque, who she previously had altercations with. But despite wanting to get out of town almost as soon as she arrives, Kate is just like Clint in wanting to finish what she starts, and taking care of those who have a part in her life. She may come across as an angsty young lady at times, but she has spunk and charisma: people are drawn to her, just like I am drawn to reading about her character.

So even though this volume of Hawkeye may not have been about our usual, surly hero, Clint, I was not disappointed in following this Young Avenger for a little while. We even got a bit more of a glimpse into her life and where she is from, which up until now has been particularly elusive or left out of Fraction’s comics. If you like the superhero genre, I would definitely recommend at least trying this series out.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#CBR6 Review #27-28: Chew, volumes 4 & 5 by John Layman and Rob Guillory

 I feel like there are so many comic book series that I start but don’t keep up with in a timely manner. It’s been almost a year since I last read an installment of Chew, but I still managed to remember most of what was going on. That might be because this series is just so different and strange, that it’s hard to really forget. Or maybe it’s just easy to remember once you get back into it. Describing the plot of this series is difficult if you haven’t read any before, however, as things get… weird.

In any case, volumes 4 and 5 of this series are entitled “FlambĂ©” and “Major League” respectively, as we follow Tony Chu through his cases with the FDA, only to eventually have himself and his partner transferred to other law and enforcement divisions. Meanwhile, an ominous message in flames is seen in the sky, which is assumed to have been put there by aliens. Chu’s daughter also gets tossed into the middle of things, and we find that she too has a particular, food related gift. And of course, as always, more new abilities are exhibited in new characters, including a Effervenductor who can control people through messages in coffee foam, a Voresoph who becomes smarter the more he eats,  and a Xocoscalpere who can sculpt chocolate into forms so accurate that they mimic what they depict exactly (ie, a chocolate sword that can slice just like a real sword).

I feel like my description of these books is making little sense, but if you are already into reading the Chew series, then you know how bizarre and gruesome (yet enjoyable) they are. They are imaginative and perhaps a little gross at times, but interesting enough and with so many threads being sewn into the mix of things that I want to read more and find out where this all goes in the end.

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